First Sunday of Lent
February 21, 2021
A Lenten Message from Bishop Oscar Cantu

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The entire world has been through a difficult, if not devastating, year!

We would do well to take the advice Pope Francis offers us for Lent this year. He says, “[in] Lent, may we be increasingly concerned with ‘speaking words of comfort, strength, consolation, and encouragement, and not words that demean, sadden, anger or show scorn’ (Fratelli Tutti, 223). In order to give hope to others, it is sometimes enough simply to be kind, to be ‘willing to set everything else aside to show interest, to give the gift of a smile, to speak a word of encouragement, to listen amid general indifference’ (ibid., 224)” (Lenten Message, 2).

Wise advice from our Holy Father! Be kind to one another. We have all been through a lot, and, as the experts remind us, this pandemic is not over. It has been a difficult journey, one in which we have all encountered rough seas. While some have weathered the storm in the safety of a large, sturdy ship, others have roughed the seas in dinghies and rafts. Acts of kindness, large and small, shine the light of hope through the darkness and reassure us that we are not on this journey alone.

And that is what Lent offers us in this year of continued pandemic: Hope. It is Christ Jesus who is our hope (cf. 1Tm 1:1). In Jesus Christ risen, we gain strength and hope in a difficult journey. In Lent, we are invited to journey ever more closely with Christ, who is always with us. We do so through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

In prayer, we dialogue with Jesus: we pour out our heart to him, and we listen to his words of comfort. We are consoled by his presence. Fasting makes our relationship with Jesus quite real and helps us be in solidarity with those who are in need. As a pastor, I have encountered so many parents who sacrifice quietly for their children as a matter of course. They do so, not because we Christians like to suffer. Rather, when we love someone, we don’t think twice about making sacrifices for them. Likewise, it is essential that our love for Christ not remain simply an idea, but that it be concrete, symbolically sharing what we give up with others. This is almsgiving! Something that genuinely pleases God: when we reach out to those in need– acting in kindness and giving hope!

In this Lent, as Pope Francis encourages us, let us bring hope to others through simple gestures of kindness, “words of comfort,” and through our daily practice of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. As we journey with Jesus through the desert these 40 days of Lent, we do so as a community of faith. Thus, we will “journey together in hope!”

With my prayers for you this Lent!
+Oscar Cantu
LITURGY
MASS INTENTIONS
February 20 - February 26
To schedule a Mass intention, please email stmartinoftours@icloud.com.
Saturday 5:00pm
David Ford
The Castro Family
Generosa Nulud †

Sunday 8:30am
James & Vincee Viso †
Lorin Ferguson †
Dustin Mayer †

Sunday 10:00am
Lori, Leilani & Mikayla Sieben

Sunday 11:30am
Joseph Beduya
Monday 8:00am
Carl Rossi †

Tuesday 8:00am
William Sousa †

Wednesday 8:00am
Adolph Quilici †

Thursday 8:00am
Right to Life
Jinan Magpuri †

Friday 8:00am
David Grimm
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE DECEASED:
William Sousa, Tony LaPres, Keethaponkalan, Admina Frame, Adolph Quilici, Billie Urbani, John de Marco

PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE SICK:
MaryAnne Ravizza, Katie Carlson, Rodel Dimaunahan, Dominican Sisters, Isaias Tovar, Alice de Marco, Helena Knapen
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.
LENTEN CALENDAR
PRAYER


Daily Mass.................................................................. Monday - Friday at 8:00 AM
Live-Streamed

Stations of the Cross.......................................... Every Friday of Lent at 6:00 PM
(Feb. 19, Feb. 26, March 5, March 12, March 19 & March 26)
Outdoors


Confessions................................ Every Saturday of Lent from 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Outdoors


Evening Prayer, Adoration
& Benediction......................................................... Thursday, March 4 at 7:00 PM
Live-Streamed

Lenten Reflections........................................................... Three Mondays of Lent
from 7:00PM - 7:30 PM
(March 8, March 15 & March 22)
Live-Streamed


ALMSGIVING

Food Box Packing (packing food bags).................................. Monday, March 15

Sorting (distributing food bags)............................................. Friday, February 19
Friday, March 19

CRS Rice Bowl........................................................................................ All of Lent
(Lenten program of global solidarity and sacrificial giving)

FASTING

Fast Days........................................................... Ash Wednesday and Good Friday
Ages 18-60

Days of Abstinence....................................................................... Ash Wednesday
ALL Fridays during Lent
Over Age 14
For more Lenten resources, click the picture above.
STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
ST. MARTIN OF TOUR FOOD BOX
THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH

