From Father Kingsley

Dear Parishioners,

The unofficial kickoff to Black History Month began with the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday on Monday, January 21st. Our pastor, Fr. Alonzo Cox, presided the diocesan service at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Queens Village. Nearly a hundred souls braved the cold weather to commemorate MLK’s life and legacy. Fr. Peter Damian Harris, OP, delivered a powerful reflection on Galatians 3: 28. He urged us all as “Christians, as brothers, as one in Christ; be energized by God’s indiscriminate love for one another.” His insights touched us all, reminding us that there’s more work to be done. Our very own choir under the direction of Messrs. Rasaan Bourke and Joseph Murray lifted our hearts, minds, and souls in song, breathing life anew in the time-honored anthems of the black church.

Closer to home, our parochial Black History Month Committee has been meeting since last summer to plan for this February. The committee, under the leadership of Mrs. Estella White-McDuffy, has been hard at work. They selected the theme for this year’s celebration, “Let Our Praise Arise.”  Accordingly, they have planned a number of things. To begin this month at this weekend’s Masses, we will recite together the Prayer for African American and African Family penned by the legendary Fr. James Goode, OFM. Throughout the month, parish youth have been invited to read excerpts from the lives of notable Black figures. In addition, we invite all parishioners, including liturgical ministers, to dress in their finest African attire. On the Saturdays of this month, beginning on February 9th, after the 5 PM Mass, we will show inspirational, uplifting films, the first being Remember the Titans starring Denzel Washington.

We will have our parish Black History Month Mass, on Sunday, February 10th, 12 Noon, at Holy Rosary Church. The committee is pleased to announce that Fr. Anthony Bozeman, SSJ, will be this year’s guest celebrant and homilist. He is renowned in Black Catholic circles as being a gifted laborer in the Lord’s vineyard. A light reception will follow in the lower church; if you wish to contribute please call the rectory office this week. Please note on the weekend of the 10th, the Mass schedule is as follows: 5 PM Saturday Vigil Mass at SPC, 7: 30 AM Mass at OLV, 12 Noon Mass at HR. We will NOT have the scheduled 9 AM, 10: 15 AM, or 11: 30 AM Masses that day.   

To close, I am looking forward to all the activities planned for Black History Month, and on behalf of the all parish, I thank the committee for all their hard work and dedication.


In Christ,

Fr. Daniel O. Kingsley


From Fr. Kingsley

Dear Parishioners,

Whenever one watches public television, they are bound to hear a program was made possible by “viewers like you.” It is a quaint sentiment, but one which carries meaning. The same can be said for St. Martin de Porres Parish. The clergy and staff can provide guidance and support for many initiatives, but everything we do here is made possible by “parishioners like you.” It is on that note that I thank those who made last Saturday’s excursion to Foxwoods Casino a success. To have not one, but two busloads of parishioners, as well as their friends and neighbors, go is not an easy feat. It required a lot of behind the scenes work, such as assembling gift bags, devising raffle prizes, preparing breakfast, among other activities. Those involved in the preparations would tell you joking of their fatigue, but also their sincere love for this parish. Once again, thank you.

Last Sunday, at the 9 AM Mass, we celebrated the patronal feast of Holy Rosary Church. It was a powerful, uplifting liturgy in honor of the Blessed Mother. The choir began with the ethereal Mary the Dawn and finished with the Sister Act version of Hail, Holy Queen. On the sanctuary, I was assisted by our liturgical ministers, but also the visiting Deacon George Waithe of Barbados who shared with us his vocation story. Members of the parish Rosary Society, resplendent in their blue suits and sashes, offered roses to the Virgin at the foot of the altar. After Mass, parishioners gathered in the lower hall of a light lunch reception. A lot of hard work went into making the feast day possible. The day prior, a few parishioners met up to clean and set up not only the church and the lower hall, but swept the yard as well. And on the day proper, HRC’s Worship Committee served the food that made our fellowship feel special. Once again, thank you.

As many of you have noticed, October is a busy month!  Last Wednesday, the SPC Credit Union sponsored a trip to Sight and Sound. By the time, you read this our annual Prayer Breakfast and Rosary Rally would have occurred. On October 20th, in McGuiness Hall, we will have our Breast Cancer Awareness Dinner Dance. For more information, please consult the bulletin. On October 26th, we will have our 2nd Annual Silent Film Event featuring the 1923 classic the Hunchback of Notre Dame, a great lead up to the Halloween festivities. And the next day, October 27th, we will travel to Washington, D.C., on pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, a great way to end this month dedicated to our Lady.  This vicar is fatigued thinking of these events. Yet, they demonstrate that St. Martin de Porres is a lively community thanks largely to “parishioners like you.”   


In Christ,

Fr. Daniel O. Kingsley