July 24, 2022

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time



This weekend we celebrate the World Day for Grandparents and Elderly. This special day is intended to honor the bonds between youth and elders, grandparents and their grandchildren. In the words of Pope Francis, “the elderly remind us that old age is a gift, and that grandparents are the link between the different generations to pass on to the young the experience of Life.” Pope Francis’ fundamental belief in the precious contributions of the elderly and the importance of making certain that they are not overlooked or forgotten led him to institute this day on the fourth Sunday in July, close to the feasts of St. Anne and Joachim, grandparents of Jesus. 

The theme for this year's celebration is "In Old Age They Will Still Bear Fruit" (Ps. 92:15). The theme is meant to emphasize how grandparents are a gift both to society and the Church. To read the Holy Father's message for the Second World Day for Grandparents and Elderly go online to https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/nonni/documents/20220503-messaggio-nonni-anziani.html




I give thanks to you, Lord,

For the blessing of a long life

For, to those who take refuge in You,

Grant always to bear fruit.

Forgive, O Lord,

Resignation and disillusionment,

But forsake me not

When my strength declines.

Teach me to look with hope

To the future you give me,

To the mission you entrust to me

And to sing your praises without end.

Make me a tender craftsman

Of Your revolution,

To guard with love my grandchildren

And all the little ones who seek shelter in You.

Protect, O Lord, Pope Francis

And grant Thy Church

To deliver the world from loneliness.

Direct our steps in the way of peace.


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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 23  - July 29

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

Saturday 5:00 Alfred Salice 

and Joanne Sommers †

Sunday 8:30  James & Vincee Viso †

Sunday 10:00 Zach Smith 

Sunday 11:30 St. Martin of Tours Parishioners

Monday 8:00  Right to Life

Tuesday 8:00  Jerry Romero †

and Maria Alemania Aspiras

Wednesday 8:00  Divina Estella-Edora †

Thursday 8:00  Robert Lawrence †

Friday 8:00  Tom and Rosalia Bommarito †


Gerald Juellich,

Carino Borjas,

Zachary Prescott Smith


Gloria Rojas, Louis Zarka, Diane Borella, Larry Snapp, Brandi Duval, Helena Knapen

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

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

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. 

Monday, August 1st 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.

Thursday, August 4th at 7:00 PM

Holy Hour with Happy Hour

in the church

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!        

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Church Restroom Renovation

Matching Grant - Update

We would like to thank those who have generously donated to the church restroom renovation:

Daniel & Priscilla Amend, Evelyn Baxter, Heinz Bodeker, Miguel & Maria Borja, Lillian Brisko, BSA Troop 390, Jim & Rose Buendia, Brian & Theresa Bumb, Joshua Burroughs, Clare & Scott Dimaunahan, Marilyn & Elio Enfantino-Toschi, Dorothy & Gary Farfan, Denise Freitas, James & Regina Gallo, Maria Carissa Hara, The Heagerty Family, Martha Hoffman, Carmie A. Jimenez, Anthony & Amelia Jones, Michelle Kelly-Jones, Ricardo & Celia Jovellanos Jr., Josraj and Betty Kuruvilla, Thomas & Carolyn Lamarr, Sabrina-Mone Lamontagne, Mary Lou Lawrence, Stephen & Cathleen Lencioni, Mary Lipari, Jim & Laura M’Guinness, Timothy and Teresa Maloney, Barbara Markey, Suzanne McMillin, Scott Mendenhall & Claire Dimaunahan, Jose Mendoza, Ron Murphy & Carol Reber, Edmund and Aimee Muth, Michelle Ogburn, Evelyn Ortiz & Carol Fisher, Gary Pester, Mark & Elizabeth Peters, Daniel & Adriana Poo, Carol Prodis, David & Dianna Rao, Norman Ravizza, Nigel & Laura Roberts, Fernando & Gloria Rojas, Michael & Marcie Rossi, Donna Rossi, Tina Rossi, Emiliana Sakladan, Janice Salberg, Doug Sales, Luis & Michelle Sarmenta, Salvatore & Julie Saso, Jo Ann Schiro, Muriel Schlichting, Marc & Ceris Schweitzer, Jeff & Susan Sedayao, Christopher& Noella Simmons, William & Debra Sousa, John & Elaine Steffens, Nick & Arlene Subida, Angeline & Edward Sudyka, 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

Thank you for our generosity and goodness.

AMOUNT RAISED:       $28,070

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.   

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

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

Blowing bubbles is fun! Mix bubbles with washable paint and turn the fun into an expression of love for someone.

On a sidewalk (or tarp), place plastic bowls of bubble solution mixed with washable paint. Give each family member a straw to blow bubbles in the mixtures. Then place paper atop the colored bubbles to create designs. When dry, fold the papers in half to make cards, and write the message “God’s love is bubbling over for you” on the outside. Give the cards to people who need encouragement this summer.

Catholic IQ...

A self-assessment for your fun and enlightenment.

1. Which book contains an official summary of all Catholic teachings?

a) the Bible

b) the Catechism of the Catholic Church

c) the Gospel

d) the lectionary


2. The word catechesis, in Greek, means_______.

a) Sunday school

b) to give tests

c) to teach

d) to echo


3. The head catechist in a parish is the_________.

a) high school principal

b) 2nd grade math teacher

c) pastor

d) Pope


4. The_________ is the head catechist in the diocese.

a) youth minister

b) local pastor

c) bishop

d) Pope


5. Learning about our Catholic faith ends when we ________.

a) die

b) receive Baptism

c) receive Confirmation

d) receive first Communion


Family Reflection

July 24, 2022 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time 

Genesis 18:20-32 • Colossians 2:12-14 • Luke 11:1-13 

“Give us each day our daily bread.” — Luke 11:3 

What kind of food do you eat most often? Pizza? Hamburgers? Bread? Rice? Well, in Jesus’ day, the most common, everyday food that most people ate was bread. So that’s what Jesus said to ask for when he taught his friends how to pray. If Jesus was teaching a group of people today and he knew they ate rice every day, he would probably tell them to pray “Gives us this day our daily rice.” After Jesus taught his friends the Our Father prayer (also called the Lord’s Prayer) he taught them that God wants to give us good things even more than the best parents in the world want to give their children what they need. God is a gift-giver and LOVES to give gifts. Jesus tells us that it’s all right to ask for what we need. The hard part for us is that sometimes God answers our prayers with something different than what we expected. Or sometimes we can’t figure out until later that God answered us. But Jesus said we should keep asking because God will be there for us. 

PRAYER: Jesus, thank you for all the things you provide for us that keep us alive, like our daily food. 

FAMILY REFLECTION: When have you prayed for something and received it? Have you ever prayed for something, and it seemed like God didn’t answer? What was it? What happened then? 

Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities

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



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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