May 23, 2021

Dear Parishioners,

Today we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost. We commemorate the moment Jesus bestowed upon us the gift of the Holy Spirit. Today’s gospel depicts Jesus in the midst of his disciples saying to them, “Peace be with you”. On this Pentecost Sunday, we pray for peace in our world, that the Holy Spirit will continue to guide and strengthen all of God’s holy people. We pray that the Holy Spirit will renew the face of the earth. Each of us was given the gift of the Holy Spirit at our baptism. We were then sealed with the Holy Spirit at Confirmation. It is on this feast of Pentecost that the Church comes into existence. It is within the sacramental life of the Church that the Holy Spirit makes it dwelling. Let us live in the Spirit so that we will continue to build up the Body of Christ here on earth.

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 $21,223. 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 Church Raffle Fundraiser

The St. Peter Claver raffle fundraiser has been extended to this week! Tickets are $10 each and they can be purchased after all of the masses from any anniversary committee member or by coming to the parish office during business hours. The drawing will take place this Friday, May 28 at 7:00PM via livestream.

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 & Cake Sale

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

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your spirit and they shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth

Wishing you a Blessed Pentecost,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox