Isaiah 7: 10-14; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1: 18-24. Isaiah prophesies a sign for Israel: The virgin shall conceive, and bear a son who will embody God’s redemptive presence with his people. Paul, recalling his own apostolic calling, writes that the Gentiles are also called to belong to Jesus Christ. In the Gospel, the Lord’s angel comes to Joseph in a dream and reveals the circumstances of Mary’s pregnancy, and what this means. Joseph obeys the angels commands.

 

Domenica 4A Di Avvento

Maria del Vangelo ci mostra cosa è per Lei il Natale: il dono di Gesù. Ecco il Natale per il cristiano: un atto di fede e un impegno per la pace: la disponibilità a compiere la volontà di Dio è vivere la solidarietà verso le persone bisognose di aiuto.

 

將臨期第四主日

在將臨期的彌撒中,我們多次在讀經一中,讀到《依撒爾亞先知書》,所選的章節往往是預言救主的來臨,勸人攺過遷善,充滿喜樂與和平的訊息:惡獅猛獸和平相處,豺狼與羔羊共存,那是天國的預像。沒有人作惡, 也沒有戰爭,因為那時萬物充滿了對天主的認識。這是天堂,是天主對世人的許諾。也是祂對我們的期望。   祂要我們締造世上的天堂。

我們會說:「我們現在生活在世上,不是在天堂,這事怎能實現?」那是可以的,我們可以創出一個小小的天堂,最少,可以在我們自己的心中及身邊的人中,創造這樣的一個天堂,祇要我們誠心地按天主的誡命對自己、對我們的近人做出來。

在今天的福音中,我們可以看到一個絕好的榜樣。我們沒有看到有多少有關聖若瑟的記載,祇說他是個義人,他也沒有說過一句話,可是從他所作作為,一目了然他是怎樣的一個人,他的操守、聖德、他的為人、他的信德,他的忠誠,默默地盡心做好天主願意他做的事:保護養育耶穌,做聖母忠誠的淨配,幫助保護她。沒有聖若瑟,聖經可能要改寫呢!

From Fr. Gael: In today’s first reading the power of God is revealed to King Ahaz by the prophet Isaiah in a prophetic utterance. The threat he fears shall be averted, and the sign of this hope is the birth of a child. This child, Isaiah says, will be God’s concrete sign of compassion, for through the child, Ahaz’s line will continue in spite of the Assyrian threat. Emmanuel, “God-with-us”, will be the answer. Joseph, in the Gospel seems to be facing disaster as well when he learns that his fiancée, Mary, is “with Child”, not realizing that this child is the answer to the prophecy of Isaiah to King Ahaz. This is child who IS “God-with-us.” When the angel shares that understanding with Joseph, he who would have known the prophecy, embraces the disaster which is really the miracle of the presence of God among us. How often does God act in ways in our lives which might at first be difficult to understand as in reality being moments of “God-with-us.” In this unfathomable way Christmas comes to us more than once a year!!!

–Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Weddings
Gepaul Carpio and Viktoriya Onikiychuk
Rest-in-Peace
Robert & Catherine Michelis

 

Mass Intentions For The Week
Sunday  December 22, 2019
7:30 Anniversary of the Death of Andrea Marenzi +
8:45 Thanksgiving Seno & Sadie Family
10:15 Thanksgiving Rosemary Tin and the Tin Family
11:45 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul – Segundina de Leon + (Conc.)
1:00 Steve & Lena Cuneo +
5:00 Eugene Charles Payne, III +
Monday  December 23, 2019
7:00 Birthday of Sheila Iyer
9:00 Anniversary of the Death of Giuseppe D’Ascoli +
Tuesday   December 24, 2019
7:00 Anniversary of the Death of Louis DeNicolai +
9:00 Br. Roy Vetari, SDB & Fr. Attilio Giovannini, SDB V
5:00 Loriano & Anita Belluomini +
Wednesday December 25, 2019
12:00 Wedding Anniversary Jarnal & Mercedes Kalaykan +
– The Laurent, Baccetti, & Frizza Family +
7:30 The DeNicolai Family +
8:45 Anniversary of the Death of Teresa Bonjean + –
10:15 Deceased Members of the Chinese Apostolate +
11:45 GB De Nicolai +
1:00 Ernesto, Ilide, & Pietro Piazza & Fr. Joseph Costanzo, SDB +
Thursday   December 26, 2019
7:00 Angelo Sanguinetti +
9:00 Rosa & Francesco Balistreri + 

Friday  December 27, 2019
7:00 Louis Baccetti +
9:00 Evelina Riccio +

 Saturday  December 28, 2019
7:30 Les & Teresa Favrat +
9:00 The Giurlani Family + – Roger Moskaira + (Conc.)
5:00 The Lucchesi & Fanucchi Family +

 

Particular Items

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
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.
Christmas Novena: The Chanted Christmas Novena Service will conclude in the Church at 5:00PM on December  23. This is your chance to join the Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in their evening prayer!
Christmas Second Collection: On Christmas Day we will have the annual second collection for our music ministry.
Christmas Legends: The Robin: “A small brown bird was perched on a beam in a stable in Bethlehem watching the people from many lands who had come with gifts for the newborn Child. The little bird could see the great adoration of the people as they knelt before the Babe, and was able to sense that something wonderful had happened.
 
After a time, the visitors departed and the Holy Family settled down to rest; and the little bird prepared to sleep, too. But just as he was dozing off, he noticed that the fire, built to keep the Child warm, was dying out. Quickly he flew down and began fanning the coals with his wings. The fire became brighter until the feathers on the little bird’s breast radiated the glow and showed a beautiful red.
 
Although he grew very tired, the small bird stayed by the fire all night, fanning it to keep the blaze bright and the Christ Child warm.Since that night the robin’s breast has remained a glowing red, a mark of the unselfish love and devotion shown by that bird in Bethlehem.”

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

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 the  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.

“At Christmas we contemplate God made man, divine glory hidden beneath the poverty of a Child wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger; the Creator of the Universe reduced to the helplessness of an infant. Once we accept this paradox, we discover the Truth that sets us free and the Love that transforms our lives. On Bethlehem Night, the Redeemer becomes one of us, our companion along the precarious paths of history. Let us take the hand which he stretches out to us: it is a hand which seeks to take nothing from us, but only to give.
 
With the shepherds let us enter the stable of Bethlehem beneath the loving gaze of Mary, the silent witness of his miraculous birth. May she help us to experience the happiness of Christmas, may she teach us how to treasure in our hearts the mystery of God who for our sake became man; and may she help us to bear witness in our world to his truth, his love and his peace.” –Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI; 2005 Christmas Message.
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. AND as always, we have all-night Adoration for Life the night before the Walk. Please call the parish office to sign up. For complete information about the Walk, visit walkforlifewc.com or call 415‐658‐1793.
Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 22 Fourth Sunday of Advent
Monday 23 Late Advent Weekday, John of Kanty; Priest
Tuesday 24 Late Advent Weekday
Wednesday 25 The Nativity of the Lord
Thursday 26 Stephen; The First Martyr
Friday  27 John; Apostle, Evangelist
Saturday 28 The Holy Innocents; Martyrs
Sunday  29 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, & JosephYour faithful donations of last week will be published in next week’s bulletin
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!
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