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Third Sunday in Lent

March 11, 2012


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Exodus 20:1-17 or 20:1-3, 7-8, 12-17; 1 Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25. Today’s first reading presents us with the Ten Commandments, which God gave us through Moses. The second reading proclaims that in Christ crucified we see the power and wisdom of God. The Gospel tells of Christ driving out the merchants from the Temple, and how the Temple of Christ, His body, would be destroyed and be raised in three days.

 


 

 Domenica 3A Di Quaresima

In maniere diverse siamo incline a servire gli idoli: ad esempio il denaro al quale siamo disposti a sacrificare tutto e tutti, persino il dono prezioso della vita. Gesù continua a manifestarci il Dio dall’amore misericordioso, che continua a chiedere l’offerta di noi stessa.

 


From the Pastor's Computer

The gospel for the 3rd Sunday of Lent with the dramatic and rather violent cleansing of the Temple reminds me of how expensive everything is at local airports. Let me explain. Once you get through airport security, prices skyrocket. An $8 latte is not out of the question! Buy a newspaper, a hotdog, or water, you pay double or even more than even North Beach prices.

This is what Jesus confronted in the Temple. Market trade of cattle, sheep, and doves was necessary for Temple sacrifice, but the buying and selling within the Temple itself was not only exorbitant but amounted to extortion. Temple prices could be twenty times higher than before-Temple prices. Temple authorities controlled the quality of sacrificial animals, could reject the animals bought outside the Temple, and could force the people to return to the market sellers and lose their places in line. Airport restaurants, bars, specialty shops, and book/newspaper stores have a distinct advantage. Just try bringing in bottled water or a cup of coffee, anything but a tuna-fish sandwich through security.

The cleansing of the Temple is found in all four gospels. In John, it happens at the beginning of the gospel; the other gospels situate it just before the passion as the tipping point for final Jewish opposition. But there is something added in John’s account. Jesus cleans out the money changers and animal sellers not only because of their extortionist prices, but also to signify the paradigmatic change of all religious practices. Jesus becomes the locus of God’s presence on earth, supplanting the Temple and any other religious institutions, for he was “speaking about the temple of his body.” But the Temple is not only Jesus Himself but Temple becomes the Church and the individual Christian.

Lent, then, becomes a time when we check our priorities for the journey, clean up our lives, and make Jesus the center of our prayer, living, and worship.

Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Aliyana Desforges – Mason Del Rosario

None Scheduled

Roberta Lucchesi – Fr. Laurence Byrne, SDB
Angel Zozaya


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

Archbishop Niederauer's Letter Opposing Obama Administration's HHS Mandate: His Excellency has joined EVERY SINGLE BISHOP in the United States in opposing the HHS Mandate. Read his letter here.

Speaking of the HHS Mandate: Bishop Cordileone to Headline “Stand Up For Religious Freedom” Rally March 23. Join defenders of the Constitution at San Francisco's Federal Building at 12 noon on Friday, March 23, as we support religious liberty and oppose the new HHS Mandate. Speakers include Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, George Wesolek of the Office of Public Policy of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and SSPP parishioner and Walk for Life West Coast co-founder Dolores Meehan. The HHS mandate is not an academic question for us. It means, according to the Congressional Research Service, that “...insurers and employers that do not comply with the contraception coverage rule could face federal fines of $100 per day per employee.” Visit the rally's Facebook page 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!


Lenten Disciplines: Abstinence: Everyone 14 years and older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday. Fast: Everyone over 18, but under 60, is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On these two days, the law of fast allows only one full meal a day, but does not prohibit taking some food during the day, so long as this does not constitute a full meal. Drinking liquids during the day is permitted. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. If in doubt concerning Fast or Abstinence, a priest should be consulted. In the spirit of penance, the faithful should not lightly excuse themselves from this obligation. Mass attendance: During Lent, the Church encourages attendance at daily Mass and reception of the Eucharist. Almsgiving: During Lent, the Church encourages generosity to local, national, and worldwide programs of sharing.

Lenten Opportunities:

Friday Night Mass and Soup Suppers. Every Friday throughout Lent, there will be special Friday Mass in the Church at 6:30 PM, followed by a soup supper in the rectory.

