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  • St. Martha Roman Catholic Church Pallottine Fathers and Brothers (Society of Catholic Apostolate) and U.S.A. Circus Church

    Very Rev. Fausto Stampiglia, S.A.C., Pastor

    MASS SCHEDULE Church opens 30 minutes before each service

    and closes afterwards.

    SATURDAY 7:30 a.m. & 8:30 a.m.; (Vigil) 4:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.


    7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Noon & 5:30 p.m.

    SUNDAY PARISH HALL 9 a.m. (Family), 8 a.m. (Spanish), & Noon (Vietnamese)


    7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., Noon & 5:30 p.m.

    HOLY DAY (Vigil) 4 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

    7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Noon, & 5:30 p.m.

    TV Mass Sunday, 9:30 a.m. on CW Network.

    Check your local listings or go to dioceseofvenice/TVMass


    Tuesdays 9 a.m. - Noon; Fridays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (The Carosella Chapel is open for quiet prayer during office hours.)


    9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on the first Friday of the month

    ROSARY & MORNING PRAYER DEVOTIONS Rosary is prayed each day following the 7:30 a.m. Mass,

    immediately followed by Morning Prayer. Rosary is again prayed before the Noon Mass.


    Saturday: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.; 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. (Reconciliation Room) Sunday - Friday: 11:30 a.m. - Noon (Church Entrance)

    BAPTISM Classes are held on the 2nd Monday of each month from

    7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Room. Baptism will take place regularly every Sunday at

    5 p.m. or by appointment with your choice of clergyman.

    ANOINTING OF THE SICK Saturdays after the 8:30 a.m. Mass

    PRAYER LINE 941-306-6503

    200 N. Orange Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34236 Telephone: (941) 366-4210 Fax: (941) 954-8434

    Website: www.stmartha.org Facebook: St. Martha Roman Catholic Church

    Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - Noon & 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.


  • From Our Pastor, Fr. Fausto ...

    OCTOBER 2, 2016

    My Dear Friends, The first reading and the Gospel are quite shor t

    today and invite us to see the hand of God behind our troubles and tribulations; easier said than done! Listen to the anguished desperation of the prophet Habakkuk: “I cry for help, but you do not listen!” How true, how familiar… we tried to give good examples, we faithfully went to church, we prayed with great devotion day and night and at meals, we helped the poor and the needy… and what have we got to show for all this devotion to God? Illnesses, maybe a son on drugs, or a mentally ill daughter, an unfaithful spouse, a car accident, a lost job, the house on fire… I cry for help but you, God, do not listen!

    And every time I meditate on the following cry of Habakkuk: “I cry out to you ‘violence’ but you do not intervene,” I cannot help, but hear it repeated millions of times (from the pogroms to the holocaust) by our ancestors in the faith, our Jewish brothers and sisters, the chosen people of God, and by us Americans since September 11th. How many times we have almost lost our faith in God; when confronted by so many disasters, we go deep into discouragements and depression: “Why do you let me see ruin; why must I look at misery? Destruction and violence are before me.”

    The answer of God in the Old Covenant is: “If God delays, wait for Him… the just person, because of his faith, shall live.” The answer of Jesus in the New Covenant is: “If you had faith the size of the mustard seed, you could say to this sycamore: “Be uprooted… it will obey you.”

    How weak is our faith! Let us repeat the petition of the disciples: “Increase our faith,” and remember that faith is a gift, totally and generously gratuitous from God, who has given it to us, and who will continue to give it to us.

    Let us ask persistently for such grace! This is the meaning of the last sentence of Jesus: “We are useless servants,” in the obvious sense that without the gift of faith, we could do nothing holy and meritorious of heaven, but also it is a reminder that we cannot buy paradise. He already has opened the Pearly Gates to us with His death! The reason why we are here at Mass, the reason we are reading His words, is because the faith that He has given us is so powerful that it has moved us together here in St. Martha to share His love one another.

    How time flies! The month of October is particularly dear to our Catholic hearts for two reasons: First, because it is the Month of the Rosary, the loving chain of angelic salutations which binds us to Jesus’ life, and to His and our Blessed Mother; Second, because it is the Month of Life, when we celebrate life, and we decide to fight anything that threatens human life: racism, abuse, abortion, discrimination, murder, pornography, exploitation, euthanasia, slavery, war, injustice and so forth. If we, the followers of the Creator of Life, if we the heirs of eternal life, if we who uphold God’s commandments do not fight for life, who will? Not the abortionists with their abortuaries, nor the various

    Kevorkians with the killing of the sick and elderly (as Hitler did), nor the dictators of this earth with their madness, nor the criminals who roam the streets of our cities raping and killing innocent people… if not us, who then?

    In these times of suspicion, war and terrorism from Muslims to us Christians, during this month, let us say a special Rosary for peace and for an end to the war on terrorism.

    The 40 Days for Life is underway and St. Mar tha will join in the prayerful vigil at Planned Parenthood on Friday, October 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday, October 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Please continue to pray and fast during the 40 Days, which ends on November 6, for life and for those who face difficult decisions.

    October 7, is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Pope St. Pius V established this feast in thanksgiving for the victory of the Allied Christian Fleet over the Turkish Moslem Fleet at Lepanto, October 7, 1571. A magnificent Memorial Chapel was also built in Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome (the church where I was baptized).

    Remember, today at 1:00 p.m., we will continue our tradition to bless all your animals in our courtyard in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. Please be sure they are on a leash or in a cage. Any large animals (horses or elephants) will be blessed out on the lawn on 2nd St.

    And at 1:30 p.m., in the courtyard, the Legion of Mary will lead the Rosary for peace and against abortion.

    Today is Caritas Sunday, and the members of Caritas seek your donations at the doors of the church to help them to continue to assist the needy of our area. Caritas depends on your generosity, and thanks you many times over - they couldn’t do it without you!

    The Zazarino Center Grand Opening Dinner & Dance will be on Saturday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m. in St. Anne Hall. For ticket and information, please contact Laura Osborn at 941-953-4181.

    Smile, God loves you and so does Fr. Fausto

    with your St. Martha clergy: Fathers Patrick, Wojciech, Sebastian, Philip & Jerry

    Deacons Bill, Patrick, & Kevin Brothers Bill, Tom & Lawrence

    Sisters Cathy & Marianne


    Zazarino Center Grand Opening

    Saturday, October 22, 2016

    6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. St. Martha Catholic School

    4380 Fruitville Road, Sarasota Cocktails, Dinner and Dancing

    Cocktail Attire Ticket Price $100 per guest

    RSVP by Wednesday, October 12 For tickets and information

    call 941-953-4181

  • This Week in Our Parish Sun., Oct 2 - Respect Life Sunday 7:00 a.m. 40 Day for Life Sign Up - Courtyard 8:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast - Geenen Hall 10:15 a.m. Religious Educa on - 2nd Floor Classrooms 11:30 a.m. Confession - Fr. Wojciech Mon., Oct 3   6:00 p.m. Bible Study Class - Geenen Hall Tues., Oct 4 - St. Francis of Assisi  9:15 a.m. Bible Study Class - Conference Room 6:30 p.m. RCIA - Conference Room Wed., Oct 5 - Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos

    Thurs., Oct 6 - St. Bruno, Bl. Marie-Rose Durocher Fri., Oct 7 - Our Lady of the Rosary

    8:00 p.m. AA (Spanish) - Geenen Hall Sat., Oct 8  9:00 a.m. Confessions - Fr. Wojciech 9:15 a.m. Legion of Mary Curia - Mee ng Room 3:00 p.m. Confessions - Fr. Fausto 6:30 p.m. Oktoberfest - Fr. Fausto Parish Hall

    7:00 p.m. Caritas Mee ng - Conference Room 7:00 p.m. Cantor Rehearsal - Choir Room

    1:00 p.m. Rosary Makers - Geenen Hall



    ST. MARTHA PARISH Bishop Frank J. Dewane will celebrate Mass for Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto

    County lawyers, judges, law enforcement, public service officials, their families and the general public. Bishop Dewane says: “The purpose of this Liturgy is to pray that the Holy Spirit grant special graces and guidance upon those who work in our civil system. This is something that has come about through the request of several legal professions in the District and has developed into a local tradition.” For further information and RSVPs, please contact, Evelyn Moya, Esq. at [email protected]



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