Divine Mercy Sunday
April 11, 2021
Dear Parishioners,

This weekend is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday. This is a very recent feast that was decreed by the Congregation of Divine Worship on May 23, 2000. Mercy is God’s lifeline to us!

Whenever, I hear the word ‘mercy,’ a poem from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice comes to my mind.
The quality of mercy is not strained;
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
'T is mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown:
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power …
But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
It is enthronèd in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God's
When mercy seasons justice.

Partake in the great feast of God’s Mercy and serve feasts of mercy to others. I want to share with you some practical suggestions written by Donna Schaper: 
 
  • Read “Misericordiae Vultus" (The Face of Mercy) by Pope Francis.

  • Become a walking Field Hospital by living out the Corporal Works of Mercy such as feeding the hungry, giving a drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, giving a call to the sick, homebound, elderly and imprisoned, and by supporting those grieving the death of a loved ones. Perhaps you can practice one act every day. 
 
  • If you are old, say something nice about a young person. If you are young, say a kind word about an older person.

  • Refuse to get involved in unproductive conversations things like gossip.

  • Don’t worry so much about whether the person deserves mercy. Grant it. Mercy is given. Mercy is beyond deserving.

  • Pope Francis loves to say “God never tires of forgiving us. It is we who tire of asking for forgiveness”. Forgive someone you have not been able to forgive. Just one person.
 
  • Take time to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet personally or as family.
 
Let mercy overtake you. There can never be too much mercy or too much forgiveness in our lives. Divine Mercy is God’s lifeline to us!

With blessings and love,

Fr. Saj
LITURGY
As per Santa Clara County regulations, sign-ups are required for in-person Masses. Please sign-up using the links above. For assistance, call the parish office at 408-294-8953.
MASS INTENTIONS
April 10 - April 16
To schedule a Mass intention, please email stmartinoftours@icloud.com.
Saturday 5:00pm - Sal Lipari

Sunday 8:30am - James & Vincee Viso †

Sunday 10:00am - Lydia Zapanta

Sunday 11:30am - John Rossi †

Monday 8:00am - Elizabeth Hart DeSousa †

Tuesday 8:00am - SMT Parishioners

Wednesday 8:00am - SMT Parishioners

Thursday 8:00am - Maron Borgett †
and Souls in Purgatory

Friday 8:00am - Teresa Geever †
and Frederick Charles †
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE DECEASED:
Ron DeMonner, Maria Cruz Velasquez, Johnson Valcazar, Jere Fernandez, Mary Mancuso, Zeny Magpantay, Sandy Dias, Mary Harrington, Sean Reed
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE SICK:
Ramona Corona, Fr. Norman Segovia, Sherri Voisinet, Leticia Calsadillas, Sandy Crane, Brian Johst, Cita Estrella, Dr. Amy Irwin, Helena Knapen, Jennine Inghran
Please pray with us for our parishioners, family and friends.
Prayer Angels Ministry
Prayer is one of the greatest gifts you can give another. If you or someone you know is in need of prayers (sick, deceased, birthday, anniversary...), please email Therese Lehane at tlehane@stmartin.org and let our Prayer Angels pray for you or someone you know.
LECTORS & USHERS NEEDED

Lectors proclaim the living Word of God at Mass. Ushers/Greeters are men, women & youth greeting the people at church, seating them, helping with the collection, and helping keep the church safe and in order. If you are able to help, please click HERE to sign up. Thank you and God Bless!

WE ARE GRATEFUL
ST. MARTIN OF TOURS
AN AMAZING COMMUNITY THAT WORKS TOGETHER
Each year, so many parishioners and parish groups, come forward to participate, along with the assembly, in our liturgical celebrations during Lent and Easter. We would like to sincerely thank them for their time and dedication.

The Women from the Peace & Social Justice Ministry for hosting the Lenten Reflections.

The Men's Club for setting up the canopies.

The Boy Scouts who built the Easter Fire for the Easter Vigil and assisted in directing traffic for those attending Easter Vigil in their car.

The Environment team and volunteers, including Fr. Gener, Dan & Karen Brady and Maria de Jesus Suarez.

Our many wonderful liturgical Musicians, Lectors, and Ushers

Gary & Alex Faran, Daniel & Adriana Poo for keeping everyone safe by directing traffic for our outdoor and in car Masses.

All of our parishioners for their patience and kindness in helping to keep everyone safe as we were able to physically celebrate together.

Claus for managing all of our Live-streaming and technical needs. We could not have done it without him.

The parish staff for their willingness to do whatever needed to be done.

The parish staff would like to thank Fr. Gener and Fr. Saju for their pastoral leadership.
STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
CRS RICE BOWL

Don’t forget to turn in your CRS Rice Bowl to the parish or give online at crsricebowl.org by April 11, 2021.

