Sirach 27:4-7; 1 Corinthians 15:54-58; Luke 6:39-45. The writer of Sirach gives examples of how what is good is separated from what is poor, especially in speech. Saint Paul reminds us that Christ has defeated death—it no longer has power over us. In the Gospel, Jesus uses the parable of the blind leading the blind to show there is a difference between what is good and what is evil.

Domenico 8A Del Tempo Ordinario

Impegniamoci ad esercitare la carità ardente e operose, che noncercamai il primo posto, come non pretende mai di assumere il ruolo di Giudice verso il prossimo. Infatti Gesù ci ammonisce di preoccuparci prima di noi stessi, dal momento che tutti portiamo l’eredità dal peccaso originale con le inevitabili tendenze a fare il male.

 

From Fr. Gael:

This business of the splinter and the beam is rather straightforward talk. It allows us little wiggle room. Jesus, if you excuse the pun, with this eye business wants to give us clear vision. Clear vision starts from within. It is initiated there by thoughtful honest inner vision of who we are and how we operate in relation to others. Only when that hard-personal work has been done do we have the moral and spiritual integrity to look outwards towards our brothers and sisters in careful concern for them. As that is not clear enough in Jesus’ words, he goes on to give us the analogy of pruning a tree so that it can produce the best fruit. The pruner’s hook is sharp and cuts well. But it only by doing so that the best can regrow and give fruit. Limbs of the tree have to be lost so that the entire tree may be its healthiest. And so, it is with us. However, there is often a natural reluctance in us to let go of limbs. We are afraid we may be crippled, but in reality, we will be better than before. This gospel calls for great trust in a wisdom greater than our own. Let’s remove our own splinters and lose limbs that must go. We will be amazed at the results. That is what Jesus seems to imply!

Fr. Gael, Sullivan, SDB

 

Marriages
Nick Ricossa and Victoria Ferrari

Rest-in-Peace
Marcel Ospital – Ralph Castro – Mrs. Villagomez
Marco Michelato – Elma Cooper

 

Mass Intentions for the Week

Sunday  March 3, 2019
7:30 Anniversary of the Death of Amelia DeNicolai 
8:45 The Edward & Eileen Ziomek & Myrtle Lane Fams. 
10:15 Soul of Denise Gum 
11:45 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul – Carla Guaraglia Mazzoni
1:00 Fernanda Matteucci
5:00 Francisco & Dionisia Mingoa 

Monday  March 4, 2019
7:00 Joseph Leo Torre & Family 
9:00 Guy & Susie Fabri 

Tuesday   March 5, 2019
7:00 Nicola Sanguinetti 
9:00 Graziano Basuino – Anna Ruffa & Francesco Console

Wednesday March 6, 2019
7:00 Salvatore, Rosaria, & Alessandro Fazio 
9:00 Luisa Solari
6:00 Chan Mei Kwei 

Thursday   March 7, 2019
7:00 Chan Mei Kwei 
9:00 Thomas Mazzucco 

Friday  March 8, 2019
7:00 James Wiggins 
9:00 Mario, Pasquale, & Teresa Rosugnolo 
6:30 Healing and Strength in the Family Marilyn Stroup & Marilyn Mainwaring

Saturday  March 9, 2019
7:30 Louis Ferralis & Alfredo Panelli 
9:00 Felice, Carmella, Biagio, & Pina Fazio 
5:00 Louis & Ines Greco 

 

Particular Items

Relic of St. John Vianney: The incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney, the famed “Curé of Ars” (1786 – 1859), patron saint of parish priests will be reverenced TODAY at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco, after each Mass: 7:30, 9:00, and 11:00 am; and 1:00 pm. Pick up a flyer from the tables for full info.

Salesian Cooperators: The Cooperators will meet Monday, March 4, at 7:00 PM in the Parish Center. We will be working on the Lenten Friday Mass and Soup Suppers. Meetings usually last for sixty minutes. 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.

