Isaiah 49: 3, 5-6; 1 Corinthians 1:1-13; John 1:29-34. In the first reading, God reminds Isaiah that Israel is the Lord’s servant. Paul greets the Church of Corinth, announcing he has been called to be an Apostle. In the Gospel, John announces Jesus as the Lamb of God.
Domenica 2A Del Tempo Ordinario
 
Giovanni ci communica la vera fisionomia del Messia. Costruiamo attorno a noi un mondo di serenità e di pace perchè Gesù, mite agnello, non spenda invano la sua vita per tutti noi, consegnandoci un mondo rinnovato e pulito.

常年期第二主日

聖若翰洗者在傳教之前祇認識耶穌是自己的表弟 。但在約旦河替耶穌付洗時,看見聖神藉鴿子的形象從天降下,停在祂身上,才豁然明白,才真正地認清耶穌是天主聖子,是默西亞。這種認識使他大膽地為祂作證,清楚地向眾人說:「請看!天主的羔羊,除免世罪者!」這是兩句話是整部福音的主題:看、信、見證。

這也是今後世世代代的基督徒的目標和使命。天主給我們每人一個使命、一段時間去完成這使命。聖若翰看清了耶穌的真正身份,不惜以生命去作見證。而多年和師傅若翰在一起門徒,聽了師傅的見證,離開了他,跟隨耶穌去了。他們以後終其一生去傳揚祂的聖道,為祂作證,甚至為祂犧牲生命。時至今日兩千多年來,我們仍看到不少精烈的信徒,為主作出英的見證。

今天,我們也可以從福音中,從大自然中、從周圍環境和所接觸的人中看到這位除免世者。讓我們祈求天主給我們恩寵使我們看到、去接受以及去信和願意為祂作證吧!

From Fr. Gael: Last week we listened to the account of the Baptism of Jesus and reflected on the depth of the spiritual dimensions of our own baptism.  Today, the great prophet, John the Baptist affirms the mission of Jesus Christ publicly. There can be no doubt. This is the mission of his cousin Jesus. Our own baptism confirms our mission in and through Jesus Christ. However, it is not John the Baptist who confirms our mission. We our very selves have that task through the imitation of Jesus Christ. We proclaim Jesus Christ by the integrity of our Christian life and witness. We proclaim Jesus Christ without ever saying a word. Our lives are to be that loud proclamation. It means that there is no such thing as a private Christian. In the context of our American society, we know there to be separation of Church and State. However, in our commitment to Jesus Christ there can be no such dichotomy. We either are or are not followers of Jesus Christ. Our life in Jesus Christ must be the verification of that reality. If we were accused of being Christian, would our lives prove the accusation to be true? –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB
Baptisms
Rory Dwyer
Rest in Peace
Victoria Lavin – Robert Johnson

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday  January 19, 2020
7:30 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
8:45 Frank & Linda Machi +
10:15 Deceased Chinese Parishioners of Ss. Peter and Paul +
11:45 Birthday of Giambattista De Martini + & GB De Martini +
1:00 “Uncle” Fred Sebastianelli +
5:00 Birthday of Sonia B. De Castro

Monday  January 20, 2020
7:00 In Honor of the Infant of Prague
9:00 Evelyn Thomas +

Tuesday   January 21 2020
7:00 Ann DeMartini +
9:00 Luigi & Rosa Mangini + – Eudoro Rojas Leon + (Conc.)

Wednesday January 22, 2020
7:00 Nancy Braccini +
9:00 Gaetano Alioto +

Thursday   January 23, 2020
7:00 Angelo Sanguinetti +
9:00 Matt & Guilia Ghio +

Friday  January 24, 2020
7:00 Birthday of Edward DeNicolai +
9:00 Peter Domenici +

Saturday  January 25, 2020
7:30 The Giurlani Family +
9:00 Salvatore, Rosaria, & Alessandro Fazio +
5:00 First Anniversary of the Death of Pamela Gonsalves +

Particular Items

Second Collection: Today we have a second collection for our parish school.

Blessed Laura Vicuña: January 22 we celebrate the feast of Blessed Laura Vicuña, Salesian and patroness of our Pre Kindergarten. Blessed Laura Vicuña, pray for us!

Eucharistic Adoration/Scripture Study: Every Wednesday, we have Eucharistic Adoration from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Church. Scripture Study is at 6:30PM, but in the rectory.

Alcoholics Anonymous: The AA Meets every Thursday at 6:00 PM, in the parish center. “The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.” Third Tradition.

St. Francis de Sales: On Friday we join the whole Church in the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church—and also the patron of the SALESians…that’s where Don Bosco got the name! Francis de Sales, pray for us!

Eucharistic Adoration for Life: As we have done since the very first Walk for Life West Coast, Saints Peter and Paul hosts all-night adoration for life the night before the Walk, which means someone needs to be with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament all night long. This year’s Adoration begins at 8PM on January 24 and ends at 7AM January 25. To schedule a shift during the night, please call Gibbons at 415-421-0809. The parking lot will be open.

Choose Life! Walk for Life West Coast 2020: Join fellow Catholics and Pro‐Lifers of every age, race, and 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 THIS SATURDAY 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. The largest annual gathering of Catholics in San Francisco, last year’s Walk drew an estimated 50,000 people. For complete information about the Walk, visit walkforlifewc.com or call 415‐658‐1793. Check out these videos from last year:

 

Feast of St. John Bosco! January 31 is the Feast of St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesian Order. But, because he is our founder, the Church allows us to celebrate on an adjacent Sunday, which this year will be next week, January 26. St. John Bosco, pray for us!

Don Bosco Study Group: The study group will meet on  Tuesday, January 28, at 7PM, in the Club meeting room. The meeting will begin with a short presentation on a Salesian subject, and then will discuss Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop. For more information email franklavin@comcast.net

Wedding Anniversaries Mass with Archbishop Cordileone! On Saturday, February 29, at10:00 AM, at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Archbishop Cordileone will celebrate Mass for husbands and wives who will celebrate 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 or more years in 2020. A reception will follow. To laeran more or register go here: https://sfarch.org/wedding-anniversary-mass-misa-de-aniversario-de-bodas . Flyers are also on the tables.

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.

Salesian Vocations: Could God be Calling Me? OF COURSE! 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

Attn: Catholic Healthcare Professionals! On February 8, St. Patrick Seminary will host this year’s Converging Roads Conference: Catholic Medicine in a Secular Society. Converging Roads is a regional conference series offering continuing education for health care professionals that equips them to practice the highest ethical and medical standards of their profession. An attendee at the 2018 conference said: “It was profound to be in a setting with others who share Catholic values and teaching. Professional work can be isolating in the secular setting. The presence of the Holy Spirit was palpable. Thank you! God bless!” Pick up a flyer from the tables or go here to learn more: forlifeandfamily.org/events/cr20-SFCA/

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 19 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday 20 Fabian; Pope, Martyr,  Sebastian; Martyr
Tuesday 21 Agnes; Virgin, Martyr
Wednesday 22 Day of Prayer For the Legal Protection Of Unborn Children,  Blessed Laura Vicuña
Thursday 23 Marianne Cope; Virgin, Vincent; Deacon, Martyr
Friday 24 Francis de Sales; Bishop, Doctor
Saturday 25 Conversion of St Paul, Apostle
Sunday  26 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your faithful donations of Last Week:  $4,200.
Weekly Parish Expenses:   $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

Isaiah 41: 1-4, 6-7; Acts 10:34-38; Matthew 3:13-17. Isaiah shares the Lord’s promise of a servant of the Lord who will come forth and bring justice to the nations. In the second reading, Peter tells those gathered that God shows no partiality. All who fear him and act uprightly are acceptable to him. In the Gospel, Jesus is baptized by John, and the Spirit of God descends upon him.

 

Battesimo Del Signore
 
Il Battesimo di Gesù è simbolo e anticipo del nostro battesimo. Con esso siamo figli di Dio e nulla può cancellare. Nemmeno il tradimento, il fatto che siamo figli suoi. Il battesimo opera in noi una trasformazione radicale, una nuova nascita. Diventiamo Cristo, dobbiamo vivere come Lui, come Gesù nell’obbedienza del Padre e nell’amore dei fratelli fino al dono di noi stessi.

 

耶穌受洗節今天的福音記述耶穌開始祂的傳教生活。祂公開傳教之前的的生活似乎是隱蔽的,那和祂一起長大的人,對我們今天覺得非常珍貴的祂的誕辰一無所知,我們靜靜地默想祂降生時,聖母有沒有感動得流淚,祂的第一句話是什麼?祂童年的生活是怎樣的?祂周圍的人不會去關心,甚至連想也不會去想。他們覺得祂祇是個普通的人,是瑪利亞和若瑟的兒子、祂的父親是個木匠。今天的福音顯示出耶穌的真正身份:「耶穌在約旦河接受若翰給他付洗……天開了……有聲音從天上說:『你是我的愛子,我因你而喜悅』」因着他們這次相遇,因着這一幕,我們認識到祂是天主之子。耶穌藉着祂的說話、教訓、行為、治病、寬恕、聖蹟、和祂的犧牲彰顯出祂天主之子的身份。

從祂的聖洗聯想到我們自己的聖洗,我們藉着祂的苦難、聖死和復活,獲得了天主義子的名份,因着領聖體聖事,我們的血有着祂的血,我們的肉體有着祂的肉,我們成了祂的兄弟,我們要怎樣去生活才能表示出我們對這寶貴的身份的謝意呢?

 

Jesus who has no need to be baptized, which John the Baptist so astutely recognizes in today’s gospel, chooses to be baptized despite John’s resistance to do so. Jesus chooses to share the very human experience of the need to be forgiven and commit oneself to God. He has already committed himself to our human condition in fulfillment of the will of the Father. However, he demonstrates his willingness to do so in the very public forum of the River Jordan. His Father affirms this mission and his pleasure with Jesus. Our own baptism is in imitation of that of Jesus. However, we are baptized into the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, into a full sharing in that same mission of fulfilling the will of the Father. I’m not sure I (we) fully understand the depth of that spiritual relationship. It is the challenge of an entire life to do so until we can hear the Father one day affirm to us individually, “You are my beloved child with whom I am well pleased.” –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

 

Baptisms
Ella Benedetti
Rest in Peace
Anthony De La Riva – Victoria Lavin – Jung Kim
 
Mass Intentions for the Week
Sunday  January 12, 2020
7:30 Mario Amato +
8:45 Frank & Linda Machi +
10:15 Deceased Chinese Parishioners of SS. Peter and Paul +
11:45 Salvatore (Duke) Cresci + – Jessie Jobe + (Conc.)
1:00 The Fanucchi Family & Lucchesi Family +
5:00 Loriano & Anita Belluomini +
Monday  January 13, 2020
7:00 The Ettorina Cardella Family +
9:00 In Honor of the Infant of Prague – Intention Mary May Manahan (Conc.)
Tuesday   January 14, 2020
7:00 Al & Angeline Cabito +
9:00 Birthday of Amerigo Sbragia +
Wednesday January 15, 2020
7:00 The Ettorina Cardella Family +
9:00 Louis Ferralis & Albertina Sultana +
Thursday   January 16, 2020
7:00 Virginia Sanguinetti +
9:00 Anniversary of the Death of Antonia D’Ascoli +
Friday  January 17, 2020
7:00 Edward Sabini +
9:00 Pietro Piazza +
Saturday  January 18, 2020
7:30 Barbara Vulpi +
9:00 Candido Lueza +
5:00 The Louis Greco Family +

Particular Items

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 today from 10AM-12PM. Applications for the fall of 2020 will be available. An open house for all of SSPP School will be on January 29th at 6PM.

Eucharistic Adoration/Scripture Study: Every Wednesday, we have Eucharistic Adoration from 7:00-8:00 PM in the Church. Scripture Study is at 6:30PM, 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.

