From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

This week we will celebrate Thanksgiving. On behalf of the staff here at St. Martin dePorres Parish, I want to wish all of you a very happy and holy Thanksgiving holiday. In whatever way you spend this holiday, I hope that each of you will enjoy the gift of the day giving thanks to God for all of the many blessings bestowed upon us. As we gather with friends and family this holiday, let us continue to pray for one another. Let us allow the Holy Spirit to take root within us, that we will give thanks not just for this one day during the year, but every single day of our lives.

Next Sunday is the Solemnity of Christ the King, which is the last Sunday of the liturgical year. With the first Sunday of Advent, we begin a new liturgical year in the Church. As we prepare to begin this new liturgical year, I invite us to pray for a deeper sense of unity within our parish community. As I mentioned in my homily two weeks ago for the Feast of St. Martin dePorres, I pray for all of you every day! Along with that prayer, I ask the Lord to unite all of us more deeply, and much more closely. Bringing three communities together, with their own history and charism can be a challenge, but I look at the fruits of what could be born, when we all come together as one, building up the body of Christ here in Bedford Stuyvesant.

May Christ the Lord give us the strength that we need to go out and proclaim his Good News, in all that we say and in everything that we do.

Thanksgiving Luncheon

Today, Sunday November 19 we will have our parish Thanksgiving Luncheon, which will take place at St. Peter Claver school immediately after the 11:30AM Mass. All parishioners from each of the three churches are invited to attend this luncheon and it’s completely free! Please be sure to join us for an afternoon of fellowship and Thanksgiving.

Annual Catholic Appeal

You have heard much about our 2017 Annual Catholic Appeal. I thank all of you for your generosity, in giving of your time, talent and treasure for the support of St. Martin dePorres Parish. The Annual Catholic Appeal supports the various ministries of the Diocese of Brooklyn along with the continued mission of the parishes. The key to having a successful appeal is full participation. We have 941 registered families who have participated in the ACA in years past. In this year’s appeal, only 71 families have participated. If each family were to participate in this year’s ACA, we would definitely reach our goal. It is also important to know that both Father Kingsley and I participate in the ACA. I have always made it a promise of mine that I would never ask my parishioners to do something that I myself would not do. Next weekend we will have an in pew opportunity for those who have not had an opportunity to participate in this year’s ACA. I cannot thank all of you enough, from the bottom of my heart for your love, support and generosity.

 

Have a great week & Happy Thanksgiving!

Father Alonzo Cox

From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Traditionally, the month of October is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, particularly the Most Holy Rosary. As Catholics, the recitation and prayer of the rosary is one of the largest devotions within the Church. In all of the mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary, we reflect on the events of our salvation through the lens of Mary, the mother of Jesus. I invite all of us to spend some time throughout this month to pray the rosary, asking for the Mother of God to intercede for us and our world. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has personally dedicated this month of October for praying for the unemployed. In a recent address, Pope Francis urged us to “pray that all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.”

May the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary lead us closer to the heart of her Son Jesus Christ, our Savior and King.

Jazz Café

Our first fundraiser commemorating the 150th Anniversary will be a Jazz Café that will take place on Saturday October 28 beginning at 7:00PM in McGuinness Hall. It will be an evening of live Jazz music, cocktails and light refreshments. It promises to be a beautiful evening that I hope all of you will be able to attend. Tickets are $45 in advance and $55 at the door. You can purchase a ticket from the rectory office, or via our website at smdpp.org/ticket-sales/jazzcafe. There are flyers available at each of the three churches. Please be sure to take one and tell your friends and family too!

2017 Annual Catholic Appeal

Many of you have received mailings from the Diocese of Brooklyn regarding this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal. As you know, last year we participated in the Diocesan Generations of Faith Capital Campaign, which was meant to enrich youth ministry within the parish, support senior priests, and parish projects. We pledged almost $800,000 towards the Generations of Faith Campaign and have received in cash almost $200,000. I thank all of you for your great generosity. Last year we were exempt from the Annual Catholic Appeal, but this year its back. The Annual Catholic Appeal helps support the various ministries of the Diocese of Brooklyn such as Migration services, Catholic Charities, Catholic Education and Seminary scholarships. The Annual Catholic Appeal is an important and essential facet of the Diocese. Our goal for the 2017 ACA is $59,519. For us to achieve this goal as we did for Generations of Faith, we must all participate. Over the next few weeks, you will be hearing more from me in the bulletin about how we can reach our 2017 ACA goal.

P.S. This week all of the priests of the Diocese of Brooklyn will gather for our bi-annual away convocation at the Seminary in Huntington. It will be a week of prayer and fraternity with our Bishop. Please keep me, Father Kingsley and the almost 300 priests of the Diocese of Brooklyn in your prayers this week.

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Cox