Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12. Isaiah joyfully foretells of the light that emerges from darkness at the coming of Christ. In the second reading, Saint Paul reminds his listeners that, whether Gentile or Jew, they are all part of the one body of Christ, the Church. In the Gospel, the three wise men visit the Christ-child, bearing gifts to pay him homage.
Epifania del Signore
L’Epifania dona al Natale la dimensione universale. L’aspetto missionario dell’Epifania è richiamato dal profeta Isaia che indica in Gerusalemme, inondata di luce, la Chiesa, verso la quale sono incamminati tutti gli uomini in cerca della verità.
四部福音中，祇有瑪竇福音記載三賢士從東方來朝拜新生的耶穌。我覺得這段福音帶有着象徵：三賢士象徵世界各方的人、也象徵我們自己尋找耶穌。他們帶來的禮物：黃金 — 耶穌的天主至高無上王權；乳香 — 耶穌的天主性，歿藥 — 是古代埋葬死者時傅抹的香油。至高無上的天主，為愛眾人，甘願紆尊降貴，降生為人，為替我們贖罪，自作犠牲而死。祂的信徒應該時時僅記，天主在我們生命中是最重要的，要效法耶穌的謙遜，為愛祂而甘願隨時為他人犠牲自己的利益。
From Fr. Gael: Where they came from before, we don’t know (seemingly, the east). Where they went afterwards, we don’t know (seemingly, back to the east). More important than “where from and where to”, Matthew, the Gospel writer has something important to tell us. He doesn’t present the shepherds around Bethlehem as first to come to visit the newly born Child. He put the three Kings first in the visiting line. They bring gifts (We give gifts.). Tradition paints them different colors representing all of humanity. The first visitors are not from the house of Israel. They are from the far-flung corners of the known world. They travel great distances to make the encounter. Matthew is telling us that the birth of this Child is for everyone. That initially was a challenge to the children of Israel. Be that as it was, Matthew makes this the first encounter of the Child with others. Early on the Christian community in its Gospel writers recognized this fact. Jesus is born for all of us, not for an exclusive select group of people. Sectarianism is not in the Divine plan. Inclusivity of salvation is the plan. What does that early on understanding of Christianity say to us in the world in which we live today? It’s worth reflection. Jesus invites us to get with the plan! –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB
Mass Intentions For The Week
Sunday January 3, 2021
8:45 Birthday of Genoveva Martinez Buenaventura +
Luigi Marciano +
10:15 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
12:00 Loriano & Anita Belluomini +
For Guidance from the Holy Spirit
Domenico, Francesca, Tom, Giuseppe, & Frances Cresci +
Monday January 4, 2021
7:00 Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00 Fernanda Matteucci + – Helen Hui +
Tuesday January 5, 2021
7:00 Henry Ravetto +
9:00 Egisto, Nello, & Ivano Daini + – Healing David Burbank
Wednesday January 6, 2021
7:00 Andrea Genoveffa +
9:00 Giuseppe & Angela Balistreri & Family +
Thursday January 7, 2021
7:00 Chiara & Giuseppe Calcagno +
9:00 For an Increase in Vocations
Friday January 8, 2021
7:00 Nicola Sanguinetti +
9:00 Louis, Eugenia, & Raymond Raggio +
Saturday January 9, 2021
7:30 Vincenzo & Brigida Ruggiero +
9:00 Joseph Maggiora & the Maggiora Family +
5:00 Intention the Hamrick Family
Rest in Peace
Masses in the Church: Saints Peter and Paul Church is open for prayer but the Mass schedule has changed. Until further notice, weekday Masses will not be open to the public and will be streamed from our Chapel at 7 & 9AM. The Saturday 5PM Vigil and Sunday Masses (8:45 & 10:15AM and 12 noon) will be open to you, in the little yard.
The two Sunday Rosaries will be prayed : the 2:30PM Rosary Walk at St. Mary’s Cathedral, and the 3PM Chinese Apostolate ZOOM Rosary. Here is the login:
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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, Holy Hour streams from 7:00-8:00 PM.
January 9 Mass for Life: On January 9 at 8AM, Archbishop Cordileone will celebrate a Mass for Life at St. Mary’s Cathedral, followed by a rosary procession to Planned Parenthood’s new ‘flagship’ on Bush street, just a few blocks away. Go here to learn more.
Pre-K Open House: The Laura Vicuña Pre-K (ages 3-5 years) will host their annual open house, virtually, on January 10th, 2021 at 10AM. A flyer is here. Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be available in January. Please email the Pre-K Director, Barbara Simons, email@example.com to request an application.
January is the month of our Salesian Saints: On January 22, we celebrate the Feast of the Blessed Laura Vicuña, patroness of our pre-kindergarten. On January 24, we celebrate St. Francis de Sales, Don Bosco’s patron, and namesake of the society, and at the end of the month we celebrate Don Bosco himself:
Confessions: Please make an appointment for confession by calling the parish office.
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.
Daily Rosary: Before the lockdown, parishioners were praying the Rosary daily following the 7:00AM Mass. Let’s start this up again!
The Year of St. Joseph! On December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis, in his Apostolic Letter Patris Corde (With a Father’s Heart) declared this to be the year of St. Joseph. How much we all love this humble yet enormously important saint! As Francis said “The greatness of Saint Joseph is that he was the spouse of Mary and the father of Jesus. In this way, he placed himself, in the words of Saint John Chrysostom, “at the service of the entire plan of salvation”
Saint Paul VI pointed out that Joseph concretely expressed his fatherhood “by making his life a sacrificial service to the mystery of the incarnation and its redemptive purpose. He employed his legal authority over the Holy Family to devote himself completely to them in his life and work. He turned his human vocation to domestic love into a superhuman oblation of himself, his heart and all his abilities, a love placed at the service of the Messiah who was growing to maturity in his home”
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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Choose Life! Yes, the 2021 Walk for Life West Coast is happening! On January 23, 2021 the 17th Annual Walk for Life West Coast will begin with a Mass at the Plaza of St. Mary’s Cathedral, and an abbreviated rally will be held at Civic Center Plaza, followed by the Walk down Market Street to the Ferry Building. There has never been a more important time to stand for the littlest and most vulnerable among us! For updates, visit walkforlifewc.com and sign up for the newsletter!
From the Catechism: ‘The Epiphany’ is the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Savior of the world. The great feast of Epiphany celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the wise men (magi) from the East, together with his baptism in the Jordan and the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee. In the magi, representatives of the neighboring pagan religions, the Gospel sees the first-fruits of the nations, who welcome the good news of salvation through the Incarnation. The magi’s coming to Jerusalem in order to pay homage to the king of the Jews shows that they seek in Israel, in the messianic light of the star of David, the one who will be king of the nations. Their coming means that pagans can discover Jesus and worship him as Son of God and Savior of the world only by turning towards the Jews and receiving from them the messianic promise as contained in the Old Testament. The Epiphany shows that ‘the full number of the nations’ now takes its ‘place in the family of the patriarchs’, and acquires ‘Israelitica dignitas’(is made ‘worthy of the heritage of Israel’). The Mysteries of Jesus’ Infancy, Catechism of the Catholic Church #528
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Sunday 03 The Epiphany of the Lord
Monday 04 Elizabeth Ann Seton; Religious
Tuesday 05 John Neumann; Bishop
Wednesday 06 Christmas Weekday, André Bessette, Religious
Thursday 07 Christmas Weekday, Raymond of Peñafort; Priest
Friday 08 Christmas Weekday
Saturday 09 Christmas Weekday
Sunday 10 The Baptism of the Lord
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