Join us this 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.
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.
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.
SAVE THE DATE! Please join us for Ascension's Annual Cookie Walk and Christmas Market on Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 10 am - 1 pm.
The Ascension Women's Cooperative needs your help! Please consider baking for the annual AWC Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 1, 2018! We are asking for 3-4 dozen holiday themed cookies -- and we also need bakers to make cakes, pies, & dessert breads! Drop off either Friday, November 30th from 4:30-6:30pm or Saturday, December 1 from 8-9:30 am. To sign up, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/2018cookiewalk. Learn more!
Bulletin copy for the November 18 and November 25 bulletins must be submitted through email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, November 9 at 5:00 pm. Please note that this is for both of these dates.
The usual deadline time is in place for the November 11 bulletin. That is Monday, November 5 by 5:00 pm.
We will begin to take Mass Intentions for 2019 on Tuesday, November 20 from 9-11:30 am and on Tuesday, November 27 from 9-11:30 am and 4:30-7 pm. Please come to the Parish Center Office. Please note that no Mass Intentions from 2018 will be carried over to 2019. One weekend Mass and one 8:15 am weekday Mass per week will be designated for multiple Mass Intentions. Only after November 27 will we take additional Mass Intentions on a daily basis.
During this month of November we pray in a special way for those we love who have passed from this life to the next. All are invited to inscribe the names of their deceased loved ones in the Book of the Dead, near the Pascal Candle by the Saint Joseph altar. If you have a photograph of a deceased loved one, and would like to place it in one of the designated areas in the church, please feel free to do so. Seeing these pictures renews our bonds with them and reminds us to pray for the repose of their souls, even as we seek their intercession on our behalf.