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.

 

常年期第六主日

 

在舊約時代,梅瑟從西乃山接受了天主的誡命。熱愛並恪守法律是所有以色列人人目中認為是正義和聖德。但人們把它太物質化,從而失去了它真正的價值。因此耶穌說:「不要以為我來是要廢除法律,我來不是要廢除,而是完成。」祂又說:「……你們聽〔梅瑟〕說過……我卻對你們說……」 這樣的話一共重覆了六次。耶穌給法律作最基本的修正,譬如「你們聽說過,不要殺人」,但這還不夠,必需需要對人有善意和關切,不輕視,不說無禮的話,以善心去看一個人,看他的優點。耶穌要的不單是行動上遵守法律,更要在思想和和行為上善待人。

由此可見,「山中聖訓」是關乎人與人、人與天主的關係。要求我們更高層次地發展它,行為要與內心配合,並且言行致,心手合一。

 

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

 

Baptisms

Luna-Bella Amor
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 +

 

Particular Items

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 / marykatewinters@hotmail.com. If you are interested in event sponsorship or making a donation, please contact Laura Corleto (415) 652- 9438 / laurajoh@hotmail.com or Lisa Rivera (415) 756-8422 / lisaguminarivera@gmail.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 martin.thomas@sfarch.org or Fr. Patrick Summerhays at summerhays.patrick@sfarch.org “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 jrochesdb@gmail.com

 

Liturgical Calendar

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!

 

 

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