Acts 2:42-47; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20: 19-31. Saint Luke describes the early Christian community, as they devoted themselves to prayer, the communal life…[and]…the breaking of bread. Peter’s Letter stresses the living hope that believers now have through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. In John’s Gospel, the resurrected Jesus appears to his disciples, saying, Peace be with you and showing them his wounds. He breathes on them and says, receive the Holy Spirit and grants them authority to forgive sins. Later, he convinces Thomas of the truth of the Resurrection.
Domenica 2A di Pasqua
O Della Divina Misericordia
Con fede e amore, eleviamo sentimenti e parole di ringraziamento al Padre per la risurrezione di Gesù, presente in mezzo a noi. Egli ci dona la pace e il perdono dei peccati, frutto della divina misericordia e del dono dello Spirito Santo.
From Fr. Gael: An ideal picture of the early Church is presented in the first reading from the second chapter of Acts. Luke is describing the ideal to which the early Christian community aspired. I am sure that there were imperfections among the members of that early community. The extra inspiration they had was that the presence of Jesus was still a very strong presence. Chronologically they were still very close to the Jesus event. The apostles and the early disciples felt drawn to the ideal which Jesus not only had preached to them but had lived among them during his life on earth. And while the ideal was strong, at times human nature faltered and less than the ideal was present. What does that say about the ideal of the Gospel? It takes nothing from the validity of the ideal. It only means that we have to keep reminding ourselves of the ideal so it may become the mantra of our lives. Primordially that is the role of the presbyterate, to constantly remind the people of God of the ideal. When bishops and priests fail in following the ideal, it does not negate the ideal. It is a failure on the part of those who are the guardians of the ideal. It is not a failure of the ideal of Jesus Christ. So like Thomas in the Gospel, we all can falter in the walk. Jesus answers that with the ideal, “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” May we continue the walk, sometimes faltering, but ultimately faith in believing in the ideal of Jesus Christ.–Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB
Mass Intentions For The Week
Sunday April 19, 2020
7:30 Loriano & Anita Belluomini +
8:45 Giuseppe & Angela Balistreri & Family +
10:15 Xiu Shan Chen +
11:45 Giuseppe & Antonia D’Ascoli +
1:00 Pietro, Adele, & Elena Domenici +
5:00 The Edward & Eileen Ziomek & Myrtle Lane Families +
Monday April 20, 2020
7:00 Vincent, Frances, Nathan, John, & Francesca Mazzaferri +
9:00 For all Healthcare Workers and First Responders
Tuesday April 21, 2020
7:00 Luigi & Rosa Mangini +
9:00 John Bonjean +
Wednesday April 22, 2020
7:00 Patrick Louis Ross +
9:00 Joseph Maggiora & the Maggiora Family +
Thursday April 23, 2020
7:00 Frank Sanguinetti +
9:00 Birthday of Sophia B. Martin
Friday April 24, 2020
7:00 Marco & Sabina Zolezzi +
9:00 Emilia Lucchesi +
Saturday April 25, 2020
7:30 The Giurlani Family +
9:00 Birthday of Larry Martin
5:00 Ruth & Guido Ghiglieri +
Today is Divine Mercy Sunday: “How much the world is in need of the mercy of God today! In every continent, from the depths of human suffering, a cry for mercy seems to rise. … In those places where there is less respect for life and human dignity, one needs the merciful love of God, in whose light we see the ineffable value of every single human being. Mercy is needed to ensure that every injustice may find its solution in the splendor of truth. So today, in this Sanctuary, I solemnly wish to entrust the world to Divine Mercy. I do so with the burning desire that the message of God’s merciful love, proclaimed here through Saint Faustina, may reach all the inhabitants of the earth and fill their hearts with hope. … May the binding promise of the Lord Jesus be fulfilled: from here has to come out “the spark that will prepare the world for his final coming.” –Saint Pope John Paul II, Homily in Lagiewniki, Poland, August 17, 2002 .
The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy
Prayed each Afternoon at 3:00PM
Make the Sign of the Cross
Pray the Our Father.
Pray the Hail Mary.
Pray The Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
Pray the Eternal Father:
Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
Then, on the beads of your Rosary, for each decade
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world
Repeat for the remaining decades, praying the “Eternal Father” at the close of each decade.
Conclude with (Repeat three times):
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Streaming Mass: Until we get the OK to resume public Masses, Mass streams daily at 10:00 AM. You can participate here.
Daily Rosary: When the Coronavirus ends: we are now praying the Rosary daily following the 7:00AM Mass. Come join us in front of Our Lady’s altar!
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.
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.
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. Discernment is 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 in the rectory. For more information, Fr. Tom Martin at email@example.com or Fr. Patrick Summerhays at firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
Sunday 19 Second Sunday of Easter, Sunday of the Divine Mercy
Monday 20 Easter Weekday
Tuesday 21 Easter Weekday, Anselm; Bishop, Doctor
Wednesday 22 Easter Weekday
Thursday 23 Easter Weekday, George; Martyr, Adalbert; Bishop: Martyr
Friday 24 Easter Weekday, Fidelis of Sigmaringen; Priest, Martyr
Saturday 25 Mark; Evangelist
Sunday 26 Third Sunday of Easter
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