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December 2, 2012

First Sunday of Advent


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Jeremiah 33:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; Luke 21:24-28, 34:36. Jeremiah announces, in the first reading, that the days are coming when the promises of God will be fulfilled. Paul reminds the Thessalonians to be strong in their faith. In the Gospel, Jesus exhorts his listeners to be vigilant in prayer and strength.

 


 Domenica 1A di Avvento

Con la guida di San Luca si riprende il cammino dell-anno liturgico. L’Avvento predispone a mettere ordine nel nostro cuore. Il punto di arrivo è sempre la conversione. Per l’uomo di fede il Natale non è la semplice commemorazione di un avvenimento; è l’annuncio, che Dio viene ogni giorno a prendere posto nella nostro esistenza.

 


From the Pastor's Computer 

 

My father worked all his life as a heavy-duty repairman, a member of the Local 12 Union of Operating Engineers. He went to work to service and repair mammoth asphalt machines with tons of hot material to scorch his arms and hands. He had a thousand stories, and they never grew old. He had a few quotable quotes, like when he didn’t hold the door open for a lady, he remarked, “The age of chivalry is dead!” The one saying that sticks in my mind on this 1st Sunday of Advent is “Remember the good old days? They are old, but they weren’t so good.” He didn’t detest the past, he just loved living in the present. He loved his work and his family and was proud of all of us. He thought that the present time was the best that God had to offer and that the future had even better things to enjoy. He looked for God’s presence in the here and now.

This is one of the important themes of Luke’s Gospel: looking for God right here and right now. This is indicated is the repetition of the word “today.” In the house of Zaccheus Jesus says, “Today salvation has come upon this house.” Luke’s gospel is the Good News for the long haul, for although salvation has come, there is still work to be done. The work of salvation is to be done in the present moment by interpreting the signs of the times.

This is the context of today’s gospel about the coming of the Son of Man. There are clear indications that Jesus’ presence is experienced in cosmic/cataclysmic signs. We look to the courage and faith of the people who pulled together and helped each other after Hurricane Sandy came ashore in New York and New Jersey. The death of a spouse is a heartbreaking and earth-ending experience. As a parish we must support those who have recently lost spouses, who we regard as the “holy ones,” including: Mary Alasia, Al Baccari, Maria Bugatto, Kathleen Delucchi, Frank Franzoia, Angela Germano, Gina Isola, Kelvin Ko, Leorge Lippi, Linda Machi, Victoria Marciano,, Stella Riccio, and Roberta Romani. They were frightened and perplexed when their lives were upset and shaken, but God is present in their lives in a very special way.

Our thoughts and prayers should be present in today’s second reading: “May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we have for you, so as to strengthen your hearts, to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. Amen.”

Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Penelope Dalton – Jackson Gugliemi

None Scheduled

Hamilton Paiva

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

Advent Begins! Today is the First Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the new liturgical year. Some Advent dates to keep in mind: On December 16 our Chinese Apostolate will host their Christmas show. On December 17, the Christmas Novena begins, at 5PM, in the church. Also on December 17, at 7PM, we will have the Advent Penance Service. And our school will host their Christmas show on December 20.

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.

PRE-K Fundraiser: This Friday, 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

Immaculate Conception: Saturday we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation. There will be Masses at 7:30 and 9:00 AM. There will also be a vigil Mass on Friday at 6:00 PM.


Choose Life! “We are recognizing that a culture of life is also a culture of freedom and that a culture of death is a culture of oppression, indeed a dictatorship of relativism. …Through [Mary’s] intercession, may we be given the wisdom, courage and strength we need to employ our God-given liberty to protect life, to strengthen the family and to continue contributing mightily to the common good of society for the good of our nation, for the up-building of the Church and for the salvation of souls.” –Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, homily at “Mass for Life and Liberty,” October 14, 2012


“Jesus of Nazareth” Discussion: On December 12 at 7:30PM the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley will host a panel discussion on the third and final volume in Pope Benedict's international bestselling Jesus of Nazareth series. The Infancy Narratives details the stories of Jesus' infancy and boyhood, and how they are relevant in the modern world. The panel will engage and reflect on this final work as we prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. The event is free and open to all. The panelists will be Thomas Cattoi, PhD, Associate Professor of Christology and Cultures, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, Berkeley; Fr. Bryan Kromholtz, OP, Assistant Professor of Theology, DSPT; and Fr. Anselm Ramelow, OP, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Department Chair of Philosophy, DSPT. For more info, visit www.dspt.edu


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

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!


Christmas Legends: As we prepare for the coming of the Lord, we continue our SS Peter and Paul tradition of pious Christmas legends. The Robin: "A small brown bird was perched on a beam in a stable in Bethlehem watching the people from many lands who had come with gifts for the newborn Child. The little bird could see the great adoration of the people as they knelt before the Babe, and was able to sense that something wonderful had happened. After a time, the visitors departed and the Holy Family settled down to rest; and the little bird prepared to sleep, too. But just as he was dozing off, he noticed that the fire, built to keep the Child warm, was dying out. Quickly he flew down and began fanning the coals with his wings. The fire became brighter until the feathers on the little bird's breast radiated the glow and showed a beautiful red. Although he grew very tired, the small bird stayed by the fire all night, fanning it to keep the blaze bright and the Christ Child warm. Since that night the robin's breast has remained a glowing red, a mark of the unselfish love and devotion shown by that bird in Bethlehem."


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, email 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!

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, Virgil Pletcher, 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

02

First Sunday of Advent

Monday

03

Francis Xavier; Priest

Tuesday

04

John Damascene; Priest, Doctor

Wednesday

05

Advent Weekday

Thursday

06

Nicholas; Bishop

Friday

07

Ambrose; Bishop, Doctor

Saturday

08

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sunday

09

SecondSunday of Advent

Your Faithful Donations of Last Week:

$6,051.

Weekly donations required to operate the church:

$6,000.

Shortfall, withdrawn from savings:

$0.

Second Collection (Parish School)):

$1,651.

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

 

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