Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 9, 2010


Acts: 15, 1-2, 22-29; Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23; John 14: 23-29. In today’s first reading, the Church leaders in Jerusalem make known to the Gentile Christians what will be expected of them. In the second reading, we hear that the heavenly Jerusalem is full of God’s splendor. In the Gospel, Jesus promises that the Father will send the Holy Spirit to remind us of all that Jesus taught.


Domenica 6A Di Pasqua


La luce della verità è stata accesa nei nostri cuori con il dono della fede, che rende sicura la nostra libertà, corregge le opinioni distorte, vince i pregiudizi e le paure ed edifica la giustizia. Bisogna cercare, confrontarsi, portando nel cuore la fiducia verso lo Spirito che è continuamente all’opera durante la nostra peregrinazione terrena, per aiutarci a comprendere la Parola che il Signore4 ci ha donato.




From the Pastor's Computer


Last week, the father of Br. Ernie Martinez died at the age of 95. Br. Ernie, who lives in the Salesian Community here at Saints Peter and Paul, spent the last five years with his two sisters caring for their ailing father. It reminded me of the death of my father in 1991 and my mother in 2007. Today is Mother’s Day and all of us are reminded of our mother’s love and how each one of us is the person we are because of our parents. Unique and personable things or words or gestures remind us of our parents, especially of our mothers today.

My mother collected teapots and sets of tea servings. One tea serving set was always on the living room “coffee” table. I had gotten it from the Apple Farm in San Luis Obispo and both tea pot and tea cups were in the form of an apple with an angle of apple missing. She loved those tea pots almost as much as she loved tea, but not nearly as much as she loved her children and my dad.

This Sunday’s gospel continues the Farewell Address of Jesus. Jesus promised us that he will not leave us orphans but will send the Holy Spirit who will remind us of his never-ending love. The Holy Spirit, sent in Jesus’ name, becomes that object or word or picture that reminds us of Jesus’ love, his words, his gestures of healing and comfort and peace.

Remember Br. Ernie’s father, pray for his mother, and pray for your own mothers on this most special day. Happy Mothers’ Day!

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB

Particular Items




Julian Marco – Eloise Donahue

Thomas Wolf & Karen Olsen

Kevin Ryan – Vivian Cherugino

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

Frank Vetari: Our longtime sacristan Frank Vetari passed away on Thursday. Frank's history with Saints Peter and Paul goes back to the 1930's. He was a huge part of our parish, and he will be greatly missed.

Many tributes have been coming in. Here is a beautiful one from Frank Lavin of Our Madonna Del Lume Society:

"I have the fondest memories of Frank, when as a kid, I would help him and his brother, Roy, SDB, around the church, especially to set up theNativity scene each December.

He's now in that special place in Heaven, that Don Bosco foresaw and promised, for the Salesian Family. And, of course, none of us believe it coincidental that it happened on the feast day of Dominic Savio. May hissoul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of

God, rest in peace. Amen."

The rosary will be on Monday, May 10 at 7:00 PM at Green street mortuary, and the funeral will be Tuesday May 11 at 10:30 AM in the church.

Please remember Frank's dear sister Flora in your prayers.

Choose Life! “In order to protect nature, it is not enough to intervene with economic incentives or deterrents. The decisive issue is the overall moral tenor of society. If there is a lack of respect for the right to life and to a natural death, if human conception, gestation and birth are made artificial, if human embryos are sacrificed to research, the conscience of society ends up losing the concept of human ecology and, along with it, that of environmental ecology. It is contradictory to insist that future generations respect the natural environment when our educational systems and laws do not help them to respect themselves.” —Pope Benedict XVI. Charity in Truth (Caritas in Veritate), 51. June 29, 2009.

Speaking of Pope Benedict, there have been rather onesided (to say the least) attempts to implicate His Holiness in the Church's tragic abuse scandal. Here is some balance and factual information you will not get from the mainstream media:

Jimmy Akin on the Milwaukee case.

George Weigel on the "thoroughly discredited" Milwaukee story in "First Things"

Phil Lawler on the Oakland case.

Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, on the Oakland case.

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (Fr. Z), on the Oakland case.

Dr. Thomas Plant, PhD "Six Important Points You Don't Hear About Regarding Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church."

A compendium of other stories from the Catholic Educator's Resource Center

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.

St. Mary Mazzarello: This Thursday is the Feastday of St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello, foundress of our beloved Salesian Sisters. St. Mary Mazzarella, pray for us!

