Third Sunday of Easter
April 18, 2021
Let the Ghosts of Our Past Die!

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

This weekend’s Gospel reading mentions, “Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost." Jesus takes time to show and explain to them that he was not a ghost of the past. He also assures them that he was not after the ghosts of the disciples’ broken past. He was there to guide them to the future.

If Jesus is not truly risen, he is only a ghost. Ghosts are the past that didn’t die properly. If Jesus did not truly die, he is not truly risen. He had to die in the past so that he could be with us in the present, "the first-born from the dead." We too have to die to the past if we are to meet him where he is. You and I also have to die to our past; or else, we will just be ghosts of our past.

The above is true of communities as well. As the pandemic restrictions are lifted, St. Martin of Tours parish staff with the Pastoral and Finance Council will be working on ways to be the new St. Martin of Tours. It will have to be a resurrected new community and not just the same past. We ask the guidance of the Holy Spirit in this process.

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 17 - April 23
To schedule a Mass intention, please email stmartinoftours@icloud.com.

Saturday 5:00pm - Ben Patellaro
and Jim Holland †

Sunday 8:30am - James & Vincee Viso †

Sunday 10:00am - Thelmo Rayos del Sol

Sunday 11:30am - Ronald Sieben †
and Ann Sullivan †

Monday 8:00am - Justin Semana †

Tuesday 8:00am - Sophia Evans †
and Bernard Cabading †

Wednesday 8:00am - Elvia Gonzalez †

Thursday 8:00am - St. Martin of Tours Parishioners

Friday 8:00am - Right to Life
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE DECEASED:
Ron DeMonner, Hector Rodriguez, Maria Cruz Velasquez, Johnson Valcazar, Jere Fernandez, Mary Mancuso, Zeny Magpantay, Sandy Dias, Mary Harrington,
Sean Reed
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE SICK:
Mary Beth Benham, Carol Barcelos, Rick Sage, Jose Parasseril, 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.
NEWS & EVENTS
NOTES FROM OUR PARISHIONERS

"Love the inclusive thoughts in the homily and the community." -Linda Thomas

"What a beautiful and well-kept rose garden near the Guadalupe shrine - brings joy and smiles for sure." -Mimi Bini

"St. Martin of Tours Easter altar is beautifully and impressively decorated." -Ellie Cerezo

"Thank you for everything you've done during these hard times! And thanks to everyone else in the church." -Nayomi Pele

"The 10 am Mass was so especially uplifting, with many family members receiving their First Eucharist. Such a highlight for our St. Martin's Community." -Maureen Standifer
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!

ICF 391 SPRING FUNDRAISER - April 27

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!
STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
DIOCESAN PRIESTS' RETIREMENT FUND

Help our shepherds. In good times and bad, our priests have dedicated themselves to service and ministry, even after retirement. Our retired priests rely on their Social Security and the Priest Retirement Plan payments for their living expenses and end-of-life needs. In recent years the number of retired priests has grown significantly, challenging the diocesan retirement resources. Your gift to the Diocesan Priests Retirement Appeal provides vital funding for medications, nursing care, and more to these priests who have been good shepherds and have kept their promises to the faithful of the Diocese. Please be generous. Our Second Collection on April 24/25th will be for the Diocesan Priests' Retirement Fund.
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
FAITH FORMATION & SPIRITUALITY
CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to the following children who received their
First Holy Communion on April 11:

Booker Brilliot
Mason Hambaz
Mason Hipple
Leila Roche
Sean Solda
Jianna Strausser

May they continue to live in God's love.

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FAMILY REFLECTION AND ACTION

 April 18, 2021 3rd Sunday of Easter 
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 • 1 John 2:1-5a • Luke 24:35-48 

“Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.” —Luke 24:38-39 

When we feel alone or unable to handle problems, we often rely on our own strength. But Jesus wants us to return to him with all our heart and find the strength we need in HIM. The wounds he shows us in today’s gospel remind us that he would do anything to help us. It’s hard to let go because we want to be in control and do things our way. Sometimes we must be quiet to hear Jesus answer us and give us the love that will build our trust in him. 

Prayer: Dear Lord, sometimes when I am troubled, it is easier to feel sorry for myself and turn to comforts instead of you. Please give me the desire I need to turn to you in those times to receive your great love and compassion. 

Reflection: Are there times when you’ve turned to God and found comfort? Share these times with your family. 
CHILDREN'S SUNDAY BULLETIN & ACTIVITIES
Web Link for this week - Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities:
AROUND THE DIOCESE & COMMUNITY
This year the Philippines marks half a millennium of Christianity
Join the Diocesan Council of Filipino Catholics in San Jose in celebrating and giving thanks for the 500th Anniversary of the Christianization of the Philippines with a Mass of Thanksgiving on April 24 at 10 am at Our Lady of Peace Shrine in Santa Clara. Bishop Cantú will be the presider. Register to attend the outdoor Mass at https://www.dcfcsj.com/register-online/p/500yearsoffilipinochristianity
We invite you to attend the free showing of LIKE, a virtual film on the impact of social media on our lives. The screening is April 26 at 5:30 pm online & will be followed by an interactive panel discussion. This film is suitable for ages 10+. Spanish subtitles included and there will be an interpreter available during the panel discussion. We hope you join us for this special screening, even from your phone! Registration is now open at
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.