Jeremiah 33:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36. In the first reading, Jeremiah prophesies the coming of a promised messiah for the house of Israel and Judah. Saint Paul exhorts the Thessalonians to conduct themselves in a way pleasing to God. In the Gospel, Jesus tells the disciples to stay vigilant and be prepared for the day when they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
Domenica 1A di Avvento
Con la guida di San Luca si riprende il cammino dell-anno liturgico. L’Avvento predispone a mettere ordine nel nostro cuore. Il punto di arrivo è sempre la conversione. Per l’uomo di fede il Natale non è la semplice commemorazione di un avvenimento; è l’annuncio, che Dio viene ogni giorno a prendere posto nella nostro esistenza.
From the Pastor’s Desk: On Monday, November 22, Pope Francis met with participants of the upcoming ‘Christmas Contest.’ The contest, organized by the Pontifical Foundation Gravissimum Educationis and Missioni Don Bosco Valdocco, “gives a voice to young people by inviting them to create new songs inspired by Christmas and its values.” Excerpts from the Holy Father’s remarks are below:
I am happy to meet you, now at the threshold of Advent, the period that every year introduces us to Christmas and its Mystery. This year too, its lights will be dimmed by the consequences of the pandemic, which still weighs heavily on our time. All the more reason why we are called to question ourselves and not to lose hope. The feast of the Birth of Christ is not out of tune with the trial we are going through, because it is the quintessential feast of compassion, the feast of tenderness. Its beauty is humble and full of human warmth.
The beauty of Christmas shines through in the sharing of small gestures of genuine love. It is not alienating, it is not superficial, it is not evasive; on the contrary, it expands the heart, opening it up to gratuitousness – gratuitousness, a word artists understand well! – to the giving of self, and can also generate cultural, social, and educational dynamics….
I like to repeat the words of Saint Paul VI: “This world in which we live needs beauty in order not to sink into despair.” Which beauty? Not the false one, made of appearances and earthly riches, which is hollow and a generator of emptiness. No. But that of a God made flesh, the one of faces- the beauty of faces, the beauty of stories; that of the creatures that make up our common home and which – as Saint Francis teaches us – participate in the praise of the Most High.
I thank you, dear young people, artists, and sportspeople, for not forgetting to be custodians of this beauty, that the Nativity of the Lord makes shine in every daily gesture of love, sharing, and service. Thank you, and best wishes to you and your families! –From the Vatican News Agency
Mass Intentions for the Week
Sunday November 28, 2021
8:45 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul – Michael Joseph Dalonzo +
10:15 June Owyoung, Ching Lai So Owyoung & Mary Ann Auyeung +
12:00 Loriano & Anita Belluomini + –
Domenica, Francesca, Tom, Giuseppe, & Frances Cresci +
5:00 For All Deceased + from Rui Hua Wu
Monday November 29, 2021
7:00 Birthday of Fr. Javier Barrientos, SDB
9:00 In Honor of Madonna della Guardia – Gladys Coleman Garcia +
Tuesday November 30, 2021
7:00 Frank Sanguinetti +
9:00 Birthday of Celestina Sbragia + – Gaetano D’Amato +
Wednesday December 1, 2021
7:00 Birthday of Sheila B. Thomaczek
9:00 Louis Ferralis + – Roger Micheli +
Thursday December 2, 2021
7:00 Birthdays of Emmanuel Edward Te & Marilou Cua
9:00 Antonio Corona + – Healing Lorraine Bellesi
Friday December 3, 2021
7:00 Joseph Leo Torre & Family +
9:00 Fred Scolari + – Roderigo Garcia +
Saturday December 4, 2021
7:30 Birthdays of Mylyn Kalaykan & Catherine Te
9:00 Nicola Sanguinetti +
5:00 Ruth, Guido, & Gig Ghiglieiri +
Dean (Dino) Richard Ragusa – Liam Sancimino
Gloria Dente – Maria Colombo – Gladys Coleman Garcia
Kathy Jang Lew – Robert ‘Bob’ McPhail
Advent Begins! Today is the first Sunday of Advent, the New Liturgical Year. As always, we will have the chanted Christmas Novena, starting December 16, at 5:00PM in the Church. This year’s Advent Penance service will be on Monday, December 20 at 7:00PM.
All Souls: November is the month of all the faithful departed. You can find All Souls envelopes in the pews and on the tables.
Mothers’ Club Bingo & Luncheon: Next Saturday the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club hosts Mothers’ Club Bingo, Luncheon, & Silent Auction. Please call Antoinette Machi at 415-509-4810 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org or go here for tickets or information. This is a 21 and over event, please.
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. Thanks to Margaret Hon, who contributed this week to the flower fund, and Mr. Gutierrez, who gave a lovely large bouquet!
Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: The 2021 AAA has begun. This year our assessment is $57,954. So far, 71 parishioners have pledged/paid $39,870, leaving us with a balance of $18,084. 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.
Walk for Life West Coast: It’s on January 22, 2022 at Civic Center Plaza. Join us to give voice to the voiceless and defend the defenseless! Visit https://walkforlifewc.com/
for all details, and check out the video from last year’s Walk:
Parish Wish List! Some of you know that we are fixing the old children’s room next to the parish gym, which was damaged by the flood from the gym bathroom. We are converting it to multi-purpose use (small groups: parish meetings, RCIA class, school parents’ meetings, etc). Insurance will pay for the repairs but we have to cover the remodeling cost. To make this room what we want it to be we need: a large 70” TV screen, two or three portable air purifiers, office tables that we can arrange together to make a larger table for group meetings and comfortable chairs. Let Fr. Tho know if you’d like to help!
Christmas Legends: 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 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!
Sunday 28 First Sunday of Advent
Monday 29 Advent Weekday
Tuesday 30 Andrew; Apostle, Patron
Wednesday 01 Advent Weekday
Thursday 02 Advent Weekday
Friday 03 Francis Xavier; Priest
Saturday 04 John Damascene; Priest, Doctor
Sunday 05 Second Sunday of Advent
Your gifts of last week: $2,775.
Second Collection (CHD): $845.