July 17, 2022

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time



A Renewed Way of Being a Community - Part 2


Dear Parishioners & Friends,


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


We read in last week’s bulletin that the Pastoral Council and Finance Council had follow up meetings based on the input from the Synod listening sessions. After the follow up discussions, with the intention to be a renewed way of being community, the following action items were unanimously passed by both the councils. In the month of September, with new vigor, we plan to implement the new items and restart events that were suspended during the pandemic. Each area will have a liaison form the Pastoral Council to help with planning and scheduling. 

1. Hospitality – Bi-monthly pancake breakfasts, Taco Tuck Sundays, Donut Sunday, children’s quarterly Sunday picnic, Parish Fiesta, and new parishioner welcome lunches. The liaison is Steve Lencioni.

2. Participatory Liturgies – ICF Masses, Scouts Masses, Men’s Club Liturgies, Children’s Sunday Masses, Young Adult Masses, and other similar liturgies. The liaisons to assist these groups are Jon Dickinson and Andy Gremett.

3. Diversity Celebrations, Inclusion, and Heritage Events – Cinco De Mayo in May, Black heritage month, Mother’s Day, other diversity and inclusion events. The liaisons are Arret Keita & Christine Deklotz.

4. Spirituality and Continuing Faith Formation: - Speaker series, panel discussions, retreats for different groups, lay reflection during Masses, discipleship sharing after communion, social justice issues, and three minute catechesis after communion. The liaison is Nathan Standifer.

5. Children – Children’s liturgy of the word, children’s Masses, children singing & lectoring, young disciples’ passport, miles program for services, Thanksgiving prayer competition for November (and publish book) read prayers at Masses, participation in farm worker family gifts gathering and coat drive, training of school children to be altar servers and lectors, and commissioning them. The liaison is Daniel Poo.

6. Name Tags for Ministers and Parishioners: Getting the machines, printing and providing at a marginal cost. The liaison is Laura M’Guinness.

7. Parish Financial Stability – Stewardship, endowment, donor appreciations, donor events, endowment events, Christmas mailings, talks from pulpit for ADA, grant requests. The liaison is Laura M’Guinness.

8. Outreach: Coat drive, Christmas gift drive, food distribution, St. Vincent De Paul, farm worker ministries, shoe drive, vision clinic. The liaison is Christine Deklotz.

Dear ones we can make it happen, if we say yes and do our part. We are excited about this renewed journey!


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 16 - July 22

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

Saturday 5:00 Alfred Salice 

Sunday 8:30  Sally Fuentes †

Sunday 10:00 Ram Contreras 

and Zach Smith †

Sunday 11:30 Vernon Thomas Correia †

Monday 8:00  Isabel Espanol Daradics †

Tuesday 8:00  Romeo Garcia †

and Souls in Purgatory

Wednesday 8:00  Alfred Salice †

Thursday 8:00  Joseph Lipari, Sr.  †

Friday 8:00  James & Vincee Viso †


Carino Borjas,

Zachary Prescott Smith


Gloria Rojas, Louis Zarka, Diane Borella,

Brian Ward, Larry Snapp, Brandi Duval,  Helena Knapen

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

Young Disciples' Dinner

with the Bishop

Wednesday, August 17th at 6 pm

Congratulations to the following Young Discipleship Passport Holders who have turned in their passports and are qualified to have dinner with Bishop Oscar Cantu on August 17 at 6 pm. 

Charlie Amend

Ava Areias

James Areias

Sasha Arone

Evelynn Baldwin

Enzo Cesaratto

John Cesaratto

Luca Cesaratto

Blake Dickinson

Brynn Dickinson

William Dickinson

Madeline Ditto

Allie Flemate

Drew Flemate

Owen Flemate

Joseph Gremett

Nicholas Hughes

Mario Iadonato

Vera Iadonato

Akira Indigahawalo

Brendan Lavelle

Nicholas Lavelle

Kylee O’Brien

Avery Oldfield

Brady Oldfield

Alessandra Poo

Isabella Poo

Sofia Poo

Benjamin Reyes

Nathan Silva

Abby Standifer

Lindy Standifer

Philip Taupier

Sadie Vaughn

Look for more fun and rewarding activities this Fall for Young Discipleship Passport Holders!

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

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 

Calendar of Events:

July 1st - 31st

Parish Office Summer Hours

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

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! 

Monday, July 18th from 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Scripture Study

All are welcome!!! Please join us in the Bailey House.

Contact Todd Tomlitz at newbeing@pacbell.net or 408-218-0572 with any questions.

Sunday, July 24th

World Day for Grandparents & the Elderly

Pope Francis has established throughout the Church the celebration of the World Day for Grandparents and Elderly on the fourth Sunday of July, near the liturgical memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus. 

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 

We reached Our Goal

Thanks to the generous members of St. Martin of Tours Parish Community for your support in reaching the goal towards the church restroom renovation matching fund. 

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

Evelyn Baxter, Heinz Bodeker, Miguel & Maria Borja, Lillian Brisko, Joshua Burroughs, Clare & Scott Dimaunahan, Marilyn & Elio Enfantino-Toschi, Dorothy & Gary Farfan, James & Regina Gallo, Maria Carissa Hara, The Heagerty Family, Martha Hoffman, Carmie A. Jimene, Anthony & Amelia Jones, Michelle Kelly-Jones, Ricardo & Celia Jovellanos Jr., 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, David  Dianna Rao, 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, Jeff & Susan Sedayao, Christopher& Noella Simmons, John & Elaine Steffens, Nick & Arlene Subida, Kathleen Sullivan, Philip & Christine Taupier, Douglas & Marina Tilbury, 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.

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.


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/



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

Family Summer Activity

Learning a different language can be fun. As a family, learn how to sing “Jesus Loves Me” in English and Spanish.  Here’s the English version:

Jesus Loves Me (English lyrics)

Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so

Little ones to him belong. They are weak but He is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

For the Bible tells me so!


Learn to sing the song in Spanish by watching this YouTube video:



Catholic IQ...

A self-assessment for your fun and enlightenment.

1. Our Lady of Fatima is also known as Our Lady of the _________.

a) Rosary

b) Church

c) Holy Child

d) Miraculous Medal


2. Fatima is also famous for the miracle of the dancing______.

a) children

b) sun

c) animals

d) bishops


3. Mary told the children to pray for this country.

a) Iran

b) North Korea

c) Canada d

) Russia


4. Mary’s visit to Fatima also held a message for this religious group.

a) Jews

b) Muslims

c) Buddhists

d) Hindus


5. In preparation for Mary’s appearances, _________ visited the children.

a) an angel

b) the bishop

c) St. Peter

d) Jesus


Family Reflection

July 17, 2022 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Genesis 18:1-10a • Colossians 1:24-28 • Luke 10:38-42

“Tell her to help me.” — Luke 10:40

I bet you know what it feels like to be doing something you are supposed to be doing only to see that not everyone else is doing their part. I bet you also know what it’s like to be working hard at schoolwork, or chores, or helping someone in your family, only to see others who are having fun instead of working or helping. Have you ever complained when that happened to you? Have you ever told a parent “Tell my brother—or sister—to help me!”? That’s what Martha asked Jesus to do when her sister wasn’t helping her. Surprisingly, Jesus didn’t tell Mary to help Martha. In fact, it sounds like maybe he was giving Martha permission to sit down, take a rest, and relax with them both instead of working so hard just then. I wonder if maybe after they all visited for a while, Jesus was going to suggest that they all help get the meal together so no one person was left to do all the work.

Prayer: Jesus, help us to know when it’s time to work hard, and when it’s time to play, rest, or relax.

Family Reflection: Who do you think you’re most like in this story, Martha or Mary? Why?

Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities

Web Link for this week - Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities:



World Youth Day 2023

World Youth Day (WYD) is the gathering of young people from all over the world with the Pope. It is also a pilgrimage, a celebration of youth, an expression of the universal Church and an intense moment of evangelization for the youth world. Although its Catholic identity is clearly evident, WYD opens its doors to everyone, no matter how close to or distant from the Church they are.It is celebrated at the diocesan level on Palm Sunday, and every two, three or four years as an international gathering in a city chosen by the Pope, with the presence of the Holy Father. It brings together millions of young people to celebrate their faith and sense of belonging to the Church.

More information on registration coming soon. For any questions, please contact:

Director of Youth & Young Adults

Sandra Torres



Married Couples

Looking for a romantic get-away? Whether you’ve been married just a few years or over 50 years, Worldwide Marriage Encounter is one of the best and most affordable marriage enrichments available anywhere. Take the time you need for each other and give yourselves the marriage you deserve and God desires for all couples to have. The next local experience is November 4-6 at St. Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista. For more information or to register visit wwme.org. For questions, call Ken & Claranne Schirle at 408-782-1413.

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