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First Sunday of Advent

November 28, 2010


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Isaiah 2: 1-5; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:37-44. The first reading promises that an age will come when people will beat their swords into plowshares so peace may reign upon the earth. The reading from Romans calls us to put on the armor of light. In the Gospel, Jesus instructs us to stay awake, for we do not know when our time will come to stand before him.

 


Domenica 1A Di Avvento

 

Pace, impegno, vigilanza: i temi dell’Avvento sono posti all’inizio del nuovo Anno liturgico perché il cristiano aspetti il suo Signore con consapevole viva partecipazione. Vivere l’avvento per il cristiano è non solo vigilanza, ma anche solerzia e creatività nel costruire le premesse che rendono possibile l’incontro con la salvezza che ci viene donata.

 

 


From the Pastor's Computer

Alice Camille in her exegetical essay for the First Sunday of Advent says that credit cards “provide instant gratification for our chronic desire to see results.” Credit cards are advertized as streamlining our gift purchases. It’s one swipe of the card and presto! Ms. Camille applies this modern phenomenon to the tendency to skip any waiting period as unnecessary. She goes on to question why even have Advent, why even have “a warm-up period in a hurry-up world?” What’s the spiritual advantage of expecting Jesus when he’s already arrived more than two thousand years ago? Why go through the motions when He is already available in every Eucharist, in the Word of God, and in the worshipping community?”

Commenting on the First Sunday of Advent readings, she reminds us that the reason for Advent is to be watchful as we await the coming of the Lord. She compares Advent to the delight of a hiker in the journey taken, where Advent becomes “a trail we travel,” the anticipation that makes us wakeful and watchful, our senses keener and our longing sharper.

She goes on: “Advent reminds us that today is merely a prelude to what is yet to be. Our attention should not be on what is but on what is coming into being in every new moment.”

I think Advent is a time to stop being couch-potato Catholics by actively waiting for the Coming of the Lord for the “waiting season enlivens our perceptions, sharpens our focus, delights us along the journey, and admits the possibility of reflection, repentance, and change.”

Thanks to Alice Camille and Prepare the Word.com.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

None Scheduled

Rex & Camelita Ubano
Nic Gutierrez & Anna Alioto

Ruth Connor


Particular Items

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

First Sunday of Advent: Today Advent begins, and with it the New Liturgical Year, which will be Year “A.” Happy New Year!


Year of Renewal in Worship and Prayer, Part 1: "Gathering for Worship"

Sometimes over the years you may have heard the idea that getting ready for and going to church is, in a way, a part of our liturgy (our work of worship and celebration). Virtually all of us need to put in some amount of effort to get ourselves to church. This effort can be part of our expression of faith, our Catholic Christian identity, and our sacrifice offered in the Mass. We gather ourselves--the Lord gathers us--with purpose!

To better understand what we do in our worship, it helps to have first a good understanding why we gather. This involves knowing the Church as the People of God, the Body of Christ, and the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Each of these images of the Church includes the individual (person / member / "living stone") drawn into the communal (People / Body / Temple).

No doubt each of us comes to Mass with individual hopes, joys, works, prayers and sufferings -- we must do so -- yet this time is not our own. We allow ourselves to be folded into the mix, yet we are concious and active participants in the worship. Talk about mystery!

Question of the Week: For what purpose is the Lord gathering us as Church?

"God has...willed to make women and men holy and to save them, not as individuals without any bond between them, but rather to make them into a people who might acknowledge him and serve him in holiness." --Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium on the Church (1964) n. 9.


Second Collection: Today we will have a second collection for Saints Peter and Paul school. Please support your parish school.

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.

Mille Grazie! to the sixth grade class of Saints Peter and Paul School. They helped to get out this year’s Christmas mailing, thus helping the parish to realize a significant savings.

More Mille Grazie! to all of those who worked so hard to make the Mother Cabrini celebration on November 14 such a success.

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


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’.”


Our Veterans Need YOUR Help! There are a number of patients in the VA Hospital who do not have family to help them. As a result, they lack some basic necessities like toothbrushes and toothpaste. soap, and disposable razors. They can also use white athletic sox. Let’s not forget those who served our country! Donations may be left at the rectory office.


More Choose Life! “The … Church is not being insensitive or heartless when she opposes human embryonic stem-cell research. She is being honest and truthful [to] point out why this kind of research is morally wrong while pointing to other forms of research which are morally good and are already demonstrating real progress. As members of the Church, we need to know the medical facts, the principles of the natural moral law and the “what” and “why” of the Church’s teachings in this area. Our stance in opposing human embryonic stem cell research is not just a Catholic perspective; it is a moral perspective; it is not just a Catholic directive, but a natural moral law imperative. We are not imposing Catholic doctrine on the wider society, but we are rightfully seeking to influence decisions from a moral stance which looks to the common good.” –Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington, Virginia, Homily, September 25, 2010

Christmas Legends: As Advent begins, we continue our SS Peter and Paul tradition of pious Christmas legends. The tabby cat. “It was late at night in Bethlehem. All the visitors to the stable had gone home leaving only the Holy Family. All who remained were the holy animals and, outside, a tabby cat. Standoffish, she had watched the events with awe, but had not come into the stable. Now the only sound to be heard was they crying of Our Lord Jesus. He could not sleep. Our Blessed Mother comforted him, but to no avail. Even the ox and ass tried to help. Something compelled the tabby to help. She walked into the stable, and jumped into the manger. She lay down next to Our little Lord, and soon a loud purring filled the stable. Tabby’s purring calmed baby Jesus, and soon He was fast asleep. Our grateful Lady said “O proud cat, although you will never be tamed, from now on there will always be a warm place for you with the family by the fire.” Then Our Lady rubbed the cat’s forehead, and, with her finger, drew a mark. That’s why even today the Tabby cat has an “M” on her forehead—in memory of her good deed in Bethlehem”

Go here for our full Advent and Christmas schedule.


Early Morning Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe at Mission Dolores: On December 12 at 5:00 AM, His Excellency Bishop William Justice will celebrate a morning Mass honoring Nuestra Señora. The event begins at 5AM in the school’s gym, and then processes with music to the front of the Basilica for Mass. Mariachi music, the Knights of Columbus, and refreshments to follow! For more info call Bob or Kali at 239-9107.


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!

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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.


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 (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 $6,300—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 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

28

First Sunday of Advent

Monday

29

Advent Weekday

Tuesday

30

Andrew; Apostle

Wednesday

01

Advent Weekday

Thursday

02

Advent Weekday

Friday

03

Francis Xavier; Priest

Saturday

04

John of Damascus; Priest, Doctor

Sunday

05

Second Sunday of Advent

Your sacrificial offerings of last week:

$2,610.

SEcond Collection (CCHD)

$523.

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

 

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