Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

August 2, 2009

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Exodus 16: 2-4; 12-15; Ephesians 4:17, 20-24; John 6: 24-35. From Exodus we hear about the bread that came from heaven and became food for the Israelites in the desert. The people in the Gospel had eaten of the loaves that Jesus multiplied, but now they want more signs of his power. Jesus declares that he is the bread of life. It is through faith that we can share in this heavenly bread.

 


Domenica 18A Del Tempo Ordinario

Il dono più grande che Dio ci fa è cogliere il messaggio d’amore che il suo gesto intende comunicare. Viviamo nell’universo spirituale di Dio? Siamo frenati dalle nostre ingordigie umane? Delle nostre risposte scopriremo l’abisso che separa colui che ama dall’amato.


From the Pastor's Computer

   

 What do head lice and manna, bread from heaven, have in common? You wouldn’t think anything, but they do. In today’s reading from Exodus the Israelites complain that they have no food. So Yahweh provides manna. Manna is a crystallized secretion from plant lice (aphids) that suck up the sap from the tamarisk bush that falls to the ground in the form of frost-like wafers, called honeydew, evaporates and leaves a substance rich in sugar and carbohydrates that the Israelites called “manna.” They called it “manna” because they didn’t know what it was, “What is it?” or in Hebrew man hu.

Ants are involved in the production of manna. In the morning after the evaporation, ants in the desert collect manna for their food. So, for the Israelites gathering the manna was done in the morning, before the ants became active. Desert ants have a symbiotic relationship with aphids/lice: they actually transport the scale insects to other plants to continue the process and harvest the honeydew.

However, the scale insects manufacture only small quantities of the crystallized secretion, not enough for the hungry Israelites. This is why the manna becomes the sign of God’s providence and as the bread from heaven. The Israelites recognized that only God could have provided and sustained them in the wilderness.

God continues to provide manna or bread from heaven in our own lives through his Word, through God’s sustaining what has been created, through Jesus who is bread from heaven and “Bread of Life.”

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Olivia Nigro
Bruce Peters
Dominic Abate

Aureliano Monteiro & Karen Lee
Byron Li & Denise Zohr

Carmelo Prato
Ines Rossi
Vito Lucchesi
Rick Livingston
Sydna Konstin

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

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 also 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!

Transfiguration of the Lord: This Thursday we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration.

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.

Italian Catholic Federation: Our ICF Branch #38 will meet in the Parish Center on Saturday August 8 from 11-3. For more information about the ICF, contact Patrick at paramsey01@gmail.com

Holy Name Society: The Holy Name will gather to celebrate their monthly Mass next Sunday, August 9, at 8:45 AM. For more information about the HNS, please contact the parish office.


 

Choose Life! Caritas in Veritate: “In order to protect nature, it is not enough to intervene with economic incentives or deterrents. The decisive issue is the overall moral tenor of society. If there is a lack of respect for the right to life and to a natural death, if human conception, gestation and birth are made artificial, if human embryos are sacrificed to research, the conscience of society ends up losing the concept of human ecology and, along with it, that of environmental ecology. It is contradictory to insist that future generations respect the natural environment when our educational systems and laws do nothelp them to respect themselves.”—Pope Benedict XVI. Charity in Truth (Caritas in Veritate), 51. June 29, 2009.

 


More Choose Life! The Gabriel Project: This year’s conference of the Respect Life Ministry of the Archdiocese of San Francisco will introduce “The Gabriel Project.” The conference takes place on September 12, at St. Francis Hall of St. Mary’s Cathedral. The day begins with a Continental Breakfast at 8:30 AM - Program Starts at 9:30 AM, Buffet Lunch at 11:45 AM - Program Concludes at 2:30 PM The cost is $20 (Scholarships Available). From the program:

“Learn practical techniques for a parish-wide assistance ministry for pregnant women, helping them eliminate the very thought of the word “crisis” when becoming the mother of an unplanned child. Cathy McConn, Founder of the Gabriel Project in Houston, will train us in every aspect of this important ministry & instruct us on how to best implement it in our parishes based on her vast experience. Gabriel Project parishes embrace each pregnant woman who comes to them as their daughter, sister, friend. A trained mentor, one of the parish’s Gabriel Angels, is assigned responsibility for ongoing contact with the mother throughout her pregnancy and somewhat beyond. The parish community assists with unconditional love. Through them, mothers receive the spiritual, material and emotional support needed during pregnancy.” To register, contact Vicki Evans of the Respect Life Program at 415-614-5533, email at evansv@sfarchdiocese.org

Cool "Playing for Change" video:

Stand By Me | Playing For Change | Song Around The World from Concord Music Group on Vimeo.


 

Madonna del Lume Picnic & Bocce: It’s that time again! The MDL invites you to join them on Sunday, August 9, for Mass, a day of Bocce Ball and a Picnic. This year’s event will be held at the Marin Bocce Federation Courts, at 550 “B” Street in San Rafael. The fun begins at 8:30 AM, and Fr. Jack will celebrate Mass at 8:45. Bocce begins at 10, and lunch is at noon. Picnic tickets are $25 (children under 12 $10). For Bocce teams, the cost is $240 per team (teams can be 4-6 players). For more info, call Frank Lavin (415-276-2166), Caroline Cannizzaro (650-871-1253) or Joe Passanisi (415-640-1746). Reservation sheets are in the parish office.


Organ Concert: on August 15, there will be a concert of organ music in the church by Dr. Susan Jane Matthews. Dr. Matthews is a fantastic organist...she has performed at major venues throughout the United States and Europe. The concert will begin at 6:15 PM, and will include pieces by Bach, Mendelssohn, Franck, Alain, Duruflé, and Demessieux. All are invited, and parking will be available. This concert is free, but donations will be gladly accepted.


 

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.

Kindergarten Openings: Saints Peter and Paul School has a number of openings this coming year for kindergarten age students. Please let your friends an neighbors know about this opportunity!

Religious Education for youth (CCD): This year’s CCD will begin on September 15. The CCD serves children from kindergarten through High School. Class sessions are from 10:00-11:00 on Sundays. For those attending the 8:45 Sunday Mass, classes begin right after Mass. Students meet downstairs in the School Cafeteria or in the Pre-K classroom.. Registration forms are available in the Church office.

Religious Education for Adults: This year’s RCIA will begin in late August/early September. If you are interested in becoming a Catholic or “catching up” on First Communion and/or Confirmation, or you know someone who is, the RCIA is the right place for you! Please contact Janet Ross at janet.ross@gatx.com


Holy Name Bingo: Get Ready for Holy Name Society’s Annual Champagne Bingo! This event is the sole yearly fundraiser for the HNS, and supports all their good works. The event will take place Sunday, September 20, from 1-5 PM, in the gym (doors open at 12:30). Tickets are $20.00, and must be purchased in advance. Champagne, Hot Lunch, Free Parking, and 2 FREE Bingo Tickets! No children, please.

For reservations call 885-0567, or purchase tickets at the church office: 421-0809.

 

Left: Another more or less typical Holy Name Society affair. Note the restrained atmosphere.


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

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.


   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, Scott Bartlett, Gerrie Davis, Janet Johnston, Jason Holmes, Bill Sckzraybalo, 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, Ken Beckingham, Alexis Ordona, Mary Drayton, Jody Hamilton, 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

02

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

03

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Tuesday

04

John Mary Vianney; Priest

Wednesday

05

Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome

Thursday

06

Transfiguration of the Lord

Friday

07

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Saturday

08

Dominic; Priest

Sunday

09

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

SS Peter and Paul Collection:

$2,879.

SEcoond Collection

$488.

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

 

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