December 31, 2023

From The Pastors Desk

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Dear Parishioners,

Once again I take this opportunity to wish you all of you a blessed and joyful Christmas season. As Catholics, we know that Christmas does not end on December 25th but continues to be celebrated until the Epiphany. Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. Families are a gift. We don’t get to choose our families; God does that for us! Families are meant to be a support for one another. Far too often I hear of strife and division among families. There are so many family members who no longer communicate with one another primarily over something small or menial. On this Holy Family Sunday, I invite you to say a special prayer for your family. In a deeper way, I would invite you to pray for that one family member that you have difficulty with or that you have not spoken with in a while. We pray that through the intercession of the Holy Family, we will continue to love and support one another as the family of Christ here at St. Martin de Porres parish.

New Year’sEve and Day Masses

Today also happens to be New Year’s Eve. I wish all of you a very Happy New Year, filled with God’s abundant love and mercy. We celebrate the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God on January 1st. This evening we will have a Holy Hour with Eucharistic Adoration and Night Prayer beginning at 11:00PM taking place at Our Lady of Victory Church. Following the Holy Hour, we will celebrate Mass at Midnight. We are happy to welcome Bishop Robert Brennan, Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn as the Main Celebrant and Homilist. On Monday, January 1st, Masses will be celebrated at 8:00AM at Our Lady of Victory Church and 12:00Noon at St. Peter Claver Church.

First Friday Devotions

This Friday, January 5th is the first Friday of the month. First Friday devotions will take place at Our Lady of Victory Church following the 8:00AM Mass with Eucharistic Adoration, the recitation of the rosary and Benediction. There will also be a 12:00Noon Mass at St. Peter Claver Church. Please be sure to join us for prayer this Friday.

Servant of God Monsignor Bernard J. Quinn

I wanted to give you an update on where we are with the canonization process of Servant of God, Msgr. Bernard J. Quinn. As you know, Msgr. Paul Jervis, of happy memory, served as the Postulator of the cause here in Brooklyn. Once the cause was sent officially to Rome, Msgr. Jervis became the Vice-Postulator as a Roman Postulator was appointed. The role of the Roman Postulator is to gather the historical documents together to present to the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints. The role of the Vice-Postulator is to continue to promote the cause here in Brooklyn and beyond. After Msgr. Jervis’ death in September, I have been appointed by Rome to serve as the Vice-Postulator. The cause is moving very well! Although there is no definitive timeline to these, I have been informed that the cause for Msgr. Quinn is at a great place. We must continue to pray for his cause of canonization.

Wishing you a blessed a joyful New Year 2024,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox