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.
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。
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
Gepaul Carpio and Viktoriya Onikiychuk
Robert & Catherine Michelis
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 +
7:00 Birthday of Sheila Iyer
9:00 Anniversary of the Death of Giuseppe D’Ascoli +
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 +
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 +
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 +
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
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
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 email@example.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.
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.
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
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