Pentecost Sunday

May 19, 2024

Pentecost Sunday


 I hear from young people is that they believe practicing the Faith means boredom and conformity. The person who follows Christ becomes a “cookie cutter” person, made to look like everyone else by following specific rules; a robot that doesn’t think for themselves and loses what makes them unique. It’s only by rebelling against the Faith that one can become uniquely themselves, different from the boring masses.


 As wild and rebellious as a young person thinks they are being by leaving the Church, the truth is that they end up acting like most of the rest of society. It is in the saints, and those closest to Christ, that we see radical individuality and uniqueness. We were made in the image and likeness of God as a soul specifically created for a purpose. Thus, the closer to Christ I draw, the more myself I actually am. I am powerful and unique, not by leaving the Lord, but when I am closest to Him!


We see this in our readings this Pentecost. When the flame of the Holy Spirit pours out upon the Apostles, they preach the Good News in such a way that each individual language and culture can understand and receive it in their own manner. Their uniqueness is gathered and utilized, not covered over or abandoned. St. Paul touches on this profound truth in our Second Reading: “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone… As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ.” How unhelpful it would be to have a body full of noses or eyes or ears? It is when each part acts most fully as it was created that the body is at its best. It is the same with the human soul. As we draw nearer to the Lord, we receive the best of both worlds; the stability of being members of a body and the individuality of my particular call and destiny.


The great St. Catherine of Siena, one of the most unique people to ever live, purportedly said, “Become who you were born to be, and you will set the world on fire.” While her exact quote is slightly different, the point is well made. I have a specific and unique role to play in the great story, a “definite service” in the worlds of St. John Henry Newman. But I find that role not by rebellion, but by drawing closer to the fire of the Holy Spirit and the flame of the Sacred Heart. This Pentecost may my nearness to the flame of love allow me to light a fire throughout my family, community, and world.


Fr. Drew Hoffman 

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Joseph Schiro †, Benjamin Arias †


Sunday 8:30 AM

Sarah Crites-Snapp † & Joseph Snapp’s Family


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Sunday 11:30 AM

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Catalino Ibarra †

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Naoma Brown †

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Louise Zarka,, Josephine Baroni, Naoma Brown,

Catalino Ibarra, Sarah Crites-Snapp



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Cassie Stagi, Linda Furtado, Ronald Murphy, Annamary Keethaponkalan, 

Joey Segui, Esther Wald, Egualberto Abaya, Katie Hernandez, Amy Gastelum, Greg Rhodes, Paul Krill, Megan Favoli, Bekah Dominguez,

Kathleen Lupo, Connor Vierra, Frances Pizzo, Tom Rodenfils,

Rodger “OB” O’Brien, Sr.

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Dear Parishioners and Friends,

You have been part of my journey to priesthood and supported me all along. So, with gratitude I invite you to my ordination and First Mass.

Bishop Oscar Cantú will ordain me to the priesthood on Saturday, May 25, 2024, 9:30 AM at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph. The ordination mass is open to the public and you are invited and encouraged to come celebrate this joyful occasion. There will be blessings and a reception to follow.

I will celebrate my first mass on Saturday, May 25, 2024, 5:00 PM, here, at Saint Martin of Tours, my home parish. A dinner reception will follow in the school gym hosted by the parish and my friends and family. The event is open to the community, and you are invited! Please come and share in some food and drink as we give thanks to God for His blessings. Also, feel free to bring a dessert to share!

As I near my ordination, please pray for me and please know of my prayers for you. Continued prayers as we continue on. Godspeed.

Through Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,


Deacon Robert



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Dear Parishioners,

The reflection below on the articles and videos were written by Maria Corte, the mother of Guillermo and Paloma Nava.


Merry Kaelani 

As we navigate in this world as a family and realize that it is filled with faith detours, we see how we can easily become distracted and get lost in this chaos tailored by the enemy to lose faith in our journey with God. In one of the videos we watched “Serving in the Saviors Way”, it helped us realize that we need to analyze the reason and intention why we are serving our brothers and sisters.

Why are we serving? Is it to satisfy our ego? Or to truly fill a need? 

This hit me on the head today as I was delivering a corsage to one of my son's friends who didn't have the means to pick it up. I offered to take it to his home, but when the young man did not meet us on time, I became upset. Listening to the video “Serving in the Saviors Way”, helped me understand that I am helping the young man out, and that the reasons that he was late may be personal. I asked myself, who am I helping, me or him?

Then the real questions rose in my head.

How many times have I let Jesus down when He was waiting for me? And regardless of me being late to Jesus or even not showing up, He was still there, waiting, and didn't question my absence, He was just happy to see me show up. This same mercy I need apply to those I choose to help without judging or questioning why or how of their circumstances.

In the video with Fr. Mike, we see how we need to help ourselves keep our faith alive by surrounding our lives with Oxygen-rich people. It doesn't matter if the people who become fire extinguishers and put out our faith fires are our long friends from childhood, college, or sometimes even close family members, we don't have to keep them around if our faith gets put out by them. We need to surround ourselves with people who earn our trust.

We need to continue watering that seed like in the video “Faith is like Planting a Seed”, and continue to keep pulling the weeds, and continue to water the seed, and continue to pull weeds, and water the seed, and continuously keep doing these two things until the seed germinates, grows and gives us fruit which represents our faith multiplied, not only in us but in the people that surround us. and 


Please pray for all candidates who will

receive the Sacrament of Confirmation next

Sunday, May 26

Abigail Standifer

Alessandra Nunez

Anna Le Nguyen

Anthony Escobar

Brendan Fallis

Caleb Joseph Lopez

Carden Reckis

Clare Warner

Coltin Gutierrez

Derek Jon Dietrich

Dominic Pierce

Dominic Vitarelli

Eleanor Navarrette

Eleanor Rose Doyle

Emilia Lynn Lipari

Emily Anne Swendsen

Emily Kirkland

Emma Robles

Emma Sanches

Erin Le Nguyen

Esperanza Pardo

Eva Gaynor

Francesca Scarpelli

Giovanni Garcia

Harrison McMahon

Henry Scharrenberg

Isabella Poo

Jace Perez-Evans

Jaedyn Akkara

Jaelynn Rose Strausser

Jayden M.Villanueva Galimba

Katelyn Tran

Katherine Boscia

Kelsey O'Brien

Lillian Grace Kovac

Lillian Jones

Lucas Shoop

Luke Michael MacDonald

Monica Madej

Nathaniel Russell

Nicholas Johnson

Nicolas Carion

Nicolas Cozzitorto

Paloma Nava

Petula Lynessa Clarke

Phillip Mario Clarke

Ramon Pinero

Rory James Dardis

Rylan Vollmer

Sawyer Papier

Sevaughn Martin

Sophia Gastillo

Sophia Mendenhall

Tristan Muth

Victor Hoang Ma

William Buddy O'Brien

William Thomas Furlong

Xavier William Gomes


Dear parents and children, kindly click on the link below to download and print out catechetical activity for children for this weekend. This link is updated every week with activities that corresponds to the readings and Sunday celebrations.



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