Saints Peter and Paul Church, San Francisco
666 Filbert St, San Francisco, CA 94133 415-421-0809

2017 Advent and Christmas Schedule:

Thursday, December 14
School Christmas Pageant. 7 PM in the Church.

Friday, December 15 (then Monday, December 18 through Friday, December 22)
Christmas Novena Begins. 5 PM in the Church.

Sunday, December 17
Chinese Apostolate Christmas Show at 11:30 AM in the auditorium.

Monday, December 18
Advent Penance Service. 7 PM in the Church.

Christmas Eve
Sunday, December 24

Regular Sunday Mass Schedule except 5:00 PM will be the Christmas Vigil Mass.
Confessions 4:00 to 5:00 PM
Vigil Mass at 5:00 PM    
Carols at 11:15 PM
followed by the Midnight Mass

Christmas Day (Holy Day of Obligation)
Monday, December 25

Masses in English at:
7:30 AM, 8:45 AM & 1:00 PM
In Chinese/English at 10:15 AM
In Italian at 11:45 AM     NO 5:00 PM Mass

Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God
New Year’s Day
Monday, January 1, 2018

Masses in English at 7:00 and 9:00 AM


I like these Christmas Legends and Traditions... If you have some to share, send them in!

 

The tabby cat. “It was late at night in Bethlehem. All the visitors to the stable had gone home leaving only the Holy Family. All who remained were the holy animals and, outside, a tabby cat. Standoffish, she had watched the events with awe, but had not come into the stable. Now the only sound to be heard was the crying of Our Lord Jesus. He could not sleep. Our Blessed Mother comforted him, but to no avail. Even the ox and ass tried to help. Something compelled the tabby to help. She walked into the stable, and jumped into the manger. She lay down next to Our little Lord, and soon a loud purring filled the stable. Tabby’s purring calmed baby Jesus, and soon He was fast asleep. Our grateful Lady said “O proud cat, although you will never be tamed, from now on there will always be a warm place for you with the family by the fire.” Then Our Lady rubbed the cat’s forehead, and, with her finger, drew a mark. That’s why even today the Tabby cat has an “M” on her forehead—in memory of her good deed in Bethlehem”

St. Nicholas: December 6 is the Feast of St. Nicholas. How did St. Nicholas become “Santa Claus”? Nicholas was a priest, born in Patara, in 280 AD, in what is now Turkey. He became Bishop of the city of Myra. He was well known for his generosity to the poor. Once, a merchant in Myra had a business disaster, leaving his three daughters without dowries. This meant they couldn’t get married, and might be sold into slavery by creditors. Nicholas, the good bishop, heard about this and decided to take action. He sneaked onto the roof of the merchant’s house on three successive nights, dropping a bag of gold down the chimney each night. The astonished father, wondering where the gold was coming from, lay in wait on the third night. He caught St. Nicholas in the act, and embraced him in gratitude. In due course, all three daughters got married. Ever since, children have hung their stockings by the fireplace on Christmas Eve, to make things as easy as possible for St. Nick! The kindly St. Nick is also remembered for punching the arch-heretic Arius in the nose at the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D.

The Poinsettia: It was Christmas Eve. A poor little Mexican boy named Pablo was too ashamed to join friends and family in church because he had no gift for the Christ Child. He decided to kneel and pray. To his amazement, a beautiful plant grew in the spot where he had knelt. Its flaming red leaves arranged like a star and its yellow blossom like a shining light were God's gift for the little boy to present to Jesus.

The Poinsettia grows wild in Mexico and was first called "Flower of the Holy Night", because of the way its top cluster of green leaves mysteriously turn red in December. In the 1830's congressman and botanist Joel Roberts Poinsett brought it to the United States.

The Robin: A small brown bird was perched on a beam in a stable in Bethlehem watching the people from many lands who had come with gifts for the newborn Child. The little bird could see the great adoration of the people as they knelt before the Babe, and was able to sense that something wonderful had happened.

After a time, the visitors departed and the Holy Family settled down to rest; and the little bird prepared to sleep, too. But just as he was dozing off, he noticed that the fire, built to keep the Child warm, was dying out. Quickly he flew down and began fanning the coals with his wings. The fire became brighter until the feathers on the little bird's breast radiated the glow and showed a beautiful red.

Although he grew very tired, the small bird stayed by the fire all night, fanning it to keep the blaze bright and the Christ Child warm.

Since that night the robin's breast has remained a glowing red, a mark of the unselfish love and devotion shown by that bird in Bethlehem.