1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19; 1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20; John 1:35-42. The Lord keeps calling Samuel, who does not answer him, until Eli advises him how to respond the next time he hears the Lord. Samuel is to say, Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening. Saint Paul writes to the Corinthians, telling them that their bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and they ought to therefore glorify God in their body. In the Gospel, John the Baptist sees Jesus and declares him to be the Lamb of God. Andrew leaves John to follow Jesus, and brings his brother Simon Peter.
Domenica 2A Del Tempo Ordinario
Dal Battesimo siamo stati chiamati all’intimità con Cristo. L’esito del compito che ci è stato affidato dipende dalla nostra risposta, che sarà pronta e generosa nella misura in cui regnerà in noi l’amore
From Fr. Gael: Two key scriptural phrases appear in the readings today. In the first reading from the book of Samuel, a young Samuel hears a call in the middle of the night and thinks that Eli, his master and mentor, is calling him. This is repeated twice again, at which point Eli realizes that the Lord is speaking to the young Samuel. He directs the youth to reply, when it should happen again, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.” This response is meant to be an affirmation of Samuel’s willingness to serve the Lord, to place himself at the disposition of the Lord.
The second phrase is found in John’s gospel. John the Baptist directs two of his disciples to Jesus, the “Lamb of God.” They engage Jesus in conversation and ask: “Rabbi”—which translated means Teacher—, “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” Jesus gives them a vocation call. Putting the two phrases together renders a profound description of our vocation as Christians. We are to listen to call of the Lord to us. All of lives as Christians are to be lived in fulfilling the call given to us. Jesus invites us. We have to answer. –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB
Mass Intentions For The Week
Sunday January 17, 2021
8:45 Pietro Piazza + – Frank & Linda Machi +
10:15 Helen Hui + – For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
12:00 Birthday of Giambattista De Martini + & GB DeMartini + –
The Fanucchi & Lucchesi Families +
Monday January 18, 2021
7:00 Pola & Alessandro Rossi & Family +
9:00 Barbara Vulpi + – Eugene Payne +
Tuesday January 19, 2021
7:00 Sonia B. De Castro +
9:00 Ann De Martini +
Wednesday January 20, 2021
7:00 In Honor of the Infant of Prague
9:00 Gaetano Alioto +
Thursday January 21, 2021
7:00 Laurie Standow +
9:00 Luigi & Rosa Mangini +
Friday January 22, 2021
7:00 Angelo Sanguinetti +
9:00 Caterina & Filippo Besagno +
Saturday January 23, 2021
7:30 Daniel Kanipe +
9:00 Matt & Guilia Ghio +
5:00 Thanksgiving the Morales & Freedman Family
Aristeo Rea Esparza
Masses in the Church: 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, and will be celebrated outside in the little yard. A number of Churches in San Francisco are celebrating Mass inside, including our neighbors at the Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi at Columbus and Vallejo.
Saturday, January 16: 玫瑰經 Rosary Zoom meeting:
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Sunday Rosary Walk: Every Sunday, at 2:30PM, there is a Rosary Walk around St. Mary’s Cathedral, followed by the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy and the Consecration of San Francisco to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Don Bosco Study Group: The Study Group will meet Tuesday, January 19 at 4pm on Zoom. We will hear a short presentation on a Don Bosco topic in preparation for his feast day later this week. We will also discuss Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” All are welcome, no prior reading necessary. For information and Zoom link, contact Frank Lavin (firstname.lastname@example.org, 415.310.8551).
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.
January: Month of Salesians Saints! January is when we celebrate the Blessed Laura Vicuña, patroness of our Pre-K (January 22); St. Francis de Sales, patron of the Salesian Order (January 24); and St. John Bosco himself, founder of the Salesians (January 31). Salesian saints, pray for us!
Evening Prayer for Life: This year we cannot have our regular all-night Adoration for Life preceding the Walk for Life West Coast, but the Church will be open to you for individual prayer from 7:00-9:00PM on Friday, January 22—the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. It is also the Feast of the Blessed Laura Vicuña. Blessed Laura Vicuña, pray for the unborn and for our country!
Choose Life! Yes, the 2021 Walk for Life West Coast is happening! Next Saturday, January 23, 2021 the 17th Annual Walk for Life West Coast will begin with a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Cordileone at St. Mary’s Cathedral, then a meet-up 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. In this pro-life week, we think about his role as a patron of the pro-life movement: “Looking to St. Joseph as model and patron of parents, we may learn something about even the earliest stages of parenthood, prior to birth. These stages are so crucial in this era of widespread abortion, denial of the humanity of the child in the womb and the consequent denial of parenthood….No one can be a better defender of innocent, helpless life in the womb. No one is a better model of fatherhood to parents of pre-born children. No one can more fittingly aid in the process of healing and reconciliation for those who grieve and agonize over having committed the sin of abortion. No one is a better image for women who have been hurt by men unwilling to accept fatherhood of the child they engendered.”-Oblates of St. Joseph.
Rector Major’s Message: Here is a nice message from the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr. Artime:
A SALESIAN FAMILY THAT WITNESSES TO HOPE
As we have had occasion to experience, the circumstances tied to the pandemic over these months have revealed some signs of a blurring of hope. But I want to insist on and point to some of the fully understood signs of the beauty of evangelical hope we have experienced, signs that place us on a path where we can express the power of the Salesian charism when it is lived in hope. I feel that as Don Bosco’s Family in the Church and the world this is the testimony expected of us: the ability to live in hope. Some proposals for continuing this path:
- Let us rediscover that “faith and hope go forward together”. Commitment: let us imitate Don Bosco and his great capacity for enthusing his youngsters to live life as a celebration and “faith as happiness”.
- Let us learn that prayer is the school of hope. Commitment: let us journey with the young and their families by praying, learning to pray better and exercising hope by praying better and better.
- Let us grow by living with a sense of the fatigue of daily life. Commitment: let us help the young and their families, and the People of God, to discover the gifts that God gives us, without complaint, proposing objectives that enthuse them and take away monotony and mediocrity.
- Let us live hope especially in times of difficulty and loss. Commitment: Let us allow ourselves to be educated by God. Let us trust him especially in times of darkness. (St Teresa of Avila, a great mystic, recognizes that dryness is God’s invitation to “move forward”).
- Hope as a decisive return to the poor and excluded. Commitment: in our family, fidelity to the Lord with Don Bosco passes above all through the preferential option for the poorest, the most abandoned and the excluded.
- Recognizing ourselves in the other’s pain. Commitment: to be faithful to Don Bosco today, the Father of our Salesian Family, means being actively on the side of those who suffer any kind of injustice.
- Converting to hope is believing in the plan of the Gospel. Commitment: for this reason, as the Salesian Family of Don Bosco, we cannot fail to show who is the reason for our Hope, the God of Jesus Christ and his Gospel.
- Building a world that gives hope to the future generations Commitment: to read (personal, in a family, in groups), to reflect and to spread the latest Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti of Pope Francis. The Encyclical places the fraternity at the center of all relationship in order to heal the world and to protect the creation.
“We, Christians, live by hope: death is only the penultimate word, but the last word is God, the word of the Resurrection, of the fullness of life and eternal life. When we abandon ourselves to trust in God and trust in Him we have a certainty that gives us serenity, which, as human being, we do not have everything in our hands, but are in God’s hands. Christians shape their life not with their own strength, but with the strength of the Holy Spirit. In the moment of uncertainty, we must abandon ourselves trustfully into His guidance.”
“Holy Mary, Mother of God, our Mother,
teach us to believe,
to hope and to love together with you.
Show us the way to The Kingdom!
Star of the Sea, shine upon us
and guide us on our way.” Amen.
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/
Sunday 17 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday 18 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Tuesday 19 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Wednesday 20 Fabian; Pope, Martyr, Sebastian, Martyr
Thursday 21 Agnes; Virgin, Martyr
Friday 22 Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection Of Unborn Children
Saturday 23 Marianne Cope; Virgin, Vincent; Deacon, Martyr
Sunday 24 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
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