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March 2, 2008

Fourth Sunday of Lent
Laetare Sunday


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I Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41. Today’s first reading tells us that God does not see as we see; that only God knows what is truly in the human heart. The letter to the Ephesians encourages us to expose any darkness in our lives and be rid of it. John’s Gospel exposes the true hearts of those who sought to accuse Jesus of breaking the Sabbath.

 


Domenico 4A di Quaresima

 

La luce appare dove brillano i valori della fede e dell’amore. Non è legata a nessun sapere né ad alcun potere umano e viene ignorata da coloro che presumono di essere potenti e saggi. Al contrario la fede brilla in coloro che sono trascurati e disprezzati dagli altri. Il credente deve chiedere al Signore di essere illiminato, varcando l’ingresso in un nuovo ordine di vita, mediante il Battesimo, dono della fede.

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Desk

    

 

A long time ago, my Uncle Wilbur, at the age of 17, was the proud owner of a used Ford Model A. One day Uncle Wilbur was filling up a tire in the local gas station, when the tire blew out right in his face. In those days the gas stations were covered by dirt and gravel. The force of the air exploding on the gravel sent little pieces of gravel into his eyes. They called the doctor who told my uncle to wash out his eyes the best he could and then cover them with a cloth and call him in the morning. The next morning my uncle awoke to darkness and never saw again. During the night the dirt and gravel had made their way behind his eyeballs to irrevocably damage his optic nerves.

Sounds sad, doesn’t it? Yet, Uncle Wilbur went on to be married twice (that’s another story in itself), owned his own cigar and candy store with hidden slot machines (that’s another story all together!), wrote short stories and a column in the local newspaper, and had his own radio talk show. He died when he was 92 years old, a little opinionated, but always seeking the truth courageously to the end.

Uncle Wilbur’s blindness wasn’t the blindness that the Evangelist John speaks about in this Sunday’s Gospel. Blindness of the story of the man who washes in the Pool of Siloam and is made to see is the blindness of unbelief. It is the blind man who in his healing begins to see Jesus, the one who has healed him as “son of man” and as God himself. “I believe, Lord,” the man responds. His response to Jesus goes from “the one who healed me” to “prophet” to “from God” to “Lord.”

Uncle Wilbur may have been physically blind, but he didn’t suffer from the other types of blindness that Paul in his letter to the Ephesians wrote about: “Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness, rather expose them, for it is shameful even to mention the things done by them in secret.”

What are these “works of darkness”? It is the darkness of the violence that stalks our homes and streets; it is the darkness of ignorance and prejudice; it is the darkness of greed for power and for gain; it is the darkness of the culture of death.

“Brother and sisters, you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth.” (Ephesians 5, 8)

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.

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

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!

Stations of the Cross: Stations of the Cross will be observed every Friday of Lent at 12:45 PM.


Cinema Vita Film Festival: The world’s first pro-life film festival will take place right here in San Francisco. The Cinema Vita Film Festival (sponsored by the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Ignatius Press) will be held March 7 from 6:00-10:00 PM at the Delancy Street Theater at 600 Embarcadero. This year’s judges include award winning actress Jennifer O’Neill. For more information, call 415-387-2324 or visit the Cinema Vita website.


Annie! The Salesian Boys' and Girls' Club is proud to present its annual musical, ANNIE. The musical features the talent and hard work of our Salesian youth. Performances are March 7, 8, and 9 in the Salesian Auditorium (March 7, 8 at 7 p.m., and March 9 at 2 p.m.). Tickets are $15 for adults ($10 for matinee) and $5 for youth. For tickets and information, call 397-3068 or stop by the Club office during Club hours, Monday through Saturday.


Lenten Penance Service: On Tuesday, March 11, there will be a Lenten Penance Service in the Church at 7:00 PM. All parishioners are urged to embrace this sacrament, which is the best way to prepare ourselves for the great feast of Easter.

YOUNG ADULTS: Are you interested in being part of our Young Adult Group? Get together and meet other young adults ages 20-40. The wine & cheese reception on Sunday, February 24 was a big succees--16 people came! For more info, please email Regina at stpeter_paul_singles@hotmail.com.

Saint Joseph’s Table: The Madonna Addolorata di S’Elia invites you to attend their traditional St. Joseph’s Table, Wednesday, March 12, 2008, starting at 6:00 PM. in the gym. Cost is $25 for adults $10 for children. Call Marie Lavin for more information: 415-459-2021.


Lenten Disciplines: Abstinence: Everyone 14 years and older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday. Fast: Everyone over 18, but under 60, is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On these two days, the law of fast allows only one full meal a day, but does not prohibit taking some food during the day, so long as this does not constitute a full meal. Drinking liquids during the day is permitted. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. If in doubt concerning Fast or Abstinence, a priest should be consulted. In the spirit of penance, the faithful should not lightly excuse themselves from this obligation. Mass attendance: During Lent, the Church encourages attendance at daily Mass and reception of the Eucharist. Almsgiving: During Lent, the Church encourages generosity to local, national, and worldwide programs of sharing.


Cold Days/Cold Nights! Please help keep our neighborhood homeless warm. The Salesian Service-Learning Committee of Saints Peter and Paul School is sponsoring a warm clothing drive for the local homeless community. Needed are new or slightly used clean items of clothing: jackets & coats, socks (new please) gloves and scarves. The drive will take place from February 21 –29and you can drop your donations off at morning assembly or in the rectory office. If you are unable to drop off the items at morning assembly please contact a Salesian Service-Learning Moderator @ SSPP School: Ms. Annie Konstin or Ms. Harriet Schatz


Choose Life! “No one has to have an abortion. To all of those in crisis pregnancies, I pledge our support and our financial help. Come to the Catholic Church. Let us walk with you through your time of trouble. Let us help you affirm life. Let us help you find a new life with your child, or let us help you place that child in a loving home. But please, I beg you: let us help you affirm life." –Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien, Oct. 1, 2007 Installation Mass, Baltimore, Md.


Speaking of Life, there will be volunteers in front of the church at all the Masses this weekend gathering signatures for “Sarah’s Law” the parental notification initiative. Did you know that in California a girl under 18 can’t get a flu shot, a cavity filled, or an aspirin from the school nurse without a parent knowing? But a doctor can perform a surgical or chemical abortion without informing her parents. Sarah’s Law will require that a physician notify a parent or adult family member at least 48 hours before performing an abortion on a minor girl under 18.

Easter Memorial Flowers: You can help decorate the church for Easter and remember a loved one at the same time. On the weekends March 1/2/1 & 8/9, there will be people in front of the church taking orders for memorial lilies and hydrangeas. The price will be $20.

Stress in your Marriage? It’s not unheard of. Retrovaille (pronounced “retrovi”) is a program, Catholic in origin, designed to help married couples rediscover one another and their life together. It has helped thousands of married couples. The next Bay Area Retrouvaille weekend is March 8-9. For more info, call 415-893-1005 or email Sf@retroca.com or visit www.Retrouvaille.org.

Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul "Choices of the Heart" Retreat: All single Catholic women 18-45 years of age are invited to participate in a Vocation Reflective Discernment Retreat with the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul April 25-27th, 2008, at Seton Provincialate, 26000 Altamont Road, Los Altos Hills, California. For registration or more information about the prayer, community, and ministry of the Daughters of Charity, please contact Sr. Trang Truong, D.C., at 650/949-8890 or SrTrangTruong@dochs.org.


More Choose Life! Many times we have asked if California voters were having second thoughts about spending $3 billion + for immoral embryonic stem cell research, which has yet to show a single cure, while adult stem cells are curing people left and right.

The experts have finally caught up with the Church’s teaching on embryonic stem-cell research: “When I saw the embryo [through a microscope at a friend’s fertility clinic], I suddenly realized there was such a small difference between it and my daughters. I thought, we can’t keep destroying embryos for our research. There must be another way.” –Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, pioneer in reprogramming adult cells to behave as embryonic stem cells, quoted in the NY Times, Dec. 11, 2007.

“If human embryonic stem-cell research does not make you at least a little bit uncomfortable, you have not thought about it enough.” Dr. James A. Thomson, the first to isolate stem cells from human embryos in 1998, who also has found a way to reprogram adult cells to behave like embryonic stem cells, quoted in NY Times, Nov. 22, 2007


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! Thanks to all who attended this year’s Walk for Life and Adoration for Life this past weekend. Special thanks to: our good Pastor Fr. John, who led us, to the 260 young people, from as far away as New Mexico, Washington, and Oregon who stayed at our facility, and treated the facility with respect, and to the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club who made the club available to two groups from Placerville and Sonora. Also special thanks go to a parishioner (she knows who she is) who volunteered to stay with our Blessed Lord from 2-5AM,when the church is practically empty, and to our dear Aurora Piazza who came in and donated her time on Saturday, so that the regular secretary could attend the Walk.

Here's a video of the event which also shows SS. Peter and Paul. 

Click on the Walk for Life logo at left to go their page which has links to dozens of media sites covering the walk. We've got some photo's on our pro-life page also.

 


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 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.

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.


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/English 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.

Very cool Vatican resource: Clerus.org, 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."

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, 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, 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, Pat Brassil,Abby Leslie, Maureen Bender, 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

02

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Mon-Sat

03-08

Lenten Weekdays

Sunday

09

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Retreat Offerings

Vallombrosa Center—Menlo Park
http://www.vallombrosa.org/

Your sacrificial offerings of last week:

SSPP Collection:

$2,256.

Second Collection (Parish School)

$646.

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

 

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