Il Battesimo di Gesù è simbolo e anticipo del nostro battesimo. Con esso siamo figli di Dio e nulla può cancellare. Nemmeno il tradimento, il fatto che siamo figli suoi. Il battesimo opera in noi una trasformazione radicale, una nuova nascita. Diventiamo Cristo, dobbiamo vivere come Lui, come Gesù nell’obbedienza del Padre e nell’amore dei fratelli fino al dono di noi stessi.
Jesus who has no need to be baptized, which John the Baptist so astutely recognizes in today’s gospel, chooses to be baptized despite John’s resistance to do so. Jesus chooses to share the very human experience of the need to be forgiven and commit oneself to God. He has already committed himself to our human condition in fulfillment of the will of the Father. However, he demonstrates his willingness to do so in the very public forum of the River Jordan. His Father affirms this mission and his pleasure with Jesus. Our own baptism is in imitation of that of Jesus. However, we are baptized into the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, into a full sharing in that same mission of fulfilling the will of the Father. I’m not sure I (we) fully understand the depth of that spiritual relationship. It is the challenge of an entire life to do so until we can hear the Father one day affirm to us individually, “You are my beloved child with whom I am well pleased.” –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB
Rest in Peace
7:30 Mario Amato +
8:45 Frank & Linda Machi +
10:15 Deceased Chinese Parishioners of SS. Peter and Paul +
11:45 Salvatore (Duke) Cresci + – Jessie Jobe + (Conc.)
1:00 The Fanucchi Family & Lucchesi Family +
5:00 Loriano & Anita Belluomini +
7:00 The Ettorina Cardella Family +
7:00 Al & Angeline Cabito +
9:00 Birthday of Amerigo Sbragia +
7:00 The Ettorina Cardella Family +
9:00 Louis Ferralis & Albertina Sultana +
7:00 Virginia Sanguinetti +
9:00 Anniversary of the Death of Antonia D’Ascoli +
7:00 Edward Sabini +
9:00 Pietro Piazza +
7:30 Barbara Vulpi +
9:00 Candido Lueza +
5:00 The Louis Greco Family +
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 today from 10AM-12PM. Applications for the fall of 2020 will be available. An open house for all of SSPP School will be on January 29th at 6PM.
Eucharistic Adoration/Scripture Study: Every Wednesday, we have Eucharistic Adoration from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Church. Scripture Study is at 6:30PM, 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.
January is the month of our Salesian Saints: On January 22, we celebrate the Feast of the Blessed Laura Vicuña, patroness of our pre-kindergarten. On January 24, we celebrate St. Francis de Sales, Don Bosco’s patron, and namesake of the society, and on January 26 we celebrate Don Bosco himself!
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.
Don Bosco Study Group: The study group will meet on Tuesday, January 28, at 7PM, in the Club meeting room. There will be a short presentation on a Salesian subject, and the group will discuss Willa Cather’s “Death Comes For the Archbishop.” For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Check out these great videos from last year’s Walk:
Eucharistic Adoration for Life: As we have done since the very first Walk for Life West Coast, Saints Peter and Paul hosts all-night adoration for life the night before the Walk, which means someone needs to be with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament all night long. To schedule a shift during the night, please email Gibbons. After 10PM, enter through the parish office.The parking lot will be open.
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 email@example.com
Sunday 12 The Baptism of the Lord
Monday 13 Hilary; Bishop, Doctor
Tuesday 14 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Wednesday 15 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Thursday 16 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Friday 17 Anthony; Abbot
Saturday 18 Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sunday 19 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Your faithful donations of last week $4,098.
Average Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.
January 1, Mary the Mother of God: $1,876.
Christmas Masses: $13,720.
Second Collection (Music Ministry): $1,329.
Christmas Appeal: $21,431.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!