Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

October 7, 2007

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time



Habakkuk 1:2-3 2:2-4; 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14; Luke 17: 5-10. The prophet Habakkuk cries out to the Lord about the state of the world. The Lord answers with encouraging words– food ultimately comes to people of faith. In the Gospel, Jesus describes the power of faith and reminds us of the duties of a disciple. Paul says that the Holy Spirit helps us to remain strong in faith.


Domenica 27A del tempo Ordinario


Secondo il proverbio Dio non paga il sabato, ma l’uomo non deve sfidare le pazienza e la misericordia del suo Signore, calpestando e umiliando i propri simili. A chi si rivolge a Lui chiedendo aiuto nell’orazione e si lamenta del “silenzio di Dio. Egli mostra il segno del suo Amore provvidente nella Croce del Figlio. San Paolo scrive: Dio non ci ha dato uno spirito di timedezza, ma di forza, di sagezza e di operosità. Nella pazienza, ci dice il Signore, possiederemo la nostra vita.



From the Pastor's Desk


 It’s not often that I go to the movies, but one of the most enjoyable parts is the previews. If it’s an action movie, you get most of the action; if it’s a comedy (Do they make them anymore?), you get most of the comical situation. In fact, if you see the previews, why even go to most movies? In a very succinct way, the preview is the movie.

Sometimes at Eucharist, the opening prayer is like a preview of coming attractions. Of course, the Sunday Eucharist shouldn’t be like going to the movies, but still there are similarities. Especially this Sunday for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The readings for October 7 are about faith. In the Gospel of Luke, the apostles ask Jesus “Increase our faith.” In the short Old Testament selection Habakkuk asks why his cries for help and understanding are not answered. The Lord replies with the command to experience the vision that reveals God’s triumph over evil and leads to faith—on God’s time, not our time. In the second reading, Paul speaks lovingly to Timothy, “Take as your norms the sound words that you heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.”

The Opening Prayer, called the “Collect,” supports and prepares the community to “surrender to the liturgical action, hear God’s word, and be nourished at God’s table.” (Living Liturgy, p. 225) There’s supposed to be a significant pause after the “Let us pray.” This allows the gathered to add their intentions and reason for celebrating. Then the presiding priest mentions at least one common reason for celebrating and usually asks for specific gifts for the community

Here’s how it’s done in today’s opening prayer: “Let us pray before the face of God in trusting faith—pause—Almighty and eternal God, Father of the world to come, your goodness is beyond what our spirit can touch and your strength is more than the mind can bear. Lead us to seek beyond our reach and give us the courage to stand before your truth.”

The “Collect” finds its meaning through the action of gathering (collecting) all the personal prayers of the assembly (collected) to include them in the “coming attractions”: (1) focus on the liturgical moment, (2)hearing God’s Word, and (3)sharing God’s presence. The Opening Prayer gives that thematic focus, allows us to gather our personal intentions within the public worshiping community, and sometimes sets the stage for the Word of God, as in today’s readings.

It is faith that allows to “seek beyond our reach” and to stand courageously before the truth. Prayers and Readings working together in worship and mission.

Fr. John Itzaina, SDB Pastor

Particular Items


Columbus Day Bazaar!

Last Year's Bazaar

It’s Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th! 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!

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

Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club Awards Nights: This Tuesday and Wednesday, the SBGC will hold their annual awards nights in the gym. Tuesday will be for the boys, and Wednesday will be for the girls.

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

Today is “Respect Life Sunday” “The fundamental human right, the presupposition of every other right, is the right to life itself. This is true of life from the moment of conception until its natural end. Abortion, consequently, cannot be a human right – it is the very opposite. It is “a deep wound in society,” as the late Cardinal Franz Koenig never tired of repeating.” –Pope Benedict XVI, Address to Authorities and Diplomatic Corps, Vienna, Sept. 7, 2007.

Help the Poor! Blanket Drive: It’s getting cold. Please check your closets for any old blankets/sleeping bags that the homeless can use, & bring them by the rectory office.

Help the Poor! Food & Toiletries Drive: On October 13 & 14 there will be receptacles by the entrances of the church for food/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 Sisters’ Scholarship Fund. For more info, call 421-7354.

“Essentials for The Evangelization of Culture” On October 10, at 7:30 PM, St. Thomas More Parish (corner of Brotherhood Way & Thomas More in San Francisco) presents guest speaker Gil Bailie. In a clear and inspiring way, learn about the uniqueness and universality of Christianity, and its indispensability to humankind. This is based on the theology of Pope Benedict XVI, Pope John Paul II, Hans Urs von Balthasar and others with the anthropological insights of Rene Girard. For more information, call 415-651-4171.

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

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.

“Point 7 Now” Conference: On October 27, 2007 the St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Office of Public Policy and Social Concerns will host the “Point 7 Now” conference. This Ecumenical day-long conference will focus on methods to “Make Poverty History” Invited guest legislators include Senators Boxer & Feinstein, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi & others. For more information, call 614-5567 or visit

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): 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


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:

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.

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! 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



26th Sunday in Ordinary Time



Therese of the Child Jesus; Virgin, Doctor



The Guardian Angels



Weekday in Ordinary Time



Francis of Assisi



Bl. Albert Marvelli



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



27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Retreat Offerings

Jesuit Retreat House—Los Altos

Vallombrosa Center—Menlo Park

Your sacrificial offerings of last week:

SSPP Collection:


Second Collection (SVdP Society):


From September 22/23

SSPP Collection:


Priest's Retirement Fund:


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