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.

 

聖伯多祿聖保祿節

聖伯多祿和聖保祿二人的個性完全不同,伯多祿是首先明認耶穌是天主的人,他說:「祢是基督,永生天主之子。」他也是耶穌把他的名字西滿改為多祿(磐石),說在這磐石上,建立祂的教會」。他是個漁夫,由耶穌親自召叫加入門徒行列,曾和耶穌朝夕相處了三年之久,熟悉耶穌。可是他也很軟弱,三次背主。

保祿原本是個法利塞經師,熟悉猶太教規,知識豐富,摘善固執,他完全不認識耶穌,曾經以為耶穌和跟隨祂的人都是叛徒,必需趕盡殺絕。可是往大馬士革的路上被天上的光環擊跌下馬,同時有聲音向他「我是你迫害的耶穌。」他因而心靈的眼目大開,認清了真主的美和善。從此赴湯蹈火,受盡艱辛,宣揚基督的神國。

兩位門徒雖然性格不同,但都以一生的精力去宣揚聖教,二人最後都為基督的教會捐軀。伯多祿悔改後變得堅強,不遺餘力地傳揚福音。而保祿本來是個剛烈的人,為了維護自以為真道時不惜殺人,但認清了真主耶穌以後,雖然不改摘善固執的本性,但對人變得溫和謙遜,在《迦拉達書》第六章中,他勸說弟兄要彼此擔待,以柔和的心神去矯正他人。

讓我們祈求二聖的幫助,效法他們的芳表,心中常常想到基督的言行,不單一生明認耶穌是天主、保守信德,也像他們一樣努力去傳揚聖教。在我們生命的最後時刻,能像聖保祿一樣說出:「這場好仗我打完了,信德也保守了…」。

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 +

Rest-in-Peace

George Handras

 

Scott Rosner

 

Jorge Santana

Particular Items

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:

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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 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                 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

Your faithful donations of last week will be published after the epidemic has passed.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

 

 

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