My Dear Parishioners,

I would like to thank all of you for your generous contributions toward our parish. Everything you give is used to maintain the run of the parish and to maintain the buildings. But it is time now to think a little more a head and start an endowment for our parish with a vision on the future of the parish.

The Catholic Community Foundation of Santa Clara County has announced that a generous donor is offering a $1 Million match ($20,000 per parish in the Diocese of San Jose) for donations made to parish endowments before September 30, 2017.

If we are able to raise $20,000 by this deadline, Saint Martin of Tours will have an Endowment  of $ 40,000 and could start to receive annual distributions as early as December 2017 …and will do so FOREVER. Some of our parishioners have already given to this endowment, but we need more collaboration. Donations are tax deductable.

Like any other endowment, this will be a permanent fund invested to produce income. Our gifts to this fund (the principal) will remain untouched; only the income it generates will be used for our benefit and the benefit of those who will come after us.

It’s my hope that every generation that goes through this parish will be able to add to this fund with whatever they are able – whether in cash, stock or real estate – and, in this way, leave a lasting legacy that will fuel ministries at our parish even 25, 50 or 100 years from now!

Some of our parishioners have already contributed to this endowment. I would like to ask you to prayerfully consider becoming a founding donor by making a gift to our recently established St. Martin of Tours Endowment Fund. You can do so by filling out the form included in this bulletin or online using our dedicated donation page: https://giving.cfoscc.org/stmartin

Once again I thank you for your continuous support of our parish!

God bless you,

Father Sergio Ovando