Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

September 16, 2007

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time



Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15: 1-32. Moses begs the Lord to forgive the people for their transgressions. Paul recounts his life as a sinner, and praises GOD’s mercy and forgiveness. Jesus addresses the tax collectors and sinners, assuring them of heaven’s joy when a sinner repents.


Domenica 24A del Tempo Ordinario


Quanto è facile seguire le illusioni! E quanto può essere cocciuto il nostro cuore nel perseverare lungo la via del male! Solo il richiamo della grazia ci può far ritornano alla via del salvezza. La bontà di Dio non può rinunciare all’accoglienza del figli che ritornano. Ma il volto di Dio viene rivelato soltanto a coloro che si lasciano permeare dalla sua bontà e la testimoniano. Diventano insopportabili coloro che fanno di se stessi il centro di ogni avvenimento, anche se sono persone pie e religiose.



From the Pastor's Desk


 It was Friday, July 13, 1984—a day of bad luck for Terry Wallis and two friends when their pickup truck, traveling on a winding mountain road in Arkansas, crashed through a guardrail and plummeted 25 feet down to a creek bed below. The driver was killed, another escaped uninjured. Terry was comatose when they found him the next day.

One month short of 19 years later, and one day short of another Friday the Thirteenth, on June 13, 2003, Terry awoke from his coma and began to speak. His first word was “Mom.”

For Terry’s parents it was like having their son return from the dead.

In today’s Gospel story, another man “returns from the dead” in the well-known parable of the prodigal son. The father reminds his older son, “We had to celebrate and rejoice. This brother of yours was dead, and has come back to life, He was lost, and is found.”

For all of us there are times when we are “dead.” When we turn our back on God, when we storm off in doubt and disbelief, when we close the door on our Heavenly Father, we are dead to him. We become prodigal sons and daughters. Today’s Gospel story calls us home to bask in the forgiveness and love of our Father and God.

Dick Folger in Celebration, September 12, 2004 wrote this as a “sermon starter.”

– 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 parish school.

Holy Name Bingo: will take place today, from 1-5 PM in the gym. Tickets are $17.00, and are still available!. Champagne, Hot Lunch, Free Parking, and 2 FREE Bingo Tickets!

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.

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

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: Next 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 Italian Dinner is on Sunday the 7th. Dinner tickets, as well as raffle tickets, are available in the bookstore.

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!

Help the Salesian Sisters: On Monday, October 22, the Salesian Sisters will host the 4th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament & Silent Auction in Spring Branch, TX. All proceeds benefit the Salesian Sisters Scholarship Fund.

URGENT! Last week, we told you about SB777, an attempt to use taxpayer funds to force schools to promote a minority agenda and stifle any dissent from it. Now there is a more urgent problem. AB 43, an attempt to undercut the will of 61.4% of California voters has passed the Assembly, and is on Governor Schwarzenegger’s desk. This bill would gut the California Defense of Marriage Act, passed in 2000, which declared that marriage in California shall be between a man and a woman. AB43 changes the current legal definition of marriage as “a personal relation arising out of a civil contract between a man and a woman” by removing the words “a man and a woman” and substituting them with “two persons.” Any other gender specific references in the bill are made gender neutral, to allow the legal recognition of same-sex marriages. The only chance to stop this is a veto by the Governor. If you object to a this, or if you object to lobbyists invalidating YOUR RIGHT to self-government, call the Governor at 916 445-2841, or fax him at 916-445-4633. For most impact, write him at: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA 95814 and ask him to veto AB43.

And Help the Little Sisters! The Little Sisters of the Poor will be having their semi-annual garage sale on Friday, September 21 & Saturday, September 22 out at 300 Lake St., in San Francisco. Call 751-6510 for more information.

Next Week’s Second Collection: Next week’s second collection will be for the Priest’s Retirement Fund.

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. Call the Governor at 916 445-2841, or fax him at 916-445-4633. For most impact, write him at: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA 95814 and ask him to veto SB 777.

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 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.


Liturgical Calendar



24th Sunday in Ordinary Time



Robert Bellarmine; Bishop, Doctor



Weekday in Ordinary Time



Januarius; Bishop, Martyr



Andrew Kim Taegon. Paul Chong Hasang & Companions; Martyrs



Matthew; Apostle, Evangelist



Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary



25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Retreat Offerings

Jesuit Retreat House—Los Altos

Vallombrosa Center—Menlo Park

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