February 12, 2023

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time




Our readings today together provide powerful insight into how to be faithful disciples. Sirach reminds us that, in the deepest places in ourselves, in our primary attitudes and tendencies in living, we face choices. We have real agency to embrace what is good, and resist what is destructive, for our own flourishing and for the common good. We are shaped, but we are not ultimately shackled, by social forces or by other persons. In Matthew’s Gospel, we read that God cares not only about our observing boundaries, but about these deep areas of ourselves and our basic choices in life. God knows our fears and wounds that influence our choices. God is actively providing wisdom, as Paul wrote to the Corinthians. God will help us sort out the bewildering decisions we often face. God is here, deep within, offering challenge, healing, and courage so we may choose to love.



Matthew continues Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in today’s Gospel, which is Jesus’ extended teaching on the central theme of his ministry, the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew highlights Jesus as a teacher like Moses, and who is rooted in the law of Moses. Jesus interprets the law by intensifying its meaning, by going to the root values behind the specific teachings in the law. These include reconciliation with others; mutual care for all persons as sacred, especially women; and being trustworthy and honest.


The Kingdom of Heaven is described as both in the present and in the future. When these values are lived out in daily life within the community, the Kingdom becomes present there and demonstrable to others. Jesus also spoke about life in the future, when God fulfills the divine promises to establish fully justice and peace on earth. The reconciliation, care, and trust experienced now will reach their fullness in the promised Kingdom.



Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount today turns to the relationships within the community. Jesus understands the traditional teachings about relationships in light of the coming Kingdom. He describes a deep trust and accountability among members of the community. Not settling for meeting minimum requirements, he points his new community toward an intimate knowledge and caring for each other, so that all may flourish as individuals and as a whole.


Although he highlights the dignity of each individual person, Jesus also envisions a community life where there is both a responsibility for each other and an accountability to each other. Members are to attend to each other’s struggles and sorrows. Members become aware that their individual choices and lifestyle will be an example to others. We are to work out how to follow Jesus together in community, not only as individuals. We discern and live out our community’s vocation, not only our own. Our unity with God is also with each other.

Today’s Readings: Sir 15:15–20; Ps 119:1–2, 4–5, 17–18, 33–34; 1 Cor 2:6–10;

Mt 5:17–37 [20–22a, 27–28, 33–34a, 37]

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Mass Intentions

February 11 - 17, 2023

To schedule a Mass intention, please stop by the parish office.

Saturday 5:00 Ben Patellaro †

Anthony Salciccia †


Sunday 8:30 Anthony Salciccia Jr †


Sunday 10:00 Betty Ventimiglia

Marcelino Mendoza †


Sunday 11:30 Mary † and John † Rossi

Joan Silva (92nd Birthday)


Monday 8:00 Edna Ilumin †


Tuesday 8:00 James & Vincee Viso †

Wednesday 8:00 St. Martin of Tours Parishioners

Thursday 8:00 Right to Life

Friday 8:00 Faithfully Departed


Marcelino Mendoza, Valentino Marcos Alvero, Edward Enos, Anthony Salciccia, John Duffy




Regina Gallo, Poppy Gounaas, Inez Cruz, Gabriele Murillo Torres, Kitty McCarty, Jeanne Demers, Don Peruski, Elizabeth Bulaclac, Reymond Navarra, Nina Carine, Luzvimind Smith, Sonia Azevedo, Michael Kelly, Bob Voisinet, Amalia Martinez, Helena Knapen

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


Calendar of Events:

February 11th

Crab Feed

In the St. Martin of Tours Gym at 6:00PM

Buy your tickets HERE

February 14th

Happy St. Valentine's Day

Join us for Mass in the church at 8AM.

February 15th

Family Faith Night

In the church at 6PM

Please join us.

February 17th

Food Box Distribution

Outside the church from 4-5PM

Volunteers, please arrive at 3:00PM

February 20th

President's Day

Join us for Mass in the church at 8AM.

The parish office is closed.

February 22nd

Ash Wednesday

Join us for Mass in the church at

8AM, 12:10PM, 7PM

For a complete list of Parish events:

Scouting Sunday

February 12th

Scout Sunday will be celebrated on February 12th at the 10AM Mass. All parishioners are invited to the Community Building following Mass for a short reception where the scouts will have displays and pictures of their many scouting activities. Please stop by to learn all about the scouts at St. Martin of Tours. They will be happy to answer any question about the scouting program. We hope to see you there!

Mark Your Calendars for our Speaker Series


On Wednesday, February 15 from 6 pm to 7:15 pm in the church, Blessie and Ernie LaScola, author and master catechists for the Diocese of San Jose, will lead a discussion on the ministry of Jesus and the people he chose to follow him. What disciplines did Jesus ask from his disciples? In what way do we call ourselves disciples of Jesus? EVERYONE is invited attend and participate. 

Food Box Program

The Food box program helps anyone that is food insufficient in our area. Distribution is always on the third Friday of the month from 4:00PM – 5:00PM in the parking lot. We offer fresh fruit and veg, dairy, bread, dry goods and canned food. All are welcome to come shop for their families.  


Food box pickup (Clients)

Friday, February 17th ~ 4:00 - 5:00 PM


Food box packing (Volunteer)

Friday, February 17th ~ 3:00 - 5:30 PM

Meet on the Bailey House Patio


If you have any questions, please email Therese Lehane at tlehane@stmartin.org. Thank you!!


Parish Support

We thank you for your continued support of the St. Martin of Tours Parish! If you would like to make a secure one-time donation and/or setup regular online donations, please use the GIVE NOW button below. Thank you again!!

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ADA 2023

Supporting Our Mission Together

Our Parish Goal: $148,624


We are brought together from all walks of life through various ministries and services to do God's work of justice, mercy, outreach, and formation.  Supporting Our Mission Together, the Annual Diocesan Appeal for the Diocese of San Jose, provides the financial support of these ministries and services for all Catholics in our community. 

Please prayerfully consider pledging your support to our Diocese. Once our Parish reaches its goal of $148,624, 100% of the additional funds will be returned to the Parish.  Donations can be made by completing the pledge card mailed to your home or online at DSJ.org/ADA. Additional pledge cards are located in the back of the Church and in the Parish Office. 

Thank you, St. Martin of Tours Parishioners, for your great generosity. As of February 6, 2023, we have received 91 pledges. The total amount pledged is $37,950. Thank you so much! We only need $110,674 more to meet our goal.


Dates to Remember...

Children’s Catechetical Ministry and First Eucharist

February 15

6:00 PM to 7:15 PM Family Faith Night


February 22 – Ash Wednesday no sessions (families attend Mass)


Youth Confirmation

February 19

March 5

4:00 PM to 5:15 PM – student session in the parish office


Adult Confirmation

February 19

March 5

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM session in the parish office

Order of Christian Initiation (formerly RCIA)

February 12

2:00 PM to 2:45 PM in the parish office – session for young children

February 19

March 5

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM session

Adults – parish office

Youth – Bailey House 


February 19 – 10:00 AM Mass Rite of Sending Forth for unbaptized adults and children to the Cathedral for the Rite of Election  


February 26 – 3:00 PM @ the Cathedral Rite of Election for the unbaptized adults and children    

Family Reflection

February 12, 2023 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sirach 15:15-20 • 1 Corinthians 2:6-10 • Matthew 5:17-37

“…he has set before you fire and water to whichever you choose, stretch out your hand.” -Sirach 15:16


Did anyone ever warn you “Don’t touch the stove; it’s hot!” or “Don’t go in the deep end of the pool without your life jacket”? If so, it was probably someone who loved you very much. And wanted to make sure you stayed safe. Did you obey? The first reading today reminds us that if we choose to obey God’s warnings, we can avoid a lot of trouble for ourselves and others. But if we choose to disobey, we can get hurt and sometimes even hurt others at the same time. God loves us more than anyone else in the world – after all, we are his precious creation! When we have a decision to make, we can ask ourselves WWJD – What Would Jesus Do? Jesus obeyed his Father in all things, even the most difficult. He trusted that ultimately God wanted what was best for him and the world. God wants the same for us and we can trust him.


