Saints Peter & Paul Parish
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December 14, 2008

 

Third Sunday of Advent
Gaudete (Rejoice!) Sunday


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Isaiah 61: 1-2; 10-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28. Waiting is a theme for today’s readings. Isaiah waits for the jubilee year, when the Lord will make justice and praise spring up before all the nations. Paul waits for the Second Coming of the Lord, who will judge the living and the dead. John the Baptist teaches us that the one the world has been waiting for is already in their midst.

 


Domenica 3A Di Avvento

 

Gioia perché il Signore è vicino, per aiutare l’uomo a ritrovare la casa del Padre. I messagi che ascoltiamo non sono vani: colui che attendiamo è più grande di ogni promessa.

 

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Desk

   

When I was principal at Salesian High School, here in the Bay Area, there was a young man who came from the dreaded Iron Triangle in Richmond. It was an area within a triangle created by intersecting railroad tracks whose hallmark was drugs, murder, and hopelessness. But from the Iron Triangle came a number of students who were being mentored by the Making Waves Foundation who tutored poor students and paid for their high school and college education—all of it!

But this young man had a problem. He began to bump in to other students in the crowded corridors. It didn’t seem to be malicious but was causing obvious tension with those who were bumped and bruised. I think it was a perceptive personal counselor who figured out that the young man was running into people to remind the bumped and bruised that he existed, that he couldn’t be ignored. It was his way of meeting other students who he thought didn’t know he existed. In a very physical way, he was saying hello.

Isn’t that how God communicates with humanity? God sends his anointed prophets to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, liberty to the captives, to rejoice, pray, test, retain the good and discard evil because God is present in Jesus Christ! God is bumping into us in the corridors of life in his Son, Jesus. God wills to be known in the Word becoming flesh. In a very physical way, God is saying hello.

This third Sunday of Advent reminds us God will not be ignored. John the Baptist was sent from God to witness to the God who is present among us in Christ Jesus our Lord. By our joy, by our faithfulness, by our unceasing prayer we are all called to continue the testimony of John, a voice crying out in the desert, make straight the way of the Lord.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Archived Bulletins: For past bulletins, click here.

Second Collection: This week’s second collection will be for the retired members of Religious Orders.

Blood Drive: Our next Blood Drive will be today, December 14. The Bloodmobile will be parked in front of the church from 8:30 AM to 12:45 PM. Christmas is about giving, and what greater gift can one give to those in need?


Advent Penance Service: 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.

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Christmas Novena and Chant: We will have a Christmas Novena with Chant, beginning on Tuesday, December 16 and continuing through Tuesday, December 23 in the church. The novena will begin at 5:00PM. Come join the Salesian Fathers, Sisters, and parishioners in preparing ourselves for Christmas


Christmas Legends. The Poinsettia:“It was Christmas Eve. A poor little Mexican boy named Pablo was too ashamed to join friends and family in church because he had no gift for the Christ Child. He decided to kneel and pray. To his amazement, a beautiful plant grew in the spot where he had knelt. Its flaming red leaves arranged like a star and its yellow blossom like a shining light were God's gift for the little boy to present to Jesus.”

For more fun Christmas stories and legends, go here.


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.

School Christmas Show: The School’s Christmas Pageant “Christmas on Filbert Street” will be this Thursday, December 18, at 7:00 PM. The students have been rehearsing extensively, ad it should be very good. All parishioners are invited.

Mille Grazie! Thanks to all parishioners who aided the St. Vincent de Paul Society on Thanksgiving Day. Over 500 people, homeless-poor-or-alone, were served a wonderful meal, and 45 families were given shopping bags of food thru your generosity! Want to serve our less fortunate neighbors on Christmas Day? Your assistance and goodwill is needed at Sts. Peter and Paul. Diners will be served 2-5 PM, but volunteers arrive anytime between 11AM and 5PM, depending on your availability. Please contact SVdePaul2006@yahoo.com to schedule your volunteer time on Christmas Day at Sts. Peter and Paul Church.

From the Holy Father:At Christmas we contemplate God made man, divine glory hidden beneath the poverty of a Child wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger; the Creator of the Universe reduced to the helplessness of an infant. Once we accept this paradox, we discover theTruth that sets us free and the Love that transforms our lives. On Bethlehem Night, the Redeemer becomes one of us, our companion along the precarious paths of history. Let us take the hand which he stretches out to us: it is a hand which seeks to take nothing from us, but only to give.” --Pope Benedict XVI, Urbi et Orbi Message, Christmas 2005.


Choose Life! Saint Paul would surely be there! The Walk for Life West Coast will take place on Saturday, January 24, beginning at 12:00, at Justin Herman Plaza. Last year 20,000 peaceful marchers gave loving witness to the Culture of Life. Last year seven Catholic Bishops, led by our own Archbishop George Niederauer, led the march, and our good Pastor Fr. John Itzaina led the SSPP contingent. Come join us! As usual, SS. Peter and Paul will have all-night Eucharistic Adoration the night before the Walk. Call 421-0809 for more information.

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.

Attn: Pro-Life teens! Please join us for a planning meeting December 14th as we highlight the presence of our high school students at the Walk for Life West Coast The planning party (with refreshments) is from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 14t, at St. Gabriel Parish Center, 2559 40th Avenue, San Francisco. Each high school and teen club is encouraged to send representatives to this event and other interested high school students are invited as well. Parents and educators welcome. For information call 415-664-2100 or email highschools4life@gmail.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: In which letter does Paul have a lengthy thanksgiving? In Paul’s first letter, 1 Thessalonians, the thanksgiving is unusually long, It alerts us to the gratitude that Paul has for the Thessalonians and we read / hear the depth of his feelings in 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10, 2:13-16, 3:9-13. Examples “We give thanks to God for all of you, remembering you in our prayers, unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor and love and endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ before our God and Father, knowing brothers loved by God, how you were chosen.” 1 Thes.. 1. “And for this reason we too give thanks to God unceasingly, that, in receiving the word of God, which is now at work in you who believe.” 1 Thes.. 2. “What thanksgiving, then, can we render to God for you, for all the joy we feel only your account before God?” 1 Thes. 3.

Next week’s question: Which of Paul’s letters does not include a thanksgiving?


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:

Frank Vetari. When you speak about Frank Vetari, our senior sacristan, you are going back to the very roots of Saints Peter and Paul. Frank went to school here. and he originally worked at SS Peter and Paul from 1946-48. but even before that he helped as a boy, working with the legendary Salesian Brother Nick Immelenski, one of the five Salesians who pioneered the order in the United States. In ‘48 Frank was drafted, serving a year in Japan and later one year in Korea. From about ‘51 to ‘83’ Frank worked on and off at the church, helping his brother, Roy.

Frank started to work for us part time again in 1983, at about age 60, and he’s still here on weekends. He’s probably helped at more weddings than just about anybody. The number of fascinating stories Frank can tell you about past doings in the church are endless, but be warned—you may be listening for a while! Frank is getting ready for retirement (on December 35, he says!), but even when he does, we will be calling him for advice. Frank and his dear sister Flora live right around the corner from the church, where they have been for many years.

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


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, Mary Drayton, 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

14

Third Sunday of Advent

Mon-Tues

15-16

Advent Weekdays

Wed-Sat

17-20

Late Advent Weekdays

Sunday

14

Fourth 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:

$4,347.

Second Collection (AAA):

$798.

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

 

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