Stained Glass

Second Sunday of Lent - March 7-8, 2009

From the Pastor’s Pen

Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far to the Annual Diocesan Appeal.  I am thankful for the large number of families that have made pledges during the past month and am happy to report that we have met the financial assessment of the diocese.  Pledges given now will find their way to St. Victor's Parish instead of being destined to the central offices.

This week's bulletin includes an important letter from our bishop regarding the Freedom of Choice Act, a bill that languished in committee during the last Congress.  I strongly encourage you to read Bishop McGrath's letter.  Next week, postcards will be available in the church so that those who wish to notify their Representative and Senators will have an easy means to do so.  Through the intercession of Our Lady, may this Congress, which has so many important challenges to face, realize that proceeding with FOCA against the beliefs of tens of millions of pro-life Americans is a battle not worth fighting.                                                                                                          Father Michael Hendrickson



Catholics in Central and Eastern Europe need your help to continue to revitalize the Church and to foster the Spirit of love in their parishes and communities, In 28 countries throughout Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, the collection funds vital pastoral and social projects and contributes to programs that promote Catholic life.  Please be generous in today’s collection, believe in the power of the Spirit of love.  Extra envelopes are available in the pews.



Growing in Faith Together

 CongratulationS St. Victor’s Parishioners!

Give yourselves a pat on the back!  Out of the 49 parishes reporting so far, St. Victor’s was one of the leaders last week in the amount pledged to the Annual Diocesan Appeal.  THANKS to your generosity, all pledges now benefit St. Victor’s directly!  OUR SINCERE APPRECIATION to all those who have already pledged support to this year’s ADA Campaign.  If you have not yet made your pledge, please drop it in the collection basket or take it to the parish office.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for the ADA telephone committee to call our most active parishioners, who have not already given to ADA.  Please call Michelle at the Rectory Office  (251-7055) ASAP, if you are able to help.  If you need it, training will be provided.



During the six weeks of Lent, the whole Church is trying to move closer to God by taking a look at the areas of life that need improvement.  In R.C.I.A., we do this in a simple ceremony at the 9:15 A.M. Mass on the Third, Fourth and Fifth Sundays of Lent (beginning next weekend).  We ask to be healed of anything weak, defective or sinful and strengthened in all that is good, strong and holy in our lives.  Please pray that our candidates may be protected from evil and strengthened by the Holy Spirit, so that they will be worthy to receive the Easter sacraments.


There will be evenings of recollection for our Vietnamese-speaking parishioners on March 12th and 13th beginning 7:00P.M. in the Church.



MARCH 14-15, 2009

EXODUS 20:1-17


JOHN 2:13-25



Collection results for the month of February:

2008          $61,017.00

2009          $57,495.00



Before You Sell

Think of selling appreciated assets like stocks, bonds, property or a vacation home?  You may be able to do so without paying taxes, while increasing your income and, at the same time, making a great gift to 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: 900 Lafayette St., Suite 301, Santa Clara, CA 95050.


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.  GOOD FRIDAY will be a day 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 (ADA Appeal, 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, worthy of our love and sharing.

Lenten Reminders: All the faithful, after they have participated in First Communion, are obliged to share in Communion at least once a year during the Easter season (First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday).  The faithful who are old enough to understand that they have sinned are obligated to confess serious sins at least once a year.  It is recommended that venial sins also be confessed. 



$CRIP gift certificates will be available after Masses this weekend (except Sunday 7:00 & 8:00 A.M.) for all of your Easter holiday shopping, dining and gift-giving needs. Please call the School Office @ 251-1740 if you have any questions regarding the $CRIP program.


For information or an application to St. Victor’s School, please call 251-1740 or visit .

Mass Intentions for the Week  

Monday             March   09         6:30 A.M.                      Reynaldo D. Nabong

                                                8:00 A.M.                      Thomas Pinheiro

Tuesday            March   10         6:30 A.M.                      Maria Luz Bermudez

                                                8:00 A.M.                      Elena T. Cababaro

Wednesday       March   11         6:30 A.M.                      Loleng Sagmit

                                                8:00 A.M.                      Tomasito Valeroso

Thursday           March   12         6:30 A.M.                      Ariston Teodoro

                                                8:00 A.M.                      Robert Brunolli

Friday               March   13         6:30 A.M.                      Cesar Sousa

                                                8:00 A.M.                      Lynn & Gwen Riches

Saturday           March   14         8:00 A.M.                      Tessie Santos

                                                5:00 P.M.                      Aurora Sarain Sarazat Retuta                  (Father Hendrickson)

Sunday             March   15         7:00 A.M.                      For the Parishioners of St. Victor Parish  (Father Hendrickson)

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

                                                9:15 A.M.                      Pablo R. Antonio                                                (Father Phan)

                                               10:45 A.M.                     Josephine Cronk                                                (Father Dwyer)

                                               12:15 P.M.                     Laure Eustaquio                                     (Carmelites)

                                                5:00 P.M.                      Stanley & Mary Lisy                                           (Father Phan)


Banns of Marriage

Dominic Palileo & Jennery Santos III


                                  Please Pray for Our Sick

Please pray for our sick, seriously ill and hospitalized parishioners, including those preparing for

surgical procedures and tests, especially Leo Alvarado.


                                           Our Condolences

St. Victor’s Parish Community would like to extend their sympathy and prayers to the family and friends of Virginio Pardo, who recently passed away.



Sign-ups are being taken for the ADULT Confirmation classes (age 18 and older, who have already been baptized and have had First Eucharist).  Please register for the classes through the Rectory Office @ 251-7055.  The classes will be held April 20th-May 18th.  The sacrament of Confirmation will take place on May 31st, at St. Joseph’s Cathedral.  Registration deadline is Monday, March 30th.



Acies is an individual and collective renewal of consecration to our Blessed Mother.  Every year, all active and auxiliary members of the Legion of Mary renew their consecration to their Queen.  Families and friends are welcome.  This year’s Acies will be held at Resurrection Church (725 Cascade Dr., Sunnyvale) on Saturday, March 28th.  The rosary and consecration starts at 11:00 A.M., followed by Mass at 12:00 noon.  Refreshments will be served in the Resurrection parish hall after the Mass.



You are invited to come to the meeting regarding information about the pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City & Guadalajara from August 17th-24th.  The meeting will be held on Sunday, March 29th, from 2:30-4:00 P.M. in the small room of the parish center.  For further information, please call Father Lim @ 251-7055.


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.



Please check your cupboards or storage areas for items that are missing from St. Victor’s Hall  [2 large kettles and several other items].  If found, please return to the hall immediately.  Thank you!

REMINDER TO OUR PARISH ORGANIZATIONS – Please remember to lock all the doors and gates of our parish facilities that you have used for your meeting/event when you are ready to leave, and return keys as soon as possible.  Thank you!



For your safety as well as the safety of others, we ask your cooperation with St. Victor’s, the Police Department and the Fire Department by parking in designated areas only.   We especially need the fire lanes to be left open and clear. (You may be ticketed!)  As a courtesy to others, we ask you to follow traffic signs in and out of the parish grounds.  Please also obey the posted signs – Speed Limit of 5 miles per hour - when driving on the parish grounds.  We hope those few traffic rules will help keep everyone safe, and smooth any traffic flow problems we may have.



EASTSIDE F.I.S.H.        food collection is next weekend.  Please bring your non-perishable food donations (peanut butter, canned fruits & vegetables, tuna, macaroni & cheese, etc.) and place them in the box of the vestibule of the Church. {No clothing or perishable foods, please.}  Thank you!

NEEDY FAMILIES.  Our St. Vincent de Paul volunteers are working with several families in need of twin beds.  If you are able to help, please call the Rectory Office @ 251-7055.

Special Need:  There is an 11-year old with muscular dystrophy in need of a foster home.  The child is currently in the hospital and both of his parents are deceased.  If you, or you know of someone who is able to help, please call parishioner, Steve Ferdin, @ 472-5675.




The next meeting of the Catholic Professional & Business Club will be held on Thursday, March 12th, beginning with Mass at 7:00 A.M., followed by their breakfast program with guest speaker, Father Brendan McGuire @ 7:30 A.M.  The meeting will take place at the Biltmore Hotel (2151 Laurelwood Rd., Santa Clara).  Cost is $20.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members. For details, please contact Jessica King @ 491-9229.

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