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Deuteronomy 26:4-10; Romans 10:8-13; Luke 4: 1-13. In the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses instructs the people to offer gifts to the Lord for their freedom from slavery in Egypt, and for God’s never-ending care. In his Letter to the Romans, Paul reminds his readers that without any distinction of nationality, all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved. Luke’s Gospel tells how Jesus withstood the temptations of the devil.

封齋期第一主日

從聖灰禮儀開始一連四十天,除了主日以外,直至復活節前夕,都是封齋期。是一段祈禱、守齋、做補贖的時候。舊約中有許多章節記述古聖在重要任務之前守四十日齋以作準備,像梅瑟在山上四十天四十夜不斷祈禱;尼尼微人聽了約納先知的警告,四十天祈禱悔罪,得蒙天主寬恕;在新約聖經中我們讀到耶穌在曠野中守四十日嚴齋之後,受魔鬼試探。

教會規定在這段時間禸,教友從十四歲開始,每星期五守小齋,那就是不吃肉類和肉類湯、汁煮成的食物,祇吃魚類、及貝類。在聖灰禮儀及受難日凡滿十八歲至滿了五十九歲的人都該守大齋,所謂大齋就是每天祇吃一頓飽餐,和吃兩頓加起來不及一頓飽餐的份量。這種口福之欲的守齋是外表的,比如在這段時間不看電影,不作娛樂等等。一種較高層次的齋戒是精神上、行為上的,即思想、言語方面的齋戒 。

為什麼要守齋?有兩個最大的原因:一、為和耶穌一起,為效法祂,祂為我們做補贖,我們為自己做補贖;二、為學習管制自己的意志,比如管制言語,不說傷人的話、不說人是非,自然地管制了思想。管制自己的欲望和身體,能克制就能不以自己為中心,因而能顧及他人,遇到誘惑時也懂得控制。

今天的福音中魔鬼以人類的弱點:驕傲、自我中心、控制、支配、權力、自足慾去引誘耶穌,但祂一 一引述聖經的教訓去擊退魔鬼,目的在提醒我們魔鬼敵不過意志堅強依賴天主的人

Domenica 1A Di Quaresima

La Quaresima è tempo di grazia e di conversione, tempo di ritorno a Dio che come Padre buono ci attende. È anche tempo di verifica, per valutare il nostro modo di comportarci nei confronti delle ricchezze, del potere e del rapporto con Dio. È possibile, con Cristo e come Cristo dire di no alle tentazioni.

From Fr. Gael:

Here we go. Another Lent. Another opportunity for inner reflection a motivation to grow closer to Christ in this privileged period of time. It starts with Luke’s presentation of Christ’s temptations by the devil. They are three. Bread. Material possession. And Power. Bread seen in relation to the hunger of Christ after 40 days of fasting in the desert would seem at first sight easy to understand. However, perhaps as we look at it, we come to understand that the hunger is not solely about food. It relates to the hungers which at times control us. Physical hunger is one. Emotional hunger is another, Sexual hunger is another. Psychological hunger, still another. Material possession may seem easy to understand at first glance. Reflection leads us to understand that at times we are capable of all kinds of conduct to acquire material possession. And where does that lead us? Power also has many shades of implication. Personal power as a source of satisfaction and fulfillment. Power over other people as prideful control and manipulation. Power that can lead to a multitude of violence big and small towards other. It would appear that there is enough here of each of us to do some serious personal reflection and decide what I must do, and what I must leave behind to follow Christ in this Lenten season. I may have other years of Lent, but I only have this one once.

-Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Baptisms
Jaxon Cannizzaro

Weddings
Victor Ma and Ellie Wang
Ray Friera and Cheryl Villamor

Rest-in-Peace
Elma Cooper

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday  March 10, 2019
7:30 Marie & Luigi Ghiglieri 
8:45 Anniversary of the Death of Fr. Jerry Bonjean, SDB 
10:15 Thanksgiving from Rosemary Tin and the Tin Family
11:45 Olga Cuneo  – Healing Gaetano Alioto  (Conc.)
1:00 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
5:00 Jennifer Bugayong and Victoria Bugayong (Birthday)

Monday  March 11, 2019
7:00 Andrea Genoveffa 
9:00 Peter Domenici, III  – Maria Ellen Arosteguy Fay (Conc.)
Tuesday   March 12, 2019
7:00 Virginia Sanguinetti 
9:00 Healing and Strength in the Family Marilyn Stroup and Marilyn Mainwaring
Wednesday March 13, 2019
7:00 The Ettorina Cardella Family 
9:00 Luigi & Rosa Mangini 
Thursday   March 14, 2019
7:00 For an Increase in Vocations to the SDB’s, FMA’s, and Consecrated Life
9:00 Birthday Giuseppe D’Ascoli
Friday  March 15, 2019
7:00 The Ettorina Cardella Family 
9:00 Linda Pillon 
6:30 Teresa Adelina Machado
Saturday  March 16, 2019
7:30 Henry Ravetto 
9:00 Thanksgiving for Fr. Armand Oliveri, SDB
5:00 Giuseppe Lucchesi 
Particular Items

Eucharistic Adoration/Scripture Study: Every Wednesday, we have Eucharistic Adoration from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Church. We also have Scripture study from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, but in the rectory. The parking lot will be open.

Lenten Opportunities:

Lenten Reflections: As you enter the Church, please glance at the easel. Throughout Lent it will feature the day’s Gospel reading and a short meditation. If you would like to have these emailed daily, let the parish office know!

Tuesday Night Confessions: The Church will be open from 6PM to 8PM every Tuesday of Lent for Confessions.

Lenten Penance Service: WE want YOU! At the Lenten Penance Service, Monday, April 8, at 7PM.

Stations of the Cross: We will observe the Stations of the Cross every Friday of Lent at 1:00 PM.

Friday Night Mass and Soup Supper: Join us on the Friday nights of Lent as we gather for  Mass at 6:30PM, followed by a soup and bread supper in the rectory. Supper will be followed by a short talk on Lenten almsgiving or a short video on the Salesian charism. Join us for an evening of faith, food, and fellowship!

Some of the 40 Days Vigilers’ braving the elements!

Save Lives this Lent! Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 6, and through Lent, the San Francisco “40 Days for Life” will be held by Planned Parenthood at 1650 Valencia Street in San Francisco. You can learn more, or sign up for vigil hours, by going to https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/san-francisco/

CCCYO Lenten Opportunities: Catholic Charities CYO offers a variety of simple volunteer opportunities during the six weeks of Lent. Visit /catholiccharitiessf.org/all-opportunities to learn more!

St. Joseph Table’s: This Wednesday, March 13, at 6PM, our Madonna Addolorata di S’Elia will present a traditional St. Joseph’s Table in the cafeteria. Tickets are $35 ($10 children; n/c if under 10) and includes open bar, salad, pasta, vegetables, filet of petrale and Sicilian cookies for dessert. Pick up a reservation form in the church or office.

Faith Sharing Group: The next Faith Sharing groups will meet Tuesday, March 12 and 23 from 6:30 – 8:00. The group will meet in the rectory and will be reading Fr. Andrew Apostoli’s book “The Gift of God” about the Holy Spirit.

Chinese Faith Sharing Group: The Chinese Faith Sharing Group will next meet on Sunday, March 24, beginning at 11:30 AM, in the Parish Center.

Don Bosco Study Group: The Group will meet Tuesday, March 19, at 7PM, in the Boys’ and Girls’ Club, and will read and discuss Evelyn Waugh’s classic “Brideshead Revisited.”

Monthly Gatherings for Men Discerning a Priestly Vocation: “Interested in knowing more about the priesthood as a vocation? Discernment involves listening to God, learning about yourself, and seeking the guidance of others. It’s not a solitary endeavor. In Redwood City on the first Monday of each month, from 6:15 – 8:30PM at St. Pius X Church, 1100 Woodside Rd. Redwood City; In San Francisco on the first Thursday of each month, from 6:15 – 8:30PM at Church of the Epiphany, 826 Vienna Street, San Francisco. The program is Eucharistic Adoration in the church, followed by dinner and discussion in the rectory. For more information, Fr. Tom Martin at martin.thomas@sfarch.org or Fr. Patrick Summerhays at summerhays.patrick@sfarch.org  “We need men to give their lives up for Jesus Christ NOW!

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.

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.

Holy Hoopsters, Batman! It’s the Third Annual Clericus Classic Basketball Game! On Friday, March 22 at 6:30PM, at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep gym, priests of the archdiocese and St. Patrick’s seminarians will lace up their sneakers, take to the hardwood, and dribble their way to glory (well, earthly glory anyway). Last year, Saints Peter and Paul’s & SBGC Alumni Fr. Alvin Yu played great! Parking is available in the Cathedral parking lot, a block from the school. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students, 1055 Ellis St., San Francisco 415-614-5517.

Attn: Women! Gabriel Project: We need more Angels for our Gabriel Project! A Gabriel Project Angel befriends and guides young mothers who need help, advice, and love during their pregnancies and with their newborns. This is a crucial and lifesaving ministry. Training is provided, and the next training session will be Saturday March 23rd, at Good Shepherd Church in Pacifica: 901 Oceana Blvd, Pacifica, CA 94044. Starts at 10 am. Call Gibbons at 415-421-0809 for more information.

More Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club News: Tickets are now on sale for the SBGC’s 48th Annual Gala and Live Auction. The event will be on Saturday, March 23, from 6:00 PM to 1:00 AM at the Fairmont Hotel. This year’s honoree is Mr. Nick Dutto. You can purchase tickets online at https://salesianclub.org/calendar/ or by calling 415-397-3068.

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 10 First Sunday of Lent
Monday 11 Lenten Weekday
Tuesday 12 Lenten Weekday
Wednesday 13 Lenten Weekday
Thursday 14 Lenten Weekday
Friday 15 Lenten Weekday
Saturday 16 Lenten Weekday
Sunday 17 Second Sunday of Lent

Your faithful donations of last week: $4,268.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

Sirach 27:4-7; 1 Corinthians 15:54-58; Luke 6:39-45. The writer of Sirach gives examples of how what is good is separated from what is poor, especially in speech. Saint Paul reminds us that Christ has defeated death—it no longer has power over us. In the Gospel, Jesus uses the parable of the blind leading the blind to show there is a difference between what is good and what is evil.

Domenico 8A Del Tempo Ordinario

Impegniamoci ad esercitare la carità ardente e operose, che noncercamai il primo posto, come non pretende mai di assumere il ruolo di Giudice verso il prossimo. Infatti Gesù ci ammonisce di preoccuparci prima di noi stessi, dal momento che tutti portiamo l’eredità dal peccaso originale con le inevitabili tendenze a fare il male.

From Fr. Gael:

This business of the splinter and the beam is rather straightforward talk. It allows us little wiggle room. Jesus, if you excuse the pun, with this eye business wants to give us clear vision. Clear vision starts from within. It is initiated there by thoughtful honest inner vision of who we are and how we operate in relation to others. Only when that hard-personal work has been done do we have the moral and spiritual integrity to look outwards towards our brothers and sisters in careful concern for them. As that is not clear enough in Jesus’ words, he goes on to give us the analogy of pruning a tree so that it can produce the best fruit. The pruner’s hook is sharp and cuts well. But it only by doing so that the best can regrow and give fruit. Limbs of the tree have to be lost so that the entire tree may be its healthiest. And so, it is with us. However, there is often a natural reluctance in us to let go of limbs. We are afraid we may be crippled, but in reality, we will be better than before. This gospel calls for great trust in a wisdom greater than our own. Let’s remove our own splinters and lose limbs that must go. We will be amazed at the results. That is what Jesus seems to imply!

Fr. Gael, Sullivan, SDB

Marriages
Nick Ricossa and Victoria Ferrari

Rest-in-Peace
Marcel Ospital – Ralph Castro – Mrs. Villagomez
Marco Michelato – Elma Cooper

Mass Intentions for the Week

Sunday  March 3, 2019
7:30 Anniversary of the Death of Amelia DeNicolai 
8:45 The Edward & Eileen Ziomek & Myrtle Lane Fams. 
10:15 Soul of Denise Gum 
11:45 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul – Carla Guaraglia Mazzoni
1:00 Fernanda Matteucci
5:00 Francisco & Dionisia Mingoa 

Monday  March 4, 2019
7:00 Joseph Leo Torre & Family 
9:00 Guy & Susie Fabri 

Tuesday   March 5, 2019
7:00 Nicola Sanguinetti 
9:00 Graziano Basuino – Anna Ruffa & Francesco Console

Wednesday March 6, 2019
7:00 Salvatore, Rosaria, & Alessandro Fazio 
9:00 Luisa Solari
6:00 Chan Mei Kwei 

Thursday   March 7, 2019
7:00 Chan Mei Kwei 
9:00 Thomas Mazzucco 

Friday  March 8, 2019
7:00 James Wiggins 
9:00 Mario, Pasquale, & Teresa Rosugnolo 
6:30 Healing and Strength in the Family Marilyn Stroup & Marilyn Mainwaring

Saturday  March 9, 2019
7:30 Louis Ferralis & Alfredo Panelli 
9:00 Felice, Carmella, Biagio, & Pina Fazio 
5:00 Louis & Ines Greco 

Particular Items

Relic of St. John Vianney: The incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney, the famed “Curé of Ars” (1786 – 1859), patron saint of parish priests will be reverenced TODAY at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco, after each Mass: 7:30, 9:00, and 11:00 am; and 1:00 pm. Pick up a flyer from the tables for full info.

Salesian Cooperators: The Cooperators will meet Monday, March 4, at 7:00 PM in the Parish Center. We will be working on the Lenten Friday Mass and Soup Suppers. Meetings usually last for sixty minutes. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For questions on becoming a Salesian Cooperator (Don Bosco’s Third order), contact FrankLavin@comcast.net, 415-310-8551 or EdTe@comcast.net.

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: We have started our 2019 Archdiocesan Appeal. Our assessment is $89,853. So far, seven parishioners or families have contributed $3,751, leaving us a balance of $86,102. We invite you, if you can, to join the 1% Club—those parishioners who are able to give $899—1% of our assessment. If you can give more, give more! And if you can’t do 1% give what you can! Everyone should help support the universal Church–check out why in the Archdiocesan video below:

Ash Wednesday: Lent Begins! This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. The beginning of Lent. It is early this year! We will have Masses at 7 and 9AM and at 6PM. Deacon Edward will also lead a prayer service (not a Mass) at 12:15PM, where ashes will also be distributed. Lenten rules and suggestions are below:

Lenten Opportunities:

Lenten Disciplines: Abstinence: Everyone 14 years and older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday. Fasting is observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59 years of age. Mass attendance: During Lent, the Church encourages attendance at daily Mass and reception of the Eucharist. Almsgiving: During Lent, the Church encourages generosity to local, national, and worldwide programs of sharing.

Lenten Reflections: As you enter the Church, please glance at the easel. Throughout Lent it will feature the day’s Gospel reading and a short meditation. If you would like to have these emailed daily, let us know!

Stations of the Cross: We will observe the Stations of the Cross every Friday of Lent at 1:00 PM.

Friday Night Mass and Soup Supper: Join us on the Friday nights of Lent as we gather for  Mass at 6:30PM, followed by a soup and bread supper in the rectory. Supper will be followed by a short talk on Lenten almsgiving or a short video on the Salesian charism. Join us for an evening of faith, food, and fellowship!

Save Lives this Lent! Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 6, and through Lent, the San Francisco “40 Days for Life” will be held by Planned Parenthood at 1650 Valencia Street in San Francisco. You can learn more, or sign up for vigil hours, by going to 40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/san-francisco/

Gabriel Project: We need more Angels for our Gabriel Project! A Gabriel Project Angel befriends and guides young mothers who need help, advice, and love during their pregnancies and with their newborns. This is a crucial and lifesaving ministry. Training is provided. Call Gibbons at 415-421-0809 for more information.

CCCYO Lenten Opportunities: Catholic Charities CYO offers a variety of simple volunteer opportunities during the six weeks of Lent. Visit catholiccharitiessf.org and select “Volunteer”  to learn more!

St. Joseph Table’s: On Wednesday, March 13, at 6PM, our Madonna Addolorata di S’Elia will present a traditional St. Joseph’s Table in the cafeteria. Tickets are $35 ($10 children; n/c if under 10) and includes open bar, salad, pasta, vegetables, filet of petrale and Sicilian cookies for dessert. Pick up a reservation form in the church or office.

Eucharistic Adoration/Scripture Study: Every Wednesday, we have Eucharistic Adoration from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Church. We also have Scripture study from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, but in the rectory. The parking lot will be open.

Faith Sharing Group: The next Faith Sharing groups will meet Tuesday, March 12 and 23 from 6:30 – 8:00. The group will meet in the rectory and will be reading Fr. Andrew Apostoli’s book “The Gift of God” about the Holy Spirit.

Chinese Faith Sharing Group: The Chinese Faith Sharing Group will next meet on Sunday, March 24, beginning at 11:30 AM, in the Parish Center.

Monthly Gatherings for Men Discerning a Priestly Vocation: Our Lord told Peter and the others that they are to be Fishers of Men!  “Interested in knowing more about the priesthood as a vocation? Discernment involves listening to God, learning about yourself, and seeking the guidance of others. Discernment is not a solitary endeavor. There are two options: In Redwood City on the first Monday of each month, from 6:15 – 8:30PM at St. Pius X Church, 1100 Woodside Rd. Redwood City; In San Francisco on the first Thursday of each month, from 6:15 – 8:30PM at Church of the Epiphany, 826 Vienna Street, San Francisco. The program is Eucharistic Adoration in the church, followed by dinner and discussion in the rectory. For more information, Fr. Tom Martin at martin.thomas@sfarch.org or Fr. Patrick Summerhays at summerhays.patrick@sfarch.org  “We need men to give their lives up for Jesus Christ NOW!

Salesian Theater Spring Production: The Salesian Theater of the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club invites everyone to a production of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ Performances will be on March 7-8-9 at 7PM in the Auditorium. The young people have been working hard under, and the show should be fantastic. Please call 415-397-3068 for full information and tickets.

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.

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 03 Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday 04 Casimir
Tuesday 05 Shrove Tuesday
Wednesday 06 Ash Wednesday
Thursday 07 Thursday after Ash Wednesday, Perpetua & Felicity; Martyrs
Friday 08 Friday after Ash Wednesday, John of God; Religious
Saturday 09 Saturday after Ash Wednesday, Frances of Rome; Religious
Sunday 10 First Sunday of Lent

Your faithful donations of last week: $3,713.
Second Collection (Parish School) : $2,072.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9, 12-13, 22-23; 1 Corinthians 15:45-49; Luke 6:27-38. In the first reading, David does not allow anyone to harm Saul when they have the opportunity to do so, and makes it clear to Saul’s troops what he did. In Corinthians, Paul describes Jesus as the second Adam, the spiritual man. Jesus, in the Gospel, explains to his disciples all that the commandment “to love” entails.

Domenica 7A Del Tempo Ordinario

Gesù ha proposto la legge dell’amore vivendola con suprema coerenza. La società ha estremo bisogno di gente capace di incarnare nel tessuto umano la legge della carità. Non possiamo pensare ad una convivenza diversa, se non passiamo attraverso questa strada. Le ricchezze continuano a creare differenza. Soltanto l’amore crea communione e previene i conflitti.

From Fr. Gael: In a culture which seems to be more focused on division than on unity, the Gospel message presents us with a challenge. Is love or hate to be the focus? Offering our other cheek for many would seem to be the ultimate sign of weakness but Jesus presents us with the tactic for some divine reason. Maybe that is precisely the point. What is being proposed in the Gospel today comes from divine inspiration rather than human motivation. The word inspiration comes from a Latin root which implies giving breath to something. Giving breath is giving life. The Gospel wants us to be givers of Life. Now that is a challenge. That’s why Jesus says, “Be merciful as your Father is merciful.” The Father is the author of mercy. After all, He sent His Son to us to be the face of Divine Mercy. Is it any wonder that the devotion to the Divine Mercy is a popular devotion today? But the devotion isn’t about me merely being the recipient of God’s mercy. Once I have received that Mercy, then I have the vocation to be a dispenser of God’s mercy to others. Aha!

–Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday  February 24, 2019
7:30 Birthday of Amelia DeNicolai 
8:45 Luigi Marciano 
10:15 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
11:45 In Honor of Madonna della Guardia
1:00 Wedding Anniversary of Antonio & Lilian Sia Lu
5:00 Loriano & Anita Belluomini 

Monday  February 25, 2019
7:00 Ed Boden 
9:00 Elena, Angelo, & Delia Serafini 
Pamela Gonsalves  (Conc.)

Tuesday   February 26, 2019
7:00 Angelo Sanguinetti 
9:00 Carmela & Margaret Passanisi 

Wednesday February 27, 2019
7:00 Fr. Dave Zunino, SDB 
9:00 Gary Shelton –
Mario, Pasquale, & Teresa Rosugnolo  (Conc.)

Thursday   February 28, 2019
7:00 Joseph Leo Torre & Family 
9:00 Wedding Anniversary of Carlos & Francis Tia –
Thanksgiving for the Pastoral and Priestly Ministry of Pope Benedict XVI (Conc.)

Friday  March 1, 2019
7:00 Ernesto Piazza 
9:00 Louis, Eugenia, & Raymond Raggio 

Saturday  March 2, 2019
7:30 Strength of the Family & Healing for Marilyn Mainwaring and Marilyn Stroup
9:00 Mary Ellen Arosteguy Fay 
5:00 Pietro, Giuseppe, & Vito Curreri 

Baptisms
Luca Joseph Bonelli

Rest-in-Peace
Robert C. Greening


Particular Items

Second Collection: Today we will have a second collection for our parish school. Please be generous in supporting Catholic education!

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: Today we kick off our 2019 Archdiocesan Appeal. Our assessment is $89,853. There will be speakers at Masses who will tell you how that figure is determined, and the services your donations support. The Archdiocese has a great video:

Faith Sharing Group: The next Faith Sharing will meet Tuesday, February 26 from 6:30 – 8:00. The group will meet in the rectory and will be reading Fr. Andrew Apostoli’s book “The Gift of God” about the Holy Spirit.

Eucharistic Adoration/Scripture Study: Every Wednesday, we have Eucharistic Adoration from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Church. We also have Scripture study from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, but in the rectory. The parking lot will be open.

Catholic Men’s Conference: Last year’s conference was a great success—2019 will be even better! Join Catholic men from around the Bay Area on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at St. Bartholomew Church as we will be energized and inspired by an outstanding lineup of speakers! The day begins at 9AM and includes Mass with Auxiliary Bishop Robert F. Christian, and opportunities for Confession. Lunch will be provided. Fathers are encouraged to bring their sons (teens) for a reduced rate. For more information and registration, visit SFBayMen.info or contact Ed Hopfner at Hopfnere@sfarch.org or 415-614-5680. St. Bartholomew Church is at 600 Columbia Dr., San Mateo.

Monthly Gatherings for Men Discerning a Priestly Vocation: Our Lord told Peter and the others that they are to be Fishers of Men!  “Interested in knowing more about the priesthood as a vocation? Discernment involves listening to God, learning about yourself, and seeking the guidance of others. Discernment is not a solitary endeavor. There are two options: In Redwood City on the first Monday of each month, from 6:15 – 8:30PM at St. Pius X Church, 1100 Woodside Rd. Redwood City; In San Francisco on the first Thursday of each month, from 6:15 – 8:30PM at Church of the Epiphany, 826 Vienna Street, San Francisco. The program is Eucharistic Adoration in the church, followed by dinner and discussion in the rectory. For more information, Fr. Tom Martin at martin.thomas@sfarch.org or Fr. Patrick Summerhays at summerhays.patrick@sfarch.org  “We need men to give their lives up for Jesus Christ NOW!

Lenten Soup Suppers: Every Friday of Lent we will have a special Mass at 6:30PM followed by soup supper in the rectory. This year’s Lenten Soup/Bread Supper program will include a short video on the Salesian mission/spirit to be presented by the Salesian Cooperators.  This is open to all–supporting one another on our Lenten journey!

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.

Salesian Cooperators: The Salesian Cooperators group will meet Monday, March 4 at 7PM at the Parish Center. Planning for the Lenten Friday Soup Suppers will be finalized. Meetings usually last seventy-five minutes long.  All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For questions on becoming a Salesian Cooperator (Don Bosco’s Third order), contact FrankLavin@comcast.net, 415-310-8551 or EdTe@comcast.net.

Plato: What is love? A Staged Reading: On Tuesday, March 5, at 6:00 PM, Star of the Sea parish will host a staged reading of Plato’s Socratic dialogue, Symposium, followed by a robust conversation of our own. Star of the Sea parish gymnasium (top floor), 345 8th Avenue, San Francisco. The event is sponsored by the Benedict XVI Institute. Admission is free, but you must register to attend: www.eventbrite.com/e/plato-what-is-love-tickets-54001596228

Choose Life: “Abortion affects countless marriages more than many people recognize. But there is no doubt that God will bring great healing to those who trust in his infinite mercy. If a past abortion can be acknowledged and addressed, a married couple can make great strides in experiencing even more fully God’s design that ‘the two shall become one’ (Mt 19:5).” -“Healing within Marriage from an Abortion”, USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.

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.

Relic of St. John Vianney: The Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a major relic pilgrimage in the U.S. of the incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney, the famed “Curé of Ars” (1786 – 1859), patron saint of parish priests. This relic is on loan from the Shrine at Ars, where the saint’s incorrupt body, including the heart, is normally on display. Scheduled veneration: Thursday, February 28, at St. Pius X Church, 1100 Woodside Rd., Redwood City; Friday, March 1, at St. Augustine Church, South San Francisco;  Saturday, March 2, at Our Lady of Loretto Church, 1806 Novato Blvd., Novato; Sunday, March 3, at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. Pick up a flyer for full info.

Salesian Theater Spring Production: The Salesian Theater of the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club invites everyone to a production of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast.’ Performances will be on March 7-8-9 in the Auditorium. The young people have been working hard under the expert direction of Mary Powelson, and the show should be fantastic. Please call 415-397-3068 for full information and tickets.

New Books Available! We’ve received a number of new texts in the bookstore. We have copies of ‘In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart, The Journal of a Priest at Prayer’ by an anonymous Benedictine Monk. The book has received rave reviews. We also have ‘For Love of My People I will Not Remain Silent: On the Situation of the Church in China’ by the heroic Salesian Cardinal Joseph Zen. As some know, Cardinal Zen studied under our beloved late Fr. Mario Rosso.

More Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club News: Tickets are now on sale for the SBGC’s 48th Annual Gala and Live Auction. The event will be on Saturday, March 23, from 6:00 PM to 1:00 AM at the Fairmont Hotel. This year’s honoree is Mr. Nick Dutto. You can purchase tickets online at https://salesianclub.org/calendar/ or by calling 415-397-3068.

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 24 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday 25 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Tuesday 26 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Wednesday 27 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Thursday 28 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Friday 01 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Saturday 02 Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sunday 03 Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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