November 7, 2021

From the Pastor’s Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Today’s gospel depicts this poor widow, who gave just two small coins to contribute to the treasury. Jesus acknowledges this woman as an example of tremendous faith, giving the little that she had to fulfill her duty. With only two small coins amounting to a few cents, this woman gave more than the other wealthy people who contributed from their surplus. The Lord is showing us that no matter what we may have, he wants us to give ourselves completely to him. We are the Lords, and we belong to him. We pray every day that our lives will forever and always be rooted in him. Jesus reminds us that we don’t need places of honor or accolades, but only that we give of ourselves for the honor and glory of God.

Feast of St. Martin de Porres 

Next Sunday, November 14, we will commemorate as a parish community the feast of our patron, St. Martin de Porres. As is the custom, only one Mass will be celebrated next Sunday at 10:30AM which will be held at Our Lady of Victory Church. Immediately following the Mass there will be a light reception in McGuinness Hall. We are asking for donations of breakfast food and beverages. You may drop them off at the parish office or in McGuinness Hall on Sunday morning.

All Soul’s Day Envelopes

During the month of November, we will pray for all those who have died. Special All Soul’s Day envelopes are available at each of the three churches. You may place the names of the deceased along with the offering in the envelope which can be put in the collection basket at Mass or brough to the parish office. All envelopes will be placed on each of the altars of our churches during the month of November.

Black Catholic History Month

November is known as Black Catholic History Month. During the month of November, we as a Catholic community highlight in a special way the pastoral and spiritual ministry of African Americans and people of color within the church. We also highlight Black saints of the church, both current and soon-to be. In collaboration with the Archdiocese of New York and the Diocese of Brooklyn, there will be a special Mass celebrated for our historically Black fraternities and sororities, known as the Divine 9. This Mass will take place on Sunday, November 21 at Our Lady of Victory Church beginning at 1:00PM. All are welcomed to pray with us as we commemorate Black Catholic History Month.

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 $47,155. 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.

Wishing you a joyful and peaceful week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox