Maafa 21: Black Genocide

maafa-dvd10In observance of  Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week July 20-26 (as observed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) join the St. Martin’s Respect Life Committee for a free viewing of the documentary Maafa 21:  Black Genocide Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

This documentary highlights: uugenics, forced sterilization, Planned Parenthood, racism, history of the Pill, and abortion.

Snacks will be served.

Fortnight for Freedom: Holy Hour for Life, Marriage and Liberty

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom is being observed this year from June 21 to July 4, 2014.  In conjunction with this observance, our Respect Life Committee will be hosting a Eucharistic Holy Hour for Life, Marriage and Liberty tonight, July 2 at 7:00 in the evening, followed by light refreshments in our parish hall. Please bring family and friends to join us as we pray before the Blessed Sacrament for the protection of religious liberty in our nation and for a renewed understanding of and reverence for God’s loving plan for all of us.

Father Pavone – Priests for Life

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Fr. Frank Pavone from Priests for Life will be visiting St. Martins this Sunday, June 29. Fr. Pavone will be the celebrant and homilist at the 8:00 and 10:00 Masses and homilist at the 12:00 noon Mass.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help

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Come and help us celebrate the Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help on Tuesday, June 24th! Mass is at 6:00 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 maintenance of our beautiful church. Please be as generous as possible!

Fortnight for Freedom

fortnight-for-freedom_logo-255x255The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom will take place this year from June 21 to July 4, 2014, a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power — St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. The theme of this year’s Fortnight will focus on the freedom to serve the poor and vulnerable in accord with human dignity and the Church’s teaching. Copies of a prayer for religious liberty and another in defense of marriage from the USCCB website can be found in the back of church. Many other ideas for individuals and families wishing to observe the Fortnight can be found at www.usccb.org.

Online Giving

St. Martin of Tours is pleased to announce a convenient new way to make your regular offerings (Church, PEA, Schuhmann Center, Golden Arrow, etc).  With our new On-Line giving program, you can easily visit the Web site and set up a recurring giving schedule or make one-time contributions by checking, savings or credit card.

We encourage you to set up a schedule of recurring contributions.  It’s convenient for you and provides much-needed consistency for our parish.  If you are currently giving on a weekly basis, you will no longer need to write checks or prepare envelopes.  Even when travel, illness or other circumstances prevent you from attending mass, our parish will continue to receive your electronic contributions on an uninterrupted basis. To become an electronic giver, click the “Online Giving” button on the right panel. For frequently asked questions, please click on-line giving FAQ (pdf).

May Procession

mary's coronationSt. Martin’s May Procession is this Sunday, May 18 at 3:00 p.m. Please attend this beautiful tradition to honor the Mother of God!

A potluck dinner in the Parish Hall will follow the procession. To register for this, please call the parish office at (502) 582-2827 or e-mail kellymclemore@stmartinoftourschurch.org your name, phone number, and number attending. Please bring a dish to share based on your last name as follows:

A-G Salad
H-Q Side Dish
R-Z Dessert

Respect Life

babyThis Saturday, May 10th, in honor of Mother’s Day, pro-lifers from all over Louisville will be meeting to pray at the abortion mill from 7-8:30 a.m.

We are trying for a larger crowd than normal because it is the weekend of Mother’s Day.

Afterwards, the Respect Life Committee of Saint Martin of Tours will be holding our annual breakfast in the Parish Hall, 639 South Shelby Street.

Donations accepted for the breakfast and all proceeds will be given to the Golden Arrow Center, to assist them in their ministry on behalf of pregnant mothers and mothers of infants and young children. Please join us for both the prayers outside the clinic at 2nd and Market Streets and then at the breakfast starting at Saint Martin’s at 8:30!

Parish Survey

SurveySeveral months ago, Father Beach asked the members of the Parish Council to assist him in identifying prerogatives and needs of the parish for the purpose of long-term planning. Like any family—to which a parish may be likened—we need to plan for the future and focus on making the best use of our resources to achieve the goals that we set.

An important step in this process of long-term planning is now before you! We would like to make a request: would you take a few moments of your time to answer the following survey. The information that will be gathered through this instrument will be of great value in this process, and assist us in identifying the greatest needs of our parish at this time. This knowledge will help us to take the necessary steps to ensuring the fruitful workings of St. Martin of Tours for years to come.

This survey may be taken here!

Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa is visiting

O2O-Icon-ImageThe icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa has a fascinating history of its own. Tradition holds that St. Luke the Evangelist himself “wrote” the icon of what has now become known as “Our Lady of Czestochowa” on a cypress table in the home of the Holy Family. The Icon was damaged by anti-Catholic, Hussite raiders in 1430 who slashed it and attempted to burn her, so much so that today she is referred to as the “Black Madonna.” In a sense, she is a symbol of Poland herself, scarred but persevering in faith.  She has been credited with numerous miracles and healings – both of a spiritual and physical nature. A beautiful copy of this Icon has been blessed and consecrated at the monastery of Jasna Gora in Poland, where the original is kept, and entrusted to the defense of life and family. Now, after traveling 40,000 miles from Vladivostok in Russia through 24 countries in Europe and Canada, Our Lady will be visiting  St. Aloysius Church Peewee Valley  and  St. Martin of Tours Church on Her global pilgrimage. Please join us as we welcome Our Lady of Czestochowa to our local parishes and ask for Her protection of life and family as well as personal petitions.

You can visit http://www.hli.org/hli_campaigns/ocean-ocean-pilgrimage for more information on this pilgrimage. Fr. Peter West, vice president of HLI for Missions, is the custodian of the icon during the pilgrimage to the United States. He participated in the ceremony of dedication and application of the icon to the original, which began the first stage of the pilgrimage “From Ocean to Ocean”. For more info, please click Our Lady of Czestochowa info and schedule.