Isaiah 61: 1-2a, 10-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28.  In the first reading, Isaiah rejoices as he brings glad tidings of God’s vindication for his people. In the second reading, Paul encourages rejoicing as God prepares his people for the return of the Lord. In the Gospel, John testifies to the light and cries out in the desert to make straight the way of the Lord.

 

Domenica 3A Di Avvento 

Bisogna sbrigarsi a percorrere la strada della conversione, perché “Il tempo è compiuto e il regno di Dio è vicino,” ha ditto Gesù. “Il tempo ormai st è fatto breve. Passa la scena di questo mondo,” ripete con forza San Paolo.

 

 將臨期第三主日

在今天的福音中,我們清楚地聽到若翰洗者明白地表示,他不是默西亞,而是祂的見證人,是祂的前驅,為耶穌准備道路,使人認識祂,歸向祂。

若翰洗者說自己是在荒野裏呼喊的聲音:「修直主的道路!」每一個基督徒的生活方式,至少要帶有某種程度的曠野意味,那就是有刻苦、補贖,痛悔的精神。

不認識天主的世界就是個荒蕪的世界,今天還有許多人不認識天主。我們身為基督信徒,也應有聖若翰洗者的心懷,在這個荒野般的世界,以若翰洗者的精神去生活。不要讓塵世的繁雜事務,阻礙我們為基督的來臨作準備的工作,求天主給我們智慧,追隨基督,實行愛德,謹守十誡,不斷祈禱,凡事感恩,凡事信賴。這是吸引人歸向天主的有效方法,也就像若翰洗者一樣,為主修直道路!

 

From Fr. Gael: All major companies have a mission or vision statement which is an articulation off what they are all about. Today’s scripture gives us the Mission and vision statement of Jesus Christ. It is first articulated from the Old Testament source of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah in the first reading. The second reading says significantly, “Do not quench the Spirit.” It is a statement meant to encourage us in fulfilling with Christ the role of the Spirit within us, thus capacitating ourselves to carry out the mission of Christ in the world. As if that is not clear enough, the Gospel repeats the theme of last week’s readings: “‘make straight the way of the Lord,’  Fullfilling the mission and vision of Jesus Christ is truly “making straight the way of the Lord.” The opportunities for doing this are as multiple as the number of us are. We in our everyday lives and encounters with others are meant to transfer and increase the Mission and Vision of Christ today. –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

 

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday                                 December 13, 2020
8:45        Ettorina Cardella & Family +
Frank & Linda Machi +
10:15     Fr. Mario Rosso, SDB +
12:00     GB De Martini +
Luigi & Rosa Mangini +
Fernanda Matteucci +

Monday                              December 14, 2020
7:00        Jerry Matthews +
9:00        Henry Ravetto + – Anna Figone +

Tuesday                              December 15, 2020
7:00        Ettorina Cardella & Family +
9:00        Frank Cannizzaro +

Wednesday                        December 16, 2020
7:00        Anniversary of the Death of Conchita Chao +
9:00        Thanksgiving for Blessings and Guidance Received Throughout the Year

Thursday                            December 17, 2020
7:00        Edward Sabini +
9:00        Nicholas Damato + – Carol Cillette +

Friday                                   December 18, 2020
7:00        Birthday of Lorraine DeNicolai +
9:00        Birthday of Rosario T. Bugayong

Saturday                              December 19, 2020
7:30        The Giurlani Family +
9:00        Emilia Lucchesi + – Maria Serchia +
5:00        The Aicardi, Dal Cin, & Camoriani Families +

 

Rest-in-Peace
Queena Maggiora – Serena Greening – Karla Platt Giannini

Please pray for:
All those on the Saints Peter and Paul Prayer list
and all sick parishioners.

 

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 for your visits.

Sunday Rosaries: The two regular Sunday Rosaries will be prayed today: at 2:30PM there is the Rosary Walk at St. Mary’s Cathedral, and at 3:00PM the Chinese Apostolate ZOOM Rosary. Here is the login info:

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12/13/2020 星期日 Sunday 下午3 PM

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

Eucharistic Adoration: Adoration will stream Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:00PM.

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.

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

Christmas Legends: The tabby cat. “It was late at night in Bethlehem. All the visitors to the stable had gone home leaving only the Holy Family. All who remained were the holy animals and, outside, a tabby cat. Standoffish, she had watched the events with awe, but had not come into the stable. Now the only sound to be heard was the crying of Our Lord Jesus. He could not sleep. Our Blessed Mother comforted him, but to no avail. Even the ox and ass tried to help. Something compelled the tabby to help. She walked into the stable, and jumped into the manger. She lay down next to Our little Lord, and soon a loud purring filled the stable. Tabby’s purring calmed baby Jesus, and soon He was fast asleep. Our grateful Lady said “O proud cat, although you will never be tamed, from now on there will always be a warm place for you with the family by the fire.” Then Our Lady rubbed the cat’s forehead, and, with her finger, drew a mark. That’s why even today the Tabby cat has an “M” on her forehead—in memory of her good deed in Bethlehem.”

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/

 

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!

Christmas Dinner for Those in Need: At 2:30PM, on Christmas Day, our St. Vincent de Paul Society will be sharing Christmas Dinner for those in need in front of the Church.

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

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!

Liturgical Calendar

Sunday                 13           Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday
Monday               14           John of the Cross; Priest, Doctor
Tuesday               15           Advent Weekday
Wednesday        16           Advent Weekday
Thursday             17           Late Advent Weekday
Friday                    18           Late Advent Weekday
Saturday              19           Late Advent Weekday
Sunday                 20           Fourth Sunday of Advent

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

 

 

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