Wisdom 9:13-18b; Philemon 9-10, 12-17; Luke 14:25-33. In our first reading we learn that knowing God’s ways and plans comes only through the wisdom m of the Holy Spirit. In today’s epistle, Paul urges Philemon to be merciful to his runaway slave, who served Paul in prison, and accept him back not as a slave but a brother. In the Gospel Jesus tells the crowds what is required to be his disciple: placing discipleship above relationships, possessions and their own lives.

 

Domenica 23A Del Tempo Ordinario

I nostri comportamenti sono spessocausati dalla tirannia degli istinti e daldesiderio di spraffazione. Abbiamo bisogno della sapienza che domandiamo a Dio nella preghiera. San Paolo nel delizioso biglietto all’amico Filemone comincia la rivoluzione delle coscienze che poterà alle grandi scelte sociali.

 

常年期第二十三主日

今天的福音耶穌用了很嚴厲的言詞:「誰若跟隨我,不惱恨自己的父親、母親……不能做我的門徒。」耶穌當然不是真的要我們「恨」,因為天主是愛,「恨」不是於天的性質。耶穌祇是用這個言詞來加強語氣。這句話可能翻譯成:愛得更多或愛得更完滿,愛得一點都不保留。含有自私成份,有所保留的愛就是愛得不夠,因為祇有天主,在人的心靈和生活上,才有權佔絕對重要的首席地位,我們不能為了愛父母或任何人背離天主;更不能為個人的利益或意願而背棄天主。換句話說,天主要我們自願地、完全輕看世物,為愛天主的緣故隨時願意付出一切。

做耶穌的門徒另一個條件是:背自己的十字架,跟在祂後面走。耶穌自己背着十字架到耶路撒冷加爾瓦略山被釘死,作為祂的門徒應該懷着愛心,謹守祂的誡命,甚至即使為此而冒生命的危險也在所不辭。

耶穌的要求是不是太自太私嚴格了?絕對不是! 不要忘記祂也說過:「你們為我最小的兄弟做的,就是為我做了。」

From Fr. Gael: Is Jesus really asking us to hate our father and our mother? Not really. The rest of the Gospel today clarifies that. He is asking us to prioritize our decisions and measure our choices. Jesus is asking his listeners to choose the best alternative possible. Jesus is the best alternative, but the choice will come at a cost and that is what Jesus wants us to understand. He wants us to really, really, really choose him, and thereby accept the cost. He wants followers who are committed to him and to all that such commitment implies. And so, Jesus gives these examples to cause greater reflection on our part, and consequently greater commitment. Hate is not the motivation. Love of Christ is the motivation that enables us to embrace him and accept the cost!–Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday  September 8, 2019
7:30 Fr. Joseph Costanzo, SDB +
8:45 Louis, Eugenia, & Raymond Raggio +
10:15 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
11:45 GB De Martini + – Loriano & Anita Belluomini + (Conc.)
1:00 Joan Caliendo +
5:00 The Aicardi, Dal Cin, & Camoriani Families +

Monday  September 9, 2019
7:00 Joseph Maggiora & the Maggiora Family +
9:00 Mary & Julio Pozzi +

Tuesday   September 10, 2019
7:00 Andrea Genoveffa +
9:00 Giuseppe & Angela Balistreri & Family +

Wednesday September 11, 2019
7:00 Virginia Sanguinetti +
9:00 Peter A. Cresci + – Leonardo Mendoza+ (Conc.)

Thursday   September 12, 2019
7:00 Louis Ferralis +
9:00 Gaetano & Lucrezia Balistreri +

Friday  September 13, 2019
7:00 Ettorina Cardella & Family +
9:00 Birthday of Lucy Chan

Saturday  September 14, 2019
7:30 Lisa Middione +
9:00 Frank Delucchi + –  George Muntean + (Conc.)
5:00 Ruth & Guido Ghiglieri +

Particular Items

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

Show our Veterans We Care! Please join us on Monday, September 9, 6-8pm, at the Saints Peter & Paul cafeteria to make inspirational cards of gratitude to honor our veterans for Patriot Day. Supplies will be provided but feel free to bring your own, too! The cards will be delivered to veterans at the VA hospital in SF. Call the parish office for more details.

Eucharistic Adoration/Scripture Study: Every Wednesday, we have Eucharistic Adoration from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Church. Our Scripture Study is on hiatus through the summer. 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.

Great Photos from Guadalupe Pilgrimage: The Chinese Apostolate shared some very nice photos from last week’s pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe…check them out here.

Catholic Women’s Retreats: Healing After Abortion: In Spanish: Sept 7-8; In English: Sept 14-15. For more information, go here.

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!

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 here.

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. 

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.

Holy Name Society Champagne Bingo! It’s Next Week! 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.

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 with Archbishop Cordileone celebrating a  10:00 AM Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, and will include a Eucharistic Procession from the Cathedral to UN Plaza, where there will be Adoration, a homily, confessions, and Benediction. There will be a Saints Peter and Paul contingent—we will have more details soon. For full details about the Rally, go here.

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. Below: From our history—St. Mary’s Chinese Girls’ Drum Corps in the 1964 Parade.

 

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. Please email (prek@sspeterpaulsf.org) or call  (415-296-8549) to request an application. Please visit our website for more details.

Saints Peter and Paul Salesian School Accepting Applications: Our K-8 Salesian school is accepting applications for this year and next. Call the school at 415-421-5219 for more information, and visit our website to learn more about the school.

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.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA): 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.

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 08 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday 09 Peter Claver; Priest
Tuesday 10 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Wednesday 11 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Thursday 12 The Most Holy Name of Mary
Friday 13 John Chrysostom; Bishop. Doctor
Saturday 14 The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Sunday  15 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your faithful donations of last week: $4,183.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

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