August 14, 2022

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time



 Prayer for the Beginning

of a New School Year

Gracious God, we come to you at the beginning of this academic year

with our many feelings, expectations, fears and hopes.

Help us to remember, however, we have the comforting

assurance from you: "I will always be with you."

Loving God, for all of us this is a time of transition. It is transition

from the work and leisure of summer back to the classroom.

It is a transition from time spent with family and friends.

Give us patience with ourselves as we transition as well as

patience with one another.

Faithful God, this beginning is totally new for some among us.

Turn the sadness of leaving friends and families to openness to new friends

and opportunities. Turn the anxiety about academics to a quiet confidence

in the way you have blessed us in the past.

Give us a new perspective to see persons, events, and academic work as an

invitation to develop the many gifts you have given us to be used in service for others.

Creator God, some in our community are moving into their last year.

Bless them with your gifts of awe and wonder at the friends they have made,

the way their minds and hearts have been changed, and the many opportunities

that lie ahead. Give them the gift of discernment to make the right choices about the future.

Finally, God, give us the seven gifts of the Spirit: wisdom, understanding, right judgment, courage, knowledge, reverence, and awe and wonder.


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Monday - Friday 8:00 AM

In the Church & Online


Saturdays 4:00 PM In the Church


Sunday Vigil - Saturday 5:00 PM

In the Church & Online

Sunday 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM & 11:30 AM

In the Church

Please stay home if you are feeling ill, have tested positive, or have been exposed to Covid.

Online Mass Links: Zoom | Facebook

Signup to Lector, Usher, EM & Altar Serve

Mass Intentions

August 13 - August 19

To schedule a Mass intention, please stop by the parish office.

Saturday 5:00 Right to Life

Sunday 8:30 Jozsef Schlepp †

Sunday 10:00 Therese Macasiray Truong 

Sunday 11:30 Sal Lipari 

and Anthony & Rita Vernacchia

Monday 8:00 Richard Carrillo †

Tuesday 8:00 Warren Schiechl †

Wednesday 8:00 Isaac Palmaras †

Thursday 8:00 James & Vincee Viso 

Friday 8:00 Dr. Fernando Capulong †

and Souls in Purgatory


Pat Lesaca, Fr. Lou Andre,

Msgr. John Sandersfield, Kathleen Vierra,

James O'Connell


Tony Jones, Gloria Rojas, Louis Zarka, Larry Snapp, Brandi Duval, Helena Knapen

Please pray with us for our parishioners, family and friends.


Rose Garden Residents

Help Needed!


St. Martin of Tours School annually puts on the Rose Garden Homes Tour to raise needed dollars to support our students in their education. We are in desperate need of a Rose Garden home to serve as our Tea House the weekend of October 14-16, 2022. The Tea House is the final home of the Homes Tour and the backyard is used to entertain attendees, serve light food and drink, and host the event boutique. The Tea House does not allow attendees in the house – all we need is the backyard!  If you or someone you know would be interested in hosting this event, please contact David Cortese, Principal, St. Martin of Tours School – or via phone at 408.287.3630.


 Children's Liturgy of the Word Resumes

We will resume Children’s Liturgy of the Word for elementary school kids on August 28th at the 8:30 AM and 10:00 AM Masses. Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) offers the children an opportunity to listen and respond to the Sunday Gospel at an age-appropriate level. 


Children are led out of the church before the Liturgy of the Word to read the Mass readings in a simpler form and help the children reflect and talk about what the readings mean for their lives. The children return to the church during the collection so everyone can participate in the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

If you have any questions, please contact Lerma Simpson at or (408) 294-8953 x321.

Lost & Found

Check the Parish Office

Please stop by the parish office and check the lost and found if you think you have lost something in one of our parish buildings (Church, Community Building, Bailey House). Whatever is not claimed by the end of the month will be donated. Thank you!  

Calendar of Events:

Friday, August 12th

Eye Clinic for Farmworkers' Families

in Watsonville, CA

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the farmworkers' families & volunteers.

Sunday, August 14th at 2:00PM

Orientation & Training for CLOW Catechists

in the Community Building 

Monday, August 15th

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year. We will still be celebrating Mass at 8AM. Please join us.

Monday, August 15th at 6:30PM

Scripture Study

in the Bailey House

All are welcome!! Contact Todd Tomilitz at or 408-218-0572 with any questions.

Wednesday, August 17th at 6:00PM

Passport Dinner with the Bishop

in the Community Building

Please contact Lerma Simpson at with any questions.

Friday, August 19th

Food Box Food box packing (Volunteer) 3:00 - 5:30 PM

Meet on the Bailey House Patio

Food box pickup (Clients) 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Under the tents

If you have any questions, please email

For a complete list of Parish events:

Save the Date


Hosted by: St. Martin's Italian Catholic Federation

Friday, September 16th, 2022

from 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Click HERE for more information.


 Parish Support

We thank you for your continued support!!! To make a one-time or recurring online gift, use the Give Today button below. Thank you again!        

Give Today

Volunteers Needed

As the new school year begins, please consider using your talents to serve the St. Martin of Tours 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

Faith Formation

Catechists for CLOW & CCM

St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP)

Phone monitors, home visitors, Data Entry, Computer programmers

Parish Office

Office related assistance, such as, greeting visitors, answering phones, updating and maintaining contact lists

For more information and to begin your ministry, please complete the Volunteer application online at




Children’s Catechetical Ministry (deadline is September 15)

First Eucharist (deadline is September 15)

Youth Confirmation (deadline is September 29)

Adult Confirmation (deadline is August 15)

Order of Christian Initiation for Adults and Children who are at least 7 years old

(deadline is August 15 - please contact Lerma Simpson directly)

If you have any questions, please contact Lerma Simpson at or at (408) 294-8953 ext. 321

Catholic IQ...

A self-assessment for your fun and enlightenment.

1.  When we are talking about the Bible, the word evangelist means

a) A Gospel writer

b) anyone who is baptized

c) someone who gave his or her life for the faith

d) an early pope


2.  A gentile is

a) Anyone who is not a Jew

b) anyone who is an orthodox Jew

c) one of the twelve tribes of Israel

d) a Jewish high priest


3. In the Book of Exodus, we learn that the ark of the covenant

a) Was a portable golden box carried on poles

b) contained the tablets of the law, the rod of Aaron, and a sample of manna

c) was honored as a symbol of God’s presence

d) all of these


4.  Jesus’ name in Hebrew is

a) James

b) Joshua

c) Zebedee

d) John      


5.  The first book of the Old Testament is the Book of

a) Revelation

b) Acts of the Apostles

c) Jeremiah

d) Genesis


Family Reflection

August 14, 2022 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 • Hebrews 12:1-4 • Luke 12:49-53

“Let us persevere in running the race.” —Hebrews 12:1


If you’ve ever been to a running race where there is a crowd of people cheering on the runners, you’ll know what the author of the second reading is talking about. Maybe you’ve even been in a race yourself, perhaps in a P.E. class at school or with other kids in your neighborhood. Isn’t it easier to run harder and faster with people cheering you on? When runners are tired or they think they can’t keep going, it’s helpful to have others cheering for them and boosting their energy so they can make it to the finish line. This Bible reading tells us that there are many people—“a great cloud of witnesses” —surrounding us and cheering us on while we run the race of life, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus. We may not be able to see and hear them, but they are there, invisibly rooting us on. There are angels and saints and people we know who have died who are cheering for us and supporting us as we try to follow Jesus and be the best people we can possibly be. They are always encouraging us to “keep going—keep running!”

PRAYER: God, when I am tired or down, help me to remember there are many people who are rooting for me and encouraging me.

FAMILY REFLECTION: Who do you think is in your “great cloud of witnesses” cheering you on?

Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities

Web Link for this week - Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities:



Rosary & Faith Talk Luncheon

Friday, August 12th at 11:30AM

Hosted by: Guadalupe Hope Society

Rev. Michael Hendrickson, Pastor at St. Mary Parish in Gilroy, will lead us in a rosary for the unborn and their parents, and share on a faith talk. This event will be in-person and virtual. Register to attend either in person or virtually. Please call or email to reserve your seat.

Please register to attend the Rosary Luncheon: (408)447-5433, or


and on eventbrite:

For more information, click HERE for the flyer.

Married Couples

Looking for a romantic get-away? Whether you’ve been married just a few years or over 50 years, Worldwide Marriage Encounter is one of the best and most affordable marriage enrichments available anywhere. Take the time you need for each other and give yourselves the marriage you deserve and God desires for all couples to have. The next local experience is November 4-6 at St. Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista. For more information or to register visit For questions, call Ken & Claranne Schirle at 408-782-1413.

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