Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 3, 2021
CARE NOTES FROM THE PASTOR

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Greetings form Fr. Saj!

As I take a look at the parish calendar and events, I thank all of you and the parish staff for your efforts, faith, and support in helping to rejuvenate the parish as we move ahead in the pandemic. We have various events organized and scheduled to help us grow as a community. I request you to take a look at the upcoming events and mark your calendar. Your participation and invitation of friends and family to join in these events will make a big difference. Please be assured that all our events will prioritize the safety and well being of all.

Some of the upcoming events that require special mention are: Blessing of Pets, Farm Worker Reality Tour, Dr. Ann Lopez’s visit and address to our community, speaker series with Sister Patricia Galli , Ross Garden Home Tours, Memorial Mass, St. Martin of Tours cloak drive, Feast of St martin of Tours, and Holy Hour. I look forward to seeing many of you in person for these events.

Looking ahead - we are also organizing a vaccination clinic for children in collaboration with the county when FDA approves Covid vaccine for children above the age of five.

I thank the parents and children for joining Weekend Masses. When I spoke to some children, they tell me, it is great joy for them to see their friends and other children at Mass. Parents, I urge you to bring your children back to Mass. Please do know, we as a community have been very good in following the Covid protocols.

Thanking the Lord for all of you and for many blessings God has bestowed upon us,

Fr. Saj
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 2 - October 8
To schedule a Mass intention, please email stmartinoftours@icloud.com.


Saturday 5:00pm - Lourdes Aballe

Sunday 8:30am - James & Vincee Viso

Sunday 10:00am - Rolando Apan †
and Assunta † & Ernesto † Alvane

Sunday 11:30am - Therese MaCasiray Truong

Monday 8:00am - Wilhelmina Cabading

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

Wednesday 8:00am - Faithfully Departed

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

Friday 8:00am - Souls in Purgatory
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE DECEASED:
Arthur Gonzales, Glorian Quigley, Thomas Garcia, Eusebio Llamas, Virgilio Yabut, Alfredo Manrique, Gilbert Lai, Sister Felicia Gross, 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
 
10/3     Pet Blessing – Outside Mass at 8:30am
(Bring your pet outdoor or in car)
10/3     Farm Worker Tour – Church parking lot - 1pm

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
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
For a complete list of Parish events:
Farmworker Reality Tour
The Farm worker reality tour is this Sunday, October 3. We are so impressed with how quickly the community responded to this call. All of our spots are filled. The purpose of the tour is to get a first hand experience of the living situation, life, and work of the farm workers and their children. It will give us an opportunity to listen to their stories; enabling us to discover ways to minister to them. Thank you to all those who expressed interest. If you were unable to make the tour, but would still like to be involved in ministering to the Farmworkers, please contact Therese Lehane tlehane@stmartin.org.
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.
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 weekend 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.
St. Martin of Tours Annual Cloak Drive

On a bitterly cold day, the famous legend goes, Martin met a poor man, almost naked, trembling in the cold and begging from passersby at the city gate. Martin had nothing but his weapons and his clothes. He drew his sword, cut his cloak into two pieces, gave one piece to the beggar and wrapped himself in the other half. Some of the bystanders laughed at his now odd appearance; others were ashamed of not having relieved the man’s misery themselves. That night in his sleep Martin saw Christ dressed in the half of the garment he had given away, and heard him say, “Martin, still a catechumen, has clothed me with this cloak.”
 
So, it is told that St. Martin shared his own cloak with the needy man. We take the opportunity at the feast of St. Martin, our patron Saint, to follow his example. 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 “gentle used” coats and jackets. 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. And YOU will have upheld the tradition of St. Martin.
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 3 (11:30 AM to 1:00 PM) – Session in the parish office 
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

CCM (Children's Catechetical Ministry)/First Eucharist Preparation
September 30 (4:00 PM to 5:15PM) – CCM Children's Virtus Safety Session via Zoom
October 7 (4:00 PM to 5:15 PM) – CCM sessions for children
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

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.
Baptisms
Please welcome the following children who were baptized in our parish community during the month of September:

Oryon Del Legaspi
(child of Roycedale Legaspi and Cindy Cheung)

Noah Rejon Medrano Redaniel
(child of Moises Reyes Redaniel and Cheryl Medrano)
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…..
Roses and Rosemary 
Through history, Christians have associated Mary with plants that are beautiful and life giving. Most of these plants are flowers, and the most well-known is the rose. 

To the Romans, roses symbolized beauty and triumphant love, so it was not a big step for Christians to connect roses with Mary. You will often see Mary crowned with roses or her heart circled with roses. And, of course, our great devotion to Mary – the Rosary – gets its name from roses. 

Red roses remind us of Mary’s suffering, yellow or gold her glory in heaven, and white, her purity. 

The rosemary plant is not related to roses, but a legend connects it to Mary. Rosemary is an herb that grows into large bushes. The story says that when the Holy Family fled to Egypt, Mary spread her cloak to dry on the rosemary bush, and the plant then absorbed the sweet scent of her goodness. 

There are so many plants named after Mary that you could fill a garden with them. In fact, for hundreds of years, people have done just that. “Mary Gardens” contain flowers and herbs that remind people of some quality of the Blessed Virgin. In our own parish’s Mary Garden, beautiful roses surround the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is a Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary associated with a series of five Marian apparitions in December 1531. Before or after Mass, take some time to enjoy the presence of Mary and the beauty of her roses. 
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October 3, 2021 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Genesis 2:18-24 • Hebrews 2:9-11 • Mark 10:2-16

“Let the children come to me: do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” —Mark 10:14-15
 
Jesus loved spending time with children, even though in his time and culture most people didn’t think children were very important or special. He knew that adults have a lot to learn from children, like their playfulness, trust, and ability to love others, and he doesn’t want children to ever stop being like that. Jesus challenged the adults to always approach him with the joy and excitement of children because living in God’s way should be joyful and freeing, not always so serious and boring. God wants everyone to come to him eagerly, not because it’s something we “should” do. 

Prayer: Dear Lord, we want to come to you to love and be loved, without any reservations. Help us to surrender our hearts to you in a simple way. 

Reflection: 
- For children: What do you think Jesus loves about you as a child? 
- For adults: How do you think you could become more child-like again? 
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.
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.