Ezekiel 17:22-24; 2 Corinthians 5:6-10; Mark 4:26-34. Ezekiel speaks for the Lord, who will take a shoot from a cedar and plant it on the mountain heights of Israel, where it will bear fruit. In the second reading, Paul writes that we walk by faith, not by sight. In the Gospel, Jesus describes the kingdom of God using parables of a wheat field and a mustard seed.

 

 Domenica 11A Del Tempo Ordinario

Dov’è Dio, dove sta il suo regno? Domande tormentate, causate da tante situazioni di dolore e di difficoltà. Le ritroviamo nella vita degli ebrei in esilio, nella storia dei cristiani e dell’umanità, in balia a feroci persecuzioni. Abbiate fiducia, dicono i testi della liturgia e sappiate riconoscere l’intervento della Provvidenza.

 

 常年期第十一主日

 復活期過後,三個重要的節日:聖神降臨節、天主聖三節、基督聖體血節都過去了,我們現在回到常年期的第十一主日。今天瑪爾谷福音記載了耶穌的兩個關於種子的比喻。

第一個比喻所講的種子似乎是自己能萌芽的,就像天國一樣,耶穌在地上以自己的生命、神蹟、教導、受苦、受難、死亡,撒下了天國的種子,但天國仍不曾完全擴張,就像萌芽了的種子,需要時間,需要灌溉和陽光,才可慢慢長大。

第二個比喻所講的種子是一粒芥子,它雖然小,但可以長成一棵樹,讓小鳥在其中築巢安居,就像天主之國,歡迎所有人進入。

這兩個比喻幫助我們默想天主之國和我們的信仰。今日,天國在教會內;天主是神秘的,祂的國度雖然在,但還不曾完全發展,天主不用強力去迫人信祂,祂給人時間,用福音、別人的善表,自然現象、或突發事件去感動世人,使人認識祂,愛慕祂。就像種子一樣,需要時間和外在內在的因素。我們念天主經時祈求:「願祢的國來臨。」就是這個意思。耶穌把傳揚天國的喜訊交給十二門徒,也交給了世世代代的天主教徒,我們父傳子、子傳孫,世世代代源源不絕相傳下去,到了特定的時間,天國會來臨,我們要努力傳揚,要有信心和恆心。

 

From Fr. Gael: This week we have moved back to the eleventh Sunday of Ordinary time. We live most of our lives in ordinary time. It is there that we work through the living out of our salvation. The Responsorial Psalm gives us a clue about an important element of that living. It says: “Lord it is good to give thanks to you.” Gratitude is a very important part of living.

During the past fifteen months we have been living in an extraordinary time, one which I had not seen in my entire life which is almost three quarters of a century. We have dealt with the scourge of the pandemic. We have watched the numbers of the casualties rise. We have seen across the globe and at home with the loss of relatives and friends. We have felt the economic impact of the crisis. We have endured the difficulties which have been imposed upon the children, the adolescents, adults and the elderly. We all have borne its’ weight upon us.

And yet it is necessary to say: “Lord it is good to give thanks to you.” 

We are still here, and we look to the future. God is in every moment of history. We cannot forget that. And it is necessary to stop and reflect on God’s presence in the midst of it all. God has not abandoned us. He has cried with us. He has felt our anxiety and impatience and perched upon our shoulders as we have lived out each day. We are not alone. The God of eternity is in each moment we live waiting for us to rest our hearts and souls upon his shoulders. Part of the Easter message of Jesus, often repeated was: “Do not be afraid!”

And so we can embrace the message of today’s scripture and breathe out this prayer: “Lord it is good to give thanks to you.” –Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

 

Mass Intentions For The Week

Sunday                                 June 13, 2021
8:45        Ettorina Cardella & Family + – Frank & Linda Machi+
10:15     In Honor of St. Anthony +
12:00     GB De Martini + – For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
5:00        The Edward & Eileen Ziomek & Myrtle Lane Families + 

Monday                               June 14, 2021
7:00        Antonia D’Ascoli +
9:00        Srs. Antoinette & Mary Pollini, FMA – Joseph Clark +

 Tuesday                              June 15, 2021
7:00        Ettorina Cardella & Family +
9:00        Joseph Maggiora & the Maggiora Family + 

Wednesday                       June 16, 2021
7:00        Virginia Sanguinetti +
9:00        Esther Ramirez + 

Thursday                             June 17, 2021
7:00        The Wedding Anniversary of Deacon Edward & Erlinda Te
9:00        Gaetano Alioto+ 

Friday                                   June 18, 2021
7:00        Edward J. Sabini +
9:00        Josephine Piazza + – James Generelli + 

Saturday                              June 19 , 2021
7:30        Birthday of Jose C. Bugayong +
9:00        Souls of Louis & Ilva Baccetti and Costantino Laurent & Giuseppe Frizza +
5:00        Marie & Walter Souza & Gig Ghiglieri +

  

Marriages
Jose Cadena & Meghan Ryan
Jeffrey Flores & Trysha Jose

Rest-in-Peace
Al Baccari – Linda Ruiz
Bishop Sylvain Ducange, SDB

 

Particular Items

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!

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.

Thank You! Thanks to the 45 parishioners who joined us for this year’s Corpus Christi Procession! Here’s a nice photo, courtesy of Catarina:

Al Baccari Memorial Mass: The Memorial Mass for Al Baccari will be this Friday, June 18, at 10:00AM.

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: The 2021 AAA has begun. This year our assessment is $57,954. So far, 43 parishioners have pledged/paid $20,295, leaving us with a balance of $37,559. 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/

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.

The Year of St. Joseph: “Among the things that Jesus said or did, are there any which, we might suppose, he deliberately did, intending to do what Joseph had done?  If so, then in doing so he was reflecting St. Joseph.

Let us suppose that, even though St. Joseph in Nazareth did not preside over great wealth and prosperity, nonetheless there was a magnanimity and magnificence in his character, which Our Lord as a child had noted and had wanted, then, to honor when he was a man, through imitation.

The obvious example would be the Marriage Feast of Cana.  St. John says explicitly that Mary was invited, and that Jesus and the disciples accompanied her. (Jn. 2:1-2)  This way of putting it seems meant to suggest that Joseph was no longer alive: Jesus accompanied his mother in Joseph’s stead.  What he did, then, may naturally be taken to be “in Joseph’s stead,” in imitation.  His care for the newly married couple, shown in his creation of about 800 bottles of the finest wine, seems exactly a realization of what the Patriarch did, while also being a type, of what St. Joseph still does today for the Church, as Universal Patron.” Michael Pakaluk “Two Reflections on St. Joseph.”

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. Our priests are specially targeted by Satan, and need our prayers!

Support Catholic Healthcare in San Francisco! The Bella Health & Wellness Medical Center is scheduled to open in August 2021 in the Medical Arts Building on Jackson and Van Ness—right in our parish—and they need our help! “Archbishop Cordileone says: “Bella is an answer to my prayers to bring an authentically Catholic woman-centered healthcare clinic to our people in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. I invite your collaboration and support so together we can make something beautiful for God. May God bless and reward you for doing so!” To learn more, and to donate to this worthy cause, visit bellahw.org or send a check to Bella Health and Wellness, PO Box 641801, San Francisco CA 94164. Flyers are on the tables.

HELP: Remember your Church still needs your gifts. Go here to help: http://parish.sspeterpaulsf.org/donate/

Liturgical Calendar
Sunday                 13           11th Sunday in Ordinary
Mon-Fri                14-18     Weekdays in Ordinary Time
Saturday              19           Romauld; Abbot, Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sunday                 20           12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!

 

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