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February 15, 2009

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Leviticus 13:1-2; 44-46; 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1; Mark 1:40-45. In the first reading, we hear about the Mosaic law concerning leprosy. This reading provides the background for our Gospel, in which Jesus heals a leper and tells him to follow the rule set down by Moses. In the second reading, Paul encourages Christ’s followers to act always for the glory of God.

 


 

Domenica 6A Del Tempo Ordinario

 

Le persone che avvicinaimo talora suscitano sospetto e paura, così che le nostre reazioni sono dettate da un istintivo senso di timore o di rifiuto. Abbiamo paura che qualcuno venga a distruggere la nostra quiete. Gesù è colui che spezza questo cerchio, invitandoci a continuare la sua opera, combattendo il male e accogliendo le povertà degli altri.

 


From the Pastor's Desk

   

The latest revelation is that Alex Rodriguez, the Yankee homerun hitter, is in much the same situation as Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds: a steroid user, a cheater. The pundits are saying that he should just admit to testing positive for steroids in 2003, be penitent and be done with it. But it isn’t that simple. Did he receive a $250 million salary because he used steroids? Will A-Rod and the others ever get into Cooperstown? Of course, they were only among the many that enhanced their performance by injection. Couldn’t we say the same for the use of Viagra and silicone?

The Christian tradition associates the miracle of the cleansing of the leprosy in Sunday’s gospel with the sacrament of penance and reconciliation. This week the responsorial psalm is the key to this interpretation. “Blessed is he whose fault is taken away.” If that is not enough, “'I confess my faults to the LORD,’ and you took away the guilt of my sin.” You get the idea.

Some people would say that the steroids is a private matter; but it that really true? Baseball players are entertainers and have become public figures. There are those who say the same thing about sin. Sin isn’t just a private matter, but has social consequences even in the most private of circumstances. What we are really talking about in this Sunday’s gospel is how people can become socially isolated and need to be reintegrated into the community. For the Israelites, skin diseases, blemishes, general irritations would disqualify them from public worship and human interaction. Jesus does away with this taboo and these skin conditions that they called “leprosy.” We’re not talking about Hansen’s Disease, but more common unsightly scaly skin conditions that come and go. So what Jesus is doing is much more than performing a miracle; Jesus is stating the in the Kingdom of God there will be no more social isolation. Jesus has power over sickness and disease that isolates and has come for the forgiveness of sin, which reintegrates the sinful back into society.

The leper is cleansed and told, according to Jewish law, to go show himself to the priest. But off he goes to publicize the whole matter. I wish we all would be so demonstrative of God’s love in the forgiveness of our sins.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Archived Bulletins: For past bulletins, click here.

Archbishop’s Annual Appeal 2009: We will kick-off our Archdiocesan Appeal this weekend. Please check the tables by the entrances to the church for more info about the AAA, and how your donations are used.

Sisters' Centennial Meting: The Sister’s Centennial Meeting Planning Group meets Tuesday, at 6PM in the Parish Center.

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!

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.


Choose Life! "Freedom of Choice Act Postcards” In November 2008, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops approved the “Fight FOCA Postcard Campaign.” The “Freedom of Choice Act” (FOCA) is a radical piece of legislation that would eliminate a range of laws pertaining to abortion: informed consent laws; Parental involvement laws; abortion clinic regulations; conscience protection laws, etc. Pro-abortion lobbying groups have been trying to pass FOCA since 1989, and now they have a Congress more disposed to pass the bill, and a President who has said he will sign it into law. Our Bishops ask you to oppose this legislation, and they support sending postcards to your elected representatives. On the tables you will find three attached postcards: one for each of your two Senators, and one for your Congressman. Just enter the name of the Senators and Congressman (or woman) add your return address, and make your voice heard!

Speaking of FOCA, Catholic San Francisco has a wonderful column this week by Ms. Vicki Evans, on the subject. Go here (PDF 5MB; page 14)


Salesian School “Go Green” Fundraiser: This year, the school’s spring fundraiser will be environmentally friendly and will focus on a responsible stewardship of our natural world. The “Go Green” fundraiser will be held on Friday, February 20, in the gym. Please call 421-5219 for more information.

Volunteers Needed: Ever considered what it feels like to help fight poverty on the frontlines? The St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco invites all parishioners to fulfill Christ’s challenge to care for the least among us by volunteering at the Society’s Vincentian Help Desk. The Help Desk is a clothing distribution program that serves over 1000 people each month. For more information, call Sally Rosen at 415-202-9955.

2008 Donation Statement: If you would like a statement of all your donations to Saints Peter and Paul in 2008, please call the parish office at 415-421-0809.

Plenary Indulgence: “By virtue of the decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary given May 10, 2008...the Plenary 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.

Cars Vandalized: We have had a number of cars vandalized in the garage. Please keep your eyes open, and if you are one of the people who parks there, make sure you close the garage door upon leaving!


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: Why is Paul called an apostle, when he never met Jesus?

Paul calls himself an apostle even though he never met Jesus personally, however the risen Jesus appeared to Paul and called him to be an apostle (1 Cor 1:1 and Gal 1:1). Paul is proud to call himself an apostle because he feels strongly that Jesus Christ has designated him such no less than the original apostles and has done wondrous deeds no less than the apostles.

Next week’s question: “Are the Gospel writings more important Paul’s Letters?”


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:

Aurora Piazza. If anyone in our parish needs no introduction, it’s Aurora. Aurora was born on the 600 block of Greenwich Street, and has spent her whole life in the parish. She has been our parish secretary since 1963, under the pastorate of the legendary Fr. Joseph Costanzo. He called her his “salami” and used to have her wash his cars, replace the candles, and wash & iron the purificators—(we latter-day secretaries sure have it easy!) but Aurora still reveres him. She has served under seven Pastors and four Archbishops, not to mention Salesian Rector Majors and Provincials. Generations of schoolchildren and parishioners remember Aurora with love and happiness.

The number of stories Aurora can tell about the parish (and the number of stories about Aurora!) are just about endless. She retired (Salesian retired) in 2000, but she still works with us one full day and one afternoon a week, plus she’s always coming in to volunteer, After all, she’s only 86! Aurora slowed down a little earlier this year, when she had a knee replaced, but she is already back at work, and getting right up to normal speed. She already put in an extra day on January 24, so that the regular secretary could attend this year’s Walk for Life.

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

15

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

16

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Tuesday

17

Seven Founders of the Order of Servites; Religious

Wed-Fri

18-20

Weekdays in Ordinary Time

Saturday

21

Peter Damian; Bishop, Doctor
Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sunday

22

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

SS Peter and Paul Collection:

$3,157.

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

 

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