Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19; I Corinthians 12:31-13:13 or 13:4-13; Luke 4:21-30. In the first reading, we hear God’s call to Jeremiah and his assurance that he will always be with him, no matter how much others oppose him. In Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians, he speaks of the more excellent way of love, the very foundation of Christian life. Jesus, in the Gospel, is not accepted in his own hometown.
In last week’s Gospel, Jesus gave his mission statement of Jesus from Isaiah. And here, Jesus calls his listeners to responsibility for not corresponding to the Spirit. And even stronger he indicates that when the people of the covenant do not respond, the Spirit will go elsewhere. Examples given to verify this are the widow of Zarephath and Naaman the Syrian leper. When unreceived, the Spirit will go elsewhere. The reaction of the listeners in Nazareth was to rise up in fury, drive Jesus out of the village, and try to kill him. Scripture says that Jesus passed through their midst and went away. A rather sad result, we might agree. But while we hold the villagers in judgment, we might ask ourselves how we receive the Spirit. After all, we would not want to see Jesus “pass through our midst and walk away.”
–Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB
Juan Carlo Cabrere
George Lippi – Paul Bonjean
Walk for Life West Coast: The Walk thanks Saints Peter and Paul (once again!) for hosting 247 students (from Thomas Aquinas College and Paraclete High School) for the 15th Annual Walk for Life West Coast last week. From Gibbons’ write-up of the Walk:
“In what will surely go down as the most memorable moment in the 15 year history of the Walk for Life West Coast, seven pregnant women and their unborn children ascended the stage, put microphones to their bellies, and filled San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza with the sounds of tiny heartbeats.
The heartbeats, tiny though they were, were a thundering repudiation of the Culture of Death, so recently and tragically exemplified by the state of New York’s legalization of the murder of such children right up to the moment of birth.
The heartbeats brought an unprecedented response from the tens of thousands of pro-lifers who overflowed the plaza, and even shook the organizers. “I had tears in my eyes,” said Walk for Life co-chair Eva Muntean “and it literally sent a shiver down my spine. So beautiful, so fragile, so vulnerable.” Attendees were equally moved, with photographs showing some women wiping their eyes, while others were moved to elation. The online comments about the experience included “amazing”…”awesome”… “beautiful”…”fantastic,” and “Fue el sonido más hermoso que escuche” (“The most beautiful sound I ever heard”)….” Our friend Fr. John De La Riva from the Shrine of St. Francis told us he had tears in his eyes, too!
To see more great pictures of the Walk, go here.
Monthly Gatherings for Men Discerning a Priestly Vocation: Interested in knowing more about the priesthood as a vocation? Discernment involves listening to God, learning about yourself, and seeking the guidance of others. Discernment is not a solitary endeavor. There are two options: In Redwood City on the first Monday of each month, starting February 4, 6:15 – 8:30PM at St. Pius X Church, 1100 Woodside Rd. Redwood City; In San Francisco on the first Thursday of each month, starting Thursday, February 7, 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 email@example.com or Fr. Patrick Summerhays at firstname.lastname@example.org “We need men to give their lives up for Jesus Christ NOW!
Baptismal Preparation Class: The baptismal prep class, for both parents and godparents, will be this Tuesday at 7:00PM, in the parish center.
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.
Confirmation: This Friday, at 6:00PM, Auxiliary Bishop Robert Christian will confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on 15 of our Saints Peter and Paul students: Giovanna Maria Goretti Basile, Keanno Lyni Jude Bustos, Dario Albert Caccia, Ava Cecilia Crotti, Mia Rose Franceschi, Samantha Rita Gee, John Brendan Giaquinto, Aidan Gabriel Gotch, Dillon George Ker, Sarah Marie Amandine Ma, Michael Michael Manfreda, Julia Mary Mello, Logan Anthony Milestone, James Patrick O’Connell, Francesco Francis Spagnoli, and Gianni David Valentine. Let us pray that the Confirmandi of 2019 will always be open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit!
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, please call 415-614-5680 visit https://form.jotform.com/83188107304151 or call 415-614-5680.
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.
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.
Sunday 03 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday 04 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Tuesday 05 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Wednesday 06 Paul Miki and Companions; Martyrs
Thursday 07 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Friday 08 Jerome Emiliani; Patron of Orphans, Josephine Bakhita; Virgin
Saturday 09 Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sunday 10 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Your faithful donations of last week: $4,007.
Second Collection (Parish School): $1,543.
Weekly Parish Expenses: $20,715.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!