Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

November 25, 2007

Solemnity of Christ the King


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2 Samuel 5:1-3; Colossians 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43. For David, being the king of Israel involved political, military, and spiritual leadership. As Luke shows in the Gospel, the tormentors of Jesus used the term king to mock him. But Jesus Christ, the King, came not to be served, but to serve, and to offer his life as the ransom for many.

 


Gesù Cristo Re Dell’Universo

 

La regalità di Cristo sta tutta nell’amore. Il trono della sua gloria è a disposizione non degli sventurati. Questi egli chiama a far parte del suo regno,a condividere la sua sorte. Si conclude in questo modo, capovolto rispetto alle attese mondane e misterioso nelle sue prospettive, il tema del Messia-Re che nel mitico David aveva avuto un anticipo trionfale. Di Dio-Re dell’universo umano Gesù è la presenza duratura e misericordiosa.


From the Pastor's Desk

   

 

Today we celebrate the last Sunday of the liturgical year with the feast of Christ the King. If you look up at the rotunda-like roof above the sanctuary of Saints Peter and Paul’s, there’s the Byzantium figure of Christ the King or Christ All Powerful, “Christo Pantocrator.” The Greek letters "IC", Greek for “Jesus,” "XC", Greek for “Christ,” and N and K (short for NIKA) for “conquers” surround the imposing head of Christ. So it reads “Jesus Christ Conquers.”

When everything is said and done, in the end of everything, Temple, Jerusalem, World, it is our firm and steadfast belief that Jesus rules or that Jesus will conquer everyone and anything. For a Catholic, then, Christ the King rules! Christ is meant to be the center of our lives as human beings, Christians, Catholics.

But is this really true? With our venerable tradition, the communion of saints, “full-service” sacraments, the distinguished Church leadership of the 20th Century, we should be part of a vibrant and distinctive Catholic culture that is counter-culturally exemplary. In other words, are we really that different from anyone else?

A few days ago at the fall meetings of the Catholic Bishops of the United States Karen Terry spoke of the causes and context of the Catholic clergy sexual abuse scandals. She suggested that the Catholic clergy, reflected the “overall changes in behavior, attitudes, and media representations in American society during this same time period.[70’s]” In other words, the Church’s record on the abuse of minors is actually no better, but also no worse, than anybody else’s.

So what seems to be coming from this sadly important document about Catholic clergy sexual abuse is that we’re not so very different from anybody else. Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. of Chicago asked this question “whether the Church herself, and particularly the priests and bishops, should be held to a moral standard that is higher than that of the general populace?”

If we don’t strive to be “humble, steadfast, and strong” (Blessed Virgin Mary to Don Bosco at the age of nine) and make Christ the center of our lives and live with the conviction that Jesus is Christ the King, we are no different from anybody else.

Shame on us! Especially as we celebrate the feast of Christ the King.

(Thanks to John L. Allen, “All Things Catholic”, Friday, November 16, 2007)

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 our parish school.

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

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.

Finance Committee: The Finance Committee will meet Thursday at 7:00 PM, in the rectory.

Advent Begins: Advent will begin at the 5:00 PM Mass on Saturday December 1. The Liturgy of the Word will become Cycle A, Year II.

Advent Days of Recollection: On Saturday, December 1, the Legion of Mary will host an Advent day of Recollection in the Parish Center. Please call Fr. Jack for more information. And on Sunday, December 2, the Chinese Apostolate also will have a day of recollection, also in the parish center. Call Fr. Andrew for more information.


 

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.


Advent Penance Service: It’s the best way to prepare ourselves for the coming of our Lord! This year’s penance service will be on December 11 at 7:00 PM, in the Church. All parishioners are invited to attend.

Choose Life: There are a growing number of programs across the country offering help to women suffering as a result of abortion. At the same time, not much attention is given to men and the damage abortion causes in their lives. San Francisco will host the first ever national conference on the subject on November 28 and 29. The conference, sponsored by the Archdiocese, the Knights of Columbus, and Project Rachel, is entitled Reclaiming Fatherhood, and is a multifaceted examination of this rarely discussed yet hugely relevant question: men dealing with abortion. The conference will take place at St. Mary’s Cathedral. For more information, call the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese at 415-614-5570.

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!”

Blood Drive! On Sunday, December 9, from 8:30 to 12:45 the Bloodmobile will be parked in front for the Church for the next Saints Peter and Paul Blood Drive. There is a great need for Blood now. To set up an appointment time call 421-0809, or you can just drop in. Give Blood Save a Life!

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

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:Adult Stem-Cell update: 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 Wilmut, 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 the Bay Area, 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

25

Solemnity of Christ the King

Mon-Thurs

26-29

Weekdays in Ordinary Time

Friday

30

Andrew; Apostle

Saturday

01

Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sunday

02

First Sunday of Advent

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:

$4,160.

Second Collection (Campaign for Human Development):

$780.

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

 

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