Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5:38-48. In Leviticus, the Lord declares his statutes to Moses for the Israelites, calling them to holiness and love. In our second reading, Paul instructs the Corinthians, calling them to holiness as temples of the Holy Spirit. In the Gospel from Matthew, Jesus preaches a new standard of love and justice, calling his followers to love their enemies.

 

Domenica 7A Del Temp Del Ordinario

Nemici non sono solo chi ci odia e ci fa del male; ma anche quanti hanno il torto di pensarla diversamente da noi. Spetta alla carità creare per loro occasioni d’incontro, reinventare l’ospitalità, sfidare l’indifferenza. L’amicizia non solo va data, ma va ricevuta con altrettanto impegno. Non basta amare, bisogna lasciarsi amare se non si vuol rinunziare alla risposta che Dio ci offre nel prossimo.

 

鬱鬱不樂 常年期第七主日

今天的福音可說是山中聖訓的延續。上主日耶穌教我們遵守十誡的態度,不是消極地不做天主不允許的就算,而是要積極地做天主喜歡的、正義的對人有益的事。

今天耶穌對我們更深更高的要求,是「山中聖訓」的高峰。祂說:「你們要愛你的仇人,為迫害你的人祈禱。」祂要求我們不單寬恕仇人,並且希望他有好處,因此要為他祈禱。祂又說了幾個例子,例如:「人家打你右臉,你要連左臉也轉過去給他。」這是困難的事!也不是嚴格的誡命,意思是我們寧願吃虧,甚至受迫害,也不願加害於人,愛!是基督徒的金料玉律,耶穌也親自教了我們怎樣做了, 祂為我們死在十字架,是愛最高的境界。

耶穌說我們應該如同天上的大父一樣成全,當然我們永遠不能達到像天父的成全,但如果我們一心盡力趨向這理想。藉着聖母的幫助,定能日進於德。

 

From Fr. Gael: Today’s readings are tough. They call us to a standard of holiness. That in itself is not so bad. It’s just that the standard to which we are called is that of God. “Oh my God!” There’s the “rub.” Called to God’s holiness! The first reading from Leviticus has God telling Moses: “Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy” (v. 2). Our vocation is to imitate God. The passage ends with a synopsis of what that implies “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (v. 18). Well at least that’s a clue of how we are to do it. In the Gospel, Jesus raises the bar by asking more than the minimum from us, with several very real examples. We’re not getting away with anything here. But the task is not impossible. St. John Bosco gave St. Dominic Savio the answer when, in mentoring the adolescent in the way of holiness, he said to Dominic: “here holiness consists in living your ordinary life extraordinarily well.” That really does simply the challenge. Our ordinary life is the fabric of our personal holiness in imitation of God. And that brings us to the conclusion of today’s Gospel: “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

 

Baptisms
Daniel Emilio Vinci

Weddings
Michael Lemole and Denise Stephan

Rest-in-Peace
Robert C. Greening – Sal Balistreri

 

Mass Intentions for the Week

Sunday                                February 23, 2020
7:30        Mario Amato +
8:45        Maria Guidi & Albertina Sultana +
10:15       Fr. Mario Rosso, SDB +
11:45       Carla Ferrando +
1:00        Mrs. Flores +
5:00        For the People of Saints Peter and Paul

Monday                                February 24, 2020
7:00        Birthday of Amelia DeNicolai +
9:00        Gary Shelton +

Tuesday                                February 25, 2020
7:00        Thanksgiving from Antonio & Liliana Sia Lu
9:00        Elena, Angelo, & Delia Serafini +

Wednesday                         February 26, 2020
7:00        Thanksgiving from Carlos & Frances Tia
9:00        Carmela & Margaret Passanisi +
6:00        Intention of Maria Corradetti

Thursday                              February 27, 2020
7:00        Frank Sanguinetti +
9:00        Fr. Dave Zunino, SDB +

Friday                                     February 28, 2020
7:00        Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00        Thanksgiving for the Pastoral and Petrine Ministry of Pope Benedict XVI

Saturday                               February 29, 2020
7:30        In Honor of Madonna della Guardia
9:00        Fr. Dave Zunino, SDB +
5:00        For the People of Saints Peter and Paul

 

Particular Items

Second Collection: Today we have a special collection for our parish school. Please be generous.

Daily Rosary: We are now praying the Rosary daily following the 7:00AM Mass. Come join us in front of Our Lady’s altar!

Ash Wednesday: This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. We will have Masses at 7:00 & 9:00AM and 6PM. There will also be a Liturgy of the Word, with distribution of Ashes, at 12:15PM. We will NOT have Eucharistic Adoration on Ash Wednesday.

Lenten Opportunities:

Lenten Disciplines: Abstinence: Everyone 14 years and older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday. Mass attendance: During Lent, the Church encourages attendance at daily Mass and reception of the Eucharist. Almsgiving: During Lent, the Church encourages generosity to local, national, and worldwide programs of sharing.

Wednesday Night Confessions: Starting Wednesday, March 4, and all the following Wednesdays of Lent we will have confessions in the Church from 7-8PM.

Stations of the Cross: We will observe the Stations of the Cross every Friday in Lent at 1:00 PM.

Friday Night Mass and Soup Suppers. Every Friday throughout Lent, there will be special Friday Mass in the Church at 6:30 PM, followed by a soup supper in the rectory.

40 Days for Life” is a peaceful prayer vigil that takes place from Ash Wednesday (February 26) through Palm Sunday (March 5) at 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/

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.

Wedding Anniversaries Mass with Archbishop Cordileone! On Saturday, February 29, at10:00 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 hostas 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.”

Please pick up a flyer from the tables. 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! We will honor this great priest at the 5PM Mass on Saturday, March 28. A 100th Birthday Dinner will follow in the auditorium! Tickets are “$100 for 100 years” for those who can afford it—or for parishioners who might not be able to do that, $75. There are a limited number of tickets—please call 415-421-0809 to reserve yours! No tickets will be sold at the door.

Fr. Armand Oliveri Saints Peter and Paul School Scholarship Fund: Want to make Fr. Armand’s 100th Birthday extra special? Contribute to the New Fr. Armand Oliveri Saints Peter and Paul Scholarship endowment! 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 with SF’s insane cost of living many families need help! Feel free to call Fr. Gael at 421-0809 or Dr. Harris at 415-421-5219 for more info.

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.

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                  23           Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon-Tues             24-25     Weekdays in Ordinary Time
Wednesday           26           Ash Wednesday
Thursday               27           Thursday after Ash Wednesday
Friday                    28           Friday after Ash Wednesday
Saturday               29           Saturday after Ash Wednesday
Sunday                  01           First Sunday of Lent

Your faithful donations of December             $5,023.
Weekly Parish Expenses:                                 $20,715.

Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

 

 

 

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