Jeremiah 31:7-9; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52. In the first reading, Jeremiah foretells the return of the remnant of Israel from exile, carefully gathered and guided back by the Lord.. In the second reading, Christ is described as a high priest called by God to make an offering for our sins. In the Gospel, Jesus heals the blind beggar Bartimaeus, who then follows Jesus on the way.
Domenico 30A Del Tempo Ordinario
Siamo ciechi perché il punto di riferimento che sta davanti a noi è la nostra immagine. Abbiamo bisogno di incontrare Gesù, che ci aiuti a prendere coscinza dell’orgoglio che ci fa ritenere buoni. Abbiamo tanto cammino da fare per scoprire nell’umiltà la luce che guarisca il nostro cuore malato di presunzione.
今天聖史瑪爾谷告訴我們耶穌從耶里哥出來的時候，瞎子巴爾提買在路旁大聲呼喊，求耶穌可憐 。他不理別人阻止他，嫌他吵鬧，更加大聲哀求。耶穌早就聽到了，祇是祂想讓群眾看到瞎子的信德。等他走近時，他們的對話展開了，耶穌問：「你要我給你做什麼？」「師傅，請叫我看見。」 其實耶穌在他未問之前己治好他的視覺了，因為「他馬上扔下自己的外衣，跳起來，走到耶穌跟前。」他不需要別人攙扶帶領。因為他深信耶穌是達味之子，能夠幫助他，因此耶穌不單給了他肉體的視覺，更給了他深刻的精神視覺 ,於是他跟隨了祂。
這使我不禁想到，到底誰是瞎子？是巴爾提買？還是群眾？巴爾提買復明以後跟隨耶穌，那就是效法祂的品格，服從祂的指導，做祂做的事。而群眾是不是一批人云亦云，盲目跟着大眾走的人 ? 我又想到，到底我是不是真的看見？我有沒有看到精神上更深的層次的事物？我是否也要向耶穌說：「師傅！請叫我看見。」又或者，耶穌是不是要我學祂問瞎子那樣，問祂：「主！祢要我給祢做什麼？」
From the Pastor’s Desk
Louis Braille who was blind at the age of three. He was accidently blinded in his right eye while he was playing with a stitching awl tool in his father’s harness shop. Later, he got an infection to the left eye which caused total blindness. While he was a student he began to develop a system of dots code that could allow visually impaired people to read and write. Over the years, braille has been adapted for use in different languages worldwide.
To this day and age, there are tools that can help a blind person communicate. There are services that can help a blind person to move around or to read signs. A service dog guides a blind person. In public places such as intersections there are yellow pads that have raised dots to help a blind person cross the street safely. At crosswalks there are loud speakers that are mounted on the traffic posts to guide the blind person across the street safely. Public elevators and bathrooms always have braille signs which the blind can read.
During Jesus’ time, a blind person probably needed his or her family members or a friend to help him or her move around. Today’s Gospel of Mark tells us that Jesus reached out to Bartimaeus, who was blind possibly from birth, and had never seen the real world around him. Perhaps people assisted him to move around and told him about Jesus. So once he knew that Jesus was passing by on the road, he cried out loud to get Jesus attention, “Master I want to see.” He had faith in Jesus and believed that Jesus would restore his vision. Jesus did answer his prayer by telling him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately, Bartimaeus’ eyes were opened, and so he was able to see all the real wonderful sights of the world around him.
We do need Jesus to help strengthen our faith and open our spiritual vision. We are spiritually blind when we do not follow God’s words or close our mind and hearts to help others who are in need. St. Vincent de Paul organization of our parish leads an example. The leaders coordinate with the volunteers and donors to operate program to help the poor. Every other week, they feed the homeless and elderly right in front of our church and the Washington Park. Last Sunday, they served 80 hot meals and handed out personal items to the homeless.
Let us ask Jesus to help us open our hearts by serving our church community and others in the world around us.
Have a blessed week!
Fr. Tho Bui, SDB
Mass Intentions For The Week
Sunday October 24, 2021
8:45 Marie De Martini + – Frank & Linda Machi +
10:15 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
12:00 GB DeMartini + – Frank Sicco, Jr. +
5:00 Giuseppe Lucchesi +
Monday October 25, 2021
7:00 Kathleen Busalacchi +
9:00 Special Blessings Dino Ortega
Tuesday October 26, 2021
7:00 Healing Carol Ann Rouff
9:00 Anniversary of the Death of John Bonjean +
Wednesday October 27, 2021
7:00 Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00 Antonio Corona + – Marie DeMartini +
Thursday October 28, 2021
7:00 Frank Sanguinetti +
9:00 Costantino Laurent +
Friday October 29, 2021
7:00 Les & Teresa Favrat +
9:00 In Honor of Madonna della Guardia
Saturday October 30, 2021
7:30 Anniversary of the Death of Victoria Bugayong +
9:00 In Honor of St. Jude
5:00 Louis Greco +
Will & Sabrina
Second Collection: Today we have a second collection for World Mission Sunday. Please be generous.
Welcome, Archbishop Cordileone! Today, at the noon Mass, His Excellency Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will officially install Fr. Tho as our new pastor. A reception will follow and all are invited! Welcome, Excellency, and congratulations, Fr. Tho!
Salesian Young Adults: Our SYA will be meeting October 24, & 31. To learn more about the SYA, visit facebook.com/groups/saintspetersandpaulyoungadults/
Salesian Cooperators and Don Bosco Study Group: On November 1 the Salesian Cooperators will meet. On November 8, the Cooperators in formation will meet, and on December 7 the Don Bosco Study Group will meet. More details in future bulletins.
School and Pre-K Open House: On Sunday, November 14, from 10AM to noon, both Saints Peter and Paul Kindergarten through 8th Grade and the Laura Vicuña Pre-Kindergarten will host their annual Open House for prospective families. If you are looking for a new school for your children, or know someone who is, come on by and see our great Salesian educational institutions. Applications for both the Pre-K and the big school may be found here: https://sspeterpaulsf.org/admissions
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.
Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: The 2021 AAA has begun. This year our assessment is $57,954. So far, 69 parishioners have pledged/paid $41,808, leaving us with a balance of $16,146. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit sspeterpaulsf.org/ to learn more.
We Need YOUR Talent: Stewardship means sharing our time, talent, and treasure. We need your talent—specifically if you are a handyman or woman. We have various plumbing, painting, and patching jobs around the plant that cost a fortune if we hire professionals, but can be done by skilled parishioners. If you have a talent you are willing to share with your church, call Fr. Tho!
Archdiocesan Mother/Daughter Program: The Mother-Daughter Programs are designed to help you and your daughter explore God’s special gift of human fertility together. Help her see the beauty and wonder of God’s plan for growing up as a young girl or teenager and becoming a woman. This year’s program will be on November 13, and will be online. Learn more here: sfarchdiocese.org/event/the-mother-daughter-programs/
Choose Life! October is Respect Life Month! San Francisco’s 40 Days for Life fall campaign of peaceful prayer for an end to abortion at San Francisco’s Planned Parenthood on Bush Street runs through October 31. To learn more or sign up for vigil hours visit https://www.40daysforlife.com/en/sanfrancisco
Please Pray: For all the sick and suffering of the parish.
Sunday 24 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mon-Wed 25-27 Weekdays in Ordinary Time
Thursday 28 Simon & Jude; Apostles
Friday 29 Weekday in Ordinary Time
Saturday 30 Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sunday 31 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
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