Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b; Ephesians 5:21-32 or 5:2a, 25-32; John 6:60-69. In the first reading, Joshua and the tribes of Israel state their fidelity to the Lord God. In his letter to the Ephesians, Saint Paul draws a parallel between a spousal relationship and the radical love between Christ and the Church. In the Gospel, Jesus proclaims that his words are Spirit and life, after which only some of his followers continued as disciples.
Domenico 21A Del Tempo Ordinario
Molti dicono di essere cattolici anche se la loro vita é in contrasto con quanto dice e insegna la Chiesa. Di fronte alle esigenza radicali del Vangelo si riccorre tacitamente al “buon senso” che spesso diventa un paravento, perché il Vangelo è scomodo. Chiediamo che il Signore ci liberi da ogni compromesso.
From the Pastor’s Desk
Our Church has been flexible in allowing the faithful to attend Masses online via livestreaming or social media throughout the pandemic. It is difficult for many of us who want to attend Mass in person. Finally, the pandemic situation improved and the shelter in place was lifted. We were able to attend Mass in person, but some of us still want to attend Mass from home, due to the fear of the surge of Delta variant and of the virus still lingering with us. Perhaps we can reflect on the Scripture passages today and ask ourselves when can we all attend Mass in person? God has never abandoned us. We may abandon God.
In today’s first reading, from the Book of Joshua, Joshua confronts the Israelites and tells them that they should not worship the foreign gods. Instead, they should worship the God who brought their fathers and mothers out of Egypt and continued to journey with them and was present with them to the promised land. God never abandoned them.
St. John’s Gospel today describes how Jesus calls his disciples to follow him. They gave up everything to follow Jesus and witnessed all the miracles, teachings, and healings that Jesus performed. Jesus never abandoned them, but he feels that they may abandon him. Jesus’s followers felt that his teachings and actions were difficult to comprehend. So Jesus asks the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.” Peter speaks on our behalf: that we will not abandon Jesus because we need him.
Let us ask ourselves, “Do we also want to leave ‘abandon’ Jesus? I hope we all can respond, “No. To whom shall we go?”
Have a blessed week!
Fr. Tho Bui, SDB
Mass Intentions For The Week
Sunday August 22, 2021
8:45 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul – Frank & Linda Machi +
10:15 Soul of Lee King Yuk +
12:00 The Pierini & Spes Family + – Domenico, Francesca, Tom, Giuseppe & Frances Cresci +
5:00 Joseph Maggiora & the Maggiora Family +
Monday August 23, 2021
7:00 Silvio & Elvira Toso +
9:00 In Honor of San Rocco – Healing Connie Brady
Tuesday August 24, 2021
7:00 Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00 Intention the Prevadeli Family – Enrichetta Vigo +
Wednesday August 25, 2021
7:00 Angie Canares +
9:00 Giuseppe Lucchesi + Healing Josephine Oliverio
Thursday August 26, 2021
7:00 Frank Sanguinetti +
9:00 Rosario Sederiosa + – Silvano Achiro +
Friday August 27, 2021
7:00 Roger Moskaira +
9:00 Franco, Pia, & Lodovico Ortesi +
Saturday August 28, 2021
7:30 Les & Teresa Favrat +
9:00 The Giurlani Family +
5:00 Gig Ghiglieri +
Matteo Alexander Ackley
Cody Wallace & Michelle Francisco
Aryana Alma Rosa Cadillo
Silvano Achiro – Stephanie Farruggia
Second Collection: Today we have a second collection for our parish school. Please be generous.
Thank You & Welcome! Today we have a combined Thank you! and Welcome! reception for both Fr. Gael Sullivan and Fr. Tho Bui following the12 noon Mass.
Young Adult Mass & More: Hey SSPP Young Adults! Our YAG is in the process of rebirth. Young adults are invited to attend the Saturday 5:00PM Mass, and food and events will follow. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Don Bosco Study Group: The Study Group will meet August 26 from 4:00-6:00PM, via Zoom. The group will discuss “The Bridge of San Luis Rey,” by Thornton Wilder. Contact Frank Lavin at email@example.com for more information.
Jim Staley Memorial Date: We lost a treasured member of the Saints Peter and Paul Family last Sunday, James (Jim) Staley. As Sensei at the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Jim taught generations of boys & girls and young men & women the martial arts, and the self-control, maturity, and self-awareness it inspires. In addition to that, Jim was a big part of practically every Club event for decades. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Joselyn, and his daughters Jasmine and Jade, and to all whom Jim touched so much. Jim’s Memorial Mass will be on Saturday, September 11 at 1:00PM. Due to Covid concerns this will be family only.
In lieu of flowers, the family is seeking donations to pool together for a couple of nonprofits that Jim Staley held close to his heart; Salesian Martial Arts Program and Saints Peter and Paul School.
If you are able to contribute to Jim’s remembrance gift, you can send money via Venmo to Jade Staley (Venmo ID – @jadems). Or if you prefer to donate by check, please send checks to Joselyn Staley at 3212 Shelter Creek LN, San Bruno, CA 94066. Jade will be using her employer matching program to donate this money to both nonprofits, which is a 3:1 matching program.
Together in Holiness Marriage Conference: On Saturday, September 18, 2021, at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Belmont, the St. John Paul II Foundation and the Archdiocese of San Francisco Office of Marriage and Family will present this year’s Together in Holiness Conference. Together in Holiness is unique in that it offers a place of encounter, where God’s plan for marriage and family is proclaimed and a desire for holiness is enkindled in the hearts of married couples. This is complemented by ongoing formation for spouses within a natural community of friends who accompany each other on the path to holiness by providing formation that will help learning take root in daily living. For more information, please visit togetherinholiness.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Francisco Rosary Rally: This year’s Rosary Rally will be on Saturday, October 2, beginning at 11AM. There will be a procession from Saints Peter and Paul, beginning at 10:15 AM. If you don’t want to process, you can meet us at the Cathedral. Fr. Christopher LaRocca will be the speaker, and Archbishop Cordileone will celebrate Mass at 12:30. You may also visit the exhibits in the Cathedral’s hall, celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary.
Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: The 2021 AAA has begun. This year our assessment is $57,954. So far, 60 parishioners have pledged/paid $30,120, leaving us with a balance of $33,909. Please join your fellow parishioners in meeting our shared obligation! We also are responsible for a balance of $27,834 on our AAA from last year. Please help us meet this obligation.
Saints Peter and Paul Salesian School Accepting Applications: Our K-8 Salesian school is accepting applications for this year and next. Please email Dr. Lisa Harris at email@example.com, and visit sspeterpaulsf.org/ to learn more about the school.
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, firstname.lastname@example.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/
Columbus Day Bazaar: Mark your calendars—the 102nd Annual Columbus Day Bazaar is coming! This year’s Bazaar will be on Friday, October 8 (5-9PM) & Saturday & Sunday October 9-10 (11AM-6PM). Join us for food, fun, and fellowship, games for adults and kids, music, the Blue Angels & more! On Friday the 8th there will be special event for SSPP Alumni. Visit our website for details.
Please Pray: For all the sick and suffering of the parish.
Sunday 22 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday 23 Rose of Lima; Virgin
Tuesday 24 Bartholomew; Apostle
Wednesday 25 Louis; King, Joseph Calasanz; Priest
Thursday 26 Weekday on Ordinary Time
Friday 27 Monica
Saturday 28 Augustine; Bishop, Doctor
Sunday 29 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Your gifts of last week: $3,131.
Weekly Cost to Operate Church: $17,066.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!