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August 23, 2009

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Joshua 24: 1-2a; 15-17, 18b; Ephesians 5: 21-32; John 6:60-69. Our first reading describes how Joshua challenged the tribes of Israel to make a clear choice whether or not they were going to serve God. The reading from Ephesians makes it clear that husbands and wives are to live together in oneness of love. In the Gospel, many disciples returned to their former way of life, but the twelve remained with Jesus.

 


Domenica 21A Del Tempo Ordinario

 

Molti dicono di essere cattolici anche se la loro vita è in contrasto con quanto dice e insegna la Chiesa. Di fronte alle esigenze radicali del Vangelo si ricorre tacitamente al “buon senso” che spesso diventa un paravento, perché in Vangelo è scomodo. Chiediamo che il Signore ci liberi del compromesso.

 

 


From the Pastor's Computer

   

 C.W. Nevius in last Tuesday’s column in the Chronicle, “On San Francisco,” has called the temporary closing of the Mason Street triangle (Columbus-Mason-Lombard) as “a tussle over a triangle of turf.” Those against the closing of 150 feet of Mason Street say that the closing would not allow hook and ladder fire trucks free access to Mason Street and discontinue the good circulation of vehicles in the area. Those in favor of the Mason Street closing regard the reasoning of the opposition as a “red herring” for fire truck access is possible from Station 28 on Stockton and the turn is just as difficult on Chestnut and Francisco, but not impossible.

You might say that the social-religious background for this Sunday’s first reading from the Book of Joshua is at the basis for the struggle or the “tussle over a triangle of turf.” The Israelites entered into the Land of Canaan and slowly took over and moved out its inhabitants, invoking God’s promise to Abraham.

Things haven’t changed, have they? Today the Israelis continue the same process and invoke the same social-religious reasons with the Palestinians, moving them out of ancestral areas, building barriers that have created greater poverty and dissension in apartheid conditions.

Should we be incensed? Rather we ought to look at our own invoking of Manifest Destiny in our sorry concentration of Native Americans on reservations, forced death marches over a thousand miles, virtually breaking every Indian treaty ever made. We could say the same thing with the shameful treatment of American Japanese during the Second World War in the removal of coastal Japanese to internment camps throughout the West. Correct reasoning gives way to unreasonable and unfounded fear.

Like the Israelites and the Twelve in today’s gospel, all of us have to be aware of the hidden motivations and non-sequitur reasoning that insinuate themselves into the important choices we are called to make, as we make our way to eternal life enlightened and changed by the Bread of Life.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Tessa Doherty
Maria Mafatto

Justin Pagel & Nadine Massarweh
Allen Agorilla & Jewel Sing
David Aizpuru & Vibian Ko
Gilbert Davord & Julia Fauchille

Joseph Sultana

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

Caritas in Veritate: Read or download the Holy Father's new encyclical "Charity in Truth" here.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! We are stuck at 43% of our Archdiocesan Assessment. Our assessment is $69,800 Out of our entire parish, only 119 people have donated. It is not right that they bear this burden themselves. Please, pitch in and help your parish!

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!

Men’s Clothing Drive: Next weekend, the St. Vincent de Paul Society will have their donation barrels out. Men, we need your help. We need men’s WINTER coats, (not sports jackets) shoes, pants, and socks. We also needs scarves and gloves.

Mille Grazie! to all who came to celebrate the worldwide rosary last Sunday. Over 40 parishioners gathered at 8:00 AM in Washington Square Park to join the faithful around the world in a simultaneous recitation of the Glorious Mysteries.

 


Photo courtesy Edward Te.


Madonna della Guardia: Next Sunday, August 30 at the 11:45 AM Mass, we will celebrate the feast of Madonna della Guardia, patroness of the Genovese around the world. The Mass will be followed by a luncheon. The Feast of Madonna della Guardia is one of the traditional Italian celebrations honoring Our Lady that we celebrate here at Saints Peter and Paul. On August 29, 1490, she appeared to a shepherd on Mt. Figogna, near Genoa Italy. She asked for a chapel to be built in her name at the site. There is now a beautiful basilica. If you are of Genovese descent, you are invited to join the society. Please call Rose at 415-921-4356 in the evening for more information.


 

Choose Life: “To the tragic and widespread scourge of abortion we may well have to add in the future the systematic eugenic programming of births. At the other end of the spectrum, a pro-euthanasia mindset is making inroads as an equally damaging assertion of control over life that under certain circumstances is deemed no longer worth living. Underlying these scenarios are cultural viewpoints that deny human dignity.”—Pope Benedict XVI. Charity in Truth (Caritas in Veritate), 75. 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

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.


 

Year of the Priest Film Festival: The Holy Father has declared 2009-2010 to be the "Year of the Priest." A clever blogger came up with the wonderful idea of a do-it-yourself "Year of ther Priest" film festival--a movie to watch each week about or with a priest in an important role. We will post the recommendation each week, with a trailer, if one is available.

This week's recommendation is "Fighting Father Dunne" a 1948 release with Pat O'Brien in the title role.


 

Frank Vetari Going-Away Party: Our longtime sacristan, Frank Vetari, has retired. We are having a party of appreciation for him on Saturday, September 12, following the 5PM Mass. There are RSVP’s forms on the tables by the entrance to the Church. You can use the RSVP forms to make a gift to Frank, too!


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.


Friends of the Poor Walk: The St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco invites you to participate locally in the Friends of the Poor® Walk on September 26, 2009! The 5K walk around Lake Merced will raise awareness and funds for food, clothing, beds, and basic utilities for the poor we serve in San Francisco. This event will begin at 8AM with an outdoor Mass at the intersection of Sunset Blvd. and Lake Merced Blvd. (parking will be available). You can participate as a walker, pledger, volunteer, or all three. To register, or for more information, call 415.977.1270, x3088, and please leave a message with your contact information. Or to register online go to www.sf-friendsofthepoorwalk.org and select: “Council of San Francisco 94107.”

Cool "Playing for Change" video:

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


 

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 13. 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

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.

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, 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, An Ill parishioner, 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

23

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

24

Bartholomew; Apostle

Tuesday

25

Louis of France, Joseph Calasanz; Priest

Wednesday

26

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Thursday

27

Monica

Friday

28

Augustine; Bishop & Doctor

Saturday

29

Martyrdom of John the Baptist

Sunday

30

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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