Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11; 2 Peter 3:L8-14; Mark 1:1-8. The prophet Isaiah speaks for the Lord in giving comfort to his people, proclaiming the service of Jerusalem at an end—and that her guilt is expiated. They are to prepare the way of the Lord, for the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and he will shepherd them with care. In the second reading, Peter writes to his community that the day of the Lord will come like a thief. Therefore, they ought to conduct themselves in holiness and devotion…eager to be found without spot or blemish before him. In the Gospel, John the Baptists heralds the coming of Jesus as he exhorts his listeners to turn away from sin and be baptized.

 Domenica 2A Di Avvento

Risuona il grido di Giovanni Battista, perché si prepare la strada del Signore. I cuori si convertano per fare giustizia, compiere opera di amore, aprire l’animo alla pietà, per ritornare a Dio con tutto il cuore, con tutta l’anima e con tutte le forze.

 

將臨期第二主日

聖經中三位人物告訴我們將臨期應有的精神,第一位是依撒意亞先知,他的話語給人帶來希望:「安慰我的百姓……她的苦役己滿期,她的罪債己清償」。第二位是馬利亞,天主之母,她的服從打開了聖子降生成人,救贖的大門。第三位是若翰洗者為主預備道路

要活出這種精神,首先要像依撒意亞先知所說的,懷着盼望的心情等待。所期盼的不是世界上的物質,而是心靈上的珍寶——耶穌的來臨。第二要像聖母般的服從,又像聖母一樣珍愛耶穌。最後,要懷着像洗者若翰般的熱忱,努力修直主的道路,所謂修直主的道路,那就是在寧靜、祈禱和克已的態度去生活。在這段時日中盡力做慈善的工作,特別記得有需要的人,因為在這個人人歡樂的時期,對於貧苦、孤獨、失業、傷心的人來說特別覺得難過,要為他們做些事情。總之不要過一個世俗的、祇顧物質的聖誕節才好。

From Fr. Gael:  The imagery in the first reading from the prophet Isaiah is beautiful but is also resolutely direct. We have work that corresponds to each one of us. Make straight (Get rid of the crooked!) the highway, level the valleys (Fill in our personal potholes!), make everything level (Achieve balance!). Peter assures us that God will do his part, but we are called upon to do our part (Have we really understood that or is that why the Church in its wisdom gives us the same admonition and opportunity each year with the season of Advent.). Mark’s Gospel presents this message clearly in the person of John the Baptist who in the desert of Israel shouts out his message, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” We can only straighten our paths if we can see straight. Sometimes we can only get a proper view of something by squinting our eyes to gain perspective. Advent is a time of squinting to get proper perspective so we can see straight with the proper perspective and then straighten our paths. Let’s all try to get proper perspective and  be surprised by what we can do this Advent season. “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday                                 December 6, 2020
8:45        Donna, Frances, & John Traverso + -The Edward & Eileen Ziomek & Myrtle Lane Families  +
10:15     Guy & Susie Fabri +
12:00     Carla Ferrando + -Domenico, Francesca, Tom, Giuseppe & Frances Cresci + -For the People of Saints Peter and Paul

Monday                               December 7, 2020
7:00        Birthday of Ernesto Marenzi +
9:00        Louis, Eugenia, & Raymond Raggio + – Thanksgiving the Luitgaarden Family

Tuesday                               December 8, 2020
7:00        Birthday of Maria Fuller
9:00        Concetta Romeo +
6:00        Giuseppe & Angela Balistreri & Family +

Wednesday                       December 9, 2020
7:00        Joseph Leo Torre & Family  +
9:00        Peter Domenici, III + – Italo Giannone +

Thursday                             December 10, 2020
7:00        Virginia Sanguinetti  +
9:00        Pietro Piazza +

Friday                                   December 11, 2020
7:00        Birthday and Anniversary of the Death of Eleanore Marenzi +
9:00        Serge & Tom Cincotta +

Saturday                              December 12, 2020
7:00        Daniel Scopel +
9:00        Victor, Emily, & Theresa Candia +
5:00        For the People of Saints Peter and Paul

Rest-in-Peace
Anna Maria Pierini – Eva Belloni
Sub-Deacon Michel Khoury

 

Particular Items

LATEST SCHEDULE: We are not celebrating 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 still stream Mass at 9:00AM Daily, 5:00PM Saturday, and at 8:45 & 10:15AM and 12 noon on Sunday. We are open Monday-Saturday from 10AM until 3:00PM, Saturday from 10-4, and Sunday 1-5 for your visits.

The two Sunday Rosary events will be prayed today: the 2:30 Rosary Walk at the Cathedral and the Chinese Apostolate ZOOM Rosary at 3. Here is the login info:

玫瑰經 Rosary Zoom meeting

12/6/2020 星期日 Sunday 下午3 PM

Join Zoom Meeting
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Passcode: 773586

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

 

Christmas Legends: St. Nicholas: December 6 is the Feast of St. Nicholas (of course subordinated this year to Sunday). How did St. Nicholas become “Santa Claus”? Nicholas was a priest, born in Patara, in 280 AD, in what is now Turkey. He became Bishop of the city of Myra. He was well known for his generosity to the poor. Once, a merchant in Myra had a business disaster, leaving his three daughters without dowries. This meant they couldn’t get married, and might be sold into slavery by creditors. Nicholas, the good bishop, heard about this and decided to take action. He sneaked onto the roof of the merchant’s house on three successive nights, dropping a bag of gold down the chimney each night. The astonished father, wondering where the gold was coming from, lay in wait on the third night. He caught St. Nicholas in the act, and embraced him in gratitude. In due course, all three daughters got married. Ever since, children have hung their stockings by the fireplace on Christmas Eve, to make things as easy as possible for St. Nick! The kindly St. Nick is also remembered for punching the arch-heretic Arius in the nose at the council of Nicaea in 325 A.D.

Immaculate Conception: Tuesday we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary! It is a Holy Day of Obligations Masses are at 7:00 & 9:00 AM, and 6:00 PM. And Saturday, we celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe. What a great week with Our Lady!

Salesian Cooperators: The Salesian Cooperators are hosting “Advent Reflections from Our Pastor”  with discussion afterwards next Monday, December 7 at 7pm on Zoom. Visit our website for login info. All parishioners are welcome to attend. Questions about what it means to be a Cooperator? Call or write Frank Lavin at 415/310.8551, franklavin@comcast.net.  Here is the ZOOM login info:

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 841 7563 2862
Passcode: 942318
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Meeting ID: 841 7563 2862
Passcode: 942318
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdxvUBdEg4

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.

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.

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.

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, bsimons@sspeterpaulsf.org to request an application.

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                 06           Second Sunday of Advent
Monday               07           Ambrose; Bishop, Doctor
Tuesday               08           The Immaculate Conception of theBlessed Virgin Mary
Wednesday         09           Advent Weekday, Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin
Thursday             10           Advent Weekday
Friday                   11           Advent Weekday, Damasus I; Pope
Saturday              12           Our Lady of Guadalupe
Sunday                 13           Third Sunday of Advent; Gaudete Sunday

Your faithful donations of November 22 & 29: $3,743.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

 

 

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