Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-16, 23-24, 30-31-31; Psalm 33; Philippians 4:4-9; Matthew 18:1-6, 10. God will look after his sheep, since bad rulers have led the sheep astray. God will send a new David to lead them who is none other than the Good Shepherd, Jesus. The psalmist tells us: “Blessed are they who put their trust in the Lord.” Paul exhorts all those baptized in Christ to unity, joy, and peace. God’s peace surpasses all understanding and is beyond the power of the human mind. The Gospel tells us that to be a true disciple of Jesus one must be humble and not fear dependence on God the Father.

 

Festa di San Giovanni Bosco

O padre e maestro della gioventù, San Giovanni Bosco, che tanto lavorasti per la salvezza delle anime, sii nostra guida nel cercare il bene delle anime nostre e la salvezza del prossimo; aiutaci a vincere le passioni e il rispetto umano; insegnaci ad amare Gesù Sacramentato, Maria Ausiliatrice e il Papa; e implora da Dio per noi una buona morte, affinchè possiamo reggiumgerti in Paradiso. Così sia.

 

今天是聖鮑斯高瞻禮。聖鮑斯高是十九世紀的偉人,他生於1815年8月16日意大利一個小小的鄉村,兩歲時父親逝世由母親撫養長大。母親教他愛天主,愛聖母,愛世人。當時歐洲正逢工業革命,很多家庭受到失業的影響,無數孩子流浪街頭,無依無靠,年少的鮑斯高身受貧窮的苦楚,很同性他們,立志長大後要幫助貧苦的兒童。二十六歲時升了神父,從此把全部精神放在教育青少年之上。他創辦青年會,收容無依無靠,無家可歸的孩子,給他們棲身之所並教育他們。他的母親一直在身邊幫忙。他的教育方法是以愛和鼓勵而不是責罰,又以各種有益身心的活動幫助他們,使他們有正當的誤樂,不致做壞事,這就是有名的「防範教育」。

他創立了慈幼會,又和瑪沙利羅一起創立了母佑會女修會。許多和他志同道合的青年男女紛紛加入,今日世界各地都有慈幼會和母佑會的學校,尤其是工業學校,使青年們有一技之長,能自力謀生。他又開辦出版社,出版優良讀物。

聖鮑斯高神父一生熱愛青年,獻身為他們服務,他主張教育不單是教授學識,更重要的是教人靈魂得救,他的工作受到很多打擊,但藉着天主的幫助,總能化險為夷。他在一八八八年一月三十一日逝世,他的靈魂回到他深愛的天主和聖母身邊。他死後不久,教會便祝聖他為聖人。今年全世界各地都大事慶祝。我們應祈求聖鮑斯高為我們轉禱,使我們效法他的美德,愛主、愛聖母,愛世人。

 

From Fr. Gael:

St. John Bosco is a contemporary saint of the Church. Young Irish seminarians who met Don Bosco and became enamored of him of him came to work here in the United States. One worked at Corpus Christi parish here in the city. When I entered the Salesian Seminary in 1961, there were still Salesians around who had personally met Don Bosco. The first Salesians in the United States arrived here in San Francisco in 1898. Even though the first request for a Salesian presence came during Don Bosco’s lifetime, it wasn’t until ten years after his death (1888) with the first successor of Don Bosco, Blessed Michael Rua, that under Archbishop Riordan in San Francisco, they arrived. The spirit of Don Bosco has been part of our Sts. Peter and Paul heritage for 121 years. It is this charismatic saint of the universal Church we celebrate, especially his dedication to the young. Our Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club which approaches its 100 years of existence, is testimony to that dedication. As we celebrate this rich history, we pray for more vocations to the Salesian Family: the Salesian Religious men (priests and brothers), the Salesian Sisters, the Salesian Cooperators, and other branches of the wide Salesian Family. St. John Bosco, pray for us!

–Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

 

Baptisms
Gabriella Nwakoro

Weddings
James Boyle and Angela Corridan
Alex Ho and Celestine McGlynn

Rest-in-Peace
Weston Roseberry – Dawn Williams
Eugene Charles Payne, III

 

Particular Items

St. John Bosco: Today, we celebrate the Feast of St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesians. Starting with almost nothing the great saint founded what is now the second-largest men’s order and co-founded the largest women’s order in the Catholic Church—present in almost every country in the globe. Not to mention 30,000 Salesian cooperators in at least 60 counties! St. John Bosco, on your feastday, pray for us!

Second Collection: Today we will have a second collection in support of our parish school. Please be generous.

Catholic Schools Week! This week is Catholic Schools Week! The school will host a book fair through Wednesday. Tuesday is Principal Appreciation Day. Wednesday is Teacher Appreciation Day. Thursday is Salesian Appreciation day, with a 9AM Liturgy on the Feast of St. John Bosco, and Don Bosco Fun Day! We thank the wonderful principal, teachers and staff of Saints Peter and Paul school!

“If young people are educated properly, we have moral order; if not, vice and disorder prevail. Religion alone can initiate and achieve a true education.” –Don Bosco

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

Archbishop to Celebrate Mass for World Day of the Sick: On Saturday, February 2, at 11:00 AM, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will be the principal celebrant at a special Healing Mass celebrating World Day of the Sick, at which the Anointing of the Sick will take place. The Benedict XVI Schola will be singing. The Order of Malta will arrange rides for people who need them. The Order says: “Bring a friend who is sick, and experience a ‘special time of prayer and sharing, of offering one’s suffering for the good of the Church and of reminding everyone to see in his sick brother or sister the face of Christ.’” For info, contact Kenneth Ryan, KM 415-613-0395 kenmryan@aol.com

Annual Wedding Anniversary Mass: On Saturday, February 9 at 10 AM, at St. Mary’s Cathedral, all couples celebrating ‘5 year anniversaries’ (5 years, 10, 15… 35, 40) or over 40 years, in 2019 are invited to celebrate with us. Bishop Robert F. Christian, O.P. will be the principal celebrant. To register, visist https://form.jotform.com/83188107304151

Chinese New Year’s Mass: On Saturday, February 9 at 2:30PM, at St Mary’s Cathedral the Chinese Ministry of the Archdiocese of San Francisco invites all priests of the Archdiocese and their parishioners to join Bishop Wang, Bishop Christian, Bishop Justice, and Bishop Walsh, and the Chinese community for the celebration of Chinese New Year with the New Year Eucharistic Celebration and Ancestors Veneration Ceremony. Following the Mass, a fundraising banquet will be served in Patrons’ Hall at 5:00 pm. For Banquet tickets, please contact Fr. Peter Zhai, SVD, Director of Chinese Ministry, for tickets. 415-614-5575.

“Don’t be surprised at anything. People and waywardness go hand in hand. The Church has nothing to fear because even if all were to conspire to overthrow Her, the Holy Spirit would still uphold Her.” –Don Bosco

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA): The RCIA program has begun. This program is for adults who are interested in the Catholic faith and are willing to journey from inquiring to the receiving of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Please drop your name and email address off at the parish office.

Religious Education–CCD: The Religious Education CCD program of our parish is in session. All are welcome to the program for grades K to 8, especially students who do not have regular religious education in school. The CCD meets on Sundays from 10-11AM.—please bring children to the Pre-K at 9:45AM.

“Be cheerful, but let your cheerfulness be genuine, stemming from a conscience free from sin.” –Don Bosco

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 27 External Feast of St. John Bosco
Monday 28 Thomas Aquinas; Priest, Doctor
Tuesday 29 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Wednesday 30 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Thursday 31 John Bosco; Priest. Founder
Friday 01 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Saturday 02 The Presentation of the Lord
Sunday 03 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your faithful donations of last week: $4,318.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

Isaiah 62:1-5; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; John 2:1-11. In relaying the words of the Lord to Israel, Isaiah uses the image of a marriage to describe the relationship between God and his Chosen People. Saint Paul reminds us that the Spirit gives many different gifts to be used to build up the community. The Gospel tells the story of Jesus’ first miracle—turning water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana.

Domenica 2A Del Tempo Ordinario

Perché i discepoli credessero in lui, Gesù fece il primo dei “segni”! Chiamati a uno a uno essi formarono la prima comunità. Dall fede è nata e si è consolidata la nuova comunità, quella dei discepoli, perché annunziasse al mondo la salvezza.

 

常年期第二主日

依撒意亞先知書中在在表明天主對人類的愛 。 今天的讀經先知以新婚夫婦的愛去比喻天主對我們的愛既堅強又溫柔,專一而又慈愛 ,祂願意與我們諦結像夫婦那樣親密的盟約。「就如新郎怎樣喜愛新娘,你的天主也要怎樣喜愛你」就是今天讀的聖詠。(六二:5)在新約中,耶穌多次在講論天國時,都把它比作婚筵。又把叫人進天國比作邀請人參加婚禮。

今天在福音中,我們看到耶穌、聖母。我以為聖若瑟可能也參加了婚筵,祇因為他是個沉默的人,所以沒有記載,可見聖家對於家庭是多麼看重。耶穌不單參加了婚筵,還在婚筵中應允了聖母的請求,儘管祂的時刻還未到,也行了第一個奇蹟。水變成了酒,祂好像告訴我們婚配是我喜悅的,我要聖化它。」又好像告訴我們,有什麼困難儘管向我母親說,她會轉告我,因為她知名我愛她 ,無論什麼事情我一定替她辦到。

