Saints Peter & Paul Parish
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May 15, 2011

Fourth Sunday of Easter


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Acts 2:14a, 36-41; 1 Peter 2:20b-25; John 10:1-10. The first reading tells how Peter, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, boldly proclaims the Risen Christ and calls those present to repentance an Baptism. In the second reading, Peter exhorts the early Christians to imitate Christ by being patient in the face of suffering. The Gospel reminds us that we are to follow Christ, as he is the gate to eternal life.

 


 

 

 

 Domenica 4A di Pasqua

 

Gesù ci conosce e ci chiama per nome. Ascoltiamo la sua voce, entrando per l’unica porta che è lui e chiedendo con la preghiera altri pastori che ne continuino l’opera.

 

 

 

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Computer

In the first three gospel readings for the Sundays of Easter the Church has now exhausted all the appearances of the Risen Jesus. Now, beginning with the Fourth Sunday gospel, we get a glimpse at the various metaphors and identity statements of Jesus revealing in the light of the Easter experience the relationship of Jesus to the Christian community.

This Sunday John’s gospel reminds us that Jesus is both “Sheep’s Gate” and “Good Shepherd.” For some reason beyond me, the gospel reading leaves out the Good Shepherd sequence but makes reference in the responsorial Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd.”

In the gospel reading Jesus tells two parables that no one understands, so Jesus explicitly states that, in the first parable, Jesus is the gate for the sheepfold. This is how Risen Jesus approaches the Christian community in service and accommodation. It is through the “Sheep’s Gate” that Jesus leads the Christian community to feed on the bread of life, both God’s Word and the Sacrament of his Body and Blood.

The second parable of the intimacy of shepherd and sheep is explained in the following verses that are not part of this Sunday reading, where Jesus is the model shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep and knows them all intimately.

Why leave this latter part out? If you include both parables about the gate and the shepherd, why not include both of the parabolic explanations?

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Zachary Diaz – Sabrina Phillips
Penelope Faulhaber

David DéLuna and Jacqueline Hanns
Ronald Fernando and Adelyn Jill Balico

John Ford – Pete Dito – Gerald De Martini – Tsai King Lew – Gloria Barone


Particular Items

Archived Bulletins: For our archived online bulletins, go here.

Second Collection: Today there will be a second collection for the Catholic Communications Campaign.


World Day of Prayer for Vocations: Today is World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

Gentle God,
You call us by name and lead us to life.
Through baptism you commission us
to proclaim the Good News.
Bless and strengthen all men and women,
lay and ordained,
who serve in the Church.
Guide and give wisdom
to those discerning their vocation.
Enrich our Church
with dedicated married and single people,
with priests, religious and deacons.
Filled with joy and your Holy Spirit
may we follow Jesus, our Good Shepherd, now and always.
Amen


Santa Gemma: Todaywe will honor our beloved Santa Gemma, dear to the hearts of the people of Lucca and all Italians, at the 11:45 AM Italian Mass.

Santa Gemma, pray for us!


Choose Life: The young people from Crossroads will be visiting Saints Peter and Paul next weekend, as they begin their 2,800 mile walk from San Francisco to Washington DC as witnesses to the culture of life. For a number of years now, the Crossroader’s have kicked off their central walk right here at SSPP. Here they are with our dear Fr. Armand in 2009. Bless them!


 

May Crowning: May is the Month of Mary! We will have a May Crowning on Friday, May 20 at the 9AM Mass. Speaking of the Month of Mary, that means it is time to share one of our favorite videos, May Feelings:

 

Italian American Community Services Auxiliary Bingo: On Monday May 23 the IACSA is hosting a bingo fundraiser at 678 Green Street. The doors open at 12 noon, and bingo begins at 1:00. Tickets are $15, which includes 1 bingo card, and dessert with tea or coffee. Raffle prizes will be given out during intermission. All proceeds benefit the agency. For tickets or more info call Antoinette at 415-931-4810 or Charlene at 415-297-4280. Deadline is May 19—no tickets sold at door!


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“Becoming Towers of Strength” Project & Slideshow: It will cost $2.5 million for our tower reinforcement and restoration. Please visit http://www.stspeterpaul.san-francisco.ca.us/towers.html to see an interesting slideshow of the project’s progress. There is also a link on that page for online donations in support of the project.

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


New Catholic Movie: Parishioners showed so much interest in our “Year of the Priest Movie of the Week" project that we will continue to let parishioners know when an interesting movie comes out. Opening this week is “There be Dragons” written and directed by Roland Joffé, who made "The Mission" and "The Killing Fields." “There be Dragons” is set during the Spanish Civil war, and features Father Josemariá Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei, who has been called “the saint of everyday life.” The movie, which has received excellent reviews, will be screened May 6, 7, & 8 at the Kabuki Theater in San Francisco

You can watch the trailer at left.


Next “Bringing Two Worlds Together" Dinner: "Single? Alone? Retired? St. Vincent de Paul Society at Sts. Peter and Paul welcomes ALL parishioners to join and help, but they have found that some of the most active members are those who for whatever reason are sometimes looking for friendship and a place to meet other like-minded Catholics. If you are inclined to live out Jesus words "to help the least among us," why not participate in one of the many activities sponsored by the Society? The next activity is a dinner for the homeless and poor on Sunday, May 29, to be held in the school cafeteria. Volunteers arrive as early as 4:00 and usually commit to at least one hour, though that is not required. For more information, contact the president, Maria Bugarin, at: maria.bugarin7@gmail.com, or leave a message for the Society at the rectory.


SAVE THE DATE! San Francisco Rosary Rally: Old-timers will remember the famous San Francisco Rosary Rally led by Fr. Patrick Peyton in 1961, which drew 550,000 people.

On October 15, 2011 San Francisco’s Legion of Mary invites you to join thousands of the Catholic faithful as we ask the blessings of Our Lady at San Francisco's 2011 Family Rosary Crusade Rally. The Rally, which celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Fr. Peyton’s Rally, will be held in San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza, on Saturday October 15, beginning at 12 noon.

 

Left: Fr. Peyton leading a tiny portion of the crowd at the 1961 Rosary Rally.

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


 SF Giants Jewelry to benefit Catholic Military Families: Be ready for opening day! Our Catholic Military Families support group has created SF Giants-inspired jewelry that is on sale in the church bookstore. All jewelry is designed by a Marine Corps Mom, and all proceeds benefit the Care Package program and the Veterans Music Project.

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.

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, Ramon Fernan, James Swett, Jacqueline B, Bradley Scott, Lenny and her baby, 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

15

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Monday

16

Easter Weekday

Tuesday

17

Easter Weekday

Wednesday

18

Easter Weekday, John I; Pope, Martyr

Thursday

19

Easter Weekday

Friday

20

Easter Weekday, Bernardine of Siena; Priest

Saturday

21

Easter Weekday, Christopher Magallanes; Priest, Martyr, and Companions; Martyrs

Sunday

22

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Weekly donations required to operate the church:

$6,000.

Your sacrificial offerings of last week:

$4,165.

Shortfall, withdrawn from our savings account

-$1,835.

Second Collection (Catholic Charitiesl)

$2,922.

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

 

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