Ezekiel 18:25-28; Philippians 2:1-11 or 2:1-5; Matthew 21: 28-32. In our first reading, the Lord speaks to Israel through the prophet Ezekiel and tells them that the wicked who turn from sin shall live. In today’s Epistle, Paul exhorts the Philippians to live in unity, taking Jesus as their example of humility. In the Gospel, Jesus tells the parable of the two sons whose father aske them to work in the vineyard; the first son refuses, but later obeys.

 Domenico 26A Del Tempo Ordinario

 Impegnarsi nel contesto della vita sociale senza tenerconto del comportamento altrui è rispondere a unachimata che rinnova l’intimo del cuore. La ricerca del bene degli altri è la via migliore per conseguire il proprio. Gesù, per amore si è fatto uomo, umiliandosi fino alla morte.

 

常年期第二十六主日

許多時,世界各地發生了天災人禍時,有人會問:「天主在那裏?為什麼祂准許這種悲刻發生?」這問題真值得仔細思量。其實天主和我們一樣,為這些天災人禍感到極度悲痛。但我們要知道,這些年來,人心大變,世人祇要物質、「自由」、要為所欲為,要舒適,不要結婚、不要家庭、不要孩子。想做男人或女人都應該由自己決定,以為現在是自由的世代,天主的誡命可有可無;是我們把天主從政府、學校、家庭、生活、道德中趕走。是我們不需要天主,天主並沒有捨棄我們,也沒有降災來懲罰我們,是我們妄作胡為,咎由自取,擾亂了人性,擾亂了社會和大自然的秩序,是我們自甘墮落,以致達到了今天的地步。天主仍是在舊約時代一樣,向我們提出警告和勸說:「若惡人遠離他所行的惡事而遵行法律和正義………他必不至滅亡。」(讀經一)。

聖保祿宗徒苦口婆心地要我們效法基督的謙遜:「祂雖具有天主的形體……卻使自己空虛……取了人的形體,貶抑自己……死於十字架上。」(讀經二)目的也無非是勸我們謙虛地服從天的誡命。

今天的福音中,耶穌也向我們提出一個問題:「誰是真正履行父親意願的兒子?」我們也不妨問問自己:我怎樣履行天主的意願?天主在我心中佔着怎樣的地位?」

上主求祢教我認識祢的法度,教訓我履行祢的道路……引我進入真理之途」(詠25:4-5)

 

From Fr. Gael: This parable is tricky. Upon first sight, we would tend to think that the first son is the better of the two. He said no but changed his mind and did as the Father requested. The second son said yes, but in reality did not go. Within the context of the culture of Christ’s time, many would say that the second son was the better of the two because he did not cause his father to lose face before others. But the point that Matthew is making is that the first son was able to change. He reconsidered and did what was right. The capacity to reflect and change is paramount in spiritual growth. It shows a capacity for critical thinking that ensures growth. Even though the first human reaction was not good and proper, reflection enabled him do what was good and proper. Today’s gospel is an invitation to us to embrace the behavior of the first son. Even though at times we may at first fail, reflection and redirection enable us to grow in the sight of God. By the way, that’s what the sacrament of reconciliation is all about. –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

 

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday                                September 27, 2020
7:30        Marco & Sabina Zolezzi +
8:45        For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
10:15     Mara Amato +
11:45     Louis Greco & Family +
1:00        Lena Damato +
5:00        Domenico, Francesca, Tom, Giuseppe, & Frances Cresci +

Monday                                September 28, 2020
7:00        Intention of Kyle Joseph
9:00        Santina Pollini +

Tuesday                               September 29, 2020
7:00        Anniversary of the Death of Edward de Nicolai +
9:00        In Honor of Madonna della Guardia

Wednesday                        September 30, 2020
7:00        For an Increase in Vocations
9:00        Mary Pecci +

Thursday                             October 1, 2020
7:00        The Birthday of Luis G. San Gabriel, Jr. +
9:00        The Birthday of GB De Martini + – Lajos Bardos+

Friday                                  October 2, 2020
7:00        Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00        Ilva Baccetti +

Saturday                              October 3, 2020
7:30        For the Repose of the Soul of a Friend +
9:00        Mary Pecci +
5:00        The Edward & Eileen Ziomek & Myrtle Lane Fams. +

 

Particular Items

Resumption of Public Sunday Masses: Public Sunday Masses have resumed in the little yard. Enter through parking lot. There will be a Saturday Vigil at 5PM, and Masses on Sunday at 10AM and 12 noon. Please call or email to reserve a spot, and attendees should arrive 10 minutes early.

HELP: Remember your Church still needs your gifts. Go here to help: http://parish.sspeterpaulsf.org/donate/

Second Collection: Today we have a second collection for our parish school. If you plan to give online, go here: http://parish.sspeterpaulsf.org/donate/ and select the “Second Collection” designation.

Confessions: Please make an appointment for confession by calling the parish office.

Religious Education-CCD:  The 2020-2021 Religious Education-CCD program will begin on October 4, 2020. We are welcoming and accepting students from Pre-K to Grade 8.  During this unusual period of the pandemic, all our classes will be held online via Zoom. The goal of the program is to help children to grow in faith and working together with parents we hope to help the children come to experience God in their own lives and to familiarize them with the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church. Our program is focused on Public school students who do not have an opportunity to have religious education in their school.  Classes are held every Sunday from 9:45am to 11:00am.  Kindly fill out the 2020-2021 Registration Google form here.

Religious Education – RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults):  We welcome adults who would like to enter the Catholic faith, or those who have not received the Sacraments of Confirmation and or Eucharist.  During this unusual period of the pandemic, all our classes will be held online via Zoom. Classes will be held every Thursday from 7-8pm. Kindly fill out the RCIA Participant General Information form  here and forward to ete@sspeterpaulsf.org

San Francisco Mass and Rosary Rally: This year’s Rosary Rally will be held in the Plaza of St. Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday, October 3, starting at 6PM. Events will begin with a candlelight procession (6PM–candles provided) followed at 7PM with the Vigil Mass of the beloved patron of our City, Francis of Assisi, followed the Holy Rosary. Go here for all details.

Speaking of the Rosary:  The Rosary rally was inspired by Fr. Peyton! Check out the trailer for the upcoming movie about Fr. Patrick Peyton—founder of the Rosary Crusade:

Support our Police! Blue Mass: On Sunday, October 11 at 9 AM, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone will celebrate the “Blue Mass” on the plaza of St. Mary’s Cathedral for police officers and other first responders. The “Blue Mass” brings together community and first responders (law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics) as part of the National Faith and Blue Weekend.  Concelebrants will be police and fire chaplains. The Mass welcomes people of all faiths and is dedicated to remembering and honoring the ultimate sacrifice made by the police officers and firefighters and all first responders of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Archbishop Cordileone will bless St. Michael medals to be distributed to first responders. For more information sfarch.org/BlueMass.

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                 27           26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday               28           Wenceslaus; Martyr, Lawrence Ruiz & Companions; Martyrs
Tuesday               29           Michael, Gabriel, Raphael; Archangels
Wednesday        30           Jerome; Priest, Doctor
Thursday             01           Thérèse of the Child Jesus; Virgin, Doctor
Friday                  02           The Holy Guardian Angels
Saturday              03           Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sunday                 04           27th 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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