Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 14, 2021
Dear Parishioners,

Last Saturday we had an amazing celebration for our patron saint, St. Martin of Tours. It was so wonderful to see our community gathered together for this celebration. We have been graced with so many wonderful, giving people. Thank you to all the people that made our first annual St. Martin of Tours Feast Day such a rememberable event:

  • Charlie Amend and Camille Muth (8th grade) for altar servering; David Gil (7th grade) for doing the First Reading; Nick Lavelle (2nd), Mairead Conley (3rd), Marco Bardelli (4th), Clare Doyle (2nd), Eleanor Doyle (5th), and Mario Iadonato (2nd) for doing the prayers of the faithful; and Chelsea Stolan for practicing and helping the kids.

  • The scouts for building/managing the fire, leading the candle light procession, ushering, and their willingness to help wherever needed.

  • The Men's Club for planning, coordinating and providing the hot chocolate and delicious cookies for everyone to enjoy.

  • ICF and Tony & Albas for coordinating ticket sales, food, and the dinning environment where we could all gather and enjoy a meal together.

  • Chris Brisko, Bob Gorini, and Tim Maloney for leading the choir and for the Mackie 16 Channel Sound Mixer donated by them that helped provide beautiful music during our Mass, and many Masses to come.

  • The hundreds of coats that you all donated to help provide warmth to others.

And for all those that shared kind words about the event, we thank you! Just to share a few....

”I'd like to commend on the wonderful celebration of the feast day of St. Martin. It was very well done and I think really brought the community together. It's events like this that parishioners can say ‘I'm proud to be part of St Martin of Tours.'” - Brian Bumb

“Yesterday's mass and celebration was just wonderful!! All the planning and hard work of many really paid off. It felt so good to be together as a community in celebration!” - Laura M'Guinness

“Many prayers for the Farm Workers Program and the Coat Program. You are all really doing a wonderful job.” -Suzanne Cisneros 

The St. Martin of Tours Community is such a gift.

Wishing you Many Blessings,

Fr. Saju & Fr. Gener

LITURGY
Anyone that feels sick, has tested COVID positive, or has been exposed to a person who is COVID positive should stay home and attend the live-stream Mass.
Mass Intentions
November 13 - November 19
To schedule a Mass intention, please email stmartinoftours@icloud.com.
Saturday 5:00pm - Tomas Gavarra
and Silma Tandoc

Sunday 8:30am - James & Vincee Viso †
and Walter Zoller †

Sunday 10:00am - Arthur Magagna †

Sunday 11:30am - Sal Lipari †
and Gordon Abbott †

Monday 8:00am - Elenita Dimayuga †

Tuesday 8:00am - Souls in Purgatory
and Monica † & Larry † Krebsbach

Wednesday 8:00am - St. Martin of Tours Parishioners

Thursday 8:00am - Grace Di Maggio †

Friday 8:00am - Justin Semana †
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE DECEASED:
Manuel Eres, Rose Scudero-Jones, Aleksis Cantu, Bill Scharrenberg, Michael Glazzy, Dolores Santana, Luciana Sanvicente
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE SICK:
Dee Jackson, Sofia Rita Vernacchia, Msgr. John Sandersfeld, Diane Borella,
Hilaria Amezquita, Maximillion Thompson Smith, Joe Arant, Midge Zylker, Kyle Anderson, Jose Mendoza, Michael Griffith Jr., 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
Upcoming Parish Events

DATE | EVENT

11/13 - 11/14 Cloak Drive - drop off donations before all Masses (Coats will be sorted after 11:30 AM Mass)

11/14 Friendsgiving on the Bailey House patio for all Young Adults (see info. below)

11/15 Food Box Sorting on the Bailey House patio from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

11/19 Food Box Distribution under the tents 4:00 - 5:00 PM (volunteers 3-5:30 PM)

NOW - 11/25 Food Collection (see below for more information)

11/25 Thanksgiving Mass in the Church at 9:00 AM
For a complete list of Parish events:
Dealing with Loss Over the Holidays
Thursday, November 11th from 7-8:30 PM

St. Simon Parish will be hosting "Dealing with Loss Over the Holidays" in person and via Zoom. Fr. Chris Bennett will be the presenter. For more information on how to register, please CLICK HERE.
St. Martin of Tours
Annual Cloak Drive
November 13/14

The St. Martin of Tours community is collecting new and clean gently worn coats for our farmworker families and our neighbors in need. Please reach out to your friends and family and help collect as many new and gently worn coats as possible. Coats can be donated before each Mass this weekend, November 13/14. We ask that you bring COATS ONLY, and if they are gently worn please make sure the coats are clean and wearable. If you purchased a new coat or had your gently worn coat dry cleaned, please donate it covered and on the hanger so we can keep them protected until they are distributed. This year there is a high need for Ladies' coats sizes S, M, and L as well as children's coats in all sizes. After we have collected all the coat, they will be blessed and then taken for distribution. If you have any questions, please contact Therese Lehane at tlehane@stmartin.org.
Food Collection
NOW - Thursday, November 25th

The St. Martin of Tours community is collecting the following non-perishable food items/necessities for the farmworker families:

  • White Rice
  • Bags of Black Beans
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Masa
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels

Please drop off your donations to the Food Barrels before Mass. We also welcome your donations at the Parish Office Monday - Thursday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Contact Therese Lehane at tlehane@stmartin.org, if you have any questions.
St. Martin of Tours Young Adults
Sunday, November 14th

St. Martin’s Young Adults will be hosting their annual Friendsgiving event on Sun, Nov. 14th following the 11:30am Mass. Young Adults are invited to join us for Mass then we will enjoy our Thanksgiving buffet, reflection and fellowship outside behind the Bailey House. Please click HERE for more details.
Food Box Volunteers Needed

Food box sorting Monday, November 15th 5-7pm (volunteers)
Food box packing Friday, November 19th 3-5:30pm (volunteers)
Food Box pick up Friday, November 19th 4-5pm (clients)

We utilize the "Client Choice" model, where we set up a shopping market under the tents outside the church, and allow our clients to pick what they need. With this setup and the holidays, we need a LOT more volunteers. Please mark your calendars and bring your children to volunteer. Covid regulations will still be in place, masks are required and closed toe shoes, please sanitize on arrival. Please email tlehane@stmartin.org if you have any questions.
St. Martin of Tours Speaker Series 
Thursday, December 9th

In just a few weeks, the Church will be celebrating the Advent season. The Advent season marks the beginning of the liturgical new year, four Sundays before December 25. It is a season of desire and hope. Nothing about Advent should be inherently depressing, but because we live in physical bodies that respond to the cycles of light and dark and warmth and cold, for some people this season corresponds to greater emotional or psychological darkness. How poignant then, that Advent is a time to notice the darkness of our world and wait, long for, and pray for the coming of Jesus, the Light of the World. 
Please join us Thursday, December 9 from 4:00pm-5:15pm in the Church as Father Angelbert Chikere shares a prayerful Advent reflection with us. Father Angelbert holds a Master of Divinity from Santa Clara University’s Jesuit School of Theology. He is no stranger to St. Martin of Tours as he was previously assigned to our parish as a seminarian. He is currently a parochial vicar for St. Lawrence the Martyr Catholic parish in Santa Clara. We hope you can join us to be spiritually filled during this Advent season, deepening our longing for Christ in our lives. 
STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
Parish Support

We thank you for your continued support during these challenging times! Please be as generous as you can as our collections have fallen short of our budget. If you would like to make a secure one-time donation and/or setup regular online donations, please use the GIVE NOW button. Thank you again!!
Parish Office Hours
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 or confession, Fr. Gener & Fr. Saju are available. Please contact them directly using the staff directory below.
Liturgical Ministries
Volunteer Signups

If you are interested in being a lector, usher, eucharistic minister or altar server, use the button below to signup. If you have any questions, please contact the parish office at 408-294-8953. Thank you!!
FAITH FORMATION & SPIRITUALITY
Dates to Remember
RCIA: 
November 14 – 11:30 AM session in the parish office 
November 21 – 11:30 AM session in the parish office 
November 28 – 11:30 AM session in the parish office 


CCM (Children's Catechetical Ministry)/First Eucharist Preparation: 
November 18 – 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM: Virtual Family Faith Night
November 25 – NO CLASS (Thanksgiving Break) 
December 2 – 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM: CCM sessions for children

Confirmation: 
November 14 – 10:00 AM Mass: Rite of Acceptance and blessing of Confirmation 
candidates 
November 21 – 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM: Candidate session in the Community Building
December 5 – 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM Candidate session in the Community Building 
December 12 – 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Virtual Student and Sponsor Meeting 
A Closer Look at God…..
Fish 

The early Christians had given their lives to Jesus. They decorated their worship places and tombs with signs of this identity. One of the most important of these early signs was a fish. 
In the Gospels, Jesus multiplies loaves and fishes to feed multitudes. Fish are a sign of Jesus’ care for us and a symbol of how he feeds us with his very life in the Eucharist. 
But there’s another reason the early Christians liked this sign. It was more than just a sign to others of who they were. It was a symbol that helped them remember something important about Jesus. Most of these Christians spoke Greek, and the Greek word for “fish” is Ichthys. Each of the letters in this word is a first letter of a word in the phrase: Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter – “Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Savior”. 
We’re baptized, and we bear the name of Christ – Christian – and his life of grace within us. An ancient Christian writer named Tertullian put it this way: “We’re like little fishes, born in the waters of Baptism, and to remain safe and spiritually healthy, we must stay in the water with him: Ichthys”. 
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November 14, 2021 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Daniel 12:1-3 • Hebrews 10:11-14, 18 • Mark 13:24-32 

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” — Mark 13: 31-32
 
Jesus told us that one day everything as we know it will end and that we will not know the time when this will happen. That might seem a little bit scary. At the same time, we know that some people die suddenly every day in accidents or from heart attacks or other unforeseen occurrences. Jesus is trying to tell us that we should be living every day as if this is our last. If I were to die today, would I be satisfied with how I lived my life or would I regret doing something or not doing something? What should I take from Jesus’ stories and teachings to apply to my life today? 

Prayer: Dear Lord, we do not know when we will meet you face to face, but we hope that when that day comes, you will be pleased with the way we tried to live our lives for you. Please give us the grace to always make choices that will lead us to you. 

Reflection: If I knew today was my last day on earth, how would I want to spend it? What would I want to do or say? 
Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities
Web Link for this week - Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities:
AROUND THE DIOCESE & COMMUNITY
November 12th at 11:30am - 1:00pm
Rosary & Faith Talk Luncheon
Presented by: Guadalupe Hope Society

Rev. George Aranha, Pastor of Santa Teresa Parish, will lead us in a rosary for the unborn and their parents, and share a faith talk on "Reading and Living the Gospel". This event will be in-person and virtually on Zoom. Register to attend either in person or virtually. Due to CDC guidelines, seats are limited at the hall.
Please register to attend the Rosary Luncheon: (408)447-5433, or email:

Sunday December 5, 2021 at 11:30am
40th Anniversary Jubilee Closing Mass
at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph

Join Bishop Oscar Cantú celebrate the closing mass of the 40th Anniversary Jubilee. Tree planting with Bishop Cantú in honor or St. Joseph will follow after mass behind the Cathedral. Everyone is also encouraged a local pilgrimage including a visit to the Cathedral. The Cathedral will remain open until 5pm for visiting pilgrims. Please share images in social media. Facebook Instagram.
The Diocese of San José has published an impact report for fiscal year 2020-2021, which compiles information about the finances and ministries of the Catholic Church in Santa Clara County and the impact they’re making in our local community. Learn more by viewing our Impact Report for the fiscal year 2020-2021 here:  https://www.dsj.org/diocese-of-san-jose-impact-report/
Stay up to date with Diocesan wide news, events, and stories as well as news from the USCCB and the Vatican. Read the Bishop’s messages, see what our children are doing in school, and learn about upcoming community events. Follow the Diocese of San Jose on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Vimeo. Social Media Posts: Facebook Instagram
Diocese of San Jose Year of St. Joseph

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 
RESOURCES & ASSISTANCE

Questions?
Please email the Parish Office.