December 24, 2023

From The Pastors Desk

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Dear Parishioners,

Today, December 24, is Christmas Eve. It also happens to be the 4th and last Sunday of Advent. The way the calendar falls this year we unfortunately do not have 4 full weeks of Advent. This morning’s masses will be celebrated for the 4th Sunday of Advent. Our first Christmas mass will be celebrated at 5:00PM at St. Peter Claver Church with our Faith Formation students participating in the pageant. At 11:00PM our parish choir will have lessons and carols which will be followed by the blessing of the parish Nativity crib. Midnight Mass will be celebrated at Midnight. On Christmas Day, December 25, Mass will be celebrated at each of the three churches, 9:00AM at Holy Rosary Church, 10:00AM at Our Lady of Victory Church and 11:30AM at St. Peter Claver Church. As we prepare to enter the celebration of the mystery of the Incarnation, we pray that baby Jesus will continue to transform the hearts of all humankind. On behalf of the entire parish community here at St. Martin de Porres, I wish all of you a blessed and joyful Christmas filled with the Lord’s blessings and grace.

New Year’s Eve Mass

Next Sunday, December 31 is New Year’s Eve. As has been the custom here at St. Martin de Porres, we will have a Holy Hour with Eucharistic Adoration, the recitation of the rosary and Night Prayer. The Holy Hour will begin at 11:00PM at Our Lady of Victory Church. Following the Holy Hour, Mass will be celebrated at Midnight. We are very happy to welcome Bishop Robert Brennan, Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn as the Main Celebrant and Homilist for that Mass. Because January 1st falls on a Monday, the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year, therefore one Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Victory at 8:00AM on Monday, January 1st.

Parish Office Closed

This week the parish office will be closed from Monday December 25 to Wednesday December 27. Of course, if there is an emergency where a priest is needed, please be sure to call the parish office at any time.

Allow me to end with one of my favorite Christmas prayers. This prayer was given by Pope St. John XXIII:

O sweet Child of Bethlehem, grant that we may share with all our hearts in this profound mystery of Christmas. Put into the hearts of men and women this peace for which they sometimes seek so desperately and which you alone can give to them. Help them to know one another better, and to live as brothers and sisters, children of the same Father. Reveal to them also your beauty, holiness and purity. Awaken in their hearts love and gratitude for your infinite goodness. Join them all together in your love. And give us your heavenly peace. Amen.

Wishing you a blessed and joyful Christmas,

Father Alonzo Q Cox