From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

We are already at the third Sunday of our Lenten observance. We continue to journey with the Lord on his way to Calvary. It is my hope that these last few weeks of Lent have been a time of spiritual fulfillment as we prepare to enter into the holiest of days as Christians, that is our Lord’s Last Supper, Death on the Cross and his Resurrection from the dead. We hear in today’s gospel passage proclaimed at Mass that we must repent for all the sins that we have committed. Each of us are poor sinners, trying our best each day to get to heaven. The Lord asks us today to first and foremost acknowledge the sins that we have committed and to repent for them. During the season of Lent, we are encouraged to take advantage of the sacrament of Confession, asking God to be merciful towards us. Here at St. Martin dePorres, both Father Kingsley and I avail ourselves for the sacrament every Saturday afternoon and Sunday mornings before Mass. If you have not gone to Confession in a while, that’s ok! The Lord invites you back to experience his love for you. May we continue to live out the words of Christ throughout the duration of Lent, repent and believe in the gospel.

Tuesday Evening Vespers & Stations of the Cross

We will have Eucharistic Adoration and Solemn Vespers (Evening Prayer) each Tuesday evening during the season of Lent. All are invited to join us this Tuesday, March 26 at St. Peter Claver Church for Vespers beginning at 7:30PM. Stations of the Cross are prayed throughout the Fridays of Lent at each of the three churches beginning at 7:00PM. Praying the stations of the cross is a beautiful Lenten practice of walking with the Lord on his road to Calvary.

2019 Annual Catholic Appeal

We have begun the 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. As you know, each parish throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn is given a financial goal to raise throughout the year. Our goal for the Annual Catholic Appeal this year is $59,586. This goal can be reached if everyone participates in the Appeal. Please remain assured that your gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal cannot be used in the settlement of abuse claims or for anything other than their intended purpose. In a few weeks, we as a parish community will be able to view this year’s Appeal video and conduct an in-pew pledge for those who have not yet made one. Thank you for your support and generosity.

Holy Thursday Feet Washing

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday will take place on Thursday, April 18 at Our Lady of Victory Church beginning at 7:30PM. During that liturgy, we symbolically wash the feet of 12 parishioners, imitating Christ who washed the feet of his disciples. Anyone who may be interested in having their foot washed during the Holy Thursday Mass can place their name and contact information on the sign-up sheets at the three churches. The first 12 will be taken.

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox