Saints Peter & Paul Parish
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August 19, 2007

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 


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Jeremiah 38:4-6; Hebrews 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53. Today’s readings speak of the hardships one may have to endure as a consequence of living as a servant of GOD. The first reading tells of the perversion that Jeremiah experienced as the result of serving as a prophet of GOD. In the Gospel, Jesus teaches that his disciples must be willing to endure rejection, even by their families.

 


Domenica 19A del Tempo Ordinario

 

Sulla linea degli uomini di Dio che sono chiamati a fare il bene in contrasto con le inclinizazioni dei malvagi e l’ostilità di quanti si sentono provocati dalla giustizia, anche il cristiano incontra chi cerca di impedirgli di fare in bene, di professare la fede. Ma chi si pone in ascolto della voce del Signore è capace di intendere i palpiti del cuore di Cristo, di seguirne i richiami più esigenti, per essere costruttore di pace.

 

 


From the Pastor's Desk

 

  

 

“No one in the world can change Truth. What we can do and should do is to seek truth and to serve it when we have found it. The real conflict is the inner conflict. Beyond armies of occupation and the hecatombs of extermination camps, there are two irreconcilable enemies in the depth of every soul: good and evil, sin and love. And what use are the victories on the battlefield if we ourselves are defeated in our innermost personal selves?”

In these words, St. Maximillion Kolbe (Feast last Tuesday, August 14) priest, religious, and martyr sealed his fate, was arrested by German occupation forces in Poland and eventually sent to Auschwitz where he suffered under SS guards noted for their cruelty to priests and religious. Father Kolbe wrote a letter to his mother: “Do not worry about me or my health, for the good Lord is everywhere and holds every one of us in his great love.”

What a wonderful example of “setting the world on fire” with the love of God and neighbor! He closely followed the Lord in a baptism of pain and suffering, and he yearned, as did Jesus, for a baptism to be accomplished in giving his life for others. St. Maximillion Kolbe died in place of one of the ten men condemned to death in retaliation for a successful prison escape.

In my humble opinion, Maximillion Kolbe would have become a saint even he wasn’t a modern day martyr. His was the courage that only comes when one embraces to seek the Truth and serve it. He knew that division was inevitable when one became a seeker and server of the truth.

How do we see conflict in our lives? Do we deal with it? Or do we avoid it at the cost of being “defeated in our innermost personal selves”? Do we seek and serve the truth? Jeremiah the prophet did; St. Maximillion Kolbe did; and so did Jesus.

Fr. John Itzaina, SDB, Pastor


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 Archdiocesan Appeal.

Rosary for Peace: This Wednesday, the Just Adults Group will sponsor their monthly “Rosary for Peace” at 6:45 PM, in the Church. Let’s ask our Blessed Mother to help in the search for peace!

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! “Like the suffering servant, the person with mental illness may experience scorn, rejection, loneliness and deprivation, as our Lord did throughout his public life leading him to the cross.” –Fr. Richard Gill, L.C., “The Person with Mental Illness,” Respect Life Program (2007)


RCIA: Religious Education for adults. Are you or someone you know interested in learning more about the Catholic faith? The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) begins Tuesday, September 4, 2007. Meetings are on held 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, Catholics who are seeking Confirmation, or Catholics who just want to update their faith. Please contact Janet Ross at 415-771-9130 or 415.955.3263 or janet.ross@gatx.com for more information.

CCD: Religious Education for children. Registration for Religious Education classes will be in the school cafeteria after the 8:45 AM & 10:15 AM Sunday Masses from Sunday August 19 through Sunday September 9.


Madonna della Guardia Society: There will be a Mass for the Deceased Members of the Madonna della Guardia on Sunday, August 26 at 11:45AM. The Mass will be followed by a luncheon for members in the cafeteria. Reservations for lunch must be in by August 23. If you are of Genovese descent, and are interested in joining the Society, please call Rose at 921-4356.


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

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.

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.

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.

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.


World Youth Day 2008! It's coming up! The next WYD will be in Sidney, Australia, From July 15-20, 2008.

For more information, click on the logo at left.


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/Cord Blood Stem-Cell update: Well, well, well. Many times we have asked if California taxpayers were having second thoughts about spending $3billion+ for immoral embryonic stem-cell research that has yet to show a single cure, while adult & cord blood stem cells are curing people right and left. Looks like even some politicians have finally woken up and smelled the DNA. From the SF Chronicle (8/13/07):

“For a decade, state Sen. Carole Migden quietly battled a death sentence - an unusual form of leukemia. Now cancer-free, she wants to create a state system to collect and store umbilical cord blood, which shows enormous promise as a treatment for leukemia and other diseases. According to mounting research, cord blood - which contains a cache of immature but highly adaptive cells - holds remarkable healing potential for as many as 70 blood diseases, including leukemia and sickle cell anemia. But California, unlike some other states, has no mechanism in place for a statewide public program to promote cord blood treatment and to collect donations. ‘The science has been in place for years, but California is only now starting to catch up,’ said Gloria Ochoa, president of the Cord Blood Donor Foundation, a not-for-profit education program based in San Bruno.” We’ve mentioned the Cord-Blood Donor Foundation before in the bulletin:

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!


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. Itzaina 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, 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, Teresa Dollard. Rolando Rodriguez, Jiovanni, Edna Tavares, Frances Traverso, Jesse Martinez, Yumnah Zu El, 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

19

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

20

Bernard; Abbot, Doctor

Tuesday

21

Pius X; Pope

Wednesday

22

Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Thursday

23

Rose of Lima; Virgin

Friday

24

Bartholomew; Apostle

Saturday

25

Louis of France

Sunday

26

21st 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:

$3,115.

Second Collection (AAA):

$609.

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

 

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