April 17, 2022 - Easter Sunday
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

After two years of the pandemic, this year we are graced with the opportunity to gather together in worship and to celebrate the great mysteries of God's love. Please join in the Liturgies of the Holy Triduum and invite your families and friends. We look forward to celebrating this profound feast of God's love with all of you.

We are keeping you and all those who will be receiving the Easter Sacraments in our prayers during this Holy Season.

Fr. Saju, Fr. Gener and Staff
Online Mass Links:

Sunday Vigil - Saturday 5:00 PM
In the Church & Online

Sunday 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM & 11:30 AM
In the Church

Monday - Friday 8:00 AM
In the Church & Online

Saturdays 3:30 PM In the Church

Please stay home if you are feeling ill, have tested positive, or have been exposed to Covid.
Mass Intentions
April 16 - April 22
To schedule a Mass intention, please email stmartinoftours@icloud.com.
Saturday 5:00 St. Martin of Tours Parishioners

Sunday 7:00 St. Martin of Tours Parishioners
Sunday 8:30 St. Martin of Tours Parishioners
Sunday 10:00 St. Martin of Tours Parishioners
Sunday 11:30 St. Martin of Tours Parishioners

Monday 8:00 Souls in Purgatory

Tuesday 8:00 Sofia Evans †
and Maureen Standifer (Birthday)

Wednesday 8:00 Ronald James Sieben †
and Bernard Cabading †

Thursday 8:00 Onofre Ancheta †

Friday 8:00 James & Vincee Viso †
Brian Johst, Don Bowen, Pete Sanchez, Joyce Mirassou, Sharon Cianciarulo,
Margaret Ann Joyce, Patrick McGuiness
Billy Chau, Tony Jones, Joe Arant, Helena Knapen, Flor Domingo, Pamela Dunbar, Greg Rocha, Paul Apodaca, Devika
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.
Liturgical Ministry Signups for ALL Masses

Here is the link for all our wonderful Lectors, Ushers, Eucharistic Ministers and Altar Servers to signup to serve at Mass. Please call the office with any questions. Thank you!!!
Calendar of Events:
Thursday, April 14th
Holy Thursday at 6:30 PM in the church
Friday, April 15th
Good Friday at 12 Noon in the Church
Friday, April 15th - Friday, April 22nd
Parish Office Open by Appointment Only
Sunday, April 24th
CRS Rice Bowl Deadline
For a complete list of Parish events:
Speaker Series

Forgiveness is a major theme in Scripture. Throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, God continually forgives the people of Israel for their transgressions. In the New Testament, Jesus gives us two very good reasons for forgiving others. First, that your own sins might be forgiven: “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-16). Second, we forgive so that our prayers will be heard: “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins” (Mark 11:25). But Jesus takes the idea of forgiveness much further than even his disciples could have imagined. He tells us that we should forgive those who harm us not just once or twice but over and over, as many times as necessary: Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:22).
Please join us on Thursday, May 12 from 4pm to 5:15 pm inside the church as we listen to Father James Okafor reflect on the topic of Forgiveness. Father James received his BA in both Philosophy and Theology from Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu, Nigeria, his M.A. in Catechetics from Santa Clara University, and his Doctorate in Catholic Educational Leadership from University of San Francisco. His research interests are parish and high school catechesis, formation of catechists, and the theological formation and spirituality of Catholic school educators. Father James is the author of two publications, You Too Can Forgive (Nimo, Anambra State, Nigeria: Rex Charles & Patrick Ltd., 2004) and Lay Educators of Catholic Schools. Leading and Teaching through Wisdom and Witness: A Case of Catholic Secondary Schools in Awka Diocese, Nigeria (Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2014).  Father James is currently a lecturer at Santa Clara University’s Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries and is parochial vicar at St. Frances Cabrini parish.
Resurrection Potluck Picnic

All Young Adults are invited to join us after the 11:30 am Mass on Sunday 4/24/22 at St. Martin of Tours for food, fellowship, and fun, including an Easter reflection! The Young Adult Core Team will be providing a springtime lunch buffet. You can sign up to bring something to share. We are looking forward to seeing many of your in-person once again! RSVP on our Google Doc: docs.google.com
Donate your gently used Books

Storytime Books is holding a book donation drive at the Masses on April 30 and May 1. Please bring your gently used children's books—preferably for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, but we'll take books for all young readers—in any language. Our mission is to give collected children's books to families who need them. Many thanks in advance for your gift of literary treasure.
ADA Support

Our goal this year is $142,329. As of week 10, we have received 288 pledges with a total amount pledged of $127,379. We have reached 89% of our goal. If you have not made your pledge, please drop it in the Sunday basket or go online to our website, stmartin.org. All donations above our goal are rebated back to the parish. Thank you so much for your continued support!!
Parish Support

We thank you for your continued support!!! If you would like to make a secure one-time donation and/or setup regular online donations, please use the Give Today button. We appreciate your kindness! Thank you again!!
Please consider serving your
St. Martin of Tours Parish Community

Liturgical Ministers
Ushers, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers, Choir & Environment

Pastoral Care Programs
Befrienders, Food Box, Farm Workers’ Families, Coat Drive, Giving Tree, Welcoming Committee

St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP)
Treasurer, Phone monitors, Home visitors, Data Entry, Computer programmers

For more information and to begin your ministry, please complete the Volunteer application online at https://stmartintourschurch.org/volunteer/
Dates to Remember

CCM (Children’s Catechetical Ministry)/First Eucharist Preparation:
April 28 – 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM CCM sessions
April 30 – 10 AM to 11:00 PM Home Family Retreat for those families preparing their children for First Eucharist
May 22 – 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (inside church) Rehearsal for Confirmation Mass (Sponsors must attend)
May 28 5 PM – Sacrament of Confirmation Mass
April 16 - 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM Morning Reflection (Bailey House) and Easter Vigil rehearsal (church)
May 21 – 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM Mystagogy Retreat at St. Francis of Assisi parish
A Closer Look…..
The Risen Christ

Early on Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene walked to Jesus’ tomb. She had a difficult, sad job ahead: to finish preparing his body for burial. She wondered how she would move the heavy stone away from the tomb’s entrance.

But the stone had already been moved, and the tomb was empty. Soon after, Mary met a man she thought was a gardener. But when he said her name, she recognized that this person was Jesus. He was alive!

Jesus’ Resurrection is the center of our Christian faith. We want to have pictures of what happened, but that’s not possible because no other human being was there to see it. It’s a mystery. When artists depict the Resurrection, they use various symbols to help us understand its meaning.

In these pictures, light comes from Jesus. He still bears the wounds of his Crucifixion, as the Gospels tell us. Usually, he wears a white cloth. Jesus might be stepping out of a cave or even out of a sarcophagus, and we might see sleeping guards on the ground nearby. As Jesus steps forward, he might be trampling on bones or a snake, symbols of death and sin.

Some icons show Jesus emerging from Hades, the place of the dead. Images will depict Jesus coming out of Hades, often pulling people up with him. In some pictures, these people are Adam and Eve. There might be a creature down below in chains, which symbolizes death, over which Jesus won the victory. Keys and broken chains indicate the souls that Jesus has set free. Often, Jesus carries a banner with a cross on it, another symbol of the victory he has won for us.
Family Reflection...

April 17, 2022  Easter Sunday
Acts 10:34a, 37-43 • Colossians 3:1-4 • John 20:1-9
He is Risen! Alleluia!!!
When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered His head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. —John 20:6-8

The Lord is risen! It is the miracle of all miracles! Jesus has overcome death! The disciples couldn’t understand at first what had happened because no one had ever risen from the dead before, and we might not be able to understand it either. But the resurrection is a promise that our life doesn’t end in death. There is something more waiting for us on the other side. Jesus has bought us eternal life! What an awesome God who always loves us!

Prayer: Thank you for such a gift, Lord! We praise You! May you and your family be blessed with God’s abundant graces on this Easter Sunday!

Happy Easter!
Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities
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St. Martin of Tours School
Golf Tournament
April 28, 2022

Join us for a day of golf, dinner and dancing! Foursome or single player spaces available. Tickets available for just the dinner/auction/dancing portion of the event. Proceeds support St. Martin of Tours School. 
Pro Life Annual 8 mile Prayer Walk

The 46th Annual 8 mile Pro-Life Prayer Walk will be on Good Friday, April 15. It will start at 7:45 at St Martin of Tours Church in San Jose and end at Our Lady of Peace Church in Santa Clara around 12:00 noon. There will be a sag wagon for assistance and one rest stop with restrooms. A pen-itential meal will be served at the end and transportation will be provided back to St. Martin of Tours. Bring a Rosary, a Pro-Life sign, and a friend. Contact Rich @ 510-468 -1446 for more info. 
May 20-22, 2022
Marriage Encounter
Time for Spring Cleaning? Even a good marriage needs that too. Every relationship is a journey and the grind of everyday life can cause us to lose touch. Make the time for a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend to reconnect
and learn tools to keep nurturing your love. There is no fixed cost, but a $100 application fee. The next weekend in this area will be May 20–22 at Hotel Zico in Mountain View. Register online at wwme.org or call Ken & Claranne at 408-782-1413 for more information.
Diocesan Youth Retreat (DYR)

Registration Opened for 2022 Diocesan Youth Retreat – Friday, April 8. Join diocesan youth June 27 - July 1 at Zephyr Point. For Registration and more DYR
details visit www.dsj.org/DYR.
Stay up to date with Diocesan wide news, events, and stories as well as news from the USCCB and the Vatican. Read the Bishop’s messages, see what our children are doing in school, and learn about upcoming community events. Follow the Diocese of San Jose on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Vimeo. Social Media Posts: Facebook Instagram

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