PRAYER: Dear Jesus, help us to choose to obey God in all we do.


FAMILY REFLECTION: What is one good decision I have made already today?

Catholic IQ….

A self-assessment for your fun and enlightenment.


1. Those who choose the consecrated life of a religious brother, sister, or priest live by the three evangelical counsels:

a) faith, hope, love

b) peace, humility, and joy

c) chastity, poverty, and obedience


2. The main choices for an individual’s vocation are to be:

a) priest or prophet

b) priest, religious, or married

c) holy or ordinary


3. The Sacrament of ________confers an indelible spiritual character, which means it cannot be repeated and lasts forever.

a) Holy Orders

b) Matrimony

c) Anointing of the Sick


4. A religious brother is like a nun, only he can be ordained.



5. The vocation of the _______involves bringing Christ into the world of business, government, education, mass media, and so forth.

a) laity

b) bishops

c) religious 

Click HERE for answers.


Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass


Couples are invited, on February 11, 2023 at 10:00am, to celebrate their 1st through 5th, 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, and 50+ years of marriage with Bishop Oscar Cantú at the Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph. Please complete the registration at www.dsj.org/family-life and attend the Anniversary Mass in-person or virtually. Register at www.dsj.org/evangelization/family-life/wedding-anniversary/

Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month Mass: February 25 at 2:00pm a Mass will bring together the people of African descent, with their friends, liturgically celebrating their African Heritage. Bishop Cantú will celebrate the Mass at St. Frances Cabrini Parish, sharing Christ’s Body and Blood in Unity.

For information visit https://www.dsj.org/evangelization/social-ministries/

or email caddsjbrite@gmail.com.

Discernment Weekend

Men's Discernment Weekend (Bilingual), Mar 3-5: Is God calling you to the priesthood? In this retreat you will have the chance to explore the priesthood, listen to priest's vocation stories and learn about steps for discernment, values of priestly life and the structure of seminary formation during a weekend of prayer, discussions & fraternity. Visit www.dsj.org/retreats or contact vocations@dsj.org. Register here.

Women's Discernment Weekend (Bilingual), Mar 10-12: What does it mean to have a vocation and discern it? How do you know when you are called to marriage or consecrated life? We know you have these questions, and we want to help you find some answers! The Diocese of San Jose Vocations Office invites young adult women aged 18-35 to a free retreat weekend! Visit www.dsj.org/retreats or contact vocations@dsj.org. Register here.

Fr. Charles Irvin Memorial Writing Scholarship

for High School Seniors


High School seniors are invited to submit entries to the Fr. Charles Irvin Memorial Writing Scholarship for the chance to win $1500 and publication in Content Evangelist magazine. The 2023 writing prompt is: Tell Us About The Person in Whom you Most See the Face of Christ. Further submission guidelines can be accessed at faithsyndicated.org


Please submit all entries to valleycatholic@dsj.org by March 17, 2023. 


Annual Diocesan Youth Retreat


DYR SAVE THE DATE: Mark your calendar, June 12-16, 2023, for the annual Diocesan Youth Retreat, DYR, at Zephyr Point, Lake Tahoe. Watch for registration details at www.dsj.org/youth

Diocesan Mental Health Information and Events: 

Dial 988 – for Mental Health resources in your area. Suicide Hotline 855-278-4204. NAMI Warmline (multilingual): 408-453-0400 Mon-Fri 10am to 6pm. For more information click here.

When a Loved One Dies by Suicide - series intended to bring the message of the book "How to discern God's Will for your Life". Resource from Deacon Ed Shoener, founder of the Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers – for article, free eBook, and more click CRUX: Ministry helps families of suicide victims. 

Parish Mental Health Listening Sessions:

  • Santa Teresa Parish – Hear & Be Heard – Every first Sunday of the month at 1:00pm. Age 16 & up are welcome. More information contact Lynda.demanti@dsj.org 
  • St. Simon Parish – Monthly Hope & Healing Wellness Circle – every third Monday of the month from 7:00pm – 8:15pm. More information contact roselue@gmail.com
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