Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

March 30, 2008

Second Sunday of Esater

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Acts 2:42-47; Peter 1:1:3-9; John 20: 19-31. In today’s Gospel, the disciples had locked themselves a room, and the resurrected Jesus appeared to them, but Thomas was not there. When he heard what had happened, he would not believe without seeing for himself. It was only by encountering Jesus personally that Thomas could experience the Lord’s peace and presence.

 


Della Divina Misericordia

 

Con fede e amore, eleviamo sentimenti e parole di grazie al Padre per la risurrezione di Gesù , presente in mezza o noi. Egli ci dona la pace e il perdono dei peccati, frutto della divina misericordia e del dono dello Spirito Santo.  

 


From the Pastor's Desk

 

Dearest Thomas,

I never did understand why John’s Gospel calls you by two names. Doesn’t that gospel call you “Didymus”? When I was preaching and teaching on the way in Galilee and Judea, I didn’t know much Greek, but everyone knows you were called the “Twin” because you looked so much like me. I really don’t see it.

I always wondered why some people think you’re such a loyal disciple but rather dull (I almost said “dumb.”) One of those scripture scholars says that most, if not all, the disciples misinterpret my meaning just to bring out the truth. And there’s a lot of truth in that. But alongside Peter, you’re like a genius!

I like the way John gives you more exposure that Peter, especially in the later chapters of the Gospel of John. You’re the one, not Peter (who was always boasting he would never deny me); no, you’re the one who, when I insisted in going to see Lazarus (who was dead already), said that you might as well go with me to Bethany even if you had to die. I was proud of you, Thomas.|

You got carried away when you didn’t believe the other disciples had seen the Lord that Sunday night after I was raised. I think your words of disbelief came from your disappointment that you weren’t there in the first place. It was surely a little histrionic to say you needed to see the mark of the nails and actually put your hand into my lanced side. Pretty dramatic, but unnecessary!

Thomas, I am proud of you because you’re the one who responded with belief in my divinity, when you said, “My Lord and my God.” It has to be the clearest statement of a true belief in what and who I am. However, the fact is I am even more impressed with those who believe with far less evidence than you had. They will be the ones who will give glory to me and to the Father who sent me. They will also be called the “Twin” because they will be so like me. In fact, won’t they one day be called not so much “Twin” as “Christian”?

Jesus, the Risen Christ.


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 for the poor.


Annunciation of the Lord: “The Angel of the Lord announced unto Mary and she conceived by the Holy Spirit....”

Come join us this Monday as we will celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation of our Lord.


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!

Parent Teacher Meeting: The PTO will meet on Thursday at 6:00 PM, in the gym.

Mille Grazie & Thank You! to all who donated blood on March 16. We donated 16 units. of blood! From Anne Karpfinger at Blood Centers of the Pacific: “This is your most successful drive in three years! Great Job! Thank you so much for all of your efforts! These units most likely were separated into three life-saving components – red blood cells for trauma victims/surgery patients, platelets for cancer patients, and plasma for burn victims and those with bleeding disorders. This means that the generosity of the Saints Peter & Paul Parish community have provided another tomorrow for potentially 48 patients in the Bay Area.”

Next Week’s Second Collection: Next Week’s second collection will be for our Archdiocesan Appeal.

Salesian Boys’ and Girl’s Club Dinner Dance: It’s next Saturday at the Westin St. Francis Hotel. This is the major yearly fundraiser for the SBGC and you’re in for a night of good food, music, dancing & a silent auction. And it all benefits the SBGC. For more info, please call the club at 397-3068.

Cold Days/Cold Nights! Please help keep our neighborhood homeless warm. Needed are new or slightly used clean items of clothing: jackets & coats, men’s pants, socks (new please) gloves, scarves, and blankets. You can drop your donations off at morning assembly or in the rectory office. PLEASE use some common sense and remember the kind of clothes we need are what YOU would wear outside on a cold day —when you are homeless, EVERY DAY is a cold day—don’t bring us shorts or tank tops or Hawaiian shirts or strapless bras or high-heeled shoes. No ball gowns either, please. (Believe it or not, these are all items we have received.)


Choose Life! “Thirty-five years ago, the Supreme Court imposed a change on our nation that is at odds with our history, our Constitution and our humanity. And it is time to change Roe v. Wade. Abortion is wrong because it hurts everyone. It takes the life of an innocent unborn child. It victimizes the mother and father. It compromises doctors and nurses. It undermines respect for judges. It implicates the taxpayer who pays for it. It coarsens the society that tolerates it. No woman should feel she must have an abortion. We can find a better way. We can build a society in which every woman and child can find the support and care they deserve. We can build a culture of life. We can give hope to every woman and every child.” –Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson, Knights of Columbus, Remarks at the March for Life in Washington.


Young Adult Group Get Together: The lobster dinner/North Beach pub crawl was a big success! The Saints Peter and Paul Young Adult Group is for folks aged 25-40. Please email stpeter_paul_singles@hotmail.com for more information.

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. 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.


Emmaus Road Initiative: This national lecture series is based on the theology of Pope Benedict XVI, Pope John Paul II, Hans Urs von Balthasar and others, with the anthropological insights of Rene Girard. Lay Catholic author and lecturer Gil Bailie provides invaluable insights for engaging a culture that is hostile to and fearful of Christianity. Participants will learn the uniqueness and universality of Christianity, and its indispensability to humankind. The next lecture will be on April 14 at St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish Hall, and will explore “From a Psychological to a Sacramental Understanding of Who We Are.” For those who want to read some of Mr. Bailie’s work, go here.


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.

 


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!

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, Dominic Segerblom, 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

30

Second Sunday of Easter

Monday

31

Annunciation of the Lord

Tuesday

01

Easter Weekday

Wednesday

02

Easter Weekday

Thursday

03

Easter Weekday

Friday

04

Easter Weekday

Saturday

05

Easter Weekday

Sunday

06

Third Sunday of Easter

Retreat Offerings

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

Your sacrificial offerings of last week:

Easter Collection:

$20,886.

Holy Thursday (for the poor):

$382.

Good Friday (for the Holy Land):

$288.

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

 

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