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

FROM THE PASTOR'S DESK

Dear Parishioners,

As I pen this letter, all of us have witnessed the horror that has occurred in Las Vegas. This weekend we pray most especially for those who lost their lives and the hundreds who were wounded out of violence and malice. We must pray for an end to violence within our world and society. As Christians, we must always keep Christ at the center of our lives, imitating him in all that we say and do. It is evident that evil exists in our world. But, how do we combat evil? The answer is by doing good! We must always do what is good to build up the Body of Christ in our world. We must never allow the evil one to seep into the goodness of our lives. Let us lift up those who lost their lives, their families and friends in prayer at Mass this weekend. During this month of October, we pray that through the intercession of our Blessed Mother, most especially Our Lady of Fatima, that we will live in peace and harmony with one another.

We also continue to pray for those who have been affected by the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. We also pray for those who lost their lives in the recent earthquake in Mexico. May the Lord fill us with his blessings, as we strive to be his holy and faithful witnesses in this world.

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.

 

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Cox

 

From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Last week we commemorated the feast of St. Peter Claver at the 11:30AM Mass at St. Peter Claver Church. We had a full house! I take this opportunity to thank the committee for making it such a beautiful afternoon with plenty of food to go around. As I have mentioned on numerous occasions, great and beautiful things are happening here at St. Martin dePorres. We continue to thank God for all the many blessings that he has bestowed upon us as a parish community.

Today’s second reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians is my absolute favorite Pauline text. Allow me to share it with you. “Brothers and sisters, Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me life is Christ, and death is gain. If I go on living in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. And I do not know which I shall choose. I am caught between the two. I long to depart this life and be with Christ, for that is far better.

Yet that I remain in the flesh is more necessary for your benefit. Only, conduct yourselves in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ”.

Life is Christ! Everything that we do, the very essence of our being is meant to imitate Christ the Lord. Our conduct must always be worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a parish community we must always live in the light and love of Jesus Christ. He is our salvation and our strength. May we always keep Christ at the center of all that we say and in all that we do.

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!

East Brooklyn Congregations

Our parish is a member of EBC, East Brooklyn Congregations. Over the last few months, we have met to tackle the problem of affordable housing here in our city, particularly Bedford Stuyvesant. Our Mayor has chosen not to listen to the voices of the community with regards to building affordable housing in our community. We are planning an action at City Hall to have our voices heard. The action will take place on Monday October 9, Columbus Day. There are flyers in each of the bulletins. If you are interested in joining us in the action, please see one of the representatives after Mass to sign up.

 

Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Cox