From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

I cannot believe that summer is now upon us! On this very last day of June, we come to a point of the year where many of us can relax and take it easy, at least for a few weeks. I do hope that each of you will be able to enjoy the summer months, whether it be traveling or just staying local, please take advantage of these restful days. It does not mean though that we take a rest from Church. It is our obligation as Catholics to attend Mass every Sunday. If you are traveling abroad and looking for a church for Sunday Mass, www.masstimes.org is a great website to find the nearest Roman Catholic Church to where you are located at the moment. Never take a rest from prayer. Always make time throughout the day to thank the Lord for his many graces and blessings. Our gospel passage today encourages us to follow the Lord. We must never look back at what we have left behind, but to always look forward to where the Lord will lead us. Let us continue as St. Paul tells us in today’s second reading to be guided by the Spirit!

Con-Edison Work at St. Peter Claver Church

You have noticed that Co-Edison began work to replace pipe lines underneath Claver Place and Jefferson Avenue. This work began just about six weeks ago. I must be honest with you that I have been frustrated with the work that has been done there. To begin, Con-Edison did not inform us that they would begin demolishing the street. I know that many of you are frustrated as am I. We have made numerous phone calls of complaint to Con-Edison. We have also spoken to the Buildings Office of the Diocese of Brooklyn which has lead us to consider litigation with Con-Edison. Please be assured that I as Pastor am on top of the situation and will inform all of you of the outcome.

Welcome to our Summer Priests

This summer we welcome back to St. Martin dePorres Parish two familiar faces, Father Joel Cariaso and Father James Yaro. Father Joel, who is from the Philippines, will be with us for the month of July. Father Yaro, who is from Nigeria, will be with us for the month of August. Both of our summer priests are looking forward to being with us here. I thank both Father Joel and Father Yaro for giving Father Kingsley and I an opportunity to take some vacation time this summer.

Summer Mass Schedule

During the months of July and August, there will not be a First Friday 12:00Noon Mass at St. Peter Claver Church. Also during the months of July and August there will not be a Tuesday morning 11:00AM Mass at Holy Rosary Church. Both First Friday Mass and Tuesday morning Mass will resume after Labor Day on September 3rd.

 Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox