September 4, 2011
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ezekiel 33: 7-9; Romans 13:8-10; Matthew 18: 15-20. The reading from Ezekiel tells of the prophets responsibility to call the people of Israel to repentance. The second reading reminds us that love does no harm, and so is the fulfillment of the law. In the Gospel, Jesus outlines a process for fostering peace and reconciliation among believers. He also gives a reminder about the power of prayer.
Domenico 23A Del Tempo Ordinario
Il male compiuto danneggia la convivenza umana. Bisogna avviare il fratello verso il bene. La morale non deve diventare motivo di disprezzo, di odio, di delazione e di vendetta, ma invito alla correzione che salva. La fede in Gesù trasforma le realizioni sociali e la vita personale dei credenti.
From the Pastor's Computer
The readings for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time gives us an opportunity to look at ourselves as the parish of Saints Peter and Paul. How do we help each other to become better Catholic Christians? How do we connect to the greater North Beach community? How do we treat the poor, the homeless, the mentally ill, and the addicted? Do we support the ministries of the church, the school community of young people and their dedicated teachers? How do we feel about sharing our church facilities with the Salesian Boys and Girls Club? Are we a welcoming community to the many tourists who worship with us every weekend?
Ezekiel in the first reading is appointed watchman that warns the people about their unconcern and wickedness. His calling is to speak out against sin and injustice. How do we as a community of faith continue the prophetic work of Ezekiel?
Even the psalmist reminds all of us to harden not our hearts and to be more faithful that the quarrelsome and contentious Israelites at Meribah and Massah.
In the Roman reading, St. Paul reminds us too that love is the fulfillment of the law for the commandments are summed up in loving ones neighbor. Love is at the center of our spousal and familial relationships, preserves the sanctity of life, and protects persons and property.
The gospel is taken from Jesus discourse on the relationships with especially difficult and disruptive members of the church community. Seldom do we see ourselves as difficult and disruptive. Its always someone else. As we pray together in Jesus name, may we experience the ever-present God in our neighbor.
Fr. John Itzaina, SDB
Rolando Rosetti & Dianan Nevas
Archived Bulletins: For our archived online 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. Parking available. Come spend some quiet time with Jesus!
Adult Martial Arts: There is an adult martial arts class every FRIDAY at 7PM, in the gym. Both men and women are welcome. Please contact the Salesian Boys and Girls Club at 397-3068 for more information.
Legion of Mary: Our Legion of Mary,
the Mary, Mother of Light praesedium, meets each Tuesday
at 5:30 PM, in the rectory basement office. For more information,
call the parish office at 415-421-0809.
"Assisted suicide also opens the door to putting more people
into the category of those who would be better off
dead, e.g., the mentally ill and the severely
handicapped. It plays into cultures biased judgment
that a persons worth is based on his or her
productivity and autonomy. It also further undermines the
foundational truth that human life is the inalienable right
upon which our other inalienable rights dependthe
basic human good, the condition for enjoying all other
goods. Each life is precious and unique. As Christians, this
is not only confirmed, but enhanced by the fact that the Son
of God, in sharing our human nature, made each human life
sacred." -Bishop James V. Johnston, Bishop of
Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Protecting Life in the
Last Days, June 24, 2011 Gabriel Project Meeting: The
Gabriel Project, a ministry of the Archdiocese of san
Francisco to support pregnant mothers and their unborn
children is forming at Saints Peter and Paul Church. Our
first meeting will beon September 9 at 6:30 in the rectory.
If youd like to bne a part of this wonderful ministry,
please call 415-421-0809. Our good Archbishop George
Niederauer writes: The USCCBs Pastoral Plan
for Pro-Life Activities notes that one of the objectives of
a parish pro-life committee should be to develop or
adopt a parish-based ministry to pregnant women and their
children. The Gabriel Project answers this call. It
embodies the practical support that the bishops promise
pregnant women. 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
childs father, our parish community can lovingly help
her overcome her sense of loss and loneliness by welcoming
her as family and friend. You can watch a video about the
Gabriel project here.
Priests Retirement Fund: On September 17-18 our parish will take up a special collection for the archdiocesan Priests Retirement Fund. Senior priests depend on pensions from this fund for their basic needs and insurance. The Priests Retirement Fund must be adequately funded to meet the future needs of our retired priests. Please reflect prayerfully on how you can best support our Priests Retirement Fund.
Choose Life! "Assisted suicide also opens the door to putting more people into the category of those who would be better off dead, e.g., the mentally ill and the severely handicapped. It plays into cultures biased judgment that a persons worth is based on his or her productivity and autonomy. It also further undermines the foundational truth that human life is the inalienable right upon which our other inalienable rights dependthe basic human good, the condition for enjoying all other goods. Each life is precious and unique. As Christians, this is not only confirmed, but enhanced by the fact that the Son of God, in sharing our human nature, made each human life sacred." -Bishop James V. Johnston, Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Protecting Life in the Last Days, June 24, 2011
Gabriel Project Meeting: The Gabriel Project, a ministry of the Archdiocese of san Francisco to support pregnant mothers and their unborn children is forming at Saints Peter and Paul Church. Our first meeting will beon September 9 at 6:30 in the rectory. If youd like to bne a part of this wonderful ministry, please call 415-421-0809. Our good Archbishop George Niederauer writes: The USCCBs Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities notes that one of the objectives of a parish pro-life committee should be to develop or adopt a parish-based ministry to pregnant women and their children. The Gabriel Project answers this call. It embodies the practical support that the bishops promise pregnant women.
You can watch a video about the Gabriel project here.
Religious Education for Adults (RCIA): This years RCIA will begin soon.. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) will meet every Tuesday until Easter. There is still an opportunity to join. If you are interested in becoming a Catholic or catching up on First Communion and/or Confirmation, or you know someone who is, please contact Janet Ross at 771-9130, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NERT Training Through October 4: Every Tuesday between now and October 4, the San Francisco Fire Department will host the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team training in the parish center. This prepares citizens for proper preparation and response when a disaster inevitably strikes. The training begins at 6:30 PM. Flyers are on the tables by the entrances to the church Religious Education for Youth (CCD) 2011-20112: This years CCD will begin on Sunday, September 11. The CCD serves children from kindergarten through high school. Classes are from 9:45 11:00 AM on Sundays, beginning right after the 8:45 AM Mass. Students meet downstairs in the Pre-K classroom. Registration forms are available in the church office.
Rare Opportunity! On September 20, at 7:30 PM, the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley will host Fr. Wojciech Giertych, OP, who serves as Theologian to the Papal Household. Fr. Giertych will discuss Virtuous Human Actionan Icon of God. Aquinass Vision of Christian Morality. This talk is free and open to all. For more info visit www.dspt.edu or call 510-849-2030.
SAVE THE DATE! St Vincent de Paul Walk for the Poor: On Saturday, September 24, at 8AM, the SVdP will host the annual Walk a Mile in My Shoes around Lake Merced in San Francisco. The day begins with morning mass, followed by the Walk. All pledges made go directly to your local parish or neighborhood SVdP Conference to benefit the poor. For more info, visit email@example.com or call (415) 977-1270 x3003.
Email enrollment: firstname.lastname@example.org
SSPP School Accepting Students! Saints Peter and Paul Salesian School is currently accepting applications for Grades 1-8 . Please contact the school via email at email@example.com and/or call our office at 415 421-5219. We look forward to hearing from you.
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.
Becoming Towers of
Strength Project & Slideshow: It has cost
$2.5 million for our tower reinforcement and
restoration. In order to cover the cost, the parish had
to take out a loan of $1.8 million. Given the dangerous
condition of the towers, we had to move immediately to take
care of the problems even though we did not have sufficient
funds. By the end of this week every parishioner should have
received a brochure in the mail describing how you can help.
Please visit http://www.stspeterpaul.san-francisco.ca.us/towers.html
to see a slideshow depicting the dangerous situation and the
repairs made. You will find it eye-opening. There is also a
link on that page for online donations in support of the
project. Becoming Towers of Strength is the duty
of this generation of Saints Peter and Paul parishioners,
and it is really a project we can be proud of! 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.
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
Franciscos 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. Peytons 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
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. In Afghanistan,
there is another Christian imprisoned for the faith, Shoib
Assadullah. Go here to sign the petition for his
release: EVERY FIVE MINUTES A CHRISTIAN IS KILLED FOR HIS OR HER FAITH.
Check out this
story at Zenit.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.
or visit: http://www.persecution.org
Holy Name Society. The Holy Name Society is a mens 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 Gemini6824@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 Legions 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.
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.
Mens 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 Spirits call and will recommend a director when that is timely. Please contact Fr. Tom Carroll (firstname.lastname@example.org) at The Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos for more information.
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 $6,300less
than our neighboring Catholic Schools, and half of what a
public school spends to educate a child. With San
Franciscos 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 apologeticstill, 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 Christs challenge to care for the least among us by volunteering at the Societys 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? Watch the video below, and listen to
Catholic bishops and priests, (including a charming episode
with SSPPs 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
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?
Click the arrow at lower left to start.
Stress in your Marriage? Its 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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 Radios newest station is in the Bay Area!
Its 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 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. 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
To learn more,
click on the logo at right.
Fr. Anselm Ramelow, O.P. (415) 567-7824
And Catholic TV! Visit EWTN for just about everything Catholic. Click on the logo at right.
In the Bay Area, call:
Fr. Mark Taheny (415) 461-0704
Confidential Courage Hotline (650) 450-2286
Catholics for the Common Good:
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, 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, Bert Simonian, Joanne Hesbett, Lorenzo Simi, Dolores Bossler, Alicia Jimenez, All the homeless & mentally ill of the neighborhood, & all parishioners in hospitals & nursing homes.
To have an intention included, please call 421-0809.
Calendar Sunday 04 23rd Sunday in Ordinary
Time Monday 05 For the Blessings of Human
Labor Tuesday 06 Weekday in Ordinary Time Wednesday 07 Weekday in Ordinary Time Thursday 08 The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
Mary Friday 09 Peter Claver; Priest Saturday 10 Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin
Mary Sunday 11 24th Sunday in Ordinary
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
For the Blessings of Human Labor
Weekday in Ordinary Time
Weekday in Ordinary Time
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Peter Claver; Priest
Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Weekly donations required to operate
the church: $6,000. Your sacrificial offerings of last
week: $4,590. Shortfall, withdrawn from our
savings account: $1,410. Second Collection (Parish
Weekly donations required to operate the church:
Your sacrificial offerings of last week:
Shortfall, withdrawn from our savings account:
Second Collection (Parish School):
Thank You! Your parish needs and appreciates your continued support!