I take this opportunity to wish each of you, a happy feast day! Although the liturgical celebration of St. Martin dePorres was last week, we gather together today to give thanks and praise to God, through the intercession of St. Martin dePorres, for the gift of Jesus Christ. We have much to be thankful and grateful for as a parish community. We have seen our parish come alive, by the power and working of the Holy Spirit. We have seen both spiritual and temporal growth, continuing the mission of preaching and teaching Jesus Christ. We thank God for the elders of this parish, who are truly the foundation and we pray for those gone before us marked with the sign of faith. We thank God for the future of this parish, who are our young people. Many young families have come to have their children baptized at each of our three churches. Both Father Kingsley and I have seen a tremendous surge in baptisms, which is a phenomenal sign of growth for any parish community!
As Pastor, I thank each of you for your continued support and prayers, most especially during this most difficult time in the Roman Catholic Church. Please pray for your bishops, priests, deacons and consecrated religious. We welcome His Excellency, Most Reverend Raymond Chappetto, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn and Vicar General as the main celebrant and homilist for our Mass today. I thank him for his continued support of my ministry here at St. Martin dePorres and his prayers. I ask you to pray for him and all of the Bishops of the United States as they gather in Baltimore this week for their yearly meeting. May the Holy Spirit come upon them to lead the church ever so closer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ the Lord
All Souls Remembrance
Throughout the month of November, we as a parish community will pray for our dearly departed brothers and sisters. We also pray for those souls in purgatory. Names of our departed loved ones will be placed at the altar during the entire month. There are All Souls envelopes available at each of the three churches. Please use the envelopes and place the names of those you would like remembered on the back of the envelope along with the offering. You may place the envelope in the collection basket or bring it to the parish office. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.
Thanksgiving Day Mass
Next Thursday, November 22 is Thanksgiving Day. On behalf of the entire parish staff, we wish you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday. If you are travelling, we pray for your safe travels. There will be a Mass celebrated on Thanksgiving Day beginning at 8:00AM at Our Lady of Victory Church. If you would like to have a dish being served at your Thanksgiving table to be blessed, you are invited to bring it to Mass that day.
Have a great week!
Father Alonzo Q. Cox