Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 14, 2010


Malachi 3:19-20a; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12; Luke 21:5-19. Today’s first reading warns that one day the proud and the evildoers will face dire consequences, but the faithful will be rewarded by God. In the second reading, the faithful are advised to persist in living as Paul taught them. In the Gospel, Jesus warns of the terrible times to come, but those who persevere in faith will be saved.


Domenica 33A Del Tempo Ordinario

I profeti spingono il loro sguardo lontano e annunciano che ci sarà una fine che chiuderà la scena di questo mondo. Anche Gesù come profeta si colloca alla fina della storia e mette davanti ai nostri occhi le difficoltà che non ci devono disarmare. Il bene alla fine avrà la meglio e sorgeranno “cieli nuovi e terra nuova.”


From the Pastor's Computer

 When we talk about things like the end of the world or the second coming of Jesus, we are talking about eschata, Greek for “last things.” When we describe the eschata in terrifying images like wars, earthquakes, famines, and comets (“heavenly signs”) this description is called “apocalyptic.” It is meant to scare us into greater vigilance, steadfast endurance, and dogged perseverance.

For the community of Luke, the Temple in Jerusalem had already been destroyed. In the prophetic and words of Jesus in Sunday’s gospel reading, not “a stone upon another stone” is now left to be thrown down. It is in this context that Jesus warns not to be so taken up with these apocalyptic-eschatological signs and not to be so terrified that we can’t face the day-to-day activities of being a disciple of Jesus, because “such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.”

For Luke’s community the difficulty wasn’t the end of the world and the second coming of the Lord, even in Luke’s own times that seemed to be delayed, but rather the severe ordeal of persecution they were presently undergoing. What was most important was the faith-filled hope that “by your perseverance you will secure your lives.”

As Christians we should be alarmed to some degree about global warming or who will be the next mayor of San Francisco, but, really, we have to be more focused on the here and now, with a greater vigilance against a secular culture that all too often sucks us up. We need to continue with steadfast endurance to live the Christian message of peace; we need to be dogged in our pursuit of justice for everyone, amidst the looming crises that mark our lives as Christians.

Fr. John Itzaina, SDB

Particular Items




None scehduled this week.

Juan Romero & Ana Revoledo
Michael Hickinbotham & Allison Barney
50th Anniversary Renewal of Vows Lawrence & Beverly Sambado

Giosi Sereni – Louis Nardi – Elena Catelli
John C. O’Hearn

Particular Items

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


Salesian Theater: The Salesian Boys and Girls Club will present a modern version of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night on Friday and Saturday, November 12 and 13, at 7 p.m. in the Salesian Auditorium. Club members will perform in all roles. For tickets and info, please call the Club Office: 415-397-3068.

You can help our Salesian Theater! Drama has been an element of the Salesian teaching method right from the days of Don Bosco, and it is a tradition we are proud to continue at Saints Peter and Paul. It’s an important element of education, and it is important the kids be exposed to singing, dancing, and acting at the elementary school level. We are slowly improving the condition of our theater, which needs it. Our current project is to refurbish (where possible) or replace our stage lighting. We need to purchase 20 light fixtures to replace the old ones. The cost is about $300 per fixture for a total of $6,000. Checks may be made payable to the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club, and dropped off at the club or the rectory.

Holy Name Society Memorial Mass: Today, at the 8:45 AM Mass the Holy Name Society will remember their deceased members and family members. We join with the HNS in remembering those who have done so much for the Church.

Want to see a great Catholic Movie? Vist our "Year of the Priest" film festival page for lots of recommendations and trailers.

Mother Cabrini AND our grandparents: This 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. The Mass also honors our Nonnos and Nonnas!

Over the past few weeks we have been reviewing some of the events of her ministry. One of the recurring motifs in Mother’s life was her inability to get what she thought she wanted. She always ended up following the will of God, but almost never in ways she would have chosen for herself. First, she wanted to join a religious order. But the Mother Superior thought her health was too poor, and she was not accepted. So Mother Cabrini had to created a religious order of her own. Then she wanted to go to serve in Asia, but the Holy Father sent her to America. In America, when she wanted to open a house in New Orleans, the Virgin Mary instead convinced her to work in a hospital in New York. Mother Cabrini was terrified of the ocean, would have gladly never even seen it, yet she had to cross it 19 times in the service of God. What a servant! “Her attitude to every difficulty was ‘Who is doing this? We?—or the Lord?’ But she cultivated the efficiency of herself and her sisters to the utmost, and her determination and business acumen in the cause of charity won the respect of the most hard-headed and hard hearted Americans.” Mother Cabrini, pray for us!

Eucharistic Adoration/Holy Hour: Every Wednesday, we have Holy Hour from 7:00-8:00 PM. Adoration is followed by scripture study, at 8PM, in the rectory.

Mother’s Club Bingo: Come support the SBGC at the 13th Annual Salesian Mother’s Club Bingo and Luncheon. It’s on Saturday November 20, 2010 from 11:30am to 4:00pm. Tickets are $30, $25 for seniors, and include hosted bar, 2 bingo cards, and lunch. For tickets, or more info, call Sherri or Joselyn at 397-3068 Next Week’s Second Collection: Next week there will be a second collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Choose Life! Worldwide Vigil for Nascent Human Life! Our dear Pope Benedict has issued an unprecedented call to every diocesan bishop in the world to join him in leading a Vigil for All Nascent Human Life on Saturday, 27th November, 2010. “I heartily encourage all Catholics, whether at home or traveling over the Thanksgiving holidays, to take part in this special prayer, whose purpose according to the Holy See,” he said, “is to ‘thank the Lord for his total self-giving to the world and for his Incarnation which gave every human life its real worth and dignity,’ and to ‘invoke the Lord’s protection over every human being called into existence’.”

The parish bulletin will keep parishioners informed of the events taking place in our own Archdiocese to observe the vigil.

Little Sisters of the Poor Benefit: On Friday, November 19 from 7-11 PM, the Little Sisters of the Poor will hold their “Red Tie Gala” at Neiman-Marcus Department Stores, for tickets or information, call 415-646-0600.

Archdiocesan Assessment: With a month and a half to go, we are at about 60% of our 2010 Archdiocesan Annual Assessment. Our assessment is $60,600, of which we have collected $36, 485, leaving us with a balance of $24,115.

If you have not yet contributed, won’t you consider doing so now--click on the button below to donate online!


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.

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.

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.

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



33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time



Albert the Great; Bishop, Doctor



Margaret of Scotland; Gertrude; Virgin



Elizabeth of Hungary; Religious



Dedication of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Rome



Weekday in Ordinary Time



Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary



Our Lord Jesus Christ the King

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