April 23, 2023

From the Pastor’s Desk

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Dear Parishioners,

Today is the third Sunday of Easter. We continue to hear from the Acts of the Apostles as the first reading for Mass during the Easter season. Peter continues to boldly proclaim the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. He and the other apostles testify to the truth that Jesus has been raised by the Father and exalted at his right hand. We too are witnesses of Christ, proclaiming the Good News and allowing the Holy Spirit to strengthen and empower our community. Today’s gospel is the revelation of Jesus on the Road to Emmaus. It is in this gospel that the disciples recognize the Lord in the breaking of the bread. As we approach this most sacred altar, we see Jesus in his fullness as the Bread of Life and the cup of eternal salvation. May these Easter weeks be a time of spiritual refreshment as we bask in the joy of the Resurrection.

Annual Catholic Appeal

I thank all of you for your generous contribution to this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal. As you know, this appeal supports the works of the Diocese of Brooklyn such as Catholic Charities, Migration Services, Vocations, the aid of our Senior Priests and much more. Each parish is assigned a goal to raise within the year. Our goal here at St. Martin de Porres is $63,586. The key to a successful campaign is full participation. If every parishioner participates in this year’s appeal, we will most definitely make our goal and maybe go above it. Any monies raised beyond the goal comes directly back to the parish. If you have not made a pledge to this year’s appeal, I ask that you consider making one. I thank all of you for the gift of your time, talent and treasure.

Sight and Sound Trip

Our parish will be sponsoring a trip to the Sight and Sound theater in Pennsylvania to see the show, Moses. It will take place Saturday May 27. To purchase a ticket please call the parish office. 

League of the Sacred Heart Tea/Brunch Party

The annual St. Peter Claver League of the Sacred Heart Tea/Brunch Party will take place on Sunday April 30 in Msgr. Rodgers Hall at St. Peter Claver Church beginning at 1:00PM. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children under the age of 12. To purchase a ticket, you may see any of the League of the Sacred Heart members or call the parish office.

Diocese of Brooklyn Vicariate of Black Catholic Concerns Gala Dinner Dance

This year the Diocese of Brooklyn Vicariate for Black Catholic Concerns will sponsor a fundraiser Gala Dinner dance. It will take place on Saturday May 20th at Gargiulo’s restaurant in Coney Island. We will honor Msgr. Paul Jervis, current pastor of St. Francis of Assisi-St. Blaise Parish commemorating his 40th Anniversary of Priesthood Ordination. Tickets are $175 per person. For more information, please call the Vicariate Office.

Wishing you a joyful and peaceful week in the Lord,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox


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