“40 Days for Life” is a PEACEFUL prayer vigil that will takes place at Planned Parenthood Shasta Diablo at 1650 Valencia Street in San Francisco. (Our good Archbishop George Niederauer recently called abortion businesses “the Golgotha of our time”). The hope is to have at least one person there in prayer every day of Lent from 8AM to 8PM. To learn more go to: http://www.40daysforlife.com/sanfrancisco/

Stations of the Cross: We will observe the Stations of the Cross every Friday in Lent at 12:45 PM.


Easter Lilies: In a Ss. Peter and Paul tradition, memorial Easter Lilies will be for sale on the weekends of March 11, 18, and 25. You can decorate the Church for Easter, and remember a loved one at the same time!

St. Joseph’s Table: The Societa di Madonna Addolorata d’Elia will present their annual St. Joseph’s table on Wednesday, March 14, at 6PM, in the cafeteria Ticket are $25 for adults, $10 for children. Reservation forms are in the church, or call 415-421-0809.

It’s a Girl! The baby shower for Maria, our Gabriel Project client, has been postponed. It had been scheduled for March 18, but for medical reasons the doctors have decided to induce labor this weekend. That does not affect Mom’s needs, though! She will still need baby items and monetary donations. Suggested: baby diapers; infant seat Also Babies R Us, Target, and Safeway gift cards. For more info, contact Gibbons at the parish office 415-421-0809. A great opportunity for Lenten almsgiving!

Second Collection: Next week there will be a second collection for Catholic Relief Services, which helps the poorest of the poor in every part of the world.


“The Way of the Cross” Mystery Play: On Friday, March 23 at 8PM, the Mystery Players of Salesian High School will present “The Way of the Cross” a dramatic presentation of the Passion and Death of the Lord. Through the use of special lighting and sound, this moving dramatic meditation promises to be a high point in our Parish Lenten journey. We strongly encourage all our everyone to attend this unique and prayerful presentation. Don’t miss this unforgettable experience!


Organ Recital: On Monday, March 26, 2012 at 7:30 PM, Dr. James Welch will present an organ recital in the Church. The recital commemorates the 25th Anniversary of our Schoenstein organ. It was Dr. Welch who gave the inaugural concert for our organ back in 1987! He currently serves as University Organist and lecturer in music at Santa Clara University, and has performed all over the world. If you would like to support the expenses of the concert, make a check payable to SS. Peter and Paul, and write “Organ Recital” in the note field.


Fr. Pascal Chavez celebrates Funeral Mass for Father Jack! Last week, we received this communication from Fr. Pascal Chavez, the Rector Major of all the Salesians worldwide:

Just a note to tell you that today I have received in the General House the visit of the relatives of Fr Salvatore Giaccomini, Fr Jack.

I have celebrated the Eucharist in memory of him thanking the Lord for the precious gift of his Life, of his Salesian Vocation and his Ministry in the United States, especially in the SUO Province. They were very grateful for this celebration.

Best wishes of a serene and fruitful season of Lent.

With affection, in Don Bosco

Fr Pascual Chavez V., SDB
Rector Major

At left: Fr. Chavez with members of Fr. Jack's family.


Read Across America day: March 2 was "Read Across America day." At left is our good pastor Fr. John Itzaina with members of our fourth grader

 from Left: Gianluca, Bryce, and Jacob (foreground).

 


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.


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.

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.


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.

Chinese (Cantonese) Marriage Encounter - The next Cantonese Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend will be August 10-12. For more information please call Peter or Gloria Yee at 415-681-4921, or email nca.camea@gmail.com, or visit our web site www.camea.org.

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

11

Third Sunday of Lent

Monday

12

Lenten Weekday

Tuesday

13

Lenten Weekday

Wednesday

14

Lenten Weekday

Thursday

15

Lenten Weekday

Friday

16

Lenten Weekday

Saturday

17

Lenten Weekday; St. Patrick, Bishop, co-Patron of San Francisco

Sunday

18

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Your sacrificial offerings:

Weekly donations required to operate the church:

$6,000.

Your offerings of last week:

$5,702.

Shortfall withdrawn from our savings account:

$298.

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

 

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