May 28, 2023 - Pentecost Sunday



Pentecost Sunday Reflection

I hope you’ll acknowledge with me a simple fact: it’s not normal to have tongues of fire “part and come to rest” on people. It is actually pretty strange. Yet that is precisely what we celebrate in this feast of Pentecost. How can this mean something to us in our daily lives?

Jews had a tradition that heaven is a temple made of bricks of fire. So, through the apostles, the heavenly temple is coming to earth. But this fire looks like tongues, not bricks. That means that heavenly speech will be crucial to building a dwelling place for God on earth among men and women. So, it’s no surprise when the apostles begin to speak in a miraculous way that is understood by all language groups. They are speaking of what God has done in and through Jesus: bringing heaven to earth and uniting all peoples to God and to each other.

How often our speech divides: gossip, slander, insults, and so on. How strange and rare it is when people speak in ways that truly unite instead of divide. Imagine how powerful it would be if you and I began to speak at home, at work, and in our community in a way that made people hear heavenly speech. Imagine if you spoke of the mighty deeds of God in a way that everyone could understand. That’s precisely what the Holy Spirit descends upon us to do. Ask Him to come as a tongue of fire to you once again, and He will. Then speak!

— Father John Muir


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Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00 AM

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Wednesday 8:15 AM

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Sunday Vigil - Saturday 5:00 PM

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8:30 AM, 10:00 AM & 11:30 AM

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RECONCILIATION - Saturdays 4:00 PM In the Church

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Signup to Lector, Usher, EM & Altar Serve

May 27 - June 1, 2023

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

Saturday 5:00PM

Ben Patellaro †

Clara & AJ Protteau

Sunday 8:30 

Dario Zapanta †

Sunday 10:00

Ricardo Estrada †

Alegria Aveiro Papa

Sunday 11:30

Robert Lawrence †

Teresa Fontaine (Healing)

Monday 8:00 

Claudia Marie Jackson †

Right to Life

Tuesday 8:00

Joann Brisko †

Wednesday 8:15

St. Martin of Tours Community

Thursday 8:00

Valentino Baroni †

Friday 8:00

James & Vincee Viso †

Desmond Gunatilaka †


Bishop M’Grath, Betsy Shultz, Violet Adao, Crisanta Tomista, Soledad Ortiz



Carol Gomez, Rodger “OB” O’Brien, Sue Ferketich,

Carol Votano, Patricia Toschi, Vern Lopes, Helena Knapen

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


Monday, May 29, 2023

Memorial Day

Parish Office closed in observance of Memorial Day. Please join us for Mass at 8:00 AM


Scout’s Flag Retirement Ceremony

in Mary’s Garden from 10:00 AM—12:00 PM

Please drop off your flags by May 28th

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Holy Hour (Adoration & Benediction) with Happy Hour

in the church at 7:00 PM

Please join us.

Friday, June 2, 2023

8th Grade Graduation

Congratulations Class of 2023. You did it!

Monday, June 5, 2023

Scripture Study

in the Bailey House from 6:30—8:00 PM

All our welcome. Please join us.

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

I.C.F Monthly Meeting

in the gym from 6:00—8:00 PM

Please contact Steve at for further information.

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Monthly Meeting

in the Bailey House from 7:00—9:00 PM

Please contact Mary Kay at for more information.

For a complete list of Parish events:



Alina Arroyo

Alyssa Bustamante

Daniel Neiman Dirga

Jariel Flores (received into Full Communion)

Hawk Foldenauer

David Gil

Kevin Kowal (received into Full Communion)

Meagan Kowal (received into Full Communion)

Simon Lee

James M’Guinness

Sofia Mello

Isabel Rangel

Ella Santos

Tomas Santos

Sebastian Schaffer

Nadia Venzon

Tiffany Volger

Madelyn Weitzel

Bethlehem Artworks

May 27th & 28th after Mass

Beautiful hand-made olive wood religious articles made by Catholic families in Bethlehem and Jerusalem will be on sale this weekend, May 27-28, after all the masses.

Bethlehem Artworks is an organization that aids over 100 plus suffering families each week.

Please stop by our tables and look at our beautiful handmade rosaries, statues, crosses, and nativities. They will make a wonderful present for family and friends; or an opportunity to add a beautiful hand carved religious item for your home to be cherished through generations. 

The religious articles are made by the suffering Christian families in the Holy-Land and are their means of spreading the word of Jesus, a goal that began two thousand years ago.

The population in the Holy Land has dropped from over 20% to under 1% just within the last few years. 

Crafting the religious articles is the primary means for providing for the livelihood of Christian families in the Holy Land.

Flag Retirement

B.S.A Troops 390 and 2390 are honored to provide a flag retirement service for the St. Martin’s Community. The retirement ceremony will be held on Memorial Day, May 29, 2023, in Mary’s Garden at St. Martin of Tours from 10:00 AM to Noon.

A flag which is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display may be retired. Please place the flag in the box adjacent to the main church entrance by May 28, 2023. You may attach a note to the flag with any history you would like to share. (Family name, when and where the flag has been displayed etc.) The note will be read aloud as part of the retirement ceremony. United States flags only, please.

Food Drive for Watsonville

We would like to bring some food to our neighbors in Watsonville for their next Food Pantry. As you know the area was severely impacted by the floods. The amount of families that are food insecure has quadrupled. On June 9th we plan to deliver food from our Food drive to Watsonville. If you are interested in being a volunteer that day please email: Food barrels will be placed in the back of the Church for your convenience. If you can pick up any of the following on your next Grocery shop we would really appreciate it. THANK YOU!









Get your Name Badges

If you have turned in your name badge request, your name badge is ready. Please pick them up after Mass or during the week in the parish office. If you have not had the opportunity to do so, we invite you to complete a request, which can be found in the church and the parish office. Thank you so much!!!


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 TODAY button below. Thank you again!!

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Annual Diocesan Appeal 2023

Supporting Our Mission Together

Our Parish Goal: $148,624


We’re almost there – we have reached 81% of our ADA goal.  Please help us cross the finish line by submitting your ADA pledge online at or by completing and returning the pledge card mailed to your home. 


100% of funds collected over our Parish goal will be returned to St. Martin of Tours Parish to renew our Ministry to Teens and Youth of the Parish.  

What’s an Extraordinary Minister (EM)

of Holy Communion?


“Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion” is the formal title of laypeople who distribute the Eucharist during Mass. As the title implies, there are also “ordinary ministers” – those who are literally “ordained” to the ministry namely bishops, priests, and deacons. These ministers are usually the first in order to distribute the Body and Blood of Christ.


To serve as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, persons must:


· Be practicing Catholics, distinguished in their Christian life, faith, and morals.

· Have received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.

· Demonstrate a deep reverence for and devotion to the Eucharist.

· Be an active registered member of our parish.

· Willing to be trained and undergo formation.


If you are interested, please call the parish office to register to become one.

Training will be announced soon.


Dates to Remember...

June 10 – 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Mystagogy Retreat in the Bailey House for the newly baptized and confirmed adults of our parish

Family Reflection

May 28, 2023 Pentecost Sunday

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.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.

—John 20:19-20

Have you ever been in a scary situation? Imagine what you might feel if the biggest bully at school decided you would be a great target and began running after you. Just the thought of it might make your heart begin racing. In today’s Gospel, we see that Jesus’ followers were very scared. The bullies who killed Jesus were powerful and could easily target them as they did Jesus. Now picture how you would feel if, just before the school bully caught up with you, your parents pulled up to your school, got out of the car, and came by your side. What a relief that would be! That’s how Jesus’ followers felt when Jesus appeared to them on Pentecost. They saw that the bullies had not won the battle because Jesus was alive, and Jesus promised that his Spirit would be with them to protect them in the job he was giving them to do. What relief they must have felt!

PRAYER: Dear Lord, help me to remember that, with you by my side, there is nothing I cannot face. Send your Holy Spirit to comfort me when I am afraid.

FAMILY REFLECTION: How can you help others when they are fearful? Was there a time when Jesus rescued you from harm? Be sure to share that experience with others.

Knowing Our Faith

(excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church)

What does the name “Jesus” mean, and why is Jesus called “Christ”?

“Jesus means in Hebrew: ‘God saves’. At the annunciation, the angel Gabriel gave him the name Jesus as his proper name, which expresses both his identity and his mission. The word ‘Christ’ comes from the Greek translation of the Hebrew Messiah, which means ‘anointed’. It became the name proper to Jesus only because he accomplished perfectly the diving mission that ‘Christ’ signifies.” (CCC 430, 436)


From the Bishop's Office

Pastoral Planning Update: Since February, Bishop, the steering committee and commission have discerned and analyzed the results from January’s Diocesan Synod Assembly. As a result, in order to properly consult and engage key stakeholders in feedback on these key priorities, it would be prudent to defer the announcement of the Pastoral Plan from June to December to allow for the broad discernment and dialogue throughout the process as the Bishop desires. The new timeline with the key phases of the planning process over the next nine months can be found on the diocese’s website at:

DYR Youth Retreat in Tahoe - DEADLINE Approaching: There is still room but numbers are increasing quickly! Registration will be extended but sign-up soon. There is time for fundraising and payment schedules can be extended to allow for last minute payments. We are very excited about this life changing retreat and the opportunities for our youth to encounter Christ. Register at Gather your parish groups and bring your friends!

Diocesan Mental Health Information and Events: 

May - Mental Health Awareness: This month of May, join the national movement aimed at raising awareness about mental health to work toward erasing the stigma surrounding it. Check out this Mental Health May Calendar and discover 31 small things you can do to improve your mental health this month! Mental Health Toolkit also available at

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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