February 28, 2021

From the Pastor’s Desk


Dear Parishioners,


On this second Sunday of Lent, we hear in today’s gospel the Transfiguration of our Lord. Jesus takes Peter, James, and John up to the mountain and is transfigured before their very eyes! I can only imagine the fear and trepidation they were feeling as this was happening. But then they hear the voice of God speak, “this is my beloved son, listen to him.” During the season of Lent, each of us are asked to listen to the voice of God. We live in a world full of noise and distraction. These days of Lent are meant to be moments of prayer and reflection, not allowing the noise or distraction get in the way of hearing the voice of God. I love Peter’s response to Jesus, after his fears subside, he says, “it is good that we are here.” Each of us must keep those words alive in our hearts. It is good that we are here, in Church, to give honor, glory and praise to our God. It is good that we are able to receive the Eucharist. It is good that we are able to bow down in worship. May these days of penitence and reflection be a moment of grace as we hear the word of God and listen to his only begotten son, Christ the Lord.


Tuesday Evening Lenten Vespers and Stations of the Cross

We will continue the tradition of praying sung Vespers (Evening Prayer) on the Tuesdays of Lent this Tuesday, March 2. It will be held at Our Lady of Victory Church beginning at 7:00 PM. Vespers from Our Lady of Victory Church will be livestreamed via our parish website and Facebook page. We will also pray the traditional stations of the cross on the Friday’s of Lent at each of the three churches. Stations of the cross will begin at 7:00 PM. All are welcomed to pray with us.


Diocese of Brooklyn Black History Month Mass of Thanksgiving

The Diocese of Brooklyn Mass of Thanksgiving for Black History Month will take place today, Sunday, February 28 at 3:00 PM at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph on Pacific Street. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will be the main celebrant. Our very own Father Franklin will be the homilist. All are welcomed to join us at the Co-Cathedral or watch the Mass live via NET-TV.


2021 Diocese of Brooklyn Annual Catholic Appeal

Each year St. Martin de Porres Parish and the Diocese of Brooklyn engage in the Annual Catholic Appeal which supports Catholic programs throughout Brooklyn and Queens and affects the lives of countless individuals and families living in our neighborhoods in addition to benefitting our parish. As you know, the ACA supports the workings and programs of the Diocese of Brooklyn such as Catholic Migration Services, Vocations to the Priesthood, Hospital Chaplains and Youth Ministry. Each parish is given a financial goal to raise for the year. Our goal here at St. Martin de Porres is $63,586. The key to having a successful ACA is participation. We are asking everyone to participate in this year’s ACA that we will be able to achieve our goal. Any monies collected beyond the goal comes directly back to the parish. I thank each of you for your financial support here at St. Martin de Porres.


We adore you O Christ and we praise you, for by your holy cross you have redeemed the world,

Father Alonzo Q. Co*