Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

February 1, 2009

The Feast of St. John Bosco


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Ezekiel 34:11-31; Psalm 33; Philippians 4:4-9; Matthew 18:1-5. God will look after his sheep, since bad rulers have led the sheep astray. God will send a new David to lead them who is none other than the Good Shepherd, Jesus. The psalmist tells us: “Blessed are they who put their trust in the Lord.” Paul exhorts all those baptized in Christ to unity, joy, and peace. God’s peace surpasses all understanding and is beyond the power of the human mind. The Gospel tells us that to be a true disciple of Jesus one must be humble and not fear dependence on God the Father.

 


Festa di San Giovanni Bosco

O padre e maestro della gioventù, San Giovanni Bosco, che tanto lavorasti per la salvezza delle anime, sii nostra guida nel cercare il bene delle anime nostre e la salvezza del prossimo; aiutaci a vincere le passioni e il rispetto umano; insegnaci ad amare Gesù Sacramentato, Maria Ausiliatrice e il Papa; e implora da Dio per noi una buona morte, affinchè possiamo reggiumgerti in Paradiso. Così sia.


From the Pastor's Desk

   

This weekend we celebrate the Feast of St. John Bosco. At the Saturday Vigil Eucharist we celebrate 100 years of service of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, the Salesian Sisters, who have labored for the young and the poor of our parish of Saints Peter and Paul since 1950 in the school, the religious education program, and in the Salesian Boys and Girls Club.

The Salesian Sisters are energized by the lives and example of St. John Bosco and St. Mary Mazzarello, co-founders of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in 1872. It took the sisters 36 years to get to the United States where they began in humble surroundings at a poor church in Patterson, New Jersey. Those pioneer sisters took up residence in stable-like conditions, suffered greatly for lack of food, money, and accommodations; but continued to work for the immigrants and their children. Their early success under great adversity is seen in the sisters’ spirit today in San Francisco at Corpus Christi Parish and here at Saints Peter and Paul. Wish them well as they celebrate their beginnings and accomplishments over these 100 glorious years!

The Salesian sisters came to our parish in 1950 when the school accepted for the first time both boys and girls. The Salesians joined with the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians in teaching 465 boys and girls that first year. Fr. Michael Ribotta, Fr. Bob Ferguson and Fr. Joseph Scannagatta taught the boys in the 7th, 6th, and 5th grades. The parish’s own Sr. Anita Ferrari was among the first pioneers to Saints Peter and Paul. She was the first Salesian sister vocation from the parish, but not the last. Sr. Filomena Conti, Sr. Fernanda Rossi, Sr. Lupe Sandino, Sr. Elaine Reeves, and Sr. Rachel Crotti all followed her over the years.

It is fitting that we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Salesian sisters in the United States on the feast of St. John Bosco. They courageously personify the charism and spirit of Don Bosco filtered through the practical direction and common sense of their founder St. Mary Mazzarello. To you, many more years of dedicated service to the young and the poor!

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Archived Bulletins: For past bulletins, click here.

Blessing of the Throats: Tuesday is the Feast of St. Blaise. We will have the blessing of throats at all the Masses.

Blood Drive: Our next Saints Peter and Paul Blood Drive will be Sunday, February 8, from 8:00 Am to 12:30 PM. You can call 415-421-0809 to set up an appointment, or just drop in. The Bloodmobile will be parked right in front of the church. Give blood, save a life!

Our Lady of Lourdes Rosary: Our next Lourdes Rosary will be on Our Lady’s Feastday, Wednesday, February 11, at 8:30 AM, in our Lourdes chapel. All parishioners are invited to join in this wonderful event!


Fifth Annual Walk For Life West Coast: The Walk was a smashing success! Over 32,000 people (the largest annual gathering of Catholics in the Archdiocese of San Francisco) attended! Saints Peter and Paul Church, school, and the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club hosted 300 young people from California, Oregon, New Mexico, and Wyoming, who came to attend the Walk. (Mass goers at 7:30 & 8:45 AM last Sunday will have noticed the great numbers of young people.) Fr. Itzaina led our group which included a number of parishioners, plus dear old Fr. Jack who walked the whole way!


This is the San Clemente Youth Ministry from New Mexico, one of many groups who stayed at SSPP during the Walk.
They slept in the parish center.

We had all-night Eucahristic Adoration the night before the Walk. This is about 1:00 AM. The photo is not very good but look how many people are spending time with Our Lord!

Here's good Fr. Jack with some familiar faces. The great old Priest walked the whole way!

For many more great pictures, go here.


Plenary Indulgence: “By virtue of the decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary given May 10, 2008...the Pleenary Indulgence will be granted to ‘each and every truly repentant individual member of the Christian faithful’" who devoutly takes part in a sacred liturgy or a pious devotion in honor of St. Paul at St. Paul of the Shipwreck on February 14 , 2009, or in any church in the Archdiocese from June 27, 2009 at 4:00 PM through Monday June 29, 2009, in observance of the closing of the Pauline Year. A partial indulgence is granted for the recitation of the Pauline Year Prayer for the Unity of Christians in our church, Saints Peter and Paul. Cards with the prayer may be found in the back of the church.

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!

World Day of the Sick Mass: The Archdiocese, in conjunction with the Order of Malta, has finalized plans for the first annual World Day of the Sick Mass. The Mass will honor Our Lady of Lourdes and will take place on Saturday February 7, 2009 at 12:00 noon at St. Mary’s Cathedral, and will be celebrated by our good Archbishop George Niederauer. A special invitation is extended to the sick and their caregivers. There will be anointing of the sick and special parking and seating. For more information, call 788-4550

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: Where do we read of Paul’s choosing by God to remain his faithful servant?

God chose and used Paul. It was because He knew Paul was capable of remaining a faithful servant to the end: “…He is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings and the children of Israel” (Acts 9:15).

Next week’s question: Is Paul the only one who speaks of Jesus as the “new Adam”?


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:

Sr. Diana Filipas. Sr. Diana was born on Fairfax Street, in All Hallows parish, San Francisco, the third child of Marco & Angela Filipas. She studied with the Sisters of Charity at the old St. Vincent de Paul School, and upon graduating from high school, she followed her vocation into the Daughters of Mary Help of Christian. That was in 1958, and Sr. Diana has been educating and guiding young people ever since. 2009 marks her 51st year of since entering religious life!

Sr. Diana has served at Saints Peter and Paul and Corpus Christi here in San Francisco, and Lomita, Dominic Savio, and St. John Bosco in the southland, as well as Texas and Luisana.. Sister remembers that in those days they used to have 50 students in class, plus another 50 in second grade catechism (so much for class size as an excuse for poor results!) We’re on dangerous ground here, but Sister said it was much easier to teach boys than girls.

Sr. Diana currently is serving at St. Dominic Savio in Bellflower, where she serves as economer for the sisters, and also teaches religion class. God Bless her!

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

01

Parish Celebration of Our Founder, St. John Bosco

Monday

02

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Tuesday

03

Blaise; Bishop, Martyr

Wednesday

04

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Thursday

05

Agnes; Virgin, Martyr

Friday

06

Paul Mike and Companions; Martyrs

Saturday

07

Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sunday

08

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

SS Peter and Paul Collection:

$3,119.

Second Collection (Church in LatinAmerica)

$762.

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

 

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