St. Martin of Tours San Jose
PARISH NEWS AND UPDATES
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY, APRIL 19 2020

Dear Friends,

The extraordinary events caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have impacted all of us in many ways. Our mission to help people encounter and grow in relationship with Jesus and to give witness to Him in the world continues but in radically different ways.

Our parish has become a major food distribution site in collaboration with Catholic Charities and Second Harvest. We have a pop-up distribution on every Wednesday at St. Martin of Tours. This started last month. We provided food to 300 families that first week. This past Wednesday, we distributed food to 750 families. 

We’ve had to make difficult decisions to suspend Masses in the church and in its place we had live-stream the Masses. In-person classes had to be changed to Zoom meetings instead. Events, and other ministries that required personal interactions had to be suspended. Many in our community have suffered if not from the disease itself, from isolation, and from a lack of work.

This reality has impacted our parish in another way through a significant drop in our Sunday collections and donations. While we understand why this is happening, we find ourselves in the difficult and unfortunate situation of having to temporarily reduce the parish staff hours to match the resources available to us to ensure the financial stability of our parish. In making these decisions, I have tried to keep the well being of every staff member who are not only co-workers but also family to me.

Starting April 8 th , Fr. Gener and I will also share the struggle by reducing our salaries and stipends until we resume back to normalcy. 

Please, continue to support our parish in any way that you can. You could donate online here or mail it in to the parish office.

Please take good care of yourself. Keep up the faith, spirit and share the love. We will get through this in God’s grace. Please continue to pray for us, our country and our world. If the parish or I can do anything for you, please feel free to email me.

Praying for all of you and requesting your prayers,

Fr. Saju Joseph


SUNDAY & WEEKDAYS MASS SCHEDULE




Sundays and Weekdays Mass: 10. 00 AM English
We will also have
April 19, Divine Mercy Sunday Adoration and Chaplet at 2.00 PM

All the liturgies will be live-streamed through St. Martin of Tours San Jose Facebook Page and through YouTube channel.
You will be also able to join the liturgies through Zoom.

Facebook Live for all Services :
Zoom for all Services:


Zoom link and details: https://dsj.zoom.us/j/450372375

Meeting ID: 450 372 375

YouTube Live and Video Links:
April 19, Divine Mercy Sunday Mass: CLICK HERE
April 19, Divine Mercy Sunday Adoration and Chaplet: CLICK HERE

YouTube videos remain available after the service (same link)
Parish Office and Staff Availability
We are Here for You
Our parish office is open on a limited time basis for essential operations. We follow the shelter-in-place and other directives of the county fully. However that does not mean, we are shut down. 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 promptly.

Our Phone Number is: (408) 294-8953.

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.

For staff directory and emails: Click Here

Please Support Our Parish!
St. Martin of Tours Stewardship

We need your financial support now more than ever to continue our ministries. We look forward to your support during these times when we have no regular Sunday collections. 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. In order to give online donations and offerings to the parish, please click HERE   .
If you are unable to give online, please remember to mail in your weekly offertory gift to: 200 O'Connor Dr., San Jose, CA 95128. We thank you for your continued support of our parish community.

ADA UPDATE
We have a long way to go in reaching our ANNUAL DIOCESAN APPEAL GOAL. We are currently at 68% of our goal. To support ADA, please click HERE. 
FAITH FORMATION WEBINARS FOR ADULTS
Dear Parishioners,
Faith Formation is not only for children and youth it is for all ages and stages of life. Although in past Faith Formation sections of the Thursday parish email I've offered resources for families and children. In this weeks email I'm sharing a link from the Catholic Theological Union their free webinar series, "A People of Hope." you can navigate attending the webinar from this page, and you can view past webinars in this series. I hope you enjoy them and remember we are life long learners and together we grow in faith at St. Martin of Tours Parish. 

Robert Rodrigues, Director of Faith Formation

Web Link for People of Hope Free webinars : CLICK HERE
AT HOME WITH WORD: A WEEKLY EASTER RETREAT
In this cost free retreat, the retreat leaders will present a short reflection breaking open the opening Collect Prayer, the First Reading, the Psalm, the Second Reading, the Gospel, and a hymn of the week. This weekly retreat will afford you the opportunity to reflect and meditate on God’s Word  before  tuning into your parish’s live-streamed or pre-recorded Sunday liturgy.

Day/Time:Thursdays at 5:00 PM beginning on April 16, 2020

Registration Link: Click Here


Confessions by Appointment
Confessions are scheduled by appointment only.

Please call the parish office and leave a message for Fr. Saju or Fr. Gener. They will call you back promptly to schedule an appointment and will explain the protocol followed. Phone: 408-294-8953

FROM THE DIOCESE OF SAN JOSE
Second Harvest/Catholic Charities Food Distribution at St. Martin

In response to COVID-19, St. Martin of Tours Parish in collaboration with Catholic Charities and Second Harvest has set up some short term drive-thru locations to pick up prepared boxes of food. They will be at St. Martin of Tours, in the parking lot, every Wednesday from 1-3 pm.

Each family will receive a box of core staple items, box of produce, box of perishables (cold items), and a bag of frozen items. No income requirements needed. You can also send family or friends to pick up on your behalf. They will just need to provide your name and phone number.

Notes: Enter through O'Connor Drive. Distribution will be in church parking lot. Stay in your car. This is a weekly distribution through April/May and you are welcome to come every week. 

NEED FOOD? please call 1-800-984-3663
email foodconnection@shfb.org  or visit online at: Second Harvest

List of Other Food Distribution Sites : Click Here

Tony & Alba’s Pizza and Pasta
Offers

70+ Free Pizza & Free Delivery
 
One of our gracious parishioners, Tony & Alba’s is helping to serve the community by delivering a medium take and bake pizza and salad to seniors within their delivery area, FOR FREE . Call Tony & Alba’s at 408-246-4605 Tuesday – Saturday before 10.00 AM for delivery. Please communicate to others in need as well.
Questions?
Please email the Parish Office .