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January 17, 2010

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Isaiah 62: 1-5; 1 Corinthians 12: 4-11; John 2: 1-11. Isaiah tells us of the restoration of Jerusalem, and likens the relationship of the Lord and Israel to that of a bridegroom and his bride—faithful and fruitful. Paul describes our differing gifts are a “manifestation of the Spirit ...given for some benefit.” In the Gospel, Jesus goes to a wedding at Cana, where two become one, bride and bridegroom. Jesus performs his first miracle, transforming water into wine.

 


 

 

 

 Domenico 2 A Del Tempo Ordinario

 

Dopo l’esilio il popolo eletto si trova in grande difficoltà. IL profeta esorta a guardare al futuro Messia con fiducia. Anche i cristiani si vedono proiettati nel futuro per diventare construttori di un mondo nuovo, docili al progetto di Dio, per la concordia universale e l’unità di tutte le confessioni cristiane.

 

 

 

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Computer

   

 “And the mother of Jesus was there.” When Jesus worked his first sign at the wedding feast of Cana, Mary, his mother, played a significant role. She is the one who pointed out to Jesus that they ran out of wine. She is the one who tells the servants to do whatever Jesus orders them to do. In fact, Mary plays a significant role in the gospel of John all the way to the foot of the cross where Mary, the mother of Jesus, becomes the mother of the Church.

But the focus is on Jesus, of course, not on Mary, his mother. Still, Mary’s role is to further the narrative and enable the glory of Jesus to be revealed through signs that bring us to faith.

Mary played a significant role in the life and mission of St. John Bosco. Last week we spoke about Johnny Bosco’s dream at the age of nine of the Lady who took the hand of the young lad and pointed out his mission and told him to be humble, steadfast and strong…for my children.

Don Bosco repeatedly said that any person in a school, club, or parish is there through the intercession of Mary. His devotion to Mary was practiced and promoted under her title as Help of Christians. He built his basilica in Turin, Italy and named it “Mary, Help of Christians.”

The title became a rallying cry for Roman Catholics at the time of the unification of Italy, when the Papal States lost more and more of its territory to the rise of nationalism. It was a confusing time of nationalists and patriots against the papacy and political conservatives. The Pope had no army to defend himself and the Papal States, and so they invoked Mary in the cry “Help”!

In 1863, Don Bosco stated to Fr. John Cagliero, “The Madonna wishes us to honor her under the title of Mary, Help of Christians. The times are so bad that we sadly need her help to preserve and safeguard our faith.”

Don Bosco believed that Mary, the Help of Christians, came to help the Church to remain faithful and true in his own perilous times. As members of the vast Salesian movement of Don Bosco, we too invoke Mary under the title of Mary Help of Christians to maintain our faith in Jesus who turned water into wine at the wedding feast of Cana.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Myles

Vincent Chang & Carol Xiao
Dan Mickwee & Brenna O’Brien

Ramona Gammino – Maxwell Isola
Reno Conti – Chen Thi Ying
Norma Puccinelli - Frances Tift


URGENT ACTION ITEM FROM THE U.S. CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS:

"The U.S. House passed health care reform that reaffirms the essential, longstanding and widely supported policy against using federal funds for elective abortion coverage.

The U.S. Senate has rejected this policy and passed health care reform that requires federal funds to help subsidize and promote health plans that cover elective abortions. All purchasers of such plans will be required to pay for other people’s abortions through a separate payment solely to pay for abortion."

For the Bishops' full statement, (which they asked be inserted in every parish bulletin in the country), go here.

Their Excellencies' continue:

"ACTION: Contact your Representative and Senators today by e-mail, phone or FAX.

- 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. Contact info can be found on Members’ web sites at www.house.gov & www.senate.gov.

MESSAGE—HOUSE:

“I am pleased that the House health care bill maintains the longstanding policy against federal funding of abortion. I urge you to work to uphold essential provisions against abortion funding, to include full conscience protection and to assure that health care is accessible and affordable for all. Until and unless these criteria are met, I urge you to oppose the final bill.”

MESSAGE—SENATE:

“I am deeply disappointed that the Senate health care bill fails to maintain the longstanding policy against federal funding of abortion and does not include adequate protection for conscience. I urge you to support essential provisions against abortion funding, similar to those in the House bill. Include full conscience protection and assure that health care is accessible and affordable for all. Until and unless these criteria are met, I urge you to oppose the final bill.”


Message from the Rector Major on the Earthquake in Haiti: Now is the time to roll up our sleeves, as Don Bosco did with the boys of the Valdocco Oratory and help those who have most need. It is right to organise assistance to show the closeness of God and to bring hope.”

How you can help: Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S.Catholic Church. To donate, please call 1-877-HELP-CRS, donate online at www.crs.org or send a check to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203-7090. In the memo portion of your check, please write: Haiti Earthquake.


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 the first Friday of each month following the 12:15 PM Mass.

