From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

During the month of February, we as a community celebrate Black History Month. We give thanks and praise to God for our ancestors who have gone before us, marked with the sign of faith. It is from their example and sacrifice that we are able to give witness to the great accomplishments and achievements of Black civil rights leaders. Black History month is a time to give thanks, for the past and most especially for the bright future that is ahead of us. Today, Sunday February 10, we celebrate with joy our Parish Mass of Thanksgiving commemorating Black History Month. We welcome as our celebrant and homilist, Father Anthony Bozeman. Father Bozeman is a priest of the Josephite religious order and is currently serving as a Pastor in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. We welcome Father Bozeman to St. Martin DePorres parish with great joy and we look forward to his dynamic message of hope and perseverance.

I also take this opportunity to thank our Black History Month committee, who has worked hard to make our celebration beautiful and prayerful. As I have said on numerous occasions, we are blessed to have such dedicated parishioners who go above and beyond for their community. I thank them for their love and dedication.

Diocese of Brooklyn Black History Month Mass of Thanksgiving

As you all know, in addition to being the Pastor here at St. Martin dePorres, I also serve as diocesan director of ministry to African-American Catholics and the Vicariate for Black Catholic Concerns. Each year we sponsor our diocesan celebration for Black History Month with a Mass of Thanksgiving. This year’s Mass will take place next Sunday, February 17, 2019 at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston beginning at 4:00PM. This year’s homilist will be Father Tony Ricard, a priest from the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He is a gifted and talented preacher! There will be a reception to follow the Mass. All are invited.

St. Lucia Independence Day

Our St. Lucian community will celebrate their Independence Day with a Mass of Thanksgiving next Sunday, February 17 at Our Lady of Victory. It will take place at the 10:15AM Mass. This year we are blessed to welcome His Excellency Most Reverend Gabriel Malzaire. Bishop Malzaire serves as the Bishop of Roseau in Dominica. He is a native St. Lucian. All are invited.

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

P.S. In your kindness, I ask you to pray for the repose of the soul of Rev. Msgr. Vincent Keane. Msgr. Keane was a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn who spent much of his priesthood teaching at the High School and College Seminary. Msgr. Keane died this past week at the age of 86. He was truly one of the most gentle, holy and devout priest I have encountered. He was my spiritual director for the first two years of my college seminary formation. In the years that I have known Msgr. Keane and most especially in these last few months of his illness, he never raised his voice or uttered any ill will towards anyone. He placed his trust in God and his heart to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He was the priest that I wanted to be! May his soul rest in the peace of Christ the great High Priest.