Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 20, 2020
Important Updates about Masses!
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings form Fr. Saju!

In addition to “In Person Mass attendance”, last weekend we added “In Car Mass Attendance” to all our outdoor Masses. We have received very constructive feedback about our in car Sunday Masses. So, I would like to communicate the following positive steps taken to accommodate effective participation.
 
  • All Outdoor Masses will be celebrated in front of the Church on a stage facing the parking lot.

  • All outdoor Masses will be open for parishioners to sign up either for “In Person Mass Attendance” (that is joining outdoor with your own chairs in the designated areas) or for “In Car Mass Attendance.” This will be followed for Christmas Masses as well.

  • Starting this weekend, we are increasing the number of cars permitted for “In Car Mass Attendance” to fifty per Mass.

  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes early for “In Car Mass Attendance.” Movement of cars during Mass is a distraction and a safety concern.

  • All the vehicles will enter through the first gate on O’Connor Drive. The Bailey street entrance will be closed. Please follow the instruction of the ushers in parking your cars. You will be able to see the priest celebrating Mass from your cars.

  • Everyone has to stay in their cars with the windows closed.

  • Mass will be broadcast through 88.3 FM. Please tune in on your car radio.

  • Holy Communion will be brought to each car. Please stay in your car with you face mask on and lower your window when the priest or Eucharistic Minister approaches you to give Holy Communion.

  • After the Masses, you will exit through the second gate on O’Connor Drive.
 
Please do know that the sign up for Christmas Eve and Christmas day Masses are already open. You may sign up early.
 
Wishing you a blessed time with good health and well-being,
 
Fr. Saju Joseph

SIGN UP FOR IN CAR MASS ATTENDANCE
Last weekend many families were able to join us at Sunday Mass from their cars. It was such a joy to see those who otherwise would not be able to attend Mass. This week we have increased the number of cars allowed to 40. We will do our best to direct cars in such a way that families can see and hear the celebration. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early, so everyone is parked and seated when Mass begins. All cars will enter through the first gate on O'Connor Drive. Holy Communion will be brought to each car. This will not change the in person Mass schedule, sign up and attendance.

Reserve only ONE spot for each car (Click below for sign up and guidelines)
ADVENT SCHEDULE
VESPERS / EVENING PRAYER
Every Monday during Advent
via Zoom
Please join us on our Advent Journey on Monday evening, December 21 from 7:00 pm to 7:30. Women of St. Martin of Tours Peace and Justice committee invite all to Zoom in to pray Advent vespers as a community via our parish website. We wait together in joyful hope for the coming of the Lord.

Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.    Luke 1:45
PARISH RECONCILIATION
Every Saturday during Advent
from 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm
in Mary's Garden
FOOD BOX PACKING
Friday, December 18th at 4:00 pm
behind the Bailey House
MASS INTENTIONS
December 19 - December 25
To schedule a Mass intention, please email stmartinoftours@icloud.com.

Saturday 5:00pm - Justin Semana
Calixtra Cuevas †

Sunday 8:30am - James & Vincee Viso †
Lydia Zapanta †

Sunday 10:00am - Paul Weisz

Sunday 11:30am - Sal Lipari †

Monday 8:00am - Robert Lawrence †

Tuesday 8:00am - Souls in Purgatory

Wednesday 8:00am - Evette Michelle Marshall†

Thursday 12:00pm - Latoza Family

Thursday 2:00pm - St. Martin of Tours Parishioners

Thursday 4:00pm - St. Martin of Tours Parishioners

Friday 9:00am - St. Martin of Tours Parishioners

Friday 10:00am - Justin Semana †
PRAYER REQUEST FOR THE DECEASED:
Rita Russo, Fred Gerritz, Fr. Patrick Griffin, Lionel Ortega, Dee Lynn Fields, Bernadette Burke, Marina Dizon, Fred Gerritz, Arline Norsworthy, Derek Gutierrez, Felicitas Torres, Ramon B de Jesus, Chauncey Russo, Jose Manuel Fernandez de Ponte, Robert Brinton, Ron Dye, Cathy Sheridan
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE SICK:
Betsy Doyle, Maritza P., Sr. Jackie Graham, Helena Knapen, William Bushong, Fonnie Rucker, David Rodriguez, Don Mazzone, Sherri Voisinet, Joy Albanese, David Grimm, Jim McQuillen, Diane Borella, Abdu Daher
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 tlehane@stmartin.org and let our Prayer Angels pray for you or someone you know.
FAITH FORMATION & SPIRITUALITY
FAMILY REFLECTION AND ACTION
big_family_happy.jpg
December 20, 2020 4th Sunday in Advent
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 • Romans 16:25-27 • Luke 1:26-38

