Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

July 29, 2007

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 


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Genesis 18:20-32; Colossians 2:12-14; Luke 11:1-13. Abraham asks GOD to spare Sodom and Gomorrah if he can find some innocent people and GOD agrees – five times! His prayer was answered, yet he wanted a little more. Jesus tells his disciples that they must ask the Father for their needs and be persistent in their prayers. He tells them – and us – to ask in order to receive.

 


Domenica 17A di Tempo Ordinario

 

Il rapporto dell’uomo con Dio diventa preghiera nelle sue varie espressioni: di lode e supplica, di ringraziamento e pentimento. Imparare a pregare è riuscire a definire la coscienza della propria condizione e ad accettarla serenamente. Vuol dire anche trovare i modi per non restare muti di fronte a Dio, ma aprire il cuore e la labbra alla confidenza e all’amore. In Gersù noi acquistiamo la confidenza dell’amore filiale.

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Desk

“Intimacy with Christ is not found on the sidelines, but by those who plunge into the struggle because that is where He is.” Those are words from Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. on St. Ignatius Loyola, whose feast is this July 31.

Regrettably, many of us do live on the sidelines of life when it comes to prayer and Catholic action. It is difficult for us to pray the “Our Father” with meaning and conviction because the Luke’s version of the prayer is centered in life and action. God only knows where some of us are living! The “Our Father” begins with a faithful relationship with God and ends with the community’s need for reconciliation in difficult times. It is, as Patricia Sánchez says in Celebration, “A prayer that defines a way of life.” How true!

Robert D. Putnam wrote an essay in 1995 called “Bowling Alone.” In the essay he uses bowling as an image of our present lack of social awareness and interaction. More people, he says, are bowling today, but less people are doing it in leagues. People aren’t participating in the democratic process, voter turnout is embarrassing low, membership in clubs and service organizations are down. We could add Church attendance and lack of commitment to priesthood and religious life to this list of “declining social capital.”

If prayer really does define our way of life, we would be more like Abraham in this Sunday’s first reading, not afraid to bargain with God for the citizens of Sodom, wicked though they were. If prayer really does define our way of life, we would be more like the one who persistently knocked on his neighbor’s door in the middle of the night to borrow some bread for late night arrivals.

Prayer is almost useless unless we do what we pray. Unless we “plunge into the struggle” and work and pray together as a faith community, God’s Will and God’s Kingdom won’t be done on our watch!

Dorothy Day said it another way: “No one has the right to sit down and feel hopeless. There’s too much work to do.”

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.


God Bless You, Angie! This week, we bid farewell to a true superstar of Saints Peter and Paul. Angie Bava, who volunteered for many years in most every aspect of our parish, passed away on July 23 at 2:00 AM. Angie was like a second grandmother to generations of our children. Our deepest condolences go to Joe Bava, and to their daughters, Toni and Karen. We know Angie is watching over all of us from heaven!


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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Religious Education: (CCD) begins soon. If you have a child in need of this program, please call Sr. Kathleen at 421-7364.

Next Week’s Second Collection: Next week’s second collection will be our parish school.


Choose Life: “It’s hard to have a future “for our children and our children’s children” without children, and in practice, Planned Parenthood specializes in the business of preventing them. Even more troubling is Planned Parenthood’s long involvement in abortion “rights” and the lethal services associated with them. Helping women kill their unborn children abuses the real well-being of women. It also violates the dignity of unborn children in a brutally intimate and permanent way.” -Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, column, Jan. 17, 2007


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.

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

29

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

30

Peter Chrysologus; Bishop, Doctor

Tuesday

31

Ignatius of Loyola; Priest, Doctor

Wednesday

01

Alphonsus Ligouri; Bishop, Doctor

Thursday

02

Bl. August Czartoryski; Salesian

Friday

03

Peter Julian Eymard; Priest

Saturday

04

John Mary Vianney; Priest

Sunday

05

18th 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:

$2,956.

Second Collection (Parish School):

$627.

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

 

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