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July 8, 2012

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Ezekiel 2:2-5; 2 Corinthians 12:7;-10; Mark 6:1-6a. Today’s readings focus on the role of a prophet. Sometimes we pose the question, If Jesus were to walk among us today, would we recognize him? Would we listen to him or would we walk away as did those in his hometown? The answer to that question lies in our openness to hear the truth—whatever its source.

 


 

Domenico 14A Del Tempo Ordinario

Dio è sempre all’opera nel cantiere della storia, ma spesso ne dubitiamo. La “potenza de Signore” si rivela nella debolezza dei tratti umani di Gesù, mediante la testimonianza di un amore che vince l’odio.

 

 


From the Pastor's Computer

 

 

I was looking for one of the parishioner’s homes on Grant Street when I saw a sign, “Talking Dog for Sale.” I asked to see the dog and walked back through the garage to the small backyard where a black Labrador retriever was sitting under a fig tree. “You talk?” “Yep,” the dog replied. “So, what’s your story?” The dog talked of his amazing undercover career with the CIA, eavesdropping in high places (perfect cover, being a dog), going on secret missions, tracking terrorists, as only a Labrador could do. I went back to the dog’s owner and asked the price. “Ten bucks,” he said. “Why so cheap,” I asked. “Because he’s a liar; he never did any of that spy stuff.”

Jesus’ own family and neighbors can’t believe any of the stuff that Jesus did, either. They didn’t accept Jesus’ success as a miracle worker or his power over nature, demons, chronic diseases and even death. Nor do they accept his teaching with authority. “Isn’t he Mary’s son [putting in doubt who his father was]; isn’t he a carpenter” and now he’s teaching us?

They didn’t believe all the stuff of the Prophet Ezekiel, because they were “hard of face and obstinate of heart.” They were rebels and resisted God’s Word. Not much has changed in the years between the Prophet Ezekiel and Jesus!

St. Paul had much the same problem in being accepted. He had to insist on his credentials in the face of “weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints.” His “thorn in the flesh” may have been the truculent Corinthians themselves. They certainly were a thorn in his side.

How sad the power of Ezekiel, or Paul, or Jesus is rendered powerless because their words are not welcome, acknowledged, or accepted. How sad and frightening to think that the saving plan of God could be sidetracked by human obstinacy and disbelief.

We shouldn’t be surprised if we have an occasional door slammed in our faces because of the “stuff” we believe, holding true to Jesus’ message.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Angela Braccini – Graysen Jaimes

Ken Garner & Vanena Martinez
John O’Brien & Kimberly Ashbrook

Maria Passinisi – Maria De Martini


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

San Calogero: Today we will celebrate the Feast of San Calogero, patron of Sciacca, Sicily, at the 11:45 AM Italian Mass. San Calogero, pray for us!

SF Crisis Care: Next weekend, representatives from SF Crisis Care will be in front of the Church. S.F. Crisis Care is a volunteer program in partnership with the Police and Fire Departments. When tragedy strikes, like suicides, heart attacks in the home or fatal accidents, volunteers offer the on-scene practical and emotional support that police and fire officials often can’t. For more info speak with one of the volunteers or visit www.sfcrisiscare.org.

Eucharistic Adoration/Holy Hour: Every Wednesday, we have Holy Hour from 7:00-8:00 PM. Adoration is followed by scripture study, at 8PM, in the rectory. Parking available. Come spend some quiet time with Jesus!

Salesian School Reunion: Save the Date! CLASS OF 1962 STS. PETER & PAUL GRAMMAR SCHOOL 50TH REUNION: Saturday evening, September 22, 2012 at the Italian Athletic Club. For details or if you know of anyone who graduated with us, please contact the parish office or Edie Garaventa Pignati epignati@hotmail.com, Franca Ghiglieri Marchetti bridiana@aol.com, or Maria Zarich Antonini jmantoni@sanbrunocable.com.