Parent Teacher Organization: Our PTO will meet Tuesday, at 6PM, in the gym.

Blessed Laura Vicuña: This Friday is the Feast of Blessed Laura Vicuña, patroness of our Pre-Kindergaretn. It is also a day of Penance in the United States: the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Laura Vicuña, pray for 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 “Molokai: The Story of Father Damien,” a 1999 film about Fr. Jozef De Veuster. “Fr. Damien,” the “leper priest” who was canonized earlier this year by Pope Benedict. The movie features, Derek Jacobi, Sam Neill, Leo McKern, and Peter O’Toole. David Wenham plays the faithful priest.


 

Choose Life! The Walk for Life West Coast will take place next Saturday, January 23, beginning with speakers at 11AM, then the Walk 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. This year EIGHT Catholic Bishops will lead the march. Once again, our good Pastor Fr. John Itzaina will lead the SSPP contingent. We will meet at 10:30 AM, in front of the church. Join us! Also, 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.

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.


Norma Puccinelli: This week, we lost a Saints Peter and Paul institution. Norma was baptized, confirmed and married her dear husband Frank here in 1932. Their three daughters all attended SSPP School. All three (and a granddaughter) also got married at SSPP. There is nothing Norma did not do for our parish: Mothers Club, (school & SBGC) Salesian Cooperator, SBGC “Woman of the Year,” Bazaar volunteer (with Frank) for decades, helping with mailings, you name it! For years she and her old friend Angie Bava could be found in the cafeteria every day, cleaning after the kids finished lunch. But it was never all the work that made Norma so special: as everyone who ever met her knew, she radiated kindness and the love of Christ. Norma has now gone home to the Lord. We thank the good Lord for the gift of Norma. The rosary and Mass will be Sunday (today) at 7 PM.


School and Pre-K Open House: The Laura Vicuna Pre-kindergarten, in conjunction with Saints Peter and Paul School, will host their annual open house on Sunday, January 31st from 9:30-11:30 A.M. Applications for the 2010-2011 school year will be available. All are welcome to attend. Children must be 3.9 years old to begin pre-k in September. For our K-8 school Open House, please take the stairs up to the second floor Faculty, Staff and Administration will be available to meet and greet during your visit.

School Fashion Show! The Saints Peter and Paul Salesian School Second Annual Faculty Lunch, Auction, Fashion Show and Fundraiser will be held Saturday, February 20th in the Gymnasium. Time: 11:00 Ticket Prices: $35.00 Adults; $25.00 Seniors (65 older); $20.00 Children (12 and under) If you would like to attend please contact the School Office: 421-5219. This is a really fun event—last year everybody had a blast! Please Join Us!

Married Couples, Mark Your Calendars! Our good Auxiliary Bishop William Justice will celebrate the Annual Wedding Anniversary Mass and Renewal of Vows on Saturday, February 27 at 12 noon. The Mass takes place at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Registration forms are available in the parish office. Special honor will be shown to those who are celebrating their 25th, 50th or 50+ Anniversary. You can also register online at www.sffamilylife.com

Mille Grazie! A HUGE THANK YOU from the Post Confirmation Class of the Religious Education Program to everyone who contributed to our ‘Giving Wreath’ project. We were able to collect 7 boxes filled with toiletries for the homeless. All gifts will be brought to Glide Church where they can put them to good use as part of their Walk-in-Center Emergency Services Program. Your generosity is very much appreciated!

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.

Religious Education for youth (CCD): This year’s CCD will began September 13. 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 Pre-K classroom.. Registration forms are available in the Church office. For more information, contact Br. Thien Nguyen, at 415-421-0809.

Men’s Winter Coats Needed: We (or rather our homeless neighbors) are in dire need of winter coats for men. If you have a warm coat that you can donate, please bring it by the rectory.

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola have helped many to fulfill their desire to grow in knowledge and love of Jesus and so to follow him in greater freedom. Ignatius planned that the complete Exercises (sometimes offered as a 30-day silent retreat) also be offered as a retreat in everyday life, extended over six months or more. In following this form, the retreatant meets with an individual director weekly and prays an hour and a half daily. Doing the Exercises entails a serious commitment of both time and energy and is appropriate for those already cultivating a generous life of prayer and in regular spiritual direction. If you have an interest in doing the complete Spiritual Exercises in everyday life, our staff would be happy to help you to discern the Spirit’s call and will recommend a director when that is timely.Please contact Fr. Tom Carroll (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

17

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

18

Martin Luther King

Tuesday

19

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Wednesday

20

Fabian; Pope & Martyr, Sebastian Martyr

Thursday

21

Agnes; Virgin & Martyr

Friday

22

Vincent; Deacon & Martyr, Laura Vicuna, Day of Penance (Anniversary Roe v. Wade)

Saturday

23

Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sunday

24

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your sacrificial offerings of last week:

$3,989.

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

 

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