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October 23, 2011

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Exodus 22:20-26; 1 Thessalonians 1: 5c-10; Matthew 22:34-40. Today’s first reading reminds us of our responsibilities to those in need. In the second reading, Paul praises the Thessalonians for their love and faithfulness to God. In the Gospel, Jesus summarizes all of the Law and the prophets: love God with all your heart, soul and mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.

 


 

Domenico 30A Del Tempo Ordinario

 

Al di sopra dei beni sta la persona umana. Ad esse bisogna saper guardare con aperture di cuore e con disponibilità alla misericordia. Che crede in Dio riconosce veramente quant’è grande la dignità dell’uomo creato a sua imagine e somiglianza. Si tratta di cogliere il disegno di Dio, lungo il cammino della vità.

 


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Today’s first reading from Exodus tells us that we should not “molest or oppress an alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt. I would venture to say that “aliens” in this passage are today’s immigrants, especially the undocumented and illegal.

Just recently Alabama has passed a law that makes it a crime to knowingly assist an illegal immigrant by providing them a ride, a job, a place to live or any kind of social assistance, including the provision of religious education and the sacraments!

No law is just that prevents the proclamation of the Gospel or the love shown to another. However, every state has the right to enact laws that promote the wellbeing of its citizens, protect its economy, and manage its limited resources.

The U.S. Catholic Bishops have identified five principles to guide immigration policy and create immigration reform legislation.

1) People have the right to find opportunities in their homeland. Every nation should provide opportunities to work for a living wage.

2) People have the right to migrate to other countries to support themselves and their families if their country is unable to do so.

3) Sovereign nations have a right to control their borders in the service of the common good of their citizens. This is not an absolute right, however. Powerful economic nations have a higher obligation to serve the universal common good.

4) Refugees and asylum seekers should be afforded protection.

5) The human rights and the human dignity of undocumented migrants should be respected. They should not be blamed for the social ills of a nation.

I doubt if the tough immigration laws of Alabama or Arizona live up to any of this five principles derived from Catholic social teaching.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Alison Clare – Olimpia “Pia” Saraille

Phil & Brigette Hodson (Renewal of Vows)
Mark Summerhays and Jennifer Tibbet
Eric Ortner and Sonia Frissora

Pina Caltagirone – Florence O’Bid


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


World Mission Sunday: Do you know the date of your Baptism? On that day, you became a missionary, called by Our Lord to share your faith with those around you, and to be part of the Church’s mission to the world. We will have second collection to support the Church’s Missionary work.

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!

Red Mass: The Thomas More Society, an organization of Catholic lawyers, will host their annual “Red Mass” in the Church on October 27 at 5:30 PM. The Mass is open to all.

Parish Council: The parish council will meet Thursday at 7 PM, in the rectory.

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.


San Francisco Rosary Rally Video: the Rosary Rally was a great success--the Civic Center was filled with the Holy Spirt! Here is the official video, which gives a very good feeling for the event. Thanks to all who came.

 


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) on October 23 at 10PM and October 27 1t 8:30 PM. You can learn more at the series' website: http://www.catholicismseries.com/

Check out the trailer below:

 


Choose Life! “The family on earth is meant to be a mirror of the Trinity, God’s divine “family” in heaven. God intends the family to be our first school of love, holiness and commitment. In the family, we learn who we are — and who God has created us to be. The family is vital in God’s plan for our personal lives.” -Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, “We Need to Stand Up for Parents and Families,” July 8, 2011.

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 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: “Lamb of God, …” Litanies and the “Lamb of God”: Perhaps one of the most popular prayers for Catholics is the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Another well-known prayer is the Litany of the Saints sung before the baptismal rite at the Easter Vigil. The use of repeated refrains or responses goes back to the Old Testament, as in Psalm 136, which repeats the refrain, “God’s love endures forever,” after each acclamation of praise. In the Church, refrains in litanies are usually short prayers of petition: “hear us, O Lord… have mercy on us…pray for us.”

The “Lamb of God” is a brief litany that accompanies the breaking of the consecrated bread: an act that follows Jesus’ own example where after the blessing he broke the bread before giving it to the disciples. The “Breaking of the Bread” is the sign of Jesus being shared among us and it acts as a bridge as we “process” from the sign of peace to the reception of Communion. The words of the “Lamb of God” focus on Jesus the sacrificial lamb offered up for us in the Eucharist as we beg for mercy and for the peace we have expressed in the sign of peace shared moments earlier.

Question of the Week: How does your own image of a lamb relate to that of the sacrificial “Lamb of God”?


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:

 

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, John Smith, Edmond Segrove, Giuliana Franzoia, Kelly, Juanita Estrellas, & 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

23

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

24

Anthony Mary Claret; Bishop

Tuesday

25

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Wednesday

26

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Thursday

27

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Friday

28

Simon & Jude Apostles

Saturday

29

Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sunday

30

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Weekly donations required to operate the church:

$6,000.

Your sacrificial offerings of last week:

$6,200.

Shortfall, withdrawn from our savings account:

None- Yay!

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

 

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