Isaiah 11: 1-10; Romans 15:4-9; Matthew 3: 1-12. Isaiah tells of the justice and peace that shall reign in the kingdom of God. Saint Paul prays that God will give the community the ability to be in harmony and united with Christ. In the Gospel. John the Baptist exhorts his listeners to turn away from their sins and be baptized, for the one who is coming is even mightier.

Domenica 2A Di Avvento

Ciò che Dio ha fatto nell’Immacolata è il progetto che ha pensato per ogni credente in Cristo. Celebriamo oggi la solennità della Immacolata Concezione della Vergine Maria che ci insegna a comprendere che Gesù si è sacrificio per noi, e ci indica la strada per essere degni di Dio. Seguiamola!

將臨期第二主日

今天,我們再度聽到聖若翰洗者的訊息:他說:「天國近了,你們要悔攺,修直主的道路……」他勸人預備上主的路,他自己先隱居曠野,擺脫一切不屬於天主的事物來準備自己。」他告訴我們,將臨期是一段祈禱、反省、預備的時刻;是一段離開繁雜的生活、 以內儉、以祈禱、從聖經和聖事中去吸取滋養的時刻。是一段開放內心,歡迎耶穌到來的時刻,又是努力締造和平、慷慨地幫助有需要的人的時刻。讓我們用心地去過自制,公正、虔誠的生活,去準備耶穌再臨。

十一月八日是無原罪聖母節,聖母是最能善度將臨期的人,她用九個月去預備耶穌的來臨;她的心隨時都開放,耶穌任何時間都可以進入和傾訴。她也願意教我們怎樣做,讓我們向她學習吧!

 

From Fr. Gael: John the Baptist appears in the context of his time as a countercultural prophet. He dresses differently and eats healthy style. He shoots straight from the hip in his preaching. He was difficult for some people to accept because his message challenged them at the deepest level of their relationship with their God. He is the one given to us today in this Sunday’s scripture. Once again, in the context of our secular environment, he is countercultural. He challenges us in this Advent at the deepest level of our relationship with God. All around us the materialism of our culture, especially in the commercialism of Christmas, will challenge the interiority of John the Baptist’s message. The choice is up to us. May Advent win! –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Baptisms

Luna Grace Vindel

 

Rest-in-Peace
Roger Moskaira – Hazel Loomis Freedman –June Caballero

 

Mass Intentions For The Week
Sunday  December 8, 2019
7:30 Concetta Romeo +
8:45 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
10:15 Pak Yu Kong +
11:45 Giuseppe & Angela Balistreri & Family + – Mary Garibaldi + (Conc.)
1:00 Domenico, Francesca, Tom, Giuseppe, & Frances Cresci +
5:00 The Aicardi, Dal Cin, & Camoriani Families +
Monday  December 9, 2019
7:00 Virginia Sanguinetti +
9:00 Birthday of  Maria Fuller + – Peter Domenici + (Conc.)
Tuesday   December 10, 2019
7:00 Andrea Genoveffa +
9:00 Pietro Piazza +
Wednesday December 11, 2019
7:00 Eleanore Marenzi +
9:00 Serge & Tom Cincotta +
Thursday   December 12, 2019
7:00 Luigi & Rosa Mangini +
9:00 Louis, Eugenia, & Raymond Raggio + – Jeanne Spingola + (Conc.) 
Friday  December 13, 2019
7:00 Ettorina Cardella & Family +
9:00 Frank Cannizzaro + – John Rocco & Family + (Conc.)
Saturday  December 14, 2019
7:30 Henry Ravetto +
9:00 David Scopel +
5:00 Louis Greco & Family +

Particular Items

Second Collection: Today we will have a second collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious. Please be generous

Welcome, Bishop Savio! Today we are blessed and honored to welcome Bishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, SDB (韓大輝) from Hong Kong. His Excellency will celebrate the 10:15 AM Chinese Mass, and a reception will follow in the Parish Center.

“The style of John the Baptist was meant to call all Christians to choose a sober lifestyle, especially in preparation for the feast of Christmas…when the Lord, as Saint Paul would say, ‘became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich’.”
John’s mission “was an extraordinary appeal to conversion…a fiery invitation to a new way of thinking and acting,” and “to the announcement of God’s justice.” “Therefore, John’s appeal goes far beyond and deeper than a call to a sober lifestyle: it is a call for inner change, starting with the recognition and confession of our sins.”–Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Advent Message, December 4, 2011.

