Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

October 25, 2009

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time


Jeremiah 31: 7-9; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10: 46-52. Today’s first reading speaks of God as the Father of Israel, reuniting them and leading them back from the ends of the earth. The second reading acknowledges that the Father sent Jesus as our high priest. His sacrifice took away our sin. In the Gospel, Jesus cures Bartimaeus, a man who was blind, telling him his faith had saved him.



 Domenica 30 A Del Tempo Ordinario

Facciamo fatica a renderci conto che siamo ciechi, perché il punto di riferimento che sta davanti a noi è la nostra immagine. Abbiamo bisogno di incontrare Gesù, che ci aiuti a prendere coscienza dell’orgoglio che ci fa ritenere buoni. Abbiamo tanto cammino da fare per scoprire nell’umiltà la luce che guarisca il nostro cuore malato di presunzione.


From the Pastor's Computer


There’s an old Chinese—don’t know why it’s Chinese—curse that goes something like this: “May you always live in an age of transition.” Some Catholics have suffered this transition since Vatican II. Vatican II happened when I was in college. Both professors and students followed the sessions of the Council and hungrily read the documents. We studied the older councils of the Church every Sunday night after evening Benediction. Grounded in tradition, for us young Salesians the transition from Latin to English went quite smoothly. If you remember, the Mass readings had been in English since 1961, so it wasn’t all that traumatic!

Sunday’s gospel of the blind Bartimaeus marks the end of a three-chapter transition in the gospel of Mark. There is a shift of venue from Galilee to Jerusalem, from Jesus speaking to the crowds to teaching his disciples, from Jesus as wonder-worker to “suffering servant,” and from veiled parabolic speech to clear revelatory statements about his identity.

This transitional section of Mark’s gospel starts with a healing of a blind man (Mark 8,22) and ends with the healing of blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10, 52). Whereas the first healing is done in stages—first seeing ever so slightly—and does not lead to discipleship, Bartimaeus is cured instantly and follows Jesus on the Way. Bartimaeus becomes everything that the 12 apostles have failed to become and his seeing becomes for all of us a symbol of faith and belief in Jesus.

Transitions don’t have to be difficult or trying; transitions can help us live better Christian lives and understand more clearly God’s saving presence as we too journey on the Way.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB

Particular Items




Dominic Joyce
Valentino Ferri
Alexander Lim

Marco Paglia & Marie Evergreen

Graziano Marthini
Maria Greco

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.

Vatican YouTube Channel: Did you know the Vatican has it's own YouTube Channel, with lots of important video? Neither did I, but they do. Go here. It's updated regularly.

Second Collection: Today we will have a collection for the Saints Peter and Paul School. Please help support your parish school.

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.



Mille Grazie! to His Excellency Archbishop George Niederauer, who celebrated the Thomas More “Red Mass” this past Thursday in the church. We know St. Thomas More must be especially pleased at Pope Benedict's recent outreach toward the Anglican church!

And speaking of His Excellency, he will soon have a weekly radio show! The “Archbishop’s Hour” will premier on Friday, October 30 at 9:00 AM on Immaculate Heart Radio, 1260 on your AM dial. Thereafter, the show will be heard every Friday, also at 9. There will be an encore broadcast each weekend, too. You can also listen online at the Immaculate Heart website:

More Mille Grazie! To Casey Groves, whose riveting performance last Saturday night in “Damien” was attended by about 100 people. The play was spellbinding, and the donations from those who attended brought in about $250 to the church.

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.

Advent Calendars: This year, our PTO will be preparing special Advent Calendar. The calendars will feature artwork by our SSPP student. The cost is $5 each, and you should reserve one in advance.

Human Rights and Salesian Spirituality Conference 2009: Our sister Salesian parish, Corpus Christi Church, is hosting the 2009 Northern California Conference. The theme is “Who is my neighbor: “A Salesian Dialog on Issues of Immigration.” The event will be on Saturday, November 7 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM. Registration is $10 by October 30; $15 at the door. The keynote speaker will be John Marheineke. Workshop presenters include Joseph Symkowicz, of Catholic Relief Services; Octavio Gonzalez of the Stanford Law Immigrants’ Rights Clinic; and Angelica Salas of the Coalition for Humana Immigrant Rights of LA. Corpus Christi Church is located at 62 Santa Rosa Ave. in San Francisco, Registration/informational forms may be picked up in the parish office.

Choose Life: “You matter. That’s why Christ came into your life, cleaned your soul [at baptism], and lit the lamp of faith in your heart. If ever the lamp goes out, he is always there to light it again. And while it shines, it should inspire us to roll back the dark lies of the culture of death and spread the light of Christ’s love to everyone we can, because they matter too.” –Rev. John Bartunek, LC, “Why You Matter,” Respect Life Program (2009-2010)

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 the 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 1955’s “Seven Cities of Gold” starring Richard Egan & Anthony Quinn, with Michael Rennie in the role of Fr. Junipero Serra. “Initially, this drama, which takes off from Mexico and ends up on the coast of California in 1769, is an account of the Spanish expedition sent to find the fabled "cities of gold" that were supposed to lie in the region north and west of old Mexico. But it soon becomes a rapt and reverent tribute to the Rev. Junipero Serra, the Roman Catholic priest who went along with the colonizing soldiers to establish missions in the heathen land.”


Parish Council Elections: It’s time for us to elect two new at-large members to the parish council. Next week there will be nomination forms in the church, followed. If you, are someone you know, would care to take on this responsibility. Please nominate them, and have another parishioner second them. Nominees must be parishioners over 18, in good standing with the Church. Nominations will be followed by elections.

Sandwich Maker Needed: HELP! One of the loyal volunteers who prepares sandwiches for the poor is leaving us to pursue a master’s degree. We need a replacement one day a week. You can start anytime between 7 and 9 AM (the job takes about 1 hour). Please call the parish office at 421-0809.

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.

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 For Chinese language RCIA, please contact Fr. Andrew Ng at 415-421-0809.

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.


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