Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

February 13, 2011

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Sirach 15:15-20; 1 Corinthians 2:6-10; Matthew 5:17-37. The first reading, from Sirach, reminds us that if we keep God’s commandments and trust in him, we shall live. The second reading teaches that true wisdom is not found in the world, but rather in God. In the Gospel, Jesus teaches us to be vigilant regarding those desires of the heart that could lead us into grave sin.



Domenica 6A Del Tempo Ordinario

Amano a mano che cresce, l’uomo prende coscienza della sua libertà. Molti però scambiano la libertà con l’esperienza del male, violanda la legge dei Comandamenti. Questa è dono di Dio, sulla quale siamo chiamati a regolare i nostri comportamenti.






From the Pastor's Computer

Super Bowl XLV is over, the Packers won over the Steelers, and we have nothing left to do than to comment on the commercials. Most of them I found them insipid, violent, and tasteless. I like the Budweiser commercial with the menacing cowboy coming into the bar and ending up leading the singing of “Tiny Dancer” of Eldon John. Whether it be Snicker’s Bar or Pepsi Max their message was tasteless (pun intended) and violent. Having even Roseanne Barr hit by a tree or a Pepsi can used in anger seems to suggest that only by blunt force trauma will we buy a soda or a candy bar. This use of violence makes me think of the cartoons of the Roadrunner and the Wile E. Coyote, where violence is profound, but, in the end, insubstantial, even to the coyote.

Jesus’ point in today’s continuing Sermon on the Mount is that while murder, the ultimate violence to a human being, is still wrong, anger and hostility are equally wrong in all circumstances. The radical words of Jesus should make us re-evaluate the acceptance of violence whether it is found in war, commercials, cartoons, and in our own relationships.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB

Particular Items




Dashton Martel
Nicolo Leone Andreoli

None Scheduled

Angelina Tognotti – Carla Ferrando
Raffaella Miraglia

Particular Items

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

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. The parking lot will be open.

HELP! Starting this weekend, we are publishing the weekly shortfall between the amount we need to in the weekly collection to operate the church and the amount actually donated. We average a total of 968 persons at the all the weekend Masses taken together. If each of those 968 persons gave as little as six-and-a-half dollars—a mere $6.50, we would have a collection of $6,292, and would be able to meet the costs of running Saints Peter and Paul without dipping into our deposit funds. If you are not currently donating even as much as $6.50, may we ask that you do so from now on? Of course, if you are giving more we appreciate it, and ask you to maintain, or even increase your level of giving.

Holy Name Society. The Holy Name Society is a men’s group which expresses devotion to the Holy Name of God by attending weekly Mass and setting good examples for youth, by praying and saying the rosary. A group Mass is celebrated at 8:45 AM on the second Sunday of each month. The Society was founded more than 700 years ago! The SS. Peter and Paul HNS is seeking new members. School dads are especially invited to join. 415-421-0809 or for more information.

Year of Renewal in Worship and Prayer: Prayer of the Faithful. The First Letter of Peter calls the People of God “a royal priesthood” ( 1 Pet 2:9). This is not some pie-in-the-sky designation meant to puff up the faithful. In the Church’s Tradition, being baptized into Christ means being baptized into his priesthood, which involves both his access to God and his sacrifice. Within the priesthood of the faithful are rights and duties before God.

In the Prayer of the Faithful, the baptized assembled for worship exercise their priestly role. That is, they stand before God the Father incorporated into Christ the High Priest, who intercedes on behalf of the world. We pray this way with the heart of Christ. We pray this way for people who may not have the wherewithal to pray for their own needs. In the Prayer of the Faithful, the vision of the Church is Christ’s vision — truly universal with an eye toward needs that God alone can meet.

The spirit of the Liturgy of the Word is one of attentiveness. Just as we listen attentively to the readings and homily, just as we give our attention to each of the parts of the Creed, so we are called to internalize each of the intentions in the Prayer of the Faithful and give our full spiritual attention to them.

Question of the Week: Which people, issues or situations do I see that should be brought before God in the Church’s prayer?

Happy Birthday, Fr. Paul! Our beloved Fr. Paul Maniscalco, who was born right here in North Beach. will celebrate his 95th birthday next Sunday. Fr. Paul still concelebrates Mass every day, is in the confessional every Saturday, and goes to hear confessions in San Bruno every Wednesday. He also counsels and comforts those coming by the rectory. God bless this true and faithful “Son of Don Bosco!”

Randy DeMartini Honored: Randy, a son of the parish, is the long-time assistant director of the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club. Randy is known around our entire Archdiocese for his work with youth, and now he is receiving a well-deserved honor! Randy will be among the honorees April 2 at the CYO Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner at St. Emydius Church gym.

 For more information or tickets, call Catholic Charities at 415.972.1200 and ask for the Athletics Department, or call Russ Gumina at the club (397-3068.

(Left: Randy with Nicholas, the youngest of three children, and wife Katrina.)

Communion to the Sick & Homebound: Extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist are available to bring the Blessed Sacrament to those who cannot attend Mass. Call 421-0809 for more information.

Choose Life! January's Walk for Life West Coast was a massive success. Over 50,000 people participated, according to KTVU Channel 2, and the police confirmed it was the largest Walk for Life West Coast ever. The Walk was covered in the press all over the world. The organizers thank Fr. Itzaina and Saints Peter and Paul Church for once again hosting all night Eucharistic Adoration for life, and also for opening our doors to those needing a place to stay. We also thank our faithful parishioners, especially those who came to Eucharistic Adoration from 1-5AM on Saturday morning — Barbara, Janet, and Kane. Here's some video from the event:


Here is a fun video: Young people with young priests.


It's not all fun and games though. Here are young people witnessing in the face of hatred.
Life vs. death, love vs. hate, wholesome vs. creepy:


 There are also may videos and pictures at the Walk for Life West Coat Media Blog.

$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.

You can donate to the restoration project by clicking on the "Donate Now " button, below left. Select "Tower and Facade Reinforcement" from the "program Designation" drop-down menu.


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.

Choose Life! "The faith of the Church teaches us that the human person is the only creature that God has created so as to spend an eternity with him. At the moment of conception, God infuses into every human being the gift of an immortal soul within which resides the image of the Triune God who creates, redeems and sanctifies us. Is it any wonder that from her earliest days, the Church has been the champion of the gift of human life? From the time of the Roman Empire in which abortion and infanticide were common practices until this very day when unjust laws and morally flawed judicial decisions have robbed millions of unborn babies of the right to life, is it any wonder that the Church who is our Mother and Teacher raises her voice, and with clarity and 2 insistence calls for a revolution of conscience that would make an end to abortion and to all those technological interventions that usurp the God-given right of a child to be born from the intimate and loving embrace of a husband and a wife?" -Most Rev. Robert McManus, Bishop of Worcester, homily, Vespers Vigil for All Unborn Human Life, Nov. 28, 2010

More Choose Life! “40 Days for Life” is a PEACEFUL prayer vigil that will take place on Eddy Street (between Franklin and Van Ness streets) in San Francisco, across the street from the Golden Gate Community Health (formerly Planned Parenthood) abortion business. The Vigil begins on Ash Wednesday, March 9 and the hope is to have at least one person there in prayer every day of Lent from 7AM to 8PM. There will be a planning meeting at Star of the Sea Church on Tuesday, February 8, at 7PM (enter throught the 8th Avenue parking lot) and there will be a kickoff event for the vigil at St. Mary's Cathedral on Tuesday, March 8, from 6-8 PM.

Many time slots have been filled, but many openings remain. Come by yourself, or bring a friend. To learn more, or to sign up for a time slot, go to:

Our good Archbishop George Niederauer has called abortion businesses "the Golgotha of our times."

For more information, call Ron Konopaski 415-668-9800.

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.

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, Marcheta Pletcher, Ellen Stahl, Tarooj Maaref, Evangeline Abriam, 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



Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time



Cyril; Monk and Methidius; Bishop



Weekday in Ordinary Time



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Seven Founders of the Servite Order; Religious



Weekday in Ordinary Time



Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary



Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

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