MAY 29, 2022 - The Ascension of the Lord

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Dear Saint Martin Community,

It is Ascension Sunday—the Risen Lord is now ascended to be with the Father in heaven. It is bittersweet day for the apostles because Jesus is no longer physically present on earth with them.

Although this feast celebrates the departure of Jesus to heaven, this feast also reminds us of Jesus’ new presence.

He has spoken of this several times with his disciples. On the “night before he died,” Jesus said, “Now I am going to the one who sent me…” And this filled the heart of the disciples with grief. But several times Jesus has spoken of a new presence, “the Advocate will come to you.” He was speaking about the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Indeed, Jesus has ascended into heaven—to intercede for us at the right hand of the Father. But Jesus continues to be “here with us” in and through the Indwelling Spirit.

What does that mean?

Saint Luke wrote both the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. The Gospel tells us of the life and ministry of Jesus, and the Acts of the Apostles tells us about the life and ministry of the early Church. Both describe to us the ascension of Jesus to heaven, but both also narrate to us the constant presence of Jesus in the life and ministry of the early Church. With the help of the Holy Spirit, the early Church preached the Good News of Jesus to the ends of the earth.

The same Spirit is given to us through the grace of Baptism. The life and ministry of the early Church is ours too. We are now the ones called to bear witness to that constant presence of Jesus in this world. Though we have not ministered alongside Jesus as his original disciples did, we have encountered Jesus, and continue to do so in the Liturgy and the Sacraments, and in the presence of those around us.

Jesus has ascended but, in and through the Indwelling Spirit, he continues to be with us. Let us reflect: Am I cognizant of Jesus’ presence in the Liturgy and the Sacrament, and those around me? Do I realize that others may encounter Jesus in you and me?

Happy Ascension Sunday!

Fr. Gener



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May 28 - June 3

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Saturday 5:00 Robert Lawrence †

Sunday 8:30 Amelia Bernal, John Johnston

Sunday 10:00 St. Martin of Tours Parishioners

Sunday 11:30 Loretta Lucas †

Monday 8:00 JoAnn Brisko †, Carlo Ocampo †

Tuesday 8:00 James & Vincee Viso †,

Manuel & Salud Espanol †

Wednesday 8:00 Right to Life

Thursday 8:00 Desmond Gunatilaka †

Friday 8:00 Napoleon Echivarre †,

Lucila Palmaras Alemania †, Isaac Palmaras †


Michael Leece,

Ron Stroope, Judy Orci, MaryAnn Garcia


Camille Brinks, Marcia LeRoy, Rosalia Russo, Tony Jones, Russ Vento, Annamary Kethaponkalan, Billy Chau, Paul Apodaca, Devika, Joe Arant,

Helena Knapen

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Calendar of Events:

Saturday, May 28th at 5.00 PM

Sacrament of Confirmation

Monday, May 30th

Memorial Day

Please join us in the church for 8:00 AM Mass.

Parish Office will be CLOSED.

Thursday, June 2nd at 7:00 PM

Evening Prayer, Adoration & Benediction

Please join us in the church

Friday, June 3rd

8th Grade Graduation

Congratulation to all our St. Martin of Tours Graduates. We will miss you.

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Scouts Flag Retirement


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 29, 2022. 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.


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ADA (Annual Diocesan Appeal)

Our goal this year was $142,329. Currently, we have received 318 pledges with a total amount pledged of $138,969. We only need $3,360 to reach our goal. If

you have not made your pledge, please drop it in the Sunday basket or go online to our website, All donations above our goal are rebated back to the parish. Thank you so much for your continued support!!

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Dates to Remember


May 28  5 PM Sacrament of Confirmation Mass


Registrations for the 2022-2023 Faith Formation sessions for Children’s Catechetical Ministry, Rite of Christian Initiation for adults, teens and children, First Communion preparation, and adult and youth Confirmation preparation will be available soon. If you are interested in registering for any of these formation processes, please contact Lerma Simpson at (408) 294-8953 ext. 321 or at 

Catholic IQ...

Holy Orders

A self-assessment for your fun and enlightenment

1.    In the early Church, first there were priests, then deacons, and eventually, bishops.

  a) True          b) False


2.    Ordination lasts

 a) forever        

  b) for a few years

  c) until the priest changes jobs

  d) until the priest is fired


3.    At their ordination, priests promise bishops their

    a)    hard work     b) best homilies

    c) obedience    d) paychecks


4.    All Catholics who have not received the Sacrament of Holy Orders are called

 a) transitional deacons

  b) permanent deacons

  c) laity

  d) bishops


5.    The bishop of Rome is also called the

    a)    rector       b) pope

    c) Italian Bishop    d) Roman emperor


Family Reflection...

May 29, 2022 The Ascension of the Lord

Acts 1:1-11 • Ephesians 1:17-23 • Luke 24:44-53

“Behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you.” —Luke 24:49

Can you remember the first time you went to school and had to say goodbye to your parents? Or have you ever spent the night away from your family? Usually it’s scary (a little or a lot!) to be away from the people who usually take care of us, and we might feel alone. It can be a little easier if we have something with us to remind us of the people who love us. Some kids keep a picture of their parents in their backpack. Some take a favorite stuffed animal when they have to sleep somewhere away from home. Some might take a special rock or a good-luck item. It helps as a reminder that they aren’t all alone. Jesus knew his friends would feel scared and alone when it was time for him to leave them. So what did he do? He promised to send them the Holy Spirit to be with them forever! The Holy Spirit did come to them and has never left this world. The Holy Spirit is still with us today, wherever we go, whether our friends and family are with us, or we are by ourselves.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, help us to remember you are always with us, no matter where we are.

Family Reflection: What helps to comfort you when you feel scared or alone? That’s the Holy Spirit at work.

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Hope & Healing

Caring for those who Suffer from Mental Illness St. Lucy's is organizing a study group to take a deeper dive into our Bishops' Pastoral Letter - Hope and Healing. Please go to the below link to view the letter:

On behalf of the Social Justice Ministry team at St. Lucy, they would like to invite you to join this Study Group. The goal of this effort is to raise mental health awareness among ourselves and to formulate actionable mental

health plans for each individual and our Parishes.

Date and time of the virtual meeting, via Zoom, will be determined by the majority after 5/29/2022 when the registration period ends.

There will be several speakers coming to this study group including Barbara Zahner, Deacon Ed Shoener, NAMI, Dr. Chris Miller, and Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention team.

Register by 5/29/2022

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Diocesan Youth Retreat (DYR)

Join the youth of the diocese for the Diocesan Youth Retreat, June 27 – July 1 at Zephyr Point in South Lake Tahoe. This year we are celebrating our 25th year of DYR and our goal is to enrich the catholic imagination and deepen the bonds of friendship through the means of beauty, fellowship, and the sacraments. Registration and more details can be found at

May 20-22, 2022

Marriage Encounter

Make the time for a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend to reconnect and learn tools to keep nurturing your love. There is no fixed cost, but a $100 application fee. The next weekend is May 20–22 at Hotel Zico in Mountain View. Register online at or call Ken & Claranne at 408-782-1413 for more information.

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