Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

July 22, 2007

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 


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Genesis 18:1-10a; Colossians 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42. The first reading recalls Abraham’s hospitality to three strangers. In the Gospel, Martha complains to Jesus that her sister Mary was not helping her with the work of serving. Jesus’ response to Martha was that Mary had chosen the better part, and it would not be denied her. This reminds us that we need a balance of work and prayer in our lives.

 


 

Domenica 16A di Tempo Ordinario

La mobilità della person, che è sempre esistita, ha sunto ai nostri giorni un aspetto inquietante. Se per molti mettersi per via è una scelta libera e può divenire un arricchimento dello spirito, tanti invece sono lungo le strade del mondo per bisogno e neccessità, per porte e chiedono aiuto. Occorre accogliere con discernimento e prudenza, ma anche con generosità. Dio si è fatto nostro ospite in Cristo, entrando nella nostra vita. Nel giudizio ultimo il Signore ci giudicherà sulle opere buone.

 


From the Pastor's Desk

 

Martha and Mary, Sarah and Abraham figure prominently in this week’s scriptural readings. Martha’s frenetic service to Jesus visiting was marred by her irritation with Mary who sat at the feet of Jesus with rapturous attention. What a wondrous example of hospitality in Abraham and Sarah! Their kindness to the three visitors was rewarded with their experience of God’s presence and their first child even in their twilight years.

I found the following thoughts for your consideration on the Education for Justice web site (www.educationforjustice.org):

The gospel seems to be addressed to those who have placed work before relationship – to those who have placed things before people.

The stress we encounter in our culture and the demands that we encounter in our lives have limited our ability to be hospitable – to take time for people – to put into practice the ideals that are modeled by the hospitality of Sarah and Abraham.

The stress and busyness of our lives can prevent us from living in a contemplative way – a contemplative way toward God and a respectful, contemplative way toward our neighbor and our world.

Our contemporary world places lots of demands on our goodness. War and terrorism continue. One-fifth of the children in our country are living in poverty. The politics of our world has created millions of refugees. So many people are barely “making it.” So many people need the basics of good food, adequate shelter, and decent clothing. So many people are not treated with dignity. Intolerance and discrimination continue. People are afraid.

As we address any of these needs, the scriptures today remind us that people in need – all people - should to be treated as people – as unique and precious human beings - as entitled to share in the bounty of the world.

Seems to me that as Christians it isn’t a question of “either/or,” that is, choosing between the hospitality of Martha and the contemplative discipleship of Mary; but rather it is a question of “both/and.” For us, it is a question of combining Martha’s loving busyness with Mary’s loving attentiveness.

To our visitors to San Francisco and the North Beach neighborhood: enjoy a sidewalk cappuccino and a few moments of quiet prayer at Saints Peter and Paul…and be kind and patient with the homeless.

Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

The Holy Father (and his staff) have been busy lately:

For the Letter: "Responses To Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctine on the Church" click here.

For the: "Letter of His Holiness Benedict XVI To The Bishops On The Occasion Of The Publication Of The Apostolic Letter MOTU PROPRIO DATA Summum Pontificum On The Use of The Roman Liturgy Prior To The Reform Of 1970" click here.

For an unofficial translation of the MOTU PROPIO, from the USCCB, click here.


Second Collection: This week’s second collection will be for our parish school.

Mille Grazie! to Linda Machi, Maria Seefeldt, and all the devotees of San Calogero. They donated $900 to the church on the celebration of the good Sain’s Feastday, June 17.

Eucharistic Adoration/Holy Hour: Every Wednesday, we have Holy Hour from 7:00-8:00 PM. The parking lot will be open.

Parish Council: The parish council will meet Wednesday, at 7:00 PM, in the rectory.


Choose Life! “Democracy succeeds only to the extent that it is based on truth and acorrect understanding of the human person. Catholic involvement in political life cannot compromise on this principle; otherwise Christian witness to the splendour of truth in the public sphere would be silenced and an autonomy from morality proclaimed.” --Pope Benedict XVI, Ad Limina Address to the Bishops of Canada-Ontario, Sept. 8, 2006


What to do with that old computer? Or monitor, TV, VCR player, etc. You’re not supposed to just throw these items away. They are environmentally harmful. But, the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club will have an E-Waste collection on Saturday, August 11, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the schoolyard.Just drive in and the young people will unload for you! These items will then be recycled, and the proceeds will benefit the SBGC. Please, NO kitchen appliances, fluids, copiers, or batteries.

Next Week’s Second Collection: Next week’s second collection will be for the poor.

And more Mille Grazie! to Virginia Billante & Lena Cresci and all the devotees of St. Anthony. They donated $520 to the Church on Good St. Anthony’s Feast, June 13.

Saints Peter and Paul Prayer Circle: What is the most important Spiritual Act of Mercy:? Praying for those in need! Join the SS. Peter and Paul prayer circle? Please call Gibbons at 415-421-0809.

Contemporary Choir: The Sunday 5:00 PM mass will feature contemporary music led by our Contemporary Choir and instrumentalists. We need more voices! If you enjoy singing contemporary music come join us. Call Charles at 415-421-0809. We rehearse before the 5:00 PM mass.

And even more Mille Grazie! To Angela Germano & the devotees of Madonna delle Grazie. They donated $700 to the church on the Madonna’s Feastday, Sunday, July 15. Madonna delle Grazie, pray for us!

Baptismal Preparation class schedule change: Beginning August 2, the Baptismal Prep Class will be held on the first Thursday of the month, instead of the first Wednesday.

Bible Study: We want to start a weekly bible study at Saints Peter and Paul. Parishioners who are interested should call the parish office at 421-0809.

Holy Name Bingo: Get Ready for Holy Name Society’s Annual Champagne Bingo! This event is the sole yearly fundraiser for the HNS, and supports all their good works. The event will take place Sunday, September 16, from 1-5 PM in the gym. Tickets are $17.00, and must be purchased in advance. Champagne, Hot Lunch, Free Parking, and 2 FREE Bingo Tickets! No children, please. For reservations call: 885-0567, or purchase tickets at the church office: 421-0809.


Goodbye, from Sr. Rachel: .. As I near my final days here at SSPP I am filled with gratitude to God and to all of you for the memorable years I have spent among you here at my home parish. Although I taught at SSPP for one year, five must be my special SSPP number since I arrived in North Beach at age five, attended SSPP for five very formative years and then returned for the last five years which have been so enriching for me on many levels. Yes, SSPP has been and will ever be home to me. SSPP has seen many Crotti Baptisms, First Communions, Weddings and now even Funerals.

Though the Church is an awesome and renowned structure, greater by far are you, the wonderful people who are SSPP Church. I will long remember your goodness, generosity and many kindnesses culminating in the recent farewell celebration that Fr. Malloy so graciously shared with me. Leaving all of you is hardest of all so I will carry you with me in my heart and in my prayers as I travel on to San Antonio, Texas. Thank you and God bless you abundantly always. –Rachel Crotti, FMA


Salesian Day Camp: began on June 11, and will run through August 3. Hours are 7:30AM-5:30 PM. Ages: 3 years 10 months to 9 years. The program includes arts & crafts, academics, fieldtrips twice weekly, martial arts, games, cooking & baking, dance & stage productions, & more! For a brochure, please contact Joselyn Staley: jstaley@salesianclub.org or call 397-3067.

Fr. Malloy: He will still be preaching online. He has a new blogspot "A Shepherd's Voice..." at http://www.johnmalloysdb.blogspot.com/

Revitalize your Marriage! The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend will be November 9-11. For more information call Paul or Yvonne at 650-366-7093 or go to www.sf.lovemoredeeply.org. “I place much of my hope for the future in Marriage Encounter.” –Pope John Paul II.


More Choose Life! A few bulletins back, we told you about an amazing cure in Israel using cord-blood stem-cells. This week, how to help: “The Cord Blood Registry, a blood bank in San Bruno, has launched a nationwide campaign to increase public awareness of cord-blood preservation -- a practice that can bolster ethical stem-cell research and help expectant parents provide for their child’s future well-being. Unlike embryonic stem cells, which have as yet no human therapeutic applications, stem cells obtained from the umbilical cord and other human tissues are used in more than 60 forms of successful treatment. However, every year in the U.S., about 15,000 people need a stem-cell transplant but cannot find a suitable donor match. The solution is the collection and storage of umbilical-cord blood that can be used later. These cells provide treatments for many diseases and find universal ethical acceptance. Collecting cord blood takes only a few minutes, and is painless and risk-free to both the baby or mother. ‘I banked my baby’s cord blood because I couldn't let the opportunity pass,’ explained Megan Burrell Jensen of Duarte in a Cord Blood Registry newsletter. ‘I work for a cancer center where cord blood transplants save lives. It really is a miracle.’” -California Catholic Daily (5/29/2007) It’s not really a miracle—it’s just good science! You can reach the Cord Blood Registry at 888-932-6568, or by going to http://www.cordblood.com/


 

Walk for Life 2007

We thank all parishioners and visitors who helped make the 2007 “Walk for Life” such a huge success. 20,000 people marched! We hosted guests from St. Patrick’s Parish in Sonora, from Humboldt County, from Mercer Island Washington, and 190 great young people from St. Thomas Aquinas College in the southland. All-night Adoration on Friday, January 19 was very well attended, and there was a party for 150 young adults in the parish center following the march. All facilities used were left in great shape. St. John Bosco and Mary help of Christians, help us to build the culture of life! For great pictures and video of the event, click on the icon at left, or go to our pro-life page, here.


Attn: Salesian Graduates! We are looking for past pupils from Salesian Schools in the hope that we can expand our database. If you graduated from Saints Peter and Paul School, Corpus Christi School or Corralitos School, please e-mail your name, address, and telephone number to fmasuopr@aol.com. Look at the website and catch up with the Salesian Sisters. (www.salesiansisterswest.org). You are also welcome to contact us by telephone at (210) 431-4999.

Our Chinese Mass: As we all know, our Chinese Apostolate has a special Mass every Sunday at 10:15 AM. What everybody does not know is that the Mass is bilingual! Some of the readings are in English, as is the whole Eucharistic prayer. The homily is in both English and Chinese. It is a very beautiful Mass, with wonderful music, and non-Chinese speakers are welcome and invited!

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!

RCIA: Are you or someone you know interested in learning more about the Catholic faith? The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) began on October 3. Meetings are on Tuesdays, from 7:00 - 8:00 PM, in the parish center. This process is for those adults who are unbaptized, baptized in another Christian faith, baptized in the Catholic faith but have not received First Eucharist or Confirmation, or Catholics who are seeking Confirmation. Please contact Janet Ross at 415-771-9130, or via e-mail at janet.ross@gatx.com for more information.


Neat Links:

Archived Bulletins: For past bulletins, click here.

Magnificent Photos of Saints Peter and Paul: Gerald, over at “The Cafeteria is Closed” website, has posted a magnificent photo essay of our church. He shows the church in ways even the oldest parishioner will not have seen. Click here to check them out.

Saint of the Day: Whose Feastday is it today? To find out, click here.

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


 

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 John Paul II said of this ministry, "COURAGE is doing the work of God!"

Struggling with Pornography Addiction? You also are not alone! Pornographic websites are by far the largest segment of the web.

A new Catholic apostolate, the Serenellians (www.pornnomore.com), is trying to help those caught in the grips of pornography addiction. The Serenellians get their name from Alessandro Serenelli, who killed St. Maria Goretti in a fit of lust and later repented.

“If a man so seemingly wicked, decadent and corrupt as Alessandro Serenelli can receive the fullness of conversion and salvation from Almighty God, then so can each and every like soul caught up in the snares of this insidious evil.”

You can visit their website by clicking on the logo to the left, and there is a good story about them on California Catholic Daily.


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!


 

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.

Volunteers Needed! Despite remarkable progress in the fight against cancer, many patient’s greatest challenge is a lack of transportation. The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteer drivers to take patients to and from their cancer treatments. Please call and help save a life: 1-800-227-2345.

 

Saints Peter and Paul School Scholarship Fund: Many of you will remember the time when there were many religious vocations and a Catholic education was extraordinarily inexpensive. But all that has changed. Our school charges a tuition of $5,400—less than our neighboring Catholic Schools, and half of what a public school spends to educate a child. With San Francisco’s cost of living, lack of funds may prevent children from receiving a Catholic Education. The Salesians began by educating the children of the poor, and we are not about to exclude those who cannot make the total fee. But, like Don Bosco before us, we need help. Are there parishioners and/or friends who might consider contributing to the sponsorship of a student who might be otherwise forced to leave? All recipient family qualifications will be verified by Saints Peter and Paul School. For more information,you can download a flyer here, or feel free to call Fr. Malloy at 421-0809.

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@stspeterpaul.san-francisco.ca.us

Weekly Donation Envelopes: If you’d like a set of weekly donation envelopes, either come by the parish office or call 415-421-0809, and ask to speak to the secretary, and we will send them to you.

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

   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, Cindy Ford, 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, Bun Lee, Eleanor Dito, Lacey Sikora, Gina Crotti, Enrico, Betsy Goodwill, Mr. Aicardi, Sr., Kay Gibleski, Archie Lotto & Mina Elie, Rena Carniglia, Frances Marie Padilla, Kay, Alice Devine, Ray & Tina Bianchini, Victor Lampe, Pat Luddington, Virginia Dunwell, Jean Patanè, Renato Groppi, Dee Massa, Chris Denny, Jerry Bini, Jr., Francis Mahoney, Esther Castagnola, Valeria Brown, Beverly Kies, Robert & Judy Seefeldt, Martin Lamkin, Aloma Dawson, Richard Jew, Special Intention, For our people in the Armed Forces, Irene Enriquez, Teresita Uy, Marilyn Marano, Frances Peters, Nancy Baccei, Anne & Walter, Ron & Jeanie, Michael Lydon, Sister John Bosco Crivello, Lola & Lorenzo Simi, Necy Ago, Dr. Lorraine Sibley, Keiran Murphy, Scott Bartlett, Gerrie Davis, Janet Johnston, Jason Holmes, Bill Sckzraybalo, Pastor Phil Busbee & Family, Fred Hankinson, Jim Hutelmyer, Peter, Connie Heinze, Christopher Snook, Mike Sosa, Pam Benitez, & Ethel Watson, Loretta Tribulato, Rolando Rodriguez, Edna Tavares, Jesse Martinez, Frances Traverso, all our homeless & mentally ill of the neighborhood, & all parishioners in hospitals & nursing homes.

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

 

Liturgical Calendar

Sunday

22

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mon-Tues

23-24

Weekdays in Ordinary Time

WEdnesday

25

James; Apostle

Thursday

26

Joachim & Anne; Parents of Mary

Friday

27

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Saturday

28

Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sunday

29

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Retreat Offerings

Jesuit Retreat House—Los Altos
http://www.elretiro.org/

Vallombrosa Center—Menlo Park
http://www.vallombrosa.org/

Your sacrificial offerings of last week:

SSPP Collection:

$3,131.

Second Collection (AAA):

$485.

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

 

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