Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

August 5, 2007

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 


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Ecclesiastes 1:2, 2:21-23; Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11; Luke 12:13-21. Several views on the prevalence of worry weave through today’s readings. Ecclesiastes reminds us that worry rarely profits for good. Today’s parable offers us the example of a man who thinks that his life is worry free, but he doesn’t realize what the future is bringing. Paul reminds us that Christ is everything, and always we belong to GOD.

 


Domenica 18A di Tempo Ordinario

 

Una caratteristica del nostro tempo tanto evidente è puntare più sull’avere che sull’essere. Nel possesso dei beni, sempre più largo e continuamente rinnovato, un mezzo per garantirsi contro i rischi della vita. Illusione mortale, dice la Parola di Dio. I beni materiali concorrono in misura abbondante a mascherare la nostra fragilità, e ci impediscono di cercare l’unico vero beni: l’amore di Dio e del prossimo.

 

 


From the Pastor's Desk

Friends,

Pope John Paul II spoke in terms of this Sunday’s readings: “It is not wrong to want to live better; what is wrong is a style of life which is presumed to be better when it is directed towards ‘having’ rather than ‘being,’ and which wants to have more, not in order to be more but in order to spend life in enjoyment as an end in itself. It is therefore necessary to create lifestyles in which the quest for truth, beauty, goodness and communion with others for the sake of common growth are the factors which determine consumer choices, savings and investments.” Centesius Annus, 36

Lord Jesus, you said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Keep us from being preoccupied with money and worldly goods, and with trying to increase them at the expense of justice.

Lord Jesus, you said, “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.” Help us not to be ruthless with one another, and to eliminate the discord and violence that exists in the world around us.

Lord Jesus, you said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Let us not be impatient under our own burdens and unconcerned about the burdens of others.

Lord Jesus, you said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be filled.” Make us thirst for you, the fountain of all holiness, and actively spread your influence in our private lives and in society.

Lord Jesus, you said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” Grant that we may be quick to forgive and slow to condemn.

Lord Jesus, you said, “Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God.” Free us from our senses and our evil desires, and fix our eyes on you.

Lord Jesus, you said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” Aid us to make peace in our families, in our country, and in the world.

Lord Jesus, you said, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of justice, for the kingdom of heaven in theirs.” Make us willing to suffer for the sake of right rather than to practice injustice; and do not let us discriminate against our neighbors and oppress and persecute them. (www.catholicforum.com, Fr. John Bucki, S.J.)

–Fr. John Itzaina


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! Last 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 our Archdiocesan Appeal.

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


Choose Life! “Life is the primary good we have received from God, the foundation of all the others. Guaranteeing the right to life - for everyone and in the same way for everyone - is a duty upon which the future of humanity depends.–Pope Benedict XVI, “Christian conscience in support of the right to life,” –Message to the 13th general assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life (February 24, 2007)


Bible Study: We are starting 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.

Prayer Group: We are starting another new group: a prayer group that will meet weekly. To find out more, please call Gibbons at 421-0809.

St. Vincent de Paul Society: Want to join the local Chinese American community in a family outing to the Bay Area Discovery Museum on Saturday, August 11? Please join our parish St. Vincent de Paul Society that day, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. with this annual outing for local families in need. For more information contact Angela Chu at the Chinatown Community Development Center, 415-984-1468, or Marc Bruno, St. Vincent de Paul Society, at SVdePaul2006@yahoo.com

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


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! Adult Stem-Cell Update: Many times we ask if Californians are having second thoughts about paying $3billion+ for immoral, life destroying embryonic stem-cell research that has yet to produce a single cure, while adult & cord-blood stem cells are curing people right and left. Well, the voters may or may not be having second thoughts, but investors sure are:

“A prominent bioethicist says he hopes that the closure of ES Cell International, a leading embryonic stem cell research facility, is a sign of growing realism . . .The firm closed when investors concluded that ‘the likelihood of having products in the clinic in the short term was vanishingly small,’ Alan Colman, former chief executive of ES Cell International, told Science magazine . . . “On the other hand,” (bioethicist) Father Pacholczyk explained, “there are a number of companies that are pursuing and rapidly developing treatments for patients based on adult stem cell applications, and the timeline for these therapies suggest that investors may actually see returns in just a few years, with the added advantage that no fundamental moral lines will have to be crossed to garner a profit.” -www.zenit.org.

Attn Moms: Bank your umbilical cord blood in case of future need! Umbilical cord-blood is one of the greatest sources for morally acceptable stem-cells, and has been used successfully already. '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.

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

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

05

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

06

Transfiguration of the Lord

Tuesday

07

Sixtus II and Companions; Martyrs

Wednesday

08

Dominic; Priest

Thursday

09

teresa benedicta of the Cross; Virgin, Martyr

Friday

10

Lawrence; Deacon, Martyr

Saturday

11

Clare; Virgin

Sunday

12

19th 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:

$4,381.

Second Collection (for the poor):

$984.

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

 

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