Joshua 5:9a, 10-12; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Luke 15: 1-3, 11-32. In the first reading, God stops the miraculous manna as soon as the Israelites are able to eat the produce of the Promised Land. Paul tells the Corinthians they are a new creation through reconciliation with God. The prodigal son demonstrates God’s willingness to welcome us back as soon as we turn to him.

 

Domenica 4A Di Quaresima

I doni di Dio provengono dalla sua generosità, non dai nostri meriti. Ciò che muove il nostro Creatore e Signore è l’amore: incomprensibile, imprevedibile, instancabile. Non solo per accogliere chi ritorna a Lui, penito, ma anche per aprire il cuore indurito di chi vorebbe escludere il fratello che chiede di essere riammesso in casa.

 

四旬期第四主日

逾越節紀念以色列人逃出埃及,進入天主預許的福地,表示人應該與天主言歸於好。讀經一叙述天主的選民在曠野中經過四十年的磨鍊淨化,終於得到天主寛恕,進入了天主許下的福地。又因為耶穌把自己作為贖罪的祭品,使人類得以與天主和好。就如聖保祿宗徒所說的「舊的己成過去,都成了新的。」這是天主仁慈的標記。

福音中記載了浪子回頭的比喻,使我們看到罪惡的不愉快後果。小兒子固然對不起老父,大兒子也不見得能體諒親心,他認為父親偏心,心生妒忌。事實上,有理由去猜想,也很難保證這兩兄弟不會重蹈覆轍,這正是我們人類的困境,我們一次又一次犯錯,但我們天上慈父無限仁愛,祇要我們能真心痛悔,決心改過,藉着告解聖事,就可以回歸天父,重獲義子的名份。另一方面,如果一個人循例地、沒有崇敬的心,每主日參與彌撒守誡命,就以為理所當然地得到天堂的福份,也就像比喻中的長子了。

四旬期是靈魂新生的最好機會,我們一生不斷地需要悔改更新。所謂悔改,不單指犯大罪,就連小罪、缺失和惡習,都得盡力消除,好能去惡遷善,日進於德。讓我們用心默想,細心察看有那些地方需要改善,讓我們祈求耶穌和聖母幫助,使我們認清自己的過犯,努力成為堪當天主的義子,不辜負耶穌救贖之恩。

From Fr. Gael: This piece of scripture is a masterpiece in the Gospel of Luke. It is Jesus painting a Rembrandt portrait of his Father. By the way, go online and look for Rembrandt’s painting of the encounter of the Loving Father with the Prodigal Son. It is a masterpiece of light and darkness. The son comes into the light of the forgiving father. The unforgiving brother stays in the dark shadows of the portrait. The portrait in visual portrait is a powerful portrayal of the power of the words of the parable. The problem is that we would need 50 pages to lightly touch upon the powerful detail of the parable. If the devil is in the details, then the power and magnanimity of God’s loves gushes out in the multifaceted innuendo of Luke’s telling of the story. Suffice it to say, that the son in repentance walks towards the Father, and the Father in a torrent of loving forgiveness runs to the Son. And this is the way that Jesus paints the portrait of his Father. What do you think of that? –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

 

Rest-in-Peace
Lucia Montalvo – Marie Moresco
William L. Jamison – John Bilci

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday  March 31, 2019
7:30 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
8:45 Luigi Marciano 
10:15 Thanksgiving from Rosemary Tin and the Tin Family
11:45 Ernesto Bacino & Carla Ferrando 
1:00 Robert Emmet Quigly 
5:00 Loriano & Anita Belluomini 

Monday  April 1, 2019
7:00 Joseph Leo Torre & Family 
9:00 Guy & Susie Fabri – Happy Birthday Eva Muntean (Conc.)

Tuesday   April 2, 2019
7:00 Nicola Sanguinetti 
9:00 Special Blessings Martino Maranghi

Wednesday April 3, 2019
7:00 Felice & Grazia Spingola 
9:00 Chan Mei Kwei – Mary Ellen Arosteguy Fay  (Conc.)

Thursday   April 4, 2019
7:00 Les & Teresa Favrat 
9:00 Birthday of John Borzoni – Pino & Nicola Calcagno  (Conc.)

 Friday  April 5, 2019
7:00 For an Increase in Vocations to the SDB’s, FMA’s,0  And Religious Life
9:00 Salvatore Rinaldi – Richard Spielman  (Conc.)
6:30 Chan Mei Kwei 

 Saturday  April 6, 2019
7:30 Peter Domenici 
9:00 Mary & Joseph Lavin – Lynn DeMarco  (Conc.)
5:00 The Pierini & Spes Families 

Particular Items

Second Collection:
Today we have a second collection for Catholic Relief Services, helping the poorest of the poor all over the world.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.

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: Our 2019 Archdiocesan Appeal assessment is $89,853. So far 34 parishioners have donated/pledged $20,767, leaving us with a balance of $69,086. 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! If you can do less, do that too!

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 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 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: “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 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.

Happy 99th Fr. Armand! Our beloved Fr. Armand Oliveri turned 99 on March 30! To write about Fr. Armand’s humble accomplishments would take a book, rather than a column. Beyond count are the number of couples he has married, babies he has baptized and funerals he has celebrated.Fr. Armand was born near Savona in Italy on March 30,1920. He was the fifth child out of a family of three boys and three girls. His family came to San Francisco in September 1929, and settled right here in North Beach. He enrolled at Saints Peter and Paul school, and graduated in 1935. Fr. Armand felt his vocation early: he went right to the junior seminary in Richmond, and was ordained in 1950. He has had practically every assignment: first he was here at SSPP as secretary to the provincial. After 6 months, he was sent to teach at St. John Bosco grammer school, and later he taught at Salesian High School in Richmond & St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower Fr. Armand began his parish work in Canada, from 1955-58; then came back to SSPP from 1958-65. He has served as pastor and assistant pastor at: Corpus Christi Church, Our Lady of Good Counsel (in Canada), and SS. Peter and Paul. Fr. Armand finally returned to North Beach in 2004.

As we wrote 10 years ago: “If Father Armand has slowed down, one wonders how busy he must have been before. He still celebrates lots of weddings (sometimes of the grandchildren of people he has married before), baptisms (again, sometimes the second or third generations of one family) and celebrates more funerals than any of our priests. He visits the sick and elderly, and of course celebrates Mass every day. Fr. Armand is also becoming a bit of a media star: he was featured in the “Marriage Matters to Kids” video last year, and was just in a video shoot for Holy Week put together by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.”

To this day people whom he has married as much as 60 years ago come by the rectory to ask about him. When they find out he is here still, they can’t believe it, and are thrilled to see him. But to describe Fr. Armand in terms of accomplishments is in a way superficial. Because the reality of the man is not so much what he does, but what and who he is: a Priest of Jesus Christ with the commitment, courage, and sheer joy that he brings to all of us. Fr. Armand,  we thank God for you!

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 31 Fourth Sunday of Lent: Laetare Sunday
Monday 01 Lenten Weekday
Tuesday 02 Francis of Paola; Hermit
Wednesday 03 Lenten Weekday
Thursday 04 Isidore; Bishop, Doctor
Friday 05 Vincent Ferrer; Priest
Saturday 06 Lenten Weekday
Sunday 07 Fifth Sunday of Lent

Your faithful donations of last week: $3,856.
Second Collection (Parish School): $1,518.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!
 

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