Saints Peter & Paul Parish
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December 20, 2009

Fourth Sunday of Advent


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Micah 5:1-4a; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45. In the first reading, Micah prophesies that from Bethlehem will come one to rule Israel. In the second reading, we hear that the sacrifice of Christ consecrates us, making us acceptable to God. In Luke’s Gospel, we hear of Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth, who praises the Blessed Mother for her faithfulness to God.

 


Domenico 4A Di Avvento

 

Che cammino abbiamo fatto durante il tempo di preparazione? Come reagiamo di fronte allo sconvolgente evento di Dio che si fa Bambino? Di fronte alla nascita di Gesù, il nostro cuore esulta, perché Dio continua a farsi vicino. Egli inizia il cammino dell’amore, per dimostrare che l’uomo non sarà mai abbandonato.

 

 

 

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Computer

   

Where do you hide things? A trashy novel, romantic letters, cherished photos, insurance policies, Christmas presents?

Today’s gospel scene gives us another hiding place, seemingly quite different from personal or communal hiding places. It is the scene of two hugely pregnant women, trying to greet each other, trying to hug each other with difficulty, Jesus and John in the womb. They manage to cradle each other, reveling in God’s promises, buoyant with hope and joy because God was with them.

Elizabeth and Mary must have been just a little bit crazy! Elizabeth was really too old to start having kids. Mary was living dangerously, living in a culture that stoned pregnant, unmarried girls. It was at the least “inconceivable” yet they both conceived by the will of God they believed in, and they bore these fresh new lives of Jesus and John to fulfillment despite all the odds.

So Jesus, the God-Man was hidden in a backwater town of a tribe of Judah, too little to be one of the twelve tribes of Israel, hidden in the most unlikely place in Mary. Isn’t this an invitation to all of us to seek God in other unlikely places: our homes, our workplaces, our neighborhoods, our extended families, and even in strangers we meet. Yes, the Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth should blow us out of our baptismal waters! No one expected it, hardly anyone knew and cared or even imagined. It was an old lady and a teenage girl that changed the face of the world, right under the noise of the great Roman Empire.

Pregnant women bear the hope and future of the world, and Mary and Elizabeth were no exception. Women carry every possibility for the future, every hope of humanity like every new house built, every life-saving operation, every student taught, every teacher instructing, every artist, inventor, explorer, and farmer, every priest, prophet, missionary or saint.

We can’t all be mothers, but we have to be guardians of life. We can’t be all parents, but we have the business of serving and speaking out on behalf of the vulnerable: the unborn, the dying, death-row inmates, the poor, the oppressed and disempowered: all part of our stewardship of life. For in all these people hides the presence of Emmanuel, God-with-us.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Matthew McNally
Nicole Swalve

 

Edith Aicardi
Lesley Meade
Beverly Anne Powelson


Archived Bulletins: For our archive of past bulletins, go 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. We will also have Eucharistic Adoration this Friday after the 12:15 PM Mass.

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!

The Christmas Novena is celebrated at 5:00 PM in the church and takes the place of evening prayer for our Salesian priests, brothers, and sisters. We will have the Christmas Novena service on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Come join us!

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.

CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE 2009

Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24
Confessions 4:00 to 5:00 PM
Vigil Mass at 5:00 PM
Carols at 11:15 PM followed by the Midnight Mass

Christmas Day, Friday, December 25
Masses in English at 12:00 AM, 7:30 AM, 8:45 AM & 1:00 PM
Mass in English/Chinese at 10:15 AM
Mass in Italian at 11:45 AM

NO 5:00 PM Mass


 

Christmas Legends: The tabby cat. “It was late at night in Bethlehem. All the visitors to the stable had gone home leaving only the Holy Family. All who remained were the holy animals and, outside, a tabby cat. Standoffish, she had watched the events with awe, but had not come into the stable. Now the only sound to be heard was they crying of Our Lord Jesus. He could not sleep. Our Blessed Mother comforted him, but to no avail. Even the ox and ass tried to help. Something compelled the tabby to help. She walked into the stable, and jumped into the manger. She lay down next to Our little Lord, and soon a loud purring filled the stable. Tabby’s purring calmed baby Jesus, and soon He was fast asleep. Our grateful Lady said “O proud cat, although you will never be tamed, from now on there will always be a warm place for you with the family by the fire.” Then Our Lady rubbed the cat’s forehead, and, with her finger, drew a mark. That’s why even today the Tabby cat has an “M” on her forehead—in memory of her good deed in Bethlehem”


 

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 “Au Revoir, les enfants,” a 1987 movie by Louis Malle. The film takes place in a French boarding school during World War II, where the headmaster, a Catholic priest, is trying to shield Jewish children from the Gestapo. Philippe Morier-Genoud plays Père Jean, “a dignified, sacrificing priest of the old school” who is sent to the concentration camp at Mathausauen for his actions. The movie is based on actual events that Malle experienced at school in childhood., and the priest on whom Père Jean is based, Father Jacques de Jesus, (shown above)died shortly after the US Army liberated the camp. He weighed just 75 pounds.

 


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

20

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Monday

21

Late Advent Weekday

Tuesday

22

Late Advent Weekday

Wednesday

23

Late Advent Weekday

Thursday

24

Late Advent Weekday

Friday

25

The Nativity of the Lord, Christmas Day

Saturday

26

Stephen; First Christian Martyr

Sunday

27

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

Your sacrificial offerings of last week:

$3,366.

Second Collection (Retired Religious)

$2,105.

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

 

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