Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

May 31, 2009

Pentecost Sunday

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Acts 2: 1-11; 1 Corinthians 12: 3b-7, 12-13; John 20: 19-23. We hear in the first reading that, as the Holy Spirit comes, the once fearful disciples are transformed. Their fear of the Jews gives way to a new courage but which they proclaim Christ’s Resurrection. In the Gospel, Jesus bestows the Spirit on the disciples, sends them to do his work, and gives them power to forgive sins.

 


 

Domenica di Pentecoste

 

Irrompe lo Spirito Sano a Pentecoste sulla primitiva Comunità di fede alla quale comunica il coraggio per testimoniare Gesù Cristo unico Salvatore degli uomini. L’annuncio affidato alla Chiesa continuerà, mediante la participazione di ogni battezzato alla “missione” di far conoscere la bontà del Padre, che si è rivelato in Gesù Cristo, disceso dal cielo “per noi uomini e par la nostra salvezza.”

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Computer

   

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#688) sets out eight ways in which the Holy Spirit gives us an experience of God’s presence:

When we pray and study the Scripture that the Holy Spirit inspired, we can sense his presence in the biblical words.

When we read the lives of the saints, their teaching and their witness, we can be motivated by their holiness shaped by the Holy Spirit.

When we assent to the Church’s Magisterium, we are guided by the Holy Spirit.

When we actively participate in liturgy and the sacraments, we enter into the sacred moment of the Spirit and live in Christ.

When we give ourselves to prayer like the Liturgy of the Hours, the Rosary, or meditation, the Holy Spirit prays with us.

When we offer ourselves to the missionary and apostolic efforts of the Church or see signs of that effort, we sense the Holy Spirit at work in the world.

When we recognize the many gifts of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in the lives of others to build up the Church, we understand the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

When we assent to the Tradition of the Church, its spirit-filled history, and the host of saintly witnesses, we sense the sustaining power of the Holy Spirit through it all.

(Adapted from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, pp. 105-106.)

Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

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

P G & E Care Program: The CARE Program provides a monthly discount on the energy bill for qualifying households. PG&E offers qualifying households a monthly discount on their energy bill through the CARE (California Alternate Rates for Energy) Program. Applying is free, easy and confidential. Qualification is based on annual income and household size. To see if you qualify, please call 1-866-PGE-CARE or visit www.pge.com/care to apply online.

San Domenico Di Augusta: Next Sunday, at the 11:45AM Italian Mass, we will celebrate the feast of San Domenico di Augusta. San Domenico is the Patron Saint of Augusta in Sicily, and this is one of the many celebrations the Italian immigrants brought with them when they came to the U.S.

Next Week’ Second Collection: Next week we will have a second collection for retired Salesians.

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.


Choose Life! California Bishops Applaud the California Supreme Courts’ Validation of Proposition 8: “We laud the California Supreme Court’s confirmation of Proposition 8 which preserves the traditional understanding of marriage in the state’s constitution. We, however, are disappointed that the same Court validated the interim same-sex ‘marriages.’” Natural Law scholar and Princeton Professor, Robert P. George echoes our thoughts when he wrote: ‘No matter what, the law will teach. It will either teach that marriage exists as a natural institution with public purposes and meanings, centered around bridging the gender divide, and bringing together one man and one woman to share their lives as husband and wife and to become father and mother to their children, or it will teach that marriage is a mere creation of the state, recognizing and condoning the private sexual choices of adults...’ (Our Marital Future, April 23, 2007)—California Catholic Bishops, May 27, 2009


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).

Lastweek's question: Who preserved Paul’s letters and how did they get into the Bible? Since Paul had many companions and coworkers any one could have participated in the preservation of his letters. While they were written for “occasions” there was also much in them that applied to all Christians. It was a long a complicated process. No original letters exist and oldest copy is dated about 200 AD, with pages missing.

Next week’s question: What is the meaning of the Year of Paul Logo (below)?


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.”

This week we did not have a human Ambassador for Christ. So we choose to profile Mimi, the rectory cat. Can a cat be an “Ambassador for Christ”? We’re not sure, but Mimi is a big help. She puts visitors at ease when they come to meet with a priest, (maybe for the first time) and she is especially helpful with children. Sometimes Mom & Dad are speaking with a priest, and the children are bored with waiting. But they see Mimi, and boredom evaporates. Sometimes she climbs up on Fr. John’s desk and helps him shepherd the parish.

Or sometimes a Pre-K child is homesick. When that happens, Mrs. Simons, the Pre-K Director takes the child “under her wing” and maybe brings the child with her to the rectory if she has business up here. Something like this ensues:

Mrs. Simons: “Can you say hello to my friend (the parish secretary)?”

Nope. Child look at ground, no response.

Secretary: “Do you like cats and dogs?”

Child still looking at ground, says “Yes.”

Secretary: “Do you want to see our cat?”

Child looks up, a little hope dawning: “Yes...”

Secretary: “This is Mimi.”

Child says: “We have a cat just like Mimi except for he’s bigger and he’s a different color and he’s a boy and his name is Reggie and one day he got lost and then my Dad found him and one day he got a mouse and it scared my Mom and one day....”

And everybody is happy again.

How many blessings our Father in heaven has given us!

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.

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

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."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.

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!


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.

 

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.

 

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 $6,100—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.

   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

31

Penetcost Sunday

Monday

01

Justin; Martyr

Tuesday

02

Marcellimnus & Peter; Martyrs

Wednesday

03

Chrales Lwanga & Companions; Martyrs

Thursday

04

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Friday

05

Boniface; Bishop, Martyr

Saturday

06

Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sunday

07

The Most Holy Trinity

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

SS Peter and Paul Easter Collection:

$2,365.

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

 

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