Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18: 9-14. Sirach says the Lord is a God of justice who is not partial, but does hear the cries and prayers of the most vulnerable. Saint Paul writes that he has kept the faith and looks forward to the crown of righteousness, noting that it was the Lord who rescued him from evil. In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector who go to the Temple to pray, noting the justification of the tax collector due to his humility.

Domenica 30A Del Tempo Ordinario

Il fariseo della parabola non riconosce di avere bisogno del perdono di Dio, mentre il “pubblicano,” battendosi il petto, fa un’umile dichiariazione di appello alla misericordia di Dio. I due personaggi incarnano due concezioni opposte di Dio e quindi due tipi di religione. Solo Dio è santo e chi è giusto non lo è per meriti acquisti, ma unicamente per grazia di Dio



From Fr. Gael: This Pharisee is one of the Gospel characters whom I like the least. His arrogant pride is so outstanding. He stands in judgment over another human being with prideful epithets. “O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity—greedy, dishonest, adulterous—or even like this tax collector.” He then goes on to recite the litany of his own praise: “I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.” The next thing you know, he’ll be starting his own process of canonization on the fast track!

In contrast the tax collector recognizes his own human condition and bows his head in penitent contrition before God. I would like that man for a friend.  Jesus states that he walks away justified before God. We could all learn from him. The man does not justify himself. God justifies him. This man teaches us all how to bow our heads and let god do the rest
–Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Mass Intentions For The Week


Sunday  October 27, 2019
7:30 Intention Lucia Roche
8:45 Frank & Linda Machi +
10:15 Thanksgiving from Mrs. Tsui San Ng and Mrs. Lai Yu Mah
11:45 Carla Ferrando + – For the People of Saints Peter and Paul (Conc.)
1:00 Costantino Laurent +
5:00 The Aicardi, Dal Cin, & Camoriani Families +

Monday  October 28, 2019
7:00 Les and Teresa Favrat +
9:00 Pietro, Adele, & Elena Domenici + –Marie Madonna + (Conc.)

Tuesday   October 29, 2019
7:00 In Honor of St. Jude
9:00 In Honor of Madonna della Guardia – Maria Madonna + (Conc.)

Wednesday  October 30, 2019
7:00 Marie Hong Tran +
9:00 Anniversary of the Death of Victoria Bugayong + – Marie Madonna + (Conc.)

Thursday   October 31, 2019
7:00 Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00 Rosaria & Salvatore Crivello + – Marie Madonna + (Conc.)

Friday  November 1, 2019
7:00 The D’Ascoli, Imbesi, & D’Ascoli Families +
9:00 Marie Ellen Arosteguy Fay + – Virginia Ellert + (Conc.)
10:30 Intentions of the Donor
6:00 Rosa & Giovanni Garbarino +

Saturday  November 2, 2019
7:30 The DeNicolai Family +
9:00 Giuseppe Lucchesi + – Richard Mercurio + (Conc.)
5:00 Marie & Walter Souza +

Ethan Albang


Joseph Leung – Beverly Sassus


Particular Items

Second Collection: Today we have a second collection for Saints Peter and Paul Salesian School. Please be generous!

Eucharistic Adoration/Scripture Study: Every Wednesday, we have Eucharistic Adoration from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Church. Scripture Study is at 7PM, but in the rectory.

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.

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. Essays must be postmarked by October 31. Full information here. 

All Saints Day: All Saints Day is this Friday. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. There will be Masses at 7:00, 9:00, & 10:30 AM and 6:00 PM.

Requiem Mass for All Souls with Archbishop Cordileone: On Saturday, November 2, at 11:00 AM, at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Archbishop Cordileone presides at a Solemn Requiem Mass, with music written by the great Portuguese composer Duarte Lobo (1565 – 1645) and sung by The Benedict Sixteen choir, directed by Richard Sparks.  All are welcome to join Archbishop Cordileone in prayer for the souls of your own beloved dead and for all the faithful departed.

All Souls Envelopes: November is the month of all the faithful departed. You can find All Souls envelopes in the pews and on the tables.

Holy Hours For Vocations: Jesus specifically exhorts us to “ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest” (Lk 10:2).To practically and concretely honor this request of our Lord, the Vocations Office will be hosting county wide Holy Hours on November 3, Vocation Awareness Sunday. We will have a Holy Hour in each county, one at St. Sebastian in Greenbrae, one at Star of the Sea, SF, and one at St. Pius, Redwood City. All of them will be from 3-4 pm.
Salesian Theater: On Friday November 8, and Saturday, November 9, at 7:30PM, the Salesian Theater of the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club will present Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Please call 415-397-3068 for all 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..

Saints Peter and Paul School Scholarship Fund: With San Francisco’s cost of living, lack of funds may prevent children from receiving a Catholic Education. The Salesians began by educating the children of the poor, and we are not about to exclude those who cannot make the total fee. But, like Don Bosco before us, we need help. Are there parishioners and/or friends who might consider contributing to the sponsorship of a student who might be otherwise forced to leave? All recipient family qualifications will be verified by Saints Peter and Paul School. For more information, feel free to call Fr. Gael at 421-0809 or Dr. Harris at 415-421-5219.

Choose Life! “There can be no true democracy without a recognition of every person’s dignity and without respect for his or her rights. Nor can there be true peace unless life is defended and promoted.” Pope Saint John Paul II, Evangelium vitae, 90.

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

There are many pictures we could share of Joe, and we will, but this shows his character: quietly and anonymously polishing the Church candlesticks.

Joseph Leung: Last week, we lost a humble giant of Saints Peter and Paul Church, Joseph Leung. Joe and his beloved wife Maria came to the United States from Hong Kong in 1989, and became members of the parish in 1991. There are not enough words to describe all the things Joe did for the parish —he volunteered for everything— but we will mention that every week for many years Joe (and Maria) would bring communion to the sick and to the elderly who were unable to come to Mass, and they were very attentive to the needs of Fr. Mario Rosso in his last months. Our hearts go out to Maria, and Joe and Maria’s daughters Carole and Christine, and to the grandchildren. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1PM on Saturday, November 2. All parishioners are invited.

Religious Education-CCD: The 2019-2020 Religious Education-CCD program has begun. We still welcome and accept students from Pre-K to Grade 8. Our program is focused on Public school students who do not have an opportunity to have religious education in their school. Classes are held every Sunday from 9:45am to 11:00am. Students are asked to attend the 8:45am Mass, and we meet at the Pre-K room. The goal of the program is to help children to grow in faith and working together with parents we hope to help the children come to experience God in their own lives and to familiarize them with the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church.

Religious Education – RCIA -Rite of Chris Initiation for Adults: We welcome adults who would like to enter or inquire the Catholic faith. Or those who have not received the Sacraments of Confirmation and or Eucharist. Classes are held every Thursday at 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Parish Rectory basement.

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 27 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday 28 Simon & Jude; Apostles
Tuesday 29 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Wednesday 30 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Thursday 31 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Friday 01 All Saints
Saturday 02 The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day)
Sunday  03 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your faithful donations of last week: $3,921.
Second Collection (World Mission Sunday): $4,846.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

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