Saints Peter and Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

December 9, 2018

Second Sunday of Advent


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Baruch 5:1-9; Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11; Luke 3:1-6. The first reading calls Israel to abandon mourning and misery and replace it with the glorious splendor of God. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians is filled with hope and joy, embracing Christ’s message and mission. Hope continues in the Gospel as John prepares the way of the Lord, baptizing in his name and proclaiming that salvation is near.

 


Domenica 2A di Avvento

San Giovanni Battista occupa un posto di rilievo tra i maestri e i testimoni del tempo di Avvento. La sua parola s’insinua nel cuore dell’uomo per disporlo a conversione, riconoscendo che i very beni si raggiungono con una vita semplice eumile.


From Fr. Gael 

   Luke is giving a shout out to tell us to “Straighten things out!” He says it six times in this Sunday’s Advent Gospel. But, do we get his drift? We often need to hear something at least several times to begin to pay attention to it. In this second Sunday of Advent we are encouraged to keep up the good work of our lives in the name of Jesus. John the Baptist speaks to the crowds and encourages them to repent. To repent means to b ring about change in one’s life and to not become complacent with one’s own mediocracy. To say that someone is mediocre is to say that they are less than passably good. It is not a compliment. John challenges us to “Straighten things out.” This is a move from mediocre to good. It is the start of growth. Growth is movement in the right direction. That is what in confession we call “firm purpose of amendment.” Amendment is action. The journey starts with the first step. Let’s go!

Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

None Scheduled

Michael Whitlock and Jennifer Lynn

Ming Yung Wong


Archived Bulletins: For our bulletin archives, go here

Abuse Scandal Update: Last month our Bishops met in Baltimore to explore steps forward in light of the the abuse scandals, which are affecting the highest levels of the Church. Here is Archbishop Cordileone's letter (English or Spanish) to the faithful about the surprising and disappointing outcome. His previous letters may be found here, here, and here.

 

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our protectiona against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
And do thou, O Prince of the Heaven Hosts,
By the power of God,
Thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits
who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Amen
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Second Collection: This weekend, we have a special collection for Retired Religious. Please be generous!

Christmas Memorial Poinsettias: This weekend and next, parishioners will be in front of the church taking orders for our traditional Christmas Memorial Poinsettias. This is your chance to remember a loved one and decorate the church for the Christmas season at the same time!


SSPP Christmas Legends: And, speaking of  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.

 


Faith Sharing Group: During Advent, the group will meet in the parish center at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, December 11 and Tuesday, December 18. All are invited.

Eucharistic Adoration & Reparation and Bible Study: Every Wednesday, we have Holy Hour from 7:00-8:00 PM. This is an excellent time to offer reparation for the indefensible behavior of some at the highest level of the Church. Bible Study is also on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00 PM, but in the rectory. Parking available."In the Eucharist, the Son of God comes to meet us and desires to become one with us; eucharistic adoration is simply the natural consequence of the eucharistic celebration, which is itself the Church's supreme act of adoration.” –Pope Benedict XVI; " ...listen and be silent in order to make spaces for the beauty of God."-Pope Francis. "Jesus wants to see you!"-Fr. Victor Warkulwiz of the Missionary Priests of the Blessed Sacrament. "Trust all things to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and to Mary Help of Christians and you will see what miracles are." - St. John Bosco.

Chinese Apostolate Christmas Show: The Chinese Christmas Show will be on Sunday, December 16.

Christmas Novena: The Christmas Novena service, will be celebrated at 5PM in the Church on December 17, 18, 19, and 21. This is your chance to join the Salesians and Salesian Sisters in their chanted evening prayer!

Advent Penance Service: The Advent Penance Service, with individual confession, will be on Monday, December 17, at 7PM. All are urged to attend and prepare for the birth of Our Lord

School Christmas Pageant: The School Pageant will be at 7PM on Thursday, December 20. All are invited!

Buon Natale! Italian Christmas Market! On Saturday, December 22, from 10-4 AM, we will host an Italian Christmas Market in the playground. This is a beautiful tradition throughout Italy, which provides people with the opportunity shop for Christmas gifts and celebrate the season of Christmas in a social way with family and friends. Gifts, music, food, and fun! Call the parish office for more info and spread the word!

New Facebook Page! Check out our new Saints Peter and Paul Facebook page: facebook.com/SsPeterandPaulSF. It’s a great site with beautiful pictures and to help you keep up with our many events!

Gabriel Project: We need new volunteers ready and willing to help young women in crisis situations. The  Gabriel Project is a ministry of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, committed to the support of pregnant mothers and their unborn children. The Gabriel Project works so that no woman will feel she needs to have an abortion due to being poor or alone. The Gabriel Project has a chapter at Saints Peter and Paul. But we need a few more angels! Call Gibbons at the Parish Office if you’d like to help.

School Open House: SPP School (Kinder - 8) and The Laura Vicuna Pre-K (ages 3-5) will hold their annual open house on Sunday,  January 13 from 10:00-12:00. All are welcome to attend. If you’d like an application for SSPP School, they are available now by visiting our website:www.sspeterpaulsf.org or calling 415-421-5219. Pre-Kindergarten applications will be available at our open house or by calling the Pre-K at 415-296-8549.


Chazz Palminteri Visits North Beach: The famous actor and writer got in touch with his Italian roots, North Beach style! Guess who showed him around? You'll see a number of familiar faces--and Mr. Parmintieri stopped in the Church to say a prayer! Check it out!

 


 

 

 

Choose Life! Walk for Life West Coast: Join fellow Catholics and Pro‐Lifers from all over the western U.S. (and beyond) as we stand for the littlest among us at the 15th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on January 26, 2019. The day starts with Mass at 9:30AM celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The rally begins at 12:30PM in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, and the Walk, down the city’s Market Street, begins at 1:30PM.

For complete information about the Walk, visit www.walkforlifewc.com or call 415‐658‐17

 


Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: This year our assessment is $85,438. We need YOUR help! So far 130 parishioners or families have paid or pledged $70, 642, leaving us with a balance of $14,796. We give heartfelt thanks to all who have given, but there are a lot more than 130 parishioners or families in the parish, so if you have not yet donated, please help your fellow parishioners in meeting our shared obligation. Remember, if we don’t make our assessment, it comes out of our savings!

Anointing of the Sick/Last Rites: When a person is approaching the end of this life, it is VERY important that they receive the sacrament of anointing—also known as the Last Rites. We tend to put this off, and in some cases don’t call the priest until it is too late. We also sometimes forget the Anointing can be administered when death is not seen as likely—before an operation, for instance. It is one of the Seven Sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ Himself, and given to His Church. Let’s not be afraid to use it!

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA): The RCIA program has begun. This program is for adults who are interested in the Catholic faith and are willing to journey from inquiring to the receiving of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Please drop your name and email address off at the parish office.

Religious Education--CCD: The Religious Education CCD program of our parish is in session. All are welcome to the program for grades K to 8, especially students who do not have regular religious education in school. The CCD meets on Sundays from 10-11AM.—please bring children to the Pre-K at 9:45AM.

AND CCD Teachers Needed! Would you like to be part of the ministry that brings the Good News to young people? We need more CCCD teachers for this year’s semester. Please contact the parish office if you are interested in this vital work.

What is Spiritual Direction? Spiritual direction, which is similar to yet different from a therapeutic relationship, can be understood in a variety of ways. Some see it as storytelling. While telling your story to a spiritual director, the director helps you link your story to the great redemptive story of God’s work in our world through the ages. If you are interested in Spiritual direction please see Fr. Jose Lucero at the rectory.

SS. Peter and Paul K-8 Salesian School Accepting Applications: The School is accepting applications for grades Kindergarten to 8th. Please email the Principal, Dr. Lisa Harris at lharris@sspeterpaulsf.org or leave a message at 415 421-5219. We look forward to hearing from prospective families!

Pre-K Accepting Fall Applications: The Laura Vicuna Pre-K (ages 3-5) of Saints Peter and Paul School is accepting applications for the fall semester. Please email prek@sspeterpaulsf.org or call 415-296-8549 for more information.


Choose Life! “The married couple forms ‘the intimate partnership of life and love established by the Creator and governed by his laws; it is rooted in the conjugal covenant, that is, in their irrevocable personal consent.’ Both give themselves definitively and totally to one another. They are no longer two; from now on they form one flesh. The covenant they freely contracted imposes on the spouses the obligation to preserve it as unique and indissoluble. ‘What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2364.

AND! CATHOLIC Healthcare in San Francisco! To all who have looked  forward to the day when a comprehensive Catholic medical clinic would exist in the Bay Area, that day is here! The Bella Health & Wellness Medical Center is slated to open at the beginning of 2019 in the lower level of the San Francisco Archdiocesan Office building. Bella will care for patients, young and old, with the dignity and compassion they are owed as children of God, and no compromising of care or ofCatholic conscience! With the blessing of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Bella has started a $2.7 million capital campaign. Bella’s Board of directors include Vicki Evans, past Director of the Archdiocesan Respect Life Office, and Dolores Meehan, one-time SSPP parishioner and co-chair of the Walk for Life West Coast. Pick up an introductory letter from the tables, and we will keep you updated as to how you can help!

 


More Choose Life! Defend Christians in Nigeria: On June 29, at our Religious Freedom panel discussion, Fr. Raymond Tyohemba really brought the genocide (and it is not too strong a word—6,000 murdered since January) against Christians in Nigeria into focus. Two of his fellow priests and 17 parishioners were murdered on April 12 by Muslim terrorists.

Earlier this year the Nigerian Catholic Bishops called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign because of his inaction on the attacks. In an April 30 meeting, President Trump told President Buhari the attacks must stop. But the attacks continue.

Earlier this month Bishop William Avenya of Gboko urged action “’Don’t make the same mistake as was made with the genocide in Rwanda,’ he pleaded, referring to the massacre of Tutsi people in Rwanda, where close to 1 million were killed in 1994.”

It’s hard to know what to do to help, but we can at least contact our elected representatives and urge them to try something: Go to www.house.gov or www.senate.gov or www.whitehouse.gov

Left: Nine year old Sati Ishaya, martyred with 19 other Christians in the Plateau region of Nigeria.

 


More Choose Life! Pornography consists in removing real or simulated sexual acts from the intimacy of the partners, in order to display them deliberately to third parties. It offends against chastity because it perverts the conjugal act, the intimate giving of spouses to each other. It does grave injury to the dignity of its participants (actors, vendors, the public), since each one becomes an object of base pleasure and illicit profit for others. It immerses all who are involved in the illusion of a fantasy world. It is a grave offense. Civil authorities should prevent the production and distribution of pornographic materials.” –Catechism of the Catholic Church #2354.

Fight the Scourge of Porn: Visit websites such as  www.covenanteyes.com for help in fighting this temptation.

Communion and Liberation: Our local chapter of Communion and Liberation, a worldwide order of lay Catholics, meets weekly on Thursdays, at 7PM, in the parish center. In 2007, Pope Emeritus Benedict said Communion and Liberation “…offers a profound way of life and actualizes the Christian faith, both in a total fidelity and communion with the Successor of Peter and with the Pastors who assure the governing of the Church, and through spontaneity and freedom that permit new and prophetic, apostolic and missionary achievements.” To learn more, visit www.english.clonline.org or email Franco Regguzoni at franksfo2003@gmail.com

Saints Peter and Paul Altar Society: We have formed an altar society whose ministry is making  sure our beautiful altars and altar linens are immaculate. This is a ministry that can make good use of the abilities of both men and women as well as young and old. Please call Gibbons at 415-421-0809 or email to gibbons@salesiansspp.org

Volunteer Religious Education (CCD) Teachers: We are looking for volunteers who would like to teach Grade school students.  Join us in this honorable ministry of teaching. Please email ete@sspeterpaulsf.org or call (415) 421-0809.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word: CLOW is held at the Sunday 8:45 AM Mass. This is a way for our youngest members to hear the Gospel proclaimed in language they can understand and relate to their own lives. Children ages 3-6 and interested parents will be dismissed to the gym with their catechists (fellow parents Tom and Eileen Boles) prior to the First Reading and will return during the Offertory procession. No registration is required.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Eileen Emerson-Boles: eileenemerson@yahoo.com

Struggling with Same-Sex Attraction? You are NOT alone and the Church has NOT abandoned you! Visit the COURAGE website. “COURAGE” is an apostolate of the Church that ministers to those struggling against this particular temptation. They have been endorsed by the Pontifical Council for the Family and our beloved St. John Paul II said of this ministry, “COURAGE is doing the work of God!” In the Bay Area, call: 650-450-2286 or contact one of the chaplains: Rev. Larry Goode: 650-322-2152; Rev. Anselm Ramelow  415-567 7824; or Rev. Patrick Summerhays: 415-664-8481 or visit www.couragerc.org/


The Consecration to Mary! On October 7, 2017 the Archdiocese of San Francisco was consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, our blessed and ever-faithful mother! Here is an excerpt from Archbishop Cordileone’s Message at the Consecration, urging each and every Catholic in the Archdiocese to follow the urgent pleas of Our Lady at Fatima: “Our Lady at Fatima called the children to prayer, penance, and adoration. I repeat that call to you: I call every Catholic in the Archdiocese of San Francisco to pray the rosary every day, as she asked, and the family rosary once a week.  I call every Catholic in the Archdiocese of San Francisco to fast every Friday of the year, as she asked, giving up some food such as meat, or drink, or sweet, or even a whole meal.  I call every Catholic in the Archdiocese of San Francisco to adore silently before the Eucharistic Presence of Jesus once a week, as she asked--fifteen minutes, a half hour, and hour. I am calling every Catholic in the Archdiocese of San Francisco to these simple but most effective practices, as Our Lady asked, for the conversion of sinners and for peace in the world. Only she can help us.” Check out this great video:

 


Choose Life! “With regard to the embryo in the womb, science itself highlights its autonomy capable of interaction with the mother, the coordination of biological processes, the continuity of development, the growing complexity of the organism. This is not an accumulation of biological material, but a new living being, dynamic and wonderfully ordered, a new unique human being. So was Jesus in Mary’s womb, so it was for all of us in our mother’s womb.” –Pope Benedict XVI, Homily at Celebration of First Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27, 2010.

 


More Choose Life! “Pope Francis has seen a deeper link between the poor and the unborn. They are both among the first victims of a ‘throw-away society.’” –Poverty and Abortion: A Vicious Cycle”USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.

Pregnant? Need Help? No woman should be left alone! That’s the message of the Gabriel Project, a ministry of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, committed to the that support of pregnant mothers and their unborn children. The Gabriel Project works so that no woman will feel she needs to have an abortion due to being poor or alone. We need help to get that message out! The Gabriel Project has a chapter at Saints Peter and Paul. Please let any women you know who is pregnant that we stand ready to help! Call 1-800-910-0191. Left: same baby before and after birth.


More Choose Life! You can watch the videos of representatives of Planned Parenthood and other organizations discussing the trade in parts of the bodies of aborted babies. If they do not make you furious and disgust you, you should probably ask yourself why.

Saturday Rosary & Chaplet of Divine Mercy at St. Francis: Our friends over at the Porziuncula at the Shrine of St. Francis, at Columbus and Vallejo, are now praying the Rosary every Saturday at 2:30 PM, followed by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3PM. Join them! For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world!

More Choose Life! The newly formed Archdiocesan Bioethics Working Group--composed of local physicians and nurses, theologians and philosophers--is interested in hearing about your recent experiences and responding to your questions and ethical concerns, on issues related to death and dying. Please contact them through the Archdiocesan Respect Life Program by emailing evansv@sfarchdiocese.org or calling 415-614-5533 or writing to Respect Life Program, Archdiocese of San Francisco, One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco, CA 94109.

New Catholic San Francisco facebook page: Check out the new Facebook page of Catholic San Francisco, the Archdiocesn newspaper here. Please 'Like' it and share it with your friends! And if you have events of interest to other Catholics. please feel free to post. All are subject to the Admin's approval.


 

School Applications: We are still accepting applications for grades K-8. Please call the school for a tour (415-421-5219).

Sponsor a Student! Are you able to help a student receive a Catholic education? Our school is receiving more request for financial aid than ever before. If you are in a position to help a less fortunate student receive a Catholic education, please call Dr. Lisa Harris at 415-421-5219 or Fr. John Itzaina at 415-421-0809.

Pre-K Applications: Our Laura Vicuña Pre-Kindergarten, the oldest Catholic Pre-K in San Francisco, is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year. Contact the Director, Barbara Simons, or visit www.sspeterpaulsf.org/prek/ to learn more

SS. Peter and Paul's Racial Non-Discrimination Policy: “SS Peter & Paul School, mindful of its mission to be witness to the love of Christ for all, admits students of any race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to or made available to students at this school. SS Peter & Paul School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin, age sex, or disability in administration of educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs. Likewise, SS. Peter and Paul School does not unlawfully discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of age, sex, disability, race, color and national and/or ethnic origin.”


Marriage Resources

Choose Life! “Marriage needs to be strengthened, not redefined. Cohabitation, divorce, and contraception all erode marriage’s meaning as a public, total, lifelong, and fruitful communion of persons between husband and wife. The latest challenge to marriage, the proposal that sexual difference doesn’t matter, removes the very basis of marriage’s meaning as a one-flesh communion, open to children, making the definition of marriage in law (and thereby culture) open to limitless variation and ultimately meaningless.” –United States Conference of Catholic Bishops “Marriage: Unique for a Reason. One Man, One Woman, For Life.”


Our Archdiocese is blessed with a very capable and hardworking Director of the Ministry of Marriage and Family Life, Mr. Ed Hopfner. Here some resources from his office:

It's not your Grandmother's Family Planning
Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a modern method a couple can use to regulate fertility. It is based on up-to-date medical and scientific research and replaces the old ‘rhythm method’ which went out of favor in the 1950’s.  It is individualized for each couple – because every woman is unique. Contact Ed Hopfner for more information-- (415) 614-5547 or by email at hopfnere@sfarchdiocese.org

Family Planning can improve marriages
Natural Family Planning (NFP) has been shown to improve marriages - published studies have shown increased marital satisfaction. It also greatly improves marital communications. NFP is free after the initial training, and empowers couples by giving them highly accurate information about their own fertility, rather than relying on a third party.  Finally, NFP couples typically have extremely low divorce rates; one study of 1100 couples in CA showed a divorce rate of less than 2% over 24 years. Contact Ed Hopfner for more information-- (415) 614-5547 or by email at hopfnere@sfarchdiocese.org.

Do you know someone struggling with infertility?
Modern medicine has made great strides in helping couples overcome infertility, by restoring reproductive health through the application of Natural Procreative Technology™.  Yet many people, even in the medical profession, are still unfamiliar with it, even though it has a success rate of up to 75% in restoring natural fertility.  Contact Ed Hopfner for more information-- (415) 614-5547 or by email at hopfnere@sfarchdiocese.org.

CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR MARRIAGE?
Call Retrouvaille (415) 893-1005

Do you feel lost and alone?
Are you hurt, frustrated, or angry with each other?
Have you thought about separation or divorce?
Would you simply like to improve communication skills?

In Vatican City, Sep 26, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI met with Retrouvaille participants an explained that when a marriage is suffering, the spouses are facing an opportunity that "will help them to grow." Guided by Mary and with the help of the Lord, their love will be purified, deepened and strengthened.

Retrouvaille is the name of a Catholic Ministry designed to help heal and renew marriages. The word Retrouvaille simply means ‘rediscovery’.  The program offers the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse, and a loving relationship in your marriage.   Retrouvaille is not just for hurting couples and welcomes all couples wanting to bring new life to your marriage.  Couples of all faiths and those with no faith tradition are welcome and encouraged to attend.  The ultimate goal of Retrouvaille is solely to help save marriages.

Retrouvaille is not a retreat, marriage counseling, or a sensitivity group. There are neither group dynamics nor group discussions on the weekend. It is not a time for hurting; it is a time for healing.  For more information go to ……www.retrouvaille.org.  Next SF weekend -  Nov 6-8  (East Bay Sept 18-20, San Jose Aug 14-16, Sacramento July 10-12, Oct 9-11)

Marriage Encounter

Scripture says about married people that “Two shall live as one”. How often do you find yourselves living as two? A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend can help you get back to basics in this complicated day and age. For more information, go to www.sanfranciscowwme.org or call Paul & Yvonne at 650.366.7093. 2015 San Francisco/ Santa Rosa Weekends: Vallombrosa Retreat Center, Menlo Park: Nov 20-22. Space is limited so apply early.

Married Couples! Would you like to relive the excitement, romance and passion from your honeymoon? Rekindle that spark on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. Call Paul & Yvonne at 650.366.7093 or go to www.sanfranciscowwme.org. 2015 San Francisco/Santa Rosa Weekends: Vallombrosa Retreat Center, Menlo Park: Nov 20-22. Space is limited; apply early.

Jesus is the good shepherd and laid down his life for us that we may have new life. Give your marriage new life by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. For more information, go to www.sanfranciscowwme.org or call Paul & Yvonne at 650.366.7093. 2015 San Francisco/Santa Rosa Weekends: Vallombrosa Retreat Center, Menlo Park: Nov 20-22. Space is limited; apply early.

Chinese (Cantonese) Marriage Encounter - For more information please call Peter or Gloria Yee at 415-681-4921, or email nca.camea@gmail.com, or visit our web site www.camea.org.

     

More Choose Life: “Federal law had been generous in protecting the rights of individuals and institutions to act according to their religious beliefs and moral convictions. But political forces are now injecting themselves into the lives of Catholics and Church organizations, sub-stituting their own secular ideology for the Church’s beliefs.

Some say the Church should leave politics alone and concentrate on teaching the faith and serving the needy. But what if the State says the Church may not follow her teachings, even in her own institutions? What if the State limits the Church’s ability to serve the needy? What if it says a Catholic nurse has no right to her livelihood because she will not help perform abortions? What if the Church cannot act on her teaching that marriage is a union of one man and one woman?” -United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Bulletin Insert on Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty.

USA Today had a very good interview with His Excellency earlier this year.


Neat Links:

Pregnant? Need Help? Call 1-800-910-0191: That’s the message of the Gabriel Project, a ministry of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, committed to the that support of pregnant mothers and their unborn children. The Gabriel Project works so that no woman will feel she needs to have an abortion due to being poor or alone. We need help to get that message out! The Gabriel Project now has a chapter at Saints Peter and Paul. Please let any women you know who is pregnant that we stand ready to help!

Communion to the Sick & Homebound: Priests or Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist are available to bring the Blessed Sacrament to those who cannot attend Mass. Call 421-0809 for more information.


Holy Name Society. The Holy Name Society is a men’s group which expresses devotion to the Holy Name of God by attending weekly Mass and setting good examples for youth, by praying and saying the rosary. A group Mass is celebrated at 8:45 AM on the second Sunday of each month. The Society was founded more than 700 years ago! The SS. Peter and Paul HNS is seeking new members. School dads are especially invited to join. 415-421-0809 or Gemini6824@hotmail.com for more information.


Now, THIS is cool: The Vatican has released a high-resolution 360-degree viewable webpage of the Sistine Chapel. You can check it out here. Thanks to parishioner Al Fontes, who showed it to us.

Want to see a great Catholic Movie? Vist our "Year of the Priest" film festival page for lots of recommendations and trailers.


Marriage Matters to Kids! Proposition 8 forced us to confront important questions, that retain their importance even though the election is over.

What is the meaning of Marriage?
Do Children have a fundamental right to a Mother and a Father?
Do Mothers matter? Do Fathers matter?
Does natural marriage benefit society?
If so, what are the dangers of redefining marriage?
What about equality, and the dignity of the homosexual person?

Watch the video below, and listen to Catholic bishops and priests, (including a charming episode with SSPP’s own Fr. Armand Oliveri!) marriage counselors, lawyers, and people just like you, describe what marriage means and why we are called to protect it.

 


Help the Elderly! Some of our wonderful older parishioners are now in convalescent hospitals. They would love to have visitors! If you would like to be a part of this important and rewarding ministry, or if you know of a person who might like a visit, please call Gibbons at 421-0809, or email to gibbons@salesiansspp.org

Holy Name Society: The Holy Name Society is a worldwide organization of Catholic men that was founded more than 700 years ago. Devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, a monthly Society Mass and various good works are the HNS mission. For more information about the HNS, please email to stppholyname@sbcglobal.net

Latin Mass: On every first Sunday of the month at 11:45 the Mass will be celebrated in Latin, with Gregorian Chant. For an English/Latin Mass guide, click here.Tell your friends!

Vatican YouTube Channel: Did you know the Vatican has it's own YouTube Channel, with lots of important video? Neither did I, but they do. Go here. It's updated regularly.

Very cool Vatican resource: Clerus.org, the Congregation for the Clergy at the Holy See has a great new website called "Bibliaclerus." From the homepage: "This program offers Sacred Scripture, its interpretation in light of Sacred Tradition and the teachings of the Magisterium, with appropriate theological commentary and exegesis."

Travelling? Find a Mass anywhere in the world. Visit Masstimes.

Compendium of the Catechism: The Vatican has a great new online resource. It is the "Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church." You can check it out here.

Catholic Search Engine: There is a nice new Catholic search engine out there in cyberspace. It is www.mycatholic.com. It has a built in Google search engine, links to top news stories, links to Catholic news agencies, plus lots of liturgical info updated daily. Check it out!


Catholic Radio: Immaculate Heart Radio’s newest station is in the Bay Area! It’s 1260 on your AM dial. Tune in to hear the best of Catholic Radio, or you can listen online by going here.


And Catholic TV! Visit EWTN for just about everything Catholic. Click on the logo at right.


 

Catholics for the Common Good:

One of our most effective pro-life & social justice groups is Catholics for the Common Good. To learn more, click on the logo at right.


   Prayer for our Men and Women In Military Service

O Prince of Peace, we humbly ask Your protection for all our men and women in military service. Give them unflinching courage to defend with honor, dignity and devotion the rights of all who are imperiled by injustice and evil. Guard our churches, our homes, our schools, our hospitals, our factories, our buildings and all those within from harm and peril. Protect our land and its peoples from enemies within and without. Grant an early peace with victory founded upon justice. Instill in the hearts and minds of men and women everywhere a firm purpose to live forever in peace and good will toward all. Amen.

Please pray for:

Jean Berres, Sr. Paula Wong, Suzanne, Aibee Mae Cua, Lawrence Render, Elicia Alla Scully, Domenico Federico, Agnes, W. Woo, Don Baylor, Henrietta Heir, Linda Dow, Kathy, Ron Tamm, Rodney Corsiglia, Phyllis Libatique, Dan, Diana Pacini, Yvonne, Jason Pimental, Eva Pepin, Annette Ward, Gene, Pina, Ali Mae, Bill Henderson, Brigid Reginato, Mark Carico, Tina, Diane, Jean A. Massey, Peter P. English, Robert Elliot, George Wassmer, Totoy Aquino, Emily Lee, Carlos Galarrita, Jo Fernan, Al Moresi, Eleanor Dito, Lacey Sikora, Enrico, Betsy Goodwill, Archie Lotto & Mina Elie, Frances Marie Padilla, Kay, Ray & Tina Bianchini, Victor Lampe, Virginia Dunwell, Jean Patanè, Maria Groppi, Dee Massa, Chris Denny, Jerry Bini, Jr., Esther Castagnola, Valeria Brown, Beverly Kies, Martin Lamkin, Aloma Dawson, Special Intention, For our people in the Armed Forces, Irene Enriquez, Teresita Uy, Marilyn Marano, Frances Peters, Nancy Baccei, Anne & Walter, Ron & Jeanie, Necy Ago, Dr. Lorraine Sibley, Scott Bartlett, Gerrie Davis, Janet Johnston, Bill Sckzraybalo, Fred Hankinson, Jim Hutelmyer, Peter, Connie Heinze, Christopher Snook, Mike Sosa, James Horan, Loretta Tribulato, Rolando Rodriguez, Jiovanni, Edna Tavares, Pat May, Susanna, Rachel, Bob, Monchie Mariano, Nick Nessix, Gilberto Potoy, Mrs. Blanco, Rachel Pozivenec, Andrew Schott, Cheryl Thomas, Walter Anthony Merlino, Mary Ann Hulett, The Olsen Family, Bob McPhail, Charles Gibbs, Gary, Sr. Gil Lewis, Ken Beckingham, Alexis Ordona, Mary Drayton, Jody Hamilton, An ill parishioner, Virgil & Marcheta Pletcher, Tarooj Maaref, Evangeline Abriam, Ramon Fernan, James Swett, Jacqueline B, Bradley Scott, Lenny and her baby, Joanne Hesbett, Dolores Bossler, Alicia Jimenez, John Smith, Edmond Segrove, Juanita Estrellas, Marco Cuneo, Carol A. Garcia, Loretta, Smitin Mehta, Ann Murphy, Edwin Hickman, Barbara & Susan, Steven Lo Sasso, Ray Craine, Joephine Marie Barasse, John & Frances Capardo, Donna Rosinia, Phillip Kuykendall, Ronald Clifford Miller, Marcheta and Virgil Pletcher, Katushka Fischmann, Catherine Lehman, Elva Guanill, Susie Bruzzone, Lea Barbano, Lars Ullrich, Bill Schepani, Saul Ramirez, Diane Smith, Christiana Tran, Carl Zapp, Vincent Buckley, Ms. Colby, Christine Picazo, Joel Rivera, Janet & Thomas Luke, Lusida and her Family, Juner Valencia, Kelsea & London, Frank Cresci, Jenevieve, Jennifer Rosko, Irma Cortes, Maryam (for work), Ernie Bristol, Brad A. Casey, Healing Juanita Estrella, a parishioner with a special need, Albert J. Sievers, Betty Baltazar, Tom Berrian, Sr. Erena Vasquez, Sean Mase, Barbara Wolf, Maria Christine Barden, John Daly, Joann Montalbo, Barbara Conlon and Family, Jeanne Roselli, Rich Mayo, Claire Tilton, Zack, Anthony Matthew Bruno, Candice Hamilton, Denise Rojas, Steve Benjamin, Damir Shalako, Jojie Sterman, Barbara Lathrop, Chastidy Ronan, Bowen Xie, Maria Salas, Leila, Intention Olena Kollivan, Intention John Lambert, Alba Bandini, Jim H., Ursula McClure, Charlize Warren, Safety for Fledderb Bryan, Mary Tripoli, Marie Thomas, Hazel, Kelly, Erik Beavers, Eileen Dillon, Susan DeLay, Healing Maggie Marichalar, Healing Lisa Marichalar, Healin Rene Ortega, Joszef Krukowska, all the homeless & mentally ill of the neighborhood, & all parishioners in hospitals & nursing homes.

To have an intention included, please call 421-0809. 

Liturgical Calendar

Sunday

09

Second Sunday of Advent

Monday

10

Advent Weekday

Tuesday 11

Advent Weekday; Damasus I; Pope

Wednesday

12

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Thursday

13

Lucy; Virgin, Martyr

Friday

14

John of the Cross; Priest, Doctor

Saturday 15

Advent Weekday

Sunday

16

Third Sunday of Advent--Gaudete (Rejouce!) Sunday

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