Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

September 23, 2007

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time



Amos 8:4-7; I Timothy 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13. The prophet Amos makes it clear that the Lord is aware of those who would cheat others or oppress the poor. Jesus tells a parable about a wasteful steward who makes a place for himself among his master’s debtors. Those who are trustworthy in small matters will be trusted with greater things. Paul encourages us to pray for our civil authorities.


Domenica 25A del Tempo Ordinario


Nella nostra preghiera noi chiediamo al Signore che venga il suo Regno sulla terra e la su volontà si compia quaggiù come in cielo. Ma pregare non basta. Dobbiamo assecondare la sua volontà di giustizia e carità mediante il nostro impegno personale e il coordinamento nella communità del credenti. I ruoli e le forme della nostra testimonianza in questa direzione hanno di mira l’uomo come creatura di Dio, vertice della creazione.




From the Pastor's Desk


 “Modern man maintains that enlightened self-interest is the way to see that society governs itself. But self-interest is no longer enlightened and no one is remembering principle. When interest becomes the only principle, what we get is a selfish society.” (Peter Maurin)

Just recently Pope Benedict XVI visited Austria where he stated that Christianity “shatters the rules” of the marketplace. He warned against the drift away from Christian values that is leaving modern society unfulfilled, less charitable, and without a real future.

Isn’t this what Amos is speaking about in Sunday’s first reading? In the vision of the rotten basket of fruit, Amos reminds Israel that God will remember every one of their crooked dealings with the poor and unfortunate. Cutting corners in the Sabbath observances, shady business deals, doctoring the scales, and the use of counterfeit money all ring true to more recent times.

It sounds so familiar to us today: making money takes precedence over persons; money is spent on war rather than human needs; trade policies often disadvantage the poor and developing nations; corporations sometimes are more concerned with the bottom line than the rights of employees and the environment; the minimum wage is not a living wage.

We live in an age where there is no center, no truth, and no direction. When we make ourselves the center, we have no perspective, no focus, and no hope. In his letter to Timothy, Paul tells him (and us, by the way) “[T]here is one God. There is also one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ, who gave a ransom for all.” That sums up our Christian 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.

Welcome Fr. Pascual! Today we are visited by the Rector Major of the Salesians, Fr. Pascual Chavez. Fr Pascual will celebrate the 10:15 Mass today, which will be multilingual, and there will be a reception to follow in the gym.

Second Collection: This week’s second collection will be for the Priest’s Retirement fund.

Madonna dei Miracoli: We will celebrate the feast of La Madnonna dei Miracoli today at 11:45 AM. Madonna dei Miracoli, pray for us!

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

Bible Study: And, following Adoration each Wednesday, there will be Bible Study, at 8:00 PM, in the Rectory.

Parish Council: The parish council will meet TUESDAY, at 7:00 PM, in the rectory.

Madonna del Lume: We will celebrate the Feast of the Madonna del Lume, next Saturday, September 29 and next Sunday, September 30. On Saturday, Fr. Jack will celebrate Mass at the Fisherman’s Memorial Chapel at Fisherman’s Wharf. And on Sunday, the Madonna del Lume Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 AM, followed by refreshments in the church cafeteria, then at 1:45 a parade to Fisherman’s Wharf for the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet. And in the evening there will be a dinner/dance at the Italian Athletic Club!

Left: Fr. Jack blesses the fleet in 2005.

National Family Day: In 2001, the National Center on Addiction & Substance Abuse launched “National Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children.” This year’s “Family Day” falls on Monday, September 24. Research shows that the more children eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink, or use drugs. Remember what Fr. John Lam always used to say: “The family is a little Church!”

Next Week’s Second Collection: Next week’s second collection will be for the poor.

Columbus Day Bazaar! It’s two weeks away! 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. For a full listing of the events, click here.

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. For more information, call the convent at 421-7354.

Don Bosco DVD! We have copies of the “Saint John Bosco: Mission to Love” DVD on sale in the bookstore now. Other great new DVDs are in as well!

Choose Life! “The pressures to legalize abortion…the interest in more refined biotechnological research…a new wave of discriminatory eugenics …efforts are multiplying to legalize cohabitation…In these situations the conscience, sometimes overwhelmed by the powerful collective media, is insufficiently vigilant concerning the gravity of the problems at play, and the power of the strongest weakens and seems to paralyze even people of good will.” –Pope Benedict XVI to the Pontifical Academy of Life (February, 2007)

Holy Name Society: The Society would like to thank all who attended last week’s bingo, and helped make it such a success. A special thanks goes to merchants/parishioners/others who donated.

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.

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 Stem-Cell update): Many times we’ve asked the question: “Are California voters having second thoughts about allocating $3billion+ for immoral, embryo destroying stem-cell research, while adult and cord blood stem cells are curing things right and left?” But we have to keep asking, because the mainstream media, at least in California, with its anti-life bias, refuses to cover the tremendous work being done with cord-blood and adult stem cells. But Thursday’s story, even the MSM couldn’t avoid. It was covered in the Globe and Mail, The Canadian Press, The Washington Post, & Scientific American: "It is an idea that may make many men cross their legs. But researchers in the United States say stem cells harvested from a man's testicles could one day be used to repair his damaged heart, kidneys or even his brain. ...The scientists have found a way to easily identify stem cells in the testicles of adult mice, and to coax them to become brain cells, muscle cells, heart cells, blood cells and even blood vessels. The next step is to see if they can do the same thing in humans. (Globe and Mail). Heart muscle cells from testicular cells, cancer treatments from umbilical-cord blood—maybe it’s time we leave the poor embryos alone, and remember they are persons, not objects.

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, Pat May, Jesse Martinez, Susanna, Fr. Larry Lorenzoni, SDB, Rachel, Jack Benenati, Bob, Rose Cresci, all the homeless & mentally ill of the neighborhood, & all parishioners in hospitals & nursing homes.

To have an intention included, please call 421-0809.


Liturgical Calendar



25th Sunday in Ordinary Time



Weekdays in Ordinary Time



Cosmas & Damian; Martyr



Vincent de Paul; Priest



Wenceslaus; Martyr



Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael; Archangels



26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Retreat Offerings

Jesuit Retreat House—Los Altos

Vallombrosa Center—Menlo Park

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