From The Pastors Desk
Today’s second reading from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians is one of my absolute favorite Pauline epistles. St. Paul mentions one of the most common human traits ever known, anxiety. I think it might be safe to say that each of us have experienced some sort of anxiety at one point or another in our lives. Some of us, myself included, might experience bouts of anxiety on a regular basis. Even during the time of Paul’s preaching and letters, he witnessed the anxiety people had. He reminds us today to not allow anxiety or worry to get the best of us. We tend to be anxious about so much, especially when it comes to work or family. We tend to worry about so much, which leads to anxiety. St. Paul reminds us that with the Lord by our side, we need not to worry or be anxious. In just about 2 weeks we will begin the solemn season of Lent. We pray that our hearts will continue to be filled with God’s abundant love and mercy, keeping ourselves fixated on Christ the Lord. May Christ continue to teach us, his children, with authority, allowing his presence to be with us.
Parish Census Update
We are asking all parishioners to help update their contact information in our database. All parishioners are asked to fill out the contact forms that are located at the doors of each of the three churches. You may drop the forms in the collection basket or bring them to the parish office.
Parish Women’s Day Celebration Raffle
During the month of March, we celebrate Women’s History Month. As has been the custom here at St. Martin de Porres, we will have a special celebration for Women’s History Month on Sunday, March 17. In preparing for this celebration, raffle tickets are now on sale. Raffle tickets are $5.00 each and can be purchased from any of the women’s day committee members.
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
This Friday, February 2nd is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. This beautiful Feast recalls the moment Mary and Joseph present Jesus in the Temple. Traditionally candles have been blessed at this Mass. Since it is the first Friday of the month, Masses will be celebrated at 8:00AM at Our Lady of Victory followed by Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. A first Friday Mass will be celebrated at 12:00Noon at St. Peter Claver Church. At the beginning of both Masses, you may bring candles to be blessed.
Ash Wednesday Palm Branches
Ash Wednesday is quickly approaching. As has been the custom, parishioners are invited to bring their blessed palm branches from last year’s Palm Sunday to be burned for ashes to be distributed on Ash Wednesday. There will be boxes placed at the doors of each of the three churches to have your palms placed.
Wishing you a blessed and peaceful week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox