From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

What a beautiful celebration we had last week commemorating Black History Month! Almost 200 people gathered at Holy Rosary Church to first and foremost give honor, glory and praise to God and then to joyfully celebrate Black History. It was truly a joyful and prayerful celebration! Father Anthony Bozeman, who served as the celebrant and homilist for the Mass was absolutely phenomenal! He was very happy to spend the weekend with us here in Brooklyn and he promises to come back. I once again thank the Black History Month Committee for all of their hard work and dedication into making last Sunday’s celebration as beautiful as it was. We have much to be grateful for here at St. Martin dePorres, it is my prayer that the Lord will continue to bestow his abundant blessings upon our parish community as we bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to all of God’s people.


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 today 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 gifted and talented preacher! There will be a reception to follow the Mass. All are invited.


St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy

You will find in this week’s bulletin an insert regarding our regional Catholic school, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Academy has begun the process of registering new students for the upcoming academic year 2019. Scholarships are available for families who wish to place their child into a Catholic school. Tours of the school and information about tuition and academics can be arranged with the principal and faculty. Please see the insert for more information and you may visit the school website.


Diocese of Brooklyn Releases Names of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse

This past Friday the Diocese of Brooklyn released the names of 107 priests who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with a minor. These allegations date back as far as 1934. The majority of these priests are deceased. Those who are living have either been laicized or permanently removed from active ministry. The names have been published to offer greater transparency and accountability to the Church at large as well as to the general public. In this way, we hope to promote healing and justice. Let us continue to pray for victims and those affected by abuse of a member of the clergy.


President’s Day Holiday

This Monday, February 18 is President’s Day. It is a national holiday. The parish office will be closed and only the 8:00AM Mass at OLV will be celebrated. There will be no Noon Mass at SPC.


Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox


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.  


From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Today’s second reading comes from one of my favorite Pauline passages. Paul is writing this letter to the Corinthians and he speaks to them about the Church as a body with many parts. It is a beautiful and precise image of what the Church truly is. Although the body has many parts, it all contributes to the working of the body as a whole. We are members of the mystical Body of Christ, that is the Church Universal. There are many different parts to the mystical Body of Christ. We can say today that there are many cultures and ethnicities that make the Church what it is and for that we give thanks and praise to God. Here at St. Martin dePorres we are blessed to have a diverse community that forms and shapes who we are as the Body of Christ here in Bedford Stuyvesant. There are many parts, but each of them strengthen the Body, that is Christ our Savior and King. Let us pray today that we will continue to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ, as we invite God’s holy people to encounter Jesus himself.

Parish Black History Month Celebration

During the month of February, we commemorate Black History Month. We give thanks and praise to God for the gifts and talents of African-Americans throughout the world and within our Church. We also recall our ancestors who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith. Here at St. Martin de Porres, we will have a number of activities planned for Black History month. We will continue to custom of showing a film on Saturday evenings at St. Peter Claver following the 5:00PM Mass. Each film depicts a theme related to Black History. Our Mass of Thanksgiving for Black History Month will take place on Sunday, February 10 at Holy Rosary Church beginning at 12:00Noon. We will welcome Father Anthony Bozeman, SSJ as the celebrant and homilist. There are flyers available at each of the three churches for more information.

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 on 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 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 on 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


From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Today we have moved to the Ordinary Time of the liturgical year. In just about 7 weeks we will begin the solemn season of Lent with Ash Wednesday. These next few weeks are meant to be a time of spiritual renewal as we prepare to journey with the Lord in the desert. We are invited to deepen our relationship with the Lord as we celebrate his paschal mystery. We pray that by the power and working of the Holy Spirit, God will continue to give us the strength and the courage to see the workings of the Lord in our lives.Today’s gospel is a scene that many of us are familiar with, the miracle at Cana. We see Jesus at a wedding feast in Cana and the unthinkable occurs! They run out of wine. We see how the servers are frantic and they go to Jesus. The most powerful exchange in this gospel passage is what Mary tells the servers. Mary tells them, do whatever he tells you. We must not be afraid to do whatever Jesus tells us. We must place our trust in him, knowing that he is going to provide for all of our needs, as he miraculously did at the wedding feast turning water into wine. Let us pray for the grace to let go of our wants and desires and to do whatever Jesus asks of us.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Service

