Stained Glass

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time - February 21-22, 2009


The second collection today is for our St. Vincent de Paul Society.  Please help our volunteers help our neighbors in need.  Thank you for your support and generosity.




The 2009 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!}


Ash Wednesday

This Wednesday, February 25th, 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 (NO MASS) will also be distributed promptly 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.



Benefit Pancake Breakfast right here in St. Victor’s Parish Hall this Sunday, February 22nd from 8:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. Cost is only $5.00 per person.  See you there!




GENESIS 9:8-15

1 PETER 3:18-22

MARK 1:12-15



Is Your Will Valid?

If your will was written in another state or your financial and/or family circumstances have changed, or it has been three years since it was last reviewed by a professional, it may be obsolete!

If you want to know more about this, the Diocese can provide free assistance.  Call Robert Serventi @ 983-0168, or write to him at: 900 Lafayette St., Suite 301, Santa Clara, CA 95050.



The rite, which our catechumens celebrate next Sunday, March 1st, 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. 


Catechetical Ministry Teacher Needed

Catechetical Ministry is in need of a 1st/2nd Grade teacher on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-5:00 P.M, through the end of our school year, ending in April 2009.  If you would love to share your faith with our young people, please contact Anne Gleason or Angela Giampaoli in the Catechetical Ministry Office @ 251-0165 for more details and training.  We promise you, it is a very rewarding experience.

Mass Intentions for the Week  

Monday             February           23         8:00 A.M.          George Harris

Tuesday            February           24         8:00 A.M.          Joseph Tien P. Vu

Wednesday       February           25         6:30 A.M.          Special Intention

            8:00 A.M.          Frank Azevedo

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

            7:30 P.M.          Dorothy Rae Rogers

Thursday           February           26         6:30 A.M.          Special Intention

                                                            8:00 A.M.          Thanksgiving

Friday               February           27         6:30 A.M.          Special Intention

                                                            8:00 A.M.          Valentina Sy

Saturday           February           28         8:00 A.M.          Alberto Jimenez

                                                            5:00 P.M.          Lorraine Spinelli                                     (Father Phan)

Sunday             March               01         7:00 A.M.          For the Parishioners of St. Victor Parish  (Father Hendrickson)

                                                            8:00 A.M.          Xan Vu                                                  (Father Lim)

                                                            9:15 A.M.          St. Victor’s Alumni & Their Special Intention(Father Hendrickson)

                                                           10:45 A.M.         Terry Sharp                                           (Father Dwyer)

                                                           12:15 P.M.         Andy & Louise Feess                             (Carmelites)

                                                            5:00 P.M.          Lola Mendoza                                      (Father Lim)



Banns of Marriage

Dominic Palileo & Jennery Santos I


Prayers for the Sick

Please pray for the sick, seriously ill and hospitalized members of our parish community, including those preparing for surgical procedures and tests, especially – Lourdes Felix, Lori Freeman and Steve Strawbridge.


In Loving Memory

                                This week’s Sanctuary flowers were offered in loving memory of Joseph Tien P. Vu by his family.


The Journey of St. Paul Presentation

Theater of the Word will present The Journey of St. Paul in St. Victor’s Church next Saturday, February 28th, after the 5:00 P.M. Mass.  Plan on joining us for this FREE performance during the Pauline Year.  Please see today’s bulletin insert for all the details.


For Women

St. Victor’s Altar Society is sponsoring the ANNUAL LADIES RETREAT during Lent from March 6th-8th 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 @ 3:00 P.M. sharp on March 6th.  Please advise if you plan on using the bus for transportation.}


Attention all high school teens

Join over 200 teens from the Diocese of San Jose for Tahoe ’09 Back to the Future from June 15th-19th.  Cost is $300 (includes $100.00 deposit, bus transportation, lodging, 11 meals, a T-shirt and group photo).  Scholarships are available.  Please contact Sharron Hollenbeck in the Catechetical Ministry Office @ 251-0154 for more information.  Deadline to register for this event is March 31st.

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 Alice at the Parish Office @ 251-7055.

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

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


$CRIP gift certificates will be available after Masses next weekend (except Sunday 7:00 and 8:00 A.M.)



CATHOLIC CHARITIES PROGRAM. Programs that promote life-long learning, community engagement, health and good nutrition are the core of the services at our senior centers.  To participate or volunteer, please contact Mui Sam Le @ 282-8600 (John XXIII downtown San Jose), or Milton Cadena @ 251-0215 (Eastside Neighborhood Center).



The Roses of St. Elizabeth invites all ladies to a women’s Lenten day of retreat on Saturday, February 28th from 8:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M.  A $20.00 donation includes light breakfast and lunch.  The facilitator will be Arlene Goetz and the topic will be “Interior Castle of St. Teresa of Avila.”   If you have any questions, please call Diane Pachucki @ 251-9779.



“Child, your sins are forgiven.”  (Mark 2:1-12)


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