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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 1, 2010


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Ecclesiastes 1:2, 2: 21-23; Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11; Luke 12: 13-21. In Ecclesiastes, believers are cautioned that the wants and ways of the world are folly. In Colossians, Paul directs believers to set their hearts on the things of God, rather than on earthly things. In the Gospel, Jesus tells a parable of a rich man who stockpiles an abundance of riches, which are of no use to him when he is to stand before God.

 


Domenico 18A Del Tempo Ordinario

 

Gesù precisa il modo di arricchirsi davanti a Dio. Gli Atti degli Apostoli offrono diversi esempi sul giusto modo di farlo. Ci si arricchisce davanti a Dio, quando si conservano i beni e le ricchezze accumulate non per se stessi. ma distribuendole ai poveri. E ciò riguarda tutti i beni, non solo le ricchezze materiali. “Pensate alle cose di lassù, non a quelle della terra” afferma San Paolo.


From the Pastor's Computer

   

George Carlin has a memorable comic routine on humanity’s penchant for “stuff.” There are psych programs for those who are unable to dispose of anything and so live in a historical detritus of bits and pieces, the junk that “stuff” is made of. Storage units are popping out all over. Medical facilities have digitized medical records because of the absence of storage capabilities. These are all examples of our imagined need to accumulate possessions.

It’s much like the parable Jesus tells in this Sunday’s gospel about the rich fool who thinks by building bigger storage facilities for his abundant grain and produce, he’s going to be secure in the abundance of his possessions. The rich fool is preoccupied with a storage problem and forgets the more important concern of human and religious values. Jesus exposes the fragility and uncertainty of this life, that life can be short and that the only security is to be “rich in God.”

Brendan Byrne in The Hospitality of God: a Reading on Luke’s Gospel continues this thought:

The problem is not so much the possession of riches as such. It is the desire to acquire and enhance them fed by insecurity that prevents people from attending to the relationship with God that brings the only security that counts. Such desire also erodes the concern for the other that is the basis of community. Attachment to wealth is incompatible with living, sharing and celebrating the hospitality of God.

 

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Ivan Djurkin and Danette Valdez
Nick Russo & Rocio
Herbert Alberto & Ana Castellon
Bram Braarman & Rina Mae Acosta


Particular Items

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

Bringing Two Worlds Together Dinner: We were not able to hold the monthly BTWT dinner on July 25, so it will take place today, August 1, at 6:30 PM, in the cafeteria. This is great time for us to sit down in fellowship with our less fortunate neighbors, and to learn something about their lives. The Charity that we are called to give as Christians can never be solely a material act, but must always take into consideration that we are encountering another immortal soul, infinitely precious and beloved in the eyes of God. The dinner is sponsored by our parish St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Eucharistic Adoration/Holy Hour: Every Wednesday, we have Holy Hour from 7:00-8:00 PM. Come spend some quiet time with Jesus! This is followed by Bible Study, at 8PM, in the rectory. The parking lot will be open.

The Transfiguration: This Friday we will celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.

Cantonese Language Marriage Encounter: The 14th Annual Cantonese Marriage Encounter will be held from August 6-August 10 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cupertino. The event is sponsored by the Chinese American Marriage Encounter Association (www.camea,org). Longtime parishioner Peter Yee is currently the President of CAMEA’s Northern California Chapter, and other members of our Chinese Apostolate are involved as well. CAMEA is a completely volunteer non-profit organization. The event will be. For more information, email peterwyee@yahoo.com or call 415-681-4921. Registration forms are on the tables by the entrances to the church.


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.

For our full schedule of events, click here.

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

or to follow Don Bosco's progress around the world, visit www.missionidonbosco.org

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.”

Visitation of St. John Bosco: When our beloved father St. John Bosco arrives at around 11:30 PM on September 11this gives each of us the once in a lifetime opportunity to spend some time with the holy founder of the Salesians. We are having all night veneration following his arrival at about 11:30 on the night of Saturday the 11th, and all night on Sunday the 12th of September. Please call the parish office to sign up for a time of the night to be with Don Bosco.

