Holiday Heaven Craft Show

St. Martha Parish Invites you  to

Holiday Heaven: An Arts and Crafts Collection

Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 9 am - 4 pm

Featuring prize giveaways all day, and food and unique items for purchase. 

If you are interested in helping, there are a number of ways for you to do so:

  • Thursday & Friday (11/15 and 11/16) - preparing food
  • Saturday (11/17) - working in the kitchen, as a greeter, as a raffle announcer, as a general floater for assignment where needed, and on set-up or clean-up duty.

For more information please contact Margo Vuchetich at tvuchetich@gmail.com or 517-881-7975, or sign up online to help HERE.

For a vendor application, click HERE





First Reconciliation

We offer a very  special First Reconciliation Prayer Service for our children and their families.  The dates for 2018 will be announced soon and we always celebrate with a reception in the parish hall afterward..

Families, please plan on attending at family retreat on Friday, November 10th at 6 pm.


Confirmation Dates

A Confirmation Retreat will be held in and is required for all Confirmation candidates on Saturday, December 16- Sunday, December 17-Please save the date as this is a very important piece of your child's Confirmation Preparation.

Confirmation Practice for the student and either their Sponsor or a parent will be held on the Sunday before Confirmation at 6:00 pm.

Confirmation date for 2018 will be announced as soon as it is set with our Bishop.  



First Communion practice will take place on Saturday, May 5th from 9-10:30 AM

First Communion will take place on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the 10:00 Mass. Children need to be here by 8:45 am for pictures.

Parents, watch for a family retreat evening prior to the celebration of this Sacrament.


Sacramental Preparation


Baptism: School age children who have not been baptized, and wish to be baptized, are required to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC) Process. Parents should contact the Director of Religious Education for more information regarding this proces

Reconciliation:  Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation takes place in the second grade.  Parents of these students are expected to attend a parent meeting in order to best help their child prepare for the reception of this sacrament.  There will a special opportunity for these students to celebrate the sacrament for the first time.  Parents of older students who have not prepared for and celebrated the sacrament should contact the Director of Religious Education.

Eucharist:  Students are prepared to receive the Sacrament of Eucharist in the second grade.  Parents are expected to attend a Parent Meeting in order to best help their child to prepare for the reception of the sacrament.  Solemn First Communion will take place on the date specified in the spring of each year.  Any questions should be directed to the Director of Religious Education.

Confirmation:  Students in grade eight will be preparing to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation.  The Bishop sets the date for this celebration yearly.  In addition to attending a retreat, writing a letter to the Bishop, and choosing a sponsor (a participating Catholic with whom they can discuss and share their faith), confirmation candidates are required to perform 10-15 hours of community service in preparation for receiving the sacrament.  Any questions should be directed to the Middle School Director of Religious Education.

Delayed Sacraments:  If your son/daughter has missed the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion or Confirmation, please contact the Office of Religious Education at 349-1763.  We will be able to schedule your child for the preparation and celebration of the needed sacrament.

 Please see below for this years dates.

The Graces of the Sacrament of the Eucharist

One with Christ.  The Eucharist nourishes the unity in the Body of Christ.

Spiritual food.  Sharing the Eucharist preserves, increases, and renews the Holy Spirit's life of grace within us.  It nourishes our communion with God and with one another.

Strength.  By frequently and regularly receiving the Eucharist, we are less inclined to give in to temptation and sin.

Forgiveness.   Receiving Holy Communion cleanses us from all sin except mortal sin.  If we are aware of having committed grave or mortal sin we must return to God's love and friendship in the sacrament of Reconciliation before we approach the Eucharistic table to receive Holy Communion.

Commitment to the Poor.  Jesus told his disciples to "love one another" (John 15:17).  If we receive the Bread of Life but ignore those who need bread to live, we dishonor Christ's friendship.

Everlasting Friendship.  The Eucharist is Christ's pledge of his friendship in this world and forever in the next.  He promises that one day all those who are faithful to God will see him and share in his glory.

From Faith First: Church and Sacraments, Legacy Edition by RCL