Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46; 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1; Mark 1:40-45. The Lord gives instructions to Moses and Aaron for how to deal with leprosy. In the second reading, Paul encourages the Corinthians to do everything for the glory of God. In the Gospel, a leper asks Jesus to make him clean, and after he is made so, he then begins to publicize the whole matter.
Domenico 6A Del Tempo Ordinario
Le persone che avviciniamo talora suscitano sospetto e paura, così che si reagisce istintivamente con timore. Abbiamo paura che qualcuno venga a distruggere la nostra quiete. Gesù spezza questo cerchio, invitandoci a continuare la sua opera, combattendo il male e accogliendo le povertà degli altri.
From Fr. Gael: The reading from Leviticus is very appropriate for the historical moment we have been living and dealing with the Coronavirus. In Leviticus, it is dealing with the contagion of leprosy which is described including social distancing. It is described for the safety of the wider community. It is not about ostracizing anyone. This has been something which has not been completely understood in our contemporary situation. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians makes this so clear: “just as I try to please everyone in every way, not seeking my own benefit but that of the many, that they may be saved. Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” Paul understood that Christ is the one who sets a standard which goes beyond the constrictions of Mosaic law.
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.” The detail here that is important is that, in violation of the Law, Jesus reached out and touched the man and healed him. He could have said: “Be made clean!” That would have accomplished the miracle. Rather “he reached out and touched the man.” He made physical contact with the outcast. His touch, at that very moment, reintegrated the man into society, even before the physical miracle took place. The action is the essence of human compassion that heals. WOW! And so, do we, as individuals and as community, stretch out our hands and touch others. And once again, to quote Paul, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” –Fr. Gael Sullivan SDB
Mass Intentions For The Week
Sunday February 14, 2021
8:45 Ernesto, Ilide, & Pietro Piazza +
For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
10:15 Li, Yue Yee + – GB De Martini +
12:00 Louis & Ilva Baccetti and Costantino & Giuseppina Laurent and Norma & Joseph Frizza +
Teresa Radienovich +
Monday February 15, 2021
7:00 Ettorina Cardella & Family +
9:00 Egisto, Nella, & Ivano Daini + – Grace Kong +
Tuesday February 16, 2021
7:00 Fortunato, Antonia, & Giuseppe D’Ascoli +
9:00 James & Irene Silva, Sr. + – Joseph Clark +
Wednesday February 17, 2021
7:00 Angelo Sanguinetti +
9:00 Frank & Helen Cassidy +
Thursday February 18, 2021
7:00 Edward J. Sabini +
9:00 Mr. Lu Kim + & Alicia Jimenez Yao + – Scott Frey +
Friday February 19, 2021
7:00 Birthday of Fr. Jerry Bonjean, SDB +
9:00 Pietro, Adele, & Elena Domenici +
Saturday February 20, 2021
7:30 John, Francesca, Vincent, Frances, and Nathan Mazzaferri +
9:00 Birthday of Frank (Buscotti) Reginato +
5:00 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
Rest in Peace
Max delle Sedie
Sr. Diana Filipas, FMA
Frank Peter Antonini, Jr.
Thank You! We are very touched by the prayers and good wishes from all of you for Frs. Al, Armand, and Bob, and also for the three caregivers who came down with Covid. It has been such a wonderful outpouring of support! What an example of God turning all things to good!
Sr. Diana Filipas, FMA: Our dear Sr. Diana Filipas, FMA, known and loved by so many, went home to heaven last week, after spending 62 years in religious life as a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians. Sr. Diana was born on Fairfax Street, in All Hallows parish, San Francisco, the third child of Marco & Angela Filipas. She studied with the Sisters of Charity at the old St. Vincent de Paul School, and upon graduating from high school, she followed her vocation into the Daughters of Mary Help of Christian. That was in 1958, and Sr. Diana has been educating and guiding young people ever since. 2020 marked her 62nd year of religious life!
Sr. Diana served at Saints Peter and Paul and Corpus Christi here in San Francisco, and Lomita, Dominic Savio, and St. John Bosco in the southland, as well as Texas and Louisana. Back in 2009, Sister told us that in those days they used to have 50 students in class, plus another 50 in second grade catechism (so much for class size as an excuse for poor results!). We’re on dangerous ground here, but Sister told it was much easier to teach boys than girls. Sr. Diana, you prayed for us on earth, pray for us from heaven!
Chinese New Year’s & Valentine’s Day Party:三藩市聖伯多祿聖保祿堂華人宗徒 新春及情人節網上聯歡會 On February 14, the Chinese Apostolate will host an online Valentine’s Day and Celebration of Chinese New Year, the Year of the Ox! Go here to register in advance: https://bit.ly/35rahOr and you will get a confirmation email.
Ash Wednesday: Lent Begins! This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. As of this writing we are not sure whether we will have public Masses or the distribution of Ashes. Check our website for the latest information. We will be sharing resources to help you deepen your Lenten journey by email. If you are not on our email list, you can sure be added! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive a daily Lenten email. Lenten rules and suggestions are below.
Lenten Disciplines & 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.
Fasting is observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59 years of age. Those bound by this rule may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted as necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. Fast and abstinence are observed on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and, where possible, on Holy Saturday.
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).
Virtual Stations of the Cross and Soup Suppers: Starting on Ash Wednesday, and on all the Friday’s of Lent, the Salesians Cooperators will host online Soup Super/Stations/ and Faith Sharing. Each week one of our parish groups will lead the online Stations of the Cross and Lenten Soup Suppers. Start time is 6:55PM. I’ll be sending out the Stations, ZOOM link, and a soup recipe (from all over the parish) so we can all eat the same simple Lenten meal! The groups leading are:
Ash Wednesday: Young Adults
Friday, February 19: Italian Marian Sodalities
Friday, February 26: CCD Families
Friday, March 5: Chinese Apostolate
Friday March 12: Walk for Life West Coast
Friday, March 19: Parish Families
Friday, March 26: Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club
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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 email@example.com or leave a message at 408-840-DAYS (3297)
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—after we are all clear of the virus, of course!
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/
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! Fr. Victor Feltes reflects:
In the Book of Genesis, during a time of famine across the known world, the Egyptians begged their pharaoh for bread. He in turn replied, “Go to Joseph and do whatever he tells you.” Pharaoh was referring to Joseph the son of Jacob who had risen from a very lowly state to become the viceroy of the kingdom. Enlighted by divinely-inspired dreams, this Joseph’s leadership went on to feed and save the whole world from death, including his own family. According to the genealogy at the beginning of Matthew’s Gospel, the New Testament’s Joseph also had a father named Jacob. Though poor and obscure, St. Joseph’s heaven-sent dreams enabled him to guide and protect his Holy Family, leading to the world’s salvation through the Bread of Life, Jesus Christ. Today, as a powerful intercessor in the Kingdom of God, we are wise to “go to Joseph” for needed help.
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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