The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
June 6, 2021
EUCHARIST AND REAL PRESENCE

Dear Friends,
This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi - the Body and Blood of Christ. I want to begin by recommending a book by Dr. Tom Curran: "The Mass: Four Encounters with Jesus That Will Change Your Life."

This book will help parents whose children ask, "Why do I have to go to Mass?" Using understandable language and appropriate comparisons, Dr. Curran describes four "presences" of Jesus: in the community, the Word, the priest and the Eucharist. Each presence of Jesus is vital, but this Sunday I will focus on that fourth presence: Jesus in the Eucharist.

To illustrate how Jesus' presence in the Eucharist differs from the first three, let me tell you a conversation story between two priests. The first priest was arguing that - since Vatican II - we now have to emphasize the presence of Jesus in the community. "Jesus," he said, "is not only present in the Eucharist, but in every person." The second priest said, "yes, we have to reverence each person, but can I ask a couple of question?" The first priest nodded and the second priest asked, "Would you worship the Eucharist?" The first said, "Yes, of course." The second priest then asked, "Would you worship me?"

Jesus is present in the priest - but I hope no one is foolish enough to worship a priest. And Jesus is truly present in community, but do not genuflect to each other. To worship another human being is the sin of idolatry. I admit I have sometimes been tempted to worship someone for their accomplishments, their beauty, their wit. But I recognize it as a temptation. The goodness, beauty or wisdom that I see in others should awaken me to the Source of those qualities.

We do, however, worship Jesus in the Eucharist and when we approach a tabernacle, we do bend the knee. There is a difference between Jesus' presence in other human beings and his presence in the Eucharist. In the Mass - the Holy Spirit transforms the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ. The bread and wine become Jesus. For that reason we worship the Blessed Sacrament.

LITURGY
As per Santa Clara County regulations, sign-ups are required for in-person Masses.
Please sign-up using the links above. For assistance, call the parish office at 408-294-8953.
MASS INTENTIONS
June 5 - June 11
To schedule a Mass intention, please email stmartinoftours@icloud.com.

Saturday 5:00pm - Ben Patellaro †

Sunday 8:30am - James & Vincee Viso

Sunday 10:00am - Sydney Flores †

Sunday 11:30am - Ruby Louie † & Winnie Cheung

Monday 8:00am - Right to Life

Tuesday 8:00am - Marie Evans †

Wednesday 8:00am - Manuel † & Salud † Espanol

Thursday 8:00am - Aaron Paul

Friday 8:00am - St. Martin of Tours Parishioners
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE DECEASED:
Lilia Leeson,
Maribeth Benham
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE SICK:
Paul McGuire,
Caramelita Kakar,
Sherri Voisinet,
Antoinette Gray,
Linda Codiga,
Patti DeNevi,
Mary Ann Ravissa, Ramona Corona,
Brian Johst,
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
HOLY HOUR

Join Us TONIGHT in the Church or via Zoom for Holy Hour

THURSDAY, JUNE 3rd
AT 7:00 PM

CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2021

Congratulations to all our Graduates!
Please keep our graduating 8th graders and their families in your prayers as they graduate from St. Martin of Tours School on Friday, June 5th. As they venture off to conquer new challenges, may they always feel God's love surrounding them.
Christian Caballero
Owen Callenbach
Max Cannatelli
Sophia Cordoni
Massimilliano Giuseppe De Vita
Gianna DeLuca
Katherine Anne Eisenberg
Christian Joseph Fallis
Jayden Thomas Fallis
Fox Faraday Foldenauer
Lucas Tyler Gallagher
Addison Lucille Gutierrez
Fin LeConte Honore
Brennan Jimenez Howard
William Israel Hutton
Brady Robert Kilian
Etana Legah King
Henry Vincent Kovac
Alyssa Claire Lindblom
Kyle Thomas MacArt
Keira Siobhan Maffeo
Natalie Christine Mazzone
Ava Renee Moran
Charles Moreland
Christopher Luu Nguyen
Finn James Papier
Andre Pezzia
Ella Rislov
Olivia Josephine Sabatino
Luke Michael Saccento
Grace Elizabeth Saso
Theodore Joseph Scharrenberg
Ana Elizabeth Sedic
Amy Snyman
Matthew Benjamin Swendsen
Paige Wheeler
PEACE & SOCIAL JUSTICE

What is racial injustice? It’s racism in action. Racism is the belief that certain people are superior based solely on their race. Historically, white supremacy has been a dominant form of racism. When racist beliefs dictate political actions and systems, racial injustice becomes widespread. Those belonging to the “superior” race are granted more privileges, freedoms, and opportunities than others. Racial segregation, apartheid, and ethnic cleansings are all forms of racial injustice. During the next three weeks of June we will post a quote that describe and challenge racial injustice.
Congratulations Jack Krouse, SJ on his priestly ordination

Jack Krouse, son of our Finance Manager, Lori Krouse will be ordained to priesthood on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 10:00 AM PDT by the Most Reverend Edward William Clark,
Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles,


Our prayers are with you during this most eventful time.
STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
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.
If you would like to make a secure one-time donation and/or setup regular online donations, click here. Donations for upcoming Second Collections can also be made online. Thank you for your continued financial support!!
Parish Office Open
Monday -Thursday 10 AM to 5 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
A Closer Look Inside The Church….. 

The Cross and Crucifix 
During the first Mass, the Last Supper, Jesus took bread, broke it, and told his friends that this was his body, given up for them. Then, the next day, Jesus indeed gave up his body in sacrifice for our sins, on the Cross. 
The Mass is many things. It is a celebration. It is a communion. At the heart of it all, it is a sacrifice: Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross. We call it the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass because that is what it is: during the Mass, we are mysteriously present to Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross, the mystery he shares with us then in the Eucharist. When we are present there, we are present at the greatest act of love the world has ever known, the act of love offered for you and me and for the whole world. Jesus’ sacrifice brings us to God, and in it we’re joined together- we are in communion. 
And so, in our church where we celebrate Mass, we find a crucifix. There must be a crucifix near or on the altar for the celebration of Mass. We are forgetful and distracted - that is just part of being human-and having a crucifix always in sight during the Mass helps us keep our focus on Jesus. As we pray, sing, and praise, our hearts follow where our eyes rest: on the love of Jesus, borne on a cross for us. 
Baptisms at St. Martin of Tours
We welcome these children who were baptized in the month of May in our parish community:

Beatrice Buyco (Child of Ray Terence Buyco and Mary Ann Maylas)
 
Jameson Garces (Child of Jefferson Garces and Solina Wee DeLeon)
 
Sophie Stoft (Child of Jonathan Stoft and Macey Sorillo)
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 
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June 6,2021 Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ 

Exodus 24:3-8 • Hebrews 9:11-15 •
Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 

“The Teacher says, ‘Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’” — Mark 14:14 

Jesus sent his disciples out ahead of him to prepare a place where they could eat together and celebrate the Jewish feast of Passover. That same miracle happens at every Mass—Jesus becomes present to us as our spiritual food. He gives his very body and blood to us. But, before we receive this gift, there are some preparations that need to be made. The servers prepare the altar, the bread and wine are brought forward, we pray the Eucharistic prayer together, and Jesus becomes present to us again. There is still one more thing that needs to be prepared—our hearts! We become the guest room where Jesus will come and visit. Is everything ready? Have we taken time to speak to Our Lord and ask him to come? We want to welcome him in the best way possible. 

Prayer: Thank you, dear Jesus, for giving us your Body and Blood. Help us to prepare well for your coming! 

Reflection: Discuss with your family some other ways you can prepare to receive Jesus. 
CHILDREN'S SUNDAY BULLETIN & ACTIVITIES
Web Link for this week - Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities:
AROUND THE DIOCESE & COMMUNITY
UPCOMING EVENTS:
June 4th from 11:30am - 1:00pm
Rosary & Faith Talk
Guadalupe Hope Society is inviting you to our monthly Rosary & Faith Talk via Zoom. Rev. Rudy Ruiz will lead us in a rosary for the unborn and their family, and share a faith talk on the "Sacred Heart of Jesus".
June 5th from 9:00am - 11:30am
Ordination to Transitional Diaconate Invitation
With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God, the Roman Catholic Diocese of San José joyfully announces the Ordination of
Mr. Manuel Barrios and
Mr. Joseph Nguyen
through the laying on of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit by the
Most Reverend Bishop Oscar Cantú, Bishop of San José
June 12th
Graduation Mass for Class of 2021
Bishop Cantú will celebrate a graduation Mass for High School and College Graduates! Registration is open 
Please share the event images to your social media: FacebookInstagram
June 16th, 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 (Save the Date)
Jubilee Games for Vocations
The Diocese of San José is hosting the Jubilee Games for Vocations at Archbishop Mitty High School in San José. Nuns and postulates 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. Visit and share our webpage where information will be added as it becomes available:
RENTAL ASSISTANCE & RESOURCES

Now Available! Rent Assistance Programs and Resources: 2 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. Please share images to your social media: Facebook1Instagram1Facebook2Instagram2
THE VALLEY CATHOLIC

Our new magazine, redesigned online presence, www.thevalleycatholic.org; and new monthly email newsletter will focus on local multi-lingual feature stories and columns that form, encourage, and equip Catholics to carry out the saving work of Jesus across the Diocese and beyond.

Be sure to visit our new website www.thevalleycatholic.org to read this month's articles and sign up for our new monthly email newsletter. 
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 
Covid-19 Vaccines
Explained Ethics

As a faith community concerned about the sanctity of human life, the Diocese of San Jose encourages everyone to strongly consider getting vaccinated, after consulting their physicians or health care providers, for the sake of their own health and the common good of our community. The vaccines are safe and free. Health insurance and immigration status will not affect your eligibility. You can learn more about the moral and ethical issues regarding COVID-19 vaccines and why they have been deemed morally acceptable by the Church by visiting:  https://www.dsj.org/covid19vaccines/

Vaccine Informational Handouts: Please share with your communities this double-sided flyer covering the basics on the ethics and science of vaccines. English | Spanish | Vietnamese
RESOURCES & ASSISTANCE

Questions?
Please email the Parish Office.