Last Sunday we welcomed almost 200 people to Holy Rosary Church for the Mass of Blessing and Rededication of the newly restored church. It was a beautiful ceremony that truly exemplified the “smells and bells” of Roman Catholic liturgy. We had the great joy of welcoming Bishop Raymond Chappetto as the main celebrant and homilist. He arrived very early (hence I had to leave immediately after the 11:30AM Mass at St. Peter Claver) and he was taken back at the beauty of this “hidden gem”. As Pastor, I was so happy to welcome back to Holy Rosary many families who had moved from the neighborhood. I was most especially grateful to the Sisters of Mercy who were in attendance. I thank the parishioners from Holy Rosary who put together a phenomenal reception in the lower hall. I also want to thank our parish choir under the direction of Mr. Rasaan Bourke and Mr. Joseph Murray as associate music director. To say that our choir was incredible would be an understatement, they were “off the hook”! Words cannot begin to describe how grateful I am to our parish choir who lifted our hearts and voices to Almighty God in song. Every priest who was at the Mass last Sunday, including the Bishop, were deeply moved by our choir. The spirit of the Lord is alive here in Bedford Stuyvesant!
Next Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. As is the custom here at St. Martin dePorres, we will have one Mass celebrated here at the parish. Mass will be celebrated at 10:30AM at Our Lady of Victory Church. There will be the usual Saturday evening Vigil Mass at 5:00PM at St. Peter Claver Church. At that Mass we will celebrate the sacrament of the anointing of the sick. In this sacrament the priest lays hand on the heads of those who are sick and anoints them with the oil of the sick blessed by Bishop DiMarzio at the Chrism Mass.
Father Willy Kingsley
Over the last six months we have been blessed to have Deacon Willy Kingsley assigned to the parish as a transitional deacon. This coming Saturday Deacon Willy Kingsley will become Father Willy Kingsley. We pray for him and his classmates as they are ordained to the priesthood by Bishop DiMarzio at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral this Saturday morning. Newly-ordained Father Kingsley will celebrate his First Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving next Sunday, June 4 at Our Lady of Victory at 2:30PM. All are invited to celebrate this beautiful day with him and his family.
Tomorrow is Memorial Day. It is the un-official beginning of summer. On behalf of the entire parish staff I wish each of you a happy Memorial Day. There will not be a noon Mass at St. Peter Claver on Monday. There will be one Mass celebrated at 8:00AM at Our Lady of Victory Church.
Have a great week,
Father Alonzo Cox