Deacon Richard Martin served joyfully in Colorado and Ohio

Archdiocese of Denver

Deacon Richard Martin passed away peacefully on September 27, 2020 surrounded by his family. He was 72 years old.  Deacon Martin was assigned to Our Lady of Loreto and then was transferred to Dayton, Ohio in 2003.

Richard William Martin was born on February 26, 1948 to Richard and Helen Martin in Columbus, Ohio.  The oldest of six children, he spent his childhood years going to Catholic school at the nearby parish of St. Mary Magdalene and then Bishop Ready High School. His father owned a sheet metal shop and his mother worked as a nurse. He left for Ohio State University in 1966 and with persistence, he graduated from Regis University in Colorado Springs.  In 1967, Martin enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed at Whitman AFB, Missouri and then Korea.   

On January 2, 1971, he returned from his duty station in Germany and went to Columbus, Ohio to marry Janet Tejeda. They were married at St. Aloysius Parish in Columbus. Richard and Jan have three children; Jerry, Eric and Rebecca. 

After various assignments around the globe, the family settled in Colorado Springs, Richard’s last duty assignment.  After 21 years in the Air Force, Martin retired in 1989 and began working as a financial accountant at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) at Lowry AFB, Colorado.  DFAS eventually closed down in 2003 and transferred everyone to Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio. 

On June 10, 2000, Deacon Martin was ordained to the Diaconate by Archbishop Charles Chaput at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado. He was immediately assigned to Our Lady of Loreto in Foxfield, Colorado.  Then, in 2003, the Archbishop approved a transfer for Deacon Martin to Dayton, Ohio where he ministered for as long as his health would allow.   

“My classmate, Deacon Richard, was instrumental in setting the tone for the diaconate in the new millennia.  Though he was out of the Archdiocese for a while, he was fraternally tied to our community,” said Deacon Joseph Donohoe, Director of Deacon Personnel. “His presence at Deacon events lifted our hearts and ease our souls with a diaconal love of God.”  

The Mass of Christian Funerals was celebrated in Miamisburg, Ohio and was undoubtably attended by many. 

COMING UP: Preparing your Home and Heart for the Advent Season

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The Advent season is a time of preparation for our hearts and minds for the Lord’s birth on Christmas.  It extends over the four Sundays before Christmas.  Try some of these Ideas to celebrate Advent in your home by decorating, cooking, singing, and reading your way to Christmas. Some of the best ideas are the simplest.

Special thanks to Patty Lunder for putting this together!

Advent Crafts

Handprint Advent Wreath for Children 
Bring the meaning of Advent into your home by having your kids make this fun and easy Advent wreath.

Pink and purple construction paper
– Yellow tissue or construction paper (to make a flame)
– One piece of red construction paper cut into 15 small circles
– Scissors
– Glue
– Two colors of green construction paper
– One paper plate
– 2 empty paper towel tubes

1. Take the two shades of green construction paper and cut out several of your child’s (Children’s) handprints. Glue the handprints to the rim of a paper plate with the center cut out.

2. Roll one of the paper towels tubes in purple construction paper and glue in place.

3. Take the second paper towel and roll half in pink construction paper and half in purple construction and glue in place.

4. Cut the covered paper towel tubes in half.

5. Cut 15 small circles from the red construction paper. Take three circles and glue two next to each other and a third below to make berries. Do this next to each candle until all circles are used.

6. Cut 4 rain drop shapes (to make a flame) from the yellow construction paper. Each week glue the yellow construction paper to the candle to make a flame. On the first week light the purple candle, the second week light the second purple candle, the third week light the pink candle and on the fourth week light the final purple candle.

A Meal to Share during the Advent Season

Slow-Cooker Barley & Bean Soup 

Make Sunday dinner during Advent into a special family gathering with a simple, easy dinner. Growing up in a large family, we knew everyone would be together for a family dinner after Mass on Sunday. Let the smells and aromas of a slow stress-free dinner fill your house and heart during the Advent Season. Choose a member of the family to lead grace and enjoy an evening together. This is the perfect setting to light the candles on your Advent wreath and invite all to join in a special prayer for that week.

– 1 cup dried multi-bean mix or Great Northern beans, picked over and rinsed
– 1/2 cup pearl barley (Instant works great, I cook separate and add at end when soup is done)
– 3 cloves garlic, smashed
– 2 medium carrots, roughly chopped
– 2 ribs celery, roughly chopped
– 1/2 medium onion, roughly chopped
– 1 bay leaf
– Salt to taste
– 2 teaspoons dried Italian herb blend (basil, oregano)
– Freshly ground black pepper
– One 14-ounce can whole tomatoes, with juice
– 3 cups cleaned baby spinach leaves (about 3 ounces)
– 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, extra for garnish

1. Put 6 cups water, the beans, barley, garlic, carrots, celery, onions, bay leaf, 1 tablespoons salt, herb blend, some pepper in a slow cooker. Squeeze the tomatoes through your hands over the pot to break them down and add their juices. Cover and cook on high until the beans are quite tender and the soup is thick, about 8 hours. 

2. Add the spinach and cheese, and stir until the spinach wilts, about 5 minutes. Remove the bay leaf and season with salt and pepper. 

3. Ladle the soup into warmed bowls and serve with a baguette.