Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

December 21, 2008

 Fourth Sunday of Advent


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2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14, 16. Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1: 26-38. King David’s gesture to build God a dwelling place is noble, but one could not confine God anymore in David’s time than in ours. Mary, in today’s Gospel, courageously submits to God’s will. The strength to follow God’s will, Paul reminds us, comes directly from God himself.

 


 

 

Domenica 4A Di Avvento

 

Il Signore ha chiesto agli uomini di preparare il loro cuore ad accogliere degnamente la nascita del Salvatore. Maria ha vissuto i giorni prima del Natale con una intensità mirabile: teniamoci uniti a lei che prta nel grembo il Figlio, per trovarci pronti ad accogliere Gesù nella notte santa.

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Desk

   

Those who live anywhere even in San Francisco know that there’s a crisis in the housing market. Interests are very low but loans are hard to come by. Those who have houses sometimes owe more than the house is worth. Dreams have vanished with the complete loss of equity.

In today’s first reading David the King is living in splendor in a house of cedar while his God still lives in a tent. David consults Nathan the prophet about his wish to build God as temple, a considerable upgrade from tent dwelling. The prophet tells King David to build it. Build the Lord a house, a temple “for the Lord God is with you.” But the Lord has other plans of building a royal house of David that will stand forever.

Today’s letter to the Romans interprets the house that will stand forever as Jesus Christ, prophetically foreshadowed, made known to all the nations. With the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, the early Christians begin to see that God no longer dwelt in a place, in a temple, in a house, but rather in a person—Jesus Christ. When God became Man and dwelt among us, no longer could we control God’s presence in the world by imprisoning God in a box, or a temple, or house, because the house where God dwelled was in the person of Jesus Christ.

We can’t get away from houses even in today’s gospel of the angel’s annunciation to Mary in a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. It is not by chance that this Sunday’s gospel from Luke is used four times during Advent: (1) for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8; (2) for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12; (3) the 4th Sunday of Advent; and (4) Tuesday, December 20, an Advent weekday. In this gospel Mary becomes “House of God.” The prophecy of David in the Book of Samuel is understood in a wholly different way, and the house of David takes on a whole new meaning.

Just as the Lord was with David, just as the Lord is with Mary, the Lord is with us and this is what we celebrate today and everyday as a community of faith.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Archived Bulletins: For past bulletins, click here.

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


 

Christmas Novena and Chant: Christmas commercialism got you down? We've got the cure! Come to our Christmas Novena with Chant, which will continue through Tuesday, December 23, in the church. The novena begins at 5:00PM sharp and lasts about 25 minutes. Come join the Salesian Fathers, Sisters, and parishioners in preparing ourselves for Christmas.

Our Lord and King is drawing near, O come let us adore him!



Christmas Volunteers Needed! 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: “Today, this very day, Christ comes once more ‘unto his own,’ and to those who receive him he gives ‘the power to become children of God’; in a word, he offers them the opportunity to see God’s glory and to share the joy of that Love which became incarnate for us in Bethlehem. Today ‘our Savior is born to the world,’ for he knows that even today we need him. Despite humanity’s many advances, man has always been the same: a freedom poised between good and evil, between life and death. … And, in this postmodern age, perhaps he needs a Savior all the more, since the society in which he lives has become more complex and the threats to his personal and moral integrity have become more insidious. Who can defend him, if not the One who loves him to the point of sacrificing on the Cross his only-begotten Son as the Savior of the world?” –Pope Benedict XVI, Urbi et Orbi Message, Christmas 2006


Christmas Legends: The Robin. A small brown bird was perched on a beam in a stable in Bethlehem watching the people from many lands who had come with gifts for the newborn Child. The little bird could see the great adoration of the people as they knelt before the Babe, and was able to sense that something wonderful had happened.

After a time, the visitors departed and the Holy Family settled down to rest; and the little bird prepared to sleep, too. But just as he was dozing off, he noticed that the fire, built to keep the Child warm, was dying out. Quickly he flew down and began fanning the coals with his wings. The fire became brighter until the feathers on the little bird's breast radiated the glow and showed a beautiful red.

Although he grew very tired, the small bird stayed by the fire all night, fanning it to keep the blaze bright and the Christ Child warm. Since that night the robin's breast has remained a glowing red, a mark of the unselfish love and devotion shown by that bird in Bethlehem.

For more fun Christmas stories and legends, go here.


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: Which of Paul’s letters does not include a thanksgiving? Paul’s letter to the Galatians does not include a thanksgiving. Paul is not thankful that the Galatians were having second thoughts about their faith. Paul even calls them “foolish” (Gal.3:1) (some translations even use the word “stupid”). Next week’s question: Who are some of Paul’s Collaborators?


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:

David Burbank. David is our weekday (and sometimes weekend) sacristan. He was born in Wichita, KS, and grew up in Portland. Most of his family still lives up in Oregon. (That’s David with his sister Sally when she was in San Francisco for a visit.).

David came to us in 2006, when his friend David St. John was unable to continue as sacristan. Boy, did we get lucky! David is an extremely conscientious and hard worker. We say “he’s got eyes in the back of his head.” He watches over the Church like a hawk, and catches trouble before it develops. (David has worked as a bouncer in the past!). He caught a man who is notorious throughout the Archdiocese for stealing from the candle collections in various parishes But he is extremely welcoming to visitors, and takes the time from his busy schedule to show people around the church and point out the many things of interest. David is also a member of our Holy Name Society. God Bless him!

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


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.


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

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

21

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Mon-Tues

22-23

Late Advent Weekdays

Wednesday

24

Final Day of Advent

Thursday

25

The Nativity of the Lord; Christmas Day

Friday

26

Stephen; First Christian Martyr

Saturday

27

John; Apostle, Evangelist

Sunday

28

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

Retreat Offerings

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

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

First Collection:

$3,110.

Second Collection (Retired Religious):

$916.

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

 

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