January is the month of our Salesian Saints: On January 22, we celebrate the Feast of the Blessed Laura Vicuña, patroness of our pre-kindergarten. On January 24, we celebrate St. Francis de Sales, Don Bosco’s patron, and namesake of the society, and on January 26 we celebrate Don Bosco himself!

The Magi Visit Fr. Armand!
On the feast of the Epiphany,  the Magi were on a quest to seek something they could not quite define, but they knew it was something important and meaningful. Fr. Armand was also visited by the Magi and Kind Herod (cast by the CCD students  last Sunday).   Although Fr. Armand was not able to attend Mass because he was not feeling well, he was overjoyed by the visit and he heard the Gospel after all!

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.

Don Bosco Study Group: The study group will meet on  Tuesday, January 28, at 7PM, in the Club meeting room. There will be a short presentation on a Salesian subject, and the group will discuss Willa Cather’s “Death Comes For the Archbishop.” For more information email franklavin@comcast.net.

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. Check out these great videos from last year’s Walk:

Eucharistic Adoration for Life: As we have done since the very first Walk for Life West Coast, Saints Peter and Paul hosts all-night adoration for life the night before the Walk, which means someone needs to be with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament all night long. To schedule a shift during the night, please email Gibbons. After 10PM, enter through the parish office.The parking lot will be open.

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 12 The Baptism of the Lord
Monday 13 Hilary; Bishop, Doctor
Tuesday 14 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Wednesday 15 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Thursday 16 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Friday 17 Anthony; Abbot
Saturday 18 Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sunday  19 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your faithful donations of last week  $4,098.
Average Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.
January 1, Mary the Mother of God: $1,876.
Christmas Masses: $13,720.
Second Collection (Music Ministry): $1,329.
Christmas Appeal: $21,431.

Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

Isaiah 60: 1-6; Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12. Isaiah prophesies that a light has come to Jerusalem, while darkness covers the earth. All will come to the city bearing gold and frankincense, and proclaiming the praises of the Lord. Paul tells the Ephesians that Gentiles are coheirs of God, along with the people of Israel. In the Gospel, magi arrive in Jerusalem from the east in search of the newborn king of the Jews. Herod is troubled by this, and the magi visit Mary and her child and offer gifts.

Epifania del Signore

Cercare la verità è neccessario comw l’aria che respiriamo. Quando questa ricerca è messa a tacere, come avviene nella nostra società che si accontenta di soddisfare i bisogni materiali, nasce l’insoddisfazione e l’infelicità. Ognia uomo è chiamato, come i Magi, ad essere un riceratore del senso della propria vita, pena un’esistenza superficiale e mediocre.

主顯節

今天我們看到三個在尋找的人,他們是三位賢士,看到天上的異星,千里迢迢從東方來到耶路撒冷,尋找新生的君王。他們長途拔涉地來到耶穌跟前,獻上最珍貴的禮物:黃金、孔香、殁藥。我們每人生命中都有一顆異星,帶領我們走向天主,我們可曾跟着它的帶領,用心去尋找祂?如果我們找到了,有否把我們的心交給祂?

主顯節的一週裏,我們會讀到耶穌初次顯示祂的天主性,在聖殿中與經師們交談,聆聽他們,詢問他們。聖母和聖若瑟三天焦急地尋找祂。我覺得他們尋找的是耶穌的天主性,幼年的耶穌,看來祇是個聰明的孩子,和平常人沒有多大分別,要相信祂是天主,需要多大的信德!他們不明白耶穌說祂必需在祂父親那裡,但把一切默記於心,不斷存想。多麼好的典範!

「耶穌在智慧和身量上,並在天主和人前的恩愛上,漸漸增長」(路二:52)。願我們也在智慧、身心和在天主和人前的恩愛上漸漸增長。

在2016年已盡,2017年伊始之日,我們有沒想到過去一年中,有些後悔的事,希望能夠重新做一次?天主永遠給我們機會重頭再來。願各位抖擻精神活好新的一年。在愛主愛人上日漸增長!

From Fr. Gael: The story of the Magi is unique to the Gospel of Matthew. It was an invitation to the newly born Christian Church to understand that Christ from his birth was here for everybody, not just for the Jewish community become Christian. This was an enormous step forward for the children of the Old Covenant. It called them to open themselves to something beyond their previous experience. What does the epiphany mean today? I would posit that it really means the same thing all over again. Jesus calls us always to something beyond our previous experience. Christ is not limited in any fashion in his outreach. For this he was born, lived, died and rose from the dead in an explosion of love of infinite outreach. To this we are called to be, as Jesus, an explosion of love of infinite outreach. It is as much of a challenge for us today as it was for the early Christian community.–Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Rest-in-Peace
Mary Josephine Stechschulle – Tony De La Riva
Florine Konkel – Doris Giuliotti

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday January 5, 2020
7:30 Joseph Maggiora & the Maggiora Family +
8:45 Luigi Marciano +
10:15 Guy & Susie Fabri +
11:45 Domenico, Francesca, Tom, Giuseppe, and Frances Cresci +
1:00 Steve & Lena Cuneo +
5:00 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul

Monday January 6, 2020
7:00 Joe Frew +
9:00 Giuseppe & Angela Balistreri & Family + – Florine Konkel + (Conc.)

Tuesday January 7, 2020
7:00 Thanksgiving from Alberto & Eva Siu Lu
9:00 Egisto, Nella, & Ivano Daini +

Wednesday January 8, 2020
7:00 Dino Ferrari +
9:00 Luis, Eugenia, & Raymond Raggio +

Thursday January 9, 2020
7:00 Nicola Sanguinetti +
9:00 Vincenzo & Brigida Ruggiero +

Friday January 10, 2020
7:00 Andrea Genoveffa +
9:00 Antoni Corona +

Saturday January 11, 2020
7:30 Eugene Charles Payne, III +
9:00 Francesco, Antoinette, & Frank Germano +
5:00 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul

Particular Items

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.

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!

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.

January is the month of our Salesian Saints: On January 22, we celebrate the Feast of the Blessed Laura Vicuña, patroness of our pre-kindergarten. On January 24, we celebrate St. Francis de Sales, Don Bosco’s patron, and namesake of the society, and at the end of the month we celebrate Don Bosco himself:

Don Bosco Study Group: The study group will meet on Tuesday, January 28, at 7PM, in the Club meeting room.

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.

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.

Eucharistic Adoration for Life: As we have done since the very first Walk for Life West Coast, Saints Peter and Paul hosts all-night adoration for life the night before the Walk, which means someone needs to be with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament all night long. To schedule a shift during the night, please call Gibbons at 415-421-0809. The parking lot will be open.

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 05 The Epiphany of the Lord
Monday 06 Christmas Weekday, André Bessette; Religious
Tuesday 07 Christmas Weekday, Raymond of Peñafort; Priest
Wednesday 08 Christmas Weekday
Thursday 09 Christmas Weekday
Friday 10 Christmas Weekday
Saturday 11 Christmas Weekday
Sunday 12 The Baptism of the Lord

Your faithful donations of December 22/23: $5,055.
Second Collection (Parish School): $1,922.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

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
Your faithful donations of last week: $4,033.
Second Collection (Retired Religious): $1,839.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!
Isaiah 11: 1-10; Romans 15:4-9; Matthew 3: 1-12. Isaiah tells of the justice and peace that shall reign in the kingdom of God. Saint Paul prays that God will give the community the ability to be in harmony and united with Christ. In the Gospel. John the Baptist exhorts his listeners to turn away from their sins and be baptized, for the one who is coming is even mightier.

Domenica 2A Di Avvento

Ciò che Dio ha fatto nell’Immacolata è il progetto che ha pensato per ogni credente in Cristo. Celebriamo oggi la solennità della Immacolata Concezione della Vergine Maria che ci insegna a comprendere che Gesù si è sacrificio per noi, e ci indica la strada per essere degni di Dio. Seguiamola!

將臨期第二主日

今天,我們再度聽到聖若翰洗者的訊息:他說:「天國近了,你們要悔攺,修直主的道路……」他勸人預備上主的路,他自己先隱居曠野,擺脫一切不屬於天主的事物來準備自己。」他告訴我們,將臨期是一段祈禱、反省、預備的時刻;是一段離開繁雜的生活、 以內儉、以祈禱、從聖經和聖事中去吸取滋養的時刻。是一段開放內心,歡迎耶穌到來的時刻,又是努力締造和平、慷慨地幫助有需要的人的時刻。讓我們用心地去過自制,公正、虔誠的生活,去準備耶穌再臨。

十一月八日是無原罪聖母節,聖母是最能善度將臨期的人,她用九個月去預備耶穌的來臨;她的心隨時都開放,耶穌任何時間都可以進入和傾訴。她也願意教我們怎樣做,讓我們向她學習吧!

 

From Fr. Gael: John the Baptist appears in the context of his time as a countercultural prophet. He dresses differently and eats healthy style. He shoots straight from the hip in his preaching. He was difficult for some people to accept because his message challenged them at the deepest level of their relationship with their God. He is the one given to us today in this Sunday’s scripture. Once again, in the context of our secular environment, he is countercultural. He challenges us in this Advent at the deepest level of our relationship with God. All around us the materialism of our culture, especially in the commercialism of Christmas, will challenge the interiority of John the Baptist’s message. The choice is up to us. May Advent win! –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Baptisms

Luna Grace Vindel

 

Rest-in-Peace
Roger Moskaira – Hazel Loomis Freedman –June Caballero

 

Mass Intentions For The Week
Sunday  December 8, 2019
7:30 Concetta Romeo +
8:45 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
10:15 Pak Yu Kong +
11:45 Giuseppe & Angela Balistreri & Family + – Mary Garibaldi + (Conc.)
1:00 Domenico, Francesca, Tom, Giuseppe, & Frances Cresci +
5:00 The Aicardi, Dal Cin, & Camoriani Families +
Monday  December 9, 2019
7:00 Virginia Sanguinetti +
9:00 Birthday of  Maria Fuller + – Peter Domenici + (Conc.)
Tuesday   December 10, 2019
7:00 Andrea Genoveffa +
9:00 Pietro Piazza +
Wednesday December 11, 2019
7:00 Eleanore Marenzi +
9:00 Serge & Tom Cincotta +
Thursday   December 12, 2019
7:00 Luigi & Rosa Mangini +
9:00 Louis, Eugenia, & Raymond Raggio + – Jeanne Spingola + (Conc.) 
Friday  December 13, 2019
7:00 Ettorina Cardella & Family +
9:00 Frank Cannizzaro + – John Rocco & Family + (Conc.)
Saturday  December 14, 2019
7:30 Henry Ravetto +
9:00 David Scopel +
5:00 Louis Greco & Family +

Particular Items

Second Collection: Today we will have a second collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious. Please be generous

Welcome, Bishop Savio! Today we are blessed and honored to welcome Bishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, SDB (韓大輝) from Hong Kong. His Excellency will celebrate the 10:15 AM Chinese Mass, and a reception will follow in the Parish Center.

“The style of John the Baptist was meant to call all Christians to choose a sober lifestyle, especially in preparation for the feast of Christmas…when the Lord, as Saint Paul would say, ‘became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich’.”
John’s mission “was an extraordinary appeal to conversion…a fiery invitation to a new way of thinking and acting,” and “to the announcement of God’s justice.” “Therefore, John’s appeal goes far beyond and deeper than a call to a sober lifestyle: it is a call for inner change, starting with the recognition and confession of our sins.”–Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Advent Message, December 4, 2011.

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: This year, we celebrate the Immaculate Conception on Monday, December 9. It is transferred from the 8th, because that day is a Sunday. It is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year, but come honor our Blessed Mother anyway!

Advent Prayer Group: The Advent Prayer Group will meet on Wednesday, December 11 and Wednesday, December 18 at 2:45 PM, in the Parish Center. All are welcome!

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.

Our Lady of Guadalupe: On Thursday we celebrate Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, so dear to the hearts of the people of Mexico and all Catholics!

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.

Santa Lucia: On Friday, December 13, from 6-8PM, at the Fisherman’s Chapel at the wharf, there will be a Festa di Santa Lucia, with Christmas Carols.

Chinese Apostolate Christmas Show: The Chinese Apostolate will host their annual Christmas show at 11:30 on Sunday, December 15.

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, with individual confession, will be on Monday, December 16, at 7:00PM. This is the very best way to “make straight the paths of the Lord” and prepare ourselves for the coming of Our Lord!  ALL parishioners are invited and urged to attend!

School Christmas Pageant: The school Christmas Pageant will be on Thursday, December 19, at 7PM.

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.

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.

Mille Grazie! Thanks to all parishioners who volunteered to serve the poor on Thanksgiving Day. We served over 600 diners, more than ever before. We placed two people in temporary housing. We gave someone a bicycle so he could ride to work. We gave another man a wheeled laundry basket after seeing the cart he had was so broken it could no longer be used. Local eateries North Beach Restaurant, Tacolicious, North Beach Pizza, Park Tavern and Piazza Pellegrini generously contributed to the meal.

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.”

Christmas Memorial Poinsettias: Speaking of Poinsettias, for the next three weekends, parishioners will be taking orders for Christmas Memorial poinsettias in front of the church. Cost is $20. You can remember a loved one and decorate the church for the Christmas season at the same time!

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.

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 08 Second Sunday of Advent
Monday 09 The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Tuesday 10 Advent Weekday
Wednesday 11 Advent Weekday, Damasus I; Pope
Thursday 12 Our Lady of Guadalupe
Friday 13 Lucy; Virgin, Martyr
Saturday 14 John of the Cross; Priest, Doctor
Sunday 15 Third Sunday of Advent,  Gaudete (Rejoice!) Sunday

Your faithful donations of last week: $3,304.
Thanksgiving Day Mass: $687.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.

Your faithful donations of November 23/24: $4,216.
Second Collection (CCHD): $1,186.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.

Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44. In the first reading, Isaiah prophesies that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established and raised, and that instruction shall come out of Zion. Then God will judge between nations. Saint Paul warns the Romans that salvation is imminent, and that they should cast off sin and darkness and choose to live in the light of Jesus Christ. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus speaks to his disciples about the people of Noah’s time who were living carelessly when the flood came, and warns that as it was then, so it is for them. They must be watchful and ready, for God will come at an hour they do not expect.

Domenica 1A Di Avvento

All’inizio del nuovo Anno Liturgico ogni cristiano aspetti il Signore con viva e consapevole partecipazione. Dobbiamo vivere l’Avvento nel segno della pace, dell’impegno cristiano, della vigilanza, della solerzia e creatività. Comportamenti che renderanno possibile le nostra salvezza.

基督君王節
今天是耶穌君王節,耶穌可以說是最不像君王的君王,祂出身卑微;祂的一生祇有付出,沒有收收穫,還被嘲笑、羞辱、輕視、仇視,最後被判最殘忍的酷刑,死在十字架上。甚至臨死前仍被嘲諷:「如果你是猶太人的君王,就救救你己吧!」的確,祂在表面上,一點都不像君王。
然而,祂真的是君王,祂不需要救自己,而是以自己的苦難、聖死救贖整個人類!祂的王權祇被那在祂旁邊同樣被懸在十字架右邊的所謂「善盜」認出,他知道自己招致死亡的原因由於犯了大罪,而身邊的耶穌是無罪的,因此喊出了:「當祢在祢的王國時,請記念我。」他得到即時的賞報:「今天你就要與我一同在樂園裏。」
今天,世界上仍有人不能承認耶穌是君王,祇有那相信祂和信賴祂,並且認識到自己需要救贖的人,才能享受到在這君王統治下的幸福。

 

From Fr. Gael: You know, the Apple IWatch is a magnificent little invention. It is a watch that tells time, but so much more than just time. It is a calendar, a calculator, an exercise tracker, an address book. It plays music. It can answer your phone (“Dick Tracy style”). And there’s so much more it does. It’s a computer on your wrist. It can completely direct your life. However, it can’t live your life. As we start Advent today, and we’re directed to be aware of the time, not just wrist watch time, the scripture is giving us direction to live our lives in constant awareness of the presence of God within our lives.The wrist watch can’t do that. We must choose to do that. That is why Holy Mother the Church gives us Advent each year. It is an annual call to be aware of God time in our lives. It is an opportunity to realize that God comes again. That makes it a time of anticipation for the great moment of Emmanuel, of “God-with-us”.  It is our once again time to live the anticipation of this transcendental moment of the birth of Jesus Christ. May we pay attention to this time, not on our wrists, but deeply within our hearts.  –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

 

Rest in Peace
Alexis Malone Waugh – Emanuela Palazzo – Roger Moskaira
Hazel Loomis Friedman

 

Mass Intentions For The Week
Sunday  December 1, 2019 
7:30 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
8:45 Luigi Marciano +
10:15 Chan Mei Kwei +
11:45 Carla Ferrando +
1:00 Sheila B. Thomeczek +
5:00 The Pierini & Spes Families +
Monday  December 2, 2019 
7:00 Thanksgiving from Emmanuel Te
9:00 Marie Hong Tran + – Roger Micheli + (Conc.)
Tuesday   December 3, 2019 
7:00 Nicola Sanguinetti +
9:00 Louis Ferralis +
Wednesday December 4, 2019 
7:00 Marie Hong Tran +
9:00 Fred Scolari + – Anna Bylery + (Conc.)
Thursday   December 5, 2019
7:00 Anniversary of the Death of Rosa Marenzi +
9:00 Antonio Corona + – Biagio Dito + (Conc.)
Friday  December 6, 2019 
7:00 John, Francesca, Vincent, Frances and   Nathan Mazzaferri +
9:00 Maria & Ambrogio Calcagno + –    Joan Gelvin + (Conc.)
Saturday  December 7, 2019 
7:30 Birthday of Ernesto Marenzi  +
9:00 Marie Hong Tran +
5:00 Ruth & Guido Ghiglieri +

 

Particular Items

Happy Advent, Happy New Year! Today is the First Sunday in Advent, the beginning of the New Liturgical Year.

Daily Advent Reflections: Help deepen your Advent experience! Every day during Advent we will be emailing the Gospel of the day, plus a reflection from Fr. Gael. If you’d like to be added to the distribution for this, call the parish office or email Gibbons at gibbons@salesiansspp.org.

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.

Guadalupana Pilgrimage: Come honor Mary our Mother, under the title of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe on Saturday, December 7 at the annual Guadalupana Crusade Pilgrimage! Last year 30,000 people attended! The pilgrimage starts at All Souls Church in South San Francisco at 5AM, and after  various stops, ends at St. Mary’s Cathedral, where Archbishop Cordileone will celebrate Mass at 2PM. Please visit cruzadaguadalupana.org for more information.

First Saturday Mass in Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary: On Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 PM, the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration invite you to attend the First Saturday Mass in Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary at their monastery chapel, 771 Ashbury St . The Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Vito Perrone from the Contemplatives of St. Joseph. The Sisters will be supporting Fr. Vito by elevating the Sacred with Gregorian chanting during the Sacrificial Liturgy in the Extraordinary Form. Your favorite Marian hymns, including the beautiful Maria Mater Gratiae, Inviolata and Alma Redemptoris Mater will be sung. For more information, contact Mother Rosalba at 415-566-2743 or mpador@aol.com

Second Collection: Next week we will have a second collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious. Please be generous.

Welcome, Bishop Savio! Next Sunday, we are blessed and honored to welcome Bishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, SDB (韓大輝) from Hong Kong. His Excellency will celebrate the 10:15 AM Chinese Mass, and a reception will follow in the Parish Center.

Chinese Apostolate Christmas Show: The Chinese Apostolate will host their annual Christmas show at 11:30 on Sunday, December 15.

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 on Monday, December 16, at 7:00PM. ALL parishioners are invited and urged to attend!

School Christmas Pageant: The school Christmas Pageant will be on Thursday, December 19, at 7PM.

Christmas Legends: St. Nicholas: December 6 is the Feast of St. Nicholas. 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!

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.

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.

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! “The beginning of the Liturgical Year helps us live anew the expectation of God who took flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary, God who makes himself little, who becomes a child; it speaks to us of the coming of a God who is close, who chose to experience human life from the very beginning in order to save it totally, in its fullness. And so the mystery of Lord’s Incarnation and the beginning of human life are closely and harmoniously connected and in tune with each other in the one saving plan of God, the Lord of the life of each and everyone.” –Pope Benedict XVI, Homily at Celebration of First Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27, 2010.

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.

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 01 First Sunday of Advent
Monday 02 Advent Weekday
Tuesday 03 Francis Xavier; Priest
Wednesday 04 John Damascene; Priest Doctor
Thursday 05 Advent Weekday
Friday 06  Advent Weekday, Nicolas; Bishop
Saturday 07 Ambrose; Bishop, Doctor
Sunday 08 Second Sunday of Advent

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

2 Samuel 5:1-3; Colossians 1:12-20; Luke  23:35-43. In the first reading, the tribes of Israel anoint David, their shepherd, as king. In the reading from Colossians, Paul writes of the incredible glory of Jesus, firstborn of all creation., head of the Church, and preeminent over all creation. In the Gospel, Jesus shows his compassion and mercy by assuring the good thief of his entrance into his kingdom.

 

Gesù Cristo Re Dell’Universo
 
È Cristi il centro della fede, della morale, dela catechesi: È Cristo crocefisso che noi siamo chiamati ad annunciare. La sua regalità non proviene dalla sua potenza ma dal sacrificio della Croce e dal suo amore per gli uomini. Essere cristiani è accogliere lo scandalo della Croce. Ognuno di noi si riconosca in Cristo Re crocefisso.

 

基督君王節今天是耶穌君王節,耶穌可以說是最不像君王的君王,祂出身卑微;祂的一生祇有付出,沒有收收穫,還被嘲笑、羞辱、輕視、仇視,最後被判最殘忍的酷刑,死在十字架上。甚至臨死前仍被嘲諷:「如果你是猶太人的君王,就救救你己吧!」的確,祂在表面上,一點都不像君王。然而,祂真的是君王,祂不需要救自己,而是以自己的苦難、聖死救贖整個人類!祂的王權祇被那在祂旁邊同樣被懸在十字架右邊的所謂「善盜」認出,他知道自己招致死亡的原因由於犯了大罪,而身邊的耶穌是無罪的,因此喊出了:「當祢在祢的王國時,請記念我。」他得到即時的賞報:「今天你就要與我一同在樂園裏。」

今天,世界上仍有人不能承認耶穌是君王,祇有那相信祂和信賴祂,並且認識到自己需要救贖的人,才能享受到在這君王統治下的幸福。

From Fr. Gael: This is the last Sunday of the liturgical year and we associate it with the Feast of Christ the King. Christ denied temporal kingship and Kingdom when he stood before Pilate. But since that time and until the end of time Christ is the King of Hearts and his Kingdom extends over space and time. Since he gave his heart’s blood on the cross on Calvary, people through the centuries have given their lives and their life blood for him. The Roman empire came and went, and the Kingdom of Christ still stands. The litany of the saints through the ages attest to that. We who receive the King in our hearts in Eucharist attest to that. Along with Fr. Miguel Pro and countless other martyrs and confessors we attest to that. On this feast of Christ, the King, let us proclaim it again, “Long live Christ the King who rules over our hearts with Love!” –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

 

Rest-in-Peace
Rosalind Sabella – Alexis Malone Waugh
Emanuela Palazzo – Richard Harrington

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday  November 24, 2019
7:30 John C. Riccio +
8:45 Frank Tognotti +
10:15 Conchita & Emil Chao +
11:45 Domenico, Francesca, Tom, Giuseppe, & Frances Cresci + – Ginny Joosen + (Conc.)
1:00 Norma Garibaldi +
5:00 Dora Franceschi +

Monday  November 25, 2019
7:00 Pietro, Adele, & Elena Domenici +
9:00 Phyllis Bruno + – Policarpo Pimentel + (Conc.)

Tuesday   November 26, 2019
7:00 Angelo Sanguinetti +
9:00 Elena, Angelo, & Delia Serafini + – Gerald Sullivan + (Conc.)

Wednesday November 27, 2019
7:00 Joseph & Grace Mazzaferri +
9:00 Sr. Veronica Milyo, FMA + – Richard Harrington + (Conc.)

Thursday   November 28, 2019
9:00 Marie Hong Tran + – Enes Greco +
Umberto Giosi Sereni + – Gaetano Alioto + (Conc.)

Friday  November 29, 2019
7:00 Marie Hong Tran +
9:00 In Honor of Madonna della Guardia + – Tommy Mazzucco + (Conc.)

Saturday  November 30, 2019
7:30 Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00 Birthday of Celestina Sbgaria + – Rosario Sederiosa + (Conc.)
5:00 Loriano & Anita Belluomini +

Particular Items

 

Feast of Christ the King, End of the Liturgical Year: Today we celebrate the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, and with it, the end of the Liturgical Year. “The Liturgical Year is the way Mother Church places before us the main events and teachings in the life of Jesus. When we remember the events and stories in the life of Jesus, we make them as real to us as they were to those who first experienced them. We bring past events into the now.” Each of the three Liturgical Years uses one of the Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark, & Luke. We conclude Year C (Luke) today, and begin Year A (Matthew) on December 1, the First Sunday of Advent. Saints Luke and Matthew, pray for us!

Second Collection: Today we have a second collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Please be generous.

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.

Thanksgiving Day Schedule: As always, on Thanksgiving Day we have just one Mass, at 9:00 AM. All are invited to join in thanking God for his overflowing blessings!

Help Feed the Poor on Thanksgiving? If you’d like to volunteer for our Thanksgiving Dinner for the poor and others of the neighborhood, email Marc at marcabruno@yahoo.com

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.

All Souls Envelopes: November is the month of all the faithful departed. You can find All Souls envelopes in the pews and on the tables.

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 our website 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.

Pre-K Accepting Applications: The Laura Vicuna Pre-Kindergarten of Ss. Peter and Paul School is accepting applications for the fall semester. Please email (prek@sspeterpaulsf.org) or call  (415-296-8549) to request an application. Please visit our website for more details.

Daily Advent Reflections: Help deepen your Advent experience! Every day during Advent, starting next Sunday, December 1, we will be emailing the Gospel of the day, plus a reflection from Fr. Gael. If you’d like to be added to the distribution for this, call the parish office or email Gibbons at gibbons@salesiansspp.org.

Guadalupana Pilgrimage: Come honor Mary our Mother, under the title of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe on Saturday, December 7 at the annual Guadalupana Crusade Pilgrimage! Last year 30,000 people attended! The pilgrimage starts at All Souls Church in South San Francisco at 5AM, and after  various stops, ends at St. Mary’s Cathedral, where Archbishop Cordileone will celebrate Mass at 2PM. Please visit cruzadaguadalupana.org for more information.

First Saturday Mass in Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary: On Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 PM, the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration invite you to attend the First Saturday Mass in Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary at their monastery chapel, 771 Ashbury St . The Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Vito Perrone from the Contemplatives of St. Joseph. The Sisters will be supporting Fr. Vito by elevating the Sacred with Gregorian chanting during the Sacrificial Liturgy in the Extraordinary Form. Your favorite Marian hymns, including the beautiful Maria Mater Gratiae, Inviolata and Alma Redemptoris Mater will be sung. For more information, contact Mother Rosalba at 415-566-2743 or mpador@aol.com

Welcome, Bishop Savio! On Sunday, December 8, we are blessed and honored to welcome Bishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, SDB (韓大輝) from Hong Kong. His Excellency will celebrate the 10:15 AM Chinese Mass, and a reception will follow 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!

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.

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 24 Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Monday 25 Catherine of Alexandria; Virgin, Martyr
Tuesday 26 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Wednesday 27 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Thursday 28 Weekday in Ordinary Time, Thanksgiving Day
Friday 29 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Saturday 30 Andrew; Apostle, Martyr
Sunday 01 First Sunday of Advent

Your faithful donations of last week: $3,973.
Second Collection (Parish School): $1,790.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

Malachi 3:19-20a; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12; Luke 21:5-19. In the first reading, Malachi proclaims the coming judgment where the proud and evildoers will face destruction, while those who fear the Lord will be healed. In the second reading, Paul reminds believers to behave in an orderly way. In the Gospel, Jesus describes events that involve the persecution and suffering of believers, and warns them not to be taken in by false prophets or worldly signs.

 

Domenica 33A Del Tempo Ordinario
 
I profeti annunciano che si sarà la fine di questo mondo. Anche Gesù, come profeta si colloca alla fine della storia e mette davanti ai nostri occhi le difficoltà che non ci devono disarmare. Il bene alla fine trionferà e così “cieli nuovi e terra nuovi” sorgeranno.

 

常年期第三十三主日

上主日的福音中提到人死後復活,今天提到的仍是有關這方面的問題,以「上主的日子」 —— 世界末日為標題。耶穌說到那時有許多徵兆,但並不是末日立刻就到,不必驚慌,但我們可以明白這是天主仁慈地提醒我們,要時刻警醒。

耶穌又提到許多人會假冒祂的名,散佈邪說,令人迷惑,因此我們要認識教會的道理,要堅定信德,不要受騙。耶穌又預告:戰爭、叛亂、天災、飢荒將要出現,還有人身的迫害,這一切聽來可怕,其實未嘗不是天主給我們機會,要我們改善自己,幫助有需要的人。我們也許不致因信仰而受到肉身的迫害,但每天在日常生活中為基督作見證有時也會遭受困難,被人反對嘲笑,但我們不要怕,因為耶穌答應我們,祂會保護我們,保證我們不會失落,祇要我們堅忍到底。

From Fr. Gael: This is an apocalyptic reading for the coming end of the liturgical year. Actually, the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem had already taken place when this Gospel was written. So, when Luke puts in Jesus’ words about the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem, credibility is assumed. This is a time when the early followers of Jesus were trying to figure out where they fit in. They’re not welcome by the Jewish culture of Jerusalem. The Temple is gone. Who are they? They gradually work that out in the active following of Jesus Christ through the first Christian communities. In our secular world, you might say we are working out how we can give witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We would do well to ask the intercession of the first followers of Christ of that critical time to help us reaffirm our identity today as followers of Christ. The world needs us as much today as it needed them in their time. What bonds us together is the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus, yesterday, today and always. Amen. –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

 

Baptisms
Presley McQuaid – Wyatt Kristian Ellis
Luke Ryan DiGiacomo
Weddings

Brian Franzoia and Angelica Diaz
Rest-in-Peace

Rosalind Sabella Clark – Richard Harrington – Clare Salles Jurvig

 

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday  November 17, 2019
7:30 Marie Hong Tran +
8:45 The Aicardi, Dal Cin, & Camoriani Families +
10:15 Soul of Maria Kiu +
11:45 Wedding Anniversary of GB + and Ida De Martini – Charles Rudnick + (Conc.)
1:00 Steve & Lena Cuneo +
5:00 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul

Monday  November 18, 2019
7:00 Edward Sabini +
9:00 Anniversary of the Death of Valentine Te + – Ida May Flores Debrunner + (Conc.)

Tuesday   November 19, 2019
7:00 Virginia Sanguinetti +
9:00 Giuseppe & Antonia D’Ascoli + – George Silva + (Conc.)

Wednesday November 20, 2019
7:00 Thank you Dear God for All our Blessings
9:00 Louis, Eugenia, & Raymond Raggio + – The Holy Souls in Purgatory + (Conc.)

Thursday   November 21, 2019
7:00 Frank Sanguinetti +
9:00 Joan Coker + – Eileen Linehan + (Conc.)

 Friday  November 22, 2019
7:00 Birthday of Alexander James Markus +
9:00 Birthday Eduardo de Castro + –  Dora Varacchi + (Conc.)

 Saturday  November 23, 2019
7:30 The Giurlani Family +
9:00 Tony Scopel + – Eva Lari & Eugenia & Lorenzo Lari + (Conc.)
5:00 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul

 

Particular Items

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

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.

All Souls Envelopes: November is the month of all the faithful departed. You can find All Souls envelopes in the pews and on the tables.

Mass for the Faithful Departed Homeless: On Saturday, November 23, 2019 at11 AM, at the Church of the Visitation, 655 Sunnydale Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94134, the Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, will celebrate a Mass of the Dead for our homeless brothers and sisters. “When they die, who remembers the chronically homeless and often mentally ill and alcoholic or drug-addicted men and women who wandered our streets? Often, no one. In many cases, no one around them even knew their real names. But they are children of God.”

Mothers Club Bingo: On Saturday, November 23, the Mothers’ Club of the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club will host their annual Bingo Fundraiser. The fun starts at 11AM. Call 415-397-3068 for tickets and more information.

Thanksgiving Day Schedule: As always, on Thanksgiving Day we have just one Mass, at 9:00 AM. All are invited to join in thanking God for his overflowing blessings!

Help Feed the Poor on Thanksgiving? If you’d like to volunteer for our Thanksgiving Dinner for the poor and others of the neighborhood, email Marc at marcabruno@yahoo.com

Guadalupana Pilgrimage: Come honor Mary our Mother, under the title of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe on Saturday, December 7 at the annual Guadalupana Crusade Pilgrimage! Last year 30,000 people attended! The pilgrimage starts at All Souls Church in South San Francisco at 5AM, and after  various stops, ends at St. Mary’s Cathedral, where Archbishop Cordileone will celebrate Mass at 2PM. Please visit cruzadaguadalupana.org for more information.

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.

Pre-K Accepting Applications: The Laura Vicuna Pre-Kindergarten of Ss. Peter and Paul School is accepting applications for the fall semester. Please email or call  (415-296-8549) to request an application. Please visit our website for more details.

Religious Education-CCD: The 2019-2020 Religious Education-CCD program has begun. We still welcome and accept students from Pre-K to Grade 8. 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. Students are asked to attend the 8:45am Mass, and we meet at the Pre-K room. 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.

Religious Education – RCIA -Rite of Chris Initiation for Adults: We welcome adults who would like to enter or inquire the Catholic faith. Or those who have not received the Sacraments of Confirmation and or Eucharist. Classes are held every Thursday at 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Parish Rectory basement.

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.

Christ the King, End of the Liturgical Year: Next Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, and with it, the end of the Liturgical Year. “The Liturgical Year is the way Mother Church places before us the main events and teachings in the life of Jesus. When we remember the events and stories in the life of Jesus, we make them as real to us as they were to those who first experienced them. We bring past events into the now.” Each of the three Liturgical Years uses one of the Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark, & Luke. We will conclude Year C (Luke) next week, and, begin Year A (Matthew) on December 1, the First Sunday of Advent. Saints Luke and Matthew, pray for us!

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 17 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday 18 Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul; Apostles
Tuesday 19 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Wednesday 20 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Thursday 21 Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Friday 22 Cecilia; Virgin, Martyr
Saturday 23 Clement I; Pope, Martyr. Columban; Abbot.  Bl. Miguel Agustin Pro; Priest, Martyr
Sunday  24 Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Your faithful donations of last week: $3,340.
Second Collection (St. Patrick’s Seminary): $1,710.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!