Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

April 26, 2009

Third Sunday of Easter

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Acts 3:13-15; 17-19; 1 John 2: 1-5a; Luke 24: 35-48. In today’s first reading, Peter charges his listeners to repent and reform their lives. The Letter of John echoes this message, and tells disciples to keep Christ’s commandments. In the Gospel, Jesus appears to the disciples and assures them that he has truly risen from the dead, as Scripture had prophesied. He then prepares them to carry on his ministry.

 


 

 

 Domenica 3A Di Pasqua

 

Le nostre resistenze interiori al bene e la seduzione delle cose materiali sono i mali che facciamo più fatica a vincere. Ma tutto cambia quando ci poniamo di fronte alla croce di Gesù, scoprendo con stupore la bontà di Dio. Il Cristo morto e risorto è il nucleo centrale del messaggio cristiano.

 


From the Pastor's Desk

   

I was sitting in the barbershop the other day and picked up the magazine, Fitness, while I waited. Do you know that if you have to choose between getting enough sleep and getting enough exercise, hit the snooze button, if you’re getting less than seven hours of sleep. It seems that not getting enough zzz’s cancels out the benefits of regular exercise that helps your heart and immune systems. In fact, getting less than seven hours of sleep greatly increases the risk of diabetes and obesity.

Regular exercise helps our memory, and learning new physical skills uncovers vast new areas of the brain. Although I don’t advise it for obvious reasons, they say that thirty minutes of making out reduces allergy symptoms! If you have the time, think of someone you love for 30 minutes: it promotes your emotional and mental wellbeing. Finally, spend two to three minutes in a cold shower. Brrrrrr. It causes the brain to release fell-good hormones.

Just as we must take care of our bodies and our brains, we have to regularize and maximize our spiritual life through regular attendance at Sunday Eucharist, our practice of moral imperatives and the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

Luke’s gospel that we read this Sunday, reminds us to open our minds to the Scriptures and be a witness in all we say and do for the forgiveness of sins by Jesus’ death and resurrection. We all want to have perfect bodies, but most of us are not ready to pay the price of more exercise, better nutrition, and better health practices. John’s letter also says that it is necessary to keep God’s commandments and live in the truth for “whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfect in him.”

Here’s to better health and a richer spiritual life based on living God’s Word.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Second Collection: Today there will be a second collection for our parish school.

Scholarship Fund: Speaking of our school, the tough economic times are affecting a number of school families. Some of our students have even had to leave Saints Peter and Paul school. Our school’s tuition is lower than the surrounding private schools, and much lower than what is spent to educate a pupil in the public schools. Won’t you consider a donation of any size to our school scholarship fund? For more information, call Dr. Lisa Harris at 415-421-5219 or Fr. Itzaina at 415-421-0809.

Parent Teacher Meeting: There will be a PTO Meeting this Tuesday at 6:00 PM.

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.

School Play: Our Salesian School will present “The Beggar and the Wolf” on Friday, May 1, at 7:00 PM, in the auditorium. The play is a dramatization of the life of St. Francis of Assisi and his encounter with the wolf Gubbio.

First Holy Communion: Some of our students will celebrate their First Holy Communion this Saturday. Please pray for them as they receive the Blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Our Lord for the very first time.

Salesian “Old Timers” Mass and Dinner: On Monday, May 4, he Salesian Boys’ and Girls” will celebrate their annual Old-Timers Mass at 5:45 PM. A dinner will follow. Please call 397-3068 for more information.

Next Week’s Second Collection: Next week’s second collection will be for our Archdiocesan Appeal. We are now at $19, 694 towards our goal of $69, 800—about 28%. Please help us meet this assessment!


Choose Life: “President Obama’s new executive order on embryonic stem cell research is a sad victory of politics over science and ethics. This action is morally wrong because it encourages the destruction of innocent human life, treating vulnerable human beings as mere products to beharvested. It also disregards the values of millions of American taxpayers who oppose research that requires taking human life. Finally, it ignores the fact that ethically sound means for advancing stem cell science and medical treatments are readily available and in need of increased support.”--Cardinal Justin Rigali, March 9, 2009 Statement concerning President Obama’s order to provide taxpayer funding for destructive embryo research.

For a partial list of incredible advances and treatments using adult stem-cells, go here.


Fr. Armand on USCCB Website: Beginning in April, clergy, religious, and laity from the Archdiocese of San Francisco partcipated 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 included our own Fr. Armand Oliveri, who was featured on the Tuesday, April 7 segment. Please click on the triangle at lower right to start the video.


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.

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! 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 does Paul write so much about circumcision?

Again this was tied explicitly to Abraham and a major concern for Paul for both cultural and religious reasons. Paul was a Jew and male circumcision was prominent in Judiasm (adherence to the covenant with God). Paul commends circumcision, provided it does not oppose that which is truly essential in faith. Explicitly Paul states that physical circumcision is not important (Rom. 2:29-29; 1 Cor. 7:18-19). What is important for Paul is the interior attitude one has toward God and God’s law (Gal. 5:6).

Next week’s question: Why does Paul write letters and not a Gospel


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:

The Anonymous Parishioners. Every parishioner, every Christian is, in one way or another, an “Ambassador for Christ.” That is a part of our common Christian vocation. How many parishioners we have whose good works are done quietly, or even may be known only to God! Parishioners who attend Mass daily, and go to regular confession! Parishioners who quietly perform the Corporal Acts of Mercy:

To feed the Hungry; To give Drink to the Thirsty; To clothe the Naked; To shelter the Homeless; To visit the Sick; To visit the Imprisoned; To bury the Dead.

or who quietly perform the sometimes even more difficult Spiritual Acts of Mercy:

To instruct the ignorant; To counsel the doubtful; To admonish sinners; To bear wrongs patiently; To forgive offences willingly; To comfort the afflicted; To pray for the living and the dead.

At one (or two) a week, we can only profile a few parishioners in our bulletin, but that does not mean that others are any less valued. Just because you do not see your name in the bulletin does not mean that you can escape being an Ambassadors for Christ!

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.

 


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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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

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

26

Second Sunday of Easter

Monday

27

Easter Weekday

Tuesday

28

Easter Weekday;Peter Chanel, Priest Martyr

Wednesday

29

Catherine of Siena; Virgin, Doctor

Thursday

30

Easter Weekday; Pius V, Pope

Friday

01

Easter Weekday; Joseph the Worker

Saturday

02

Athanasius; Bishop, Doctor

Sunday

03

FourthSunday of Easter

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

SS Peter and Paul Easter Collection:

$3,170.

Second Collection (AAA):

$814.

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

 

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