Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26; 1 John 4:11-16; John 17:11b-19. Peter exercises leadership in the early Church as it prays for the Lord to direct their hearts in choosing a replacement for Judas Iscariot. John writes, If we love one another, God remains in us. In the Gospel, Jesus prays that his disciples will be protected from the dangers of this world and remain united.

 

 Ascensione del Signore

 La pienezza della gloeria e la mediazione per I fratelli sono la conclusione della vicenda di Gesù. Il Signore promette ai discepoli la sua continua presenza, per incoraggiarli ad intraprendere l’avventura della Evangelizzazione del mondo che la Chiesa continua con fede sempre viva.

 

 耶穌升天節

耶穌升天,是祂復活後的最後一刻,祂要進入光榮天國了。耶穌再不像復活期內的四十天那樣,有時顯現,有時又突然隱沒;而是帶了宗徒們到伯達尼附近,降福了他們,在他們面前慢慢地升天去了。祂用一種莊重的外在儀式,結束了與宗徒們在世共處的時日。

耶穌吩咐他們到普天下去教人認識天主。祂知道他們往後的生活將是困難重重的,但祂不會放下他們不理,祂答允派遣聖神來指引他們,而祂自己也在神靈方面幫助他們。

聖經上說「 宗徒們歡歡喜喜地回到耶路撒冷」,我們也知道,他們為了傳揚福音,受盡艱苦。他們當中,除了聖史若望以外,都是為了傳福音而致命的,他們不怕,因為他們有了信德。

今天,我們若要做一個真真正正耶穌的門徒也是困難重重的,可說也受到受迫害的;但我們不要怕,因為耶穌當年對宗徒們的承諾,也是對我們的承諾。祇要我們決心效忠於祂,祂一定會幫助我們。

 

From Fr. Gael: Just before Jesus ascends into heaven, he commissions his disciples to continue his mission. Now the word commission in the dictionary is given the following meaning: “an instruction, command”, or “a duty given to a person or group of people, or a group of people officially charged with a particular function”. So, Jesus put the task of evangelization which he had been doing into the hands of his disciples. We know that they were effective because we today are a result of that commission. This commission has been passed down for over two thousand years. Jesus promised us that the Church, his concrete commission, would endure. We, now, are those charged with the task of evangelization. The physical presence of Jesus in time and history ended with the Ascension. We are the extension of Christ’s presence in the world. That commission has been given to us. And today, more than ever before, in a world which has become more secularized, putting aside the presence of God, we have a tremendous challenge. The gospel tells us that after Jesus had spoken to the disciples and ascended into heaven, “they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.” May we go forth and, with our lives, preach Jesus everywhere, and certainly, Jesus will accompany us. –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

 

Mass Intentions For The Week 

Sunday                                 May 16, 2021
8:45        For the People of Saints Peter and Paul – Luigi Marciano +
10:15     Maria, Gaetano, & Andrew Carniglia +
12:00     Ernesto Bacino & Carla Ferrando + – George DeMartini +
5:00        Virginia Sanguinetti +

Monday                               May 17, 2021
7:00        Salvatore Gumina +
9:00        Thomas Damato + –  Claudesta O. Gould +

Tuesday                               May 18, 2021
7:00        Birthday of Alan Sia Lu
9:00        Louis Ferralis + – Healing Michele Colombo

Wednesday                       May 19, 2021
7:00        Clementina & Giosue Bresolin +
9:00        Felice, Carmella, Biagio & Pina Fazio +

Thursday                             May 20, 2021
7:00        Anniversary of the Death of Solomon Bugayong +
9:00        Antonio Corona +

Friday                                   May 21, 2021
7:00        Luigi & Rosa Mangini +
9:00        Peter Domenici, III +

Saturday                              May 22, 2021
7:30        Bernard Quinteros +
9:00        Intention of the Wildland Firefighters
5:00        Anniversary of the Death of Enes Greco +

Baptisms
Anthony Thomma – Isabella Osborne – Gino Banchero
Giacobbe Aicardi – Gianluca Aicardi – Patrick Aicardi – Arianna Aicardi

Marriages
Brian Hitson and Luvi Lui

Particular Items 

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

Today’s Chinese Rosary: 玫瑰經 Rosary Zoom meeting

5/16/2021 星期日 Sunday 上午11:30 AM

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Archbishop’s Pastoral Letter:  Archbishop Cordileone’s important pastoral letter “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” discussed by Fr. Gael in last week’s pastor’s message, may be downloaded or read here. Spanish and Chinese versions also available, and you can share your thoughts with the Archbishop here.

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!

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 all sick and suffering.

Confessions: Please make an appointment for confession by calling the parish office.

Sunday Rosary Walk, Chaplet, & Consecration: Every Sunday, at 2:30PM, Catholics gather in the plaza of St. Mary’s Cathedral for a Rosary Walk. All are welcome!

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.

Mary Help of Christians: Monday, May 24, we honor ‘Don Bosco’s Madonna’ Mary Help of Christians, patroness of the Salesians and Salesian Sisters! We will have Eucharistic Adoration from 9:30AM to 3:30PM in the Church. Remember the vision of Don Bosco, of the ship of the Church sailing between the two pillars that will always keep us safe: the Eucharist and Our Lady! Come honor your blessed mother by your devotion to her Son! “I beg you to recommend to everyone, first Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and then reverence for most holy Mary.” – Don Bosco. A flyer is here–please download and share with your friends!

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. We will also bid a sad farewell to Fr. Gustavo Ramirez. Fr. Gael will serve as Provincial Secretary and Fr. Gus will be taking over as Parish Administrator at St. Luke’s in Stockton. Join us in thanking Frs. Gael and Gus, and welcoming Fr. Tho!

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: The 2021 AAA has begun. This year our assessment is $57,954. So far, only 28 parishioners have pledged/paid $15,390, leaving us with a balance of $42,564. 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,  ete@sspeterpaulsf.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/

The Year of St. Joseph: “To give life to someone is the greatest of all gifts. To save a life is the next. Who gave life to Jesus? It was Mary. Who saved his life? It was Joseph. Ask St. Paul who persecuted him. Ask St. Peter who denied him. Ask all the saints who put him to death. But if we ask, ‘Who saved his life?’ Be silent, patriarchs, be silent, prophets, be silent, apostles, confessors, and martyrs. Let St. Joseph speak, for this honor is his alone; he alone is the savior of his Savior.” – Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.

Choose Life! “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you” (Jer 1:5). These words from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah speak profoundly and movingly to the great love and purpose for which God brings each one of us into the world from the first moment of our existence. Sadly, though, in today’s ‘throw-away culture’— as Pope Francis so vividly refers to it—the dignity of each and every human person is not accorded the value inherent to it. In a culture that values profit, power, prestige, and pleasure over all else, many people end up being victims of this throw-away culture, from struggling immigrants and working poor to the elderly and physically challenged. This throw-away mindset also fuels the serious damage inflicted on the environment, which especially adversely impacts the poor. But when it is an innocent human being’s very existence—a moral absolute—that is thrown away, it is a sign that a society has truly become severely disordered. Such is the plight of the unborn and the state of our society” –Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone –“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.”  Copies available in the Church.

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.

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday               16           The Ascension of the Lord
Monday              17           Easter Weekday
Tuesday              18           Easter Weekday, John I; Pope, Martyr
Wednesday        19           Easter Weekday
Thursday            20           Easter Weekday, Bernardine of Siena; Priest
Friday                  21           Easter Weekday, Christopher Magallanes; Priest, and Companions; Martyrs
Saturday             22           Easter Weekday, Rita of Cascia; Religious
Sunday                23           Pentecost Sunday

Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

 

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