Exodus 3:18a, 13-15; 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12; Luke 13:1-9. In the reading from Exodus, God speaks to Moses from the burning bush, announcing his presence as the God of his father, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. In Saint Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians, he speaks of the Old Testament ancestors, many with whom God was not pleased. In today’s Gospel, the crowd tells Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate mingled with their sacrifices. Jesus calls them to repentance and tells them a parable of the fig tree that produces no fruit.

 

Domenica 3A Di Quaresima

Dio cerca sempre l’uomo che si allotana, l’aspetta e gli usa misericordia. Paolo accenna alle lamentele del popolo per la fame, la qualità del cibo, la sete, il lunghissimo viaggio nel deserto. L’uomo non sa comprendere le vie di Dio. Gesù condanna il suo peccato. Chi pensa che ci sono cose più gravi e più dannose dei peccati dimostra di non conoscere la natura umana.

 

四旬期第三主日

教宗方濟各宣佈去年十二月八日開始為慈悲禧 年,他說「基督是天父慈悲的面容」。這話總括了基督信仰奧跡的意義。在耶穌身上,慈悲活生生地彰顯出來。今天,耶穌以無花果樹作比喻,述說出天主慈悲容貎的另一面:忍耐。

葡萄園主人看見了不結實的無花果,便要園丁把它砍下,免得白佔土地。但園丁懇求主人把它留下,讓他施肥鬆土,給它機會繼續生長。天主就像那個園丁,祂永遠忍耐,永遠給人機會悔改,永遠寛恕。有時悲劇發生,並不是天主懲罰我們,因為天主通常不用懲罰對待人,祂總給人機會,提醒我們,藉聖經、聖母、聖人、良師、益友、幫助、引導、勸勉我們,在我們的心園中施肥、灌溉,務求結出美果,問題在我們怎樣反應。

四旬期是改善我們自己的好時機,我們可以比平日多用點時間祈禱,不單主日參與彌撒,平日也多參與彌撒,又利用告解聖事使我們靈魂潔淨,每天默想聖經。願我們的心受到觸動,不單領受到天主仁慈忍耐的恩賜,自己也要在身處的環境中,效法天主的慈悲,散發出仁慈忍耐的氛芳 。

From Fr. Gael:

It seems to me that the Gospel of the Third Sunday of Lent is about judgment of others and personal judgment of ourselves. The people report to Jesus the case of the Galileans whose blood had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. Jesus replies: “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way, they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means!” In other words: “Do you think that they were worse than you? By no means!” That is an awakening for Jesus’ listeners.

Then to make things even more precise Jesus uses the analogy of the tree not producing good fruit. The Master wants to cut down so that it does not occupy space nonproductively. The caretaker pleads for an opportunity to give it one more chance with a little extra care. Each Lent we have one more chance, but it is us who must put in the extra care to cultivate our soil and fertilize it so that it becomes productive. In other words, we must invest sweat equity in the growth and development of our spiritual life. Then there will be good fruit!

–Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday  March 24, 2019
7:30 Thanksgiving Sheralyn Sadie
8:45 The Aicardi, Dal Cin, & Camoriani Families +
10:15 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
11:45 Domenico, Francesca, Tom, Frances, & Giuseppe Cresci +
1:00 Steve & Lena Cuneo +
5:00 The Pierini & Spes Families +

Monday  March 25, 2019
7:00 Soul of Eleanor Sabini +
9:00 Pietro, Adele, & Elena Domenici + –
Chiara & Giuseppe Calcagno + (Conc.)

Tuesday   March 26, 2019
7:00 Angelo Sanguinetti +
9:00 Antonio Corona + – Joseph Gogna + (Conc.)

Wednesday March 27, 2019
7:00 Vincenzo & Brigida Ruggiero +
9:00 Lee Friedman +

Thursday   March 28, 2019
7:00 Dorothy Sencion +
9:00 Louis, Eugenia, & Raymond Raggio + – Healing John Calcagno (Conc.)

 Friday  March 29, 2019
7:00 Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00 In Honor of Madonna della Guardia –
Joan Caliendo + (Conc.)
6:30 June Marie Blum +

 Saturday  March 30, 2019
7:30 Chan Mei Kwan +
9:00 Salvatore Rinaldi +
5:00 Yolanda & Aladdin Vanni + – Happy 99th Birthday Fr. Armand Oliveri, SDB! (Conc)

Baptisms
Ivanka Nahonzaya
Christian Anthony WallinRest-in-PeaceMarie Moresco

Particular Items

The Annunciation of the Lord: Monday we celebrate the Annunciation! ‘The Angel of the Lord announced unto Mary…’Faith Sharing Group: The Faith Sharing will meet Tuesday, February 26 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.

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.

Alcoholics Anonymous: The AA Meets every Thursday at 6:00 PM, in the parish center. “The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking.”-Third Tradition.

 

Church Concert SATURDAY: The Red River High School orchestra, from Grand Forks, ND, will perform Saturday, March 30 at 1:30 PM in the Church. The program will include works by Brahms, Mozart, Albinoni, and Grieg. No charge, everyone welcome!

 

Happy 99th Fr. Armand! Our beloved Fr. Armand Oliveri, SDB, will turn 99 Saturday, March 30! We will honor Fr. Armand at the 5:00 PM Mass. Happy Birthday Fr. Armand!!!

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: (Date Change!!) WE want YOU! At the Lenten Penance Service, Tuesday, April 9, at 7:00 PM.

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 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. Learn more, or sign up for vigil hours, by going to https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/san-francisco/

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

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—it’s 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. For more: 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.

CCD TEACHER NEEDED! Ss. Peter and Paul CCD program is seeking a teacher for the third grade children currently enrolled  (the position would extend from now until mid-May, and start again in the fall if interested).  We meet every Sunday from 9:45- 11a.m.  Contact Deacon Edward Te, Director of Religious Education @ edte@comcast.net with any questions.

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.

New Books Available! We’ve received a number of new texts in the bookstore. We have copies of ‘In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart, The Journal of a Priest at Prayer’ by an anonymous Benedictine Monk. The book has received rave reviews. We also have ‘For Love of My People I will Not Remain Silent: On the Situation of the Church in China’ by the heroic Salesian Cardinal Joseph Zen—a student of our late, great Fr. Mario Rosso, SDB!

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. Email GabrielProject@sfarch.org or call 415-421-0809 for more information.

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: We have begun our 2019 Archdiocesan Appeal. Our assessment is $89,853. So far 29 parishioners have donated/pledged $19,446, leaving us with a balance of $70,407. Join the 1% Club! That’s parishioners who can give 1% of our total amount ($898). If you can, do it, do it! If you can do more, do more! But do something to support the important ministries of the Archdiocese!

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 24 The Third Sunday of Lent
Monday 25 The Annunciation of the Lord
Tues-Sat 26-30 Lenten Weekdays
Sunday 31 The Fourth Sunday of Lent; Laetare  (Rejoice!) Sunday

Your faithful donations of last week: $3,876.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

 

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