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November 18, 2007

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Malachi 3:19-20 a; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12; Luke 21:5-19. Both the Gospel and the first reading remind us that one day the world, as we know it, will come to an end and God’s justice will reign. The first reading concerns a coming day of judgment. The second reading gives advice on how we must live in anticipation of that final judgment. Together these readings call us to be both vigilant and hopeful.

 


Domenica 32A del tempo Ordinario

 

I profeti spingono il loro sguardo lontano e annunciano che ci sarà una fine e come si chiuderà la scena di questo mondo. Anche Gesù come profeta si colloca alla fine della storia e mette davanti ai nostri occhi le difficoltà che non ci devono disanimare., perchè nulla sfugge alla potenza di Dio. Il bene alla fine avrà la meglio e sorgeranno un cielo nuovo, una terra nuova. Non ci si deve lasciare sopraffare dalle opposizioni e dal timore.


From the Pastor's Desk

   

 Global warming, the crisis in the sub-prime, a California drought, continuing armed conflict in 18 different spots in 15 countries around the world, the rise of a barrel of oil near $100, religious conflict throughout the world are just some of the signs of the end of the world as we know it.

When we talk about things like the end of the world or the second coming of Jesus we are talking about eschata, Greek for last things. When we couch the eschata in terrifying images like wars, earthquakes, famines, and comets (“heavenly signs”) this description is called “apocalyptic.” It is meant to scare us into greater vigilance, steadfast endurance, and dogged perseverance.

For the community of Luke, the Temple in Jerusalem had already been destroyed. In the prophetic and words of Jesus in Sunday’s gospel reading, not “a stone upon another stone” is now left to be thrown down. It is in this context that Jesus warns not to be so taken up with these apocalyptic signs, not to be so terrified because “such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.” For Luke’s community the difficulty wasn’t the end of the world and the second coming of the Lord, even then that seemed to be delayed, but rather the severe ordeal of persecution they were presently undergoing. What was most important was the faith-filled hope that “by your perseverance you will secure your lives.”

As Christians we should be alarmed to some degree about global warming, the sub-prime lending in real estate, the many armed conflicts and war throughout the world, but should be mightily focused on the here and now, with its personal conflicts, heated arguments, and looming crisis that mark our lives as Christians.

The Thessalonians who Paul writes too in Sunday’s second reading were also awaiting the end of the world and the second coming of Christ; but Paul reminds them that he worked “in toil and drudgery, night and day” so as not to be a burden on them. His advice to them is to continue to work quietly in the Lord Jesus Christ. Good advice to all of us.

Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Columbus Day Bazaar Photos! We have some photos of the 2007 Bazaar posted here. Feel free to send in any pictures you want to share.

Second Collection: This week’s second collection will be for the Campaign for Human Development.

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.

Thanksgiving Day Masses: Instead of our regular schedule of three Masses on Thanksgiving Day, we will have one Mass at 9:00 AM. All parishioners are invited to join us in giving thanks to Almighty God on this special day.

Thanksgiving Dinner for the Homeless: Our parish St. Vincent de Paul Society will sponsor their annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the Homeless from 2-5PM on Thanksgiving Day. For volunteers interested in helping at this event, there will be a planning meeting on Wednesday fro 6-7PM, in the church cafeteria. For more info, email svdp2003@yahoo.com, or call the rectory at 421-0809.

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


Salesians Beatified! On October 29, the Holy Father beatified 498 Spanish martyrs, killed in religious persecutions in the 1930s. Of these, 63 were members of the Salesian Society! Our Rector Major, Fr. Pascula Chavez said: “They remind us that faithfulness to God can require a supreme act of love, to give up one’s life for one’s friend, and assures us that even in this trial God is faithful to those who love him to the end.” And last Sunday, the Venerable Zeffirino Namancurà, whose father was a great leader of the Araucane Indians in Argentina, will be beatified! 100,000 are expected to attend the ceremony, and Salesian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone will preside. Blessed Zeffirino Namancurà, pray for us!


Catholic Military Families Support Group: Our Support Group is preparing to send Christmas care packages to our people serving in Iraq and in the VA Hospitals. The most efficient way to help is to sponsor a package, and let the support group put them together,. $25 will send a package to Iraq, $22 will provide a care package to a wounded soldier. Please include a card from you or your group. Checks can be made payable to SS. Peter and Paul, and please put “Military Support Group” on the memo line. “This parish and community were absolutely outstanding in helping . . . Thank You!”


 

Save the Date: December 8! Our Laura Vicuña Pre-Kindergarten is celebrating its 20th Anniversary! For the first time in our history we are turning to members of the school and church community for assistance in reaching our goals. On Saturday, December 8, at 5:00 PM, an Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in the church. It will be followed by a cocktail reception, complete with hors d’oeuvres, prizes, and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 per person, and $75 per couple. Please RSVP by November 27. Child care (by reservation) will be provide.

And Mille Grazie to: Teresa Avansino, Bea, Bedoni, Barbara DeLuca, Marie Harrington, Aurora Piazza, Norma Puccinelli,, Lola Simi, Melba Strazulo, Ed Tardelli, & Flora Vetari. They got the Pre-K Fundraiser mailing out!

Blessed Laura Vicuna is Patroness of the Pre-K.


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.

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 defining issue of our time is respect for human life. … History will not look kindly upon a society that embraced the concept that if a life is inconvenient to you, you can simply kill him or her. Just as we wonder how it had been possible for people to keep human beings as slaves, as chattel, so future generations will look back and wonder how we could so cavalierly kill our unborn children.” Bishop Donald Wuerl, “Faith, Conviction and Political Life,” St. Thomas More Society Loebig Lecture, May 25, 2004


“Bella” the Movie: Last month, our Archbishop George Niederauer booked an entire theater for a prescreening of the movie “Bella” which has been getting rave reviews in Catholic (and not only Catholic) circles. The development office of the Archdiocese sent out a fax this week encouraging parishioners to support this wonderful & serious movie.

“We are not called to be successful - we are called to be faithful. We are called to be saints.” –Eduardo Verastegui, lead actor, “Bella.”

Speaking of Movies: Any filmmakers out there? The Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Oakland and Ignatius Press, is inaugurating it’s First Annual "Cinema Vita Film Festival." The first Cinema Vita Festival will take place March 7, 2008. Submissions are currently being sought. For submission guidelines and other information about the festival, go to www.cinemavita.org


Halloween was fun!

(Especially for the Sisters!)

 


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 April 18-20. 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: When California taxpayers were suckered into shelling out $3billion+ for Proposition 71, they were told it would place the state at the forefront of the "Stem-Cell Revolution." Well, apparently not.

This week Professor Ian Wilmot, who created Dolly the cloned sheep, shocked the scientific world by his decision to abandon cloning, and instead concentrate on new techniques where stem-cells are created from human skin cells. It should be noted that Professor Wilmot has no ethical objection to using embryonic stem-cells--he just thinks there are better ways to reach the goal.

The Guardian reports: "The news will come as a blow to scientists who believe that the use of embryos to create stem cells is the best way to develop treatments for serious medical conditions such as stroke, heart disease and Parkinson's disease.Unlike current stem cell research, the new method does not require the use of human embryos, which has caused controversy in the past decade. Full details of the new technique have not yet been unveiled but Wilmut described it as "extremely exciting and astonishing."

This is a big story, and has also been covered by the Telegraph, The Associated Press, and the BBC.

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.

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!"

In San Francisco, call:

Fr. Emmerich Vogt (510) 596-1800,
Fr. Angel Jose de Heredia (650) 871-8944,
Fr. Mark Taheny (650) 588-1455

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, 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, Loretta Tribulato, Rolando Rodriguez, Jiovanni, Edna Tavares, Frances Traverso, Pat May, Jesse Martinez, Susanna, Rachel, Bob, Monchie Mariano, Rose Cresci, Nick Nessix, Gilberto Potoy, Rachel Pozivenec, 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

18

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mon-Tues

19-20

Weekdays in Ordinary Time

Wednesday

21

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Thursday

22

Thanksgiving Day

Friday

23

Miguel Pro; Priest, Martyr

Saturday

24

Andrew Dung-Lac & Companiopns; Martyrs

Sunday

25

Solemnity of Christ the King

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:

$2,575.

Second Collection (AAA):

$465.

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

 

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