Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

May 24, 2009

The Ascension
of the Lord


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Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1: 17-23; Mark 16: 15-20. Our first reading begins with an invocation that the Ephesians may be blessed with wisdom, bringing knowledge of God. The second reading gives an account of the Ascension and prepares a setting for Pentecost and the mission of the Apostles. The Gospel makes clear that the mission of the Apostles was to preach the Gospel.

 


 

Ascensione del Signore

Il potere del Padre, la pienezza della gloria, la mediazione per i fratelli sono la conclusione della vicenda di Gesù. Il Signore promette ai discepoli la sua continua presenza, per incoraggiarli ad intraprendere l’avventura della Evangelizzazione del mondo che la Chiesa continua con fede sempre viva.


From the Pastor's Desk

   

One of the most difficult articles of the Nicene and Apostles’ Creed to preach or teach is "He ascended into heaven, and sits the right hand of the Father." More specifically, the Ascension is the entry of Jesus’ humanity into divine glory to be at the right hand of the Father. The Ascension, with its catch words of "seated at the right hand of the Father," must be seen as the two-fold end-result of Word becoming flesh, dying on the cross, and resurrection. It signifies that Jesus is divine and that God’s Kingdom in heaven and earth has definitely begun.

For us the Ascension gives hope that we will one day be in heaven; but it also reminds us that there are signs of the Kingdom present among us. Sunday’s gospel lists a few of the signs: driving out demons, speaking new languages, protection from snakes and poisons, and curing of the sick. But these are only "accompanying signs." The first and primary sign of the Kingdom is the Church going forth and preaching everywhere while the Lord continued to work with them.

Paul’s letter to the Ephesians puts the same idea in different words: "And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature to manhood to the extent of the full stature of Christ." We carry on this "work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." This is what we celebrate this Sunday in the Lord’s Ascension.

Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

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


Mary Help of Christians: In addition to the celebration of the Ascension of the Lord, Sunday, May 24, is 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.


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 Graduation: This is always an occasion that is both happy and sad. Our 2009 Saints Peter and Paul class will graduate this Friday. We will celebrate the baccalaureate mass in the church, followed by a dinner in the cafeteria. God bless you 2009 graduates! We will miss you but we know you will make us proud!

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":

 

 


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!


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.


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: Is there a difference between a letter and an epistle?

In earlier times Paul’s letters were referred to as “epistles”. Epistle seems to have a more “formal” designation and it is understood to be a “long letter”. Letters like Ephesians or Colossians are more formal and may have been written for a broader audience. Generally, Paul was writing a letter to specific groups in specific places and for specific occasions – letters for occasions; epistles for general circumstances. Therefore, it is appropriate to call Paul’s writings “letters”, but not inappropriate to refer to them as “epistles”.

Next week’s question: Who preserved Paul’s letters and how did they get into the Bible?


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 past three week’s our “Ambassadors for Christ” have been our 2009 English Language RCIA candidates. Today we profile the 2009 English Language RCIA Sponsors:

Left to right: Mike Laptal, sponsor and fiance to Ramela Khachomian. Mike and Ramela will be married here on May 16. Tim McMorrow, sponsor and fiance to Christian Cook. Ivan Gonzalez-Gallo, sponsor and fiance to Carina. Ivan and Carina will be married in October in Mexico. Rebecca Linkhorn, sponsor and fiancee to Shawn Moussavi. Alan Smith, long-standing parishioner, and sponsor to Sterling Griffin.

Alan shares his experiences as a sponsor:

“Recently I decided to become an RCIA sponsor for the first time to be a good steward for SS. Peter & Paul by helping a candidate join the universal Catholic Church. To my surprise, I received much more than I felt I gave. I was touched by the sincerity and thoughtfulness of the candidates as they progressed and was reminded of the reasons I am an participating Catholic. The Mass and Eucharist provide meaning and purpose to my life and it was a rewarding experience to watch the candidates discover this during the program.”

God Bless these Ambassadors 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 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

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.

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.

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.

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

24

The Ascension of the Lord

Monday

25

Easter Weekday

Tuesday

26

Philip Neri; Priest

Wednesday

27

Augustine of Canterbury; Bishop

Thursday

28

Easter Weekday

Friday

29

Easter Weekday

Saturday

30

Easter Weekday

Sunday

31

Pentecost Sunday

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