Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

September 2, 2007

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

 


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Sirach 3:17-18; Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24a; Luke 14: 1, 7-14. An attentive ear is the joy of the wise, yet how difficult it can be for the wise to be attentive to the wisdom of others. Jesus uses the parable of the banquet to encourage those who would be his disciples to the lives of humility. We must take care not to exalt ourselves when we do good works.

 


Domenica 22A del Settembre

 

La virtù dell’umiltà ha le sue radici nella consapevolexxa dell’uomo come creatura: perciò il primo e fondamente riferiento è a Dio. Da Lui vengono tutti i doni che ci caratterizzano. A lui dunque vanno fatti risalire. La concreta traduzione di questa posizione è nell’ atteggiamento di realismo e di equilibrio umano con cui ci rapportiamo agli altri. Pronti al servizio – ecco l’impegno che ci viene richiesto – per dare una lode effettiva a Dio.  

 


From the Pastor's Desk

   

 Humility is the basis of comparison between Sunday’s first reading and the gospel. Humility is not a modern virtue. Perhaps all those reality TV shows sum up what is more a vice than a virtue: the need to be first, win at all costs, lie and cheat and scheme to remain proudly standing.

Christian Herter, a former governor of Massachusetts, was simply famished at a BBQ fundraiser. Moving through the serving line, he asked for another piece of chicken. The lady serving the line told the governor that there would be only one piece of chicken per person. He responded, “But, I’m the governor.” Without missing a beat, the lady replied, “Do you know who I am? I’m the lady in charge of the chicken. Move along, mister!” Today’s gospel talks about appropriate behavior at ancient BBQs and gives both hosts and guests a lesson in humility.

The gospel tells us to be realistic about who we are. Tom Brokaw, retired anchorman of NBC, used to be co-host of the Today Show. He literally ran into an old friend in the airport. She had a cup of coffee in her hand and a bag of potato chips that crashed to the floor. They talked about his previous work at an Omaha news station and then she asked the question, “By the way, whatever happen to you?” Even Tom Brokaw, no matter how famous he was, still wasn’t as famous as he thought he was. Tom Brokaw and all of us! “Take you place at the lowest place so that when the host comes to you he may say, ‘My friends, move up to a higher position.’” How difficult it is for all of us to be realistic about ourselves.

Golda Meir, a United States citizen who became prime minister of Israel, once said to a visiting diplomat, “Don’t be so humble—you are not that great.” It was a blunt, almost rude remark, but has the seeds of realism that allows us to see ourselves as we really are.

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.



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.


Second Collection: This week’s second collection will be for our Parish School.

Bazaar Meeting: The Columbus Day Bazaar will be on October 6-7. There will be a Bazaar Meeting this Tuesday, at 5:00 PM, in the cafeteria.

PTO Meeting: The Bazaar meeting will be followed by a PTO meeting at 6:00 PM.

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.

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

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet on Thursday, September 6, 1t 7:00 PM.

Baptismal Preparation: The Baptismal Prep Class will meet Thursday, at 7:00 PM, in the parish center.

Next Week’s Second Collection: Next week’s second collection will be our Archdiocesan Assessment.

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.

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.

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.

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

02

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

03

Gregory the Great; Pope, Doctor

Tuesday

04

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Wednesday

05

Bl. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa)

Thurs-Fri

06-07

Weekdays in Ordinary Time

Saturday

08

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sunday

09

23rd 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:

$4,392.

Second Collection (Peru/Hurricane Dean):

$756.

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

 

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