Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

November 15, 2009

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time


Daniel 12: 1-3; Hebrews 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13: 24-32. The first reading, from the Book of Daniel, speaks of the final judgment, when all those who ever lived will be judged by God. The Book of Hebrews reminds us that the one, perfect sacrifice of Jesus brought us salvation. In the Gospel, Jesus teaches his followers to be watchful, for no one but the fathers knows when the Son of Man will return.




 Domenica 33A Del Tempo Ordinario

In attesa della conclusione dell’Anno Liturgico, esaminiamoci per vedere come abbiamo impiegato i doni di Dio e corrisposto alla sua grazia. La conclusione dell’Anno Liturgico richiama la fine della vita, quando verrà il momento in cui Dio ci domanderàconto delle nostre azioni.




From the Pastor's Computer


There a chilling scene in the movie, Nicholas and Alexandra, where Nicholas, the deposed Czar, is talking with a guard on a train winding its way across the snow-covered plains of Siberia. The soldier turns to him and asks, “Nicholas, do you have any idea how the whiteness out there would look with all the blood you have shed poured over it?” Nicholas responds with a blank stare. The guard looks at him for a moment and finally says, “Now I understand, Nicholas. You are not an evil man. You simply have no imagination.”

Without imagination there is no morality, no story of salvation, and no sign of God’s love. The lack of imagination leads to evil for us and others. Today’s readings can certainly fire up our imaginations. In the first reading the Book of Daniel imagines that those who sleep in death will rise in glory, that the wise will shine like lights in the sky; and that the just will be like stars. But what is Daniel really saying? When will the dead arise in glory? When will the wise shine like lights in the sky? When will the just be like the stars?

Our imaginations should be fired up even more in today’s Gospel: “After trials of every sort the sun will be darkened, the moon will not shed its light, stars will fall out of the skies.” Ouch! It’s like Daniel all over again, but even more explosive and scary. The imagination runs wild when we see many of these prophesies taking place. But, it is a question of meaning, not chronology or time.

The emphasis of this Sunday’s readings must focus not on what will happen but on what is happening in our lives NOW. Instead of worrying what and when and where the end will come, we should worry about living every moment with the attitude that Jesus is coming now, today, this very moment. Every action should be done with the expectation that Jesus’ presence changes everything, Jesus’ presence changed everything, Jesus’ presence will change everything. To live in this way takes a whole lot of imagination.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB

Particular Items




Peyton Rosenberg
Baby Cipollina
Mana Duran

Min Lee & Doris Toy
Chris Vickery & Stephanie Linebarger
Michael Ottoboni & Allison Parer

Teresa Zolezzi

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

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.

Dedication of Saints Peter and Paul in Rome: Wednesday ids the Feast of the Dedication of our namesake, Saints Peter and Paul in Rome.

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.

Father John honored: Our good pastor, Fr. John Itzaina, will be honored this Saturday at the “New Legends” Gala Fundraiser at St. John Bosco High School down in Bellflower. Fr. John had served there for many years, and he will be recognized for the contributions he has made to home, church, school, and playground. In addition to the dinner there will be dancing and a live auction. You can bid for auction items online by going to, and selecting the “New Legends/Sponsorship” link. Congratulations, Fr. John!

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!

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!



Choose Life: “The executive director of the Hemlock Society was once asked this question: "Why support assisted suicide only for patients with terminal illness?" She answered: "Because they really have no lives anymore." But that judgment demeans the lives of all these patients, not just the few who may already have suicidal feelings. It is a judgment fiercely denied by elderly and terminally ill citizens themselves, who generally oppose assisted suicide more strongly than others do.”—Richard Doerflinger, “False Freedom and the Culture of Death”

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. This week’s recommended movie is the 1961 offering “Hoodlum Priest,” based on the life of Fr. Charles Dismas Clark.

Fr. Clark (played by Don Gates) was a Jesuit priest who worked with young ex-convicts as they try to rejoin an often hostile society.


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 ( 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.

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 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



33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time



Margaret of Scotland; Gertrude, Virgin



Elizabeth of Hungary; Religious



Dedication of the Basilicas of Peter and Paul; Rose Philippine Duchesne; Virgin



Weekday in Ordinary Time



Weekday in Ordinary Time



Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary



Solemnity of Christ the King

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