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Welcome to Saint Lawrence the Martyr Catholic Parish Community. Rich in diversity, we, the people of Saint Lawrence the Martyr Catholic Parish, are called to be one in living the Word, one in praying, one in celebrating the presence of God, and one in serving all. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we strive to embody the presence of God and to continue the mission of Jesus in the world today, bringing about the reign of God.

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I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to Fr. Thuc Si Ho, our Parochial Vicar and Director for Liturgy; to Marianne Farag, our Head Sacristan; and to all those who helped in the planning and celebration of our Communal Celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick in celebration also of the World Day of the Sick last weekend. Continuing on our series of God's love and care for the sick, our Gospel reading today shows us how the Lord, moved with pity, reached out to the leper: touched him, and made him clean. To the Hebrews during that time, leprosy was considered a dreaded natural disease and was also popularly seen as divine chastisement. This simple story, set in a world so different from ours today, has good news for us. It tells us that Jesus is a friend of the outcast, that He accepts all who comes to Him. His healing touch gives hope and His care restores people to return to the love of God. -Continued on Page 7FEBRUARY

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Caring for the Sick and the Homebound and Those Who Minister to Them World Day of the Sick

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Bishop McGrath's Letter

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Quisiera extender mi más sincero agradecimiento al Padre Thuc Si Ho, nuestro Vicario Parroquial y Director de Liturgia; a Marianne Farag, la Encargada de la Sacristía y todos aquellos que han ayudado en la planificación y celebración de nuestra Celebración Comunitaria del Sacramento de la Unción de los Enfermos y en celebración también del Día Mundial de los Enfermos el pasado fin de semana. Continuando con nuestra serie del amor de Dios y de la atención a los enfermos, nuestro Evangelio de hoy nos muestra cómo se acercó el Señor, al leproso: le tocó, y lo hizo limpio. Para los hebreos durante ese tiempo, la temía la lepra y fue visto popularmente como un castigo divino. Esta sencilla historia, en un mundo tan diferente como hoy, tiene una buena noticia para nosotros. Nos dice que Jesús es un amigo de los marginados, y que Él acepta todos los que le buscaban. Su toque sana, da esperanza y su atención restaura a las personas a regresar al amor de Dios. -Continuación en Página 7-

Dates to Remember Stewardship Thank You Readings & Intentions Liturgy Notes Friendship Club Prayer Corner ADA Update Community Prayer Social Concerns Education Center News Pastor's Corner Tina Bobias and Meriam



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February 2009

Dear Friends, For a number of years, the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) has been introduced in Congress. This law, if enacted, would eliminate practically all restrictions on abortion. We do not know if FOCA will be reintroduced in the new session of Congress; however, the risk that it might is reason enough for us to act at this time, so that our representatives in Washington, D.C., can hear our voices. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has developed a postcard campaign to inform Congress and to educate the public about this grave threat to the common good. Today, I am asking you to take a few moments to share with our Senators and Representatives your conviction that the passage of FOCA would seriously threaten the welfare of our nation by using the postcards available at the parish. This postcard includes the following message: At this time of serious national challenges, Americans should unite to serve the good of all, born and unborn. The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), the most radical and divisive pro-abortion bill ever introduced in Congress, would create a "fundamental right" to abortion that government could not limit but would have to support. FOCA would overturn many existing widely supported policies, including laws protecting parental involvement and conscience rights and those preventing partial-birth abortion and taxpayer funding of abortion. If FOCA were to be signed into law, it would eliminate current "conscientious objection" provisions for hospitals and healthcare workers. This could have severe repercussions for Catholic Healthcare in the United States. In the same way, regardless of their own consciences on the matter, some doctors and other healthcare providers who wish to continue practicing medicine may be required to perform or participate in abortions. Rather than making abortion a rarity, the passage of FOCA would promote this violence against the unborn. This is not a partisan issue; it is a matter of conscience, in keeping with the principles of our faith. Our nation truly needs to work together in these trying times. Our treatment of the most vulnerable members of our society - the unborn, the poor, the elderly and the ill - will be a true indicator of whether we embrace the lofty principles upon which our nation was founded. May the Lord of Life shower abundant blessings on you, your families and your loved ones.

With every best wish and kind regard, I remain, Sincerely yours,

Patrick J. McGrath Bishop of San Jose

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February 14-15, 2009 ­ Saturday & Sunday Multi-Parish Junior High Lock-In: "Rise Like the Phoenix" 7:00 PM (Sat.) to 9:00 AM (Sun.) Community Center February 14 - 15, 2009 - Saturday & Sunday Night in the Armory Sign Up After all Masses - Church February 21-22, 2009 ­ Saturday & Sunday Multi-Parish High School Lock-In: "Get On Up!" 7:00 PM (Sat.) to 9:00 AM (Sun.) Community Center February 22, 2009 - Sunday Night in the Armory (To feed the Homeless and the Poor) 3:00 PM - Sunnyvale Armory February 25, 2009 ­ Wednesday Ash Wednesday ­ Lent begins 8:30 AM ­ Mass 12:05 PM ­ Mass 7:00 PM ­ Bilingual Mass February 27, 2009 ­ Friday Stations of the Cross & Lenten Soup Supper 6:00 PM ­ Church (Stations of the Cross) 7:00 PM ­ Parish Hall (Supper) March 14, 2009 ­ Saturday Saint Patrick's Day Dinner 7:00 PM ­ Community Center


Thank You Very Much!

We would like to thank all our School Parents, Parishioners, and Guests who came to celebrate with us the "Rodeo Round-Up 2 Dinner and Auction" last Saturday, February 7th, 2009, held at the Saint Lawrence Community Center. A special note of gratitude goes to Sr. Grayce Ross, the Development Director of the Education Center, and to Debbie Alton, Debbie Kelley, Cathy Eckerman, and Dionne Stuhr, the 2009 Rodeo Round-Up Co-Chairs, for their leadership. They spent months of dedicated hard work and planning for this biggest fundraiser event for our Education Center. Congratulations for a job well done! It was so wonderful to see the Fine Arts Students in the Middle School providing us the entertainment. Thanks to Elaine Ketell for her hard work in preparing the students for a great presentation. We commend the students of Saint Lawrence Academy for serving us the dinner and for helping in the clean-up. We are also very grateful to all our School Parents who volunteered their time and for their willingness to help with whatever was needed: in the Bar, Ticket Counter, Auction tables, the Bank Center, set-up, clean-up, and many more. The attendance of so many parents to the Dinner and Auction was also made possible by the Staff of our Day Care who looked after the small children. Lastly, our sincerest gratitude to the Sponsors and Donors, parents, and students alike, for donating all the Auctions Items. The Gift Baskets were great. We are very proud to be your Priests. The enthusiastic response of so many School Parents, Parishioners, Faculty, and Staff is a wonderful testament of love and support to our Education Center in its fundraising efforts. Such response gives us confidence that we will continue to journey in faith and grow in our understanding of what it means to reflect Christ's love. Thank you very much! Rev. Andy C. Ligot, Pastor Rev. Thuc Si Ho, Parochial Vicar

Stewardship of Time, Talent, and Treasure

02/07/2009 - Saturday 5:00 PM 02/08/2009 - Sunday 8:00 AM 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 1:30 PM 6:00 PM Auto Debit (Monthly) & Mail In Total Stewardship Offering Less: Expenses Variance 2nd Collection - Aid to Central Europe Education Center:

$1,891.30 $1,312.00 $2,145.89 $1,505.00 $717.35 $1,262.35 $701.00 $9,534.89 $8,942.00 $592.89 $931.02 $239.00

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February 15 - Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46/ Psalms 32:1-11/1Corinthians 10:31-11:1 / Mark 1:40-45 8:00 AM Federico Reluci 10:00 AM Kraig O`Donnell, John Amaral 12:00 PM For the People of Saint Lawrence 1:30 PM Priest Intentions 6:00 PM Priest Intentions February 16 ­ Monday Genesis 4:1-15,25/Psalms 50:1 & 8,16bc-17, 20/21/ Mark 8:11-13 8:30 AM Michael O`Donnell - Get Well February 17 - Tuesday Genesis 6:5-8, 7:1-5, 10/ Psalms 29:1a & 2, 3ac-4, 3b & 9c-10/Mark 8:14-21 8:30 AM Rita Cote February 18 ­ Wednesday Genesis 8:6-13, 20-22/Psalms 116:12-15, 18-19/ Mark 8:22-6 8:30 AM Priest Intentions February 19 ­ Thursday Genesis 9:1-13/Psalms 102:16-23 & 29/Mark 8:2733 8:30 AM Mary Jane Long* Celetina V. Reyes February 20 ­ Friday Genesis 11:1-9/ Psalms 33:10-15/ Mark 8:34-9:1 8:30 AM Steve Russell February 21 ­ Saturday: Saint Peter Damian Hebrews 11:1-7/Psalms 145:2-5, 10-11/ Mark 9:2-13 8:30 AM Priest Intentions 5:00 PM Martin Kheim Nguyen Joseph Cu Ngoc Nguyen February 22 ­ Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time Isaiah 43:18-19, 21-22, 4b-25/Psalms 41:2-5, 13-14/ 2 Corinthians 1:18-22 / Mark 2:1-12 8:00 AM Telesforo Trias* 10:00 AM Robert Hansen Matilda Zamora 12:00 PM Jeanine Grow 1:30 PM For the People of SLM 6:00 PM William Navarrette

Please contact the Rectory office to update names. Names will be removed at the end of the month, if no contact is made. Thank you.

Liturgy of the Hours / Divine Office / Breviary all three names refer to the official prayer of the Church offered at various times of the day in order to sanctify it. Clergy and religious have a canonical obligation to pray the Liturgy of the Hours as official Please pray for our Military representatives of the Church. Increasingly, Service men and women: the laity also prays it, though they do not do so in the name of the Church. The LCPL Matt Bellerive, USMC Liturgy of the Hours consists primarily of Sgt. Dean McDonald Capt. Alfred Richard Ocampo psalms supplemented by hymns and readings. Cadet Sarah Phillips, USMA Together with the Mass, it constitutes the official public prayer life of the Church.

Pray for those who are in ill health or preparing for surgery: Parishioners: Vince Adan Mauro Alvarado May Armann Charlie Armstrong Evelyn Arruda Jess Avila Babette Bennett Bettencourt Joe Maria Brazil Chuck & Sheila Dahlberg Mimi Eilrich Lizotte Ann Charlie Long Naki Pat Barbara Orason Corine Passalacqua Marge Rene Theresa Sledd Turenchalk Eva Vanderwyk Eric

Liturgy of the Hours ­ From Latin liturgia horarium and the Greek litourgia: a service performed by an official. Divine Office ­ From Latin a divine service or duty. officium divina:

Breviary ­ From Latin breviarium: a compendium (of the canonical hours).

Friendship Club Luncheon Tuesday, February, 24 at 11:30 AM, lunch at 12:00 noon. China Stix Restaurant (Mervyns Plaza) Cost: $20 per person Discussion Topic: Jubilee Planning Make Check payable to: Mary Ann Miller Send to: 12800 Arroyo de Arguello Saratoga, CA 95070 Or Call: 408-887-3675

The early Christians continued the Jewish practice of reciting prayers at certain hours of the day or night. In the Psalms we find expressions like "in the morning I offer you my prayer"; "At midnight I will rise and thank you"; "Evening, morning and at noon I will cry and lament"; "Seven times a day I praise you". The Apostles observed the Jewish custom of praying at the third, sixth Friends and Family: and ninth hour and at midnight (Acts 10:3, 9; Rosemarie Altemose 16:25; etc.). And, although the Apostles no Ruben Cardenas longer shared in the Temple sacrifices they Elaine Cereno Amalia Cocho continued to frequent the Temple at the Jinky Javier Cumagun customary hours of prayer (Acts 3:1). The Madonna Krause Christian prayer of that time consisted of Carol Lenhart Mercedita Marticio almost the same elements as the Jewish: Makena Naki recital or chanting of psalms, reading of the Michael O'Donnell Old Testament, to which were soon added Loan Pham Sidney & Margaret Tichy readings of the Gospels, Acts, and epistles, and canticles. Other elements were added For Our Dearly Departed later in James Broderickthe course of the centuries.

Jose Casem Helen Cruz Paz Feril Jeanine Groh Langford

Although the Divine Office has gone through various forms, and reforms, including that of Vatican II, its basic structure, combining Psalms, prayers, canticles and readings, has been relatively constant since the 11th century.

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2009 ADA Week 5

Life ­ According to Catholic Social Teaching, human person is made in the image and likeness of God and therefore is sacred and precious. Situations where a human being is murdered, at any time between conception and natural death, are an injustice. The Church categorizes some murders as particularly serious. These typically involve the murder of a person less able to defend themselves (e.g., the vulnerable - weak ­ defenseless ­ disabled ­ powerless ­ infirm, and particularly the unborn and the elderly). Other situations characterized as particularly serious include those where the injustice is intentional and premeditated, or where an act is wrong no matter what the circumstances involved ­ it can never be justified. These situations are called "intrinsic evil" and include actions such as abortion, euthanasia, genocide, assisted suicide, killing of noncombatants in war, and the death penalty in cases where life without parole is a viable option. For many readers, some of the situations above might have been "obvious" in justices while others might not. Some might disagree with including death penalty or war situations. Here we need to return to the basic principle: the life of ALL human beings comes from God, our Creator, and is sacred and precious, from Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King Jr. to Saddam Hussain and Osama bin Laden, and we are called to value and respect ALL LIFE. We cannot be "cafeteria Catholics" on this issue, selecting which murders we will oppose, which we will support, and which it is acceptable to be silent on. Next Week: Dignity Many thanks to all the people who came to the Homelessness talk by Pete Fullerton and also thank you for your generous donation of toiletries and socks for the migrant workers. We received 100 pairs of new and gently used socks which will be distributed at a mobile health clinic in the south county.


Thank You for Making Saint Lawrence Parish Number 1

The Diocese of San Jose's Office of Stewardship and Development issued its first 2009 Annual Diocesan Appeal Report on February 6th and announced,: "Congratulations to Saint Lawrence the Martyr Parish for achieving 93% of goal; followed by Saint William at 62%, and Saint Athanasius at 60% (pledged). The overall numbers compare well to last year." Yes indeed! As your Pastor, I thank you dear Parishioners for making us Number 1 in the entire Diocese. I am very happy to announce that as of February 7th, we have received a total of 241 pledges in the amount of $92,900.00. This represents 103% of our $90,000.00 Parish Assessment and 49% of our $190,000 Overall Parish Goal.


Our prayer intention this week is for the priests and lay ministers of our parish, who dedicate their time and talent for our benefit each week.

We thank all our Parishioners who have already made their pledges to the 2009 ADA. It is our hope that all Parish Households participate. There is still time for those who have not yet submitted their gifts and pledges. The Lord is very aware of your generosity to support our Parish. May He reward and bless you always. By: Rev. Andy C. Ligot, Pastor

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It is the belief of mathematics instructor Julie Tsutsui that teaching keeps one young. "You can't help but be up on current music, fashion and pop culture because students are always talking about it. " The biggest plus to being a teacher is "there is always the potential of impacting your students' lives in a positive way." Now entering her tenth year of teaching, Julie Tsutsui shows no signs of aging. A full-time mathematics instructor and the Director of Student Activities, Julie has contact with virtually every student on campus. Whether she is teaching her students rhyme schemes to memorize a particular pattern in a math problem or dressing up in a wild costume for a school rally, Julie "gets" kids. Julie entered the educational field because she enjoyed the feeling of imparting knowledge and learning new things. Her first and only teaching job has been here at Saint Lawrence Academy. A chance trip from Missouri brought her not only her husband, John, but a job at the Academy. Julie was drawn to the small community and close knit faculty at SLA. She has stayed because she truly enjoys the students that she teaches. As Activities Director, Julie has established several annual activities which appeal in large numbers to the student body. Cardboard Box City is entering its fourth year. The concept is to bring homelessness into the consciousness of the students while raising funds for Habitat for Humanity. For a $25 fee, students sleep in cardboard boxes in the hallway of the Academy. They partake in activities, build community, and are given the opportunity to contribute to society. Monies raised from the event are donated to Habitat for Humanity to sponsor one of their local projects. Each spring, the Mr. Celtic Contest draws students and parents to watch male students perform in a casualwear, formalwear, and talent competitions. At the end of the evening, a Mr. Celtic is crowned. The school blood drive provides needed blood donations to the American Red Cross. According to principal Christie Filios, "Julie has a gift for drawing students into activities. Certainly there are those students who participate in everything; however, Julie manages to get those students "on the fringe" to participate. It is a testament to her creativity, tenacity and enthusiasm." Add into her busy schedule classes at Santa Clara University and there is not much free time in this lady's schedule. Her favorite outside activities include reading mystery novels (her favorite author is J.D. Robb), biking, knitting, helping Mrs. Reid in the front office, and spending time with her large, extended family.

Academy seniors Katie Taylor, Jeff Linhares, and Kara Brown have been nominated for Catholic Charities' annual service awards. All three seniors have actively participated in community service activities throughout Santa Clara County. The seniors will all be recognized at an awards ceremony in May, with one of the seniors winning a $250 award to be contributed to the organization of the winner's choice. Congratulations Katie, Jeff, and Kara.


The Academy will be closed on February 16 ­ 20 for Winter break. Students and staff will return on Monday, February 23.

Copeland and Courtney Bryan, NFL football players and Saint Lawrence Middle School Alums, visited the school for the Winter Sports Rally and shared some of their story with the fifth through eighth graders. Copeland Bryan, who attended Bellarmine after Saint Lawrence and then the University of Arizona, is a defensive specialist with the Buffalo Bills. Courtney Bryan, who attended Saint Francis and Wilcox High School after Saint Lawrence and then New Mexico State, is a secondary for the Miami Dolphins. Both men stressed the importance of being a scholar-athlete, in order to be eligible for good colleges that will make their athletic talent known and to be educated for other careers. Addressing our students, copeland said, "You should always strive to be learning, doing the best to your ability, because as long as you're working hard, good things will generally happen to you." Courtney, on the other hand, emphasized the importance of setting goals and told the students, "Don't short yourself on setting goals. The world is a lot bigger than what you see." What the students of Saint Lawrence saw that afternoon was an exciting piece of the possibilities before them.

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-Continued from Page 1"A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said,

"If you wish, you can make me clean." Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, "I do will it. Be made clean."" Mark 1: 40 - 41

-Continuacion de pagina 1"Un leproso vino a Jesús y le suplicó de rodillas hacia abajo y dijo:

"Si lo desea, puede hacerme limpio." Movido con lástima, le extendió su mano, le tocó, y le dijo: "Yo lo deseo. Se limpia "." Marco 1: 40 - 41

Today, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we have much more responsibility than the physical leprosy: the `leprosy of society.' This happens through discrimination, or lack of respect for the dignity of the human person. It can be rejection to others based on cultural, economic, social, and religious differences. It also goes for the lack of respect to human life from conception to natural death; to alienation of people suffering from dependencies like drugs and alcohol, to people with mental illnesses, or financial needs. We can sometimes be complacent with our comfort zones that we would rather have them go away and find ways to help themselves to overcome their own problems. In today's Gospel, we learn that Jesus is willing to talk, touch, and heal the leper. The leper, like everyone else, is worth Jesus' time, compassion, and forgiving touch. In healing the leper, Jesus breaks the rules of the community by touching an unclean person. To accept and respect other people, we have to start opening our hearts to them. It is only after we talk with people, listen to them, and start sharing our lives with them, that we move towards friendship. Let our prayer for this week be: "Lord, open our hearts and lead us to those who need us most ... in our family ... community ... workplace ... or school. Give us strength at all times to be instruments of your love here on earth. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen." Saint Lawrence, pray for us. By: Rev. Andy C. Ligot, Pastor

Hoy, como hermanos/as en Cristo, tenemos mucho más responsabilidad que la lepra física: la "lepra de la sociedad." Esto sucede a través de la discriminación, o la falta de respeto de la dignidad de la persona humana. Puede ser el rechazo a los demás sobre la base de diferencias culturales, económicas, sociales, y religiosas. También se aplica a la falta de respeto a la vida humana desde la concepción hasta la muerte natural, a la alienación de las personas que sufren de dependencias como las drogas y el alcohol, a las personas con enfermedades mentales, o necesidades financieras. En ocasiones, podemos ser complacientes con nuestras zonas de comodidad que preferiríamos ir de lejos y encontrar maneras de a superar nuestros propios problemas. En el Evangelio de hoy, nos enteramos de que Jesús está dispuesto a hablar, tocar, y curar al leproso. Como en todo el mundo, el leproso cuenta para Jesús y su toque trae el perdón. En la curación del leproso, Jesús rompe las reglas de la comunidad para tocar a una persona impura. Para aceptar y respetar a otras personas, tenemos que abrir el corazón. Sólo después de hablar con la gente, escuchar, y comenzar a compartir nuestras vidas con ellos, que nos movemos hacia la amistad. Que nuestra oración para esta semana sería: "Señor, abre nuestros corazones y llevanos a los que más nos necesitan... a nuestra familia... a la comunidad... al lugar de trabajo o a la escuela. Danos fuerza en todo momento para ser instrumentos de tu amor aquí en la tierra. En nombre de Jesús oremos, Amén. " San Lorenzo, ruega por nosotros. Por: P. Andy C. Ligot, Párroco

Tina Bobias

By: Marianne Farag This week we meet two more parishioners who take the time to go visit and minister to the sick and homebound members of our community. Tina Bobias came to Saint Lawrence with her family in 1974. Originally from the Philippines, Tina and her husband settled in Santa Clara and raised their children here. Some of her children still worship at Saint Lawrence even after moving out of their parents' house. Tina loves Saint Lawrence and calls it home. She has made many friends, and this is one reason she enjoys worshipping here. Tina helps in many ways at Saint Lawrence. She is a member of the 12:00 noon Sunday choir and a Eucharistic Minister at Sunday Mass. This is in addition to her ministry to the sick. Like Jessie and Manuel, Tina is dismissed from Mass on Wednesday to go and bring communion to several parishioners. One of Tina's stops is the Belmont Village in Sunnyvale, an assisted living facility. Tina inspired her friend, Meriam, to serve in this ministry as well. Meriam is a new parishioner who arrived in 2007 and quickly became involved. She came to Saint Lawrence, because it was the closest parish to her house, but stayed because she feels at home here and enjoys all of the different opportunities for ministry. Meriam's main ministry is visiting the homebound, specifically taking the Eucharist to residents at the Pacific Gardens assisted living facility in Santa Clara. She also drives a parishioner to Mass on Sundays. And occasionally she serves as a lector at weekday Masses.



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