Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

February 27, 2011

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Isaiah 49: 14-15; 1 Corinthians 4: 1-5; Matthew 6:24-34. In today’s first reading we are assured that God will never forget us. In the second reading, we hear that we are to be servants of Christ, subject to his judgment alone. In the Gospel, Jesus teaches us that our heavenly Father knows all that we need, and will lovingly provide for us.

 


 

 

 

 Domenica 8A Del Tempo Ordinario

 

“Cercate primo il Regno di Dio e la sua giustizia,” il bene supremo che deve restare la principale preoccupazione di tutta la vita. Questa è la regola d’oro che continua a valere in tutte le circonstanze. I discepoli del Signore lo sanno che il servizio di Dio e l’idolatria del denaro sono assolutamente inconciliabili. Essi sanno anche di aver fatto una scelta che comprende delle rinunce più o meno difficili. Per verificare il nostro amore al Signore è indispensabile determinare quale posto occupano i beni materiali nella nostra gerarchia dei valori.

 

 

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Computer

Mad Magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman, “What-me worry?” and Bobby McFerrin’s song, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” are not good examples of summarizing this Sunday’s birds of the air and wild flowers gospel. “What-me worry” is said by an idiot who doesn’t fret over mischievous havoc. McFerrin’s song forgets about its inspiration of Meher Baba, an Indian mystic, who said, “Do your best, then don’t worry; be happy in My love. I will help you.”

Today’s gospel speaks in lyrical language about the goodness and compassion of a God who takes care of the birds and the wild flowers who haven’t a care in the world, so would certainly help out a struggling human being.

Anxiety, fear of the present or future, and dread are a part of our daily existence. So, seek the kingdom! Seek doing justice! Then, everything will be endured for purpose and with perspective. The gospel doesn’t advocate we should be passive in the face of poverty, suffering, and injustice with a “what-me worry” attitude. God will provide through the efforts of disciples of Jesus who first seek the kingdom and commit themselves to caring for all of life, from the birds of the air and the flowers of the field to peace and justice for all.

(Thanks to Barbara E. Reid, O.P. in America for her thoughts I borrowed.)

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


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


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.

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

Baptismal Preparation Class: The baptismal prep class will be held this Thursday at 7PM in the parish center.

First Reconciliation: Some of our students will be celebrating their First Reconciliation (confession) next Sunday. Please pray for them as they experience this important sacrament.

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.


Choose Life! “We know from science that the moment of conception is a moment unlike any other. An amazing event takes place at the moment of conception. The union at the moment of conception constitutes an absolutely new and utterly exceptional moment of creation, the moment when a new, unrepeatable and irreplaceable human being comes to exist. This new human being has emerged, a vulnerable and unique self-directing self that never before was. It needs nothing but a safe place?the mother’s womb?to grow and develop. After the moment of conception, this new human life will go through many stages and phases, none of which are as monumental as the one it has just emerged from: the moment of conception, the moment in which it began to exist. The science speaks for itself. The light of reason is clear.” –Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, Homily, National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Jan. 24, 2011

Choose Life! 40 Days for Life Kickoff: “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 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: http://www.40daysforlife.com/sanfrancisco/

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

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


Thank you! Said Musa Freed! Said Musa is an Afghani Christian who was imprisoned and sentenced to death in Afghanistan. That's him helping the little boy.

While it is great news that Mr. Musa has been freed, he is not the only one. There are a number of Christians imprisoned throughout the Islamic world for their faith.In Afghanistan, there is another Christian imprisoned for the faith, Shoib Assadullah. Go here to sign the petition for his release:

http://www.allvoices.com/s/event-7486936/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5wZXJzZWN1dGlvbi5vcmcv

To learn more visit Persecution.org:

http://www.persecution.org


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.)

Speaking of the club, be sure to check this week’s Catholic San Francisco newspaper, which has a nice profile of basketball great and USF Alum Bill Russell. Russ Gumina shares some interesting memories of Mr. Russell.


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.

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 nanu_n_nana@hotmail.com for more information.

Legion of Mary: The Legion of Mary was founded in Dublin, Ireland in 1921, and is now in most countries in the world. The Legion’s priority is the spiritual and social welfare of each person. Legionaries gather for prayer, and work together, in furtherance of parish goals. Our Legion of Mary is the “Mary, Mother of Light” praesidium, which meets every Tuesday evening in the rectory. For more infoemation, email Rosalina or call the parish office.

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.

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.


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 (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, Marcheta Pletcher, Ellen Stahl, Tarooj Maaref, Evangeline Abriam, Peter Rayfield, Ramon Fernan, James Swett, Jacqueline B, 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

27

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

28

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Tuesday

01

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Wednesday

02

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Thursday

03

Katherine Drexel; Virgin

Friday

04

Casimir

Saturday

05

Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sunday

06

Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

$5,306.

Weekly Donations required to operate the Church:

$6,000.

Shortfall withdrawn from Church savings account to cover deficit:

-$894.

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

 

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