Isaiah 35:4-7a; James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37. In the first reading, the Lord says that he has come to save his people, including making the deaf hear and the blind see. In the second reading, James tells the Christian community not to show partiality to those who are rich, nor to discriminate against the poor. In the Gospel, Jesus heals a deaf man to the great astonishment of the crowd near the Decapolis.
Domenico 23A Del Tempo Ordinario
Il Battesimo che ci fa cristiani, non ci esime dal coltivare, con un impegno di formazione permanente, la vita cristiana, per diventare testimoni convinti. Quindi dal Battesimo derivano due compiti molto importanti: l’ascolto della Parola e la professione della fede.
俗語說：「先敬羅衣後敬人」。正是雅各伯書這一段的例子：看到穿着華服的人就請他上座 ,穿破爛衣服的人就要他站立，是最不要得的行為，因為這一來，我們就以外表去品評一個人 ,而不是真的一視同仁地愛人。連孔子因為看到子羽相貎好像很愚笨，以為他不能成材，誰知他是個好學勤奮而又忠誠有材幹的人，使他不禁歎息說：「吾以貎取人，失之子羽」。可見真不能以外觬去判斷一個人的美惡。耶穌教我們愛人如己，既然我們不會因為自己長得不漂亮或沒有美麗的衣服而不愛自己，我們又怎能因為別人的相貎和外表而以不同的心理和態度去對待這個人呢？以貌取人是世俗的看法，絕不是基督徒應有的態度，況且耶穌最愛貧窮無助的人，因為這些人往往是最謙卑、最有信德的人。
From Fr. Ramon: At baptism, a short time after water is poured on the child, the celebrant touches the child’s ears and then the mouth of the child and he prays, “Ephphatha! The Lord has made the deaf hear and the dumb speak.
May He soon touch your ears to receive His word, and your mouth to proclaim His faith, to the praise and glory of God the Father. Amen.”
This prayer tells us that each one of us Christians is expected to live with open ears (open eyes too) and to speak the Word of God that we hear and observe. God is the Lord of History and he communicates with us in the events of our own lives. From these events and the Word of God we are to discern where God calls us and leads us. We are to listen to God and speak out and communicate to all what we discern that God asks of us.
In other words, we are invited to grow into “Good Shepherds” who, after a lifetime of following Christ, knowing him and listening to his voice and proclaiming his word in our lives, lead others to green pastures and flowing waters.
From what has happened these last days, what is God telling us? What is he inviting us to do? If we keep our ears attuned to God’s calling out to us, we will be able to answer these questions.
There are thousands of messages carried and broadcast by innumerable different frequencies of airwaves around us. But radios tuners or bluetooth receivers or wifi access points tune into those messages and broadcast them too. Whose messages do we keep tuning into? Our smart speakers are always on the alert listening to us waiting to respond to the command of our own voice patterns. Whose voice are we attentively alert for and so speak for?
The news around us these days is on Covid, Hurricane Ida, the Haiti earthquake, the Afghan nation and its refugees. Some people attentively follow the news. Some want to shut themselves off completely from any news. Is God on the news? Perhaps the right question to ask would be “Is God IN the news?” Well, what does “Gospel” really mean? Doesn’t it mean “Good NEWS”? Our God is therefore deeply involved with news.
With ears (and eyes) attentive to the news we might discern that these days God is inviting us to focus our attention on the sick, the victims of natural disasters and war. God is probably reminding us to keep assisting and attending to “those who are poor in the world” who are “heirs of the kingdom” – to be one with them, act and advocate on their behalf.
-Fr. Ramon Zarate, SDB
Mass Intentions For The Week
Sunday September 5, 2021
8:45 Mr. Giovanni Riccio + – Birthday of Mercedes Sia Lu Kalaykan
10:15 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
12:00 The Pierini & Spes Families + – Intention Mary McGrath Hamrick
5:00 Joseph Maggiora & the Maggiora Family +
Monday September 6, 2021
7:00 Intention the Prevadeli Family
9:00 Mr. Carlo Romeo + – Gino, Vincent, Candida, & Basuino +
Tuesday September 7, 2021
7:00 Mr. Italo Giannone +
9:00 Soul of Mr. Gelasio Bini +
Wednesday September 8, 2021
7:00 Fr. Joseph Costanzo, SDB +
9:00 Pietro, Adele, & Elena Domenici + – Healing Laurie Ann and Jason
Thursday September 9, 2021
7:00 Louis, Eugenia, & Raymond Raggio +
9:00 Mr. & Mrs. Mary & Julio Poggi +
Friday September 10, 2021
7:00 Andrea Genoveffa +
9:00 Peter A. Cresci +
Saturday September 11, 2021
7:30 Birthday of Aidan Cua
9:00 Alice Collins +
5:00 The Fanucchi & Lucchesi Families +
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.
David Torres & Adriana Alvarez
Jim Staley – Mara Amato
Second Collection: Today we have a second collection for the Catholic University of America.
Holy Name Society: SSPP’s Holy Name Society, will NOT be able to host Champagne Bingo this year due to COVID. However, we will be conducting our monthly meeting on Sunday September 12, after the 8:45 Mass. Coffee and donuts in the Parish center & new/prospective Members welcome!
Salesian Young Adult Mass & More: Hey SSPP Young Adults! Our Salesian Young Adult Group is in the process of rebirth. Young adults are invited to attend the Saturday 5:00PM Mass, and we plan for food and events will follow. Email email@example.com for more.
Together in Holiness Marriage Conference: On Saturday, September 18, 2021, at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Belmont, the St. John Paul II Foundation and the Archdiocese of San Francisco Office of Marriage and Family will present this year’s Together in Holiness Conference. Together in Holiness is unique in that it offers a place of encounter, where God’s plan for marriage and family is proclaimed and a desire for holiness is enkindled in the hearts of married couples. This is complemented by ongoing formation for spouses within a natural community of friends who accompany each other on the path to holiness by providing formation that will help learning take root in daily living. For more information, please visit togetherinholiness.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salesian Jubilees: On Sunday, September 19, at the 5:00PM Mass we will honor a number of our Salesians as they celebrate Jubilees. They are: Fr. Thomas Prendiville (75 years of Religious Profession and 65 years a Priest; Fr. Al Mengon, Br. Patrick Barbariol, Fr. Harold Danielson, & Fr. Thomas Juarez (65 years Religious Profession); Fr. John Lam (60 years Religious Profession and 50 years a Priest); Fr. Ramon Zarate and Fr. Joseph Matthew Paradayil (40 years Religious Profession); and Fr. Robert Ledezma (25 years a Priest). Join us in thanking those who have given so much!
San Francisco Rosary Rally: This year’s Rosary Rally will be on Saturday, October 2, beginning at 11AM. There will be a procession from Saints Peter and Paul, beginning at 10:15 AM. If you don’t want to process, you can meet us at the Cathedral. Fr. Christopher LaRocca will be the speaker, and Archbishop Cordileone will celebrate Mass at 12:30.
Madonna del Lume: We will honor Madonna del Lume, and remember all fishermen and others lost at sea on Sunday, October 3 at the noon Mass. Mass will be followed by the annual Procession to the Fisherman’s Chapel at the Wharf, where there will be the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet and Memorial Flower sendoff.
Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: The 2021 AAA has begun. This year our assessment is $57,954. So far, 61 parishioners have pledged/paid $31,320, leaving us with a balance of $26,634. Please join your fellow parishioners in meeting our shared obligation!
Saints Peter and Paul Salesian School Accepting Applications: Our K-8 Salesian school is accepting applications for this year and next. Please email Dr. Lisa Harris at email@example.com, and visit sspeterpaulsf.org/ to learn more about the school.
Religious Education-CCD: Classes are held every Sunday from 9:45am to 11:00am. Learn more on our website: parish.sspeterpaulsf.org/religious-education/
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Columbus Day Bazaar: Mark your calendars—the 102nd Annual Columbus Day Bazaar is coming! This year’s Bazaar will be on Friday, October 8 (5-9PM) & Saturday & Sunday October 9-10 (11AM-6PM). Join us for food, fun, and fellowship, games for adults and kids, music, the Blue Angels & more!
Church Flowers: Would you like to sponsor a weekend of fresh flowers for your Church? Help beautify the Church, and your intention will be included in the bulletin. Call 415-421-0809.
Sunday 05 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon-Tues 06-07 Weekdays in Ordinary Time
Wednesday 08 Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Thursday 09 Peter Claver; Priest
Friday 10 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Saturday 11 Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sunday 12 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Your gifts of last week: $2,905.
Second Collection (For the Poor): $1,417.
Weekly Cost to Operate Church: $17,066.
Thank you! Your parish appreciates your continued support!