Solemnity of St. Martin de Porres

October 28, 2018

Dear Parishioners & Visitors,

On Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the 12:05 Mass, we will celebrate the Solemnity of St. Martin de Porres, the Patron of the Southern Dominican Province in the United States. This Mass will include the celebration of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick for the members of the parish who are in need of healing in their lives. It is a way to celebrate one of the gifts that St. Martin de Porres received from the Lord: the gift of healing. This weekend's Gospel reading is precisely about a story of healing: that of Bartimaeus, a blind man (Mark 10:46-52).

This account from the Gospel is particularly important especially at this time in the history of  the Church and of the world, when there is so much need for healing. As a Church - a people of faith in need of healing -we are invited to cry out "Son of David, have pit y on me" (Mark 10:47b), even when many others or the circumstances try to quiet us down. We need  to remember that Jesus himself  is the one who hears our cry and the one who calls us. In moments of darkness and blindness, as members of a wounded Church, we are called to support one another by echoing the words the blind mind heard: "Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you." (Mark 10: 49). In the midst  of  our blindness, wounds, and pain, we need  to hear Jesus asking us: "What do you want me to do for you?" (Mark 10:51). This is a very important question for us as a Church, what do we want the Lord Jesus to do for us in this particular moment of the history of the Church? Do we want to see? What are the physical, spiritual, . psychological, and emotional wounds that need to be healed in our lives?

As we continue moving forward in our journey of life and faith, and as we prepare to celebrate the Feast of St. Martin de Porres, we are invited to continue praying for the healing of the Church. Through the intercession of St. Martin de Porres, may the Lord Jesus, brings us out of darkness and set us free to continue serving him and one another as St. martin de Porres did. We look forward to see you joining us in prayer for the healing of the members of the Church this coming Saturday.

St. Martin de Porres, pray for us!

-fr. Jorge Rativa, O.P.