St. Martin de Porres Parish

Spring 2018 Newsletter


Dear Friends,

It is almost the end of April as I write this and finally, FINALLY, the temperature has reached the 60s and it feels like a heat wave.  A few days ago as I was driving and the temps were in the 30s, I saw a sign in front of a church that read, “April is the new February.”  Only to be out done by the sign in front of the Cal-Mum school building that read, “Spring? Where are you?”

However, I am an eternal optimist; Spring has always come before and it’s going to come again.  When – is anybody’s guess!  But it will happen.

We still have much to look forward to as Spring continues to unfold.  A new pictorial directory, the gala for Patrick Place, First Communions and confirmations and graduations (St. Columba is hosting the baccalaureate commencement). So we have a lot to look forward to.

In all of these things I hope we are able to find the joy of Christ being revealed to us.  Especially in the milestones our young people will be experiencing as they take on greater responsibilities in life.

Be open to how Christ makes himself known to us and see how your faith blossoms forth as well.

God bless, Fr. John

Spring Calendar/Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 2, 7:00 pm

Sunday, May 6, 9:00 am

Monday, May 7, 7:00 pm

Friday, May 18, 6 pm - 10 pm

Saturday, May 19, 9:30 am

                                                 Mother's Day - May 13th

Confirmation Celebration at Sacred Heart

May Crowning Pancake Breakfast at St. Mary's

Social Justice Meeting at St. Vincent de Paul Church

An Evening at the Cobblestone Barn to benefit Patrick Place

Pre-baptism session at St. Mary of the Assumption. Contact Matt Dudek at

Social Justice Diaper Drive


We have a need for people to join our ministries. Please consider joining one of the following:

Altar servers - Any boy or girl in the third grade or above: we would be very happy to have you participate in this ministry.  Also, parents, would you ever consider serving alongside your son or daughter?  Think of what a great witness it would be to them to see you participating.  Some of our churches have already done this and it has proven to be a really positive experience.

Funerals - We have adults who help serve at our funerals, but it would be great to have you serve at any of our Masses on the weekends.

Lectors - There is always a need for people to help proclaim the Word of God.  Don’t worry, you will be trained, it is not difficult and you will likely be partnered with someone to assist you.

Eucharistic Ministers - The ministry of the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ is also needed.  And before you try to excuse yourself by saying “I’m not worthy.”  Fr. John would counter that with “God made you; therefore, you ARE worthy.”

Cantors/choir members - St. Augustine said, “When you sing you pray twice!”  What better way than to make a joyful noise unto the Lord!  Or as I like to say, if you have a good voice, sing like you are thanking God and if you have a bad voice, sing like you are getting revenge!

Ushers - We are always on the lookout for parishioners to welcome others, hand out bulletins at the end of Mass and help those who may come in late to find seats.



Are You…

wanting to join the Catholic Church?

a baptized Christian wishing to experience the Catholic faith?

a baptized Catholic wishing to prepare for First Communion and Confirmation? Then you are invited to participate in the

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The RCIA is a process where persons considering membership in the Catholic Church come together in a weekly program to share a journey of faith. We begin by explaining the entire process and answering any questions. Each person, children over seven years and adults, are given time to decide if he or she wishes to become part of this faith journey. Participation is voluntary and may be discontinued at any time.

Are You…

a Catholic Youth wanting to be confirmed?

a Catholic Adult wanting to be confirmed?

We have separate programs for teens and adults to prepare for the Sacrament of   Confirmation.

If you are interested in finding out more about the above programs, please call Anna Steele at 294-3065 or We will be having an information meeting on Monday, April 23rd at 6:00 pm at Hartmann Hall for the 2018-2019 RCIA process.

Faith Formation News

Our Parish vision statement calls for life long faith formation. To this end, we have several models to implement among all ages, from small children to adults. All are unified in the one heart of Faith Formation – becoming faith filled disciples of Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church community.

St. Martin de Porres offers three opportunities for families to participate in Faith Formation throughout the year.

St. Columba Church

· Faith Formation for grades 1-7 meetings weekly on Mondays from 6-7pm

· Blest Are We program

Contact: Kathy Kuntz or 294-3085

St. Mary of the Assumption

Family Faith Formation, where the whole family is involved in growing their faith together.

· One Sunday a month meeting September– May

· Summer Intensive August 5th-9th, 2018                                                                                                           
Contact: Anna Steele or 294-3065

St. Vincent de Paul

· Pre-School Program for children 3-5 years old during the 10am liturgy.

· Faith Formation for grades 1-7 meetings weekly on Tuesday from 4:30-5:45pm

· Blest Are We program

Contact: Kathy Kuntz or 294-3085

Each program utilizes a home study program that allows us to work at home as well as gather to explore the lessons together. Parents, with the guidance of the Catechists and Coordinators will work with their children at home and then participate in their meetings.  

REGISTRATIONS will begin soon!! Watch bulletin for announcements!


Each of our churches has its own cemetery that provides a lovely natural and dignified memorial setting in which to honor loved ones who have been laid to rest. Each cemetery offers burial space for both full body and cremated remains. You can feel comfortable choosing our cemeteries for your interment needs. Please contact us to learn more about the interment options available. If you are interested in becoming a member of one of our Cemetery Advisory Boards, please call your church office.                                                                                                                                               

St Columba St Mary St Vincent
St Columba Cemetery Holy Angels Cemetery St Vincent de Paul Catholic Cemetery
State St, Caledonia Caledonia St, Scottsville Main St, Churchville
585-538-2126 585-294-3065 585-294-3085


Youth Group News

Sean Esposito has been updating his Google Classroom blog weekly. We are in the planning stages of a late spring trip to Our Lady of Victory Bassilica. We are hoping to meet weekly over the summer alternating between Wednesdays and Sundays. Look for a summer rescheduling Lock-in date in the future!

Patrick Place 

Update: We will be ready to admit our first resident on May 21, 2018! Four people have completed all of their training and 81 people are in some stage of training. Our annual golf tournament will be held on August 26, 2018. Hope to see you at our Evening at the Cobblestone Barn.


In anticipation of the opening of Patrick Place in May,

 below is a list of items that are needed.

Postage Stamps

Gift Cards

                                                      Wegmans                    Target                                                   

Office Max or Staples            Walmart

Paper Products

                                                    Toilet Paper                  Paper Towels                                               

      Kleenex                     Baby Wipes

Household Needs

       Tall kitchen bags              Dishwasher Tablets 

                                               Febreeze Spray                Liquid Hand Soap                                           

     Light bulbs –  60 watt

Food Items

                                             Coffee K-Cups – Reg and Decaf                                           

                              Tea Bags – different flavored teas                             


Peanut Butter          Canned Tuna



Now go into the world with confidence, trusting that Christ is walking with you.




Ascension Day Mass Schedule - May 10th

8:30 am - St. Vincent's

12:10 pm - St. Columba's

7:00 pm - St. Mary's