Mark 11:1-10 or John 12:12-16; Isaiah 50: 4-7; Philippians 2:6-11; Mark 12:1-1547 or 15: 1-39. Isaiah speaks of the well-trained tongue and open ears that God has given him, saying, The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced. In the second reading, Saint Paul testifies to the selflessness and humility of Jesus in obediently accepting death on the cross. At Jesus’ name every knee should bend…and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. The Gospel narrates Jesus’ last hours, from his anointing with perfumed oil by a woman, through his last supper, betrayal, passion, death, and burial.
Domenica Delle Palme
In questa domenica due attenzioni richiamano l’impegno del credente: la Croce e l’Eucaristia. Il rito della benedizione dell’ulivo ricorda l’ingresso trionfale di Gesù in Gerusalemme, che non è ricerca di successo, ma disponibilità al dono, che si onsumerà nella morte di croce.
From Fr. Gael: Irving Stone wrote a biographical novel about Michelangelo which is entitled “The agony and the Ecstasy.” It is about the tumultuous life of the great artist. Palm Sunday is the beginning part of the story about Jesus Christ which we might entitle, “The Agony and the Glory.” It is the ‘greatest story ever told.” It is the story of our salvation, a salvation which comes at a price, the passion and the death of Jesus. This a death is one which is embraced at a price (“Father, if it is possible, let this chalice pass from me, not my will but yours be done). Jesus hands himself over to a plan which guarantees a salvific result, our individual and collective salvation. We all love a television story which is presented over a number of days. That is what we have a chance to not merely watch, but more importantly in which to participate. If you were to only go to Church four days in a year, those days should be Christmas, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. They are the Paschal mystery. For this Jesus was born. For this Jesus came to us. For this Jesus died on the cross. And transcendentally important, for this He rose from the dead. This is the Agony and the Glory of Jesus, Savior and redeemer. And since He did this for us, can we participate in his story by our presence at the Liturgies of Holy Week? –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB
Mass Intentions For The Week
Sunday March 28, 2021
8:45 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul –
Louis, Eugenia, & Raymond Raggio +
10:15 Intention for Guidance
12:00 GB De Martini +
5:00 Giuseppe Lucchesi +
Monday March 29, 2021
7:00 Tony & Rina Munoz +
9:00 In Honor of Madonna della Guardia
Tuesday March 30, 2021
7:00 Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00 Yolanda & Aladdin Vanni +
Wednesday March 31, 2021
7:00 Frank Sanguinetti +
9:00 Lawrence Ferlinghetti +
Thursday April 1, 2021 Holy Thursday
7:00PM Special Blessing Martino Maranghi – Birthday Blessings Eva Muntean
Friday April 2, 2021 Good Friday
Saturday April 3, 2021 Holy Saturday
8:00PM Pietro, Adele, & Elena Domenici -For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
Lenten Disciplines and Opportunities
Palm Sunday Liturgical Aid: If you are streaming the Palm Sunday Mass, a liturgical aid is here. Please say the part in red, marked “Crowd”.
Lenten Penance Service CANCELLED: Monday’s Lenten Penance Service has been cancelled. Parishioners are invited to call or email the rectory to schedule a confession during Holy Week.
Fasting and Abstinence is observed on Good Friday and (where possible) on Holy Saturday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59 years of age. That means that hose bound by this rule may take only one full meal and no meat. Two smaller meals are permitted as necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.
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).
Confessions: Please make an appointment for confession by calling the parish office.
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 & 5:00 PM
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/English: 12:00 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)
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: Classes are held every Sunday from 9:45am to 11:00am. Learn more 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. Pope Benedict XVI wrote: “Joseph accepted a mission although he could not see the fulfillment of it, since he died before the public life of Jesus. He lived for the things that were not yet seen. Only with an open, vigilant heart that is sensitive to the hidden yet very real presence of the Lord can one remain faithful and just in a world that is so contrary to the faith. And this world is especially in need of just men.” –”Joseph’s Faith”, from “On Love.”, Pope Benedict XVI.
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. Learn more on our website: parish.sspeterpaulsf.org/religious-education/
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.
HELP: Remember your Church still needs your gifts. Go here to help: http://parish.sspeterpaulsf.org/donate/
Sunday 28 Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Monday 29 Monday of Holy Week
Tuesday 30 Tuesday of Holy Week
Wednesday 31 Wednesday of Holy Week
Thursday 01 Holy Thursday
Friday 02 Friday of the Passion of the Lord, Good Friday
Saturday 03 Holy Saturday
Sunday 04 Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
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