Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 5, 2010


Wisdom: 9:13-18b; Philemon: 9-10, 12-17; Luke 14: 25-33. The first reading teaches that we may be weighed down by worldly concerns, but that God’s Spirit gives us wisdom to walk in his ways. In the second reading, Paul asks Philemon to accept his runaway slave back as a brother. In the Gospel, Jesus teaches that to be a disciple, one must be willing to give up family, possessions, and even one’s life.


Domenico 23A Del Tempo Ordinario

I nostri comportamenti sono spesso causati dalla tirannia degli istinti e dal desiderio di sopraffazione. Abbiamo bisogno della sapienza che domandiamo a Dio nella preghiera. San Paolo nel delizioso biglietto all’amico Filemone comincia la rivoluzione delle coscienze che porteràalla grandi scelte sociali.

From the Pastor's Computer


The gospel reading for this Sunday reminds us to first consider the requirements of discipleship before taking the journey. The requirements that Jesus in this gospel clearly points out are basically three: (1) putting discipleship first before all else, even family; (2) bearing one’s cross just like Jesus took up his Cross; and (3) giving up power, prestige, and stuff that possess us.

I borrow a story from Prepare the Word website: A reporter was interviewing the winner of a triathlon in which the contestants do a 1.5 kilometer swim, a 40K bike race, and then finish off with a 10K run. The winner was bent over, hands on his knees, breathing deeply, just moments after the race, when the reporter asked, “What does it take to win a triathlon?” Sweat pouring from his face, the winner looked up and said, “Everything.”

That’s what it takes to be a disciple of Jesus: “Everything.” Anything less than full commitment won’t work when it comes to entering the Kingdom. It will take everything—and then some.

The cost of discipleship is paid for in many types of currency. For one it might be a redirection of time and energy; for another it means ending old relationships and beginning others; and for some it means a change in vocation. Whatever the redirection and whatever the change, Christian discipleship is certainly not part-time but all-consuming (The New Interpreter’s Bible, Vol. IX, p. 294).

Fr. John Itzaina, SDB

Particular Items




Allison Gerch – Lucas Berrier
Francesca G. Brown

Conan Kelly and Tiffany Martorana

Leo Pardini – Tullio Rosati

Particular Items

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

Religious Education for Youth (CCD) 2010-2011: This year’s CCD will begin on Sunday August 29. The CCD serves children from kindergarten through high school. Classes are from 9:45 11:00 AM on Sundays, beginning right after the 8:45 AM Mass. Student’s meet downstairs in the Pre-K classroom. Registration forms are available in the church office.

Eucharistic Adoration/Holy Hour: This week's Wednesday night Eucharistic Adoration and Bible study are cancelled, due to the special Mass celebrated at 7:00 PM by His Exzcellency Archbishop George Niederauer.

His Excellency to celebrate Mass here on September 8! Our dear Archbishop George Niederauer will celebrate Mass right here at Saints Peter and Paul this Wednesday at 7:00 PM. His Excellency will be joined by Bishop William Justice and 150 priests, sisters, brothers, and deacons from around the Archdiocese. The intention of the Mass will be for the religious of the Archdiocese.

Come join us in showing solidarity with all our priests!

September 11: Don Bosco Arrives!

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.

Scenes from the Life of Don Bosco by the late Fr. Mike Ribotta, SDB 1852. Don Bosco is 38 years old. “On a pitch black night the saga of the hound of heaven begins. Alone on a deserted country road, Don Bosco is making his way home. Suddenly a mastiff-size, wolf-like dog blocks his path. But the stranger poses no threat. In fact, he is playful. Soon the two are walking together. Once the Oratory gate is reacehd, the dogs disappears as mysteriously as he had appeared. From that night on ‘Grigio’ (Ole Gray) as Don Bosco dubs him, will materialize out of thin air time and again. In fact he will save tyhe priests life on several occasions. One evening, for exampole, when Don Bosco is about to be bushwhacked by two thugs—one with upraised dagger—Ole Gray leaps to his rescue with fangs bared. The two cutthroats run for their lives....for the next four years Don Bosco will have the closest encounters with assassins paid to do him in. On these occasions he will be saved by his four-footed friend.

Don Bosco’s dog has become the stuff of legends. Years later, Countess Azelia Fassati suggests that perhaps the ‘wolfhound’ had been his guardian angel. Don Bosco laughs softly. ‘To say that he was my guardian angel is stretching things a bit too far. But I will say this: Ole Gray was no ordinary dog.’ Don Bosco himself in his autobiography will vividly affirm these encounters.”

Next Relics Committee Meeting: The next meeting of the Relics Committee will be on Tuesday, September 7, at 6:30 PM, in the parish center. Any parishioner is invited to attend and follow the progress of the relics celebration planning.

Salesian Jubilarian Dinner: Want to honor Fr. Armand, Fr. Jack, and Fr. Mario? Who doesn’t?! On Sunday, September 12, following the 5:00 PM “Don Bosco: faithful for the Kingdom” Mass, there will be a celebratory dinner at the Italian Athletic Club honoring the Salesian Jubilarians from all over our province. The above named honorees are from SS Peter and Paul. Ex-pastors Fr. Malloy and Fr. Purdy will be honored, too. A very limited number of dinner tickets at $37 are still available. Call or come by the bookstore to purchase tickets.

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 for more information.

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, we present parts one and two of Dolores Meehan's fascinating interview with Mr. Brian Fairchild on “Salafism: Undersatnding a Strain of Radical Islam”

Part three of this very timely subject will be broadcast next week. Mr. Fairchild and his organization have trained over 10,000 law enforcement personnel on how to recognize and address this problem

Podcasts can be downloaded, too.

The Manhattan Forum Conference: Keeping Faith in the Public Square: On Saturday, September 18th, the St. Anthony of Padua Institute is hosting an all-day conference on the challenges facing Catholics, Christians, and all persons of good will in our civic life. There will be four speakers: the Most Rev. Thomas J. Curry, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles; Dr. Francis Beckwith, associate professor of Church/State Studies at Baylor University; Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, author of Love and Economics: Why the Laissez-Faire Family Doesn't Work; and the Most Rev. Allen Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit. The conference will take place at St. Isidore’s Church, 440 La Gonda Way, Danville, CA. Sign-in starts at 8:00 AM; the Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone will celebrate Mass at 8:30 AM, and the first lecture will commence at 10:00 AM. The event will conclude at 5:00 PM. Admission is $35; lunch is provided for pre-registrants. For more information or to register for the event, call (888) 619-7882 or visit the St. Anthony of Padua Institute on the web at

Haiti Visit Update: As parishioners know, our Pre-K Director Barbara Simons, and her daughter Katey, were in Haiti in July 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:

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).


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 ( 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, 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.


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