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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 22, 2010


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Isaiah 66: 18-21; Hebrews 12: 5-7, 11-13; Luke 13:22-30. The Prophet Isaiah tells us that God’s will is for people of all nations to give him glory. The reading from Hebrews tells us that what is difficult can make us strong. In the Gospel, Jesus uses an example of a narrow gate to teach that it will not be easy to live so as to gain entrance into the heavenly Kingdom.

 


Domenico 21A Del Tempo Ordinario

 

Tutti i popoli sono chiamati a realizzare un mondo nuovo. La profeziadi Isaia si è compiuta con Gesù; le differenze di razza, colore, lingua sono scomparse. È la nuova umanità. La realizzazione di una nuova convivenza è sempre unita a fatica e a costante impegno.

 


From the Pastor's Computer

   

Sunday’s reading might make Christians feel like Rodney Dangerfield, “I don’t get no respect.” Just when the Jews thought they were very special, Isaiah reminds them that the Lord will gather nations from every language, that the true Chosen People were those in exile, fugitives from Tarshish, Put and Lud, Mosoch, Tubal and Javan. And some of these foreigners would even become priests and Levites! The Israelites may have felt that they were getting no respect.

The Letter to the Hebrews reminds Christians that the true children of God are scolded, disciplined and scourged. So, Christians too may feel that they get no respect; however, eventually the discipline, pain, and trial will bring the “peaceful fruit of righteousness.”

And the gospel may make us feel a little like Mr. Dangerfield too. Instead of telling us that we have got it made, that we had the inside position, the winning edge, Our Lord tells us that “Some who were last will be first and some who are first will be last.” Instead of telling us everything will be handed to us and that the way is easily traveled, the gate is hard to get through and the door is quickly being closed. We ask for security and Jesus tells us the number of the saved will be small! Come on, Jesus, give us a break!

There’s a Rodney Dangerfield joke: “This morning when I put on my underwear, I could hear the Fruit-of-the-Loom guys laughing at me.” Nobody is going to laugh at us when after trials, after discipline, we will enter through the narrow gate. We won’t need the respect of this world, because we have God’s support, God’s tough love, and ultimately God’s loving kindness.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

None Scheduled

Michael Karnowski & Laura Gambol
Prabhjit Dhillon & Tiffany Lau
Christopher Witmore & Andrea Guerrero

John Caito - Ed Moose– Daranne Schott


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! "Everything in our days – our work, our sufferings, our prayer, our ministries – everything we do and experience is meant to be offered to God as a spiritual sacrifice. All of our work for the unborn child, the poor and the disabled; all of our work for immigration justice and the dignity of marriage and the family: All of it should be offered for the praise and glory of God’s name and for the salvation of our brothers and sisters." -Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Denver, Address “Glorify God by Your Life: Evangelization and the Renewal of the Liturgy,” June 24, 2010


Sad News: Our dear Fr. Andrew Ng is leaving Saints Peter and Paul to further his studies. Fr Andrew, an incredibly hard worker, has shepherded us (especially our Chinese Apostolate) since 2005. The whole parish joins in thanking Fr. Andrew for all he has given us, and we pray for him and wish him well as he takes another step in his service to the people of God. Fr. Andy shares his thoughts:

Dear parishioners of Sts. Peter and Paul Church,

I have been giving a lot of thoughts lately about “time” - how I made use of my time, how much it means to me and how much more time I’ll have.

This thought did not come to me for no reason. As my time in this Parish is coming to an end, I am making a lot of reflections, feeling nostalgic and trying to make up what I missed and get all pending business done. To me, time is getting more and more precious.

I have served at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish for five full years. The time is neither too short nor too long compared to the length of my present life. I feel that I do not have much to brag or regret. One thing is for sure - my time spent in the Parish has been worthwhile and meaningful. My service has been a most enriching and fulfilling experience. In spite of the daily busy schedules, my time has been well used and properly arranged. I only regret that I did not have enough time to do all that I wanted and to attend to the needs of all of you.

I am leaving my present post to pursue further studies in the field of Moral Theology. I hope to equip myself and, at the same time, take a break after long years of pastoral works. It is a new and challenging start for me and I ask of your prayers once again. At the same time, I cannot leave here without expressing my thanks and gratitude to all of you, my dear parishioners. I am thankful to the support and encouragement that I received from you all these years. I am grateful to your trust in me and in sharing your life with me. All these will be part of my sweet memories and treasured as part of my life.

I regret that my daily schedules were always heavily packed and I could not see to the needs of every single one of you. For this, I apologize for my negligence and inadequacy. I also apologize if I have in some way overlooked what I was supposed to do or given you unnecessary anxieties or burdens.

A famous Chinese proverb runs that “There is no banquet under heaven that will last forever.” Like birth, aging, sickness and death, separation is also an integral part of our life. Separation is sad but may turn out to be something better, even a blessing. It makes us think and realize what we have lost and what we have taken for granted. When we can let go of one thing, we may often find something new and better.

To leave a familiar surrounding is always not the hardest part. It is what one leaves behind that is tough. Good-bye will always hurt and words can never replace feelings. However, we are people of faith and we do not dwell too much on earthly emotions. Our mind should focus to the future when we shall see one another again in the joy of and love of God. In this light, I would like to remind you to remain truthful to your faith, be diligent in your religious duties and love one another as God loves you. These are the things that are more important as they lead you to eternal happiness.

I am also taking this opportunity to thank all the brothers of the Salesian Community of this Parish for their cooperation in my various duties, their patience to my negligence and tolerance to my ignorance. I am grateful to all of them.

To my parishioners of Sts. Peter and Paul, I thank you once again for making my stay in Sts. Peter and Paul both fulfilling and enriching. You are in my heart and my memories of you will be cherished forever.

With love and prayers,

Fr. Andrew Ng, S.D.B.
August 15, 2010 (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)


Salesian Boys & Girls Club Awards Night: The SBGC will celebrate their annual awards night, honoring members of the club, on Friday, August 27, in the gym.

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 , 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: 1851 (Don Bosco is 37 years old). “In November, Don Bosco drafts Piedmont’s first contract for young apprentices. Its goal: To combat exploitation of young apprentice and to ensure fair wages and humane working conditions. REmarkably similar to contracts for indentured workers in colonial America, some demands from employees for certain benefits are worth noting 1) Each employer (‘master”) is to impart fully the “mystery” of his craft to his apprentice. 2) A better-than-average daily wage is called for, and the apprentice is also to receive a two-week vacation (unheard of in those days) every year. 3) In order to be free to attend Sunday Mass, the apprentice shall not be required to work on the Lord’s day. 4) If an apprentice falls ill, he is entitled to a two-week “recovery period.” Generous as the terms of Don Bosco’s contract appear, it is not openended. He makes himself surety for the young worker’s good behavior on the job and dutiful application to his work."

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?"

This week Dolores Meehan interviews Dr. Janet Smith, who discusses the topic (and title) of her latest book "The Right to Privacy."

Janet E. Smith holds the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. She is the author of Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later, editor of Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader. She has coauthored Life Issues, Medical Choices, Questions and Answers for Catholics, with Chris Kaczor. She speaks nationally and internationally on the Catholic teachings on sexuality and on bioethics and has published numerous articles on sexuality and bioethics. Dr. Smith is serving a third term as a consultor to the Pontifical Council on the Family. She received an honorary doctorate in Christian Ethics from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, an honorary doctorate from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and the Veritas Award from the St. Thomas Aquinas Institute at Ave Maria University. Her latest book is The Right to Privacy, published by Ignatius Press.

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

Podcasts can be downloaded, too. Other Reclaiming the Culture shows in August include:

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

August 31: Father Michael Sweeney, OP, President, Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology, "Authentic Catholic Education and the Impact of the Land o' Lakes Conference"


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

22

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

23

Rose of Lima; Virgin

Tuesday

24

Bartolomew; Apostle

Wednesday

25

Louis of France; King, Joseph Calasanz; Priest

Thursday

26

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Friday

27

Monica

Saturday

28

Augustine; Bishop, Doctor

Sunday

29

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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