March 3, 2024

July 30, 2023

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Dear Parishioners,

Today is the last Sunday of the month of July! Summer seems to be flying right by, but thank goodness that we have a few more weeks of summer to enjoy the rest and relaxation that I think we deserve. I had the beautiful opportunity to attend the XIII Black Catholic Congress this past weekend, which was held in Washington DC. This was my second Congress that I attended, the first was in 2017 which was held in Orlando, Florida. It was a weekend filled with the Holy Spirit! Having the opportunity to gather with almost 3,000 other Black Catholics throughout the country from at least 80 other Dioceses within the United States was fruitful and inspiring. I was blessed to be with at least 200 priests, deacons and bishops for this beautiful and faith-filled weekend. In a few weeks, I will share with all of you the pastoral plan that has been drafted for the Black Catholic community throughout the United States, continuing the write the vision of salvation in Christ Jesus. Continue reading “July 30, 2023”

March 3, 2024

July 23, 2023

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Dear Parishioners,

It is hard to believe that we are entering the last week of the month of July! I know many of our young students don’t want to hear this, but September is right around the corner! We do have another full month of summer left, so I do hope that each of you can enjoy the rest and relaxation of these summer months. We continue to give thanks to the Lord for all the many gifts and blessings that he has bestowed upon us. We hear in today’s gospel our Lord speaking to us in parables. Jesus gives us this beautiful image of the mustard seed. The mustard seed is the smallest of plants, but once fully grown, can become the largest of trees. We must continue to sow seeds of faith here in our community. How blessed we are to be able to proclaim the goodness of the Lord here in Bedford Stuyvesant. The Kingdom of God grows tremendously when we, God’s children, sow seeds of faith, hope and love. May these weeks of rest and rejuvenation be a time of spiritual growth, as we grow as faithful and holy witness of Christ, the great and eternal High Priest. Continue reading “July 23, 2023”

March 3, 2024

July 16, 2023

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Dear Parishioners

I must be honest with all of you, as much as I love the summer, the brutal heat these last few days have been treacherous! Many of you know that I am a huge fan of the beach, but not in hazy, hot and humid weather. Please be sure to hydrate with water, and if you don’t need to spend a lot of time outdoors, rest and enjoy your home air-conditioning. Our scripture readings speak to us of sowing seeds of growth. Today’s gospel reminds us that we must sow seeds that will produce a harvest that is bountiful and full. That harvest is the Church, particularly the Church here in Bedford-Stuyvesant. How blessed we are to be sowing the seeds of evangelization, encouraging a relationship with the Lord Jesus. We are reminded in today’s second reading from St. Paul that the fruits of the Spirit continue to make its dwelling among us. As we continue to bask in the beauty of God’s creation during these summer months, let us pray for an increase in charity, allowing Christ to use us as his instruments in sowing the seeds of faith here at St. Martin de Porres. Continue reading “July 16, 2023”

March 3, 2024

July 9, 2023

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Dear Parishioners

I do hope that each of you have been able to enjoy these first few weeks of summer. As soon as you know it, September will be here among us. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your kind words, thoughts, cards and prayers for me as I celebrated my 13th anniversary of priesthood ordination. I am blessed to be your Pastor and your brother, as we journey together with Christ our Savior and King. How appropriate is today’s gospel as Jesus calls us to take some time for rest and rejuvenation. The Lord encourages us to rest and to be in his presence. Today’s second reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans is one of my absolute favorites! We live in the spirit! The spirit of God dwells within each of us. We must strive to live by the spirit, which strengthens us to be strong disciples of Christ the Lord. Jesus continues to mold us in his love and mercy. May we share God’s infinite and abundant love with all those whom we encounter over these summer months. Let us continue to praise the name of the Lord, now and forever. Continue reading “July 9, 2023”

March 3, 2024

June 25, 2023

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Dear Parishioners,

,I begin with echoing the psalmist for Mass today, Lord in your great love answer me. There are so many times that we say these words in prayer. It is our hope that the Lord will answer all our prayers and petitions. There are times though, when that does not always happen. It is at those moments when we begin to doubt or to question the great love the Lord has for us. Our gospel passage at Mass today reminds us of the immense love God has for us, his children. The Lord Jesus has some powerful words for us today. He tells us to not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. The Lord knows our wants, needs and desires. It is in his provident time and his immense love that he will grant those to us. In the letter to the Romans, we are told of the great gift Jesus is to us. As we begin these weeks of summer, we pray that the gift of Jesus will continue to be at the core of our daily lives. Jesus is the gift that radiates and transforms the lives of his faithful disciples. May we be the light of Christ that illumines our Church and our community. Continue reading “June 25, 2023”

March 3, 2024

June 18, 2023

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Dear Parishioners,

,As we approach the beginning of summer, we are invited to not only take necessary time for ourselves, but to spend more time with the Lord. Although summer gives us the opportunity for vacation, we must never take a vacation from the Lord Jesus. How blessed we are to be able to have the opportunity to be with the Lord on Sunday. Each of our scripture readings for Mass today speaks to us of the great love God has for us, his children. In a particular way, Jesus speaks to us from a loving tone, the harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few. In a very special way, we pray for vocations to the priesthood, that more young men will hear the call from the Lord to be priests modeled after the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Christ was sent by the Father to free us from our sins and lead us to the kingdom of eternal life. As we prepare to enter these weeks of summer rest and relaxation, we pray that God will continue to give us the strength and courage we need to follow his son, Jesus closer to the eternal kingdom of heaven. Continue reading “June 18, 2023”

March 3, 2024

June 11, 2023

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Dear Parishioners,

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ. As Catholics, we believe that Jesus is truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith as Catholics. We must treat the Blessed Sacrament with the respect and reverence that is due, for the Lord Jesus is present. Just this past week, one of the parishes in our Diocese had the Eucharist desecrated. A psychologically disturbed person entered the Adoration chapel and began to bang his head on the monstrance. After that he entered the Main Church and broke open the tabernacle and proceeded to throw the Blessed Sacrament all over the floor. We adore Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, which is why actions like this should pain us. The Lord gives of himself for our nourishment and sustenance. As we celebrate this Corpus Christi Sunday, let us continue to place Jesus at the center of our lives. Continue reading “June 11, 2023”

March 3, 2024

June 4, 2023

 

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Dear Parishioners,

As we enter the Ordinary Time of the Liturgical year, we celebrate two beautiful Sunday solemnities that allows us to commemorate the foundation of our faith. Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Next week we will celebrate the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. Today’s solemnity gives us the true roots of who we are as Catholics. Each time we gather for prayer, we invoke the Blessed Trinity, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe that God is present in the three persons of the Trinity. When we were baptized, the priest or deacon baptized us using the Trinitarian formula. Our lives of prayer must always begin and end by invoking the three persons of the Blessed Trinity. Our gospel passage today allows us to reflect upon how God sent his only begotten son to free us from our sins and lead us to salvation. We pray that Jesus will continue to lead us to that kingdom where we will spend all eternity. Continue reading “June 4, 2023”

March 3, 2024

May 21, 2023

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Dear Parishioners,

Today is the 7th and last Sunday of Easter. Next Sunday we will celebrate the great Solemnity of Pentecost. Today’s gospel is the beautiful prayer that Jesus proclaims before taking his seat at the right hand of the Father. The Lord offers himself to the Father not for his own glory, but for that of the one who sent him. He prays for us, that we might know that he is in the Father and the Father is in him. As we come to the end of this Easter season with Pentecost next week, we are reminded of the importance and power of prayer. We must continue to listen to the voice of the Lord, who calls us to greater and deeper discipleship. May these days leading up to Pentecost be filled with God’s love and mercy as we prepare to welcome the gift of the Holy Spirit. Continue reading “May 21, 2023”

March 3, 2024

May 14, 2023

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Dear Parishioners

Today is the 6th Sunday of Easter. It is also Mother’s day. I take this opportunity to wish all our mother’s here at the parish a happy and blessed Mother’s Day. Throughout the month of May, we remember in a special way our Blessed Mother Mary. We continue to thank God for the gift of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for it is from her womb that we come into the presence of Christ, savior of the world. Today we thank God for the gift of motherhood. We thank God for those women who were a mother to us in nurturing and guiding us along the way. Today we will crown the statue of the Blessed Mother at each of our three churches as a symbol of her motherly love for us as Queen of Heaven and Earth. As we prepare to celebrate the feast of the Ascension and the Solemnity of Pentecost, may Christ the Lord continue to bestow his abundant blessings upon all of us. Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may we follow her son closer to the eternal Kingdom of Heaven. Continue reading “May 14, 2023”