Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time - October 4, 2020
On Being a Parish Family
Dear Friends,
  
It is said that “Long-term interpersonal relationships are the crucible of genuine progress in the Christian life. People who stay together also grow." During this pandemic we take all necessary precautions to be safe. However, it is also ideal and important that each of us be involved in activities that help us to be and continue as a parish family. Here are some suggestions to consider.

  1. Sign up and join us for one of the Sunday Masses, if you are not in a high risk category. We have three Masses on Sundays - 8.30 AM, 9.30 AM and 10.30 AM.
  2. Join us for our live-streamed Masses on Zoom. You can see and meet your parish family members virtually. You will be able to greet and chat with them before and after Mass. The link can be found below or on our parish website.
  3. Participate in the Zoom Rosary with parishioners at 9.30 AM, Monday to Friday. Share with others how you are doing, have community time, and pray for various intentions. The Zoom link is the same as that of the Mass.
  4. Join in the parish Book Study on Racism organized by the Peace and Justice committee of the parish. This is a great way to get to know each other, through the shared stories and experiences. We had a great participation this week. The Zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81291725905 Our next meetings are on 10/14, 10/28, 11/11, 11/25, and 12/9 at 7.00PM.
  5. Consider being a parish volunteer: a) call and check on parishioners by phone, b) be a food angel, c) be a prayer group member, and/or d) help with the Food Box program. Contact Therese Lehane at tlehane@stmartin.org for more information and to volunteer.
  6. Each week read the parish e-bulletin that shares information about parish life. Encourage your friends to sign up if they are not receiving it.
  7. If a friend and/or family member is sick, please call the parish office to let me or Fr. Gener know. We will call the family, pray for them, and make arrangements to visit with them in a safe way. This will help us to strengthen our bonds.
  8. Call your friends in the parish family to check on how they are doing.
  9. Pray for your parish family, school, staff, students, and teachers for a few moments each day.
  10. Visit the Parish Church and pray for a few minutes in Mary's garden, or just park in the parking spots near by and remain in your car.

There are many other ways to stay connected and be a parish family. However, when each of us is doing something, we continue to be the awesome family that we are.

With gratitude, love and prayers,

Fr. Saju Joseph
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 10:00 AM in the Church
(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 3 - October 9
To schedule a Mass intention, please email stmartinoftours@icloud.com.
Saturday, October 3rd at 5pm
Liza Santiano †

Sunday, October 4th at 8:30am
James & Vincee Viso †

Sunday, October 4th at 9:30am
John Rossi

Sunday, October 4th at 10:30am
JW Knapen

Monday, October 5th at 10am
Rick Doyle †
Tuesday, October 6th at 10am
Robert Richard †

Wednesday, October 7th at 10am
Maria Trinkaus

Thursday, October 8th at 10am
Ladislau Irineu Stelmaszczyk †

Friday, October 9th at 10am
Joseph Viliocco
Please pray with us for our parishioners, family and friends.
Prayer requests for the sick
Marie Patellaro
Fr. John Hurley
Lucille Mazzeo
Muriel Schlichting
John Steffens
Jim McQuillen
Amanda Stacy
Prayer requests for the deceased
Aura Francisca Gomez
Catherine Pedone
Patrick Thomas
Bubacarr Touray
Dora Mae Figone
NEWS & UPDATES
MISSION CO-OP SPECIAL COLLECTION
Mission Cooperation Plan 2020 - Diocese of Kohima:

Every year, each parish in the Diocese of San Jose is assigned a mission diocese or organization to come and share their missionary story. The missionary and the people of the mission enrich us by sharing their witness story and prayers. We in turn, support them with our prayers and a second collection. Despite the tremendous impact from the current pandemic, our Diocese is committed to supporting the work of mission dioceses or organization through the Mission Co-op special collection.

This year because of the pandemic, the appeal will be done online. A mission appeal video message by Bishop Thoppil can be viewed at this link - CLICK HERE. We request you to send in or drop off the second collection for the mission by October 11. Please write on the envelop or on the memo of the check "Mission Co-Op."
ST. MARTIN OF TOURS' ICF BRANCH 391 FUNDRAISER
CALLING ALL PARISHIONERS -- UPDATES NEEDED
We are in the process of cleaning up our internal parishioner database and would really appreciate it if you could take a minute to click on the link below and send us your mailing address, email, and phone number. This contact information is confidential and is used to stay in touch with our parishioners, especially during these physically distant times. We will compare it to what we have on file and make the necessary updates. Thank you so much!!
2021 MASS INTENTIONS AVAILABLE
We have received our 2021 Mass Intention book, and are ready to welcome your Mass Intentions for 2021. Mass Intentions are filled on a first requested system, so please contact the parish office at 408-294-8953 x311 or mail us at stmartinoftours@icloud.com and we will contact you in the order received. Mass cards are available upon request. There is a suggested donation of $10.00 for Mass Intentions.
FAITH IN ACTION
 PEACE AND JUSTICE MINISTRY

October 4th is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. He is the patron saint of animals and the environment.  Francis devotion to God was expressed through his love for all of God's creation.

Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si stresses that we are stewards of the environment: “It must be said that some committed and prayerful Christians, with the excuse of realism and pragmatism, tend to ridicule expressions of concern for the environment. Others are passive; they choose not to change their habits and thus become inconsistent. So what they all need is an ‘ecological conversion,’ whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ becomes evident in their relationship with the world around them. Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.”

What habits can you change this week to be a protector of God's beautiful handiwork? It can be as simple as avoiding fruits and vegetables at big box stores that are packaged in plastic and choose items packaged earth friendly materials instead. If purchasing sparkling water, choose water in recyclable aluminum instead of plastic bottles.
FAITH FORMATION & SPIRITUALITY
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.

FAITH FORMATION REGISTRATION

Registration for CCM and First Holy Communion are now closed. 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
CHILDREN'S
SUNDAY BULLETIN & ACTIVITIES
On the parish website, we have children's Sunday Bulletin and activities posted. Every Sunday, there will be new activities corresponding to the readings posted. They are not only fun for children, but they provide a great way for Catholic kids to learn about their Faith on a weekly basis and help their spiritual growth. Parents, please download and share it with your children.

Web Link for October 4 - Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities:
STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
PARISH OFFICE IS OPEN

Our parish office is open on a limited time basis Monday - Thursday. Please call ahead and make an appointments. We follow the shelter-in-place and other directives of the state and county fully. The parish staff and I will be assisting you by responding to your phone messages and emails. Please leave a voice message or email. We will do our best to respond as promptly as possible. Thank you for your continued support!
Our Phone Number is: (408) 294-8953.
For staff directory and email addresses: Click Here
SPONSORS NEEDED FOR OUR IRRIGATION REPAIRS
As we continue with the maintenance and care of our gardens, we have discovered that our aging irrigation system needs some major repairs. We have plants not getting water due to broken irrigation pipes and equipment. Please consider sponsoring fully or partially the irrigation repairs. Thank you!!! Cost: $5,000

THANK YOU
SUE MCMILLIN, ROSE ANG, JOSHUA BURROUGHS,
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.

Please prayerfully consider supporting this need. We still need $2,250 (Two Thousand Two Hundred & Fifty Dollars) more.
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!!
OFFERINGS AND ONLINE GIVING
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Questions?
Please email the Parish Office.