Genesis 2:7-9, 3:17; Romans 5:12-19 or 5:12, 17-19; Matthew 4:1-11. In the first reading, the woman and her husband eat fruit from the tree of life, and realize they are naked. In the Letter to the Romans, Paul reassures us that God’s grace surpasses any of our sins. In the Gospel, the devil tempts Jesus while he is in the desert, but Jesus says to him, Get away, Satan! And the devil leaves him.


Domenica 1A di Quaresima

Gli idoli di sempre: l’avere, il potere, il valere quando impongono la loro logica generano solo chiusura, delusione, buoto, conflitti. Nel nostro ambiente e nella nostra vita, siamo testimoni degli effetti prodotti dalla sete di denaro, dall’ambizione e dal potere: ingiustizia, menzogna, odio, violenza, incomprensione tra coniugi o tra genitori e figli. Scegliere Dio è certamente scomodo, ma la vittoria di Cristo pervade di ottimismo chi ha aderito a Lui.






From Fr. Gael: In the old wild west, they used to say, “Beware of the snake oil salesman.” He was known to be a charlatan. In today’s first reading and in the Gospel, it’s not the salesman who shows up, but rather the snake himself. In the first reading, he sells his goods to Eve and then successively to Adam and they buy it hook, line and sinker. That got them kicked out of Paradise and of a privileged relationship with the Creator. In the Gospel, Mr. Snake, the Devil, plies his goods with Jesus but has no success. He is not able to sabotage Jesus’ relationship with his Father. The devil goes away frustrated in his design. The devil has not, however, given up. We would be foolish to think so. As scripture says, he goes around like a lion seeking someone to devour. He doesn’t trumpet himself as Devil but rather as subtle seduction according to the Achilles heel of each individual. He knows us better than we know ourselves. The challenge is to recognize our own weakness and name it, thereby taking away the devil’s power over it. We then become powerful in humble recognition of our need to rely on the victorious power of Jesus Christ. We, then, like Jesus Christ can be victorious. Read and weep, O Devil, Satan, Beelzebub, Demon, Lucifer. We know who you are. More importantly, we know who Jesus Christ is!!! –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB


Maveric Kai Man Del Prado Meneses – James Alexander Burkhardt

Robert Bascherini and Tenae Roth

Xiu Shan Chen – Delina Lau
John Zuffo – Marinella Bastoni


Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday                 March 1, 2020

7:30        Ernesto Piazza +
8:45        The Edward & Eileen Ziomek & Myrtle Lane Families +
10:15       Guy & Susie Fabri +
11:45       Louis, Eugenia, & Raymond Raggio +
1:00        Anniversary of the Death of Zachary Martin +
5:00        Mildred Descala +

 Monday                               March 2, 2020

7:00        Sal Balistreri +
9:00        Gaetano Alioto +

Tuesday                               March 3, 2020

7:00        Anniversary of the Death of Amelia DeNicolai +
9:00        Fernanda Matteucci +

Wednesday                        March 4, 2020

7:00        John Scampini +
9:00        Antonio Corona +

Thursday                            March 5, 2020

7:00        Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00        Norma Frizza +

Friday                                 March 6, 2020

7:00        Nicola Sanguinetti +
9:00        Salvatore Rosaria, & Alessandro Fazio +
6:30        Intentions the Cattoi Family

Saturday                             March 7, 2020

7:30        Chiara & Giuseppe Calcagno +
9:00        Thomas Mazzucco +
5:00        Pietro, Giuseppe, & Vito Curreri +


Particular Items

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

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 (April 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:

Lenten Penance Service: On Monday, March 30, at 7:00PM, we will have our Lenten Penance Service with individual confession. All parishioners are uged to attend.

Eucharistic Adoration: We have Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday from 7-8PM. Also on Wednesdays we have Scripture Study at 6:30PM, 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.

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.

St. Joseph Table’s: On Wednesday, March 18, at 6PM, our Madonna Addolorata di S’Elia will present a traditional St. Joseph’s Table in the cafeteria. Tickets are $35 ($10 children; n/c if under 10) and includes open bar, salad, pasta, vegetables, filet of petrale and Sicilian cookies for dessert. Pick up a reservation form in the church or office.

 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 or Fr. Patrick Summerhays at “We need men to give their lives up for Jesus Christ NOW!

Congratulations, Fr. Gustavo! On Monday, March 2, our good Fr. Gustavo Ramirez, SDB will celebrate the first anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood (below) ! Please pray for Fr. Gustavo as he continues to serve the people of God. Thank you Fr. Gustavo, ad moltos annos!


Speaking of Anniversaries, 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 to learn more about the school.

Liturgical Calendar

Sunday                 01           First Sunday of Lent
Monday               02           Lenten Weekday
Tuesday               03           Lenten Weekday, Katherine Drexel; Virgin
Wednesday         04           Lenten Weekday, Casimir
Thursday             05           Lenten Weekday
Friday                  06           Lenten Weekday
Saturday              07           Lenten Weekday, Perpetua & Felicity; Martyrs
Sunday                 08           Second Sunday of Lent

Your faithful donations of last week          $3,931.
Second Collection (Parish School):            $2,139.
Weekly Parish Expenses:                            $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!



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