Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11; Titus 2:11-14, 3:4-7; Luke 3:15-16, 21-22. Isaiah prophesies the Lord bringing peace and victory to Israel, and foretells the ministry of John the Baptist. Paul’s Letter to Titus reminds his listeners of the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ. In Luke’s Gospel, John the Baptist denies being the Messiah, and at the baptism of Jesus, the Holy Spirit Appears in the shape of a dove. God the Father’s voice is heard proclaiming Jesus as his beloved son.
Battesimo del Signore
Con entusiamo, il profeta anuncia il ritorno di Israele dall’esilio di Babilonia dopo il perdono dei peccati. Dio ha fatto pace con il suo popolo dopo la conversione. Gesù entra nell’acqua del fiume Giordano, si unisce ai peccatori, assume l’atteggiamento dei pentiti e incomincia la riparazione che sarà portata a termine con il suo sacrificio in croce.
From Fr. Gael: John always points to Jesus. He is the announcer, the forerunner, the harbinger of Jesus. The reflection we might make is in the form of a question. “In what way do I announce Jesus?” How is the presence of Jesus in the world magnified by my presence in the world. After all. That is really what our baptism calls us to be, “signs and bearers of the presence of Jesus.” That is our baptismal birthright. That is our profession, or expressed in another way, we are called to be professional Christians. This kind of professional qualification comes from the soul, resides in the heart, and should automatically show in who we are and how we live. We should point to Jesus.
After Jesus’ baptism we read, “heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
May the Sprit descend upon us and transform us so that the Father is well pleased!
–Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB
Isaac Lee – Humphrey Boschetto – Giovanna Rose Banchero
Bernice Sena – Michele Lancieri –Maria Magdalena Garcia
School Open House: SPP School (Kinder – 8) and The Laura Vicuna Pre-K (ages 3-5) will hold their annual open house on Sunday, January 13 from 10:00-12:00. All are welcome to attend. If you’d like an application for SSPP School, they are available now by visiting our website: www.sspeterpaulsf.org or calling 415-421-5219. Pre-Kindergarten applications will be available at our open house or by calling the Pre-K at 415-296-8549
The Don Bosco Study Group kicks off its tenth year with a meeting on Tuesday, January 15th at 7PM in the Club conference room. We will hear a short talk on St., Francis de Sales spiritual influence on Don Bosco (both of whose feasts days are this month) followed by a short clip from Bishop Baron’s video series. For those who wish to read this meetings selection, it’s Fr. Richard Rohr’s, “Falling Upward.” The reading for March 19 is Evelyn’s Waugh’s classic, “Brideshead Revisited.” Meetings are approximately ninety minutes. Refreshments are served. Call or write Frank Lavin (415.310.8551, email@example.com) with questions. All are welcome.
Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club Cioppinos! It’s crab season, and around here that means only one thing: SBGC Cioppino! This year’s remaining cioppinos will be on January 19 and February 2. Call 415-397-3068 for tickets and availability. And remember: it all supports the Club!
SBCC Seeks Event Manager: The Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club (SBGC) is currently seeking a full-time Event Manager to design, plan and execute the wide array of fundraising events it hosts each year. The Event Manager will play a critical role in supporting The Club and will be a member of The Club’s leadership team. Additional information, including Job description, can be provided upon request. Please send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salesian Saints! January is the month when we celebrate the feasts of a number of our Salesian saints. On January 22 we celebrate the feast of Blessed Laura Vicuña. On January 24, we celebrate St. Francis de Sales. And on January 31 we celebrate the feast of St. John Bosco. All of our Salesian saints, pray for us!
Attn: MEN! St. Patrick’s Seminary Discernment Weekend: From January 18-20 St. Patrick’s Seminary will host their annual Discernment Weekend for men 21 and older who may be considering a vocation to the priesthood. For more information or to register, email the Seminary’s Vocations Director: For more information, go here www.stpsu.edu/is-god-calling-you or email the Archdiocesan Vocations Director, Fr. Pat Summerhays: email@example.com ‘We need men to give up their lives for Jesus Christ NOW!’
Choose Life! Walk for Life West Coast: Join fellow Catholics and Pro‐Lifers from all over the western U.S. (and beyond) as we stand for the littlest among us at the 15th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on January 26, 2019. The day starts with Mass at 9:30AM celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The rally begins at 12:30PM in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, and the Walk, down the city’s Market Street, begins at 1:30PM. For complete information about the Walk, visit www.walkforlifewc.com or call 415‐658‐1793.
All-Night Adoration for Life: As always, we have all night Eucharistic Adoration for Life on the Friday before the Walk, beginning at 8PM. We need people to be with Our Lord at all times! If you’d like to schedule an hour or more call Gibbons at 415-421-0809.
Faith Sharing Group: The group will meet in the parish center at 6:30 PM on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.
Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: Our 2018 assessment was $85,438. We need YOUR help! So far 136 parishioners or families have paid or pledged $74, 117, leaving us with a balance of $11, 321. We give heartfelt thanks to all who have given, but there are a lot more than 136 parishioners or families in the parish, so if you have not yet donated, please join your fellow parishioners in helping us to meet our shared obligation.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA): The RCIA program has begun. This program is for adults who are interested in the Catholic faith and are willing to journey from inquiring to the receiving of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Please drop your name and email address off at the parish office.
Religious Education–CCD: The Religious Education CCD program of our parish is in session. All are welcome to the program for grades K to 8, especially students who do not have regular religious education in school. The CCD meets on Sundays from 10-11AM.—please bring children to the Pre-K at 9:45AM.
CCD Teachers Needed! Would you like to bring the Good News to young people? We need more CCCD teachers for this year’s semester. Please contact the parish office if you are interested in this vital work.
New Facebook Page! Check out our new Saints Peter and Paul Facebook page: facebook.com/SsPeterandPaulSF. It’s a great site with beautiful pictures and to help you keep up with our many events!
Sunday 13 The Baptism of the Lord
Monday 14 Weekday (First Week in Ordinary Time)
Tuesday 15 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Wednesday 16 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Thursday 17 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Friday 18 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Saturday 19 Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sunday 20 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Your faithful donations of last week $3,438.
Mary, the Mother of God (Jan. 1): $1,423.
Your faithful donations of Dec. 29/30: $6,085.
Second Collection (For the Poor): $2,508.
Your faithful donations of Dec. 22/23: $3,304.
Second Collection (Parish School): $1,200.
Christmas Masses and Appeal: $29,535.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!