Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 10, 2021
YOUNG DISCIPLE PASSPORT FOR CHILDREN

Dear Parishioners, Parents, and Children,
 
I have some exciting news for you. We are starting a ‘Young Disciple Passport’ journey for our children at St. Martin of Tours Parish. The goal is to encourage and enable our children to grow into great disciples of Christ.
 
All children from kindergarten to eighth grade can participate. Children from public school and other private school are included. They can pick up a passport when they come for any of the weekend Masses. Whenever they come for weekend Mass, designated ushers will affix a seal on their passport. This will encourage them and their parents to participate at weekend Masses. Children with 75% weekend Mass attendance will be recognized and will receive a gift from Santa, during Christmas. 
 
Parents, teachers, catechists, and scout leaders are permitted to make entries on the back page of the passport indicating acts of charity, reach out, volunteering, and other commendable discipleship actions undertaken by the young disciple.
 
After Easter, young disciples with 75% Mass attendance and with commendable discipleship action(s) will be selected and recognized at a dinner with the bishop. All those young disciples who qualify will be included, and may bring their parents to the dinner. They will also receive a certificate at the recognition dinner.
 
Young ones and parents, let us embark on a discipleship journey.
 
Thanking you all,
 
Fr. Saju
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
October 9 - October 15
To schedule a Mass intention, please email stmartinoftours@icloud.com.
Saturday 5:00pm - Osmundo C. Macasiray
and Ben Patellaro

Sunday 8:30am - James & Vincee Viso

Sunday 10:00am - David Licurse †

Sunday 11:30am - Therese MaCasiray Truong
and Antonio Gamab, Jr.

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

Tuesday 8:00am - Faithfully Departed

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

Thursday 8:00am - Right to Life

Friday 8:00am - St. Martin of Tours School
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE DECEASED:
Arthur Gonzales, Paul Bommarito, Eusebio Llamas, Virgilio Yabut, Alfredo Manrique, Fe Manrique, Patrick Mendoza
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE SICK:
Susie Miller, Cynthia Bean, Lulu Llamas, Nina Yabut, Monica Kresb-Bach, Molly Clark, Sylvia Duenas, 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
 
10/7 Holy Hour Adoration & Benediction in the Church from 7-8pm
10/7 CCM (Children's Catechetical Ministry) Session from 3:30-5:30pm
 
10/9 Center for Farmworker Families/Dr. Ann López- in the Church at 6:00pm

10/11 COLUMBUS DAY (Parish Office Closed - Please join us for Mass at 8am)
10/11 Food Box Sorting - Outside the Bailey House at 5:00pm

10/14 Speaker Series – in the Church at 4:00pm - Sister Patricia Galli
10/14 CCM (Children's Catechetical Ministry) Session from 3:30-5:30pm

10/15 Food Box Distribution - Outside the Church under the tents
3:00-5:30pm for volunteers and 4:00-5:00pm for clients

10/16-17   Rose Garden Home Tours from 10:00am - 4:00pm
For a complete list of Parish events:
Holy Hour

PLEASE JOIN US ON
Thursday, October 7th at 7:00pm
In the Church or via Zoom for Holy Hour
Dr. Ann López to Address St. Martin of Tours
As we begin our ministry to the farmworkers and their families, we have invited Dr. Ann López to come and speak to us and the community about the ministry and respond to our questions. It is open to everyone that wishes to attend, so please invite your friends and family on Saturday, October 9th, at 6:00 PM (after the Saturday 5:00 PM Mass). No registration is needed.

Dr. Ann López is the Executive Director of Center for Farmworker Families and is dedicated to education, advocacy, and support for farmworker families.

Farmworker Tour

What an education for all of us that were able to attend the Farmworker Tour in Watsonville. I think we all came back humbled in many ways. We had the fortunate opportunity to listen to the stories of 5 amazingly strong female migrant farmworkers. They shared their losses, experiences, and hopes for the future.

Thank you to all those that organized and attended this event. In serving these wonderful people, we have invited Dr. Ann Lopez to speak this Saturday, October 9th at 6:00 PM to help build awareness (details above). Please help support this community of people, by joining in this event and inviting your friends and family to join.
Food Box Volunteers Needed

Food box sorting Monday, October 11th 5-7pm (volunteers)

Food box packing Friday, October 15th 3-5:30pm (volunteers)

Food Box pick up Friday, October 15th 4-5pm (clients)

We are back to our "Client Choice" model, where we set up a shopping market under the tents outside the church (just like we used to do in the Gym pre: Covid). We need a LOT more volunteers for this model. Please mark your calendars and bring your children back to the program. 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

St. Ignatius Loyola once said that we should “Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you.” In the Book of Matthew, Jesus teaches his followers the Lord’s Prayer as an alternative to hypocritical and empty prayer. The “Our Father” is a powerful prayer and there is depth to every phrase and every word. 
Please join us Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 4-5:15pm in the Church as we listen to Sister Patricia Galli as she leads us to understand the true meaning of this prayer and appreciate how this prayer can affect your life. 
Memorial Mass
November 2nd at 8:00am & 7:00pm
 
You, your family, and friends are invited to attend our Annual Memorial Mass if you have experienced a loss through death. This is a “Time for Remembering” those that have gone to the Lord. Please bring a framed photograph of your loved one(s) to add to our memorial table. Please drop your framed pictures to the collection boxes in the entry of the Church before or after Mass on the weekends of October 23/24 or October 30/31. We are keeping you in our prayers and hope you are gentle on yourselves as you journey from grief to healing. If you have any questions, please contact Therese Lehane at tlehane@stmartin.org.
Feast of St. Martin of Tours

We will be celebrating the Feast of St. Martin of Tours on Saturday, November 6th.

Please join for Mass at 5:00 PM followed by a candle light procession. Fellowship meals will be available for pre-order (more information will be available in next week's e-bulletin).

St. Martin of Tours was a Bishop of Tours, a shrine in France. He is one of the most popular and recognizable Saints of the Church. He is the Patron Saint of soldiers.
On a trip over the Alps to visit his parents, he was attacked by robbers who not only wanted to steal what he owned but threatened to take his life. Calm and unperturbed, Martin spoke to the robbers about God. One of the robbers was so impressed that he converted and became a law-abiding citizen.

Many miracles have been attributed to him. In one case out of many a father came to him grief stricken that his daughter had never spoken. Martin healed her by asking her to say her father’s name — which she did. Although the feast is on November 11, we will celebrate it on Saturday, November 6, before the 'fall back'.
St. Martin of Tours Annual Cloak Drive

Every year near our feast day, we ask for your help to the needy folks in our area before the cold of the winter months arrives. Before each Mass on November 6/7 and November 13/14, you are invited to bring new or clean “gently used” coats. There is a high need for Ladies' coats sizes S, M, and L; as well as, children's coats in all sizes. Please ONLY bring coats. They will be blessed and then taken for distribution to those of our brothers and sisters in need and to the Farmworkers and their children, as we support this new ministry as well. If you have any questions, please contact Therese Lehane at tlehane@stmartin.org.
Pet Blessing
It was such a joy to see everyone and their pets last Sunday at Mass!
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!!
Volunteering
PEOPLE MINISTERING TO PEOPLE

Please consider becoming a SVdP Society Volunteer. 
 
Volunteers:
  • Phone monitors to scan calls
  • Spanish speakers for phone calls
  • Food/Toiletries Visitors for sidewalk food drop-offs
  • Computer help with spread sheets and data entry
  • Home visitors to make phone visits during Covid (and home visits when continued)
  • Computer technician to set up a SVdP-SMT webpage and manager
 
Please phone (408) 515-6104 to donate time, money and used cars, too, so that Saint Vincent de Paul can continue fulfilling our mission to reach out and assist local families in need.
 
Thank you and Blessings from SVdP at SMT
Lectors, Ushers & Eucharistic Ministers

Lectors proclaim the living Word of God at Mass. Ushers/Greeters are men, women & youth greeting the people at church, seating them, helping with the collection, and helping keep the church safe and in order. If you are able to help, please click the button below, from your computer, to sign up.
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, confession, Fr. Gener & Fr. Saju are available. Please contact them directly. Staff Directory
FAITH FORMATION & SPIRITUALITY
Dates to Remember


RCIA: 
October 10 (11:30 AM to 1:00 PM – Session in the parish office 
October 17 (11:30 AM to 1:00 PM – Session in the parish office 
October 24 (11:30 AM to 1:00 PM – Session in the parish office 

CCM (Children's Catechetical Ministry)/First Eucharist Preparation
October 10 (10:00 AM Mass) – Blessing and Rite of Acceptance for children preparing for the Sacrament of First Eucharist 
October 14 (4:00 PM to 5:15 PM) – CCM sessions for children 
October 14 (4:00 PM to 5:15 PM) – ALL Parent Session (Speaker Series) in the Church 
October 21 (4:00 PM to 5:15 PM) – CCM sessions for children 

Confirmation: 
DEADLINE EXTENDED to October 21 – deadline for registration 
October 24 – Parent and Student Orientation 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the church 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
Registration is available on our parish website or at the parish office. For more information, please contact Lerma in Faith Formation at (408) 294-8953 ext. 321 or at lerma.simpson@dsj.org.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

The RCIA Process for the 2021-2022 Faith Formation Year has begun. We meet in the parish office at 11:30 AM on Sundays. Anyone who is thinking about becoming Catholic, or if you would like to complete your sacraments of initiation, you are welcome to join us.

For more information, please contact Lerma Simpson at the parish office. lerma.simpson@dsj.org; (408) 294-8953 ext. 321 
A Closer Look at Mary…..
Mary and the Serpent 

The Book of Genesis tells the story of hope, sadness – and then new hope. We read of God’s love in creating the universe and how what he created is good. But then the people God created reject all the goodness and choose sin instead. That’s not the end of the story, though. In Genesis chapter 3, there’s a glimmer of hope. 
As God tells Adam, Eve, and the serpent the consequences of their actions, he tells the serpent who had tempted Eve that there would be hostility between him and the woman. Someday the serpent would strike at her heel, but the woman and her offspring would strike at the serpent’s head. 

This is the very first announcement of the coming of Jesus. It’s even called the “first Gospel” by early church fathers. Evil would not win the final victory. This is why many statues and other images of Mary show her stepping on a serpent. She is like a new Eve, driving darkness and sin away rather than inviting it into her life. Sometimes the globe of the earth might be under her feet. This reminds us that every person in every part of the world shares this hope. Through Mary’s offspring, Jesus, all the people can receive the grace to resist temptation that’s held out to us and live in hope and trust in God instead. 
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October 10, 2021 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time 
Wisdom 7:7-11 • Hebrews 4:12-13 • Mark 10:17-30 

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” —Mark 10:23

We may not consider ourselves wealthy people. But to most of the world, we are extremely wealthy. Once, a very poor man in Haiti said “If you eat everyday, you are rich.” We put a lot of value on our “stuff,” so much so that we begin putting our possessions before our desire to love and serve the Lord and one another. Jesus told the rich young man to sell what he owned and give to the poor. Practically speaking, Jesus probably isn’t asking all of us to sell everything we have. However, we could start by looking at what our needs are and what our wants are. This can help us detach ourselves from our “stuff ” and free us to attach ourselves to God and others. 

Prayer: Dear Lord, sometimes we get caught up in what we want to buy, where we want to eat dinner, where we should go on vacation, and more. Please help to be more concerned with sharing what we have with others who don’t have as much. 

Reflection: As a family, what are our needs versus our wants? What can we do as a family to “let go” of the things we don’t need? 
Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities
Web Link for this week - Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities:
ST. MARTIN OF TOURS SCHOOL
ROSE GARDEN HOME TOURS
October 16th & 17th
10am - 4 pm
Tour Stunning Homes, Purchase a Glass of Wine or Prosecco at our Sip n' Shop. Our boutique will feature local, small-business artisans, pop-up vendors, succulents, bay leaf wreaths and more.
Click HERE for flyer
AROUND THE DIOCESE & COMMUNITY
October 8th at 11:30am - 1:00pm
Rosary & Faith Talk Luncheon
Presented by: Guadalupe Hope Society
Rev. Michael 'Mickey' Pintacura will lead us in a rosary for the unborn and their parents, and share a faith talk on "Blessed Anna Maria Taigi: Wife, Mother, and Mystic". 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 call or email to reserve your seat. For More Information

Please register to attend: (408)447-5433, or email: admin@ghswomenscenter.com
This event can be found on our website and on eventbrite.
Weekend of October 8 - 10th
St. Mary's Country Fair
219 Bean Avenue, Los Gatos, CA

Butler Rides
Live Music
Kids Zone
Bingo
Food & Drinks

Friday 5-10PM, Saturday 10AM-10PM
& Sunday 10AM-5PM
October 25th at 5:30pm - 7:00pm
The Upstanders Film

The Upstanders is a film about resilience and the power of connection to end bullying. Our faith community will hold a special virtual-screening of The Upstanders to raise awareness and open up a dialogue. The event will feature viewing of the 54-minute film with Spanish subtitles, followed by an informative panel discussion with Deacon Rubén Solorio from Sacred Heart School, Fr. Matt Stanley and Youth Minister Kevin Bernaga from St. Francis of Assisi, a pediatrician & a therapist.  Registration is free, for all 13+ and now open!
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.