Faith Formation Opportunities

We strive to continuously learn more about our great Catholic faith tradition. We carry this knowledge and maturity out into the world, living and communicating the faith in our family life, relationships, public service and care for others and the common good.

 
 
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The Meaning of Membership at St. Martin of Tours

As a member of the St. Martin of Tours community, I will:

  1. Know Christ and make Christ known to others
    To grow in my faith and relationship with Christ, and to give active witness to Christ in my daily life.

  2. Continuously learn more about our great Catholic faith tradition
    To empower myself with a deeper knowledge and appreciation of our faith tradition.

  3. Serve in a ministry
    The call to ministry and leadership comes from the grace of my Baptism; the goal of ministry is a fuller commitment to witness, worship and service.

  4. Attend Sunday mass, pray regularly, and celebrate the Sacraments
    My faith cannot grow on its own. My spiritual growth and the spiritual growth of those around me depend on my regular participation in the entire life of my parish.

  5. Care for the least of my brothers and sisters
    “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.” Matthew 25:35-36

  6. Support my church with spiritual and financial gifts
    To demonstrate my gratitude to the Lord for the abundant gifts that He has given me by sharing, sacrificially, my time, talent and treasure with my parish community.

  7. Carry forth the spirit of St. Martin of Tours
    As a defender of the Catholic faith, a loyal soldier of Christ, and a humble servant of others.

 

Bible Study

Knowing Christ through His Word is crucial to growing in our faith. Led by Fr Donie, SMT’s bible study meets every Wednesday at 9:00 AM in Room 1 in the Parish Center. You may join at any time. Coffee is served!

We are currently studying the Book of Proverbs.


Adult Enrichment

Learning, understanding and growing in our faith is crucial to becoming a fully mature and alive disciple for Christ. Our Adult Enrichment series offers many opportunities to better understand our faith and how to live it in our world. Topics include Comparative Religion, Sacred Stories and Sacred Texts and much more. Discussion is led by Fr. Donie. Adult Enrichment meets Mondays at 7:30 pm in the Parish Center.


Adult Lecture Series

4-6 week session
7:00 pm in the rectory room
Thursday Evenings weekly

Led by Fr Ben Le periodically throughout the year, our Adult Lecture series features topics such as Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained, God and the Old Testament, The Spiritual Life, Doors of Mercy and more.


Children's Faith Formation

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is an approach to the religious formation for children ages 3 to 12 that is rooted in the Bible, the Liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori.

Beginning in 1954, Sofia Cavalletti, a Hebrew and Scripture scholar and member of the Vatican commission for Jewish-Christian relations, and her colleague, professor Gianna Gobbi, a Montessori trained educator, developed the Catechesis by observing and working with children at the Children’s Centre in Rome, Italy. Children gather with catechists in an “Atrium”, a space prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials. They use these items to help them absorb the most essential proclamations of our Catholic faith. CGS is presently used in over 37 countries around the world, and many Dioceses throughout the United States.

“If we want to help the child grow near to God, we should, with patience and courage...seek to go always closer to the vital nucleus of things. This requires study and prayer. The child himself will be our teacher if we know how to observe him.”

~Sofia Cavalletti


The Atria at Saint Martin of Tours

SMT introduced Catechesis of the Good Shepherd into our Faith Formation in the fall of 2016. Within this time, we have watched the children grow in their faith through exploring scripture and liturgy materials. They work at their own pace with the materials that set afire within them the love of God. Our catechists help the children explore the lessons in the atrium, drawing focus on items following the liturgical year. Children can work in groups and individually. They plan prayer services, read scripture stories, explore the prayers and structure of the Mass, explore the geography of the land of Israel, and ponder the Kingdom of God and the many gifts that God has given us.  In the Atrium children are invited to become collaborators in the building of this Kingdom.


Youth Ministry

Our youth ministry program has three main objectives; to empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus, to draw young people into participating actively within our parish community, and to foster the spiritual growth of each member of our youth community.

Our High School Youth Group meets throughout the year to live, share, and grow in our faith. Our Middle School Youth Group focuses on preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, active discipleship and leadership within our community. At every age, our youth are guided in the preparation to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. encouraged and challenged to put their faith in action, and


 
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UCSSB Readings

United States Catholic Conference of Bishops
usccb.org

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The Bible is all around us.

People hear Scripture readings in church. We have Good Samaritan (Luke 10) laws, welcome home the Prodigal Son (Luke 15), and look for the Promised Land (Exodus 3, Hebrews 11).

Some biblical passages have become popular maxims, such as "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Matthew 7:12)," "Thou shalt not steal (Exodus 20:15), and "love thy neighbor" (Matthew 22:39).

Today's Catholic is called to take an intelligent, spiritual approach to the bible.

10 Points for Fruitful Scripture Readings

  1. Bible reading is for Catholics.
    The Church encourages Catholics to make reading the Bible part of their daily prayer lives. Reading these inspired words, people grow deeper in their relationship with God and come to understand their place in the community God has called them to in himself.
  2. Prayer is the beginning and the end.
    Reading the Bible is not like reading a novel or a history book. It should begin with a prayer asking the Holy Spirit to open our hearts and minds to the Word of God. Scripture reading should end with a prayer that this Word will bear fruit in our lives, helping us to become holier and more faithful people.
  3. Get the whole story!
    When selecting a Bible, look for a Catholic edition. A Catholic edition will include the Church's complete list of sacred books along with introductions and notes for understanding the text. A Catholic edition will have an imprimatur notice on the back of the title page. An imprimatur indicates that the book is free of errors in Catholic doctrine.
  4. The Bible isn't a book.
    It's a library. The Bible is a collection of 73 books written over the course of many centuries. The books include royal history, prophecy, poetry, challenging letters to struggling new faith communities, and believers' accounts of the preaching and passion of Jesus. Knowing the genre of the book you are reading will help you understand the literary tools the author is using and the meaning the author is trying to convey.
  5. Know what the Bible is – and what it isn't.
    The Bible is the story of God's relationship with the people he has called to himself. It is not intended to be read as history text, a science book, or a political manifesto. In the Bible, God teaches us the truths that we need for the sake of our salvation.
  6. The sum is greater than the parts.
    Read the Bible in context. What happens before and after – even in other books – helps us to understand the true meaning of the text.
  7. The Old relates to the New.
    The Old Testament and the New Testament shed light on each other. While we read the Old Testament in light of the death and resurrection of Jesus, it has its own value as well. Together, these testaments help us to understand God's plan for human beings.
  8. You do not read alone.
    By reading and reflecting on Sacred Scripture, Catholics join those faithful men and women who have taken God's Word to heart and put it into practice in their lives. We read the Bible within the tradition of the Church to benefit from the holiness and wisdom of all the faithful.
  9. What is God saying to me?
    The Bible is not addressed only to long-dead people in a faraway land. It is addressed to each of us in our own unique situations. When we read, we need to understand what the text says and how the faithful have understood its meaning in the past. In light of this understanding, we then ask: What is God saying to me?
  10. Reading isn't enough.
    If Scripture remains just words on a page, our work is not done. We need to meditate on the message and put it into action in our lives. Only then can the word be "living and effective."(Hebrews 4:12).

By Mary Elizabeth Sperry,
Associate Director for Utilization of the New American Bible.