From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

This weekend is the last weekend in August! I cannot believe that next weekend is Labor Day weekend! As our young people get ready for another academic year and regular schedules of work resume, we pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to guide and strengthen each of us as disciples of the Lord Jesus. We must allow the spirit of the Lord to be at work within our daily lives. Jesus reminds us in today’s gospel passage that his words are spirit and life. It is the spirit that gives life. By virtue of our Baptism, each of us are filled with the Holy Spirit. The Lord is calling us to be spirit-filled, not to be filled with jealousy, envy, pride or malice. As we prepare for another Pastoral Year here at St. Martin dePorres, it is my prayer that each of us will continue to be faithful and holy witnesses of Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit. We must continue to place all of our trust in the Lord, for he knows all of our needs. Let us continue to pray for one another. Prayer is the greatest gift that we can bestow upon one another. With Jesus at the core and center of our parish community, we can continue the mandate that Christ gave to his disciples, to go out and teach all nations!

 

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. 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. As of now we have pledged $21,400 with 70 families participating. Anything that we make over the goal comes directly back to the parish. Today we will have a special in-pew pledge for those who have not yet given a gift to the ACA. We welcome Father Patrick Burns today, a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn and field director for the Annual Catholic Appeal as the presider and homilist for the masses. Father Burns will speak about the importance of the Annual Catholic Appeal and how we can have a successful campaign. We welcome him to our parish community this weekend.

 

Summer Outdoor Concert

The music ministry of St. Martin dePorres parish will be sponsoring an outdoor concert entitled, “sure on this shining night”. The concert will take place this Wednesday, August 29 beginning at 7:30PM. It will be held in the courtyard between the church and the rectory. It will feature the internationally acclaimed group Eschoir, a Welsh male choir. Admission is free. Please come and join us for a concert under the stars.

 

St. Martin dePorres Parish School of Faith Formation

As students begin another academic year, our parish school of faith formation begins another as well. All children in our parish are asked to register for our parish school of faith formation. Students must be enrolled in Sunday school to receive the sacraments of initiation particularly First Holy Communion and Confirmation. There are registration forms available at each of the three churches. Any adult who would like to become a Catholic or needs to receive any of the sacraments should be registered for our RCIA program. Please see Father Kingsley, Michelle Joseph or myself for more information.

 

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Our gospel passage for Mass today continues from the Bread of Life discourse from St. John. The Lord says to us that “I am the bread of life. I am the living bread that came down from heaven”. As Catholics, we partake of the one bread and the one chalice that has been broken and shed for us. Jesus is the eternal bread of life who nourishes and sustains us. We must always yearn for this bread that will never die. Today’s second reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians reminds us of how we ought to act. We need to be kind, compassionate and forgiving to one another. It can be very difficult to carry out those traits with certain people, whether they be friends, acquaintances, family or even fellow parishioners. St. Paul goes on to remind us that we need to be imitators of God. We are invited today to look at how we can be better imitators of God, in showing compassion, kindness and most especially forgiveness. In all things, we must always and forever put on Christ! Let us pray that through the powerful intercession of our Blessed Mother Mary, each of us will continue to grow closer to the most sacred heart of her son, Jesus.

 

Summer Outdoor Concert

The music ministry of St. Martin dePorres parish will be sponsoring an outdoor concert entitled, “sure on this shining night”. The concert will take place on Wednesday, August 29 beginning at 7:30PM. It will be held in the courtyard between the church and the rectory. It will feature the internationally acclaimed group Eschoir, a Welsh male choir. Admission is free. Please come and join us for a concert under the stars.

 

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This Wednesday, August 15 is the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven. It is also traditionally known as the Dormition of Mary. It is a holy day of obligation. We have changed the Mass schedule for this holy day. Masses will be celebrated at 9:00AM at Holy Rosary Church, 12:00Noon at St. Peter Claver Church and 7:30PM at Our Lady of Victory. Please note that there will not be an 8:00AM Mass at Our Lady of Victory that day.

 

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. 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. As of now we have pledged $18,975 with 64 families participating. Anything that we make over the goal comes directly back to the parish. During the weekend of August 25/26 we will have a special in-pew pledge for those who have not yet given a gift to the ACA. We will welcome Father Patrick Burns, a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn and field director for the Annual Catholic Appeal as the presider and homilist for the masses that weekend. There are extra pledge forms at each of the three churches. Thank you for your support and generosity.

 

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

 

From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Last weekend I had the great joy of being on the Kujenga retreat with 75 young boys and girls from the Diocese of Brooklyn. It was a beautiful weekend, filled with excitement, fraternity and God’s abundant grace. Throughout the weekend, I was able to witness the love that these young people have for Christ and his Church. They have pledged to devote themselves to prayer and following the will of God our Father. During Eucharistic Adoration, these young people fell to their knees in prayer, many of them with tears in their eyes, giving thanks to God for the gift of Jesus. Myself and five other priests heard confessions for almost two hours! We are blessed to have talented and gifted young people in the Church, who will one day take on leadership roles. I thank the young people of St. Martin dePorres Parish who attended the retreat along with their chaperones. For the next few weeks, our scripture readings, particularly our gospel passage from St. John, will come from the Bread of Life discourse. Jesus says to us today, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never hunger and whoever believes in me will never thirst”. Jesus is truly the bread of life who gives of himself for us. How blessed we are to be able to receive Jesus in the most Blessed Sacrament each Sunday. May Jesus the bread of life continue to be the source of our lives, now and for all eternity.

