St. Stephen Parish. Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time January 30, 2022

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1 St. Stephen Parish SaintStephenSF.org 601 Eucalyptus Dr., San Francisco CA Church StStephenSchoolSF.org 401 Eucalyptus Dr., San Francisco School Reconciliation: Saturday 3:30 p.m. or by appt. and 30min before each Sunday Masses Weekday Mass: 8:00 a.m. Vigil Mass Saturday 4:30 p.m. Sunday Mass 8:00, 9:30, 11:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time January 30, 2022 DEADLINE EXTENDED Monday, JANUARY 31st!!! ORDER FORM ON THE BACK PAGE OUR MISSION STATEMENT We are a Catholic Community that is called by God to follow Jesus Christ. We believe that we are called to worship God together, to lead God's people along the path of hope laid down by Jesus, to share his message through preaching, through the education and formation of our people, young and old, and through caring service and sensitive outreach to those in need. Rev Michael D Liliedahl

2 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time January 30, 2022 Now that we are out of Christmas we are into what we call Ordinary Time. Ordinary Time lasts until Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and then picks up again after Easter all the way until Advent next winter. During Ordinary Time the Gospel readings almost all come from the same Gospel for the entire year. There is a three year cycle of the readings we hear at Mass and this year we are in what is called Year C. This means that almost every Gospel reading during this Ordinary Time will come from the Gospel of Luke. Since we ll be hearing so much from the Gospel of Luke in this year I think it s good to know a little bit about the Gospel of Luke, to give us some context while we listen. The Gospel of Luke was the third of the four Gospels to be written (only John was written later) but the most important thing about the Gospel of Luke for us to keep in mind as we hear the passages from Luke is the original intended audience. Whereas the Gospels of Mark and Matthew were written with the original intended audience being Jewish, Luke was written for a non-jewish audience. This is why, as often will happen in Luke, when a Jewish practice or festival is referenced it is also described. The authors of Mark and Matthew would just assume that the reader knew about a Jewish practice or festival, whereas the author of Luke goes out of his way to explain it. We also believe that the author was a traveling companion of St. Paul and so the intended audience that the Gospel was first written for would have been primarily new converts to Christianity who were not Jewish. And so things that would be emphasized for a Jewish audience, for example how Jesus fulfills the ancient prophecies about the Messiah that all the Jews at the time of Jesus would be very familiar with, are not highlighted in the Gospel of Luke. Things that are highlighted is Jesus as a Universal Teacher; yes, as a Jew, but sent for all of humanity, to be the Savior for all mankind. This is why, in Luke, Jesus genealogy is traced all the way back to Adam (the father of all mankind) and not just back to Abraham (the father of Judaism). So as we read through the Gospel of Luke this year, see if you can hear in the writing style what Luke is trying to emphasize, that Jesus Christ is the savior of all of mankind. That Jesus Christ came to save us, Jew or Greek, slave or free, man or woman, any-body who follows Him! WAYS AND MEANS TO HELP AND SUPPORT OUR CHURCH Our Saint of the Week St. John Bosco Now that the Church & City is slowly going back to its normal daily pace, please remember that we continue to look forward to your regular weekly donations to sustain our church s basic operation needs. You may continue to do so through the following via your weekly envelope which can either be: 1) a. Mailed to the Parish Office; b. Dropped off at our parish office/mailbox slot. 2) If at this time, you are strictly confined in your home, please consider setting up an online account through the parish website: by: a. Click the $ Giving button, then the Donation link b. Follow instructions to set up your account online 3) If neither of the above works for you, please give us a call at the office, and we will gladly pick up your donation envelope for the parish or help you set up your online donation. For more info, please give us a call at am to 3pm Mondays thru Fridays or check John Melchior Bosco (Italian: born 16 August 1815, inpiedmontese: deceased, 31 January 1888), popularly known as Don Bosco, was an Italian Roman Catholic priest, educator, and writer of the 19th century. While working in Turin, where the population suffered many of the ill-effects of industrialization and urbanization, he dedicated his life to the betterment and education of street children, juvenile delinquents, and other disadvantaged youth. He developed teaching methods based on love rather than punishment, a method that became known as the Salesian Preventive System. A follower of the spirituality and philosophy of Francis de Sales, Bosco was an ardent devotee of Mary, mother of Jesus, under the title Mary Help of Christians. He later dedicated his works to de Sales when he founded the Salesians of Don Bosco, based in Turin. Together with Maria Domenica Mazzarello, he founded the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, now commonly known as the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco, a religious congregation of nuns dedicated to the care and education of poor girls. He is one of the pioneers of Mutual Aid Societies, s collaborative financial support to young migrant Catholic workers in the city of Turin.

3 Monday, Jan 31 8:00 a.m. Patricia Dowling (By: Maureen Dowling) Tuesday, Feb 1 8:00 a.m. Mia Ramirez Sp. Int. (By: Tom & Becky Parini) Wednesday, Feb 2 8:00 a.m. Cecilia Norona (By: Gilby & Vicky Francisco) Thursday, Feb 3 8:00 a.m. Robert Yared (By: Dorothy Over) Friday, Feb 4 8:00 a.m. Charito Johnson Sp Int (By: Gina Lirazan) Saturday, Feb 5 8:00 a.m. Guillermo Ramos (By: Adele Caunan) 4:30 p.m. Robert Liam Sp. Int. (By: Lolo & Lola Cags) Sunday, Feb 6 8:00 a.m. St Stephen Parishioners Sp Int. (By: Fr. Michael) 9:30 a.m. Dermot Hassett (By: Tom & Charlotte O Callagan) 11:30 a.m. Jack Carpentier (By: Gayle Carpentier) 6:30 p.m. Eileen Dowling Evans (By: Maureen Dowling) May she rest in peace Shirley Rossi SAINTS AND SPECIAL OBSERVANCES Sunday: Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time; Catholic Schools Week Monday: St. John Bosco Tuesday: Lunar New Year 4720 Wednesday: The Presentation of the Lord; World Day for Consecrated Life; Groundhog Day Thursday: St. Blaise; St. Ansgar; Blessing of Throats Friday: First Friday Saturday: St. Agatha; First Saturday Children s Liturgy at our 9:30 am Sunday Mass Children s Liturgy during the 9:30 Mass is on break and will return January 9. We are always looking for more volunteers to help with the program. Please contact Mary Molly if interested in learning more. TODAY S READINGS First Reading God appoints Jeremiah as prophet to the nations (Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19). Psalm I will sing of your salvation (Psalm 71). Second Reading Love with its many facets is the most important of the virtues (1 Corinthians 12:31 13:13 [13:4-13]). Gospel When Jesus claims his salvific mission is for all people, not just the Jews, he is expelled by the enraged members of the Nazarean synagogue (Luke 4:21-30). lease pray for the sick and homebound of our community and for all those written in our book of the sick. May they know the healing touch of Jesus. Francis Yiu, Roy Amora, Rodney Clark, Nelson Plondaya, Michelle Vicente, James T. Brady, Michelle Weeks, Doreen Aguirre, Rev Bill McCain, Cecille Quintanilla, Inger Man, Franz Tittiger, Caroline Zidek, Gabriel Agudo, Marino Tulao, Robert Liam, Elena Amaya, Eden Finn, Edileide Jose Barbosa, Kenneth Fambrini, Larry Barbiere, Carol Dominguez, Marc Gutierres, Marla Moso, Joel Rivera, Gwendolyn Walsh, Jovita & Richard Thompson. THE HEAVIEST LOAD A chip on the shoulder is the heaviest load anyone can carry. Anonymous

4 Synod \ˈsi-nəd \ noun - Synod is a Greek word (synodos) meaning a meeting or assembly. The two Greek words that make up synod are syn meaning meeting together and hodos meaning way or journey. Participate in Pope Francis s Synod at St. Stephen s Parish Take the Survey Disciple Maker Index The entire Catholic Church is called to participate in the upcoming Synod of Bishops, entitled: For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission. Pope Francis has called the entire People of God to journey together. This Synod is not just another meeting with oral presentations and written reports. This Synod is a process of journeying together by listening, dialoguing, praying, discerning and making decisions together for the purpose of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pope Francis is asking each local diocese to gather clergy, religious and laity together- to listen to each other. The goal of this journeying together is not to create a new vision or pastoral plan with objectives. Rather, the goal of our journeying together is to be present with one another, to listen and learn with each other, and to grow closer to the Lord and His Church. To prepare for the Synod, Pope Francis invites the whole Church to participate in the preparatory process. The Archdiocese of San Francisco has started the local synodal process by asking every Catholic to participate in the Disciple Maker Index survey between Jan. 15 and Feb. 14. This unique opportunity will facilitate discussion and reflection to help shape the Church s understanding of Herself and Her mission of evangelization and forming disciples. Have your voice be heard! Everyone in your household is asked to participate in the survey. Starting Jan. 15, take the survey for St. Stephen Parish at this website: bit.ly/ststephensurvey Be sure to participate before February 15! While using the online survey is preferred, paper survey s will be made available in the church vestibule or office. If you need a paper form in a language other than English, contact Mary Molly in the parish office (415) x4. (Some of the other languages available: Spanish, Tagalog, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, and more.) PRAYER OF THE WEEK Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Grant us, Lord our God, that we may honor you with all our mind, and love everyone in truth of heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Prayer Warriors Needed We are looking for prayer partners for our current Confirmation Candidates and RCIA Catechumen. If you would like the name of a person to pray for during their journey to the Sacraments please contact Mary Molly in the parish office. Only requirement is a willingness to pray for a young person that is preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and/or Baptism. NEED A PRIESTLY VISIT? Please know that if you are homebound, sick, aging, preparing for a surgical procedure, recovering from a surgical procedure. Or find yourself in the hospital unexpectedly your pastor is most happy to visit you with Holy Communion and Anointing of the Sick. One does NOT have to be in a state of end-of-life for the anointing. It can be administered to any one, at any time one feels physically or emotionally low in life. Please call the office if we can help. We have been finding out about sick parishioners when it is too late. Please give us a call , we are here for you! THIS WEEK S HUMOR Lawyer s greed and doctor s greed: A doctor and a lawyer were attending a cocktail party when the doctor was approached by a man who asked advice on how to handle his ulcer. The doctor mumbled some medical advice, then turned to the lawyer and remarked, "I never know how to handle the situation when I'm asked for medical advice during a social function. Is it acceptable to send a bill for such advice?" The lawyer replied that it was certainly acceptable to do so. The next day, the doctor sent the ulcer-stricken man a bill. The lawyer also sent a bill to the doctor. The greedy man and the genie. A man is walking down the beach and comes across an old bottle. He picks it up, pulls out the cork and out pops a genie! The genie says, "Thank you for freeing me from the bottle. In return I will grant you three wishes." The man says "Great! I always dreamed of this and I know exactly what I want. First, I want one billion dollars in a Swiss bank account." Poof! There is a flash of light and a piece of paper with account numbers appears in his hand! He continues, "Next, I want a brandnew red Ferrari right here." Poof! There is a flash of light and a bright red, brand-new Ferrari appears right next to him! He continues, "Finally, I want to be irresistible to women." Poof! There is a flash of light and he turns into a box of chocolates.

5 TO BE A PROPHET Today s readings show us what it is like to be a prophet. As Jeremiah recounts his call, God warns him that he will need strength and perseverance to withstand the hostility he will face from Judah s kings and princes and its priests and people (Jeremiah 1:18b). God also assures him that they will not prevail over you, for I am with you (1:19). The psalm reflects both of these struggles as well as deliverance from them ( salvation ). This is exactly what Jesus experiences in today s Gospel. After he claims that his own mission is the same as what Isaiah proclaimed, at first the people marvel at his gracious words (Luke 4:22). Soon, however, they become suspicious, skeptical, and hostile, even threatening to kill him. But just as God promised to deliver Jeremiah, so Jesus passed through the midst of them and went away (4:30). J. S. Paluch Co. TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION You need more than water for a bath. Most family bathrooms contain an arsenal of soaps and emollients, lotions, shampoos, and conditioners to combat grime and honor the body. A bath without oil is still unthinkable. No wonder early Christians used lavish amounts of oil to paint the skin of people drawn dripping wet from the baptismal font on Easter. There were two oils used in baptism long ago. Oil of exorcism protected candidates from evil spirits ; it strengthened their resolve and purified their purposes. The second oil, slathered over them after baptism s bath, sealed them, making them like Christ, the anointed one, the priest, the prophet, the king. Chrism has always had a powerful odor; rich resinous perfumes are stirred in before it is consecrated. As the newly baptized were embraced by new brothers and sisters in Christ, the scent permeated the hall of Eucharist, a sign of our connection to Christ and to one another. Rev. James Field, Copyright J. S. Paluch Co. It was pride that changed angels into devils; humility that makes men as angels. - St Augus ne of Hippo (Please include this prayer in your daily journeys) God our Father, in Your love and providence, You call each of us to a holy life. We pray for young people in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Open their hearts and minds to know the vocation You have planned for them for all eternity. If they are being invited to follow You as a Priest, Brother, or Sister, give them a generous heart to respond to Your challenging call and the strength to follow wherever You lead them. May families desire to please You by encouraging and supporting vocations within their homes. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Good Shepherd. Amen. Interested in becoming Catholic? If you, or someone you know, may be interested in the Catholic Faith, or have been Baptized but never finished receiving the Sacraments of First Communion or Confirmation, you are encouraged to contact Mary Molly in the parish office (415) x4 or Also, please call or Mary Molly Mullaney to learn more about what our parish has to offer. THE COLLECTION AT MASS The collection taken up during Mass is an ancient tradition with the roots in the early church. Originally, the people brought forward bread and wine from their own homes to be used for the Eucharist. They also presented goods from their possessions foods they harvested, livestock from their farms, household items from their own storeroom. These would be distributed by the deacons to those in need in the community as well as given for the material needs of the church. Today, the people still ritually present bread and wine, though not usually from their own home. Also, the gifts for the poor and the church are now given in the form of money. Taking up a collection has significant meaning for what we do at the Eucharist. Giving money as Mass is not, as some might treat it, a measure of one s satisfaction with the liturgy or with the church in general. Our Christian sacrifice cannot be some vague theoretical idea. We have to give something of ourselves that is a real sacrifice something we would rather not give up. For most of us today, that s money. Beyond simply being a way to help the parish pay its bills, the collection is one way to bring ourselves the work of human hands along with the fruit of the earth to the altar. That s why the collection is brought forward with the bread and wine we use at Mass. The money we put in the basket helps the church do the mission of Christ not only by keeping the lights on but also by funding the activities and people of the church who help the poor, teach the faith, prepare the liturgy, visit the sick, and more. Sunday Celebration of the Eucharist Every Sunday, at 9:30 am, we continue to go live from our St. Stephen Parish website, Click on the Facebook link on the top of the page and it will directly connect you to our livestream mass. Here you can participate in the live community chat stream during the mass. If you do not have a Facebook account, no need to worry! Go to our website, scroll down and you will also be able to join the livestream mass right on our website. You can also watch our livestream mass every Sunday at 9:30am via YouTube and Instagram!

6 PASTORAL STAFF Rev. Michael Liliedahl Pastor, ext.1 Fr. Cameron Faller Priest in Residence, SFSU Chaplain Rev. Mr. Manuel Olet Abad Permanent Deacon Mrs. Sharon McCarthy Allen Principal Carol P Cagalingan Parish Manager, ext. 3 Mary Molly Mullaney Faith Formation Coordinator, ext. 4 Shay Ingelfinger Event Center Coordinator, ext.7 Teresa Devincenzi Bookkeeper, ext.5 Fredrick Schaefer Music/Choir Director, ext 8 Ed Prete Bulletin Editor, ext. 6 Parish Office Phone ST STEPHEN PARISH ORGANIZATION/MINISTRY CONTACT PERSON Altar Servers Giovanna Hrvatin Altar Society Joan Leehane Bridge Group Virginia Stefanelli Caritas Nellie Hizon Church Hospitality Mary Molly Mullane Communion Ministers Mary Molly Mullaney Faith Formation Mary Molly Mullaney Fifty Plus Club Helga D Arcy Finance Council Laura Birsinger Front Ofc Lead Volunteer Fely Boquiren Grief Support Clergy Lectors Mary Molly Mullaney Liturgy Committee Fr. Michael Liliedahl Marriage Preparation Clergy Men s Club Ryan Gille Marty Murphy Parish Council Vicky Francisco RCIA Mary Molly Mullaney St. Stephen Book Club Mary Molly Mullaney St. Vincent de Paul Julie O Callaghan Ushers Jim Scheg Women s Guild Aimee Meehan Shawna Stecher Our warmest welcome to all who celebrate with us! You can sign up or update your information by completing this form & placing it in the collection basket, by mailing it to the Parish Office, by phone at or at Name Contact Phone Complete Mailing Address City/Zip Weekly Sunday envelopes, circle one: Yes No, but commit to participate thru Online Giving. I am interested in assisting the Parish in an organization or ministry as (Please encircle your choice/s): Acolyte/Altar Service, Altar Society, Children s Liturgy of the Word, Greeter/Usher, Hospitality after Mass/Special Events, Holy Communion Ministers to the Homebound, Music/Choir, Lector &/or Holy Communion Ministers, Parish Center Front Office Volunteer.

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