Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

May 10, 2009

Fifth Sunday of Easter



Acts 9: 26-31; 1 John 3: 18-24; John 15: 1-8. In our first reading, Barnabas speaks on Paul’s behalf to the disciples, explaining all that Paul had done to preach the name of Jesus. The command to believe in the name of Jesus and love one another is the theme of our second reading. Jesus reminds us in the gospel text that he is the vine that gives life to us, who are the branches.



Domenica 5A Di Pasqua


“Io sono la vite vera...” Portarte frutto di opere buono è dono di Dio al quale ci sforziamo di essere uniti come il tralcio alla vite. Beati quelli che coltivano la comunione con Gesù e sanno vedere i frutti del grande albero della Chiesa. L’amore trasmesso da Cristo è affidato alla comunità credente come linfa che dona vita.



From the Pastor's Desk


In 2002 I spent two months in Rome attending a General Chapter of the Salesians of Don Bosco. Since we were over 250 Salesians in attendance with various language backgrounds, we usually had Eucharist in the different language groups: English, Polish, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, and French. But every week we would celebrate together. I remember when the just-elected Superior General, Pascual Chavez, presided, he preached on this Sunday’s first readings from Acts.

Father Chavez started by asking a question: why was the Church at peace? No one answered; it wasn’t our place. He said simply that the reason the church throughout all of Judea, Galilee, and Samaria was at peace was that the apostles had taken Paul to the seaport of Caesarea and sent him on his way to Tarsus!

The apostles were afraid of Paul and didn’t believe he was a changed man since his experience on the road to Damascus where Paul planned to arrest the disciples of Jesus. Paul was an apostle who “spoke out boldly in the name of the Lord.” He took on the Hellenists who tried to kill him. He left in his wake the frayed nerves of the Greeks and Jews, but also the jangled psyches of Peter and the rest of the Apostles. Under extreme pressure he had to go, and he did.

We can learn from Paul to “love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.” Sunday’s gospel reminds us that Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. And since we are branches we do better when we are pruned, for only then can be bear fruit. It is better, however, to be pruned than to be cut off from the Vine, gathered into bundles and thrown into the fire. All of us have our own Paul-like individuals that make life uncomfortable and challenge us to produce, shaking things up, telling it like is really is.

This is what a caring church community does: it provides the resources and the relationships that forge an enduring faith in the stickiness and messiness of life.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB

Particular Items

Archived Bulletins: For our archvive of past bulletins, go here.

Mother’s Day: Happy Mother’s Day to all our Mothers, Grandmothers, Stepmothers and God mothers!

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.

Confirmation: Next Saturday some of our students will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Pray for them as they receive the gifts of ther Holy Spirit!

Santa Gemma: Next Sunday, May 17, we will celebrate the Feast of our dear Santa Gemma at the 11:45 AM Italian Mass. Santa Gemma, pray for us!

Month of Mary: It's may again, the month devoted to our Blessed Mother! This also gives us a chance to show our favorite video, "May Feelings":



St. Mary Mazzarello: May 13 is the feast day of dear St. Mary Mazzarello, foundress of the Daughters of Mary help of Christians, our Salesian Sisters! Mary Mazzarello, pray for us!

Holy Name Society Rosary: The HNS will sponsor their annual rosary on Wednesday, May 20, beginning at 7:30 PM. It will be incorporated as a part of weekly Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. Light refreshments will follow in the cafeteria. Come join us as we honor our Blessed Mother!

May Crowning: Our students will also honor their Blessed Mother on May 22, with the May Crowning at the 9:00 AM Mass.

Mary Help of Christians: Saturday, May 24, will be the Feast of Mary help of Christians, Patroness of the Salesians. Mary Help of Christians, pray for us!

Piers Paul Read at SSPP! Some parishioners may be familiar with the work of the noted Catholic writer Piers Paul Read. Mr. Read’s books include: Alive: the Story of the Andes Survivors; Hell and Other Destinations; The Templars, and an acclaimed biography of Sir Alec Guinness,. His latest book is a Catholic thriller called “Death of A Pope.” Mr. Read will speak at our parish center on Sunday May 24, at 7:30 PM on the subject “The Catholic Novelist in the Public Square.” All are invited and our parking lot will be open.

Men, Choose Life! The Vocation of Marriage (continued): “Whether they know it or not, are guilty or victims, or are doing anything about it or not, men seem to be going through something that is affecting their vocation, which is affecting the vocation of others (namely, women) . . .But the fact is that men who are called to marriage have a serious responsibility and duty to choose a wife. It has to do with becoming a saint and with co-creating and leading other saints to heaven. “Becoming a saint” because our vocations are where we find the easier path to personal sanctity. If this is a man’s vocation (and it is for the majority of men), then being married is key to his salvation. Those of us who are married can attest to the fact that every day we are called to live outside of ourselves and our own personal wants and desires in order to be of service to our families. We also attest to the reality of becoming who we are really meant to be in Christ as we serve daily, and fail daily, in our duties. We recognize things about ourselves we never knew before. Everyone in their vocation does.” –Anthony Buono “Finding a Husband: Mission Impossible?” Catholic News Agency.

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 and click on “Readings,” and “Video Reflections.” The reflections also can be accessed at the website www. 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 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: How were Paul’s letters circulated?

Delivery of mail was very restricted and only government officials and the military could use the mail system of the Roman Empire. Therefore, Paul used trusted companions like Timothy and Titus to send his messages (1 Thess. 3:2 and 2 Cor. 12:18) and they in turn brought him back oral reports or written correspondence.

Next week’s question: What about the Letter to the Hebrews? Did Paul write it and who are they?

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.”

Over the next few weeks, our “Ambassadors for Christ” will be our 2009 English Language RCIA members. Today, we profile:

Ramela: (front row, third from left) was baptized Catholic in Iran , but when she left that country at age 4 she never completed of the sacraments, although she regularly attended church and grew up with the values of Catholicism. Ramela and Mike will be married on May 16 at SS Peter and Paul and will raise a family grounded in Catholic tradition and values. Ramela and Mike will live in San Jose.

Sterling: (front row, second from right) received the Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. His grandparents were an inspiration growing up, but just recently he has had a great interest in accepting Jesus Christ in his life. He wants to live that out through the Catholic faith by participation in the sacraments. He will continue to have a connection with SS Peter and Paul through his sponsor, Alan Smith, a long-time parishioner and former Ambassador for Christ.

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 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 or visit

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

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 “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.

Very cool Vatican resource:, 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, or you can listen online by going here.

And Catholic TV! Visit EWTN for just about everything Catholic. Click on the logo at right.

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 (, 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 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

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

   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.


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