 

Summer Outdoor Concert

The music ministry of St. Martin dePorres parish will be sponsoring an outdoor concert entitled, “sure on this shining night”. The concert will take place on Wednesday, August 29 beginning at 7:30PM. It will be held in the courtyard between the church and the rectory. It will feature the internationally acclaimed group Eschoir, a Welsh male choir. Admission is free. Please come and join us for a concert under the stars.

 

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Next Wednesday, August 15 is the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven. It is a holy day of obligation. We have changed the Mass schedule for this holy day. Masses will be celebrated at 9:00AM at Holy Rosary Church, 12:00Noon at St. Peter Claver Church and 7:30PM at Our Lady of Victory. Please note that there will not be an 8:00AM Mass at Our Lady of Victory that day.

 

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. 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. As of now we have pledged $18,975 with 64 families participating. Anything that we make over the goal comes directly back to the parish. During the weekend of August 25/26 we will have a special in-pew pledge for those who have not yet given a gift to the ACA. We will welcome Father Patrick Burns, a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn and field director for the Annual Catholic Appeal as the presider and homilist for the masses that weekend. There are extra pledge forms at each of the three churches. Thank you for your support and generosity.

 

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

As we continue to bask in the beauty of these summer weeks, we are reminded in today’s gospel to get away to a deserted place and rest for a while. What a beautiful image for us to see from the Lord Jesus as we enjoy the rest and relaxation of these summer months. Although we may be on vacation from work and school, we must never be on vacation from our life of prayer. Whether we are traveling to distant places or staying local, we must always make time for our Sunday Mass obligation. As Catholics, the Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. Jesus nourishes and sustains us with his most precious Body and Blood. We must never turn away from him, knowing that he will never turn away from us. This Wednesday, July 25, we celebrate the feast of St. James the Apostle. He is one of my favorite saints. He was chosen by Christ himself to be one of his apostles. A fisherman by trade, James left everything, including his mother and father to follow Jesus. St. James is the patron saint of pilgrims who journey to distant places to encounter the Lord. St. James is also the patron saint of the Diocese of Brooklyn, which our cathedral is named after. Just about 3 years ago, I had the great privilege of bringing 30 parishioners from my former parish to Spain. I celebrated Mass at the high altar of the massive cathedral of Santiago de Compostella, where the remains of St. James are buried. We pray through the powerful intercession of St. James that each of us will have the courage to drop everything and follow the Lord.

 

Kujenga Youth Leadership Retreat

Next weekend members of our youth group will be participating in this year’s Kujenga youth leadership retreat. The word “kujenga” is Swahili meaning leadership. Almost 100 young men and women from the Diocese of Brooklyn will participate in this retreat which will be held at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, New York. In your kindness I as you to pray for our young people on retreat next week, that the Lord will bestow his abundant blessings upon them as they take on leadership roles in the Church today.

 

Welcome Father Joel Cariaso

This weekend we welcome back to St. Martin dePorres Parish Father Joel Cariaso. For the last two years, Father Joel has spent one month with us here at the parish as summer priest help. Father Joel is from the Philippines and serves as Rector of St. Nicholas of Tolentine Cathedral in his Diocese. In addition, he serves as Vicar for Religious Orders in his Diocese. Please be sure to welcome him back to his summer home here in Brooklyn!

 

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. 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. As of now we have pledged $18,975 with 64 families participating. Anything that we make over the goal comes directly back to the parish. There are extra pledge forms at each of the three churches. Thank you for your support and generosity.

 

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Cox

 

From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

I take this opportunity to thank all of you who came to the 150th Anniversary Gala dinner last Saturday night. It was an amazing evening filled with joy and fellowship. I met former parishioners of Our Lady of Victory who recalled stories of their time in the parish. I met new parishioners who just recently moved to the neighborhood and wanted to celebrate with us. I met alumni of Our Lady of Victory school who reminisced about their time with the nuns who ran the school. Over 250 people came to support the parish and to celebrate this milestone! I want to thank the anniversary committee who worked tirelessly to make last week’s dinner successful and memorable. Both Father Kingsley and I are blessed to be shepherds to a wonderful flock here at St. Martin dePorres.

 

Shades of Color Concert

Our next fundraiser for the 150th Anniversary of Our Lady of Victory Church will be a musical concert entitled, Shades of Color: Celebrating our Diversity Through Music. This concert will show case the incredible diversity of our parish along with our strong network of performers and creatives. It will take place on Sunday, May 6 at Our Lady of Victory Church beginning at 4:00PM. Tickets available for purchased after Mass or at the parish office.

 

League of the Sacred Heart Tea Party

The St. Peter Claver League of the Sacred Heart will hold their annual tea party today, Sunday April 29 at St. Peter Claver Church. It will take place after the 11:30AM Mass in the lower hall. Father Patrick West will be the keynote speaker. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children.

 

Annual Catholic Appeal 2018

It is that time for this year’s Diocese of Brooklyn Annual Catholic Appeal. As you all know, the Annual Catholic Appeal helps to support the many ministries throughout the Diocese. This year’s theme is Answer the Call. As members of the mystical body of Christ, each of us are called to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ by the example of our lives. The Annual Catholic Appeal also supports the initiatives of the 197 parishes that make up this incredible Diocese. Our parish goal for this year’s ACA is $59,519. This goal is very much attainable if each of us answers the call to participate in any way that we possibly can. We average about 800 people for Mass each weekend between our three churches. If each of us can participate in this year’s appeal not only can we make our goal, but we can go over it. Anything over the goal comes directly back to the parish. When I say “we” that includes myself. This year, as I do each year, I personally will contribute $1,000 to the 2018 ACA. Why do I say that? It’s important that you know that I would never ask you to do something that I myself would not do! This weekend we will see the ACA video and conduct the in-pew for those who have not already contributed. Thank you for your generosity.

 

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox