May 30, 2021

Dear Parishioners,

With the celebration of Pentecost last week, we officially concluded the Easter season and now have moved to the Ordinary Time of the liturgical year. There are though two beautiful solemnities that we commemorate on the two Sunday’s after Pentecost. Today is the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Next Sunday we will celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi (Body and Blood of Christ). As Catholics, we believe that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We invoke the Blessed Trinity throughout all of our prayers. It is in the three persons of the Blessed Trinity that we know who God is. We hear in today’s gospel of Jesus sending out his disciples to baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. To this very day, when a priest or deacon baptizes, he would use those exact words at the moment he pours water. Our faith is rooted in the Trinity! As we invoke the Blessed Trinity, let us pray that God will continue to show us his love and mercy.

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 $27,048. 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.

Father’s Day Remembrance

During the month of June, we will remember in a special way all Fathers. You are invited to use the Father’s Day envelopes located at the doors of the church to have your Father, whether alive or deceased remembered. All names will be placed on the altars of our churches during the month of June.

Memorial Day

This Monday, May 31 is Memorial Day. It is a national holiday. We remember in a very special way those who lost their lives defending our country in the Armed Forces. The parish office will be closed. There will not be a 12:00 Noon Mass at St. Peter Claver Church. One Mass will be celebrated at 8:00AM at Our Lady of Victory Church.

Wishing you a blessed and peaceful week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox