Acts 4:32-35; 1 John 5:1-6; John 20: 19-31. Saint Luke (the author of the Acts) describes the life of the early community of believers as being of one heart and mind, whose witness to the resurrection of Jesus brought favor upon them. In the second reading, John assures his community that faith in Jesus and obedience enable believers to conquer the world. In the Gospel, the risen Jesus appears at two different times to his disciples, offering them peace and giving them the authority to forgive sins. Thomas, after seeing Jesus, acknowledges Christ’s divinity, saying My Lord and my God!

 

 Domenica 2A Di Pasqua
O Della Divina Misericordia

 La diffusione della vita nuova passa attraverso il nostro impegno di testimony dell’ amore. È necc essario interrogarsi sul significato concreto del rinnovamento, voluto dalla divina misericordia: siamo veramente pieni di amore? La Pasqua è punto di arrivo ma anche momento di partenza per un convinto impegno di testimonianza.

 

 復活期第二主日(救主慈悲主日)

今天的福音是若望福音二十章19-31節。記述門徒們因為怕猶太人,把門窗都關上,但耶穌出現在他們中間,問候他們,把自己的肋旁和雙手的傷痕給他們看,這些傷痕是祂愛世人的記號。世代以來,祂也藉一些人,像聖五傷方濟各,聖Padre Pio的五傷提醒我們,祂為救贖人類而顯發的慈悲,主要是由於天主對我們的愛是沒有終止的。祂又藉聖傅天娜修女告訴我們不要忘記祂對我們的愛。傅天娜修女憑她在神視中看到耶穌的聖容,請畫家畫了祂的像,提醒我們善用主耶穌的慈悲。

2000年的時候,聖教宗保祿二世定下復活期第二主日為救主慈悲主日,要我們遵從耶穌的囑咐,為整個人類、為罪人、神父修士修女、為不信天主的人、為分袂的兄弟、為孩子和卑微的、貧苦的人、為煉靈、為虔誠的人、為冷淡的教友、為被墮胎嬰兒和他們的父母祈禱。

最後,我們不單要求耶穌賜我們慈悲,自己也要對別人行慈悲。

耶穌,我信賴祢!

 

From Fr. Gael: My column today is of a different kind. This past year, one of Covid captivity, I have been also serving our Salesian Province as the Secretary of the Province. It was a year in which the pastoral activity of the parish has been limited due to the constraints of the pandemic. And it was possible to hold two positions.  However, I have now been asked by Fr. Mel Trinidad, Provincial of the Salesians in the Western United States, to assume that responsibility in a full-time capacity which necessitates my moving to our Provincial Office on Franklin Street here in San Francisco. I have always endeavored to be at the disposition of the needs of my province, and once again, I do the same.

This means that as of July 1, 2021, I will no longer be your Pastor, but will assume the role of Director of the Provincial Office and Province Secretary. I am grateful to God for having had the opportunity to serve here at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, the first Salesian apostolate in the United States. As in each of my assignments in various places in my Salesian life, I have been enriched by my life with the People of God. I will hold you all in my heart. You have been my life for the past 6 years.

Fr. Tho Bui, who is currently the Treasurer of the Salesians in our Province will come to us as Pastor. I have known him since he came as a seminarian to us a number of years ago. He is a good and kind man who will bring financial experience and Salesian goodness to his role as Pastor. I have every confidence in him and know he brings gentle gifts to the parish.

People have often asked which Salesian place where I have been is my favorite and which work, I have liked the best. I have always answered that the place where I am at the moment is one, I like the best. We are called in the grace of God to live the moment we are given. I have loved living that moment with all of you over the last six years.

I will only be moving a mile and a half away and so will have opportunities to come to the parish and now and again celebrate Mass with you. I ask for your prayers as I begin another stage of my Salesian life.

God bless you all and know I will hold you in my heart,

With gratitude,

–Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

 

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday                               April 11, 2021
8:45        Virginia Sanguinetti + –  Frank & Linda Machi +
10:15     Thanksgiving from Anthony & Anna Lee
12:00     Loriano & Anita Belluomini + –
Giuseppe & Angela Balistreri & Family +
5:00        For the People of Saints Peter and Paul 

Monday                               April 12, 2021
7:00        Edgardo C. Gamboa +
9:00        Gaetano Alioto + – Fra’ Carl Bernard Noelke, JD +

Tuesday                               April 13, 2021
7:00        Ettorina Cardella & Family +
9:00        Egisto, Nello, & Ivano Daini +

Wednesday                       April 14, 2021
7:00        Andrew Swanson +
9:00        Louis, Eugenia, & Raymond Raggio +

Thursday                             April 15, 2021
7:00        Ettorina Cardella & Family +
9:00        Antonio Corona +

Friday                                   April 16, 2021
7:00        Edward J. Sabini +
9:00        Caterina, Antonio, & Albert Romeo +

Saturday                              April 17, 2021
7:30        Joseph Clark +
9:00        Louis Ferralis +
5:00        The Edward & Eileen Ziomek & Myrtle Lane Families +

 

Particular Items

Today is Divine Mercy Sunday: “How much the world is in need of the mercy of God today! In every continent, from the depths of human suffering, a cry for mercy seems to rise. … In those places where there is less respect for life and human dignity, one needs the merciful love of God, in whose light we see the ineffable value of every single human being. Mercy is needed to ensure that every injustice may find its solution in the splendor of truth. So today, in this Sanctuary, I solemnly wish to entrust the world to Divine Mercy. I do so with the burning desire that the message of God’s merciful love, proclaimed here through Saint Faustina, may reach all the inhabitants of the earth and fill their hearts with hope. … May the binding promise of the Lord Jesus be fulfilled: from here has to come out “the spark that will prepare the world for his final coming.” –Saint Pope John Paul II, Homily in Lagiewniki, Poland, August 17, 2002 .

Daily Rosary: The Rosary is prayed daily following the 7:00AM Mass. Come join us! And parishioners at the 9:00AM are invited to start praying a rosary after that Mass to. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

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.

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: The 2021 AAA has begun. This year our assessment is $57,954. So far, 11 parishioners have pledged/paid $9,050, leaving us with a balance of $48, 904. 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.

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

Religious Education-CCD:  Classes are held every Sunday from 9:45am to 11:00am. Learn more 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.

The Year of St. Joseph! “Now at the beginning of this pilgrimage (the Visitation), the faith of Mary meets the faith of Joseph. If Elizabeth said of the Redeemer’s Mother, ‘blessed is she who believed,’ in a certain sense this blessedness can be referred to Joseph as well, since he responded positively to the word of God when it was communicated to him at the decisive moment. While it is true that Joseph did not respond to the angel’s ‘announcement’ in the same way as Mary, he ‘did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took his wife.’ What he did is the clearest “obedience of faith” (cf. Rom 1:5; 16:26; 2 Cor 10:5-6).

One can say that what Joseph did united him in an altogether special way to the faith of Mary. He accepted as truth coming from God the very thing that she had already accepted at the Annunciation. The Council teaches: “’The obedience of faith’ must be given to God as he reveals himself. By this obedience of faith man freely commits himself entirely to God, making ‘the full submission of his intellect and will to God who reveals,’ and willingly assenting to the revelation given by him.”(7) This statement, which touches the very essence of faith, is perfectly applicable to Joseph of Nazareth.” –Apostolic Exhortation Redemptoris Custos (On the Perdson and Mission of St. Joseph) St. Pope John Paul II, 1989.

Choose Life! “The Second Vatican Council emphasized this truth of revelation by stating “By His incarnation, the Son of God has united himself in some fashion with every human being.” An assault on human life is really an assault on God himself! In The Gospel of Life, Blessed John Paul II reminded us that “this saving event reveals to humanity not only the boundless love of God. Who ‘so loved the world that He gave His only Son’(Jn 3:16), but also the incomparable value of every human person.” –Archbishop Stefan Soroka, National Prayer Vigil for Life, Homily, Compline, January 22, 2012

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Liturgical Calendar
Sunday                 11           Second Sunday of Easter, Sunday of the Divine Mercy
Monday               12           Easter Weekday
Tuesday               13           Easter Weekday, Martin I; Pope, Martyr
Wednesday         14           Easter Weekday
Thursday             15           Easter Weekday
Friday                   16           Easter Weekday
Saturday              17           Easter   Weekday
Sunday                 18           Third Sunday of Easter

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Acts 10:34a, 37-43; Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8; John 20: 1-9. In the first reading, Saint Peter speaks to the crowd, telling them of all that he witnessed in the ministry and execution of Jesus Christ. He proclaims the Good News that everyone who believes in [Jesus Christ] will receive forgiveness of sins through his name. Saint Paul tells the Corinthians that Christ is our paschal lamb (who) … has been sacrificed. In the Gospels, the disciples encounter the empty tomb of Jesus.

 

 Domenica Di Pasqua

Cristo è risorto, alleluia. L’annuncio è gioioso e l’umanità, alla ricerca di parole di speranza, si incontra con questo evento, che costituisce il punto di partenza per una vita nuova. È indispensabile fare posto a Cristo, accoglierne la Parola e camminare sulle sue orme. Diversamente si rischia di vanificare il messaggio che il Risorto consegna alle nostre mani.

 

 復活主日

「這是上主所安排的一天,我們應該為此鼓舞喜歡」(答唱詠)。不錯,這是教會一年中最高興的日子,因為「生命的主宰,死而復活了」。假如吾主耶穌沒有復活的話,我們的信仰是空的。基督沒有死,基督不能死,因為祂是天主。

四部福音都記載耶穌復活,見證的人看見墓門的大石被滾開,耶穌不見了,祇見殮布被摺疊一旁。屍體顯然不是被盜,因為盜屍的人一定連殮布都帶走。他們不明白,他們驚惶失措,因為人從不見過死人自動復活,直至耶穌出現在他們中間,要多默察看祂的傷口、又和他們一起進食,囑咐他們今後的工作,他們才明白他們的師傅是真天主真人,是真的復活了!

我們很幸福,因為我們得到信德,因為耶穌說過,不見而信的人是有福的。還有許多謙遜卑微的人表現出非凡的信德,努力過福音的生活。主耶穌常在我們中間,這給我們勇氣,教會不管受着外來的迫害,或內在的紏紛,直到世界終結之日,都會一直存在。基督以祂的體血滋養我們,亦即祂的教會。讓我們常留在復活的基督左右, 形影不離,效法祂,愛祂!

 

From Fr. Gael:  This Lent, perhaps more than other ones, has been a time for reflection on the Paschal Mystery of the suffering, death and RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST. And not only that of Jesus, but more relevantly, it is a time for us to reflect on our own Resurrection. We are living in unprecedented times in which daily we are given the statistics on the fatalities from the Covid virus. There is probably no one who has not known of or lost some family member, friend or acquaintance to the virus. Life has been assailed by death on a global basis.

For centuries the Church has celebrated Easter in the winter to springtime of the year. We journey through the hardness of Winter into the rebirth of Spring. Certainly this year that reality is present to us.

Martin Luther once said: “God has written the promise of the Resurrection on every leaf of springtime.” That is just the hope that we all need right now. The Salesian priests and bothers in the United States as well as the Salesian Sisters have lost to Covid a significant number of fellow religious. We at Sts. Peter & Paul have felt this trauma with the death of Fr. Bob. However, this does not diminish our belief in the rebirth of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and our own Resurrection. And so, in the midst of all this, we have reason to celebrate our annual festival of faith, of the celebration of the fact that death is not the final word. It is only the antechamber of rebirth, of LIFE. Let’s make every ALLELUIA we say this year a loud affirmation of that FAITH.

And so with scripture we can shout, “O Death where is thy victory, where is thy sting!” Jesus gives that to us once again this Easter. And so, on behalf of all the SDB’S and FMA’s, and staff of the parish, School and Club, we wish you a Happy and Holy Easter. ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA! -Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

 

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday                                 April 4, 2021
8:45        Louis & Enes Greco & Joseph & Carmella Greco +
For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
10:15     Anthony Tin +
12:00     GB DeMartini  + – Steve & Lena Cuneo + 

Monday                               April 5, 2021
7:00        Les & Teresa Favrat +
9:00        Felice & Grazia Spingola & Francisco & Marie Spingola +

Tuesday                               April 6, 2021
7:00        Nicola Sanguinetti +
9:00        Peter Domenici, III +

Wednesday                       April 7, 2021
7:00        Andrea Genoveffa +
9:00        Ernesto, Ilide, & Pietro Piazza +

Thursday                             April 8, 2021
7:00        Margaret Elliot +
9:00        Mary Lavin & Joseph Lavin +

Friday                                   April 9, 2021
7:00        Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00        Victor, Emily, & Theresa Candia +  – Carolina Lopez & Lawrence Blackmer +

Saturday                              April 10, 2021
7:30        Julia Cassidy +
9:00        Dennis Calvert +
5:00        Pietro, Giuseppa, & Vito Curreri +

Baptisms
Alexia Carli Lal

Marriages
Luis Contreras & Alandra Villaseñor

Rest-in-Peace
Javier Llorente – Pasqule Scerbo, Sr.

Particular Items

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 – 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

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: Parishioners pray the Rosary after the 7:00AM Mass daily. You are invited!

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: The 2021 AAA has begun. This year our assessment is $57,954. So far, 10 parishioners have pledged/paid $8,450, leaving us with a balance of $49,504. 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.

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

 

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. “The first of the treasures committed to his  (Joseph’s) trust—the first, that is, in the order of time—was the holy virginity of Mary, which he had to preserve inviolate under the sacred veil of marriage, and which he always religiously protected as a sacred trust. The second and the more imposing was the person of Jesus Christ, whom the heavenly Father placed in his hands so that he might serve as the earthly father of the holy child. The third you will find most admirable, if I am able to explain it to you clearly. To understand it, we must realize that a secret is a kind of treasure … a secret is a kind of trust. From this you will easily comprehend that Joseph was the trustee of the eternal Father because God told him his secret. Which secret? The marvelous secret of the Incarnation of his Son. God’s plan was not to reveal Jesus Christ to the world before his hour had come. Saint Joseph was chosen not only to keep the secret, but even to conceal it. Thus, we read in the Gospel that, with Mary, he marveled at all that was said of the Savior, but we do not read that he spoke, because the eternal Father revealed the mystery to him in secret and under the obligation of silence. Saint Bernard explained: ‘God desired to entrust to his faithfulness the most sacred secret of his heart.’”–Bishop Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (1627-1704).

Alleluia!

Enter all of you, therefore, into the joy of our Lord,
and, whether first or last, receive your reward….
O rich and poor, one with another, dance for joy!
O you ascetics and you negligent, celebrate the day!
You that have fasted and you that have disregarded the fast, rejoice today!…
Let no one lament their poverty,
for the universal kingdom has been revealed.
Let no one mourn their transgressions,
for pardon has dawned from the grave.
Let no one fear death, for the Savior’s death has set us free.

He that was taken by death has annihilated it!
He descended into Hades and took Hades captive!…
O death, where is thy sting?
O Hades, where is thy victory?
Christ is risen, and you are overthrown!
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen, and life reigns!
Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in a tomb!
For Christ, being raised from the dead, has become the first-fruits of them that have slept.
To Him be glory and might unto the ages of ages.
From Easter Sermon of St. John Chrysostom (c.349-407)

 

Liturgical Calendar

Sunday               04           Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
Monday              05           Monday Within the Octave of Easter
Tuesday              06           Tuesday Within the Octave of Easter
Wednesday        07           Wednesday Within the Octave of Easter
Thursday            08           Thursday Within the Octave of Easter
Friday                  09           Friday Within the Octave of Easter
Saturday             10           Saturday Within the Octave of Easter
Sunday                11           Second Sunday of Easter, Sunday of the Divine Mercy

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