Saints Peter & Paul Parish
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Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 13, 2012


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Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48; 1 John 4:7-10; John 15:9-17. The reading from Acts reminds us that God offers salvation to all people through faith in Jesus Christ. The second reading teaches that, Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In the Gospel, Jesus teaches that we remain in His love by loving one another as He has loved us.

 


Domenica 6A Di Pasqua

La carità il distintivo del cristiano e I credenti devono essere portatori e dispensatori di amore. Ma quanto? La misura della carità cristiana non ha limita. Ce ne ha dato l’esempio Gesù che ha raggiunto il vertice della dedizione con il sacrificio sulla croce.

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Computer

Last weekend Fr. Tim Ploch, the Provincial of the Salesians of Don Bosco, greeted the people after all the Sunday Masses. He was making his annual official visit to the seven Salesians who reside and work here in Saints Peter and Paul Parish, made up of school, club, and church. He interviewed all of us Salesians, talked with key administrators and anyone who wanted to talk to him. He checked the sacramental registers for any irregularities. (He did find some.) He read all the minutes of the Pastoral and Finance Council meetings, reviewed the Salesian community’s, the school’s and the church’s financials, and checked if the House Chronicle was up-to-date and if all spiritual exercises prescribed by our Constitutions and Regulations are scheduled and attended. He also checked whether the mass intentions were said and accounted for. As pastor and director of the community, if any of these things are not up to snuff, I’m responsible. So, you understand why I was glad to see him go.

No one likes to be grilled or investigated even if the end result is always to be better evangelizers and religious and clearer examples of Christian life. We all like to be complimented, but we all dislike being criticized. Isn’t that the truth!

Fr. Tim’s visitation is really good for both Saints Peter and Paul and for the Salesian Community and for me, even if it put me on edge. In the first reading for this Sunday when Peter entered the Gentile home of Cornelius, he was probably thinking of how he was going to explain this to his Jewish Christians, who considered such entrance to be forbidden by Jewish law. His every move would be subjected to endless evaluation and criticism. Peter’s words were courageous: In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.” His reasoning is rock-solid, for “Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit even as we have?”

Jesus reminds us it is the truth, that is, God’s Word in Jesus, by which we are made holy, consecrated. Sometimes the truth is painful to accept, for it involves a change of heart, an attitude adjustment, and a clearer perspective of whom and what we are.

Thank you, Fr. Tim, for your visit.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Angela Marie Tam – Drea Sweeney
Marco Proietti

Jason Kong & Anita Hu

Gloria Barone


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

Second Collection: Today we will have second collection for Catholic Charities CYO. Please be generous!

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!

Solemnity of the Ascension: The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord is on Thursday, but in our diocese the Ascension is celebrated on the closest Sunday, which will be next Sunday.

Confirmation: Please pray for our Saints Peter and Paul Students who will receive the sacrament of Confirmation next Sunday. May they be open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit always!


Deacon Thien’s Ordination! May 24 is the Feast of Mary Help of Christians. And this year, we have an extra-special gift for Our Blessed Mother! Our good Deacon Thien Nguyen, SDB will soon be FATHER Thien Nguyen, SDB! Deacon Thien will be ordained into the priesthood on Thursday, May 24, at 5PM, by Bishop William Justice. All are invited to this wonderful occasion.


Choose Life: “I strongly urge … Catholics, and all men and women of good will, not to yield to a utilitarian mentality which always leads to the sacrifice of the weakest and most defenseless. I invite you to a common effort so that society can be renewed from the ground up, in order to attain a life of dignity, justice and peace for everyone. For Catholics, this contribution to the common good is also a requirement of that essential dimension of the Gospel which is human promotion and a supreme expression of charity. For this reason, the Church exhorts all her faithful to be good citizens, conscious of their responsibility to be concerned for the good of all, both in their personal lives and throughout society.”–Pope Benedict XVI, Address at Departure Ceremony at International Airport of El Bajío, Mexico (March 26, 2012)


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.

Mother's Club Pancake Breakfast: The Salesian Boys' and Girls' Club Mothers Club will host a pancake breakfast on Sunday June 3 following the 8:45 AM mass. Tickets are 410 for those over 13 and $5 for those under 13. Please call the club at 397-308 for more information.

Salesian Past Pupils Meeting: On June 7, at 7PM, in the rectory basement offices, Salesian past pupils will meet to discuss preparations for the Don Bosco bicentennial celebration in 2015. All past pupils of Saints Peter and Paul Salesian School or other Saleian Schools are invited! Email Gibbons for more information.

Mille Grazie! Many thanks to the Friendly Perez Family Gardening & Hauling Clean-up Service. Juan Perez graciously volunteered to trim the tree and bushes in front of the Parish Center and they look terrific. If you need any garden or general clean-up done around your home, please contact Juan Perez at 650.756.3938 or 650.302.8028. Juan does work for one of our parishioners who will be more than happy to give a reference. Take a look at the outstanding job at the Parish Center and then give him (or us) a call for your gardening needs.


Great video: This year, our beloved Salesian Sisters (properly known as the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians) celebrate the 140th Anniversary of their founding.. There is a new movie coming out about the formation of the daughters, and their founder, St. Mary Mazzarello. It's called, in English, "Main, the House of Happiness." ("Main," pronounced "my-ain", was the nickname of Mary Mozzarello). You can watch the trailer at left


Speaking of great videos, it is May, the Month of Mary! That means it is time for "May Feelings"!



Fine Religious Art at St. Francis! Through October, our friends over at the Shrine of St. Francis will host, The Madonna Collection, 17 famous portraits and a sculpture of the Virgin Mary. The works are from the Porziuncola Museum in Assisi, Italy. The collection will be on display through October 31, 2012.


Chinese Apostolate featured in Catholic San Francisco: This week's CSF has an article about our good Chinese Apostolate! You can read the article in the online digital paper--it is on page 17. Speaking of which, the Apostolate will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary Mass on September 23.

Laura Vicuna Pre-K Accepting Students: Our Laura Vicuna Pre-Kindergarten is the oldest catholic Pre-K in the city of San Francisco. If you have a Pre-K aged child and would like more information, please call 415-296-8549 and ask for the Director, Mrs. Barbara Simons. You may also visit the Pre-K website here.

Saints Peter and Paul Salesian School is currently accepting applications for the 2012-2013 school year (Pre-K through 8th grade). If you are interested in touring our school or enrolling your child for next year, please call the school office 415-421-5219. If you would like more information about our school, please visit our website: www.sspeterpaulsf.org.

It’s a Girl! Maria, our Gabriel Project Mom, had her baby! Melissa was born on March 16, and weighed 6 lbs. 5 oz! Both Mom and baby are doing fine. We will let you know the date of the baby shower. Thanks to all who have already contributed, and of course Maria can still use more help. 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.

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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, 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, 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

13

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Monday

14

Matthias; Apostle

Tuesday

15

Isidore the Worker

Wednesday

16

Easter Weekday

Thursday

17

The Ascension of the Lord

Friday

18

Easter Weekday

Saturday

19

Easter Weekday

Sunday

20

Ascension Sunday

Weekly donations required to operate the church:

$6,000.

Your offerings of last week:

$5,516.

Shortfall withdrawn form savings account:

$484,

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

 

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