July 10, 2022

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time



A Renewed Way of Being a Community - Part 1

Dear Parishioners & Friends,


Greetings form the Pastoral Council, Finance Council, and Fr. Saju! 


After the universal Synod Listening Sessions and submittal of the reports to the diocese and to Vatican portal, the leadership of the parish including councils have been asking a basic question -What shall we do locally that would reflect the input from various listening sessions in moving ahead as a parish community? In the joint meeting of the Pastoral and Finance Council of the parish, it was determined that we should not wait to do what we could do as a parish. In this week’s and next week’s bulletin, we would like to share with you some of the decisions taken collaboratively as a parish leadership team.


A renewed way of being Community: While keeping and fostering the richness of the parish community, the need was felt to be a renewed way of being a community in the changing scenario. In the coming year (starting September), a catch phrase for the community and members will be: “An hour of worship, an hour of prayer, and hour of service and an hour of treasure.” Community Members: A week has 168 Hours. Out of that we ask for an hour for worship for weekend Mass and liturgy. An hour for prayer a week would mean eight and half minutes a day for prayer each day. An hour for service is called for. If one is doing three hours of service that would cover three weeks. We also suggest and hour of treasure to support the parish and charitable causes. If someone cannot afford this part, this could be substituted with service as well. We ask four hours out of 18 for God, prayer, community, and service.

Renewed Leaderships: We plan to build leadership teams that are visible by their presence and Participation. This participation will not only be in the ministry but also in worship. That means, pastoral Council and Finance Council members become liaison for the parish with certain areas of ministry. This also would mean that different ministries, groups, school students, parents, and others will take ownership of certain weekend liturgies.


Celebrating, Diversity, Richness, Ministries and Persons: This is very important for a vibrant parish. Women, laity, children ministries, different groups will be celebrated as community. This will be done within worship, other settings, and in hospitality.


Some of you may ask, what are the action items? Look out for next week’s bulletin for exciting action items proposed by the councils.


With prayers and hope,


Pastoral Council Finance Council and Fr. Saju

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Monday - Friday 8:00 AM

In the Church & Online


Saturdays 4:00 PM In the Church


Sunday Vigil - Saturday 5:00 PM

In the Church & Online

Sunday 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM & 11:30 AM

In the Church

Please stay home if you are feeling ill, have tested positive, or have been exposed to Covid.

Online Mass Links: Zoom | Facebook

Signup to Lector, Usher, EM & Altar Serve

Mass Intentions

July 9 - July 15

To schedule a Mass intention, please email stmartinoftours@icloud.com.

Saturday 5:00 Ramona Corona 

Sunday 8:30  Leslie O'Brien †

Sunday 10:00 Juanita Sendejas 

and Sendejas Family

Sunday 11:30 Ben Patellaro †

and Sal Lipari †

Monday 8:00  Mya Croffet

Tuesday 8:00  Gordon Abbott †

and Right to Life

Wednesday 8:00  James & Vincee Viso †

Thursday 8:00  Jolly Marte †

and Theresa Lash †

Friday 8:00  Richard Carrillo


P.J. Joseph, Zachary Prescott Smith, Joe Carson


Gloria Rojas, Louis Zarka, Koda Blais, Carino Borjas, Diane Borella,

Carol & Armand Barcelos, Brian Ward, Alexander Licup, Larry Snapp, Krystle Cortz, Brandi Duval, Helena Knapen

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

Young Disciples' Dinner

with the Bishop

We have great news for young disciple passport holders of St. Martin of Tours. The dinner with the bishop for those who fulfilled the requirements will be on August 17 at 6.00 PM in the gym.  August 17, Wednesday is the first day of the school. This date was chosen to include those children and families who may be on vacation during the summer break.


Please save the date. One parent per child is also invited to the dinner. Please look for the names of the children who will be participating, in next week’s bulletin. Our catechetical director will notify each family, so we can get a final head count. Congratulations young disciples. We are proud of you!

Eye Clinic for Farm Worker Families

As part of our ongoing commitment and collaborative efforts to walk with and minister to farm worker families, St. Martin of Tours, the Center for Farm Worker Families, and See The Lord (STL) will be organizing a free eye clinic at Watsonville on Friday, August 12, from 2.00 PM to 7.00 PM. Free corrective eyeglasses will be provided to those who need them, after having an exam. Please keep the ministry in your prayers. 


Thank you to those who expressed their desire to support this ministry and volunteer. If you would like to be involved in the Farm worker families ministry, please contact Therese Lehane, our Pastoral Care Coordinator:


Phone: (408) 294-8953 Ext. 316 

Serve Jesus by Serving the Children:

 Become a Catechist for Children's Liturgy of the Word

We hope to resume Children’s Liturgy of the Word for elementary school kids in September at the 8:30 AM and 10:00 AM Masses. Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) offers the children an opportunity to listen and respond to the Sunday Gospel at an age-appropriate level. 


In order to provide the children with this opportunity, we will need adult catechists who will lead the children out of the church before the Liturgy of the Word to read the Mass readings in a simpler form and help the children reflect and talk about what the readings mean for their lives. The children return to the church during the collection so everyone can participate in the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Volunteer commitments are on a scheduled rotational basis.This is also open to youth volunteers who are in the 7th grade and up. We will sign off on any leadership points needed.

If you are interested in volunteering for this important ministry, please contact Lerma Simpson at lerma.simpson@dsj.org or at (408) 294-8953.



Children’s Catechetical Ministry (deadline is September 15)

First Eucharist (deadline is September 15)

Youth Confirmation (deadline is September 29)

Adult Confirmation (deadline is August 15)

Order of Christian Initiation for Adults and Children who are at least 7 years old

(deadline is August 15 - please contact Lerma Simpson directly)

If you have any questions, please contact Lerma Simpson at

lerma.simpson@dsj.org or at (408) 294-8953 ext. 321

Calendar of Events:

July 1st - 31st

Parish Office Summer Hours

Mon. - Thurs. 10AM to 2PM and by appointment

Thursday, July 7th at 7:00 PM

Holy Hour with Happy Hour

in the church

Monday, July 11th at 6:30 PM

Scripture Study

in the Bailey House

Friday, July 15th from 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Food Box Distribution under the tents

Volunteers Needed from 3:00 - 6:00 PM

We are always very short handed in July so please mark your calanders. Thank you! 

For a complete list of Parish events:

 Parish Support

We thank you for your continued support!!! To make a one-time or recurring online gift, use the Give Today button below. Thank you again!        

Give Today

Church Restroom Renovation Matching Grant - Update

The church restrooms are in need of a renovation. The estimated cost is about $50K. Two of our families, Brian and Theresa Bumb and an anonymous family offered to give a combined matching grant of up to $25,000 for any money raised for the renovation before July 30, 2022. The matching gift will be dollar for dollar. 

AMOUNT RAISED SO FAR:       $19,015


We would like to thank those who have already generously donated:

Evelyn Baxter, Heinz Bodeker, Miguel & Maria Borja, Lillian Brisko, Joshua Burroughs, Marilyn & Elio Enfantino-Toschi, James & Regina Gallo, Maria Carissa Hara, Anthony & Amelia Jones, Michelle Kelly-Jones, Josraj and Betty Kuruvilla, Thomas & Carolyn Lamarr, Mary Lou Lawrence, Stephen & Cathleen Lencioni, Mary Lipari, Jim & Laura M’Guinness, Timothy and Teresa Maloney, Suzanne McMillin, Ron Murphy & Carol Reber, Edmund and Aimee Muth, Michelle Ogburn, Evelyn Ortiz & Carol Fisher, Gary Pester, Mark & Elizabeth Peters, Carol Prodis, Norman Ravizza, Nigel & Laura Roberts, Fernando & Gloria Rojas, Michael & Marcie Rossi, Donna Rossi, Tina Rossi, Janice Salberg, Doug Sales, Luis & Michelle Sarmenta, Salvatore & Julie Saso, Jo Ann Schiro, Muriel Schlichting, Marc & Ceris Schweitzer, Christopher& Noella Simmons, John & Elaine Steffens, Nick & Arlene Subida, Kathleen Sullivan, Philip & Christine Taupier, Joseph & Diane Torretto, Alexander & Joanne Vago, Lynda Vallorz, Margaret and Robert Voisinet, Jill Weeks, Beverly Wildermann, Fernando Zazueta

Please feel free to drop your donations in the Sunday basket or through the parish office mail slot. Checks can be made out to St. Martin of Tours. In the memo, please write restroom renovation. Thank you for our generosity and goodness.

St. Vincent de Paul - Volunteers NEEDED

Please consider becoming a SVdP Society Volunteer

We need a volunteer as our Treasurer which includes, depositing checks, bookkeeping, monthly and yearly reports, keeping up-to-date records, and sending out yearly tax information to contributors. Our current Treasure will be leaving in August.

