Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

May 11, 2008

Pentecost Sunday


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Acts 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13; John 20: 19-23. The Holy Spirit came upon the Church at Pentecost. We hear about this in today’s first reading. With the Holy Spirit enabling them, the disciples preached boldly, speaking so that all could understand them. The second reading speaks of the divinity of the Holy Spirit. In the Gospel, the Risen Jesus imparted the Holy Spirit to his disciples.

 


Domenica di Pentecoste

 

Con la Pentecoste, prende corpo l’impegno della comunità mandata as annunciare le grandi opere di Dio. La Chiesa si fa annunciatrice di un messaggio nuovo, rivolto a tutti gli uomini, chiamata a formare una sola grande famiglia, edificata sull’amore di Gesù.

 

 

 

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Desk

 

 There’s a story about a mother who took her five-year old son to a concert by a polish pianist, Ignace Paderewski. She hoped that the experience would encourage her young son into playing the piano. She was delighted that their seats were near the stage. A few minutes before Ignace Paderewski’s performance, the mother happened to meet an old friend and got so involved, that she failed to notice that her son had slipped away to do some exploring.

8 o’clock arrived, the lights dimmed, the curtains opened, the audience hushed, the spotlight zeroed in on the piano on the stage. Horrified, the mother saw her five-year old son on the stage, sitting on the piano bench innocently picking out “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” Before she could react, out came Paderewski, who walked over to the piano and whispered to the boy, “Don’t stop! Keep playing.”

Then, Paderewski leaned right over the small boy and began playing the bass part of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and then began to add an elaborate accompaniment to the five-year old’s picking. The great maestro and the tiny five-year old mesmerized the audience; and when they finished, the audience broke into thunderous applause.

The picture of the great maestro and the tiny five-year old boy at the piano making moving music is a fitting image of the Holy Spirit and the Church. Today’s second reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians reminds us that to each individual is given the manifestation of the spirit for some benefit of the Church. Without the help of Paderewski, the boy’s pickings remained childish, but with his accompaniment gripping music. Without the Holy Spirit we are unable to even say that “Jesus is Lord.”

Today’s first reading of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon our Blessed Lady and the disciples huddled together in the upper room, is a reminder that the Spirit brings unity and understanding that even crosses over language barriers. This reading of the understanding of the disciples even though there are many languages present is contrasted with the incident of Genesis, where the tower of Babel, a symbol of man’s arrogance and self-worship, is the cause for misunderstanding and chaos and the root of the many languages of the world.

The short gospel reading also is compared to Genesis. On the evening of the day of the Lord’s resurrection, the Lord appears to the disciples and breathes on them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Like God who breathes into the clay and mankind is created, the Holy Spirit creates a new being, a new Church.

Without the Holy Spirit, as a Church, we’re like a five-year old boy who plays with one finger, one note at a time. We look at ourselves: so inadequate, so limited, so blinded, unable to hear the Spiritual language of Jesus, hopeless until the Spirit takes whatever we have and builds upon it, transforming us into something powerful and beautiful.

God knows we need the Holy Spirit to transform us! Look around, we see a political, moral and social morass (mess) in Iraq and Afghanistan, a military that allowed inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoners and then excuses itself by saying that these prisoners have no rights because they were captured without military uniforms. We live in a society that prefers “choice” instead of responsibility to the unborn, the poor, and the dying.

We can be overwhelmed by our insensitivity and our inclination to evil. Yet, we see the Spirit like a driving Wind, in tongues of fire filling the brethren gathered in one place with the power and joy of proclaiming that Jesus died and rose and sent us the Spirit to carry on in a world where Jesus is recognized and proclaimed our Lord and Savior.

Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

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

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!

Italian Catholic Federation Br 38: Meeting on Saturday May 17, lunch at 12:30. Join us for a great time at our monthly branch meeting and then luncheon to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! We’re ordering a deluxe lunch with enchiladas, beans, rice and drinks. ALL ARE WELCOME -- come ready to have fun!!! RSVP by May 12. Call Patrizio at 415-215-9427.


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!



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!


New Bishop Justice! All parishioners are invited to attend the Ordination Mass of our new bishop, the Most Reverend William J. Justice. The Mass will be celebrated May 28, 2008 at 2:00 PM, at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Refreshments will follow. God bless and guide Bishop Justice as he assumes his new responsibilities!


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

Blood Drive: The next SS. Peter and Paul Blood Drive will be Sunday, June 15, from 8:30 AM to 12:45 PM. The Bloodmobile will be parked right in front of the Church. Please call 421-0809 to set up an appointment time, or just drop by. Give blood, save a life!

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

11

Pentecost Sunday

Monday

12

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Tuesday

13

Our Lady of Fatima

Wednesday

14

Matthias; Apostle

Thursday

15

Isidiore

Friday

16

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Saturday

17

Commemorartion of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sunday

18

Most Holy Trinity

Retreat Offerings

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

Your sacrificial offerings of Easter:

SSPP Collection:

$3,809.

Second Collection (Home Missions):

$892.

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

 

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