As the month of February comes to a close, I take this opportunity to thank each of you for your support over these last few weeks as we celebrated Black History Month. Between our parish celebration two weeks ago, and the Diocesan Mass of Thanksgiving last week, we have joyfully commemorated the memory of our ancestors and have given witness to the bright future we have as a community of believers. How fitting it is to conclude Black History month with the gospel passage that we hear at Mass today. The Lord challenges us to love our enemies. It’s one of the most difficult aspects to Christianity, to love those who persecute us, to love those who have hurt us either physically or spiritually. The Lord also gives us what is popularly known as the “golden rule”, which is do unto others as you would have them do unto you. We must never forget or suppress the wrong or mistreatment that was done to the Black community in the past, but Christ the Lord calls us to embrace and love those who we find it difficult to love. Each of us are invited to truly take to heart the words of Christ today, to love our enemies and do good to them.
St. Martin de Porres Parish Art/Photo Exhibit
Our annual parish art/photo exhibit will take place the weekend of March 2nd/3rd at the Waldorf School at St. Peter Claver. Those of you who wish to have your artwork or photos to be placed on display, please see the flyers that are available at each of the three churches. Youth between the ages of 5 and 18 are invited to submit their work to be entered into a contest. It can be art, photography or written (poetry or short story). The theme must reflect the legacy of St. Josephine Bakhita, an African slave who became a saint of the church. For more information please consult the flyers at each of the churches.
We will begin the solemn season of Lent in just two short weeks beginning with Ash Wednesday on March 6. Please see the bulletin for the Ash Wednesday schedule of Masses and Liturgy of the Word Prayer Services. During the Friday’s of Lent we will also pray the stations of the cross at each of the three churches beginning at 7:00PM. In addition, we will pray solemn Vespers (Evening Prayer) on the Tuesday’s of Lent with a guest preacher. All are invited to pray with our parish community as we prepare to celebrate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Each year, the youth of our parish dramatically depict the Passion of Christ. A lot of time and effort goes into the rehearsals for the Passion play that will take place Saturday, April 13 at St. Peter Claver Church. Any adult or child that would like to participate in the Passion play this year are most welcomed! Please see Father Kingsley, Jennifer Parkinson-Gilbert or Michelle Joseph for more information.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox