PARISH REGISTRATION INFORMATION
We wish to extend a warm welcome to all new parishioners.
If you would like to register in St. Martin's Parish, please email the Rectory. Include your name, address and phone number in the body of the email and someone will contact you.
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St. Martin of Tours Parish
AN HOUR OF ADORATION – PLEASE JOIN IN
On June 2, 2013, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Pope Francis will lead an hour of Eucharistic Adoration from 5 to 6 PM (local time). As an act of unity with the Pope, we, St. Martin Community will join him with an hour of Adoration of the Blessed on the same day from 5 to 6 PM (our time). The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed on the main altar. The Holy Hour will be concluded with Benediction followed by our usual evening Mass.
It will be a fitting way to celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ in this Year of Faith. Please come and join and invite others.
Interested in learning more about the history, meaning and ritual of the mass?
Instructional Masses will be offered:
June 2nd @ 11:30 am Mass
June 9th @ 6:00 pm Mass
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Weekdays: Monday - Saturday 8 a.m.
Welcome to this virtual extension of our parish community. To see photos of some of our parish activities, click on the arrow above or visit .our Parish Photos site on Flickr.
100th Anniversary of the Establishment of St. Martin's as a Mission
This year, we celebrate the founding of our parish as a mission, 100 years ago in 1912. Although it wasn’t until 1914 that our parish was officially established and the first church was dedicated, this celebration of our parish as a mission marks the beginning of our preparations for our Centennial in 2014.
Here is some interesting background information on the origins of our parish, taken from the archives of Santa Clara University:
In the very beginning, St. Martin parish started as a mission without a congregation. Rev. John McNally, pastor of St. Martin Mission when it started in 1912, went out into the orchards and farmlands, into homes and schools in search of his first parishioners. His search was localized in an area that was part of St. Clare parish in Santa Clara.
In order to reach prospective parishioners, Father McNally was taken around the area in a machine (automobile) by three local residents, Mrs. Downing, Doscee and Mr. Schuh. The first door-to-door visits revealed that many people had not been to church in over 25 years, that many children were not baptized, had not made their First Communion or been confirmed.
Father went into the public schools, became acquainted with the children and invited them to Sunday School. In this way he learned which families were Catholic.
The earliest masses for the mission were celebrated in a hall located above Oblizalo's grocery store on the southeast corner of San Carlos and Infirmary Road (later to be renamed Bascom Avenue). Sometime between 1912 and 1914, property for the mission was purchased on San Carlos and Cleveland. This consisted of four lots: two purchased from the Railroad Company for $150 and two from Harry Regnart for $450.
A small frame building, designed by Architect and Contractor Louis Lenzen and erected by Blair and Chase at a cost of $2,500, was the first church. The parish boundaries included small farm homes scattered throughout prune, apricot, cherry and walnut orchards.
University of Santa Clara
St. Martin of Tours, our Patron Saint
ST. MARTIN OF TOURS FEAST DAY: November 11th
Parish Demographic Data
Our parishioners number about 2200 households, however our parish boundaries encompass many more. Information on the demographics within our parish can be found by opening the following pdf files:
Ministry Area Profile (large file)
M.A.P. Sourcebook (which helps explain the data)
This information was compiled from the census and other data by the Percept Group, Inc. for each parish in our diocese to help them analyze and plan for present and future needs.
If you want to look at other Census data for comparative purposes, go to at http://www.zipskinny.com for information on any area in the United States.