Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 23, 2020
Spiritual Homework from the Pastor .....
Dear Friends,

Greetings form Fr. Saju! 

We are a community of faith. In the last couple of weeks I have received many emails inquiring why I have not given any spiritual homework, as I have in the past. So I decided to provide a spiritual homework that is simple.

Please take a minute to pray for the below intentions: We usually say to people, “I will pray for you”. However, many times, that may not become a reality. So I am going to guide you with a simple way to pray. Please take a deep breath and close your eyes after reading each intention below. Repeat in your mind the name of Jesus three times. Picture specific people or the whole group in your mind. Then say in silence, “Bless them and be with them Lord.” It may seem simple; but remember, everything does not need to be complicated.

  1. We have started our new academic year at school. Please keep our principal Ms. Rodriguez, teachers, staff, students, and parents in your prayers. It is not easy for parents to juggle work and managing their children learning from home. It is also hard for younger children to be physically separated from their friends and teachers who they build relationships with.
  2. Let us pray for every individual affected by the fires in California. We keep in mind the fire fighters, families who have been evacuated and the emergency responders. We also pray for the containment of the fires.
  3. Our nation needs our prayers. Place before the Lord all the candidates and leaders. Please pray for prophetic voices that unite in the midst of divisions and intolerance.
  4. Let us pray for an end to the corona-virus pandemic. We keep in our minds and hearts all those who are sick, their care givers, and scientists who are working to find a vaccine.
  5. We also need to pray for our parish community as we plan for the Zoom town hall on September 2. We keep in mind our parishioners, benefactors, staff members, volunteers, youth and children.

You can add more, if you feel called to do so. I just stopped at five, because I want this to be a five minute prayer.

Next week, we will have spiritual homework based on faith in action. I want you to know, I miss you all. However, in prayer and faith, we are together.

Fr. Saju Joseph
LITURGICAL
MASS SCHEDULE
Additional Sunday Masses will be added if all scheduled
Masses are full, so please sign up early (see below).

WEEKDAYS
Monday - Friday 10:00 AM in the Church
(Live-stream)

WEEKENDS
Sunday Vigil - Saturday 5:00 PM in the Church
(Live-stream)

Sunday 8.30 AM, 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM in the School Courtyard
LIVE-STREAM MASS
MASS INTENTIONS
August 22 - August 28
To schedule a Mass intention, please email stmartinoftours@icloud.com.
Saturday, August 22nd at 5:00pm
Sal Lipari †

Sunday, August 23rd at 8:30am
James & Vincee Viso †

Sunday, August 23rd at 9:30am
Steven Hartman †

Sunday, August 23rd at 10:30am
John Rossi
Ben Patellaro


Monday, August 24th at 10:00am
Diane Borella (Prayers)

Tuesday, August 25th at 10:00am
Souls in Purgatory

Wednesday, August 26th at 10:00am
Ed Bellerive (Prayers)

Thursday, August 27th at 10:00am
Maria Martha Pesehodov
(Birthday)

Friday, August 28th at 10:00am
Nancy Hodge (Sick)
NEWS & UPDATES
PARISH TOWN HALL MEETING
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.
WELCOME BACK ST. MARTIN OF TOURS SCHOOL!
Fr. Saju, Fr. Gener, parish staff and parish leadership teams welcome the students as they begin the new academic year. We keep in our prayers the students, principle, staff, faculty and parents as you walk in this new normal.
FAITH IN ACTION
TO RECOGNIZE AND EXPLORE RACIAL
EQUITY WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY

As we explore racial equity within our community, we will look at how our personal attitudes, assumptions and choices might play a hand in creating hidden biases that empower some while oppressing others. We will do this by using the Just Faith curriculum Faith & Racial Equity: Exploring Power & Privilege to guide us as we explore topics that will help us recognize where racism exists within and outside of the Church community. Our hope is to begin this 8-week program during the Lenten season. To prepare for this journey, we will start a virtual Zoom Book Club beginning in October that will meet every two weeks. The book we have chosen for our first joint venture is “America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America,” by Jim Wallis. More information will come in the near future about the dates and times for the virtual Zoom Book Club.

If you would like to be involved in any of these activities or have any questions, please contact Evelyn Ortiz (ortiz.ev22@gmail.com) Carole Fisher (cwfisher0503@comcast.net), or Donna O’Connell (wocdoc@sbcglobal.net).
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USABLE LAPTOPS,
CHROMEBOOKS AND IPADS NEEDED!!!
St. Martin of Tours Parish is collecting & distributing usable laptops, Chromebooks, and iPads to students and teachers that need a device. If you have any working devices, that you are are able to donate, please drop them off at the parish office M-Th between 9 am & 5 pm, or call the office at 408-294-8953 to setup a day and time. Please wipe the donated device and include chargers. Thank you for helping!!
FOOD BOX DISTRIBUTION
Please join us this Friday, August 21 at 4pm. All are welcome to volunteer, receive food or both!

Hosted every 3rd Friday of the Month.
Food Box
FAITH FORMATION & SPIRITUALITY
CATECHISTS NEEDED
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 lerma.simpson@dsj.org
REGISTRATION FOR FAITH FORMATION
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 stmartin.org.


If you have any questions, please contact Lerma Simpson, our Catechetical Director.
Phone: (408) 294-8953 Ext. 321
CHILDREN'S
SUNDAY BULLETIN & ACTIVITIES
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 23 - Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities:

BAPTISM
Please contact Lerma Simpson (lerma.simpson@dsj.org) to begin preparation and schedule.
ANOINTING
OF THE SICK
Please call Fr. Gener
or Fr. Saju.

CONFESSIONS
Saturdays
from 4 - 4:45pm
in Mary's Garden
STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
PARISH OFFICE IS OPEN

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
As of the end of July, 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:
200 O'Connor Dr., San Jose, CA 95128
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Questions?
Please email the Parish Office.