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!
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!
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.
Holy Thursday, April 2
9:00 a.m. – Morning Prayer
11:30 a.m. – Rosary
12:00 Noon – Office of Readings
7:00 p.m. – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Good Friday, April 3
9:00 a.m. – Morning Prayer
11:30 a.m. – Rosary
12:00 Noon – Stations of the Cross
1:00 p.m. – Confessions
3:00 p.m. – Chaplet of Divine Mercy
7:00 p.m. – Solemn Commemoration of the Passion and Death of the Lord
Holy Saturday, April 4
8:00 p.m. – Great Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday, April 5
8:00 & 10:00 a.m. – Mass
12:00 p.m. – Mass in Extraordinary Form
This Friday’s Lenten concert will feature 18th-century composer Pergolesi’s setting of the Stabat Mater (At the Cross Her Station Keeping) for Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano and Strings. The St. Martin’s Choirs will also sing the rarely-heard Missa Tempore Quadragesimae (Mass in the Time of Lent) by Johann Michael Haydn.
Friday, March 27th, 7:30 p.m.
Vespers will be sung at 6:30p.m. on March 19 with the St. Martin’s Choirs and guest organist, Daniel Schwandt. The Eleventh Annual Saint Joseph Dinner will follow. Please mark your calendars and plan on attending this Italian celebration honoring the foster father of Our Lord. The cost for this dinner will again be only $12.50 per person and this will include a freshly made salad, various pasta dishes, hot breads, assorted desserts, coffee, soft drinks and wine. Tips will be accepted by our teens and they will all go toward the support of youth activities at Saint Martin’s, as will any and all profits from the sale of dinner tickets. Contact the rectory soon to purchase your tickets!
Every Lent the Church encourages us to intensify the threefold practice of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving in order to detach ourselves from the world and embrace the Gospel of Jesus Christ with greater passion and commitment. This coming Saturday evening, February 21, from 5:30 till 7:00 p.m., in Saint Martin’s parish hall, we’re happy to host Splendor of Truth Ministries founder, Dr. Nicholas Lebish, for a biblical, spiritual, and practical study of this threefold path to virtue and holiness. Coffee and refreshments will be available.
Below is an excerpt from last fall’s 120th anniversary concert featuring our spectacular 1894 Farrand & Votey organ. Click here to learn more about the history of the organ, and here to find out about the restoration project.
On January 22, 1973 our Supreme Court issued a decision that made abortion legal in our country. Because of that decision, over 1 million unborn children lose their lives to abortion each year. Please join Archbishop Joseph Kurtz and representatives from around the archdiocese at St. Martin of Tours on Sunday, January 18 at 3:00pm to celebrate the annual respect life memorial Mass. This year 42 white roses will be displayed to mark each year since the Roe v. Wade decision.