From the Pastor’s Desk
With the celebration of Pentecost last Sunday, we have concluded the Easter season and have moved into the Ordinary Time of the liturgical year. These next two Sundays are special solemnities following Pentecost. Today, we celebrate the solemnity of The Most Holy Trinity. As Catholics, we believe that God is present, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Trinity is the core of our faith, so much so, that we are baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each time we gather as a community for the celebration of Mass, we begin by invoking the Trinity. This solemnity allows us to acknowledge this great mystery, proclaiming the presence and the unity of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. May our prayers rise to the heavens as we invoke the Blessed Trinity.
This weekend we welcome Father Anselmus Mawusi as the homilist for all the Masses. He will speak to us of the missionary work that is ongoing in his home country of Ghana. Each year the Diocese of Brooklyn asks parishes to designate a weekend during the summer for a missionary to speak about overseas missionary work. There will be a second collection at each of the Masses this weekend that will go to help support the missionary work in Ghana. Thank you for your support, generosity and most especially your prayers.
Father’s Day Remembrance
Next Sunday is Father’s Day. Throughout the month of June, we will remember all Father’s living and deceased. There are Father’s Day envelopes at each of our three churches. You may place the envelope in the offertory at Mass or bring it to the parish office. The names will be placed on the altar throughout the month of June.
As we approach graduation season, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate all our graduates here at St. Martin de Porres Parish. If you are graduating this year, please send us your name, school, and level of school that you are graduating from. We will print this information in the bulletin.
2022 Annual Catholic Appeal
Over these last few weeks, you have seen and heard me talk about this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal. As you know, the Annual Catholic Appeal assists financially for the ongoing pastoral work of the Diocese of Brooklyn. Each parish is assigned a financial goal to raise within a year for the Annual Catholic Appeal. Our goal here at St. Martin de Porres is $63,586. Of that goal, we have pledged to date, $29,247 from 79 families in our parish. I thank all of you who have made a pledge to this year’s Appeal. The key to reaching goal is full participation. If each family participates in this year’s appeal, we will be able to achieve our goal and maybe go over it! Anything that goes over goal comes directly back to the parish.
Wishing you a blessed and joyful week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox