Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 18, 2021

Dear Friends,

In the Gospel reading for the weekend, Jesus says to his disciples, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” 

Angela Franks, a teacher at Theological Institute in Boston, asks us this question, “Are you a human being or a human doing?” In a busy world, it is easy to be all about human doing. The word Human Being clarifies that our primary focus should be on the 'being' and not 'doing'. If we were human doings, it would be sufficient for us to do our assigned duties - just as machines functioning when started and staying idle when stopped. But human beings are created to serve a higher purpose - to take care of the 'being' or the inner self.

Let us go beyond ordinary ways of living and be driven by our higher purpose. Spirituality teaches that the original nature of a being is peace, love and happiness - eternal energies that we should experience and radiate to the world. Achievements, possessions and relationships are what we acquire externally. These are physical in nature hence temporary - we have them today but may lose them tomorrow.

When we are focused on the being, we experience lasting peace, love and happiness. Our thoughts, words and actions will reflect them, so our state of the being is unaffected by people and situations. But if we ignore the being, our happiness depends on accomplishments and situations. This is risky since none of them are in our control. So our peace and happiness will not last.

Jesus wanted his disciples to be ‘human beings’ than ‘human doings.’ Let us be BEING before the DOING so that our thoughts, words and actions radiate vibrations of blessings to people and situations.

Wish you all a blessed weekend,

Fr. Saju
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.
July 17 - July 23
To schedule a Mass intention, please email

Saturday 5:00pm - Ram Contreras
and the Russo Family

Sunday 8:30am - James & Vincee Viso

Sunday 10:00am - St. Martin of Tours Parishioners

Sunday 11:30am - Gordon Abbott

Monday 8:00am - Justin Semana †

Tuesday 8:00am - Trindad Custodia †

Wednesday 8:00am - Joseph Lipari †

Thursday 8:00am - Right to Life

Friday 8:00am - St. Martin of Tours Parishioners
Bud Lohr, Bill McPeak, Ramona Corona, Margarita Nilda Ilumin, Editha Ramel, Hector Rodriguez
Paul McGuire, Antoinette Gray, Vincent Michael Loya Jr., Helena Knapen, Fonnie Rucker, Brian Johst, Flo Bey
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 and let our Prayer Angels pray for you or someone you know.
Thanks and Best Wishes to Alysha Wallace!

This past year Alysha Wallace was a prepostulant with the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul and one of our parishioners. She also served as a teacher at St. Martin of Tours. She will be entering postulancy this coming August to continue her discernment and journey to become a religious sister. She will be moving to Phoenix, Arizona. We thank her and wish her the best.

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 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.

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

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 if you have any questions. 

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,, (408)-378-2355. 
July 17
Jubilee Games for Vocations

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. 
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
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@ or at (408) 294-8953 ext. 321 

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 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
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.; (408) 294-8953 ext. 321 
A Closer Look Inside The Church…..
Holy Water 

Who are you? Many things: You are a person, a member of a family, a parent, someone’s child, a friend, etc. Your most important identity is the one that will last forever: You are a child of God, brought into God’s family through Baptism. 

Every time we enter a church, we want to remember who we are and why we are there. That’s why we find holy water fonts at the entrance of churches. These fonts might be small dishes attached to the wall by the door. Some churches have larger fonts at the entrance – it’s the same fonts that are used for Baptisms. 

As we enter the church, we dip our hands in that holy water and make the Sign of the Cross over our bodies. As we leave, we do the same thing. Both times, we are expressing who we are. We were baptized in holy water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Every time we enter the church, we relive that Baptism that brought us here into the Body of Christ. 

When we leave, we do the same, but this time the sign means something a little different. We are going out into the world now. We dip our hands in the waters of Baptism, we make the Sign of the Cross, and we trust that Jesus will be with us as we try to share his love in the world with courage and joy. 

For health and safety reasons, you will notice that the holy water fonts are empty at this time. However, you can still mark the sign of our faith with holy water as you enter and leave Mass by bringing your own bottle of holy water. Fill a bottle with tap water, and bring it to church to have a priest bless the water. You can bring your jar of holy water with you every time you come to Mass. 
July 18, 2021 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 23:1-6 • Ephesians 2:13-18 • Mark 6:30-34 
“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” —Mark 6:31 

When you take a vacation, you may not feel as busy as when you are working on homework deadlines and meeting an overabundance of requirements. But following Jesus is not a seasonal job. When we are not in school, we may have more opportunities for gathering with friends and can find ourselves having to choose between God’s way and the world’s way. That can be stressful. No doubt, Jesus’ disciples could attest to this! After traveling to many villages preaching and healing, they needed a break. So, they came back to be with Jesus. They needed to rest and be close to him so they would have the strength to go on. This is a good example for us. When we feel conflicted about what to do or challenged by people who think we are silly for standing up for what we believe, we need some quiet time away from the crowds to be with Jesus. He has the strength and refreshment we need to go on as his year-round disciples. 

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for always listening, guiding, and refreshing me. 

Reflection: What is your favorite place to be alone with Jesus? 
Web Link for this week - Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities:
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.

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 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. 

Please email the Parish Office.