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July 31, 2020

From The Pastor’s Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Today is the first Sunday of August! This is a summer that I don’t think any of us will ever forget! I am certain that many of us were planning to take vacation trips or other summer plans that have now been either canceled or postponed due to COVID-19. As disappointing as that all is, God has bestowed upon us his blessings and his grace to follow his Son Jesus much closer and more deeply. I have used these last few weeks as a time of grace and renewal. Although my plans for summer vacation did not come to fruition, God’s ultimate plan for my life always abounds. Today’s responsorial psalm for Mass sums up our reality in the midst of living in a time of the “unknown”, the hand of the Lord feeds us, he answers all our needs. We hear in today’s gospel passage of Jesus feeding five thousand people with only five loaves of bread and two fish. Ultimately, Jesus is feeding all of us with himself. Each time we approach the altar of sacrifice, the Lord gives of himself, body, blood, soul and divinity for our nourishment and sustenance. We are reminded that nothing can separate us from the love of God, not even a pandemic. As we continue to journey with the Lord, may we always allow the blessings of God to shower us with love and hope. May the name of the Lord be praised, now and forever.

Calendar of Events 2020-2021

Just this past Saturday, I had the opportunity review the calendar for the upcoming Pastoral Year (September 2020-June 2021). Unfortunately, due to the pandemic the majority of social gatherings that we would have usually planned must be canceled or postponed until the Spring. Events such as the 3rd Sunday of the month social gatherings at St. Peter Claver, the prayer breakfast, breast cancer awareness fundraiser, the annual Pre-Thanksgiving Lunch at the Waldorf School, all Christmas parties and receptions must at this time be canceled. This of course is very disappointing, but we want to ultimately ensure the health of every single person who walks into the spaces of our churches. Most of our liturgical celebrations will remain the same, which this year includes the Opening Mass for the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of St. Peter Claver Church and the Annual Mass for the Feast day of St. Martin de Porres. Both Masses will take place but there will be no social reception to follow. We do hope to know more from the Center for Disease Control and New York State as time goes on to whether or not social gatherings can resume.

Parish Financial Support & 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal

As your Pastor, I take this opportunity to thank each of you for your continued financial support here at St. Martin de Porres. We have had great success with our online electronic giving application called Give Central. As we make our way back to church, both aspects of financial contribution will be available for you to use. I also thank all of you who have contributed to this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal. As you know, funds from the ACA go to help the various programs and outreach that the Diocese of Brooklyn provides. Our parish goal for the ACA is $65,024. We have pledged so far, $15,554. I am very much aware of the current financial times we are living in and I am extremely thankful and grateful for all that you do for this parish community. May the Lord continue to bless each one of you.

Wishing each of you a Blessed and Peaceful Week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

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July 23, 2020

From The Pastor’s Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Time just seems to be flying right by us! We have come to the last Sunday of July. As we continue to persevere though this pandemic, we must always thank Almighty God for the graces and blessings that he has bestowed upon us. We also thank God for the gift of his creation. We have had some increasingly warm weather this week, but it’s all a gift from the creator of the universe. In today’s gospel we hear Jesus give us another parable about the Kingdom of heaven. He compares it to a pearl that one finds in a field. I would go so far as to say that we are that shiny pearl here in Bedford Stuyvesant. As disciples of the Lord Jesus, we continue to build up the Kingdom of God right here and now. St. Paul reminds us in today’s second reading that all things work for good for those who love God. All the work we do here at St. Martin de Porres Parish is for the good. We have done such good work here and we will continue to keep that up, all with God’s grace of course. It is my prayer every day that the good work we do here at this parish will give honor and glory to God our Father.

As I mentioned last week at the Masses that I celebrated, I want to thank all of you for your cooperation in fulfilling the guidelines outlined by the Diocese of Brooklyn and New York State as you came back to Church for Mass. There were no problems at all! Thank you for your patience and understanding as we begin to embrace this “new normal” for worship. We want to ensure the safety and good health of each person that walks though the doors of our churches. Please continue to follow those guidelines and practice social distancing. As always, I will continue to keep all of you updated as we move through the phases here in New York State.

Parish Calendar 2020-2021

In normal circumstances, our parish calendar would have already been finalized and distributed to the parish community. Because we are still in the midst of this pandemic, it would be imprudent for us to plan activities and social gatherings. Just this past Saturday, I met with some of the parish heads of societies to place essential activities of dates on the parish calendar. It is my hope that sometime in the Fall, I will call a meeting with all heads of parish societies and groups to plan for the upcoming Pastoral Year 2020-2021. I would safely say that all social gatherings planned for the Fall must be postponed to the Spring or next year. We will know more information about in the upcoming weeks.

Celebration of the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation

Because of Covid-19, we were unable to celebrate the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation with our young people. We are in the process of dialoging with families to see when we will be able to celebrate these important sacraments. I will keep all of you updated as to when this will occur.

Wishing all of you a peaceful and blessed week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

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July 17, 2020

From The Pastor’s Desk

Dear Parishioners,

I take this opportunity to welcome all of you back to Church! It’s hard to believe that we have not been able to gather to celebrate Mass as a community for over 4 months! The Lord has truly given us the grace to endure and persevere these months of social distancing, isolation and quarantine. As you enter the halls of our three beautiful churches you have noticed that pews have been sectioned off for everyone to be at least six feet apart from each other. As I have mentioned in the guidelines printed in the bulletin, everyone who enters the church must wear a face mask. If you do not have one, the ushers will provide you with one. If you choose not to wear a face mask, you will not be allowed to enter the church. Those are the strict guidelines of New York State. We also ask that you follow the directions of the ushers when it is time for the distribution of Holy Communion. I am strongly urging everyone to receive Holy Communion on the hand, not on the tongue. These guidelines are meant to ensure the safety and health of everyone who walks through the doors of our churches. At the end of Mass, all are asked to depart without gathering as a large group.

Jesus gives to us another parable in today’s gospel. The Lord says that the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a mustard seed. A mustard seed is the smallest of seeds, but when is cultivated becomes the largest of plants. Today the Lord is asking us to build up the Kingdom of God right here and now, in Bedford Stuyvesant. We are called to cultivate the good work that continues to be done here in our parish. Seeds of evangelization and worship continue to grow and multiply each day. We must never allow ourselves to get entangled with the weeds of division or strife. As we make our way back to worshipping as a community, let us keep the image of Christ alive in our minds, hearts and souls.

Parish Financial Support & 2020 Annual Catholic Appeal

As your Pastor, I take this opportunity to thank each of you for your continued financial support here at St. Martin de Porres. As I mentioned to you at the beginning of the lockdown, the financial contributions that were coming in was used and continues to be used for the ordinary expenses for the parish (utilities and maintenance). We have also had great success with our online electronic giving application called Give Central. As we make our way back to church, both aspects of financial contribution will be available for you to use. I also thank all of you who have contributed to this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal. As you know, funds from the ACA go to help the various programs and outreach that the Diocese of Brooklyn provides. Our parish goal for the ACA is $65,024. We have pledged so far, $15,554. I am very much aware of the current financial times we are living in and I am extremely thankful and grateful for all that you do for this parish community. May the Lord continue to bless each one of you.

Livestreaming

Masses will continue to be livestreamed each Sunday from Our Lady of Victory Church beginning at 10:15AM. It will be streamed from our parish Facebook page then uploaded to our parish YouTube page.

Wishing each of you a joyful and peaceful week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox  

 

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July 10, 2020

From The Pastor’s Desk

Dear Parishioners,

We hear in today’s gospel the parable of the sower and the seed. Jesus gives us that parable as an example of who we are to allow the seed, that is the Word of God to grow within us. For those of you who have been to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, you will notice the words etched on the pulpit, “The seed is the Word of God”. Each time we reflect upon Sacred Scripture, that seed continues to resonate and grow within our very selves. During these summer months, we are invited to spend more time with Scripture. How much time do we take reading the Bible? How much time do we pray with the Scriptures? These next few weeks could be the opportunity for all of us to grow closer to God through his most holy word. St. Paul tells us in today’s second reading that we are awaiting for the Glory of God’s revelation. Our God reveals himself in Word and Sacrament. We wait in joyful hope for the Lord’s second coming.

Sunday Mass Resumes Next Weekend!

