Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 24, 2021
Dear Parishioners, Parents, and Children,

Sunday, October 31st is all Hallows' Eve, the vigil of All Saint's Day. In celebration, we would like to invite all children to attend Mass on Sunday, October 31st at 8:30am and 10:00am dressed as their favorite saint. After Mass, there will be donuts aka "soul cake" for the children to take home and enjoy!

The following link gives some interesting history about All Hallows' Eve.


God Bless!

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 23 - October 29
To schedule a Mass intention, please email stmartinoftours@icloud.com.
Saturday 5:00pm - St. Martin of Tours Parishioners

Sunday 8:30am - James & Vincee Viso

Sunday 10:00am - Russ Vento (Birthday)

Sunday 11:30am - John Rossi †, Therese Macasiray Truong †, Joseph Tran †, and Charles & Kim Reed (Anniversary)

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

Tuesday 8:00am - Souls in Purgatory

Wednesday 8:00am - Rosalia Bommarito

Thursday 8:00am - Robert Lawrence

Friday 8:00am - St. Martin of Tours School
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE DECEASED:
Dolores Santana, Philmon Philip, Darlene DaSilva, Paul Bommarito, Arthur Magagna, Laura Ziffer, Alfredo & Fe Manrique
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE SICK:
Rose Scudero-Jones, Jose Mendoza, 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
 
10/21 CCM (Children's Catechetical Ministry) Session from 3:30 - 5:30pm

10/24 Confirmation Orientation (Parents & Students) in the Church from 4:00 - 5:00pm

10/28 Family Faith Night via Zoom from 5:30 - 6:45pm

10/31 Happy Halloween ~ Join us for Mass at 8:30am, 10:00am or 11:30am

11/1 (All Saints Day) Mass at 8:00am & 7:00pm

11/2 (All Souls Day) Memorial Mass at 8:00am & 7:00pm

11/4 Adoration in the Church at 7:00pm

11/6 St. Martin of Tours Feast Day Celebration starting at 5:00pm Mass
For a complete list of Parish events:
Young Disciple Passport
We have started 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 K - 8th grade are encouraged to participate. Passports can be picked up at all weekend Masses. There will be designated ushers handing out passports and stamping them.

Children with 75% weekend Mass attendance will be recognized and will receive a gift from Santa during Christmas.

Parents, teachers, catechists, and scout leaders can make entries on the back page of the passport indicating acts of charity, outreach, 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 invited and recognized at a dinner with the bishop.

Children and parents, let us embark on a discipleship journey together.
All Souls Day Memorial Masses
November 2nd at 8:00am & 7:00pm
 
You, your family, and friends are invited to attend our Annual All Souls Day Memorial Mass. This is a time for remembering all those who have gone to the Lord.

If you would like to have a picture of your loved one(s) placed on the memorial table, please drop off a framed picture (with your name & phone number on the back) to the collection boxes at the front entrance of the Church before or after Mass on the weekends of October 23/24 and 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
Saturday, November 6th at 5:00pm

Whenever a parish is established or a church is consecrated a patron saint’s name is given. We are blessed to have St. Martin of Tours as our patron saint. Although St. Martin of Tours Feast Day is on Thursday, November 11, this year, our community will celebrate our patron saint on Saturday, November 6, before the "time change".

Please join us on November 6 at 5:00 PM for Mass followed by a candlelight procession and prayer before the statue of St. Martin of Tours. There will be cookies and hot chocolate for all after the procession. Please bring your new and gently worn coat donations to Mass, as we follow the example of St. Martin of Tours, who gave half of his cloak to a man in need.

Feast Day dinners are also available for pre-order. You will have the option of eating outside under the tents (tables will be set up) or taking your meal home. Click HERE for more information.
St. Martin of Tours
Annual Cloak Drive
November 6/7 & 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 on November 6/7 and 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.
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.
Thanksgiving Mass & Food Collection
Thursday, November 25th at 9:00 AM

The St. Martin of Tours community is collecting non-perishable food at the Thanksgiving Day Mass on Thursday, November 25th at 9:00 AM. Please join us for Mass and bring your canned, packaged or boxed food like cereal etc. Everyone will be asked to bring food offerings up during the Mass and Father will bless it. Please contact Therese Lehane at tlehane@stmartin.org, if you have any questions.
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!!
Second Collection
October 23rd & 24th

October 24th is World Mission Sunday. We celebrate this day by remembering our baptismal call to bring the Gospel to all! The second collection this weekend is for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith which supports the work and witness of the Mission Church, as it provides for priests, religious and lay leaders who offer the Lord's mercy and concrete help to the most vulnerable communities in the Pope's Missions. Together, through our prayers and financial support, we can help support the live-giving presence of the Church among the poor and marginalized in more than 1,111 mission dioceses. With grateful hearts for your mission solidarity... Thank you!!
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!!
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 24 - 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM – Session in the parish office
November 7 – 10:00 AM – Rite of Acceptance & Rite of Welcome at the 10:00 Mass
                      (session in the parish office after formal dismissal)
November 14 – 10:00 AM - Mass and session in the parish office after dismissal

CCM (Children's Catechetical Ministry)/First Eucharist Preparation: 
October 21 (4:00 PM to 5:15 PM) – CCM sessions for children
October 28 (5:30 PM to 6:45 PM) – Virtual Family Faith Night
November 4 (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. For more information, please contact Lerma in Faith Formation at (408) 294-8953 ext. 321 or at lerma.simpson@dsj.org.
A Closer Look at the Signs and Symbols of God…..
The Hand

An image of a human hand can represent how God is present in our world. In the Bible, God’s mighty hand protects and saves God’s people from danger (Exodus 3:19-20). In scenes of creation, Jesus’ baptism, or his crucifixion, you can sometimes see a hand emerging from a cloud above. That’s a way of showing that God is present and active and rules over all these mysteries.

In the ancient world, right and left had special meanings. If you were at someone’s right hand, you shared that person’s power and blessings. The Bible describes Jesus as sitting at the right hand of the Father, and Jesus describes the Last Judgment as a time when the righteous will be set apart on his right hand (Matthew 25: 31-46).

Often, in depictions of Jesus, his right hand – and always his right hand – is raised in blessing, even if he’s being depicted as a baby! Sometimes he has two fingers raised together with the thumb and the other two folded down and meeting. This symbolizes the Trinity as well as Jesus’ divine and human natures.

In other images, Jesus’ fingers are arranged so that they symbolize the Greek letters ICXS, which are the first and last letters of the words Jesus Christ in Greek.
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October 24, 2021 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 31:7-9 • Hebrews 5:1-6
• Mark 10:46-52
Jesus told him, “Go on your way; your faith has saved you.” —Mark 10:52 

In the Gospel story today, we learn it is okay to ask Jesus for what we want. After all, Jesus asked the blind man “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man got exactly what he asked for; he got his sight. Sometimes we don’t get exactly what we ask for and it may be a while before we understand why God didn’t seem to answer our prayer. Other times, we may get what we asked for, but it comes in a different way than we imagined it would. God cares about us and wants what is best for us and sometimes that means not giving us what we think we want. It’s like a parent who won’t feed their child donuts every day for breakfast even if that’s what the child asks for because the parent knows it’s not good for the child. Keep asking God for what you need, and trust that he knows what is best for you. 

Prayer: Dear Lord, teach me how to pray in a way that doesn’t only ask for what I want, but that will teach me what you want for me. 

Family Reflection: When I pray, do I find myself praying only for my own concerns or do I also pray for those around me who have greater needs? (e.g. the poor and forgotten)? 
Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities
Web Link for this week - Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities:
AROUND THE DIOCESE & COMMUNITY
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!

October 29th
Christmas Card Contest
It’s that time of year where we invite students from our schools and faith formation groups to express their artistic talents in creating a Christmas Card for Bishop Cantú. This year’s contest will be open to participants from kindergarten to 5th grade. The theme for this year’s card is focused on ST. JOSEPH. This flyer will provide further information. We look forward to seeing the wonderful creations the children have in store. For any questions, contactcommunications@dsj.org
Welcome Home 30 Second Video Series: What was your experience like when you or your family returned to in-person Mass worship? We invite everyone – staff, parishioners, school families, etc. – to send us a short 30-second video of how you felt after attending a Mass in-person after the COVID shutdown. The Office of Communications would like to post your video as a part of a series on the dsj.org website and our social media channels to encourage everyone of all ages to come back to Mass at their parish. See video sample. Email your short video to communicatons@dsj.org or upload your video here
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.