Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

December 26, 2010

The Holy Family of Jesus,
Mary, and Joseph


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Sirach 3:2-7, 12-14; Colossians 3:12-21 or 3:12-17; Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23. The first reading teaches that respect within the family yields blessings. In Colossians, Paul lists such virtues as humility, forgiveness and thankfulness, which those who follow Christ are to nurture. He teaches about how the members of Christian families are to interact. Today’s Gospel details the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt and their return to Nazareth.

 


 

Santa Famiglia

 

Tutte le virtù familiari di gratitudine verso l’Autore della vita sono fonte di benedizione. La fede e la carità sono il segreto della pace e della stabilità della casa. Centro della famiglia è Gesù, che incoraggia i suoi componenti a fare sempre la volontà di Dio.  

 


From the Pastor's Computer

On the front page of the San Francisco’s Chronicle on Wednesday, December 15, the headlines that “Special interest win big in bill.” The bill, probably passed by now, contains a “special interest bonanza” of tax breaks for the wealthy, new energy corporations, and educational taxes. Student loans interest deduction, no tax on scholarships, and retention of the “alternate minimum tax” on six-figure incomes that will affect 28 million households. All of these, I suppose, are good things for the country but they would have never even be proposed if the Bush tax breaks for the super-wealthy weren’t included in the bill!

On the contrary, what is most important for Joseph in this Sunday’s gospel is the safety of the Holy Family. They travelled into exile to avoid the evil intentions of King Herod. What is most important for Joseph is the safety of his family, so the Holy Family doesn’t return to Bethlehem but settle in Galilee in Nazareth.

The family as the basic structure of our society is being replaced by big money and big business. Good Friday has been replaced by Black Friday. Merry Christmas replaced by Happy Holidays. Maybe it takes the feast of the Holy Family to remind us that family must be at the core of our political, social, and economic wellbeing, and not only at our Catholic, Christian, spiritual life.

Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

None Scheduled

Kylen Berkeley and Sierra Dawn
The Felice’s 20th Anniversary

John C. O’Hearn – Rose Crivello
Gaetano Tarantino - Luisa Moscatelli
Evelyn Figone


Particular Items

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


Second Collection: Today we will have a second collection for Saints Peter and Paul school. Please be generous!

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.

In Gratitude: We take this opportunity to remember and thank those parishioners who have so generously remembered their parish in their wills. We particularly remember those who have left us their homes as bequests, persons such as Alfred and Edith Bacigalupi, John Cuneo, and John Filipello. It is the rental income from these donated properties that allows Saints Peter and Paul to continue to function despite our very low weekly collections. We ask you to consider remembering your parish in your own will. Please call the rectory at 415-421-0809 for advice on doing this.

$2.3 Million: That’s the cost of our tower reinforcement and restoration and little bit of facade restoration. The scaffolding will be up soon, and the parish will begin a capital campaign.


Welcome, New Parishioners! Our parish has been blessed in 2010 with these newly registered parishioners:

Mr. Michael Abore, Miss Ariana Akbar, Mr. & Mrs. Francis & Karoline Asiluin, The Thomas & Claudette Baggiorra Family, Julius Bogdanowicz & Barbara Barcon, Mr. Geoffrey Coleman, David Contreras & Ingrid Candamil, Maria Cooper & Brian Henricks, Ms. Kristen Corridan, Edward Corpuz & Noelia Sanchez, The Stephane & Nahtalie Delbecque Family, The Carlos & MaryKate Del Campo Family, Mr. James Dewey, The Stephen & Carolyn Dominiak Family, Mr. James Elerick, Ms. Frances Estrada, Ms. Bernadette Festa, Ms. Ashley Finn, Miss Sonia Frissora, The Vayra and Deborah Granelli Family, Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Shannon Green, The Dan & Aileen Guevara Family, The John & Laura Gunderson Family, Mr. Stewart Hepburn, Jeff Harris & Erica Ortiz, Mr. Michael Holmberg, Mr. & Mrs. William & Christine King, The Peter & Celia Kong Family, Ms. Cristina Kosta, Ms. Helen Kwan, Ms. Alexa Langona, Ms. Jeannette Lesca, Ms. Jennifer McEvoy, Ms. Danielle Mattias, Mr. & Mrs. Edward & Lisa Murphy, Mr. & Mrs. Daniel & Gaby Nejasmich, Mr. & Mrs. Matt & Amy O’ Hare, Ms. Angelica Pena, The Michael & Annette Putnam Family, Mr. & Mrs. Timothy & Kerry Rauenbusch, Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Maria Ray, Miss Liliane Saviba, Mr. Bryan Shields, Miss Monika Sola, Ms. Alyssa Soucek, Mr. Daniel Talbert, Mr. Robert Tondo, Ms. Kimberly Trouville, and Mr. & Mrs. Von & Adrianna Wissmiller.

What a blessing on the Feast of the Holy Family to welcome you into YOUR parish family! If you attend Mass at Saints Peter and Paul, or live in the parish and have not registered, there are forms in the parish office or on the tables by the entrances to the church.

Salesian Boys and Girls’ Club Cioppino: It’s crab season again, and that means SBGC Cioppino! This year the SBGC has three cioppinos: January 8, January 29, and February 5. For tickets or more information, call 397-3068.


Year of Renewal in Worship and Prayer: The Act of Penitence. Since the Second Vatican Council the Act of Penitence, a.k.a. Penitential Rite, has been included as part of our Eucharistic celebration. While not a sacramental act of absolution in itself, the Act is an opportunity for the members of the gathering assembly to acknowledge their sins before God and to call upon God’s mercy as they enter into the sacred mysteries.

 

Each week when we come to mass we do so knowing that we are a people in need of healing and reconciliation. As Garrison Keillor of A Prairie Home Companion has observed, “Sometimes we do rotten things.” (The Confiteor reminds us that sometimes we simply fail to do what is right or good.) When we participate in the Act of Penitence through the Confiteor (I confess . . ) or the invocations “Lord, have mercy,” we come before God as we are. We “recollect” ourselves, acknowledge that we are sinful persons, and become ever more mindful of our redemption through the Body and Blood of Christ. In this Act we acknowledge our need for God and God’s all-forgiving love. We remember that this love is present to us in the Eucharist.

 

Question of the Week: To whom can I show mercy or forgiveness today?


Choose Life! "Once political leaders and health care experts decided to use government subsidized insurance as the vehicle, the means, for providing more universal health care, it was our moral obligation as teachers of the faith to judge whether the means pass moral muster, whether or not the proposed legislation uses public funds to kill those living in their mother’s womb. Consistently, and ever more insistently since the sin and crime of abortion was legalized in the United States, our voice has been that of the bishops of the Catholic Church ever since the first Christians condemned the abortion practices of the ancient Romans. The act is immoral; and the laws that have permitted now fifty million children of our country to be killed in their mother’s womb are also immoral and unjust; the laws are destroying our society.-Cardinal Francis George, OMI, Archbishop of Chicago and outgoing President of the USCCB, Presidential Address, Nov. 15, 2010

The Walk for Life West Coast will take place on Saturday, January 22, beginning at 12:00 noon, at Justin Herman Plaza. Last year 40,000+ peaceful marchers and EIGHT Catholic Bishops gave loving witness to the Culture of Life. Come join us! As we do every year, SS. Peter and Paul will have all-night Eucharistic Adoration the night before the Walk. We especially need Christians who are willing to spend time with the Lord in the early hours of the morning. Call 421-0809 for more info.

Follow the link at left for more information.


Now, THIS is cool: The Vatican has released a high-resolution 360-degree viewable webpage of the Sistine Chapel. You can check it out here. Thanks to parishioner Al Fontes, who showed it to us.

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

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 abot $37,000, leaving us with a balance of $23,000.

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

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.


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.


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

26

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

Monday

27

John; Apostle, Evangelist

Tuesday

28

The Holy Innocents; Martyrs

Wednesday

29

Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas, Thomas Becket; Bishop, Martyr

Thursday

30

Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas

Friday

31

Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas, Sylvester I; Pope

Saturday

01

Octave Day if Christmas, Mary, the Mother of God

Sunday

02

The Epiphany of the Lord

Your sacrificial offerings of last week will be published next week.

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

 

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