May 5, 2024

From The Pastors Desk

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Dear Parishioners,

Today is the sixth Sunday of Easter. Our Easter journey seems to be flying right by! As we prepare to celebrate the Ascension of our Lord and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, we pray for an increase of faith, hope and love, allowing Christ to be at the center of our lives. Our scripture readings today speak to us today about love. It’s all about love! Love for neighbor and love for God. Our second reading for Mass this weekend reminds us to love one another, because love is of God. God is love itself, who gives us the greatest gift of love who is Christ himself. We pray for an increase in love for one another, that we may be able to spread God’s love to all our brother’s and sisters.


Thank you, League of the Sacred Heart

I take this opportunity to thank the members of the St. Peter Claver League of the Sacred Heart for their work on making last weekend’s tea party a great success. So much work and effort went into making it a beautiful celebration, and for that and much more I say thank you!


Ascension Thursday

This Thursday, May 9th is Ascension Thursday. It is a holy day of obligation. Masses will be celebrated at each of the three churches: 9:00AM at Holy Rosary, 12:00Noon at St. Peter Claver and 7:30PM at Our Lady of Victory. Please note there will not be an 8:00AM Mass at Our Lady of Victory of Thursday morning.


Mother’s Day Remembrance

As we enter the month of May, we will remember in a special way at Mass all mothers, both living and deceased. Mother’s Day remembrance envelopes are located at the doors of each of our three churches. Please fill out the envelope and place the offering inside. You may return the envelope in the collection basket or to the parish office. The names of all mothers will be placed on the altars of each of the three churches throughout the entire month of May.


Annual Catholic Appeal

I thank all of you for your generous contribution to this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal. As you know, this appeal supports the works of the Diocese of Brooklyn such as Catholic Charities, Migration Services, Vocations, the aid of our Senior Priests and much more. Each parish is assigned a goal to raise within the year. Our goal here at St. Martin de Porres is $63,586. The key to a successful campaign is full participation. If every parishioner participates in this year’s appeal, we will most definitely make our goal and maybe go above it. Any monies raised beyond the goal comes directly back to the parish. If you have not made a pledge to this year’s appeal, I ask that you consider making one. I thank all of you for the gift of your time, talent and treasure.

Wishing you a joyful and peaceful week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox