From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

It’s hard to even imagine that we are entering the last week of July! I do hope that all of you are enjoying these weeks of rest and relaxation before the hustle and bustle of Fall arrives. The Lord himself tells us in scripture that we must get time away for rest and rejuvenation. As you all know, I myself took the opportunity to get away for some time of rest with friends. I also took a few days just to re-organize my office space. I have entered into the unfortunate habit of keeping everything on my desk until it piles up to a mountain that needs to be tackled. Rejuvenation includes tackling the mountains of things we place aside, for whatever reason it might be and to approach the Lord with an open and clear heart, ready to embrace him. It is my prayer that these last few weeks of summer will be a time of fruitful rejuvenation, allowing our hearts to be immersed in the love and mercy of Christ our Savior.

Summer Mission Appeal

This weekend marks our annual Summer Mission Appeal. As you know, each summer, the Diocese of Brooklyn assigns a summer missionary to speak to all of the parishes about their particular mission to ask for prayers and financial assistance. This weekend we welcome His Excellency, Most Reverend Hyacinth Egbebo, MSP from the Diocese of Bomadi in Nigeria. He will be preaching at all of the masses this weekend. He will speak to us about the workings of his diocese in Nigeria and the need for clean drinking water and hospital supplies. We welcome Bishop Hyacinth to our parish community.

Parish Flea Market

Our parish flea market will take place on Saturday August 17. It will be held at Our Lady of Victory Church. This is a perfect opportunity to clear out your attic, basement or any other part of your home to sell items. All crafts, homemade items, jewelry and food can be put for sale. The cost to purchase a table is $25. Please call the parish office to purchase a table for the flea market.

First Friday Devotions

This Friday, August 2nd is the first Friday of the month. There will be First Friday Holy Hour at Our Lady of Victory immediately following the 8:00AM Mass. There will be Eucharistic Adoration with Benediction at Holy Rosary Church beginning at 7:00PM. Just a reminder that there will not be First Friday devotion at St. Peter Claver for the month of August or September.

 Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

 

  

From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

I cannot believe that summer is now upon us! On this very last day of June, we come to a point of the year where many of us can relax and take it easy, at least for a few weeks. I do hope that each of you will be able to enjoy the summer months, whether it be traveling or just staying local, please take advantage of these restful days. It does not mean though that we take a rest from Church. It is our obligation as Catholics to attend Mass every Sunday. If you are traveling abroad and looking for a church for Sunday Mass, www.masstimes.org is a great website to find the nearest Roman Catholic Church to where you are located at the moment. Never take a rest from prayer. Always make time throughout the day to thank the Lord for his many graces and blessings. Our gospel passage today encourages us to follow the Lord. We must never look back at what we have left behind, but to always look forward to where the Lord will lead us. Let us continue as St. Paul tells us in today’s second reading to be guided by the Spirit!

Con-Edison Work at St. Peter Claver Church

You have noticed that Co-Edison began work to replace pipe lines underneath Claver Place and Jefferson Avenue. This work began just about six weeks ago. I must be honest with you that I have been frustrated with the work that has been done there. To begin, Con-Edison did not inform us that they would begin demolishing the street. I know that many of you are frustrated as am I. We have made numerous phone calls of complaint to Con-Edison. We have also spoken to the Buildings Office of the Diocese of Brooklyn which has lead us to consider litigation with Con-Edison. Please be assured that I as Pastor am on top of the situation and will inform all of you of the outcome.

Welcome to our Summer Priests

This summer we welcome back to St. Martin dePorres Parish two familiar faces, Father Joel Cariaso and Father James Yaro. Father Joel, who is from the Philippines, will be with us for the month of July. Father Yaro, who is from Nigeria, will be with us for the month of August. Both of our summer priests are looking forward to being with us here. I thank both Father Joel and Father Yaro for giving Father Kingsley and I an opportunity to take some vacation time this summer.

Summer Mass Schedule

During the months of July and August, there will not be a First Friday 12:00Noon Mass at St. Peter Claver Church. Also during the months of July and August there will not be a Tuesday morning 11:00AM Mass at Holy Rosary Church. Both First Friday Mass and Tuesday morning Mass will resume after Labor Day on September 3rd.

 Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox