2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23; Ephesians 2:4-10; John 3: 14-21. The first reading recounts the failure of God’s people to listen to his prophets and repent. Their wickedness results in their ruin and exile to Babylon. In the second reading, Paul tells the Ephesians they are saved by grace through faith, which is a gift from God. In the Gospel, Jesus tells Nicodemus that God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn it but to save it.

Domenica 4A Di Quaresima

È urgente la conversione che si attua su una via ben definite: perdere la propria vita, per ritrovarla; rinunciare a se stessi per aprirsi al bene di Dio; dire di no al peccato, voce dell’egoismo, per godere la vita della grazia fonte di gioia e di serenità.

 

四旬期第四主日(封齋期第四主日)

本主日的讀經一叙述以色列人一而再,再而三地犯罪, 甚至連首長和司祭也對天主不忠,他們的罪惡到了無法救治的地步。時至今日,歷史仍在重演,人類越是任由情慾支配,便越多悲劇發生,離天主越遠。試看每天新聞,兇殺、戰爭、饑饉、欺壓、分裂、無日無之。弄得整個世界一團糟,無論對天主,對自己或對別人,都不能協調。人好像失去理智。

但天主慈悲為懷,由于祂愛我們的大愛,即使我們因罪惡而死了,祂仍然使我們與基督重生……」(弗2:4)天主聖父怎樣使我們重生呢?祂派遣祂的聖子把真光帶到世界,這真光照耀正途,信祂的人跟着它行事做人,不會失足跌倒。人與人之間和諧,也與天主和諧。

封齋期是一段啟迪、潔淨心靈的時期,今天封齋期已過了一半,讓我們祈求基督,以祂的真光照射到我們心靈的每一個角落, 使我們看到自己在祈禱,守齋、行善各方面是不是按照天主的教導而行事,是不是履行真理,我們的行為是不是在天主內完成的」;我們有沒有做到在領洗時對天主的承諾。

願我們在復活節能歡欣喜樂地迎接基督的真光,讓祂長住在我們的心靈裏。

 

From Fr. Gael:  After last Sunday’s presentation of the Ten Commandments, we see the following in the first reading: “In those days, all the princes of Judah, the priests, and the people added infidelity to infidelity, practicing all the abominations of the nations and polluting the Lord’s temple which he had consecrated in Jerusalem.” They distanced themselves from God. But because the history of God’s relationship to His people is one of love, God graciously puts forth another opportunity in the person of Jesus Christ. God cannot be outfoxed. God will win out. And Jesus is that victory. Paul makes that clear to the Ephesians (and to us). “He (God) might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. John in the Gospel puts it in another way: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” When John says “world”, he means us. We are forgiven, sanctified and saved through Jesus Christ. So God’s answer to our waywardness is love which is meant to draw us back to Him. God keeps on trying. How long can we resist? –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday                                March 14, 2021
8:45        Birthday of Giuseppe D’Ascoli +
Frank & Linda Machi +
10:15     June Ow Young, Ching Lai So Ow Young, & Mary Ann Au Yeung +
For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
12:00     GB De Martini +
Steve & Lena Cuneo + 

Monday                               March 15, 2021
7:00        Ettorina Cardella & Family +
9:00        Max Delle Sedie + 

Tuesday                               March 16, 2021
7:00        Virginia Sanguinetti +
9:00        Henry Ravetto + 

Wednesday                       March 17, 2021
7:00        Birthday of Lilian Sia Lu
9:00        Francesco Passanisi & Albert Joseph Romeo + 

Thursday                             March 18, 2021
7:00        Edward J. Sabini +
9:00        Samuel M. Bugayong + 

Friday                                   March 19, 2021
7:00        Josephine Mazzucco +
9:00        In Honor of San Giuseppe for Giuseppe D’Ascoli +
6:00        Antoinette Canepa +

Saturday                              March 20, 2021
7:30        Primo Dente +
9:00        Pietro, Adele, & Elena Domenici +
5:00        For the People of Saints Peter and Paul

Particular Items

March 13 Chinese Stations: The Chinese Apostolate hosts the Stations of the Cross March 13 via ZOOM. Here is the login info:

拜苦路Stations of  the Cross
3/13/2021 星期六 Saturday 晚上8 PM

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Week of Archdiocesan Patrons & Special Mass: This week we celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick (March 17) and the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (March 19). We will have a special Mass at 6:00PM on the 19th. Both take care of us as co-patrons of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Saints Patrick and Joseph, pray for us!

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.

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:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82469417915?pwd=TnVLSEtmUHVRYVZZSEtMYlZzSm5Edz09

Meeting ID: 824 6941 7915
Passcode: 794049

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 1522 Bush Street. You may sign up for vigil hours on the website www.40daysforlife.com/sanfrancisco. For more information, please email us at sf40daysforlife@gmail.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.

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/

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.

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! “St. Joseph was called by God to serve the person and mission of Jesus directly through the exercise of his fatherhood. It is precisely in this way that, as the Church’s Liturgy teaches, he ‘cooperated in the fullness of time in the great mystery of salvation’ and is truly a ‘minister of salvation’… The Gospels clearly describe the fatherly responsibility of Joseph toward Jesus. For salvation-which comes through the humanity of Jesus-is realized in actions which are an everyday part of family life, in keeping with that ‘condescension’ which is inherent in the economy of the Incarnation… Joseph is the one whom God chose to be the ‘overseer of the Lord’s birth,’ the one who has the responsibility to look after the Son of God’s ‘ordained’ entry into the world, in accordance with divine dispositions and human laws. All of the so-called ‘private’ or ‘hidden’ life of Jesus is entrusted to Joseph’s guardianship.” –St. Pope John Paul II, Redemptoris Custos, 1989.

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

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

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday                14                           Fourth Sunday of Lent, Laetare Sunday
Monday               15                           Lenten Weekdays
Tuesday               16                           Lenten Weekday
Wednesday         17                           Lenten Weekday, Patrick; Bishop
Thursday             18                           Lenten Weekday,  Cyril of Jerusalem; Bishop, Doctor
Friday                  19                           Joseph; Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Saturday              20                           Lenten Weekday
Sunday                 21                           Fifth Sunday of Lent

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