From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Today is the first Sunday of Lent. Each year on this particular Sunday, the gospel passage that is proclaimed at Mass depicts the temptation of Jesus by Satan. We hear how the devil tempts Jesus three times. The devil attempts to show Jesus the wealth, riches and power that he could have, as long as Jesus follows Satan. The Lord knows that the devil is a liar! We must never be lured by power, prestige or riches. The devil is always at work trying to tempt us. He manages to seep his way in through the most cunning of situations and circumstances. Like Jesus, we as his followers must deny Satan and all his works and empty promises. We must continue to keep our eyes fixated on Christ, the Son of the living God. As we journey with the Lord in the desert this Lenten season, let us pray that by the power and working of the Holy Spirit we will put on the armor of Christ to defeat Satan and his temptations.

Tuesday Evening Vespers and Eucharistic Adoration

During the Tuesday’s of Lent we will have Eucharistic Adoration with sung vespers. Our first Tuesday evening vespers service will take place this week March 12 beginning at 7:30PM at Our Lady of Victory Church. The theme will be “I am the Bread of Life”. We will welcome Father Jose Diaz, the Parochial Vicar of St. Leo Parish in Corona as the homilist. Please be sure to join us.

Stations of the Cross

We will pray the stations of the cross each Friday evening during the season of Lent. Stations of the Cross will be held at each of the three churches beginning at 7:00PM. Praying the stations is a beautiful Lenten practice, as we walk with Jesus on the road to Calvary.

Passion Play

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.

Co-Naming of Jefferson Avenue (Corner of Claver Place)

We are blessed at St. Martin dePorres Parish to have three churches that are filled with a rich history, one of them being St. Peter Claver Church. Just about a year ago, I was told of the story of Edwin Woodriffe. He was a parishioner of St. Peter Claver Church back in the 1940’s. He was an alumnus of the school and an altar server for the parish. He grew up to become an FBI agent. On January 8, 1969 he became the first African-American FBI agent killed in the line of duty. His funeral was held at St. Peter Claver Church. I was approached by both the Woodriffe family and members of St. Peter Claver that a petition had be presented to the New York City Transportation Council to co-name Jefferson Avenue after the fallen FBI agent. I am very happy to announce that the petition passed and the co-naming ceremony will take place on Friday, April 26, 2019. There will be much more details to come!

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox