Don't forget your bag of nonperishable food items! On the 3rd Sunday of the month at all Masses we collect nonperishable food items for St. Martin food pantry, which is sponsored by their Men's Group. If you are unable to bring in a bag of groceries but would like to contribute, we invite you to write a check made out to "St. Martin Catholic Church," write "pantry" on the memo line and place it in the collection basket any time during the month.
Perhaps you have made the rosary a regular part of your prayer life and can attest that the Rosary “is like an ancient treasure map. It has led countless men and women from all walks of life to the treasures of peace, joy, clarity, and contentment…you’ll find the Rosary is a rich prayer that can transform your life.” (dynamiccatholic.com)
Perhaps you have never learned how to pray the rosary or are daunted by the many beads and repetitions….
All parishioners are invited to participate to share their sentiments about the ministry of their pastors. Please participate to help Fr. Hurlbert recognize his talents and grow to become a better priest and pastoral minister. The following two links include:
Domestic violence thrives when we are silent. Please join the Domestic Violence Outreach Ministry ('DVOM') for the following events as we raise awareness and work to end all forms of domestic violence, both physical and non-physical, within our parish and our community. Read More:
Beginning the first weekend in October we will be offering several new resources for use with school aged children in our parish to help them engage more fully in the Sunday Eucharist.
From Fr. Hurlbert: Some wonder what, if anything, they can do besides pray about the matter of accountability of our bishops for the handling of clerical sexual misconduct. Writing directly to Cardinal Cupich or Bishop Manz (our area bishop) might be a proactive way to air concerns and respectfully demand change. To provide you an example, follow the link below to a letter written by the pastor of a Chicago parish who has worked to heal his people after they suffered there under the tenure of a notorious priest abuser.
In addition, there is an event coming up at Dominican University on October 9. The Siena Center at Dominican University is hosting a special evening of sharing, grieving, and responding to the recent Pennsylvania grand jury report. View below for more details.
On Saturday October 6, Fr. Tom Donaldson CSSR, a Redemptorist priest, will present a morning of reflection in the Pine Room. His topic will be “Listening-The grace is in the conversation!” It will begin at 8:30 AM with a catered breakfast. Fr. Tom will speak to us, lead us in reflection, discussion and prayer. All men are welcome. Invite your friends. Please respond to Gene Wesolowski at email@example.com by October 1st so that we can make sure we have enough food for everyone.
Fr. Robert Hutmacher, ofm and his classmates, Br. Bill Schulte, ofm and Br. Leo Geurtz, ofm celebrated their 50th Anniversary as Franciscan Friars on the Feast of St. Clare, August 11, 2018. Ascension congratulates them and gives thanks to God for their religious vocation. A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated on Saturday, September 15 at 5:00, followed by a joyous reception in the Pine Room with Fr. Bob's family, fellow friars and friends. May God continue to bless you!