Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 17, 2010


Exodus 17: 8-13; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2; Luke 18:1-8. In today’s first reading, Moses holds high the staff of God as Joshua triumphs over Amalek’s army. In the second reading, Scripture is identified as a major source for learning to live righteously and to walk in the ways of the Lord. Today’s Gospel includes the parable of the relentless widow, who is taken care of because of her perseverance.


Domenica 29A Del Tempo Ordinario


Obbedendo al comando del Signore la Chiesa ha realizzato la missione volgendosi al mondo intero. È indispensabile che la Parola di verità giunga a tutti gli uomini, perché nessuno resti privo dei benefici della morte e risurrezione di Gesù. Per questo i credenti sono impegnati a intensificare il loro impegno apostolico e missionario, sia sul fronte della preghiera, come su quello della solidarità.


From the Pastor's Computer


Who doesn’t enjoy the parable of the unjust judge and the persistent widow, who, in the end, receives a just decision? We admire her spunkiness and resolve, but just what is the point of the story?

Luke’s use of this parable is deceptive, because he gives one interpretation “about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary” before the parable and another interpretation after the parable that says “But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” So, is it persistent faith or persistent prayer?

Usually the Church selects the first reading to give us an interpretative edge in understanding the gospel. This Sunday the first reading, taken from Exodus, has Aaron and Hur helping Moses keep his arms raised as Joshua mows down Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. But it is not clear why Moses has his arms in the air. Is it to bolster their confidence in wiping out their enemies? Or does Moses have his arms raised in supplication? Is it a focus on Moses’ leadership, or is it illustrative of Moses in persistent prayer? In either case the story is not that edifying!

When the second reading enters the mix, the focus is on faithful perseverance or, more appropriately here, “persistent faith.” St. Paul exhorts Timothy to “remain faithful to what you have learned and believed.” Paul charges Timothy to “proclaim the word; be persistent,” convince, reprimand, and encourage. To proclaim the Word and encourage the faithful might seem a bit more edifying than massacring the enemies of Israel.

The very literary function of literature is to be ambiguous. The parable of the widow who wears out the unjust judge is an example of various levels of meaning, open to multiple interpretations. Listen closely, because we certainly need both “persistent faith” and “persistent prayer.”

Fr. John Itzaina, SDB

Particular Items




Micah Ontiveros

Robert Brogle & Elaine Shay
Ziadek & Nielson

Walter Hoff – Lucia Di Grande – Berta Butler

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

Mille Grazie! To all who supported and helped with last week’s Columbus Day Bazaar. As soon as we have final totals, we will share them with the parish. Special thanks go to Mr. Scott Hernandez, leader of our Bazaar team. To see some pictures of the Bazaar, 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! Adoration is followed by scripture study in the rectory.

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.

Seventh Annual St. Jude Pilgrimage: Come join us on Saturday, October 23 on a 7 mile. pilgrimage walk of prayer celebrating our beloved St. Jude. The walk begins at St. Finn Barr Church, 419 Hearst Avenue in San Francisco, at 9AM, and proceeds to St. Dominic at Bush and Steiner. A 1:30 PM Solemn Mass at St. Dominic will follow. There will be buses available to take pilgrims from St. Dom’s to St. Finn Barr for the beginning of the pilgrimage from 6-8AM in the morning. For more info, go here. To confirm attendance, go here.

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.

Religious Education for Adults (RCIA): This year’s RCIA has begun. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) will meet every Tuesday until Easter. There is still an opportunity to join. If you are interested in becoming a Catholic or “catching up” on First Communion and/or Confirmation, or you know someone who is, please contact Janet Ross at 771-9130, or email to

High School Open Houses: Mercy High invites 7th and 8th grade girls and their parents to attand the school’s open house on Sunday, October 24., beginning at 9:00 AM. Mercy is located at 3250 19th Avenue. For more information, please call 415-584-5929.
Riordan High School: Boys and their parents are invited on Sunday, October 31 beginning at 10:00 AM. Riordan is located at 175 Phelan Avenue in San Francisco. For more info, call 415-586-1256

Daily Rosary for Life at St. Francis: Our friends over at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, at Columbus and Vallejo, now have a daily recitation of the Rosary in the Porziuncola Chapel at 4:30PM. The rosary asks Our Lady of the Angels to intercede so that all Catholic public officials will be or become authentically Pro-Life, embracing and promoting The Gospel of Life. Fr. Greg Coiro now directs the shrine, with daily Mass at 12:15 preceded by confession.

Choose Life: “It is a principle of Christian faith, anchored to natural law, that the human being should be protected, precisely in situations of weakness; the human person always takes priority over other aims. The new possibilities of biotechnology and medicine frequently put us in situations as difficult as walking on the razor’s edge. It is our duty to study diligently to what point these methods may be helpful to the human being and where, instead, it is a matter of the manipulation of the human being or a violation of human integrity and dignity. We cannot refuse such developments but we must also be attentive. When people begin to make distinctions and often this is already done in the maternal womb between a life that is worthy and one that is unworthy of living, no other phases of life will be spared, especially not old age and infirmity.” –Pope Benedict XVI, Address to the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Sept. 13, 2010


Mother Cabrini: On Sunday, November 14, at the 11:45 AM Mass we will have a special celebration honoring Francesca Saveria Cabrini, the first American citizen to be canonized by our Holy Church. Mother Cabrini was born in 1850 and died in 1917. She suffered from poor health all her life, but she lived to age 67, and founded, coincidentally, 67 missionary institutions to serve the sick and poor, plus to train additional nuns to carry on the work! We will share some stories of Mother Cabrini’s life as the celebration approaches.

Exploring the Gospel of Mark: Join Mark Brumley in a six-session study of the Gospel of Mark. Early traditions held that St. Mark's Gospel was based on the preaching of St. Peter in Rome. What does this perspective tell us about the person and work of Christ? How does the Gospel of Mark differ from the other three gospels? How can its message transform one's understanding of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ? Learn the answers to these and other questions in this fastpaced, practical study. Classes will be held at Kolbe Academy-Trinity Prep, 2055 Redwood Road, Napa. Class dates: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23. Class time: 7:30 PM-9 PM. Tuition for the six-session course: $30. For more information, call 707-226-5178 or email Mark Brumley.

Oakland Catholic Men's Conference: Standing with St Joseph: On Saturday, October 30 at Santa Maria Church - Orinda (40 Santa Maria Way, Orinda, CA) the Diocese of Oakland, along with Ignatius Press and the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology will sponsor the Fourth Annual East Bay Catholic Men's Conference. "As Catholic men we are called to be men of virtue, role models, and servant leaders. We are to "contribute to the sanctification of the world, as from within like leaven." (Christifideles Laici, 15). The fee is $35 per person by Friday, Oct 22 ($20 teens);$45 at the door ($25/teens), and includes: outstanding speakers, Confession, Holy Mass, and lunch . Opening remarks will be by Bishop Salvatore Codileone of Oakland. For more info or to register, go to: or call (510) 267-8392 or email Ed Hopfner

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:

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

The Gabriel Project: In the Gospel of Luke, the Angel Gabriel told Mary the good news that a child would be born and that she was to be the Mother of our Savior. When she asked, “How can this be?” the angel told her not to be afraid for “nothing is impossible with God.” The Gabriel Project announces the same comforting message to frightened pregnant mothers: Fear not, for God is with you! Nothing is impossible with God.

A pregnant mother might feel alone, frightened and overwhelmed by her new challenges. We want her to know that we are people who care about her and want to help her. If she has been abandoned by family or her child’s father, our parish community can lovingly help her overcome her sense of loss and loneliness by welcoming her as family and friend.

The Gabriel Project is an Archdiocesan parish-based ministry to support pregnant mothers and their unborn children. We recognize the importance and value of this ministry and would like our parish to take part in it. Your help is needed to accomplish our goal. Call Gibbons at 415-421-0809. To learn more about the Gabriel Project, go here.

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 $6,300—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.


Liturgical Calendar



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