Genesis 22: 1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18; Romans 8:31b-34; Mark: 9:2-10. In today’s first reading, God tests Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his only son. Abraham obeys God, but his son is spared. Abraham’s faithfulness is greatly rewarded. The second reading reminds us that if God is for us, whio can be against us. In the Gospel, Jesus is transfigured and identified by God as His beloved Son.
Domenica 2A Di Quaresima
Con la sua trasfigurazione, Gesù inaugural un tempo di luce e di Gloria. Disponiamoci a rivivere questo momento di rivelazione del volto di Dio, riflesso nel Cristo trasfigurato, con la fede profonda di Abramo, chiamato a offrire sul monte il proprio figlio.
From Fr. Gael: God, in the Old Testament, can be tough at times and today’s first reading proves that. God says to Abraham, the old man who became the father of a child at an advanced age: “Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you.” How is that for tough? Abraham is called our father in faith and his response to God shows justifiably why. He proceeds to fulfill the demand made of him. We know the story ends with his son Isaac not being sacrificed.
The gospel story of the Transfiguration is linked with this scripture in an interesting way. We ae privileged to see Christ in his glory accompanied by Moses and Elijah, the Old Testament icons. The disciples who are privileged to witness the glory want to remain in its rays. But Christ turns the glory into a fulfillment of the Old Testament story of Abraham’s sacrifice. But this time, the conclusion is quite different. The only begotten Son is sacrificed. He goes to the sacrifice of his own free will. He does it for us: for me, for you, for everyone. Now that is really TOUGH! Christ informs the disciples of what the trajectory will be to another mount, Calvary. They are puzzled by it and can’t wrap their heads around the acceptance of it. “After such glory, such suffering!” How do we, especially in this Lenten season wrap our heads around it……. –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB
Mass intentions for the week
Sunday, February 28, 2021
8:45 In Honor of Madonna della Guardia – Luigi Marciano+
10:15 Mrs. Chau Dang Q. Hoa + – For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
12:00 Domenic, Francesca, Tom, Giuseppe, & Frances Cresci +
Monday, March 1, 2021
7:00 Ernesto Piazza +
9:00 Anniversary of the Death of Zachary Martin +
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
7:00 Louis, Eugenia, & Raymond Raggio +
9:00 Fernanda Matteucci +
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
7:00 Anniversary of the Death of Amelia DeNicolai +
9:00 Gaetano Alioto +
Thursday, March 4, 2021
7:00 Thanksgiving Marcela, Corey, & Baby Jaxon Freedman
9:00 Antonio Corona +
Friday, March 5, 2021
7:00 Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00 Norma Frizza +
Saturday, March 6, 2021
7:30 Salvatore, Rosaria, & Alessandro Fazio +
9:00 Felice, Carmella, Biagio, & Pina Fazio +
5:00 Pietro, Giuseppa, & Vito Curreri +
Thank You! We are deeply touched and grateful for the prayers and support so many of you have sent for those of us (clergy and staff) who tested positive for Covid. What an example of God turning all things to good! Please keep praying for quick recovery! The Church and office are scheduled to re-open on March 1.
Saturday February 27 at 8:00PM Chinese Stations of the Cross 拜苦路:
2/27/2021 星期六 Saturday 晚上8 PM
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Lenten Disciplines and Opportunities
Abstinence from meat is observed on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent by all Catholics 14 years of age and older.
Almsgiving: During Lent, the Church encourages generosity to local, national, and worldwide programs of sharing.
Reception of the Sacraments: During Lent, the Church encourages attendance at daily Mass, reception of the Eucharist, and Reconciliation (Confession).
Friday Virtual Stations and Soup Supper: On all the Friday’s of Lent, our parish groups will be organizing online Stations of the Cross, Lenten Soup Suppers, and faith sharing. Start time is 6:55PM. Here is the login info, which will be the same for all meetings:
Meeting ID: 824 6941 7915
Confessions: Please make an appointment for confession by calling the parish office.
End abortion with 40 Days for Life! Join us in peacefully praying for the end to abortion in San Francisco! The 40 Days for Life campaign runs from February 17 to March 28 at the current Planned Parenthood location at 1650 Valencia Street from Mondays through Saturdays and the upcoming Planned Parenthood location at 1522 Bush Street on Sundays. You may sign up for vigil hours on the website www.40daysforlife.com/sanfrancisco. For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 408-840-DAYS (3297
The Don Bosco Study Group will meet next Thursday, March 4 at 4pm via Zoom and discuss the first thirteen chapter of James Martin, SJ’s “Jesus: A Pilgrimage” and the remainder at their next meeting on Tuesday, April 13 (in preparation for, and in celebration of Easter respectively). No reading is necessary to attend. Meetings are approximately 75 minutes. For additional information, including the Zoom link, contact Frank Lavin (415.310.8551, email@example.com).
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.
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-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/
Daily Rosary: Before the lockdown, parishioners were praying the Rosary daily following the 7:00AM Mass. Let’s start this up again!
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! Pray the Stations with St. Joseph, below:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sunday 28 Second Sunday of Lent
Monday 01 Lenten Weekday, David of Wales
Tuesday 02 Lenten Weekday, Agnes of Bohemia
Wednesday 03 Lenten Weekday, Katherine Drexel
Thursday 04 Lenten Weekday, Casimir
Friday 05 Lenten Weekday, John Joseph of the Cross
Saturday 06 Lenten Weekday, Mary Ann of Jesus of Paredes
Sunday 28 Third Sunday of Lent
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