Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14; Colossians 3:12-21 or 3:12-17; Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22, 39-40. In today’s first reading, God promises Abram an heir, even though Abram is very old. Before  too long Sarah, his wife bears him a son. In the second reading, the author of Hebrews tells the story of Abraham (Abram) as an example of true faith in God. In the Gospel, Joseph and Mary take Jesus to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. The devout and righteous Simeon beheld the Child Jesus, and prayed to the Lord that he as the Lord’s servant might now be dismissed for he had seen the salvation that had been promised. Simeon also foretold the destiny of Jesus and the suffering Mary would undergo.

 

Santa Famiglia

La Santa Famiglia di Nazaret è l’esempio per ogni famiglia che voglia vivere secondo il progetto di Dio. Oggi l’unione familiare è particolarmente in pericolo. Reagendo al contesto sociale egoistico, ogni famiglia deve riscoprire un superiore riferimento comune, cioè la presenza di Dio, che fa nascere la gioia di vivere insieme.

 

聖家節

教會在這時期的禮儀中定出聖家節,目的是指出耶穌降來這世界時,願意以謙卑的身份,像普通人一樣,有家庭,有父母,有朋友,親戚。雖然祂的父母很特殊,和一般人不同,但也是和平常人一樣,過着平凡、卑微、不為人知的生活。

耶穌的母親是天父最鍾愛的女兒,有着全備的德行,是沒有罪過的完人,所以天神向她請安時稱她是「充滿聖寵的」。祂的飬父聖若瑟是天父特別委派來教導、撫養、保護祂的人。他沉默寡言,聖經上沒有記載一句他說過的話,對他的描述是「他是個義人」。他以生活和行動證明對天主的全心信賴,堅貞的愛和忠心。

耶穌雖然是天主,但也是人,人在孩提的時候需要養育、教導,保護和愛。這一切,祂的父母親都盡了全心全力給了祂。聖經記載祂「屬於他們管轄……在智慧、身材和恩愛上漸漸地增長」(路 51-52)這寶貴的一段,是做父母子女都應該深深默想並加以實行的。

一月一日是天主之母節,也是世界和平節,讓我們求天上的慈母為我們祈禱天主賜世界和平吧!

 

From Fr. Gael:  Right immediately after the Feast of Christmas, the Church gives us the Feast of the Holy Family. The Son of God was born as one “like us in all things but sin,” St. Paul informs us, which means into a human family. The Gospel todays concludes telling us that they returned, as family, to Nazareth where Jesu, in family, grew in age, grace and wisdom before God and the human community. What guided Joseph as father of the family of Nazareth was love. What guided Mary as mother, was love. What guided the child Jesus was love. Love was the central element of the family. It informed the family. It motivated the family and it filled the family. In the contemporary world in which we live there are so many challenges to the living of love in family. The pressures are immense. They are of a physical, psychological, spiritual, economical   and human nature. Even more so today, LOVE needs to be the center of family life. All else has to be secondary to that over encompassing reality.

And so, as the Child Jesus is born into a family, we first of all, stop to celebrate FAMILY and ask God’s blessing upon it. God chose for His Son to be raised in the center of family. We pray on this Sunday that LOVE INCARNATE may be present in the midst of our families and accompany them so that all within them may grow in age, grace and wisdom.  –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday                                December 27, 2020
8:45        Evelina Riccio +
For the People of Saints Peter and Paul +
10:15      John Ross +
12:00     Elena Capacci & Maria Lucillo +
Louis Baccetti +
Vivian Rohner +

Monday                               December 28, 2020
7:00        Joseph & Grace Mazzaferri +
9:00        Br. Roy Vetari, SDB + &  Fr. Attilio Giovannini, SDB+
Carolyn Peterson +

Tuesday                              December 29, 2020
7:00        Birthday of Louis DeNicolai +
9:00        In Honor of Madonna della Guardia +

Wednesday                       December 30, 2020
7:00        Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00        Frank Sanguinetti +

Thursday                             December 31, 2020
7:00        Thanksgiving from Edward Te
9:00        Thanksgiving form the Lucchesi Family

Friday                                  January 1, 2021
7:00        Ernesto, Ilide, & Pietro Piazza & Fr. Joseph Costanzo, SDB +
9:00        In Thanksgiving from Stephanie Cincotta +
6:00        Queena Maggiora +

Saturday                              January 2, 2021
7:30        Birthday of Ernesto Marenzi +
9:00        Louis Baccetti +
5:00        Frances DeMartini +

 

Rest-in-Peace
Queena Maggiora  – John Ross
Bernard Roller

 

Particular Items

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 form 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.

Friday, January 1 is the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God. We will have public Masses in the little yard at 8:45 & 10:15AM and 12 noon. There will also be a Vigil Mass at 6PM on December 31, also in the little yard.

All Masses are streamed.  Go here to watch.

December 27 Rosaries: The two Sunday Rosaries are prayed tody: first the Ropsary Walk at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 2:30PM, and at 3:00PM the Chinese Apostolate Zoom Rosary. Here is the login info:

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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.

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

Mary the Mother of God: Friday is the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass will stream at 7:00 & 9:00AM and 6:00PM. Mary Mother of God, pray for us!

Christmas Food Bags: On December 20, the St. Vincent de Paul Society passed out 100 meals, 100 masks, 100 hand-sanitizers, 100 Christmas cards, 100 squares of fudge made by a local chocolate company. Blankets, underwear, socks, T-shirts and pants were given to everyone who asked.  15 volunteers made this event possible. Fr. Al and Jose, an assistant at the church, also helped. The Gold Mirror Restaurant, a venue that provides many meals for events at St Peter and Paul’s made the meals. Z. Cioccolato, a local purveyor of chocolate, provided home-made fudge. Trader Joe’s donated Grapefruit drinks for everyone, including volunteers. Here are a couple of pictures:

 

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/

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.

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

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!

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”.

Thanks to his role in salvation history, Saint Joseph has always been venerated as a father by the Christian people.”

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

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday                 27           The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
Monday               28           The Holy Innocents; Martyrs
Tuesday               29           Fifth Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord
Wednesday        30           Sixth Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord
Thursday             31           Seventh Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord, Sylvester I; Pope
Friday                    01           The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord, Mary, Mother of God
Saturday              02           Basil the Great & Gregory Nazianzen; Bishops, Doctors
Sunday                 03           The Epiphany of the Lord

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Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

 

 

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