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