Acts 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 or Galatians 5:16-25; John 29:19-23 or John 15:26-27, 16:12-15. In the first reading, the Holy Spirit descends upon the disciples who were all in one place together. They began proclaiming the Gospel in different language and all could understand them. Saint Paul encourages the Galatians to live by the Spirit, and lists the fruits of the Spirit that will arise from doing so. Jesus promises his disciples that he and the Father will send the Advocate, who will guide them and glorify Christ.
Domenico di Pentecoste
Irrompe lo Spirito Santo a Pentecoste sulla prima Comunità di fede alla quale comunica il il coraggio per testimonare Gesù Cristo unico Salvatore degli uomini. L’annuncio affidato alla Chiesa continuerà, mediante la partecipazione di ogni battezzato alla “missione” di far conoscere la bontà del Padre che si è rivelato in Gesù Cristo.
From Fr. Gael: WOW! The feast of Pentecost, the first moment of the public Church is a moment of tremendous diversity. In the reading from Acts we hear: “Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused, because each one heard them speaking in his own language… yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.”
Ecclesial community from its moment of inception embraced diversity because the Gospel of Jesus Christ is universal in its extension because it is about the mighty acts of God. And the second reading from 1 Corinthians we hear: There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.” We all, each and everyone of us have to use the diversity of our gifts for the benefit of all the Church. This leaves no room for partisan exclusivity. It is about the Kingdom of God to which we all belong.
This has always been the nature of the church from the first moment. During the time in which we live in which there is so much division for any of many reasons, it is good to remember this. It is good to allow the Spirit of God, the Gift of Pentecost to make us one without limitations. The responsorial Psalm says: “Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.” Let us embrace the Spirit and one another in the Spirit and renew the face of the earth, starting right here at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Community! –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB
Mass Intentions For The Week
Sunday May 23, 2021
8:45 Louis, Eugenia, & Raymond Raggio + – Thomas Grenchik +
10:15 Lucia Montalvo +
12:00 The Pierini & Spes Families + – Angelo Sanguinetti +
5:00 For the People of saints Peter and Paul +
Monday May 24, 2021
7:00 Marco & Sabina Zolezzi +
9:00 Joseph Maggiora & the Maggiora Family + – Raji Soudah +
Tuesday May 25, 2021
7:00 Joan Coker +
9:00 Angelina & Guido Torre +
Wednesday May 26, 2021
7:00 Lorenzo & Angela Lazio +
9:00 Intention for Jerry Ortega Bini
Thursday May 27, 2021
7:00 Birthday of Fortunato D’Ascoli +
9:00 Fr. Salvatore Giacomini, SDB + & Fr. Austin Conterno, SDB +
Friday May 28, 2021
7:00 Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00 Dominic & Frank Romeo +
Saturday May 29, 2021
7:30 The Giurlani Family +
9:00 In Honor of Madonna della Guardia
5:00 Giulio Guidi +
Lucia Montalvo – Claudesta Gould
Second Collection: Today we have a second collection for our parish school. Please be generous.
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!
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.
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 too!
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.
Confessions: Please make an appointment for confession by calling the parish office.
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 Don Bosco Study Group will meet on Thursday, June 3 at 4PM by Zoom. We will discuss “Words on Bathroom Walls,” by Julia Walton, a young adult book about a teen struggling with mental illness. The movie is available on Amazon as well. We will continue our discussion of “Catching Fire,’ by Fr. Albert Haase. No reading is necessary to attend. For information, contact Frank Lavin (415-310.8551, firstname.lastname@example.org). 75 minutes.
The Year of St. Joseph: “He kept the commandments of God without wavering, even though the meaning of those commandments was sometimes obscure or their relation to the rest of the divine plan hidden from him… Joseph’s faith does not falter, he obeys quickly and to the letter.
To understand this lesson better, we should remember that Joseph’s faith is active, that his docility is not a passive submission to the course of events. For the Christian’s faith has nothing whatever to do with conformity, inertia or lack of initiative.” ̶St. Josemaría Escrivá, (Christ is Passing By, no. 42)
Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: The 2021 AAA has begun. This year our assessment is $57,954. So far, 32 parishioners have pledged/paid $16,890, 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, 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.
Going Away and Welcome Reception: We have pushed back the date of the going-away & welcome reception for Fathers Gael & Gustavo, and our new pastor, Fr. Tho Bui. We want to host the largest number possible, and, since Covid restrictions will still be in effect on June 13, we are pushing it back. We will let you know the new date ASAP.
Choose Life! “In 2023 our nation will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the infamous Roe decision. Generations of Americans have now grown up not knowing what it is like to live in a country that values and protects the lives of the smallest, most defenseless and vulnerable members of its society. Fifty years, over 60,000,000 deaths, and many more millions of scarred lives later, it is time for a frank and honest reassessment. Abortion not only kills the child, it deeply wounds the woman. How could it not? The maternal instinct is very powerful: a mother will go to great lengths to protect her child. Indeed, how often have those of us in Church ministry heard the lament from post-abortive women, “I didn’t want to go through with it, but I felt like I had no choice”? This lament exposes the lie of the “pro-choice” slogan.
This is especially a time for us Catholics, whose faith calls us to advocate for the universal good of a consistent ethic of life, in every stage and in every condition, to call our country back to respect for human life. And this is especially so for Catholics who are prominent in all walks of public life—entertainment, media, politics, education, the corporate world, and so forth—as they have such a powerful influence on shaping the attitudes and practices of people in our nation.
Abortion is the axe laid to the roots of the tree of human rights: when our culture encourages the violation of life at its youngest and most vulnerable condition, other ethical norms cannot stand for long.” ––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.
Sunday 23 Pentecost Sunday
Monday 24 Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, Mary Help of Christians
Tuesday 25 Bede the Venerable; Priest, Doctor, Gregory VII; Pope,
Mary Magdalene de’Pazzi; Virgin
Wednesday 26 Philip Neri; Priest
Thursday 27 Augustine of Canterbury; Bishop
Friday 28 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Saturday 29 Paul VI: Pope, Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sunday 30 The Most Holy Trinity
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