Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
June 27, 2021
ON U.S. BISHOPS' VOTE TO DRAFT A DOCUMENT ON
THE MEANING OF THE EUCAHRIST

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Since the conclusion of the Spring Plenary Assembly of the U.S. bishops last week, there has been much attention on the vote taken to draft a document on the Eucharist. I have been receiving many emails from you about the topic as well. I am glad that we have a community that is aware and cares about these topics.

The question of whether or not to deny any individual or groups Holy Communion was not on the ballot. The vote by the bishops last week tasked the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine to begin the drafting of a teaching document on the Eucharist.
 
The USCCB also released a question and answer (Q&A) document that responds to the most frequent concerns that have been raised about the vote. Bishop Oscar Cantu of San Jose, in a statement released, confirms that he concurs with the answers in the Q&A document released by the USCCB. I encourage you to read the question and answer document from the USCCB. I am attaching the LINK HERE for easy access.

With prayers and blessing,

Fr. Saju

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
June 26 - July 2
To schedule a Mass intention, please email stmartinoftours@icloud.com.

Saturday 5:00pm - Sheila & Anthony Baldi
and Katie Geraci

Sunday 8:30am - Phyllis Hilaria Mooneyham
and James & Vincee Viso

Sunday 10:00am - Mary Anne Ravizza †
and Elmer Luthman †

Sunday 11:30am - Sidney Flores †

Monday 8:00am - Robert Lawrence †
and Dahm Family

Tuesday 8:00am - Ruby Louie † & Winnie Cheung

Wednesday 8:00am - Souls in Purgatory

Thursday 8:00am - Hortencia Ovando †

Friday 8:00am - Phyllis Hilaria Mooneyham †
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE DECEASED:
Baby Chirayil, Barry Furtado, Mary Anne Ravizza, Bud Bucher, Aureliana Hernandez, Maribeth Benham, Elmer Luthman, Phyllis Hilaria Mooneyham
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE SICK:
Elizabeth Oliver, Marie Patellaro, Samuel Aguilar, Jr., Kathleen Coffee, Paul McGuire, Michael Francis Caramelita Kakar, Sherri Voisinet, Antoinette Gray, Patti DeNeri, Ramona Corona, Brian Johst, Helena Knapen
Please pray with us for our parishioners, family and friends.
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Join Us in the Church
or via Zoom for Holy Hour

THURSDAY, JULY 1
AT 7:00 PM

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
PEACE & SOCIAL JUSTICE
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
– Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu is a South African Angelical cleric, theologian, and human rights activist. In the 1970s and 80s, he spoke out against apartheid and drew international attention to the racial injustice of the system. In 1984, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. This quote expresses the importance of being vocal about injustice and taking a side.
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
LECTORS & USHERS SIGN UP

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.
FAITH FORMATION & SPIRITUALITY
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….. 

Candles 
There was no electricity in ancient times, so people needed candles and oil lamps. But why do we still use candles in our worship today?
Candles are symbols. They are sources of living, natural light that remind us of Jesus, the living light of the world. Candles used to be made with beeswax, and bees are important symbols for Christians. Bees work hard for the good of the hive. They help the world by making honey and wax. So even though most candles today are made of a substance called paraffin, church candles often still have a portion of beeswax in them.
In our churches, you will always see candles on the altar. These candles are lit only during Mass. You will also see a large candle called a paschal candle, decorated with symbols of Jesus’ Passion. This is lit for the first time from a fire at the Easter Vigil Mass. It burns during all Masses of the Easter season, and then at baptisms and funerals throughout the year.
Many churches have sets of smaller candles we call votive candles. We light these candles as we say a prayer. They are signs that our prayers bring us closer to the light of Jesus and they work to bring Jesus’ light to others. Because candles are consumed as they burn, these little flickering lights are also signs of what we’re willing to sacrifice as we follow the Lord’s will for us.
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June 27, 2021 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24 • 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15 • Mark 5:21-43 

He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.” —Mark 5:34 

In today’s Gospel, we hear two accounts of Jesus healing. In one account, a woman was healed simply by touching Jesus’ clothing. In the other account, Jesus restored the health of a child who had already died. These stories can make us wonder why Jesus doesn’t heal everyone so there will be no more suffering or pain. The question remains, do we have faith, even if he doesn’t answer our prayers the way we wish? Do we trust that he still loves us and accompanies us even during our darkest moments? Do we believe that by his death and resurrection, we can look forward to a time when there will be no more suffering? We may not understand God’s plans for us, but we can be assured that, ultimately, they are for our good because “God is love” (1 John 4:8) and love conquers all evil. 

Prayer: Lord, save me from my doubts. Help me remember your goodness at all times. 

Reflection: Is there someone in your family or community who needs to feel the healing touch of Jesus today? Is there something you can do to be Jesus’ comforting presence 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 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.
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. 
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.
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. 
TAKE ACTION TO STOP EVICTION!

Take Action to Stop Eviction! State Bill 91 prohibited evictions until June 15. Our legislators are meeting now. We need to contact them to urge amending SB 91 in three ways: 
  1. extend the eviction moratorium till the end of the year.
  2. include help for people who are sub-leasing 
  3. pay landlords directly (to eliminate the complicated application process for renters. 
Details on contacting your local government regarding amending SB 91 are on the attached flyer
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.