Join us after school on Wednesday December 17th for a fun Christmas Celebration!
We will celebrate with the Traditional Posada (when Mary and Jose are asking for shelter on their way to Bethlehem).
Children will be representing Mary, Joseph, the angels and shepherds as they go around singing Christmas Carols, knocking on doors and asking for a place where Jesus can be born. We will even have a real donkey walking with them!
At the end, we have a joyful celebration and the breaking of a piñata. Join us afterwards in the Parish Hall for hot chocolate and cookies.
Kids are welcome to dress up as angels or shepherds :)
Vigil Mass (Fri) 6:30 PM
Sat 7:00 AM and 8:15 AM
Collection of Blankets at all Masses
Collection of Blankets
Dinner in Parish Center
Let’s have a Bubbly Good Time!
Raise your bubbly drinks in support of Foster children, adoption, and new Moms!
La Marca Prosecco for the adults and Martinelli’s Cider for the kids
After the Family Mass
Sunday, October 7th at 10:30 AM
Bubbly drinks, Suzie cakes cupcakes, and Philz coffee by SMT Life Ministry and… A scrumptious bagel spread from the 6th grade class
*Learn more about Foster care, Adoption, new Moms and ways to support them *Pick a card from our Prayer Trees! * Visit the Kids activity corner with Jennifer from Sunday School to make cards for the various agencies SMT supports throughout the year. *Bring some stuff to support foster kids in group homes!
List of items includes:
Towels and washcloths in neutral colors (new) ~ Twin size sheet sets (400 count or higher) ~ Gift cards to Target, Wal-Mart, or Kohl’s for kids clothes ~ Paper plates, napkins, plastic cutlery, zipper sandwich bags, and paper towels (to pack lunches for picnics, activities, and outings) ~ Bead and Jewelry making kits ~ Girls and boys socks adult size 8-11 (new) ~ All sizes of girl’s and teen underwear (new) ~ All sizes of boy’s and small men’s underwear (new) ~ Small and XL men’s t-shirts (new) ~ Dove or Ivory bar soap or shower gel (regular or large sizes)
Our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd sessions will resume. Please contact the parish office or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.