RCIA Classes

RCIA logoThink you might want to become Catholic or do you know someone else who might be interested in exploring this possibility? Our parish program designed to help non-Catholics learn more about Catholicism begins again in September. For those coming into the Church, a Catholic sponsor is required. If you do not have one, we will be happy to provide one for you. We welcome all inquirers! If you would like more information about the program, please contact our Director of Religious Education at 582-2827, x106.

CHANT CAMP for Boys & Girls

Monday, July 13th – Thursday, July 16th

St. Martin’s is excited to offer a new opportunity for children to learn about singing and reading music, particularly Gregorian chant.

No experience is necessary.  There is no age limit.  The only prerequisite is that participants must be able to read English fluently.

Schedule and Curriculum

Students who attend the chant camp will learn basic singing technique, ear-training and rhythm skills.  Students will also explore music as it relates to the Sacred Liturgy and prayers of the Church.  Sung prayer will be a daily part of the curriculum as will opportunities for fun and making new friends.  The camp will culminate in singing at the noon Mass on Thursday.

Monday-Wednesday:

10:00 – Morning session.  Prayer, warm-ups, solfege, ear-training and rhythm exercises.

12:00 – Mass

12:30 – Lunch *Children must bring a bag lunch*

1:15-2:15 – Afternoon session.  Repertoire and singing the liturgy.

Thusday:

10:00 – Morning session

12:00 – Noon Mass – Sung by the Chant Camp choristers.

Students will be dismissed after the Noon Mass.

 

Instructor: Dr. Paul Weber, Director of Sacred Music & Liturgy, St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church

Registration Fee: $50/student

Registration Form:

CHANT CAMP REGISTRATION FORM

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Feast Day

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Come and help us celebrate the Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help this Saturday, June 27th! The Vigil Mass is at 4:00 p.m. and dinner will follow in the parish hall. Donations for the dinner will be accepted at the door and will go toward the renovation of the Parish Hall. Please be as generous as possible!

Restoring the Kingdom: A Bible Study on the Ascension and Pentecost in Acts 1-2.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God made flesh, preached the coming of the Kingdom of God. After redeeming the Kingdom during His Pascal Mysteries, Jesus took possession of it at his Ascension and began to rebuild it at Pentecost. We’re happy to host Splendor of Truth Ministries founder, Dr. Nicholas Lebish, this Saturday evening, May 23rd at 5:30 pm, for a Bible study on Acts 1-2 in honor of these two magnificent solemnities! The event is free of charge. All are invited.

NEW MASS SCHEDULE: JUNE 14

Beginning June 14th, the new Sunday Mass schedule will be as follows:

7:45, Low Mass

9:00, English Sung Mass with Hymns

10:30, Ordinary Form High Mass with Choir

12:15, Extraordinary Form High Mass with Choir

*The Saturday 4:00 Vigil Mass and 3:00 Confessions will remain at their current times.

Thank you to everyone who contributed their valuable insight and generosity in the process of revising our weekly Sunday celebration!

May Procession

coronationThe annual May Procession at St. Martin’s, which is open to any child mature-age 5 through high school, will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 17 with a pot-luck dinner to follow. This most beautiful devotion is a profound experience in the soul of a child and will always be remembered.   Most clothing is provided.  To register a child, please text or call Sheree Lally at (502) 773-3121 with name and age.  Practice is this Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Potluck dinner following procession; parish providing meat and drinks. Please bring side dish, dessert or salad to feed approximately 10 people. Call (or email) Rectory to sign up or for questions about the dinner.

Bake Sale This Weekend

Our Confirmation class is engaged in another service project this weekend, April 25 & 26. They are having a bake sale after all the Masses to benefit an international Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need. This organization, founded by a priest at the end of World War II, is under the guidance of the Holy Father and has as its mission to help the suffering and persecuted faithful worldwide. One of ACN’s current endeavors is helping Christians who are under siege in Iraq and Syria. Please help our Confirmation class assist these persecuted brothers and sisters of ours by buying some of their homemade treats or by making a generous donation to this worthy cause!

Divine Mercy Sunday

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Please join us  this Sunday, April 12, for our Divine Mercy Sunday celebration.

1:30-2:30 p.m. Confessions
2:30 p.m. Procession with Images of Divine Mercy
3:00 p.m. Chaplet of Divine Mercy
3:30 p.m. Holy Mass

Blessing of the Easter Baskets

St Martin’s had its first annual Blessing of the Easter baskets on Holy Saturday at 9am. Families brought decorated baskets filled with all sorts of goodies that they will be having on Easter and placed them on the steps before the alter. Baskets included salt, dyed eggs, fruit, breads, wines, vegetables, store-bought and homemade breads, candy, and even Peeps!
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Please Join Us for the First Easter Food Blessing at St. Martin of Tours Church

easter basketBegin a New Easter Tradition with Your Family at St. Martin of Tours Church

On Holy Saturday Morning (9 a.m.) you and your family are invited to bring your beautifully decorated Easter baskets. You can place any food items that you and your family will share on Easter. Examples of foods are: ham, sausage, boiled eggs (especially if decorated) bread, butter, salt shaker, baked goods, apples, oranges and other favorites. If you have room in your basket, why not have your special bottle of wine blessed. You may top of your basket with some fresh flowers especially if you have your own daffodils blooming in your yard. Children are invited to decorate and bring their own little baskets filled with their favorite goodies to be enjoyed on Easter day.

When many of our Eastern European Ancestors came to America, they brought with them some beautiful traditions which added a particular beauty to the Easter Holydays. Among the most popular is the Traditional Blessing of the Foods that would be eaten on Easter morning. After a strict Lenten fast and abstinence, specially prepared foods were made in advance for the blessing. A family basket would be filled with these foods and then covered with a crocheted cloth. Often the cloth had an Easter emblem or the words ‘Christ is Risen’ crocheted on it. Each of these foods had a special significance.