Saints Peter & Paul Parish
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November 4, 2012

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Deuteronomy 6:2-6; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 12:28b-34. Moses presents the universal obligation to God, neighbor, and self that if followed, would reap abundant promise. Paul tells us that Jesus, by his suffering, death and resurrection brought to fullness the temple of sacrifice. This personal sacrifice, offered once, is for our salvation. Mark instructs us that living in harmony with God requires trust with every fiber of our being.

 


 

 Domenico 31A Del Tempo Ordinario

 

In questa domenica la verifica si sviluppa sul precetto fondamentale: “l’amore, che ci proietta in Dio e che allarga il nostro cuore verso i fratelli.” Dobbiamo riconoscere che abbiamo difficoltà a comprendere che cosa significhi veramente la parola amore che frequentemente usiamo. Dio non ha atteso che diventassimo degni del suo amore ma ci ha amati per primo. Chiediamo che ci renda capaci di vivere il suo massimo commandamento: “amerai.”

 


From the Pastor's Computer 

 

November is time for remembering the dead. But, we forget. Some of us need to be reminded. I know of one parishioner who carries a prayer list, I’m on it, with names of all those living and dead he daily remembers. The Remembrance Envelopes at the back of church are to help you remember.

Sometimes we need to forget and forgive the wrongs committed against us; but mostly, we need to remember that “the Lord our God, the Lord is one.” It is when we remember the important things that the less important are remembered and the unimportant forgotten.

When I was little, a piece of string was wrapped around your finger to remind us something we needed to do; now, we have smartphones and iPads and Google Calendar to manage our lives and remember. The Jews are good at remembering. From earliest time they remember that the Lord is God, the Lord alone and that to be a true Israelite is to keep the Ten Commandments. They did it by an everyday reciting of Dt. 6: 4-9, Dt. 11: 13-21 and Num. 15: 37-41. They strapped these verses in little boxes and prominently displayed them on their foreheads, their wrists, and plastered them into the doorposts and front gates. They sewed tassels into their clothes: “Thus will you remember to keep all my commandments and be holy to your God. I, the LORD, am you God who, as God, brought you out of Egypt that I, the LORD, may be your God.” (Numbers 15: 40-41)

This Sunday we are reminded in the gospel passage that worship of God is accomplished through two love commandments: Love God and love your neighbor. Sometimes we forget one and do the other; sometimes we forget both. Sometimes we even fail to love ourselves.

What is really essential to human life is to remember why we must love God and neighbor. God loves us in Jesus, and in Jesus we have been given the gift of being loved. All hell breaks loose when we forget this.

-Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Brianna Moorbrink
Ava Rose Lapera
Costantino Iaccarino

Anthony Zand and Brigit O’Neill

Deceased Members
of the Young Men’s Institute
William Joseph Pais
Deacon Michael Doherty

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

Baptismal Preparation: The baptismal prep class will meet Tuesday, at 7PM, in the Parish Center.

Legion of Mary: Our Legion of Mary will meet Tuesday, at 5:30 PM, in the rectory basement office.

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS NEEDED – training TUESDAY, 6 NOVEMBER, 7:00 PM in Church: We would like to increase our Eucharistic Minister pool and perhaps even be able to offer the Eucharist under both species – bread and wine – at some Masses. If you are interested in being a part of this Extraordinary Ministry at SS Peter and Paul, please contact Janet Ross by phone 415.955.3263 or 415.204.3514 or e-mail janet.ross@gatx.com. The training session will be held in the Church on TUESDAY, 6 NOVEMBER, at 7:00 PM. We would also like to increase our Lector pool and you can contact Janet Ross if you are interested in being a Lector and that will be an individual training.


Choose Life! “It’s important for our own integrity and the integrity of our country that we stand up today against these and other attacks on our religious freedom. History affords many examples, both before and since America’s founding, where restraints on religious liberty presaged the denial of other human rights. By standing up for religious liberty now, we can begin to renew the soul of America and strengthen our nation’s commitment to all the rights and freedoms we enjoy as children of God. In so doing, we may also discover in our own lives what it means to be fully human.” –Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia “Life Matters: Religious Liberty and the American Soul,” Respect Life Program 2012

More Choose Life! Our new Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone urges a "Yes" vote on Proposition 34:

"Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Together with my fellow Bishops of California, Pope Benedict XVI, Blessed Pope John Paul II and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I write to you today in strong support of Proposition 34 to replace the death penalty in California with a sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole.

As Catholics, this November we have a historic chance to vote “YES on 34” and so better promote the Church’s cherished tradition of restorative justice...."

Read His Excellency's full letter on Prop 34 here.

 


Parish Council: The parish council will meet Thursday, at 7 PM, in the rectory.

Salesian Theater: The Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club presents The Comedy of Errors, William Shakespeare’s silly comedy of mistaken identities and long lost siblings. Fourteen advanced actors, ages 10 to 14, from the Club’s popular theatre program take to the stage on Sat. November 10 (7 pm) and Sun. November 11 (2:30 pm) at Salesian Auditorium. Tickets and info: contact the Club office at 415-397-3068 or visit www.salesianclub.org.


The “Year of Faith” Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, declared 2012-2013 to be the year of faith. This year began on 11 October 2012, on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council, and will conclude on 24 November 2013, the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King.

“The 'door of faith' (Acts14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church."---Pope Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei for the Indiction of the Year of Faith.

To learn more about the Year of Faith, and to find resources that can help us in living our faith, google “USCCB”” + “year of faith” visit the Vatican's English language "Year of Faith" page.

And this is cool! Read the Catechism in a year! The “Year of Faith” also commemorates the 20th Anniversary of the publishing of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict has encouraged us to study and reflect on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Well, here's an easy way to do it! Go to www.flocknote.com/catechism. Enter your email address and - starting October 11, 2012 - you'll start getting a little bit of the Catechism emailed to you every morning. Read that little bit every day and you'll read the whole catechism in a year!


PRE-K! Mark your Calendars! On December 7, our Laura Vicuña Pre-Kindergarten, the oldest Catholic Pre-K in San Francisco, will celebrate it’s 25th Anniversary with a cocktail reception and silent auction in the lower level of our church. Please call 415-296-8549 or email to prek@sspeterpaulsf.org

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA): This year’s RCIA will be held every Thursday at 7:00 PM in the rectory. If you are interested in becoming a Catholic or completing your Sacraments of Initiation of 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) 2012-2013: REGISTRATIONS AVAILABLE NOW * Sts. Peter and Paul’s Religious Education program will run from September 23 through May 19. This program is designed for Kindergarten through 8thgrade students who do not have access to daily religious instruction in school, but all children are welcome. Classes are from 9:45 - 11:00 AM on Sundays, beginning right after the 8:45 AM Mass. Registration forms are available at the back of the church as well as at the Parish Office. Teachers available to do on-site registration in front of church after the 8:45am Catechetical Sunday mass on September 16th. Email: ccd@salesiansspp.org

CAUTION: We had a theft of a lady’s purse last Sunday at the 5:00 PM Mass. She went up for communion and had left her purse in the pew, and a thief stole it. This has happened before, but not lately. Sad to say, there are criminals who target churches in just this way. Please keep your valuables with you when you are at Mass.

Verbum Dei Spirituality Series: The Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity, pontifically approved International Institute of Consecrated Life, is hosting a series of talks on “Sprituality and Vatican II: A time of renewal.” The series takes place every Wednesday night from October 10 to December 5, and begins at 7PM. The location is 3365 19th Street in San Francisco. For more information, call 415-282-3005 or visit www.verbumdeiusa.org and click the link for San Francisco.

SS. Peter and Paul School Alumni Association: The Saints Peter and Paul Past Pupil Association Homecoming will be on January 27, 2013 at the 1PM Mass, followed by reception in the parish hall. Please help us locate our past pupils! Visit our facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/SaintsPeterAndPaulSalesianSchoolAlumniAssociation and share it with your friends!

For more info gibbons@salesianspp.org

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!

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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.sspeterpaulsf.org/church/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 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, 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, Carol A. Garcia, Loretta, Smitin Mehta, Ann Murphy, Edwin Hickman, Barbara & Susan, Steven Lo Sasso, Joephine Marie Barasse, John & Frances Capardo, Donna Rosinia, Phillip Kuykendall, Ronald Clifford Miller, 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

04

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

05

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Tuesday

06

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Wednesday

07

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Thursday

08

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Friday

09

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Saturday

10

Leo the Great; Pope, Doctor

Sunday

11

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your Faithful Donations of Last Week:

$5,042.

Weekly donations required to operate the church:

$6,000.

Shortfall, wirthdrawn from savings:

$858.

Scond Collection (Parish School):

$1,732.

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

 

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