Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14; Colossians 3:12-21 or 3:12-17; Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23. Sirach writes about family relationships and duties, especially that of honoring one’s parents all the days of their lives. Paul instructs the Colossians on how to love one another and live for Christ. In the Gospel, Joseph follows the instructions of the angels who led him safely into, and out of, Egypt.

 

Santa Famiglia
 
Il mondo è la famiglia di Dio. Ogni celebrazione eucaristica è catechesi permanente dell’azione di Dio nella nostra vita. Con la festa della Sacra Famiglia, celebriamo non solo la soffrenza delle famiglie più provate, ma, la certezze che siamo tutti guidati da Dio nel cammino alla vera vita.

 

聖家節今天是聖家節。想到聖家,我們的腦海出現一幅和樂、平安的畫像,但在這和平的畫像出現之前,我們看到細小的嬰孩耶穌,出生後不久,已經要逃難,逃離惡王追殺。我們可以想象聖母和聖若瑟為保護耶穌所表現的勇敢和所付出的力量。他們沒有懷疑耶穌既是天主子,為什麼不以祂的神力抵擋惡王追殺?而耶穌也沒有用祂天主子的力量,免除父母的艱苦。祂祇謙卑地像一個毫無扺抗力的嬰兒,需要父母的保護。這聖家逃難的圖像,讓我們想到他們的信德、服從、謙遜、勇敢、犧牲和愛。耶穌要告訴我們:天主聖子來到世界時,願意和世人一樣,有一個家庭,也像每一個家庭一樣,有着它的歡樂和困難、痛苦。耶穌的家庭是清貧而儉樸的,但父慈子孝,祂受着父母的保護和愛,服從、孝愛父母,當然,聖若瑟和聖母也盡力愛護祂、養育祂。祂看重家庭。也給我們立了家庭的模範,祂的家庭是以天主為中心的。聖家三口慌忙逃往埃及,像重演先祖逃離埃及人迫害一樣的事蹟。人世間的種種歡樂和痛苦,耶穌都要和我們一起經歷,和我們分擔,因此我們在生活中遇到種種困難時都不要怕,要效法聖母聖若瑟,用高度的信德精神,去承受一切痛苦,一心依賴天主,無論怎樣,也不要改變家庭的祥和氣氛,求聖家三位作我們家庭的主保。

 

From Fr. Gael: The first we hear about the Holy Family is how together they must flee to insure their survival. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph must become strangers in a strange land. They must return to Egypt, the scene of the slavery and humiliation of the people of Israel. They must become people who for political reasons, King Herod, must leave home and family to survive. What sadness.The Holy Family lived the first years of the life of Jesus in that reality. Only when Joseph judged it safe to return could they go home. Does this somehow sound familiar? In the world around us, in so many ways and in so places this happens today. Are Jesus, Mary and Joseph among them today! What sadness.–Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Weddings
Francis Galanido and April Ruiz
Rest-in-Peace
Maria Ilsun Choi – Ronald Ricossa

 

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday  December 29, 2019
7:30 Birthday of Louis DeNicolai +
8:45 In Honor of Madonna della Guardia
10:15 Serge & Tom Cincotta +
11:45 Vivian Rohner +
1:00 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
5:00 Omar Rodriguez +

Monday  December 30, 2019
7:00 Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00 Pietro, Adele, & Elena Domenici +

Tuesday   December 31, 2019
7:00 Frank D. Adams +
9:00 Thanksgiving from Deacon Edward Te

Wednesday January 1, 2020
7:00 Thanksgiving from Stephanie Cincotta
9:00 Ernesto, Ilide, & Pietro Piazza and Fr. Joseph Costanzo, SDB + –
6:00 Umberto & Giosi Sereni + (Conc.)

Thursday   January 2, 2020
7:00 Anniversary of the Death of Ernesto Marenzi +
9:00 Louis Baccetti +

Friday  January 3, 2020
7:00 Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00 For Guidance from the Holy Spirit

Saturday  January 4, 2020
7:30 Henry Ravetto +
9:00 Fernanda Matteucci + – Eva, Eugenia, Lorenzo Lari + (Conc.)
5:00 The Pierini & Spes Families +

 

Particular Items

“Holy Family of Nazareth, reawaken in our society the awareness of the sacred and inviolable character of the family, an inestimable and irreplaceable good. Let every family be a welcoming place of goodness and peace for children and the elderly, for the sick and lonely, for the poor and needy.”Pope Francis, World Family Day, October 27, 2013.
 
Mary the Mother of God: Wednesday, January 1 is the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. We will have Masses at 7:00 & 9:00 AM and at 6:00 PM.

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. “Don’t believe in miracles? A bunch of drunks got together and solved a problem!” Unofficial AA motto.

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.

SBGC Cioppinos! January is right around the corner, which means just one thing in North Beach: Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club Cioppino! This year’s Cioppinos will be on January  11 & 18 and February 1 & 8. Call the Club at 415-397-3068 for tickets! And remember. All proceeds benefit the Club!

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.

Mille Grazie! We thank all of our good volunteers who help us in so many ways throughout the years: Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers, Church and rectory decorators, those who help with mailings and tabulating the collection…just to many to name. We will send a special thanks to our Columbus Day bazaar Committee under the leadership of MaryKate Del Campo, Gregg Franceschi, and Tiffany Pisoni. The 2019 Bazaar was the most successful ever…we brought in net of over $100,000 for the Church, School, and Pre-K.

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.

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.

Clericus Classic Basketball: Priests and Seminarians Face Off! On Saturday, January 18, 2020, the Fifth Annual Clericus Basketball Classic will be held at the gym of Serra High School 451 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. The game features priests and seminarians. Archbishop Cordileone will be the official host and honorary tipoff referee. Families and friends and future seminarians are invited to come out and have fun. Also games for kids and a raffle—first prize $1000! Ticket prices: adults $10, children $5. Tickets are available at the door. Credit card and cash will be accepted. Last year’s game was won in the final seconds with two free throws by SSPP’s own alum, Fr. Alvin Yu! Sponsored by the Office of Vocations of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. To learn more about Archdiocesan vocations: Fr. Cameron Faller at vocations@sfarch.org

Speaking of Vocations: Could God be Calling Me? YES! God calls each of us to life, to wholeness, and to service. The task of the young adult is to discern what path God wants him or her to follow.

The Lord calls most people to marriage and family. For the Christian young adult this is a very important decision. Choosing to marry is not just a romantic response, but also a very specific process that includes prayer, investigation, involvement, and experience.

God calls some people to religious life as a Sister, Brother, or Priest. A religious vocation follows the same process. We call this the discernment process. Want to learn more about the Salesian Vocation? Email Fr. John Roche, SDB at jrochesdb@gmail.com

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 29 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, & Joseph
Monday 30 Sixth Day Within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord
Tuesday 31 Seventh Day Within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord, Sylvester I; Pope
Wednesday 01 Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God
Thursday 02 Basil the Great & Gregory Nazianzen; Bishops, Doctors
Friday 03 Christmas Weekday, Holy Name of Jesus
Saturday 04 Elizabeth Ann Seton; Religious
Sunday 05 The Epiphany of the Lord

Your faithful donations of December 7/8 $4,033.
Second Collection (Retired Religious): $1,839.
Your faithful donations of December 14/15: $3,957.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

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