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!
The 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.
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).
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 email@example.com your name, phone number, and number attending. Please bring a dish to share based on your last name as follows:
H-Q Side Dish
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!
Several 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.
The 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.
St. Martin of Tours Parish Seminar
By Fr. Yozefu-B. Ssemakula
Thursday April 24 through Saturday April 26
639 South Shelby Street
Why Attend “The Healing of Families” Seminar?
- Have you prayed for years for healing of your family and nothing has happened?
- Learn this form of prayer that is effective for those stubborn personal and family problems.
- Through your participation, experience family-wide relief and healing of spiritual, physical, and emotional problems.
- “Redeem” your relationships and change the course of your family’s history.
For Reservations please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (502)426-3653. Books are available at Church, Marian Center and Tonini Church Supplies.
Please click Healing of Families Seminar Flyer for more information and a schedule.
Holy Thursday, April 17
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 18
9:00 a.m. – Morning Prayer
11:30 a.m. – Rosary
12:00 Noon – Stations of the Cross
1:00 – 3:00 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 19
9:00 a.m. – Office of Readings
8:30 p.m. – Great Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday, April 20
8:00 & 10:00 a.m. – Mass
12:00 p.m. – Mass in Extraordinary Form
The St. Martin’s American Heritage Girls troop will be taking orders for flowers and mulch after Masses this weekend. The flowers will be available for pick up at St. Barnabas on April 26. You can purchase flowers for your personal gardens or the flower beds at St. Martin’s! Proceeds from the sale will support summer camp and other troop activities.