Isaiah 35: 1-6a, 10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11: 2-11. In the first reading, Isaiah speaks of a day when the glory and splendor of God will be apparent to all. God will come to save. James encourages the community to be patient as they await Christ’s return. In the Gospel, Jesus tells the disciples of John the Baptist to go and tell John of miracles that have occurred. He then tells the crowd of John the Baptist’s greatness.
Domenica 3A Di Avvento
 
La gioia dev’essere l’abito che il cristiano indossa tutti i giorni. La mancanza di gioia è prima di tutto mancanza di fede. I discepoli ci insegnano a liberarci da atteggiamenti che potrebbero ostacolare la nostra testimonianza cristiana.

將臨期第三主日「將臨」,顧名思義,是期待一些即將要發生的事。今年,讓我們排除一切物質上的期望,專心默想耶穌降生的奧跡和聖誕的意義。若翰洗者也像當年以色列人一樣,期待着教世者來臨,他不單期待,他也自己準備,又勸人準備。他說:「你們要悔改」,又說「修直主的道路」。他言行一致,以天主的教訓為自己生活的準則。他以身作則,生活淡泊,不畏強權,有膽為信仰作證,那怕因此而犧牲生命。耶穌對他讚賞不絕, 說他是偉大的,可是祂加上一句,在天國中最小的,也比他大。」這是什麼道理?原來耶穌向我們提問,我們怎樣回應若翰洗者的呼聲?這呼聲也是耶穌對我們的期望。我們有沒有悔改?怎樣對天主,對別人?尤其是那貧窮的,被輕視的所謂「罪人」?

還有一點,今日這無神論囂張的世代,有人不准學校祈禱,有人要把「聖誕快樂」改為「假日快樂」。其實沒有人有權禁止我們祝人家「聖誕快樂」,如果我們身為基督不敢提醒人基督耶穌誕生是我們蒙福的日子,人們將會漸漸忘記耶穌,沒有耶穌,世界根本沒有和平。

From Fr. Gael: When I was a child, a number of years ago, it used to seem like Christmas took forever to come. Now, let’s gain a little perspective. The people of Israel were waiting hundreds of years for the Messiah to come. That requires commitment and patience. The liturgy of the church understands the limitations of human patience and therefore gives this “REJOICE” Sunday to help us along with the process. It says, HE is almost here! We can do this! Just a little more! All that is needed is commitment and patience. God is at work in the process. That is Jesus told the disciples of John who came to check his credentials. Yes, in the broadest strokes of humanity and in the more defined strokes of our individual lives, God is at work in the process. It is up to us to be collaborative in the process. We certainly can do this!!! –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

 

Rest-in-Peace
Christina Aquino – Giuseppa Cresci Corona
Hermeneilda de Jesus Blanco- Marie Brown

 

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday  December 15, 2019
7:30 Fr. Mario Rosso, SDB +
8:45 Frank & Linda Machi +
10:15 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
11:45 GB De Martini +
1:00 Fernanda Matteucci +
5:00 Ettorina Cardella +

Monday  December 16, 2019
7:00 Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00 Thanksgiving for Blessings and Guidance Received During the Year

Tuesday   December 17, 2019
7:00 Edward Sabini +
9:00 Nicholas Damato + – Thanksgiving to Our Lady (Conc.)

Wednesday December 18, 2019
7:00 Birthday of Lorraine DeNicolai +
9:00 Emilia Lucchesi +

Thursday   December 19, 2019
7:30 Birthday Rosario T. Thomeczek +
9:00 Guy & Susie Fabri – Maria Serchia + (Conc.)

 Friday  December 20, 2019
7:00 Frank Sanguinetti +
9:00 Mary & Joseph Lavin + – Dora Varacchi + (Conc.)

 Saturday  December 21, 2019
7:30 Joseph Maggiora & the Maggiora Family +
9:00 Felice, Carmella, Biagio, & Pina Fazio +
5:00 The Edward & Eileen Ziomek & Myrtle Lane Families +

Particular Items
 
Christmas Memorial Poinsettias: This weekend and next we will be taking orders for Christmas Memorial poinsettias in front of the church. Cost is $20.
 
Chinese Apostolate Christmas Show: The Chinese Apostolate will host their annual Christmas show at 11:30 TODAY!
 
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 will be this Monday, December 16, at 7:00PM. ALL parishioners are invited and urged to attend!
 
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.
 
School Christmas Pageant: The school Christmas Pageant will be on Thursday, December 19, at 7PM.
 
Christmas Eve
Tuesday, December 24
Confessions 4:00 to 5:00 PM
Vigil Mass at 5:00 PM  Carols at 11:15 PM
followed by the Midnight Mass
Christmas Day (Holy Day of Obligation)

Wednesday, December 25
Masses in English at:
7:30 AM, 8:45 AM & 1:00 PM
In Chinese/English at 10:15 AM
In Italian at 11:45 AM   NO 5:00 PM Mass

 

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.
 
Christmas Dinner for the Poor Volunteers Needed: On Christmas Day we serve dinner for the poor at 2:00PM. Volunteers are needed to set up, serve, and clean up. If you’d like to help, email Marc Bruno at marcabruno@yahoo.com
 
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.
 
Christmas Legends: The tabby cat. “It was late at night in Bethlehem. All the visitors to the stable had gone home leaving only the Holy Family. All who remained were the holy animals and, outside, a tabby cat. Standoffish, she had watched the events with awe, but had not come into the stable. Now the only sound to be heard was the crying of Our Lord Jesus. He could not sleep. Our Blessed Mother comforted him, but to no avail. Even the ox and ass tried to help. Something compelled the tabby to help. She walked into the stable, and jumped into the manger. She lay down next to Our little Lord, and soon a loud purring filled the stable. Tabby’s purring calmed baby Jesus, and soon He was fast asleep. Our grateful Lady said “O proud cat, although you will never be tamed, from now on there will always be a warm place for you with the family by the fire.” Then Our Lady rubbed the cat’s forehead, and, with her finger, drew a mark. That’s why even today the Tabby cat has an “M” on her forehead—in memory of her good deed in Bethlehem”

 

Choose Life! “[W]e are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the ‘culture of death’ and the ‘culture of life’. We find ourselves not only ‘faced with’ but necessarily ‘in the midst of’ this conflict: we are all involved and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life.” — Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, 28 © 1995 Libreria Editrice Vaticana
 
More 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.
 
“Today Christmas has become a commercial celebration, whose bright lights hide the mystery of God’s humility, which in turn calls us to humility and simplicity…Let us ask the Lord to help us see through the superficial glitter of this season, and to discover behind it the child in the stable in Bethlehem, so as to find true joy and true light.
 
If we want to find the God who appeared as a child, then we must dismount from the high horse of our ‘enlightened’ reason… In this spirit let us celebrate the liturgy of the holy night, let us strip away our fixation on what is material, on what can be measured and grasped.” –Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Christmas Message, 2012.
 
Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 15 Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete (Rejoice!) Sunday
Monday 16 Advent Weekday
Tuesday 17 Late Advent Weekday
Wednesday 18 Late Advent Weekday
Thursday 19 Late Advent Weekday
Friday 20 Late Advent Weekday
Saturday 21 Late Advent Weekday, Peter Canisius; Priest, Doctor
Sunday 22 Fourth Sunday of Advent
Your faithful donations of last week: $4,033.
Second Collection (Retired Religious): $1,839.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!
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