Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul
Our Patrons

June 27, 2010


Acts 12: 1-11; 2 Timothy 4: 6-8, 17-18; Matthew 16: 13-19. In today’s first reading, an angel rescues Peter as he faces death. The second reading speaks of how God stood by Paul in his trials. In the Gospel, Peter proclaims Jesus as the Messiah. Jesus tells Peter he will be the rock on which his Church will be built, and gives him the authority of the keys of the Kingdom of heaven.



 San Pietro e Paolo


Pietro, pescatore di Galilea, è chiamato da Gesù a diventare pescatore di uomini; Paolo, il fariseo osservante della legge, diviene per elezione Apostolo delle genti. Sulla loro testimonianza trova fondamento la nostra fede. Dalla loro fedeltà nasce lo stimolo a dire “sì” al Signore, che ci chiama donandoci la fede.





From the Pastor's Computer


This weekend we celebrate our parish and honor Saints Peter and Paul, pillars of the Church. With Peter’s faith and Paul’s evangelical zeal the saving mission of Jesus Christ continues in the Church. This solemnity—of the highest liturgical rank—highlights the understanding of Jesus the Christ as the energy source of the Church as one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.

It is one because we have received the faith from the apostles, Peter and Paul; because we celebrate a common worship of God in the sacraments and because we share in God’s love revealed in Jesus Christ.

It is holy because through our baptism we are the Body of Christ and “the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”

It is catholic because as a church we are sent out to evangelize the world. Catholic in this sense means “universal.” Paul is our example of pouring out his life as a libation and running the good race as missionary to the world.

It is apostolic because the church is founded upon the faith of the apostles, primarily Peter and Paul and is present in their successors the college of bishops, of whom the Pope has primacy. Peter released from chains and imprisonment is proof that God continues to work through the apostles to remain true to the teaching of “Jesus the Christ, Son of the living God.”


–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB

Particular Items




None scheduled.

None scheduled.

FR. Michael Ribotta, SDB -Angelina Alioto Mary Calligiuri - Mary Zappia - Aldo Giannini

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

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul: Today we celebrate the Feast of the Patrons of our church, Saints Peter and Paul. Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us!

Second Collection: This week’s second collection will be for Peter’s Pence, in support of the good works of the Holy Father all over the world.

Condolences: We lost three longtime members of the Saints Peter and Paul family last week: Fr. Michael Ribotta, SDB, Ph. D; Mrs. Irene Moreci and Mrs. Mary Calligiuri.

Fr. Mike was born right around the corner from the church. and grew up on Silver Avenue. He and his brother Frank, also a Salesian priest, would take the old train and streetcar from Silver Avenue to North Beach to go to SSPP school.. Fr. Mike, who celebrated the 60th anniversary of his ordination last year, served the Salesians in many capacities, especially education. He was a man of great learning and wit, an authority on Don Bosco, 19th century Italy, and Benjamin Franklin. He was also a demanding yet rewarding teacher of English Literature at the university level. Fr. Mike earned his Ph. D. from UC Berkeley in education.

Irene Moreci: For 39 years Irene sang in our Italian choir, using her beautiful voice for the greater glory of God. At her funeral Mass, our entire Italian choir packed the choir loft, singing in memory of our dear Irene. Irene has now gone home to be with her husband Vince, a Galileo boy who played professional baseball.

Mary Calligiuri: Mary also was a longtime parishioner, and mother of our dear Nadine Calliguri, foundress of the Handicapables. It was Mary’s love and faith that helped Nadine become the person she now is. Mary was 99 years old. We send our sincere condolences to the families.

May Fr. Mike, Irene and Mary now pray for us and guide us from heaven!

Eucharistic Adoration/Holy Hour: Every Wednesday, we have Holy Hour from 7:00-8:00 PM. This is followed by Bible Study, at 8PM, in the rectory.

Baptismal Preparation Class: The baptismal prep class will be held this Thursday, at 7PM, in the parish center.

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."

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

Choose Life! “Modern medical science strives, if not exactly to exclude death, at least to eliminate as many as possible of its causes, to postpone it further and further, to prolong life more and more. ... The true cure for death must be different. It cannot lead simply to an indefinite prolongation of this current life. It would have to transform our lives from within. It would need to create a new life within us, truly fit for eternity.” –Pope Benedict XVI, homily, Easter Vigil Mass, April 3, 2010

Report from Haiti: Our Pre-K Director Barbara Simons and her daughter Katey are in Haiti right now, helping the Salesians Sisters recover from the disaster. She sent this report on her iPhone: “Our incredible experience thus far has brought us from Port-au-Prince to Jacmel, a seaside town that was a tourist destination prior to earthquake devastation. We are working at Institution Marie Marano, a Salesian school, where there are over 1,000 students ages 3-18. School is now taught in tents because, even though the school is still standing, the students and teachers are afraid to enter. There is also a student-teacher program which we worked with this morning by cultivating a large garden for the school. We are also working with the youngest as you can see here. So far it is a heart-wrenching but rewarding experience that we believe will be life changing.”

Mrs. Simons sends grateful thanks to all the parishioners who donated goods to help the Haitians.

“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.


Liturgical Calendar



External Feast of Saints Peter and Paul



Irenaeus; Bishop, Martyr



Peter and Paul; Apostles, Martyrs, Patrons



First Martyrs of the Church of Rome



Bl. Junipero Serra; Priest



Weekday in Ordinary Time



Thomas; Apostle



Fourteenth Sunday in OOrdinary Time

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