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Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14; Colossians 3:12-21 or 3:12-17; Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23. Sirach writes about family relationships and duties, especially that of honoring one’s parents all the days of their lives. Paul instructs the Colossians on how to love one another and live for Christ. In the Gospel, Joseph follows the instructions of the angels who led him safely into, and out of, Egypt.
Santa Famiglia
 
Il mondo è la famiglia di Dio. Ogni celebrazione eucaristica è catechesi permanente dell’azione di Dio nella nostra vita. Con la festa della Sacra Famiglia, celebriamo non solo la soffrenza delle famiglie più provate, ma, la certezze che siamo tutti guidati da Dio nel cammino alla vera vita.

聖家節今天是聖家節。想到聖家,我們的腦海出現一幅和樂、平安的畫像,但在這和平的畫像出現之前,我們看到細小的嬰孩耶穌,出生後不久,已經要逃難,逃離惡王追殺。我們可以想象聖母和聖若瑟為保護耶穌所表現的勇敢和所付出的力量。他們沒有懷疑耶穌既是天主子,為什麼不以祂的神力抵擋惡王追殺?而耶穌也沒有用祂天主子的力量,免除父母的艱苦。祂祇謙卑地像一個毫無扺抗力的嬰兒,需要父母的保護。這聖家逃難的圖像,讓我們想到他們的信德、服從、謙遜、勇敢、犧牲和愛。耶穌要告訴我們:天主聖子來到世界時,願意和世人一樣,有一個家庭,也像每一個家庭一樣,有着它的歡樂和困難、痛苦。耶穌的家庭是清貧而儉樸的,但父慈子孝,祂受着父母的保護和愛,服從、孝愛父母,當然,聖若瑟和聖母也盡力愛護祂、養育祂。祂看重家庭。也給我們立了家庭的模範,祂的家庭是以天主為中心的。聖家三口慌忙逃往埃及,像重演先祖逃離埃及人迫害一樣的事蹟。人世間的種種歡樂和痛苦,耶穌都要和我們一起經歷,和我們分擔,因此我們在生活中遇到種種困難時都不要怕,要效法聖母聖若瑟,用高度的信德精神,去承受一切痛苦,一心依賴天主,無論怎樣,也不要改變家庭的祥和氣氛,求聖家三位作我們家庭的主保。

From Fr. Gael: The first we hear about the Holy Family is how together they must flee to insure their survival. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph must become strangers in a strange land. They must return to Egypt, the scene of the slavery and humiliation of the people of Israel. They must become people who for political reasons, King Herod, must leave home and family to survive. What sadness.The Holy Family lived the first years of the life of Jesus in that reality. Only when Joseph judged it safe to return could they go home. Does this somehow sound familiar? In the world around us, in so many ways and in so places this happens today. Are Jesus, Mary and Joseph among them today! What sadness.–Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Weddings
Francis Galanido and April Ruiz
Rest-in-Peace
Maria Ilsun Choi – Ronald Ricossa

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday  December 29, 2019
7:30 Birthday of Louis DeNicolai +
8:45 In Honor of Madonna della Guardia
10:15 Serge & Tom Cincotta +
11:45 Vivian Rohner +
1:00 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
5:00 Omar Rodriguez +

Monday  December 30, 2019
7:00 Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00 Pietro, Adele, & Elena Domenici +

Tuesday   December 31, 2019
7:00 Frank D. Adams +
9:00 Thanksgiving from Deacon Edward Te

Wednesday January 1, 2020
7:00 Thanksgiving from Stephanie Cincotta
9:00 Ernesto, Ilide, & Pietro Piazza and Fr. Joseph Costanzo, SDB + –
6:00 Umberto & Giosi Sereni + (Conc.)

Thursday   January 2, 2020
7:00 Anniversary of the Death of Ernesto Marenzi +
9:00 Louis Baccetti +

Friday  January 3, 2020
7:00 Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00 For Guidance from the Holy Spirit

Saturday  January 4, 2020
7:30 Henry Ravetto +
9:00 Fernanda Matteucci + – Eva, Eugenia, Lorenzo Lari + (Conc.)
5:00 The Pierini & Spes Families +

Particular Items

“Holy Family of Nazareth, reawaken in our society the awareness of the sacred and inviolable character of the family, an inestimable and irreplaceable good. Let every family be a welcoming place of goodness and peace for children and the elderly, for the sick and lonely, for the poor and needy.”Pope Francis, World Family Day, October 27, 2013.
 
Mary the Mother of God: Wednesday, January 1 is the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. We will have Masses at 7:00 & 9:00 AM and at 6:00 PM.

Eucharistic Adoration/Scripture Study: Every Wednesday, we have Eucharistic Adoration from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Church. Scripture Study is at 7PM, but in the rectory.

Alcoholics Anonymous: The AA Meets every Thursday at 6:00 PM, in the parish center. “Don’t believe in miracles? A bunch of drunks got together and solved a problem!” Unofficial AA motto.

Pre-K Open House: The Laura Vicuña Pre-K (ages 3-5 years) and the kindergarten of Saints Peter and Paul School will host their annual open house on January 12, 2020 from 10AM-12PM. Applications for the fall of 2020 will be available at that time. An open house for all of SSPP School will be on January 29th at 6PM.

SBGC Cioppinos! January is right around the corner, which means just one thing in North Beach: Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club Cioppino! This year’s Cioppinos will be on January  11 & 18 and February 1 & 8. Call the Club at 415-397-3068 for tickets! And remember. All proceeds benefit the Club!

Saints Peter and Paul School Scholarship Fund: With San Francisco’s cost of living, lack of funds may prevent children from receiving a Catholic Education. The Salesians began by educating the children of the poor, and we are not about to exclude those who cannot make the total fee. But, like Don Bosco before us, we need help. Are there parishioners and/or friends who might consider contributing to the sponsorship of a student who might be otherwise forced to leave? All recipient family qualifications will be verified by Saints Peter and Paul School. For more information, feel free to call Fr. Gael at 421-0809 or Dr. Harris at 415-421-5219.

Mille Grazie! We thank all of our good volunteers who help us in so many ways throughout the years: Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers, Church and rectory decorators, those who help with mailings and tabulating the collection…just to many to name. We will send a special thanks to our Columbus Day bazaar Committee under the leadership of MaryKate Del Campo, Gregg Franceschi, and Tiffany Pisoni. The 2019 Bazaar was the most successful ever…we brought in net of over $100,000 for the Church, School, and Pre-K.

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.

Choose Life! Walk for Life West Coast 2020: Join fellow Catholics and Pro‐Lifers of every and no faith from all over California and beyond as we stand up for the littlest among us at the 16th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on January 25, 2020. There will be Mass at 9:30AM at St. Mary’s Cathedral celebrated by visiting bishop Archbishop Alexander Sample from Portland, OR. The rally begins at 12:30PM in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, and the Walk, down Market Street, begins at 1:30PM. Last year’s Walk drew 50,000+ people. For complete information about the Walk, visit walkforlifewc.com or call 415‐658‐1793.

Clericus Classic Basketball: Priests and Seminarians Face Off! On Saturday, January 18, 2020, the Fifth Annual Clericus Basketball Classic will be held at the gym of Serra High School 451 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. The game features priests and seminarians. Archbishop Cordileone will be the official host and honorary tipoff referee. Families and friends and future seminarians are invited to come out and have fun. Also games for kids and a raffle—first prize $1000! Ticket prices: adults $10, children $5. Tickets are available at the door. Credit card and cash will be accepted. Last year’s game was won in the final seconds with two free throws by SSPP’s own alum, Fr. Alvin Yu! Sponsored by the Office of Vocations of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. To learn more about Archdiocesan vocations: Fr. Cameron Faller at vocations@sfarch.org

Speaking of Vocations: Could God be Calling Me? YES! God calls each of us to life, to wholeness, and to service. The task of the young adult is to discern what path God wants him or her to follow.

The Lord calls most people to marriage and family. For the Christian young adult this is a very important decision. Choosing to marry is not just a romantic response, but also a very specific process that includes prayer, investigation, involvement, and experience.

God calls some people to religious life as a Sister, Brother, or Priest. A religious vocation follows the same process. We call this the discernment process. Want to learn more about the Salesian Vocation? Email Fr. John Roche, SDB at jrochesdb@gmail.com

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 29 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, & Joseph
Monday 30 Sixth Day Within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord
Tuesday 31 Seventh Day Within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord, Sylvester I; Pope
Wednesday 01 Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God
Thursday 02 Basil the Great & Gregory Nazianzen; Bishops, Doctors
Friday 03 Christmas Weekday, Holy Name of Jesus
Saturday 04 Elizabeth Ann Seton; Religious
Sunday 05 The Epiphany of the Lord

Your faithful donations of December 7/8 $4,033.
Second Collection (Retired Religious): $1,839.
Your faithful donations of December 14/15: $3,957.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

Isaiah 7: 10-14; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1: 18-24. Isaiah prophesies a sign for Israel: The virgin shall conceive, and bear a son who will embody God’s redemptive presence with his people. Paul, recalling his own apostolic calling, writes that the Gentiles are also called to belong to Jesus Christ. In the Gospel, the Lord’s angel comes to Joseph in a dream and reveals the circumstances of Mary’s pregnancy, and what this means. Joseph obeys the angels commands.
Domenica 4A Di Avvento

Maria del Vangelo ci mostra cosa è per Lei il Natale: il dono di Gesù. Ecco il Natale per il cristiano: un atto di fede e un impegno per la pace: la disponibilità a compiere la volontà di Dio è vivere la solidarietà verso le persone bisognose di aiuto.

將臨期第四主日

在將臨期的彌撒中,我們多次在讀經一中,讀到《依撒爾亞先知書》,所選的章節往往是預言救主的來臨,勸人攺過遷善,充滿喜樂與和平的訊息:惡獅猛獸和平相處,豺狼與羔羊共存,那是天國的預像。沒有人作惡, 也沒有戰爭,因為那時萬物充滿了對天主的認識。這是天堂,是天主對世人的許諾。也是祂對我們的期望。   祂要我們締造世上的天堂。

我們會說:「我們現在生活在世上,不是在天堂,這事怎能實現?」那是可以的,我們可以創出一個小小的天堂,最少,可以在我們自己的心中及身邊的人中,創造這樣的一個天堂,祇要我們誠心地按天主的誡命對自己、對我們的近人做出來。

在今天的福音中,我們可以看到一個絕好的榜樣。我們沒有看到有多少有關聖若瑟的記載,祇說他是個義人,他也沒有說過一句話,可是從他所作作為,一目了然他是怎樣的一個人,他的操守、聖德、他的為人、他的信德,他的忠誠,默默地盡心做好天主願意他做的事:保護養育耶穌,做聖母忠誠的淨配,幫助保護她。沒有聖若瑟,聖經可能要改寫呢!

From Fr. Gael: In today’s first reading the power of God is revealed to King Ahaz by the prophet Isaiah in a prophetic utterance. The threat he fears shall be averted, and the sign of this hope is the birth of a child. This child, Isaiah says, will be God’s concrete sign of compassion, for through the child, Ahaz’s line will continue in spite of the Assyrian threat. Emmanuel, “God-with-us”, will be the answer. Joseph, in the Gospel seems to be facing disaster as well when he learns that his fiancée, Mary, is “with Child”, not realizing that this child is the answer to the prophecy of Isaiah to King Ahaz. This is child who IS “God-with-us.” When the angel shares that understanding with Joseph, he who would have known the prophecy, embraces the disaster which is really the miracle of the presence of God among us. How often does God act in ways in our lives which might at first be difficult to understand as in reality being moments of “God-with-us.” In this unfathomable way Christmas comes to us more than once a year!!!

–Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Weddings
Gepaul Carpio and Viktoriya Onikiychuk
Rest-in-Peace
Robert & Catherine Michelis
Mass Intentions For The Week
Sunday  December 22, 2019
7:30 Anniversary of the Death of Andrea Marenzi +
8:45 Thanksgiving Seno & Sadie Family
10:15 Thanksgiving Rosemary Tin and the Tin Family
11:45 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul – Segundina de Leon + (Conc.)
1:00 Steve & Lena Cuneo +
5:00 Eugene Charles Payne, III +
Monday  December 23, 2019
7:00 Birthday of Sheila Iyer
9:00 Anniversary of the Death of Giuseppe D’Ascoli +
Tuesday   December 24, 2019
7:00 Anniversary of the Death of Louis DeNicolai +
9:00 Br. Roy Vetari, SDB & Fr. Attilio Giovannini, SDB V
5:00 Loriano & Anita Belluomini +
Wednesday December 25, 2019
12:00 Wedding Anniversary Jarnal & Mercedes Kalaykan +
– The Laurent, Baccetti, & Frizza Family +
7:30 The DeNicolai Family +
8:45 Anniversary of the Death of Teresa Bonjean + –
10:15 Deceased Members of the Chinese Apostolate +
11:45 GB De Nicolai +
1:00 Ernesto, Ilide, & Pietro Piazza & Fr. Joseph Costanzo, SDB +
Thursday   December 26, 2019
7:00 Angelo Sanguinetti +
9:00 Rosa & Francesco Balistreri + 

Friday  December 27, 2019
7:00 Louis Baccetti +
9:00 Evelina Riccio +

 Saturday  December 28, 2019
7:30 Les & Teresa Favrat +
9:00 The Giurlani Family + – Roger Moskaira + (Conc.)
5:00 The Lucchesi & Fanucchi Family +

Particular Items

Christmas Eve
Tuesday, December 24
Confessions 4:00 to 5:00 PM
Vigil Mass at 5:00 PM  Carols at 11:15 PM, followed by the Midnight Mass
Christmas Day (Holy Day of Obligation)
Wednesday, December 25
Masses in English at:
7:30 AM, 8:45 AM & 1:00 PM
In Chinese/English at 10:15 AM
In Italian at 11:45 AM   NO 5:00 PM Mass
Eucharistic Adoration/Scripture Study: Every Wednesday, we have Eucharistic Adoration from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Church. Scripture Study is at 7PM, but in the rectory.
Alcoholics Anonymous: The AA Meets every Thursday at 6:00 PM, in the parish center. “The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking.”-Third Tradition.
Christmas Novena: The Chanted Christmas Novena Service will conclude in the Church at 5:00PM on December  23. This is your chance to join the Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in their evening prayer!
Christmas Second Collection: On Christmas Day we will have the annual second collection for our music ministry.
Christmas Legends: The Robin: “A small brown bird was perched on a beam in a stable in Bethlehem watching the people from many lands who had come with gifts for the newborn Child. The little bird could see the great adoration of the people as they knelt before the Babe, and was able to sense that something wonderful had happened.
 
After a time, the visitors departed and the Holy Family settled down to rest; and the little bird prepared to sleep, too. But just as he was dozing off, he noticed that the fire, built to keep the Child warm, was dying out. Quickly he flew down and began fanning the coals with his wings. The fire became brighter until the feathers on the little bird’s breast radiated the glow and showed a beautiful red.
 
Although he grew very tired, the small bird stayed by the fire all night, fanning it to keep the blaze bright and the Christ Child warm.Since that night the robin’s breast has remained a glowing red, a mark of the unselfish love and devotion shown by that bird in Bethlehem.”

Christmas Dinner for the Poor Volunteers Needed: On Christmas Day we serve dinner for the poor at 2:00PM. Volunteers are needed to set up, serve, and clean up. If you’d like to help, email Marc Bruno at marcabruno@yahoo.com

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.

Saints Peter and Paul School Scholarship Fund: With San Francisco’s cost of living, lack of funds may prevent children from receiving a Catholic Education. The Salesians began by educating the children of the poor, and we are not about to exclude those who cannot make the total fee. But, like Don Bosco before us, we need help. Are there parishioners and/or friends who might consider contributing to the sponsorship of a student who might be otherwise forced to leave? All recipient family qualifications will be verified by the  School. For more information, feel free to call Fr. Gael at 421-0809 or Dr. Harris at 415-421-5219.

Pre-K Open House: The Laura Vicuña Pre-K (ages 3-5 years) and the kindergarten of Saints Peter and Paul School will host their annual open house on January 12, 2020 from 10AM-12PM. Applications for the fall of 2020 will be available at that time. An open house for all of SSPP School will be on January 29th at 6PM.

“At Christmas we contemplate God made man, divine glory hidden beneath the poverty of a Child wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger; the Creator of the Universe reduced to the helplessness of an infant. Once we accept this paradox, we discover the Truth that sets us free and the Love that transforms our lives. On Bethlehem Night, the Redeemer becomes one of us, our companion along the precarious paths of history. Let us take the hand which he stretches out to us: it is a hand which seeks to take nothing from us, but only to give.
 
With the shepherds let us enter the stable of Bethlehem beneath the loving gaze of Mary, the silent witness of his miraculous birth. May she help us to experience the happiness of Christmas, may she teach us how to treasure in our hearts the mystery of God who for our sake became man; and may she help us to bear witness in our world to his truth, his love and his peace.” –Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI; 2005 Christmas Message.
Choose Life! Walk for Life West Coast 2020: Join fellow Catholics and Pro‐Lifers of every and no faith from all over California and beyond as we stand up for the littlest among us at the 16th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on January 25, 2020. There will be Mass at 9:30AM at St. Mary’s Cathedral celebrated by visiting bishop Archbishop Alexander Sample from Portland, OR. The rally begins at 12:30PM in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, and the Walk, down Market Street, begins at 1:30PM. Last year’s Walk drew 50,000+ people. AND as always, we have all-night Adoration for Life the night before the Walk. Please call the parish office to sign up. For complete information about the Walk, visit walkforlifewc.com or call 415‐658‐1793.
Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 22 Fourth Sunday of Advent
Monday 23 Late Advent Weekday, John of Kanty; Priest
Tuesday 24 Late Advent Weekday
Wednesday 25 The Nativity of the Lord
Thursday 26 Stephen; The First Martyr
Friday  27 John; Apostle, Evangelist
Saturday 28 The Holy Innocents; Martyrs
Sunday  29 The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, & JosephYour faithful donations of last week will be published in next week’s bulletin
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!
Isaiah 35: 1-6a, 10; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11: 2-11. In the first reading, Isaiah speaks of a day when the glory and splendor of God will be apparent to all. God will come to save. James encourages the community to be patient as they await Christ’s return. In the Gospel, Jesus tells the disciples of John the Baptist to go and tell John of miracles that have occurred. He then tells the crowd of John the Baptist’s greatness.
Domenica 3A Di Avvento
 
La gioia dev’essere l’abito che il cristiano indossa tutti i giorni. La mancanza di gioia è prima di tutto mancanza di fede. I discepoli ci insegnano a liberarci da atteggiamenti che potrebbero ostacolare la nostra testimonianza cristiana.

將臨期第三主日「將臨」,顧名思義,是期待一些即將要發生的事。今年,讓我們排除一切物質上的期望,專心默想耶穌降生的奧跡和聖誕的意義。若翰洗者也像當年以色列人一樣,期待着教世者來臨,他不單期待,他也自己準備,又勸人準備。他說:「你們要悔改」,又說「修直主的道路」。他言行一致,以天主的教訓為自己生活的準則。他以身作則,生活淡泊,不畏強權,有膽為信仰作證,那怕因此而犧牲生命。耶穌對他讚賞不絕, 說他是偉大的,可是祂加上一句,在天國中最小的,也比他大。」這是什麼道理?原來耶穌向我們提問,我們怎樣回應若翰洗者的呼聲?這呼聲也是耶穌對我們的期望。我們有沒有悔改?怎樣對天主,對別人?尤其是那貧窮的,被輕視的所謂「罪人」?

還有一點,今日這無神論囂張的世代,有人不准學校祈禱,有人要把「聖誕快樂」改為「假日快樂」。其實沒有人有權禁止我們祝人家「聖誕快樂」,如果我們身為基督不敢提醒人基督耶穌誕生是我們蒙福的日子,人們將會漸漸忘記耶穌,沒有耶穌,世界根本沒有和平。

From Fr. Gael: When I was a child, a number of years ago, it used to seem like Christmas took forever to come. Now, let’s gain a little perspective. The people of Israel were waiting hundreds of years for the Messiah to come. That requires commitment and patience. The liturgy of the church understands the limitations of human patience and therefore gives this “REJOICE” Sunday to help us along with the process. It says, HE is almost here! We can do this! Just a little more! All that is needed is commitment and patience. God is at work in the process. That is Jesus told the disciples of John who came to check his credentials. Yes, in the broadest strokes of humanity and in the more defined strokes of our individual lives, God is at work in the process. It is up to us to be collaborative in the process. We certainly can do this!!! –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB
Rest-in-Peace
Christina Aquino – Giuseppa Cresci Corona
Hermeneilda de Jesus Blanco- Marie Brown

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday  December 15, 2019
7:30 Fr. Mario Rosso, SDB +
8:45 Frank & Linda Machi +
10:15 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
11:45 GB De Martini +
1:00 Fernanda Matteucci +
5:00 Ettorina Cardella +

Monday  December 16, 2019
7:00 Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00 Thanksgiving for Blessings and Guidance Received During the Year

Tuesday   December 17, 2019
7:00 Edward Sabini +
9:00 Nicholas Damato + – Thanksgiving to Our Lady (Conc.)

Wednesday December 18, 2019
7:00 Birthday of Lorraine DeNicolai +
9:00 Emilia Lucchesi +

Thursday   December 19, 2019
7:30 Birthday Rosario T. Thomeczek +
9:00 Guy & Susie Fabri – Maria Serchia + (Conc.)

 Friday  December 20, 2019
7:00 Frank Sanguinetti +
9:00 Mary & Joseph Lavin + – Dora Varacchi + (Conc.)

 Saturday  December 21, 2019
7:30 Joseph Maggiora & the Maggiora Family +
9:00 Felice, Carmella, Biagio, & Pina Fazio +
5:00 The Edward & Eileen Ziomek & Myrtle Lane Families +

Particular Items
 
Christmas Memorial Poinsettias: This weekend and next we will be taking orders for Christmas Memorial poinsettias in front of the church. Cost is $20.
 
Chinese Apostolate Christmas Show: The Chinese Apostolate will host their annual Christmas show at 11:30 TODAY!
 
Christmas Novena: The Chanted Christmas Novena Service will be held in the Church at 5:00PM on December 16, 17, 18, 20 and 23. This is your chance to join the Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in their evening prayer!
 
Advent Penance Service: This year’s Advent Penance Service will be this Monday, December 16, at 7:00PM. ALL parishioners are invited and urged to attend!
 
Eucharistic Adoration/Scripture Study: Every Wednesday, we have Eucharistic Adoration from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Church. Scripture Study is at 7PM, but in the rectory.
 
Alcoholics Anonymous: The AA Meets every Thursday at 6:00 PM, in the parish center. “The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking.”-Third Tradition.
 
School Christmas Pageant: The school Christmas Pageant will be on Thursday, December 19, at 7PM.
 
Christmas Eve
Tuesday, December 24
Confessions 4:00 to 5:00 PM
Vigil Mass at 5:00 PM  Carols at 11:15 PM
followed by the Midnight Mass
Christmas Day (Holy Day of Obligation)

Wednesday, December 25
Masses in English at:
7:30 AM, 8:45 AM & 1:00 PM
In Chinese/English at 10:15 AM
In Italian at 11:45 AM   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.
 
Saints Peter and Paul School Scholarship Fund: With San Francisco’s cost of living, lack of funds may prevent children from receiving a Catholic Education. The Salesians began by educating the children of the poor, and we are not about to exclude those who cannot make the total fee. But, like Don Bosco before us, we need help. Are there parishioners and/or friends who might consider contributing to the sponsorship of a student who might be otherwise forced to leave? All recipient family qualifications will be verified by Saints Peter and Paul School. For more information, feel free to call Fr. Gael at 421-0809 or Dr. Harris at 415-421-5219.
 
Christmas Dinner for the Poor Volunteers Needed: On Christmas Day we serve dinner for the poor at 2:00PM. Volunteers are needed to set up, serve, and clean up. If you’d like to help, email Marc Bruno at marcabruno@yahoo.com
 
Pre-K Open House: The Laura Vicuña Pre-K (ages 3-5 years) and the kindergarten of Saints Peter and Paul School will host their annual open house on January 12, 2020 from 10AM-12PM. Applications for the fall of 2020 will be available at that time. An open house for all of SSPP School will be on January 29th at 6PM.
 
Christmas Legends: The tabby cat. “It was late at night in Bethlehem. All the visitors to the stable had gone home leaving only the Holy Family. All who remained were the holy animals and, outside, a tabby cat. Standoffish, she had watched the events with awe, but had not come into the stable. Now the only sound to be heard was the crying of Our Lord Jesus. He could not sleep. Our Blessed Mother comforted him, but to no avail. Even the ox and ass tried to help. Something compelled the tabby to help. She walked into the stable, and jumped into the manger. She lay down next to Our little Lord, and soon a loud purring filled the stable. Tabby’s purring calmed baby Jesus, and soon He was fast asleep. Our grateful Lady said “O proud cat, although you will never be tamed, from now on there will always be a warm place for you with the family by the fire.” Then Our Lady rubbed the cat’s forehead, and, with her finger, drew a mark. That’s why even today the Tabby cat has an “M” on her forehead—in memory of her good deed in Bethlehem”
Choose Life! “[W]e are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the ‘culture of death’ and the ‘culture of life’. We find ourselves not only ‘faced with’ but necessarily ‘in the midst of’ this conflict: we are all involved and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life.” — Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, 28 © 1995 Libreria Editrice Vaticana
 
More Choose Life! Walk for Life West Coast 2020: Join fellow Catholics and Pro‐Lifers of every and no faith from all over California and beyond as we stand up for the littlest among us at the 16th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on January 25, 2020. There will be Mass at 9:30AM at St. Mary’s Cathedral celebrated by visiting bishop Archbishop Alexander Sample from Portland, OR. The rally begins at 12:30PM in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, and the Walk, down Market Street, begins at 1:30PM. Last year’s Walk drew 50,000+ people. For complete information about the Walk, visit walkforlifewc.com or call 415‐658‐1793.
 
“Today Christmas has become a commercial celebration, whose bright lights hide the mystery of God’s humility, which in turn calls us to humility and simplicity…Let us ask the Lord to help us see through the superficial glitter of this season, and to discover behind it the child in the stable in Bethlehem, so as to find true joy and true light.
 
If we want to find the God who appeared as a child, then we must dismount from the high horse of our ‘enlightened’ reason… In this spirit let us celebrate the liturgy of the holy night, let us strip away our fixation on what is material, on what can be measured and grasped.” –Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Christmas Message, 2012.
 
Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 15 Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete (Rejoice!) Sunday
Monday 16 Advent Weekday
Tuesday 17 Late Advent Weekday
Wednesday 18 Late Advent Weekday
Thursday 19 Late Advent Weekday
Friday 20 Late Advent Weekday
Saturday 21 Late Advent Weekday, Peter Canisius; Priest, Doctor
Sunday 22 Fourth Sunday of Advent
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Second Collection (Retired Religious): $1,839.
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