Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 20, 2010


Zechariah 12: 10-11; 13:1; Galatians 3: 26-29; Luke 9:18-24. Today’s first reading is a prophecy about the fountain that will purify God’s people. In the second reading, Paul says that through Baptism we are made heirs of the promise to Abraham. In the Gospel, Peter acknowledges that Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus foretells his Passion, offering a challenge to his disciples to take up their crosses and follow him.




Domenico 12A Del Tempo Ordinario

Nelle parole del profeta che indicano il misterioso aurore della della salvezza, noi vediamo un’immagine di Gesù. La fede ci rende figli di Dio e fratelli tra noi. Pietro confessa che Gesù è il Cristo. Gesù parla di Pietro come fondamento della Chiesa chiamata a camminare sulla strada della croce




From the Pastor's Computer


Alexander Pope in his poem, An Essay on Criticism, wrote “A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again.” (The Pierian Spring was the metaphorical source of knowledge of the arts and science.) We mostly hear the first part of Pope’s poem; rarely hear the rest of it. This Sunday Pope’s wise words should be kept in mind when reading/hearing the second reading from Paul’s letter to the Galatians.

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Through baptism we put on the garment of Christ, a figurative way of describing our union with Christ. This implied that, since we are now children of God, we are all equal.

The question is what does that mean when Paul was writing and how are we to apply it to the 21st Century Christian life?

When Paul said “neither Jew nor Greek,” he was referring abolition of circumcision as a requirement for Jews and Gentiles. Circumcision was a sign of separation; this separation is abolished, and so are any ethnic privilege or disadvantage.

When Paul said “neither slave nor free,” he means that since both slaves and freemen were now children of God, they are related as brothers and sisters. The social hierarchy and power structure based on slavery is abolished.

When Paul said “there is not male and female” he’s talking about how gender distinctions have lost their power to divide and oppress.

All these distinctions in baptism and in putting on Christ are no longer the determinative identity markers and no longer ground for special status and exclusion.

Two millennia later, in an age of human rights and sensitivity to social justice, we tend to read Paul’s words in his letter to the Galatians quite differently. There is still an ethnic distinction between Jew and Arab; but for Christians that distinction is irrelevant. Slavery is still with us, but it is certainly unacceptable and ethically disgusting. And men and woman are still different, enjoying different gender roles, but complimentary to each other, equal in receiving and experiencing God’s grace of salvation.

We can intoxicate the brain by isolating a single passage in a single letter in the New Testament. We must soberly read it in the context of the entire letter and the entire body of Holy Scripture. It is a daunting task, but well worth the effort as Children of God who find their Christian identity in union with Christ.

– Fr. John Itzaina, SDB

Particular Items




Dante Wong

Jason Shaugnessy & Elizabeth Ramirez
Marc Humbarger & Jennifer Voltattoni

Allison Chung - Irene Moreci
Angelina Alioto - Mary Zappia

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

Condolences to the Chung and Leung Families: The entire parish joins in expressing our condolences to the familiy of little Allison Chung. Allison, the daughter of Allen and Christine, was born in October, 2009, approximately three months prematurely. She struggled valiantly, but she went to heaven this past week. Fr. Andrew Ng, SDB, will celebrate the funeral on Saturday, June 19. The prayers and hearts of the Salesian community go to the family.

Second Collection: This week we will have a second collection for Saints Peter and Paul School. Please support your parish school!

San Calogero: On Sunday, June 20, we will celebrate the Feast of San Calogero, patron of Sciacca, Sicily., at the 11:45 AM Italian Mass.

Blessing of the Animals: We will have a Blessing of the Animals in front of the Church today at 3:00 PM.

Parish Council: The will be a parish council on Tuesday, at 7PM, in the rectory.

Eucharistic Adoration/Holy Hour: Every Wednesday, we have Holy Hour from 7:00-8:00 PM. This is followed by scripture study in the Rectory at 8:00 PM. Everyone is invited, and the parking lot will be open.

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul: June 29 is the Solemnity of Peter and Paul, our patrons, but, because they are our patrons Church law allows us to celebrate the solemnity on the closest Sunday, so we will celebrate next Sunday, June 27.

Peter’s Pence: Next week’s second collection will be for Peter’s Pence, which supports the good works of the Holy Father throughout the world.

Reclaiming the Culture (co-produced by SSPP parishioners): Show Delayed--hopefully will be live soon! "Our culture is in crisis. The future of marriage and family, protection of the poor and vulnerable, religious freedom, the reliance on government as the provider of solution – all beg the question: what can be done to restore our disintegrating Judeo-Christian society?"

Listen as Dolores Meehan interviews renowned thinkers such as Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ; Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP; Professor and bio-ethicist Janet Smith; author Mary Eberstadt, Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, Acton Institute President Fr. Robert A. Sirico, and others, who will discuss all aspects of the crisis: moral, social, political, and economic. Listen as they show us that we do indeed have the intellectual and moral resources to “Reclaim the Culture.”

Visit The introductory show will be an interview with Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP, President of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley on the subject "Authentic Catholic Education and the Impact of the Land O' Lakes Conference."

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

SS. Peter and Paul Gardening Club: Do you like working in the garden? Would you like to help maintain (and improve) the flowers and greenery around Saints Peter and Paul? If so, please call Gibbons at 415-421-0809

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.

Summer Camp for Adults (kind of!) Dominican School Summer Courses: Our friends over at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley are offering a fine summer program of interesting classes including “Icon: Sacred Image”; “Introduction to Icon Painting”; and “Re-Visioning Society” parts I and II. For more information, visit and select “DSPT Summer Session.”

Choose Life! “I do not mean to say that caring for the elderly and others is not a burden. It can be, sometimes significantly so. I am saying that bearing this burden is so central to being human that if we run from the burden, we not only disrespect the elderly and vulnerable, we dehumanize ourselves. ~ William E. May, “On Being a Burden to One’s Family,” Culture of Life Foundation Briefs (2010).

“Les Petits Chanteurs” Concert: On Thursday, July 8 there will be a concert in the church by “Les Petits Chanteurs” a famous choral group of boys and young men awho come ll the way from Aix-en-Provence in France. They are kicking off their 2010 California tour right here at Saints Peter and Paul! The concert will begin at 7:00 PM and should be marvelous. Admission is free, but a free will offerong will be taken up.

Madonna del Lume Picnic: It’s that time again! The MDL invites you to their 11th Annual Picnic on Sunday, July 11, at Stafford Lake Park in Novato. The fun begins with Fr. Jack celebrating an outdoor mass at 11AM, followed by games & entertainment from 12-4 PM, when dinner will be served. This year, the “Don Giovanni’s” will perform, and the 2010 MDL Queen will be chosen. Tickets are $30 for adults; $10 children 5-12; 4 & under free. For more info or to reserve tickets, or to enter the MDL Queen Contest, pick up a flyer from the church/bookstore, or call Antoinette Costarella at 707-765-6438


There have been rather onesided (to say the least) attempts to implicate His Holiness in the Church's tragic abuse scandal (Have you noticed how none of them have panned out?). 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


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.

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

HELP! You can donate to help make the Relics Celebration happen. Just clink on the "Donate Now” button above left, and choose “Don Bosco Relics Celebration” as your “Program Designation.”


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.


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