From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,


We have reached the midpoint of our Advent season. Today is the third Sunday of Advent. You may have noticed that we have lit our rose-colored candle on the Advent wreath. You will also notice that the priest will be wearing a rose-colored vestment. Traditionally, the third Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday. The word Gaudete is Latin, which means rejoice. The rose color is produced from a mixture of the Advent purple and the Christmas white. It is a clear sign that Christmas is coming soon! We rejoice that the Lord, the Word made flesh will come to us as a child. St. Paul reminds us today in his letter to the Philippians to rejoice always. The Lord is near! We must not worry or be anxious, because the Lord will come to bring us salvation. For that my sisters and brothers, we rejoice! On this Gaudete Sunday, let us pray that Christ will continue to bestow his abundant blessings upon each of us as we prepare to celebrate his glorious birth. We are invited to bring that joy to all of God’s people this Advent and Christmas season. This weekend there will be prayer cards available with the schedule of Masses for Christmas on it. I invite you to take one for yourself and maybe another few for friends and family. I would like to ask each of you to invite someone to Mass this Christmas. We get a lot of invitations during this time of the year, but this invitation may save someone’s life. Let us invite people to a relationship with Jesus Christ, our Savior and King.


Advent Lessons and Carols

We will have Advent Lessons and Carols this Tuesday December 18 at Holy Rosary Church beginning at 7:30PM. Lessons and Carols during the season of Advent is a traditional ceremony with readings from sacred scripture and Advent carols, preparing ourselves for the birth of the Savior. This year we will welcome His Excellency, Most Reverend James Massa, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn as the presider. Please be sure to join us.


Christmas Pageant

The children of our parish Faith Formation Program will perform the story of Christmas at the Family Christmas Eve Mass which will take place at St. Peter Claver Church at 5:00PM. Rehearsals have begun for this pageant. Any child who would like to participate in our Christmas pageant can contact Ms. Michelle Joseph or Ms. Tamika Daniel for more information.


Christmas Flowers

During the Christmas season, each of our three churches are beautifully decorated with colorful poinsettias. Each of you are invited to have a poinsettia donated in memory or in honor of a loved one. Christmas flower envelopes are available at the doors of each of the three churches. You can fill out the envelope and place it in the collection basket or bring it to the parish office.


Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox


P.S. I mentioned at the Masses that I celebrated last week that I am in California this weekend. I am officiating a wedding for a college friend at the former Crystal Cathedral (now Christ Roman Catholic Cathedral). It has always been a dream of mine to see this amazing place! I grew up watching Robert Schuller’s Hour of Power. Please keep me and this awesome couple in prayer!


From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Today is the second Sunday of Advent. Our gospel passage reminds us of the central aspect of this beautiful season, prepare the way of the Lord. These weeks of Advent are meant to be a time of spiritual preparation, to welcome the Lord Jesus into the homes of our hearts. To truly celebrate the Christmas season, we must prepare our minds, hearts and souls for the birth of Jesus Christ. We do that through prayer. Our second reading today from Paul’s letter to the Philippians speaks to us about the beauty of prayer. St. Paul says, “I pray always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God”. May this Advent season be a time filled with prayer, hope and love.


Parish Christmas Party

Our annual parish Christmas party will take place today Sunday, December 9 at Our Lady of Victory School Hall. This is a beautiful way to prepare our hearts for the birth of the Lord, by coming together as a parish community. Each year parishioners have expressed how grateful they are for this Christmas party. Tickets are only $20 per person and can be purchased after all of the Sunday Masses. Tickets can also be purchased at the door today.


Advent Lessons and Carols

We will have Advent Lessons and Carols on Tuesday December 18 at Holy Rosary Church beginning at 7:30PM. Lessons and Carols during the season of Advent is a traditional ceremony with readings from sacred scripture and Advent carols, preparing ourselves for the birth of the Savior. This year we will welcome His Excellency, Most Reverend James Massa, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn as the presider. Please be sure to join us.


Christmas Pageant

The children of our parish Faith Formation Program will perform the story of Christmas at the Family Christmas Eve Mass which will take place at St. Peter Claver Church at 5:00PM. Rehearsals have begun for this pageant. Any child who would like to participate in our Christmas pageant can contact Ms. Michelle Joseph or Ms. Tamika Daniel for more information.


Christmas Flowers

During the Christmas season, each of our three churches are beautifully decorated with colorful poinsettias. Each of you are invited to have a poinsettia donated in memory or in honor of a loved one. Christmas flower envelopes are available at the doors of each of the three churches. You can fill out the envelope and place it in the collection basket or bring it to the parish office.


Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox


From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Today is the first Sunday of Advent. It is the shortest of all of the liturgical seasons, only 4 weeks. These next four weeks are meant to be a time of spiritual preparation for the birth of Jesus, our Savior. Because of the brevity of this beautiful liturgical season, it is easy to skip pass Advent and go straight into Christmas. Let us not fall into that trap, (I speak to myself about this too!).These days of Advent are filled with images of joyful anticipation, as we await the birth of the Savior. We hear in today’s gospel of the coming of the Son of Man in the clouds, with great glory. We know neither the day nor the hour, but we prepare with joy and hope for the Lord’s coming. One of my favorite Advent hymns is Come Divine Messiah. The words to this hymn beautifully depict this season:


O come divine Messiah, the world in silence waits the day when hope shall sing its triumph and sadness flee away. Dear Savior haste, come, come to earth. Dispel the night and show your face, and bid us hail the dawn of grace. O come divine Messiah, the world in silence waits the day, when hope shall sing it triumph and sadness flee away.


Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

This Saturday, December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. There will be a Vigil Mass celebrated on Friday, December 7 at Holy Rosary Church at 7:00PM. There will be one Mass celebrated on Saturday December 8 at Our Lady of Victory Church at 8:00AM. Please note the Mass schedule changes for the day.


Parish Christmas Party

Our annual parish Christmas party will take place next Sunday, December 9 at Our Lady of Victory McGuinness Hall. This is a beautiful way to prepare our hearts for the birth of the Lord, by coming together as a parish community. Each year parishioners have expressed how grateful they are for this Christmas party. Tickets are only $20 per person and can be purchased after all of the Sunday Masses and at the parish office. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the day of the party.


Advent Lessons and Carols

We will have Advent Lessons and Carols on Tuesday December 18 at Holy Rosary Church beginning at 7:30PM. Lessons and Carols during the season of Advent is a traditional ceremony with readings from sacred scripture and Advent carols, preparing ourselves for the birth of the Savior. This year we will welcome His Excellency, Most Reverend James Massa, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn as the presider. Please be sure to join us.


Have a great week and a Blessed Advent,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox


From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

What a beautiful celebration we had last Sunday! I thank all of you for your presence, prayers and faithful support for last week’s celebration. Bishop Chappetto greatly enjoyed his visit with us. As I was walking him to his car, he thanked me for your warm welcome and hospitality to him. As he mentioned in his homily last Sunday, we must continue to pray for one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. I also want to thank each of you for your hospitality and generosity for the reception after Mass last week in McGuinness Hall. We had an overabundant amount of food and refreshments! Thank you all so much for your generosity.


In just two weeks, we will begin a new liturgical year with the season of Advent. Our gospel passage today reflects on the second coming of Christ. Each of us waits with joyful anticipation for the coming of the Lord. Jesus reminds us that this earth and the things of this earth will pass away, but his words will never. We know neither the day nor the hour of when our Lord will come again, but we must be ready and prepared. Let us continue to preach the love and mercy of Christ by the example of our lives. May Christ continue to reign in our community here in Bedford-Stuyvesant as we await the Kingdom of Heaven.


All Souls Remembrance

Throughout the month of November, we as a parish community will pray for our dearly departed brothers and sisters. We also pray for those souls in purgatory. Names of our departed loved ones will be placed at the altar during the entire month. There are All Souls envelopes available at each of the three churches. Please use the envelopes and place the names of those you would like remembered on the back of the envelope along with the offering. You may place the envelope in the collection basket or bring it to the parish office. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.  


Thanksgiving Day Mass

This Thursday, November 22 is Thanksgiving Day. On behalf of the entire parish staff, we wish you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday. If you are travelling, we pray for your safe travels. There will be a Mass celebrated on Thanksgiving Day beginning at 8:00AM at Our Lady of Victory Church. If you would like to have a dish being served at your Thanksgiving table to be blessed, you are invited to bring it to Mass that day.


Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks. Thank you for all the graces and blessings. You have bestowed upon us, spiritual and temporal: our faith and religious heritage. Our food and shelter, our health, the loves we have for one another, our family and friends. 
Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessing throughout the coming year. This we ask in the name of Jesus, Your Son and our Brother. Amen.


Happy Thanksgiving,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox


From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

I take this opportunity to wish each of you, a happy feast day! Although the liturgical celebration of St. Martin dePorres was last week, we gather together today to give thanks and praise to God, through the intercession of St. Martin dePorres, for the gift of Jesus Christ. We have much to be thankful and grateful for as a parish community. We have seen our parish come alive, by the power and working of the Holy Spirit. We have seen both spiritual and temporal growth, continuing the mission of preaching and teaching Jesus Christ. We thank God for the elders of this parish, who are truly the foundation and we pray for those gone before us marked with the sign of faith. We thank God for the future of this parish, who are our young people. Many young families have come to have their children baptized at each of our three churches. Both Father Kingsley and I have seen a tremendous surge in baptisms, which is a phenomenal sign of growth for any parish community!


As Pastor, I thank each of you for your continued support and prayers, most especially during this most difficult time in the Roman Catholic Church. Please pray for your bishops, priests, deacons and consecrated religious. We welcome His Excellency, Most Reverend Raymond Chappetto, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Vicar General as the main celebrant and homilist for our Mass today. I thank him for his continued support of my ministry here at St. Martin dePorres and his prayers. I ask you to pray for him and all of the Bishops of the United States as they gather in Baltimore this week for their yearly meeting. May the Holy Spirit come upon them to lead the church ever so closer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ the Lord


All Souls Remembrance

Throughout the month of November, we as a parish community will pray for our dearly departed brothers and sisters. We also pray for those souls in purgatory. Names of our departed loved ones will be placed at the altar during the entire month. There are All Souls envelopes available at each of the three churches. Please use the envelopes and place the names of those you would like remembered on the back of the envelope along with the offering. You may place the envelope in the collection basket or bring it to the parish office. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.  


Thanksgiving Day Mass

Next Thursday, November 22 is Thanksgiving Day. On behalf of the entire parish staff, we wish you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday. If you are travelling, we pray for your safe travels. There will be a Mass celebrated on Thanksgiving Day beginning at 8:00AM at Our Lady of Victory Church. If you would like to have a dish being served at your Thanksgiving table to be blessed, you are invited to bring it to Mass that day.


Have a great week!

Father Alonzo Q. Cox