ASH WEDNESDAY: Wednesday, February 14th is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. Masses with the distribution of ashes will be celebrated at 8:30AM, and 7:30PM. Ashes will also be distributed at liturgical services at 12 Noon and 4:00PM. Ash Wednesday is a day of Fast & Abstinence.
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 begin on Thursday, Feb. 15th at 2:00PM and Friday Feb. 16th at 7:30PM in the Church and will continue on all Thursdays and Fridays during Lent.
OPERATION RICE BOWL: Join our faith community – and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States – 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– March 18th.
LENTEN SOUP SUPPER: Once again, we will be offering a Soup Supper during Lent. The date will be Thursday, March 22nd from 6:00PM to 9:00PM. Please call Mary (631-691-5881) if you would like to be involved. Thank you.
AROUND THE PARISH
BREAD & WINE: If anyone is interested in hosting the Bread and Wine for a week in memory of a loved one, please contact the Rectory at 631-264-0124. The cost of bread and wine is $60.
CHURCH IN NEED: Next weekend, February 17th and 18th, a collection will be taken for “The Church in Need.” The money collected at this time will be shared among three areas of the world where there is a particular need for help: Church in Central and Eastern Europe, The Church in Latin America and the Church in Africa. Thank you for your generosity.
ST. MARTIN’S ANNUAL WOMEN’S RETREAT (SAVE THE DATE): 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 9th-11th. The theme for this year is “The Reign of God is now.” Take a little time and space and come join the women of your parish who are looking for a spiritual reboot. The retreat opens with dinner at 7:00PM on Friday and concludes with Mass at 11:00AM on Sunday. For further information, please call your parish promoters Marion Johnson (516-769-8891) or Amy Fulford (516-729-8624). You can also call the Bishop Molloy Retreat House at 718-739-1229.
K of C BUS TRIP: The Knights of Columbus have organized a Bus Trip on Wednesday, March 7th to Yonkers Casino. There will be raffles, and a 50/50. The buses will leave from the Village Parking Lot at the Amityville Library at 9:00AM sharp! Bring along a friend. Price is $35 per person. The coin package will be determined. Make your reservations early. Call Henry Tomlinson at 631-789-0745 for seating.