Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

January 16, 2011

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 


Isaiah 49:3, 5-6; 1 Corinthians 1:1-3; John 1:29-34. In the first reading, we hear that God’s servant will be a light to the nations so that salvation might come to all. In the second reading, the faithful are reminded that they have been sanctified by Christ and are to be holy. In the Gospel, John the Baptist proclaims that Jesus is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.


Domenica Seconda del Tempo Ordinario


Giovanni intuisce e ci comunica la vera fisionomia del Messia. Mite come un agnello, Gesù verrà a spendere la sua vita per i fratelli. Con la mansuetudine, l’umiltà e il silenzio dell’Agnello, costruiamo attorno a noi spazi de silenzio e di pace, perché il mondo sia nuovo e pulito.



From the Pastor's Computer


With this Sunday’s celebration, we have left the Christmas Season behind and entered a period of nine weeks of Ordinary Time before Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, March 9. Don’t get the wrong idea about “Ordinary Time.” It isn’t used in the sense of “ordinary” vs. “extraordinary” liturgical events, it’s just to designate the Sundays of the year as one, two, three, etc. So, it’s “ordinary” because an ordinal number is used.

The readings for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, however, can’t seem to leave behind the Christmas Season and continues the theme of revelation of God’s love in Jesus, but from the prism of John’s gospel dealing with the first days of Jesus’ appearing on the scene.

Last week we heard about the Baptism of Jesus in Matthew; this week we hear the very same thing without reference to Jesus’ Baptism, all in the words of John. The Baptist has four things to say about Jesus: 1) Jesus is the Lamb; 2) Jesus is the pre-existent one; 3) Jesus is the one on whom the Spirit descends; and 4) Jesus is the Chosen One.

The “Lamb” can be interpreted as 1) the apocalyptic lamb who will destroy evil in the world (good idea); 2) the Paschal Lamb whose blood saved Israel (a good idea too); and 3) the suffering servant led like a lamb to the slaughter. The first reading from Isaiah interprets the “Lamb” in this way.

I’m impressed by John, who has a clear sense of who he is and a marvelous insight into Jesus as servant, lamb, and Son of God. We must be like John in humbly recognizing who we are as baptized Christians empowered to witness with our lives the mystery of God’s love revealed in Jesus.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB

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Matthew Ramsey

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Frank Machi – Debra Holloway

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

Russian Orthodox Concert: Tonight at 7:30PM, there will be a concert of dramatic readings of originally adapted Northern folktales and ten masterworks of the Russian Orthodox Christmas tradition. The concert will be directed by Nicholas Kotar, resident conductor at the Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Cathedral, and our own Chris Evans, Cantor of Saints. Peter and Paul, will be performing. The concert is free, with a suggested donation of $10. The parking lot will be open.

Frank Machi: We lost a “pillar of the church” this week, when our dear Frank Machi was called home to the Lord. Frank had been suffering from congestive heart failure, and he passed away on Tuesday night. Frank came to this country from Italy in 1937, and just a few years later went back to Europe as a member of the U.S. Army. He was on the beach at Normandy. When he returned he met his dear wife Linda. They were married in 1948 right here at SSPP. What he did not do for the church is hardly worth mentioning. He was a member of the Holy Name Society for 60 years, and held every office in the Society. He served as a church usher since 1955, and worked at the Columbus Day Bazaar every year. Frank, with Linda, worked for nearly 20 years preparing lunch for our school children. Frank was a real character: one of those excitable men with a very kind heart. We will all miss him.

Frank and Linda have two children, Tonina & Mario, and 4 grandchildren. The thoughts and prayers of the entire parish go out to all of them. On Monday there will be a viewing at 5PM, followed by a rosary at 7PM in the church Frank served so faithfully, and the funeral will be at 10:30 AM on Tuesday.

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.

Blessed Laura Vicuña: Next Saturday, January 22 is the Feastday of Laura Vicuña, patroness of our Pre-K. Laura Vicuña, pray for us.

Choose Life! The Walk for Life West Coast will take place next Saturday, January 22, beginning at 12:00 noon, at Justin Herman Plaza. Last year 40,000+ peaceful marchers gave loving witness to the Culture of Life. This year, ELEVEN Catholic Bishops, led by Archbishop George Niederauer, will be there, and our good Pastor, Fr. John Itzaina will lead the SSPP contingent. Come join us! As we do every year, SS. Peter and Paul hosts young people from as far away as Oregon and New Mexico who need a place to stay so they can stand for the defenseless. We will also 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 to schedule a time, or for more information.  

Good old Fr. Jack with some parishioners at the 2008 Walk for Life West Coast.
He walked the whole way!

Parent Teacher Fundraising Dinner: The Saints Peter and Paul PTO will host a fundraising dinner on Saturday, January 22, at the Italian Athletic Club. The theme is “Mad Men” so dress in your ‘60’s outfits! Dinner, no-host bar, lots of fun! No children at this event, please. Tickets are $100, and may be purchased by calling the school at 415-421-5219.

Feast of Saint John Bosco: Sunday, January 30, is the Feast of the founder of the Salesian order, St. John Bosco. This year, the Young Men's Institute invites all YMI members and their families and all parishioners and friends to join them at the 8:45 AM Mass. Coffee and donuts will be served following the Mass in the auditorium. For more information, contact Cosmo Amato at 415.392.3560 or or Bob Figone at 415.931.6499

School and Pre-K Open House: The Laura Vicuna Pre-kindergarten, in conjunction with Saints Peter and Paul School, will host their annual open house on Sunday, January 30 from 2:00-4:00 Applications for the 2011-2012 school year will be available. All are welcome to attend. Children must be 3.9 years old to begin Pre-K in September. For our K-8 school Open House, please take the stairs up to the second floor Faculty, Staff and Administration will be available to meet and greet during your visit.

Salesian Boys and Girls’ Club Cioppino: It’s crab season again, and that means SBGC Cioppino! There are still two left, on January 29, and February 5. You have never eaten better crab in your life—guaranteed! For tickets or more information, call 397-3068.

Sons of Italy Polenta Dinner: On Friday, February 11, 2011 in the Gym, the Sons of Italy will host a polenta dinner. Salad, cold meats, polenta and sausage, dessert and wine for only $20 per person. Cocktails 6:30 pm, dinner at 7 pm. Get your group together and come have a good time! For reservations call Linda at 415-235-5974 or Maria at 650-574-5786.

$2.3 Million: That’s the cost of our tower reinforcement and restoration and little bit of facade restoration.

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.

Year of Renewal in Worship and Prayer: Listening to God’s Word. Entering into the Liturgy of the Word, we might think that the main action taking place is the lector standing at the ambo reading from Sacred Scripture. In one sense, this is correct. We would be hard-pressed to overstate the importance and power of the Word of God proclaimed at each liturgy. Jesus Christ himself is present to us in this living Word. We should always remember that our life, faith and worship are possible only with of God’s initiative.

However, consider the work for which we are responsible—to listen. Before any of us can become doers, proclaimer s or preachers of God’s Word, we must first be hearers of the Word. In the Liturgy of the Word, listening is our first right and duty.

To listen well takes focus and intention. Just as the lector must have the intention of proclaiming the reading clearly, audibly and intelligently, so each of us must have the intention of listening to God’s message as if our lives and the life of the Church depends upon it, for indeed they do.

In the busy-ness of life, where many of us feel overwhelmed with advertisements, e-mails and text messages, let us carefully, deliberately, hungrily attend to the Word of God, for here are the words of eternal life.

Question of the Week: Can I identify at least one thing I have gained from listening to God’s Word this week?

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!


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



Second Sunday in Ordinary Time



Anthony; Abbot



Weekday in Ordinary Time, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity



Weekday in Ordinary Time



Weekday in Ordinary Time



Agnes; Virgin, Martyr



Vincent; Deacon, Martyr, Blessed Laura Vicuna, Day of Penance for Acts of Abortion



Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

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