Third Sunday of Lent
March 7, 2021
Cleansing for a Healthy Existence
Dear Friends,

Cleansing is integral to a healthy existence. Good physical hygiene helps us to be healthy. We take the trash out so that the house does not stink. We celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation to help cleanse our souls. We declutter ourselves, so that we can be focused.

This weekend's Gospel reading is about cleaning of the temple by Jesus. Not only temples, but our lives, relationships, spirituality, and value system may need some cleansing. Remember, refusal to discard garbage would create a stink.

We call Sunday the Lord’s Day, but for many of us this too is a day in need of some cleansing and reorganizing. While many of us try to squeeze in Mass between many other activities each Sunday, we are called to make the celebration of the Eucharist the cornerstone around which other events should be planned. It is the most important activity in which we and our families will participate each week, so we should treat our Sunday schedule as such. We must also consider how we keep holy the rest of our Sundays, which can easily get cluttered with unnecessary work and activities that pull us away from our families and our prayers. Perhaps we can consider sanctifying our Sundays.

Wishing you a blessed and Joy filled Lent,


Fr. Saju Joseph

LITURGY
MASS INTENTIONS
March 6 - March 12
To schedule a Mass intention, please email stmartinoftours@icloud.com.
Saturday 5:00pm - Enrique D. Latoza †

Sunday 8:30am - James & Vincee Viso †, Tony LaPres †

Sunday 10:00am - Susan L. Arbis †

Sunday 11:30am - ICF Deceased Members †

Monday 8:00am - Olivia Nguyen †

Tuesday 8:00am - Right to Life, Keethaponkaln †

Wednesday 8:00am - Ann Turner †

Thursday 8:00am - Rita Russo †

Friday 8:00am - Tony Galam †
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE DECEASED:
Sean Reed, William Sousa, Tony LaPres, Keethaponkalan, Admina Frame, Adolph Quilici, Billie Urbani, John de Marco, Alice de Marco
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE SICK:
Ernesto Damasco, Phuong Huu Nguen, MaryAnne Ravizza, Rodel Dimaunahan, Dominican Sisters, Isaias Tovar, 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.
LENTEN CALENDAR
During Lent, we are called to more deeply encounter Christ through prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
LENTEN REFLECTIONS
PEACE & SOCIAL JUSTICE

St. Martin’s Peace and Justice Ministry offers a unique opportunity to pray and reflect on the stations of the cross during this Lenten season. This program is sponsored by a sub-group of the PJM entitled “Empowered Women Working for Justice in the Church and the World.” Each session will focus on experiencing the stations highlighting the activity of women in Jesus’ passion. It will also invite participants to reflect on how the stations can challenge us to see the particular pain and struggles women continue to face today—and how women uniquely share in Jesus’ redemptive suffering and work. The stations will be divided up and offered on three consecutive Monday evenings during Lent, March 8th, 15th and 22nd, at 7pm. Each session will focus on particular stations, offering scripture, prayer, and questions intended to invite ongoing reflection. The final session will allow time for participants to share their personal reflections on this experience of the stations. 

We invite all parishioners as well as other community members to join us. Our hope is that sharing this perspective may enrich our understanding of God and our lives in church and community. Please use the link below to participate via Zoom.
If you would like to print a worship Aid to the Stations of the Cross, please click on this link : http://bit.ly/3aXcDI1
STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT

Thanks to those who have already responded with a gift to the 2021 Annual Diocesan Appeal. There is still plenty of time to respond with a gift. Your gift is essential to sustaining the many ministries of the Diocese of San Jose. Gifts can be made through our parish office or online at www.dsj.org/ADA.

“Men should regard us as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” 1 Corinthians 4:1
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If you or a loved one is in need of Sacramental care, such as anointing of the sick, last rites, confession, Fr. Gener and Fr. Saju are available to assist you. Please contact them directly.
FAITH FORMATION & SPIRITUALITY
FAMILY REFLECTION AND ACTION
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March 7, 2021 3rd Sunday in Lent 
Exodus 20:1-17 • 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 • John 2:13-25 
“Take these out of here and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.” —John 2:16 

Today in the Gospel we see that Jesus was angry with the way people viewed his Father’s house. It makes me think about how we view God’s house today. Would Jesus be happy with the way we act during Mass? Do we rush in and out because we have better things planned for our day, or do we take a few extra minutes to speak privately with Jesus? Do we prepare ourselves by the way we dress and quiet ourselves before we enter into the church knowing that Jesus is truly present there in the Eucharist? Do we genuflect out of respect? When we do these things we show God how much we love him. 

Prayer: Dear Lord, we want to honor and worship you when we spend time in your house. Please give us the grace to fight off temptations of distraction so we may love and glorify you by our presence in church. 

Reflection: What are some ways your family prepares for Mass? What could you change to prepare better? 
CHILDREN'S SUNDAY BULLETIN & ACTIVITIES
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