September 18, 2022

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time



Gratitude to Catechist on Catechetical Sunday


Dear Parishioners and Friends,


This coming weekend, we celebrate Catechetical Sunday. Here at St. Martin of Tours Parish, on September 18 at the 10 AM Mass, in celebration of  Catechetical Sunday, we will bless and commission our parish volunteers who proclaim the Word of God to children, teens, and adults as catechists in all of our parish faith formation programs. 


Catechetical Sunday began in 1935, when Church published a document On the Better Care and Promotion of Catechetical Education. This document asks every country to acknowledge the importance of the Church’s teaching ministry and to honor those who serve the Christian community as catechists. A catechist is one who teaches in the name of the Church. It is an extremely important ministry in the church. Let us take time to acknowledge, appreciate and thank the catechists for their commitment in forming the future generation in faith.


As we begin our religious education year, please join me in thanking our parish catechists for sharing with others what God has given them. Let us also pray that the grace of the Holy Spirit continues to guide their hearts and lips so that they may remain in loving and praising of God.

If you are interested in joining our team of catechists for any of our faith formation programs – Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Children’s Catechetical Ministry, First Eucharist and Confirmation preparation, and Order of Christian Initiation – please contact Lerma Simpson at or at (408) 294-8953 ext. 310.

Prayers and blessings,

Fr. Saj

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Monday - Friday 8:00 AM

In the Church & Online


Saturdays 4:00 PM In the Church


Sunday Vigil - Saturday 5:00 PM

In the Church & Online

Sunday 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM & 11:30 AM

In the Church

Please stay home if you are feeling ill, have tested positive, or have been exposed to Covid.

Online Mass Links: Zoom | Facebook

Signup to Lector, Usher, EM & Altar Serve

Mass Intentions

September 17 - September 23

To schedule a Mass intention, please stop by the parish office.

Saturday 5:00 Sal Lipari 

Sunday 8:30 Catechists & STM Parishioners

Sunday 10:00 Catechists & STM Parishioners

Sunday 11:30 Catechists & STM Parishioners

Monday 8:00  STM Parishioners

Tuesday 8:00 Loreto Munsayac

Wednesday 8:00 Faithfully Departed

Thursday 8:00 Right to Life

Friday 8:00 James & Vincee Viso 


Monica Krebsbach, Hector Hernandez, Sr. Joan Derry,

Barbara Sullivan, Lilly Pena, Fonnie Rucker


Phil Cassidy,

Loreto Munsayac,

James M'Guinnes III, Matthew Steffens,

Ann Redmond, Flo Bey, Michael Navarro,

Tony Jones, Gloria Rojas, Brandi Duval,

Helena Knapen

Please pray with us for our parishioners, family and friends.


Pet Blessing

Bring your Pets!!!

Sunday, October 2nd at 2:00 PM

All parishioners and school families are invited to join us in Mary’s Garden for a short prayer service and animal blessing. All types of pets welcome (please bring on a leash or in a carrier) or bring a photo of a beloved pet. We look forward to seeing you and your pets!!

Grief Support Group

St. Martins Grief Ministry is offering a 3 week grief support group in the Bailey House starting on Saturday November 5, 12, and 17. The group will be led by Sr. Jane Garrison. It is open to anyone going through loss of a loved one. Everyone attending is advised to be Vaccinated & Boosted. If you would like to register please call Therese Lehane at 408-294-8953 ext. 316, or email to sign up, or if you have any questions.


                        Participate in St. Martin of Tours

                        Young Discipleship Passport Program

Children ages TK to 8th grades who participate in our parish discipleship passport program will have the opportunity to earn miles and rewards for their Mass attendance and discipleship service. Each time passport holders attend Sunday Mass, attend a Mass during a Holy Day of Obligation, perform a community service, or serve as an altar server or lector during Mass, they will receive a stamp on their passport page. For more information on how the stamps earn you rewards, click HERE.

Calendar of Events:

Friday, September 16th

Food Box Distribution

under the tents from 4-5PM

(Volunteers meet behind the Bailey House at 3PM)

Friday, September 16th 

Wine Down Social Event

Please join us in the Gym from 6-8:30PM

click HERE for more information

Monday, September 19th 

Scripture Study

in the Bailey House at 6:30PM

All are welcome!!! Contact Todd Tomilitz at or 408-218-0572 with any questions.

Wednesday, September 21st

Parent Orientation for CCM

in the Church from 4-5:00PM

Sunday, October 2nd

Donut Sunday

in the Community Building after Mass

We are so excited to announce donut Sundays will be returning on the first Sunday of every month!!! We look forward to the community gathering after Mass for some donuts and conversation.

Sunday, October 2nd

Pet Blessing 

in Mary's Garden at 2:00 PM

Please join us with your pets or a picture of them.

For a complete list of Parish events:

 Parish Support

We thank you for your continued support!!! To make a one-time or recurring online gift, use the Give Today button below. Thank you again!        

Give Today

Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to help in the following ministries. Please stop by the parish office or contact Maria Moore at for more information. Thank you!!

Liturgical Ministers

Ushers, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Servers, Choir & Environment

Pastoral Care Programs

Befrienders, Food Box, Farm Workers’ Families, Coat Drive, Giving Tree, Welcoming Committee

Faith Formation

Catechists for CLOW & CCM

St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP)

Phone monitors, home visitors, Data Entry, Computer programmers

Parish Office

Office related assistance, such as, greeting visitors, answering phones, updating and maintaining contact lists


Dates to Remember...

Children’s Catechetical Ministry (CCM) and First Eucharist

September 15: Registration deadline

Click HERE for CCM registration

Click HERE for First Eucharist registration

September 21: Parent orientation in the church

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (CCM & first year of First Eucharist preparation through the CCM process)

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (First Eucharist)

September 28: 

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM Virtual Virtus safety session for students who are not attending our parish school

Youth Confirmation

September 29: Registration deadline

Click HERE for Youth Confirmation registration

October 2: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Parent and student orientation in the church

Adult Confirmation

September 25: 11:30 AM session in the parish office

Order of Christian Initiation (formerly RCIA)

September 18, 25: 11:30 AM session

Adults – parish office

Youth – Bailey House

Catholic IQ...

A self-assessment for your fun and enlightenment.

1. How many Popes have there been?

a) 538

b) 266

c) 942

d) 97


2. What are you reminding yourself when you cross yourself with holy water when you enter the church?

a) the tears shed during the passion of Christ

b) Jesus is the water of life

c) your baptism

d) God’s promise after the flood


3. What's the most important day and celebration in the Church's year?

a) Easter

b) All Saint’s

c) Christmas

d) Pentecost


4. How long do most Catholics need to fast before going to receive the Eucharist?

a) 6 hours

b) 1 hour

c) 30 minutes

d) 12 hours


5. What is the official daily prayer of the Catholic Church?

a) The Divine Office

b) Eucharistic Adoration

c) Taizé Chant

d) The Rosary



Family Reflection

September 18, 2022 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Amos 8:4-7 • 1 Timothy 2:1-8 • Luke 16:1-13

 “The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones.” -Luke 16:10

We are all called to be responsible in many areas of our lives. We are responsible for our chores, schoolwork, belongings, and relationships with family and friends. If we are trustworthy in handling each of these things, we will be ready for bigger situations in our life. For example, doing your chores well and doing them the first time you are asked builds trust with your parents. Your parents see that you respond to them, and they will know they can rely on you. (This also honors God because you are following the fourth commandment that tells us to obey our parents.) Let us ask God to give us the courage to always make the right choices, whether small or big.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, it is not always easy to make good choices. Please help us to do what is right, even when it is not easy. We want to please you with how we live our lives.

FAMILY REFLECTION: What are some of the “small things” I need to work harder at doing well?

Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities

Web Link for this week - Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities:



World Youth Day 2023

Registration OPEN for WYD2023 Lisbon pilgrimage! Join the Diocese of San Jose Delegation. Complete your registration and deposit at View the preliminary itinerary and learn more about this pilgrimage. The delegation will gather with young people, from all over the world, and Pope Francis celebrating youth, an expression of the universal Church and intense moments of evangelization for the youth of the world. Share image in social media. 

Married Couples

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Looking for a romantic get-away? Whether you’ve been married just a few years or over 50 years, Worldwide Marriage Encounter is one of the best and most affordable marriage enrichments available anywhere. Take the time you need for each other and give yourselves the marriage you deserve and God desires for all couples to have. The next local experience is November 4-6 at St. Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista. For more information or to register visit For questions, call Ken & Claranne Schirle at 408-782-1413.

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