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Weekly Bulletin

January 15, 2012

The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


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1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19; 1 Corinthians 6:13c-a5a, 17-20; John 1:35-42. Eli realizes that the voice Samuel is hearing is God’s, and encourages Samuel to listen and respond. In the second reading, we are reminded that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and we are to act accordingly. In the Gospel, Andrew follows Jesus at John the Baptist’s prompting, then brings his brother, Simon, to the Lord.

 


 

 Domenica 2A Del Tempo Ordinario

 

Dal Battesimo siamo stati chiamati all’intimità con Cristo. L’esito del compito che ci è stato affidato dipende dalla nostra risposta, che sarà pronta e generosa nella misura in cui regnerà in noi l'amore.

 

 


From the Pastor's Computer

Last week the short Christmas season ended with Monday’s Feast of the Lord’s Baptism. This Sunday we begin “Ordinary Time” that runs for 34 weeks with a long interruption for the seasons of Lent and Easter. “Ordinary” in a liturgical context doesn’t mean “common” or “unexceptional.” It refers to the numbered order of a series, like first, second, third, and so on. This Second Sunday in Ordinary Time is “ordinary” because it uses an ordinal number, “Second.” Logically, then, even Advent, Lent, and Easter time are “ordinary” time because they use ordinal numbering like the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

Although we find ourselves in the year of the reading of Mark’s gospel, this Sunday’s gospel is taken from the gospel of John. It’s not because Mark’s gospel is so short that John’s gospel is used, for John’s gospel is always used for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time in Year A, B, or C!

The central theme of John’s gospel is witness or testimony to God’s love manifested in Jesus. Like a court case, testimony is given by John the Baptist and a parade of witnesses like Andrew and another disciple, Philip and Nathanael.

John’s testimony is that Jesus is “Lamb of God.” John’s meaning of Jesus as “Lamb of God” has at least three meanings: (1) Jesus as “apocalyptic lamb,” who will in the end come to destroy the beasts and conquer evil; (2) Jesus as the lamb of the “suffering servant,” who takes on the sin of the world; (3) Jesus as the “paschal lamb” who is sacrificed.

Andrew’s testimony is that Jesus is teacher or “Rabbi,” the one who will lead us to the knowledge of the Truth; but Andrew has more titles for Jesus, “We have found the Messiah!”

Although not in this Sunday’s gospel, the parade of witnesses continues with Philip who calls Jesus “the very one who is described in the Mosaic Law and the prophets.” Lastly, Nathanael testifies, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”

The witness of John and Andrew, Philip and Nathanael draws us into the mystery of Jesus, gives us direction and emphasis when Jesus will shortly come upon the scene proclaiming a Kingdom and calls all of us to conversion, repentance, and belief in the gospel. But that is next week’s gospel.

Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Erin Grace Wong – Giuliana Serafini
Maria Francesca Piersanti – Eva Young

Jason Stergion & Brianna Cabano

Sergio Isola – Jeanette Lombardi


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

Salesian Cioppino: It’s crab season, and that means only one thing around here: Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club Cioppino! This year the Cioppino’s are on January 28 and February 4. Call the SBGC at 415-397-3068 for more information.

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!

Second Collection: Next week there will be a second collection for St. Patrick’s Seminary, the seminary of the Archdiocese of san Francisco. Please be generous!


Choose Life! “The Church considers it her duty to defend in our society as a whole the truths and values in which the very dignity of man is at stake. Accordingly, to mention one particularly important point, we have no right to judge whether an individual is “already a person” or “still a person,” and even less is it up to us to manipulate the human being or even to wish to do so.” –Pope Benedict XVI, Address to the Hon. Reinhard Schweppe, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Holy See, November 7, 2011

More Choose Life! TWELVE California bishops to Concelebrate! The Walk for Life West Coast, the largest annual gathering of Catholics in San Francisco, will take place next Saturday. Last year 50,000 peaceful marchers and eight Catholic Bishops gave loving witness to the Culture of Life. This year, for the first time, the Rally and March will begin at 12:30 at Civic Center Plaza, then proceed down Market Street.

The Saints Peter and Paul Group will meet at the Main Library of San Francisco, 100 Larkin Street, in front of the Larkin Street entrance, at 12:00 noon.

There will be Mass at 9:30 Am at St. Mary’s Cathedral, celebrated by Archbishop George Niederauer and concelebrated by 11 bishops from around the state. And, as we do every year, SS. Peter and Paul will have all-night Eucharistic Adoration the night before the Walk. We especially need Christians willing to spend time with the Lord in the early hours of the morning. Call 421-0809 for more information.

To get all the details for the 2012 Walk, visit: http://www.walkforlifewc.com/


Catholic Military Families: It’s our turn to give back to those who have given so much. Your purchase of our jewelry in the Parish Office, or your cash donation, enables us to send care to war zones, to take music to VA Hospitals and gift bags to the ill and wounded. We will be working closely with a Marine Corps officer who helps care for those suffering from PTSD. It's been said, “No one leaves war un-wounded.” Please remember our troops this Holiday season and throughout the year. Thank you, Catholic Military Families, Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Co-founders, Dave & Natasha Ansted

Pre-K Open House: The Laura Vicuna Pre-kindergarten* will host their annual open house on Sunday, January 29th from 10AM-12 PM. Applications for the 2012-2013 school year will be available. All are welcome to attend. *Children must be four years old by October first to begin Pre-K in September of 2012.

Feast of St. John Bosco Hospitality: On Sunday, January 29, when we will be celebrating the feast of the founder of the Salesian Order, the St. John Bosco Council #613 of the Young Men’s Institute invites you to join them following the 8:45 AM Mass for coffee and donuts, in the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club. All are welcome!


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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.


Great 1955 Video of San Francisco: this was made by a man named Tullio Pellegrini. Sounds like an SSPP parishioner!

 


 

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!

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.


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

 


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.

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, Chris Harrington, Marco Cuneo, 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

15

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

16

Weekday in Orinary Time

Tuesday

17

Anthony; Abbot

Wednesday

18

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Thursday

19

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Friday

20

Fabian; Pope, Martyr, Sebastian; Martyr

Saturday

21

Agnes; Virgin, Martyr

Sunday

22

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your sacrificial offerings:

Weekly donations required to operate the church:

$6,000.

Your offerings of December 18

$5,370.

Shortfall withdrawn from our savings account:

$630.

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

 

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