Today’s second reading comes from one of my favorite Pauline passages. Paul is writing this letter to the Corinthians and he speaks to them about the Church as a body with many parts. It is a beautiful and precise image of what the Church truly is. Although the body has many parts, it all contributes to the working of the body as a whole. We are members of the mystical Body of Christ, that is the Church Universal. There are many different parts to the mystical Body of Christ. We can say today that there are many cultures and ethnicities that make the Church what it is and for that we give thanks and praise to God. Here at St. Martin dePorres we are blessed to have a diverse community that forms and shapes who we are as the Body of Christ here in Bedford Stuyvesant. There are many parts, but each of them strengthen the Body, that is Christ our Savior and King. Let us pray today that we will continue to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ, as we invite God’s holy people to encounter Jesus himself.
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.
Diocese of Brooklyn Black History Month Mass of Thanksgiving
As you all know, in addition to being the Pastor here at St. Martin dePorres, I also serve as diocesan director of ministry to African-American Catholics and the Vicariate for Black Catholic Concerns. Each year we sponsor our diocesan celebration for Black History Month with a Mass of Thanksgiving. This year’s Mass will take place on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston beginning at 4:00PM. This year’s homilist will be Father Tony Ricard, a priest from the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He is gifted and talented preacher! There will be a reception to follow the Mass. All are invited.
St. Lucia Independence Day
Our St. Lucian community will celebrate their Independence Day with a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday, February 17 at Our Lady of Victory. It will take place at the 10:15AM Mass. This year we are blessed to welcome His Excellency Most Reverend Gabriel Malzaire. Bishop Malzaire serves as the Bishop of Roseau in Dominica. He is a native St. Lucian. All are invited.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox