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June 9, 2024

From The Pastors Desk

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Dear Parishioners,

This past weekend we had the tremendous joy of celebrating the ordination of our former seminarian now Father Tobechukwu Offiah. So many parishioners attended Tobe’s ordination which was held at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. So many of Tobe’s friends and family joined him for this amazing moment as he was raised to the priesthood. Next Sunday, June 16, Father Tobe will celebrate the 10:15AM Mass at Our Lady of Victory Church. Following the Mass, Father Tobe will impart individual first priestly blessings. I have been approached by many parishioners that they would like to attend this Mass and receive his blessing. With this in mind, we will not have the 11:30AM Mass at St. Peter Claver Church next Sunday. There will be the usual 5:00PM Vigil Mass on Saturday night at St. Peter Claver. On Sunday we will have the 7:30AM Mass at Our Lady of Victory and 9:00AM Mass at Holy Rosary.

Father’s Day
Next Sunday is Father’s Day. We will impart a blessing for all fathers present at the Masses. Father’s Day remembrance envelopes are located at the doors of each of the three churches. You may place the names of your father on the envelope along with the offering. The names of all fathers will be place on the altars of each of the three churches throughout the month of June.

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 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.

EBC Introductory Meeting
We will hold an introductory meeting for East Brooklyn Congregations on Saturday, June 22, 2024, at 10 AM in Our Lady of Victory McGuinness Hall. This meeting will be a listening session to gage the interests of the parish. It will be one hour long and will include, but will not be limited to, housing issues in our community.

Online Bible Study
Online Bible study will resume on Sunday, June 23 beginning at 5:00PM. The Topic will be “The Kingdom.” We will use Fr Frank Matera’s “The Kingdom of God”. The essential Message of Jesus, in the Little Rock Scripture Study program. Msgr. Matera is both a nationally known Scripture Scholar and a Pastor. He has tremendous learning and can communicate it to non-scholars. He asks and will help us answer basic questions. I urge you to take time this summer to join us.

Wishing you a joyful and peaceful week,
Father Alonzo Q. Cox

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June 2, 2024

From The Pastors Desk

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Dear Parishioners,

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, known as Corpus Christi. As Catholics, we believe that Christ is present, body, blood, soul and divinity in the Most Blessed Sacrament. The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. It is in that reality, that we celebrate this feast. In our gospel today at Mass, we hear Jesus utter those words proclaimed on Holy Thursday, “this is my body, this is my blood”. Jesus gives of himself for our nourishment. Each time we approach the table of the Lord we are fed with him, who is the Bread of Life and the cup of eternal salvation. On this feast of Corpus Christi, we pray for an increase of devotion to our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I invite you to spend more time with Jesus present in the tabernacles of our three churches. In this year of Eucharistic revival, we are invited to participate in devotions such as Holy Hour and Adoration. Let us pray that Jesus will continue to pour out his grace upon us his children, as we gaze upon him in the Eucharist. Continue reading “June 2, 2024”

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May 26, 2024

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Dear Parishioners,

With the solemn celebration of Pentecost last week, we concluded the Easter season. I hope and pray that the days of Easter were filled with moments of grace and peace as we celebrated our Lord’s triumphant victory over sin and death with his resurrection. I thank all of those who made our Easter celebrations so beautiful and prayerful. We now return to the Ordinary Time of the liturgical year. This week though we celebrate one of two beautiful solemnities following Pentecost, the Most Holy Trinity. As Catholics we believe that God is present: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. When we invoke the Blessed Trinity, we are truly invoking the presence of God. All prayer begins with signing ourselves in the name of the Trinity. Although a deeply theological phenomenon, the Trinity is very much the fabric of our faith as Roman Catholics. May our prayer always be rooted in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Continue reading “May 26, 2024”

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May 12, 2024

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Dear Parishioners,

Today is the seventh and last Sunday of Easter. We will formally conclude the Easter season with the Solemnity of Pentecost next Sunday. Over these last weeks of Easter, we have heard from the Acts of the Apostles, particularly how they were able to bring others to Christ. As disciples of the risen Lord, we are called to bring others to Christ by the example of our lives. It is my hope that this Easter season was one of renewal as we continue the journey of walking with the Lord. Our gospel today is the priestly prayer of Jesus. Our Lord says this prayer before he takes his seat at the right hand of the Father. He prays for us, his children, that we may be consecrated in truth. As we prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit next Sunday at Pentecost, we pray for a deeper sense of truth, that the Lord will bless us in his abundant love and mercy. Continue reading “May 12, 2024”

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May 5, 2024

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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. Continue reading “May 5, 2024”

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April 28, 2024

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Dear Parishioners

Today is the fifth Sunday of Easter. We continue to bask in the joy and glory of Easter! The Lord reveals himself to us in so many ways. We hear in today’s gospel of Jesus as the vine, and we are the branches. We must remain on the vine that is Jesus, so that we can produce good fruit. How blessed we are to root ourselves on the vine that gives us life, that is Jesus himself.

Jesus is the vine who gives us the nourishment we need to continue the journey of discipleship. As we prepare to celebrate the great feast of Pentecost in a few weeks, let us pray that the Holy Spirit will descend upon this world, illuminating our hearts with the fire of God’s love and mercy. Continue reading “April 28, 2024”

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April 21, 2024

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Dear Parishioners

Today is the 4th Sunday of Easter. It is traditionally known as Good Shepherd Sunday, since our gospel passage comes from the Good Shepherd discourse. Jesus tells us that he is the Good Shepherd who lays his life down for his sheep. Jesus is that shepherd who knows his sheep and the sheep know him. In a very special way today, we pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. We pray for the shepherds of today, who continue to give of themselves for the flock, particularly here in the Diocese of Brooklyn. We pray that God will call and raise more shepherds here in Brooklyn and Queens. We pray for our seminarian, Deacon Tobe, who in just a few short weeks will be ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Brooklyn. May the Lord bless him and his classmates as they are raised to the sacred priesthood, and they become our shepherds here. As we continue our Easter journey, we pray that the Lord will bestow his love and mercy upon us, that we might see his face and bask in his glory and majesty. May Jesus, present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, adored and loved, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even until the end of time, Amen. Continue reading “April 21, 2024”

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April 14, 2024

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Dear Parishioners

Today we celebrate the third Sunday of Easter. Our Easter journey continues to fly right by! Today’s gospel continues to show how Jesus reveals himself to his disciples after the resurrection. We see how Jesus eats a piece of fish in their very sight. He tells them that “you are witnesses of these things”. We continue the mission of being witnesses of Jesus Christ here in this world. For me, Easter is all about proclamation! We proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, raised from the dead. We proclaim the truth that Jesus is alive, and he is here amongst us. We must continue the mission of going out and proclaiming the Gospel by the very example of our lives. May these next weeks of Easter be moments of profound grace as we give witness to the truth of who Jesus is in our lives. Continue reading “April 14, 2024”

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April 7, 2024

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Dear Parishioners

What a beautiful Easter celebration we had last Sunday! We welcomed close to 1,000 people between each of our three churches last Sunday. I take this opportunity to thank each of you for all that you do to make this parish community a vibrant and welcoming place of worship and encounter.  Today is the second Sunday of Easter, which is popularly known as Divine Mercy Sunday. On the Second Sunday of Easter of the Jubilee Year 2000, at the Mass for the Canonization of St. Faustina Kowalska, Pope John Paul II declared the Sunday after Easter be called “Divine Mercy Sunday.” St. Faustina was a Polish nun who received visions from Jesus, including one of Jesus wearing a white garment with beams of red and white coming from his heart, which came to be known as the image of Divine Mercy. She wrote in her diary, “I want the Image to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it. My daughter, tell the whole world about my inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy”. Divine Mercy Sunday focuses on the gift of mercy and love given through Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. As Pope John Paul II stated, “Divine Mercy reaches human beings through the heart of Christ crucified.” Continue reading “April 7, 2024”

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March 31, 2024

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Dear Parishioners

I take this opportunity to wish all of you a blessed and joyful Easter Sunday! The Lord has been raised and we shout Alleluia! Over these last 40 days, we fasted from saying that word, today we can now shout it from the rooftops. I hope that this Easter Sunday will be filled with God’s love and grace, as we celebrate the joys of our salvation. I am sure you noticed how beautifully decorated each of our three churches are. I want to thank our decorating volunteers who worked so hard in making each of our three churches so radiant for Easter Sunday. I also want to thank our liturgical ministers who participated in the liturgies of Holy Week. They were able to help make these days prayerful and uplifting. Over these next few weeks of Easter, our first reading for Mass will come from the Acts of the Apostles. We look at how the Apostles were sent out to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to all believers. Let us pray on this Easter Sunday, that we will be proclaimers of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Continue reading “March 31, 2024”