CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR MASS TIMES
Sun 24th Dec
9.00am & 11.00am Fourth Sunday of Advent (as usual)
4.00pm First Mass of Christmas (Family Mass – children are invited to attend dressed as a character from the nativity)
12.00 Midnight Vigil Mass (carols from 11.30pm)
Mon 25th Dec
9.00am & 11.00am
Tue 26th Dec
Mon 1st Jan
St Martin’s is a busy and active Catholic parish serving the Lewsey and Challney areas of Luton. As our vision statement says:
St Martin de Porres Parish is a caring, diverse community
who aim to be united in Christ, to grow as disciples and to go out to share his love with others.
We come from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds, working together as one loving family, united, formed and sent as “ambassadors for Christ” (2 Cor. 5: 20) to “make disciples of all nations” (Mt. 28: 19).
We warmly welcome newcomers to the parish who have recently moved into the area, visitors who are staying locally and those who may be exploring a growing faith in Jesus. If you are new to the area please visit us at any time and make your self known.
We have a number of groups and activities in the parish as well as sacramental programmes for our young people, and courses for those interested in finding out more about our faith. We can also provide practical help to those who may be struggling. If this is where you find yourself, please contact our St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) on 07927 77629 (someone will call you back between 7pm and 8pm).
Please do visit us or contact us if you would like further information or if we can help in any way.
Mass times at St Martin’s are as laid out below, but please be aware that these may change if there is a funeral or if the clergy are away. With that in mind, please check the newsletter before coming so that you have up to date information:
» 6:30pm Vigil on Saturday
» 9:00am and 11:00am on Sunday
» 9:30am on Tuesday
» 12:30pm on Wednesday
» 6:30pm on Thursday
» 9:30am on Friday
The church will be open for private prayer and Adoration each Tuesday after 9.30am Mass, each Thursday after 6.30pm Mass and each Saturday from 5.30pm prior to the Vigil Mass.
Confession is available from 5.30pm to 6pm each Saturday evening.
The Parish Office is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9.15am to 1.15pm. Please note that it is still advisable to make any enquiries via phone or email.
We will continue to keep you all in our prayers as we journey forward together. As St Paul highlighted, we stand together as the family of God, praying for each other that we will continue to show our faith in action, working together in love and persevering through hope!!! And in our role as Fathers of this community, be assured that we carry you in our hearts, and entrust us all to the ‘power’ of the Holy Spirit who brings us his hope and conviction, even in the most troubling of times.
With every blessing,
Canon Michael Harrison and Fr Liam Castle
If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, do not delay in contacting the police, using 999 if a child or adult is believed to be in immediate danger.
It is the policy of the Catholic Church in England and Wales to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or deceased.
If you are in any role within the Catholic Church in England and Wales, you must refer allegations directly to the safeguarding office for your diocese or religious congregation, or directly to the Police.
PARISH SAFEGUARDING CONTACT DETAILS
Parish Priest: Canon Michael Harrison
Parish Safeguarding Representative : Maura Byers
For further information please click on the link below: