March 3, 2024

From The Pastors Desk

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Dear Parishioners,

Today is the third Sunday of Lent. Our Lenten journey with the Lord seems to be moving by very quickly! Our first reading for Mass today comes from the book of Exodus. It is here that we are given the commandments. Some tend to think that these commandments are just rules to live by. For me, when I reflect on the commandments, I don’t see them as rules, but as ways for me to grow as a disciple. I acknowledge the importance of the commandments, allowing them to be the fabric of life, but in reality, these are guidelines for us to live as holy and devout Christians. We hear in today’s gospel of how angry Jesus became when he saw the holy temple of prayer being turned into a marketplace. During these weeks of Lent, we are invited to look at our relationship with the Lord. Are we trying our best to conform our lives to a deeper sense of holiness and prayer? Are we spending time with the Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament? Do we acknowledge that we are sinners in need of God’s mercy and forgiveness in the sacrament of Reconciliation? May these next few weeks of Lent be moments of life changing grace, as we continue to journey with the Lord in the desert.

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.

Black History Month Celebration Thank You!

I take this opportunity to thank all of you celebrated Black History Month with us at St. Peter Claver Church last Sunday. We had over 200 people with us in Church last Sunday! How blessed we are to have such a wonderful and vibrant community here in Bedford Stuyvesant. I want to thank the parish Black History Month Committee for all of their hard work in making last week’s celebration so beautiful!

Seven Last Words

As has been the custom, we will have a special prayer service on Good Friday, March 29 at St. Peter Claver Church beginning at 10:00AM commemorating the seven last words of Jesus before he died. Parishioners are invited to give a brief 5-to-7-minute reflection on one of the seven last words. If you are interested in giving a reflection, please see Estella McDuffey at St. Peter Claver or call the parish office.

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

Father Alonzo Q. Cox