Saints Peter & Paul Parish
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October 9, 2011

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Isaiah 25:6-10a; Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20; Matthew 22: 1-14 or 22:1-10. Today’s first reading speaks of God preparing a great feast for His People and wiping away their tears. In the second reading, Paul claims he can do all things with God as his strength. In the Gospel, Jesus tells a parable about a king whose invited guests refuse to come to his feast. He then opens the feast to others.

 


Domenico 28A Del Tempo Ordinario

A assomiglia a una festa la chiamata di Dio. Chi accetta l’invito è chiamato a cooperare e a rivestirsi della veste nuziale, a garanzia di appartenenza al nuovo Popolo di Dio. Però esige una risposta corrispondente, dato che comincia in terra e raggiunge la sua pienezza in cielo, dove non ci sarà né pianto, nè morte.

 


From the Pastor's Computer

 The proposed ordinance in front of the Board of Supervisors will prohibit pregnancy centers from engaging in false or misleading advertising practices. Sounds simple, doesn’t it; who would want anybody to be deceptive or misleading about a “crisis” pregnancy? But it isn’t all that simple. The only example of “deceptive or misleading” practices seems to be, according to proposed ordinance, paying “per click” ads on search engines for words such as “abortion.” The first result I got was indeed firstresort .org that suggests that before abortion there be an ultrasound.

Rationale for this ordinance is that for “she loses time crucial to the decision whether to terminate a pregnancy.” Does this imply that suggesting an ultrasound is deceptive or misleading because it gives more time to make a reasonable decision? Even two of the Supervisors aren’t convinced that there has been any recordable deception.

The only recordable action of these “limited service agencies” is to provide clients with alternatives to abortion. Crisis pregnancies need to be met with great care and understanding by those who provide counseling and referral advice. This should be the law: providing kindness to those in obvious distress.

St. Paul in the second reading in his letter to the Philippians says “I can do all things in him who strengthens me.” He’s saying that he can take care of himself, that he has learned the secret of being well fed and going hungry, but that he appreciates what the Christians in Philippi have done for him. “Still,” he says, “it was kind of you to share in my distress.”

The crisis of pregnancy will not go away, but we must do everything to share with those in distress. To buy time for a fetus is not “deceptive or misleading.”

Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

None Scheduled

Robert Spalasso and Marina Sauro
Joseph Duncan and Erica Albericci

100th Anniversary Pietro Carlo Rossi


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


Columbus Day Bazaar!! It’s here! This year’s Bazaar will be on October 8-9. Lots of food, games, fun, music, the Blue Angels, the parade, you name it!!

 


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.

New DVD’S! We just received some new DVD’s in the bookstore, including the great “Of God’s and Men” and also “The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.” Speaking of Catholic movies, you can read a review of the new Martin Sheen/Emilio Estevez movie "The Way," by Gibbons, the parish secretary, in last Thursday's California Catholic Daily.

Pregnant? Need Help? Call 1-800-910-0191: That’s the message of the Gabriel Project, a ministry of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, committed to the that support of pregnant mothers and their unborn children. The Gabriel Project works so that no woman will feel she needs to have an abortion due to being poor or alone. We need help to get that message out! The Gabriel Project now has a chapter at Saints Peter and Paul. Please let any women you know who is pregnant that we stand ready to help!


Year of Renewal in Worship and Prayer: Holy Communion II. Often we hear or read about people “taking Communion.” In reality, at Mass we receive Holy Communion. At the Supper of the Lord, Jesus, blessed, broke, and gave his Body and Blood to the Apostles. The Eucharist—just like our salvation—is a gift that we receive rather than a favor we take. Priests and deacons, who stand in for Christ, are the usual ministers of Holy Communion. An Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist is a trained layperson who distributes Holy Communion (Host, or the chalice) when the size of the assembly demands it and when there are insufficient priests or deacons to assist the principal celebrant. Catholics who have been properly catechized and made First Communion approach the edge of the sanctuary in a procession to receive the body and blood of the Lord. The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops permits the faithful to receive the Host either in the hand or on the tongue. The Host must be consumed before leaving the communion station. There are simple yet important practices that surround the receiving of Holy Communion. Any questions about these should be directed at a priest or catechist in your community.

Question of the Week: How often do we take a “reality check” regarding the relationship between our faith and our attitude when coming forward for Holy Communion?


Catholicism TV Series: Noted Catholic writer George Weigel has called it "The most important media project in the history of the Catholic Church in America." It is the 10-part series "Catholicism" hosted by Fr. Robert Barron. In the Bay Area, selected episodes will be broadcast on KCSM (channel 60) at 10PM on October 13, 16, 20, 23, and 27. You can learn more at the series' website: http://www.catholicismseries.com/

Check out the trailer below:

 


 

Religious Education for Adults (RCIA): This year’s RCIA will be held every Tuesday at 6:30 PM in the rectory. 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.

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.

Catholic Head Covering and Feminism Study: If you are a lay Catholic woman I would love to talk to you! This is a study conducted by a Mills College undergraduate student. To participate in the study, contact: Kirby Kimber at 214.684.8656 or kkimber@mills.edu. Online questionnaire available at goo.gl/psu5J.


Nice: Here is a charming video from the Passionist Sisters about the making of communion wafers:

 


Three Bishops to attend San Francisco Rosary Rally! Join three Catholic Bishops, and thousands of Catholic faithful as we ask the blessings of Our Lady on our families, our city, and ourselves at the October 15 Rosary Rally. Their Excellencies will be joined by Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR, and Holy Cross Fathers Willy Raymond, David Marcham, and James Phalan. Fr. Marcham is the vice-postulator for the cause of Fr. Peyton’s canonization.

The Saints Peter and Paul contingent will gather for Mass at 9 AM at the Shrine of St. Francis on Vallejo and Columbus, celebrated by Fr. Apostoli, then have breakfast in North Beach. Around 11AM, we will head over to the Civic Center Plaza rally, which begins at 12 noon. For more info, visit www.familyrosarycrusade2011.com For more information, visit www.familyrosarycrusade2011.com

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

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):


Holy Name Champagne Bingo: people are asking what happened to Holy Name Bingo, always held in September? Well, we are renovating the gym, so Bingo has been pushed back to November 13. But it will be as much fun as ever, in nicer surroundings. Tickets are $20.00, and must be purchased in advance. Champagne, Hot Lunch, Free Parking, and 2 FREE Bingo Tickets! No children, please. For reservations call: 421-2441 or 776-6756, or purchase tickets at the church office: 421-0809.

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.


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, Katushka Fischmann, 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

09

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

10

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Tuesday

11

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Wednesday

12

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Thursday

13

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Friday

14

Callistus I; Pope, Martyr

Saturday

15

Teresa of Jesus; Virgin, Martyr

Sunday

16

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Weekly donations required to operate the church:

$6,000.

Your sacrificial offerings of last week:

$5,829.

Shortfall, withdrawn from our savings account:

$171.

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

 

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