From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

We continue to bask in the joy of Easter this week, as we move to the third Sunday of the Resurrection of Our Lord. We give thanks and praise to God our Father, for giving us his Son, Jesus as our redeemer and king. Today’s second reading which comes from the Book of Revelation, we hear the angels proclaim to John, “worthy is the lamb who was slain, to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing”. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. The Lord nourishes and sustains us with his most precious body and blood. How blessed we are to be called to the supper of the Lamb!

 Father John Paul Obiaeri

Our parish seminarian, John Paul Obiaeri will be ordained to the Priesthood for the Diocese of Brooklyn on Saturday June 1st at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. The next day, Sunday June 2 Father Obiaeri will celebrate his First Mass of Thanksgiving at Our Lady of Victory Church at 1:30PM. Please continue to keep him and his classmates in your prayers. All are invited to his First Solemn Mass.

  St. Peter Claver League of the Sacred Heart Annual Tea Party

The League of the Sacred Heart of St. Peter Claver Church invites all parishioners to their annual Tea Party/Brunch that will take place today Sunday, May 5 beginning at 1:30PM in the lower hall of St. Peter Claver Church. The cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 years of age and under. It promises to be a beautiful afternoon of fellowship, joy and food. For tickets you can see any of the League of the Sacred Heart members or call the parish office.

 Pilgrimage to Germany September 2-12 2020

As many of you know, I enjoy travelling abroad. I most especially enjoy pilgrimages abroad. I would like to invite each of you on a pilgrimage to Germany, specifically the city of Oberammergau. Every 10 years the entire city puts on the Passion Play. It only happens every 10 years! In addition we will be visiting the cities of Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Munich. There are flyers with the itinerary and hotel information at each of the three churches.

 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.

 Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

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


From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

As our Lenten journey with the Lord Jesus continues, we hear in today’s gospel passage the account of the Transfiguration. We see Jesus take Peter, James and John atop of Mount Tabor and all of a sudden Jesus is transfigured before their very eyes. What I love about the account of the Transfiguration is the reaction of Peter, James and John. They are in amazement at what they are seeing. It is evident that their lives have now become radically changed at seeing the Lord transfigured before their very eyes. It is Peter who says to the Lord, “It is good that we are here”. As we come to church this Sunday, to receive the Most Blessed Sacrament and to be filled with Sacred Scripture, each of us can say, it is good that we are here. It is good that we can be in the presence of Christ, word made flesh, who gives of himself for our salvation. Our lives continue to be radically changed and transformed by the presence of Christ. On this second Sunday of Lent, may we continue to keep Christ at the center of our lives, as we prepare to celebrate the joys of Easter!


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 19 at Holy Rosary Church for Vespers beginning at 7:30PM. We will welcome Father Joseph Dutan, who serves as the parochial vicar of St. Brigid parish in Bushwick as the homilist. 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.


Lenten Devotional Books & Holy Week Schedule

This year’s Lenten devotional books are available at the doors of each of the three churches. The devotional reflections is entitled, “The Saving Passion”. All are invited to take one home with them. Inserted in the books is this year’s schedule for Holy Week. There are extra cards with the schedule on the back of them to give to friends and family.


Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

    


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


From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

As the month of February comes to a close, I take this opportunity to thank each of you for your support over these last few weeks as we celebrated Black History Month. Between our parish celebration two weeks ago, and the Diocesan Mass of Thanksgiving last week, we have joyfully commemorated the memory of our ancestors and have given witness to the bright future we have as a community of believers. How fitting it is to conclude Black History month with the gospel passage that we hear at Mass today. The Lord challenges us to love our enemies. It’s one of the most difficult aspects to Christianity, to love those who persecute us, to love those who have hurt us either physically or spiritually. The Lord also gives us what is popularly known as the “golden rule”, which is do unto others as you would have them do unto you. We must never forget or suppress the wrong or mistreatment that was done to the Black community in the past, but Christ the Lord calls us to embrace and love those who we find it difficult to love. Each of us are invited to truly take to heart the words of Christ today, to love our enemies and do good to them.


St. Martin de Porres Parish Art/Photo Exhibit

Our annual parish art/photo exhibit will take place the weekend of March 2nd/3rd at the Waldorf School at St. Peter Claver. Those of you who wish to have your artwork or photos to be placed on display, please see the flyers that are available at each of the three churches. Youth between the ages of 5 and 18 are invited to submit their work to be entered into a contest. It can be art, photography or written (poetry or short story). The theme must reflect the legacy of St. Josephine Bakhita, an African slave who became a saint of the church. For more information please consult the flyers at each of the churches.


Lent 2019

We will begin the solemn season of Lent in just two short weeks beginning with Ash Wednesday on March 6. Please see the bulletin for the Ash Wednesday schedule of Masses and Liturgy of the Word Prayer Services. During the Friday’s of Lent we will also pray the stations of the cross at each of the three churches beginning at 7:00PM. In addition, we will pray solemn Vespers (Evening Prayer) on the Tuesday’s of Lent with a guest preacher. All are invited to pray with our parish community as we prepare to celebrate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


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.


Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox