March 5, 2023

From the Pastor’s Desk.

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Dear Parishioners,

As we continue our Lenten journey with the Lord on this second Sunday of Lent, our gospel passage for Mass today is the Transfiguration. We see how Jesus is transfigured before Peter, James and John. They are amazed at what they see happening before their very eyes. We hear Peter boldly proclaim to the Lord, “It is good that we are here”. As we make our way to the homes of our churches, we can say with great joy those same words, it is good that we are here! It is good that we are here as a community to celebrate the Eucharist. It is good that we can gather to hear the word of God proclaimed to us. It is good that we can give praise to the Lord through worship. On this second Sunday of Lent, we continue to embrace the wood of the cross. Through prayer, fasting and almsgiving, may this Lenten season be one of peace in the Lord Jesus.

Diocese of Brooklyn Lenten Pilgrimage

As is the custom in the city of Rome, there are designated “station churches” where pilgrims from the city can go and pray during the season of Lent. Here in the Diocese of Brooklyn everyday (excluding Sunday’s) a different parish will host Eucharistic Adoration for all the faithful to visit and pray. It is with great joy that our parish has been chosen as a station church. Our assigned day to host is this Monday, March 6, 2023, at Our Lady of Victory Church. The schedule of the day will be as follows: Mass at 8:00AM with Bishop Robert Brennan as the Main Celebrant and Homilist (in the Main Church), recitation of the rosary, silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Noon Angelus, silent adoration, 3:00PM recitation of the chaplet of Divine Mercy, silent adoration, 6:00PM Angelus, 7:30PM Vespers followed by Benediction. We need volunteers who would be able to serve as adorers, since the Blessed Sacrament exposed must never be left alone. There will be sign-up sheets with time slots for those who would be able to be with the Blessed Sacrament.

Stations of the Cross & Lenten Vespers

Stations of the Cross will be prayed each Friday night during the season of Lent beginning at 7:00PM. Stations of the cross will be held at each of the three churches. As is the custom here at St. Martin de Porres, each Tuesday evening during the season of Lent we will have Eucharistic Adoration and pray Vespers. It will take place at Our Lady of Victory Church beginning at 7:30PM.

Fridays of Lent Eucharistic Adoration

In the spirit of the National Eucharistic Revival and in the solemn season of Lent, I would like to have more of an opportunity for the community to spend time with Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. With that in mind, we will have all day Eucharistic Adoration on the Fridays of Lent beginning this Friday, which is the First Friday of the month. We will begin with Mass at 8:00AM at Our Lady of Victory Church followed by the recitation of the rosary with benediction at 6:00PM.

Wishing you a blessed and grace-filled Lent,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox


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