Next Relics Committee Meeting: The next meeting of the Relics Committee will be on Thursday, August 19, at 6:30 PM, in the parish center. Any parishioner is invited to attend and follow the progress of the relics celebration planning.

Scenes from the Life of Don Bosco, by the late Fr. Michael Ribotta, SDB: “At age nine, John has what he later called “a mysterious dream.” It left a profound and lifetime impression on him. As he later described: "A man, handsome in appearance, and nobly attired suddenly stood right ion front of me. He called my name and directed my attention to a large group of unruly and riotous children. He told me that he was entrusting them to my care. Then a beautiful Lady, clothed in a blue mantle bedecked with stars appeared beside him. She said it was up to me to shelter and look after them. But by now they had been changed into wild and snarling animals. It was my task, she said, to turn them into docile lambs. At the sight of all this I became so frightened and confused that I began to cry. But the lady took my hand and comforted me, telling me that in time I would understand everything that happened.”

And speaking of the relics celebration, YOU can support it and one of your favorite Salesians at the same time! Look for cards in the church that will allow you to donate to the celebration in the name or in memory of your favorite Priest, Brother, or Sister!

Holy Name Bingo: Get Ready for Holy Name Society’s Annual Champagne Bingo! This event is the sole yearly fundraiser for the HNS, and supports all their good works. The event will take place Sunday, September 19, from 1-5 PM, in the gym. Tickets are $20.00, and must be purchased in advance. Champagne, Hot Lunch, Free Parking, and 2 FREE Bingo Tickets! No children, please. For reservations call: 885-0567, or purchase tickets at the church office: 421-0809.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: Our friends over at the Dominican School of Philosophy are sponsoring a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from October 31 to November 9. For more information, go here, or call 510-883-7159 or email mheffner@dspt.edu for more information.


Haiti Visit Update: As parishioners know, our Pre-K Director Barbara Simons, and her daughter Katey, were in Haiti last month visiting the Salesian Sisters and helping out.

 

Katey has created a blog describing their visit with lots of infoirmation, including how we can help out. Check it out here:

http://barbaraandkateyinhaiti.blogspot.com:80/


Choose Life! “Euthanasia or deliberately taking of the life of someone who is sick, dying, disabled or mentally ill is morally unacceptable. The Church calls for the ordinary care owed to a sick person, but medical procedures that are burdensome, dangerous or extraordinary are not necessary. If you are unsure about the moral implications of health care procedures that are being proposed for someone you love, contact your pastor of the archdiocese’s Respect Life Apostolate. They will be happy to help you consider approaches that are in accordance with our Church’s teaching about care for those who are sick or dying.” ~ Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, July 6, 2010 column in St. Louis Review.


Reclaiming the Culture (co-produced by SSPP parishioners) is now live! "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.”

This week's show features Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland on "The Manhattan Declaration: A Call to Christian Conscience." Bishop Cordileone discusses the motivation behind the Manhattan Declaration, the danger in the refusal to respect the right of religious conscience, and where it leads: "When there are no subsidiary societies, there is just the general society, just one total society, one totalitarian society."

Listen at http://www.reclaimingtheculture.org/cordileone.html


Pope Benedict XVI: 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


2010 Archdiocesan Assessment: The Archdiocesan Assessment is not an optional donation on our part—the parish has to pay this money to the Archdiocese whether we make it via our campaign or not. Out of our entire parish, only 82 families/individuals have contributed to this year’s Archdiocesan Assessment. You can donate by clicking the link below, and selecting the Archdiocesan Appeal option, and can spread your donations out over the year. (That's what I do).

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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.


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 (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.


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.

 


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.

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

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: 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. 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 (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, 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, Gary, 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

Sunday

01

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

02

Eusebius of Vercelli; Bishop

Tuesday

03

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Wednesday

04

John Mary Vianney; Priest

Thursday

05

The Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome

Friday

06

The Transfiguration of the Lord

Saturday

07

Sixtus II and Companions; Pope, Martyrs

Sunday

08

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your sacrificial offerings of last week:

$4,717.

Second Collection (Parish School)

$1,000.

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

 

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