Stained Glass

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - February 13-14, 2010


This Wednesday, February 17th, is ASH WEDNESDAY.  Masses with ashes will be celebrated at 6:30, 8:00 and 11:00 A.M. and 7:30 P.M. (Choir).  Ashes will also be distributed promptly (NO MASS) at 4:00 P.M.  During all the Masses on Ash Wednesday, a Special Collection will be taken for the needy.  These funds will be distributed to several community outreach programs.

Prayer: May this cross of ash so light, so easily borne, remind us of the harsher burden You carried to Calvary .  May this mark easily washed away, remind us of those scars You bear to this day. Each day this Lent as we struggle to submit our will to You, remind us of Your perfect obedience, even to death on the cross.  May Your example be the light that shines on the path of this Lenten journey. Amen.




The 2010 Annual Diocesan Appeal is underway in our parish.  The programs, services and ministries supported by this appeal help to meet our needs, as well as the larger Diocesan needs of all Catholics in the Santa Clara Valley , as we make our spiritual and educational journeys.  The Diocese needs the financial support of each of us. For your convenience, you may bring your pledges to the rectory office, or simply drop them in the collection basket.  OUR SINCERE APPRECIATION to all those who have already pledged support to this year’s ADA campaign.  Watch our progress as posted in the vestibule of the Church.  {For those of you who have already pledged, please wait for your statements to arrive from the Diocese and mail payments directly to them – please DO NOT mail payments in cash.  Thank you!}

  You may also donate online by clicking on: On Line Giving - click here .



The Confirmation I program is in need of 2 or 3 more facilitators for this large group of students.  Training is available to those faithful who are able to give their time on Monday evenings bi-monthly from 7:00-9:00 P.M.  Please contact Sharron Hollenbeck or Angela Giampaoli in the CM Office @ 251-0165.



The Knights are reminded to attend the 5:00 P.M. Mass on Saturday, February 20th.  Please sit in the “reserved” area in the front pews.


St. Victor’s Knights of Columbus will be having a Soup Night on Friday, February 19th, from 6:00-9:00 P.M. in the parish hall.  Come before or after Stations of the Cross and enjoy different soups and some great sourdough bread all for the low cost of $5.00.



FEBRUARY 20-21, 2010


ROMANS 10:8-13

LUKE 4:1-13



Remember St. Victor’s Parish In Your Plans

It is easy to remember St. Victor’s Parish in your estate plans, wills, trusts, insurance policies, or retirement plans.  Please use the following wording: “To the Roman Catholic Bishop of San Jose , a California Corporation sole, for the benefit of St. Victor’s Parish.”

If you want to know more about this, the Diocese can provide free assistance.  Call Robert Serventi @ 983-0168, or write to him at: Diocese of San Jose, The Chancery, 1150 N. First St. , Suite 100 , San Jose , CA 95112-4966 .



The rite, which our catechumens celebrate next Sunday, February 21st, at the 9:15 A.M. Mass, is called the Rite of Election and Inscription.  Inscription refers to the inscribing or writing of each one’s name in the Book of the Elect.  We celebrate that day, the sacredness of each person, called individually by name, by God. God calls each of us to faith, to discipleship, to a life of union in Christ.  The term “Elect” indicates that the “choosing of these catechumens is on the part of God.”  It is not a vote taken by this parish community, nor is it the individual catechumen who “elects” self.  Rather, it is God Who calls us each by name, it is God Who elects!  Our candidates for Full Initiation are already baptized and so their names are already written in the Book of the Elect.


Come Back To Me With All Your Heart

Lent is a special time. We take time to look more closely at God and God looks at us.  How can we take even minor steps to get closer to God during these forty days?  There are three traditional practices that the Church puts before us to help us forget self and follow Christ more closely. These practices are: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

The most perfect prayer we have is the Mass. Join with others at the 6:30 or 8:00 A.M. Mass during the weekdays (Monday-Friday) of Lent.  And/or join us on Friday evenings for Stations of the Cross at 7:30 P.M. in the Church.

Fasting asks us to let go of habits that get in the way of our ability to love God and others.  The Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence for everyone 14 years or older.  That means NO MEAT.  ASH WEDNESDAY and GOOD FRIDAY are days of fast and abstinence.  That means ONLY ONE FULL MEAL for those 18-59 and NO MEAT for anyone 14 years or older.  The faithful should not excuse themselves lightly from these observances.

Through almsgiving (Special Collections, Operation Rice Bowl – Catholic Relief Services, EASTSIDE F.I.S.H., St. Vincent de Paul) we come to see others as God sees them, as worthy of our love and sharing.


In observance of President’s Day, this Monday, February 15th, all Parish Offices will be closed.

Mass will be celebrated at 8:00 A.M.


Ladies Retreat

St. Victor’s Altar Society is sponsoring the ANNUAL LADIES RETREAT during Lent from March 12th-14th at St. Clare’s Retreat House in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains .  This retreat is open to ALL LADIES who are interested.  (Bring a friend!)  What a wonderful opportunity this is to renew our spiritual life.  For reservations or more information, please call the Parish Office @ 251-7055.  {A bus will be available for a nominal fee.  It will leave St. Victor’s @ 2:45 P.M. sharp on March 12th.  Please advise if you plan on using the bus for transportation.}

                Donations to the Church may be made monthly by credit card or checking account transfers.  Parish Pay is now available at St. Victor’s.  You may access the web site @ and click on DONATE or call toll-free @ 1-866-727-4741 and give them the information over the phone.  If you have any questions, you may also call the Parish Office @ 251-7055.

Mass Intentions for the Week  

Monday             February           15         8:00 A.M.          Debbie Fernandez

Tuesday            February           16         8:00 A.M.          In Honor of Nino de Praga

Wednesday       February           17         6:30 A.M.          Luziminda Dela Cruz

                                                            8:00 A.M.          Isabelita C. Antonio

                                                          11:00 A.M.          For the Parishioners of St. Victor Parish

                                                            7:30 P.M.          Carmen Gabriel

Thursday           February           18         6:30 A.M.          Vicente M. Macaranas, Jr.

                                                            8:00 A.M.          Ed Giampaoli

Friday               February           19         6:30 A.M.          Young Cecilia Bae

                                                            8:00 A.M.          John Manfredo

Saturday           February           20         8:00 A.M.          Bernie Trujillo

                                                            5:00 P.M.          John & Joao Rosa                                (Father Bui)

Sunday             February           21         7:00 A.M.          For the Parishioners of St. Victor Parish (Father Phan)

                                                            8:00 A.M.          Bernie Trujillo                                        (Father Lim)

                                                            9:15 A.M.          Wendlen Schmaltz                                 (Father Perata)

                                                          10:45 A.M.          Mary Ruth Dargis                                  (Father Dwyer)

                                                          12:15 P.M.          Thanksgiving                                         (Father Phan)

                                                            5:00 P.M.          Viviana Mendoza                                    (Father Chi)

Please pray for our military, especially Father Michael, who heads back to Afghanistan this weekend.  Right now he is scheduled to come back the end of June 2010.  We pray and look forward to his safe return to his family and us here at St. Victor’s!  

Banns Of Marriage

Christopher De Guzman & Cherlene Banzon III

Loi Waxman & Phan Nguyen III

Christopher Obenza & Lory Saltiban II


In Loving Memory

This week’s Sanctuary flowers were donated in loving memory of Gloser Atanes (1st death anniversary)

by Gloria Bembo and Gloser’s children.

This week’s Sanctuary flowers were also donated by Manny Fernandez in loving memory of his wife, Debbie Fernandez.


Our Dearly Departed

St. Victor’s Parish Community would like to extend their sympathy and prayers to the families and friends of Perpetua Mascardo and Jovencio Ocampo, who recently passed away.


Is There Sick Among You? (James 5:14)

The sick and homebound members of St. Victor’s Parish are an important part of our spiritual community.  To show our care and concern for them, our Eucharistic Ministers to the Sick would like to bring the Eucharist to them regularly.  If you or a family member would like to be visited, please call Sister Noreen at the Rectory Office @ 251-7055.


Altar Society Meeting

The next meeting of St. Victor’s Altar Society will be held this Thursday, February 18th, at 6:30 P.M. in the parish hall.  New members are always welcome.


SPAGHETTI DINNER...February 14th

St. Victor’s U.n.I. Lord Teens will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner & entertainment in the parish hall this Sunday, February 14th, from 4:30-6:30 P.M. This evening promises to have excellent food and wonderful entertainment for the very LOW prices of: $8.00 per adult $4.00 per child (12 & under), or $25.00 per family (immediate family members only).  Tickets will be available at the door. Bring your friends, family and neighbors for a fun-filled evening.  [Orders “to go” are also available.]  All proceeds benefit St. Victor’s Youth Ministry Programs. 


HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR OF THE TIGER this Sunday, February 14th!

The Community of St. Victor’s Church will celebrate the Lunar New Year (TET) at the 12:15 P.M. Mass on Sunday, February 21st.   A reception will follow in the hall after the Mass.   All are welcome.


For applications or more information about St. Victor’s School,

please call the School Office @ 251-1740 or visit their website @ .

NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY. St. Victor’s School, mindful of its mission to be a witness to the love of Christ for all, admits students of any race, color and national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  St. Victor’s School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and/or ethnic origin, age, sex or disability in administration of educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.  Likewise, the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of San Jose do not unlawfully discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of sex, age, disability, race, color and national and/or ethnic origin.


St. Victor’s School will be having a WALK-A-THON on Friday, February 19th, for Haiti earthquake relief and Susan B. Komen for the Cure.  If you would like to make a donation (sponsor a student), please call the School Office @ 251-1740.


EASTSIDE F.I.S.H. food collection is next weekend.  Please bring your non-perishable food donations (canned fruits & vegetables, peanut butter, canned tuna, macaroni & cheese, etc.) and place them in the box in the vestibule of the Church. Thank you.





With 70% of the parishes in the Diocese of San Jose participating (including St. Victor’s), over $300,000.00 will be distributed to the earthquake relief in Haiti .

The Diocese of San Jose and the people of Haiti THANK YOU for your generosity.  

“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God .” (Luke 6:20)


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