Thank you for changing lives this Lent! 
If you would like to make a secure one time donation and/or setup regular on line donations, click here. Donations for upcoming Second Collections can also be made online. Thank you for your continued financial support!!
Office open by appointment
Monday -Thursday 10 AM to 5 PM

If you or a loved one is in need of Sacramental care, such as anointing of the sick, last rites, confession, Fr. Gener & Fr. Saju are available. Please contact them directly. Staff Directory
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
CANOPIES

As most of you have seen, we received and setup our canopies right in time for Holy Week. We could not have made this project happen without the generosity of our donors who helped us purchase the canopies. And of course the Men's Club who gathered a team together, at the last minute, to setup the canopies. Thank you so much!!!
TELEVISION SCREENS
IN THE CHURCH

We recently installed TV screens donated by Carol Reber & Ron Murphy that will allow us to project images and words to the congregation. Jim Amlicke volunteered his time, expertise and equipment to get them connected and working. Thank you so much Carol, Ron & Jim for your support of this project that we will all benefit from.
FENCE REPAIRS

Next time you are in the parking lot, take a look at the new fence that we built. We replaced the wire chain link fence that was falling down with a beautiful new wood fence.
ICF 391 SPRING FUNDRAISER

Attached is the flyer, click here, for ICF Br. 391's spring fundraiser at Tony and Alba's. ICF needs your support to continue to contribute to the different charities - college scholarships, Seminarian support, Gifts of Love, Children's hospital in L.A., St. Martin of Tours, and St. Vincent de Paul. We look forward to the day we can break bread together in person!! In the meantime, please join us by picking up a yummy meal at Tony and Alba's!
FAITH FORMATION & SPIRITUALITY
CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to the following individuals who completed the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist at the Easter Vigil: 
Rashaell Sequeiros 
Sylvana Sequeiros 
Amy Siebenthaler 
Sadie Vaughn 
Jill Weeks 
HAPPY EASTER FROM FAITH FORMATION!

Our ministry provides opportunities to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ and to help you discover your own holiness. Our ministries include: 

Children’s Liturgy of the Word ~ Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (adult baptism) ~ Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (children 7 years and older who are not baptized) ~ Children’s Catechetical Ministry (first to fifth grade) ~ First Reconciliation and First Eucharist ~ Infant Baptism ~ Adult and youth Confirmation

For information on these ministries please contact lerma.simpson@dsj.org or
(408) 294-8953 Ext. 321 
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FAMILY REFLECTION AND ACTION

April 11, 2021 2nd Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy Sunday 

Acts 4:32-35 • 1 John 5:1-6 • John 20:19-31 
Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” —John 20:19 

Today in the Church we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. It is a day to remember that God is constantly pouring out his mercy to us at every moment of our lives. He isn’t always happy with some of the choices we make, or the ways we turn away from him. But he keeps showering us with his love, forgiveness, and mercy, all the time. Today’s Gospel reminds us of that mercy. Jesus could have been very upset with the apostles for abandoning and denying him. Instead, he gives them peace. He showers them with love and forgiveness…mercy. We are blessed to have a God who loves us so much! 

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for loving us more than we can ever understand. Please give us the grace we need to live a life worthy of your gift of mercy. 

Reflection: What are some ways we can show mercy to others? 
CHILDREN'S SUNDAY BULLETIN & ACTIVITIES
Web Link for this week - Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities:
AROUND THE DIOCESE & COMMUNITY
Situation at the U.S.- Mexico Border APRIL 1, 2021
WASHINGTON- The bishops along the border of the United States and Northern Mexico have issued a joint statement on the situation at the border of the two countries.
40 Hours for the Lord - Eucharistic Adoration for Vocations: Join the Diocese of San Jose Vocations Office and Bishop Oscar Cantu for a prayer vigil April 23-25, 2021 for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life from our diocese. All are welcome to attend for any length of time to pray at St. John Vianney Parish. It will begin Friday, April 23 at 7pm with an Opening Mass and the Closing Mass with Bishop Oscar Cantu will be on Sunday, April 25 at 10am. Sign up for an hour of Adoration at dsj.org/40 hours
Visit the Diocese of San Jose Year of St. Joseph Webpage: We hope that through using these resources you will grow in love and devotion St. Joseph as the guardian and protector of God’s people, the Church. May Saint Joseph and the Holy Family intercede for us in this work of rededicating ourselves to the mission of Jesus Christ.  www.dsj.org/yearofstjoseph 
Covid-19 Vaccines Explained Ethics: As a faith community concerned about the sanctity of human life, the Diocese of San Jose encourages everyone to strongly consider getting vaccinated, after consulting their physicians or health care providers, for the sake of their own health and the common good of our community. The vaccines are safe and free. Health insurance and immigration status will not affect your eligibility. You can learn more about the moral and ethical issues regarding COVID-19 vaccines and why they have been deemed morally acceptable by the Church by visiting:  https://www.dsj.org/covid19vaccines/

Vaccine Informational Handouts: Please share with your communities this double-sided flyer covering the basics on the ethics and science of vaccines. English | Spanish | Vietnamese
Married Singles Lifestyle –The Married Singles Lifestyle describes couples that may have lost a sense of closeness they once had as marriage partners and are living more like roommates. Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) teaches couples how to survive times like these in their marriages. This program has helped 10’s of 1000’s of couples experiencing difficulty at all levels of marital distress from disillusionment to deep misery. 
For confidential information about or to register for the April Virtual Marriage Program beginning with a weekend on April 22-25, 2021 call 408-605-4998 Email: SanJose@RetroCA.com or visit the web site at www.HelpOurMarriage.org
RESOURCES & ASSISTANCE

Questions?
Please email the Parish Office.