Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 16, 2020
Important Updates from the Pastor .....
Dear Friends,

Greetings form Fr. Saju! 

Today, I would like to communicate some important updates:

1.      We are already five months into this pandemic. We have been following County and state guidelines as a church. We will continue to do the same for the well-being of all. However, as a faith community, we can and we need to do more in creative ways to live out our faith. Let's Make a Difference Together! I know, many of you have great insights and wisdom. We want to hear from you. Please join me and the Pastoral Council for a parish Town Hall Meeting on Zoom on September 2, 2020 at 7.00 PM. Let us meet each other to discuss about what we can and should do as a faith community in moving forward during this pandemic. Bring your ideas and inputs that will help us to live our faith, help others, and community.

2.      St. Martin of Tours’ Peace and Justice Ministry is revitalizing itself under the joint leadership of Mary O’Meara and Debra Weed. We are also looking for other members who are interested in this ministry. More details are given in the Faith in Action section of this bulletin.

3.      After hearing from catechists and parents, we decided to have First Holy Communion classes for children and Confirmation preparation sessions for youth through Zoom and other distant learning methods until December. We will evaluate the situation in December to make changes if need be. Registration is open now.

4.      I encourage you to sign up and come for the Sunday Masses in the school courtyard. We take all precautions to make it safe by disinfecting and taking all other health safety measures. We have three Masses every Sunday at 8.30 AM, 9.30 AM and 10.30 PM. We will add additional Masses if need be.

5.      We have newly added Children’s Sunday bulletin and Activities link into this e-bulletin and to the parish web page. This will be updated each week. This link will have more than just a coloring page. Parents can use the resources in this section to teach children catechism as well. 

Wishing you a blessed and healthy week ahead,

Fr. Saju Joseph

Additional Sunday Masses will be added if all scheduled
Masses are full, so please sign up early (see below).

Monday - Friday 10:00 AM in the Church

Sunday Vigil - Saturday 5:00 PM in the Church

Sunday 8.30 AM, 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM in the School Courtyard
August 15 - August 21
To schedule a Mass intention, please email
Saturday, August 15th at 5:00pm
Joseph Semorad, Jr. †
Kanicka Mary

Sunday, August 16th at 8:30am
James & Vincee Viso †

Sunday, August 16th at 9:30am
John Rossi †
Mary Margaret Rossi

Sunday, August 16th at 10:30am
Anthony & Rita Vernacchia

Monday, August 17th at 10:00am
Louis Busch †

Tuesday, August 18th at 10:00am
Right to Life

Wednesday, August 19th at 10:00am
Justin Semana

Thursday, August 20th at 10:00am
Steven Hartman

Friday, August 21st at 10:00am
Jerry Jensen
Let's Make a Difference Together

Save the date: September 2, 2020 at 7.00 PM

We want to hear from you. Please join to meet each other in Zoom and for a discussion about what we can and should do as a faith community in moving forward during this pandemic. Bring your ideas and input to help us live the faith by helping others and the community.

Zoom Details to Follow

St. Martin of Tours’ Peace and Justice Ministry is revitalizing itself under the joint leadership of Mary O’Meara and Debra Weed. We are also looking for other members who are interested in a team effort towards the mission and areas of focus listed below.

Saint Martin of Tours Peace and Justice Mission Statement

St Martin of Tours Peace and Justice Commission strives to educate and engage our community in dialogue regarding root causes and effects of injustice as witnesses to the Gospel Values.

Areas of focus:
·      To recognize and explore racial inequity within our community.
·      To empower women in the Church and throughout the world
·      To protect creation (Fall of 2021)
·      To promote peace, justice, and dignity for all, especially those most in need

Each week, we will be provide information and reflections on one of the focus areas listed above. The times are challenging, people are suffering and often it is hard to be hopeful. It is all the more reason that we, as St. Martin of Tours Parish Community, need to be a beacon of love through educating ourselves, praying together, offering service and making sacrifices so that all people can live lives of equality, peace, dignity and hope.

If you would like to become involved in any of the areas listed above, please contact: Mary O’Meara ( or Debra Weed (

In March of this year we suspended operation of Village House due to the dangers and uncertainties of the COVID-19 virus.  In light of the continuing spread of the virus and the even more uncertain future, the Village House Executive Committee has arrived at the very difficult conclusions that Village House will not be re-opening. Our volunteer model of staffing the shelter with large numbers of church volunteers, many over the age of 65, is looking less and less viable as this pandemic drags on.   We had a very good run from our inception in 2016 and all the credit rightfully goes to you, our volunteers, for giving of yourselves.
Village House will be disbursing our excess operating funds in the form of grants to local agencies whose focus is on the homeless.   Many agencies in that arena have been hit very hard by the virus.  If you’re aware of an agency that might make use of a grant, please let me know (name, address, contact person).
We will also be continuing, in some fashion, the use of the Village House shower trailer, initially to help support one or more ‘Car Park’ networks in the area.  If you are interested in volunteering your time for such a shower ministry please let me know.
Once again, thank you for all of your service and support for the last 5 years!  You have proclaimed our Gospel values by helping to make Village House a success. 
Patrick J. O'Meara
Peace & Justice Commission
St. Martin of Tours is currently in need of CCM (Children’s Catechetical Ministry) catechists. The CCM sessions are on Thursday evenings from 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM beginning in October. The sessions will be online with a re-evaluation of the process in December. We know your time is precious, but if you could give some of your time to teaching and modeling our Catholic faith to the next generation, you will be fulfilling your part of the Great Commandment. You don’t need any previous experience as a catechist. All you need is the love of Jesus and the willingness to share that love with others. You will be trained, and you may find yourself learning more about your faith along the way! If interested, please contact Lerma Simpson at (408) 294-8953 ext. 321 or at
Registrations for Children’s Catechetical Ministry (CCM), First Eucharist, Confirmation and RCIA are now being accepted. Sessions will be online through ZOOM with a re-evaluation in December. The deadline for registration is September 18. For further details and to register, please use the links below or go to our parish website at

If you have any questions, please contact Lerma Simpson, our Catechetical Director.
Phone: (408) 294-8953 Ext. 321
In the parish website, we have children's Sunday Bulletin and activities posted for each Sunday. Every Sunday, there will be new activities corresponding to the readings posted. They are not only fun for children, but also help for their spiritual growth. It is a a fun way for Catholic kids to learn about the Faith every week. Parents, please download and share it with your children.

Web Link for August 16 - Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities:

Please contact Lerma Simpson ( to begin preparation and schedule.
Please call Fr. Gener
or Fr. Saju.

from 4 - 4:45pm
in Mary's Garden

Our parish office is open on a limited time basis Monday - Thursday. Please call ahead and make an appointments. We follow the shelter-in-place and other directives of the state and county fully. The parish staff and I will be assisting you by responding to your phone messages and emails. Please leave a voice message or email. We will do our best to respond as promptly as possible. Thank you for your continued support!
Our Phone Number is: (408) 294-8953.
For staff directory and email addresses: Click Here


Our wireless microphones in the church were not working as desired. So, Jim Amlicke graciously offered to help us fix/replace and fine tune the microphones. They are now all fixed and working properly. Thank you so much Jim for your time and talent, it is truly appreciated!!
Our parish has raised $128,526.62 for the Annual Diocesan Appeal 2020 "Encountering Christ - Faith in Action". Thank you! Your support makes so many more ministries possible for others. If you haven't made your pledge yet, please prayerfully consider making one today. We need $28,318.38 to reach our goal of $156,845. Every dollar above our goal comes back to the parish.
Thank you for your support to the parish! We need your financial support now more than ever to continue our ministries. The online donation system that we use is safe, secure and convenient. You can use credit cards, debit cards or direct transfer from your bank account. Please use the button below for online donations and offerings to the parish. If you are unable to give online, please mail in your weekly offertory gift to:

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It is IMPORTANT: Every adult, child and baby living in the United States must be counted, regardless of their age, race, or citizenship status. The final population count will determine how billions of dollars are distributed in our community for schools, healthcare, housing, transportation and more. An accurate count will ensure a fair distribution.

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"Everybody Loves a Baby" is a new Accompaniment line of service that is targeting pregnant or recently delivered mothers. Training will include information on identifying and supporting mothers who are experiencing perinatal and postpartum depression, service navigation for maternal resources, and trauma informed interventions.
Training will take place on August 12 and 19 from 10:00am-12:00pm.  

For information and to volunteer,
email Lynda DeManti at
Please email the Parish Office.