Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

August 26, 2007

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

 


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Isaiah 66:18-21; Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13; Luke 13: 22-30. Isaiah tells of GOD’s desire that all nations have a share in salvation and be able to worship the Lord in glory. The Letter to the Hebrews encourages us to open our hearts to GOD’s will and to endure the trials of life Jesus tells us that we should not be interested in how many souls will enter the Kingdom, but in being one of them.

 


 

 

Domenica 21A del Tempo Ordinario

Tutti i popoli sono chiamati a realizzare un mondo nuovo come annunzia la prima stupenda lettura del profeta Isaia. La profezia si è compiuta con Gesù; le differenze di razza, colore, lingua sono scomparse. È la nuova umanità. La realizzazione di una nuova convivenza è sempre unita a fatica e costante impegno.


From the Pastor's Desk

   

 Deacon Dick Folger in the Gospel Stories of Jesus talks about this Sunday’s gospel that speaks of the disciples of Jesus having to squeeze through the narrow gate. His comments on the gospel are striking:

“The narrow door is difficult to enter if you are overweight with self indulgence and encumbered with lots of worldly baggage. In many ways the narrow door is also the servant’s entrance…Narrow doors are for people who can leave it all behind and enter through it alone. Because it is a door, it can close. There will be a time when it is too late for us. Today’s Gospel urges us to hurry.”

Sometimes our lives are lived like bulls bred for fighting in the arenas of Spain. I remember attending a bull fight in Pamplona, Spain, during the fiesta of San Fermin. Ernest Hemingway made this ten-day festival famous in his novel, The Sun Also Rises. These magnificent animals, breed for bravery, put up a tremendous fight against insurmountable odds. After the picadors and the banderilleros torment and injure the bull, the toredor finishes off the bull with a sword between its massive shoulders. Whereas the bull enters the arena with great dignity and courage, it inevitably is dragged out of the arenas a defeated carcass, the back of the animal making trails in the sand. In the end they never had a chance against the cruelty of the “sport” of bullfighting.

We think our lives are so equipped for modern times, bred to have an upper hand on all that comes our way. But we are not in control and God reminds us from time to time. We lose our job, a family member gets terribly sick, a spouse is unfaithful, we ruin a long-time friendship, we’re replaced by someone younger and more dynamic. We begin to realize that we really never had a chance against the cruelty of life.

Jesus says in this Sunday’s gospel: “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.” It certainly is a sobering thought!

Alice Camille from Prepare the Word urges us on: “Let’s assume the gate is narrow and the way demanding. That doesn’t exclude any of us from making our way through it. Jesus urges us to strive for admittance, to aim higher than simple obedience, to attain genuine discipleship and to follow him in passionate surrender to God’s purposes. We can learn a lot from keeping company with Jesus, sharing his table, and exposing ourselves to his teaching. And then the real work begins. More is expected of those to whom more is given. We want Jesus to recognize us as his own. That means we have to look like his sister and brothers, imitating him in justice and in love.”

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.


Earthquake & Hurricane Relief: This week’s second collection will be to help the people in Peru, who are suffering from the effects of the recent earthquake, and the people in Mexico, who were hit so hard by hurricane Dean. Please make your check payable to “SS. Peter and Paul Church” and write “Peru/Hurricane Dean” in the memo line. All funds will go directly to Catholic Relief Services.

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


School Begins: The 2007-2008 school year will begin Monday, August 27.

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

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.

Choose Life! “Project Rachel,” the Post-Abortion Ministry of the Archdiocese are sponsoring the Biennial Memorial Mass and Healing Liturgy for children who died before, during, and shortly after birth. The Mass will be held Saturday, September 15 at Holy Cross Cemetery. For more information, call 614-5572 or 717-6428.

“For I will turn their mourning into joy.” –Jeremiah 31:13.

More Choose Life: Blood Drive! The next SS. Peter and Paul Blood Drive will be Sunday September 16, from 8:30-12:45. The Bloodmobile will be parked in front of the church. You can set up an appointment by calling 421-0809, or you can just drop by.

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.

Bible Study: Bible Study has begun. The next class will be Thursday, September 20, at 7:00 PM, in the Rectory. All are invited, and the parking lot will be open.

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.

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

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.

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 go to our pro-life page, here.

For information about the 2008 Walk for Life, click on the icon at left.


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

26

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

27

Monica; Mother

Tuesday

28

Augustine; Bishop, Doctor

Wednesday

29

Martyrdom of John the Baptist

Thurs-Fri

30-31

Weekdays in Ordinary Time

Saturday

01

Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary & Day of Prayer for Human Rights & Labor

Sunday

02

22nd 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:

$2,616

Second Collection (AAA):

$551

Feast of the Assumption:

$1,031

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

 

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