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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 12, 2012


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Leviticus 13: 1-2, 44-46. 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1; Mark 1: 40-45. Today’s first reading spells out the communal rules that relate to those who suffer from leprosy. In the second reading, the faithful are reminded that they must do everything for the glory of God. Jesus, in the Gospel, demonstrates His great compassion for a leper who comes to Him for a cure. He heals the man.

 


Domenico 6A Del Tempo Ordinario

 

Le persone che avviciniamo talora suscitano sospetto e paura, così che si reagisce istintivamente con timore. Abbiamo paura che qualcuno venga a distruggere la nostra quiete. Gesù spezza questo cerchio, invitandoci a continuare la sua opera, combattendo il male e accogliendo le povertà degli altri.

 

 

 


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One of the techniques of Mark’s gospel is “filling in the blanks.” The “fill in the blanks” technique is strikingly seen in the last words of Mark’s gospel: “Then they [the women] went out and fled from the tomb, seized with trembling and bewilderment. They said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” That’s how the gospel ends, without telling the other disciples to go to Galilee where they will experience the Risen Lord. Confronted by this failure of the first disciples to proclaim and witness to the Jesus who is risen, we are called, as second disciples, to “fill in the blanks” and take their places by going back and experiencing Jesus in Galilee where he preached the coming kingdom and cured the sick, like this week’s leper.

The episode of the curing of the leper in today’s gospel contains a few examples of the need for “filling in the blanks.” One simple instance of filling in the blanks is the substitution of “he” and “him” with “Jesus.” Nowhere in the episode is Jesus named. The translation inserts “Jesus” and so fills in the blanks.

In this miracle story, we see that “Jesus” is “moved with pity” and cures the leper. But that is not what Mark says. Mark uses an unpronounceable Greek word, splagchnistheis that means “with his guts in an uproar.” The reader—and the translator—must “fill in the blanks” and provide the motivation of why Jesus guts were rumbling. Some commentators think that this odd word has been substituted for another Greek word, orghestheis, which means Jesus “became angry.” Here too, you have to fill in the blanks of why Jesus is angry.

One more example: our gospel translation says that Jesus “warning him sternly” dismisses the cured leper; but what Jesus really did was snort. “Snorting” is audibly forcing breath through your nostrils, sometimes as a form of contempt. “Warning him sternly” is filling in the blanks. Fortunately or unfortunately, the translators have filled in the blanks for us in these examples.

However, there is one more example where we have to fill in the blanks. The leper, even if Jesus snorted at him “tell no one anything,” went out and “began to publicize the whole matter [and] spread the report abroad.” The vocabulary reflects the early Christian mission to preach, announce, and proclaim (herysso), the standard term for proclaiming the gospel. The content of the gospel is the Word (logos), or as it is translated rather obscurely, “report.” The leper becomes a missionary of the Christian faith and cannot keep silent. Nor can we be silent in front of the gospel embodied in the miracle of the cleansing of the leper.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Jonah A. Paradeza

Barry Vlught & Cristine Norstam
Daniel Moreno & Jukliana Inferrera

Alfredo Perli


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

Archbishop Niederauer's Letter Opposing Obama Administration's HHS Mandate: You can download His Excellency's letter here.


Choose Life! With the Obama administration's attack on the First Amendment, which is only incidentally about the Church's position on contraception, this may be a good time to remind ourselves of the great encyclical Humanae Vitae of Pope Paul VI, which looks more prophetic with each passing year:

Consequences of Artificial Methods

17. Responsible men can become more deeply convinced of the truth of the doctrine laid down by the Church on this issue if they reflect on the consequences of methods and plans for artificial birth control. Let them first consider how easily this course of action could open wide the way for marital infidelity and a general lowering of moral standards. Not much experience is needed to be fully aware of human weakness and to understand that human beings—and especially the young, who are so exposed to temptation—need incentives to keep the moral law, and it is an evil thing to make it easy for them to break that law. Another effect that gives cause for alarm is that a man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium, reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care and affection.


Farewell to Father Jack: Thanks to all who came to the wake and funeral of Fr. Salvatore Giacomini, Salesian of Don Bosco. The outpouring of love and gratitude to Fr. Jack was a blessing to the whole parish. Thanks also to His Excellency Bishop William Justice for concelebrating at Fr. Jack’s funeral mass. Fr. Jack, pray for us!

If you would like to download a photograpic collage of Fr. Jack (7 MB), you can do so here.


Coat Drive for the Poor! This weekend and next we are having a WARM coat drive for those on the street in our neighborhood. There will be barrels by the entrances to the church.

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!

The Sons of Italy: will be having its annual Polenta and Sausage Dinner with all the trimmings on Friday, February 17 in the gym. Cocktails begin at 6:30 with dinner at 7 pm. The price is $20 per person. For reservations please call Linda at 415-742-4160 or Maria at 650-574-5786. Thank you for your support, and see you there!

“40 Days for Life” Kickoff: The 2012 40 Days for Life prayer vigil will kickoff on Tuesday, February 21 at 6PM at St. Paul’s Church at 221 Valley Street, in San Francisco. Mass will be celebrated, followed by a pilgrimage and vigil at the Planned Parenthood Shasta Diablo abortion business at 1650 Valencia Street. The 40 Days vigil begins on Ash Wednesday, and the hope is to have at least one person there in prayer every day of Lent from 7AM to 8PM. For more information, visit www.40daysforlife.com. Our good Archbishop George Niederauer has called abortion businesses "the Golgotha of our times."

School Fashion Show Fundraiser: Our Saints. Peter and Paul School will host their third annual fashion show on Saturday, February 25, from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM. This year’s theme is“Caribbean Sea Breeze.” Tickets: Adults $35, Seniors (65 and over) $25, Children 12 and under $20 For tickets or more information, please call the school office (415) 421-5219

Restorative Justice Minister’s Training: On February 25, Comunidad San Dismas is conducting their annual Restorative Justice training for new volunteer 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.

Don Bosco Study Group: In anticipation of the bicentenary of Don Bosco’s birth (1815-2015), the next meeting of the Don Bosco Study group will be on the evening of May 10, in the parish center. The study group uses Fr. Arthur Lenti’s “Don Bosco: History and Spirit” as the primary source for study and discussion. 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. Contact Frank Lavin with questions.


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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, Dorothy Connelly, 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

12

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

13

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Tuesday

14

Cyril; Monk, and Methodius; Bishop

Wednesday

15

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Thursday

16

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Friday

17

Seven Founders of the Servite Order

Saturday

18

Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sunday

19

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your sacrificial offerings:

Weekly donations required to operate the church:

$6,000.

Your offerings of last week:

$4,829.

Shortfall Withdrawn from Our savings Account:

$1,171.

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

 

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