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From the Pastor's Desk - May 31, 2024

Dear St. Martin’s Parishioners,

A few days ago the Vatican confirmed that Blessed Carlo Acutis will be canonized a saint, which comes as a great joy in light of this Sunday’s celebration of Corpus Christi. Carlo died at the young age of 15 from cancer in 2006. He was a youth completed dedicated to the love of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. He catalogued the approved Eucharistic miracles throughout the world, and we displayed his work at our parish three years ago. Carlo said in his very straightforward manner, “The more Eucharist we receive, the more we will become like Jesus, so that on earth we will have a foretaste of heaven.” Recently Sr. Maria Belen began a Carlo Acutis family prayer group in our parish, which meets once a month to foster a greater love of Jesus in parents and children. Carlo is an attractive figure for youth and adults because he was such a normal young man. He shows us that through a deep love of Jesus in his Eucharistic presence sainthood isn’t a far-off fantasy, but is within the grasp of each of us.

Please join us for our Eucharistic procession this Sunday after the 9:00am Mass. We will process from the church, across 355 to Fr. Meyer Field. Five altars will be set up on the Field where we have brief moments of adoration while praying the rosary in English, French and Spanish.

Next Sunday, June 9, join us for our annual 12:00pm trilingual Field Mass and picnic from 1:00pm-5:00pm. There is going to be a ton of good food and games for children. You can purchase your tickets for food ahead of time after all Masses this weekend in the parish hall.

Lastly, Deacon Sean O’Connor, who was with us this past year, will be ordained a priest on June 8 for the Diocese of Colorado Springs. He is going to come back and celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Martin’s at 10:30am on Sunday, June 16. Deacon Dylan Prentice will be ordained a priest on Saturday, June 15 for the Archdiocese of Washington, and we’re blessed to have him celebrate Masses of Thanksgiving at the 9:00am and 10:30am Masses on June 23. Deo gratias!

In Christ,

Fr. Dave

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