Laura Vicuna Pre-K Accepting Students: ONLY TWO SPACES LEFT! 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.


Choose Life! “Blessed Pope John Paul II discussed radical secularism almost two decades ago when he visited Baltimore and stated, “The challenge facing you, dear friends, is to increase people’s awareness of the importance for society of religious freedom; to defend that freedom against those who would take religion out of the public domain and establish secularism as America’s official faith…And it is vitally necessary, for the very survival of the American experience, to transmit to the next generation the precious legacy of religious freedom and the convictions which sustain it.” –Archbishop William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, Address “Let Freedom Ring,” given May 24, 2012.


Fortnight for Freedom: Speaking of “threats to the Church’s public moral witness” the United States Council of Catholic Bishops declared June 21 to July 4 to be a “Fortnight for Freedom” in protest against the attack on religious freedom posted by the HHS mandate. The fourteen days from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day, were dedicated to this “fortnight for freedom”—a great hymn of prayer for our country. Our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. Culminating on Independence Day, this special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action will emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty. Dioceses and parishes around the country have scheduled special events that support a great national campaign of teaching and witness for religious liberty. For more visit www.fortnightforfreedom.org.

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.

Concert to Support the Catholic Church in Russia: On Tuesday, August 7, at 7PM, Marina Omelchenko, the organist at the Most Holy Mother of God Catholic Church in Vladivostok, Russia, will be performing at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The concert is in support of the Mary Mother of God Mission Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that exists to revive the Roman Catholic Church in Eastern Russia. The society currently supports two American priests serving in Eastern Russia.

Chinese Apostolate 40th Anniversary! The Apostolate will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary Mass on September 23. To download a flyer for the event, go here.

Save the Date! The Second Annual Family Rosary Crusade will be held on Saturday, October, 13 at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza. Last year’s event drew 1,500 faithful Catholics, praying the Rosary and honoring our Blessed Mother. Join us!

The North Beach Farmer’s Market is held every Sunday from 10AM to 2PM on Powell between Union and Columbus. The growers are very nice to the Church, and big supporters of our dinners for the poor, so try and patronize them. And of course the produce is fantastic!

 


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


Laura Vicuna Pre-K Accepting Students: ONLY TWO SPACES LEFT! 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.

 


“For Greater Glory” FOR GREATER GLORY is an action epic about the Cristeros War that follows the true life stories of many of those who became martyrs for the faith. This major motion picture, which stars Andy Garcia, Eduardo Verastegui, Eva Longoria, Ruben Blades, and Peter O’Toole opens June 1 in the U.S.

Archbishop Niedereaur gives the movie a thumbs up. The film is a depiction of the uprising against the Mexican government from 1926-1929, when anti-clerical legislation was enforced by the government in an attempt to secularize the country by stamping out the Catholic faith. Church property was seized, all foreign priests expelled, and the monasteries, convents and religious schools closed. In what became the Cristeros War, thousands of Mexican Catholics took up arms in revolt. They were known as the Cristeros and their motto was Viva Cristo Rey!

For more info, visit www.forgreaterglory.com


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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.

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 - 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@salesiansspp.org

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 Catechism: The Vatican has a great new online resource. It is the "Compendium of the Catechism 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, 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, Ben Bugatto, Carol A. Garcia, Dorothy Connelly, Loretta, Smitin Mehta, Ann Murphy, Edwin Hickman, 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

08

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

09

Augustine Zhao Rong; Priest, and Companions, Martyrs

Tuesday

10

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Wednesday

11

Bendict; Abbot

Thursday

12

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Friday

13

St. Henry; Emperor

Saturday

14

Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha; Virgin

Sunday

15

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Weekly donations required to operate the church:

$6,000.

Your offerings of last week:

$4,721.

Shortfall withdrawn from savings account:

$1,279.

Second Collection (Peter's Pence):

$2,156.

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

 

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