Dear St. Martin’s Parishioners,

Happy Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday! Divine Mercy Sunday is one of my favorite days of the year due to the role this message and devotion has had in my life. (If you need to familiarize yourself with the details of the message of Divine Mercy, I suggest you watch some of the excellent material that is offered through Since I was a young boy, our family has visited the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA. It was while making a confession at the Shrine after my sophomore year of college that I had a providential encounter with a holy man, Bishop Elliott Thomas of the U.S. Virgin Islands. He really jumpstarted my vocational discernment. St. Maria Faustina, the Apostle of Divine Mercy, has become a sister, friend and intercessor for me over the years. I recognize that God’s mercy towards me is the defining characteristic of my life. I love this quote of St. John Paul II: “We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of His Son Jesus.”

It was wonderful to see such a large turnout for Holy Week and Easter. I hope that was a presage to a consistent return to Mass for many who have been away for a while. We need Jesus’ love made tangible and incarnate for us in the sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist! I’m sorry about some of the parking issues on Easter Sunday, especially at the 7:00am Mass. I recently inquired about the availability of the police station parking lot, and hope that it will soon be available as overflow parking for us. Know that at present we have City Hall, the parking garage on Summit Ave., and Fr. Meyer Field available for parking. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Spanish Knights of Columbus, who facilitated parking from Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday.

I encourage Spanish speaking families to attend a presentation on being ministers of love in the family this Tuesday at 7:30pm in the parish hall. Dra. Dora Tobar is giving the presentation, which will be followed by healing prayers for family wounds.

In the Risen Lord Jesus,

Fr. Dave

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