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: This year, we celebrate the Immaculate Conception on Monday, December 9. It is transferred from the 8th, because that day is a Sunday. It is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year, but come honor our Blessed Mother anyway!

Advent Prayer Group: The Advent Prayer Group will meet on Wednesday, December 11 and Wednesday, December 18 at 2:45 PM, in the Parish Center. All are welcome!

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.

Our Lady of Guadalupe: On Thursday we celebrate Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, so dear to the hearts of the people of Mexico and all Catholics!

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.

Santa Lucia: On Friday, December 13, from 6-8PM, at the Fisherman’s Chapel at the wharf, there will be a Festa di Santa Lucia, with Christmas Carols.

Chinese Apostolate Christmas Show: The Chinese Apostolate will host their annual Christmas show at 11:30 on Sunday, December 15.

Christmas Novena: The Chanted Christmas Novena Service will be held in the Church at 5:00PM on December 16, 17, 18, 20 and 23. This is your chance to join the Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in their evening prayer!

Advent Penance Service: This year’s Advent Penance Service, with individual confession, will be on Monday, December 16, at 7:00PM. This is the very best way to “make straight the paths of the Lord” and prepare ourselves for the coming of Our Lord!  ALL parishioners are invited and urged to attend!

School Christmas Pageant: The school Christmas Pageant will be on Thursday, December 19, at 7PM.

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 sspeterpaulsf.org/ 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.

Pre-K Open House: The Laura Vicuña Pre-K (ages 3-5 years) and the kindergarten of Saints Peter and Paul School will host their annual open house on January 12, 2020 from 10AM-12PM. Applications for the fall of 2020 will be available at that time. An open house for all of SSPP School will be on January 29th at 6PM.

Mille Grazie! Thanks to all parishioners who volunteered to serve the poor on Thanksgiving Day. We served over 600 diners, more than ever before. We placed two people in temporary housing. We gave someone a bicycle so he could ride to work. We gave another man a wheeled laundry basket after seeing the cart he had was so broken it could no longer be used. Local eateries North Beach Restaurant, Tacolicious, North Beach Pizza, Park Tavern and Piazza Pellegrini generously contributed to the meal.

Christmas Legends: The Poinsettia: “It was Christmas Eve. A poor little Mexican boy named Pablo was too ashamed to join friends and family in church because he had no gift for the Christ Child. He decided to kneel and pray. To his amazement, a beautiful plant grew in the spot where he had knelt. Its flaming red leaves arranged like a star and its yellow blossom like a shining light were God’s gift for the little boy to present to Jesus.” The Poinsettia grows wild in Mexico and was first called ‘Flower of the Holy Night’, because of the way its top cluster of green leaves mysteriously turn red in December. In the 1830’s congressman and botanist Joel Roberts Poinsett brought it to the United States.”

Christmas Memorial Poinsettias: Speaking of Poinsettias, for the next three weekends, parishioners will be taking orders for Christmas Memorial poinsettias in front of the church. Cost is $20. You can remember a loved one and decorate the church for the Christmas season at the same time!

Choose Life! Walk for Life West Coast 2020: Join fellow Catholics and Pro‐Lifers of every and no faith from all over California and beyond as we stand up for the littlest among us at the 16th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on January 25, 2020. There will be Mass at 9:30AM at St. Mary’s Cathedral celebrated by visiting bishop Archbishop Alexander Sample from Portland, OR. The rally begins at 12:30PM in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, and the Walk, down Market Street, begins at 1:30PM. Last year’s Walk drew 50,000+ people. For complete information about the Walk, visit walkforlifewc.com or call 415‐658‐1793.

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 08 Second Sunday of Advent
Monday 09 The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Tuesday 10 Advent Weekday
Wednesday 11 Advent Weekday, Damasus I; Pope
Thursday 12 Our Lady of Guadalupe
Friday 13 Lucy; Virgin, Martyr
Saturday 14 John of the Cross; Priest, Doctor
Sunday 15 Third Sunday of Advent,  Gaudete (Rejoice!) Sunday

Your faithful donations of last week: $3,304.
Thanksgiving Day Mass: $687.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.

Your faithful donations of November 23/24: $4,216.
Second Collection (CCHD): $1,186.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.

Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

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