Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

January 20, 2007

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time


Isaiah 49: 3, 5-6; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:29-34. The words of the prophet Isaiah tell us that God’s servant will be a light to the nations, so that God’s salvation might reach to the ends of the earth. Paul greets the people of Corinth as ones who have been consecrated in Christ Jesus and called to be a holy people. John the Baptist proclaims that Jesus is God’s Chosen One.



Domenica Seconda del Tempo Ordinario


Giovanni intuisce e ci comunica la vera fisionomia del Messia. Mite come un agnello, Gesù verrà a spendere la sua vita per i fratelli. Con la mansuetudine, l’umiltà e il silenzio dell’Agnello, costruiamo attorno a noi spazi de silenzio e di pace, perché il mondo sia nuovo e pulito.


From the Pastor's Desk


Allow me to digress from discussing this Sunday’s Gospel and speak about three different things that I think are important: (1) January 19, Walk for Life; (2) Cross International Catholic Outreach; and (3) bottled water: ways to make a statement, lend a helping hand, and contribute to the greening of America.

Then, again, Sunday’s Gospel does have something to say about these things, at least in a general kind of way, for it speaks of a parade of witnesses to who and what Jesus is in the Gospel of John. John the Baptist, in Bethany beyond the Jordan takes time off from his baptizing with water to witness to Jesus who is “Lamb of God,” “pre-existent,” and “God’s Chosen One.”

So let me speak of this weekend’s witnesses to Christ as the one who brings abundance life to us all because he is “lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” As it has been for the last four years, yesterday’s Walk for Life was a rousing success. The parish of Saints Peter and Paul, the church and Salesian Boys and Girls Club hosted over 250 Walk-for-Life participants from Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, and California. Friday night they prayed together in Eucharistic Adoration and Saturday they walked for life. Some of you, I know, walked varying distances to witness to the culture of life. Thank you for being witnesses to Christ who brings us all abundant life!

This weekend, Fr. Patrick Collins from Cross International, Catholic Outreach to the poorest of the poor, is speaking at all the masses at Saints Peter and Paul. Cross International delivers food, shelter, and hope (especially that) to the poorest of our world. Please be generous and get involved as part of a global response to poverty . . . another way to witness like John the Baptist.

Besides participation and witness through the Walk for Life and the appeal of Cross International, there is something we can all do in a personal way: “Think Outside the Bottle.” There are Catholic organizations like universities, religious orders, and hospitals that are campaigning against the use of bottled water, so easily toted around, that is “environmentally, economically and politically wrong.” Worldwide, it’s a $100 billion (with a “B”) business. What the environmentalists are saying is that this water isn’t any better than our tap water.

In fact, one of the major bottlers, Pepsi for Aquafina water, has fessed up to its ingredients: tap water! Why pay for a gallon of water that costs more than a gallon of gasoline? Why pollute the world with non-biodegradable bottles? Why use more energy resources for something that is unnecessary? Why not contribute our savings to helping the 1 billion people of the world who currently lack access to safe drinking water? I could go on and on.

Lent is coming up in early February, so it might be a wonderful opportunity to “Do the Earth a favor: Turn on the tap.” What’s the connection with John the Baptist? Water, of course, precious like Life.

Fr. John Itzaina, SDB

Particular Items

"On Hope": 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."

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

This week's second collection will be for Cross International.

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.



Walk for Life 2008!

It was bigger than ever this year! Estimated crowd size of 25,000.

This photo is from Gerald, over at "The Cafeteria is Closed who has his usual superb quality photographs of the event.

You can just make out the SSPP banner (blue on white, on the right side of the crowd, where the crowd starts to bend back to the right)

God bless co-founders Dolores Meehan, Eva Muntean, and all who worked so keep the "Walk" such a peaceful and successful event!


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 takes place 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.

Thanks to all who attended the “Walk for Life West Coast” on Saturday, January 19. One of the speakers was Dr. Alveda King, so it might be a good time to remember these words from her uncle:

“Cowardice asks the question, ‘is it safe?’; expediency asks the question, ‘is it politic?’; vanity asks the question, ‘is it popular?’; but conscience asks the question, ‘is it right?’; and there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but because conscience tells one it is right.” –Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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!

Salesian Feastdays: The Feasts of our wonderful Salesians are almost here! Tuesday January 22 is the Feast of Blessed Laura Vicuña, patroness of our Pre-K. January 24 is the Feast of Francis de Sales, Patron of the Salesian Order. And January 31 is the Feastday of Don Bosco, our founder! Salesian saints, pray for us, that we may humbly follow your example!

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

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

Lent, 2008: This year Lent will be upon us very quickly. Ash Wednesday will be on February 6. The Mass schedule will be 7:30 & 9:00 AM and 12:15 and 6:00 PM. (We’ve moved the evening Mass back oneSchool & 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

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, Maria 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.


Liturgical Calendar



Second Sunday in Ordinary Time



Agnes; Virgin, Martyr



Bl. Laura Vicuna. Day of Penance: Anniversary of Roe v. Wade



Weekday in Ordinary Time



Francis de Sales; Bishop, Doctor, Patron of the Salesians



Conversion of Paul; Apostle



Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary



Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Retreat Offerings

Vallombrosa Center—Menlo Park

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