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September 11, 2011

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Sirach 27:30-28:0; Romans 14:7-9; Matthew 18: 21-35. Today’s first reading says we are to set aside anger and forgive our neighbor.s if we expect God to do this for us. In the second reading, Paul exhorts us to all we do for the sake of the Lord. In the Gospel, Jesus tells a parable about forgiving debts, and teaches us to forgive wrongdoers from our heart.

 


 

Domenico 24A Del tempo Ordinario

 

Perdonare è la condizione indispensabile per essere perdonati. Ogni uomo ha bisogno di misericordia, perchè alla santità del Signore non è possible avvicinarsi da parte dell’uomo peccatore. La via per andare a Dio è la misericordia verso il fratello. Occorre fare tante buone opera per vivere in maniera nuova I rapporti sociali, esercitando la carità il perdono.

 

 

 

 


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This week’s gospel continues with the sorting out of how the church deals with its sinful members (all of us) and how we are supposed to forgive without calculation and limitation. In the parable of the wicked servant who owes a “huge amount” of money to the king, the pardoned servant imprisons someone who owes him an insignificant amount. While he has been forgiven much, he is not able to forgive another for little. Jesus’ words remind all of us that we cannot earn forgiveness, but we can lose it.

Brendan Byrne in Lifting the Burden: Reading Matthew’s Gospel in the Church Today explains that the parable isn’t so easily followed.

Forgiveness…is not easy. For some people…it seems an impossible requirement. Fellow Christians and pastors would be foolish simply to confront such people with the demand for forgiveness in the stark form in which it appears here. The capacity to forgive is itself a grace. For many it will be a lifelong project, to be sought in prayer and supplication from God. What Jesus requires is forgiveness, “from the heart” (v. 35), that is, from that radical core of a person that is the domain of God and that only God’s grace can ultimately touch and heal. Forgiveness and unforgiveness may long wrestle in human hearts. But God takes the long view and will never deny the grace necessary for salvation. God writes the final chapter in the human heart (pp. 145-146).

In the light of the tenth anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon near Washington, D.C. how hard is it to forgive?

Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


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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.


Commemoration of 9/11 in Washington Square: On September 11, beginning at 8:46 AM, some of our North Beach neighbors, accompanied by members of the good SFPD and SFFD, will gather in Washington Square to commemorate those killed on 9/11. They will read the name of every victim. All are welcome to join in this event.


Year of Renewal in Worship and Prayer: The Lord’s Prayer. The words which introduce the Lord’s Prayer in the new English edition of the Roman Missal may sound dramatic: “At the Savior’s command and formed by divine teaching we dare to say.” Why do we “dare” to speak these words that are so familiar to us since childhood? This invitation to prayer reminds us that it was Jesus who dared to call the Father “Abba”—a familiar form of address in Aramaic, the English equivalent of “papa.” The Our father includes petitions that echo ancient Hebrew prayers and echo words in Jesus’ teaching: trust in God’s care, trust in God’s will, and commit to forgiveness (receiving and granting). During one of the Lenten Scrutinies, Catechumens are “presented” with the Our Father because learning the Lord’s Prayer is a pre-requisite to the Church’s initiation rites and is an avenue to full participation. For many centuries, the celebrant alone prayed the “Pater Noster” in silence at Mass, as if to continue the idea that this prayer was one of the privileged “secrets” known only to those enjoying full membership in the Church. Today it is recited or sung aloud by the assembly with the priest.

Question of the Week: How do certain words of the Lord’s prayer echo what is taking place throughout the Communion Rite?


Little Sister of the Poor Rummage Sale: The Auxiliary of the Little Sisters of the Poor will hold its Fall, Pre-Holiday Rummage Sale, on Friday & Saturday, September 16 & 17 from 9am-3pm at St. Anne’s Home, located at 300 Lake Street in San Francisco. If you have never been to this sale, check it out! There is lots of great stuff. To learn more, go here.

Priests Retirement Fund: On September 17-18 our parish will take up a special collection for the archdiocesan Priests’ Retirement Fund. The Archdiocese is blessed to have hundreds of priests who dedicated their lives to us. Certainly at Saints Peter and Paul our retired (!) priests continue to minsiter to us everyday. 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.

Religious Education for Adults (RCIA): This year’s 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 janet.ross@gatx.com.

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 year’s 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. Student’s meet downstairs in the Pre-K classroom. Registration forms are available in the church office.


Rosary Rally Video: As we prepare for the October 15 Rosary Rally, which commemorates Fr. Peyton's 1961 San Francisco Rosary Rally, check out this amazing video of the 1961 event (courtesy of Deacon Jeffrey Burns, Archivist of the Archdiocese of San Francisco):


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 Action—an Icon of God. Aquinas’s 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 mbruno@svdp-sf.org or call (415) 977-1270 x3003.


Email enrollment: kartam111@hotmail.com


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 lharris@sspeterpaulsf.org 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.


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“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 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. For more information, visit www.familyrosarycrusade2011.com

 

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:

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

EVERY FIVE MINUTES A CHRISTIAN IS KILLED FOR HIS OR HER FAITH. Check out this story at Zenit.org: http://www.zenit.org/rssenglish-32747

or visit: 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.

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 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 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.

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.


 

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, 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.

 

Liturgical Calendar

Sunday

11

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

12

Most Holy name of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Tuesday

13

John Chrysostom; Bishop, Doctor

Wednesday

14

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Thursday

15

Our Lady of Sorrows

Friday

16

Cornelis; Bishop, Doctor

Saturday

17

Robert Bellarmine; Bishop, Doctor

Sunday

18

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Weekly donations required to operate the church:

$6,000.

Your sacrificial offerings of last week:

$5,083.

Shortfall, withdrawn from our savings account:

$917.

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

 

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