Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

January 22, 2012

The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time


Jonah 3: 1-5, 10; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20. Today’s first and second readings remind us that we will have to stand before God to give an account of our lives. They tell us that we must put our lives in order before it is too late. The Gospel tells of Jesus calling the first disciples, and their immediate and total response to follow him.


Domenico 3A Del Tempo Ordinario


Gesù continua ad avvertirci perché ci convertiamo. È un’urgenza indeclinabile. Forse, rimandiamo sempre, per pigrizia. Pensiamo che, dopotutto, c’ è la pazienza di Dio. Biosogna agire subito, perché non si sa se Dio chiamerà una seconda volta.



From the Pastor's Computer

Fr. Salvatore Giacomini suffered a horrific fall in the rectory last Thursday, January 12. Nobody saw how it happened, but we heard it. We immediately called 911 while Fr. “Jack” remained unconscious on the floor. His breathing was irregular and labored and while he was transported to the trauma unit at San Francisco General Hospital, he stopped breathing and was immediately put on artificial support. In the trauma unit Fr. “Jack” was rushed into surgery to remove a large blood clot on his brain. He remained in ICU in stable but critical condition for seven days, until he passed away. The breathing tube was removed after his relatives from Italy arrived. He survived breathing on his own for another six hours.

What wonderful care has been provided for Fr. “Jack.” The doctors and the nurses have been both professional and caring, allowing with as much pastoral care as medical assistance any and all parishioners and friends, and Salesians to visit and pray. One of Fr. Jack’s nurses said she feels that she knows him very well with all the stories and anecdotes that visitors shared with her. The ICU staff is amazed at the number of people who have visited and called.

I want to thank the parishioners and friends of Fr. Giacomini who has given us 70 years of religious life and almost 60 years of priestly life (ordained June 17, 1951). His love was his obedience to the Salesian ministry to go wherever he was needed and called. He loved music, especially Bach, and for some reason “The Sound of Music.” He was especially dedicated to the Italian devotions to the Blessed Mother, visiting the Madonna shrines in Italy and Sicily.

What Fr. Jack did in his life is answer the call of the Lord to become a fisher of men. Like the brothers Andrew and Peter, James and John he left everything and followed Jesus on the way. He turned to the Lord and believed in the gospel. We hope he enjoys the sounds of angelic music in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Fr. Salvatore Giacomini, SDB b. August 21, 1923, d. January 18, 2012.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB

Particular Items




Aurora Maionchi

Albert Thuesen & Kelly Thiessen

Fr. Salvatore Giacomini, SDB
Mikaele Mateo

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

Fr. Jack: We could fill a year’s worth of bulletins chronicling all that Fr. Jack did for Saints Peter and Paul and the people of God—and that would not cover it. Next week we will do our best to remember all that Fr. Jack gave us. There will be a viewing from 6:30PM to 7:30PM this Tuesday, January 24. The wake will begin at 7:30. The funeral will be at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, January 25.

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

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 Saturday, January 21. 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. At left is our dear Fr. Jack. At age 86 he walked the whole way! Surely he is with us in heaven.

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:

Fr. Mikaele Mateo: It has been a very hard week for the Saints Peter and Paul family. In addition to the loss of our dear Fr. Jack, we suffered another heartbreaking tragedy. Fr. Mikaele Mateo, the brother of our plant custodian Lio Mateo, was drowned in Tonga on Saturday. Fr. Mikaele and other family members were on the beach when some of his nephews were swept out to sea. Fr. Mikaele and the others went in to rescue them, but he was caught by an undertow and drowned. The children all survived. Fr. Mikaele was only ordained thirteen months ago. Our hearts and prayers go out to the entire Mateo family. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Salesians Feasts: On Tuesday, we will celebrate the feast of St. Francis De Sales, patron and namesake of the Salesians. And on Sunday, we will celebrate the feast of the founder of the Salesians, St. John Bosco. His actual feastday is January 31, but because he is our founder, we are allowed to celebrate on the closest Sunday. St. Francis de Sales, St. John Bosco, pray for us!

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!

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.

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!SSPP First Annual Alumni Reunion: The First Annual Alumi Reunion of SS. Peter and Paul graduates will be held at the 1PM Mass on Sunday, January 29, followed by a reception in the cafeteria. All graduates are invited! Come meet your friends, teachers, priests and Sisters of yesteryear. Class officers, please relay this message about homecoming and help us to update our mailing list. For more info, please email Sr. Rita at

Salesian Mothers Club Bingo & Silent Auction: On Saturday, February 11, from 11:30-4:00pm, the SBGC will host their 14th Annual Mother;’s Club Bingo in the gym. Tickets are $35 /$30 for seniors (65 older) Ticket includes; hors'douerves, lunch, wine, coffee, dessert and 2 bingo cards. Please call 415-397-3068 for tickets.

Restorative Justice Minister’s Training: On February 25, Comunidad San Dismas is conducting their annual Restorative Justice training for new vo9lunteer Ministers. Comunidad San Dismas visits youth who are in jail. The training will be at St, Brendan’s parish hall, at 29 Rockaway Avenue, in San Francisco. For more information, please call Julio Escobar at 415-861-9579.


“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 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

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 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 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 ( 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

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 or visit

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 “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

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

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:, 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 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 (, 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



Third Sunday in Ordinary Time



Day of Penance for the Violations to the Dignity of Human Persons through Abortion



Francis de Sales; Bishop, Doctor, Patron



The Conversion of St. Paul



Timothy and Titus; Bishops



Angela Merici; Virgin



Thomas Aquinas; Priest, Doctor



Parish Celebration of St. John Bosco

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