Religious Education Classes begin this weekend!

Our Sunday morning faith formation program for young people, grades kindergarten through high school will begin again this coming Sunday, September 11.   Classes will begin at 10:15 and end at 11:30.  We look forward to seeing all of our students back for the new school year and, hopefully, among them, many new faces.  The 2016-2017 school year will be a sacramental preparation year for our Confirmation-age (7th & 8th grade) students, as well as for First Communicants.  Please call the Rectory if you’d like us to mail you an enrollment form or if you have any questions  — or just bring your children to class this Sunday!

Catechism for Everyday Life

Beginning on September 22, Father David will begin an eight-week series of adult classes on the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  These classes will be held in our parish hall on Thursday evenings from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. and questions taken from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m.  In this series, Father will focus on some catechism topics that are particularly relevant to Catholics in their routine daily living.  Each class is a new topic – no carryover.

No textbooks, no homework, no cost, and no registration.

Schedule:

September 22: Divine Providence/Free Will & Grace

September 29: Mortal/Venial Sins & Original Sin

October 6: Forgiveness/Indulgences & Last Rites

October 13: Salvation/Four Last Things & Purgatory

October 20: Sacraments & Sacramentals

October 27: The Occult & Exorcism

November 3: Charisms & Infallibility

November 10: Catechesis & Mission

All adult parishioners are invited to join us. Non-Parishioners and Non-Catholics are also welcome.

Pancake Breakfast

pancakesSt. Martin’s Knights of Columbus Holy Innocents Council invites you to a free breakfast after the 7:15, 9:00, 10:30 and 12:15 Masses on Sunday, August 28.

 
Come enjoy: Scratch-Made Buttermilk Pancakes, Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Blueberry Pancakes, Potato Pancakes, Homemade Sausage Gravy & Biscuits, Homemade Egg Casserole, Orange Juice, Milk and Coffee.

 
This breakfast is free, but free-will donations are appreciated. Donations go towards supporting the work of our local council. Come have a great meal and support our Knights of Columbus!

RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation

Think 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 on Tuesday evening, September 13. 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.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Feast Day Celebration

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Come and help us celebrate the Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help on Monday, June 27th! 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 for our parish. Please be as generous as possible!

Open House

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Please join us in the Parish Hall after Mass this weekend, June 11 and 12, for a look at our newly expanded and renovated space!

Light refreshments will be served.

Corpus Christi Procession

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St. Martin will once again hold its annual Corpus Christi procession this weekend, Sunday May 29. A period of Eucharistic Adoration will begin at the close of the 10:30am Mass. Weather permitting, we will process outside at approximately 12:00 Noon.

Please join us for this wonderful celebration!

Flower and Mulch Sale

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The St. Martin’s American Heritage Girls troop 1031 will be taking orders for flowers and mulch after Masses this weekend, April 9 & 10. You can purchase flowers for your personal gardens or the flower beds at St. Martin’s! Thank you for generosity.

Get Your Easter Basket Blessed!

On March 26, Holy Saturday Morning at 11:00 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.

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Holy Week & Easter Sunday Schedule

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Holy Thursday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. – Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday, March 25, 7:00 p.m. – Solemn Commemoration of the Passion and Death of the Lord

Holy Saturday, March 26, 8:30 p.m. – Great Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, March 27, Normal Sunday Schedule – 7:45 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., & 12:15 p.m. (Extraordinary Form)