Second Sunday of Lent
February 28, 2021
Allowing God to Transform Us

In all three liturgical cycles we have the story of the Transfiguration on the second Sunday of Lent. What does it mean? In the second reading (Romans 8:31-34) St. Paul writes that the Lord "will transfigure these wretched bodies of ours into copies of his glorious body." The Transfiguration, then—whatever we discover it to mean—is not only about Jesus but also about us. It needs to make some discernible difference to us today.

Different factors can affect us in our transformations as individuals. Our upbringing, life experiences, work, trauma and so on will play a role. However, one factor that plays a pivotal role in our transformations is our relationships. Jesus’ relationship to the father is very important in his transformation and growth and human. Peter and other disciples of Jesus are transformed by their relationship to Jesus. This is one of the reasons the Church values the communion of the faithful and company of saints.

During this Lent, I urge you to spend time in building relationships that can positively transform you - relationship with God, with others, with the company of saints in our own community, and saints gone before us. I request you to participate in the Lenten Retreat (Monday, March 1, at 6.30pm with Fr. Angelbert), Stations of the Cross, Lenten reflections, reconciliation and other opportunities provided during this season of Lent. Please check the Lenten calendar for details. These will help us in building our relationship with God and with each other that has a transforming power.

Wishing you a blessed transformation,

Fr. Saju Joseph

LITURGY
MASS INTENTIONS
February 27 - March 5
To schedule a Mass intention, please email stmartinoftours@icloud.com.
Saturday 5:00pm
Venturi Echivarre-Morelli
Agustina Torres Pablo †

Sunday 8:30am
James & Vincee Viso †
William Sousa †
Robert Paul †

Sunday 10:00am
John Good Hopkins †

Sunday 11:30am
Robert Lawrence
Fr. Francisco Mendoza †
Monday 8:00am
Adolph Quilici †

Tuesday 8:00am
Colette Nguyen †

Wednesday 8:00am
Sanura Marion †

Thursday 8:00am
Souls in Purgatory

Friday 8:00am
Edison Nguyen †
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE DECEASED:
Sean Reed, William Sousa, Tony LaPres, Keethaponkalan, Admina Frame, Adolph Quilici, Billie Urbani, John de Marco, Alice de Marco

PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE SICK:
Ernesto Damasco, Phuong Huu Nguen, MaryAnne Ravizza, Rodel Dimaunahan, Dominican Sisters, Isaias Tovar, 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
During Lent, we are called to more deeply encounter Christ through prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
LENTEN RETREAT WITH FR. ANGELBERT
THE CRUCIFIXION: A Call To Embrace Jesus & His Cross
Monday, March 1st at 6:30 pm
Live-Streamed

We live in a time that embraces a Crossless-Christ or a Christless-Cross, a time that seeks to separate Jesus from Cross. ON Monday evening, March 1st at 6:30pm, join Fr. Angelbert Chikere, in a Lenten Reflection that explores and opens the beauty of the CRUCIFIX (Jesus on His Cross). We Invite you to join the St. Martin of Tours Community as we deepen our connection with Christ. Please feel free to extend this invitation to your friends and family members as well. Please join via Zoom, Facebook or YouTube.
LENTEN REFLECTIONS
PEACE & SOCIAL JUSTICE

St. Martin’s Peace and Justice Ministry offers a unique opportunity to pray and reflect on the stations of the cross during this Lenten season. This program is sponsored by a sub-group of the PJM entitled “Empowered Women Working for Justice in the Church and the World.” Each session will focus on experiencing the stations highlighting the activity of women in Jesus’ passion. It will also invite participants to reflect on how the stations can challenge us to see the particular pain and struggles women continue to face today—and how women uniquely share in Jesus’ redemptive suffering and work. The stations will be divided up and offered on three consecutive Monday evenings during Lent, March 8th, 15th and 22nd, at 7pm. Each session will focus on particular stations, offering scripture, prayer, and questions intended to invite ongoing reflection. The final session will allow time for participants to share their personal reflections on this experience of the stations. 

We invite all parishioners as well as other community members to join us. Our hope is that sharing this perspective may enrich our understanding of God and our lives in church and community. Please use this link to participate via Zoom: CLICK HERE
STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
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.
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Parish Participation Goal:100% of households
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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
RCIA
Last Sunday, Jill Weeks and Sadie Vaughn celebrated the Rite of Sending. This Sunday, they will celebrate the Rite of Election. Please pray for Jill and Sadie as they continue their journey toward Christian Baptism. In addition, let's pray for Amy Siebenthaler, Sylvana Sequeiros and Rashaell Sequeiros who will be received into full communion with the Church during the Easter Vigil.
ADOPT A SEMINARIAN FOLLOW UP
Dear St. Martin of Tours Parish,
 
    Robert here, your Adopt-a-Seminarian seminarian. I hope February is treating you well. It is below freezing here at Mundelein Seminary, but I’m keeping warm with your thoughts and prayers. I have some good news! On January 20, 2021, I got instituted as an acolyte. As an acolyte I serve at mass in a function that is similar to an altar server. I can help with holding the Missal for the priest, assist with incensing, hand items to the priest during preparation of the gifts and the offertory,
FAMILY REFLECTION AND ACTION
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 February 28, 2021 2nd Sunday in Lent 
Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 • Romans 8:31b-34 • Mark 9:2-10 

Then God said: “Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love… there you shall offer him up as a holocaust…” —Genesis 22:2 

Think of the one person you love the most in the world. Is it your mom, dad, a brother or sister? Maybe it’s a best friend or a cousin. Can you imagine if you heard God ask you to give them up forever? That would be the hardest thing you’d ever have to do. Yet, in today’s scripture, that is what God asks Abraham to do. Abraham is a great example of faith and trust in God. He didn’t understand why God wanted him to give up his only son, whom he loved with all his heart. But he trusted in God. In the end, we learn that God didn’t want him to give up his son, he just wanted to test Abraham’s faith and trust. I think he passed the test, what about you? 

Prayer: Lord, may we learn to have the same faith and trust in you that Abraham had, even when we don’t understand your ways. 

Reflection: Are there things in your life that God may want you to give up that would help you grow closer to him? 
CHILDREN'S SUNDAY BULLETIN & ACTIVITIES
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AROUND THE DIOCESE & USA
DIOCESE OF SAN JOSE
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NEXT JUBILEE EVENTS
Mar 19, 2021: Anniversary Mass, 7:00 pm, at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
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