Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 19, 2021
Ministry to Farm Workers and Families

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

As a parish, we have been reflecting about the possibility of being involved in a ministry that will connect us with our brothers and sisters in need - by listening to their stories, supporting them, and by standing for their rights. In this process, we also get to know each other and grow as one parish family. The parish leadership wanted this ministry to be one in which people who are interested could participate in one way or another, based on their time and resources. Whether one is a child, student, youth or adult, all could do their part in their own way. Taking all the above into consideration, the parish leadership and I decided to initiate a Ministry to Farm Workers and Families.
A group of interested parishioners responded to the pulpit/e-bulletin announcements and came together to form a core team. They met and elected Therese Lehane and Michelle Kelly to co-chair this ministry. I thank the core team and the co-chairs for saying yes to God’s Call.

The current plan is that we work in collaboration with the Center for Farmworker Families based in Watsonville (directed by Dr. Anne Lopez) and Santa Theresa Parish in San Jose. This will help us to do this ministry effectively, without reinventing the wheel.

There are many ideas and plans being looked into. Those will be communicated to you as we move ahead. In the meantime, we plan to have two events connected to this ministry.

  • A Farm Worker Reality Tour on October 3, Sunday afternoon. We are capping the number for the tour to 20 people that are interested in the ministry. This will give a chance to meet farm workers and see their situations first hand. Please contact Therese Lehane for further details.

  • Dr. Anne Lopez will come and talk to our leaders, team, and parish community about the ministry. This is open to all. We will communicate the date and time, once it is finalized.

Thanking you and looking forward to your support and goodness as we embrace this ministry,

Fr. Saju Joseph 

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.
September 18 - September 24
To schedule a Mass intention, please email

Saturday 5:00pm - Sal Lipari
and Aura Francisca Gomez †

Sunday 8:30am - James & Vincee Viso

Sunday 10:00am - Roger Geertz
and Ranian Fernando †

Sunday 11:30am - Justin Semana
and Angelo † and Angelina † Riccio

Monday 8:00am - Glorina Rosario Ganaban †

Tuesday 8:00am - Corioso Family

Wednesday 8:00am - Barbara Tiernan Eisengart †

Thursday 8:00am - Souls in Purgatory

Friday 8:00am - Cindy Wieske Bean
Sister Felicia Gross, Glorian Quigley, Thomas Garcia, Carlos Mendoza, Gilbert Lai
Michael Griffith Jr., Susie Miller, Robert Saavedra, Ayaat Rabi, Ester Tan, Caitlin Phung, 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 and let our Prayer Angels pray for you or someone you know.

The Christian life is one that requires constant renewal and growth; thus, learning about our faith does not end after First Communion and Confirmation. St. Martin of Tours has implemented a Speaker Series in which adults are invited to listen to experts on topics relating to our faith, providing adults an opportunity to nurture and grow in their Catholic Faith.

Our first speaker will be Sister Patricia Galli. You are invited to listen to Sister Patricia Galli talk on the topic of Prayer and The Our Father on:

DATE: Thursday, October 14, 2021
TIME: 4:00 PM TO 5:15 PM
PLACE: St. Martin of Tours Church

Sister Pat is a native San Franciscan. She has been a spiritual director since 1987 and has her Master’s degree in Theology and Counseling. Her full-time ministry is as a spiritual director and retreat leader. She has directed the 30-day retreat of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Sister Pat also teaches at the Institute for Leadership in Ministry in the Diocese of San Jose.

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 if you have any questions. 

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: or follow us on Facebook (St. Martin of Tours Young Adults)
Web Link for the Parish Community Calendar:

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!!

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.”

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

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
October 3 (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

October 1 – deadline for registration
October 24 – Parent and Student Orientation 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the church

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
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.; (408) 294-8953 ext. 321 
A Closer Look at Mary…..
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Mary, mother of Jesus and his first disciple, shows us the way to God’s mercy. To people all over the world, she is “Our Lady” and we trust that she is praying for us in all our different situations. We might know her as Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady, Star of the Sea. We might think of her for what she shows us through Jesus: Our Lady of Mercy, Our Lady of Grace, Our Lady of Victory.

One of Mary’s titles – Our Lady of Perpetual Help- is related to an icon of Mary and Jesus that emerged in the Middle Ages and was displayed in a church in Rome. For three centuries it was venerated there; many people received help and encouragement when they drew near to Mary and Jesus as they prayed before this image. When the church was destroyed in an invasion, the icon was lost for many years but was then discovered, restored, and placed in a new church in the 1860s. People continue to find great comfort and even miracles in this image and its symbolism. Copies of the icon are used in prayer and devotions all over the world.

In this picture, Mary and Jesus are seated against a background of gold, the color of heavenly glory. Jesus is sitting rather anxiously in his mother’s arms. One of his sandals has fallen off, and he is clutching her hand. He is looking up at the angels Michael and Gabriel, who are carrying instruments of his coming Passion: nails, a cross, a lance, and a sponge. Mary is looking at us. She receives Jesus, and she presents him to us. She is comforting Jesus, but she wants to comfort us too.
September 19, 2021 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Wisdom 2:12, 17-20 • James 3:16-4:3 • Mark 9:30-37 
Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder…the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle…the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace. - James 3:16-18 

Do I find myself living in the wisdom God gives, in peace and gentleness and the other gifts of the Holy Spirit that I received at my baptism? Or do I find myself more often wrapped up in my wants: wanting my own way, wanting what others have, etc.? Is there peace in my heart when I seek these things, or do those wants created jealousy and selfishness? God wants me to have peace, but peace won’t come out of being selfish. Often, we need to practice being thankful for what we have and giving instead of getting in order to find peace. 

Prayer: Dear Lord, please show me how to put selfish wants and desires aside. Help me to find peace through a heart filled with gratitude. Teach me to put others before myself, living out the gifts of patience, joy, kindness, love, and gentleness. 

Reflection: Am I jealous of what others have? What do I have that I can concentrate on being thankful for instead? 
Web Link for this week - Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities:
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
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.
Saturday, September 18th
Rental Assistance
Please click on your desired location for further information.
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, Saratoga
Fr. John Hurley CSP, D. Min., will present over 2 days| A Time to Renew & Re-Imagine Parish Life: The Things We Missed are the Building Blocks for a New Normal. Morning and evening sessions available (9:00 am and 7:00 pm). All Diocesan Parishioners, are welcome to attend. Parish Staff members, Pastoral & Finance Councils & Lay Leadership please attend these enlightening sessions. Register online:
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

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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. 

Please email the Parish Office.