Deuteronomy 26:4-10; Romans 10:8-13; Luke 4: 1-13. In the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses instructs the people to offer gifts to the Lord for their freedom from slavery in Egypt, and for God’s never-ending care. In his Letter to the Romans, Paul reminds his readers that without any distinction of nationality, all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved. Luke’s Gospel tells how Jesus withstood the temptations of the devil.

封齋期第一主日

從聖灰禮儀開始一連四十天,除了主日以外,直至復活節前夕,都是封齋期。是一段祈禱、守齋、做補贖的時候。舊約中有許多章節記述古聖在重要任務之前守四十日齋以作準備,像梅瑟在山上四十天四十夜不斷祈禱;尼尼微人聽了約納先知的警告,四十天祈禱悔罪,得蒙天主寬恕;在新約聖經中我們讀到耶穌在曠野中守四十日嚴齋之後,受魔鬼試探。

教會規定在這段時間禸,教友從十四歲開始,每星期五守小齋,那就是不吃肉類和肉類湯、汁煮成的食物,祇吃魚類、及貝類。在聖灰禮儀及受難日凡滿十八歲至滿了五十九歲的人都該守大齋,所謂大齋就是每天祇吃一頓飽餐,和吃兩頓加起來不及一頓飽餐的份量。這種口福之欲的守齋是外表的,比如在這段時間不看電影,不作娛樂等等。一種較高層次的齋戒是精神上、行為上的,即思想、言語方面的齋戒 。

為什麼要守齋?有兩個最大的原因:一、為和耶穌一起,為效法祂,祂為我們做補贖,我們為自己做補贖;二、為學習管制自己的意志,比如管制言語,不說傷人的話、不說人是非,自然地管制了思想。管制自己的欲望和身體,能克制就能不以自己為中心,因而能顧及他人,遇到誘惑時也懂得控制。

今天的福音中魔鬼以人類的弱點:驕傲、自我中心、控制、支配、權力、自足慾去引誘耶穌,但祂一 一引述聖經的教訓去擊退魔鬼,目的在提醒我們魔鬼敵不過意志堅強依賴天主的人

 

Domenica 1A Di Quaresima

La Quaresima è tempo di grazia e di conversione, tempo di ritorno a Dio che come Padre buono ci attende. È anche tempo di verifica, per valutare il nostro modo di comportarci nei confronti delle ricchezze, del potere e del rapporto con Dio. È possibile, con Cristo e come Cristo dire di no alle tentazioni.

 

From Fr. Gael:

Here we go. Another Lent. Another opportunity for inner reflection a motivation to grow closer to Christ in this privileged period of time. It starts with Luke’s presentation of Christ’s temptations by the devil. They are three. Bread. Material possession. And Power. Bread seen in relation to the hunger of Christ after 40 days of fasting in the desert would seem at first sight easy to understand. However, perhaps as we look at it, we come to understand that the hunger is not solely about food. It relates to the hungers which at times control us. Physical hunger is one. Emotional hunger is another, Sexual hunger is another. Psychological hunger, still another. Material possession may seem easy to understand at first glance. Reflection leads us to understand that at times we are capable of all kinds of conduct to acquire material possession. And where does that lead us? Power also has many shades of implication. Personal power as a source of satisfaction and fulfillment. Power over other people as prideful control and manipulation. Power that can lead to a multitude of violence big and small towards other. It would appear that there is enough here of each of us to do some serious personal reflection and decide what I must do, and what I must leave behind to follow Christ in this Lenten season. I may have other years of Lent, but I only have this one once.

-Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

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Elma Cooper

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday  March 10, 2019
7:30 Marie & Luigi Ghiglieri 
8:45 Anniversary of the Death of Fr. Jerry Bonjean, SDB 
10:15 Thanksgiving from Rosemary Tin and the Tin Family
11:45 Olga Cuneo  – Healing Gaetano Alioto  (Conc.)
1:00 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
5:00 Jennifer Bugayong and Victoria Bugayong (Birthday)

Monday  March 11, 2019
7:00 Andrea Genoveffa 
9:00 Peter Domenici, III  – Maria Ellen Arosteguy Fay (Conc.)
Tuesday   March 12, 2019
7:00 Virginia Sanguinetti 
9:00 Healing and Strength in the Family Marilyn Stroup and Marilyn Mainwaring
Wednesday March 13, 2019
7:00 The Ettorina Cardella Family 
9:00 Luigi & Rosa Mangini 
Thursday   March 14, 2019
7:00 For an Increase in Vocations to the SDB’s, FMA’s, and Consecrated Life
9:00 Birthday Giuseppe D’Ascoli
Friday  March 15, 2019
7:00 The Ettorina Cardella Family 
9:00 Linda Pillon 
6:30 Teresa Adelina Machado
Saturday  March 16, 2019
7:30 Henry Ravetto 
9:00 Thanksgiving for Fr. Armand Oliveri, SDB
5:00 Giuseppe Lucchesi 
Particular Items

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.

Lenten Opportunities:

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 the parish office know!

Tuesday Night Confessions: The Church will be open from 6PM to 8PM every Tuesday of Lent for Confessions.

Lenten Penance Service: WE want YOU! At the Lenten Penance Service, Monday, April 8, at 7PM.

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!

 

Some of the 40 Days Vigilers’ braving the elements!

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 https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/san-francisco/

CCCYO Lenten Opportunities: Catholic Charities CYO offers a variety of simple volunteer opportunities during the six weeks of Lent. Visit /catholiccharitiessf.org/all-opportunities to learn more!

St. Joseph Table’s: This 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.

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.

Don Bosco Study Group: The Group will meet Tuesday, March 19, at 7PM, in the Boys’ and Girls’ Club, and will read and discuss Evelyn Waugh’s classic “Brideshead Revisited.”

Monthly Gatherings for Men Discerning a Priestly Vocation: “Interested in knowing more about the priesthood as a vocation? Discernment involves listening to God, learning about yourself, and seeking the guidance of others. It’s not a solitary endeavor. 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!

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.

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.

 

Holy Hoopsters, Batman! It’s the Third Annual Clericus Classic Basketball Game! On Friday, March 22 at 6:30PM, at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep gym, priests of the archdiocese and St. Patrick’s seminarians will lace up their sneakers, take to the hardwood, and dribble their way to glory (well, earthly glory anyway). Last year, Saints Peter and Paul’s & SBGC Alumni Fr. Alvin Yu played great! Parking is available in the Cathedral parking lot, a block from the school. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students, 1055 Ellis St., San Francisco 415-614-5517.

Attn: Women! 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, and the next training session will be Saturday March 23rd, at Good Shepherd Church in Pacifica: 901 Oceana Blvd, Pacifica, CA 94044. Starts at 10 am. Call Gibbons at 415-421-0809 for more information.

More Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club News: Tickets are now on sale for the SBGC’s 48th Annual Gala and Live Auction. The event will be on Saturday, March 23, from 6:00 PM to 1:00 AM at the Fairmont Hotel. This year’s honoree is Mr. Nick Dutto. You can purchase tickets online at https://salesianclub.org/calendar/ or by calling 415-397-3068.

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 10 First Sunday of Lent
Monday 11 Lenten Weekday
Tuesday 12 Lenten Weekday
Wednesday 13 Lenten Weekday
Thursday 14 Lenten Weekday
Friday 15 Lenten Weekday
Saturday 16 Lenten Weekday
Sunday 17 Second Sunday of Lent

Your faithful donations of last week: $4,268.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

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