Saints Peter & Paul Parish
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November 8, 2009

32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time


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1 Kings 17:10-16; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44 or 12: 41-44. The plight of the two nameless widows in today’s first and third readings is used to emphasize God’s special love for the lowliest members of society, and for those who unselfishly give. In our second reading, Paul speaks of the offering made to take away our sins. Our reconciliation with God came through Jesus, whom God exalted and glorified.

 


 

 Domenica 32A Del Tempo Ordinario

 

Con il suo gesto la vedova diventa modello di ogni gesto di carità. Perché “nella sua povertà, vi ha messo tutto quello che aveva, tutto quanto aveva per vivere.” È un comportamento che va diritto al cuore, riflesso di un amore totale, senza nulla in cambio.

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Computer

   

Sunday’s story of the Widow’s Mite is sometimes used to remind us to give proportionally of your time, talent and treasure for our parish. But actually Sunday’s gospel is more about the condemnation of individuals and corporate entities who sponge on the hospitality of people with limited means. The scribes, who were supposed to protect the widows, were exploiting them and cheating them out of house and home. Sound familiar? Look at the recent bailout of banks and securities companies, while people of limited means are still losing their homes.

An interfaith group in San Francisco called Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), announced recently that there was going to be a interfaith meeting on November 12 on “Building a Moral Economy in San Francisco” CLUE had this to say:

“As people of faith we are called upon to speak the truth with courage, and explore ways to build a moral economy rooted in justice, fairness, and uphold the dignity of working people. A concrete example of this struggle is the plight of hotel workers in our city, most of them, immigrants and women. A couple of hotels have workers seeking a fair process to have an organized voice. 9,000 of these workers are also currently without a contract in our city, and are in negotiations with big corporations that seek to undercut their healthcare benefits.”

Things don’t change very much from the time of the widow of Zarephath and the generous widow of limited means, do they?

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Francesca Lapera
Bailey Wong
Isabella Naster

Francis Del Rosario & Janelle Fiel
Joseph Peters & Olivia Gifford
Patrick Moore & Jenny Mudter

Robert Piva
Silvio Musso


 

 

Urgent Action Item From the Archdiocese of San Francisco: "The US Bishops are sending this alert to every Diocese and every Catholic parish in the country. The timing is important and getting our message to Congress is important. Archbishop Niederauer has requested that these announcements and materials be sent to you for your implementation."

The Bishops requests that parishioners:

"Tell Congress: Remove Abortion Funding & Mandates from Needed Health Care Reform Congressional leaders are attempting to put together final bills for floor consideration.

Please contact your Representative and Senators today and urge them to fix these bills with the pro-life amendments noted below. Otherwise much needed health care reform will have to be opposed. Health care reform should be about saving lives, not destroying them.

MESSAGE to SENATE:

“During floor debate on the health care reform bill, please support an amendment to incorporate longstanding policies against abortion funding and in favor of conscience rights. If these serious concerns are not addressed, the final bill should be opposed.”

MESSAGE to HOUSE:

“Please support the Stupak Amendment that addresses essential pro-life concerns on abortion funding and conscience rights in the health care reform bill. Help ensure that the Rule for the bill allows a vote on this amendment. If these serious concerns are not addressed, the final bill should be opposed.”

WHEN: Both House and Senate are preparing for floor votes now. Act today! Thank you!

To send a pre-written, instant e-mail to Congress go to www.usccb.org/action.

Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at: 202-224-3121, or call your Members’ local offices."

You can download the full document here.


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

Holy Name Society Memorial Mass: Today, at 8:45 the HNS will celebrate their annual memorial for deceased members and family members.

All Souls Intentions: There are intention envelopes on the tables by the entrances to the church. Please writer the intentions you would like have remembered during the month of November. You may include a donation.

Thanksgiving Day Mass Schedule: On thanksgiving Day we will celebrate a single mass for the entire parish at 9:00 AM. All Mass intentions for the day will be celebrated at that time. All parishioners are invited !

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.

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.

Salesian Mother’s Club Silent Auction/Bingo Luncheon: It’s Saturday November 21, from 11:30 to 4:00 PM, and includes lunch, , dessert, wine, coffee & two bingo cards! Tickets are $25, and are still available. We request no children for this event, please. For more information, please call 415-397-3068.

Advent Calendars: This year, our SSPP students will be preparing special Advent Calendar. The calendars will feature the student’s own artwork. The edition will be limited, so you should reserve one by November 18!

Choose Life: “Children, and those who are dependent on us due to disability or age, offer us the opportunity to grow in patience, kindness, and love. They teach us that life is a shared gift, not an encumbrance. At the end of life, we will be judged on love alone.” ~ Cardinal Justin Rigali, Statement for Respect Life Sunday, September 29, 2009


Mother General Visits: Mother Yvonne Yeungoat, FMA, who is the Directress of all Salesian Sisters worldwide, is making a quick visit to the Bay Area on November 21 & 22. Unfortunately she will not be able to visit Ss. Peter and Paul, but the Salesian Sisters ask you to join them in prayer that her visit strengthen us to be who we are called to be, for the benefit of our whole world, (and the Bay Area!), through the young and all who walk the journey with them and us!


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.

“The Devil at 4 O’Clock” a 1961 release featuring Frank Sinatra as Harry, Kerwin Matthews as Father Joseph Perreau, and the great Spencer Tracy as Father Matthew Doonan. Set in the South Pacific. Spencer Tracy must rescue a group of leper children threatened by an erupting volcano. With no one else to help, he must convince three convicts, one of whom is played by Sinatra, to lend a hand.


St. Vincent de Paul Awards Dinner: Celebrating their 150th Anniversary of service to the poor, the SVdP will honor His Excellency Archbishop George Niederauer. The event will take place on November 12 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Cocktails, Dinner, the award banquet and a live auction. Tickets are $150 per person, and sponsorship opportunities are available. All proceeds will benefit the good works of the SVdP. For more information, please call the St. Vincent de Paul Society at 415-977-1270.

Rental Room Wanted in North Beach: A young woman has asked us to help her find a room in North Beach She is an IT Professional, and is studying at the Academy of Art. She can provide references. Please call the parish office at 415-421-0809 if you have a room to rent.

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.

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 (tcarroll@jrclosaltos.org) 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 janet.ross@gatx.com 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 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.

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.

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 November 6-8. 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, 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

Sunday

08

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

09

Deication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

Tuesday

10

Leo the Great; Pope & Doctor

Wednesday

11

Martin of Tours; Bishop

Thursday

12

Josophat; Bishop and Martyr

Friday

13

Frances Xavier Cabrini; Virgin

Saturday

14

Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sunday

15

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your sacrificial offerings of last week:

$3,389.

Second Connection (Archdiocesan Assessment)

$678.

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

 

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