Sirach 15:15-20; 1 Corinthians 2:6-10; Matthew 5:17-37 or 5:20-22a, 27-28, 33-34a, 37. In the first reading, Sirach tells the people they can choose to follow the commandments, or not. But keeping the commandments will save them. In Saint Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians, he writes of the greatness prepared for those who love God. In the Gospel from Matthew, Jesus teaches about the law. He says that he has come to fulfill the law, and that those who keep it will be called the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Domenica 6A Del Tempo Ordinario
L’amore dell’uomo e della donna non è desiderio e ricerca egoistica della propria soddisfazione. L’amore è volere il bene dell’amato. L’attrazione fisica senza amore è segno di un’aleinazione e immaturità profonda, è le negazione della libertà e della dignità della persona. La famiglia deve vivere queste caratteristiche di amore, che la segnano profondamente e ne cementano l’unita.
From Fr. Gael: Responsibility is a very responsible thing to deal with responsibly. That might seem like circular logic but there is more to it than meets the eye. Starting with the first reading from Sirach, and ending with the Gospel of Matthew, today’s readings are a call to personal responsibility for our lives. It is not a matter of why does God allow this to happen (a perennial question), but rather with the freedom that God gives each of us, why do we choose to do what we do. St. Paul in one moment of his writing expresses it so very well. “I know God’s law and yet I choose to other.” Paul does not blame God, he accepts his own responsibility in what he chooses to do. Jesus in the Gospel tells his disciples that he has not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it. Let me paraphrase that: I have not come to make it easier for you but rather I have come to ask you to choose God. Jesus doesn’t call us to the minimum, the easiest way out, but rather to the maximum, the fulfillment of the law. And to make that even clearer, lest there be any doubt, Jesus concludes: “Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the evil one.” And to be even most clear another paraphrase: “Say what you mean and mean what you say.” That is personal responsibility before God and humanity. -Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB
Ava Giovanna Aicardi – Adeline Elizabeth Aicardi
Mass Intentions For The Week
Sunday February 16, 2020
7:30 James & Irene Silva, Sr. +
8:45 Luigi Marciano +
10:15 Shiu Wong Ng +
11:45 GB De Martini +
1:00 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul +
5:00 Giuseppe & Antonia D’Ascoli +
Monday February 17, 2020
7:00 Figli di Paola Rossi +
9:00 Angelo Devincenzi +
Tuesday February 18, 2020
7:00 Edward Sabini +
9:00 Umberto Bordanaro +
Wednesday February 19, 2020
7:00 Vincent, Frances, Nathan, John, & Francesca Mazzaferri +
9:00 Fr. Jerry Bonjean, SDB +
Thursday February 20, 2020
7:00 Angelo Sanguinetti +
9:00 Birthday of Frank (Buscotti) Reginato +
Friday February 21, 2020
7:00 Clementina & Giosue Bresolin +
9:00 Felice, Carmella, & Pina Fazio +
Saturday February 22, 2020
7:30 The Giurlani Family +
9:00 Luigi & Rosa Mangini +
5:00 Alda Maggiora +
Daily Rosary! We have begun to pray the rosary daily following the 7:00AM Mass Monday through Friday at Our Lady’s altar. Join us in honoring and asking the intercession of Our Blessed Mother!
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.
Next Week’s Second Collection: Next week there will be a second collection for our parish school.
Wedding Anniversaries Mass with Archbishop Cordileone! On Saturday, February 29, at 10:00 AM, at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Archbishop Cordileone will celebrate Mass for husbands and wives who will celebrate 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 or more years in 2020. A reception will follow. To learn more or register go here: https://sfarch.org/wedding-anniversary-mass-misa-de-aniversario-de-bodas . Flyers are also on the tables.
Saints Peter and Paul School PTO Spring Event and Auction: “Like, Totally 80’s” will be held on Saturday, February 29, from 6:30 -11:00 PM at the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club. Enjoy an evening of blackjack, cocktails, live auction, and dancing. This event is not a sit down dinner—it will be gourmet appetizers and desserts. There will be a no host bar. Music provided by DJ Dennis Gallegos. You can sponsor, donate, or buy a ticket. Tickets are $100 per guest and can be purchased online here. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Mary Kate Del Campo at (415) 425-1692 / email@example.com. If you are interested in event sponsorship or making a donation, please contact Laura Corleto (415) 652- 9438 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa Rivera (415) 756-8422 / email@example.com. Your generosity and participation will help SSPP School to continue to provide a vibrant curriculum for its students.”
Sons & Daughters of Italy Polenta Dinner: On Saturday, March 7, the Cornelia Vita Nuova invites you to their annual “Fun”draiser at the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club. The fun begins with no-host cocktails at 6:00PM; dinner at 7:00: Antipasto, Salad, Polenta and Sausage, Wine, Coffee, and a Home-Made Dessert Bar. Price is $43 per person. No payments accepted at the door. Deadline for Reservations is Saturday, February 29. Please call Maria at 415-370-3956 or Linda at 415-235-5974 for information and reservations.
Mark Your Calendars! On March 30, our dear Fr. Armand Oliveri will celebrate his 100th Birthday! Can you believe it? We will honor this great priest at the 5:00PM mass on Saturday, March 28, followed by a parish celebratory dinner in the auditorium. There are a limited number of tickets—please call 415-421-0809 to reserve yours!
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: “By our very attitude to one another we help to shape one another’s world. By our attitude to the other person we help to determine the scope and hue of his or her world; we make it large or small, bright or drab, rich or dull, threatening, or secure. We help to shape his or her world not by theories and views but by our very attitude toward him or her. Here lies the unarticulated and one might say anonymous demand that we take care of the life which trust has placed in our hands.” –Knud Ejler Løgstrup, The Ethical Demand, 1956. University of Notre Dame Press.
More Choose Life! 40 Days for Life” is a peaceful prayer vigil that takes place from Ash Wednesday (February 26)through Palm Sunday (March 5) by Planned Parenthood at 1650 Valencia Street in San Francisco. 40 Days for Life prayer vigils are held in 950 cities in 64 countries. (Our former Archbishop George Niederauer called abortion businesses “the Golgotha of our time”). To learn more or schedule a vigil time, go to: http://www.40daysforlife.com/sanfrancisco/
Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: Our 2020 Archdiocesan Appeal has begun. This year’s assessment is $89,853. The assessment supports so many good works around the Archdiocese, many of which help us directly here at Saints Peter and Paul. Last year, 118 families or individuals contributed. Because this is a shared obligation, Fr. Gael would like EVERY family in the parish to contribute in whatever amount is possible, no matter how small. And those who can are invited to join the 1% club—$898, 1% of our assessment.
Monthly Gatherings for Men Discerning a Priestly Vocation: Our Lord told Peter and the others that they are to be Fishers of Men! “Interested in knowing more about the priesthood as a vocation? Discernment involves listening to God, learning about yourself, and seeking the guidance of others—it’s not a solitary endeavor. There are two options: In Redwood City on the first Monday of each month, from 6:15 – 8:30PM at St. Pius X Church, 1100 Woodside Rd. Redwood City; In San Francisco on the first Thursday of each month, from 6:15 – 8:30PM at Church of the Epiphany, 826 Vienna Street, San Francisco. The program is Eucharistic Adoration in the church, followed by dinner and discussion. For more: Fr. Tom Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Fr. Patrick Summerhays at email@example.com “We need men to give their lives up for Jesus Christ NOW!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 16 Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday 17 The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order
Tuesday 18 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Wednesday 19 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Thursday 20 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Friday 21 Pater Damian; Bishop, Doctor
Saturday 22 The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle
Sunday 23 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Your faithful donations of December $4,739.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!