We had another successful and phenomenal fundraiser last Sunday afternoon! Our Shades of Color concerts was incredible. As I did publicly last week, I want to again thank all who came out to support this amazing parish and our phenomenal choir under the direction of Mr. Rasaan Bourke and Mr. Joseph Murray. The brass instrumentalists, the voices of our choir, our magnificent organ and our modern dancers were all a part of this afternoon of cultural diversity and fraternity. As all of our anniversary fundraising events have accomplished, many new people came out to see this concert. I had the great joy of meeting a new family who just moved into Bedford-Stuyvesant. They saw the post card advertising the concert and decided to come. After the concert, they told me that they will become registered parishioners of the parish. These events have truly been moments of evangelization and renewal. I thank the entire anniversary committee for their hard work, but most especially for their love and support of this great parish.
Closing Mass for the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church
The solemn closing Mass for the anniversary year will take place on Sunday June 10 at Our Lady of Victory Church beginning at 10:30AM. Many of the former parishioners of Our Lady of Victory will be present along with alumni of the school. Many of the former priests of Our Lady of Victory will be on hand to con-celebrate as well. We will welcome His Excellency, Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn as the main celebrant and homilist. There will be just one Mass celebrated that day. There will be a Saturday 5:00PM evening Mass at St. Peter Claver Church on June 9.
Annual Catholic Appeal 2018
I take this opportunity to thank each of you for your support and generosity towards this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal. Over the last two weeks, I have spoken to you in my homily about the importance of the ACA and its support of the various ministries within the Diocese of Brooklyn and our parish here at St. Martin dePorres. Our goal for the year is $59,519. As I mentioned, if each of us can participate in some way, we will be able to achieve our goal. Anything that we make over the goal comes directly back to the parish. There are extra pledge forms at each of the three churches.
Mother’s Day Remembrance
Today is Mother’s Day. I take this opportunity to wish all mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, step-mothers and mothers-to-be a very happy a blessed Mother’s Day. The month of May is traditionally devoted to our Blessed Mother Mary. During the month of May, we will remember all mothers both living and deceased. If you wish to have your mother remembered, there are Mother’s Day envelopes at the doors of the three churches. Please fill out the envelope, place your offering in it and place it in the collection basket or return it to the parish office. The envelopes will be placed by the tabernacle throughout the month of May.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox