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April 5, 2009

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion


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Isaiah 50: 4-7; Philippians 2:6—11; Mark 14:1-15:47. Today’s first reading describes the Suffering Servant, faithfully carrying out his duties while being subject to mistreatment, all done in obedience to God’s will. The second reading speaks of the obedience of Jesus to the will of the Father. He was obedient, even unto death. In the Gospel, we hear of the Passion and death of Jesus.

 


 

Domenica delle Palme

 

In questa domenica due momenti richiamano l’impegno del credente: la Croce e l”Eucaristia. Il rito della benedizione dell’ulivo ricorda l’ingresso trionfale di Gesù in Gerusalemme, che non è ricerca di successo, ma disponibilità al dono, che si consumerà nella morte di croce.

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Desk

   

This year, for Passion/Palm Sunday, we proclaim the Passion from the Gospel of Mark. Mark’s Passion account is a handbook for disciples who fail. In the final scene of crucifixion, Jesus has been abandoned by all of his close disciples; his own family, including his Blessed Mother, has been out of the picture since his early ministry days in Galilee. Suffering an excruciating death on the Cross, Jesus feels abandoned even by God, his Father. There is only the hated Roman guard who pronounces that Jesus is truly Son of God.

Mark’s Passion alternates its focus between the actions of Jesus and the actions of others, especially the disciples. In the garden Jesus prays, while his disciples sleep. In Bethany Jesus is anointed with expensive perfume, while the Jews plot to kill him. Jesus shares a meal that is a memorial of his death and sacrifice, and Peter denies him three times and Judas betrays him for money.

Mark’s account of the passion and death of the Lord, written in stark, horrific words is supposed to kick us in the stomach and make us courageously take the place of those who had abandoned Jesus.

Called to take the place of these disciples, we are called today to commitment and belief to stand by the Lord as a true disciple of Jesus. We certainly have our work cut out for us.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Holy Week Schedule: For the Holy Week schedule, click here.

Archived Bulletins: For past bulletins, click here.

Chrism Mass: Archbishop George Niederauer invites all parishioners to attend the annual Chrism Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Tuesday, April 7, at 5:30 PM. At the Mass, His Excellency will bless the sacred oils which are used at all the parishes of the Archdiocese throughout the coming year.

Fr. Armand on USCCB Website: Beginning in April, clergy, religious, and laity from the Archdiocese of San Francisco will participate in a national program designed to deliver daily Scripture reflections on the U.S. Conference of Bishop’s website. To view a daily Scripture reflection, visit www.usccb.org and click on “Readings,” and “Video Reflections.” The reflections also can be accessed at the website www. ccc-tv.org. The participants include our own Fr. Armand Oliveri, who will be featured on the Tuesday, April 7 segment.

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.

Good Friday Collection: As is traditional, there will be a special collection on good Friday for Church in the Holy Land.

Way of the Cross in North Beach: The 10th annual Way of the Cross procession will be held on Good Friday April 10, beginning at 9:00 AM. The Way begins at Coit Tower and proceeds to the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, commemorating Jesus’ walk from the site of his condemnation by Pilate to Golgotha, the hill on which he was crucified. As many as 300 people to participate. The Way is sponsored by Communion and Liberation. For more information, call 415-333-5442 or visit.www.wocsanfrancisco. com


Lenten Disciplines and Opportunities:

Lenten Disciplines: Abstinence: Everyone 14 years and older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday. Fast: Everyone over 18, but under 60, is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On these two days, the law of fast allows only one full meal a day, but does not prohibit taking some food during the day, so long as this does not constitute a full meal. Drinking liquids during the day is permitted. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. If in doubt concerning Fast or Abstinence, a priest should be consulted. In the spirit of penance, the faithful should not lightly excuse themselves from this obligation. Mass attendance: During Lent, the Church encourages attendance at daily Mass and reception of the Eucharist. Almsgiving: During Lent, the Church encourages generosity to local, national, and worldwide programs of sharing.


Protecting Conscience Rights in Health Care: Our Voice is Needed!

Many people may not be aware of this, but the Department of Health and Human Services is ready to overturn federal regulations protecting the consciences of doctors and nurses who object to peforming abortions or euthanizing pations because of moral objections. From the webpage of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:

"The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is inviting public comment on a proposal to rescind an important federal regulation issued in December. The regulation implements and enforces three federal laws protecting the conscience rights of health care providers, especially those at risk of being discriminated against because of their moral or religious objection to abortion.

The Catholic community must speak out to protect Catholic doctors, nurses and hospitals."

You can make your voice heard! Go to the bishop's page, and on the left you will see a link that will allow you to express your opinion.

Listen to the message of His Eminence Cardinal George at left. There are also other videos of concerned Catholics on the Bishop's webpage. There is no excuse for Catholics not to sign a petition asking the government to respect the conscience rights of others.

Salesian Brother John Rasor supplied this additional info:

Interested readers can also go to http://www.nchla.org/issues.asp?ID=9 and see:

1. Link to talking points on the proposed rescission.
2. Text and comment on Bush administration final rule, the one DHHS now proposes to rescind.
3. Text and talking points of Obama administration on their proposed rescission.
4. Letters from Senators to Pres. Obama.
5. Letter from some members of House to House leadership.
6. Other resources.

Thanks, Brother John!


Drivers, Please be careful! We had an unfortunate incident on Sunday Feb. 22. A parishioner with cerebral palsy was startled by a car quickly exiting from our parking lot. She was not hit, but the fright made her lose her balance and fall. She is OK, and the driver was helpful and apologetic—still, it is a good lesson for us. We also received another complaint about drivers not being sufficiently careful of pedestrians. Please remember that not all people are equally steady on their feet, and sometimes we need to be patient.

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.

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: What does Paul mean by “justification of faith”?

In the Old Testament justification related to “righteousness” which generally meant “right living” or being morally upright before God. When Paul used the concept Abraham was his model. In Romans Paul emphasizes the freedom with which Abraham accepted God’s mysterious call without question, not just his moral uprightness or faith. (Indeed, if Abraham was justified on the basis of his works, he has reason to boast; but this was not so in the sight of God. For what does the scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” (Rom. 4:2-3)). Paul believed humankind had been given the ultimate gift in Jesus Christ – being justified freely by faith.

Next week’s question: “Why does Paul write so much about circumcision?”

Next week’s question:


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:

Alan & Bernadette Smith. Alan and Bernadette have been parishioners since 2001. They were high school sweethearts back in New York City—they were both baptized in churches in the Bronx! Alan & Bernadette attended Catholic grammar schools, high schools and universities. They came out to San Francisco in 1980, and they were married in 1982. Bernadette trained as a nurse—she is now an hospital administrator, and Alan is a Financial Analyst. He has an MBA.

Both of the Smith’s are very active in pro-life ministries. They have attended every single “Walk for Life West Coast.” Alan serves as a member of our Finance Committee, a Eucharistic Minister, and is a Godparent to one of this year’s RCIA candidates. He also works every year to help decorate the church for Christmas (when you see our beautiful Nativity Scene, a lot of the work in putting it up was Alan’s). He is also well-known to readers of the “Letters to the Editor” page of the San Francisco Chronicle, where his clear and sensible comments on life in the City stand out. Both Alan and Bernadette are part of the parish’s newly-formed Stewardship Committee.

Alan and Bernadette take seriously the exhortation to give time, talent, and treasure: in addition to the usual support of the Church, they are always willing to help with special efforts like the school scholarship fund, the Archbishop’s Appeal, the Pre-K Fundraiser, the Convent Chapel furniture project, and effort to plant the nice olive trees honoring Fr. Malloy in front of the rectory.

God Bless them!

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

05

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion

Monday

06

Monday of Holy Week

Tuesday

07

Tuesday of Holy Week

Wednesday

08

Wednesday of Holy Week

Thursday

09

Holy Thursday

Friday

10

Good Friday

Saturday

11

Holy Saturday

Sunday

12

Easter Sunday

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

SS Peter and Paul Collection:

$4,294.

Second Collection (for the poor)

$837.

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

 

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