Saints Peter and Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

September 23, 2018

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time



Wisdom 2:12, 17-20; James 3:16-4:3; Mark 9:30-37. In the first reading, we hear how the wicked plan to revile and torture the just one, putting God to the test of defending him. In the second reading, James contrasts the character of those who have wisdom from above with those who are bound by earthly things. In the Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples of his impending death and resurrection. When they fail to understand, he exhorts them to have an attitude of service to the least among them.




Domenico 25A Del Tempo Ordinario

Facendosi uomo Dio ha scelto la strada dell’umiltà e del servizio che orienta ogni uomo ad amare il prossimo, diventando fratello dei propri simili. Qualsiasi altro modo di fare allontana da Dio e dalla realizzazione della civiltà dell’amore.





From Fr. Gael 

The study of contrasts continues with this week’s Gospel. Jesus is teaching his disciples that He will be handed over to his enemies and killed. This concept seemed to beyond the comprehension of their own dreams for the glory of Jesus and subsequently their own glory. They continue the theme of their own conversation rather than indulge in the direction of Jesus’ comments. Jesus talks about death and they converse about who is the greatest among them. Such contrast!

So, once again, Jesus has to clarify concepts for them. It is not about position and power. It is about humble service to others. Jesus puts the little child in their midst and says to them: “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.” This whole thing about the child has nothing to do with the innocence and simplicity of the child. In the culture of Jesus, children count as nothing. They are utterly dependent on others and they know it. The challenge, then, for us is to humbly recognize our utter dependence upon God rather than bask in the glory of our exaggerated self-concept. It means having the disposition of a humble dependent heart which opens itself to the abundant and gracious love of God!

Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB

Particular Items




Mia Rose Sancimino –  Mia Galaviz
Sydney Anne Lawson

David Minarik and Nicole Galaviz
Andrew Garzella and Francesca Novelli

Marco Ditano - Jean Liddi

Archived Bulletins: For our bulletin archives, go here

INVITATION FROM ARCHBISHOP CORDILEONE TO THE PEOPLE OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF SAN FRANCISCO: Please click on this link for opportunities to meet with the Archbishop, where he will listen to your concerns, as well as scehduled dates for special First Friday Adoration oppotunities, to address this horrible scandal.

LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF SAN FRANCISCO FROM ARCHBISHOP SALVATORE CORDILEONE: Please click on this link to read the powerful letter from Archbishop Cordileone on the disgusting scandal now disgracing the Chuch of God.

SECOND LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF SAN FRANCISCO FROM ARCHBISHOP SALVATORE CORDILEONE: Please click on this link to read the Archbishop's letter about corruption at the highest level of the Church.

Excerpt from a Homily on the situation by Fr. Robert Altier of St. Raphael Church in Crystal, MN: "Our Lady's work has finally begun. Praise God!... Remember our faith is not in priests, it is not in bishops or cardinals, it is not even in the Pope. Our faith is in Jesus Christ, period. And we need to keep our focus on Jesus, he is the one who founded the Church, he is the one who promised the jaws of hell would not prevail against her. So, this is a time of trial for the Church, and the Church is going to appear to be destroyed. The Church is Jesus Christ, look at what happened to Jesus. His apostles had to make a decision: were they going to remain faithful all the way up to Calvary or were they going to run away?

You and I now have to make that same decision, are we going to remain faithful or are we going to run away? What we are going through – or is just beginning – is like a mom with a teenage kid. The mom has told the kid 'clean your room, clean your room, clean your room, clean your room' and they didn't do it. Finally, mom gets tired, grabs a garbage bag, and heads toward the teenager's room. At that point the kid panics, but it's too late; there's no stopping mom once she starts for that room….

I've been telling people for 20 years that back 2000 years ago Jesus cleaned out the temple, but He did it like a man: He picked up the big stuff in the middle of the room. This time He's sending His Mom; she's going to clean like a woman: there won't be a cobweb left and there will be no dust, not even in the corners. She's going to clean house and it is going to be beautiful. But, it's not going to be pleasant getting there. The resurrection will happen only after the crucifixion, and are we going to remain faithful?...."

Read the whole thing.

Second Collection: Today we will have a second collection for the Priests' Retirment Fund. Please be generous.

Madonna dei Miracoli: Today, we honor Madonna dei Miracoliat the 11:45 AM Italian Mass. Madonna dei Miracoli, pray for us!

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 Frandfcis. "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.

Red Mass: The Red Mass, celebrated for the St. Thomas More Society of Catholic attorneys and judges, will be here this Thursday at 5:30PM. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will be the principal celebrant, and the homilist will be Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services. The Mass is open to all.

Madonna del Lume: The festival of “La Madonna Del Lume” begins Friday! On Friday, we will have Holy Hour in the Church from 8-9 PM in preparation for the festivities. The events of Saturday, September 29 begin at 10:00 AM with the Memorial Mass at the Fisherman’s Chapel  followed by the fishing boat parade, and the Memorial Ceremony at sea. On Sunday, September 30 events will begin with Mass at 11:30 AM, followed by refreshments in the cafeteria. The parade will begin in front of the church at 1:45 PM, and all little angels & fisherman are urged to come in costume! The MDL dinner dance is at 4:45PM at the SF Italian Athletic Club. Reservation forms are on the tables. For info and a dinner reservation form, go here. If you are not already a memeber of the society, and would like to be, membership forms are here.


St. Patrick’s Seminary Four Pillars Gala: Next Saturday, September 29, St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park will host their annual Four Pillars Gala Fundraiser. This great event features vespers, tours of St. Patrick's historic campus, al fresco dining under the stars, and silent auction and exciting raffle - all to benefit the formation of future priests! Come support these faithful young men--having a little fun, above! For info/tickets:

99th ANNUAL COLUMBUS DAY BAZAAR & PARISHIONER HELP NEEDED! This year the Bazaar will be on October 6-7. Come join us for food, drinks, and games for both kids and adults, the Blue Angels flying overhead, the Columbus Day Mass and the parade which ends right in front of the Church. And all proceeds benefit the Church, school, and Pre-K! And parishioners, we NEED YOUR HELP! The bazaar is a big job, and the school parents are shouldering most of the load. Sign up here: or call Gibbons at the parish office 415-421-0809.

San Francisco Eight Annual Rosary Rally! On Saturday, October 6, join Catholics from around the Bay Area at the 8th Annual Rosary Rally at St. Mary’s Cathedral. This year’s rally theme is “Accompaniment of Youth 2018.” The day starts at 9:00 AM with a gathering and recitation of the Most Holy Rosary. At 10:00AM, the Young People's Rosary Rally Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, followed by a Eucharistic Procession around Cathedral Hill and Renewal of the Consecration of the Archdiocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Crowning Ritual of the Cathedral Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe; and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament! For full details, visit


Archdiocesan Divorce Ministry: Are you or someone you love dealing with separation or divorce?   The Archdiocese strives to make known Christ's healing love, so that all who suffer from separation and divorce might experience new life, reconciliation and restoration, meet people in a similar position and find help to rebuild their own lives.     We also recognize that separated and divorced people are not mere recipients of the Church's compassion; they are as well ministers of that compassion. Through their vulnerability, suffering, courage, faithfulness, and patient endurance they bear witness to Christ and his redeeming grace in the world.  Beginning Sept 19New Beginnings: a Catholic Divorce Ministry will offer a support group in San Francisco, meeting the first and third Wednesdays of the month, 7:00 P.M. at the Parish Center, St. Brendan Church (29 Rockaway Ave, SF).  Please go to or contact Diana (415-929-0999 /  or Martin (650 -739-6446)  for more information. There are also groups in Marian and for Spanish-speaking people.

Ignatius Press 40th Anniversary Celebration! Ignatius Press, America’s most distinguished Catholic publishing house, will celebrate 40 years of God’s Blessings on November 2-3 at St. Mary’s Cathedral and Event Center! Come meet and listen to distinguished speakers such as founder Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, Cardinal Francis Arinze, authors Peter Kreeft, Michael O'Brien, Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, Steve Ray and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. For more info. and tickets, visit:

Mother/Daughter Program: On Saturday, November 3, at St. Bartholomew Church in San Mateo will host the Archdiocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life’s Annual Mother Daughter Program. This fun and light-hearted program introduces girls to the beauty and wonder of God’s plan for becoming teenagers and young women. There are separate programs for ‘tweens’ in the morning, and ‘teens’ in the afternoon. The Teen and Tween Programs cover similar subject matter while differing in depth and scope. All presentations are pure and affirming! To register and learn more, visit

Attn: Catholic Healthcare Professionals! On November 17, St. Mary’s Cathedral Event Center will host the Converging Roads Conference, which explores the Catholic Approach to Health Care and Medical Ethics. Many excellent speakers and topics. For more info: Call Aubrie Miller at 832.779.1070 or email to To register or learn more, go here.

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!

Faith Sharing Group: Our Faith Sharing Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM in the parish center. Please contact Bertina at 415-596-0594 for more information.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA): The RCIA program is 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.

Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: This year our assessment is $85,438. We need YOUR help! So far103 parishioners or families have paid or pledged $51,150, leaving us with a balance of $34,288. We give heartfelt thanks to all who have given, but there are a lot more than 103 parishioners or families in the parish, so if you have not yet donated, please join your fellow parishioners in helping us to meet our shared obligation.

Mille Grazie!! To the devotees of St. Anthony, who sent us a generous donation in honor of the good Saints June 13 Feastday. San Antonio, pray for us!

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 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 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 or or

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 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 or email Franco Regguzoni at

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

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 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:

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

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 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 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

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

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

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 ……  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 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 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 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, or visit our web site


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 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

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

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:, 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 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, Catherine De Luca, 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, Lorenzo Simi, 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, Maria Groppi, 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, Lee Goodin, Denise Rojas, Steve Benjamin, Damir Shalako, Jojie Sterman, Barbara Lathrop, Chastidy Ronan, Bowen Xie, Maria Salas, Leila, Intention Mrs. Dillon, 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, Jadwiga 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



25th Sunday in Ordinary Time



Weekday in Ordinary Time

Tuesday 25

Weekday in Ordinary Time



Cosmas & Damian; Martyrs



Vincent de Paul Priest



Wenceslaus; Martyr, Lawrence Ruiz & Companions; Martyrs

Saturday 29

Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael; Archangels



26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your faithful donations of last week:.


Second Collection (Parish School):  
Weekly Parish Expenses:  


Thank You! Your parish needs and appreciates your continued support!


SS. Peter and Paul Homepage