Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

January 13, 2007

The Baptism of the Lord


Isaiah 42: 1-4; Acts 10:34-38; Matthew 3:13-17. Isaiah speaks of a servant of God who, filled with the Spirit, pleases God by doing his will and allowing God to work through him. Our reading from Acts finds Peter proclaiming the mission of Jesus that began with his Baptism. Matthew gives us an account of Jesus’ Baptism and the testimony of God the Father proclaiming Jesus as his Son.


Battesimo del Signore


Andando il Giordano per farsi battezzare da Giovanni. Gesù rivela che è solidale con noi. L’avvio alla vita pubblica è incoraggiato dalle voce del Padre e dalla disces dello Spirito Santo. Contempliamo la Trinità Santa che si manifesta per salvarci, rendendoci partecipa della vita divina.


From the Pastor's Desk


I get a little book every three months that has daily reflections based on one of the scripture passages from the daily Mass, called Living Faith. For the feast of the Baptism of our Lord, there’s a little true story by Father James McKarns. Let him tell the story:

Years ago I was baptizing a six-week old baby. During the ceremony he was peacefully sleeping; cradled in his mother’s arms. When I was about to pour the water on his head, he suddenly awoke with a soft whimper. After the ceremony I mentioned to his mother that I was surprised he awoke so abruptly just at that moment. “Oh,” she replied, “I squeezed his toes to wake him. I didn’t want him sleeping through his baptism.”

Father McKarns goes on to say that we have to be alert to our own baptismal promises, because it’s not a once-upon-a-time event but a daily way of life. He ends by saying, “If we ignore our faith, allow evil to lead us and fail to pursue a life of Christian virtue, then we are sleeping through our baptism.”

In the old liturgy of the Church, there was no specific feast of the Baptism of our Lord. It was rather included into the feast of the Epiphany. Makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? Christ the new King of the Jews is revealed to the Magi by a star; Jesus is baptized in the water of the Jordan and his Father reveals him as his Son.

We can easily miss the significance that the Baptism of our Lord should have in our own lives as baptized Christians. In Matthew’s account, even John, who was baptizing in the River Jordan, failed to see why Jesus had to be baptized: “I need to be baptized by you, yet you are coming to me?” But Jesus insists with the first words spoken by Jesus in Matthew’s gospel: “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”

Do we realize that the baptism of our Lord was the start of His ministry, death, and resurrection? That’s what our own baptism does. By it we enter into the pattern of Jesus’ life of living, dying, and rising.

The feast of the Baptism of our Lord is a good opportunity to have our toes squeezed to avoid sleeping through our baptism.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB

Particular Items

An Early Christmas Present from the Holy Father: Our dear Pope Benedict has just released "Spe Salvi" (On Christian Hope). It's up on the Vatican site, here.

Very cool Vatican resource:, the Congregation for the Clergy at the Holy See has a great new website called "Bibliaclerus." From the homepage: "This program offers Sacred Scripture, its interpretation in light of Sacred Tradition and the teachings of the Magisterium, with appropriate theological commentary and exegesis."

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

Memorial Poinsettias: We thank all who have donated memorial poinsettias over the Christmas season. Any parishioners may feel free to take a poinsettia home with them. Just ask the sacristan for assistance. First choice should go to those who purchased the poinsettias

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. The parking lot will still be open!

Catholic Radio! Immaculate Heart Radio’s newest station is in the Bay Area! It’s 1260 on your AM dial. Tune in to hear the best of Catholic Radio.

Cioppino! Are you ready for crab? It’s time for the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club Cioppino’s! The next ones will be on January 12 and February 2. Call the SBGC at 397-3068 for more info.


Walk for Life 2008

will be January 19, 2008!

This year we are gathering approximately 100 yards west of our previous location and will now be in the Lawn Area of Justin Herman Plaza. See map below:


Another smaller group will be in our old location at the same time, so please note that you will have to enter the lawn area via Drumm Street or The Embarcadero. Please pass the word to all who are coming. 


Choose Life! WHY Walk for Life? Did you know abortion is THE leading cause of death in the United States? In 2004 there were 1,287,000 abortions—that’s more than the next two leading causes (heart disease: 652,486; cancer: 553,888) combined. A society whose leading cause of death is self-induced desperately needs to hear the Good News!

The Walk for Life West Coast will take place next Saturday, January 19, beginning at 12:00, at Justin Herman Plaza. Last year 20,000 peaceful marchers gave loving witness to the Culture of Life. This year eight Catholic Bishops, led by our own Archbishop George Niederauer, will head the march! Our good Pastor Fr. John Itzaina will lead the SSPP contingent. Look for the Saints Peter and Paul banner, and join us! For full details, please click on the WFL logo at left.

Adoration for Life: As usual, SS. Peter and Paul will have all-night Eucharistic Adoration the night before the Walk. We always especially need people to be with our Lord from midnight to 6AM. You can enter through the parish office, which will be open all night. Call Gibbons at 421-0809 or email to specify a time or for more information.

The Rector Major speaks on the Walk for Life: “Considering life as a gift. Often life is considered a product of man’s own abilities and power rather than as a gift of God. This mentality limited to productivity easily leads to a specious discrimination against those lives which are not planned, are inconvenient, or ‘unproductive’: unborn babies, old people, the physically or mentally handicapped, defective lives. Considering life as a gift leads to living it with an attitude of gratitude, of praise and of profound joy, and to committing oneself to taking care of it and loving it, trying to develop all its positive potential. Congratulations to ‘Walk for Life West Coast.’ You are doing a lot to build up a culture of life! May God, the giver and lover of Life, bless you. –Fr Pascual Chávez V. Rector Major, Salesians of Don Bosco

Welcome, Fr. Patrick Collins: Next week, Fr. Patrick Collins will address us at all the Masses. Fr. Collins is a representative of Cross International Catholic Outreach “An International Catholic Organization serving in Collaboration with the Pontifical Council Cor Unum.” Their goal: “Delivering Food, Shelter and Hope to the Poorest of the Poor”. Next week’s second collection will be for Fr. Collins’ organization. To learn more, go to

Lunar Festival: save the Date! Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 5:30 PM. The school’s Spring Fundraiser will be a Chinese Banquet, with entertainment, a silent auction, and more at the Far East Cafe, at 631 Grant Ave, in San Francisco. Family Packages are $ 150 (two adults and a child); additional tickets are $60 for adults, $30 for children. For more info, call 415-730-2842.

School & Pre-K Open House: The Laura Vicuna Pre-Kindergarten and Saints Peter and Paul K-8 School will be hosting their annual “Open House” on Sunday, January 27, from 10 to 11:30 AM. All are welcome, and applications for both the Pre-K & K-8 schools will be available. You can also stop by the Pre-K for birthday cake to celebrate their 20th Anniversary. And family pictures will be taken in the school gym by Alunni/parishioner Patrick Gee.

Married Couples Anniversary Mass: Archbishop George Niederauer invites all married couples to a Solemn Eucharistic Celebration and renewal of vows. Special honor will be shown to those celebrating their 25th, 50th or 50+ Anniversaries. When & where: Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 10:00AM, at St. Mary’s Cathedral. A small reception will follow. Registration is required, and RSVP forms may be found in the church office, or can be downloaded from

VOCATIONS! Have you ever thought about becoming a priest? Single Catholic men over the age are invited to attend a discernment retreat at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park. The retreat will run from 4:00 PM on Friday, February 1 through 1:00 PM on Sunday, February 3. Registration forms may be found in the parish office, and the deadline for registration is January 18.

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.

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!

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

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.

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 April 18-20. 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: 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

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!"

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 (, 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, 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, Pat May, Jesse Martinez, Susanna, Rachel, Bob, Monchie Mariano, Rose Cresci, Nick Nessix, Gilberto Potoy, Mrs. Blanco, Rachel Pozivenec, Andrew Schott, Cheryl Thomas, David St. John, Le Anna Mossi, All the homeless & mentally ill of the neighborhood, & all parishioners in hospitals & nursing homes.

To have an intention included, please call 421-0809.


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Baptism of the Lord



Weekdays in Ordinary Time



Anthony; Abbot



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Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary



Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

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