Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

October 11, 2009

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time


Wisdom 7:7-11; Hebrews 4: 12-13; Mark 10:17-30 or 10: 17-27. Today’s first reading proclaims the supreme value of wisdom, which comes to the one who prays for it. The letter to the Hebrews emphasizes the power of the word of God to impact our lives. In the Gospel, Jesus teaches that worldly wealth is often an obstacle to a person’s growth in faith.


Domenica 28A Del Tempo Ordinario


Se mettiamo in cima ai nostri pensieri e al nostro sforzo quotidiano il denaro, il potere, il mprestigio, il piacere, siamo degli illusi idolatri, perché è proprio l’atteggiamento che Gesù mette sotto accusa. Egli non ci promette cose facili, ma la gioia profonda che nasce da un cuore libero dal condizionamento dell’avere.






From the Pastor's Computer


Mark’s Chapter 10 contains some of the most difficult gospel passages to read and put into practice. Last week it was the difficult words of Jesus about marriage and divorce and adultery. Last week’s gospel was also about the admission requirement to heaven becoming radical dependent on God just as a child is radically dependent on the father of the family in Jesus’ time.

This week the difficulty of interpretation continues when Jesus answers the rich man, who has kept all the commandments, that he sell all his possessions, share them with the poor, and come follow Jesus. The rich man refuses to give up his possessions and walks away. Jesus’ disciples scramble for answers and are even more disturbed when Jesus says it was impossible to get to heaven if you are rich!

For two thousand years, the Church has interpreted “it’s easier for a camel to go through an eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven” in various imaginative ways that inevitably bespeak of accommodation and misunderstanding.

If we would take Jesus’ words even half-way seriously, we wouldn’t have to have second collections, Sunday envelopes, special requests, the Archbishops Annual Appeal, or even the parish’s Columbus Day Raffle and Bazaar. But, as difficult as it is to live Jesus’ words, let’s have a good time at the Columbus Day Bazaar, participate in the Raffle, and enjoy each other’s company on a wonderful weekend for our parish.

 –Fr. John Itzaina, SDB

Particular Items




Greg O’Rurke & Jenni Gilman
Michael Burns & Jodie Jacoby
Anthony Antonelli & Nicole Martinelli

Benson Martin III
Louis Bedoni
Mildred Hickman

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.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.


90TH ANNUAL Columbus Day Bazaar! It’s here!!! The Saints Peter and Paul Columbus Day Bazaar is one of the oldest celebrations in the city of San Francisco! Come join us on October 10-11 from 10AM to 7PM for food, drinks, music, fun and games for kids and adults.


Archbishop Castellani of Lucca to Celebrate Columbus Day Mass! This year, we will be honored by the presence of His Excellency Archbishop Benvenuto Italo Castellani. His Excellency will celebrate the Columbus Day Mass! As usual the Columbus Day Mass schedule will be a little different. The Columbus Day Mass, in English, will be celebrated at 10:00 AM. For this week, the Columbus Day Mass will replace the regular Chinese/English 10:15 AM Mass.


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. We also have a new Eucharistic Adoration time:on the first Friday of every month following the 12:15 PM Mass.

Parish Council: There will be a parish council on Thursday, October 15, at 7:00 PM, in the rectory.

Sons of Italy: On Friday, October 16 in the gym, the Sons of Italy will be holding a polenta dinner. Cocktails are at 6:30, dinner is at 7:00, Tickets are $20.00. For reservations call Maria at 650-574-5786, or Linda at 415-235-5974.


Fr. Damien of Molokai play to be performed at SSPP!


Saints Peter and Paul will join in the celebration of the canonization of Father Joseph De Veuster, SSCC, (Father Damien, the “leper priest” of Molokai). We will host Casey Groves' one-man performance of Aldyth Morris' play “Damien” on Saturday, October 17, at 7PM, in the Church. A free will offering will be taken up at the end of the performance.

“'Damien,' with Casey Groves, is a beautiful play, beautifully performed, about a life beautifully lived."--Retta Blatney, National Catholic Reporter.


Left: Mr. Groves in a performance of "Damien" at St. Francis Church in Kalaupapa, Hawaii.

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 recommended movie is the heartwarming “Miracle of Marcellino.” This movie was first made in 1955, and then remade in 1991. “It is wartime and the friars of a humble monastery find a baby on the doorsteps of an abandoned home. They lovingly raise the baby and name him Marcellino.”

You can watch a trailer of this lovely film at left.



Choose Life! “The teaching of the Catholic Church on human sexuality is profound and uplifting. Married love is meant to mirror the love within the Trinity – to be faithful, selfless, permanent, and life-giving. And isn’t that what everyone really wants out of marriage? But rather than encouraging this kind of love, contraceptives have helped many people to engage in sexual relationships that are unfaithful, selfish, short-term, and altered to be sterile, not life giving. Such uncommitted relationships can not only damage our ability to love as we’re meant to love, but very often lead to other problems – contributing to the 3 million unintended pregnancies, over one million abortions, and 19 million new cases of sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States each year.” –Susan Wills, “Contraception: The Fine Print,” Respect Life Program (2009-2010)

Could you use $15,000 (or a new car) ? The Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club Evening of Fun and Good Fortune is right around the corner! This year’s event will take place on Saturday October 24. This event is a great time, loaded with fun, food, an open bar and dancing! There are also a lots of great prizes, starting with the grand prize of $15,000 or a new Ford Fusion. And of course all proceeds benefit the great work of the SBGC! Tickets are still available. Please call 415-397-3068 for more info or tickets.

Red Mass: The Thomas More Society, an organization of Catholic lawyers, will celebrate their annual Red Mass in the church on Thursday, October 22, at 5:30 PM.

Men’s Winter Coats Needed: We (or rather our homeless neighbors) are in dire need of winter coats for men. If you have a warm coat that you can donate, please bring it by the rectory.

Luncheon/Bingo to Help the Good Shepherd Guild: The Good Shepherd Guild will be hosting a fundraising bingo/luncheon to help their “Grace Center” on October 22, beginning at 11:30 AM. The Grace Center is a Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation center for women. The luncheon/bingo will be held at the Basque Cultural Center at 559 Railroad Avenue in South San Francisco. For more info, call Beverly Desmond at 415-587-5374.

Halloween Party/Donations Needed! Our St. Vincent de Paul Society will host their annual Halloween party for the children of Chinatown on Sunday, October 31, from 5-9 PM in the gym. AS usual, our Salesian School Service Learning Program is helping. YOU CAN HELP, TOO! Please consider a donation of a new, used or slightly worn costume/accessories. Just imagine the smile on the child’s face who receives your generous and greatly appreciated costume on Halloween Day. The costume drive will be from October 14-27, and costumes may be left by the stage at morning assembly, or in the rectory office. The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola have helped many to fulfill their desire to grow in knowledge and love of Jesus and so to follow him in greater freedom. Ignatius planned that the complete Exercises (sometimes offered as a 30-day silent retreat) also be offered as a retreat in everyday life, extended over six months or more. In following this form, the retreatant meets with an individual director weekly and prays an hour and a half daily. Doing the Exercises entails a serious commitment of both time and energy and is appropriate for those already cultivating a generous life of prayer and in regular spiritual direction. If you have an interest in doing the complete Spiritual Exercises in everyday life, our staff would be happy to help you to discern the Spirit’s call and will recommend a director when that is timely.Please contact Fr. Tom Carroll ( at The Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos for more information.

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.



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.

Religious Education for youth (CCD): This year’s CCDhas begun. 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 has begun. 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

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

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 or visit

Revitalize your Marriage! The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend will be November 6-8. For more information call Paul or Yvonne at 650-366-7093 or go to “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

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

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:, 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 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 (, 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, Ellen Stahl, Tarooj Maaref, 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



28th Sunday in Ordinary Time



Columbus Day



Weekday in Ordinary Time



Callistus I; Pope, Martyr



Teresa of Jesus; Virgin,Doctor



Hedwig; REligious; Margaret Mary Alocoque; Virgin



Ignatius of Antioch; Bishop, Martyr



29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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