Saints Peter & Paul Parish
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December 6, 2009

Second Sunday of Advent


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Baruch 5:1-9; Philippians 1: 4-6, 8-11; Luke 3: 1-6. Baruch speaks of the renewal and restoration that God will bring about for Jerusalem and the people of Israel. The second reading gives us the reminder that God, who has begun a good work in us, will bring it to completion. In the Gospel, we hear how John the Baptist went about preparing the way for Jesus.

 


 

 Domenico 2A Di Avvento

 

San Giovanni Battista occupa un posto di rilievo tra i maestri e i testimoni del tempo di Avvento. La sua parola s’insinua nel cuore dell’uomo per disporlo a conversione, riconoscendo che i veri beni si raggiungono con una vita semplice e umile.

 

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Computer

   

In building a new science and art center at St. Francis where I was president a few years ago, they had too much rain that held up excavation for foundation work. The construction company went to a new plan and mixed the heavy clay soil with lye and water. They mixed it, then rolled it, and it became hard as rock. It was an ancient construction technique that the Romans used to build their roads, some of which are being used today.

Such flat, level roads figure in the Old Testament prophets. For the Second Sunday of Advent it is the prophet Baruch who speaks about shaving off mountain tops and filling in the gorges to make it easier for Israel to speed toward Jerusalem lead by God’s light, mercy and justice.

I don’t know if John the Baptist used any Roman roads, but he did make his way “throughout the whole region of the Jordan” to fulfill the Isaiah’s prophecy to “make straight his paths.” Isaiah wanted the valleys to be filled in and the mountains and hills made low, the roads smoothed out and straightened for all to see God’s salvation.

Baruch’s image of a well-made road, straight and smooth, should elicit thoughts of the Advent season that streamlines our spiritual journey, increases our love and the fruit of righteousness, and continues the good work to be completed for the day of the Lord Jesus.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Elena Schisa
Madison Hernandez
Silvia Pesavento

Lillian Sullivan
Thomas Colla
Joseph Zappia


URGENT ACTION ALERT FROM OUR BISHOPS: "Support the Hatch-Nelson Amendment to Stop Abortion Funding in Health Care Reform!"

"The full Senate is considering their health care reform bill. The bishops are strongly urging the Senate to incorporate essential changes to the Senate’s health care reform bill to ensure that needed health care reform legislation truly protects the life, dignity, consciences and health of all. The amendment to maintain the prohibition on federal funding of abortion could be voted on as early as Monday, December 7. Please contact your Senators today!

Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ben Nelson (D-NE) have submitted an amendment that like the Stupak amendment that was included in the final House bill, prevents this legislation from mandating abortion coverage or providing federal funds for coverage that includes elective abortions. Those wishing to purchase abortion coverage may continue to do so with their own private funds, but not in the government-run health care plan (“community health insurance option”) or with the help of federal subsidies.

ACTION: Contact Members now through e-mail, phone calls or FAX letters. 1) Send an e-mail at www.usccb.org/action. 2) Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at: 202-224-3121, or call your Members’ local offices. Full contact info can be found on Members’ web sites at www.house.gov and www.senate.gov.

MESSAGE—SENATE: 'Please support the Hatch-Nelson Amendment to uphold longstanding policies against abortion funding, and please protect conscience rights in health care reform.'

WHEN: Senate floor debate on the amendment may begin the week of December 7."


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

Blood Drive: Our winter blood drive is today from 8AM to 12:30. The Bloodmobile will be parked right in front of the church. You can just drop in to donate!

Memorial Poinsettias: In a Saints Peter and Paul Christmas Tradition, we will be offering memorial poinsettias for sale. The poinsettias will be displayed around the high altar over the Christmas season, and your loved one will be remembered. Memorial Poinsettias are $20 and will be sold this weekend and next after all the Masses.

Advent Calendars: This year, our SSPP students have preparing special Advent Calendars. The calendars feature the student’s own artwork. They are $10, and are on sale in the bookstore now.

Immaculate Conception: Tuesday is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the USA. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. There will be Masses at 7:30 & 9:00 AM and 12:15 and 6:00 PM. There will also be a vigil Mass Monday at 5:00 PM.

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 will also have Eucharistic Adoration this Friday after the 12:15 PM Mass.

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Next Saturday we will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Nuestra Señora, pray for us!


 

Advent Traditions: Today, December 6, is also the Feast of St. Nicholas. How did St. Nicholas become “Santa Claus”? Nicholas was a priest, born in Patara, in 280 AD, in what is now Turkey. He became Bishop of the city of Myra. He was well known for his generosity to the poor. Once, a merchant in Myra had a business disaster, leaving his three daughters without dowries. This meant they couldn’t get married, and might be sold into slavery by creditors. Nicholas, the good bishop, heard about this and decided to take action. He sneaked onto the roof of the merchant’s house on three successive nights, dropping a bag of gold down the chimney each night. The astonished father, wondering where the gold was coming from, lay in wait on the third night. He caught St. Nicholas in the act, and embraced him in gratitude. In due course, all three daughters got married. Ever since, children have hung their stockings by the fireplace on Christmas Eve, to make things as easy as possible for St. Nick!


Disaster Relief: We are all aware of the number of natural disasters, (typhoons, etc.) that have affected the Pacific region lately. The Salesians have a large presence in that part of the world. and Salesians world-wide are joining to lend a hand financially. This Sunday, after all the Masses, our Salesian Sisters will be selling copies of their Centennial celebration Book, (a $30 value). All funds raised will go to support the relief work among the youth and families of the area. We can assure you that the money will go through only Salesian Sister hands. Thank you for your kindness, if you are able to contribute. Sr. Ann Cassidy, FMA for our community in the parish.

Retreat Offering: On Sunday, December 13, at 2PM, the Vallombrosa Center will host Fr. Michael Sweeney, O.P., President of the Dominican School of Theology and Philosophy. Fr. Sweeney will speak on "Apostles to the World: The Role of the Laity in the Church and the World Today." Fr. Sweeney is a wonderful teacher, who has spoken here at Saints Peter and Paul, and also gave a talk to our Salesians at their retreat earlier this year. The event will take place in the library at Vallombrosa, located at 250 Oak Grove in Menlo Park. Admission free, open to the public, reception to follow. For more info, call 650-325-5614.

150th Anniversary of the Salesian Order: On Friday, December 18, we will join with every Salesian in the world in celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Don Bosco’s founding of the order. There will be a special Mass at 6:00 PM.

Chinese Apostolate Christmas Show: Our Chinese Apostolate will present their annual Christmas Variety Show on Sunday, December 20, in the auditorium. This is always a very entertaining event!

School Christmas Pageant: This year’s school Christmas show. the “Family Christmas Sing Along” will be on Monday, December 21 at 7PM, in the church. Come join as our students lead us in your favorite Christmas Carols!


 

Choose Life! The Walk for Life West Coast will take place on Saturday, January 23, beginning at 12:00 noon, at Justin Herman Plaza. Last year 32,000 peaceful marchers and four Catholic Bishops gave loving witness to the Culture of Life, and our good Pastor Fr. John Itzaina led the SSPP contingent. Come join us! For more info, click here.

As we do every year, SS. Peter and Paul will have all-night Eucharistic Adoration the night before the Walk. We especially need Christians who are willing to spend time with the Lord in the early hours of the morning. Call 421-0809 for more information.

At left is a great video from the 2008 Walk for Life.


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 1968’s “The Shoes of the Fisherman”. This movie, depicting the surprise election of a Russian Cardinal to the throne of St. Peter, seems to foreshadows the stunning choice of Karol Wojtyla as John Paul II. Another all-star cast: Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Oskar Wener, Leo McKern, with Anthony Quinn in the role of Cardinal Kiril Pavlovich Lakota. who becomes Pope Kiril.

You can watch the trailer at left.


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

06

Second Sunday of Advent

Monday

07

Ambrose; Bishop & Doctor

Tuesday

08

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Wednesday

09

San Juan Diego; Hermit

Thursday

10

Advent Weekday

Friday

11

Damasus I; Pope

Saturday

12

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Sunday

13

Second Sunday of Advent

Your sacrificial offerings of last week:

$2,221.

Second Connection (for the poor)

$530.

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

 

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