Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

January 11, 2009

The Baptism of the Lord


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Isaiah 42: 1-4,6-7; Acts 10:34-28; Mark 1:7-11. Isaiah prophesies that God will send his servant, on whom God’s spirit will rest. In our reading from Acts, Peter confirms that God’s Spirit was upon Jesus. In the Gospel, the Spirit of God descended on Jesus at his baptism. A voice from heaven declared that Jesus was God’s beloved Son, in whom he was well pleased.

 


 Battesimo Del Signore

 

Nell’episodio del Battesimo il Padre dichiara il suo amore per il figlio che si sente sostenuto a compere le scelte più impegnative. Sarà così anche per noi se faremo rivivere la grazia del Battesimo.

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Desk

   

Any skeletons in your family’s closet? I have ancestors who left England with the constables hot on their heels, changed their family name from James to Thornton and became respectable out West. One other relative ended up in an Arizona prison. I have an aunt who married a priest! I didn’t find out about that until after my ordination. (Information purposively withheld?) I would think that most of us have checkered pasts closeted for good reason.

In the gospels we find that the baptism of our Lord became an embarrassment of sorts. Let me explain. Mark’s gospel is used this Sunday celebrating the Baptism of our Lord. After John the Baptist explains how unworthy he is to even untie the straps of Jesus’ sandals—only a slave would do that—he goes ahead and baptizes Jesus in the Jordan. For the apostolic church this was quite a scandal. John the Baptist “appeared in the wilderness proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Mk. 1, 4).” How could they reconcile the sinless Jesus with this symbolic act? It does seem inappropriate.

The account of the Baptism of the Lord is handled differently in the other three gospels. Matthew has John the Baptist arguing with Jesus that he should be the one being baptized. Jesus replies, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness (Mt. 3, 15).” Luke seems to be disingenuous. He is baptized but while John the Baptist is conveniently in prison. John’s gospel is the most draconian of all. There is no baptism of Jesus. Problem solved.

Eastern Catholics and Orthodox Christians solved the problem by combining the Baptism of the Lord with Epiphany. The Lord’s baptism makes more sense when the focus is taken off Jesus being baptized by John or whomever where the baptism becomes the context, or the occasion, for a most important epiphany (revelation) of the identity of Jesus: “This is my beloved Son.” The Tridentine Mass using the gospel of John for the Second Sunday after Epiphany, avoids the issue of John’s baptism, because there is no baptism, but rather John—who is never called the “Baptist” in this gospel—testifying “he is the Son of God.”

In Mark’s account only Jesus, not John the Baptist nor the other baptized, sees the Spirit in the form of a dove and hears his Father’s words to his “beloved” Son…and all of us readers of the gospel

We are profoundly privileged to hear the Father’s words confirming Jesus as the unique source of salvation for humanity, foretold in Isaiah as the “chosen one with whom I am pleased (Is. 42, 1),” and clarified by Peter in the Acts of the Apostles, “beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached, how God anointed Jess of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power (Acts 10, 37-38).”

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Archived Bulletins: For past bulletins, click here.

Second Collection: Today’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. 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.

SBGC Cioppino’s. It’s crab season! That means the best crab in the world: Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club Cioppino! Word is the first two are sold out, but you can still get tickets for the February 7 event. And of course all proceeds benefit the SBGC. Call 415-397-3068 for more info.


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 or on the billboard above, to go their page which has links to dozens of media sites covering the walk. We've got some photos on our pro-life page also.


More Choose Life: “If the election is misinterpreted ideologically as a referendum on abortion, the unity desired by President-elect Obama and all Americans at this moment of crisis will be impossible to achieve. Abortion kills not only unborn children; it destroys constitutional order and the common good, which is assured only when the life of every human being islegally protected. Aggressively pro-abortion policies, legislation and executive orders will permanently alienate tens of millions of Americans, and would be seen by many as an attack on the free exercise of their religion.” –Statement by USCCB President Cardinal Francis George on behalf of the USCCB, Nov. 12, 2008


Mark your Calendars: The Salesian Sisters Centenary Celebration at Sts. Peter and Paul will take place on Saturday, January 31, the Feast of Don Bosco. Please note that the normal 5PM Mass has been moved to 6PM that evening. At 5PM, there will be a concert, short history of the Sisters, and slide show. The Mass of St. John Bosco will be celebrated here at 6PM by Salesians from all over California who will be here to celebrate with the Sisters. Finally, there will be a reception and performance program in the church auditorium starting at 7:30. Both sides of Filbert Street will be reserved for parking for the celebration, as well as the upper and lower lots, but please consider other transportation arrangements. Finally, we kindly ask you to call Gibbons at 421.0809 to RSVP for the reception. Although it is free, we wish to gather an idea of how many will be in attendance. Only RSVP to one source-- either Gibbons, the Club or school. We look forward to a once in a century celebration!

and:

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!

Mark Your Calendars: The Most Reverend William Justice, Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco, cordially invites all married couples to a solemn Eucharistic Celebration and Renewal of Vows. Those celebrating 25, 50, or 50+ years are especially invited! The celebration will take place Saturday February 14, 2009 at 10:00AM, at St. Anne of the Sunset Church, 850 Judah Street. A reception will follow the Mass. RSVP’s are required and RSVP forms may be picked up in the parish office.


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: "What saint documents that the text from Paul’s Letter to the Romans marked the turning point of his life?"

St. Augustine, in his Confessions, documents how a text from Romans (13:13) marked a turning point in his life and led to his conversion to Christianity. He would return to this letter time and time again as struggled with the mystery of sin and especially original sin, and the majesty of God’s grace.

Next week’s question: “What makes St. Paul’s letters to the Romans so unique?”


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:

Eugene Chung: Eugene was born in Hong Kong, and came to the U. S. at age 19 to further his education. He works for an architectural firm. Eugene is very active with our Chinese Salesian Young Adults—for a period of time he was president of the group.

The Chinese Salesian Young Adults engage in works of charity, such as an annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive with the Sisters of Charity, and they also do spiritual works, such as group retreats. Eugene sings with our excellent Chinese choir every Sunday at the 10:15 AM Mass, and, as if that weren’t enough, he also participates in a weekly Chinese Bible show on Cross Radio. “CROSS” stand for “Chinese Radio of Spiritual Services.” The show can be heard every Saturday at 4:00 PM at 1400 on your AM dial .

God Bless him!

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


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 Pomodoro 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--Stem Cells: 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

So the scientists have caught up with the Church, but the politicians are still playing to the Culture of Death voters. Senate democrats are currently deciding whether to overturn federal restrictions on Embryonic Stem Cell Research established by President Bush. The argument is that this funding will allow rersearch to go forward. This is nonsense. When a product looks profitable, you don't need government funding.

Adult Stem cells have already been used in treating 80+( or 100+, I've lost count) medical conditions. A man named Don Margolis follows this carefully. His website is here. Mr. Margolis interest is totally on adult, or as he calls them, "repair" stem calls. As for ESCR, Mr. Margolis says: "Embryonic stem-cells can't cure a hangnail!"


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 (415)-461-0704

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

11

The Baptism of the Lord

Monday

12

Weekday

Tuesday

13

Hilary; Bishop, Doctor

Wed-Fri

14-16

Weekdays

Saturday

17

Anthony; Abbot

Sunday

18

The Baptism of the Lord

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

SS Peter and Paul Collection:

$2,996.

SEcond Coillection (for the Poor)

$912.

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

 

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