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Nov 16

Join us TONIGHT, Friday, November 16 for an organ recital with David Anderson. The hour-long program will begin at 7:30 pm in church, and will include works by J.S. Bach, Grigny, Hindemith, Bridge and Franck. Admission is free.

 

Nov 15

Advent is almost here! Purchase supplies and support a great cause. Advent wreaths, candles and calendars will be available for purchase after all morning Masses. Tables will be located at the back of church and in the school lobby. Proceeds benefit Ascension Religious Education program. Thank you for your support!!

Nov 12

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.

Nov 9

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will have its annual fall meeting in Baltimore November 12-14.  At that meeting, the bishops will address the abuse scandal that has caused incalculable pain and harm for victim-survivors of clergy sexual abuse and their families, just as it has gripped and wounded the Church.

From November 5 through November 11, we commit ourselves—as your bishops—to prepare for that meeting with intense prayer and fasting. With these actions, we will plead for God’s assistance as we move forward, but we will also seek to unite ourselves to the suffering  of those who have been harmed.  Our intentions will be first for victim-survivors and their families, for nothing is more important for the church than the protection of young people and vulnerable adults. We will also pray for you, our parishioners, knowing that this moment weighs heavily on you and your families. We very much need your prayers as we make decisions in November that will strengthen our efforts to safeguard the people entrusted to our care and hold accountable those who fail to do so.

In these days, I have come to a deeper awareness of how much we depend on each other to sustain the life of the Church and to fulfill what the Lord Jesus wants of us.  Only together can we reclaim our deepest identity as God’s family and move forward as a community of hope and healing.

With my prayers for you and your loved ones,

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago

Prayer suggestions: The Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary; The Seven Penitential Psalms 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143 (Hebrew numbering); The Chaplet of Divine Mercy; The Stations of the Cross; Silent Contemplation of the Cross of Jesus; The Litany of the Saints.