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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 19, 2010


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Amos 8: 4-7; I Timothy 2: 1-8; Luke 16: 1-13 or 16: 10-13. The reading from Amos reminds us of our duty and obligation to act justly and to serve the needs of the poor. Our second reading exhorts us to pray for all people, that they may come to knowledge of the truth, for God wills everyone to be saved. In the Gospel, Jesus teaches that no one can serve both God and Mammon.

 


Domenica 25A Del Tempo Ordinario

 

Nella preghiar chiediamo che si realizza il Regno di Dio. Ma pregare non basta.Occore assecondare la sua volontà di giustizia e carità mediante il nostro impegno personale e il coordinamento nella comunità dei credenti. I ruoli e le forme della nostra testimonianza in questa direzione hanno di mira l’uomo come creatura di Dio, vertice della creazione.


From the Pastor's Computer

   

Dishonest or incompetent, the steward who lost his job and so provided for his future by renegotiating business deals with his master’s clients seems too much of a cad or wheeler-dealer to be praised by his master. Yet, so he is. Luke’s gospel even tries to make sense of the parable and the word of the owner in terms of “children of this world” vs. “the children of the light,” being trustworthy or dishonest, two masters, and God and mammon.

This week, I see modern day examples of the unjust steward.

Take Mark Hurd, the ousted president of Hewlett-Packard. Here’s a fabulously successful businessman that gave HP an inaccurate account of expenses concerning his dealings with a former marketing contractor who then accused him of sexual harassment. Got that? Foolish and dishonest he was; but incompetent he was not. He received a severance deal from HP for over $35 million! I doubt if Mark Hurd can dig ditches and is probably too ashamed to beg. Not matter, he hired on within days with software rival Oracle.

The very people that contributed most importantly to the ongoing financial crises over mortgages, hedge funds, and derivatives were awarded millions of dollars in bonuses. When the government objected to these extravagant payouts for managing the TARP billions brought about by their own financial mismanagement, these companies swiftly paid back the government loans (Did they even need these loans in the first place?) and then doled out the bonuses. Of course, not all were dishonest; but many were both foolish and incompetent, just like the steward in the parable.

Enough of stewards and the rich and infamous. Let me thank the organizers and participants in all the events of the visit of the relics of St. John Bosco. We all experienced an excitement and deep spiritual joy last weekend not only in the presence of Don Bosco among us, but also in sharing of the Salesian spirit of cooperation and celebration.

What fantastic teamwork and tremendous energy of the whole parish, parishioners, every parish organization, the church staff, Salesian boys and girls Club, the School faculty, students, and past pupils!

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Robert Holder and Melanie Michaud
Dexter Mar-Tang and Synia Diep

Erica Madelin Iantorno – Veronica Lo Giudice


Particular Items

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

Second Collection: Today there will be a second collection for the Priest’s retirement fund. Please be generous to help those who have given so much.

Holy Name Bingo: Holy Name Society’s Annual Champagne Bingo is this Sunday! This event is the sole yearly fundraiser for the HNS, and supports all their good works. The event will take place 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. Purchase tickets at the church office: 421-0809.

Mille Grazie! to all those who helped to make the Don Bosco Relic celebration such an overwhelming success. On Sunday the church was absolutely packed with people—it was like Easter! Because the whole parish participated in this effort, we thank all of YOU! We thank parishioners and neighborhood merchants, especially the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club, who donated money or goods and services, all volunteers who worked, the students who created decorations, the San Francisco Police Department who helped with parking, and all parishioners and Catholics from other parishes who attended Masses, all-night veneration, and who prayed the rosary while Don Bosco was here. A special thanks goes to the members of our Relic team, and to the leader of our team, Mr. Al Baccari. Here are a few pictures--many more are here:

 

Don Bosco arrives Sunday, at 2:00 AM.

 

Fr. Tim celebrating Mass on Sunday.

 

Our Students say goodbye to Don Bosco on Monday morning.

 

Eucharistic Adoration/Holy Hour: Every Wednesday, we have Holy Hour from 7:00-8:00 PM. Come spend some quiet time with Jesus! Adoration is followed by scripture study in the rectory.

Madonna dei Miracoli: Next Sunday we will celebrate the feast of Madonna dei Miracoli at the 11:45 AM Italian Mass.


Madonna del Lume: Madonna del Lume: The festival of “La Madonna Del Lume” is in two weeks! The events of Saturday, October 2 begin at 10:00 AM with the Memorial Mass at the Fisherman’s Chapel on the wharf, followed by the fishing boat parade, and the Memorial Ceremony at sea. The Sunday events will begin with Mass at 11:30 AM, followed by refreshments in the cafeteria. The parade will begin in front of the church at 1:45 PM, followed by cocktails (3:30 PM) and the family dinner dance (4:30 PM) in the gym. There are flyers in back of the church.


Columbus Day Bazaar: It’s almost here! This year’s Columbus Day Bazaar will be on October 9 and 10.

Religious Education for Youth (CCD) 2010-2011: This year’s CCD began 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.


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's show features Fr. Michael Sweeney, President of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, speaking on "Authentic Catholic Education, and the Impact of the Land o' Lakes Conference."

You can listen here:

http://www.reclaimingtheculture.org/sweeney.html

Podcasts can be downloaded too. Reclaiming the Culture is co-produced by SSPP Parishioners.

http://www.reclaimingtheculture.org/sweeney.html

Podcasts can be downloaded, too.


Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club Luxury Raffle: The SBGC will hold its annual Luxury Raffle on Saturday October 23. Great food, music, & dancing from 6 to 11PM in the gym. This Grand Prize is an 11-day trip to Kenya (with spectacular accommodations and safari excursions) or $15,000 cash. All proceeds benefit the SBGC. For tickets, call 397-3068.

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.


Cardinal John Henry Newman to be Declared “Blessed”: This Sunday, during his visit to England, His Holiness Pope Benedict will declare one of the most famous 19th Century converts to be “blessed.” Newman, one of the very greatest masters of the English language, was an Anglican priest who became convinced that Catholicism was the only true faith.

Fr. George William Rutler writes: “As a leader of the Oxford Movement in his university, he had moved from his Evangelical views in the Church of England to a deeper perception of the apostolic succession and sacramental life of the Catholic Church. Having written a book on the Arian heresy which saw Christ as a divinely inspired creature without an eternal existence, he came to see Anglicanism as part of the Arian tragedy, outside the organic tradition of Catholicism.

Newman was received into the Catholic Church in 1845...The Oxford scholar who was one of the greatest masters of English letters, knelt on a rainy night to make a long confession to the Italian religious who spoke broken English...

“The holy ones, not the clever ones, were his guide.... ‘I have no tendency to be a saint—it is a sad thing to say. Saints are not literary men, they do not love the classics, they do not want to write tales. I may be well enough in my way, but it is not the ‘high line.” It is enough for me to black the saints’ shoes—if Saint Philip uses blacking, in heaven.”


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 www.sapi.org/mforum.


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:

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


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

19

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

20

Andre Kim Taegon; Priest, Martyr, Paul Chong Hasang; Martyr, and Companions; Martyrs

Tuesday

21

Matthew: Apostle, Evangelist

Wednesday

22

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Thursday

23

Pio of Pietrelcina; Priest

Friday

24

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Saturday

25

Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sunday

26

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your sacrificial offerings of last week:

$7,364.

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

 

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