Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

September 30, 2007

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 


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Amos 6:1a;, 4-7; I Timothy 6:11-16; Luke 16: 19-31. The theme of today’s readings is one of lack of generosity. The poor man, Lazarus, deals with poverty and physical ailments. He suffers here on earth, but after he dies he receives much comfort. The tide also turns for the rich man who must pay the consequences in eternity for ignoring poor Lazarus while they were both on earth.

 


Domenica 26A del Tempo Ordinario

 I gaudenti, quelli che pongono se stessi e il loro piacere al centro della loro vita e sfuggono cinicamente alla soliddarietà con chi ha un cammino difficile, non possono ignorare la loro condizione precaria. Tanto più che la esistenza godereccia non è gradita al Signore. Davanti a Dio contano le virtù che san Paolo richiama a Timoteo: giustizia, pietà, fede, carità , pazienza, mitezza.

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Desk

   

 The other day I was talking to our cantor for some of the weekend liturgies, Melissa Wong-Renati. The subject was a Sunday fixture in front of church: a red-haired and red-bearded beggar. I asked her if she knew his name. “Yes, she said, his name is Danny.” Then Melissa added, “Since I know his name, he always asks me for money.” She always gives him something.

Knowing the names of the homeless is dangerous, because it establishes a personal relationship. It’s dangerous because every personal relationship sets rights and duties. Knowing someone’s name reminds us that “Danny” has a history, parents, some type of education, and family connections. “Dangerous” because knowing someone’s name can cost us our time and our treasures.

I find it quite “dangerous” that this Sunday’s Gospel parable is the only parable in the New Testament that actually has a name for one of its main characters. It’s “Lazarus” who lies at the gate of the rich man (with no name) presumably looking for a handout. The rich man is condemned to a place of torment while Lazarus is very comfortably in the “bosom of Abraham.” But the rich men is not condemned, nor are the wealthy people in the first reading from Amos, for being rich, but for being unconcerned and unresponsive to Lazarus and the poor.

Can you name one homeless person? I think we’re all guilty of stereotyping the poor as con-artists, druggies or alcoholics, people to be avoided, without names, because they’re easier to ignore, avoid, and dismiss.

Some of the parishioners of Ss. Peter and Paul provide sandwiches for the poor every day of the week and hand them out from the Rectory between 4:00 and 5:00. The parish gives counseling to the poor, and in some cases, short time relief. The St. Vincent de Paul Society is active in our parish and provides clothing, sleeping bags and blankets, most anything of value for the poor. The parish provides a large pantry and haberdashery that are given out to the poor by both the Salesian priests and brothers and the Society.

This Sunday the second collection will be for the activities of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Your contribution will help the Society to continue providing the poor and the homeless with essentials of food, clothing and shelter (sleeping bags and blankets).

Contributions will also support its Halloween Event, its Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for the homeless and the poor, and the “North Beach Posadas” that incorporates the homeless community and local parishioners in a walk between Ss. Peter and Paul and St. Francis Shrine on Vallejo and Columbus. Red barrels will be available at the rear of the church the weekend of October 13-14.

Can you help Lazarus who sits at our doors, covered with sores, and longs for the crumbs that fall from our tables of plenty?

– 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.


Madonna del Lume: This weekend we 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.


Second Collection: This week’s second collection will be for the parish St. Vincent de Paul Society.

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

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


 


Last Year's Bazaar

Columbus Day Bazaar! It’s next week! 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. Tell your friends!


Columbus Day Mass Change: As usual the Columbus Day Mass Schedule is a little different. The 10:15 Mass will be the Columbus Day Mass, and will be in English. The Chinese Mass will be moved to 8:45 AM.

Mille Grazie: to Mr. Robert Toy who mounted the bronze plaque thanking Fr. Malloy for his service as Pastor onto the enclosure surrounding the new olive trees in front of the rectory.

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!


SB 777 has passed the assembly. It 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. The Governor's veto is now the only way to stop this bill.

From the Archdiocese of San Francisco's Office of Public Policy & Social Concerns:

"We would ask that you make an effort to call or FAX the Governor's office regarding SB 777 in the next few days. Please ask for his veto.

The phone number is: (916) 445-2841. The FAX number is (916) 445-4633"


Help the Poor! Blanket Drive:The Saint Vincent de Paul Society requests the donation of blankets and sleeping bags in good condition to help those who are living on the streets in our neighborhood each night. Please leave any blankets or sleeping bags at the Parish Rectory, or if you can’t do that, please contact the Society through the Rectory, and they will have someone pick them up.

Help the Poor! Food & Toiletries Drive: On October 13 & 14 there will be receptacles by the entrances of the church for your food and toiletries donations. Needed are: Tomato or Other Pasta Sauce, Pasta or Rice (unopened packages, only), Tuna or other Canned Protein (Chicken, Salmon, etc.), Boxes of Cereal (hot or cold), Health Bars or Granola Bars, Baby Formula, Powdered Milk, Condensed/Evaporated Milk, Soap & Shampoo, Shaving Cream and Razor Blades, Handiwipes, Backpacks. Also new socks and new underwear. You will find cards in the pews this week and next requesting specific items.

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.


Choose Life! "Every human life is sacred and a unique gift, and during this Respect Life month I invite you to not just respect life, but to love it and defend it! If there’s something in the Church’s teachings on life issues or sexual ethics that you don’t agree with, then give the Church a chance by examining why She teaches as She does. You might be surprised by what you learn. But don’t do it for the sake of the Church. Do it for yourself. You are too precious in God’s eyes not to." -Rev. Timothy S. Reid, Homily, St. Matthew Catholic Church, Charlotte, N.C. (October 1, 2006)


 

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.

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 Stem-Cell update): The latest, from the September 21 San Francisco Chronicle: “Children with sickle cell disease were cured following umbilical cord blood transplants from their siblings, according to findings reported Thursday in Washington, D.C., by doctors from Children's Hospital Oakland. Of 43 youths across the country who received transplants from compatible siblings, 90 percent were cured, said blood specialist Dr. Bertram Lubin, senior vice president of research at Children’s Hospital.” Remind us again why California voters shelled out $3billion+ for immoral, embryo destroying stem-cell research, while cord-blood and adult stem cells are curing people right and left?

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, 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

Sunday

30

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

01

Therese of the Child Jesus; Virgin, Doctor

Tuesday

02

The Guardian Angels

Wednesday

03

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Thursday

04

Francis of Assisi

Friday

05

Bl. Albert Marvelli

Saturday

06

Bruno; Priest. Bl. Marie-Rose Durocher; Virgin.

Sunday

07

27th 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:

Second Collection (Priest's Retirement Fund):

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

 

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