Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 31, 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 Saturday, October 30th and Sunday, October 31st as their favorite saint.

Will you dress as the saint you were named after, or maybe....

St. Martin of Tours who cut his cape in two, giving half to a man in need.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was the first person born in the United States to be declared a saint, opened the first American Catholic parish school and established the first American Catholic orphanage, and founded the first native American religious community of women.

St. Francis of Assisi who many see as a sweet simpleton who picked flowers and talked with animals.

Or put on a name tag with the name of your favorite saint. We look forward to seeing you at Mass this weekend.
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 30 - November 5
To schedule a Mass intention, please email stmartinoftours@icloud.com.
Saturday 5:00pm - Emily Z. Cruz

Sunday 8:30am - James & Vincee Viso
and Francisco Licup †

Sunday 10:00am - JW Knapen †
and Gloria Deleon †

Sunday 11:30am - Therese Macasiray Truong †
and Admina Frame †

Monday 8:00am - All Souls

Monday 7:00pm - All Souls

Tuesday 8:00am - All Souls

Tuesday 7:00pm - All Souls

Wednesday 8:00am - All Souls

Thursday 8:00am - All Souls

Friday 8:00am - All Souls
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE DECEASED:
Bill Scharrenberg, Michael Glazzy, Dolores Santana, Luciana Sanvicente, Darlene DaSilva, Paul Bommarito, Arthur Magagna, Laura Ziffer, Philmon Philip, Alfredo & Fe Manrique
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE SICK:
Midge Zylker, Kyle Anderson, Rose Scudero-Jones, Jose Mendoza, Susie Miller, Cynthia Bean, 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
 
10/28 Family Faith Night via Zoom from 5:30 - 6:45pm

10/31 Happy Hallows' Eve/Halloween
Children Dress up as your favorite Saint for Mass ~ 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 Holy Hour - 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:
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. You are also welcome to bring a picture of your loved one(s) to the Memorial Mass to keep with you.

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.
Holy Hour - Adoration

PLEASE JOIN US ON
Thursday, November 4th at 7:00pm
In the Church or via Zoom for Holy Hour

Young Disciple Passport

Calling all young disciples... don't forget to get your passports stamped at Mass this weekend. We look forward to celebrating All Hallow's Eve with you.
Feast of St. Martin of Tours
Saturday, November 6th at 5:00pm

Please join us on November 6 in celebration of our patron saint St. Martin of Tours. We will begin 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. We will be collecting new and gently worn coats before Mass, for our St. Martin of Tours annual cloak drive.

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. We hope you can join us.
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 their food offerings up during the Mass for a blessing. 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 30th / 31st

Our second collection this weekend, October 30th/31st, is for St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP). All of the donations that SVdP receives provides critical support to residents in our St. Martin of Tours neighborhood who are struggling to make ends meet, but are not receiving the help they need. Your generous donations to SVdP help to clothe, feed and house our neighbors in need. Thanks to your generous support of $33,826 from October 2020 to September 2021 we were able to help: 50 families with rent and car payments, 21 families with utilities, many clients with food, toiletries, laundry money, and spiritual support, and children of clients with school supplies (15) and Christmas gifts (8). We thank you for all your support and ask that you help us continue this ministry. Many Blessings!
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
Baptisms at St. Martin of Tours

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

Luke Rodriguez-Woodard 
(child of Austin Woodard and Katherine Rodriguez)

Skylar Mae Koontz 
(child of Joseph Tyler Koontz and Marijana Gajdos)

Giovanni Chideziri Onyewuenyi 
(child of Akujobi Umunnakwe Onyewuenyi and Chiagoziem Iheoma Njoku)

Elise Adelind Braatz 
(child of Mark Elliott Braatz and Kathryn Temprante Calpito)
Dates to Remember
RCIA: 
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 followed by a session in the parish office after 
dismissal. 
November 21 – 10:00 AM: Mass followed by a session in the parish office after 
dismissal. 

CCM (Children's Catechetical Ministry)/First Eucharist Preparation: 
November 4 - 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM: CCM sessions for children 
November 13 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM: Virtual Family Retreat for the Sacrament of 
Reconciliation (for those preparing for First Eucharist) 
November 18 – 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM: Virtual Family Faith Night 

Confirmation: 
November 7- 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM: Virtual VIRTUS safety session (for students not 
enrolled at St. Martin of Tours school) 
November 14 – 10:00 AM Mass: Rite of Acceptance and blessing of Confirmation 
candidates 
November 21 – 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM: Candidate session in the Community Building 


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 God…..
Shepherd
 
Since Old Testament times, God’s people have used the shepherd image to represent God. Shepherds and their flocks were a common sight for the Israelites. They understood that sheep depended on a shepherd to lead and protect them. A good shepherd knew each of his sheep and was committed to the flock’s welfare, sometimes fighting wolves and other predators to protect the sheep. 

God, like a shepherd, keeps us safe and protects us from danger. He guides us to where we need to be for a rich, full life. Jesus calls himself our shepherd. He goes further in John 10 to say that he is the Good Shepherd who knows each of us personally and who is willing to lay down his life for us. Jesus also reminds us that if even one sheep wanders from the rest of the flock, the shepherd will go find and bring it back (Luke 15: 3-7). If we’re lost, Jesus will find us so we can be safe with him again. 
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October 31, 2021 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Deuteronomy 6:2-6 • Hebrews 7:23-28 • Mark 12:28b-34 

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength…You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” — Mark 12:30-31 

The scribe asked Jesus, “Which is the greatest commandment?” Because he understood the answer, Jesus told him that he is not far from the kingdom of God. Do I understand Jesus’ words? Do I love God with all my soul, mind, and strength? When we love what is good and strive to do what is right, then we are loving God. Do I love my neighbor as myself? Is my neighbor’s well-being as important as my own? It’s not selfish to be good to ourselves, but we are asked to treat others just as well. For some people, it is harder to be as good to themselves as they are to others. Jesus asks us to try to do both. Love others AND love ourselves. 

Prayer: Dear Lord, we want to understand your words. We want to live your commandments with all our heart. Holy Spirit, please help us to know how to express our love for God, others, and ourselves. 

Family Reflection: Do we care about our neighbor as much as we care about ourselves? How can we do better? 
Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities
Web Link for this week - Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities:
AROUND THE DIOCESE & COMMUNITY
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, contact communications@dsj.org
National Vocation Awareness Week will be celebrated in our country November 7-13, 2021. Please ask Our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons and consecrated men and women. May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community, and respond generously to God’s gift of a vocation. Parishes resources for promoting National Vocation Awareness Week including prayers of the faithful:
November 12th at 11:30am - 1:00pm
Rosary & Faith Talk Luncheon
Presented by: Guadalupe Hope Society

Rev. George Aranha, Pastor of Santa Teresa Parish, will lead us in a rosary for the unborn and their parents, and share a faith talk on "Reading and Living the Gospel". 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 register to attend the Rosary Luncheon: (408)447-5433, or email:

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.