PRAYER AND BENEDICTION: There will be NO Prayer and Benediction for the month of March as it falls on Ash Wednesday.
ASH WEDNESDAY: Wednesday, March 1st is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. Masses with the distribution of ashes will be celebrated at 7:00AM, 8:30AM, and 7:30PM. Ashes will also be distributed at liturgical services at 12 Noon and 4:30PM. Ash Wednesday is a day of Fast & Abstinence.
OPERATION RICE BOWL: Join our parish community in a life-changing Lenten journey with Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl. Rice bowls can be picked up starting Ash Wednesday and don’t forget to download the CRS Rice Bowl app! Rice Bowls should be returned at Mass on the Fifth Sunday of Lent– April 2nd.
LENTEN FAST & ABSTINENCE: All Catholics who have reached their fourteenth year are bound to abstain entirely from meat on all the Fridays of Lent. All Catholics between the ages of eighteen and fifty-nine inclusive are also bound to observe the law of fast on Good Friday. This means limiting oneself to a single full meal & avoiding food between meals. Two other lighter meals, which together do not equal a full meal, may be taken during the day.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Stations of the Cross will be held in the Church every Thursday at 2:00PM and every Friday at 7:30PM during Lent. All are encouraged to take part in this solemn Lenten practice.
DOMINICAN SISTERS IRISH NIGHT RAFFLE TICKETS: Next weekend, March 4-5th, the Sisters of Saint Martin’s Convent will be in the lobby of the Church after each Mass selling raffle tickets for their annual community fundraiser for their senior sisters. This now famous Irish Night Gala takes place in St. Brigid’s in Westbury, where the drawing will be held on March 11th. Why not see if the luck of the Irish is yours?
MARTIN’S ANNUAL WOMEN’S RETREAT: Bishop Molloy Retreat House, a Passionist Spiritual Center in Jamaica Estates, welcomes the women of St. Martin’s Parish to participate in our annual retreat on the weekend of March 10th-12th. The theme for this year is “We are People of Promise.” Take a little time and space and come join the women of your parish who are looking for spiritual reboot. The retreat opens with Dinner at 7:00PM on Friday and concludes with Mass at 11:00AM on Sunday. Come join us for a weekend of rest, quiet and community with the women of your parish. For further information, call your parish promoters Marion Johnson (516-769-8891) or Amy Fulford (516-729-8624). You can also call the Bishop Molloy Retreat House directly at 718-739-1229.
REMINDER: In the past, we have reminded parishioners not to park in the lot next to the Church. For a while, everyone listened and did not park there. Apparently, this has become a problem again. The landlord of the building has warned is that he is going to start towing cars that do not belong in that lot. Please do NOT park in that lot. You can use the municipal parking lot across the street or the school lot.