September 4, 2022

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time



Young Disciples' Passport

Dear Families and Friends,

I hope that your families had a wonderful summer. I know you are thrilled to have your children back at school, and they are happy to be reunited with their school friends. Likewise, we are glad to welcome back families who have returned from their summer travels.

We are also happy to announce the return of our Discipleship Passport Program. We invite all children to participate in this program. Participating children have the opportunity to earn rewards for their Mass attendance and discipleship service. Previous passport holders who attended at least 25 Sunday Masses and Masses of Holy Days of Obligation were invited to join Bishop Oscar Cantu for dinner, and then received a special recognition from the bishop. Children who attended 40 or more Sunday Masses and Masses of Holy Days of Obligation received a special gift in addition to the dinner and recognition with Bishop Oscar Cantu.

This year, passport holders can work up to certain levels by designated cutoff dates and earn rewards at each level. Below are the levels and the required stamps needed to reach each level:

Bronze level – 5 stamps by October 23

Silver level – 12 stamps by November 27

Gold level – 20 stamps by January 22

Platinum level – 30 stamps by March 26

Diamond level – 40 stamps by May 28

Discipleship service will count as 2 stamps, as they are giving of their time and talents.

Passports can be picked up during Mass beginning September 10th. St. Martin of School students will receive their passports from the school. 

We look forward to another exciting year of discipleship, and our support and prayers are with you as you help your children grow in faith. 

Thanking you,

Fr. Saju

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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 3 - September 10

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

Saturday 5:00 Lucila Palmaras Alemania 

Sunday 8:30 Nikkie Garcia †

Sunday 10:00 Hermin & Merlie Ocampo

Sunday 11:30 Tom Huvane 

Monday 8:00 James & Vincee Viso †

Tuesday 8:00 Phanxico Va Ba Nguyen †

Wednesday 8:00 Right to Life

Thursday 8:00 Anton Tran Van Gon 

Friday 8:00 Sr. Auxilia 


Barbara Sullivan, Lilly Pena Cruz Garza, Fonnie Rucker, Pat Lesaca, James O'Connell


Ann Redmond, Flo Bey, Michael Navarro, Tony Jones, Gloria Rojas, Brandi Duval, Helena Knapen

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


St. Martin of Tours Pancake Breakfast

Welcome Back Social

Sunday, September 11th

Please join us on Sunday, September 11th, 2022, after 8:30 am and 10:00 am Masses for a pancake breakfast.

Pancakes, Sausage, Fruit, Coffee & Juice

Adults $8 (or $15 per couple)

Kids $5

St. Martin of Tours Gym, 200 O'Connor Drive, San Jose       

Hosted by the Scouts from St. Martin of Tours


Dear St. Martin of Tours Community,

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first Family Mass and the Back-to-School BBQ. A very special thank you to Gina D'Amico and Denise Detmer for coordinating the BBQ and to Mrs. Stolan for coordinating the Family Mass. We hope to see everyone at the 10am Mass throughout the year, especially at our monthly Family Masses!

We would like to thank the Men's Club who made the BBQ a huge success as well as our other parent volunteers:

Kevin Shull, Randolph Sandoval, Bryan Navarette, Jon Dickinson, 

Jimmy Areias, Mike MacDonald, Ryan Warner, Rodger O'Brien, Joey O'Brien,

Jim Caputo, Jim Bowen, Jake Rhodes, David Oldfield, 

Christine Bautista, Candida Diaz, Lori Venzon, Danielle LeBaron, Andie Adragna

We are looking forward to many more opportunities to gather in community.

Mr. Cortese and Fr. Saju


Sr. Alysha Renee Wallace DC

We congratulate Sr. Alysha Renee Wallace on her entry into Daughters of Charity on August 20, 2022. She was teaching at St Martin of Tours School 2020-21 and was a member of our parish. She was also very active with St. Martin of Tours Young Adult Ministry. She lived with the Sisters, Daughters of Charity, next to our school for 18 months while discerning her vocation to religious life. She is now living in St Louis, MO in the Seminary for 18 months. The Daughters will have five Seminary Sisters living together with them in a formation program. Please pray with and for these wonderful discerning women.

You may mail your congratulatory notes to: 

Sister Alysha Renee Wallace, D.C.

    1354 Tamm Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63139

Thank you for the Car Seat Donations!

As usual, St. Martin of Tours Parish Community lived up to its discipleship calling by donating money to purchase more than fifteen car seats. The donations were promptly handed over to Guadalupe Hope Society's GHS Women's Center and Catholic Charity. 

We thank everyone who supported this cause. May God bless you for your generosity and goodness.

Wine Down Event

Hosted by: St. Martin's Italian Catholic Federation

Friday, September 16th, 2022

from 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Click HERE for more information.

Calendar of Events:

Thursday, September 1st

Holy Hour (Adoration & Benediction) with Happy Hour

in the Church at 7:00PM

Please join us!!

Monday, September 5th 

Labor Day Holiday

Parish Office is closed. Please join us for Mass at 8AM.

Tuesday, September 6th 

ICF Monthly Meeting

in the Community Building at 5:30PM

Wednesday, September 7th 

SVdP Monthly Meeting

in the Bailey House at 7:00PM

Please contact Mary Kay Tocce if you would like to help with this outreach program.

Sunday, September 11th 

Pancake Breakfast

in the Gym after 8:30AM and 10AM Masses

Please join us for this first of many community events.

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

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

Adult Confirmation

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

Order of Christian Initiation (formerly RCIA)

September 11, 18, 25: 11:30 AM session

                                         Adults – parish office

                                         Youth – Bailey House



Children’s Catechetical Ministry (deadline is September 15)

First Eucharist (deadline is September 15)

Youth Confirmation (deadline is September 29)

Adult Confirmation

Order of Christian Initiation for Adults and Children who are at least 7 years old

( please contact Lerma Simpson directly)

If you have any questions, please contact Lerma Simpson at or at (408) 294-8953 ext. 321

Catholic IQ...

A self-assessment for your fun and enlightenment.

1.     “On this rock I will build my church” were Jesus’ words to

a) St. Patrick

b) St. Thomas

c) St. Peter

d) St. Jude Thaddeus


2.    The twentieth-century Italian priest who had the stigmata, the marks of Jesus’

Wounds, on his body for 50 years was

a) St. Vladimir

b) St. Padre Pio

c) St. Benedict the Moor

d) St. Kevin


3.    The saint from Uganda who gave his life in 1886 rather than give in to the immoral demands of the king is

a) St. Anthony of Padua

b) St. Philip Neri

c) St. Charles Lwanga

d) St. Charles Borromeo


4.    The strange hermit-saint who lived on top of a stone pillar for more than 30 years is

a) St. Simeon Stylites

b) St. Bede the Venerable

c) St. James the Greater

d) St. Rose of Lima


5.    Legend tells us that the saint who discovered the true cross of Jesus is

a) St. Nicholas of Myra

b) St. Helena

c) St. Catherine

d) St. Charles Lwanga


Family Reflection

September 4, 2022 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wisdom 9:13-18b • Philemon 9-10, 12-17 • Luke 14:25-33

 “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” -Luke 14:27

Do you have a family member who needs help getting around? Maybe you have a younger sibling or an aging relative who doesn’t have the ability to do things on their own. We might sometimes feel impatient if we have to stop what we’re doing to help others. But maybe this is the cross Jesus is talking about in the Gospel. Jesus carried a wooden cross, but it wasn’t only the wood that made it heavy. It was our sins that were the greatest burden for him – how we continually hurt other people. If we want to be a disciple of Jesus, we must willingly help others to carry their burdens when they can’t do it themselves.

PRAYER:  O Lord, you carried the weight of our sins out of love for us and for your Father. I have only small crosses to carry compared to yours. Help me to see each cross in my life as an opportunity to become more like you.

FAMILY REFLECTION: What crosses are in your life that you can learn to carry more patiently for Jesus?

Children's Sunday Bulletin & Activities

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




Full Report from the Diocese of San Jose

Sisters and Brothers in Christ, please use the below link to access the final report of the contributions of the Diocese of San José to the Synod of Bishops on Synodality. This final report was compiled from some 200 pages of notes from listening sessions held in the Spring of 2022 across our Diocese – in universities, Catholic high schools, Catholic elementary schools, parishes, and various Catholic organizations and groups as well as 1,500 responses to an online survey. 


World Youth Day 2023

World Youth Day (WYD) is the gathering of young people from all over the world with the Pope. It is also a pilgrimage, a celebration of youth, an expression of the universal Church and an intense moment of evangelization for the youth world. Although its Catholic identity is clearly evident, WYD opens its doors to everyone, no matter how close to or distant from the Church they are.It is celebrated at the diocesan level on Palm Sunday, and every two, three or four years as an international gathering in a city chosen by the Pope, with the presence of the Holy Father. It brings together millions of young people to celebrate their faith and sense of belonging to the Church.

More information on registration coming soon. For any questions, please contact:

Director of Youth & Young Adults

Sandra Torres


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.

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
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