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.
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.
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 +
Queena Maggiora – John Ross
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 email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.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.”
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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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