Each year, the Vicariate for Black Catholic Concerns sponsors a prayer service commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year, that prayer service will take place tomorrow, Monday, January 21, 2019 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church located in Queens Village. There will be a bus leaving from St. Gregory the Great Church in Crown Heights that day. The cost per person for the bus will be $10. The homilist will be Father Peter Damian Harris, O.P. He is a Dominican priest located in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in Texas. There will be a reception following the prayer service. Our parish choir will provide the music for this Diocesan celebration. All are invited.


Parish Black History Month Celebration

During the month of February, we commemorate Black History Month. We give thanks and praise to God for the gifts and talents of African-Americans throughout the world and within our Church. We also recall our ancestors who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith. Here at St. Martin de Porres, we will have a number of activities planned for Black History month. We will continue to custom of showing a film on Saturday evenings at St. Peter Claver following the 5:00PM Mass. Each film depicts a theme related to Black History. Our Mass of Thanksgiving for Black History Month will take place on Sunday, February 10 at Holy Rosary Church beginning at 12:00Noon. We will welcome Father Anthony Bozeman, SSJ as the celebrant and homilist. There are flyers available at each of the three churches for more information.


Tomorrow our nation will commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The parish office will be closed. There will be one mass celebrated at 8:00AM at Our Lady of Victory. There will not be a 12:00Noon Mass at St. Peter Claver.


Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox


From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Today we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of our Lord. This feast day brings the Christmas season to a close. When you come back to church next week, all of the Christmas trees, decorations and poinsettias will be gone. We will return to the liturgical ordinary time of the year. What a beautiful way though to end the Christmas season by recalling the baptism of Christ in the Jordan River. We hear in today’s gospel that John the Baptist proclaims that one mightier than he is coming. Everyone thought that John was the messiah, when he adamantly says to the people it is not I, but Jesus. As Jesus is baptized, the heavens open and the Holy Spirit descends upon him as the voice of God proclaims, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased”.


Baptisms are moments of great joy and grace. We are given the gift of the Holy Spirit on the day of our own Baptism. By water and the Holy Spirit, we are reborn in Christ Jesus. In a very real sense, we are a new creation in Jesus Christ. As we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord, we recall the promises made at our own Baptism, to profess our faith in Jesus and his most holy Catholic Church. May we continue to be filled with the Holy Spirit, as we preach and teach in the name of Christ our Savior and King.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Service

Each year, the Vicariate for Black Catholic Concerns sponsors a prayer service commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year, that prayer service will take place on Monday, January 21, 2019 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church located in Queens Village. There will be a bus leaving from St. Gregory the Great Church in Crown Heights that day. The cost per person for the bus will be $10. The homilist will be Father Peter Damian Harris, O.P. He is a Dominican priest located in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in Texas. There will be a reception following the prayer service. Our parish choir will provide the music for this Diocesan celebration. All are invited.


Parish Black History Month Celebration

During the month of February, we commemorate Black History Month. We give thanks and praise to God for the gifts and talents of African-Americans throughout the world and within our Church. We also recall our ancestors who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith. Here at St. Martin de Porres, we will have a number of activities planned for Black History month. We will continue to custom of showing a film on Saturday evenings at St. Peter Claver following the 5:00PM Mass. Each film depicts a theme related to Black History. Our Mass of Thanksgiving for Black History Month will take place on Sunday, February 10 at Holy Rosary Church beginning at 12:00Noon. We will welcome Father Anthony Bozeman, SSJ as the celebrant and homilist. There is a flyer in this week’s bulletin for more information.


Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox