Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 5:7-9; John 12:20-33. In the first reading the Lord announces a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. The Letter to the Hebrews speaks of Jesus as the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him. In the Gospel, Jesus tells Andrew and Philip that the time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified, and that those who serve him must follow him.

 

Domenica 5A Di Quaresima

Convertirsi vuol dire mettere al primo posto un Dio diverso da come solitamente lo immaginiamo: non un padrone assoluto, ma un Padre che ama. Dio è bontà e misericordia. La risposta d’amore è la causa della nascita di Gesù che riconosce che è arduo scegliere la croce, sapendo che il suo scrificio è la misura dell’amore.

 

四旬期第五主日

四旬期將盡,我們的心靈將要到耶路撒冷去,見證耶穌的苦難、聖死和復活,復活節是我們基督信仰最神聖的節日,那時我們要去默想我們信仰的意義,和怎樣去面對我們的信仰。但目前我們還一好幾天去準備,去更深入地默想這節日的意義,更好地準備迎接復活佳節。

聖保祿致希伯來人書第五章說:「耶穌……以大聲哀號和淚水,向那能救祂脫離死亡的天主獻上祈禱和哀求。」因為祂的人性在為將要到來的苦難而掙扎,祂的天主性看到這苦難是人類因罪惡而致的。祂的哀哭和淚水不是為祂自己,而是為我們這些承受祂苦難佳果的人類。又說「雖然祂是兒子,也要在所受的痛苦中學習服從。」為什麼耶穌要學服從?上主日我們談到耶穌來到人間,天主取了人身,為人做了最完滿的悔改。同樣,祂是天主,祂無需服從   ,但祂的人性需要學習服從,祇有人而天主才能做到最完美的服從。而等到「祂的服從到完美之後,為一切服從祂人成為永遠的救恩的根源。」

我們怎樣去服從耶穌呢?是不是每天每時每刻   ,  努力盡好身為天主信徒的責任,也就是身而為人的責任?

 

From Fr. Gael: This last Sunday of Lent before Holy Week continues the theme of relationship with the God of the Covenant. “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord. I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” His law (His LOVE) is to be written on our hearts. The heart is the symbol of love. It is where relationship dwells. imagine a tattoo on your heart which cannot be erased. That the image that is being communicated. The tattoo is there every time you look at yourself. It proclaims who you are to all who see you. It makes visible and tangible the relationship. And then, to add to that, the responsorial urges us farther forward. “Create a clean heart in me, O God.” The psalmist recognizes the need for a clean heart. That creation depends on us. We pray for it but we must accomplish it. And how? Jesus, in the words of John’s gospel tells us how: “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” That is the process to which the heart is called. Dying to self in order to be reborn in Christ. That is what our annual Lent is all about.  –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday                                March 21, 2021
8:45        Luigi & Rosa Mangini + – Luigi Marciano +
10:15     Anthony Tin +
12:00     Ernesto Bacino & Carla Ferrando +
Joseph Maggiora & the Maggiora Family +
5:00       Domenico, Francesca, Tom, Giuseppe, & Frances Cresci +

Monday                               March 22, 2021
7:00        Attilio De Martini +
9:00        Anthony Aiello + – Ann Herr + 

Tuesday                               March 23, 2021
7:00        Angelo Sanguinetti  +
9:00        Margaret Lopes + 

Wednesday                       March 24, 2021
7:00        Rocco Svevo +
9:00        Mary Lavin & Joseph Lavin + 

Thursday                             March 25, 2021
7:00        The Giurlani Family +
9:00        Soul of Eleanor Sabini + 

Friday                                   March 26, 2021
7:00        August Maggio, III +
9:00        Lorraine Irene Urban + 

Saturday                              March 27, 2021
7:30        Vincenzo & Brigida Ruggiero +
9:00        Lee Friedman +
5:00        The Pierini & Spes Families +

 

Baptisms
Leia Norina Patriarca
Elizabeth Jane Austin

 

Particular Items

Mass Schedule Update: We have resumed the Sunday 5:00PM English Mass. The Schedule is now: 8:45AM English; 10:15AM Cantonese/English; 12 noon Italian/English; and 5:00PM Emnglish.

Friday Virtual Stations and Soup Supper: Please join us at 6:55PM on Friday, March 26 for online Stations of the Cross and Soup Supper, led by the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club.

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 942 008 768
Passcode: 069854

And here is a recipe for Lentil soup:

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/the-best-lentil-soup-7192365

Easter Lilies! You can remember a loved one and help decorate the Church for Easter at the same time! We are offering Memorial Easter Lilies. Cost is $20. Just call the parish office or send in your donation with the names to be remembered!

The Annunciation of the Lord: On Thursday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation. Because it is a Solemnity we are dispensed from our Lenten sacrifices. Let us always do our best to imitate the “Yes” of our Blessed Mother when Our Father in Heaven calls on us!

Lenten Penance Service: On Monday of Holy Week, (March 29) at 7PM, we will have a Lenten Penance Service with individual confessions.  All parishioners are strongly urged to come take advantage of this best opportunity to prepare for the Resurrection of the Lord!

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).

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 through March 28 at 1522 Bush Street . Sign up for vigil hours on the website www.40daysforlife.com/sanfrancisco.

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.

Holy Week Schedule

Sunday, March 28
Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Masses: English: Saturday Vigil 5:00 PM; Sunday 8:45 AM
Cantonese/English:
10:15 AM    Italian/English: 12:00 PM

Thursday, April 1
Holy Thursday of the Lord’s Supper
Morning Prayer: 8AM—Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 7:00 PM

Friday, April 2
Friday of the Passion of the Lord
Morning Prayer: 8:00 AM
Stations of the Cross: Italian: 12:00 PM, English: 1:00 PM
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion: English: 2:00 PM

Saturday, April 3
Easter Vigil in the Holy Night
Morning Prayer: 8:00 AM   The Easter Vigil: 8:00 PM

Sunday, April 4
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
Masses: English: 8:45 AM, Cantonese/English: 10:15 AM, Italian/English: 12:00 PM
(There will be no 5:00 PM Mass)

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: The 2021 AAA has begun. This year our assessment is $57,954. So far, 8 parishioners have pledged/paid $5,850, leaving us with a balance of $52,104. Please join your fellow parishioners in meeting our shared obligation! We also are responsible for a balance of $70,749 on our AAA from last year. Please help us meet this obligation.

Confessions: Please make an appointment for confession by calling the parish office.

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.

The Year of St. Joseph! “Journeying to Bethlehem for the census in obedience to the orders of legitimate authority, Joseph fulfilled for the child the significant task of officially inserting the name ‘Jesus, son of Joseph of Nazareth’ (cf. Jn 1:45) in the registry of the Roman Empire. This registration clearly shows that Jesus belongs to the human race as a man among men, a citizen of this world, subject to laws and civil institutions, but also ‘savior of the world.’ Origen gives a good description of the theological significance, by no means marginal, of this historical fact: ‘Since the first census of the whole world took place under Caesar Augustus, and among all the others Joseph too went to register together with Mary his wife, who was with child, and since Jesus was born before the census was completed: to the person who makes a careful examination it will appear that a kind of mystery is expressed in the fact that at the time when all people in the world presented themselves to be counted, Christ too should be counted. By being registered with everyone, he could sanctify everyone; inscribed with the whole world in the census, he offered to the world communion with himself, and after presenting himself he wrote all the people of the world in the book of the living, so that as many as believed in him could then be written in heaven with the saints of God, to whom be glory and power for ever and ever, Amen.’” – 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. For more information,  ete@sspeterpaulsf.org

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

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday                21           Fifth Sunday of Lent
Monday              22           Lenten Weekday
Tuesday              23           Lenten Weekday, Turibus of Mogrovejo
Wednesday        24           Lenten Weekday
Thursday            25           The Annunciation of the Lord
Friday                  26           Lenten Weekday
Saturday              27           Lenten Weekday
Sunday                 28           Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Your faithful donations of February & March:            $4,100.
Candles:                                                                               $3,906.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

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