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Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11; Titus 2:11-14, 3:4-7; Luke 3:15-16, 21-22. Isaiah prophesies the Lord bringing peace and victory to Israel, and foretells the ministry of John the Baptist. Paul’s Letter to Titus reminds his listeners of the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ. In Luke’s Gospel, John the Baptist denies being the Messiah, and at the baptism of Jesus, the Holy Spirit Appears in the shape of a dove. God the Father’s voice is heard proclaiming Jesus as his beloved son.

Battesimo del Signore

Con entusiamo, il profeta anuncia il ritorno di Israele dall’esilio di Babilonia dopo il perdono dei peccati. Dio ha fatto pace con il suo popolo dopo la conversione. Gesù entra nell’acqua del fiume Giordano, si unisce ai peccatori, assume l’atteggiamento dei pentiti e incomincia la riparazione che sarà portata a termine con il suo sacrificio in croce.

耶穌受洗節

今天的節日是紀念耶穌出外傳教之前在約旦河接受聖若翰給祂付洗,也就是顯示耶穌是天主的節日。耶穌本來沒有罪,不需受洗,但祂願意既然降生為猶太人,就接受猶太人的法律,遵守猶太人的風俗。

耶穌藉着受洗,給我們建立了聖洗聖事。也吩咐宗徒們:「去教訓萬民,因父及子及聖神之名給他們付洗」。我們信、我們受了洗,原罪得以赦免,得到聖寵。因此,聖洗是我們一生中最重要的一日,我們的靈魂潔白無罪。一塊枯乾的土地要有水,才可讓植物生長出來,我們的靈魂因着聖洗的滋溉,能夠結出愛天主愛人的果實。可惜有時我們受了不良環境的引誘,或因為自私、貪婪、軟弱而犯罪,使我們領洗後潔白的靈魂蒙污。

我們應該時刻感謝天主給我們領洗的大恩,也求聖母幫助我們躲避犯罪的機會。聖經告訴我們,人人都有責任成為聖人,也可以成為聖人,祇要我們遵守天主的誡命,誠心依賴耶穌和聖母的幫助。

今天的福音中,我們可以看到耶穌謙遜地和那些悔罪的人一起受洗。而若翰洗者也表示出謙遜的精神,從當日在約旦河的情景,人們很容易誤認他為默西亞,而他卻說連為耶穌解鞋帶都不配。謙遜真是我們基督徒不可少的德行啊!

From Fr. Gael: John always points to Jesus. He is the announcer, the forerunner, the harbinger of Jesus. The reflection we might make is in the form of a question. “In what way do I announce Jesus?” How is the presence of Jesus in the world magnified by my presence in the world. After all. That is really what our baptism calls us to be, “signs and bearers of the presence of Jesus.” That is our baptismal birthright. That is our profession, or expressed in another way, we are called to be professional Christians. This kind of professional qualification comes from the soul, resides in the heart, and should automatically show in who we are and how we live. We should point to Jesus.

After Jesus’ baptism we read, “heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

May the Sprit descend upon us and transform us so that the Father is well pleased!

–Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Baptisms
Isaac Lee – Humphrey Boschetto – Giovanna Rose Banchero

 Rest-in-Peace
Bernice Sena – Michele Lancieri Maria Magdalena Garcia

Particular Items

School Open House: SPP School (Kinder – 8) and The Laura Vicuna Pre-K (ages 3-5) will hold their annual open house on Sunday, January 13 from 10:00-12:00. All are welcome to attend. If you’d like an application for SSPP School, they are available now by visiting our website: www.sspeterpaulsf.org or calling 415-421-5219. Pre-Kindergarten applications will be available at our open house or by calling the Pre-K at 415-296-8549

The Don Bosco Study Group kicks off its tenth year with a meeting on Tuesday, January 15th at 7PM in the Club conference room. We will hear a short talk on St., Francis de Sales spiritual influence on Don Bosco (both of whose feasts days are this month) followed by a short clip from Bishop Baron’s video series. For those who wish to read this meetings selection, it’s Fr. Richard Rohr’s, “Falling Upward.” The reading for March 19 is Evelyn’s Waugh’s classic, “Brideshead Revisited.” Meetings are approximately ninety minutes. Refreshments are served. Call or write Frank Lavin (415.310.8551, franklavin@comcast.net) with questions. All are welcome.

Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club Cioppinos! It’s crab season, and around here that means only one thing: SBGC Cioppino! This year’s remaining cioppinos will be on January 19 and February 2. Call 415-397-3068 for tickets and availability. And remember: it all supports the Club!

SBCC Seeks Event Manager: The Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club (SBGC) is currently seeking a full-time Event Manager to design, plan and execute the wide array of fundraising events it hosts each year. The Event Manager will play a critical role in supporting The Club and will be a member of The Club’s leadership team. Additional information, including Job description, can be provided upon request. Please send cover letter and resume to jobs@salesianclub.org.

Salesian Saints! January is the month when we celebrate the feasts of a number of our Salesian saints. On January 22 we celebrate the feast of Blessed Laura Vicuña. On January 24, we celebrate St. Francis de Sales. And on January 31 we celebrate the feast of St. John Bosco. All of our Salesian saints, pray for us!

Attn: MEN! St. Patrick’s Seminary Discernment Weekend: From January 18-20 St. Patrick’s Seminary will host their annual Discernment Weekend for men 21 and older who may be considering a vocation to the priesthood. For more information or to register, email the Seminary’s Vocations Director: For more information, go here www.stpsu.edu/is-god-calling-you or email the Archdiocesan Vocations Director, Fr. Pat Summerhays: vocations@sfarch.org ‘We need men to give up their lives for Jesus Christ NOW!’

Choose Life! Walk for Life West Coast: Join fellow Catholics and Pro‐Lifers from all over the western U.S. (and beyond) as we stand for the littlest among us at the 15th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on January 26, 2019. The day starts with Mass at 9:30AM celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The rally begins at 12:30PM in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, and the Walk, down the city’s Market Street, begins at 1:30PM. For complete information about the Walk, visit www.walkforlifewc.com or call 415‐658‐1793.

All-Night Adoration for Life: As always, we have all night Eucharistic Adoration for Life on the Friday before the Walk, beginning at 8PM. We need people to be with Our Lord at all times! If you’d like to schedule an hour or more call Gibbons at 415-421-0809.

Faith Sharing Group: The group will meet in the parish center at 6:30 PM on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: Our 2018 assessment was $85,438. We need YOUR help! So far 136 parishioners or families have paid or pledged $74, 117, leaving us with a balance of $11, 321. We give heartfelt thanks to all who have given, but there are a lot more than 136 parishioners or families in the parish, so if you have not yet donated, please join your fellow parishioners in helping us to meet our shared obligation.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA): The RCIA program has begun. This program is for adults who are interested in the Catholic faith and are willing to journey from inquiring to the receiving of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Please drop your name and email address off at the parish office.

Religious Education–CCD: The Religious Education CCD program of our parish is in session. All are welcome to the program for grades K to 8, especially students who do not have regular religious education in school. The CCD meets on Sundays from 10-11AM.—please bring children to the Pre-K at 9:45AM.

CCD Teachers Needed! Would you like to bring the Good News to young people? We need more CCCD teachers for this year’s semester. Please contact the parish office if you are interested in this vital work.

 New Facebook Page! Check out our new Saints Peter and Paul Facebook page: facebook.com/SsPeterandPaulSF. It’s a great site with beautiful pictures and to help you keep up with our many events!

Liturgical Calendar

Sunday                  13           The Baptism of the Lord
Monday                14           Weekday (First Week in Ordinary Time)
Tuesday                15           Weekday in Ordinary Time
Wednesday           16          Weekday in Ordinary Time
Thursday               17          Weekday in Ordinary Time
Friday                    18          Weekday in Ordinary Time
Saturday               19           Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sunday                  20          Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your faithful donations of last week               $3,438.
Mary, the Mother of God (Jan. 1):   $1,423.

Your faithful donations of Dec. 29/30:          $6,085.
Second Collection (For the Poor):    $2,508.

Your faithful donations of Dec. 22/23:          $3,304.
Second Collection (Parish School):  $1,200.

Christmas Masses and Appeal:        $29,535.
Weekly Parish Expenses:   $20,715.

Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!