Our solemn Easter season concluded last Sunday with the feast of Pentecost. We have now moved into the Ordinary Time of the liturgical year. We do though have two beautiful Sunday solemnities that come after Pentecost. Today, the solemnity of the Holy Trinity being one of them. Today, we give thanks and praise to God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Trinity is at the very core of our faith as Christians. Every prayer that we bring before the throne of grace begins by invoking Father, Son and Holy Spirit. On the very day of our baptism, we were immersed through the saving waters in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. On this Trinity Sunday, we recall the dogmatic truth of the presence of God in the three persons of the Trinity. It is from the Father as creator, who sends the Son, Jesus to free us from our sins on the cross, who sends the Holy Spirit, the Advocate to guide and strengthen us. As we invoke the Trinity today, may we continue to live as faithful and holy witnesses of the Lord.
Today we welcome representatives from the Bethlehem Christian Families to our parish. As was mentioned in the announcements last week, Christians are being persecuted in the city of Bethlehem, the same city in with our Lord was born. Christians in Bethlehem make religious items such as statues and rosaries out of pure olive wood. The proceeds go directly back to the Holy Land to help support the Christians there. Please be sure to stop by the tables at the doors of each of the three churches to browse and support the Christians in the Holy Land.
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. After the Mass there will be a reception in McGuinness Hall. We are asking for donations of breakfast items such as croissants, bagels, juices and danishes. If you are able to help donate some of these items for the reception, please call the parish office this week. 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