Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

May 4, 2008

Solemnity of the Ascension


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Acts 1:1-1; Ephesians 1:17-23; Matthew 28: 16-20. Today’s first reading tells of the Ascension of Jesus and his final instruction to the Apostles. The second reading assures us that all that Jesus said and did was in accord with the will of the Father. In the Gospel, we hear that the mission once given to Jesus by the Father has now been entrusted to us, his disciples.

 


 

La Ascensione del Signore

 

L’Ascensione segna l’inizio della misione della Chiesa. Il Signore Gesù, accolto nella gloria del Padre, ma nascosto alla nostro vista sensibile, abita in noi l’opera di salvezza. Gesù proclama che anche noi siamo destinati all vita eterna.

 

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Desk

 

 

There’s a Japanese legend of SANSHU NO JINGI about the sun goddess AMATERASU-OMI-KAMI who is given three sacred objects: a SWORD, a JEWEL, and a MIRROR, all symbols of power to move people, control our lives and our destiny.

The sword is the power in our life to get what we want by violence and muscle.

The jewel is the power in our life to get what we want by wealth, money, and reward.

The mirror is the power to look at ourselves and understand and know who we are.

It seems that of the three sources of power in our lives, the power is shifting to knowledge, from MUSCLE and MONEY to MIND.

Muscle power can be a slap of a child or the threat of nuclear war. Money power is a simple as a promise of reward from the tooth fairy, withholding one’s allowance, having to pay taxes, or letting one go to the prom. Mind power can be access to the Internet, the sophisticated use of a database, a library card, the effort of preparing for final exams.

These three sources of power are interconnected. A mugger can use force to get money; you can torture to extract information, but what’s happening today is a huge and important shift from the power of violence and reward, from muscle and money, from the sword and the jewel to knowledge, to the power of the mind, to the power of the mirror of understanding. Knowledge has become the very core of muscle and money.

It is the Feast of the Ascension that asks us Christians, “What is the source of our own power? What motivates us as believers in the Risen Lord?"

Sunday’s first reading is a prayer that God grant us a spirit of wisdom and insight to know him clearly; that God enlighten us with a vision that leads to hope; the power in us to believe. Our power source as Christians is in Jesus and in the Spirit that Jesus will send on Pentecost.

The second reading speaks of the last words of Jesus spoken to his disciples before he ascended into heaven: You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes down upon you: the power to witness to the Risen Jesus.

The Gospel reading from Matthew reminds us that Jesus calls his disciples to baptize, teach, and know that he is with us always. That’s the real power of Christians: to know that Jesus in his Ascension has transcended space and time and is with us powerfully always and everywhere.

Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

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

Santa Gemma: On May 4, we will celebrate the Feast of our dear Santa Gemma Galgani. 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!


Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Old Timers Dinners: On May 5 in the cafeteria (men) and at the San Francisco Athletic Club (women) the SBGC will have their “Old Timers” dinners. Honorees will be Richard Pellegrini for the men and Lola Simi for the women. Congratulations to both!

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. Mary Mazzarello: May 9 is the feast day of dear St. Mary Mazzarello, foundress of the Daughters of Mary help of Christians, our Salesian Sisters! Mary Mazzarello, pray for us!


Catherine of Siena, a Woman of our Times: The Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology in Berkeley is proud to present Sister Nancy Murray in Catherine of Siena, a Woman of our Times.

Dominican Sister Nancy Murray, sister of actor Bill Murray brings Saint Catherine of Siena to life in this wonderful one-woman production. Sister Murray will perform at Saint Dominic’s Catholic Church in San Francisco on Friday, May 9 & Saturday May 10 at 7:30PM, a week after Saint Catherine of Siena’s feast day. Tickets are at $15. To order tickets or for more information, please contact Dominican School Advancement at 510-883-2085 or e-mail Advancement@dspt.edu.


Holy Name Society Rosary: May is the “month of Mary,” and we have lots of events: The HNS will sponsor their annual rosary on Thursday, May 22, beginning at 7:30 PM. Light refreshments will follow in the cafeteria. Come join us as we honor our Blessed Mother!

May Crowning: Our students will also honor their Blessed Mother on May 23, with the May Crowning at the 9:00 AM Mass.

Mary Help of Christians: Saturday, May 24, will be the Feast of Mary help of Christians, Patroness of the Salesians. Mary Help of Christians, pray for us!


Salesian Summer Day Camp: Day Camp will begin on June 9 and run through August 1. Salesian Day Camp is for students ages 3 1/2 - 9 an includes Arts & Crafts, Dance, Cooking and Baking, Martial Arts, 2 field trips a week, basic Math and Reading, theatre and Special Thursday events. For a brochure please contact; Joselyn Staley, (415) 397-3067 or email at jstaley@salesianclub.org

Memorial Mass for Pierina Ottoboni: Pierina, the older sister of Fr. Armand Oliveri, went home to God this past week. She was well known to many long time parishioners. There will be a Memorial Mass on Saturday, May 10, at 11:00 AM.

 

Bishop Wester leading our procession in 2005.

Corpus Christi Procession: We will have a Corpus Christi Procession on Sunday, May 25, following the 1:00 PM Mass. The procession will begin at Saints Peter and Paul, and will end at the Shrine St. Francis of Assisi. Come join us in this procession of Adoration through North Beach! All parishioners are invited to this wonderful event!

World Day of Prayer for Vocations: May 13, 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.

 


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! “When God wants an important thing done in this world or a wrong righted, He goes about it in a very singular way. He doesn’t release thunderbolts or stir up earthquakes. God simply has a tiny baby born, perhaps of a very humble home, perhaps of a very humble mother. And God puts the idea or purpose into the mother’s heart. And she puts it in the baby’s mind, and then – God waits. The great events of this world are not battles and elections and earthquakes, and thunderbolts. The great events are babies, for each child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged with humanity, but is still expecting goodwill to become incarnate in each human life.” –Edmond McDonald.


Young Adult Group Get Together: The Pasta Pomodor dinner 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.


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.

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, Walter Anthony Merlino, Charles Gibbs, Jane Tift, 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

04

Ascension of the Lord

Mon-Sat

05-10

Easter Weekdays

Sunday

04

Pentecost Sunday

Retreat Offerings

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

Your sacrificial offerings of Easter:

SSPP Collection:

$3,395.

Second Collection (Home Missions):

$645.

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

 

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