Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time - November 8, 2020
Scattered Thoughts from the Pastor
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings! This week, I am sharing few scattered thoughts with you.

On Wisdom: We live in the world of information technology. If you want any information, you can Google it. If you are looking for an answer, you can always find people who agree with what you are thinking and you can likewise find plenty of people who disagree with what you are thinking.

In the words of Jess Wolstenholm, “The world is full of so much noise that makes it hard to know what’s right anymore. Passionate people on all sides of the table have countless opportunities to share their beliefs through books, blogs, social media, and church pulpits. All of the loud chatter often leads to confusion.” We need to rise above the noise and embrace wisdom to have a meaningful life. However, the challenge is that we cannot Google wisdom.

This Sunday’s readings emphasize the need for wisdom. Wisdom does not create noise. Wisdom helps us to do the next right thing with peace and gentleness. Wisdom is not a tornado; it is a gentle breeze.

On the Feast of St. Martin of Tours: We celebrate the feast day of our patron, St. Martin of Tours on November 11. He is best known for the account of his using his military sword to cut his cloak in two, to give half to a beggar clad only in rags in the depth of winter. In a world where people are stripped of their dignity by name calling, mud throwing and political bickering, may God grant us the courage to cloth others with dignity.

A Veterans Day Prayer: Dear Lord, Today we honor our veterans, worthy men and women who gave their best when they were called upon to serve and protect their 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.

With blessings and love,

Fr. Saju


LITURGICAL
MASS SCHEDULE
Additional Sunday Masses will be added if all scheduled Masses are full,
so please sign up early (see below).

WEEKDAYS
Monday - Friday 8:00 AM in the Church
(Reservations & Live-stream)

WEEKENDS
Sunday Vigil - Saturday 5:00 PM in the Church
(Live-stream)

Sunday 8:30 AM in the School Courtyard
Sunday 10:00 AM in the School Courtyard
Sunday 11:30 AM in the Church
(Reservations)
LIVE-STREAM MASS
HOLY HOUR
Join us in the church, or via zoom, for Holy Hour
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5 AT 7:00 PM

to Reserve Your Spot In-Person CLICK HERE
to connect via Zoom CLICK HERE
MASS INTENTIONS
November 7 - November 14
To schedule a Mass intention, please email stmartinoftours@icloud.com.
Saturday, November 7th at 5pm
All the Departed

Sunday, November 8th at 8:30am
James & Vincee Viso †
Hilarion Basubas †

Sunday, November 8th at 10:00am
Francisco Licup

Sunday, November 8th at 11:30am
Soledad Domingo
Monday, November 9th at 8am
All the Departed

Tuesday, November 10th at 8am
Trix Schiro †

Wednesday, November 11th at 8am
Gordon Abbott †

Thursday, November 12th at 8am
Souls in Purgatory

Friday, November 13th at 8am
Marie Evans †
Please pray with us for our parishioners, family and friends.
Prayer requests for the deceased: Chauncey Russo, Jose Manuel Fernandez de Ponte, Robert Brinton, Ron Dye, Cathy Sheridan

Prayer requests for the sick: Abdu Daher, David Grimm, Dee Lynn Fields, Joy Albanese, Jim McQuillen, Don Mazzone, William Bushong, David Rodriguez, Sherri Voisinet, Fonnie Rucker, Diane Borella, Jim McQuillen

PRAYER REQUESTS
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 & UPDATES
A MESSAGE OF GRATITUDE FROM THE BISHOP 
November 2, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 

Greetings to you all. I pray that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy, as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent wildfires. I am most grateful for your solidarity and sacrifice in these difficult times. It is only with your generous gifts of time, talent, and treasure that we can continue the mission of Christ in the Diocese of San Jose. Click Here to Continue Reading
GRIEF BOOT CAMP
Mondays, November 9 - December 14, 2020
7 pm - 8 pm

Grief can be difficult to navigate. In today's environment, it can be overwhelming. We invite you to intently block out an hour on Monday evenings to join us and share the journey. Each week
a new topic will be explored.

Facilitator:
Candee Lucas, cfcs San Jose Aftercare Coordinator
(650)288- 1506; cfcssanjose.com
CANOPIES NEEDED FOR OUTDOOR MASS
In preparation for the winter season, and with the unknown logistical changes that may occur due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the parish and Pastoral Council thought that purchasing two 30'x40' canopies would be beneficial in helping us safely serve our community. We plan to continue offering indoor Masses, as well as outdoor Masses (as long as permitted). As we enter the winter season, with the threat of rain, the canopies will allow us to continue with our outdoor Masses. With the help of the Men's Club, we placed an order with an anticipated ship date in December. We need your financial support for this unforeseen purchase. Cost: $11,215.15.

THANK YOU
Salvatore & Julie Saso, David Lindsay & Patricia Kelner, Josh Burroughs, Fernando & Gloria Rojas, Men's Club
For donating to the purchase of our two canopies. Your kindness and generosity will help us to continue celebrating outdoor Masses for as long as needed!!

We still need $6,615.15. Please prayerfully consider supporting fully or partially the canopies for outdoor Mass. Thank you!!
UPCOMING EVENTS
FAITH IN ACTION
 PEACE & JUSTICE MINISTRY

Since the end of September, twenty-five of us have been meeting every other week on zoom to study and discuss the book, America’s Original Sin - Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a new America. Many of us acknowledge that until recently we had never thought about our white privilege and everything associated with it that we took for granted.

  • Most of us grew up being told by our parents that police will protect you, we did not have “The Talk” that Black parents have to have with their children on how to keep themselves safe if they are stopped by the police,
  • Some of our fathers and grandfather benefitted from “The GI Bill” which was available to returning servicemen after WWII and lifted them into the middle class but it benefitted very few black veterans. Since the funding of the program was distributed at the local level most black veterans were denied housing and business loans, admissions into “white” only colleges/universities as well as job training programs.­­­­­­­­ In New York and New Jersey less than 100 of the 67,000 mortgages insured by the GI Bill were given to black veterans.
  • That as white people we never have to worry about being followed in a store by a salesperson fearful that we would shop lift, fearful of wearing a hoodie or being accused of playing “the race card”.
  • The experiences of people of color are very different than white people’s experience.
FAITH FORMATION & SPIRITUALITY
VOCATIONS AWARENESS WEEK
This week is National Vocations awareness week, something that can be celebrated throughout the rest of the month and even the rest of the year as well. It is a great time for parents to share information with their children about the different vocations in life that one can be called to by God, and share about the priesthood and consecrated life for men and women.
Here is a link to prayers for vocations - Click Here
BISHOP'S CHRISTMAS CARD CONTEST
I want to officially invite your students (school & Faith Formation) to participate in the Bishop’s Nineteenth Christmas Card Competition (for Christmas of 2020). Although this year’s contest is unique due to the pandemic, I continue to count on you for this project, hoping that you will encourage your teachers, catechists, and students to participate. 
FAMILY REFLECTION AND ACTION
November 8, 2020 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Wisdom 6:12-16 • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 • Matthew 25:1-13
“Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
—Matt. 25:13

If you were going to run a marathon, what are some things you would have to do ahead of time? Do you think you would be prepared to run such a long distance if each day for a week before the race you only ran around the block and then took a nap? Do you think your feet would be able to carry you the whole distance if you only had flipflops to wear? In the Gospel today, Jesus uses a story to help us understand how important it is to be ready to meet God. We need to prepare in advance. If each day we try a little harder to follow Jesus’ example of love, we will grow in holiness and look forward to seeing God face to face one day.
Prayer: Lord, help me to prepare my heart to become more like yours – filled with love.

 What is one thing you can do today to become more like Jesus?
CHILDREN'S SUNDAY BULLETIN & ACTIVITIES
Web Link for this week - Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities:
Building Intercultural Competencies for Ministers:
Building Intercultural Competencies for Ministers: This four-part series will equip ministers in light of the call to missionary discipleship with the requisite skills for proper integration of faith and culture for all ages, national, and cultural backgrounds. Click Here for details. To register  Click Here. Certificate available upon completion.

Sessions will be held:
  • 6-9 pm on Fri. 10/23 and 9-5 pm on Sat. 10/24
  • 6-9 pm on Fri. 11/6 and 9-5 pm on Sat. 11/7

STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
PARISH DIRECTORIES ARE HERE
We have some good news. Our parish photo directories are here. All parishioners that took part in the directory, it is time to pickup your copy of the printed church directory at the parish office!!!

You can schedule a time to pick up your copy of the directory by calling the parish office.
PARISH OFFICE IS OPEN
Our parish office is open Monday - Thursday from 9am to 5pm. Please call ahead and make an appointments.
Our Phone Number is: (408) 294-8953.
For staff directory and email addresses: Click Here
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR PARISH AND MINISTRIES
Thank you for your support to the parish! We need your financial support now more than ever to continue our ministries. The online donation system that we use is safe, secure and convenient. You can use credit cards, debit cards or direct transfer from your bank account. Please use the button below for online donations and offerings to the parish. If you are unable to give online, please mail in your weekly offertory gift to: 200 O'Connor Dr., San Jose, CA 95128
Thank you again for your continued support!!
PEASE UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION
We are in the process of cleaning up our internal parishioner database. Please take a minute to submit your information (see below). This contact information is confidential and is used only to stay in touch with our parishioners. Thank you!!
AROUND THE DIOCESE & USA
HEALTH & SAFETY INFORMATION
Questions?
Please email the Parish Office.