1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28; 1 John 3:1-2, 21, 24; Luke 2:41-52. Today we hear about the birth of Samuel and how his mother gives thanks in the Temple and dedicates her son to the Lord. John, in his letter, highlights our dignity and destiny—we are God’s children now and are commanded to love one another. The Gospel from Luke relates the story of Jesus at the age of twelve remaining in the Temple after his family had departed, and the subsequent worry and searching for him that his parents experienced.


La Santa Famiglia

Gesù ha voluto nascere in una famiglia quella di Giuseppe e Maria e l’ha resa modello di ogni realtà familiare. Gesù sottolinea il progetto del Creatore che ha affidato all’uomo e alla donna il ministero della procreazione e lo ha elevato a sacramento. Oggi l’intera Chiesa è in festa riunita a fare della famiglia la Chiesa domestica.




天主聖子來到人間服屬於祂的受造物之下,這是多麼大的謙遜!祂服從聖若瑟、聖母,服從統治者、執法者。耶穌在納匝肋就如一般人一樣 , 守法、工作、社團生活、與親戚、朋友交往、善盡本份。祂也和許多人一樣,以父親教的手藝維生。聖母和聖若瑟像一般明智的父母一樣,教導孩子種種生活上的知識:祈禱 、 禮貎、認字等等。他們的生活是平凡、隱蔽而不大為人所知的,就像大多數人的生活一樣。足見天主願意給我們一個生活的模範。

聖若瑟和聖母之間有着守誡、聖潔、和諧、仁愛的氣氛,他們相親相愛,希望盡力使對方快樂。 他們給耶穌營造一個快樂和諧的家庭。也給世人一個幸福家庭的模範。家庭是學習社會道德的溫床;是學習愛、服從、負責、關懷、互助、合作和認識天主的最佳學校。天主願意我們從聖家學習怎樣做天主的好兒女。


From Fr. Gael: Immediately after Christmas the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family. Jesus is born into a family and learns the life of family with Mary and Joseph and his extended family of cousins and relatives. After all, his culture is one which highly values family relationship. The Gospel today tells us that after the incident in the Temple Jesus went home to Nazareth and was obedient to Mary and Joseph. He lived and learned in family. One of the challenges of our times is to be able to give this kind of priority and environment to family at all stages of our lives. There are many things in our current culture that make that reality difficult. It is only by making family the priority” that this critically important value can be instilled in and respected in the domestic Church, the basic level of Church – which is family. May the Holy Family inspire us to be “holy families.”

Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB


Dylan Scott  Aria Azzalini – Arlo William Forte Mila
Luise Giusti

Devin Ochoa and Margi Crotti

Robert Frugoli – Conchita Chao


Particular Items

Second Collection: Today we have a second collection for the poor.

Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God: Tuesday, we celebrate Mary, the Mother of God. It is Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be at 7:00 & 9:00 AM and at 6:00 PM. There will be a Vigil Mass Monday at 6:00 PM. Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!\

Faith Sharing Group: The group will meet in the parish center at 6:30 PM on Tuesday.

Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club Cioppinos! It’s crab season, and around here that means only one thing: SBGC Cioppino! This year the cioppinos will be on January 5, 12, 19, and February 2. Call415-397-3068 for tickets and availability. And remember: it all supports the Club!

Salesian Cooperators: The Salesian Cooperators group will meet Monday, January 7th at 7pm in the Club conference room for an hour. Current Cooperators are asked to bring their copy of the “Project for Apostolic Life.” Meetings usually last seventy-five minutes long.  All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For questions on becoming a Salesian Cooperator (Don Bosco’s Third order), contact FrankLavin@comcast.net, 415-310-8551 or EdTe@comcast.net.

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

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: vocations@sfarch.org ‘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.

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: This year our assessment is $85,438. We need YOUR help! So far 131 parishioners or families have paid or pledged $71,342, leaving us with a balance of $14,096. We give heartfelt thanks to all who have given, but there are a lot more than 131 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!

Epiphany Sunday: Next Sunday we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord.

Liturgical Calendar

Sunday                 30         The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
Monday                31           Seventh Day within the Octave of Christmas
Tuesday               01          The Octave Day of Christmas; Mary, the Mother of God
Wednesday          02         Basil the Great & Gregory Nanzianzen; Bishops, Doctors
Thursday              03         Christmas Weekday, The Most Holy Name of Jesus
Friday                   04         Elizabeth Ann Seton; Religious
Saturday              05          John Neumann; Bishop
Sunday                 06          The Epiphany of the Lord

Your faithful donations of December 15/16:                $4,046.
Second Collection (Salesian Seminary):         $1,505.
Weekly Parish Expenses:   $20,715.

Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!


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