2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Romans 16:25-27’ Luke 1:26-38. The Lord reminds David that he, the Lord, chose David. He tells David that a kingdom will be established in David’s name and endure forever. Saint Paul gives glory to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ. In the Gospel, the angel Gabriel tells Mary that she will conceive and bear a son, and—hearing that the Holy Spirit and the power of the Most High will be with her—she responds, may it be done to me according to your word.

 

 Domenica 4A Di Avvento

 l Signore ha chiesto agli uomini di preparare il loro cuore ad accogliere degnamente la nascita del Salvatore. Maria ha vissuto I giorni prima del Natale con esemplare intensità: teniamoci uniti a lei che porta nel grembo il Figlio, per trovarci pronti ad accoglierlo nella notte santa.

 

 將臨期第四主日

今天的福音是世代以來藝術家們用得最多的題材,有些畫家描繪出穿著華服的馬利亞坐在華麗的廳堂,天使向她屈膝請安。其實當年的馬利亞可能衣著簡單清潔,在祈禱或在做着家務。每次讀到這段聖經都會令人既感激又感動。天主藉着卑微謙遜的貞女,做出亙古以來,最偉大的事。藉着聖母的首肯,救贖之門打開了,救世主於然誕生。一個妙齡的少女,成就了大事,並不是因為她自己的偉大,而是她對絕對偉大者天主的服從和信賴。

祇有信德才能使人俯首承認天主降生為人的奧跡。凡得這沾救恩的人,都應該感謝這位納匝肋謙遜的貞女,因為她是天主手中最服從的工具,使基督降臨人間,我們也應該效法她。因着信德,我們也可以和天主合作,把基督帶給別人,給世界帶來救恩和喜樂。

最後,讓我在這裏祝各位聖誕快樂,充滿天主的恩寵。

 

From Fr. Gael: The Gospel of the Fourth Sunday of Advent is my favorite Marian Gospel. In the scene of the Annunciation is described in Mary’s posture the nature of the process of growth in personal holiness. I will call it the “LPR Process”. It demonstrates the deepest dynamic of our relationship to God. If we can deeply and truly interiorize this process, there is no end to the growth of our personal relationship to God and our growth in holiness. “L” stands for LISTEN. To whom we might ask? To GOD. That’s the critical start of the process. We listen to so many sounds and so much noise that we tend to leave far too little space for listening to GOD. Mary listened to the voice of God in the sound of the angel. Then comes the “P” part of the process. P is for ponder. After listening and authentically hearing GOD, we pause to ponder what exactly God is saying to us. This isn’t a five minute process. It may (and often takes months and years, but we have to do it!). That brings us to the “R” part. This is the most challenging part: “RESPOND”. Like Mary, after the Annunciation, it is a lifelong process, living the sill of GOD day by day. AMEN. Mary invites us to the same lifelong process.  –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

 

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday                                 December 20, 2020
8:45        For the People of Saints Peter and Paul – Luigi Marciano +
10:15     Thanksgiving from the Parish for the Chinese Apostolate
12:00     Luciana Capecci + – Anniversary of the Death of Giuseppe D’Ascoli+
The Pierini & Spes Families +

Monday                                December 21, 2020
7:00        Larry & Stephanie Adams +
9:00        Joseph Maggiora & the Maggiora Family +

Tuesday                                December 22, 2020
7:00        The Anniversary of the Death of Andrea Marenzi +
9:00        Angelo Sanguinetti +

Wednesday                         December 23, 2020
7:00        Birthday of Sheila Iyer
9:00        Mary Lavin & Joseph Lavin +

Thursday                             December 24, 2020
7:00        Anniversary of the Death of Louis DeNicolai +
9:00        Ernesto, Ilide, & Pietro Piazza and Fr. Joseph Costanzo, SDB +
5:00        The Louis Greco Family +
11:00     The Laurent, Frizza, & Baccetti Families +

Friday                                   December 25, 2020
7:30        The DeNicolai Family +
8:45        Anniversary of the Death of Teresa Bonjean +
10:15      Deceased Friends and Relatives of the Szeto Family +
11:45      GB DeMartini +
1:00        Steve & Lena Cuneo +

Saturday                              December 26, 2020
7:30        Andrea Genoveffa +
9:00        Thanksgiving Jarnal & Mercedes Kalayakan
5:00        Loriano & Anita Belluomini +

 

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

 

Particular Items

LATEST SCHEDULE: 

YES! Saints Peter and Paul Church is now open for public Masses!

Here is the schedule for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day:

Christmas Eve:
Regular 7 AM & 9 AM Morning Masses
5:00 PM Christmas Vigil Mass
8:00 PM Christmas ‘Midnight’ Mass

Christmas Day
8:45 AM English
10:15 AM Chinese/English
12 noon Italian/English.

Also, all Masses are streamed.  Go here to watch.

Sunday Rosaries: At 2:30 the Rosary Walk takes place at St. Mary’s Cathedral and at 3PM the Chinese ZOOM Rosary. Here ius the login info:

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

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

Christmas Novena: The Christmas Novena Service will be streamed 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.

Christmas Legends: The Robin: A small brown bird was perched on a beam in a stable in Bethlehem watching the people from many lands who had come with gifts for the newborn Child. The little bird could see the great adoration of the people as they knelt before the Babe, and was able to sense that something wonderful had happened.

After a time, the visitors departed and the Holy Family settled down to rest; and the little bird prepared to sleep, too. But just as he was dozing off, he noticed that the fire, built to keep the Child warm, was dying out. Quickly he flew down and began fanning the coals with his wings. The fire became brighter until the feathers on the little bird’s breast radiated the glow and showed a beautiful red.

 Although he grew very tired, the small bird stayed by the fire all night, fanning it to keep the blaze bright and the Christ Child warm.

Since that night the robin’s breast has remained a glowing red, a mark of the unselfish love and devotion shown by that bird in Bethlehem.

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

 

 

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!

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                20           Fourth Sunday of Advent
Monday               21           Late Advent Weekday, Peter Canisius; Priest, Doctor
Tuesday               22           Late Advent Weekday
Wednesday         23           Late Advent Weekday, John of Kanty; Priest
Thursday             24           Late Advent Weekday
Friday                   25           The Nativity of the Lord, Christmas Day
Saturday              26           Stephen; The First Christian Martyr
Sunday                 27           The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, & Joseph

 

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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