Confirmation: Our Saints Peter and Paul School confirmation class will receive the sacrament of Confirmation next Sunday at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Pray for them as they receive this wonderful sacrament, the Sealing of the Holy Spirit.

Salesian Day Camp: will begin on June 14, and will run through August 6. Hours are 7:30AM-5:30 PM. Ages: 3 years 10 months to 9 years. The program includes arts & crafts, academics, fieldtrips twice weekly, martial arts, games, cooking & baking, dance & stage productions, & more! Contact Joselyn Staley or call 397-3067

Summer Camp for Boys. Camp St. Francis: Camp St. Francis provides a wholesome Catholic setting for boys ages 7-13 to experience a meaningful and enjoyable summer with their peers. Camp St. Francis on Monterey Bay is a private and secluded 15 acre site with a private beach, plus games, archery, surfing, boogie boarding, and more! Call 831-722-3608 or visit their website.

Summer Camp for Girls. Camp Auxiliam: Nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Camp Auxilium, administered by the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco, is a Catholic Christian camp where the young can experience the joy of a healthy and wholesome life lived in a community of faith. We are committed to providing a family atmosphere where each girl experiences the freedom and responsibility to exercise right judgment and to use her gifts and talents in service of others. The friendships made at camp make God’s love tangible and often last a lifetime. For more information, visit the Camp Auxiliam website.





Month of Mary! May is “the month of Mary.” On May 21, at the 9:00 AM School Mass, our students will celebrate the May Crowning of Our Blessed Lady. And the 24th is the Feast of Mary Help of Christians.


And this gives an opportunity to share one of our favorite videos in the whole wide world, "May Feelings"!


Plus, the makers of May Feelings have produced a new "May Feelings" video for this year.

Check it out!

St. Vincent de Paul Society Workshop: Have you ever wondered what we are doing as Catholics to assist the poor in our neighborhoods and throughout the City? Why not come to the next Frederic Ozanam Workshop at ‘Ozanam House,’ 169 Stillman Street, to find out more about the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco? The Saturday, May 15th Workshop begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m. (come and go as you wish). For more information, contact the Society at 415-977-1270, or email Thank you! and may God continue to bless those who are most in need!

Eucharistic Minister Training: This is for you if you are already an EM or if you are interested in becoming an EM for SS Peter and Paul. On Monday, May 24, 7:00 – 9:00 PM we will conduct a mini-workshop for Eucharistic Ministers. Patrick Vallez-Kelly, Director of Worship, Archdiocese of San Francisco, will be here to update those already commissioned and prepare those who are coming into this ministry. This is a requirement of the Archdiocese. Please contact Janet Ross at 415.955.3263 if you will be able to attend. We will meet in the Rectory at 6:50 PM, Monday, May 24.

Archdiocesan Grief Support Group: Have you lost a loved one? You are invited to a free Grief Support Group at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Wednesday, May 19 from 10:30 to noon at the Msgr. Bowe Room of St. Mary’s Cathedral. For more information, call Sr. Esther at 415-567-2020, ext. 218.


Saints Peter and Paul now accepts online donations from your credit or debit card. You can set up a recurring donation, and also specify any particular area or campaign where your donation is to be applied. We are working with "Network for Good" one of the largest non-profit networks in the country. Please follow the link at left.

“Year of the Priest” movie of the week.

This weeks recommendation is another James Cagney/Pat O’Brien feature “The Fighting 69th.”

The film is based upon the actual exploits of New York’s 69th Infantry Regiment (dubbed the “Fighting Irish” by General Robert E. Lee during the civil war—Notre Dame took the nickname from them) during WWI.

Cagney plays misfit soldier Jerry Plunkett, and O’Brien plays Father Francis P. Duffy, a military chaplain who attempts to reform Plunkett. Father Duffy was the actual chaplain of the Fighting 69th.




Another Year of the Priest Event: What can a retired Wall Street executive, mutual fund pioneer, and father of six kids tell us about the Catholic priesthood? Quite a lot in fact, when he’s a priest himself. Fr. Andrew Johnson, ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of San Francisco in 2004, will address the SF Catholic Professional and Business Club on the subject How is being a priest like being a businessman? The event will be on Wednesday, May 12, 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Chancellor Hotel, 433 Powell Street, in San Francisco. Tickets $20 for members, $30 for non-members and include appetizers and no-host bar. Pay at the door or by reservation (recommended) via check payable to: “CPBC-ADSF.” Mail to: CPBC, Attn: Mary Jansen, One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco, CA 94109.

Haiti Fundraiser: For decades the Salesians have had a sizable presence in Haiti, serving the poorest of the poor. Our material infrastructure in Port-a-Prince was devastated, just simply destroyed, by January’s earthquake. It’s not the first time we have faced a challenge like this and it won’t be the last. (Old timers will remember the great Salesian metallurgist Brother Colletto, who was sent to Haiti in the 30s. He entered an environment where there was absolutely nothing. But Brother used his remarkable talents to build machine tools so that the Haitians could then start producing their own tools and machinery. May Brother Colletto be an inspiration to us!). Salesian communities all over the world are pitching in to help our brothers and sisters in Haiti. At Saints Peter and Paul, our Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club will host a June 11 fundraising dinner. Tickets (available at the SBGC or bookstore) are $50 and all proceeds go to Haiti.

Saint John Bosco is coming to Saints Peter and Paul! You read that right! As we prepare for the bicentennial of Don Bosco’s birth, a relic of our founder is making its way through five continents. The 2,500 pound reliquary, which displays a likeness of Don Bosco as well as a bone from his right arm will arrive at Saints Peter and Paul Church on Saturday, September 11, 2010, and leave on September 13. There will be days of festivities before and during Don Bosco’s visit as we celebrate this truly once-in-a-lifetime event.

To learn more visit the Don Bosco Relic Comes to California Facebook page,

or to follow Don Bosco's progress around the world, visit


Choose Life! The Sixth Annual Walk for Life West Coast held on January 23 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.

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

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

New Prayer Group: Parishioner Nadine Calliguri is starting a prayer group at her home. The group will meet Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:00 PM, and will pray the Rosary, the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy and other prayers.. For more information, call Gibbons the parish office at 415-421-0809.


Saints Peter and Paul School Scholarship Fund: Many of you will remember the time when there were many religious vocations and a Catholic education was extraordinarily inexpensive. But all that has changed. Our school charges a tuition of $6,100—less than our neighboring Catholic Schools, and half of what a public school spends to educate a child. With San Francisco’s cost of living, lack of funds may prevent children from receiving a Catholic Education. The Salesians began by educating the children of the poor, and we are not about to exclude those who cannot make the total fee. But, like Don Bosco before us, we need help. Are there parishioners and/or friends who might consider contributing to the sponsorship of a student who might be otherwise forced to leave? All recipient family qualifications will be verified by Saints Peter and Paul School. For more information,you can download a flyer here, or feel free to call Fr. Itzaina at 421-0809.

Drivers, Please be careful! We had an unfortunate incident on Sunday Feb. 22. A parishioner with cerebral palsy was startled by a car quickly exiting from our parking lot. She was not hit, but the fright made her lose her balance and fall. She is OK, and the driver was helpful and apologetic—still, it is a good lesson for us. We also received another complaint about drivers not being sufficiently careful of pedestrians. Please remember that not all people are equally steady on their feet, and sometimes we need to be patient.

Volunteers Needed: Ever considered what it feels like to help fight poverty on the frontlines? The St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco invites all parishioners to fulfill Christ’s challenge to care for the least among us by volunteering at the Society’s Vincentian Help Desk. The Help Desk is a clothing distribution program that serves over 1000 people each month. For more information, call Sally Rosen at 415-202-9955.

Cars Vandalized: We have had a number of cars vandalized in the garage. Please keep your eyes open, and if you are one of the people who parks there, make sure you close the garage door upon leaving!

Marriage Matters to Kids! Proposition 8 forced us to confront important questions, that retain their importance even though the election is over.

What is the meaning of Marriage?
Do Children have a fundamental right to a Mother and a Father?
Do Mothers matter? Do Fathers matter?
Does natural marriage benefit society?
If so, what are the dangers of redefining marriage?
What about equality, and the dignity of the homosexual person?

Watch the video below, and listen to Catholic bishops and priests, (including a charming episode with SSPP’s own Fr. Armand Oliveri!) marriage counselors, lawyers, and people just like you, describe what marriage means and why we are called to protect it. Visit

Click the arrow at lower left to start.


Stress in your Marriage? It’s not unheard of. Retrovaille (pronounced “retrovi”) is a program, Catholic in origin, designed to help married couples rediscover one another and their life together. It has helped thousands of married couples. For more info, call 415-893-1005 or email or visit

Revitalize your Marriage! The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend will be November 6-8. For more information call Paul or Yvonne at 650-366-7093 or go to “I place much of my hope for the future in Marriage Encounter.” –Pope John Paul II.

