August 7, 2022

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time



 Are You Talking to Me?

In today's Gospel Jesus talks about being prepared, using the parable of the servants waiting for their master's return from a wedding. Parables usually have a surprise twist and this one is no exception. Jesus pictures the master coming back at a late hour and finding the servants ready for him. The master is so pleased that he begins to wait on the servants--he serves them a meal. (I can almost hear the disciples saying, "No way!")

Peter is a man who is not afraid to speak up or ask a question. That may be one of the reasons Jesus made him the head of the apostles. Perhaps Peter was thinking, "Surely we will be prepared when Jesus comes again. He must be talking about the rest of the people." When he asks Jesus whom the parable is meant for, Jesus ignores him! At least it seems that way at first. Jesus expands on the theme of readiness by describing the servant who took advantage of the master's absence-- he will be punished severely. To answer Peter's question, Jesus warns that the servant who knew his duties would be punished more than one who was ignorant of those expectations. Peter and the disciples should have seen themselves as the servants who knew what was expected.

That warning is one for us to hear also. We may look down on non-Christians or wonder if they will get to heaven. But the Lord doesn't expect as much from those who don't know God. Instead of judging them, we would be better off looking at ourselves. Am I serious about my faith, serious enough to show it in my actions? Has my good example ever brought a non-believer to the Church? If I can see Jesus in someone who doesn't know the Lord, the respect I show that person could draw them to believe.

There are examples of this even in your own parish. If you have been in the parish for many years, you could be expected to notice a newcomer more readily. How do you welcome them? Do you get so comfortable with your friends that you don't think about reaching out to a visitor? I think Jesus would expect those of us who feel at home in our church to make an effort to bring new members into our circle. "So how much does Jesus expect of me?" The answer could be in how well you know Jesus.

Tom Schmidt, Copyright (c) J. S. Paluch Co.

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August 6 - August 12

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Saturday 5:00 James Hugh Miller †

Sunday 8:30 Doris Plymire Zankish †

Sunday 10:00 JW Knapen 

Sunday 11:30 John Rossi †

and Mary Margaret Rossi †

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Wednesday 8:00 James & Vincee Viso †

and Theresa Lash 

Thursday 8:00 Frank Zarka 

Friday 8:00 Lester Laterza


Msgr. John Sandersfield, Cathleen Verra, James O'Connell, Gerald Juellich,

Carino Borjas


Pat Lesaca, Tony Jones, Gloria Rojas, Louis Zarka, Diane Borella, Larry Snapp, Brandi Duval, Helena Knapen

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

After ALL Masses this Weekend 


Our Faith Formation Director, Lerma Simpson, will be outside the church after every Mass this weekend to answer questions and provide information regarding our Faith Formation Programs. Please stop by and get your kids signed up.

  • Children’s Catechetical Ministry
  • First Eucharist
  • Youth Confirmation
  • Adult Confirmation
  • Order of Christian Initiation for Adults and Children who are at least 7 years old

Lost & Found

Please check the lost and found in the parish office if you are missing something. Whatever is not claimed by the end of the month will be donated. Thank you!  

Please consider serving your

St. Martin of Tours Parish 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

St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP)

Phone monitors, home visitors, Data Entry, Computer programmers

Parish Office

Office related assistance, such as, answering phones, updating and maintaining contact lists, scheduling Mass intentions, etc...

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

Calendar of Events:

Thursday, August 4th at 7:00 PM

Holy Hour with Happy Hour

in the church

Please join us!!

Friday, August 12th

Eye Clinic for Farmworkers' Families

in Watsonville, CA

Sunday, August 14th at 2:00PM

Orientation & Training for CLOW Catechists

in the Community Building 

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.

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

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Serve Jesus by Serving the Children:

 Become a Catechist for Children's Liturgy of the Word

We hope to resume Children’s Liturgy of the Word for elementary school kids in September 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. 


In order to provide the children with this opportunity, we will need adult catechists who will lead the children 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.

There will be an orientation and training for CLOW catechists on Sunday, August 14 at 2pm in the Community Building. Volunteer commitments are on a scheduled rotational basis.This is also open to youth volunteers who are in the 7th grade and up. We will sign off on any leadership points needed.

If you are interested in volunteering for this important ministry, please contact Lerma Simpson at or at (408) 294-8953.


Boldly go where many have gone before and help pass on the Good News of Jesus Christ and our Catholic faith.

This fall, our parish children and young people, grades 1st through 5th, will sign up to learn more about Jesus and our Catholic faith. You can help them learn about Jesus and be the face of Jesus to them by becoming a catechist for Faith Formation. As you nurture the faith of our young, you will learn and grow as well! As one long time catechist put it, “I learn so much as I teach the faith and from the children themselves!” You don’t need previous experience as a catechist, just a love for Jesus! You will be trained and will learn along the way. The children’s faith formation sessions are on Wednesdays from 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm, once a month on Wednesdays from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm and on Sunday mornings.


High school students who seek leadership points and actively practice their faith, we encourage and invite you to pass down the faith to those younger than you by becoming catechist aides.


If interested, please contact Lerma Simpson at lerma.simpson or at (408) 294-8953 ext. 321.   




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

Family Summer Activity

Watch a Movie Together

Looking for one last family activity before the kids return to school? Take a break from the outdoors and snuggle together on the family sofa with a large bowl of popcorn and watch a family movie together. Here are a few family movies recommended by Strong Catholic Family Faith, an online media source created to form faith-filled Catholic families:

Raya and the Last Dragon The great thing about this Disney movie is that, besides being a beautiful film, there are some powerful themes that can be a lesson for everyone who views it. The theme of forgiveness and how forgiving others does not come easily is presented very well here. Parents and kids can use the film to discuss the multitude of ways that applies in real life.


Flora and Ulysses Some of you may remember the cartoon series Rocky the Flying Squirrel. This movie may bring back memories. It is about a young girl who befriends a squirrel with superpowers that helps her deal with her struggles in life especially the breakup of her family. This might sound heavy, but it is light fare for kids of any age.


Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs This is a delightful movie for the whole family, but especially for the little ones. It is a retelling of the Snow White story with some plot twists. The message is very positive; what counts is what is on the inside of people not how they look. It is a Pixar style animated movie.


Movies to watch with your middle school and high school children:


The Adam Project If you have Netflix, you may want to watch this very exciting movie with your middle school or older kids. It’s about relationships between parents and kids and how we don’t always do and say what we really want to. Kids can be harder on their parents than they mean to be, and it can come back to haunt them.


Just Mercy We like to think that racism is a thing of the past and that inmates in prison are there for the right reasons. This movie, based on a real case in Alabama highlights the fact that the justice system isn’t always just. Johnny D as he is called has been given the death penalty for something he did not do. Enter lawyer Bryan Stevenson who fights for Johnny’s rights. This movie is NOT definitely for young children, but high school aged youth could gain a great deal from it.


Fatima The retelling of the Fatima story by a secular production company is a rarity today. The Catholic Church has been more accustomed to being criticized or even demonized these days. The movie is well done. However, the theology is sometimes questionable, but with a bit of discussion parents can help their children understand the times and the miraculous events. The movie is NOT for young children (under 12) because of its violent depiction of war.


The Social Dilemma This documentary on the dangers of social media is a must see for all parents and teens. Anyone who is worried about the influence that social media is having on young people and young teens especially should watch this film and take it to heart.

Catholic IQ...

A self-assessment for your fun and enlightenment.

1. Using a fish as a symbol of Christ

a) dates from the early days of Christianity

b) was a secret way early Christians showed other believers that they were Christian

c) was used because the Greek word for fish formed an abbreviation of Jesus’ titles

d) all of these

2. The split between Protestants and Catholics in the 1500s is called

a) The Reformation

b) The Western Schism

c) ecumenism

d) none of these

3. Most older churches are built

a) In the shape of a cross

b) in a circular shape

c) in the shape of a triangle

d) with spiral staircases

4. Feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick, and the like, are known as

a) spiritual works of mercy

b) corporal works of mercy

c) marks of the Church

d) Ten Commandments

5. The month we dedicate to the rosary is

a) January

b) March

c) August

d) October


Family Reflection

August 7, 2022, 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Wisdom 18:6-9 • Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 • Luke 12:32-48

“Do not be afraid any longer, little flock.” —Luke 12:32

Jesus knows that everyone, even adults, are afraid sometimes. He knows that sometimes we have to do things that are scary or aren’t very comfortable and we might worry if we’ll be okay or what other people might say about us. Following Jesus and doing the right thing is sometimes harder and scarier than not doing the right thing. But he also tells us that no matter what, he’ll be with us, so we don’t have to be afraid. Of course, sometimes we can’t stop being scared just because someone tells us to. That’s okay. Jesus never got angry at anyone or made fun of them for being afraid. The Bible tells us that even Jesus was afraid sometimes, so he knows what it’s like. But maybe just remembering that Jesus said we don’t have to be afraid can help us to feel stronger and braver about something hard we have to do. Try it sometimes!

PRAYER: Jesus, take away my fears when I am afraid. Or if you don’t take them away, please help me to be “scave” which is scared and brave at the same time.

FAMILY REFLECTION: What things frighten you? What helps you feel less afraid or to be “scave”?

Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities

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Married Couples

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