Saints Peter & Paul Parish
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June 7, 2009

The Most Holy Trinity


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Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40; Romans 8:14-17; Matthew 28: 16-20. Moses teaches the Israelites how special it was that God chose them to be his people. In Romans, Paul taeches that those who are led by the Spirit are children of God and heirs to eternal life with Christ if the are willing to suffer with him. In the Gospel, Jesus commissions the disciples to go forth and make disciples of all nations.

 


 

Solennittà Della SS. Trinita

 

I santi segni della pietà talvolta sono fatti per abitudine. Riconosciamo il valore decisivo del segno di croce, che viene consegnato ad ogni cristiano nel giorno del Battesimo. Da allora la sua vita si trova iscritta nell’adorabile mistero della Santissima Trinità che ci comunica che Dio non smetterà mai di amarci.

 

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Computer

   

My father had an old ’53 Chevrolet pickup painted in various shades of primer and mottled rust. One time I used it to sell some old steel bathroom stalls. In nearby Santa Fe Springs there was a metals’ redemption center that weighed the pickup coming in and going out and paid me the grand total of $6.22. It wasn’t much, not worth my time for the money; but I learned a lot about the redemption center.

My experience of Ecology Scrap Metal, Inc. was of TV heroes close to death in huge crushers of cars and refrigerators. I guess that true of many things: we see something only on TV, in newspapers, in Wikipedia, but we never get to experience them first hand.

What is true about material things may be even truer about spiritual things. This Sunday we celebrate the solemnity of the Holy Trinity. How do you experience the Trinity? My grammar school picture of the Trinity was an old man, a cross, and a dove. Our knowledge of the Trinity might be like the Ecology Scrap Center, Inc., in Santa Fe Springs, before my visit there. If our knowledge of the Trinity is just bookish and theological, like “one God in three divine persons,” then we haven’t been to Santa Fe Springs, that is, to the source of our Holy Faith. (That’s what Santa Fe means, doesn’t it?)

The readings for Trinity Sunday are like trips back to the theological scrap center. In the first reading we experience God as Father and Creator. In the second reading we experience God as revealer and enabler. In the Gospel reading we experience Jesus as present always as savior and redeemer.

I always think of the metals’ redemption center when I visit my brother who restored our father’s ’53 Chevrolet pickup of primer and rust into a hot rod classic.

Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

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

Second Collection: This weekend we will have a second collection for our retired Salesians (as parishioners know. they aren’t really “retired” just unsalaried!). Please be generous.

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.

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.

New Prayer Group: Parishioner Nadine Calliguri is starting a prayer group at her home. The group will meet Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:00 PM, and will pray the Rosary, the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy and other prayers.. For more information, call Gibbons the parish office at 415-421-0809.

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.


 

Upcoming Feastdays: This Saturday, June 13, we will celebrate the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua at the 9:00 AM Mass.

Also, last week, we had written that the Feast of San Domenico di Augusta would be this Sunday. That was incorrect: we will actually be celebrating the Feast of San Domenico on Sunday, June 14, at the 11:45 AM Italian Mass.

Finally, on Sunday, June 21, we will celebrate the Feast of San Calogero at the 11:45 AM Italian Mass.


Choose Life! “Just 22 days after conception a human embryo’s heart begins beating. The little heart will beat nearly 54 million times before he or she is born! By 6 weeks plus 2 days after conception the brain waves of an unborn child can be recorded by EEG. At just 10 weeks after conception nails and fingerprints begin to emerge in patterns that will uniquely identify a child throughout his or her entire life.” --The Endowment for Human Development, www.ehd.org

(Photo of baby in womb courtesy Daily Mail, UK.)

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 is the meaning of the Year of Paul Logo?

CHAIN – Paul’s imprisonment;
SWORD – Martyrdom, but because of his Roman citizenship he could not be stoned or crucified which was the common execution. Rather he was “honored with a beheading by the sword.
BOOK – letters or epistles;
CROSS – emblem of Christ and Paul said “We preach Christ crucified.”
TONGUE OF FLAME – Holy Spirit; 2008-2009 – Pauline Year; 29 VI – ending day of Pauline celebration.

Next week’s question: If Paul was Jewish, how did he become a Roman citizen?


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:

Lola Simi. Lola Simi has been our choirmaster since 1963. Fr. Pellegrino had just passed away & Fr. Joseph Costanzo called Lola the following Monday, and said “get over here quick, there’s a funeral, and we need an organist!” Lola had never played at a funeral before, but up she went to the choir loft. When she came down Fr. Costanzo said “You’re in charge!” and she’s been here ever since.

Lola was born in Italy, although her dad was born in San Francisco, and he was baptized in the first SS. Peter and Paul. The family moved from Italy to Detroit in 1936, and they arrived in San Francisco in 1947.

Lola recalls that when she was a toddler her grandfather would regale her with stories about North Beach and Saints Peter and Paul. Ever since, she wanted to end up here, and she sure has. She married Lorenzo Simi in 1957, right here at SSPP. and they have one daughter, Valentina, who received all her sacraments here, studied at SSPP School, and is still very involved in the church.

In addition to her musical leadership, Lola has worked or volunteered in many different roles in the church. From 1970-1985 Lola was parish secretary; for years she volunteered at the bazaar, she was a Salesian Cooperator, and until last year she helped out at special events in the rectory kitchen. Lola was very involved for decades with the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club musical productions In 2008, she was honored as the SBGC’s “Woman of the Year.”

God Bless her!

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

07

The Most Holy Trinity

Monday

08

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Tuesday

09

Ephrem; Deacon, Doctor

Wednesday

10

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Thursday

11

Barnabas; Apostle

Friday

12

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Saturday

13

Anthony of Padua

Sunday

14

The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ

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

SS Peter and Paul Easter Collection:

$3,551.

SEcond Collection (for the poor):

$482.

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

 

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