Today we celebrate the great Feast of Pentecost. Just as the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles, the third person of the Blessed Trinity comes upon us this day. We hear in today’s gospel of the Lord breathing on the Apostles telling them to receive the Holy Spirit. As members of the mystical body of Christ, that is the Holy Roman Catholic Church, we are guided by the Holy Spirit. On the day of our baptism, whether we were baptized as infants or adults, we were immersed in the Spirit though the saving waters. At our confirmation we receive the fullness of God’s Spirit allowing us to profess and proclaim his Son Jesus as Savior and King.
Pentecost also marks the end of the Easter season. This week we will enter into the Ordinary Time of the liturgical year. We must continue to be people filled with the Holy Spirit. We must allow the Spirit of the Lord to work within us as we strive every day to be faithful and holy witnesses of Jesus Christ. May the Holy Catholic Church, its members and this world be set on fire with the Holy Spirit!
Seminarian Assigned to St. Martin dePorres Parish
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has assigned Seminarian Jean P. Jean Louis to serve summer ministry here at St. Martin dePorres Parish. He will be with us for the next six weeks living in the rectory with Father Kingsley and I. He will have an opportunity to give reflections at Mass, visit the sick and homebound and serve at the celebration of Holy Mass. Jean is originally from Haiti and is currently studying for the priesthood at St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers. Please be sure to welcome him to our parish community.
Closing Mass for the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church
The solemn closing Mass for the anniversary year will take place on Sunday June 10 at Our Lady of Victory Church beginning at 10:30AM. Many of the former parishioners of Our Lady of Victory will be present along with alumni of the school. Many of the former priests of Our Lady of Victory will be on hand to con-celebrate as well. We will welcome His Excellency, Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn as the main celebrant and homilist. There will be just one Mass celebrated that day. There will be a Saturday 5:00PM evening Mass at St. Peter Claver Church on June 9.
Annual Catholic Appeal 2018
I take this opportunity to thank each of you for your support and generosity towards this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal. Over the last few weeks, I have spoken to you in my homily about the importance of the ACA and its support of the various ministries within the Diocese of Brooklyn and our parish here at St. Martin dePorres. Our goal for the year is $59,519. As I mentioned, if each of us can participate in some way, we will be able to achieve our goal. Anything that we make over the goal comes directly back to the parish. There are extra pledge forms at each of the three churches.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox