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Luke 19:28-40; Isaiah 50:4-7; Philippians 2:6-11; Luke 22:14-23:56. In the procession with palms, Luke recounts the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, where people proclaimed, Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord. In the first reading, Isaiah prophesies about the Lord’s servant. In the second reading from Philippians, Paul quotes a hymn that tells of the “emptying” and subsequent exaltation of Christ. In the Gospel, Luke recounts the events of Christ’s passion: from the meal with his Apostles, to his agony on the Mount of Olives, and then his arrest, crucifixion, death and burial.

Domenica Delle Palme

Nei canti del “Servo di Jahvé” il profeta Isaia ci ha lasciato i tratti sconcertanti della misteriosa figura che prende su di sé i peccati degli uomini e dà senso alla sofferenza e alla morte. L’evagelista Luca presenta gli avvenimenti ed i particolari che ci mostrano l’amore del Signore.

聖枝主日

今天我們看到耶穌騎着驢子慢走進耶路撒冷,受到群眾熱烈歡迎,有人把毛氈和衣服舖在地上,讓驢子走過;許多人揚着棕櫚葉、橄欖葉高聲喊:「賀三納!因上主之名而來的,應受讚頌!」歡呼之聲徹雲宵。可是幾天之後,就在同一城之內,人聲鼎沸:「釘死他!釘死他!」

這段福音使我發生很大的感慨:耶穌願意進入我們的心裏,祂不需要我們像當年的群眾那像高聲吶喊,祂祇希望我們以喜樂的精神,把心交給祂,去關懷人,平靜而誠懇地把每天的工作做好,祂希望常常這樣安安靜靜地在我們的心裏,和我們在一起。

我們生命中也許會像當年的群眾那樣,有一份熱情,可惜這熱情往往很快就消失。為什麼轉變得那樣快?原來在我們心中有一個驚人的事實,我們可以做得最好,但也可以很壞。更可怕的是,這種善惡之間可以是瞬息之間的事,所謂一念之差,籌成大錯。所以我們緊緊地守衛心神,以祈禱、克己、守齋去鍛鍊它,使我們能忠誠無私,堅毅不移地跟隨耶穌。

聖母這天也在耶路撒冷,她要分擔耶穌的苦難,讓我們親近她,她會教我們怎樣和耶穌永遠在一起,怎樣在日常生活中時時和耶穌心連心。

From Fr. Gael: This Sunday we read the Passion according to St. Luke. My suggestion this week is that I not write a paragraph or two, but rather invite each of us to find some time today or tomorrow to slowly, meditatively and reflectively read the Gospel and let the Passion of Jesus Christ speak to us. May Holy Week, the Holiest Week of the Liturgical year speak to your heart and inspire your soul.
–Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday  April 14, 2019
7:30 Maria, Giovanni, & Donato, Jr. Rossi +
8:45 Frank & Linda Machi +
10:15 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
11:45 GB De Martini +
1:00 Louis Ferralis +
5:00 The Edward & Eileen Ziomek & Myrtle Lane Families +

Monday  April 15, 2019
7:00 The Ettorina Cardella Family +
9:00 Pietro, Adele, & Elena Domenici +

Tuesday  April 16, 2019
7:00 Frank Sanguinetti +
9:00 Caterina, Antonio, & Albert Romeo + – Maria Ellen Arosteguy Fay + (Conc.)

Wednesday April 17, 2019
7:00 Edward Sabini +
9:00 Louis, Ines, Joseph, & Carmella Greco +

SACRED TRIDUUM

Thursday   April 18, 2019: The Mass of the Lord’s Supper
7:30PM Silvio & Elvira Toso + – Chan Mei Kwan + (Conc.)

Friday  April 19, 2019: Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord
No Mass

Saturday  April 20, 2019: Easter Vigil in the Holy Night
8:30 PM The Giurlani Family + – Frank DiLorenzo + (Conc.)

Rest in Peace
Dora Fong – Lucille Busalacchi
Rita Malatesta – Rita Pieri

HOLY WEEK

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday of Holy Week
Masses at 7:00 and 9:00 AM

SACRED TRIDUUM

Thursday, April 18
Holy Thursday of the Lord’s Supper
Morning Prayer: 8:00 AM (No Morning Mass)
Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 7:30 PM

Friday, April 19
Friday of the Passion of the Lord
Morning Prayer: 8:00 AM (No Morning Mass)
Stations of the Cross: Italian: 12:00 PM    English: 1:00 PM
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion: English: 2:00 PM
Cantonese: 7:00 PM

Saturday, April 20
Easter Vigil in the Holy Night
Morning Prayer: 8:00 AM (No Morning Mass)
The Easter Vigil: 8:30 PM

Sunday, April 21
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
Masses:
English: 7:30 AM, 8:45 AM, & 1:00 PM
Cantonese/English: 10:15 AM
Italian: 11:45 AM
(There will be no 5:00 PM Mass Easter Sunday)

Particular Items

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!!

Eucharistic Adoration/Scripture Study: This Holy Week, make time for the Lord!! 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.

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.

Pope Emeritus Benedict on the Abuse Scandal: Here is a must-read essay on the underlying climate that allowed the Church sexual abuse scandals, which has hurt so many people, to occur.

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: This year’s assessment is $89,853. So far 37 parishioners or families have donated or pledged $23,231, leaving us with a balance of $66,622. Join your fellow parishioners in helping to meet our shared obligation. We invite those who can to join the 1% Club—parishioners who are able to contribute 1% of our total assessment. If you can, do it! If you can do more, do more! But all of us need to do something!

Faith Sharing Group: The next Faith Sharing will meet Tuesday, April 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.

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!

Extraordinary Visitation 2019: This week we will happily host Fr. Maria Arokiam Kanaga SDB, who is visiting our Province on behalf of the Salesian Rector Major. Fr. Arokiam will visit the Church, School, and Club, and will meet with the Salesians, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, and the School and Club staff. We welcome Fr. Arokiam, and look forward to his fraternal guidance!

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.

Saints Peter and Paul School Scholarship Fund: Many of you will remember the time when there were many religious vocations and a Catholic education was extraordinarily inexpensive. But all that has changed. To pay for the programs we offer means a tuition of $11,165. 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.
 
Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 14 Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
Monday 15 Monday of Holy Week
Tuesday 16 Tuesday of Holy Week
Wednesday 17 Wednesday of Holy Week
Thursday 18 Holy Thursday
Friday 19 Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord
Saturday 20 Holy Saturday
Sunday 21 Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Your faithful donations of last week will be published in next week’s bulletin. Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

Isaiah 43: 16-21; Philippians 3:8-14; John 8:1-11. Isaiah assures the people of Israel that the Lord is doing something new. Saint Paul professes to the community at Philippi that he considers all things as loss in comparison to knowing Jesus Christ and pursuing the goal of attaining the resurrection of the dead. In the Gospel, Jesus saves from stoning, and forgives, the woman caught in adultery.

Domenica 5A Di Quaresima

Isaia è il profeta della gioia, perché annuncia la fedelità di Dio. San paolo invita a guardare Gesù che ci libera dai peccati. I cristiani, preparandosi alla Pasqua, annunciano che il Signore sta predisponendo i tempi nuovi.

From Fr. Gael:

Today’s Gospel comes from John. Remember that John was the youngest of the Apostles, and his Gospel is the last one to be written. He had time to reflect and that can be seen in the subtle details of this very human story of forgiveness. It is stated that the woman had been caught in the act of adultery which was a crime punishable by death, but where is the man with whom she had engaged in the act? Only she was brought forward. We are not told why he isn’t there, but only the woman is being held accountable and subject to the penalty of the law. Now the scribes and the Pharisees really do not give a hoot about the woman nor really even about the law (after all it is not being applied to her partner in sin). They really only want to get at Jesus. They are willing to sacrifice the life of the woman to achieve the intention of their vicious attitude towards Jesus. But Jesus succinctly in a very human simple way foils their attempt. “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” And slowly they left beginning with the elders. Bravo Jesus! Recognize the weakness of human nature for what it is and let LOVE trump LAW!

–Fr. Gael Sullivan SDB

四旬期第五主日

今天福音記載一個我們熟悉的故事,展示出人類的劣根性。法學士和法利賽人不懷好意地帶來一個犯姦淫的婦人,要耶穌定罪。他們一方面要給耶穌一個進退兩難的抉擇,好能誣告祂 ; 一方面又要處死那位犯罪的婦人。

耶穌並沒有被他們難倒,祂做了一件出人意表的 、當時法律上從不曾做過的事,祂沒有宣判,祇靜靜地用指頭在地上寫一些字。這時原告和被告都急切等待宣判,祂祇簡單地說:「你們中誰沒有罪的,先向她投石罷!」大家都是罪人,誰也不能判斷誰,祇好離去了。唯獨吾主耶穌是無罪的,祇有祂才有權定罪。然而,祂對罪婦說:「我也不定你的罪……從今以後,不要再犯罪了!」耶穌要的是一顆悔罪的心。

我們在《宗徒大事錄》中,讀到聖保祿宗徒皈化的事實,他原本是個殺害基督徒的人,因耶穌的召叫而悔改,把自己祖傳的信仰、習慣、和生活完全放棄了,把它們「當作廢物,為賺得基督」(斐理伯書三:8 )他這種決心向善的行動,出於勇德,就像孟子所說的「雖千萬人,吾往矣」,這就是說,如果我知道一件事是正確的、良善的事,合乎天主誡命的、雖然千萬人阻止我反對我,雖然要放一切,我都要做。有什麼比歸向天主更正確、更好、更重要呢?

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday  April 7, 2019
7:30 Giuseppe & Angela Balistreri & Family 
8:45 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
10:15 Thanksgiving from Anthony and Anna Lee
11:45 GB DeMartini – Luciana Montalvo (Conc.)
1:00 Francesco Balistreri 
5:00 Eugene Charles Payne, III 

Monday  April 8, 2019
7:00 Ernesto, Ilide, & Pietro Piazza 
9:00 Fernanda Matteucci – Lucila Roche (Conc.)

Tuesday   April 9, 2019
7:00 Virginia Sanguinetti 
9:00 Giovanni Devincenzi – Carolina Lopez (Conc.)

Wednesday April 10, 2019
7:00 Andrea Genoveffa 
9:00 Dennis Calvert – Intention Selena and Family (Conc.)

Thursday   April 11, 2019
7:00 Frank DiLorenzo 
9:00 Victor, Emily, & Theresa Candia – For an Increase in Vocations to the SDB’s, FMA’s and Religious Life (Conc.)

Friday  April 12, 2019
7:00 Thanksgiving Edgardo C. Gamboa 
9:00 Louis, Eugenia, & Raymond Raggio 
6:30 June Marie Blum

 Saturday  April 13 , 2019
7:30 The Ettorina Cardella Family 
9:00 Luigi & Rosa Mangini 
5:00 Pietro, Giuseppa, & Vito Curreri

Baptisms
Brandon Matusow – Natalie Matusow
Vivienne JarrellRest-in-Peace
John Bilci

Particular Items

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.

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!!

Lenten Penance Service: WE want YOU! At the Lenten Penance Service, Tuesday, April 9, at 7PM.

“The reception of the sacrament of Penance has become less frequent.  But that changes nothing of the fact that sin exists even today and that we need forgiveness even today.  What does it mean if we know that man can repent.  That now and then in the course of the year he is obliged, not to shift blame onto others, but to reflect on himself.  To accuse himself.  To see and confess his sin.  To acknowledge that he is guilty.  That he has made mistakes.  And what does it mean to know that there is forgiveness.  That I can make a new beginning.  That there is an authority that can say: Go, your sins are forgiven.”–Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, “Teaching and Learning the Love of God.”

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 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. Learn more, or sign up for vigil hours, by going to https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/san-francisco/

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

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: This year’s assessment is $89,853. So far 37 parishioners or families have donated or pledged $23,231, leaving us with a balance of $66,622. Join your fellow parishioners in helping to meet our shared obligation. We invite those who can to join the 1% Club—parishioners who are able to contribute 1% of our total assessment. If you can, do it! If you can do more, do more! But all of us need to do something! Like to donate online? Go here.

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.
 
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!

Mille Grazie! To all who helped celebrate the 99th Birthday of our dear Fr. Armand! Special thanks to Rich Azzolino and Mike Cardella who prepared a fantastic dinner, to Debi and Catarina, who helped serve, to Archbishop Cordilone, who sent a video greeting from Italy, and to all who attended the Mass and recption showing our gratitude and love for this incredible priest of Jesus Christ! To see more great pictures, go here, and check out Archbishop Cordileone’s special Birthday Greeting, below!

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 07 Fifth Sunday of Lent
Monday 08 Lenten Weekday
Tuesday 09 Lenten Weekday
Wednesday 10 Lenten Weekday
Thursday 11 Lenten Weekday,  Stanislaus; Bishop, Martyr
Friday 12 Lenten Weekday
Saturday 13 Lenten Weekday, Martin I; Pope, Martyr
Sunday 14 Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Your faithful donations of last week: $4,494.
Second Collection (Catholic Relief Services) : $1,845.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

Joshua 5:9a, 10-12; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Luke 15: 1-3, 11-32. In the first reading, God stops the miraculous manna as soon as the Israelites are able to eat the produce of the Promised Land. Paul tells the Corinthians they are a new creation through reconciliation with God. The prodigal son demonstrates God’s willingness to welcome us back as soon as we turn to him.

Domenica 4A Di Quaresima

I doni di Dio provengono dalla sua generosità, non dai nostri meriti. Ciò che muove il nostro Creatore e Signore è l’amore: incomprensibile, imprevedibile, instancabile. Non solo per accogliere chi ritorna a Lui, penito, ma anche per aprire il cuore indurito di chi vorebbe escludere il fratello che chiede di essere riammesso in casa.

四旬期第四主日

逾越節紀念以色列人逃出埃及,進入天主預許的福地,表示人應該與天主言歸於好。讀經一叙述天主的選民在曠野中經過四十年的磨鍊淨化,終於得到天主寛恕,進入了天主許下的福地。又因為耶穌把自己作為贖罪的祭品,使人類得以與天主和好。就如聖保祿宗徒所說的「舊的己成過去,都成了新的。」這是天主仁慈的標記。

福音中記載了浪子回頭的比喻,使我們看到罪惡的不愉快後果。小兒子固然對不起老父,大兒子也不見得能體諒親心,他認為父親偏心,心生妒忌。事實上,有理由去猜想,也很難保證這兩兄弟不會重蹈覆轍,這正是我們人類的困境,我們一次又一次犯錯,但我們天上慈父無限仁愛,祇要我們能真心痛悔,決心改過,藉着告解聖事,就可以回歸天父,重獲義子的名份。另一方面,如果一個人循例地、沒有崇敬的心,每主日參與彌撒守誡命,就以為理所當然地得到天堂的福份,也就像比喻中的長子了。

四旬期是靈魂新生的最好機會,我們一生不斷地需要悔改更新。所謂悔改,不單指犯大罪,就連小罪、缺失和惡習,都得盡力消除,好能去惡遷善,日進於德。讓我們用心默想,細心察看有那些地方需要改善,讓我們祈求耶穌和聖母幫助,使我們認清自己的過犯,努力成為堪當天主的義子,不辜負耶穌救贖之恩。

From Fr. Gael: This piece of scripture is a masterpiece in the Gospel of Luke. It is Jesus painting a Rembrandt portrait of his Father. By the way, go online and look for Rembrandt’s painting of the encounter of the Loving Father with the Prodigal Son. It is a masterpiece of light and darkness. The son comes into the light of the forgiving father. The unforgiving brother stays in the dark shadows of the portrait. The portrait in visual portrait is a powerful portrayal of the power of the words of the parable. The problem is that we would need 50 pages to lightly touch upon the powerful detail of the parable. If the devil is in the details, then the power and magnanimity of God’s loves gushes out in the multifaceted innuendo of Luke’s telling of the story. Suffice it to say, that the son in repentance walks towards the Father, and the Father in a torrent of loving forgiveness runs to the Son. And this is the way that Jesus paints the portrait of his Father. What do you think of that? –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Rest-in-Peace
Lucia Montalvo – Marie Moresco
William L. Jamison – John Bilci

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday  March 31, 2019
7:30 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
8:45 Luigi Marciano 
10:15 Thanksgiving from Rosemary Tin and the Tin Family
11:45 Ernesto Bacino & Carla Ferrando 
1:00 Robert Emmet Quigly 
5:00 Loriano & Anita Belluomini 

Monday  April 1, 2019
7:00 Joseph Leo Torre & Family 
9:00 Guy & Susie Fabri – Happy Birthday Eva Muntean (Conc.)

Tuesday   April 2, 2019
7:00 Nicola Sanguinetti 
9:00 Special Blessings Martino Maranghi

Wednesday April 3, 2019
7:00 Felice & Grazia Spingola 
9:00 Chan Mei Kwei – Mary Ellen Arosteguy Fay  (Conc.)

Thursday   April 4, 2019
7:00 Les & Teresa Favrat 
9:00 Birthday of John Borzoni – Pino & Nicola Calcagno  (Conc.)

 Friday  April 5, 2019
7:00 For an Increase in Vocations to the SDB’s, FMA’s,0  And Religious Life
9:00 Salvatore Rinaldi – Richard Spielman  (Conc.)
6:30 Chan Mei Kwei 

 Saturday  April 6, 2019
7:30 Peter Domenici 
9:00 Mary & Joseph Lavin – Lynn DeMarco  (Conc.)
5:00 The Pierini & Spes Families 

Particular Items

Second Collection:
Today we have a second collection for Catholic Relief Services, helping the poorest of the poor all over the world.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.

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.

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: Our 2019 Archdiocesan Appeal assessment is $89,853. So far 34 parishioners have donated/pledged $20,767, leaving us with a balance of $69,086. Join the 1% Club! That’s parishioners who can give 1% of our total amount ($898). If you can, do it, do it! If you can do more, do more! If you can do less, do that too!

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: (Date Change!!) WE want YOU! At the Lenten Penance Service, Tuesday, April 9, 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 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. Learn more, or sign up for vigil hours, by going to https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/san-francisco/

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

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. 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 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.

Happy 99th Fr. Armand! Our beloved Fr. Armand Oliveri turned 99 on March 30! To write about Fr. Armand’s humble accomplishments would take a book, rather than a column. Beyond count are the number of couples he has married, babies he has baptized and funerals he has celebrated.Fr. Armand was born near Savona in Italy on March 30,1920. He was the fifth child out of a family of three boys and three girls. His family came to San Francisco in September 1929, and settled right here in North Beach. He enrolled at Saints Peter and Paul school, and graduated in 1935. Fr. Armand felt his vocation early: he went right to the junior seminary in Richmond, and was ordained in 1950. He has had practically every assignment: first he was here at SSPP as secretary to the provincial. After 6 months, he was sent to teach at St. John Bosco grammer school, and later he taught at Salesian High School in Richmond & St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower Fr. Armand began his parish work in Canada, from 1955-58; then came back to SSPP from 1958-65. He has served as pastor and assistant pastor at: Corpus Christi Church, Our Lady of Good Counsel (in Canada), and SS. Peter and Paul. Fr. Armand finally returned to North Beach in 2004.

As we wrote 10 years ago: “If Father Armand has slowed down, one wonders how busy he must have been before. He still celebrates lots of weddings (sometimes of the grandchildren of people he has married before), baptisms (again, sometimes the second or third generations of one family) and celebrates more funerals than any of our priests. He visits the sick and elderly, and of course celebrates Mass every day. Fr. Armand is also becoming a bit of a media star: he was featured in the “Marriage Matters to Kids” video last year, and was just in a video shoot for Holy Week put together by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.”

To this day people whom he has married as much as 60 years ago come by the rectory to ask about him. When they find out he is here still, they can’t believe it, and are thrilled to see him. But to describe Fr. Armand in terms of accomplishments is in a way superficial. Because the reality of the man is not so much what he does, but what and who he is: a Priest of Jesus Christ with the commitment, courage, and sheer joy that he brings to all of us. Fr. Armand,  we thank God for you!

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 31 Fourth Sunday of Lent: Laetare Sunday
Monday 01 Lenten Weekday
Tuesday 02 Francis of Paola; Hermit
Wednesday 03 Lenten Weekday
Thursday 04 Isidore; Bishop, Doctor
Friday 05 Vincent Ferrer; Priest
Saturday 06 Lenten Weekday
Sunday 07 Fifth Sunday of Lent

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