Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

May 17, 2009

Sixth Sunday of Easter

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Acts 10:25-26; 34-35, 44-48; 1 John 4: 7-10; John 15: 9-17. We continue to hear of the growth in the early Church as Gentiles come to believe. Tensions arise between Jewish and Gentile believers. In our second reading, John reminds us that we are to love one another. In the Gospel, Jesus challenges his followers to love the way he loves.

 


 

Domenica 6A Di Pasqua

“Come il Padre ha mato me, anche io ho amato voi.” La carità è il distintivo del cristiano e i credenti devonoessere portatori e dispensatori di amore. Ma quanto? La misura della carità cristiana non ha limiti di persone e di intensità. Ce na ha dato l’esempio Gesù, che ha raggiunto il vertice della dedizione con il sacrificio sulla croce.


From the Pastor's Desk

   

Nikki, the five year-old daughter of the renowned psychologist, Dr. Martin Seligman, was having a great time gardening with her father by pulling weeds and throwing them up in the air like parachute bombs. She danced and laughed and shrieked until her father told her to be quiet. With head down she walked away until she turned around and courageously faced him. She said, "Daddy, you may not have noticed but I used to be a whiner. On my birthday, I decided I wasn’t going to be a whiner anymore. It was hard, but I’ve haven’t whined since. And if I can stop whining, daddy, you can stop being so grumpy!"

Dr. Martin Seligman told his colleagues: "Nikki was right. Why do we focus on negative behavior patterns (being grumpy or a whiner) and not on learning to nurture our children’s strengths and our own untold strengths?" Nikki’s challenge to her father was the start of a new school of positive psychology with three major principles: living a life of optimism and happiness; (2) having a positive character; and (3) living it all within a positive and nurturing community.

The spirit of the Acts of the Apostles is so much a part of "positive psychology" or better "positive theology." Acts characterizes the Church as "positive," that is a growing, vibrant, loving and nurturing community of believers. This is Peter’s attitude as he enters the Gentile world of the house of Cornelius that is filled with the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, and glorifying God.

What optimism is revealed in Sunday’s second reading and gospel! "In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins." And again: "Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God." Joy and optimism is in those who recognize and celebrate that God truly loves us! So, how can we whine or be grumpy when Jesus calls us "friends," chosen and appointed to go and bear fruit?

It should make us all dance, laugh, shriek, and throw weeds into the air like little bombs that remind us that God loves us and Jesus loves us dearly.

Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

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

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

Second Collection: Today, we will have a second collection for the Catholic Communications Campaign.

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.

Holy Name Society Rosary: The HNS will sponsor their annual rosary this 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!

SVdP Meeting: All parishioners, and your friends, are welcome to a St. Vincent de Paul Society meeting this coming Thursday, May 21st at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. The Society helps feed, clothe and shelter the homeless, sponsors picnics for Chinatown families and works with the elderly and infirm to keep them from becoming isolated or ignored. Do you know someone who might need the help of the Society? or do you want to be a helper? In either case, this meeting is for YOU! For more information contact call the parish office or contact Marc Bruno by email: SVdePaul2006@yahoo.com

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

Speaking of our dear Salesians:

"As we approach the coming feast of Mary Help of Christians, we want to share a note of deep and sincere gratitude to each, for all that was done to make our Centennial Celebration such a marvelous and memorable occasion and a sign of appreciation to the Sisters. It was an opportunity to bring friends and parish/school family back home, and it was such a gift to see so many return HOME to Sts. Peter & Paul!!

During this month of May, we are reminded of Don Bosco's frequent expression:

"PRAY TO MARY AND YOU WILL SEE MIRACLES."

This note is coming your way accompanied with a heartfelt and prayerful remembrance of all who have shared this journey of love and service throughout the years with us and especially this year! Know of our loving and grateful remembrance of you and your families during this up-coming novena in honor of Mary Help of Christians.

Wishing you a grace and joy-filled journey through Mary's month, (and your every day,) we remain,

the SALESIAN SISTERS of St. Peter & Paul School and Parish."

Feast of the Ascension: In the Archdiocese of San Francisco we transfer the celebration of the Ascension of the L:ord from Thursday the 21st to the following Sunday.


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.


Salesian Day Camp: begins June 15, and will run through August 7. Hours are 7:30AM-5:30 PM. Ages: 3 years 10 months to 9 years. The program includes arts & crafts, academics, fieldtrips twice weekly, martial arts, games, cooking & baking, dance & stage productions, & more! For a brochure, please contact Joselyn Staley: jstaley@salesianclub.org or call 397-3067

Camp St. Francis: Camp St. Francis provides a wholesome Catholic setting for boys ages 7-13 to experience a meaningful and enjoyable summer with their peers. Camp St. Franics on Monterey Bay is a private and secluded 15 acre site with a private beach, plus games archery, surfing, boogie boarding, and more! Please call 831-722-3608 or visit salesianym.org/campstfrancis for more details.

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":

 

 


Men, Choose Life! The Vocation of Marriage (continued)– “The casualties, as I have said, are women waiting to be asked by a man for her hand in marriage, waiting to give her whole life to a man and their children, waiting to dedicate their lives to the vocation they know they are called to. The men who are not acting on their vocation are also casualties. Whatever it is that cripples them so that they will not, or cannot, choose a good woman and live out their vocation is causing men to hurt themselves, as well as the women they could be married to and the children who will not be conceived as a result of this perpetual "non-action" life choice. I pray to God every day that men will take action on their vocation, whether it be to the priesthood or to marriage.

What more can be done about all this? Prayer and fasting are key. I really believe this issue is a spiritual battle more than anything else. There must be much prayer and fasting done for the future of marriage. And there must be a general acceptance that we live in a time when such things are really happening, and the results can very well be that many who were called to marriage may not marry at all due to the free-will decisions (or non-decisions) of other persons." –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 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: What about the Letter to the Hebrews? Did Paul write it and who are they?

Both the identity of the author of the letter and who the Hebrews were remains a mystery. The letter is only associated to Paul but if you read through it and compare it to another letter that is an undisputed letter of Paul’s you will notice a difference. The opening is formal and the vocabulary very different. It is considered to be in a different category completely by scholars. Only God knows the author. Hebrews compares Jesus Christ with many aspects of Judaism, but it is not sure if they were Jewish Christians and points to no geographical location as do other letters of Paul.

Next week’s question: Is there a difference between a letter and an epistle?


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 our final 2009 group of English Language RCIA members: Shawn (front row, far right) was baptized Catholic and has recently been introduced to what faith can be for you through his fiancé and her family. They are also taking their marriage preparation with Fr. Jack and he has had quite an impact on Shawn. Shawn is very committed to his faith and continues to be inquisitive. He lives in Foster City.

Christina (back row, far left) has been attending Catholic services with her fiancé for over a year and now feels that becoming Catholic completes the circle. Christina was baptized Methodist and has a very Christian background, but feels the catholic tradition is where she can find balance in her life and share that faith with her soon to be husband and future children. She finds the Catholic community a true inspiration.

Carina (back row, second from left) was born in Sweden and was baptized in the Swedish Church (Evangelical Lutheran). Carina is very grounded in values that will help make the world a better place. She “feels these values are important and wants to make sure they stay with me and my future family”. Her fiancé is catholic and their values and way of living through the Catholic faith are very appealing to her. Carina and Ivan will be married in October in Mexico, Ivan’s native land, and will remain in the San Francisco area (SS Peter and Paul Parish).

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.

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, 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 (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

17

Sixth Sunday of Easter; Santa Gemma

Monday

18

John I; Pope, Martyr

Tuesday

19

Easter Weekday

Wednesday

20

Bernardine of Siena; Priest

Thursday

21

Ascension of the Lord (celebrated Sunday)

Friday

22

Rita of Cascia; Religious

Saturday

23

Easter Weekday

Sunday

24

The Ascension of the Lord

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