Acts 12:1-11; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18; Matthew 16:13-19. The first reading recounts Peter’s miraculous liberation from prison. In the second reading, Paul, reflecting on his life of ministry, comments that he has fought the good fight. All the while he credits the Lord with rescuing him from every harm. In the Gospel, Jesus gives Peter the high honor of declaring him the Rock upon whom He will build His Church.
San Pietro e Paolo
Pietro, pescatore di Galilea, è chiamato da Gesù a diventare pescatore di uomini; Paolo, il fariseo osservante della legge, diviene per elezione Apostolo della genti. Sulla loro testimonianza trova fondamento la nostra fede. Dalla loro fedeltà nasce lo stimolo a dire “sì” al Signore, che ci chiama donandoci la fede.
From Fr. Gael: In the plaza in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome there are two big statues. One is of St. Peter and the other is of St. Paul. St. Peter holds the keys to the kingdom, symbol of his role as the head of the Church. St. Paul holds a sword in his right hand and a book in his left hand. Both statues present to us these apostolic giants of Christianity. Both influenced the founding of the Church after the Ascension of Jesus into heaven. Both in Rome ultimately gave their lives for Christ in witness to fidelity to Jesus. Each are majestic in their countenance and the example of their evangelization and fidelity to Christ.
The figure of the apostle Paul has a noble bearing, with a long sword in his right hand; his left holds a book. On the book is an inscription, in Hebrew letters of the fourteenth-fifteenth century style, reading: “I can do all things in him who strengthens me”, recalling the text from Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, chapter 4, verse 13.
In celebrating the feast of these two Christian giants, perhaps we could reflect on that quote from Paul’s letter and ask ourselves whether we truly believe that we, today in our world, can do all things in Christ who strengthens us. The world needs Christian giants today to continue proclaiming the message of Christ. Maybe we can be those giants. May these two patron saints of our parish inspire us to be just that! –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB
Mass Intentions For The Week
Sunday June 28, 2020
7:30 Tony & Vera Romeo +
8:45 Edward Prudente, Sr. +
10:15 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
11:45 Domenico, Francesca, Tom Giuseppe, & Frances Cresci +
1:00 Birthday of Rose Marenzi +
5:00 Mike Ferraro + & the Birthday of Giulio Spadoni +
Monday June 29, 2020
7:00 In Honor of Madonna della Guardia +
9:00 Thanksgiving for the Petrine & Priestly Ministry of Pope Benedict XVI and for the Priestly Ministry of Fr. Mario Rosso SDB + and his Brother Salesians
Tuesday June 30, 2020
7:00 Peg Healy +
9:00 Thomas Balistreri +
Wednesday July 1, 2020
7:00 Tom & Annette Lazio +
9:00 Luis San Gabriel, Sr. +
Thursday July 2, 2020
7:00 Nancy Massetani +
9:00 Tom & Serge Cincotta +
Friday July 3, 2020
7:00 Nicola Sanguinetti +
9:00 Birthday of Frank Germano +
Saturday July 4, 2020
7:30 Patrick Ross +
9:00 Birthday of Simoun M. Bugayong
5:00 The Guidi Family +
Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul: Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Peter and Paul, the patrons of our church. Peter and Paul, pray for us!
Second Collection: Today we have a second collection for Peter’s Pence. All donations go to support the goof works of the Holy Father all over the world.
Chinese Apostolate Sunday Rosary 玫瑰經 Zoom meeting:
6/28/2020 Sunday 10:45 am
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Daily Rosary: We are open for praying the Rosary daily following the 7:00AM Mass. Come join us in front of Our Lady’s altar!
Alcoholics Anonymous: When the AA is readu to restart, the meetings will resume 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.
Study Group: The Don Bosco Study Group will meet by Zoom on Tuesday, July 21 at 4pm. The great 20th century American Catholic writer, Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” along with several other short stories will be discussed. A relevant Salesian spirituality topic will be presented as well. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 1, 4pm, Zoom (Bp. Barron, “To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming the Gospel to a Secular Age,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Js0Hba-HLg). For a link to the meeting, please contact Frank Lavin (Franklavin@comcast.net, 415.310.8551). No reading is necessary, though. All are welcome.
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: These are discontinued for now, but the email address are valid for those men who are interested: 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 28 External Feast of saints Peter and Paul
Monday 29 Peter and Paul; Apostles, Martyrs, Patrons
Tuesday 30 The First Martyrs of the Roman Church
Wednesday 01 Junipero Serra, Priest
Thursday 02 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Friday 03 Thomas; Apostle
Saturday 04 Weekday in Ordinary Time. USA: Independence Day
Sunday 05 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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