February 18, 2024

From The Pastors Desk

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Dear Parishioners,

Today is the 1st Sunday of Lent. Each year on the first Sunday of Lent our gospel passage depicts the temptation of Jesus by Satan. We see how Jesus begins his journey in the desert for 40 days and Satan is there to tempt him. We are asked to reflect on the ways Satan tempts us. We are very much aware of how Satan tempts us in such clever ways. We must defeat Satan and all his works and empty promises. As we begin this season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we continue to keep Christ as the center of our lives. May this season of Lent be a moment of renewal, allowing our relationship with the Lord to be strengthened.

Stations of the Cross

As is the custom here at St. Martin de Porres, stations of the cross will be prayed every Friday night during the season of Lent at each of our three churches beginning at 7:00PM. All are welcomed to join us as we walk and pray the stations of the cross.

 Lenten Eucharistic Adoration and Vespers

As is the custom here at St. Martin de Porres, we will have Eucharistic Adoration and vespers each Tuesday evening during the season of Lent. It will take place at Our Lady of Victory Church beginning at 7:30PM. All are welcomed to join us as we spend time before the Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament, pray the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary and pray solemn vespers.

Parish Black History Month Celebration

Our parish Black History Month celebration will take place next Sunday, February 25 at St. Peter Claver Church beginning at 11:30AM. This year’s celebrant and homilist for Mass will be Father Claude Williams from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. There will be a reception to follow in Msgr. Rodgers Hall. Please be sure to join us. Please note that next Sunday there will not be a 9:00AM Mass at Holy Rosary and a 10:15AM Mass at Our Lady of Victory. There will be a 7:30AM Mass at Our Lady of Victory.

Diocese of Brooklyn Black History Month Mass of Thanksgiving

The Diocese of Brooklyn Vicariate for Black Catholic Concerns will sponsor the Diocesan Black History Month Mass of Thanksgiving which will take place next Sunday, February 25 at Immaculate Conception Monastery Parish in Jamaica, Queens beginning at 4:30PM. The homilist for the Mass will be Father Robert Seay, OFM, former pastor of Our Lady of Charity parish in Crown Heights. There will be a reception to follow in the lower hall. All are welcomed to join us.

50/50 Envelopes

Just a reminder that all parishioners are invited to participate in the monthly 50/50 fundraiser. There are extra yellow 50/50 envelopes located at the doors of each of the three churches. It is $20 to participate in the fundraiser. The wining envelope is drawn at the end of each month.

We adore you O Christ and we praise you, for by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

Father Alonzo Q. Cox