From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

I take this opportunity to thank all of you who came to the 150th Anniversary Gala dinner last Saturday night. It was an amazing evening filled with joy and fellowship. I met former parishioners of Our Lady of Victory who recalled stories of their time in the parish. I met new parishioners who just recently moved to the neighborhood and wanted to celebrate with us. I met alumni of Our Lady of Victory school who reminisced about their time with the nuns who ran the school. Over 250 people came to support the parish and to celebrate this milestone! I want to thank the anniversary committee who worked tirelessly to make last week’s dinner successful and memorable. Both Father Kingsley and I are blessed to be shepherds to a wonderful flock here at St. Martin dePorres.


Shades of Color Concert

Our next fundraiser for the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church will be a musical concert entitled, Shades of Color: Celebrating our Diversity Through Music. This concert will show case the incredible diversity of our parish along with our strong network of performers and creatives. It will take place on Sunday, May 6 at Our Lady of Victory Church beginning at 4:00PM. Tickets available for purchased after Mass or at the parish office.


League of the Sacred Heart Tea Party

The St. Peter Claver League of the Sacred Heart will hold their annual tea party today, Sunday April 29 at St. Peter Claver Church. It will take place after the 11:30AM Mass in the lower hall. Father Patrick West will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children.


Annual Catholic Appeal 2018

It is that time for this year’s Diocese of Brooklyn Annual Catholic Appeal. As you all know, the Annual Catholic Appeal helps to support the many ministries throughout the Diocese. This year’s theme is Answer the Call. As members of the mystical body of Christ, each of us are called to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ by the example of our lives. The Annual Catholic Appeal also supports the initiatives of the 197 parishes that make up this incredible Diocese. Our parish goal for this year’s ACA is $59,519. This goal is very much attainable if each of us answers the call to participate in any way that we possibly can. We average about 800 people for Mass each weekend between our three churches. If each of us can participate in this year’s appeal not only can we make our goal, but we can go over it. Anything over the goal comes directly back to the parish. When I say “we” that includes myself. This year, as I do each year, I personally will contribute $1,000 to the 2018 ACA. Why do I say that? It’s important that you know that I would never ask you to do something that I myself would not do! This weekend we will see the ACA video and conduct the in-pew for those who have not already contributed. Thank you for your generosity.


Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox