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October 30, 2011

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Malachi 1:14b-2:2b, 8-10; 1 Thessalonians 2:7b-9,13; Matthew 23: 1-12. In the first reading, the priests are admonished to be faithful in leading the people in glorifying God. The second reading reminds the faithful that Paul and the the other teachers gave their all in their missionary work. In the Gospel, Jesus teaches that the way to achieve greatness in God’s eyes is through humbly serving others.

 


Domenico 31A Del Tempo Ordinario

 

Ogni credente è minacciato dal rischiodi sfruttare la religione e di piegarla a vantaggio proprio, personale o di gruppo. Bisogna coltivare le purezza di intenzione e tradurla in opera di bene. Servirsi degli altri come di un masso per sovrastrarli è offesa a Dio.

 


From the Pastor's Computer

The iPhone 4S has voice recognition software that allows you to use normal conversation to phone someone, answer a question on the weather, search for a place to eat, and so on. It’s called “Siri.”

Last Monday’s Chronicle in the Business Report section, there’s a review of Android apps called “Edwin, “Speaktoit” and “Vlingo” that do much the same thing as “Siri” on the iPhone 4S. The reviewer, David Einstein, used “Speaktoit,” as he watched an old movie with Cary Grant and blond bombshell Jayne Mansfield, to get photos of Mansfield off the Internet. After a few photos “Speaktoit” told him, “Get your mind out of the gutter.” Now that is one saucy application! Spiced with a little humor, too.

Beginning this Sunday and running through the rest of the liturgical year, the gospel is taken from Jesus last words called the “Judgment Discourse.” Matthew divides Jesus’ words into criticizing present company (teacher of the law and Pharisees) and through a series of predictions, warnings, and parables teaches his disciples how to remain faithful disciples.

This Sunday he reams the teachers of the law and the Pharisees because they say all the right things about the Law, but they do not back up their words, advice, and teachings with good example.

Highly visible religious people, like bishops, priests and religious, those in church leadership, haven’t presented themselves very well in the last few years. Our halo is crookedly atop our heads, tarnished and corroded. Pray that we believe what we read, teach what we believe, and practice what we teach. And maybe don’t take ourselves so seriously, “spiced with a little humor, too.”

Fr. John Itzaina, SDB

Life ends; when you stop Dreaming,
Hope ends; when you stop Believing,
Love ends; when you stop Caring,
And Friendship ends; when you stop Sharing.


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

None Scheduled

Gary Gonzalez & Teresa Estebar
Ellis Wong & Josephine Ng
Joseph parks & Desiree Matthews

John Smith - Phil Mazzucco


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


Great News! Luigi Guanella Canonized: Blessed Luigi Guanella (1842-1915), a friend and protégé of Don Bosco, who began as a Salesian, was canonized by the Holy Father last Sunday. St. Luigi founded the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence and the Servants of Charity, who work with the physically & mentally challenged. Both orders are now all over the world. His mixture of hard work and faith was expressed beautifully “I worry until midnight, and from then on I let God worry.”


All Saints Day: Tuesday is the Solemnity of All Saints. It is Holy Day of Obligation. In addition to the regular Masses there will be a 6:00 PM Mass. There will also be a vigil Mass on Monday at 6:00PM.

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.

Pregnant Mother Needs Housing! St. Peter Paul's Project Gabriel has a mother in need. She needs immediate placement in a safe home to stay with her child. She is four months pregnant and they are looking for a room. It is our goal to find her a permanent place to stay. She works part time. If you are interested or have a resource please contact Fr. John or Lauren Linesch.

Columbus Day Bazaar Income: The 92nd annual Columbus Day Bazaar was a great success. We had a gross of $88,951 and a net of $72,219 (both up from last year). Distribution is: $47,000 to the School; $18,000 to the Church, and $7,000 to the Pre-K.

Don Bosco Study Group: In anticipation of the bicentenary of Don Bosco’s birth (1815-2015), we will be starting a Don Bosco Study Group to study his remarkable life. The group will meet three to four times a year. Fr. Arthur Lenti, SDB’s seven volume “Don Bosco: History and Spirit” will be the primary source for study and discussion. Members will take turns with reading assignments. All are invited, regardless of your level of interest or commitment. We hope to rediscover his life, teachings, spirituality, and the continued relevance within our own lives of the Salesian charism. Our first meeting will be held at the parish center on Thursday, November 10 at 7 PM. Contact Frank Lavin (310.8551, franklavin@comcast.net) with questions or to sign up if you cannot make the first meeting.


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 at 8:30 PM. You can learn more at the series' website: http://www.catholicismseries.com/

Check out the trailer below:

 


Choose Life! "These witnesses [young people with severe disabilities] speak to us, first and foremost, of the dignity of all human life, created in the image of God. No suffering can efface this divine image imprinted in the depths of our humanity. But there is more: because the Son of God wanted freely to embrace suffering and death, we are also capable of seeing God’s image in the face of those who suffer. Dear friends, our society, which all too often questions the inestimable value of life, of every life, needs you: in a decisive way you help to build the civilization of love." Pope Benedict XVI - visit to San José Foundation for disabled youth. Madrid, August 20, 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: The Concluding Rites. When people gather there are usually also leave-taking rituals. Hugs and waves are given with some spoken words, “See you soon”, “Call me”. This makes parting comfortable. These little farewells also tell us subconsciously that the relationships that have been established or strengthened in The same is true when we gather for liturgy. Through the actions of liturgy we are nourished at the table of the Lord and then sent forth to share the good news with others.

The Concluding Rites begin with any announcements that need to be made. After the announcements, the priest will offer the final blessing. After the blessing is completed the priest or deacon will offer the dismissal. The Missal has adapted new wording for the dismissal stemming from a recent synod of bishops. All of them incorporate the action of entering the world with a mission, “Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord,” “Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life” are a few examples. Each time we gather for liturgy we hear the word of God, we are nourished at the table of the Lord and we are transformed to conform to the image of the Lord. The dismissal at the end of liturgy reminds us that we can’t stay; we must go forth and spread the spirit of Christ. We must embrace and carry out the mission that has been entrusted to us by Jesus .

Question of the Week: How do you celebrate “leave taking” in your life? We care about how we end one thing. Do we put that same care into the conclusion at Eucharist ?


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

30

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

31

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Tuesday

01

All Saints

Wednesday

02

All Souls

Thursday

03

Martin de Porres; Religious

Friday

04

Charles Borromeo; Bishop

Saturday

05

Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sunday

06

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Weekly donations required to operate the church:

$6,000.

Your sacrificial offerings of last week:

$4,298.

Shortfall, withdrawn from our savings account:

$1,702.

Second Collection (World Mission Sunday):

$2,495.

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

 

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