Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 12, 2021
Father God,
Help us never to forget the memory of those lost to the events of 9/11. Lord, they did not die in vain, and we pray with genuine and sincere hearts that their legacies would go on to endure. We think of the courageous souls of Flight 93, who fought back towards the hijackers to spare more lives, giving the ultimate sacrifice in doing so. Lord, we pray for the memories of those who lost their lives to rescue, help, and save others, such as the firefighters, the police, and the civilians who offered a hand. May their bravery be remembered and not just a footnote in history books. And Lord, we pray for the innocent victims who were killed that heartbreaking day. We thank You for each and every single one of their lives. We thank You for the mark they left on this earth, and we celebrate the impact they had on us as friends, family, and neighbors. Even if we did not know them personally, they mattered to the story of our world, and we thank You for them. Help us not to lose sight with time of these souls; help us become ever mindful that they were made in Your image and that their lives held such great value. Help their stories to be told again and again, and may we feel pushed to share them with those who were not even alive on September 11, 2001, so that they too may come to admire and respect the fallen. We sincerely ask that the memories of those who have passed on would not be erased from this age.

In Jesus Name,
Amen
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
September 11 - September 17
To schedule a Mass intention, please email stmartinoftours@icloud.com.

Saturday 5:00pm - Hortencia Ovando
and Pacita Manuel (104th Birthday)

Sunday 8:30am - James & Vincee Viso

Sunday 10:00am - Jim Lilly

Sunday 11:30am - John Rossi
and Rita & Tony Vernacchia (Wedding Anniversary)

Monday 8:00am - Right to Life

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

Wednesday 8:00am - Scott Michael Cunningham †

Thursday 8:00am - Enrique D. Latoza †

Friday 8:00am - St. Martin of Tours School
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE DECEASED:
John Sturgeon, Angela Rizo, Vanessa Rizo
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE SICK:
Michael Griffith Jr., Susie Miller, Robert Saavedra, Patricia Puentes, Ayaat Rabi, Gilbert Lai, Ester Tan, Caitlin Phung, Flo Bey, Monica Kresb-Bach, Michael Cheers, Molly Clark, 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
CHURCH ROOF REPAIRS
This weekend, we were able to repair our church roof that needed immediate attention, as some of the top tiles were falling. The tiles had to be replaced and fixed. The height and accessibility were a few of the major concerns. Ultra Boom had to be brought in to complete the work. I thank Betty Ford, one of our pioneers and generous parishioners for her donation to cover the entire expense. Thank you Betty! May God bless you!
CONGRATULATIONS

We congratulate Al and Diana Vallorz for winning the Grand President's Award at the 90th National ICF convention. They are faith filled parishioners, generous donors and outstanding in charity. According to an article in the San Jose Mercury News… When Diana Vallorz inherited the family pizzeria, she also inherited the family moto: “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” So, when California’s stay at home order went into effect, “we thought about all the elderly people alone with no family nearby,” says Diana. And instead of a small thing, she and husband Al did a medium thing – offering to deliver free medium pizzas to anyone over 70 shut in at home. Since their Facebook page offer went viral, Tony & Alba’s Pizza and Pasta has delivered hundreds of pizzas, and donations have allowed them to add a free salad too. “Some people are afraid they won’t be getting any more food,” says Diana. “I tell them we will keep doing this until it’s not needed anymore.”
FOOD BOX VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Food box sorting Monday, September 13th 
5-7pm (volunteers)
Food box packing Friday, September 17th
3-5:30pm (volunteers)

Food Box pick up Friday, September 17th 4-5pm (clients)
As of July, 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 will 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. 
STM YOUNG ADULTS

Are you a Young Adult looking to connect with other Catholics in our parish and beyond? The St. Martin Young Adult Ministry (SMYA) has remained active throughout the pandemic offering a number of virtual events, and a few in-person outdoor activities. Our offerings range from spiritual, to social, to service-based, discussions and active events. To hear about our upcoming activities, sign up for our monthly newsletter by sending an email to: faith@smyoungadults.com or follow us on Facebook (St. Martin of Tours Young Adults)
PARISH COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Web Link for the Parish Community Calendar:
STEWARDSHIP & DEVELOPMENT
PARISH SUPPORT

We thank you for your continued support during these challenging times! Please be as generous as you can as we reach to meet 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

Thank you to all those that have been able to continue ministering to others during these unique times. Many of you have reached out and are ready to provide your support and return to your ministries.

As we can safely begin our ministries, we need your help. Please take five minutes to complete our online Volunteer Request Form that will list what ministries you are interested in, provide us with your current contact information, and an emergency contact.

We are so excited that our community can continue doing what we do best -- “People Ministering to People.”
SIGN UPS FOR LECTORS, USHERS AND
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 HERE, 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
FAITH FORMATION DATES TO REMEMBER

RCIA: 
September 12 (11:30 AM to 1:00 PM) – Session in the parish office 
September 19 (11:30 AM to 1:00 PM) – Session in the parish office 
September 26 (11:30 AM to 1:00 PM) – Session in the parish office 

CCM and First Eucharist Preparation: 
September 16 – deadline to register for CCM and First Eucharist Preparation 
September 23 – Parent Orientation in the church
  • CCM – 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM 
  • First Eucharist (includes those in the CCM program) – 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM 

Confirmation: 
October 1 – deadline to register 
October 24 – Parent and Student Orientation in the church
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 
FAITH FORMATION REGISTRATION

Registrations for Catechetical Ministry, First Eucharist, and Youth Confirmation for 2021-2022 are available. You may access the registration forms through our parish website at http://stmartintourschurch.org/. Forms are also available at our parish office. For more information, please contact Lerma in Faith Formation at (408) 294-8953 ext. 321 or at lerma.simpson@dsj.org

Deadlines for the Faith Formation Registrations:
Children's Catechetical Ministry - September 16, 2021
First Eucharist - September 16, 2021
Youth Confirmation - October 1, 2021
A Closer Look at Mary…..
Our Lady of Guadalupe 

Several hundred years ago, Christianity had just been brought to the Americas. It was certainly good news to bring Jesus to those who didn’t know him, but the way it had been brought could make it hard to understand that Christianity really was good news. After all, the people bringing this faith were conquerors, and the indigenous peoples were treated harshly as the foreign government forces took control of the land. 

Then in 1531, truly good news came to the indigenous people in this complicated situation. Not far from what is now Mexico City, on a hill called Tepayac, a native of that land, a man named Juan Diego, had a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She told him to tell the local bishop to build a shrine on that spot. The bishop did not believe Juan Diego, and so as a sign, when Juan Diego opened his coat, roses spilled out. On his coat, or tilma, was imprinted the image of the Blessed Virgin. 

The shrine was constructed, and it’s there you can see the tilma and its image today. Mary is surrounded by symbols of the heavens: she stands on the crescent moon with the sun’s rays around her, and her turquoise garment shines with stars. Mary looks down humbly, and most important, her complexion is dark – she looks like Juan Diego’s people. This is a sign that the Good News she bears – her son, Jesus – is for everyone, all over the world. 
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September 12, 2021 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Isaiah 50:5-9a • James 2:14-18 • Mark 8:27-35 
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” —Mark 8:34

An old saying states: “Anything worth doing is worth doing well.” Here’s an example of what that saying means: Let’s say that you volunteer to help a sick or elderly neighbor by raking his leaves, but instead of finishing the job, you leave the piles for him to bag and put out to the curb himself. Maybe you grew tired or wanted to do something that was more fun, so you left the task half done. Your intentions were good at the beginning, but unless you finished, you haven’t done your job very well. Jesus was faced with a very difficult task. He didn’t want to suffer and be killed any more than any person does, but he knew people might kill him because he was standing up for the truth and trying to do the right thing. Jesus was committed to finishing the task he began out of love for us. He wouldn’t stop doing the right things even though he knew he would get killed for it. As followers of Jesus, we too need to help others, regardless of the price we must pay. 

Prayer: Lord, help us to be generous with our love despite the sacrifices we must make. 

Reflection: Is there a task we left only partly done that we need to complete out of love for someone else? 
CHILDREN'S SUNDAY BULLETIN & ACTIVITIES
Web Link for this week - Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities:
AROUND THE DIOCESE & COMMUNITY
September 10th at 11:30am
Rosary & Faith Talk
Presented by: Guadalupe Hope Society
Rev. Matthias Lambrecht, O.C.D. of Mount Saint Joseph Carmelite Monastery, will lead us in a rosary for the unborn and share a faith talk on The Brown Scapular. This event will be In-Person and virtual on Zoom.
Saturday, September 18th 9:00am - 2:00pm (Initial Gathering)
Faith & Racial Healing Series
Location: St. Thomas of Canterbury
Seeking a safe space to ask about race? 
Several parishes within the Diocese of San José have come together to offer a program that provides such a space. A product of JustFaith Ministries, this program explores the concept/construct of race through the lens of the Christian tradition.
Sunday, September 26th at 11:00AM
World Day of Migrants & Refugee Mass
Location: Holy Cross Church
Bishop Cantú will be celebrating Mass for Migrants and Refugees. Please share the flyer with friends and colleagues. 
September 28th and 29th
A Time to Renew and Re-Imagine Parish Life
Location: Church of Ascension Parish
Fr. John Hurley CSP, D. Min., will present over 2 days: A Time to Reflect - What we Missed in Parish Live since March, 2020 and A Time to Explore - New Ways for Parishes to Thrive in a “New Normal”. Morning and evening sessions available. All Diocesan Parishioners, are welcome to attend. Parish Staff members, Pastoral & Finance Councils & Lay Leadership please attend these enlightening sessions. Register online: bit.ly/3YM61V 
Saturday, October 2nd at 8:00am
Farmworker Caravan
Location: Meet at Emma Prusch Park 
Join Bishop Oscar Cantú on the Farmworker Caravan going from San Jose to Monterey. Registration is now open at www.FarmworkerCaravan.com

Mercury News Op-Ed by Bishop Cantu: "Lack of funding exasperates the problems many minorities and vulnerable populations already have in receiving basic health care. It reduces the quality of life for those who can’t get care for routine, treatable medical conditions such as hypertension and diabetes. And it reduces options at the end of life for palliative and hospice care. But perhaps worst of all, SB 380 (Eggman, D-Stockton) sends a dangerous message to minorities and vulnerable populations: It costs too much to care for you but California has another 'option' you might consider." -- Bishop Oscar Cantú of the Diocese of San Jose. Read his Op-Ed in today’s The Mercury News: https://www.mercurynews.com/.../opinion-minorities-need.../ Then go to https://cacatholic.org/action-alerts to make your voice heard. Ask your state legislators to oppose #SB380.
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
RENTAL ASSISTANCE & RESOURCES

Now Available! Rent Assistance Programs and Resources: Two programs for Rent Assistance now available! Low-income Santa Clara County residents who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can receive assistance with rent payments. Visit bit.ly/dsjhh21 to view details on available programs. Post these flyers in your community. 
DSJ 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.