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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 8, 2010


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Wisdom 18: 6-9; Hebrews 11: 1-2, 8-19; Luke 12: 32-48. Today’s first reading recalls the faith the Israelites had put in God and the blessings they received from him. In Hebrews, a firm faith is praised as evidence of things not seen. In today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches about dependence upon God for everything, and that we are to live our faith in constant readiness for our Lord’s return in glory.

 


Domenico 19A Del Tempo Ordinario

 

Dio consegna all’uomo un mondo ordinato e adeguato alle sue necessità. Anche nel corso degli eventi, dove gioca la libertà dell’uomo, Dio interviene come Provvidenza. Sta a noi trovare il nostro ruolo e impostare una rete di collaborazioni che tornino a vantaggio di tutti.


From the Pastor's Computer

   

This Sunday’s gospel contains two sections that are not all that connected. The first section reminds all disciples of Jesus that what we possess is secondary. The second section deals with living like there was no tomorrow.

We might be troubled by the starkness of Jesus’ words: “Sell your belongings and give alms.” Get rid of those things that hamper the spread of God’s Kingdom. All of us have things we don’t need, but getting rid of them seems almost impossible. Perhaps our parish should have a periodic rummage sale for the poor and the homeless. Somebody’s junk is another’s treasure.

Most of us try to live well in this life and be happy in the next. This both/and attitude is diametrically opposed to this gospel. What is needed is an either/or attitude where the only “inexhaustible treasure” is in heaven.

The parables of watchfulness are somewhat foreign to us because we don’t really know much about the marriage customs at the time of Jesus nor can we understand the conventions of the relationship between master and slave. The immediacy of the end-time has been dulled by the passing of 2000 years!

Still, we are called to live as if there were no tomorrow. We need to live a consistent, moral life based on gospel values ready to give an account at a moment’s notice. Living as we all do in a society where greed and the individual are center-stage, these parables can serve to remind, exhort, and warn us of the seriousness of our commitment to Christian discipleship.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Gilfred Paradez & Irene Terrado
50th Anniversary Giuseppe & Paula Quilici
50th Anniversary Mr. & Mrs. Temedario

Michael Salvemini
oseph Cordi


Particular Items

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

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.


Choose Life! “Citizens of this nation have uniformly voted to uphold the understanding of marriage as a union of one man and one woman in every jurisdiction where the issue has been on the ballot. This understanding is neither irrational nor unlawful. Marriage is more fundamental and essential to the well being of society than perhaps any other institution. It is simply unimaginable that the court could now claim a conflict between marriage and the Constitution.” –Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, chairman of the United States Bishops’ Committee for the Defense of Marriage.

“It is tragic that a federal judge would overturn the clear and expressed will of the people in their support for the institution of marriage. No court of civil law has the authority to reach into areas of human experience that nature itself has defined.” Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.


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, and to learn more, and download flyers and posters, click here.

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: 1841 (Don Bosco is 26 years old). “Don Bosco’s meeting with the out-of-work apprentice stone mason, Bartholomew Garelli, is a treasured landmark encounter in the history of the Salesian Society. It marks the birth of the future Oratory of the Society. The details of that chance meeting will long continue to echo: the apprentice who seeks shelter in the warmth of the sacristy of the church of St. Francis of Assisi; the angry sexton who pummels the shivering youth with his feather duster; the sympathetic priest who rushes to the lad’s defense. Most endearing of all is the catechism lesson laced with Don Bosco’s warm humor. But not too well known is the “Hail Mary” recited by priest and boy at the end. Forty-four years later (1885) during a conference with his Salesian confreres, Don Bosco will reveal: “All the blessings and graces that heaven has showered on our work are the fruit of that one Hail Mary which I said that day with Bartholomew in the Sacristy of the church of St. Francis of Assisi.”

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/


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.”

Fr. Robert A. Sirico, President of the Acton Institute, is interviewed this week on "Reclaiming the Culture." Fr. Sirico will discuss "The Principle of Subsidiarity and the Service of the Poor.”

Listen here: http://www.reclaimingtheculture.org/sirico.html

Podcasts can be downloaded, too.

Other Reclaiming the Culture shows in August include:

August 17: Noted author and speaker Professor Janet Smith of Sacred Heart Major Seminary on “The Right to Privacy”

August 24: Dr. Maria Fedoryka, Professor of Philosophy at Ave Maria University, on “The Gift of Woman”


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).

DonateNow

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

08

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

09

Teresa benedicta of the Cross; Virgin, Martyr

Tuesday

10

Lawrence; Deacon, Martyr

Wednesday

11

Clare; Virgin

Thursday

12

Jane Frances de Chantal

Friday

13

Ponitian; Pope, Martyr

Saturday

14

Maximilian Mary Kolbe; Priest, Martyr

Sunday

15

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Your sacrificial offerings of last week:

$3,010.

Second Collection (AAA)

$484.

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

 

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