Isaiah 41: 1-4, 6-7; Acts 10:34-38; Matthew 3:13-17. Isaiah shares the Lord’s promise of a servant of the Lord who will come forth and bring justice to the nations. In the second reading, Peter tells those gathered that God shows no partiality. All who fear him and act uprightly are acceptable to him. In the Gospel, Jesus is baptized by John, and the Spirit of God descends upon him.

 

Battesimo Del Signore
 
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.

 

耶穌受洗節今天的福音記述耶穌開始祂的傳教生活。祂公開傳教之前的的生活似乎是隱蔽的,那和祂一起長大的人,對我們今天覺得非常珍貴的祂的誕辰一無所知,我們靜靜地默想祂降生時,聖母有沒有感動得流淚,祂的第一句話是什麼?祂童年的生活是怎樣的?祂周圍的人不會去關心,甚至連想也不會去想。他們覺得祂祇是個普通的人,是瑪利亞和若瑟的兒子、祂的父親是個木匠。今天的福音顯示出耶穌的真正身份:「耶穌在約旦河接受若翰給他付洗……天開了……有聲音從天上說:『你是我的愛子,我因你而喜悅』」因着他們這次相遇,因着這一幕,我們認識到祂是天主之子。耶穌藉着祂的說話、教訓、行為、治病、寬恕、聖蹟、和祂的犧牲彰顯出祂天主之子的身份。

從祂的聖洗聯想到我們自己的聖洗,我們藉着祂的苦難、聖死和復活,獲得了天主義子的名份,因着領聖體聖事,我們的血有着祂的血,我們的肉體有着祂的肉,我們成了祂的兄弟,我們要怎樣去生活才能表示出我們對這寶貴的身份的謝意呢?

 

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

 

Baptisms
Ella Benedetti
Rest in Peace
Anthony De La Riva – Victoria Lavin – Jung Kim
 
Mass Intentions for the Week
Sunday  January 12, 2020
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 +
Monday  January 13, 2020
7:00 The Ettorina Cardella Family +
9:00 In Honor of the Infant of Prague – Intention Mary May Manahan (Conc.)
Tuesday   January 14, 2020
7:00 Al & Angeline Cabito +
9:00 Birthday of Amerigo Sbragia +
Wednesday January 15, 2020
7:00 The Ettorina Cardella Family +
9:00 Louis Ferralis & Albertina Sultana +
Thursday   January 16, 2020
7:00 Virginia Sanguinetti +
9:00 Anniversary of the Death of Antonia D’Ascoli +
Friday  January 17, 2020
7:00 Edward Sabini +
9:00 Pietro Piazza +
Saturday  January 18, 2020
7:30 Barbara Vulpi +
9:00 Candido Lueza +
5:00 The Louis Greco Family +

Particular Items

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!

The Magi Visit Fr. Armand!
On the feast of the Epiphany,  the Magi were on a quest to seek something they could not quite define, but they knew it was something important and meaningful. Fr. Armand was also visited by the Magi and Kind Herod (cast by the CCD students  last Sunday).   Although Fr. Armand was not able to attend Mass because he was not feeling well, he was overjoyed by the visit and he heard the Gospel after all!

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 franklavin@comcast.net.

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.

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 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!

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