Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 26, 2021
Priesthood Sunday

Sunday, September 26th is Priesthood Sunday throughout the United States. It is a day to reflect upon and affirm the role of the priesthood in the life of the Church as a central one. Priesthood Sunday, specifically honors priests, without whom the Mass could not be offered and Sacraments could not be celebrated.

As baptized Christians we are all called to a life of discipleship – our priests are called to also serve the spiritual and liturgical life of the parish. Today, in particular, we pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to inspire the mission and the humble service of our priests. It is a chance for us to thank and honor our priests, Fr. Saju and Fr. Gener, and all those priests who have dedicated their lives to serving God's people.

Thank you Fr. Saju and Fr. Gener for your constant and continuous support of our community. We keep you in our prayers.

Prayer for Priests
Gracious and loving God, we thank you for the gift of our priests. Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments. Help our priests to be strong in their vocation. Set their souls on fire with love for your people. Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength they need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom. Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel. Allow them to experience joy in their ministry. Help them to become instruments of your divine grace. We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest. Amen (https://www.usccb.org/prayers/prayer-priests)
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 25 - October 1
To schedule a Mass intention, please email stmartinoftours@icloud.com.


Saturday 5:00pm - Tomasa Morales
and Margarita Hua (Birthday)

Sunday 8:30am - James & Vincee Viso
and Peter Francis Liu †

Sunday 10:00am - JW Knapen
and Fredesvinda Lapuz †

Sunday 11:30am - Ben Patellaro
and Antonette & Ralph Vernacchia

Monday 8:00am - John Greenwald †

Tuesday 8:00am - Robert Lawrence †

Wednesday 8:00am - John Phillip O'Brien †

Thursday 8:00am - Arthur Ordonia Cabuag †

Friday 8:00am - Right to Life
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE DECEASED:
Eusebio Llamas, Virgilio Yabut, Albert Manrique, Patrick Mendoza, Sister Felicia Gross, Glorian Quigley, Thomas Garcia, Carlos Mendoza, Gilbert Lai
PRAYER REQUESTS FOR THE SICK:
Michael Griffith Jr., Susie Miller, Cynthia Bean, Robert Saavedra, Ayaat Rabi, Fe Manrique, Ester Tan, Caitlin Phung, Lulu Llamas, Nina Yabut, Monica Kresb-Bach, Michael Cheers, Molly Clark, Sylvia Duenas, Dolores Gisi, 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
9/23     CCM (Children's Catechetical Ministry) Parent Orientationin the Church from 4:00-5:15pm (Parents Only)
 
9/23   First Eucharist Parent Orientation – in the Church from 5:30-6:30pm (Parents Only)
 
9/30     CCM Session from 3:30-5:30pm
 
10/3     Pet Blessing – Bring your pet to outdoor/in car Mass at 8:30am
                 
10/3     Farm Worker Tour – Church parking lot at 1pm (Signups required)
 
10/7     Holy Hour Adoration & Benediction in the Church from 7-8pm
                 
10/7     CCM Session from 3:30-5:30pm
 
10/9    Center for Farm Worker Families - Speaker Dr. Anne Lope in the Church at 6pm
For a complete list of Parish events:

FARM WORKER REALITY TOUR SIGN UPS

Farm worker reality tour is scheduled for Sunday, October 3. The tour is limited to 25 members at this time. If there are more people interested, we will try to schedule another tour at a later date. THIS IS A REALITY TOUR (not virtual) at the farm in Watsonville. Registration is required and the fee is 25 dollars a person. The fee goes directly to the farm workers for the meal they provide and their time. Spots will be reserved as we receive the registration. Families are welcome to register as well, but we do need a registration form for everyone attending. We plan to leave after the 11.30 mass around 1.00 PM. The tour begins at 3.00 PM in Watsonville. We plan to be back by 7.30 PM. 

Proof of Vaccination or a Covid negative test result within 72 hours are required. If you are interested, please feel out the form attached below, and submit it with cash or a check to the parish office. Feel free to forward this information to others as well. I appreciate the participation of all leaders. Contact Therese Lehane tlehane@stmartin.org with any questions.
ST. MARTIN OF TOURS SPEAKER SERIES

St. Ignatius Loyola once said that we should “Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you.” In the Book of Matthew, Jesus teaches his followers the Lord’s Prayer as an alternative to hypocritical and empty prayer. The “Our Father” is a powerful prayer and there is depth to every phrase and every word. 
Please join us as we listen to Sister Patricia Galli as she leads us to understand the true meaning of this prayer and appreciate how this prayer can affect your life. 
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. 

DATE: Thursday, October 14, 2021 
TIME: 4:00 PM TO 5:15 PM 
PLACE: St. Martin of Tours Church 
ST. MARTIN OF TOURS ANNUAL CLOAK DRIVE

We are so excited to announce that we will be having our annual cloak drive this year! We will be asking for new or clean "gently used" coats and jackets. Stay tuned for more information in the coming e-bulletins.
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)
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
DATES TO REMEMBER

RCIA: 
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 
October 10 (11:30 AM to 1:00 PM – Session in the parish office 

CCM (Children's Catechetical Ministry) and First Eucharist Preparation
September 30 (4:00 PM to 5:15PM) – CCM Virtus Safety Session via Zoom
October 7 (4:00 PM to 5:15 PM) – CCM sessions 

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

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
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 lerma.simpson@dsj.org.
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 
A Closer Look at Mary…..
Immaculate Heart of Mary
 
The heart is the mysterious place that is the center of our feelings and understanding. Keeping Mary’s heart as a part of our prayer helps us draw closer to her and, because she is the mother of Jesus, to her Son. Luke tells us of the importance of Mary’s heart. He mentions how she remembered and contemplated in her heart what she had experienced of Jesus as a baby and a child (Luke 2:19, 51). 
We call Mary’s heart the Immaculate Heart because she was conceived without Original Sin and remained full of grace, belonging to God her whole life. 
Love is intense and powerful, which is why it is represented by a flame coming from Mary’s heart. When Mary and Joseph presented the baby Jesus at the Temple, the prophet Simon told her that a sword would pierce her heart at the way the world would react to Jesus. So, images of Mary’s heart often have at least one sword and sometimes seven because Christians have found it fruitful to contemplate on Mary’s seven sorrows: 

1. The prophecy of Simon 
2. The flight to Egypt 
3. The loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple 
4. The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross 
5. The Crucifixion 
6. The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross 
7. The burial of Jesus 

The Immaculate Heart is surrounded by a ring of roses or thorns. That is a symbol of Mary’s suffering as she watched her Son endure pain for us. 
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September 26, 2021 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Numbers 11:25-29 • James 5:1-6 •
Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48 

“There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. For whoever is not against us is for us.”
— Mark 9:39-40

Jesus’ disciples were upset that some other people who weren’t followers of Jesus were doing good things for him. They thought they were special because they were in the “in” crowd by following Jesus, but the others weren’t. Jesus teaches them that it’s not about some people being “in” the group and others being “outside” of the group. Everyone who does good things and lives lovingly is on Jesus’ side, even if they don’t say they are following Jesus! He teaches us that there are plenty of good people in the world that might not go to the same church or even be the same religion as us and they will be rewarded for their good works too. 

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to be accepting of everyone, not just those that are the same religion or go to the same church as me. 

Reflection: Who are some good people we know who don’t go to our church but are still living as Jesus taught? 
CHILDREN'S SUNDAY BULLETIN & ACTIVITIES
Web Link for this week - Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities:
ST. MARTIN OF TOURS SCHOOL
ROSE GARDEN HOME TOURS
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
AROUND THE DIOCESE & COMMUNITY
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. 
Monday, September 27th at 7pm
Throwaway Culture Series – Stop Plastic Pollution!
What really happens to the plastic we throw away? Register via email to sluna@maryknoll.org. Mondays through October 4th learn how our Clothing, Food, Plastics, and Transportation/Water choices impact the world we live in. Share this flyer and zoom information with friends. Please feel free to share the image to your social media: 9/27/2021
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: 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

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
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.