Food Box Distribution is held on the Third Friday of every month from 4-6pm outside the Church. This is a drive thru service, it is done in a very safe way and covid friendly. Supplies include 2 bags of dry food as well as dairy, fruit, vegetables and meat. Each month supplies differ depending on what is available. Everyone qualifies for this service. If you have any questions please email tlehane@stmartin.org or call Therese at the Parish office 408-294-8953 ext 316.
Your gift to the Annual Diocesan Appeal helps support our witness and faith in action through Catholic Marriage Preparation, Detention Ministry, Respect Life Promotion and Faith Formation and Youth and Young Adults ministry which provides minister formation, retreats, mentorship training, programming, and resources. No matter the size of your gift, we pray that you will participate in this important campaign. For more information on the work of the Diocese of San Jose or to make a gift online, visit www.dsj.org/ADA.
Parish Goal: $ 135,253.00
Parish Participation Goal:100% of households
“Avoid greed in all its forms. A man may be wealthy, but his possessions do not guarantee him life.” -Luke 12:15
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THANK YOU!!!
PARISH OFFICE

We are in the office Monday - Thursday from 9am to 5pm for all essential business. If you need to visit the office, please call or email for an appointment.
We are Here for You
If you or a loved one is in need of Sacramental care, such as anointing of the sick, last rites, confession, Fr. Gener and Fr. Saju are available to assist you. Please contact them directly.
FAITH FORMATION & SPIRITUALITY
FAMILY REFLECTION AND ACTION
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February 21, 2021 1st Sunday in Lent
Genesis 9:8-15 • 1 Peter 3:18-22 • Mark 1:12-15
“The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan.” —Mark 1:12

Even Jesus was called for forty days to fast and pray. It was not easy for him. Satan was there whispering in his ear to try to get him to stop fasting and walk away from his prayer. He could have done that. He was God. But he chose the harder way. He chose to offer up his discomfort to glorify God and grow closer to him. We too are called to forty days of fasting and praying. We may even be tempted as Jesus was to walk away from the sacrifices. But just as the Spirit gave Jesus the strength to keep going, he will give us what we need to continue and grow closer to him.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for giving us the opportunity to join with you in this time of fasting and praying during Lent. Please give us the grace not to give in to temptation.

Reflection: What are some ways that you can fight off temptations? What are your favorite ways to pray?
CHILDREN'S SUNDAY BULLETIN & ACTIVITIES
Web Link for this week - Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities:
PEACE & SOCIAL JUSTICE

“When we are not hungry for justice, it is usually because we are too full of privilege.”

What are your plans to deepen your Lenten journey this year? We are offering you the opportunity to see how we can work toward creating a Beloved Community where all people, no matter the color of our skin, are treated equally, fairly and with respect.
Last Fall we ran a Virtual Zoom Book Study on “America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America” by Jim Wallis. Because of the success of that study, we will repeat it during Lent beginning on February 24th and continuing the following five Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Facilitators will guide you through this journey as we explore how our own personal attitudes, assumptions and choices might play a hand in creating hidden biases that lead to empowering some while oppressing others.

Please email Evelyn Ortiz at ortiz.ev22@gmail.com by Friday, February 19th to sign up for the Book Study. You will receive a Zoom meeting ID and password via email about a week before the first meeting. The book by Jim Wallis can be purchased new or used from a variety of vendors. Use this link to learn more about the book: https://youtu.be/LGbB792Zei8
AROUND THE DIOCESE & USA
DIOCESE OF SAN JOSE
40 YEARS OF HISTORY - 1981

January 27: Pope John Paul II decreed the creation of the Diocese of San Jose

March 18: Diocese of San Jose was canonically erected by archbishops Pio Laghi, Apostolic Delegate to the United States, and John R. Quinn, Metropolitan Archbishop of San Francisco, on March 18, the vigil of the feast of Saint Joseph. The first Bishop of San Jose was Pierre DuMaine, and the first cathedral of the Diocese was Saint Patrick Proto-Cathedral Parish.

NEXT JUBILEE EVENTS
Mar 19, 2021: Anniversary Mass, 7:00 pm, at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
Please visit this webpage for more detailed and updated information.
WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS
February 27, 2021 at 10am

Couples celebrating their Wedding Anniversaries (1st – 5th, 25th, 40th, 50th, and greater) may register using the following link.

The Mass will be “drive-in” style at the Shrine of Our Lady of Peace Church on February 27th at 10:00am. Spots are limited so register today.
If you have any questions, please contact Yoshy Moreno at yosharany.moreno@dsj.org or at (408) 983-0124.
RESOURCES & ASSISTANCE
Questions?
Please email the Parish Office.