Alms-giving Project: Covenant House
Covenant House serves runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth under 21 including teen parents and their babies. Each year, they reach hundreds of kids through street outreach, crisis shelters, transitional housing projects, and aftercare, making Covenant House Florida one of the largest private agencies serving runaway and homeless youth in the state. The demand for emergency shelter currently exceeds their financial capacity, and there are waiting lists for youth seeking help.
Mass Prayer & Devotion
Daily Mass Schedule
Sacrament of Penance
- Parish Penance Service: Monday March 5th at 7pm in the church
Also individual confessions at 8:30am in the chapel on March 5th
- Every Saturday at 8:30am also at 3:45pm - 4:45pm
You may also make an appointment by calling the parish office at 407-647-3392.
Lenten Stations of the Cross
- Stations of the Cross: Friday nights at 7 pm beginning 2/16 (Church)
- Friday March 2nd the Stations will end with Adoration and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
- Friday March 16th Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be throughout the Stations and end with Benediction
- Living Stations of the Cross: March 23, Friday at 9 am (Church) As portrayed by SMM Catholic School 7th grade Students. All are invited.
- Individually you can come anytime to the Church to walk/pray the Stations. Here are some resources you may consider.
Exposition & Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
- Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 pm (Chapel)
- First Fridays: 8:30 am ‘til Saturday at noon
- The Novena Prayer to Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Mondays at 7:30 pm (Chapel)
- Friday March 2nd and Friday March 16th Adoration will be included with the Stations of the Cross (see the above Stations of the Cross section above)
Little Black Books: These Lenten daily reflection books are available in the parish office anytime after Ash Wednesday.
Men’s Bible Study with Fr. Walsh: Tuesdays, 7:00 am
Great way to start Lent-we will discuss ways to take positive actions to make this a particularly fruitful Lent. Join us as we encourage one another to be better spouses, fathers, and disciples of Christ.
Formed: Two years ago, we launched FORMED to make top-quality Catholic content available to our parishioners anytime, anywhere. Since then, FORMED has grown faster than we imagined and has proven indispensable to over 400 parishioners with life-changing movies, talks, e-books and video-based studies in English and Spanish. Check out Lenten resources for adults, groups, teens, and children. Go to formed.org and submit our parish code: WHPGTK.
Beloved: for married & engaged couples Friday, March 2- 7-9:15 pm AND repeated on Sunday, March 4, after 9:30 Mass. A special Lenten program for all couples, married and engaged. Come & pray the Stations of the Cross in the Church at 7pm, followed by our popular “Date Night” with the Beloved Team. Video and discussion on the topic “Protecting the Bond”. Sacrament of Penance available after the Friday evening session. RSVP online at www.stmargaretmary.org/marriage-ministry Babysitting available for children ages 10 and under.
Lent Observance for Children: Please look for Lenten Kits for children in the baskets in the narthex the weekend of February 17-18. The kits contain a few activities concerning the Lenten Gospels and the Little Purple Books for a child’s reflection on Lent
On-going Opportunities to Serve
Family Promise: SMM year-long almsgiving includes our support of Family Promise, where we provide safe and comfortable housing for up to 4 families at our parish at least 4 times a year. Our next group of families will be here April 22-29. Please consider volunteering to help set-up, cook & serve meals, be an evening, Saturday or overnight host, or help with laundry. Contact Scott at 407-628-1324
Diaper Program: Low income working mothers can use help with diapers for their young children. Twice a month, volunteers count and distribution diapers to several dozen families. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus instructs us to “put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.” If you can help out, contact Peggy Canary, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Ann Nesladek, email@example.com
A Call to Prayer -- During this Lenten season, remember to pray for peace & justice. SMM is firmly committed to praying for and advocating for those who are victims of racism, immigration injustice, human trafficking, human rights violations, religious intolerance and economic catastrophe. Monthly meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of each month – all are invited. Call the Church office for time and location. Contact Scott at 407-628-1324
Feeding the Homeless: The sharing of a meal is one of the unique aspects of our catholicity. When people cannot provide the food for their own meal, we are called to provide it for them. Feeding the homeless is a foundation of social justice, so consider helping out by preparing a hot meal as well as a lunch for the following day and enjoy the fellowship of working with other parishioners for a great cause. Both youth and adults can participate, and it only takes a small amount of time. Food is delivered to the Coalition for the Homeless and the recipients are always so grateful for the gift. Contact Colleen at 407-647-3392.
Family, Friends and Chicken Soup: Are you looking for a way to share your gifts but have a busy schedule? Family, Friends and Chicken Soup ministry is dedicated to helping people age in place and avoid assisted living. Our work is simple; requires no training, meetings, or regular commitment. You would provide necessary transportation (grocery, medical, banking, etc.) for those who cannot drive, or visits to the homebound, or meals for those who are ill or injured or recuperating. If you can spare a couple of hours a month, please call or email Pegge Stickel, 407 629-9699, firstname.lastname@example.org or Scott Lindeman, 407 628-1424,
Scott@StMargaretMary.org for more details or to sign up.
Take a Stand for Life
From February 14 to March 25, our community will take part in 40 Days for Life … a groundbreaking, coordinated international mobilization. We pray that, with God’s help, this will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in our city — and beyond. For up to the minute news from the Altamonte Springs vigil, follow along with our updates. Altamonte Springs 40 Days for Life on Facebook LOCAL CONTACT INFO: Kathy Gard: 407-230-3666 email@example.com