May 16, 2021

Dear Parishioners,

We have come to the 7th and last Sunday of the Easter season. Next week we will celebrate the great feast of Pentecost, the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Church. I hope that these days of Easter have been moments of encounter with the Risen Lord. We have seen throughout this season of how the followers of Christ encountered him in so many different ways. We hear in today’s gospel passage the beautiful prayer that Jesus says to the Father for us. The Lord is praying that we be consecrated in the truth, that the word of God is that absolute truth. As we prepare to celebrate Pentecost, we thank God for the gift of the Holy Spirit. May that spirit of truth resonate within us, now and for the ages to come.


School of Faith Formation Thank You

Last week, boys and girls from our parish school of Faith Formation received their First Holy Communion. It was a beautiful liturgy filled with the joy and excitement that only Jesus can bring. Just about a month ago, students from our parish received the sacrament of Confirmation with Bishop James Massa conferring the sacrament. It was also another liturgy filled with the joy and power of the Holy Spirit. I take this opportunity to thank Ms. Michelle Joseph and her team of catechists who prepared our young people for the reception of their sacraments. If you have children who need to be registered for our parish school of Faith Formation, please contact the parish office for more information regarding registration for the upcoming school year.

2021 Diocese of Brooklyn Annual Catholic Appeal

I wish to thank all of you who have already contributed to this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal. Our goal here at St. Martin de Porres is $63,586. We have pledged thus far $19,543. 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.

St. Peter Claver 100th Anniversary Virtual Charity Concert

Our parish music ministry program will sponsor a virtual charity concert entitled: A Summer Fling! It will take place on Friday June 11 in Msgr. Rodgers Hall beginning at 7:00PM. This concert will feature members from our music ministry and special musical guests. The suggested online donation is $25.00. We will also offer a limited, socially distanced in-person seating for the concert that will include dinner for $50.00 a person. All proceeds will support St. Peter Claver Church. For more information and to purchase a ticket please call the parish office.

Pentecost Plant Sale

We will have a plant sale next weekend after all of the Masses. Beautiful plants will be available for purchase. All proceeds will go to support St. Martin de Porres parish. Please see the bulletin for more details.

Wishing you a blessed and peaceful week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox