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November 23, 2008

Solemnity of Christ the King


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Ezekiel 34:11-12; 15,-17; I Corinthians 15:20-26, 28; Matthew 25: 31-46. The first reading, from Ezekiel, tells us that God will work to gather his children, who are scattered about, back to himself. The second reading reminds us that through Adam, all people die, but through Christ all are offered eternal life. In the Gospel, Jesus teaches that if one truly hopes to enter into eternal life in heaven one must assist others.

 


Gesù Cristo Re Dell’Universo

 

Nella nostra esperienza quotidiana ci ritroviamo a fare i conto con tante realtà che ci domandano conto del nostro operatot e di come abbiamo impostato le cose. Alla fine della vita saremo chiamati a fare l’esamo della situazione. Verificheremo con il Giudice supremo, il nostro operato, confrontandolo con la legge dell’amore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Desk

   

The science fiction writer, Michael Crichton, passed away recently. He was known for his medical/techno thrillers like The Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park, and State of Fear. This last novel is a fantastic story of evil and misguided environmentalists who stage a series of “natural” disasters to make the public think that global warming was causing such things as hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis.

The demented professor, Norman Hoffman, believed that every organization or institution or government, or church for that matter, must control the behavior of its members (citizens) to keep the status quo and to keep people orderly and reasonably docile. The professor reasoned that social control is best managed through fear.

A little far-fetched? Do you not remember that “weapons of mass destruction” were used as an important reason for the invasion of Iraq? Could this have been an example of managing control through fear? What I would propose is that this Sunday’s readings for the Feast of Christ the King, especially the courtroom drama of the separation of the sheep from the goats and the second reading from 1st Corinthians, should be read not from a context of fear, but from the viewpoint of unconditional love of God and neighbor.

Yet, we cannot ignore the fact that we all live to some degree in fear of death and eternal punishment. St. Paul speaks to the Corinthians about every person’s fear of death: “So too in Christ shall all be brought to life.” The last enemy to be destroyed is death, “so that Christ may be all in all.”

Both readings, 1st Corinthians and Matthew’s gospel, remind us that we no longer have to fear death and eternal punishment because Christ conquered death and, like a Good Shepherd, will usher us into Eternal Life only if we identify with the marginal ones. No longer are we controlled by fear of death and punishment. Our Christian lives are managed not through fear but through a loving response to those in need. Crichton’s State of Fear is replaced on the Feast of Christ the King by a life of fearless love of God and the other.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Archived Bulletins: For past bulletins, click here.

Second Collection: This week’s second collection will be for the Campaign for Human Development.

Salesian Sisters 2009 Calendars for Sale: On Sunday the good Sisters will be selling their provincial calendars for 2009. You can get a nice calendar and support the sisters at the same time.

Eucharistic Adoration/Holy Hour: Every Wednesday, we have Holy Hour from 7:00-8:00 PM. This will be followed by Bible Study, beginning at 8:00 PM in the rectory. All are invited and the parking lot will be open.


Thanks, Your Excellency! Thanks to our good Archbishop George Niederauer, and to all who helped, when his Excellency visited us this past Tuesday for a prayer service Commemorating the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Saint Paul in Rome. It was a wonderful service!

Deacon Michael Dougherty, Archbishop Niederauer, and our good sacristan David Burbank
preparing for the service.


Thanksgiving Day Schedule: On Thanksgiving there will be ONLY ONE Mass, at 9:00 AM. The Mass will be concelebrated and all Thanksgiving day intentions will be remembered.

Volunteers (and food) Needed: Our St. Vincent de Paul Society’s “Thanksgiving Dinner for the Poor,” on November 27, needs volunteers. You’ll have fun, represent Catholic values and help those less fortunate to a hearty, home cooked meal. For more information call the church or contact SVdePaul2006@yahoo.com. Canned and dry food are also needed!

Advent Begins! Next Sunday is the beginning of Advent. There will be an Advent Penance Service on Tuesday, December 16, at 7:00 PM, in the Church. This is the best possible way to prepare for the coming of Our Lord! All parishioners are invited to attend.

Advent Day of Recollection: The Saints Peter and Paul Legion of Mary will host an Advent Day of Recollection on Saturday December 6, from 8:30 – 4:00 in the Parish Center. Spiritual Director: Fr. Salvatore Giacomini.. Guest Speaker: Edward Te. For more info call: 421-0809 or Rosalina at 200-9182 or email ryu@cacremco.com (Donation of $ 15.00) RSVP by12/03/08.

Legion of Mary: Are you interested in deepening your devotion to Our Lady? To find out about the Legion, call 415-421-0809 or email ryu@cacremco.com

Salesian Sisters Centennial Celebration: Time is running out! Over 60 of the 90 tables for the Salesian Sisters’ Centennial Celebration Dinner at the Westin St. Francis Hotel on February 28, 2009 are already committed and the others will be gone shortly. If you plan on attending this gala celebration you’d better hurry. Our goal is to have the dinner completely sold out by December 1. Tickets are $125.00 per person and can be picked up either at the rectory or the Salesian Boys’ & Girls’ Club. Join with us in acknowledging the work of these wonderful women! ADS for the Salesian Sisters’ Centennial Booklet are also on sale and can be purchased at either the Club or the Church. Ads range from $50.00 to $5,000.00 and have commensurate recognition.

More about the Salesian Sisters Centennial Celebration: To learn more about the Sisters and the Centennial celebration, go to our "Sisters Centennial" page. And if anyone has any info our photos they'd like to share, please feel free to send!


Marriage Matters to Kids! Proposition 8 forced us to confront important questions, that retain their importance even though the election is over.

What is the meaning of Marriage?
Do Children have a fundamental right to a Mother and a Father?
Do Mothers matter? Do Fathers matter?
Does natural marriage benefit society?
If so, what are the dangers of redefining marriage?
What about equality, and the dignity of the homosexual person?

Watch the video below, and listen to Catholic bishops and priests, (including a charming episode with SSPP’s own Fr. Armand Oliveri!) marriage counselors, lawyers, and people just like you, describe what marriage means and why we are called to protect it. Visit www.MarriageMattersToKids.org A number of SSPP Parishioners were involved in this project.

Click the arrow at lower left to start.

 


Catechism Teachers Needed! If anyone is interested in teaching religion to our CCD students, please contact Sister Kathleen at 421-7354 or Gibbons at 421-0809. This important ministry meets every Sunday from 10 to 11 AM.

“But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach?” –Romans 10:14


Year of Paul! Pope Benedict has called us to the “Year of Paul” celebrating the 2000th Anniversary of his birth. At SS Peter and Paul we hope to learn more about St. Paul by offering trivia questions in the Bulletin on a weekly basis (hopefully).

Last week’s question: Paul’s letters are traditionally divided into three groups by biblical scholars. Can you name the three categories of these letters?

First Group – “Genuine” These letters are undisputed letters of Paul – 1 Thessalonians, Phillipians, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philemon, Romans. Second Group – “Deutero-Pauline.” Believed to be written while Paul was alive, but by a disciple of Paul’s – 2 Thessalonians, Ephesians, Colossians Third Group – “Pastoral Letters.” These were written later by an unknown author wanting to address issues in the growing Christian communities with Paul’s authoritative voice – Titus, 1 and 2 Timothy.

Next week's question: When we think about the basis of Paul’s letters how should we think about the framing?


Ambassadors for Christ

The Holy Father has declared 2008-2009 to be the Commemoration of the Anniversary of the birth of St. Paul, the co-patron of our parish. As we all know, Paul was the “Apostle to the Gentiles.” In keeping with this, we will highlight members of our parish family who are “Ambassadors for Christ.” Today, we profile:

James & Lisa Marchi. Jim is a North Beach boy through and through. He was baptized at Saints Peter and Paul, (his parents were married here) and Fr. Al Pestun married Jim and his lovely wife Lisa here in 1995. Lisa is a registered nurse at UC Hospital and of course she also works hard as Mom since the birth of the Marchi’s two children, Alessandra & Gianni. Both children were baptized here, and attend Saints Peter and Paul.

Jim serves the parish as member of the Finance Committee, as member of the Parish Council, and as a lector at Sunday Mass. Lisa helps out at many school functions, never misses a PTO Meeting, is always there if the school needs “a mom in the classroom,” and co-chairs the toy booth at the Columbus Day Bazaar.

God Bless them!

To see all members of the parish profiled as "Ambassadors for Christ," go here.


New “Intentions” book: Each week we will pray for those intentions that are placed in our prayer book at the entrance to the church. As you enter the church, please write your intention in the book and it will be placed on the ambo and remembered during the Prayers of the Faithful. These prayers can be for the living, dead, sick or healthy or whatever intention is held steadfast in your heart.

Chinese/ English Mass: Not everybody knows that at our 10:15 Chinese Mass on Sundays, Fr. Andrew has introduced some English. There’s also some Latin and Greek (sometimes) plus an excellent choir. If you’ve never been, you owe it to yourself to check it out!


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


Choose Life! The next Walk for Life West Coast will be held on January 24, 2009, beginning at 12:00 noon at Justin Herman Plaza. (Speeches begin at 11:00 AM). To learn all about the walk, click on the icon at right.

Here's a video of the 2008 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!

The Fifteenth Crimson Lily is a new book by Tom Layton depicting the life of Saint Maria Goretti as if she was living in San Francisco and a parishioner of Saints Peter and Paul. The book includes scenes featuring Fr. Malloy and Fr. Oliveri, and is for sale in the bookstore. Come in and check it out.

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) will begin in September 2008. 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.

Fr. Malloy: He will still be preaching online. He has a new blogspot "A Shepherd's Voice..." at http://www.johnmalloysdb.blogspot.com/

Holy Land Pilgrimages: Please visit this link to find out about Pilgrimages to the Holy Land. Our friends over at St. Thomas More Church are affiliated with these pilgrimages.

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.

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."

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.

Travelling? Find a Mass anywhere in the world. Visit Masstimes.

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, Mary Ann Hulett, The Olsen Family, Bob, McPhail, Charles Gibbs, Jane Tift, Sr. Gil Lewis, Fernanda Rossi, Ken Beckingham, Alexis Ordona, 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

23

Solemnity of Christ the King

Monday

24

Andrew Dung-Lac; Priest, Martyr, and Companions

Tuesday

25

Catherine of Alexandria; Virgin, Martyr

Wednesday

26

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Thursday

27

Thanksgiving Day

Friday

28

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Saturday

29

Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sunday

30

First Sunday of Advent

Retreat Offerings

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

Last week's results of your faithful and generous stewardship:

First Collection:

$4,016.

Second Collection (AAA):

$863.

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

 

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