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The Ascension of the Lord
May 20, 2012


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Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:17-23 or Ephesians 4:1-13 0r 41-7, 11-13; Mark 16:15-20. Today’s first reading tells of the Ascension of Jesus and the sending of the Holy Spirit. In the Gospel, Jesus commissions the Apostles to share the good news with all people and to baptize them. Paul’s prayer, in the second reading, asks for wisdom and insight, that we may know the Lord clearly, and, thus, have hope in Him.

 

 


Ascensione del Signore

 

La pienezza della gloeria e la mediazione per I fratelli sono la conclusione della vicenda di Gesù. Il Signore promette ai discepoli la sua continua presenza, per incoraggiarli ad intraprendere l’avventura della Evangelizzazione del mondo che la Chiesa continua con fede sempre viva.

 

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Computer

One Sunday I was trying to take care of a church parking lot disaster, when a parishioner asked me whether those who commit suicide go to heaven. At the time I couldn’t give her an answer, but I’ve been thinking about it, because suicide has taken center stage these days with the apparent suicides of NFL players: Junior Seau, Dave Duerson, Ray Easterling and Andre Waters. Recently I blessed a man who hung himself in Russian Hill garage. Two weeks ago a homeless man shot himself in front of Mission Dolores. Recently the Chronicle had the story of Wayne Shannon, that quirky former TV commentator, who apparently committed suicide. It is not an uncommon occurrence, either in our society or in the Catholic Community.

Let’s go back to the question about the chances of one who takes his/her life of sneaking into heaven. Catholics believe that mortal sin keeps you out of heaven. To commit mortal sin three conditions must absolutely be present: (1) there must be grave matter; (2) there must be full knowledge; and (3) there must be deliberate consent.

There’s no doubt that suicide is grave matter, but having full knowledge and willful consent is quite another thing. There must be full, conscious knowledge to make suicide grievously sinful. How can we be certain that anyone who takes one’s life knows clearly what’s happening or its consequences? Deliberate consent is an even more difficult question to resolve. The word, “deliberate” means to carefully think out what one does in an unhurried manner. Let us mention specific mitigating factors like depression, deep-seated anger or anxiety disorders; or some prescription drugs used for depression, sleeping disorders, and psychiatric treatment. Sheer stupidity and mindless impulsiveness cannot be ruled out either.

The readings for the Ascension all speak of Jesus’ going to heaven. There we hope to follow, as we wonder about and pray for those who do stupid and mindless things to themselves. Still, heaven has to wait, for the readings speak of what we are to do before we go to heaven. In the Acts of the Apostles after Jesus has been lifted up and the clouds took him from their sight, the disciples are reminded to get busy doing the work of Jesus: “Why are you standing around looking up into the sky?” The second reading from Ephesians talks purposively about being called to live the Christian life in humility, with gentleness and patience, and with great love. All must be centered on Jesus Christ. Mark’s gospel calls us to go out and proclaim the gospel to everyone after Jesus was taken up into heaven.

Probably, we should spend less time imaging what heaven is like and who is going to be there and pay close attention in doing God’s Will, becoming more like Christ, and spreading the Good News by word and deed. How we get to heaven will ultimately depend on God’s loving mercy.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Parker Eloise Cane – Emily Gomez

Jeffery McLaughlin and Karen Hodel

Pauline Cresci


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

Bay to Breakers: This Sunday is the Bay to Breakers race, so travel in the city is difficult.Information is here:

Road closures

Public Transit

San Domenico di Augusta: We will honor San Domenico at today’s 11:45 AM Italian Mass. San Domenico, pray for us!

Second Collection: This weekend we will have a second collection for the Catholic Communications Campaign.

Confirmation: Please pray for our Saints Peter and Paul Students who will receive the sacrament of Confirmation today at St. Mary’s Cathedral. May they be open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit always!

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!

May Crowning: On Thursday we will honor our Blessed Mother with a May Crowning at the 9:00 AM Mass.


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: “Man is a being who bears within his heart a thirst for the infinite, a thirst for truth – a truth which is not partial but capable of explaining life’s meaning – since he was created in the image and likeness of God. The grateful recognition that life is an inestimable gift, then, leads to the discovery of one’s own profound dignity and the inviolability of every single person. Hence the first step in education is learning to recognize the Creator’s image in man, and consequently learning to have a profound respect for every human being and helping others to live a life consonant with this supreme dignity.” –Pope Benedict XVI, Message for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace: “Educating Young People in Justice and Peace,” January 1, 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.

Stand Up For Religious Freedom Rally: The next Stand Up For Religious Freedom Rally , protesting the Obama Administration’s HHS Mandate, will be on Friday June 8 at 12 noon, at San Francisco’s Federal Building Plaza, 90 7th Street. Speakers will include Vicki Evans, Respect Life Coordinator of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, Pastor of St. Edward’s Church in Newark, and Eva Muntean co-founder of the Walk for Life West Coast. The HHS Mandate is already having a chilling effect: last week Franciscan University dropped its student health plan rather than offer contraception and abortion-causing drugs to its students. Email Gibbons for more info.

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

20

The Ascension of the Lord

Monday

21

Christopher Magallanes; Priest, and Companions; Martyrs

Tuesday

22

Rita of Cascia; Religious

Wednesday

23

Easter Weekday

Thursday

24

Mary Help of Christians

Friday

25

Bede the Venerable; Priest, Doctor, Gregory VII; Pope, Mary Magdalena de'Pazzi; Virgin

Saturday

26

Philip Neri; Priest

Sunday

27

Pentecost Sunday

Weekly donations required to operate the church:

$6,000.

Your offerings of last week:

$4,464.

Shortfall withdrawn form savings account:

$1,536.

Second Collection (Catholic Charities):

$3,792.

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

 

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