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Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time
February 14, 2010


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Jeremiah 17: 5-8; 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20; Luke 6:17, 20-26. In today’s first reading, the prophet Jeremiah proclaims that the Lord will bless those who trust in him, but those who turn away from the Lord will be cursed. In our second reading, Paul teaches that Christ’s Resurrection assures us that we also will be raised. In today’s Gospel, Jesus promises a heavenly reward for those who live out the Beatitudes.

 


Domenica 6A Del Tempo Ordinario

 

Molte persone ritegono che la felicità nasca dalla possibilità di disporre delle cose. Ne deriva un mondo sempre più violento, dove il desiderio e l’invidia pongono gli uomini in conflitto. Gesù ci propone una soluzione radicalmente opposta, che appare inevitabilmente folle ai nostri occhi. Quando accetteremo di riconoscere in questa proposta la radice della vera felicità ?

 


From the Pastor's Computer

   

Oxymoron is a figure of speech in which two words or concepts with opposing meanings are used together intentionally for effect. “Is that a baby grand?” “Good grief! That’s fat-free ice cream.” “Don’t forget to pick up some extra virgin oil.” You get the idea.

Today’s gospel is chock full of oxymorons. Luke has four Beatitudes and four corresponding Woes and they are all oxymoronic. But what’s blessed in being poor, hungry, sad, and hated? What’s the advantage in that? What’s so bad about being rich and happy, well fed and well regarded? What’s the disadvantage in that?

The answer to this outrageous reversal of fortune is at the core of Luke’s gospel message: the presence of God has appeared in Jesus who acts on the behalf of the poor and marginalized rather than for the rich and well off. Only the poor, then, benefit from the action of God!

Brendan Byrne in The Hospitality of God, a Reading of Luke’s Gospel puts it “awfully nice”:

The great advantage is to have a capacity or lack that the God of overflowing generosity can fill, to be in a plight that attracts God’s impulse to save. It is because God is as Jesus proclaims God to be, that the poor are blessed and the rich are not.

This is the last Sunday in Ordinary Time until Lent and Easter Time is completed in late May with Pentecost. It’s a veritable Marti Gras with Valentine’s Day, the celebration of significant years of marriage, Chinese New Year and Luke’s encomium of the Great Reversal.

So, seriously, you need to lighten up.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Bennie Lagomarsino


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.

And here is an excellent article: "Hope in the Ruins of Haiti."


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Ash Wednesday: Lent Begins: This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, and a day of Fast and Abstinence. Church instructions are below. We will have a 6:00 PM Mass in addition to our regular 7:30, 9:00 AM & 12:15 PM Mass.

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.

Lenten Disciplines: Abstinence: Everyone 14 years and older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday. Fast: Everyone over 18, but under 60, is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On these two days, the law of fast allows only one full meal a day, but does not prohibit taking some food during the day, so long as this does not constitute a full meal. Drinking liquids during the day is permitted. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. If in doubt concerning Fast or Abstinence, a priest should be consulted. In the spirit of penance, the faithful should not lightly excuse themselves from this obligation. Mass attendance: During Lent, the Church encourages attendance at daily Mass and reception of the Eucharist. Almsgiving: During Lent, the Church encourages generosity to local, national, and worldwide programs of sharing.

Lenten Opportunities:

Choose Life: “40 Days for Life” is a PEACEFUL prayer vigil that will take place on Eddy Street (between Franklin and Van Ness streets) in San Francisco, across the street from the Planned Parenthood abortion business. The Vigil begins on Ash Wednesday,February 17, and the hope is to have at least one person there in prayer every day of Lent from 8AM to 8PM. To learn more, or to sign up for a time slot, go to: http://www.40daysforlife.com/sanfrancisco/ or email Ron Konopaski at konopaski@yahoo.com.

Friday Night Mass and Soup Suppers. Every Friday throughout Lent, there will be special Friday Mass in the Church at 6:30 PM, followed by a soup supper in the rectory.

Stations of the Cross: We will observe the Stations of the Cross every Friday in Lent at 12:45 PM.

Lenten Food Drive: This Lent, our Sts. Peter & Paul School, together with the Parish, will be hosting a Food Drive from February 17, Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday. During this Season of Lent, we are asking our community to help support the San Francisco Food Bank. Help us reach our goal of collecting 8,000 pounds of food for the hungry in our city!


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! Fashions are modelled by our K-8 students, school faculty, and Salesian Sisters. Please Join Us!

Blood Drive! Our next Saints Peter and Paul Blood Drive will be on Sunday, February 21, from 8am-12:30pm. The bloodmobile will be parked right in front of the rectory. You can schedule an appointment by going to www.bloodheroes.com, then entering the sponsor code “PeterPaul” or by calling Gibbons at 421-0809.


Celebrate Marriage! 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. The picture above shows some of our Saints Peter and Paul couples, who have all been married for various numbers of decades.

Clockwise from top left: Ben & Liz Diaz, Linda & Frank Machi, Joe & Maria Leung, and Mara & Cosmo Amato. God bless them!


 

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 “San Francisco” starring Clark Gable as the somewhat shady character Blackie Norton, Jeannette MacDonald as the singer Mary Blake, and Spencer Tracy as Fr. Tim Mullin. Korrectiv.com makes the point: “Each appearance by Fr. Mullin represents a key turning point in the film's development of the relationship between Blackie Norton and Mary Blake as well as Blackie's progress from hard-headed unbelief towards a collision with faith . . . it is quite a charming, fascinating film with a struggle of faith vs. unbelief--and an interesting priestly presence--at its core.”


Choose Life! The Sixth Annual Walk for Life West Coast held last Saturday was an unbelievable success—the largest Walk ever. Over 40,000 peaceful marchers, of all faiths, led by eight Catholic Bishops, witnessed peacefully to the Culture of Life. Our good Pastor Fr. John Itzaina led the SSPP contingent. The event, the largest annual gathering of Catholics in the city of San Francisco, and one of the largest gatherings of any kind, received very little coverage in our local press, but was covered nationally and internationally as far away as Hong Kong.

The Walk was absolutely filled with young people--Don Bosco was surely smiling in heaven!

At left is a great hip-hop video of the Walk made by a group of young artists called "Shadow of the Locust." It's called "Inheritance."

For more pictures, video, and news coverage of the Walk, go to the Walk for Life West Coast Media blog.

And here's a portion of the crowd!
 


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, 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, 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, Peter Rayfield, 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

14

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

15

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Tuesday

16

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Wednesday

17

Ash Wednesday (day of fast and abstinence)

Thursday

18

Lenten Weekday

Friday

19

Lenten Weekday (abstain from meat)

Saturday

20

Lenten Weekday

Sunday

21

First Sunday in Lent

Your sacrificial offerings of last week:

$3,846.

Second Collection (Litte Sisters of ther Poor)

$1,927.

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

 

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