Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 9, 2020
MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR ...
Dear Friends,

Greetings form Fr. Saju!

Recent weeks, more than ever, I have been concerned by the tunnel visions of various news channels, Facebook posts, politicians, and other social media posts. So, I thought of writing this message.

During my studies in philosophy, one of my professors would take time to teach us about different degrees of knowledge. He had coined a word to help us remember what each meant. That word is NIDSOC (Nescience, Ignorance, Doubt, Suspicion, Opinion, and Certitude). I thought of sharing this with you, because we live in a time when proper nuancing is not done between ignorance, prejudice, suspicion, doubt and scientific certitude. I hear persons who have no expertise in a field refuting science and experts based on biases and prejudice. This results in very bad consequences for oneself, the others, nation, and the world.

Nescience is lack of knowledge about something a person is not supposed to know. If, as a priest, I don’t know about brain surgery, that is nescience. I am not expected to know about the subject. Ignorance on the contrary is “not knowing about something” one is expected to know. If as a priest, I don’t know about the sacraments, then I am ignorant about it. Prejudices are stands taken against, not based on truth or fact but based on a mental filter of dislike and hate.

Doubt is a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction. My personal doubt about a truth or scientific fact does not make a fact or truth any less truth. This is where one has to be very careful. An amateur’s doubt does not make a truth less true. Suspicion is when one has some pointers to the effect. However, there is not enough evidence to lean one way or the other. 

Opinions could be at different levels. The weight of a person’s opinion depends on the person’s field of expertise. A politician’s opinion about medicine has less scientific value compared with a scientist's or doctor's in the field. We live in a world where everyone has an opinion. However, we need to know that unbiased opinions of the experts are to be listened to.

Scientific truth is not an opinion. They are verified or proven fact or truths. Let us not confuse science with opinion and opinions with scientific truth.

Wishing you a blessed and healthy week ahead,

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 8 - August 14
To schedule a Mass intention, please email stmartinoftours@icloud.com.
Saturday, August 8th at 5:00pm
Marie Evans †
Warren Schiechl

Sunday, August 9th at 8:30am
Ethel Brewer †

Sunday, August 9th at 9:30am
German Geronimo †

Sunday, August 9th at 10:30am
John Rossi †


Monday, August 10th at 10:00am
Diane Borella (Prayers)
Kanicka Mary †

Tuesday, August 11th at 10:00am
Dr. Frank Zarka †

Wednesday, August 12th at 10:00am
Souls in Purgatory

Thursday, August 13th at 10:00am
Zaia Youssef (Prayers)

Friday, August 14th at 10:00am
Diane Borella (Prayers)
NEWS & UPDATES
THANK YOU
OPPUS FAMILY!!!
It is with mixed emotion that we say farewell to the Oppus family. They will be greatly missed!! Thank you for all the ways you ministered within our community: lector, educator, server, helper, friend... We wish you all the best! May God bless you!!!
WE REACHED OUR GOAL!!!

Thank you to all our donors for their generosity in helping with the expense of the audio/video equipment and the Clorox sprayer. We are truly blessed!
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Phone: (408) 294-8953 Ext. 321
CONGRATULATION!

We would like to congratulate Elliot Parelius, who will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation this week. We thank his parents and sponsors for all their support.
We share your joy. May God bless you!!

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
CHILDREN'S SUNDAY ACTIVITIES
In the parish website, we have children's Sunday 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.

Web Link for August 2 Sunday's Activity: Coloring page: CLICK HERE
Crossword and Solution: CLICK HERE
Word Search and Key: CLICK HERE

ILM 2020-2021 ADMISSIONS
-- NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS --

The Institute for Leadership in Ministry (ILM) trains and forms leaders for service in the parishes through a three-year program of systematic study, spiritual and pastoral formation, and intercultural community building. The curriculum is presented in English and in Spanish. ILM classes start the first week of September. Please go to www.dsj.org/ILM for more information. You may also contact the parish office for details.


STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
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FAITH IN ACTION
FOOD BOX PROGRAM REPORT
Annually, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley provides a recap of the total pounds of food received and distributed by us at St. Martins. Please find below the details for 2019-20: We thank Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, all the sponsors, and dedicated volunteers. 
ACCOMPANIMENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

"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
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COMPLETE THE 2020 CENSUS TODAY!
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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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