From the Pastor's desk

Dear Parishioners,

In my bedroom at the major seminary in Huntington, I kept a written scripture passage on my desk that I would look at almost every day. The passage was, “you cannot serve two masters”. Every time I looked at that passage on my desk, I was reminded of the master I will serve, who is Jesus the Lord. All of the hard work that I was executing with formation to the priesthood would lead me to serve the master that is Christ Jesus. Our gospel passage at Mass this Sunday tells us that we cannot serve two masters. We live in a world of hierarchy that is seen not just in the secular realm, but in the Roman Catholic Church. Through both of those realities though, we know who the master is. We know what true wealth is and what it looks like. Jesus is challenging us today to not become jaded or distracted by the “wealth” or so called masters” of this world, but to keep our minds and hearts on Christ. May we as a parish community continue to serve the master, striving to follow him to the eternal Kingdom of Heaven.

School of Faith Formation

Our parish school of Faith Formation has begun registration and re-registration for students. All families are asked to register their child for Sunday school classes. All students must be registered in our parish Sunday school program to receive the sacraments. If you should have any questions, please call the parish office.

2019 Annual Catholic Appeal

We are in the middle of our 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal. As Pastor, I thank each of you who have participated with a gift to the 2018 Appeal and ask that everyone prayerfully consider making a gift to the 2019 Appeal. The work and services made possible through your donation to the Annual Catholic Appeal help people in Brooklyn and Queens in ways that no one parish can alone. Our goal for the Annual Catholic Appeal this year is $59,586. This goal can be reached if everyone participates in the Appeal.

Liturgical Minister Day of Recollection

Next Sunday, September 28, we will hold our parish liturgical ministers day of recollection. The purpose of this day primarily is to gather all of our liturgical ministers who are lectors, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, ushers, choir members, and catechists for a day of prayer. We are blessed here at St. Martin dePorres Parish to have dedicated ministers who bring the love of Jesus through their call to serve. It’s important that we gather in prayer, thanking the Lord for his call to ministry and the grace to carry it out. As your Pastor, I thank all of our liturgical ministers for all they do. I strongly encourage all of our ministers to attend next Saturday’s day of recollection that will take place at Holy Rosary Church beginning at 9:00AM. The speaker for the day will be Father Anthony Rosado, who currently serves as Parochial Vicar at St. Clare parish in Rosedale, Queens. Refreshments will be served throughout the day. If you should have any questions please feel free to call the parish office.

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

 

 

From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

This past Wednesday, we recalled as a nation the horrific acts of September 11, 2001. It will forever and always be a day engrained on the minds and hearts of every American citizen. We pray for the thousands of innocent people who lost their lives that day. We also pray for their families who 18 years later continue to mourn their loss. Each year our local fire house here in Bedford Stuyvesant invites Father Kingsley or I to pray with them each September 11. They lost 4 firefighters that day. Each year they continue to proclaim, “we will never forget”. Let us pray for peace in our world, that each of us will live in peace and harmony with one another. May our Blessed Mother, Our Lady Queen of Peace be our strength and guide as we follow her son, Christ the Lord.

Parish Recognition Luncheon

Next week is our parish recognition luncheon. We will honor 8 parishioners from our parish, thanking them for the extraordinary work they do for our community. There are still tickets available. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children. Please join us for this wonderful event as we come together to celebrate and give thanks.

School of Faith Formation

Our parish school of Faith Formation has begun registration and re-registration for students. All families are asked to register their child for Sunday school classes. All students must be registered in our parish Sunday school program to receive the sacraments. If you should have any questions, please call the parish office.

St. Peter Claver Lower Hall

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, the lower hall at St. Peter Claver Church is currently under massive construction. The main water pipe underneath the church corroded which caused water to seep through the wooden floors. This unfortunately was a problem that if not addressed immediately would have become catastrophic! The good news is that the contractor was able to find the pipe along with some other issues that needed to be addressed. The estimated timeline of completion is the middle of October. In addition to installing a new floor, we will also be renovating the two bathrooms in the hall. I thank you for your patience in getting all of this work completed. I will continue to update you on the progression of the project.

 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal

We are in the middle of our 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal. As Pastor, I thank each of you who have participated with a gift to the 2018 Appeal and ask that everyone prayerfully consider making a gift to the 2019 Appeal. The work and services made possible through your donation to the Annual Catholic Appeal help people in Brooklyn and Queens in ways that no one parish can alone. Our goal for the Annual Catholic Appeal this year is $59,586. This goal can be reached if everyone participates in the Appeal.

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox