Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time - October 18, 2020
On Opening of Church for Worship
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
 
According to the Santa Clara County directives issued on October 13, outdoor gatherings for worship up to 200 people and indoor gatherings of up to the lesser of 100 people or 25% capacity is permitted. This is good news! We are grateful to the Lord that the pandemic situation is improving. However, as Bishop Cantu says, "We must all remain vigilant against the coronavirus pandemic and practice all the safety precautions to which we’ve become accustomed for the sake of the most vulnerable among us." 
 
We are committed to following the county and state guidelines and protocols to make our gatherings for worship safe. Our staff members, the Pastoral Council, and Liturgy Teams are discussing to come up with workable plans. We hope to send it to you in a separate email within the week. However for this weekend, please take note of the following:
 
1.   During the weekend of October 17-18, we will have the regular three outdoor Masses in the school courtyard at 8.30am, 9.30am and 10.30am. These Masses will be open for 100 persons each by sign up. You are requested to follow all the guidelines specified in the sign up form. Saturday, October 17 at 5.00pm, Mass will be livestreamed as usual.
 
2.   From October 19 onwards, daily Masses (Monday – Friday) will be at 8.00am. It is open to 100 persons by sign up. We will continue to live-stream the 8.00am Mass on Zoom and Facebook as well.

Please look out for further information on parish website and through e-bulletin.
 
Thanking you all and looking forward to seeing you at the table of the Lord,
 
With prayers and blessing,
 
Fr. Saju and Fr. Gener


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 for One Hundred & Live-stream)

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

Sunday 8.30 AM, 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM in the School Courtyard
LIVE-STREAM MASS
MASS INTENTIONS
October 17 - October 23
To schedule a Mass intention, please email stmartinoftours@icloud.com.
Saturday, October 17th at 5pm
Sal Lipari †

Sunday, October 18th at 8:30am
James & Vincee Viso †
James Cojanis †

Sunday, October 18th at 9:30am
Alice Jean Dolan

Sunday, October 18th at 10:30am
Ben Patellaro
Monday, October 19th at 8am
Justin Semana †

Tuesday, October 20th at 8am
Jim Diego †

Wednesday, October 21st at 8am
Souls in Purgatory

Thursday, October 22nd at 8am
Fr. George Varakulam (Birthday)
Michael Cleveland (Birthday)

Friday, October 23rd at 8am
Melissa Gandeza (Birthday)
Please pray with us for our parishioners, family and friends.
Prayer requests for the sick
Sherri Voisinet
Fonnie Rucker
Evely Codiga
Fr. Pat Griffin
Diane Borella
Marie Patellaro
Muriel Schlichting
Jim McQuillen
Amanda Stacy
Prayer requests for the deceased
Alice Jean Dolan
Aura Francisca Gomez
NEWS & UPDATES
A LETTER FROM BISHOP OSCAR
ON THE RETURN TO INDOOR WORSHIP

A Letter from Bishop Oscar Cantú to the People of the Diocese of San Jose on the Return to Indoor Worship:
“I am thankful to God that the pandemic conditions have improved such that our County has moved into the Orange Tier and our parishes and missions may begin celebrating Masses inside our churches soon. Although they may start as early as tomorrow, each parish will resume indoor Masses and sacraments as they are ready to do so safely.” Please read and the share the full letter:
BLESSING OUR FIRST COMMUNION CANDIDATES
This Sunday at the 9:30 AM Mass our parish community welcomes and blesses the children who are preparing to receive Jesus for the first time in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Please pray for the following children and for their families as they walk in their journey of faith.
Yvanna Abadia
Elise Ambrose
Evelyn Boscia
Mirabella Caputo
Mairead Conley
Cora Daugherty
Giovanni DeBartolo
Blake Dickinson
Isaiah Ford
Michael Gaynor
Keira Grande
Chace Honore
Alia Jones
Karina Liu
Aubriana Lonero
Benjamin Mendenhall
Angel Nunez
Noah Navarrette
Avery Oldfield
Luke Pardini
Sofia Poo
Faith Reyes
Charlotte Roberts
Anika Rupasinghe
Donovan Sanchez
Audra Sedic
Andrew Vick
Michaela Vitarelli
John William Watson
MEMORIAL MASS
Save the date
An in person Memorial Mass will be held on October 31st at 10am (details to follow). There will also be a Zoom "All Souls" Mass at 8.00am on Nov 2nd.
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.
FAITH IN ACTION
FOOD BOX MINISTRY

Food Box packing will be at Mary's Garden behind the Bailey House at 3pm on Friday. Please use street parking as the school will be using our parking lot for pick up until 3:30pm. All volunteers must have watched the DSJ COVID training video, sign the form on line, and be prepared to sign another waiver on arrival to be eligible to volunteer. Closed toe shoes must be worn at all times. Masks are mandatory and must cover the mouth and nose.
Fill out this form Microsoft Forms (enter 'St. Martin of Tours Parish' as your site)
Distribution of food will be a Drive thru from 4-6pm.
 PEACE & JUSTICE MINISTRY

Voting with a Catholic Conscience
Our Catholic faith teaches that we have a moral responsibility to vote for the good of the community. Catholic social justice teachings help us discern who will lead our country truthfully and justly. Catholics are called to defend, support, and protect the sacredness of all human life. We cannot be single issues voters. In addition to abortion, euthanasia and the death penalty, the sacred issues that Pope Francis asks us to bring into the voting booth include protecting people in poverty, the elderly, migrants, the environment and rejecting racism. Before we cast our vote, we pray for the wisdom to choose a candidate that will promote healing, equality, peace and prosperity for all.

For further details, please read the USCCB document on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
POPE'S NEW ENCYCLICAL FRATELLI TUTTI

In his third Encyclical, Fratelli tutti , Pope Francis addresses his renewed call to universal fraternity “to all people of good will, regardless of their religious convictions.” Amid the “noisy potpourri of facts and opinions” present in today’s world, the Holy Father suggests respectful dialogue and proposes that we answer with “a new vision of fraternity and social friendship" to build a better, more just, and peaceful world, with the contribution of all: people and institutions. 
To read Vatican Media's summary of Fratelli tutti: CLICK HERE
 
To read the full document: CLICK HERE
FAITH FORMATION & SPIRITUALITY
FAMILY REFLECTION AND ACTION
October 18, 2020 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 • 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b • Matthew 22:15-21

“We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers.” —1Thes. 1:2
 It is common that people turn to God in their need, asking for help and for God to fix bad things. But today’s scripture encourages us to always give thanks to God in prayer, for the good things and even the bad. Most especially, remember to pray for others and their needs. It can be a blessing to others to have someone praying for them, even if they are not aware of it. They may feel a little happier the day you pray for them, without knowing why. You could consider yourself a “secret agent of prayer” working for God.
 Prayer: Dear Lord, we thank you for all the special people you have put into our lives. Please bless them in a special way today.

Who are some of the people you can pray for on a regular basis?
CHILDREN'S SUNDAY BULLETIN & ACTIVITIES
Web Link for this week - Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities:
CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION

We are still accepting registrations for Youth and Teen Confirmation until October 20th. The sessions will be online through ZOOM. For further details and to register, please use the links below or go to our parish website at stmartin.org.


If you have any questions, please contact Lerma Simpson, our Catechetical Director.
Phone: (408) 294-8953 Ext. 321
BUILDING A CULTURE OF LIFE SERIES
October is Respect Life Month. Join via Zoom every Friday evening at 6:30pm. Please click on the link below for specific details.
STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Thank you DAN BRADY for installing the ministry mailboxes that will help simplify our parish operations. We are so grateful for your repeated kindness in all the projects you take on here at St. Martin of Tours Church. And again, thank you JOHN TRALONGO for donating the mailboxes. We are so blessed!!!
Thank you
LOUISE ZARKA
SUE MCMILLIN
ROSE ANG
JOSHUA BURROUGHS
BRIAN & CATHERINE YOSHII
RON MURPHY & CAROL REBER
for your generosity in helping to sponsor the expense of our irrigation repairs. We are so thankful for your kindness and generosity. We have now reached our goal and have begun making the necessary repairs.
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!!
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
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!!
ST. MARTIN OF TOURS SCHOOL NEWS
AROUND THE DIOCESE
HEALTH & SAFETY INFORMATION
Questions?
Please email the Parish Office.