Next weekend, July 18/19 we will resume the celebration of Sunday Mass. It has been 4 months since we have been able to gather at the table of the Lord for the celebration of Sunday Eucharist. We continue to thank God for the gift of our faith and we especially remember those who have been effected by the coronavirus. The Sunday Mass schedule will remain the same: Saturday evening vigil Mass at 5:00PM at St. Peter Claver Church. Sunday 7:30AM and 10:15AM at Our Lady of Victory Church and 9:00AM at Holy Rosary Church. We are allowed only 25% of the capacity of the Churches, which means 150 people at Our Lady of Victory and 75 people at both Holy Rosary and St. Peter Claver churches. You will notice that pews have been sectioned off for social distancing. Everyone is required to wear a facemask! If you do not have a facemask, you will be given one by an usher. If you refuse to wear a facemask, you will not be allowed in the church. We ask that you follow the directions of the ushers when it comes time for Holy Communion. Weekday Masses have gone extremely well! I thank all of you for following the guidelines and keeping to the 6 feet of social distancing. As always, I will continue to keep all of you updated as we begin to move to the next phase of the reopening process.

Parish Calendar

As we begin this process of reopening our churches, the activities planned throughout the year will begin to be put on the parish calendar. Ordinarily, we would have had a parish calendar meeting in early June, but due to the pandemic, everything was put on hold. We will be contacting the heads of each ministry within the next few weeks to ask for activities and dated to be placed on the parish 2020-2021 calendar. There will be some activities that may not be able to take place once we begin this “new normal”.

Summer Priests

As you can imagine, because of this national pandemic, we are unable to have our summer priests with us. Both Father Joel from the Philippines and Father Yaro from Nigeria are safe and healthy. Both hope to be with us next summer!

Wishing all of you a joyful and peaceful week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

 

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July 2, 2020

From The Pastor’s Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Happy 4th of July! This will truly be a holiday none of us will ever forget! As we move into these summer months, we continue to thank God for the gift of creation. As the summer sun and heat makes its welcome, we praise Almighty God for the gift of sunlight. Summer has always been a time of rest, leisure and relaxation. Jesus himself tells us that we need to take time for rest. We hear the Lord say to us in today’s gospel, “Come to me all you who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest.” Remember though that we must never rest from prayer or from deepening our relationship with the Lord Jesus. We are invited to use these months of summer as a time of spiritual refreshment and renewal, most especially as we begin to make our way back to “normalcy” after the horrific coronavirus. May the Holy Spirit continue to strengthen and guide us ever so closer to the heart of Christ the Risen Lord.

Reopening our ChurchesThis past week we began the celebration of Weekday Masses here at our parish. It was a tremendous joy to welcome all of you back to church after all these months. I know that some of you had been waiting for this day to come patiently. Thank you for following the guidelines that have been put in place for you to come back to church safely. It is important that everyone follow the guidelines while in church. Everyone must wear a face mask in church! That is a nonnegotiable. If you do not have a face mask, one will be given to you by an usher at the doors of the church. We also ask that you practice “social distancing”, keeping six feet apart from each other. We also ask that you not touch any of the statues or light any of the electronic candles in the church for the time being. We want to ensure everyone’s safety and health as we begin to come back to sacred worship. The celebration of Sunday Mass will begin the weekend of July 18/19 with the 5:00PM Saturday Vigil Mass at St. Peter Claver. The Sunday Mass schedule will remain the same: 7:30AM & 10:15AM at Our Lady of Victory, 9:00AM at Holy Rosary and 11:30AM at St. Peter Claver. We will continue to livestream Sunday Masses from Our Lady of Victory Church for those who are still unable to come to Mass. The Sunday Mass Obligation will remain lifted by the Bishops of the United States until the end of the pandemic

Father Franklin EzeorahLast week we announced that Father Daniel Kingsley, who served as Parochial Vicar here at St. Martin dePorres for the last five years has been transferred. Bishop DiMarzio has assigned him to serve as Administrator of St. Clare Parish in Rosedale, Queens. Last Sunday was his last Mass with us as Parochial Vicar. He will come back to the parish for a proper farewell and reception at date sometime in the Fall. This week we welcomed our new Parochial Vicar, Father Franklin Ezeorah. Father Franklin comes to us from the parish of Sacred Heart in Cambria Heights, Queens. He is a religious order priest belonging to the community called Jesus the Savior. Father Franklin is from Nigeria and has been here in the United States for a few years now. He is currently studying Clinical Psychology. Father Franklin is good friends with Father John-Paul Obiaeri, who spent his summer pastoral internship and celebrated his First Mass as a priest here at Our Lady of Victory. Please be sure to welcome him with open arms and loving hearts!

Wishing you a peaceful and joyful week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

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June 25, 2020

From The Pastor’s Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Another month has come and gone, just like that. I don’t know about you, but since the beginning of this pandemic and the lockdown, I have lost so much track of time. Days just seem to blend in with each other. As we come to the end of another month of social distancing, we are now beginning to see some signs of the “re-opening” process. As Christians, we continue to give thanks and praise to God for the many blessings and graces that he has bestowed upon us. Although we have not been able to worship as a community, we know that the Lord Jesus is in our midst.

Reopening our Churches

The City of New York has now entered into the 2nd Phase of the reopening process. Following the guidelines from the Diocese of Brooklyn, here are the official dates and guidelines for reopening St. Martin dePorres Parish:

–          Weekday Mass will begin on Monday, June 29, 2020 with the normal weekday Mass schedule that is, Monday to Friday at 8:00AM at Our Lady of Victory Upper Church (not St. Anthony’s Chapel). Monday and Wednesday at 12:00Noon at St. Peter Claver Church

–   Attendance must not exceed 25% of Capacity of the Church. No more than 150 people are to be in Our Lady of Victory at one time and 75 people at St. Peter Claver

–          Everyone must wear a face mask!

–          Holy Communion will be given on the hand

–   Sunday Masses at our three churches will begin the weekend of July 18/19 with the normal Mass schedule

Funeral Masses may now be celebrated at each of our three churches, following the guidelines listed above. I will continue to update you as we progress further into the phases of reopening.

Father Daniel Kingsley

We have been blessed here at St. Martin de Porres to have Father Kingsley serve as our Parochial Vicar. He has actually been with us since his ordination to the Diaconate in November 2014. Newly ordained priests are assigned to their first parish for a period of 5 years. The Bishop may extend that by a year or two, but that is at his discretion. Just about two weeks ago, Father Kingsley was informed that he would be the new Administrator of St. Clare Parish in Rosedale, Queens. The current Pastor, Father Andy Struzzieri has entered into hospice care at the Rectory. Bishop DiMarzio has asked Father Kingsley to report to St. Clare’s on June 30. This all happened very quickly! Because of the pandemic, we are unable to give Father Kingsley and proper farewell. He will come back sometime during the Fall so that we can say goodbye to him properly. As you know, St. Clare’s was my first assignment as a newly ordained priest. That parish will always have a special place in my heart, as St. Martin de Porres has a special place in Father Kingsley’s heart. Please pray for him, Father Andy and the parishioners of St. Clare’s.

I am very happy to welcome Father Franklin Ezeorah as our new Parochial Vicar. I will let you know more about him in next week’s letter

Wishing each of you a peaceful week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

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June 18, 2020

From The Pastor’s Desk

Dear Parishioners,

June is a month that is traditionally filled with celebrations! Proms, graduations, ordinations and the ordinary birthday and anniversary milestones are just a few celebratory gatherings many of us would have partaken in. During this month of June, we will not be able to gather for celebrations like those. Because of the current coronavirus restrictions, families have had to compromise with “virtual graduations”. As disappointing as it is not to be able to walk across the stage to receive that diploma, we continue to hold on to the greatest gift given to us, that is Jesus! We are reminded in today’s second reading from the letter to the Romans that Jesus is that gracious gift that comes from the Father. It is pretty safe to say that these last three months will be unforgettable, but we must also recognize that Christ has been there with us through all of it. As we move into these summer months, we pray that the Lord will continue to give us the strength and courage that we need to persevere through this time of the “unknown”. We are reminded in today’s gospel that although we may feel as if we are in the darkness, Jesus gives us the strength to speak the light!

Re-Opening Process of our Churches

As I write this letter, each of our three beautiful churches are now open for private prayer! Our Lady of Victory Church is open from 9:00AM to 11:00AM and 1:00PM to 3:00PM. St. Peter Claver Church is open from 12:00PM to 4:00PM. Holy Rosary Church is open from 9:00AM to 12:00Noon. Many people have stopped by each of the three churches for private prayer. It is my intention to keep this practice until we move to the next phase of reopening. At the moment Phase 2 for New York City will begin on Monday, June 22. Places of worship may now begin to open its doors to 25% of the capacity of the space. Once logistics are outlined by the Diocese of Brooklyn, I will let you know what that looks like for us here at St. Martin dePorres. We will continue to livestream both weekday and Sunday Masses from Our Lady of Victory Church. Mass intentions are still available for both weekday and Sunday Masses. Please call the parish office for more information. During the month of June will remember all Father’s both living and deceased. We will place their names on the altar for Mass. For more information please call the parish office.

Congratulations to our Graduates

We as a parish community congratulate our graduates from their schools of learning. If you are a graduate, please send us your name and which institution of learning you have graduated from. We will place the names in the bulletin and on the parish website.

Ordination Anniversaries

This Friday, June 26, I will celebrate my 10th Anniversary of Priesthood Ordination. The following day, June 27, Father Kingsley will celebrate his 5th Anniversary of Priesthood Ordination. Both of us continue to thank God for the gift of our vocation, most especially to serve each of you here at St. Martin de Porres. In your kindness I ask that you pray for the both of us this week. May God who has begun the good work in all of us, bring it to fulfillment.

Wishing each of you a blessed week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

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June 11, 2020

From The Pastor’s Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ. As Catholics, we believe that Christ is present body, blood, soul and divinity in the Most Holy Eucharist. Jesus at the Last Supper institutes the Eucharist by saying, this is my body and this is my blood. The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith. Jesus tells us in today’s gospel, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever”. It is in the celebration of Mass that we are called to receive Our Lord sacramentally. Jesus nourishes and sustains us so that we may continue the mission of building up the Kingdom of God here in our community. Over these last 10 weeks, you have been unable to receive the Lord sacramentally. For those of you who have been livestreaming with us, you have noticed that Father Kingsley and I have been offering the prayer of spiritual communion before the prayer after communion. It is there that we ask the Lord to enter into our hearts spiritually. Many of you have expressed to me that one of the most difficult aspects of this pandemic is not being able to receive Holy Communion. We know that the Lord is with us, even during these most turbulent times. I invite all of us to turn to Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, praying that he will bestow his peace and mercy upon all of us.

Re-Opening Process of Churches

As you all have been made aware of by news media outlets, New York State has now begun the process of re-opening businesses and churches. They have begun with the upstate counties and New York City will be the last. As you know this is being done in phases. As I write this letter we are still in phase 1 meaning that our churches are open only for private prayer four hours a day. Phase 2 would include the celebration of weekday Mass only with 25% of full capacity. It is our hope that with the completion of these phases, we will be able to gather for Sunday Mass safely. When that is we still do not know. This Monday we will open Holy Rosary Church. The hours will be from 9:00AM to 12:00Noon. The touching of statues and lighting of votive candles will be prohibited. There will not be any communal prayers led at any of the churches. We are now permitted to celebrate Funeral services in church but it will be done outside of the celebration of Mass. We will continue to livestream both weekday and Sunday Mass from Our Lady of Victory Church. As soon as each phase is completed we will inform you via social media and our parish website. We are still looking for volunteers from each of our three churches to help greet parishioners and to make sure the guidelines for entering the church are met. If you are willing to volunteer please call the parish office.

Congratulations to our Graduates

June is the month of graduations! Because of the pandemic, we were unable to gather and congratulate those who have graduated from schools of learning. You are invited to submit the names of our graduates and we will list them in our bulletin, website and Facebook page.

May the heart of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament be praised, adored and loved, with grateful affection at every moment in all the tabernacles of the world even until the end of time. Amen.

Wishing you a Blessed Week,

Father Alonzo Cox

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June 5, 2020

From The Pastor’s Desk

Dear Parishioners,

With the celebration of Pentecost last Sunday, we ended the Easter season and have moved into Ordinary Time. There are two very special solemnities on the liturgical year that takes place after Pentecost. The first is today’s feast of the Most Holy Trinity. As Catholics, we invoke the Trinity at the beginning of all prayer. We believe that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Three divine persons that make up who God is! We hear in today’s gospel that God so loved the world that he gave us his only begotten Son. Today we give thanks and praise to the Father for the gift of Jesus the Son who in turn bestows upon us the Holy Spirit. We notice at Mass when the priest or bishop blesses the people he does so using the Trinitarian formula. We are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. On this Trinity Sunday, may our hearts be filled with love as we go out proclaiming the Good News of Christ our Savior and King.

Re-Opening Process for St. Martin de Porres Parish

This past week, Our Lady of Victory Church opened its doors to the faithful for private prayer. As I mentioned in my letter last week, if all went well at Our Lady of Victory, we could then make arrangements to have both St. Peter Claver and Holy Rosary Church open for private prayer as well. This Monday, June 8, St. Peter Claver Church will be open for private prayer from 12:00Noon to 4:00PM. Following the guidelines of the State of New York there can be no more than 10 people in the Church at one time. The touching of statues and lighting of candles will not be permitted. We are also asking that you practice social distancing. The pews will be marked off designating where people can sit. There cannot be a communal recitation of the rosary or any other novena. All prayer must be done privately. Our Lady of Victory Church will continue to be open from 9:00AM to 11:00AM and 1:00PM to 3:00PM

We are in need of some extra volunteers to help with welcoming people to church for these hours. If you are interested please contact myself or Father Kingsley. We do not know when public Masses will resume. Masses will continue to be livestreamed via our parish Facebook page and our parish YouTube page.

Please be assured of our prayers for you during this time. Both Father Kingsley and I are grateful for your calls and words of support and encouragement. Thank you for both your spiritual and financial support for our wonderful parish. May God continue to bless each one of us in his love and mercy

Wishing each of you a peaceful and blessed week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox

 

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May 22, 2020

From The Pastor’s Desk

Dear Parishioners,

Today is the seventh and last Sunday of the Easter season. As I write this letter, we have approached the two month period of our city “stay at home lockdown” and social distancing. To say that this Easter season was unique would be an understatement! We have not been able to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord as a community. Just this past Thursday we commemorated our Lord’s Ascension to the Father. Next Sunday, we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost. These are feasts that mold and shape our Catholic faith! Although we were not able to celebrate them together, we do so by the power and working of the Holy Spirit. Our gospel passage for today highlights one of the beautiful prayers recorded in the New Testament, the priestly prayer of Jesus. Right before the Lord ascends to the heavens, he prays to the Father not for himself, but for us. The Lord says, “I revealed your name to those whom you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you gave me is from you, because the words you gave to me I have given to them, and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you, and they have believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours, and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them. And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you”. Just as Christ prayed for us, let us pray for one another, invoking the Holy Spirit to strengthen and empower us daily!

As we enter into another week of lockdown, I am able to share some information with you that has come from Bishop DiMarzio regarding the opening of churches. Just this past Thursday, a conference was held with both Bishop DiMarzio and Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York. Plans have begun to open churches in phases. The first phase is to have churches open for private prayer with a maximum of 10 people for only 4 hours. Since we are a parish with three churches, I am collaborating with my staff to see how this will look for us here at St. Martin dePorres. You will have more information and details in next weeks bulletin. As we approach each phase I will continue to update all of you via the bulletin, parish website and social media platforms. Churches remain closed for both weekday and Sunday Mass. Both Cardinal Dolan and Bishop DiMarzio has not set any date to when public Masses will resume.

This Saturday, May 30th we will celebrate Solemn Vespers for Pentecost. The livestream will begin at 5:00PM. Father Kingsley will preside and Brother Christopher Cato will be the homilist. The next day, Sunday May 31, Mass for Pentecost will be livestreamed at 10:00AM . Both weekday and Sunday Masses will continue to be livestreamed through our parish Facebook page and then uploaded to our YouTube page.

Wishing you a peaceful week,

Father Alonzo Q. Cox