“Mommy, you haven’t been making any sacrifices.”


My daughter was peering through the little opening in the plastic cover of the “sacrifice jar” we made for Lent this year. The repurposed oatmeal container, jazzed up with glitter glue and pictures of St. Therese of Lisieux, was more than half-filled with little slips of paper bearing descriptions of the various sacrifices family members had made for one another.


But she was right: every piece of paper bore the childlike scrawl of herself and her brother. I had not added anything to the sacrifice jar.


“If I wrote down every sacrifice I made for you in just a single day, the jar would explode,” I retorted, and even though my daughter giggled, I instantly regretted the comment, sighing as I realized I did it again. I let a snide, self-pitying thought form on my lips and make its way into the world because for a brief moment I thought someone didn’t appreciate my hard work.


We sneer at the scribes and the Pharisees as Jesus describes them in the Gospel, lengthening their phylacteries and coveting the places of honor. But then I remember: nobody starts out meaning to be a jerk.


We want to do good things. We try to be holy. But it’s hard, that burden weighs heavy on our back.


So, we murmur about it here and there. We stop to catch our breath. We glimpse other people looking at our burden with approval and admiration, and we breathe a little harder, groan a little deeper. And somewhere along the way the burden becomes an idol and our labor a performance. We dare not ask for help bearing it, for we prize too greatly the sweat of our own brow.


“The greatest among you must be your servant.” — Matthew 23:11


Colleen Jurkiewicz Dorman ©LPi

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November 5, 2023

November 5, 2023

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Saturday 5:00 PM

All Souls Novena

Sunday 8:30 AM

All Souls Novena

Sunday 10:00 AM

All Souls Novena

Sunday 11:30 AM

All Souls Novena

Monday 8:00 AM

All Souls Novena

Tuesday 8:00 AM

All Souls Novena

Wednesday 8:15 AM

All Souls Novena

Thursday 8:00 AM

All Souls Novena

Friday 8:00 AM

Triy Schiro †

Joel & Jesus Magat †


Lucille Mazzeo, George Puentes, Jay Kramer



Christine Burroughs, Kathleen Lupo, Roberta Williams, Connor Vierra,

Ron Zeppa, Audrey Pontier,Noell Do, Noi Dinh, Raphael Nathan Luu,

Anthony Dung Do, Joanna Nu Tran, Gary Farfan, Frances Pizzo,

Elizabeth Weeks, James M’Guinness, Sr., Tom Rodenfils, Marie Flemate,

Rodger “OB” O’Brien, Sr., Helena Knapen

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


Stewardship of Treasure Pledge Form

Many of you may have already received the stewardship of treasure pledge form and flier by mail. If you have received it, i request you to fill it out and return to the collection basket or mail it to the parish office. This will help the parish staff to correct the data if need be and help you with online giving if you opt for it. We encourage you to commit a portion of your income per week as sacrificial giving to the parish and its ministries. Remember, your generosity builds this community. Please find also the commitment form in the link below.



Sunday Offering 10/29/23 Fiscal Year to Date










St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) $1,713


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 Join us to celebrate our Patron St. Martin of Tours’ Feast. Bring your family and friends.


Mass—5:00 PM

 Candle Light Procession after Mass


You are invited to a fellowship gathering after Mass to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies.



Enter through O’Connor Drive. Bailey Avenue entrance will be closed for procession. Upper school parking lot will be available for parking and entrance to the church will be open. 


Dear Lord,

We pray for our veterans,

worthy men and women who gave their best

when they were called

upon to serve and protect our country.

We pray that you will bless them

for their unselfish service

in the continual struggle

to preserve our freedoms, our safety,

and our country's heritage, for all of us.



$100 per ticket

Ticket includes:

  - Cornhole Tournament (4 games minimum)

    - BBQ & Beverages (beer, wine, sodas, water)


1st, 2nd & 3rd Prize Team Winners!



Lane Sponsor—$250  

(1 ticket to Tournament/Company Logo in the front of the lane)

Event Sponsor—$300

(2 tickets to Tournament/Company Logo in the front of the event)

Bar Sponsor—$500

(2 tickets to Tournament/Company Logo at Bar/Reserved Table)


All proceeds will be donated to St. Joseph Mercy Home. A homeless shelter started by Fr. Saju.


First Family Faith Night

Using Social Media for Sharing Our Faith

 November 15

6:00 to 7:15 PM


Speaker: Fr. Angelbert Chikere, the Director for the Office of Life, Justice and Peace for the Diocese, and the Chaplain of the Cantonese Community in the Chinese Mission.


About the speaker: Fr. Angelbert Chikere is a multi-talented poet, writer, cartoonist, and fine/creative artist, with a deep penchant for framing and translating human experiences into every and any possible form of creative and expressive art form. He holds bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and sacred theology. Besides offering several keynote talks and retreats, Fr. Angelbert has also published many of his works on several online media, in addition to his published book: “This Paradox This Love” (a poetic narrative on Love and Loving); and his co-authoring of the book: “A New Role for Education In 21st Century Africa: Essays.” Furthering his academic work, Fr. Angelbert also holds a Masters in Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, IL.

We are very grateful for the large number of children joining our CLOW. Thank you, parents, for taking your children to worship with the community every Sunday! For us to provide a better environment for children to celebrate the Word of God in CLOW,

We need help to supervise the children in the CLOW session. We will create a signup form for parents to participate in this joyful ministry." We need 2 parents for each session.

Your generosity in sharing your time and love for our children will be greatly appreciated. Please click HERE to sign up. 


Dear parents and children, kindly click on the link below to download and print out catechetical activity for children for this weekend. This link is updated every week with activities that corresponds to the readings and Sunday celebrations.


The Vocations Office is inviting you to celebrate a special week to promote and pray for Vocations. Daily conferences are scheduled to learn ways to promote and pray to the Lord for the the youth and young adults’ response to what the Lord is calling them to be. Visit for more information. Download copies of the flyer and social media images to share Conference Information.

Mass of Remembrance

for Victims & Survivors of Violence

Bishop Oscar Cantú will celebrate Mass for victims and survivors of violence.

November 5

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Holy Family Parish

4848 Peal Ave, San Jose, CA 95136

Updates from the Bishop


Pastoral Planning Updates: The second Draft Executive Summary of the Diocesan Pastoral plan and process infographics have recently been added to the diocesan website. Kindly click the link below and to read and familiarize yourself with the priorities and the second draft of the Diocesan Pastoral plan . HERE.

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