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” —Luke 1:30
There are times when I do things that I know must disappoint God. There are other times that I’ve done things that I hope are very pleasing to God. But can you imagine being told directly by an angel that you have found favor with God? That would be amazing! Mary was someone very special to God. He wanted her to carry his Son. She always tried to do everything in her life to please the Lord.
 During this last day of Advent, ask Mary to pray for us to have the same desire she did, to do everything in our life to make God happy.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for showing us through Mary such a beautiful example of faith.
CHILDREN'S SUNDAY BULLETIN & ACTIVITIES
Web Link for this week - Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities:
STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
POINSETTIAS FOR CHRISTMAS MASS
Poinsettias usually adorn our church altar during the Christmas season. In keeping with our tradition, we would like to adorn the outside Christmas altar with LARGE red and white poinsettias. If you are able to safely donate, please call the parish office and schedule a time to drop off the poinsettias, on or before Sunday, December 20th. Thank you!!!
PARISH OFFICE IS OPEN FOR ESSENTIAL OPERATIONS

Our parish office is open for essential operations from Monday - Thursday from 9am to 5pm. Please call ahead to make an appointment at (408) 294-8953. For staff directory and email addresses: Click Here.

We are Here for You
If you or a loved one are in need of Sacramental care, such as anointing of the sick, last rites, confession, Fr. Gener and I will be available to assist you. Please be sure to call the Parish office to leave a message or email us.
PARISH DIRECTORIES
Our parish photo directories are here. All parishioners that took part in the directory, it is time to pickup your copy of the printed church directory at the parish office!!! You can schedule a time to pick up your copy of the directory by calling the parish office at 408-294-8953. Thank you!
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR PARISH AND MINISTRIES
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 or at Mass, please mail in your weekly offertory gift to: 200 O'Connor Dr., San Jose, CA 95128.

If possible, please consider a year end donation.
Kindly Sponsor Car Seats for GHS

Guadalupe Hope Society: Guadalupe Hope Society's (GHS) Women's Center provide for the pregnant women in need. At this time, they are in need of 3 car seats for newborns, so these Moms can bring their babies home from the hospital after their delivery. This is a request to support the purchase of new car seats. They cost between $200 - 250 each. If you are willing to sponsor one or all of them, please contact the parish office.

Thank you for your generosity!
PEASE UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION

We are in the process of cleaning up our internal parishioner database. Please take a minute to submit your information (see below). This contact information is confidential and is used only to stay in touch with our parishioners. Thank you!!
ST. MARTIN OF TOURS SCHOOL
AROUND THE DIOCESE & USA
COVID-19 VACCINES

Imminent COVID-19 Vaccines. The California Catholic Conference, Catholic health care systems and hospitals in California, Catholic Charities and other health-related ministries issued a statement affirming that the imminent Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are morally acceptable and commit to working closely with Catholic health care ministries and Catholic Charities to:   
  • Promote and encourage COVID-19 vaccinations in collaboration with state and local governments and other entities;
  • Advocate on behalf of vulnerable populations to ensure that they have access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines; and,
  • Provide regular and accurate information to parishioners and the community in support of morally acceptable, safe, and effective COVID-19 vaccines.
Read the full statement in:  EnglishSpanishVietnamese.
POPE DEDICATES 2021 AS YEAR OF ST JOSEPH
Pope Francis has announced a special year dedicated to St. Joseph starting from 8 December 2020 until 8 December 2021, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as the Patron of the Universal Church, as well as the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady. It is also so fitting that this coincided with the 40th anniversary of the Diocese of San Jose.

The Apostolic Penitentiary also issued a decree granting special indulgences for the duration of the special year to celebrate the anniversary and “to perpetuate the entrustment of the whole Church to the powerful patronage of the Custodian of Jesus.”
CONGRATULATIONS!

We congratulate Tony Famave on his transitional diaconate ordination that will take place on December 19, 2020.

Because of the pandemic restrictions, on behalf of Tony and the Diocese, I would like to invite you to celebrate this Ordination Mass virtually, it will be available on Diocesan Facebook. 
GRIEF BOOT CAMP 2021

Monday evenings 7 PM - 8 PM
beginning January 11 - February 15
Come one week or every week 
Sponsored by San Jose Catholic Cemeteries
Facilitator: Candee Lucas, After Care Coordinator
RESOURCES & ASSISTANCE
HEALTH & SAFETY INFORMATION
Questions?
Please email the Parish Office.