Isaiah 66:18-21; Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13; Luke 13:22-30. In the first reading, God proclaims that he comes to gather all nations. The second reading exhorts the Christian community not to disdain discipline, as it originates from God’s love. In the Gospel from Luke, Jesus tells his followers to strive for salvation through the narrow gate.

 

Domenica 21A Del Tempo Ordinario

Tutti i popoli sono chiamati a realizzare un mondo nuovo. La profezia di Isaia si è compiuta con Gesù; le differenze di razza, colore, lingua sono scomparse. È la nuova umanità. La realizzazione di una nuova convivenza è sempre unita a fatica e a costante impegno.

常年期第二十一主日今天的福音記述人們問耶穌是不是祇有少數人得救,他們這樣問是因為不明白依撒意亞先知書(66:18-21):「我要來聚集萬民及說各種語言的民族,他們都要來觀看我的榮耀」。天主願所有人都得救,因為救恩是為所有人的,即使從不認識祂、從沒有機會聽過祂的人,祇要不是因為他自己固執或驕傲,故意不去認識祂,而是誠心灺尋求真神,按着良心做好,也可能獲得救贖的機會。

相反的,一些祇是名義上的信徒而沒有真正用心去尋求真理,去依照基督的教導去生活的人便會被拒於天堂之外。因為作為基督的信徒必需盡力克己守規,在生活上會有一定的限制,不能為所欲為。那就是耶穌所說的「窄門」。

聖保祿宗徒告訴我們:「不要輕視天主的管教……因為天主所鍾愛的人,祂才管教。」守誡命有時可能不方便,或困難,因為「受管教不是樂事,而是苦事,但後來卻給經過鍛練的人結出正義和平的果實。」

From Fr. Gael: This Gospel is from the chapter following last week’s reading. Again, it is about making a choice about which way we want to go. It is about much more than cozy fellowship. It is about making a choice for the Kingdom of God and all that implies, about the standard of a Christlike life for which the Kingdom stands. It is about more than going to Church each Sunday. It is about living Christ every day of our lives. It is about more than external compliance. It is about internal conviction. Following Christ comes at a cost and we choose to pay the price. It is then that Christ knows who we are. It is not that we are perfectly perfect, but that we are thoroughly committed to live up to the struggle each day of our lives. That is success in the following of Christ. That earns us our internal identity card of being a Christian, that is, of being a true follower of Christ. –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

 

Baptisms
Ethan Matthias Mendoza

Weddings
Rigoberto Figueroa and Tatiana Padilla
Rest-in-Peace
Vincent d’Agostino – Giuseppe Balistreri
Chastidy Ronan – Vincent LaRocca – Thomas Deely
Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday  August 25, 2019
7:30 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
8:45 Frank & Linda Machi +
10:15 Chan Mei Kwan +
11:45 GB De Martini + – John Garibaldi + (Conc.)
1:00 June Marie Blum +
5:00 Giuseppe Lucchesi +

Monday  August 26, 2019
7:00 Joseph Maggiora & the Maggiora Family +
9:00 Margaret P. Wong + – Chastidy Ronan + (Conc.)

Tuesday   August 27, 2019
7:00 Franco, Pia, & Lodovico Ortesi +
9:00 Geraldine Reed + – Bob Pope + (Conc.)

Wednesday August 28, 2019
7:00 Les & Teresa Favrat  +
9:00 Margaret P. Wong +

Thursday   August 29, 2019
7:00 Angelo Sanguinetti +
9:00 In Honor of Madonna della Guardia – Antonina Crivello + (Conc.)

Friday  August 30, 2019
7:00 Francisco & Maria Spingola +
9:00 Wedding Anniversary Giuseppe & Antonia D’Ascoli +

Saturday  August 31, 2019
7:30 Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00 Evelyn Lavin + – Rosario Sederiosa + (Conc.)
5:00 Intention Marianne Vasievich

 

Particular Items

Second Collection: Today we have a second collection for our parish school. Please be generous!

Madonna della Guardia: Today, at the 11:45 AM Italian Mass, we will honor Madonna della Guardia. She appeared to a shepherd on Mt. Figogna, by Genoa, on August 29, 1490, and is honored and revered by the Genovese the world over. “Help me to build ‘holy places’ in the hearts, families, and lives of people.” Visit the image of Madonna at the side altar!

Speaking of our Madonnas: On September 29, we celebrate Madonna dei Miracoli, and on October 4-5 we celebrate Madonna del Lume! Mark your calendars!

Prayer Service for the People of Hong Kong: All are invited to Pray for Hong Kong on Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Anne of the Sunset Church, 850 Judah in San Francisco. Sponsored by the Archdiocese of San Francisco Chinese Ministry and the Office of Human Life & Dignity, the vigil will include Eucharistic adoration and Benediction. Hong Kong Cardinal John Tong is asking for prayer and sacrifice and will hold a service Aug. 23 in Hong Kong. Hong Kong  is experiencing demonstrations in reaction to mainland China’s proposed extradition legislation, officially called the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019, that would see mainland China have extradition rights for the first time over any city resident, including foreign nationals as well as tourists. National Public Radio published a background piece explaining the history. CNN has video of Sunday’s demonstration that drew hundreds of thousands of protesters to the streets while Mainland China massed troops on the border.

Eucharistic Adoration/Scripture Study: Every Wednesday, we have Eucharistic Adoration from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Church. Our Scripture Study will begin again in September. 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.

School has Started: Our Saints Peter and Paul K-8 school began last Wednesday. SS. Peter and Paul’s Racial Non-Discrimination Policy: “SS Peter & Paul School, mindful of its mission to be witness to the love of Christ for all, admits students of any race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to or made available to students at this school. SS Peter & Paul School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin, age sex, or disability in administration of educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs. Likewise, SS. Peter and Paul School does not unlawfully discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of age, sex, disability, race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin.”

100 YEARS!!! On October 12-13 we will celebrate the 100th ANNUAL COLUMBUS DAY BAZAAR! This is the major yearly fundraiser for both the Church and School. WE need volunteers, especially men of the parish. It’s hard work, fun, and you are building the Church of God. Call Gibbons at 415-421-0809.

Holy Name Society Champagne Bingo! Get Ready for Holy Name Society’s Annual Champagne Bingo! This is the HNS’s sole yearly fundraiser, and supports all their good works. Bingo will be on Sunday, September 15, from 1-4 PM (doors open 12:30), in the gym. Tickets are $35.00, and must be purchased in advance. Champagne, Hot Lunch, Free Parking, and 2 FREE Bingo Cards! No children, please. For reservations call John at 408-504-4408, or purchase tickets at the church office: 421-0809.

St. Patrick’s Seminary Gala: St. Patrick’s Seminary, the seminary of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, as well as a number of other dioceses in the West and Pacific Islands, will host its Annual Four Pillars Gala on September 14. The gala, the only yearly fundraiser for our seminary, begins with Vespers at 5:00 pm. It’s at the seminary, 320 Middlefield Rd., in Menlo Park If you’ve never been, this is really a great event in a great cause. Go here or call 650-289-3320.

Volunteers Needed at St. Francis Church: Our neighbors over at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi need Chapel Volunteers. The time slot options are: Wednesday thru Saturday: AM Slot: (3hrs.) 10am to 1pm; PM Slot: (3hrs.). 1pm to 4pm. On Sundays: AM Slot: (2hrs) 10am to 12pm and the PM Slot: (2hrs) 12pm to 2pm. Volunteers are needed once a week, twice a week, or monthly. Please, if interested, contact the Shrine via email: frjohn@shrinesf.org or admin@shrinesf.org or by phone (415) 986-4557.

Pre-K Accepting Applications: The Laura Vicuna Pre-Kindergarten of Ss. Peter and Paul School is accepting applications for the fall semester. Please email (prek@sspeterpaulsf.org) or call  (415-296-8549) to request an application. Please visit our website for more details.

CCD: The Religious Education CCD program began last Sunday and will be held following every Sunday 8:45 am Liturgy Registration and class will be held in the Gym after the mass.

Parental Rights in Education FREE Meeting! Sex Education and Your Rights as Parents: Thursday, September 12, 6:30-8:30 pm at St Dominic’s Church 2390 Bush St San Francisco, CA. Did you know that new California law now requires sex education in public and charter schools—and that the recommended curricula include aggressive promotion of morally objectionable concepts of human sexuality? What can we do to protect our children? Join us to learn more. 

Attn: Catholic Healthcare Professionals: The Catholic Medical Association, San Francisco Guild, will hold their first public event on September 14, 2019, 10 am-12 pm at St. Dominic’s Church in San Francisco (2390 Bush Street) in the Parish Hall.  All physicians and health care professionals are welcome to this meet-and-greet. “We are a Catholic physician-led organization seeking to grow in our understanding of the moral and ethical principles of our Catholic Faith and clinical practice. Through education, support, and faith-sharing, we inspire to live our call to holiness, to grow in our love of God, and to support one another as faithful Catholics healthcare providers.” You can learn more here.

Catholic Women’s retreats: Healing after abortion: In Spanish: Sept 7-8. In English: Sept 14-15. More information may be found here.  

San Francisco Ninth Annual Rosary Rally! On Saturday, October 5, you are invited join Catholics from around the Bay Area at the 9th Annual Rosary Rally. Events begin at 10:00 AM at St. Mary’s Cathedral, and will include a Eucharistic Procession from the Cathedral to UN Plaza. There will be a Saints Peter and Paul contingent—we will have more details soon. For full details, go here.

2019-2020 Respect Life Essay Contest: Students from 1 through 12 Grades–in Catholic schools and religious education classes, as well as home-schooled students in the Archdiocese of San Francisco–are invited to participate. Winning students receive cash awards from $25 to $250, depending on grade level. More information may be found here.

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 25 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday 26 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Tuesday 27 Monica
Wednesday 28 Augustine; Bishop, Doctor
Thursday 29 The Passion of St. John the Baptist
Friday 30 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Saturday 31 Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sunday  01 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your faithful donations of last week: $4,441.
Solemnity of the Assumption: $1,140.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

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