New and returning servers are invited to attend our first Altar Server Retreat for the 2018/19 year. We invite all incoming 3rd grade students interested in learning about becoming an Altar Server to join us for a their Observation year. 4th grade and above are invited to server. Please contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org for information or to register as a new server.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) If you have relatives or friends who are not Catholic and who may be interested in becoming Catholic, please have them contact Fr. Donie at 310-892-5800 or at email@example.com
Our RCIA meetings include those who have not been baptized, as well as those already baptized in other Christian denominations. Classes begin on September 10th at 7:30pm in room 1 and continue weekly.
Our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd sessions will resume. Please contact Rhiannon Jensen in the parish office or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
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.”
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.
Our 10th annual Knights of Columbus Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Scholl Canyon. This will be the fifth Gordon Tuthill Memorial Tournament. This year, we are trying to encourage more support for the tournament by allowing sponsors and golfers to choose where their funds are to be distributed by choosing between Tuition Support, Respect Life, or Veterans. Respect Life funds will go to Lila Rose at www.liveaction.org and to KofC purchases of ultrasound equipment. Veteran support will be directed to programs at the West LA Veteran’s hospital. Tuition Support will go to Resurrection Parish School. For details, please visit out website: www.stmartinoftourskofc.org or email me directly at email@example.com
Thanks for your support Knights of Columbus Council 14660.
Have you ever wondered what happens to our priests after they retire from teaching, preaching, and serving on a regular basis? Where do they go? Who takes care of them? What do they need? Like us, they desire rest and have needs for care and medical treatment as they grow older. Unlike most of us, though, their modest salaries were never meant to provide for them after many years of service. Your gift to the Priest Retirement Fund is a meaningful investment and true blessing for the care and comfort of our spiritual fathers as they enter the later chapters in life. Visit prfla.org to learn more
Please pray for the SMT children and young people who are preparing to receive their Sacraments in May.
A Prayer for the young people preparing for Confirmation on Sunday, May 20th at 5:30 pm: All-powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ by water and the Holy Spirit, you freed your sons and daughters from sin and gave them new life. Send your Holy Spirit upon them to be their helper and guide. Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence. Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Congratulations to our St. Martin of Tours First Communicants
Please pray for the SMT children and young people who are preparing to receive their Sacraments in May. For the children preparing for their First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 6th at 9:30 am: O Jesus, who hast loved us with such exceeding great love as to give us the ineffable gift of the Holy Eucharist, inflame us with a burning zeal to promote Thy glory by preparing worthily the little children who are to approach Thy holy table for the first time. Protect, O Sacred Heart of Jesus, these young souls from the assaults of evil, strengthen their faith, increase their love and endow them with all the virtues that will make them worthy to receive Thee.
Catholic Courses with Fr. Ben
***PLEASE NOTE THE NEW START DATE***
April 19th - June 14th
Thursday Evenings at 7pm
Rectory Conference Room
New Catholic Courses 8 week series with Fr. Ben. Meeting weekly on Thursday, April 19th thru June 14th at 7 pm in the Rectory Conference Room. This course will be done in two parts, first covering the Book of Daniel for 4 weeks, followed by 4 weeks with the Book of Revelation. Please join us for this new class. To register call the parish office at 310.476.7403 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Part 1: The Book of Daniel invites the reader to explore a unique chapter in salvation history. Today’s Christians can feel intimidated by society’s increasing disdain for religion, something which Daniel understood all too well. God’s faithfulness to Daniel during his persecutions and sufferings is the same faithfulness he offers us today. Daniel is thus a very timely book for today’s Christians, reminding us of the unchanging nature of God’s love and fidelity, even in the midst of darkness.
Part 2: Fr. Alfred McBride, O. Praem. sets the record straight with an authentic Catholic interpretation of the Book of Revelation. He gives you three keys to understanding the Book of Revelation and offers sustaining hope for Christians who have experienced or will experience the trials and persecutions that have always accompanied the Church. In addition to discussing the end of the world, Fr. McBride presents authentic Catholic teaching on topics including the Rapture, the "mark of the beast," the Antichrist, the thousand years of peace, and more in this course, Unveiling the Apocalypse.
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE - 2018
Saturday (3/24) 5:30 PM
Sunday (3/25) 7:30 AM
9:30 AM (Mass begins outside – in front of the Church on Sunset) 11:30 AM (Mass begins outside – in front of the Church on Sunset) 5:30 PM (Mass begins outside – in front of the Church on Sunset)
Monday (3/26) 7pm – 8pm Fr. Donie
Tuesday (3/27) 7pm – 8pm Fr. Ben
There will be no Confession from Thursday through Easter.
HOLY THURSDAY (3/29/2018)
No Morning Mass
Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 7:00 PM Fr. Ben Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will follow the Mass in the Parish Center until 10:00 PM
GOOD FRIDAY (3/30/2018)
No Morning Mass
Divine Mercy Chaplet 12:00 PM Fr. Ben
Stations of the Cross 1:00 PM Fr. Ben
Good Friday Liturgy 2:00 PM Fr. Ben Traditional Choior
HOLY SATURDAY (3/31/2018)
No Morning Mass
EASTER VIGIL 7:30 PM Fr. Donie Traditional Choir
EASTER SUNDAY (4/1/2018)
7:30 AM No music
9:30 AM Family Mass – Easter Eggs Hunt
11:30 AM Traditional Choir
5:30 PM Band
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Six O'clock in the Evening
Fairmont Miramar Hotel
101 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica
~Black Tie and Mask Optional~
Please visit www.smtschool.net and click on the green Leprechaun Ball button to purchase tickets, make a donation, purchase raffle tickets, or feel free to reach out personally to get involved.
The Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus is proud to announce the hosting of their 13th annual Wine Tasting Extravaganza. Celebrate the Wines of California and enjoy fine company and fine dining at St. Martin of Tours Church. Festivities commence at 6:30 pm, Saturday February 10, 2018 in the Parish Hall. The cost is $40 per person. Net proceeds to benefit Veterans, Military Chaplains Fund, Police and Fire, And tuition support for the Children of Veterans.
Raffle, Silent Auction, Live Auction
Our Parish is having a Bundle Sunday for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores. Please bring your usable clothing and usable household items on this day. Their truck will be here at our Church parking lot. Please help them in their endless efforts to assist the needy. They are in great need of furniture and large appliances. Please call (323) 224-6280 or (800) 974-3571 for a free special pick-up at your home. Please help us the lives of local children & families in need.
A new Enrichment Series entitled “Christian Witness” focuses on the effect of Christ’s life and teaching on humanity.
DVD Presentations include:
“Restless Heart” - The Confessions of St. Augustine
“Entertaining Angels” - The Life of Dorothy Day
“A Time for Miracles” - The Story of Elizabeth Seton
“Serra” - The Missionary Work of Junipero Serra
“Footsteps in the Wilderness” - The North American Martyrs
“St. Philip Neri” - His Work among the Poor Youth of his day
“Monsieur Vincent” - The Inspiration for the St. Vicent de Paul Society
“Amazing Grace” - The Story of William Wilberforce
“St. Peter” - His Life and Times
“St. Paul” - His Life and Times
“From Christ to Constantine” - Trial and Testimony of the Early Church
“The Face” - Jesus in Art
Classes begin with Fr. Donie on Monday, January 15th at 7:30 pm and continue weekly.
All youth of high school age are invited to attend the 4th annual City of Saints Teen Conference August 3-5, 2018 at the University of California, Los Angeles. City of Saints Teen Conference is hosted by Archbishop Jose Gomez and the Office of Religious Education at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. It is a wonderful local opportunity for young people to engage in their faith, and leave empowered to live as saints within their communities. Cost is $210 per participant and includes their registration, food, and housing. Space is limited, so act fast! Find out more by visiting their website at www.cityofsaints.org.
To register, contact Rhiannon Jensen in the Faith Formation Office at 317.476.7403 or email email@example.com
The Committee for the Poor is accepting donations for their annual Christmas Bag Collection for the Homeless.
In past years, we have raised approximately $25,000.00 during the month of November to fill 2,000 or more Christmas backpacks which are distributed through the works of many Catholic organizations.
Donate today through the Give tab at the top of the page. Please indicate "Committee for the Poor" under special instructions.
And Join us on December 10th in the Parish Center to assemble the more than 2000 bags! 8 to Noon.
Come Make an Advent Wreath! Start your Advent in a special way for you and your family. Please join us on Sunday, December 3, anytime between 8am until 1 pm in the Parish Center. It's EASY! It's FUN! Learn to make your own traditional Advent wreaths. All supplies for the fresh wreaths will be provided. A $15.00 per wreath contribution to help cover the cost of supplies is suggested. There will also be an 11 am Advent Prayer Service in the Parish Center for families to have their wreaths blessed. We look forward to seeing you there! ~ Cynthia Velky and Erin Lynch
Join the Committee for the Poor Wednesday , November 22nd at 10am at Resurrection Church 3324 E. Opal Street Los Angeles 90023 to distribute Thanksgiving food items to families in need.
We will meet in the Resurrection Church parking lot at 10am and serve for approximately 2 hours. This is also a suitable activity for older children.
ONE DAY ONLY - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH In the spirit of St Martin of Tours our Patron Saint whose Memorial we celebrate November 11th and who gave half his cloak to a poor man, the Committee for the Poor will collect new and gently used warm items (coats, blankets ,sleeping bags ,beanies etc.) for St Joseph’s Center Homeless Services. Please drop off your donation items at the Parish Patio on November 12th only. Thank You!!!
Join the Parish and School Communities as we celebrate the feast of St. Martin of Tours with our annual Lantern Walk and Dinner.
Lantern making and activities begin in the Parish Center at 5:15 pm
Play on the steps at dusk with a lantern walk
Dinner to follow in the Parish Center
Please enter using the upper 2 gates and upper parking lot only. The lower gate will be closed for the safety of the children for this event.