Join us as we celebrate the feast of our patron, Saint Martin.
A great example to all Christians and an
inspiration to our church community.
Saturday 10th November:
Firing of the Fenny Poppers in Leon Recreation Ground at noon, 2:00pm and 4:00pm
6:00pm Festal Mass. The sermon will be given by Father Digby Anderson, Assistant Curate at St Saviour’s, Luton.
Following the service there will be a
reception in the vestry.
Please note that as St Martin’s Day falls on Sunday this year, the firing of the Fenny Poppers is transferred to the previous day.
Sunday 11th November:
Festal Vespers at 5:00pm, followed by the Browne Willis dinner. Our Guest speaker at the dinner will be the Rev’d Jonathan Evens, Associate Vicar, Partnership Development at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London.
Tickets for the dinner are £15 and are available from the church. Please speak to one of our churchwardens, Iola Samuels, or Nigel Benford.
Father Ian is celebrating his 25th anniversary
of ordination to the priesthood.
In honour of this auspicious occasion there will be a sung Mass starting at midday on Saturday 29 September. This will be followed by a buffet lunch in the vestry hall.
All are welcome to attend.
If you would like to help by donating some food for the buffet, please see the list at the back of church.
Saint Martin’s Church
The Commandery of Aragon,
The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem
cordially invite you to a GARDEN PARTY
To be held at the vicarage on Saturday 28th July
commencing at 12:00pm.
The garden party is being held in aid of our notice-board and flag-pole appeal and the Order of Lazarus’ work on behalf of Lepra (leprosy charity) and Debra (epidermolysis bullosa charity).
Tickets: £10 and will include a three course lunch (salad platter, desserts and cheeseboard)
There will be a raffle and other events during the afternoon.
To book your tickets click on this link: garden party 2018
Thursday 10th May
Festal Sung Mass at 7:30pm
Forty days after his resurrection at Easter we celebrate the ascension of Jesus to heaven. Jesus takes his place at the right hand of the Father. His entry into glory is a cause of hope for us; where he has gone we hope to follow.
SPECIAL SERVICES FOR LENT
The forty days of Lent are a holy time when we spritiually make the pilgrimage to the cross with Jesus, remembering his words “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matt 16:24) The goal of Lent is to stay focused on the cross and come to personally understand Jesus’ supreme sacifice of love
Ash Wednesday – 14th February
12:15pm: Said Mass with imposition of ashes
7:30pm: Sung Mass with imposition of ashes
First Sunday of Lent – 18th February
10:00am: Lenten Procession of Penance and Parish Mass
Third Sunday of Lent – 4th March
4:00pm: Lenten Evensong and Benediction
Fifth Sunday of Lent – 18th March
5:00pm: Service of Penance and Benediction
Every Wednesday in Lent
12:15am: Said Mass followed by Stations of the Cross
Every Thursday in Lent from 22nd February
7:00pm: Lent Course in the vestry after Vespers.
Untold Blessing: Three Paths To Holiness
For full details CLICK HERE
Ebbsfleet Chrism Mass – 28th March
Coach from Hanslope to Lichfield Cathedral. Sign up on the list at back of church.
During this years lent Course we will be studying:
Untold Blessing: Three Paths to Holiness
Our ultimate goal is to be a saint. It is our greatest calling and what is desired for us by our Creator. Father Robert Barron paints a beautiful and mysterious image of what it takes to be a follower of “the One who is, Jesus Christ”. The course lays out three intriguing paths to holiness:
- Finding One’s Centre in Christ;
- Knowing You’re A Sinner;
- Realizing Your Life is Not About You.
It also provides practical approaches to enhance your journey along these three paths.
“I watched Untold Blessing in my Adult Faith Formation class. At the risk of repeating what you’ve probably heard many times, I was really moved by your analysis of the Bible. By incorporating quotations and stories from past theologians as well as pop culture figures, I found it extremely easy to relate to. I am in the middle of my life and feel a strong desire to do the will of God wherever it might lead me. Thank you for helping me put my journey in better perspective.” Study Program Participant
The Lent course starts on Thursday 22nd February and will meet in the vestry after Vespers at 7:00pm.
All are welcome to participate.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.
Our foreheads are marked with ashes to humble our hearts and remind us that life passes away on Earth. The ashes are a symbol of penance made sacramental by the blessing of the Church, and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice.
The ashes are made from the palms blessed at the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. They are christened with Holy Water. Whilst the ashes symbolise penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and good to those who call on Him with repentant hearts.
Wednesday 14th February 2018
12:15pm Said Mass with imposition of ashes
7:30pm Sung Mass with imposition of ashes