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Nativity of St. John the Baptist
June 24, 2012


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Isaiah 49: 1-6; Acts 13: 22-26; Luke 1:57-66, 80. In today’s first reading, we hear of one who is called, while still in his mother’s womb, to be a special servant of God. In the second reading, Paul speaks of John the Baptist as a herald, calling for repentance at the coming of the Messiah. The Gospel tells of the birth of John the Baptist.

 


 

 

 Natavità di S. Giovanni Battista

“Tra i nati di donna non è nato uno più grande di Giovanni Battista; tuttavia il più piccolo nel Regno dei cieli è più grande di lui.” Così ha detto Gesù parlando del Battista. Eppure egli non è entrato a far parte del Regno. Ci ha condotti fin sulla soglia. La sua grandezza è frutto dello spirito profetico, che l’ha sostenuto nel donnare la vita.

 


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Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. There are few solemnities celebrated, and St. John the Baptist is one of the precious few.

St. John the Baptist has always been a controversial figure from the very beginnings of Christianity. The baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist is a case in point. St. Mark’s gospel, the first to be written, has John baptize Jesus. While it seemingly wasn’t a problem for Mark’s community, it was a problem for the other communities of the three other gospels. Most of the early Church were rather embarrassed by John baptizing Jesus. They reasoned that Jesus wasn’t a sinner and so didn’t need a baptism of repentance. It was more appropriate that John be baptized by Jesus. Matthew’s gospel resolved the difficulty by having John object to baptizing Jesus. Only at the insistence of Jesus does John baptize Jesus. Luke’s gospel is more radical. Luke has Jesus baptized but not by John. The most radical solution is found in John’s gospel where Jesus just isn’t baptized at all. End of being theologically uncomfortable.

John’s gospel treats John the Baptist differently than the other gospels. There seemed to be a distinct tension between John’s followers and the disciples of Jesus. Jesus, not John is the Light. Jesus existed before John and is greater than John. John is not the Messiah, not even worthy to tie Jesus’ sandals. John never worked any miracles. John must decrease and Jesus must increase. John is a voice like Isaiah, who points out Jesus as the Lamb of God. John sees the Spirit descend on Jesus. John states that Jesus baptizes with the Holy Spirit, he only with water. John sees Jesus as “God’s Chosen One.”

But the Church chooses readings from Luke’s Gospel and Luke-Acts that sees John as the bridge between the Old Testament and the New Testament, and not in opposition to Jesus or in religious rivalry. Here, rather, John’s wondrous birth of a barren woman, his circumcision and naming become marvelous examples of God’s action in humanity in close parallel to Jesus’ own birth, circumcision and naming. One must not think that John and Jesus are twin agents of God’s salvation.

There is parallel action in their lives in annunciation, birth, Jewish rites, and manifestation, but Jesus always seems to be at least one step ahead of John.

You do not see all this in today’s gospel reading; rather, the question asked by family and friends can be asked of Jesus: “What, then, will this child be?”

—Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


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Koki Tuala and Rosa Cheung-Wan
George Dalal and Holly Elia
Brock Roland and Carolyn Cannizzaro
Rick & Geri Aguirre (Renewal of Vows)

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

Salesian Summer Day Camp: Salesian Summer Day Camp began June 11 and runs through the first week of August. (M-F from 9AM to 4:30 PM). Before and after camp care is also included. Ages served are 3 1/2 to 9. Activities include: theatre, Cooking, dance, martial arts, arts & crafts, water activities, two field trips a week, special events, carnival, olympics) For more information, contact Joselyn M. Staley at jstaley@salesianclub.org or (415) 397-3067.

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 Saints Peter and Paul: Thursday is the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, our Patrons.Because they are our patrons, we are allowed to celebrate on the closest Sunday, which will be July 1. Peter and Paul, pray for us!

Second Collection: Next week we will have a second collection for Peter’s Pence, supporting the good works of the Holy father all over the worlsd. Please be generous!


Choose Life: “The American experience of personal freedom and civil peace would be inconceivable without a religious grounding and a predominantly Christian inspiration. The reason is simple. What we believe about God shapes what we believe about man. And what we believe about man shapes what we believe about the purpose and proper structure of human society. So it should surprise no one that at the heart of American life is a Christian-informed definition of what it means to be human.”~ Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia, “Some Thoughts on Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,” April 13, 2012.


Fortnight for Freedom: Speaking of “threats to the Church’s public moral witness” the United States Council of Catholic Bishops have 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, are 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.

Religious Freedom Rally: The June 8 "Stand up for Religious Freedom Rally" at the Federal Building was great. At least 700 San Franciscan's stood with other concerend citizens in more than 150 cities around the country in protesting the unconstitutional HHS Mandate. Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, CSSP, of St. Edawrd's parish in Newark related the story of his order's founder, St. Gaspar del Bufalo who was imprisoned for not taking an oath of allegiance to Napolean. St. Gaspar's famous response "I can not, I must not, I will not!" became the rallying cry of the day.

When you hear a Baptist Minister quoting a Catholic saint, you know that is a new day! Here is a photo of some of the speakers from the rally, and more may be found here and 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.

Rosary Rally Planning Meeting: The 2011 Rosary Rally drew 1,500 people to San Francisco’s Civic Center to honor Our Lady. This year’s rally will take place on October 13. There will be a planning meeting on June 22 at St. Mary’s cathedral from 2-4PM for those who would like to help. Please call 614-5580 for more info.

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


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: 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@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, 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, 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

24

Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Monday

25

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Tuesday

26

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Wednesday

27

Cyril of Alexandria; Bishop, Doctor

Thursday

28

Irenaeus; Bishop, Martyr

Friday

29

Peter and Paul; Apostles, Martyrs, Patrons

Saturday

30

The First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church

Sunday

01

Parish Celebration of Saints Peter and Paul; Patrons

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