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Third Sunday of Lent - March 14-15, 2009

From the Pastor’s Pen

In accordance with the desire of Bishop McGrath, St. Victor is joining other parishes in this diocese by participating in the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) postcard campaign.  At this point in time it seems as if each month brings more bad news for those who cherish the Right to Life.  FOCA, should it become law, would be devastating to the pro-life movement.  I hope each parish family prayerfully considers writing their federal representatives over this bill.

Parishioners are also invited to join the local version of the nationwide Forty Days for Life campaign, which is focusing on peacefully praying outside of a San Jose Planned Parenthood abortion mill.  Please contact me if you would like to participate in the 40 Days campaign.                                                                        Father Michael Hendrickson



Today’s second collection is for St. Victor’s tuition assistance.  Thank you for your generosity.



Growing in Faith Together

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 this 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.

 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.


MARCH 21-22, 2009

2 CHRONICLES 36:14-16, 19-23


JOHN 3:14-21



Life Insurance Gifts

It is easy to turn an old life insurance policy into a nice gift to St. Victor’s Parish, and a possible tax deduction. Simply transfer it to, “The Roman Catholic Bishop, a California Corporate Sole, for the benefit of St. Victor’s Parish.” It is even easier to add the Parish as a beneficiary to a policy.  Because you can always change this, there is no tax deduction for including the Church as a beneficiary.

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.



All parishioners are invited to an Adult Parish Reconciliation Service on Wednesday, April 1st, at 7:30 P.M. in the Church.  During this service, we will gather together as a parish family to celebrate God’s mercy and forgiveness.  The service will include Scripture readings, time for reflection and individual confession and absolution. 



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.

Mass Intentions for the Week  

Monday             March   16         6:30 A.M.          Virgilio Glover

                                                8:00 A.M.          Mary Eleanor Gaiero

Tuesday            March   17         6:30 A.M.          Bibiana D. Mendoza                              

                                                8:00 A.M.          Lola Mendoza

Wednesday       March   18         6:30 A.M.          Andy Palmero   

8:00 A.M.          Steve & Mary Perata

Thursday           March   19         6:30 A.M.          Israelito N. Beltran & Gertrudes Beltran

                                                8:00 A.M.          Bill Fox

Friday               March   20         6:30 A.M.          Jennifer Yen Chow        

                                                8:00 A.M.          Carmen Gabriel

Saturday           March   21         8:00 A.M.          Delia Jimenez

                                                5:00 P.M.          Deceased Members of the Azevedo, Ferrari,

Ghiorso & Biagini Families                                  (Father Lim)

Sunday             March   22         7:00 A.M.          For the Parishioners of St. Victor Parish              (Father Lim)

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

                                                9:15 A.M.          Kay Barrett                                                        (Father Hendrickson)

                                               10:45 A.M.         Consolacion Glass                                             (Father Dwyer)

                                               12:15 P.M.         Enriqueta Arce                                                   (Carmelites)

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


To apply to St. Victor’s School, please call 251-1740, or visit their website @ .


Our Love And Prayers Go Out To...

St. Victor’s Parish Community would like to extend their sympathy and prayers to the families and friends of Eileen Denzel and Chester Ozog, who recently passed away.



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.



EASTSIDE F.I.S.H. food collection is this weekend.  Please place your non-perishable food donations in the box in the vestibule of the Church.  Thank you!

GET ON THE BUS is a program that will take over 1000 children from cities throughout the state to visit their mothers in prison (Chowchilla, Ventura and Corona , CA and Ontario , Canada ) on May 8th.  This is free transportation for the children and their caregivers.  This program is sponsored by our Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.  Financial donations are needed.  Please call Sister Noreen Driscoll, CSJ, at the Rectory Office (251-7055) for more information.

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.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day, March 17! May the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.                     (Numbers 6:24-26)


There will be a second collection next weekend for Catholic Relief Services (Bishops’ Overseas Appeal).


ST. JOSEPH PRAYER:   St. Joseph , we seek to make a home in our hearts for Jesus, and so we pray for the same courage and trust in God you showed as you cared for Mary and Jesus.  Patron and protector of the family, you faithfully fulfilled your duties in the family and in your labor.  Recognizing you as a model of a loving father and a faithful husband, we ask your prayers for us that we might welcome Jesus into our lives and faithfully follow him until the end of our days.  Amen.   (Creative Communication for the Parish)

Happy St. Joseph’s Feast Day to all of us in the Diocese of San Jose, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph and Sister Noreen Driscoll, CSJ, St. Victor’s Pastoral Associate, on Thursday, March 19th!


       “...but bestowing mercy down to the thousandth generation on the children of those

                                       who love Me and keep My commandments.” (Exodus 20:1-17)


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