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June 28, 2009

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul


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Acts 12: 1-11; 2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 17-18; Matthew 16: 13-19. In today’s first reading, an angel rescues Peter as he faces death. The second reading speaks of how God stood by Paul in his trials. In the Gospel, Peter proclaims Jesus as the Messiah. Jesus tells Peter he will be the rock on which his Church will be built, and gives him the authority of the keys of the Kingdom of heaven.

 


 

 

 San Pietro e Paolo

 

Pietro, pescatore di Galilea, è chiamato da Gesù a diventare pescatore di uomini; Paolo, il fariseo osservante della legge, diviene per elezione Apostolo delle genti. Sulla loro testimonianza trova fondamento la nostra fede. Dalla loro fedeltà nasce lo stimolo a dire “sì” al Signore, che ci chiama donandoci la fede.

 

 


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 Today as a parish we celebrate the feast of Saints Peter and Paul. We also celebrate the closing of the year of St. Paul. Both Peter and Paul gave their lives for the Christ who rescued them from prison, trials, and persecution. The two New Testament readings from Acts and from the Second Letter to Timothy speak of deliverance from the throes of Herod and from the Lion’s mouth. We are privileged to worship together, whether registered members or visitors, in the Church named after these two apostles.

The Church of Saints Peter and Paul has a long history, beginning in 1884, with the expressed purpose of ministry and support to the Italian immigrants. It was in 1897 that the Salesians of Don Bosco took over the parish and immediately began Americanization classes and CCD, catechism classes for the young.

The first Salesian pastor was Raphael Piperni who rebuilt the church after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire. The construction of the present Romanesque church began in 1912, was discontinued because of the First World War—and lack of money—until it was finished in 1924. In 1926 the last of the stained-glass windows, called the “Ten Commandments” windows, were installed along with the magnificent marble main altar, weighing over 125 tons and requiring substantial foundation reinforcement.

The second pastor, Orestes Trinchieri, who founded the Salesian Boys and Girls Club in 1921 when they combined various youth organizations such as the Boy Scouts and Altar Society to start the club, doubled as pastor and provincial. There are still boys’ club members who call themselves “Trink’s Boys.”

But the parish and the Salesians and the Boys and Girls Club historically cannot be separated. It is one movement of ministry to the immigrants, the working poor, and the young. Much like Saints Peter and Paul, the parish has always been responsive to the needs of those less fortunate, open to visitors, fellow pilgrims who visit the city of St. Francis of Assisi.

Happy Feast Day to parishioners and visitors alike!

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

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

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul: Today we celebrate the Feast of the Patrons of our church, Saints Peter and Paul. Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us!


Father Previtali to Celebrate Mass here: Readers of Catholic San Francisco will know that over the past few issues the paper has been following the journey to ordination of Transitional Deacon Joseph Previtali. Deacon Previtali was ordained Saturday, June 20,and he has asked Fr. Itzaina for permission to celebrate Mass here on June 29, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul—permission which Fr. Itzaina has gladly granted! Father Previtali will celebrate the 12:15 PM Mass, and all parishioners are invited to attend.


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.

Additional Eucharistic Adoration Time: Beginning on July 7, 2009, and running through July 2010, we will alsdo have Eucharistic Adoration on the first Friday of every month following the 12:15 PM Mass. Another opportunity to spend quiet time with our Lord!


Choose Life! “The twentieth century often tried to do without that cornerstone, and attempted to build the city of man without reference to Him. It ended by actually building that city against man! Christians know that it is not possible to reject or ignore God without demeaning man. Allow me, dear young people, to consign this hope of mine to you: you must be those “builders”! You are the men and women of tomorrow. The future is in your hearts and in your hands. God is entrusting to you the task, at once difficult and uplifting, of working with him in the building of the civilization of love.–Pope John Paul II


The "Year of Paul" ends this week. We thank the Holy father for this great gift!

We thank parishioners and religious for their willingness to share their experiences and for allowing us to profile them as “Ambassadors for Christ” during this “Year of Paul.” This became such a popular addition to our bulletin that we hope to continue it from time to time in the years ahead. The profiles for the “Ambassadors for Christ” remain on our webpage: just google “Saints Peter and Paul, San Francisco” and select the “Ambassadors for Christ” link. To see all members of the parish profiled as "Ambassadors for Christ," go here.

We thank our Liturgy Committee Director, Mrs. Janet Ross, for her weekly questions that taught all of us new things about St. Paul. Here is her final question and answer:

Last Week's "Paul" Question: Does Paul’s reflection on love summarize his ethical teaching?

There is no more profound reflection on the nature of love than in Paul’s 1 Corinthians 13. We tend to romanticize that passage and Paul definitely singles out three virtues that are critical to Christian life – faith, hope, and love. FAITH for Paul is primarily a personal relationship with God and with Jesus Christ -- a dynamic relationship with the risen Lord, an act of utter trust in God (Gal 2:16). HOPE is the attitude of expectant confidence that God will remain faithful to promises and also entails a positive attitude that helps one endure life’s trials and tribulations (Rom 5:4). LOVE is that perfect conformity and obedience to God’s will that respects others and freely embraces them. Love does sum up all the virtues and puts them into action. Love drives the morality of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and constitutes the moral fiber of our human existence.

This concludes the Year of Paul. Apart from Jesus Christ, St. Paul is the most prominent figure in the New Testament. His background is colorful, initially persecuting the church, by his own admission, out of his zealous Jewish background. However, he answered Jesus’ call “to be the apostle to the Gentiles” and from that call he began his intense ministry of evangelism through travel and letters. Through these letters we continue to gain insight into the spiritual life. Tradition indicates that Paul was beheaded (because he was a Roman citizen) in Rome in the early to mid-60s. I hope you have learned bits and pieces about Paul, his teachings, writings and character, and are perhaps intrigued enough to continue to investigate Paul on your own. I have thoroughly enjoyed digging into Paul’s life and ministry and sharing with you. There have been challenges, frustrations, and enlightenment. Paul was an extraordinary character and has confronted me to live beyond my daily routine and live as his exemplary actions and perspectives have been revealed. “It is not I who live, but Christ who lives in me”. (Gal 2:20)

Thank you,

Janet Ross


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.

Summer Camp for Girls: Camp Auxilium, the resident and day camp for girls operated by the Salesian Sisters in the lovely Corralitos hills will begin on June 21 and run through July 18. The camp is for girls age 6-14. For more info, call 831-728-4700, ext. 4, or visit http://www.salesian-sisters.org/campauxilium.php

International Marian Conference: The 17th Annual San Francisco Marian Conference will be held from July 3-5 at the Crowne Plaza Conference Center in Foster City. This year’s theme is “Mary, Mother of Christ.” There will be 7 international speakers, Eucharistic & Charismatic Devotion, Youth Programs and more! All priests and speakers have been approved by Archbishop Niederauer. For more info call 800-456-4197 or go to www.sraphael.com.

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.

More Choose Life: From the Archdiocesan Office of Public Policy and Social Concerns: “Do you oppose capital punishment? Now is the time to make your voice heard! California authorities will accept comments from the public from now until June 30 as part of a review of the state’s lethal injection process. To find out more , visit: http://www.deathpenalty.org/dayofaction

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!


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

28

Parish Celebration of Saints Peter and Paul; Pope, Apostles, Martyrs, Patrons

Monday

29

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

Tuesday

30

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Wednesday

01

Nativity of John the Baptist

Thursday

02

Weekday in Ordinary Time

FRiday

03

Thomas; Apostle

Saturday

04

Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sunday

05

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

SS Peter and Paul Easter Collection:

$2,828.

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

 

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