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: We have started our 2019 Archdiocesan Appeal. Our assessment is $89,853. So far, seven parishioners or families have contributed $3,751, leaving us a balance of $86,102. We invite you, if you can, to join the 1% Club—those parishioners who are able to give $899—1% of our assessment. If you can give more, give more! And if you can’t do 1% give what you can! Everyone should help support the universal Church–check out why in the Archdiocesan video below:

Ash Wednesday: Lent Begins! This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. The beginning of Lent. It is early this year! We will have Masses at 7 and 9AM and at 6PM. Deacon Edward will also lead a prayer service (not a Mass) at 12:15PM, where ashes will also be distributed. Lenten rules and suggestions are below:

Lenten Opportunities:

Lenten Disciplines: Abstinence: Everyone 14 years and older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday. Fasting is observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59 years of age. Mass attendance: During Lent, the Church encourages attendance at daily Mass and reception of the Eucharist. Almsgiving: During Lent, the Church encourages generosity to local, national, and worldwide programs of sharing.

Lenten Reflections: As you enter the Church, please glance at the easel. Throughout Lent it will feature the day’s Gospel reading and a short meditation. If you would like to have these emailed daily, let us know!

Stations of the Cross: We will observe the Stations of the Cross every Friday of Lent at 1:00 PM.

Friday Night Mass and Soup Supper: Join us on the Friday nights of Lent as we gather for  Mass at 6:30PM, followed by a soup and bread supper in the rectory. Supper will be followed by a short talk on Lenten almsgiving or a short video on the Salesian charism. Join us for an evening of faith, food, and fellowship!

Save Lives this Lent! Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 6, and through Lent, the San Francisco “40 Days for Life” will be held by Planned Parenthood at 1650 Valencia Street in San Francisco. You can learn more, or sign up for vigil hours, by going to 40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/san-francisco/

Gabriel Project: We need more Angels for our Gabriel Project! A Gabriel Project Angel befriends and guides young mothers who need help, advice, and love during their pregnancies and with their newborns. This is a crucial and lifesaving ministry. Training is provided. Call Gibbons at 415-421-0809 for more information.

CCCYO Lenten Opportunities: Catholic Charities CYO offers a variety of simple volunteer opportunities during the six weeks of Lent. Visit catholiccharitiessf.org and select “Volunteer”  to learn more!

St. Joseph Table’s: On Wednesday, March 13, at 6PM, our Madonna Addolorata di S’Elia will present a traditional St. Joseph’s Table in the cafeteria. Tickets are $35 ($10 children; n/c if under 10) and includes open bar, salad, pasta, vegetables, filet of petrale and Sicilian cookies for dessert. Pick up a reservation form in the church or office.

Eucharistic Adoration/Scripture Study: Every Wednesday, we have Eucharistic Adoration from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Church. We also have Scripture study from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, but in the rectory. The parking lot will be open.

Faith Sharing Group: The next Faith Sharing groups will meet Tuesday, March 12 and 23 from 6:30 – 8:00. The group will meet in the rectory and will be reading Fr. Andrew Apostoli’s book “The Gift of God” about the Holy Spirit.

Chinese Faith Sharing Group: The Chinese Faith Sharing Group will next meet on Sunday, March 24, beginning at 11:30 AM, in the Parish Center.

Monthly Gatherings for Men Discerning a Priestly Vocation: Our Lord told Peter and the others that they are to be Fishers of Men!  “Interested in knowing more about the priesthood as a vocation? Discernment involves listening to God, learning about yourself, and seeking the guidance of others. Discernment is not a solitary endeavor. There are two options: In Redwood City on the first Monday of each month, from 6:15 – 8:30PM at St. Pius X Church, 1100 Woodside Rd. Redwood City; In San Francisco on the first Thursday of each month, from 6:15 – 8:30PM at Church of the Epiphany, 826 Vienna Street, San Francisco. The program is Eucharistic Adoration in the church, followed by dinner and discussion in the rectory. For more information, Fr. Tom Martin at martin.thomas@sfarch.org or Fr. Patrick Summerhays at summerhays.patrick@sfarch.org  “We need men to give their lives up for Jesus Christ NOW!

Salesian Theater Spring Production: The Salesian Theater of the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club invites everyone to a production of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ Performances will be on March 7-8-9 at 7PM in the Auditorium. The young people have been working hard under, and the show should be fantastic. Please call 415-397-3068 for full information and tickets.

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.

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 03 Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday 04 Casimir
Tuesday 05 Shrove Tuesday
Wednesday 06 Ash Wednesday
Thursday 07 Thursday after Ash Wednesday, Perpetua & Felicity; Martyrs
Friday 08 Friday after Ash Wednesday, John of God; Religious
Saturday 09 Saturday after Ash Wednesday, Frances of Rome; Religious
Sunday 10 First Sunday of Lent

Your faithful donations of last week: $3,713.
Second Collection (Parish School) : $2,072.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

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