Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

April 20, 2008

Fifth Sunday of Easter

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Acts 6:1-7; I Peter 2:4-9; John 14:1-12. Our first reading tells how the order of deacons was established. The second reading calls Jesus the cornerstone of our faith. In the Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples that he will prepare a place for them in his eternal Kingdom. If we are not sure how to make this come about, we have only to look to Jesus, who assures us that he is not only the Truth and Life, but the Way to the Father.

 


Domenica 5A di Pasqua

 

Ai cristiani non vengono risparmiate aspre critiche e questo li soinge e unirsi ancor più sttrettamente a Gesù Cristo. Con Lui solo essi sono in grado di edificare la nuova umanità guidata verso il Padre e resa capace di compiere opere grandi.

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Desk

 

If you would have lowered the chassis of my parents’ 1974 Chevrolet Caprice is would certainly have been called a “low-rider” car. But it was getting old and its sickly green color had lost its shine, so I badgered my parents in going to the local Plymouth dealer. So, we took a shiny new Plymouth BI (Before Iacocca) out for a ride. Immediately we heard rattles; it had no pickup; and when we went a little faster, a clunking noise terrifying appeared underneath the car. At the end of the test ride, we could distinctly smell rubber burning. My parents kept their Chevy.

How many of us live like flashy new cars? Everything seems to be going fine until we get out of the parking lot and start going down the road of life. We become rattled by life’s uncertainties and our relationships crash and burn.

In today’s first reading form the Acts of the Apostles, the early Church was like a flashy new car. The number of disciples grew and grew but almost immediately there were problems. People couldn’t get along; some were being neglected. The Jews who spoke Greek complained that the Jews who spoke Aramaic were getting all the food. And so the twelve Apostles decided to ordain seven servants called deacons to insure that everyone had enough to eat, while the Apostles could get back to prayer and the ministry of the Word. In a certain sense the Twelve were getting back to their own trusty ’74 Chevy Caprice.

Problems cropped up when the early Church forgot that the cornerstone of their lives was Jesus, the living stone once rejected but now certified and precious in God’s eyes. Could it be our problem today? Not seeing Jesus as the cornerstone? We instead live with our flashy-car standards, failing to understand that we too are “living stones,” buildings of the spirit, holy priests able to offer sacrifice through Jesus Christ.

John’s gospel uses the device of misunderstanding that allows the evangelist to repeat and enhance the message. Today’s gospel is a good example: Jesus would say something like, “In my Father’s house there are many dwellings. I’m going to prepare a place for you.” And one of the apostles would ask a question that showed they had no idea what Jesus was talking about. Jesus would then repeat himself until an apostle would ask another stupid question. Like, Philip. “Lord, show us the way to the Father.” Jesus would respond, “Philip, after I have been with you all this time, and still you do not know me?”

This Sunday’s readings tell us again and again that we are called to be something special: a chosen race, a royal priesthood, and a holy nation. Sometimes the way we live our lives shows us we don’t accept Jesus as the cornerstone of our lives and accept who we are, settling instead for the flashy new ways of the world.

Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

 

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

Visiting Choir: The Ramona Convent Secondary School choir, under the direction of Joseph Paguio, will sing at the Saturday, April 19, 5:00 PM Mass. Ramona Convent of the Holy Names was founded by the Sisters of the Holy names of Jesus and Mary in 1889 at Ramona Acres in Los Angeles County. This area is now part of the city of Alhambra. The choir is touring Northern California. This should be wonderful.

Volunteers Needed! The Parish St. Vincent de Paul Society needs volunteers to cook, serve and / or help clean-up for at a “Bringing Two Worlds Together Dinner for the Homeless” on Monday, April 21st, from 6:00 - 9:00 PM (diners arrive at 7:00). Dinner will be held in the school cafeteria and volunteers are needed starting at 6:00. Stay as long as you like, until clean-up at 9:00 PM, if possible. Volunteers are encouraged to dine with those we serve. Questions? Please feel free to call the church or contact marcabruno@yahoo.com

Parish Council: 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. The parking lot will still be open!

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

St. Emydius Class Reunion: The St. Emydius class of 1968 will gather for at the 5:00 PM Mass next Saturday, followed by a reunion dinner.

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

World Day of Prayer for Vocations: Last Sunday,Good Shepherd Sunday, was also designated by our dear Pope Paul VI as the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Let’s join the Universal Church as we pray that all people be open to God’s call and accept the gift he offers us! The video below is "Fishers of Men" from the Vocations Office of the USCCB. It is well worth watching! Please share it with any young men you know who may be thinking about a vocation to the priesthood.

 


YAG Bowling: And on Sunday, May 4 The Young Adults will attend the 5:00 PM Mass together. After church we'll take the 30 bus to Yerba Buena Bowling Center. Mo's Grill is above the bowing alley if you get hungry!

Santa Gemma: On May 4, we will celebrate the Feast of our dear Santa Gemma. Because of the feast, the 11:45 Mass on that day will not be celebrated in Latin, but in Italian. Santa Gemma, pray for us!

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! “The use society hopes to make of biomedical science must constantly be measured against robust and firm ethical standards. … Foremost among these is the dignity of human life, for under no circumstances may a human being be manipulated or treated as a mere instrument forexperimentation.” –Pope Benedict XVI, Address to the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Holy See, Oct. 11, 2007

The Holy Father comes to America! Speaking of our dear Pope Benedict, you may have heard he will visit the U.S. next week! He will be in the country from April 15-20. Of course every media outlet will cover his visit, but the fullest coverage will be on EWTN. You can visit www.ewtn.com for a complete schedule of their papal visit telecasts.

 


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.


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, 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, Abby Leslie, Walter Anthony Merlino, Charles Gibbs, 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

20

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Mon-Thurs

21-24

Easter Weekdays

Friday

25

Mark; Evangelist

Saturday

26

Easter Weekday

Sunday

27

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Retreat Offerings

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

Your sacrificial offerings of Easter:

SSPP Collection:

$2,561.

Second Collection (Catholic Charities):

$436.

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

 

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