We also need:

  • Phone monitors to scan calls
  • Spanish translators
  • Home visitors to make phone visits during Covid (and home visits when resumed)
  • Food/Toiletries Visitors for sidewalk food drop-offs
  • Computer help with spread sheets and data entry
  • Computer technician to set up a SVdP-SMT webpage and a manager


To volunteer, donate money, and used cars so that Saint Vincent de Paul can continue fulfilling our mission to reach out and assist local families in need please phone (408) 515-6104

Mary Kay Tocce, Sec.

Thank you and blessings from SVdP at SMT


Boldly go where many have gone before and help pass on the Good News of Jesus Christ and our Catholic faith.

This fall, our parish children and young people, grades 1st through 5th, will sign up to learn more about Jesus and our Catholic faith. You can help them learn about Jesus and be the face of Jesus to them by becoming a catechist for Faith Formation. As you nurture the faith of our young, you will learn and grow as well! As one long time catechist put it, “I learn so much as I teach the faith and from the children themselves!” You don’t need previous experience as a catechist, just a love for Jesus! You will be trained and will learn along the way. The children’s faith formation sessions are on Thursdays from 4:00 pm to 5:15 pm, once a month on Wednesdays from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm and on Sunday mornings.


High school students who seek leadership points and actively practice their faith, we encourage and invite you to pass down the faith to those younger than you by becoming catechist aides.


If interested, please contact Lerma Simpson at lerma.simpson @dsj.org or at (408) 294-8953 ext. 321.   

Please consider serving your
St. Martin of Tours Parish Community

Liturgical Ministers
Ushers, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers, Choir & Environment

Pastoral Care Programs
Befrienders, Food Box, Farm Workers’ Families, Coat Drive, Giving Tree, Welcoming Committee

St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP)
Treasurer, Phone monitors, Home visitors, Data Entry, Computer programmers

For more information and to begin your ministry, please complete the Volunteer application online at https://stmartintourschurch.org/volunteer/

Family Summer Activity

When we think of family summer activities, we often think of camping, road trips, picnics, trips to water and amusement parks, etc.  Consider trying a NEW kind of family fun activity—learning about the ones you love. To do it, you only need a few questions to spark fun conversation. That’s right—having conversations with your family can be downright fun. How? Well, grab a bowl of popcorn, gather your family, and try the questions listed here for starters: 

  • What has been the most exciting moment or event in your life to this point? 

  • If you could change one thing about the way your favorite holiday is celebrated, what would you change? 

  • Kids: What aspect of being an adult are you looking forward to the most? Adults: What aspect of being a kid do you miss the most? 

  • If you had to describe your personality in terms of a farm animal, which one would it be? 

  • When you consider our amazing earth, in what particular aspect of it do you find it easiest to “see” God? 

Catholic IQ...

A self-assessment for your fun and enlightenment.

1. Pope_________ recently said that “politics is one of the highest forms of charity.”

a) Francis

b) Leo XIII

c) Julius I

d) Gregory the Great


2. After Pope John XXIII died, Pope ________ was elected by the cardinals to lead the Church.

a) Paul VI

b) Francis

c) Benedict

d) John Paul


3. The leaders who had Jesus crucified said that _______________.

a) Jesus was God

b) Jesus miraculously rose from the dead

c) Jesus was a magician and disappeared

d) Jesus’ disciples stole his body


4. At Mass, deacons are recognizable because they wear their ____________ across their chests.

a) cross

b) team colors

c) pendants

d) stoles


5. The priest is allowed to reveal the sins he hears in confession.

a) always

b) sometimes

c) never

d) reluctantly


Family Reflection

July 10, 2022 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time 

Deuteronomy 30:10-14 • Colossians 1:15-20 • Luke 10:25-37 

“Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’” — Luke 10:37 

Have you heard the famous story of the Good Samaritan before? It is one of Pope Francis’ favorite stories, so he talks and writes about it a lot. A man who met Jesus knew he was supposed to love his neighbor as himself, but he wanted to know from Jesus who his neighbors were. It’s like he was asking Jesus’ permission to not have to be loving to everyone! Well, Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan as an answer, and it surprised the man. It turns out that two religious people didn’t stop to help the person who was beat up, but a stranger did. Jesus told the man to be like that stranger. Pope Francis says that sometimes we’re like every character in the story: sometimes we’re the person who hurts someone else, sometimes we’re the person who needs help, sometimes we ignore people who need help, and sometimes we’re the ones who stop to help. He asks us to try to be like the helper more. 

Prayer: Jesus, help us to remember that everyone is our neighbor and that we should be loving toward them even if we don’t like them. 

Family Reflection: Which character in the story do you feel like most of the time? Why? 

Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities

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