Isaiah 45:1, 4-6; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b; Matthew 22:15-21. In the first reading, the Lord says to his anointed, Cyrus…I have called you by your name. Through Cyrus, all will know there is no God besides the Lord. In the second reading, Paul, Silvanus and Timothy greet the Thessalonian Church with thanksgiving and affirmation. In the Gospel, Jesus’ opponents question him about the lawfulness of paying taxes. Jesus sees their hypocrisy and answers, repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.

Domenico 29A Del Tempo Ordinario

La Chiesa ha sempre insegnato I doveri civici e pregato per I governanti, anche quando l’hanno perseguitata. Ma il culto è dovuto solo al Signore. Ciascuno deve lavorare con coraggio e fiducia per introdurre la fede la speranza e la carità del mondo, così com’è, convinto che il Vangelo è “potenza di Dio e azione dello Spirito Santo.”

 

常年期第二十九主日

歷史中每一件事都是天主安排或容許發生的,連統治者、君王都是天主的救贖世人的工具,雖然他們自己不知道。今天的讀經一中的波斯王居魯士就是一個例子。天主利用他放以色列人從巴比倫返回自己的祖國,又准許他們重建耶路撒冷的聖殿。他在不自覺中傳揚了以色列人對天主的敬禮。天主能利用不好的事,例如宗教迫害去成為傳播福音有用的工具。因此,我無論處於怎樣的環境,都應保持堅定的信德,不要低頭屈服,背棄天主。

今天讀的福音耶穌的反對者考查祂關於法律、信仰和行為等等的第一個問題,目的是想耶穌陷入他們的套圈。他們問耶穌給凱撒繳稅是否合法,因為有人認為給羅馬帝國繳稅是使自己子民的權力受到限制,對天主不敬,但這又可解作反對政府。因此不管怎樣答覆都是有罪的。耶穌巧妙地避過了法利塞人奸詐的問題。祂說是凱撒的歸凱撒,天主的歸天主。雖然耶穌沒有問:「那些東西是屬於天主的?」但我們都好像聽到天主也這樣問自己。

我要怎樣回答這最基本的問題呢?

我的天主!求祢給我恩寵和愛德,支持我,使我不論在任何情形下,對祢精忠不移。

 

From Fr. Gael: Today’s Gospel is lovely to look at. The pharisees are deeply involved in the entrapment of Jesus, in whatever will serve to discredit him. They are slippery people who approach Jesus with unctuous flattery to prep him for the slaughter according to their devices. But the penetrating intelligence of Jesus is quite capable of dealing with their machinations. He sees where they are going before they get there. He refers to the image upon the coin. Here I quote a scripture scholar: “The Greek word for image is eikon, from which we have the word icon. Jesus’ response about the coin implied that it belonged to the one whose image it bore. When he spoke of God, the obvious question would be, where is God’s image?” Any Israelite worth his salt would not have carried a coin with an image engraved upon it. Yet they are quite able to produce a coin at Jesus’ request. Clearly, for all those who knew the creation accounts, God’s image is the created person, male and female (Genesis 1 :27). By using that language, Jesus trapped his adversaries far more profoundly than their question might have trapped him. Jesus reminds them that they are bound to the one in whose image they were created and an image upon a coin. On American money we find the phrase: “In God we trust.” However, this parable asks to consider in whom or what we really trust. –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB.

 

Rest-in-Peace
Luigi Marciano – Dorothy Moore

 

 Mass Intentions For The Week 

Sunday                 October 18, 2020

8:45        Fortunato, Antonia, & Giuseppe D’Ascoli + – Frank & Linda Machi +
10:15     Guy & Susie Fabri +
1:00        John Candido +  – Steve & Lena Cuneo +
5:00        For the People of Saints Peter and Paul

 Monday                              October 19, 2020
7:00        Rita Cuneo +
9:00        Angela & Lorenzo Lazio +

Tuesday                              October 20, 2020
7:00        Joseph Prendergast +
9:00        Mary Pecci +

Wednesday                       October 21, 2020
7:00        Fr. Joseph Costanzo, SDB +
9:00        Ines Massetani +

Thursday                             October 22, 2020
7:00        Angelo Sanguinetti +
9:00        Yolanda & Aladdin Vanni +

Friday                                   October 23, 2020
7:00        Delio De Martini +
9:00        Al Simonetti +

Saturday                              October 24, 2020
7:30        Edward Sabini +
9:00        Loriano & Anita Belluomini +
5:00        For the People of Saints Peter and Paul

 

Particular Items

Resumption of Masses in the Church: Public Masses have resumed in the Church, with a maximum occupancy of 100 people (masks required). We are following our regular Monday-Saturday schedule, and on Sundays Masses will only be at 8:45AM (English); 10:15AM (Chinese) and at 1:00 & 5:00PM.

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

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

Eucharistic Adoration: Share your day with Jesus! He misses you! Every Wednesday at 7:00PM we have Eucharistic Adoration. Share the joys and troubles of your day with Jesus. The parking lot is open and adoration also livestreams.

40 Days For Life Fall Campaign: Defend Life & bring peace to San Francisco! 40 Days For Life Fall Campaign will be held at Planned Parenthood, 1650 Valencia Street in San Francisco, from September 23 to November 1. Vigil hours are: Monday: 11am to 7pm; Tuesday: 8am to 7pm; Wednesday: 8am to 5pm; Thursday: 8am to 7pm; Friday: 8am to 5pm; Saturday: 8am to 5pm; and Sunday (at Planned Parenthood’s soon-to-be-opened Bush Street location at 1522 Bush St.) 9am to 2pm. Learn more, or sign up for vigil hours, by going to https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/san-francisco/

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.

Next Week’s Second Collection: Next week there will be a second collection for our parish school. Please be generous.

Please pray: For Joseph Paul Wang, Sharon Roso, and all the sick of the parish.

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.

Choose Life! “Elderly people help us to see human affairs with greater wisdom, because life’s vicissitudes have brought them knowledge and maturity. They are the guardians of our collective memory, and thus the privileged interpreters of that body of ideals and common values which support and guide life in society. To exclude the elderly is in a sense to deny the past, in which the present is firmly rooted, in the name of a modernity without memory. Precisely because of their mature experience, the elderly are able to offer young people precious advice and guidance.

In view of all this, the signs of human frailty which are clearly connected with advanced age become a summons to the mutual dependence and indispensable solidarity which link the different generations, inasmuch as every person needs others and draws enrichment from the gifts and charisms of all.” –St. Pope John Paul II; Letter to the Elderly, 1999.

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

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                 18           29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday               19           John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues; Priests, and Companions; Marytrs
Tuesday               20           Paul of the Cross; Priest
Wednesday         21           Weekday in Ordinary Time
Thursday             22           John Paul II; Pope
Friday                  23           John of Capistrano; Priest
Saturday              24           Anthony Mary Claret; Bishop
Sunday                 25           30th 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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