March 5, 2023

Second Sunday of Lent



Listen. Abram listened and, certain of God’s blessing, set out for an unknown future in response to God’s call. Awestruck Peter, James, and John heard a voice from a cloud tell them to listen to Jesus. When we listen to the Lord, we are assured of and find strength in God’s presence. Listening deeply, we perceive the Lord’s call and find the grace to respond to it, finding the assurance we need to live and share the gospel of Jesus Christ, even when it is challenging to do so. When we listen, we hear Jesus say to us as he did to the disciples on the mountain, “Rise, and do not be afraid.”


Have you ever taken a long trip with a family member or friend and found yourself talking about the deeper things of life? Given time, the mundane can give way to topics of meaning and purpose. We sometimes speak of our movement through life and faith as a journey. The metaphor of a journey is fitting, since we are not only to make our way from one point to another the way we take a quick trip or a walk around the block—the process of living in faith is one of growth and change

over time. On the journey of life and faith, we can find the grace to talk deeply with the Lord and listen to the voice of God, who strengthens us to face the challenges of living as followers of Christ.


It can be hard to grasp that the God of glory and power and undying love is always with us. Truly, this is one of the great mysteries of our Christian faith. Every time we make the sign of the cross, we are reminded of the life that is brought to light in Christ. The very life, passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus is evidence of the determination of God to love us through it all. Not only is Jesus proof of God’s love, Christ’s very presence with and within us is an outpouring of that love. This Lent, take time to listen to the Lord and allow what you hear to help you turn away from sin and toward the life and immortality of the Christian disciple.

Today’s Readings: Gn 12:1–4a; Ps 33:4–5, 18–19, 20, 22; 2 Tm 1:8b–10; Mt 17:1–9

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Mass Intentions

March 4 - 10, 2023

To schedule a Mass intention, please stop by the parish office.

Saturday 5:00 Anthony Salciccia †

Willie Murphy (Healing)


Sunday 8:30 Joseph & Mary Falasinnu †


Sunday 10:00 J.W. Knapen †


Sunday 11:30 St. Martin of Tours Parishioners


Monday 8:00 Enrique Latoza †

Maura Gravador Palmaras †


Tuesday 8:00 Faithfully Departed


Wednesday 8:00 St. Martin of Tours Parishioners


Thursday 8:00 Souls in Purgatory

Friday 8:00 James & Vincee Viso †

Tim Maloney & Sharon Aeria


Jeanne Demers, Inez Cruz, Jerome McCarthy, Luzvimind Smith, Marcelino Mendoza



Richard Kabanek, Regina Gallo, Poppy Gounaas, Gabriele Murillo Torres, Kitty McCarty, Jeanne Demers, Don Peruski, Elizabeth Bulaclac, Reymond Navarra, Nina Carine, Sonia Azevedo, Michael Kelly, Bob Voisinet, Amalia Martinez,

Helena Knapen

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


Calendar of Events:

March 2nd

Holy Hour (Adoration & Benediction) with Happy Hour

in the church at 7:00PM

All are welcome. Please join us.

March 3rd

Station of the Cross

in the church at 6:30PM

Please join us every Friday at 6:30PM for Stations of the Cross.

March 5th

Donut Sunday

in the community building after Mass

Please join us for coffee, donuts and conversation.

March 6th

Scripture Study

in the Bailey house at 6:30PM

All are welcome!!! Contact Todd Tomilitz at 408-218-0572 or

March 7th

I.C.F. Monthly Meeting

in the gym at 6:00PM

For a complete list of Parish events:

March Speaker Series

How do we relate to the Last Days of Jesus? Please join us on Wednesday, March 15 at 6 PM to 7:15 PM in the church as we listen, discuss, and reflect on what the season of Lent calls us towards. Our facilitators are Blessie and Ernie LaScola, author and master catechists for the Diocese of San Jose.

Food Box Program

The Food box program helps anyone that is food insufficient in our area. Distribution is always on the third Friday of the month from 4:00PM – 5:00PM in the parking lot. We offer fresh fruit and veg, dairy, bread, dry goods and canned food. All are welcome to come shop for their families.

Food box pickup (Clients)

Friday, March 17th ~ 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Food box packing (Volunteer)

Friday, March 17th ~ 3:00 - 5:30 PM

Meet on the Bailey House Patio

If you have any questions, please email Therese Lehane at Thank you!!


Parish Support

We thank you for your continued support of the St. Martin of Tours Parish! If you would like to make a secure one-time donation and/or setup regular online donations, please use the GIVE NOW button below. Thank you again!!

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ADA 2023

Supporting Our Mission Together

Our Parish Goal: $148,624


We are brought together from all walks of life through various ministries and services to do God's work of justice, mercy, outreach, and formation.  Supporting Our Mission Together, the Annual Diocesan Appeal for the Diocese of San Jose, provides the financial support of these ministries and services for all Catholics in our community. 

Please prayerfully consider pledging your support to our Diocese. Once our Parish reaches its goal of $148,624, 100% of the additional funds will be returned to the Parish.  Donations can be made by completing the pledge card mailed to your home, using the QR code provided here, or online at Additional pledge cards are located in the back of the Church and in the Parish Office. Thank you, St. Martin of Tours Parishioners, for your great generosity. 

As of February 27, 2023, we have received 187 pledges. The total amount pledged is $83,190. Thank you so much! We need $65,434 more to meet our goal.

CRS Rice Bowl

In the Dry Corridor of Honduras, climate change causes persistent drought, making farming nearly impossible. With support from Catholic Relief Services, Rony, a farmer, repaired an old reservoir and installed a new irrigation system to improve his harvests. Now Rony can send his son to a soccer academy to pursue his dream of becoming a professional player. How can you work like Rony to support others’ needs and dreams? Visit to learn more.

St. Vincent de Paul:

St. Martin of Tours Conference

We help people in need. One family we helped recently was a women and husband taking care of their niece and nephew. They were behind on utilities and needed food help. We were able to give them food, food cards, gas money, and toiletries; and will be able to help with utilities after our February collection. Please donate what you can.

We invite you to join us helping the poor.

We need:

·      Phone monitors to scan calls

·      Spanish translators

·      Volunteers for home visits

·      Computer help with spread sheets and data entry

·      Webpage builder and a manager.


To volunteer with St. Vincent de Paul to assist local families in need, please phone (408) 439-0342.


Mary Kay Tocce, Secretary


Dates to Remember...

Children’s Catechetical Ministry and First Eucharist

March 8- 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM sessions for children


Youth Confirmation

March 5

4:00 PM to 5:15 PM – student session in the parish office

March 11 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM Reconciliation service & Sacrament of Reconciliation in the church


Adult Confirmation

March 5

March 12

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM session in the parish office


Order of Christian Initiation (formerly RCIA)  

March 5

March 12

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM session

Adults – parish office

Youth – Bailey House 


March 12- 10 AM Mass First Scrutiny Rite

March 12

2:00 PM to 2:45 PM in the parish office – session for young children

Family Reflection

March 5, 2023, 2nd Sunday in Lent

Genesis 12:1-4a • 2 Timothy 1:8b-10 • Matthew 17:1-9

“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased, listen to him.”

-Matt. 17:5

During the Transfiguration, Jesus reveals his true glory to his closest friends. Similar to his baptism in the Jordan, the Father speaks from heaven to announce that Jesus is his “beloved Son.” Like a proud parent, God the Father is telling us that he is delighted by his son. He also tells us to “listen to him,” so we can follow

Jesus and live how he lived: paying attention to the poor and the outcast, fighting for what is right, and bringing comfort to those who are hurting. If we listen to Jesus and follow him our hearts will get bigger, and we will grow into everything God wants us to be.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, help us to walk in Jesus’ footsteps, and to listen to him. Give us courage to follow him wherever he leads us!

FAMILY REFLECTION: How can you improve your listening skills, to better hear God’s voice?

Catholic IQ - Lent

A self-assessment for your fun and enlightenment.


1. What does it mean “to fast”?

a) To travel quickly

b) To give up something or do something for a good

c) To put something together

2. On what two days are adult Catholics asked to fast and abstain?

a) January 1st and 2nd

b) Good Friday and Easter Sunday

c) Ash Wednesday and Good Friday

3. What is almsgiving?

a) Giving almonds

b) Eating a big meal

c) Giving to those in need

4. What sacrament (s) are we asked to receive at least once during the Lenten and/or Easter seasons?

a) Anointing of the Sick and Sacrament of Confirmation

b) Eucharist

c) Reconciliation and Eucharist

5. What special prayer helps us to reflect on Jesus’ passion and death?

a) The Hail Mary

b) The Way of the Cross

c) The Sign of the Cross


 Click HERE for answers.


Discernment Weekend

Men's Discernment Weekend (Bilingual), Mar 3-5: Is God calling you to the priesthood? In this retreat you will have the chance to explore the priesthood, listen to priest's vocation stories and learn about steps for discernment, values of priestly life and the structure of seminary formation during a weekend of prayer, discussions & fraternity. Visit or contact Register here.

Women's Discernment Weekend (Bilingual), Mar 10-12: What does it mean to have a vocation and discern it? How do you know when you are called to marriage or consecrated life? We know you have these questions, and we want to help you find some answers! The Diocese of San Jose Vocations Office invites young adult women aged 18-35 to a free retreat weekend! Visit or contact Register here.

Fr. Charles Irvin Memorial Writing Scholarship

for High School Seniors


High School seniors are invited to submit entries to the Fr. Charles Irvin Memorial Writing Scholarship for the chance to win $1500 and publication in Content Evangelist magazine. The 2023 writing prompt is: Tell Us About The Person in Whom you Most See the Face of Christ. Further submission guidelines can be accessed at


Please submit all entries to by March 17, 2023. 


Catholic School Career Fair

March 18th from 10AM—12PM

St. Martin of Tours Gym

Looking for a career that brings faith, meaning and joy to your life and those of others? Consider a vocation as a Catholic school educator! Join us at the Diocese of San José’s Catholic School Career Fair: 10am-12pm on March 18th at St. Martin of Tours School gym. On hand will be school leaders, who’ll share information about job openings for teachers and instructional assistants, as well as representatives from Santa Clara University, who’ll explain the credentialing and instructional supports they provide to new Catholic school teachers. RSVP today by using the QR code below or going to:

Annual Diocesan Youth Retreat


DYR SAVE THE DATE: Mark your calendar, June 12-16, 2023, for the annual Diocesan Youth Retreat, DYR, at Zephyr Point, Lake Tahoe. Watch for registration details at

Diocesan Mental Health Information and Events: 

Dial 988 – for Mental Health resources in your area. Suicide Hotline 855-278-4204. NAMI Warmline (multilingual): 408-453-0400 Mon-Fri 10am to 6pm. For more information click here.

When a Loved One Dies by Suicide - series intended to bring the message of the book "How to discern God's Will for your Life". Resource from Deacon Ed Shoener, founder of the Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers – for article, free eBook, and more click CRUX: Ministry helps families of suicide victims. 

Parish Mental Health Listening Sessions:

  • Santa Teresa Parish – Hear & Be Heard – Every first Sunday of the month at 1:00pm. Age 16 & up are welcome. More information contact 
  • St. Simon Parish – Monthly Hope & Healing Wellness Circle – every third Monday of the month from 7:00pm – 8:15pm. More information contact
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