Pentecost Sunday
May 23, 2021
ARE YOU GUIDED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT?

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

I wish you a blessed Feast of Pentecost! I also congratulate our teenagers and youth who will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation this weekend.

In this message, I thought of sharing a small test to check as individuals, if one is guided by the Holy Spirit or not. This is for self examination and growth.

  • Holy Spirit Guides and equips individuals and institutions to move towards the future. Going back to the "old normal" or "wonderful old days" are not from the Holy Spirit. Being faithful is not to be equated with walking backwards. We are called to be faithful to the mission and our calling. This faithfulness is lived out now and not in the past.

  • The Holy Spirit will create true unity in diversity and bestow gifts given for the life of the world. Holy Spirit is not about uniformity but about unity.

  • Holy Spirit is a spirit of openness. When there is no openness, Holy Spirit ceases to work.

  • Holy Spirit helps us move form paralyzing fear to freedom.

  • Holy Spirit tells us that the best way to use your gifts and talents are to build communities of love.

Blessings,

Fr. Saju

Quote for the Weekend

“Without the Holy Spirit, God is distant, Christ is merely an historical figure, the Gospel is a dead letter, the Church is just an organization, authority is domination, mission is propaganda, liturgy is only nostalgia, and the work of Christians is slave labor. But with the Holy Spirit, Christ is risen and present, the Gospel is a living force, the Church is a communion in the life of the Trinity, authority is a service that sets people free, mission is Pentecost, the liturgy is memory and anticipation, and the labor of Christians is divinized.”
Ignatius of Laodicea (Orthodox Metropolitan, at the third assembly of the World Council of Churches at Uppsala, in 1968)
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
May 22 - May 28
To schedule a Mass intention, please email stmartinoftours@icloud.com.

Saturday 5:00pm - Ruby Louie † & Winnie Cheung
and Desmond Gunatilaka †

Sunday 8:30am - James & Vincee Viso

Sunday 10:00am - Regina Saenz †
and Maura Seanz †

Sunday 11:30am - St. Martin of Tours Parishioners

Monday 8:00am - Souls in Purgatory

Tuesday 8:00am - Tom Cote †

Wednesday 8:00am - Ruby Louie †
and Winnie Cheung

Thursday 8:00am - Right to Life

Friday 8:00am - Robert Lawrence †
and John Gregory Peters †
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE DECEASED:
Mary Angelo, Lilia Leeson, Maribeth Benham,
Sid Flores, Fr. Norman Segovia, Leticia Terrazas, Mary Santos, Hector Rodriguez
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE SICK:
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
ADA DONATIONS

Thank you to the 317 families that have donated to the ADA. We have almost reached our ADA goal of $135,253. If you haven't already made your donation, please prayerfully consider contributing to the ADA. We are only $6,197 away from making our goal. Donations can me mailed to the parish office, dropped off in the collection basket at Mass, or submitted online. Donations received over the goal will come back to the parish. Thank you again for your generosity!!
FLAG RETIREMENT

St. Martin’s very own Scout Troops, 390 and 2390, will be retiring flags on Memorial Day. If you have any flag that is outdated, damaged, or sufficiently worn to no longer serve its purpose in representing our country, place your flag in the box near the entrance to the church. The box has a U.S. flag on it, and is labeled “Flag Retirement.” Please deposit the flags to be retired by Sunday, May 30, 2021.
PEACE & SOCIAL JUSTICE
"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood; that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." 
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
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!!
Office open by appointment
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
CONFIRMATION

This Sunday 25 youth from our parish community will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please keep them and their families in your prayers.

Prayer for Confirmation Candidates:

Lord, You send out Your Spirit to touch the hearts of all people, so
that they may believe in You and in Jesus whom You sent.

Look kindly on all candidates for Confirmation as they listen to
Your voice. Open their hearts to Your Spirit and bring to fulfilment
the good work that You have begun in them.

As we prepare these children for Confirmation, make each of us an
instrument of Your love. Teach us to appreciate what is holy in
others, and to be patient with what we do not understand.

Deepen our faith in the Gospel and help us to pass it on by our
example. We pray that You will continue to guide us and sustain us.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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FAMILY REFLECTION AND ACTION

May 23, 2021 Pentecost 
Acts 2:1-11 • 1 Corinthians 12: 3b-7, 12-13 • John 20:19-23 
Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you” —John 20:19 

Have you ever been absolutely terrified by something? Maybe you experienced a tornado or earthquake. Or maybe you had to give a talk in front of a huge group of people. In our Gospel today, the disciples were terrified beyond words. They were hiding for fear of being killed like Jesus was. They bolted the door shut and huddled together, worried they would be discovered at any moment. Imagine their great relief when, all of a sudden, Jesus was standing there in the room! They knew Jesus died on the cross, but here he was, alive and well! Jesus’ words to them—“Peace be with you”—are the same words he says to us. We have nothing to fear because Jesus is with us. 

Prayer: Lord, help me to remember that even in the worst of situations, you are with me. 

Reflection: Pentecost is known as the birthday of the Church because the Holy Spirit gave the disciples the courage to go out and spread the Good News of God’s great love and forgiveness. How will you celebrate this special birthday? 
CHILDREN'S SUNDAY BULLETIN & ACTIVITIES
Web Link for this week - Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities:
AROUND THE DIOCESE & COMMUNITY
UPCOMING EVENTS:
Tuesday, May 25 at 7:00pm
Evening Prayer for Victims of Racial Injustice and Hate Crimes

Come together as a community of faith in prayer, in hopes to begin the process of healing with all the victims of racial injustice and hate crimes, and with those who had been affected by it. Let us pray that racism may find no space in our hearts.
Thursday, May 27 at 7:00pm
Faith, Family and Financial Security
Sponsored by Your Knights of Columbus
Join us for an informative online presentation by Van Mueller, one of the top speakers in the insurance and financial industry.
Saturday, May 29th at 9:00am
Ordination to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ
The Roman Catholic Diocese of San José joyfully announces the Ordination of
Rev. Mr. Tony Terwase Famave
to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ through the laying on of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit by the Most Reverend Oscar Cantú, STD Bishop of San José 
Monday, May 31 at 11:00am
Memorial Day Mass
Join CFSC and Bishop Oscar Cantú for our Memorial Day Mass.

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
For more Information & RSVP
June 12th
Graduation Mass for Class of 2021
Bishop Cantú will celebrate a graduation Mass for High School and College Graduates! Registration is open 
bit.ly/dsjya21. 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.
THE VALLEY CATHOLIC IS ALL-NEW! 

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.