耶穌行了這個奇跡,象徵祂和聖父的關係的密切。使門徒們相信祂。今天,在教會內,我們常常看到徵象,比如我們一起參與彌撒聖祭,同領聖體就是一個有力的例子。顯示出天主的愛和慈悲。願我們打開心扉,好讓天主在我們身上施為,使人們在我們身上看到天主的愛和仁慈,相信祂。

From Fr. Gael: Talk about crashing a party! Jesus goes to the wedding feast of Cana with his disciples. No wonder Mary went to her Son and told him that the wine was running out. It is interesting that the first miracle of Jesus is done at Mary’s request. Maybe this is why from the earliest times of the Christian religion, people had a special devotion to the Mother of God. She proved to be an unbidden intercessor for people in need. She did then and continues to do so now. When our need needs a maternal heart, we turn to Mary. St Bernard of Clairvaux articulated this is a favorite prayer of Christendom, the “Memorare.” Here it is as a reminder to us all of the one to whom we may in need turn.

“Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.”

–Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

 

Rest-in-Peace
Bill O’Malley – Ed Boden – Orazio Giambona
Eugene Charles Payne, III

Particular Items

Faith Sharing Group: The group will meet in the parish center at 6:30 PM this Tuesday.

Eucharistic Adoration & Reparation and Bible Study: Every Wednesday, we have Holy Hour from 7:00-8:00 PM. Bible Study is also on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00 PM, but in the rectory. Parking available. “Trust all things to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and to Mary Help of Christians and you will see what miracles are.” –St. John Bosco.

School Grandparents Day: This Friday our students celebrate Grandparents Day, honoring the guidance and care provided by these wise elders.

Next Saturday! Walk for Life West Coast: Join Fr. Jose Lucero, fellow Catholics and Pro‐Lifers from all over the western U.S. (and beyond) as we stand for the littlest among us at the 15th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on January 26, 2019. The day starts with Mass at 9:30AM celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The rally begins at 12:30PM in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, and the Walk, down the city’s Market Street, begins at 1:30PM. For complete information about the Walk, visit www.walkforlifewc.com or call 415‐658‐1793.

HELP!! All-Night Adoration for Life: As always, we want to have all night Eucharistic Adoration for Life on the Friday before the Walk, beginning at 8PM. BUT we need people to be with Our Lord at all times otherwise the Adoration cannot happen! If you’d like to schedule an hour or more call Gibbons at 415-421-0809.

Great News! At the request of Archbishop Cordileone and his brother bishops the Vatican has declared an opportunity to obtain a plenary indulgence for those participating in the Masses related to the Walk for Life West Coast, plus the other normal requirements for an indulgence! Pope Francis has also given a Papal Blessing, which will be imparted by Archbishop Cordileone after the Mass in St. Mary’s Cathedral before the Rally and Walk. Copies of the Vatican decree are on the tables.

Salesian Saints! January is the month when we celebrate the feasts of a number of our Salesian saints. On January 22 we celebrate the feast of Blessed Laura Vicuña. On January 24, we celebrate St. Francis de Sales ( shown at right). And January 31 is the feast of St. John Bosco,—although we will actually celebrate next Sunday, January 27!  “We must never undervalue any person.—The workman loves not to have his work despised in his presence. Now God is present everywhere, and every person is his work.”—Francis de Sales

Feast of St. John Bosco, Friend of Youth: Next weekend we will celebrate the Feast of St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesian Order, and co-founder of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. “Without confidence and love, there can be no true education. If you want to be loved…you must love yourselves, and make your children feel that you love them.” “The school was not the end; it was rather the instrumental means for improving the way of life.”–Don Bosco.

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

Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club Cioppinos! It’s crab season, and around here that means only one thing: SBGC Cioppino! This year the final cioppino will be on February 2. Call 415-397-3068 for tickets and availability. And remember: it all supports the Club!

Sons & Daughters of Italy! All are invited to the Sons and Daughters of Italy’s Polenta and Sausage Dinner on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club. NO-HOST COCKTAILS at 6:00 P.M. with DINNER at 7:00 P.M. Antipasto, Salad, Polenta and Sausages, Wine, Coffee, and a Home-Made Dessert Bar. Price is fu $40 per person. No payments will be accepted at the door. Deadline for Reservations is Monday, February 4. Please call Linda at 415-235-5974, Lisa at 415-307-8034 or Maria at 415-370-3956 for information and reservations.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA): The RCIA program has begun. This program is for adults who are interested in the Catholic faith and are willing to journey from inquiring to the receiving of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Please drop your name and email address off at the parish office.

Religious Education–CCD: The Religious Education CCD program of our parish is in session. All are welcome to the program for grades K to 8, especially students who do not have regular religious education in school. The CCD meets on Sundays from 10-11AM.—please bring children to the Pre-K at 9:45AM.

New Facebook Page! Check out our new Saints Peter and Paul Facebook page: facebook.com/SsPeterandPaulSF. It’s a great site with beautiful pictures and to help you keep up with our many events!

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday 20         The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday 21        Agnes; Virgin, Martyr
Tuesday 22       Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection Of Unborn Children. Bl. Laura Vicuna
Wednesday 23  Vincent; Deacon, Martyr. Marianne Cope; Virgin
Thursday 24     Francis de Sales; Bishop, Doctor
Friday 25          The Conversion of St. Paul
Saturday 26     Timothy and Titus; Bishops
Sunday 27        The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your faithful donations of last week: $4,542.
Weekly Parish Expenses:                    $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28; 1 John 3:1-2, 21, 24; Luke 2:41-52. Today we hear about the birth of Samuel and how his mother gives thanks in the Temple and dedicates her son to the Lord. John, in his letter, highlights our dignity and destiny—we are God’s children now and are commanded to love one another. The Gospel from Luke relates the story of Jesus at the age of twelve remaining in the Temple after his family had departed, and the subsequent worry and searching for him that his parents experienced.

 

La Santa Famiglia

Gesù ha voluto nascere in una famiglia quella di Giuseppe e Maria e l’ha resa modello di ogni realtà familiare. Gesù sottolinea il progetto del Creatore che ha affidato all’uomo e alla donna il ministero della procreazione e lo ha elevato a sacramento. Oggi l’intera Chiesa è in festa riunita a fare della famiglia la Chiesa domestica.

 

聖家節

在聖誕期間,教會禮儀年制定今天是聖家節,指出天主聖子降生為人,願意和人一樣,有一個家庭。耶穌在納匝肋的生活可以用「服從」兩個字總括起來。祂服從天主聖父的旨意,服從聖若瑟和聖母教導。

天主聖子來到人間服屬於祂的受造物之下,這是多麼大的謙遜!祂服從聖若瑟、聖母,服從統治者、執法者。耶穌在納匝肋就如一般人一樣 , 守法、工作、社團生活、與親戚、朋友交往、善盡本份。祂也和許多人一樣,以父親教的手藝維生。聖母和聖若瑟像一般明智的父母一樣,教導孩子種種生活上的知識:祈禱 、 禮貎、認字等等。他們的生活是平凡、隱蔽而不大為人所知的,就像大多數人的生活一樣。足見天主願意給我們一個生活的模範。

聖若瑟和聖母之間有着守誡、聖潔、和諧、仁愛的氣氛,他們相親相愛,希望盡力使對方快樂。 他們給耶穌營造一個快樂和諧的家庭。也給世人一個幸福家庭的模範。家庭是學習社會道德的溫床;是學習愛、服從、負責、關懷、互助、合作和認識天主的最佳學校。天主願意我們從聖家學習怎樣做天主的好兒女。

 

From Fr. Gael: Immediately after Christmas the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family. Jesus is born into a family and learns the life of family with Mary and Joseph and his extended family of cousins and relatives. After all, his culture is one which highly values family relationship. The Gospel today tells us that after the incident in the Temple Jesus went home to Nazareth and was obedient to Mary and Joseph. He lived and learned in family. One of the challenges of our times is to be able to give this kind of priority and environment to family at all stages of our lives. There are many things in our current culture that make that reality difficult. It is only by making family the priority” that this critically important value can be instilled in and respected in the domestic Church, the basic level of Church – which is family. May the Holy Family inspire us to be “holy families.”

Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

 

Baptisms
Dylan Scott  Aria Azzalini – Arlo William Forte Mila
Luise Giusti

 Weddings
Devin Ochoa and Margi Crotti

Rest-in-Peace
Robert Frugoli – Conchita Chao

 

Particular Items

Second Collection: Today we have a second collection for the poor.

Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God: Tuesday, we celebrate Mary, the Mother of God. It is Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be at 7:00 & 9:00 AM and at 6:00 PM. There will be a Vigil Mass Monday at 6:00 PM. Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!\

Faith Sharing Group: The group will meet in the parish center at 6:30 PM on Tuesday.

Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club Cioppinos! It’s crab season, and around here that means only one thing: SBGC Cioppino! This year the cioppinos will be on January 5, 12, 19, and February 2. Call415-397-3068 for tickets and availability. And remember: it all supports the Club!

Salesian Cooperators: The Salesian Cooperators group will meet Monday, January 7th at 7pm in the Club conference room for an hour. Current Cooperators are asked to bring their copy of the “Project for Apostolic Life.” Meetings usually last seventy-five minutes long.  All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For questions on becoming a Salesian Cooperator (Don Bosco’s Third order), contact FrankLavin@comcast.net, 415-310-8551 or EdTe@comcast.net.

School Open House: SPP School (Kinder – 8) and The Laura Vicuna Pre-K (ages 3-5) will hold their annual open house on Sunday,  January 13 from 10:00-12:00. All are welcome to attend. If you’d like an application for SSPP School, they are available now by visiting our website: www.sspeterpaulsf.org or calling 415-421-5219. Pre-Kindergarten applications will be available at our open house or by calling the Pre-K at 415-296-8549

Attn: MEN! St. Patrick’s Seminary Discernment Weekend: From January 18-20 St. Patrick’s Seminary will host their annual Discernment Weekend for men 21 and older who may be considering a vocation to the priesthood. For more information or to register, email the Seminary’s Vocations Director: For more information, go here www.stpsu.edu/is-god-calling-you or email the Archdiocesan Vocations Director, Fr. Pat Summerhays: vocations@sfarch.org ‘We need men to give up their lives for Jesus Christ NOW!’

Choose Life! Walk for Life West Coast: Join fellow Catholics and Pro‐Lifers from all over the western U.S. (and beyond) as we stand for the littlest among us at the 15th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on January 26, 2019. The day starts with Mass at 9:30AM celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The rally begins at 12:30PM in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, and the Walk, down the city’s Market Street, begins at 1:30PM. For complete information about the Walk, visit www.walkforlifewc.com or call 415‐658‐1793.

All-Night Adoration for Life: As always, we have all night Eucharistic Adoration for Life on the Friday before the Walk, beginning at 8PM. We need people to be with Our Lord at all times! If you’d like to schedule an hour or more call Gibbons at 415-421-0809.

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: This year our assessment is $85,438. We need YOUR help! So far 131 parishioners or families have paid or pledged $71,342, leaving us with a balance of $14,096. We give heartfelt thanks to all who have given, but there are a lot more than 131 parishioners or families in the parish, so if you have not yet donated, please join your fellow parishioners in helping us to meet our shared obligation.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA): The RCIA program has begun. This program is for adults who are interested in the Catholic faith and are willing to journey from inquiring to the receiving of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Please drop your name and email address off at the parish office.

Religious Education–CCD: The Religious Education CCD program of our parish is in session. All are welcome to the program for grades K to 8, especially students who do not have regular religious education in school. The CCD meets on Sundays from 10-11AM.—please bring children to the Pre-K at 9:45AM.

CCD Teachers Needed! Would you like to bring the Good News to young people? We need more CCCD teachers for this year’s semester. Please contact the parish office if you are interested in this vital work.

New Facebook Page! Check out our new Saints Peter and Paul Facebook page: facebook.com/SsPeterandPaulSF. It’s a great site with beautiful pictures and to help you keep up with our many events!

Epiphany Sunday: Next Sunday we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord.

Liturgical Calendar

Sunday                 30         The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
Monday                31           Seventh Day within the Octave of Christmas
Tuesday               01          The Octave Day of Christmas; Mary, the Mother of God
Wednesday          02         Basil the Great & Gregory Nanzianzen; Bishops, Doctors
Thursday              03         Christmas Weekday, The Most Holy Name of Jesus
Friday                   04         Elizabeth Ann Seton; Religious
Saturday              05          John Neumann; Bishop
Sunday                 06          The Epiphany of the Lord

Your faithful donations of December 15/16:                $4,046.
Second Collection (Salesian Seminary):         $1,505.
Weekly Parish Expenses:   $20,715.

Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

 

Isaiah 6:1-6; Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12. Today’s first reading is a prophecy about the radiance of the Lord’s light shining on all nations. The second reading speaks of the Gentiles as co-heirs, along with the Jews, to the promises of Jesus. The Gospel tells of the visit of the Magi to the child Jesus, and how they were led by a star, fulfilling ancient prophesies.

Epifania Del Signore

Qesta solennità celebra la manifestazione di Gesù, salvezza per gli uomini di tutti i popoli. Apriamo i nostri animi a Lui per ritrovare la gioia. Mettiamoci in cammino con la certezza che Gesù, luce del mondo, si lascia trovare e adorare, ci accoglie e ci salva.

 

主顯節

今天讀經一唱出了歡樂的歌詞:「……萬民要奔赴祢的光明,眾王要投奔祢升起的光輝。」(依:60)。今天福音記載東方的三位賢士遠道而來朝拜新生的天地君王耶穌。他們不在王宮中找到祂,而是在卑微的馬槽中找到祂。象徵耶穌紓尊降貴,來到人間,不單是為王侯貴族或卑微貧賤的人,而是為整個人類。

住在耶路撒冷的人也看到那顆奇異的星,也看到新生的嬰孩耶穌,但他們覺得沒有什麼希奇 , 沒有什麼特別,可是三賢士多方尋覓,憑信德找到祂。今天,耶穌離我們很近,祂隱藏在麵餅和酒之內,但我們很容易忘記祂離我們多麼近,因為祂願意在尋常中顯示祂自己。我們不要因為耶穌不按我自己的方式顯現而失望 。

我相信,在我們心中,也常常有一顆異星,天主明顯地感召我們,叫我們慷慨地做某一件事 , 放棄某些事物,過某種生活。我們必需像三賢士那樣留神和相信,因為天主也在每天平常的生活中展示祂自己,願我們留心去發掘內心的神光,好能在喜樂中、痛苦中、或每天枯燥乏味的生活中看到祂和祂的母親,得到祂的指引,和祂親近。

 

From Fr. Gael: When I was a child in the Pre-Vatican Council II days, we used to refer to this feast as “Little Christmas.” On December 25th, the Savior is revealed to the people of Israel, starting with the shepherds. On the Epiphany Jesus is revealed to the rest of humanity. The three Kings represent all humanity. That is evident when we see the Nativity figures in the stable setup. They represent three different ethnic groups. This is meant to be a point of catechesis. Jesus is born for all of us. After they visited Jesus they returned home to their own lands and I am sure proclaimed Jesus there. After all, they are called the Three Wise Men.

And now who proclaims Jesus? They proclaimed him to a pagan world. Who proclaims him to an even more difficult environment, a secularized world? A world which knows he came but which either ignores the fact or really doesn’t care. Who are the Wise Men of our age? The hope is that we know he came, and we care that he came. You and I are charged with revealing Jesus to the world which surrounds us. What a challenge!  “Glory to God in the highest and peace to people on earth.” Let us be Epiphany!”

–Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

 

Rest-in-Peace
Sylvia Carcamo

 

Particular Items

Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club Cioppinos! It’s crab season, and around here that means only one thing: SBGC Cioppino! This year the cioppinos will be on January 12, 19, and February 2. Call 415-397-3068 for tickets and availability. And remember: it all supports the Club!

Salesian Cooperators: The Salesian Cooperators group will meet Monday, January 7th at 7pm in the Club conference room for an hour. Current Cooperators are asked to bring their copy of the “Project for Apostolic Life.” Meetings usually last seventy-five minutes long.  All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For questions on becoming a Salesian Cooperator (Don Bosco’s Third order), contact FrankLavin@comcast.net, 415-310-8551 or EdTe@comcast.net.

School Open House: SPP School (Kinder – 8) and The Laura Vicuna Pre-K (ages 3-5) will hold their annual open house on Sunday,  January 13 from 10:00-12:00. All are welcome to attend. If you’d like an application for SSPP School, they are available now by visiting our website: www.sspeterpaulsf.org or calling 415-421-5219. Pre-Kindergarten applications will be available at our open house or by calling the Pre-K at 415-296-8549

Salesian Saints! January is the month when we celebrate the feasts of a number of our Salesian saints. On January 22 we celebrate the feast of Blessed Laura Vicuña. On January 24, we celebrate St. Francis de Sales. And on January 31 we celebrate the feast of St. John Bosco. All of our Salesian saints, pray for us!

Attn: MEN! St. Patrick’s Seminary Discernment Weekend: From January 18-20 St. Patrick’s Seminary will host their annual Discernment Weekend for men 21 and older who may be considering a vocation to the priesthood. For more information or to register, email the Seminary’s Vocations Director: For more information, go here www.stpsu.edu/is-god-calling-you or email the Archdiocesan Vocations Director, Fr. Pat Summerhays: vocations@sfarch.org ‘We need men to give up their lives for Jesus Christ NOW!’

 Choose Life! Walk for Life West Coast: Join fellow Catholics and Pro‐Lifers from all over the western U.S. (and beyond) as we stand for the littlest among us at the 15th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on January 26, 2019. The day starts with Mass at 9:30AM celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The rally begins at 12:30PM in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, and the Walk, down the city’s Market Street, begins at 1:30PM. For complete information about the Walk, visit www.walkforlifewc.com or call 415‐658‐1793.

All-Night Adoration for Life: As always, we have all night Eucharistic Adoration for Life on the Friday before the Walk, beginning at 8PM. We need people to be with Our Lord at all times! If you’d like to schedule an hour or more call Gibbons at 415-421-0809.

“Epiphany is both an event and a symbol. The event is described in detail by the Evangelist [St. Matthew]. The symbolic meaning, however, was gradually discovered as the Church reflected more and more on the event and celebrated it liturgically. After 2,000 years, wherever Epiphany is celebrated, the Ecclesial Community draws from this precious liturgical and spiritual tradition ever new points for reflection.” –St. Pope John Paul II, 6 January, 2000.

Mille Grazie! Thank you to our faithful crew from the Altar Society who did such a magnificent job of decorating the Church for Christmas! It’s never looked better!

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA): The RCIA program has begun. This program is for adults who are interested in the Catholic faith and are willing to journey from inquiring to the receiving of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Please drop your name and email address off at the parish office.

Religious Education–CCD: The Religious Education CCD program of our parish is in session. All are welcome to the program for grades K to 8, especially students who do not have regular religious education in school. The CCD meets on Sundays from 10-11AM.—please bring children to the Pre-K at 9:45AM.

 CCD Teachers Needed! Would you like to bring the Good News to young people? We need more CCCD teachers for this year’s semester. Please contact the parish office if you are interested in this vital work.

New Facebook Page! Check out our new Saints Peter and Paul Facebook page: facebook.com/SsPeterandPaulSF. It’s a great site with beautiful pictures and to help you keep up with our many events!

Liturgical Calendar

Sunday                  6           The Epiphany of the Lord
Monday                07          Raymond of Peñafort; Priest
Tuesday                08         Christmas Weekday
Wednesday          09         Christmas Weekday
Thursday              10          Christmas Weekday
Friday                    11          Christmas Weekday
Saturday               12          Christmas Weekday
Sunday                  13          The Baptism of the Lord

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

 

 

 

 

Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11; Titus 2:11-14, 3:4-7; Luke 3:15-16, 21-22. Isaiah prophesies the Lord bringing peace and victory to Israel, and foretells the ministry of John the Baptist. Paul’s Letter to Titus reminds his listeners of the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ. In Luke’s Gospel, John the Baptist denies being the Messiah, and at the baptism of Jesus, the Holy Spirit Appears in the shape of a dove. God the Father’s voice is heard proclaiming Jesus as his beloved son.

Battesimo del Signore

Con entusiamo, il profeta anuncia il ritorno di Israele dall’esilio di Babilonia dopo il perdono dei peccati. Dio ha fatto pace con il suo popolo dopo la conversione. Gesù entra nell’acqua del fiume Giordano, si unisce ai peccatori, assume l’atteggiamento dei pentiti e incomincia la riparazione che sarà portata a termine con il suo sacrificio in croce.

 

耶穌受洗節

今天的節日是紀念耶穌出外傳教之前在約旦河接受聖若翰給祂付洗,也就是顯示耶穌是天主的節日。耶穌本來沒有罪,不需受洗,但祂願意既然降生為猶太人,就接受猶太人的法律,遵守猶太人的風俗。

耶穌藉着受洗,給我們建立了聖洗聖事。也吩咐宗徒們:「去教訓萬民,因父及子及聖神之名給他們付洗」。我們信、我們受了洗,原罪得以赦免,得到聖寵。因此,聖洗是我們一生中最重要的一日,我們的靈魂潔白無罪。一塊枯乾的土地要有水,才可讓植物生長出來,我們的靈魂因着聖洗的滋溉,能夠結出愛天主愛人的果實。可惜有時我們受了不良環境的引誘,或因為自私、貪婪、軟弱而犯罪,使我們領洗後潔白的靈魂蒙污。

我們應該時刻感謝天主給我們領洗的大恩,也求聖母幫助我們躲避犯罪的機會。聖經告訴我們,人人都有責任成為聖人,也可以成為聖人,祇要我們遵守天主的誡命,誠心依賴耶穌和聖母的幫助。

今天的福音中,我們可以看到耶穌謙遜地和那些悔罪的人一起受洗。而若翰洗者也表示出謙遜的精神,從當日在約旦河的情景,人們很容易誤認他為默西亞,而他卻說連為耶穌解鞋帶都不配。謙遜真是我們基督徒不可少的德行啊!

 

From Fr. Gael: John always points to Jesus. He is the announcer, the forerunner, the harbinger of Jesus. The reflection we might make is in the form of a question. “In what way do I announce Jesus?” How is the presence of Jesus in the world magnified by my presence in the world. After all. That is really what our baptism calls us to be, “signs and bearers of the presence of Jesus.” That is our baptismal birthright. That is our profession, or expressed in another way, we are called to be professional Christians. This kind of professional qualification comes from the soul, resides in the heart, and should automatically show in who we are and how we live. We should point to Jesus.

After Jesus’ baptism we read, “heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

May the Sprit descend upon us and transform us so that the Father is well pleased!

–Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Baptisms
Isaac Lee – Humphrey Boschetto – Giovanna Rose Banchero

 Rest-in-Peace
Bernice Sena – Michele Lancieri Maria Magdalena Garcia

Particular Items

School Open House: SPP School (Kinder – 8) and The Laura Vicuna Pre-K (ages 3-5) will hold their annual open house on Sunday, January 13 from 10:00-12:00. All are welcome to attend. If you’d like an application for SSPP School, they are available now by visiting our website: www.sspeterpaulsf.org or calling 415-421-5219. Pre-Kindergarten applications will be available at our open house or by calling the Pre-K at 415-296-8549

The Don Bosco Study Group kicks off its tenth year with a meeting on Tuesday, January 15th at 7PM in the Club conference room. We will hear a short talk on St., Francis de Sales spiritual influence on Don Bosco (both of whose feasts days are this month) followed by a short clip from Bishop Baron’s video series. For those who wish to read this meetings selection, it’s Fr. Richard Rohr’s, “Falling Upward.” The reading for March 19 is Evelyn’s Waugh’s classic, “Brideshead Revisited.” Meetings are approximately ninety minutes. Refreshments are served. Call or write Frank Lavin (415.310.8551, franklavin@comcast.net) with questions. All are welcome.

Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club Cioppinos! It’s crab season, and around here that means only one thing: SBGC Cioppino! This year’s remaining cioppinos will be on January 19 and February 2. Call 415-397-3068 for tickets and availability. And remember: it all supports the Club!

SBCC Seeks Event Manager: The Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club (SBGC) is currently seeking a full-time Event Manager to design, plan and execute the wide array of fundraising events it hosts each year. The Event Manager will play a critical role in supporting The Club and will be a member of The Club’s leadership team. Additional information, including Job description, can be provided upon request. Please send cover letter and resume to jobs@salesianclub.org.

Salesian Saints! January is the month when we celebrate the feasts of a number of our Salesian saints. On January 22 we celebrate the feast of Blessed Laura Vicuña. On January 24, we celebrate St. Francis de Sales. And on January 31 we celebrate the feast of St. John Bosco. All of our Salesian saints, pray for us!

Attn: MEN! St. Patrick’s Seminary Discernment Weekend: From January 18-20 St. Patrick’s Seminary will host their annual Discernment Weekend for men 21 and older who may be considering a vocation to the priesthood. For more information or to register, email the Seminary’s Vocations Director: For more information, go here www.stpsu.edu/is-god-calling-you or email the Archdiocesan Vocations Director, Fr. Pat Summerhays: vocations@sfarch.org ‘We need men to give up their lives for Jesus Christ NOW!’

Choose Life! Walk for Life West Coast: Join fellow Catholics and Pro‐Lifers from all over the western U.S. (and beyond) as we stand for the littlest among us at the 15th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on January 26, 2019. The day starts with Mass at 9:30AM celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The rally begins at 12:30PM in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, and the Walk, down the city’s Market Street, begins at 1:30PM. For complete information about the Walk, visit www.walkforlifewc.com or call 415‐658‐1793.

All-Night Adoration for Life: As always, we have all night Eucharistic Adoration for Life on the Friday before the Walk, beginning at 8PM. We need people to be with Our Lord at all times! If you’d like to schedule an hour or more call Gibbons at 415-421-0809.

Faith Sharing Group: The group will meet in the parish center at 6:30 PM on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: Our 2018 assessment was $85,438. We need YOUR help! So far 136 parishioners or families have paid or pledged $74, 117, leaving us with a balance of $11, 321. We give heartfelt thanks to all who have given, but there are a lot more than 136 parishioners or families in the parish, so if you have not yet donated, please join your fellow parishioners in helping us to meet our shared obligation.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA): The RCIA program has begun. This program is for adults who are interested in the Catholic faith and are willing to journey from inquiring to the receiving of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Please drop your name and email address off at the parish office.

Religious Education–CCD: The Religious Education CCD program of our parish is in session. All are welcome to the program for grades K to 8, especially students who do not have regular religious education in school. The CCD meets on Sundays from 10-11AM.—please bring children to the Pre-K at 9:45AM.

CCD Teachers Needed! Would you like to bring the Good News to young people? We need more CCCD teachers for this year’s semester. Please contact the parish office if you are interested in this vital work.

 New Facebook Page! Check out our new Saints Peter and Paul Facebook page: facebook.com/SsPeterandPaulSF. It’s a great site with beautiful pictures and to help you keep up with our many events!

Liturgical Calendar

Sunday                  13           The Baptism of the Lord
Monday                14           Weekday (First Week in Ordinary Time)
Tuesday                15           Weekday in Ordinary Time
Wednesday           16          Weekday in Ordinary Time
Thursday               17          Weekday in Ordinary Time
Friday                    18          Weekday in Ordinary Time
Saturday               19           Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sunday                  20          Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Your faithful donations of last week               $3,438.
Mary, the Mother of God (Jan. 1):   $1,423.

Your faithful donations of Dec. 29/30:          $6,085.
Second Collection (For the Poor):    $2,508.

Your faithful donations of Dec. 22/23:          $3,304.
Second Collection (Parish School):  $1,200.

Christmas Masses and Appeal:        $29,535.
Weekly Parish Expenses:   $20,715.

Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!