Acts 9:26-31; 1 John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8. Barnabas helps Saul enter into the community of the disciples by reporting on Saul’s vision of the Lord and his bold proclamation in Jesus’ name. The First Letter of John instructs the community on love of neighbor, and on keeping the commandments as proof of belief in Christ. In the Gospel, Jesus says, I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. Those who remain in him will bear fruit and their needs will be met.
Domenica 5A Di Pasqua
Portare frutto di opera buone è dono di Dio al quale ci sforziamo di essere uniti come il tralcio alle vite. Beati quelli che coltivano la comunione con Gesù e sanno vedere I frutti del grande albero della Chiesa. L’amore trsmesso da Cristo è affidato alla comunità credente come linfa che dona vita.
From Fr. Gael: In the past twenty years or so we began to see the word “synergy” being used quite a bit. It implies that creation of a more powerful energy being created by the combination of the energies of more than one person. In business circles it implies a greater force due to the collaboration of the energies of a group of people dedicated to the same goal.
Jesus had this concept done completely and we see it expressed in today’s gospel from the evangelist John. And the leader of this synergy in John’s gospel is the person of Jesus Christ: “I am the vine and you are the branches/” We are called to this synergy by Christ himself. Christ is the animating presence of the Love of God which calls us to a common goal.
If we understand this, then we understand that in the following of Jesus Christ, we are called to collaborate together in the Gospel. We are to work for the common goal of the Gospel. Therefore, as Christians, we cannot be “Lone Rangers” Even the Camaldolese Monks that live in separate huts in Big Sur do so as a community. They are called to a solitary vocation lived within the unity of the VINE. They are the separate branches and their lives of prayer are for the life of the Church as community.
What, then, does this mean to us who live in the midst of the world but who are often more disconnected with each other than the monks in the mountains of Big Sur. We are not meant to be “Lone Rangers.” We are meant to be brothers and sisters joined together in the synergy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Perhaps we could reflect on how connected ae we individually to the vine which nourishes the branches, and just how much energy do we each bring to the SYNERGY of Jesus Christ! –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB
Mass Intentions For The Week
Sunday May 2, 2021
8:45 Irene Moreci +
The Edward & Eileen Ziomek & Myrtle Lane Families +
10:15 Guy & Susie Fabri +
12:00 GB De Martini +
Giuseppe & Angela Balistreri Family +
5:00 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
Monday May 3, 2021
7:00 Henry Ravetto +
9:00 Victor, Emily, & Theresa Candia + –
Barbara Levenson +
Tuesday May 4, 2021
7:00 Salvatore, Rosaria, & Alessandro Fazio +
9:00 Francesco, Antoinette, & Frank Germano +
Wednesday May 5, 2021
7:00 Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00 Gaetano Alioto +
Thursday May 6, 2021
7:00 Nicola Sanguinetti +
9:00 Frank Cresci +
Friday May 7, 2021
7:00 Andrea Genoveffa +
9:00 Clementina & Giosue Bresolin +
Saturday May 8, 2021
7:30 The Birthday of Antonia D’Ascoli +
9:00 Joseph & Grace Mazzaferri +
5:00 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
In Honor of the Infant of Prague
For each intention mentioned in the group above, individual Masses will be said in our Schools or Missions.
Joseph Volk and Laurelly Dale
Patricia Girish – Peter (Paul) Petrini
Stephen Kalthoff – Al Baccari
Confirmation Mass: Today, at the 12 noon Mass, our Saints Peter and Paul students will receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Pray for them as they receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit!
Second Collection: Today we have a second collection for our parish school. Please be generous!
Month of Mary: As we all know, May is the month of Mary! So here is one of our favorite videos, May Feelings:
Sunday Rosary Walk, Chaplet, & Consecration: Every Sunday, at 2:30PM, Catholics gather in the plaza of St. Mary’s Cathedral for a Rosary Walk, followed by the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, and the Consecration of San Francisco to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. All are welcome!
Daily Rosary: The Rosary is prayed M-F following the 7:00AM and Saturday following the 7:30AM Mass.. Come join us! And parishioners at the 9:00AM are invited to start praying a rosary after that Mass to. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
Archbishop Cordileone’ Pastoral Letter: His Excellency’s important letter, entitled ‘Before I Formed You in the Womb I Knew You: A Pastoral Letter on the Human Dignity of the Unborn, Holy Communion, and Catholics in Public Life’”, which is already receiving wide publicity, may be read here. English, Spanish & Chinese versions are available.
First Reconciliation: As they prepare to receive their First Holy Communion our students will receive their First Reconciliation on Monday, May 3
Eucharistic Adoration/Holy Hour: Come and share your joys and struggles with Jesus—He wants to see you and hear about your day! Every Wednesday, Holy Hour streams from 7:00-8:00 PM. This week’s intention is for an increase in Vocations.
First Holy Communion: On Saturday, May 8, beginning at 10:00AM we will celebrate the First Holy Communion for both those students who were unable to receive this sacrament last year as well as the students scheduled for this year. Pray for them as they receive the Body of Christ for the first time!
Confessions: Please make an appointment for confession by calling the parish office.
Going Away and Welcome Reception: On Sunday, June 13, following the noon Mass, we will have a reception in the playground to thank our outgoing pastor, Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB for his service, and we will welcome Fr. Tho Bui, SDB, who will serve as our new pastor. Join us!
Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: The 2021 AAA has begun. This year our assessment is $57,954. So far, 19 parishioners have pledged/paid $12,800, leaving us with a balance of $45,154. Please join your fellow parishioners in meeting our shared obligation! We also are responsible for a balance of $70,749 on our AAA from last year. Please help us meet this obligation.
Religious Education – RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults): We welcome adults who would like to enter the Catholic faith, or those who have not received the Sacraments of Confirmation and or Eucharist. For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org
Religious Education-CCD: Classes are held every Sunday from 9:45am to 11:00am. Learn more on our website: parish.sspeterpaulsf.org/religious-education/
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.
Pray for our Priests: On Mondays: we pray for Fr. Al; Tuesday: Fr. Gael; Wednesday: Fr. Gustavo; Thursday: Fr. Armand. Pray at least a decade of your Rosary for them, and if you can’t do that, pray one Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.
The Year of St. Joseph: Joseph the Worker: Yesterday we celebrated the Feast of Joseph the Worker. Beginning in the Book of Genesis, the dignity of human work has long been celebrated as a participation in the creative work of God. By work we fulfill the command found in Genesis to care for the earth (Gn 2:15) and to be productive in their labors. Saint Joseph, the carpenter and foster father of Jesus, is but one example of the holiness of human labor.
Jesus, too, was a carpenter. He learned the trade young and learned it right from Saint Joseph and spent his early adult years working side-by-side in Joseph’s carpentry shop before leaving to fulfill his Divine Mission. In his encyclical Laborem Exercens, Pope John Paul II stated: “the Church considers it her task always to call attention to the dignity and rights of those who work, to condemn situations in which that dignity and those rights are violated, and to help to guide [social] changes so as to ensure authentic progress by man and society.”
Saint Joseph is held up as a model of such work. Pius XII emphasized this when he said, “The spirit flows to you and to all men from the heart of the God-man, Savior of the world, but certainly, no worker was ever more completely and profoundly penetrated by it than the foster father of Jesus, who lived with Him in closest intimacy and community of family life and work.”
This silent saint, who was given the noble task of caring and watching over the Virgin Mary and Jesus, now cares for and watches over the Church and models for all the dignity of human work.
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Sunday 02 Fifth Sunday of Easter
Monday 03 Philip & James; Apostles
Tuesday 04 Easter Weekday
Wednesday 05 Easter Weekday
Thursday 06 Easter Weekday
Friday 07 Easter Weekday
Saturday 08 Easter Weekday
Sunday 09 Sixth Sunday of Easter
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