Isaiah 43: 16-21; Philippians 3:8-14; John 8:1-11. Isaiah assures the people of Israel that the Lord is doing something new. Saint Paul professes to the community at Philippi that he considers all things as loss in comparison to knowing Jesus Christ and pursuing the goal of attaining the resurrection of the dead. In the Gospel, Jesus saves from stoning, and forgives, the woman caught in adultery.

Domenica 5A Di Quaresima

Isaia è il profeta della gioia, perché annuncia la fedelità di Dio. San paolo invita a guardare Gesù che ci libera dai peccati. I cristiani, preparandosi alla Pasqua, annunciano che il Signore sta predisponendo i tempi nuovi.

From Fr. Gael:

Today’s Gospel comes from John. Remember that John was the youngest of the Apostles, and his Gospel is the last one to be written. He had time to reflect and that can be seen in the subtle details of this very human story of forgiveness. It is stated that the woman had been caught in the act of adultery which was a crime punishable by death, but where is the man with whom she had engaged in the act? Only she was brought forward. We are not told why he isn’t there, but only the woman is being held accountable and subject to the penalty of the law. Now the scribes and the Pharisees really do not give a hoot about the woman nor really even about the law (after all it is not being applied to her partner in sin). They really only want to get at Jesus. They are willing to sacrifice the life of the woman to achieve the intention of their vicious attitude towards Jesus. But Jesus succinctly in a very human simple way foils their attempt. “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” And slowly they left beginning with the elders. Bravo Jesus! Recognize the weakness of human nature for what it is and let LOVE trump LAW!

–Fr. Gael Sullivan SDB

四旬期第五主日

今天福音記載一個我們熟悉的故事,展示出人類的劣根性。法學士和法利賽人不懷好意地帶來一個犯姦淫的婦人,要耶穌定罪。他們一方面要給耶穌一個進退兩難的抉擇,好能誣告祂 ; 一方面又要處死那位犯罪的婦人。

耶穌並沒有被他們難倒,祂做了一件出人意表的 、當時法律上從不曾做過的事,祂沒有宣判,祇靜靜地用指頭在地上寫一些字。這時原告和被告都急切等待宣判,祂祇簡單地說:「你們中誰沒有罪的,先向她投石罷!」大家都是罪人,誰也不能判斷誰,祇好離去了。唯獨吾主耶穌是無罪的,祇有祂才有權定罪。然而,祂對罪婦說:「我也不定你的罪……從今以後,不要再犯罪了!」耶穌要的是一顆悔罪的心。

我們在《宗徒大事錄》中,讀到聖保祿宗徒皈化的事實,他原本是個殺害基督徒的人,因耶穌的召叫而悔改,把自己祖傳的信仰、習慣、和生活完全放棄了,把它們「當作廢物,為賺得基督」(斐理伯書三:8 )他這種決心向善的行動,出於勇德,就像孟子所說的「雖千萬人,吾往矣」,這就是說,如果我知道一件事是正確的、良善的事,合乎天主誡命的、雖然千萬人阻止我反對我,雖然要放一切,我都要做。有什麼比歸向天主更正確、更好、更重要呢?

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday  April 7, 2019
7:30 Giuseppe & Angela Balistreri & Family 
8:45 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
10:15 Thanksgiving from Anthony and Anna Lee
11:45 GB DeMartini – Luciana Montalvo (Conc.)
1:00 Francesco Balistreri 
5:00 Eugene Charles Payne, III 

Monday  April 8, 2019
7:00 Ernesto, Ilide, & Pietro Piazza 
9:00 Fernanda Matteucci – Lucila Roche (Conc.)

Tuesday   April 9, 2019
7:00 Virginia Sanguinetti 
9:00 Giovanni Devincenzi – Carolina Lopez (Conc.)

Wednesday April 10, 2019
7:00 Andrea Genoveffa 
9:00 Dennis Calvert – Intention Selena and Family (Conc.)

Thursday   April 11, 2019
7:00 Frank DiLorenzo 
9:00 Victor, Emily, & Theresa Candia – For an Increase in Vocations to the SDB’s, FMA’s and Religious Life (Conc.)

Friday  April 12, 2019
7:00 Thanksgiving Edgardo C. Gamboa 
9:00 Louis, Eugenia, & Raymond Raggio 
6:30 June Marie Blum

 Saturday  April 13 , 2019
7:30 The Ettorina Cardella Family 
9:00 Luigi & Rosa Mangini 
5:00 Pietro, Giuseppa, & Vito Curreri

Baptisms
Brandon Matusow – Natalie Matusow
Vivienne JarrellRest-in-Peace
John Bilci

Particular Items

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.

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!!

Lenten Penance Service: WE want YOU! At the Lenten Penance Service, Tuesday, April 9, at 7PM.

“The reception of the sacrament of Penance has become less frequent.  But that changes nothing of the fact that sin exists even today and that we need forgiveness even today.  What does it mean if we know that man can repent.  That now and then in the course of the year he is obliged, not to shift blame onto others, but to reflect on himself.  To accuse himself.  To see and confess his sin.  To acknowledge that he is guilty.  That he has made mistakes.  And what does it mean to know that there is forgiveness.  That I can make a new beginning.  That there is an authority that can say: Go, your sins are forgiven.”–Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, “Teaching and Learning the Love of God.”

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!

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: This year’s assessment is $89,853. So far 37 parishioners or families have donated or pledged $23,231, leaving us with a balance of $66,622. Join your fellow parishioners in helping to meet our shared obligation. We invite those who can to join the 1% Club—parishioners who are able to contribute 1% of our total assessment. If you can, do it! If you can do more, do more! But all of us need to do something! Like to donate online? Go here.

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.
 
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!

Mille Grazie! To all who helped celebrate the 99th Birthday of our dear Fr. Armand! Special thanks to Rich Azzolino and Mike Cardella who prepared a fantastic dinner, to Debi and Catarina, who helped serve, to Archbishop Cordilone, who sent a video greeting from Italy, and to all who attended the Mass and recption showing our gratitude and love for this incredible priest of Jesus Christ! To see more great pictures, go here, and check out Archbishop Cordileone’s special Birthday Greeting, below!

 

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 07 Fifth Sunday of Lent
Monday 08 Lenten Weekday
Tuesday 09 Lenten Weekday
Wednesday 10 Lenten Weekday
Thursday 11 Lenten Weekday,  Stanislaus; Bishop, Martyr
Friday 12 Lenten Weekday
Saturday 13 Lenten Weekday, Martin I; Pope, Martyr
Sunday 14 Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Your faithful donations of last week: $4,494.
Second Collection (Catholic Relief Services) : $1,845.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

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