From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

As our Lenten journey with the Lord Jesus continues, we hear in today’s gospel passage the account of the Transfiguration. We see Jesus take Peter, James and John atop of Mount Tabor and all of a sudden Jesus is transfigured before their very eyes. What I love about the account of the Transfiguration is the reaction of Peter, James and John. They are in amazement at what they are seeing. It is evident that their lives have now become radically changed at seeing the Lord transfigured before their very eyes. It is Peter who says to the Lord, “It is good that we are here”. As we come to church this Sunday, to receive the Most Blessed Sacrament and to be filled with Sacred Scripture, each of us can say, it is good that we are here. It is good that we can be in the presence of Christ, word made flesh, who gives of himself for our salvation. Our lives continue to be radically changed and transformed by the presence of Christ. On this second Sunday of Lent, may we continue to keep Christ at the center of our lives, as we prepare to celebrate the joys of Easter!


Tuesday Evening Vespers & Stations of the Cross

We will have Eucharistic Adoration and Solemn Vespers (Evening Prayer) each Tuesday evening during the season of Lent. All are invited to join us this Tuesday, March 19 at Holy Rosary Church for Vespers beginning at 7:30PM. We will welcome Father Joseph Dutan, who serves as the parochial vicar of St. Brigid parish in Bushwick as the homilist. Stations of the Cross are prayed throughout the Fridays of Lent at each of the three churches beginning at 7:00PM. Praying the stations of the cross is a beautiful Lenten practice of walking with the Lord on his road to Calvary.


2019 Annual Catholic Appeal

We have begun the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal. As Pastor, I thank each of you who have participated with a gift to the 2018 Appeal and ask that everyone prayerfully consider making a gift to the 2019 Appeal. The work and services made possible through your donation to the Annual Catholic Appeal help people in Brooklyn and Queens in ways that no one parish can alone. As you know, each parish throughout the Diocese of Brooklyn is given a financial goal to raise throughout the year. Our goal for the Annual Catholic Appeal this year is $59,586. This goal can be reached if everyone participates in the Appeal. Please remain assured that your gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal cannot be used in the settlement of abuse claims or for anything other than their intended purpose. In a few weeks, we as a parish community will be able to view this year’s Appeal video and conduct an in-pew pledge for those who have not yet made one. Thank you for your support and generosity.


Lenten Devotional Books & Holy Week Schedule

This year’s Lenten devotional books are available at the doors of each of the three churches. The devotional reflections is entitled, “The Saving Passion”. All are invited to take one home with them. Inserted in the books is this year’s schedule for Holy Week. There are extra cards with the schedule on the back of them to give to friends and family.


Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

    


From the Pastor's Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Today is the first Sunday of Lent. Each year on this particular Sunday, the gospel passage that is proclaimed at Mass depicts the temptation of Jesus by Satan. We hear how the devil tempts Jesus three times. The devil attempts to show Jesus the wealth, riches and power that he could have, as long as Jesus follows Satan. The Lord knows that the devil is a liar! We must never be lured by power, prestige or riches. The devil is always at work trying to tempt us. He manages to seep his way in through the most cunning of situations and circumstances. Like Jesus, we as his followers must deny Satan and all his works and empty promises. We must continue to keep our eyes fixated on Christ, the Son of the living God. As we journey with the Lord in the desert this Lenten season, let us pray that by the power and working of the Holy Spirit we will put on the armor of Christ to defeat Satan and his temptations.


Tuesday Evening Vespers and Eucharistic Adoration

During the Tuesday’s of Lent we will have Eucharistic Adoration with sung vespers. Our first Tuesday evening vespers service will take place this week March 12 beginning at 7:30PM at Our Lady of Victory Church. The theme will be “I am the Bread of Life”. We will welcome Father Jose Diaz, the Parochial Vicar of St. Leo Parish in Corona as the homilist. Please be sure to join us.


Stations of the Cross

We will pray the stations of the cross each Friday evening during the season of Lent. Stations of the Cross will be held at each of the three churches beginning at 7:00PM. Praying the stations is a beautiful Lenten practice, as we walk with Jesus on the road to Calvary.


Passion Play

Each year, the youth of our parish dramatically depict the Passion of Christ. A lot of time and effort goes into the rehearsals for the Passion play that will take place Saturday, April 13 at St. Peter Claver Church. Any adult or child that would like to participate in the Passion play this year are most welcomed! Please see Father Kingsley, Jennifer Parkinson-Gilbert or Michelle Joseph for more information.


Co-Naming of Jefferson Avenue (Corner of Claver Place)

We are blessed at St. Martin dePorres Parish to have three churches that are filled with a rich history, one of them being St. Peter Claver Church. Just about a year ago, I was told of the story of Edwin Woodriffe. He was a parishioner of St. Peter Claver Church back in the 1940’s. He was an alumnus of the school and an altar server for the parish. He grew up to become an FBI agent. On January 8, 1969 he became the first African-American FBI agent killed in the line of duty. His funeral was held at St. Peter Claver Church. I was approached by both the Woodriffe family and members of St. Peter Claver that a petition had be presented to the New York City Transportation Council to co-name Jefferson Avenue after the fallen FBI agent. I am very happy to announce that the petition passed and the co-naming ceremony will take place on Friday, April 26, 2019. There will be much more details to come!


Have a great week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox