Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

October 21, 2007

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 


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Exodus 17:8-13; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2; Luke 18: 1-8. In today’s Gospel, Jesus offers a good example of what prayer can do. The message in all of today’s readings is that God always hears our prayers. Arte we faithful enough to trust in him? We sometimes can become weary of praying, but, as we see from the first reading, if we are persistent, God will reward us. Our prayers will always be answered.

 


Domenica 29A del tempo Ordinario

 

Dal giorno dell’Ascensione la Communità cristiana non ha smesso di annunciare la parola di salvezza. Obbedendo al comando del Signore ha realizzato la missione volgendosi al mondo intero. È indispensabile che la parola di verità giunga a tutti gli uomini, perchè nessuno resti privo dei benefici della morte e risurrezione di Gesù. Per questo i credenti sono impegnati a intensificare il loro impegno apostolico e missionario, sia sul fronte della preghiera, come su quello della solidarietà con tutti.

 

 


From the Pastor's Desk

   

 I have a hard time reconciling the persevering prayer of Moses with success in “mowing down” the hated Amalekites. Praying for success in battle or football games or in winning the lottery doesn’t sit well with an Our-Father type of prayer.

Our Sunday readings, notwithstanding this prayer of Moses in Exodus, aren’t about the content of prayer, like football victories or battle objectives, but about how we’re supposed to pray: all the time, with the intensity of a Tiger Woods.

I also have some problems with Sunday’s Gospel. It starts out talking about one thing and ends up talking about something else. It starts with “a parable about the necessity …to pray always without becoming weary” like the persistent lady who hounds the dishonest judge until she gets her way. It ends with “But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Wouldn’t it be better to end with “Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.”

Maybe the author of Luke’s Gospel is speaking of persistent prayer as the result of an increase of faith. That makes sense, doesn’t it?

It is in the context of faith that we celebrate World Mission Sunday, a celebration of our commitment to spread the “Good News” to those waiting to know Christ. No matter the setting for our Sunday liturgy, Saints Peter and Paul or some chapel in the bush, Christ Himself gathers us and sends us out as His missionaries. By our baptism we have been given the mission to share our faith through prayer, financial assistance, personal invitation and good example. We really can’t leave it up to others.

This is what Bishop Chaput said in The San Francisco Catholic: “If you want to serve the common good and build a better future, you’ll never do it by hiding your faith in the closet. You’ll never do it by being Catholic in private and something else in public. History is made by people with convictions, and the courage and passion to live those convictions. The path to interfaith peace and religious understanding demands that we live our faith more deeply and authentically, not less.”

-Fr. John Itzaina, SDB
Pastor


Particular Items

Second Collection: To celebrate World Mission Sunday, this week’s second collection will be for the Propagation of the Faith. There are special envelops. Please offer you prayers and most generous sacrifice.

Next Week’s Second Collection: Next week’s second collection will be for our parish school.

Family Rosary: The school will sponsor a family rosary this Wednesday, at 5:30 PM, in the church. All are invited.

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 7PM, in the rectory.


“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 www.sflifeandjustice.org


Reception for Sisters Kathleen Gibson and Jean Erickson: On Sunday, October 28, following the 8:45 AM Mass, there will be a reception in the gym for Srs. Kathleen & Jean, honoring them on their Jubilee. Please join us in celebrating our beloved Sisters and thanking them for all that they have given us!

Help the Poor! Blanket Drive: It’s getting cold! If you have any blankets/sleeping bags you are not using PLEASE bring them by the rectory so we can give them to the homeless!

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!

Halloween Costume Drive: On Sunday, October 28, from 6:00 to 8:30 PM in the cafeteria, our St. Vincent de Paul Society will host their annual “Halloween for Families with Young Children Party.” Our student’s Salesian Service Learning Committee will be sponsoring a costume Drive for those children who might not be able to afford one. Please bring a costume by the parish office!

Sons of Italy: A Fall Polenta Dinner in the Saints Peter and Paul gym will take place on Friday, October 26 with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. For $20 you get a salad, polenta and sausages, coffee and dessert. For reservation, call Maria at 650 574-5786 or Linda at 235-5974.


Choose Life! "The ultimate criterion in the use of all technologies must be the good of man . . . Thus, technology left to itself can build or destroy man; technology in itself is blind, even if it appears to be the most advanced and the most marvelous. In itself, biotechnology is blind and ambivalent." –Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragán, the president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry.


SB 777: Despite our efforts, and the efforts of other Dioceses and Archdioceses around the state, SB 777 has passed the assembly, and now been signed into law by the Governor. 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. We are sorry the Governor's did not veto this bill.


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.

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 2008

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:

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.

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

21

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

22

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Tuesday

23

John of Capistrano, priest

Wednesday

24

Anthony Mary Claret; Bishop

Thursday

25-26

Weekdays in Ordinary Time

Saturday

27

Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sunday

28

30th 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:

$2,995.

Second Collection (AAA):

$550.

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

 

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