Together in Mission

February 24, 2019

The 2019 Together In Mission appeal officially began two weeks ago. Patrick Kelly, the principal of St. Cecilia School, made the appeal at SMT. An audio recording of his presentation is available on our website.

Patrick mentioned that his school does not have heat or AC for the students. You may have wondered why TIM does not provide this for schools such as St. Cecilia’s. TIM’s goal is to keep these schools and parishes operational. While TIM does provide funding for repairs like broken windows, it does not necessarily address capital improvement issues such as installing HVAC systems for schools and parishes. As you can see, the needs are great. I ask you to consider making a contribution to this annual Together In Mission campaign.

Regarding capital improvement, an Archdiocesan Capital Campaign has begun to address capital improvement projects for schools and parishes in the entire Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Just as with TIM, every parish is required to participate in this capital campaign. SMT will begin this capital campaign in July 2020. We will provide more information to you as we near that date.

The Archdiocesan Facility Assessment Report indicates the facilities of both the school and church at St. Martin of Tours are in very good condition. We have addressed the issues of replacing aging HVAC systems in our church and rectory and the leaking roof in the Parish Center, along with other more minor issues. Although our basic needs are met, we must prepare for the future, especially in improving our school facilities to handle future needs.

Ash Wednesday is very late this year. The latest date that Ash Wednesday can fall on is March 10, and this year it falls on March 6. The good thing about starting Lent this late is that it gives us a mental separation from Christmas. When it is early, we enter Lent with Christmas is still fresh on our minds. As always, I strongly encourage you to invest time in this coming season of Lent, particularly by participating with us every Friday evening for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, where we spend our quiet and personal time with Jesus, and then tracing the suffering of Jesus through the praying of the Stations of the Cross. We conclude each Friday with a communal Lenten supper.

Fr. Patrick Tobin, the Director of the Dominican Shrine of St. Jude in Chicago, will conduct our Lenten Mission this year on March 25-27. Please put this on your calendar to join us for this year’s mission.

We have 22 people attending our newly formed ALPHA program, with new participants joining every week. You can join this joyful, educational and life-changing program at any time. Please contact Susana Nieto at the Rectory if you are interested.

Kathryn Richards