Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 11, 2021
BEYOND THE PANDEMIC – REJUVENATING THE PARISH

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

After sixteen months of having our lives in pandemic mode, we have begun to reset our lives to reopening. It is a welcome relief indeed! We hope and pray that we can move in the direction of mental, physical, and economic healing.

As our city, state, and country enter the various stages of reopening, we enthusiastically embrace the value of our own reopening. However, given the vulnerability of our population, especially the unvaccinated children, we progress with an abundance of caution and move much more slowly than the community at large. Our reopening phases are thoughtfully slow; however, the pieces are all coming together one step at a time. 

As we come together to worship and undertake ministries, it is proper that we discover new ways to rejuvenate the life of the parish. Fr. Gener and I would like to receive creative and workable ideas in achieving this goal, namely – How shall we get more parents, children, and youth involved in worship, parish activities, and ministries? Do you have a specific idea? What will be some of the workable ways to incorporate new members to ministries? Are you willing to commit a couple of hours for a ministry? We look forward to hearing from you and discussing it with the Pastoral Council. In the meantime, I will also be meeting with some of the parents and having listening session with them. 

We managed through the pandemic as a big family. I am confident that we can walk towards the future with your help, support, and goodness.

We look forward to your ideas, input, and talents that are essential in rejuvenating our parish.

Requesting your Prayers,
Fr. Saj & Fr. Gener
LITURGY
Anyone that feels sick, has tested COVID positive, or has been exposed to a person who is COVID positive should stay home and live-stream Mass.
MASS INTENTIONS
July 10 - July 17
To schedule a Mass intention, please email stmartinoftours@icloud.com.

Saturday 5:00pm - Sal Lipari †, Margarita Nilda Ilumin †, and the Baldi Family

Sunday 8:30am - James & Vincee Viso

Sunday 10:00am - Ben Patellaro †

Sunday 11:30am - Gordon Abbott † and Fernando Gil †

Monday 8:00am - St. Martin of Tours Parishioners

Tuesday 8:00am - St. Martin of Tours Parishioners

Wednesday 8:00am - Jolly Marte † and Romeo Garcia †

Thursday 8:00am - Souls in Purgatory

Friday 8:00am - Ruby Louie † & Winnie Cheung
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE DECEASED:
Ramona Corona, Margarita Nilda Ilumin, Editha Ramel, Sherri Voisinet, Keith Oldfield, Fanny Ybarra, Baby Chirayil, Barry Furtado, Mary Anne Ravizza, Bud Bucher, Aureliana Hernandez, Maribeth Benham, Elmer Luthman, Phyllis Hilaria Mooneyham, Hector Rodriguez
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE SICK:
Elizabeth Oliver, Marie Patellaro, Paul McGuire, Michael Francis, Antoinette Gray, Vincent Michael Loya Jr., 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.
NEWS & EVENTS
PEOPLE MINISTERING TO PEOPLE

Thank you to all those that have been able to continue ministering to others during these unique times. Many of you have reached out and are ready to provide your support and return to your ministries.

As we can safely begin our ministries, we need your help. Please take five minutes to complete our online Volunteer Application that will list what ministries you are interested in, provide us with your current contact information, and an emergency contact.

We are so excited that our community can continue doing what we do best -- “People Ministering to People.”
LECTORS, USHERS AND
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

Lectors proclaim the living Word of God at Mass. Ushers/Greeters are men, women & youth greeting the people at church, seating them, helping with the collection, and helping keep the church safe and in order. If you are able to help, please click HERE, from your computer, to sign up.
FOOD BOX VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Let's get back to volunteering. We need you! 


Food box sorting Monday July 12th 5.30-7pm (for volunteers)
Food box packing Friday July 16th 3-5.30 (for volunteers)
Food Box pick up Friday June 16th 4-5.30 (for clients)

This Month we will go back to our "Client Choice" model, where we will set up a shopping market under the tents outside the church (just like we used to do in the Gym "pre-Covid"). We will need a LOT more volunteers for this model. Please mark your calendars and bring your children back to the program. Covid regulations will still be in place, masks are required and closed toe shoes, please sanitize on arrival. Please email tlehane@stmartin.org if you have any questions. 
FAITH & RACIAL HEALING SERIES

Save the Dates:
In January this year, members of several local parishes joined together in a comprehensive and intensive eight-session seminar, Faith Racial Healing, developed by the Just Faith Ministries. It was eye-opening and helped participants become more aware of the nature of subtle and direct discrimination that is all around us.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Catholic Community Foundation of Santa Clara County, St. Thomas of Canterbury, in conjunction with several other parishes, will now be offering two of the seminars in Just Faith Ministries’ Racial Justice series:

Faith and Racial Equity - to start August 14th
Faith and Racial Healing - to start September 18th

Should you have any questions, please contact Kathy Mattingly, kat@kajon.com, (408)-378-2355. 
JOIN US & REGISTER TODAY
July 17
Jubilee Games for Vocations
REGISTER TODAY

The Diocese of San José is hosting the Jubilee Games for Vocations at Archbishop Mitty High School in San José. Sisters and postulants will compete in a soccer game for the St. Clare Cup, with high school girls filling out both teams. Priests and Seminarians will compete in a second soccer game for the St. Joseph Cup, with high school boys filling both teams as well. This outstanding community event of family entertainment will follow all the Covid-19 regulations. 
STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
We thank you for your continued support during these challenging times! We ask that you continue to be generous as we enter into the summer months. If you would like to make a secure one-time donation and/or setup regular online donations, click here.
Parish Office Summer Hours
Monday -Thursday 10 AM to 2 PM

If you or a loved one is in need of Sacramental care, such as anointing of the sick, last rites, confession, Fr. Gener & Fr. Saju are available. Please contact them directly. Staff Directory
FAITH FORMATION & SPIRITUALITY
Have you thought about becoming a catechist? 

A catechist is often seen as a volunteer who once a week "teaches" a catechetical "class." But being a catechist is much more than that. 

In his letter to the International Catechetical Symposium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2017, Pope Francis said that catechesis is “not a job." Christian life itself is about catechesis or about announcing Christ and his Gospel to the world. Catechesis literally means "echoing the word." Being a catechist, says the Pope's message, is a “vocation to the service of the Church, [the faith that] has been received as a gift from the Lord, must in time be transmitted.” 

A catechist, Pope Francis continues, “walks from and with Christ,” and she or he cannot be a person who starts from her or his own ideas and tastes, but from Jesus. 

The word "catechesis" comes from two Greek words ‘kata’, meaning ‘back’, and ‘echo’, meaning ‘echo’. Catechesis means echoing back. Catechists are called to take what they have learned and have it echo in the young people. 

As of Dec. 31, 2015, there were 3.1 million catechists in the world, a surge from merely 173,000 catechists globally in 1978. 

Currently, St. Martin of Tours needs catechists for CCM on Thursday evenings at 4 pm to 5:15 pm and youth Confirmation catechists on Sunday afternoons at 4 pm to 5:15 pm. You do not need to be a theologian. All you need is faith and the love for Jesus! If the Holy Spirit leads you to this ministry, please contact Lerma Simpson at lerma.simpson@ dsj.org or at (408) 294-8953 ext. 321 
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Registrations for Catechetical Ministry, First Eucharist, and Youth Confirmation for 2021-2022 are now available. You may access the registration forms through our parish website at http://stmartintourschurch.org/. Forms are also available at our 
parish office. For more information, please contact Lerma in Faith Formation at
(408) 294-8953 ext. 321 or at lerma.simpson@dsj.org
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Are You or Anyone You Know Interested in Becoming Catholic?

Life is a journey that continually searches for meaning. The human heart hungers for relationships that nurtures one’s maturity to love and to be loved. Often as one seeks to fulfill these human yearnings, the realization that something is missing from life is made. As one reflects upon this void, it is not unusual to discover that this something is God. This awakening may lead to a turning point in one’s life to commit to a relationship with God and seek out a worshipping community to guide one’s journey in faith. Many will ask the question: How can I become a Catholic? 

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the normal way for unbaptized persons (7 years and older) and those who have been baptized in another Christian tradition to become a Catholic. The RCIA process is also for baptized Catholics who have received no other faith formation and have not received the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. 

For more information, please contact Lerma Simpson at the parish office. lerma.simpson@dsj.org; (408) 294-8953 ext. 321 
A Closer Look Inside The Church…..
Stations of the Cross
Jesus told his friends that anyone who followed him would be called to take up a cross. When we love as Jesus does, his way of sacrificial love is our way, too.

It’s a way of life that Jesus showed us clearly as he carried his cross through Jerusalem to Calvary. He was unjustly condemned, was mocked, and suffered horrible pain, but he bore it all patiently out of love for us. 

We follow Jesus on this way of the cross as we patiently love in our daily lives, and we pray with him along his way through Jerusalem, too. 

Christian pilgrims have always liked to travel to Jerusalem to literally walk in Jesus’ footsteps. Most of us cannot take that journey, so we follow in prayer. The Stations of the Cross that you see in a church, or sometimes outdoors, help us on that journey. 

There are traditionally 14 Stations of the Cross, with the Resurrection sometimes added as the 15th station. We often pray the Stations of the Cross with others during Lent, but you can pray the Stations of the Cross any time. Wherever you are, you will be walking with Jesus in love, joining your suffering to his in prayer for the whole world. 
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July 11, 2021 15th Sunday in Ordinary
 
Time Amos 7:12-15 • Ephesians 1:3-14 • Mark 6:7-13 
He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two…. —Mark 6:7 

Why do you suppose Jesus sent his disciples out “two by two”? Have you ever had a school or work project where you were part of a team? If everyone does their part, it’s much easier to accomplish the task. The task Jesus was entrusting to his disciples was huge! In some places, the disciples were well received, given a place to stay, food to eat, and even clothes to wear. But some villages rejected them. Jesus cautioned them not to feel defeated when this happened, just to “shake the dust from their feet” and move on to the next town. But if you have ever felt rejection, you know that if just one other person stands with you, it can make all the difference in the world. Jesus’ strategy to send them out “two by two” provided the support they would need to meet with opposition. When we are standing up for Jesus, people may sometimes reject us, but we do not stand alone. We have other believers, as well as the angels and saints, who God gives us to lean on. 

Prayer: Help me remember, Lord, that you will always give me what I need to accomplish your will. 

Action: Make a list of people who have helped you in your life. Remember to thank God for them. 
CHILDREN'S SUNDAY BULLETIN & ACTIVITIES
Web Link for this week - Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities:
AROUND THE DIOCESE & COMMUNITY
UPCOMING EVENTS:
July 9th
from 11:30am to 1:00pm
Rosary & Faith Talk
Hosted by Guadalupe Hope Society

Rev. Robain Lamba, Parochial Vicar at St. Nicholas & St. William Parish, will lead us in a rosary for the unborn and their families, and share a faith talk. This event will be in-person and virtual viz zoom.

Please register to attend:
or (408) 447-5433

This event can be found on our website also.

Click HERE for Flyer
July 12-14: Quo Vadis Hybrid Retreat
Quo Vadis is Latin for “Where are you going?” This retreat seeks to help men in high school discern their vocation. You could be called to be a husband, a religious brother, a deacon, a priest… whatever your vocation may be, God is calling each of us to love and to serve Him.
Seek out what that calling is July 12-14, 2021. This retreat is a hybrid retreat for high school men. Registration is free. To register or for more information.
July 14 & August 18th
from 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Grief Events
This is a welcoming space to explore your grief and gain a better understanding of the emotions you are going through and how you might grow with a foundation of knowledge and prayer.
RENTAL ASSISTANCE & RESOURCES

Now Available! Rent Assistance Programs and Resources: Two programs for Rent Assistance now available! Low-income Santa Clara County residents who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can receive assistance with rent payments. Visit bit.ly/dsjhh21 to view details on available programs. Post these flyers in your community. 
Visit the Diocese of San Jose
Year of St. Joseph Webpage

We hope that through using these resources you will grow in love and devotion St. Joseph as the guardian and protector of God’s people, the Church. May Saint Joseph and the Holy Family intercede for us in this work of rededicating ourselves to the mission of Jesus Christ.  www.dsj.org/yearofstjoseph 
RESOURCES & ASSISTANCE

Questions?
Please email the Parish Office.