Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 22, 2021

Dear Friends and Parishioners,

It was pure joy for me to greet our students coming back to school as they were dropped off. The students were so happy and excited to meet their new teachers, see their friends, and meet the new students in class. It was so nice seeing all of the students back on campus.

I would like to express my deep gratitude to our school Principal, Teachers, Staff and Faculty for their leadership, hard work and dedication. They are a true gift to our children, our school, and to our Church. Let us lift them up in prayer as we begin a new year of formation, one that truly is a new beginning.

I appreciate the parents and families for their cooperation, understanding and support as we navigate through these challenging times. With eager hope, I look forward to seeing the parents and children at Sunday Masses as we walk with the children and form them in faith along with their intellectual and emotional growth.


Ever year a missionary diocese or group is assigned by the Diocese of San Jose to visit each parish, share mission stories, and preach at all Masses. We in turn support the mission with a second collection.

This year, we are blessed to support, St. Maurus Hanga Abbey, a community of religious Benedictine monks in Songea region in Southern Tanzania. The monks of St. Maurus Hanga Abbey are dedicated to spiritual life and serving the poor. The community is involved in providing social services to a rural population. These services include: an orphanage, schools, a Health Center, and a clean water project. More details about the mission are given HERE.

Please support the mission during the second collection this weekend or by mailing your checks to St. Martin of Tours with "Mission 2021" in the memo.

With gratitude and prayers,

Fr. Saju
Anyone that feels sick, has tested COVID positive, or has been exposed to a person who is COVID positive should stay home and attend the live-stream Mass.
August 21 - August 27
To schedule a Mass intention, please email

Saturday 5:00pm - Ben Patellaro

Sunday 8:30am - James & Vincee Viso

Sunday 10:00am - Antonio Rosano †

Sunday 11:30am - Mary Margaret Rossi
and Ernesto Poblacion †

Monday 8:00am - Souls in Purgatory

Tuesday 8:00am - Alicia Kay Relles †

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

Thursday 8:00am - Kirubaharan George †

Friday 8:00am - St. Martin of Tours School
Laura Lozoya Sr., Carlos Mendoza, Dennis Ward, Dale Lewis, Fr. Paul Mensah, Ernesto Poblacion, Katherine Codiga
Ester Tan, Caitlin Phung, Ayaat Rabi, Carolina De Los Santos, Patricia Puentes, Betty Newnan, Monica Kresb-Bach, Michael Cheers, Helena Knapen, Flo Bey
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 and let our Prayer Angels pray for you or someone you know.
Regarding Religious Exemption from COVID Vaccination

As recent COVID vaccine mandates have been imposed in certain industries and professions, some Catholics may seek a “religious” exemption from the several vaccines now available. For clarity, a religious exemption is a public declaration that a person’s decision to refuse a vaccine is rooted in and supported by – in the case of a Catholic – authentic Catholic faith. However, such a declaration is inconsistent with the Holy See’s declaration that the COVID vaccines are morally permissible, especially considering the urgency and common good (the need to help curb the loss of life, diminished mental and physical heath, and a struggling economy, etc.) during this pandemic. While a person may decide that, in conscience, they cannot receive the COVID vaccine, we cannot equate individual objection with doctrinal authority. Though an individual has a right to conscientious objection, the authority of their objection derives from their personal conscience, not from the teaching of our Church. For these reasons, we compassionately can not sign declarations rejecting the COVID vaccine on religious grounds.

Food box packing Friday, August 20th 3-5.30 (volunteers)
Food Box pick up Friday, August 20th 4-5.30 (clients)

As of July, we are back to our "Client Choice" model, where we set up a shopping market under the tents outside the church (just like we used to do in the Gym pre: Covid). We will need a LOT more volunteers for this model. Please mark your calendars and bring your children back to the program. Covid regulations will still be in place, masks are required and closed toe shoes, please sanitize on arrival. Please email if you have any questions. 
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

The RCIA Process for the 2021-2022 Faith Formation Year has begun. We meet in the parish office at 11:30 AM. The session dates for August are:

Sunday, August 22
Sunday, August 29

Anyone who is thinking about becoming Catholic, or if you would like to complete your sacraments of initiation, you are welcome to join us on our first session on August 22 to see if you would like to join the RCIA this year.

For more information, please contact Lerma Simpson at the parish office.; (408) 294-8953 ext. 321 
August 21st & 22nd
After all Masses
Join the Knights of Columbus

Following Masses this weekend there will be members of Fr. Joseph Geary Council #3523 at the Church entrance. Please take the time to speak with them, learn more about this wonderful organization, and become a member. Serve God by serving others.

Are you in search of a safe space to ask hard questions about race?
The St. Thomas of Canterbury Faith and Social Healing Ministry, in conjunction with several local parishes, is offering two programs that do just that. Both are a product of JustFaith Ministries and explore the concept/construct of race through the lens of the Christian tradition.. 

<-- Click here to learn more about Faith and Racial Equity.

To learn more about Faith and Racial Healing, click here. -->
To register for either of these programs or if you have questions, contact: Kathy Mattingly at or (408) 378-2355.

The Faith and Social Healing Ministry at St. Thomas of Canterbury is grateful for a generous grant from the Catholic Community Foundation of Santa Clara County 
Parish Office Hours
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
We thank you for your continued support during these challenging times! Please be as generous as you can during the last of our summer months. If you would like to make a secure one-time donation and/or setup regular online donations, please use the GIVE NOW button. Thank you again!!

Thank you to all those that have been able to continue ministering to others during these unique times. Many of you have reached out and are ready to provide your support and return to your ministries.

As we can safely begin our ministries, we need your help. Please take five minutes to complete our online Volunteer Request Form that will list what ministries you are interested in, provide us with your current contact information, and an emergency contact.

We are so excited that our community can continue doing what we do best -- “People Ministering to People.”

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, from your computer, to sign up.

Registrations for Catechetical Ministry, First Eucharist, and Youth Confirmation for 2021-2022 are available. You may access the registration forms through our parish website at Forms are also available at our parish office. For more information, please contact Lerma in Faith Formation at (408) 294-8953 ext. 321 or at

Deadlines for the Faith Formation Registrations:
Children's Catechetical Ministry - September 16, 2021
First Eucharist - September 16, 2021
Youth Confirmation - October 1, 2021
A Closer Look Inside A Catholic Home…..

We are not alone here on earth. We are part of a big human family living in God’s creation and beyond earth, too: the saints in heaven are alive, praising the Lord. In Purgatory, souls are being cleansed and made ready to meet Jesus. What ties us all together? Prayer.

All of us are praising God together. It’s not something we do only in church. We pray at home, too, and candles in our home can help our prayers.

A candle that we use in prayer is a symbol of Jesus, the light. Because candles are consumed by fire, they are also symbols of the ways we are called to let God’s love consume us. That means we live for God, not for ourselves. 

Some homes have prayer candles inside decorated glass containers that have pictures of Mary, Jesus, and the saints on them. As we see the light flickering in the darkness, the image of a holy person reminds us how to pray and what to pray for: to praise God with the whole Church on earth and beyond, to pray for all people, including the souls in Purgatory, and to pray for the grace to take that light outside into the world.
August 22, 2021 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b •
Ephesians 5:21-32 • John 6:53, 60-69
 “We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.” —John 6:69

When Jesus told his followers that unless they eat his flesh and drink his blood, they will not have eternal life, many of them left. They could not accept this. If we are honest, we can understand why they had a difficult time with this concept. But there were some followers who did not leave. Peter was one of them. Did he understand? Probably not. Still, he said he was CONVINCED that Jesus is God and that was enough for him to accept every word that came from the mouth of Christ. St. Teresa of Calcutta—Mother Teresa—said “God does not expect us to be successful, only faithful.” Even if we don’t understand, we can still be faithful to the teachings of Christ. During the Mass when the priest repeats Jesus’ words “This is my Body; this is my Blood”, we don’t need to analyze it, question how it could be, or wonder why Christ would choose to come to us in this way. We can just be thankful that he does!

Prayer: Oh Jesus, we are convinced that you are the Holy One of God. Strengthen our belief if we begin to doubt.

Action: Begin and end each day this week with this simple prayer: “Jesus, I trust in you.”
Web Link for this week - Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities:
Have you thought about becoming a Catechist? 

Currently, St. Martin of Tours needs catechists for CCM on Thursday evenings at 4 pm to 5:15 pm and youth Confirmation catechists on Sunday afternoons at 4 pm to 5:15 pm. You do not need to be a theologian. All you need is faith and the love for Jesus! If the Holy Spirit leads you to this ministry, please contact Lerma Simpson at lerma.simpson@ or at (408) 294-8953 ext. 321 
July 11th - August 25th (Weekly)
Joseph - How to live extraordinary in the ordinary
This eight week series from Real Life Catholic features speakers such as Chris Stefanick, Dr. Scott Hanh, Chris Evert and more! Register first at . Starting July 11 until August 25, log in at on either Sunday evenings at 7pm or Wednesday mornings at 11am to pray, reflect and discuss.
August 20th at 11:30am
Rosary & Faith Talk
Presented by: Guadalupe Hope Society
Rev. Lawrence Goode, from St. Francis of Assisi Parish in East Palo Alto, will lead us in a rosary for the unborn and their parents, and share a faith talk on St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. This event will be virtual via zoom. Please register to attend: (408)447-5433, or email: This event can be found on our website also. and on eventbrite.

Now Available! Rent Assistance Programs and Resources: Two programs for Rent Assistance now available! Low-income Santa Clara County residents who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can receive assistance with rent payments. Visit to view details on available programs. Post these flyers in your community. 

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. 

Please email the Parish Office.