Genesis 2:18-24; Hebrews 2:9-11; Mark 10:2-16 or 10:2-12. In the first reading, God creates a suitable partner for the man—a woman. The man calls her bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. In the Letter to the Hebrews, the author writes of the one who, “for a little while” was made “lower than the angels,” that by he grace of God he might taste death for everyone. In the Gospel, the Pharisees ask Jesus about the law regarding divorce. Jesus answers, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.

 

 Domenico 27A Del Tempo Ordinario

La Parola di Dio questa domenica è chiara. Dio ha voluto fin dall’inizio l’unita della coppia. Vivere insieme non è facile. È necessaria una lunga maturazione, perché l’uomo e la donna possano aprirsi alla grandezza dell’amore, alla quale Dio li chiama.

 

 常年期第二十六主日

今天的讀經一記述梅瑟覺得自己一人不能負起整個民族的重擔,求天主幫助,天主把「他身上的神能賦給七十位長老……當時有兩人不是屬於他們之中的,也開始出神說話。」年青的若穌厄很生氣,提出抗議。而在福音中,也記載着類似的事,門徒們看見有一個不是與他們同門的人,因耶穌的名字驅魔,就禁止他。這是排除異己的心理,這樣的情形往往發生在今日我們所處的環境中,是耶穌所不喜歡的。無論什麼人,祇要懷着為基督而行善,天主都會報答。我們應該懷着愉快的心情互相合作,並且幫助他更深地認識天主。

今天的這段福音記載耶穌除了告訴我們對外人應有的態度外,又告訴我們自己應盡的責任,要立善表,常檢討自己的言語行為,並加深認識教理,免得在言語行動上,使信仰不深的人失足跌倒。最後祂又要我們保護自己,極力避免犯罪,免得永遠和祂分離。

耶穌把使人失足和一個人自己失足都看得很嚴重,用了少有的非常嚴厲的話語告誡我們,我們對祂這番話不應等閒視之。

十月是玫瑰月,我們在這月中要多念玫瑰經,熱心恭敬聖母。十月六日是玫瑰聖母節,我們可以從今天開始做九日敬禮,以表示對她感激和孝愛。

 

From Fr. Tho: This Sunday’s scripture passages are often selected by married couples for their wedding to remind them about the commitment to each other as they began their married life. The first reading from the Book of Genesis and the Gospel of Mark states the same message. From the Book of Genesis, “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one flesh.” (Gen. 2:18-24.) And from the Gospel of Mark, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” (Mk. 10:7-8).

From the beginning of the creation, God created Adam and Eve and blessed their marriage. During the time of Jesus, divorce was very easy to obtain. People were taught that if a woman ruined a meal or spoke badly about her in-laws her husband could divorce her; some even said that if a man spotted a woman who was more beautiful than his wife he could divorce his wife. The Pharisees knew that divorce was common among the people, so they asked Jesus to confirm that whether married couples could get divorced according Moses’ Laws. Jesus answers them: once a man and a woman married, they must live together until death. Jesus reassured another commandment, “Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” (Mk. 10:9). The Catholic Church follows the teaching of Jesus by providing services to help married couples preserve their married life.

Some studies show that the Catholic divorce rate is lower than other religious affiliations. The Catholic Church encourages married couples to discern and prepare for marriage seriously. To prepare for the marriage, the Church requires the couples to process their marriage preparation for at least six months before their wedding. Our Archdiocese of San Francisco requires the couples to take the FOCCUS Inventory, attend the Pre-Cana courses and marriage preparation retreat. The Archdiocese also offers workshops for married couples to strengthen their relationship. The Catholic Church is concerned about married life and families. Therefore, these preparation steps and services may help married couples to deal with the challenges and difficulties of married life.

Pope Francis points out that to be married is to sacrifice for each other with care and love no matter what challenges and difficulties they face; they have to help each other. Pope Francis writes, “Marriage is an inevitable mixture of enjoyment and struggles, tensions and repose, pain and relief, satisfactions and longings, annoyances and pleasures, but always on the path of friendship, which inspires married couples to care for one another: “they help and serve each other.” Pope Francis, The Joy of Love, 126, 2016.

Let us pray for all the couples who are preparing for their marriage and for those who have married to be faithful to each other and preserved in their married life. May God bless them with love and happiness.

Have a blessed week!

Fr. Tho Bui, SDB, Pastor

 

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday                                October 3, 2021
8:45        Steven Thomaczek + –  Luigi Marciano +
10:15     Torchy Prudente +
12:00     Carla Ferrando + –  Birthday of Fernanda Matteucci +
5:00        The Edward & Eileen Ziomek & Myrtle Lane Families +

Monday                               October 4, 2021
7:00        Anniversary of the Death of Mr. Lu Kim +
9:00        Gaetano Alioto V – Gerald Shirar +

Tuesday                               October 5, 2021
7:00        Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00        Egisto, Nella & Ivano Daini + – Ludy Concepcion +

Wednesday                       October 6, 2021
7:00        Vincent, Frances, Nathan, John & Francesca Mazzaferri +
9:00        Fr. Larry Byrne, SDB & Fr. Guido Divina, SDB + Lily Kwai Fong Luk +

Thursday                             October 7, 2021
7:00        Andrea Genoveffa + – Carole Clark +
9:00        Joseph Maggiora & the Maggiora Family + – Gregory Munoz + 

Friday                                   October 8, 2021
7:00        Louis, Eugenia, & Raymond Raggio +
9:00        The Lucchesi Family +

Saturday                              October 9, 2021
7:30        Nicola Sanguinetti +
9:00        Felice, Carmela, Biagio & Pina Fazio +
5:00        Marie & Walter Souza & Gig Ghiglieri +

 

Particular Items

Madonna del Lume: Today we honor Madonna del Lume, and remember all fishermen and others lost at sea on Sunday, October 3 at the 11:30AM Mass. Mass will be followed by the annual Procession to the Fisherman’s Chapel at the Wharf, where there will be the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet and Memorial Flower sendoff.

Columbus Day Bazaar: Mark your calendars—the 102nd Annual Columbus Day Bazaar is next weeknd! 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. As always, there will be no 10:15 AM Chinese or 12:00 noon Italian Mass, just the Columbus Day Mass in English at 10:15AM Visit our website for details.

Mark You Calendars! On Sunday, October 23, at the noon Mass, His Excellency Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will officially install Fr. Tho as our new pastor. Welcome, Excellency, and congratulations, Fr. Tho!

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: The 2021 AAA  continues. This year our assessment is $57,954. So far, 66 parishioners have pledged/paid $39,058, leaving us with a balance of $18,896. Please join your fellow parishioners in meeting our shared obligation!

Healing from Divorce: The San Francisco Archdiocese is announcing a new healing ministry, for adult children of divorced or separated parents.  Next March we are partnering with Life-Giving Wounds ministry (https://www.lifegivingwounds.org ) to offer a healing retreat weekend.

This October we will begin an online support group for those interested, and who want to learn more  (Thursday nights, 7:00pm – 8:30pm) A flyer for our weekly support group – beginning Oct 7 – is attached; there is no charge, but participants need to pre-register at www.acdsf.info .

Dealing with parents’ divorce is not easy, but confronting this wound with faith can allow us to find great healing. We hope that you will become part of our supportive community and receive the many graces

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 lharris@sspeterpaulsf.org, and visit sspeterpaulsf.org/ to learn more.

Choose Life! San Francisco’s 40 Days for Life fall campaign of peaceful prayer for an end to abortion at San Francisco’s Planned Parenthood on Bush Street begins September 22 and runs through October 31. To learn more or sign up for vigil hours visit https://www.40daysforlife.com/en/sanfrancisco

 

Hey Young Adults! Join our new Salesian Young Adults Group! Her they are last weekend after Mass for a hike from Chrissy Field out to Lands End! To learn more and join, visit facebook.com/groups/saintspetersandpaulyoungadults/

And to see more photos, go here.

Church Flowers: Would you like to sponsor a weekend of fresh flowers for your Church? Help beautify the Church, and your intention will be included in the bulletin. Call 415-421-0809.

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/

Please pray: For all who are sick, lonely, and nearing the ends of their lives.

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday                 03           27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday               04           Francis of Assisi; Patron
Tuesday               05           Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos; Priest
Wednesday         06           Bruno; Priest, Bl Rose Marie Durocher; Virgin
Thursday             07           Our Lady of the Rosary
Friday                   08           Weekday in Ordinary Time
Saturday              09           Denis; Bishop, & Companions; Martyrs
Sunday                 10           28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your gifts of last week:                                  $2,272.
Second Collection (Building Fund):           $1,325.
Weekly Cost to Operate Church:              $17,066.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

 

 

Numbers 11:25-29; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48. In the first reading, the Lord takes some of the Spirit that was on Moses and bestows it on the elders, and they begin to prophesy. James writes to warn the rich of the judgment coming to those who seek luxury and pleasure, while shortchanging their workers. In the Gospel, Jesus speaks against intolerance, referring to someone who is not a follower who is driving out demons. He says: Whoever is not against us is with us.

 

 Domenico 26A Del Tempo Ordinario

 Le parole di Gesù hanno una portata ecclesiale, visto che la Chiesa non ha il monopolio del bene, perchè lo Spirito Santo opera oltre le sue frontiere. Nel giornodel giudizio Dio riconoscerà come suoi tutti coloro ch avranno agito con carità nei riguardi degli ltri. Al contrario dare cattivo esempio, soprattutto ai deboli, è imponderonabile. Bisogna sradicare tutto quello che è causa di peccato.

 

 常年期第二十六主日

 今天的讀經一記述梅瑟覺得自己一人不能負起整個民族的重擔,求天主幫助,天主把「他身上的神能賦給七十位長老……當時有兩人不是屬於他們之中的,也開始出神說話。」年青的若穌厄很生氣,提出抗議。而在福音中,也記載着類似的事,門徒們看見有一個不是與他們同門的人,因耶穌的名字驅魔,就禁止他。這是排除異己的心理,這樣的情形往往發生在今日我們所處的環境中,是耶穌所不喜歡的。無論什麼人,祇要懷着為基督而行善,天主都會報答。我們應該懷着愉快的心情互相合作,並且幫助他更深地認識天主。

今天的這段福音記載耶穌除了告訴我們對外人應有的態度外,又告訴我們自己應盡的責任,要立善表,常檢討自己的言語行為,並加深認識教理,免得在言語行動上,使信仰不深的人失足跌倒。最後祂又要我們保護自己,極力避免犯罪,免得永遠和祂分離。

耶穌把使人失足和一個人自己失足都看得很嚴重,用了少有的非常嚴厲的話語告誡我們,我們對祂這番話不應等閒視之。

十月是玫瑰月,我們在這月中要多念玫瑰經,熱心恭敬聖母。十月六日是玫瑰聖母節,我們可以從今天開始做九日敬禮,以表示對她感激和孝愛。

 

A car was trying to get into the military camp. However, it did not carry proper credentials for clearance through the gates. The gate-keeper soldier therefore, approached the driver who had no choice but to stop. From inside the car, the general was heard to say “Go ahead driver, ignore him. I’m ordering you to drive this car into the camp.” The gatekeeper answered the general. “My orders, sir, are not to let anyone in without proper credentials. So now, who do I shoot first? The driver or you?”

Amputations are a very painful and risky medical procedure. However, they are prescribed as a risk to be taken for the sake of the rest of the body’s health and well-being. We amputate so that a diseased part of the body no longer threatens the good health of the whole body.

It can be painful and traumatic to lose a hand or a foot or a leg or even an eye! These are very important to our bodies. But when they become a threat to the rest of our whole body, though painful and risky, it’s always better to lose one of these important parts so that the rest of us lives.

In the Gospel this Sunday, the Lord Jesus is ready to risk the amputation of any very important member of the community of disciples if that very important disciple becomes a threat or danger to the rest of the faith community. “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off… If your foot causes you to sin, cut if off… If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.”

How does a disciple become a danger or threat to the believing community? When that disciple pays little or no attention to the “little ones”. “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.”

The Lord Jesus treasures the “little ones” in the community. They are usually those who are “outside our camps” (First Reading) who we tend to exclude from our “circle of chosen friends”. They are those whom the powerful – the rich in Saint James’ letter – condemn and murder, withhold just wages from and value less than their wealth, clothes and possessions.

But the “little ones” – the unheard, unseen, unheld, unimportant, undervalued – are whom the Lord Jesus has come for. “The Son of Man has come to seek and save the lost.” (Lk 19:10)

To remain with the Lord Jesus, therefore, we are called to learn and grow to be very inclusive of others especially of the “little ones” of our world as the Lord Jesus is. “Whoever is not against us is for us.” People who are little and powerless can never do any harm to those who are important and who hold power. They will always be loyal to those they need to depend on.

If we are to faithfully follow the Lord Jesus, let us not ignore the “little ones” whom the world ignores. A general who gives no value to a little soldier – like the one we encountered at the beginning of this column – doesn’t deserve to be general of any soldier at all.

Are there any “little ones” in our community we need to protect, defend and shelter against the powerful among us? Are there any powerful we may need to “amputate” from our faith community? –Fr. Ramon Zarate, SDB, Parochial Vicar

 

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday                                 September 26, 2021
8:45        Loretta Raman + – Jean Kline +
10:15      Domenico, Francesca, Tom, Giuseppe, & Frances Cresci +
12:00      GB DeMartini + – Souls of Norma & Joseph Frizza +
5:00        For the People of Saints Peter and Paul

Monday                               September 27, 2021
7:00        Marco & Sabina Zolezzi +
9:00        Lena Damato + – Maria Emilia Marchiano +

Tuesday                               September 28, 2021
7:00        Frank Sanguinetti +
9:00        Anniversary of Death of Genoveva Martinez Buenaventura +

Wednesday                       September 29, 2021

7:00        Anniversary of Death of Edward DeNicolai +
9:00        In Honor of Madonna della Guardia – Healing Karen Bellesi

Thursday                             September 30, 2021
7:00        Intention the Prevadelli Family +
9:00        Celendonic Andres +

Friday                                   October 1, 2021
7:00        Birthday of Luis San Gabriel, Jr.
9:00        Birthday of GB DeMartini + – Freddie Ferrer + 

Saturday                              October 2, 2021
7:30        Mr. & Mrs. J. F. Kwan +
9:00        Ilva Baccetti +
5:00        For the People of Saints Peter and Paul

Marriages
Thomas & Addielyn Thuston (Renewal of Vows)
Alexey Pazukha & Antolynne Genisha Saverimuthu
John Henry Zuercher & Haley Zerga

Rest-in-Peace
Augustine Chan—Gilbert Lai
Marie DeMartini

 

Particular Items

Eucharistic Adoration: We have Adoration every Wednesday from 7-8PM. Make time to visit your friend Jesus!  “I see (St. Dominic Savio) so often at prayer, staying in church after the others; every day he slips out of the playground to make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament.” —Mamma Margaret to Don Bosco.

Choose Life! From the U.S. Bishops: Congress is about to vote on the most radical abortion bill of all time. The so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act” (H.R. 3755/S. 1975) would

impose abortion on demand, at any stage of pregnancy. It would apply nationwide—even in states that don’t want it.

Even modest and popular pro-life laws at every level of government—the federal, state, and local level—would be on the chopping block. This includes parental notification for minor girls, informed consent, and health or safety protections for abortion facilities. It would force Americans to pay for abortions here and abroad with their tax dollars.

Our Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said “This proposed legislation is nothing short of child sacrifice…Any reasonable person with a basic sense of morality and inkling of decency cannot but shudder in horror at such a heinous evil being codified in law.” If you’d like to make your voice heard for the littlest among us, go here.

San Francisco Rosary Rally: This year’s Rosary Rally will be at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday, October 2, beginning at 11AM. There will be a procession from Saints Peter and Paul, beginning at 9:45 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.

Madonna del Lume: We will honor Madonna del Lume, and remember all fishermen and others lost at sea on Sunday, October 3 at the noon Mass. Mass will be followed by the annual Procession to the Fisherman’s Chapel at the Wharf, where there will be  the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet and Memorial Flower sendoff.

Don Bosco Study Group: The Don Bosco Study Group will meet on Tuesday, October 5 at 4pm via Zoom. This sessions topic will be a discussion on the classic “The Betrothed,” by Alessandro Manzoni. We will discuss Chapter 22 Spiritual Direction from Fr. Albert Haase’s book, “Fanning the Flame” as well (copies available upon request). No reading is necessary to attend. 75 minutes. For additional information, contact Frank Lavin (franklavin@comcast.net, 415-310-8551).

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. As always, there will be no 10:15 AM Chinese or 12:00 noon Italian Mass, just the Columbus Day Mass in English at 10:00AM Visit our website for details.

Great Free Catholic Course: Starting October 7, there is a great series of FREE courses “Word and Silence: Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Spiritual Encounter Between East and West.” Von Balthasar is considered one of the foremost 20th century Catholic theologians. To learn more and sign up, go here.

North Beach Car Show: Last Saturday we hosted the first annual North Beach Car Show! Nice vintage rides were all along Filbert Street, and in the playground. Of course our priests helped out! Thanks to Randy DeMartini who coordinated the event! Check out these pics:

Cool Camaro!

 

Fr. Tho blessed a Porsche.

 

And a Shelby. And Randy!

 

Fr. Armand with some old-timers. Some of them, he probably married their parents, baptized them, married them, and baptized THEIR children!

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: The 2021 AAA has begun. This year our assessment is $57,954. So far, 66 parishioners have pledged/paid $39,058, leaving us with a balance of $18,896. Please join your fellow parishioners in meeting our shared 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 lharris@sspeterpaulsf.org, and visit sspeterpaulsf.org/ to learn more.

Choose Life! San Francisco’s 40 Days for Life fall campaign of peaceful prayer for an end to abortion at San Francisco’s Planned Parenthood on Bush Street begins September 22. To learn more or sign up for vigil hours visit https://www.40daysforlife.com/en/sanfrancisco

Please Pray: For all the sick and suffering of the parish.

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday                26           26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday               27           Vincent de Paul; Priest
Tuesday               28           Lawrence Ruiz & Companions; Martyrs
Wednesday         29           Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael; Archangels
Thursday             30           Jerome; Priest, Doctor
Friday                   01           Thérèse of the Child Jesus; Virgin, Doctor
Saturday              02           The Holy Guardian Angels
Sunday                 03           27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your gifts of last week:                                                                 $2,836.
Second Collection (Priests’ Retirement Fund):                       $1,026.
Weekly Cost to Operate Church:                                               $17,066.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

 

 

Wisdom 2:12, 17-20; James 3:16-4:3; Mark 9:30-37. In Wisdom, the wicked speak of testing the just one until he sins or until God intervenes. In the second reading, James says that the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace. In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus teaches about his passion but the disciples do not understand; he then demands humble service of his followers.

Domenico 25A Del Tempo Ordinario

Facendosi uomo Dio ha scelto la strada dell’umiltà e del servizio che orienta ogni uomo ad amare il prossimo, diventando fratello dei propri simili. Qualsiasi altro modo di fare allontana da Dio e dalla realizzazione della civiltà dell’amore.

 

常年期第二十五主日

 今天福音記述耶穌訓練門徒,要他們對快要臨到他們身上的一切作準備,因此再預言自己將要受的苦難,但他們世俗的心,擺脫不了祂是以色列王國的救星的觀念,完全不明白耶穌謙抑自己救贖人類的愛心,他們祇想到將來在默西亞的王國裏誰的地位最高。耶穌告訴他們 : 「誰想做第一個,就得做眾人中最末的一個,並要做眾的僕役」。(谷八:35)耶穌完全打破了世俗的觀念,因為天主重視的是人的心,祂喜愛良善心謙,甘為人僕的人。祂說誰為最弱小無能的人服務就是為祂和天父服務。這番話在祂被釘死在十字架後,門徒才真正明白了,而且一生服膺實行。

高傲怙惡的人受不了比他良善,比他優勝的人 , 他們妒忌,因為善人反映出他們的不善和高人一等的企圖,就像讀經一中所描述的,他們設法陷害善人。

雅各伯書中寫道:「那裏有嫉妒和自私,那裏就出現混亂和和各種邪惡之事」,良善心謙和犧牲的精神,使人擺脫嫉妬和紛爭。因而心平氣和,得到從上而來的智慧。

願我們都像小孩子一樣,懷有無邪的思言行為 , 容易滿足;願我們全心信賴天主,常懷感恩。

 

 

IL GRIGIO

Los Angeles has the Rams.
Detroit has the Lions.
Cal Berkeley has the Bear.
Miami has the Dolphins.

Our own Boys and Girls club has IL GRIGIO.

Grigio is the iconic-mysterious big dog that rescued don Bosco numberless times, we could call this mysterious animal the 007 of the saintly priest of Turin.

After having accompanied Saint John Bosco to Heaven, Grigio did not go into retirement, instead he took up more duties, the protection of the sons and daughters of Don Bosco.

On November 2nd 1893 two Salesian Sisters, Amalia Calaon and Annetta Dallara, were on their way home not too far from the famous Assisi, when they were caught by heavy fog and a fast falling night. They were afraid and they shared this fear to one another.

Amalia shared to Annetta: “Wouldn’t be nice if Don Bosco were to send us his beloved friend Grigio.” That would be quite a gift replied Annetta with audible fear in her voice.

No sooner she had said this, Lo and behold, appear a big dog from the nearby bushes, he was huffing and puffing as if he had come from quite a distance. He joined the two Sisters and walked side by side with them. He was big and gray and his eyes were shining in the darkness.

As if to calm down the two frightened Sisters, the tame big animal raised his smooth paw as if he had known them for a long time.

Arrived at the residence, the Sisters wanted to give their traveling friend something to eat, but the big gray beast turned around and they never saw him again.

 –Fr. Al Mengon, SDB
Parochial Vicar

 

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday                                 September  19, 2021
8:45        Fortunato, Antonia, & Giuseppe D’Ascoli + – Mara Amato +
10:15     Members of the Chinese Apostolate & their Families
12:00     Loriano & Anita Belluomini + – For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
5:00        The Aicardi, Dal Cin, & Camoriani Families +

Monday                               September 20, 2021
7:00        Angelo Sanguinetti +
9:00        Gaetano Alioto +
12:00     Intention Knights of Malta 

Tuesday                               September 21, 2021
7:00        Livia Chodrick +
9:00        Anniversary of the Death of Frank Germano + 

Wednesday                       September 22, 2021
7:00        Intention the Prevadeli Family
9:00        Peter Domenici, III + 

Thursday                             September 23, 2021
7:00        Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00        Birthday Aibeemae Cua + 

Friday                                   September 24, 2021
7:00        Birthday Sylvia B. Timko +
9:00        Soul of John Candido + 

Saturday                              September  25, 2021
7:30        The Giurlani Family +
9:00        Nancy Massetani +
5:00        Ruth, Guido, & Gig Ghiglieri + 

 

Baptisms
Mia GuadalupeTula

Marriages
Cristan & Carmen
Hever Marmol & Zirma Escobar
Conner Thomas & Lauren Weber

Rest-in-Peace
Marie DeMartini – Augustin Cheu Fokiun

 

Particular Items

Congratulations, Salesian Jubilarians! Today we honor a number of our Salesians as they celebrate Jubilees. They are: Fr. Thomas Prendiville (75 years of Religious Profession and 65 years a Priest; Fr. Al Mengon, Br. Patrick Barbariol, Fr. Harold Danielson, & Fr. Thomas Juarez (65 years Religious Profession); Fr. John Lam (60 years Religious Profession and 50 years a Priest); Fr. Ramon Zarate and Fr. Joseph Matthew Paradayil (40 years Religious Profession); and Fr. Robert Ledezma (25 years a Priest). Join us in thanking those who have given so much!

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.

Madonna del Lume: We will honor Madonna del Lume, and remember all fishermen and others lost at sea on Sunday, October 3 at the noon Mass. Mass will be followed by the annual Procession to the Fisherman’s Chapel at the Wharf, where there will be  the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet and Memorial Flower sendoff.

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 lharris@sspeterpaulsf.org, 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,  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/

Choose Life! San Francisco’s 40 Days for Life fall campaign of peaceful prayer for an end to abortion at San Francisco’s Planned Parenthood on Bush Street begins September 22. To learn more or sign up for vigil hours visit https://www.40daysforlife.com/en/sanfrancisco

Eucharistic Adoration: We have Adoration every Wednesday from 7-8PM. Make time to visit your friend Jesus!  “I see (St. Dominic Savio) so often at prayer, staying in church after the others; every day he slips out of the playground to make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament.” —Mamma Margaret to Don Bosco.

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. As always, there will be no 10:15 AM Chinese or 12:00 noon Italian Mass, just the Columbus Day Mass in English at 10:00AM Visit our website for details.

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

Please Pray: For all the sick and suffering of the parish.

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday                19           25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday               20           Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn; Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang and Companions; Martyrs
Tuesday               21           Matthew; Apostle
Wednesday         22           Weekday in Ordinary Time
Thursday             23           Padre Pio
Friday                   24           Weekday in Ordinary Time
Saturday              25           Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sunday                 26           26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your gifts of last week:  $2,723.
Weekly Cost to Operate Church:               $17,066.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

 

 

Isaiah 50:4c-9a; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35. In the first reading, Isaiah declares his trust in God to uphold him. In the second reading, James explains the necessity of works to accompany and demonstrate faith. In the Gospel, Peter confesses his faith in Jesus as the Christ. Jesus predicts his passion, then explains to Peter and the disciples that they must follow him.

 

Domenico 24A Del Tempo Ordinario

Per l’evangelista marco, Gesù è Figlio di Dio perché muore sulla croce, rendendosi pienamente disponsibile come “servo.” Anche noi dobbiamo essere come Lui, uscendo da noi stessi, dai nostri desideri di potere, dalla ricerca di possesso per aprirci agli altri.

 

 常年期第二十四主日

今天的福音聖經學者有兩個解釋:耶穌問門徒以為祂是誰;另一個解釋是耶穌問自己是誰。不管耶穌提出這問題的目的是什麼,這問題都與我們自己有關 —— 我要問自己,我以為耶穌是誰?如果我們認為耶穌是天主,那麼,我們就應該追隨祂,全心信賴祂,對祂效忠,並向祂學習。

怎樣效忠?讀經一指出忠僕的態度是甘心情願服從和全心信賴,就像依撒意亞先知預言耶穌自願接受天主的命令一樣,「沒有反抗,也沒有退避。」

 怎樣向耶穌學習呢?從讀經二中可以得到啟發 , 雅各伯認為信耶穌就必需像祂一樣行善,沒有善行的信德是死的,是空言,不能得到救贖。信德必需以行為去證明。信和實行是相輔相承的,二者缺一都不能,其中之一是對受苦的人予以同情和實際的幫助。`

我情願相信耶穌具有人性和天主性,祂的人性也像我們一樣,受到誘惑,可能犯罪,也能受苦,祂也反覆掙扎,去克服軟弱,做出英勇的行為。祂也要不斷思考提問,怎樣才把天父交給祂的任務履行得更好。耶穌以祂的人性教我們怎樣做人。

我以為耶穌是誰?這是我們一生不斷問自己的問題。 我所遇到的每一個經驗,每一個挑戰,都要問自己我的言行是不是以祂的為準則?我們知道,跟隨祂直到生命終結之日,會到達一個崇高的境界,人生的路程是有意義的

 

 

Dear Parishioners,

The theme for this Sunday readings is “Faith”. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “When St. Peter confessed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, Jesus declared to him that this revelation did not come “from flesh and blood”, but from “my Father who is in heaven.” (Mt. 16:17) Faith is a gift of God, a supernatural virtue infused by him. “Before this faith can be exercised, man must have the grace of God to move and assist him; he must have the interior helps of the Holy Spirit, who moves the heart and converts it to God, who opens the eyes of the mind and ‘makes it easy for all to accept and believe the truth.'” (CCC #153).

In the first reading, Prophet Isaiah tells us that he has faith in God whom he can trust for help and guidance. Isaiah writes, “The Lord is my help therefore I am not disgraced.” (Is 50:7). With God’s grace, he is not afraid to face those who verbally and physically confront him. He lets the enemies know that, having faith in God, he can act generously.

Today’s Gospel of Mark tells us that Jesus tests his disciples about their faith by asking them who he is. Although Jesus’ disciples walk side by side with Jesus and witness his teachings, they do not have a clear idea who Jesus is. Only Peter did, who testified on their behalf, “You are the Christ.” (Mark 8:29). Then Jesus warns them that the Son of God has to face opposition, suffering, and death. As the followers of Jesus, they will face the challenge of witnessing to Jesus’ name. In our daily activities, putting our faith in practice often makes us ask “how”? With God’s grace, we can put our faith in practice by getting involved in charitable works and the church ministries.

St. James’ letter reminds us that if we have faith and do not put it into work or practice, it is dead. When we received baptism we professed our faith and every time we gather for the Eucharist we profess our faith (the creed). We do believe in Jesus who suffered and died for our sins. Therefore, our profession of faith is not only on our lips, but must be put into action. Like the disciples of Jesus, we are called to imitate Christ by sharing our time, gifts and resources to help others, especially those who are in need.

I have learned that our parish community does put faith in actions. Evidently, there are many parishioners who are actively involved in the parish community by volunteering time and contributing financial resources to help the parish events and ministries.

Have a blessed week!

Fr. Tho Bui, SDB
Pastor

 

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday                                September 12, 2021
8:45        Virginia Sanguinetti + – Frank & Linda Machi +
10:15     Guy & Susie Fabri +
12:00     For the People of Saints Peter and Paul – Steve & Lena Cuneo +
5:00        Giuseppe & Angela Balistreri & Family +

Monday                               September 13, 2021
7:00        Ettorina Cardella & Family +
9:00        Luigi & Rosa Mangini +

Tuesday                               September 14, 2021
7:00        Birthday of Valentine Te + – Birthday of Lucy Chan
9:00        Egisto, Nello, & Ivano Daini + 

Wednesday                       September 15, 2021
7:00        Ettorina Cardella & Family +
9:00        Death Anniversary of Frank (Biscotti) Reginato + 

Thursday                             September 16, 2021
7:00        Birthday Isabel Sia Lu Regan – Intention the Prevadeli Family
9:00        Antonio Corona + 

Friday                                   September 17, 2021
7:00        Edward J. Sabini +
9:00        Pietro Damato + 

Saturday                              September 18, 2021
7:30        Birthday Leia Sia Lu Regan
9:00        Luigi Marciano +
5:00        Louis Greco & Family + 

Baptisms
Jaxon Trillo – Quinn Trillo

Marriages
Andrew De Luca & Gianna Rossi
Jason Ellement & Christine Torok

Rest-in-Peace
Mara Amato

 

Particular Items

Holy Name Society: SSPP’s Holy Name Society, will NOT be able to host Champagne Bingo this year due to COVID. However, we will be conducting our monthly meeting on today, Sunday September 12, after the 8:45 Mass. Coffee and donuts in the Parish center & new/prospective Members welcome!

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 erin@forlifeandfamily.org.

Salesian Jubilees & Reception: On Sunday, September 19th at the 5pm Mass, we will be celebrating several milestone anniversaries- Fr. Tom Prendiville, 75 years of Religious Profession and 65 years of Ordination, Frs. Al Mengon and Harold Danielson, 65 years of Religious Profession, Fr. John Lam, 60 Years of Religious Profession and 50 years of Ordination and Fr. Ramon Zarate, 40 years of Religious Profession, as well as others from the SDB Western Province. Afterwards, we will have a dinner reception in the parish auditorium. Buffet style- steak, salmon, pasta, salad, wine and desert for $25. Reservations and payments can be made at the parish office by Wednesday, September 15 so that we can notify the caterer. Please come and celebrate the many years of ministry of these wonderful Salesian priests.

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.

Madonna del Lume: We will honor Madonna del Lume, and remember all fishermen and others lost at sea on Sunday, October 3 at the noon Mass. Mass will be followed by the annual Procession to the Fisherman’s Chapel at the Wharf, where there will be  the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet and Memorial Flower sendoff.

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.

Church Flowers: Would you like to sponsor a weekend of fresh flowers for your Church? Help beautify the Church, and your intention will be included in the bulletin. Call 415-421-0809.

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 lharris@sspeterpaulsf.org, 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,  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/

Please pray: For all who are sick, lonely, and nearing the ends of their lives.

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday                 12           24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday               13           John Chrysostom; Bishop, Doctor
Tuesday               14           The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Wednesday         15           Our Lady of Sorrows
Thursday             16           Cornelius; Pope, & Cyprian; Bishop, Martyrs
Friday                   17           Robert Bellarmine; Bishop, Doctor
Saturday              18           Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sunday                 19           25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your gifts of last week: $2,881.
Second Collection (Catholic University)  $784.
Weekly Cost to Operate Church:               $17,066.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

 

 

Isaiah 35:4-7a; James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37. In the first reading, the Lord says that he has come to save his people, including making the deaf hear and the blind see. In the second reading, James tells the Christian community not to show partiality to those who are rich, nor to discriminate against the poor. In the Gospel, Jesus heals a deaf man to the great astonishment of the crowd near the Decapolis.

 

Domenico 23A Del Tempo Ordinario

Il Battesimo che ci fa cristiani, non ci esime dal coltivare, con un impegno di formazione permanente, la vita cristiana, per diventare testimoni convinti. Quindi dal Battesimo derivano due compiti molto importanti: l’ascolto della Parola e la professione della fede.

 

常年期第二十三主日

今天雅各伯書第二章一開始就說:「你們既信仰我們光榮的主耶穌基督,就不該以貎取人。意思是我們對人要真誠,而真誠在於對人有大公無私的愛德、在於行善、約束自己的行為和言語。雅各伯勸人不要以貎取人,因為那是違反愛德的行為,完全不符合基督徒應該真誠相愛的要求。

俗語說:「先敬羅衣後敬人」。正是雅各伯書這一段的例子:看到穿着華服的人就請他上座 ,穿破爛衣服的人就要他站立,是最不要得的行為,因為這一來,我們就以外表去品評一個人 ,而不是真的一視同仁地愛人。連孔子因為看到子羽相貎好像很愚笨,以為他不能成材,誰知他是個好學勤奮而又忠誠有材幹的人,使他不禁歎息說:「吾以貎取人,失之子羽」。可見真不能以外觬去判斷一個人的美惡。耶穌教我們愛人如己,既然我們不會因為自己長得不漂亮或沒有美麗的衣服而不愛自己,我們又怎能因為別人的相貎和外表而以不同的心理和態度去對待這個人呢?以貌取人是世俗的看法,絕不是基督徒應有的態度,況且耶穌最愛貧窮無助的人,因為這些人往往是最謙卑、最有信德的人。

九月八日星期二是聖母誕屒節,聖母的誕生是耶穌誕生的前奏,給人帶來喜樂,預告救恩的喜訊,讓我們感謝天主給我們這位天上的慈母 ,讓我們依賴她,效法她,求她為我們轉禱吧!

 

From Fr. Ramon:  At baptism, a short time after water is poured on the child, the celebrant touches the child’s ears and then the mouth of the child and he prays, “Ephphatha! The Lord has made the deaf hear and the dumb speak.

May He soon touch your ears to receive His word, and your mouth to proclaim His faith, to the praise and glory of God the Father. Amen.”

This prayer tells us that each one of us Christians is expected to live with open ears (open eyes too) and to speak the Word of God that we hear and observe. God is the Lord of History and he communicates with us in the events of our own lives. From these events and the Word of God we are to discern where God calls us and leads us. We are to listen to God and speak out and communicate to all what we discern that God asks of us.

In other words, we are invited to grow into “Good Shepherds” who, after a lifetime of following Christ, knowing him and listening to his voice and proclaiming his word in our lives, lead others to green pastures and flowing waters.

From what has happened these last days, what is God telling us? What is he inviting us to do? If we keep our ears attuned to God’s calling out to us, we will be able to answer these questions.

There are thousands of messages carried and broadcast by innumerable different frequencies of airwaves around us. But radios tuners or bluetooth receivers or wifi access points tune into those messages and broadcast them too. Whose messages do we keep tuning into? Our smart speakers are always on the alert listening to us waiting to respond to the command of our own voice patterns. Whose voice are we attentively alert for and so speak for?

The news around us these days is on Covid, Hurricane Ida, the Haiti earthquake, the Afghan nation and its refugees. Some people attentively follow the news. Some want to shut themselves off completely from  any news. Is God on the news? Perhaps the right question to ask would be “Is God IN the news?” Well, what does “Gospel” really mean? Doesn’t it mean “Good NEWS”? Our God is therefore deeply involved with news.

With ears (and eyes) attentive to the news we might discern that these days God is inviting us to focus our attention on the sick, the victims of natural disasters and war. God is probably reminding us to keep assisting and attending to “those who are poor in the world” who are “heirs of the kingdom” – to be one with them, act and advocate on their behalf.

-Fr. Ramon Zarate, SDB
Parochial Vicar

 

Mass Intentions For The Week 

Sunday                                 September 5, 2021
8:45        Mr. Giovanni Riccio + – Birthday of Mercedes Sia Lu Kalaykan
10:15     For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
12:00     The Pierini & Spes Families + – Intention Mary McGrath Hamrick
5:00        Joseph Maggiora & the Maggiora Family +

Monday                               September 6, 2021
7:00        Intention the Prevadeli Family
9:00        Mr. Carlo Romeo + – Gino, Vincent, Candida, & Basuino + 

Tuesday                               September 7, 2021
7:00        Mr. Italo Giannone +
9:00        Soul of Mr. Gelasio Bini + 

Wednesday                       September 8, 2021
7:00        Fr. Joseph Costanzo, SDB +
9:00        Pietro, Adele, & Elena Domenici + – Healing Laurie Ann and Jason

Thursday                             September 9, 2021
7:00        Louis, Eugenia, & Raymond Raggio +
9:00        Mr. & Mrs. Mary & Julio Poggi + 

Friday                                   September 10, 2021
7:00        Andrea Genoveffa +
9:00        Peter A. Cresci + 

Saturday                              September 11, 2021
7:30        Birthday of Aidan Cua
9:00        Alice Collins +
5:00        The Fanucchi & Lucchesi Families + 

WEEKLY INTENTIONS
In Honor of the Infant of Prague
For each intention mentioned in the group above, individual Masses will be said in our Schools or Missions.

 Baptisms
Koa Macatulad

Marriages
David Torres & Adriana Alvarez

Rest-in-Peace
Jim Staley – Mara Amato

 

Particular Items

Second Collection: Today we have a second collection for the Catholic University of America.

Holy Name Society: SSPP’s Holy Name Society, will NOT be able to host Champagne Bingo this year due to COVID. However, we will be conducting our monthly meeting on Sunday September 12, after the 8:45 Mass. Coffee and donuts in the Parish center & new/prospective Members welcome!

Salesian Young Adult Mass & More: Hey SSPP Young Adults! Our Salesian Young Adult Group is in the process of rebirth. Young adults are invited to attend the Saturday 5:00PM Mass, and we plan for food and events will follow. Email gibbons@salesiansspp.org for more.

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 erin@forlifeandfamily.org.

Salesian Jubilees: On Sunday, September 19, at the 5:00PM Mass we will honor a number of our Salesians as they celebrate Jubilees. They are: Fr. Thomas Prendiville (75 years of Religious Profession and 65 years a Priest; Fr. Al Mengon, Br. Patrick Barbariol, Fr. Harold Danielson, & Fr. Thomas Juarez (65 years Religious Profession); Fr. John Lam (60 years Religious Profession and 50 years a Priest); Fr. Ramon Zarate and Fr. Joseph Matthew Paradayil (40 years Religious Profession); and Fr. Robert Ledezma (25 years a Priest). Join us in thanking those who have given so much!

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.

Madonna del Lume: We will honor Madonna del Lume, and remember all fishermen and others lost at sea on Sunday, October 3 at the noon Mass. Mass will be followed by the annual Procession to the Fisherman’s Chapel at the Wharf, where there will be  the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet and Memorial Flower sendoff.

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: The 2021 AAA has begun. This year our assessment is $57,954. So far, 61 parishioners have pledged/paid $31,320, leaving us with a balance of $26,634. Please join your fellow parishioners in meeting our shared 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 lharris@sspeterpaulsf.org, 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/

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: ete@sspeterpaulsf.org

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!

Church Flowers: Would you like to sponsor a weekend of fresh flowers for your Church? Help beautify the Church, and your intention will be included in the bulletin. Call 415-421-0809.

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday                 05           23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon-Tues            06-07     Weekdays in Ordinary Time
Wednesday         08           Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Thursday             09           Peter Claver; Priest
Friday                   10           Weekday in Ordinary Time
Saturday              11           Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sunday                 12           24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your gifts of last week:                                  $2,905.
Second Collection (For the Poor):                $1,417.
Weekly Cost to Operate Church:                $17,066.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!