January 14, 2024

From The Pastors Desk

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Dear Parishioners,

As we begin this Ordinary Time of the new liturgical year, our scripture readings lead us to fulfilling the will of God in our lives. Today’s first reading from the book of Samuel is one of my favorite passages from the Old Testament. We hear Samuel say, “speak, for your servant is listening”. I think those are words that each of us can live by! We know that the Lord speaks to us every day, the key is allowing ourselves to truly listen to the voice of the Lord in our lives. Our responsorial psalm for Mass today is, “here I am Lord, I come to do your will”. Our lives are rooted in doing the will of our Father, but there is so much distraction that we would rather choose our own will than the will of God. In just a few short weeks, we will begin the solemn season of Lent. May these days leading up to the penitential season be moments of grace and prayer, for we can proclaim like Samuel, “speak Lord your servant is listening”.

Annual Catholic Appeal

A sincere thank you to all who contributed to the 2023 Diocese of Brooklyn Annual Catholic Appeal. As you know each parish was given a financial goal to raise during the year. Our goal here at St. Martin de Porres was $63,586. I am very happy to announce that we have made our goal and gone above it! All monies that go above the goal are returned to the parish. Words cannot begin to express how grateful I am to all of you who made this a reality for us here at St. Marin de Porres. In just a few weeks, we will begin the process of outlining our 2024 Annual Catholic Appeal. May God continue to bless you for your prayers and generosity.

Diocesan Mass Commemorating the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Each year the Vicariate for Black Catholic Concerns sponsors a prayer service commemorating the birthday of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year, a special Mass will be celebrated in honor of Dr. King’s birthday. The Mass will take place tomorrow, Monday, January 15 at St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Flatlands Brooklyn beginning at 12:00Noon. The Main Celebrant and Homilist will be Archbishop Nelson Perez, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Flyers for the Mass are available at the doors of each of the churches.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Tomorrow, January 15, we as a nation commemorate the birthday of civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is a national holiday. The parish office will be closed. In addition, there will not be a 12:00Noon Mass at St. Peter Claver Church. One Mass will be celebrated at 8:00AM at Our Lady of Victory Church. We continue to pray for racial harmony in the spirit and legacy of Dr. King.

Allow me to end with one of my favorite Dr. King quotes. It comes from his 1963 publication, “Strength to Love”:

 Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.

Wishing you a joyful and peaceful week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox