Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

September 9, 2007

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time



Wisdom 9:13-18b; Philemon 9-10, 12-17; Luke 14: 25-33. We turn to GOD as our refuge and our strength. We cannot begin to know the mind of GOD nor can we understand the timing and the circumstance by which GOD’s plan is revealed. The words of Scripture unfold anew in each generation, and by GOD’s grace we can apply them to ourselves.


Domenica 23A Del Tempo Ordinario

I nostri comportamenti sono spesso causati dalla precipitazione, dalla tirannia degli istinti, dal desiderio di sopraffazione. Se rivediamo il vissuto quotidiano sentiamo di dover respingere quanto non ci è stato suggerito dalla saggezza. Abbiamo bisogno della sapienza che Dio concede ai soui amici. Si deve pregare per averla, perchè non è sufficiente la scienza sola. San Paolo nel delizioso biglietto all’amico Filemone comincia la rivoluzione delle coscienze che porterà alle grandi scelte sociali.  


From the Pastor's Desk


 In Charles Dicken’s Hard Times, Stephen Blackpool is a power-loom operator in Coketown who works for Josiah Bounderby, a “bully of humility” who fakes a wretched childhood to make himself out to be a self-made man. Stephen is married to an alcoholic wife who moves in and out of his life tormenting him. He doesn’t know what to do because he is in love with Rachel, a fellow worker. Stephen believes that the world is a “muddle.” (“Muddle” for Stephen Blackpool is puddle and mud, a situation where and when nothing is clear and everything leads to a dead end.) He says, “Aye, awlus a muddle. That where I stick. I come to the muddle many times and agen, and I never get beyond it.” In Dickensian fashion, Stephen Blackpool, coming back to Coketown to defend himself against false charges of bank robbery, falls into an abandoned coal mineshaft and dies.

Maybe our lives aren’t as “muddled” as Stephen Blackpool, but today’s first reading does speak about not knowing what God intends. “For the deliberations of mortals are timid, and unsure are our plans.” All of us have felt unsure about our next best step. Sometimes we’d rather find the answer on the Internet, than waiting for God to supply what we lack. The Wisdom reading reminds us that “what is within our grasp we find with difficulty.” But we’re too busy accumulating, gaining, grabbing to hear God’s Word in our lives of misdirection, false starts, and dead-ends like Stephen Blackpool, a good man caught in an untenable situation with no imagination to hope and stretch his vision.

We all suffer from “muddle-headedness.” Ultimately our view of life and love, discipleship and commitment suffers from the divisions and prejudices and lifestyles that narrow our minds and hearts. In the second reading, Paul writes to Philemon about Onesimus, Philemon’s run-a-way slave, who Paul wants Philemon to accept back not a repatriated slave but as a Christian brother. Paul is asking a lot from Philemon and today’s reading doesn’t give Philemon’s answer. How would we react to an unfaithful spouse, who our mother-in-law begs us to take back? Would we let our neighbor borrow our leaf blower when he hasn’t ever returned the lawnmower? (Maybe a bad example for urbanites!) Is there a person in our lives, true disciples of the Lord, who through example and some urging helps us to do the right thing?

Hopefully we are still looking for spiritually correct answers to the important questions of our life. The gospel reading from Luke asks two questions. (1) What relationships--to people or things—prevent us from putting Christ first? And (2) how can we shore up our house’s foundation of our faith?

"If any comes to me without hating father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters…cannot be my disciple.” Jesus doesn’t mean that we have to hate our parents, or wife or kids. “Hate” here means “give less preference to.” So the key to following Christ is renunciation of all that comes between the disciple and a total commitment to the Lord: whether that is family, or a house, or a job, or even an attitude, or an experienced belief in whatever.

And so how do we shore up those spiritual and faith-filled foundations? “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” The cost of discipleship is endurance of wrongs, the daily discipline of living in uncertainty, a difficult relationship, an almost unbearable Blackpoolean living situation, a grumpy spouse, nagging parents, overprotective parents, arthritis, all lived for the sake of others and for the following of the Other, Jesus Christ.

“In the same way, anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.” The context is the same as hating father and mother, etc. We got to let go of anything and everything that holds us back from being a true disciple of Jesus.

In three different ways does this gospel help us calculate the true cost of discipleship. Basically the gospel demands everything we are and everything we have. If we choose life, we have to die to self and let go of “stuff” if we wish to follow Jesus.

In Hard Times, Stephen Blackpool went to his boss Josiah Bounderby for advice about his domestic situation. Although he is brow-beaten by an insufferable Bounderby, yet his boss does gives him an answer, “Hem!” he says, “There’s a sanctity in this relation of life, and--and—it must be kept up.” Today’s gospel gives us the secret of the sanctity of life as a disciple of Jesus: put God first, build our life on the foundation of holy discipline, and put away the things that hamper our commitment to the one and only who will give us eternal life.

– 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.

Particular Items

Second Collection: This week’s second collection will be for our Archdiocesan Appeal.

Holy Name Society: The HNS will celebrate their monthly 8:45 AM Mass this morning, followed by a breakfast meeting for members in the cafeteria.

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

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.

Holy Name Bingo: It’s next week! Holy Name Society 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.

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.

Rector Major Visits! On Sunday, September 23, Saints Peter and Paul will be honored by a visit from Fr. Pascual; Chavez, the Rector Major of the Salesian Order. That means he is the leader of all 17,000 Salesians worldwide! Fr. Chavez will celebrate a multilingual Mass at 10:15. All parishioners are invited to this very special event!

SB 777 is an attempt to use taxpayer funds to force schools to promote a minority agenda and stifle any dissent from it. Pure and simple, it means that if one disagrees with any part of the radical minority agenda, you are automatically guilty of discrimination. It will result in new forms of discrimination, turn children against parents and cause chaos in schools in dealing with accommodations for a wide range of gender preference. This is widely expected to pass the Assembly and will go the Governor’s desk, whose veto is the only way to stop this bill. The California Catholic Bishops’ Conferenceo is opposed to this bill.

Bible Study: Bible Study has begun. The next class will be Wednesday, September 19, at 8:00 PM, (following Eucharistic Adoration) in the Rectory. All are invited, and the parking lot will be open. This class will be on Amos 8:4-7; Psalm 113; I Timothy 2:1-8; and Luke 16: 1-13.

Columbus Day Bazaar: On Saturday, September 22, there will be a Bazaar Work Day in the cafeteria. This year, the Columbus Day Bazaar will be on October 6 & 7. Make sure you come and join us for fun, food, beverages, games, prizes and more! The Chinese Dinner is on Saturday the 6th; and the Italian Dinner is on Sunday the 7th. Dinner tickets, as well as raffle tickets, are available in the bookstore.

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 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.

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

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 “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


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 Look at the website and catch up with the Salesian Sisters. ( 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 (, 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 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

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

   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.


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Exaltation of the Holy Cross



Our Lady of Sorrows



24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Retreat Offerings

Jesuit Retreat House—Los Altos

Vallombrosa Center—Menlo Park

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