Help the Elderly! Some of our wonderful older parishioners are now in convalescent hospitals. They would love to have visitors! If you would like to be a part of this important and rewarding ministry, or if you know of a person who might like a visit, please call Gibbons at 421-0809, or email to

Holy Name Society: The Holy Name Society is a worldwide organization of Catholic men that was founded more than 700 years ago. Devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, a monthly Society Mass and various good works are the HNS mission. For more information about the HNS, please email to

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.

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.

Very cool Vatican resource:, the Congregation for the Clergy at the Holy See has a great new website called "Bibliaclerus." From the homepage: "This program offers Sacred Scripture, its interpretation in light of Sacred Tradition and the teachings of the Magisterium, with appropriate theological commentary and exegesis."

Travelling? Find a Mass anywhere in the world. Visit Masstimes.

Saint of the Day: Whose Feastday is it today? To find out, click here.

Compendium of the Catchism: The Vatican has a great new online resource. It is the "Compendium of the Catchism of the Catholic Church." You can check it out here.

Catholic Search Engine: There is a nice new Catholic search engine out there in cyberspace. It is It has a built in Google search engine, links to top news stories, links to Catholic news agencies, plus lots of liturgical info updated daily. Check it out!

Catholic Radio: Immaculate Heart Radio’s newest station is in the Bay Area! It’s 1260 on your AM dial. Tune in to hear the best of Catholic Radio, or you can listen online by going here.

And Catholic TV! Visit EWTN for just about everything Catholic. Click on the logo at right.


Struggling with Same-Sex Attraction? You are NOT alone and the Church has not abandoned you! Visit the COURAGE website. "COURAGE" is an apostolate of the Church that ministers to those struggling against this particular temptation. They have been endorsed by the Pontifical Council for the Family and our beloved John Paul II said of this ministry, "COURAGE is doing the work of God!"

In the Bay Area, call:

Fr. Mark Taheny (415) 461-0704
Fr. Anselm Ramelow, O.P. (415) 567-7824

Confidential Courage Hotline (650) 450-2286

Struggling with Pornography Addiction? You also are not alone! Pornographic websites are by far the largest segment of the web.

A new Catholic apostolate, the Serenellians (, is trying to help those caught in the grips of pornography addiction. The Serenellians get their name from Alessandro Serenelli, who killed St. Maria Goretti in a fit of lust and later repented.

“If a man so seemingly wicked, decadent and corrupt as Alessandro Serenelli can receive the fullness of conversion and salvation from Almighty God, then so can each and every like soul caught up in the snares of this insidious evil.”

You can visit their website by clicking on the logo to the left, and there is a good story about them on California Catholic Daily.


Catholics for the Common Good:

One of our most effective pro-life & social justice groups is Catholics for the Common Good. To learn more, click on the logo at right.

   Prayer for our Men and Women In Military Service

O Prince of Peace, we humbly ask Your protection for all our men and women in military service. Give them unflinching courage to defend with honor, dignity and devotion the rights of all who are imperiled by injustice and evil. Guard our churches, our homes, our schools, our hospitals, our factories, our buildings and all those within from harm and peril. Protect our land and its peoples from enemies within and without. Grant an early peace with victory founded upon justice. Instill in the hearts and minds of men and women everywhere a firm purpose to live forever in peace and good will toward all. Amen.

Please pray for:

Jean Berres, Sr. Paula Wong, Suzanne, Aibee Mae Cua, Lawrence Render, Elicia Alla Scully, Domenico Federico, Agnes, W. Woo, Don Baylor, Henrietta Heir, Linda Dow, Kathy, Ron Tamm, Cindy Ford, Rodney Corsiglia, Phyllis Libatique, Dan, Diana Pacini, Yvonne, Jason Pimental, Eva Pepin, Annette Ward, Catherine De Luca, Gene, Pina, Ali Mae, Bill Henderson, Brigid Reginato, Mark Carico, Tina, Diane, Jean A. Massey, Peter P. English, Robert Elliot, George Wassmer, Totoy Aquino, Emily Lee, Carlos Galarrita, Jo Fernan, Al Moresi, 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, Ramon Fernan, 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



Fifth Sunday of Easter



Damien of Molokai; Priest



Easter Weekday



Easter Weekday, Pancras; Martyr, Nereus & Achilleus; Martyrs



The Ascension of the Lord (transferred to Sunday)



Matthias; Apostle



Isidore the Farmer; Married Man, Father



The Ascension of the Lord

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