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Isaiah 61: 1-2a, 10-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28.  In the first reading, Isaiah rejoices as he brings glad tidings of God’s vindication for his people. In the second reading, Paul encourages rejoicing as God prepares his people for the return of the Lord. In the Gospel, John testifies to the light and cries out in the desert to make straight the way of the Lord.

Domenica 3A Di Avvento 

Bisogna sbrigarsi a percorrere la strada della conversione, perché “Il tempo è compiuto e il regno di Dio è vicino,” ha ditto Gesù. “Il tempo ormai st è fatto breve. Passa la scena di questo mondo,” ripete con forza San Paolo.

 將臨期第三主日

在今天的福音中,我們清楚地聽到若翰洗者明白地表示,他不是默西亞,而是祂的見證人,是祂的前驅,為耶穌准備道路,使人認識祂,歸向祂。

若翰洗者說自己是在荒野裏呼喊的聲音:「修直主的道路!」每一個基督徒的生活方式,至少要帶有某種程度的曠野意味,那就是有刻苦、補贖,痛悔的精神。

不認識天主的世界就是個荒蕪的世界,今天還有許多人不認識天主。我們身為基督信徒,也應有聖若翰洗者的心懷,在這個荒野般的世界,以若翰洗者的精神去生活。不要讓塵世的繁雜事務,阻礙我們為基督的來臨作準備的工作,求天主給我們智慧,追隨基督,實行愛德,謹守十誡,不斷祈禱,凡事感恩,凡事信賴。這是吸引人歸向天主的有效方法,也就像若翰洗者一樣,為主修直道路!

From Fr. Gael: All major companies have a mission or vision statement which is an articulation off what they are all about. Today’s scripture gives us the Mission and vision statement of Jesus Christ. It is first articulated from the Old Testament source of the Book of the Prophet Isaiah in the first reading. The second reading says significantly, “Do not quench the Spirit.” It is a statement meant to encourage us in fulfilling with Christ the role of the Spirit within us, thus capacitating ourselves to carry out the mission of Christ in the world. As if that is not clear enough, the Gospel repeats the theme of last week’s readings: “‘make straight the way of the Lord,’  Fullfilling the mission and vision of Jesus Christ is truly “making straight the way of the Lord.” The opportunities for doing this are as multiple as the number of us are. We in our everyday lives and encounters with others are meant to transfer and increase the Mission and Vision of Christ today. –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday                                 December 13, 2020
8:45        Ettorina Cardella & Family +
Frank & Linda Machi +
10:15     Fr. Mario Rosso, SDB +
12:00     GB De Martini +
Luigi & Rosa Mangini +
Fernanda Matteucci +

Monday                              December 14, 2020
7:00        Jerry Matthews +
9:00        Henry Ravetto + – Anna Figone +

Tuesday                              December 15, 2020
7:00        Ettorina Cardella & Family +
9:00        Frank Cannizzaro +

Wednesday                        December 16, 2020
7:00        Anniversary of the Death of Conchita Chao +
9:00        Thanksgiving for Blessings and Guidance Received Throughout the Year

Thursday                            December 17, 2020
7:00        Edward Sabini +
9:00        Nicholas Damato + – Carol Cillette +

Friday                                   December 18, 2020
7:00        Birthday of Lorraine DeNicolai +
9:00        Birthday of Rosario T. Bugayong

Saturday                              December 19, 2020
7:30        The Giurlani Family +
9:00        Emilia Lucchesi + – Maria Serchia +
5:00        The Aicardi, Dal Cin, & Camoriani Families +

Rest-in-Peace
Queena Maggiora – Serena Greening – Karla Platt Giannini

Please pray for:
All those on the Saints Peter and Paul Prayer list
and all sick parishioners.

Particular Items

LATEST SCHEDULE: We are not celebrating public Masses, indoor or outdoor, until further notice. If you would like to attend Mass, please visit the Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, over at Columbus and Vallejo. They have Mass at 12:15PM Monday through Saturday and at 11:00AM on Sunday. We still stream Mass at 9:00AM Daily, 5:00PM Saturday, and at 8:45 & 10:15AM and 12 noon on Sunday. We are open Monday-Saturday from 10AM until 3:00PM for your visits.

Sunday Rosaries: The two regular Sunday Rosaries will be prayed today: at 2:30PM there is the Rosary Walk at St. Mary’s Cathedral, and at 3:00PM the Chinese Apostolate ZOOM Rosary. Here is the login info:

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12/13/2020 星期日 Sunday 下午3 PM

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Confessions: Please make an appointment for confession by calling the parish office.

Eucharistic Adoration: Adoration will stream Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:00PM.

Christmas Memorial Poinsettias: Yes, we plan to have Christmas Memorial this year. Cost is $20. You can remember a loved one and decorate the church for the Christmas season at the same time! Orders may  be placed in front of the Church or in the Church Bookstore or by calling 415-421-0809.

Christmas Novena: The Christmas Novena Service will be at 5PM  on December 16, 17, 18, and 21, 22, & 23. This is your chance to join the Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in their evening prayer.

Advent Day of Reconciliation: This year, instead of Advent Penance Service, we are having an all-day Parish Advent Reconciliation on Monday, December 21. Call the office to schedule a confession on that day between 9AM and 9PM. 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.  During this unusual period of the pandemic, all our classes will be held online via Zoom. Classes will be held every Thursday from 7-8pm. Kindly fill out the RCIA Participant General Information form on our website parish.sspeterpaulsf.org/religious-education/ and forward to ete@sspeterpaulsf.org

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.”

Religious Education-CCD:  The 2020-2021 Religious Education-CCD program will begin on October 4, 2020. We are welcoming and accepting students from Pre-K to Grade 8.  During this unusual period of the pandemic, all our classes will be held online via Zoom. The goal of the program is to help children to grow in faith and working together with parents we hope to help the children come to experience God in their own lives and to familiarize them with the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church. Our program is focused on Public school students who do not have an opportunity to have religious education in their school.  Classes are held every Sunday from 9:45am to 11:00am.  Kindly fill out the 2020-2021 CCD registration form on our website: parish.sspeterpaulsf.org/religious-education/

Choose Life! Yes, the 2021 Walk for Life West Coast is happening! On January 23, 2021 the 17th Annual Walk for Life West Coast will begin with a Mass at the Plaza of St. Mary’s Cathedral, and an abbreviated rally will be held at Civic Center Plaza, followed by the Walk down Market Street to the Ferry Building. There has never been a more important time to stand for the littlest and most vulnerable among us! For updates, visit walkforlifewc.com and sign up for the newsletter!

Christmas Dinner for Those in Need: At 2:30PM, on Christmas Day, our St. Vincent de Paul Society will be sharing Christmas Dinner for those in need in front of the Church.

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

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.

Daily Rosary: Before the lockdown, parishioners were praying the Rosary daily following the 7:00AM Mass. Let’s start this up again!

Liturgical Calendar

Sunday                 13           Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday
Monday               14           John of the Cross; Priest, Doctor
Tuesday               15           Advent Weekday
Wednesday        16           Advent Weekday
Thursday             17           Late Advent Weekday
Friday                    18           Late Advent Weekday
Saturday              19           Late Advent Weekday
Sunday                 20           Fourth Sunday of Advent

Your faithful donations of November 22 & 29:    $3,743.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11; 2 Peter 3:L8-14; Mark 1:1-8. The prophet Isaiah speaks for the Lord in giving comfort to his people, proclaiming the service of Jerusalem at an end—and that her guilt is expiated. They are to prepare the way of the Lord, for the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and he will shepherd them with care. In the second reading, Peter writes to his community that the day of the Lord will come like a thief. Therefore, they ought to conduct themselves in holiness and devotion…eager to be found without spot or blemish before him. In the Gospel, John the Baptists heralds the coming of Jesus as he exhorts his listeners to turn away from sin and be baptized.

 Domenica 2A Di Avvento

Risuona il grido di Giovanni Battista, perché si prepare la strada del Signore. I cuori si convertano per fare giustizia, compiere opera di amore, aprire l’animo alla pietà, per ritornare a Dio con tutto il cuore, con tutta l’anima e con tutte le forze.

 

將臨期第二主日

聖經中三位人物告訴我們將臨期應有的精神,第一位是依撒意亞先知,他的話語給人帶來希望:「安慰我的百姓……她的苦役己滿期,她的罪債己清償」。第二位是馬利亞,天主之母,她的服從打開了聖子降生成人,救贖的大門。第三位是若翰洗者為主預備道路

要活出這種精神,首先要像依撒意亞先知所說的,懷着盼望的心情等待。所期盼的不是世界上的物質,而是心靈上的珍寶——耶穌的來臨。第二要像聖母般的服從,又像聖母一樣珍愛耶穌。最後,要懷着像洗者若翰般的熱忱,努力修直主的道路,所謂修直主的道路,那就是在寧靜、祈禱和克已的態度去生活。在這段時日中盡力做慈善的工作,特別記得有需要的人,因為在這個人人歡樂的時期,對於貧苦、孤獨、失業、傷心的人來說特別覺得難過,要為他們做些事情。總之不要過一個世俗的、祇顧物質的聖誕節才好。

From Fr. Gael:  The imagery in the first reading from the prophet Isaiah is beautiful but is also resolutely direct. We have work that corresponds to each one of us. Make straight (Get rid of the crooked!) the highway, level the valleys (Fill in our personal potholes!), make everything level (Achieve balance!). Peter assures us that God will do his part, but we are called upon to do our part (Have we really understood that or is that why the Church in its wisdom gives us the same admonition and opportunity each year with the season of Advent.). Mark’s Gospel presents this message clearly in the person of John the Baptist who in the desert of Israel shouts out his message, “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” We can only straighten our paths if we can see straight. Sometimes we can only get a proper view of something by squinting our eyes to gain perspective. Advent is a time of squinting to get proper perspective so we can see straight with the proper perspective and then straighten our paths. Let’s all try to get proper perspective and  be surprised by what we can do this Advent season. “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday                                 December 6, 2020
8:45        Donna, Frances, & John Traverso + -The Edward & Eileen Ziomek & Myrtle Lane Families  +
10:15     Guy & Susie Fabri +
12:00     Carla Ferrando + -Domenico, Francesca, Tom, Giuseppe & Frances Cresci + -For the People of Saints Peter and Paul

Monday                               December 7, 2020
7:00        Birthday of Ernesto Marenzi +
9:00        Louis, Eugenia, & Raymond Raggio + – Thanksgiving the Luitgaarden Family

Tuesday                               December 8, 2020
7:00        Birthday of Maria Fuller
9:00        Concetta Romeo +
6:00        Giuseppe & Angela Balistreri & Family +

Wednesday                       December 9, 2020
7:00        Joseph Leo Torre & Family  +
9:00        Peter Domenici, III + – Italo Giannone +

Thursday                             December 10, 2020
7:00        Virginia Sanguinetti  +
9:00        Pietro Piazza +

Friday                                   December 11, 2020
7:00        Birthday and Anniversary of the Death of Eleanore Marenzi +
9:00        Serge & Tom Cincotta +

Saturday                              December 12, 2020
7:00        Daniel Scopel +
9:00        Victor, Emily, & Theresa Candia +
5:00        For the People of Saints Peter and Paul

Rest-in-Peace
Anna Maria Pierini – Eva Belloni
Sub-Deacon Michel Khoury

Particular Items

LATEST SCHEDULE: We are not celebrating public Masses, indoor or outdoor, until further notice. If you would like to attend Mass, please visit the Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, over at Columbus and Vallejo. They have Mass at 12:15PM Monday through Saturday and at 11:00AM on Sunday. We still stream Mass at 9:00AM Daily, 5:00PM Saturday, and at 8:45 & 10:15AM and 12 noon on Sunday. We are open Monday-Saturday from 10AM until 3:00PM, Saturday from 10-4, and Sunday 1-5 for your visits.

The two Sunday Rosary events will be prayed today: the 2:30 Rosary Walk at the Cathedral and the Chinese Apostolate ZOOM Rosary at 3. Here is the login info:

玫瑰經 Rosary Zoom meeting

12/6/2020 星期日 Sunday 下午3 PM

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Confessions: Please make an appointment for confession by calling the parish office.

Christmas Legends: St. Nicholas: December 6 is the Feast of St. Nicholas (of course subordinated this year to Sunday). How did St. Nicholas become “Santa Claus”? Nicholas was a priest, born in Patara, in 280 AD, in what is now Turkey. He became Bishop of the city of Myra. He was well known for his generosity to the poor. Once, a merchant in Myra had a business disaster, leaving his three daughters without dowries. This meant they couldn’t get married, and might be sold into slavery by creditors. Nicholas, the good bishop, heard about this and decided to take action. He sneaked onto the roof of the merchant’s house on three successive nights, dropping a bag of gold down the chimney each night. The astonished father, wondering where the gold was coming from, lay in wait on the third night. He caught St. Nicholas in the act, and embraced him in gratitude. In due course, all three daughters got married. Ever since, children have hung their stockings by the fireplace on Christmas Eve, to make things as easy as possible for St. Nick! The kindly St. Nick is also remembered for punching the arch-heretic Arius in the nose at the council of Nicaea in 325 A.D.

Immaculate Conception: Tuesday we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary! It is a Holy Day of Obligations Masses are at 7:00 & 9:00 AM, and 6:00 PM. And Saturday, we celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe. What a great week with Our Lady!

Salesian Cooperators: The Salesian Cooperators are hosting “Advent Reflections from Our Pastor”  with discussion afterwards next Monday, December 7 at 7pm on Zoom. Visit our website for login info. All parishioners are welcome to attend. Questions about what it means to be a Cooperator? Call or write Frank Lavin at 415/310.8551, franklavin@comcast.net.  Here is the ZOOM login info:

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Eucharistic Adoration/Holy Hour: Come and share your joys and struggles with Jesus—He wants to see you and hear about your day! Every Wednesday, we have Holy Hour from 7:00-8:00 PM. Parking available.

Christmas Memorial Poinsettias: Yes, we plan to have Christmas Memorial this year. Cost is $20. You can remember a loved one and decorate the church for the Christmas season at the same time! Orders may  be placed in front of the Church or in the Church Bookstore or by calling 415-421-0809.

Christmas Novena: The Christmas Novena Service will be at 5PM  on December 16, 17, 18, and 21, 22, & 23. This is your chance to join the Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in their evening prayer.

Advent Day of Reconciliation: This year, instead of Advent Penance Service, we are having an all-day Parish Advent Reconciliation on Monday, December 21. Call the office to schedule a confession on that day between 9AM and 9PM. 415-421-0809.

Pre-K Open House: The Laura Vicuña Pre-K (ages 3-5 years)  will host their annual open house, virtually, on January 10th, 2021 at 10AM. A flyer is here. Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be available in January. Please email the Pre-K Director, Barbara Simons, bsimons@sspeterpaulsf.org to request an application.

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.

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.  During this unusual period of the pandemic, all our classes will be held online via Zoom. Classes will be held every Thursday from 7-8pm. Kindly fill out the RCIA Participant General Information form on our website parish.sspeterpaulsf.org/religious-education/ and forward to ete@sspeterpaulsf.org

Religious Education-CCD:  The 2020-2021 Religious Education-CCD program will begin on October 4, 2020. We are welcoming and accepting students from Pre-K to Grade 8.  During this unusual period of the pandemic, all our classes will be held online via Zoom. The goal of the program is to help children to grow in faith and working together with parents we hope to help the children come to experience God in their own lives and to familiarize them with the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church. Our program is focused on Public school students who do not have an opportunity to have religious education in their school.  Classes are held every Sunday from 9:45am to 11:00am.  Kindly fill out the 2020-2021 CCD registration form on our website: parish.sspeterpaulsf.org/religious-education/

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

Daily Rosary: Before the lockdown, parishioners were praying the Rosary daily following the 7:00AM Mass. Let’s start this up again!

 Liturgical Calendar

Sunday                 06           Second Sunday of Advent
Monday               07           Ambrose; Bishop, Doctor
Tuesday               08           The Immaculate Conception of theBlessed Virgin Mary
Wednesday         09           Advent Weekday, Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin
Thursday             10           Advent Weekday
Friday                   11           Advent Weekday, Damasus I; Pope
Saturday              12           Our Lady of Guadalupe
Sunday                 13           Third Sunday of Advent; Gaudete Sunday

Your faithful donations of November 22 & 29: $3,743.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7; I Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:33-37. The prophet Isaiah speaks of the longing of the people of Israel for God’s return and help in times of trouble: That [he] would rend the heavens and come down, such that mountains would quake and awesome deeds take place. Paul gives thanks for the grace of God bestowed on the Corinthians, and assures them that they are not lacking in any spiritual gift. In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples, Be watchful! Be alert! For they do not know when the Lord of the house is coming.

 Domenica 1A Di Avvento

 Riprende il cammino dell’Anno Liturgico, perché il cristiano si prepare all’incontro con la Bontà di Dio. Sono duee I pensieri che accompagnano questo tempo di attesa: Dio ama gli uomini e lo dimostra facendoci, dono di suo Figlio; ogni cristano, poi, deve vivere alla luce di questa fondamentale verità sintonizzando tutte le proprie azioni sulla bontà di Dio.

 

將臨期第一主日

今天是教會禮儀年的開始,就像2018年一月一日是新的一年開始一樣。教會把禮儀年開始的四個主日定為將臨期,主日的讀經分甲、乙、丙三個週年,甲年讀瑪竇福音、乙年讀瑪爾谷福音、丙年讀路加福音,若望福音穿插在三年中,今年是乙年,主日的讀經專注於瑪爾谷福音。

本主日是將臨期第一主日,讀的是瑪爾谷福音13:33-37。耶穌提醒祂的門徒要提防、警醒,時刻準備,祂的話不單是對門徒們,也是對我們說的。因為世界或是我們自己終結的時刻不能預知,所以要時刻準備。

將臨期不單為準備慶祝耶穌聖誕,也為準備好世界末日耶穌在再來審判生者死者。耶穌在福音中一再提及要警醒,意思是要我們要專注,要心無旁鶩,不要想別的事情,祇想怎樣守好天主的誡命,愛天主愛人。因此,在這將臨期中,我們應該整頓生活,好好地祈禱、讀聖經、愛天主愛世人。這樣我們就可實現了像讀經二(格前1:3-9),聖保祿對格林多人的願望,充滿了對天主期盼。如果心中常有天主,什麼都不用怕了。

 

From Fr. Gael:  Jesus said to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert!”

The end of the liturgical year readings and the beginning of the liturgical readings are eschatological in content. The dictionary gives the following definition to the word eschatological: 1. any system of doctrines concerning last, or final, matters, as death, the Judgment, the future state, etc. 2. the branch of theology dealing with such matters.

So, for us Christians, it has to do with where we are ultimately headed. For some people this brings frightening scenes of the cataclysmic events of the end time. These scenes sometimes negatively influence the living of the “now” time. And, in reality, it is living in the presence of God in the “now” time that builds the character of our own personal “end time”. Living the “now” time in the active presence of God assures us of the outcome of our own personal end time. This takes the fear of the future out of joyful living in God’s presence every day.

Therefore, the word of Christ in the Gospel of this first Sunday of Advent are encouraging us to be watchful and alert always in our relationship to God. Doing that is the best eternal life insurance policy that we can assume! –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday                                 November 29, 2020
8:45        Loriano & Anita Belluomini + Thanksgiving for Fr. Javier Barrientos, SDB
10:15     Jane Owyoung, Ching Lai So Owyoung, & Mary Ann Auyeung +
1:00        In Honor of Madonna della Guardia – For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
5:00        Charles Arne Cline + 

Monday                                November 30, 2020
7:00        Giovanna & Rina Rossi +
9:00        Celestine Sbragia + – Raymond Levandowski +

Tuesday                               December 1, 2020
7:00        Birthday of Sheila B. Thomeczek
9:00        Louis Ferralis + – Italo Giannone +

Wednesday                         December 2, 2020
7:00        Thanksgiving Emmanuel Edward Te and Marilou Cua
9:00        Antonio Corona + – Catina Bertolotti +

Thursday                             December 3, 2020
7:00        Nicola Sanguinetti +
9:00        Birthday of Stephen Thomeczek – Anna Figone +

Friday                                   December 4, 2020
7:00        Thanksgiving Catherine Te & Mylyn Kalayakan
9:00        Fred Scolari + –                 Italo Giannone +

Saturday                              December 5, 2020
7:30        Anniversary of the Death of Rose Marenzi +
9:00        Gaetano Alioto +
5:00        Ruth & Guido Ghiglieri +

Baptisms
Joseph Salehi

Rest-in-Peace
Cecelia Cody – Anna Maria Pierini

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LATEST SCHEDULE: Saints Peter and Paul Church is not having public Masses, indoor or outdoor, until further notice. If you would like to attend Mass, please visit the Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, over at Columbus and Vallejo. They have Mass at 12:15PM Monday through Saturday and at 11:00AM on Sunday.

We are open Monday-Saturday from 10AM until 3:00PM for your prayer.

Masses are still streamed at 9:00AM Daily, 5:00PM Saturday, and at 8:45 & 10:15AM and 12 noon on Sunday.  Go here to watch.

Happy Advent, Happy New Year! Today is the first Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the new liturgical year. We are in Liturgical Cycle B: the Sunday Gospel will be from Mark.

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Salesian Anniversary Mass: On November 30, the Feast of St. Andrew, patron of our Salesian Province, there will be a special Mass celebrating anniversaries of Religious Profession and Ordination. Honorees will include our dear Fr. Armand Oliveri, who celebrates the 80th Anniversary of his religious profession, and 70 years as a priest! Fr. Armand, pray for us! The Mass is at 4PM, and parishioners are invited to join via livestream.

Confessions: Please make an appointment for confession by calling the parish office.

Eucharistic Adoration/Holy Hour: Come and share your joys and struggles with Jesus—He wants to see you and hear about your day! Every Wednesday, we have Holy Hour from 7:00-8:00 PM. Parking available.

Don Bosco Study Group: The study group will meet next Thursday, December 3 at 4PM by Zoom. We will discuss R. J. Palacio’s book, “Wonder.” We will also have a short presentation on Our Lady of Guadalupe, in anticipation of her Feast Day on December 12. For information, contact Frank Lavin (415-310.8551, franklavin@comcast.net). 75 minutes, no reading necessary.

Guadalupaña Virtual Pilgrimage: The Guadalupañas will not be having their annual pilgrimage this year, but will have a virtual version! Come honor Mary our Mother, under the title of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. The streamed pilgrimage starts at 8AM on Saturday, December 5. There will be a 2:00PM Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, celebrated by Archbishop Cordileone, livestreamed on the Cathedral’s channel.

Christmas Memorial Poinsettias: Yes, we plan to have Christmas Memorial this year. Cost is $20. You can remember a loved one and decorate the church for the Christmas season at the same time! Orders may  be placed in front of the Church or in the Church Bookstore or by calling 415-421-0809.

Speaking of Poinsettias! Christmas Legends: The Poinsettia: “It was Christmas Eve. A poor little Mexican boy named Pablo was too ashamed to join friends and family in church because he had no gift for the Christ Child. He decided to kneel and pray. To his amazement, a beautiful plant grew in the spot where he had knelt. Its flaming red leaves arranged like a star and its yellow blossom like a shining light were God’s gift for the little boy to present to Jesus. The Poinsettia grows wild in Mexico and was first called ‘Flower of the Holy Night’, because of the way its top cluster of green leaves mysteriously turn red in December. In the 1830’s congressman and botanist Joel Roberts Poinsett brought it to the United States.”

Choose Life! “With regard to the embryo in the womb, science itself highlights its autonomy capable of interaction with the mother, the coordination of biological processes, the continuity of development, the growing complexity of the organism. This is not an accumulation of biological material, but a new living being, dynamic and wonderfully ordered, a new unique human being. So was Jesus in Mary’s womb, so it was for all of us in our mother’s womb.” –Pope Benedict XVI, Homily at Celebration of First Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27, 2010

Christmas Novena: The Christmas Novena Service will be at 5PM  on December 16, 17, 18, and 21, 22, & 23. This is your chance to join the Salesians and Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in their evening prayer.

Advent Day of Reconciliation: This year, instead of Advent Penance Service, we are having an all-day Parish Advent Reconciliation on Monday, December 21. Call the office to schedule a confession on that day between 9AM and 9PM. 415-421-0809.

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.

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.  During this unusual period of the pandemic, all our classes will be held online via Zoom. Classes will be held every Thursday from 7-8pm. Kindly fill out the RCIA Participant General Information form on our website parish.sspeterpaulsf.org/religious-education/ and forward to ete@sspeterpaulsf.org

Religious Education-CCD:  The 2020-2021 Religious Education-CCD program will begin on October 4, 2020. We are welcoming and accepting students from Pre-K to Grade 8.  During this unusual period of the pandemic, all our classes will be held online via Zoom. The goal of the program is to help children to grow in faith and working together with parents we hope to help the children come to experience God in their own lives and to familiarize them with the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church. Our program is focused on Public school students who do not have an opportunity to have religious education in their school.  Classes are held every Sunday from 9:45am to 11:00am.  Kindly fill out the 2020-2021 CCD registration form on our website: parish.sspeterpaulsf.org/religious-education/

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

Daily Rosary: Before the lockdown, parishioners were praying the Rosary daily following the 7:00AM Mass. Let’s start this up again!

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday                 29           First Sunday of Advent
Monday               30           Andrew; Apostle, Martyr, Patron
Tuesday               01           Advent Weekday
Wednesday         02           Advent Weekday
Thursday             03           Francis Xavier; Priest
Friday                  04           Advent Weekday, John Damascene; Priest, Doctor
Saturday              05           Advent Weekday
Sunday                 06           Second Sunday of Advent

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