Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7; I Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:33-37. The prophet Isaiah speaks of the longing of the people of Israel for God’s return and help in times of trouble: That [he] would rend the heavens and come down, such that mountains would quake and awesome deeds take place. Paul gives thanks for the grace of God bestowed on the Corinthians, and assures them that they are not lacking in any spiritual gift. In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples, Be watchful! Be alert! For they do not know when the Lord of the house is coming.

 Domenica 1A Di Avvento

 Riprende il cammino dell’Anno Liturgico, perché il cristiano si prepare all’incontro con la Bontà di Dio. Sono duee I pensieri che accompagnano questo tempo di attesa: Dio ama gli uomini e lo dimostra facendoci, dono di suo Figlio; ogni cristano, poi, deve vivere alla luce di questa fondamentale verità sintonizzando tutte le proprie azioni sulla bontà di Dio.

 

將臨期第一主日

今天是教會禮儀年的開始,就像2018年一月一日是新的一年開始一樣。教會把禮儀年開始的四個主日定為將臨期,主日的讀經分甲、乙、丙三個週年,甲年讀瑪竇福音、乙年讀瑪爾谷福音、丙年讀路加福音,若望福音穿插在三年中,今年是乙年,主日的讀經專注於瑪爾谷福音。

本主日是將臨期第一主日,讀的是瑪爾谷福音13:33-37。耶穌提醒祂的門徒要提防、警醒,時刻準備,祂的話不單是對門徒們,也是對我們說的。因為世界或是我們自己終結的時刻不能預知,所以要時刻準備。

將臨期不單為準備慶祝耶穌聖誕,也為準備好世界末日耶穌在再來審判生者死者。耶穌在福音中一再提及要警醒,意思是要我們要專注,要心無旁鶩,不要想別的事情,祇想怎樣守好天主的誡命,愛天主愛人。因此,在這將臨期中,我們應該整頓生活,好好地祈禱、讀聖經、愛天主愛世人。這樣我們就可實現了像讀經二(格前1:3-9),聖保祿對格林多人的願望,充滿了對天主期盼。如果心中常有天主,什麼都不用怕了。

 

From Fr. Gael:  Jesus said to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert!”

The end of the liturgical year readings and the beginning of the liturgical readings are eschatological in content. The dictionary gives the following definition to the word eschatological: 1. any system of doctrines concerning last, or final, matters, as death, the Judgment, the future state, etc. 2. the branch of theology dealing with such matters.

So, for us Christians, it has to do with where we are ultimately headed. For some people this brings frightening scenes of the cataclysmic events of the end time. These scenes sometimes negatively influence the living of the “now” time. And, in reality, it is living in the presence of God in the “now” time that builds the character of our own personal “end time”. Living the “now” time in the active presence of God assures us of the outcome of our own personal end time. This takes the fear of the future out of joyful living in God’s presence every day.

Therefore, the word of Christ in the Gospel of this first Sunday of Advent are encouraging us to be watchful and alert always in our relationship to God. Doing that is the best eternal life insurance policy that we can assume! –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

 

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday                                 November 29, 2020
8:45        Loriano & Anita Belluomini + Thanksgiving for Fr. Javier Barrientos, SDB
10:15     Jane Owyoung, Ching Lai So Owyoung, & Mary Ann Auyeung +
1:00        In Honor of Madonna della Guardia – For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
5:00        Charles Arne Cline + 

Monday                                November 30, 2020
7:00        Giovanna & Rina Rossi +
9:00        Celestine Sbragia + – Raymond Levandowski +

Tuesday                               December 1, 2020
7:00        Birthday of Sheila B. Thomeczek
9:00        Louis Ferralis + – Italo Giannone +

Wednesday                         December 2, 2020
7:00        Thanksgiving Emmanuel Edward Te and Marilou Cua
9:00        Antonio Corona + – Catina Bertolotti +

Thursday                             December 3, 2020
7:00        Nicola Sanguinetti +
9:00        Birthday of Stephen Thomeczek – Anna Figone +

Friday                                   December 4, 2020
7:00        Thanksgiving Catherine Te & Mylyn Kalayakan
9:00        Fred Scolari + –                 Italo Giannone +

Saturday                              December 5, 2020
7:30        Anniversary of the Death of Rose Marenzi +
9:00        Gaetano Alioto +
5:00        Ruth & Guido Ghiglieri +

 

Baptisms
Joseph Salehi

Rest-in-Peace
Cecelia Cody – Anna Maria Pierini

Particular Items

LATEST SCHEDULE: Saints Peter and Paul Church is not having public Masses, indoor or outdoor, until further notice. If you would like to attend Mass, please visit the Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, over at Columbus and Vallejo. They have Mass at 12:15PM Monday through Saturday and at 11:00AM on Sunday.

We are open Monday-Saturday from 10AM until 3:00PM for your prayer.

Masses are still streamed at 9:00AM Daily, 5:00PM Saturday, and at 8:45 & 10:15AM and 12 noon on Sunday.  Go here to watch.

Happy Advent, Happy New Year! Today is the first Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the new liturgical year. We are in Liturgical Cycle B: the Sunday Gospel will be from Mark.

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Salesian Anniversary Mass: On November 30, the Feast of St. Andrew, patron of our Salesian Province, there will be a special Mass celebrating anniversaries of Religious Profession and Ordination. Honorees will include our dear Fr. Armand Oliveri, who celebrates the 80th Anniversary of his religious profession, and 70 years as a priest! Fr. Armand, pray for us! The Mass is at 4PM, and parishioners are invited to join via livestream.

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

Eucharistic Adoration/Holy Hour: Come and share your joys and struggles with Jesus—He wants to see you and hear about your day! Every Wednesday, we have Holy Hour from 7:00-8:00 PM. Parking available.

Don Bosco Study Group: The study group will meet next Thursday, December 3 at 4PM by Zoom. We will discuss R. J. Palacio’s book, “Wonder.” We will also have a short presentation on Our Lady of Guadalupe, in anticipation of her Feast Day on December 12. For information, contact Frank Lavin (415-310.8551, franklavin@comcast.net). 75 minutes, no reading necessary.

Guadalupaña Virtual Pilgrimage: The Guadalupañas will not be having their annual pilgrimage this year, but will have a virtual version! Come honor Mary our Mother, under the title of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. The streamed pilgrimage starts at 8AM on Saturday, December 5. There will be a 2:00PM Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, celebrated by Archbishop Cordileone, livestreamed on the Cathedral’s channel.

Christmas Memorial Poinsettias: Yes, we plan to have Christmas Memorial this year. Cost is $20. You can remember a loved one and decorate the church for the Christmas season at the same time! Orders may  be placed in front of the Church or in the Church Bookstore or by calling 415-421-0809.

Speaking of Poinsettias! Christmas Legends: The Poinsettia: “It was Christmas Eve. A poor little Mexican boy named Pablo was too ashamed to join friends and family in church because he had no gift for the Christ Child. He decided to kneel and pray. To his amazement, a beautiful plant grew in the spot where he had knelt. Its flaming red leaves arranged like a star and its yellow blossom like a shining light were God’s gift for the little boy to present to Jesus. The Poinsettia grows wild in Mexico and was first called ‘Flower of the Holy Night’, because of the way its top cluster of green leaves mysteriously turn red in December. In the 1830’s congressman and botanist Joel Roberts Poinsett brought it to the United States.”

Choose Life! “With regard to the embryo in the womb, science itself highlights its autonomy capable of interaction with the mother, the coordination of biological processes, the continuity of development, the growing complexity of the organism. This is not an accumulation of biological material, but a new living being, dynamic and wonderfully ordered, a new unique human being. So was Jesus in Mary’s womb, so it was for all of us in our mother’s womb.” –Pope Benedict XVI, Homily at Celebration of First Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27, 2010

Christmas Novena: The Christmas Novena Service will be at 5PM  on December 16, 17, 18, and 21, 22, & 23. This is your chance to join the Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in their evening prayer.

Advent Day of Reconciliation: This year, instead of Advent Penance Service, we are having an all-day Parish Advent Reconciliation on Monday, December 21. Call the office to schedule a confession on that day between 9AM and 9PM. 415-421-0809.

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.

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 on our website parish.sspeterpaulsf.org/religious-education/ and forward to ete@sspeterpaulsf.org

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 CCD registration form on our website: parish.sspeterpaulsf.org/religious-education/

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

Daily Rosary: Before the lockdown, parishioners were praying the Rosary daily following the 7:00AM Mass. Let’s start this up again!

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday                 29           First Sunday of Advent
Monday               30           Andrew; Apostle, Martyr, Patron
Tuesday               01           Advent Weekday
Wednesday         02           Advent Weekday
Thursday             03           Francis Xavier; Priest
Friday                  04           Advent Weekday, John Damascene; Priest, Doctor
Saturday              05           Advent Weekday
Sunday                 06           Second Sunday of Advent

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