Saints Peter & Paul Parish
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December 23, 2012

Fourth Sunday of Advent


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Micah 5:1-4a; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45. The prophet Micah declares that a new leader for Israel will come from Bethlehem and will rule in the name of the Lord. In the Gospel, Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, names Mary the Mother of the Lord. In Hebrews we hear that Jesus, by his obedience to God the Father, is the one sacrifice of the New Covenant that sanctifies us.

 


Domenica 4A di Avvento

 

Si fa più intensa la preghiera della Chiesa e nostra che ci associa a Maria madre del Signore e della Chiesa. Con Lei attende il grande evento: Cristo si fa uomo e rende visibile il Dio invisibile, rinvigorisce la nostra fede, rinsalda la sperenza e rinforza il nostro impegno per rendere l’esistenza “vita buona di Vangelo.”

 


From the Pastor's Computer 

 

I’m much stressed out by life in general and Advent and Christmas preparations, like the rest of you. I thought I would share with you some insights of other people on this Sunday’s gospel of the visitation of Mary to Elizabeth.

The Christmas story announces the end of a period of waiting. “God is beginning to do a new and wonderful thing. The Son of God is coming into the world, breaking into and putting an end to the ordinary.” (New Interpreter’s Bible, Vol. IX, p. 43) That’s an interesting way of putting it: Christmas is “putting an end to the ordinary.” Nothing is the same. You can see the baby kicking in the womb, leaping for joy!

“The joy of Mary and Elizabeth is the joy of all who look forward with wonder and thankfulness to the birth of a child. The joining of the wonder with God’s saving work invites us to consider how the experience of expectancy teaches us the ways of God’s gracious work in human experience. Joy is peaked by waiting. Love is disclosed in tenderness and promise. Every birth, therefore, can be a sign of salvation, of finding favor, of being blessed, of living with promise, and of realizing its fulfillment. The experience of Israel and of Jesus are [sic] but extensions of these same realities.” (NIB, Vol. IX, p. 56)

“In Mary and Elizabeth’s time together and in our own similar ‘visitation,’ the Spirit of God is present in the healing, comfort, and support we can extend to one another in such moments. In the stirring of the infant in Elizabeth’s womb, God calls to humanity in every time and place: I am with you every step of the way. I am with you in every storm. I am with you when the night seems unending. In Mary’s Child, the inexplicable love of God becomes real to us; the peace and justice of God become possible.” (Jay Cormier, Waiting in Joyful Hope, p. 55)

May your Christmas be surely “an end to the ordinary,” where “love is disclosed in tenderness and promise,” and the “inexplicable love of God becomes [again] real for us.”

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


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Cody Corcuchia

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Isabel Crivello

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

Christmas Schedule: For the full Christmas schedule, go here.

Great Christmas Video: Here's a wonderful video of Miss Erin Coy's class helping to get out our Christmas mailing. Check it out!!

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.


Choose Life! “Dear friends, may no adversity paralyze you. Be afraid neither of the world, nor of the future, nor of your weakness. The Lord has allowed you to live in this moment of history so that, by your faith, his name will continue to resound throughout the world.” ~Pope Benedict XVI, “Prayer Vigil with Young People,” August 2011


More Choose Life: Walk for Life West Coast: Join fellow Catholics and Pro-Lifers from all over California and beyond as we stand up for the littlest among us at the 9th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on January 26, 2013. The pre-walk rally begins at 12:30PM in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, and the Walk for Life, down the city’s Market Street, begins at 1:30. Last year’s Walk drew 40,000 people and eight Catholic bishops! This year 14 Bishops are expected, including the Papal Nuncio, the Holy Father's Ambassador to the United States! Special guests include actress and model Jennifer O’Neill, and mother Lacey Buchanan, whose youtube video about her blind son touched the hearts of 11 million people worldwide. You can watch the latest Walk for Life West Coast video at the left.

For a complete information about the Walk, visit www.walkforlifewc.com


Memorial Poinsettias: In a SS. Peter and Paul Christmas tradition, there will be people offering memorial poinsettias for sale after all the Masses this weekend. You can remember a loved one and beautify the Church at the same time!

 

Speaking of Poinsettias: “It was Christmas Eve. A poor little Mexican boy named Pablo was too ashamed to join friends and family in church because he had no gift for the Christ Child. He decided to kneel and pray. To his amazement, a beautiful plant grew in the spot where he had knelt. Its flaming red leaves arranged like a star and its yellow blossom like a shining light were God's gift for the little boy to present to Jesus.”


Jesus of Nazareth Discussion: We had notified you of an interesting discussion at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology about the Holy Father's new book "Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives." As would be expected from ther DSPT it is on a very high intellectual level. You can watch it below. Following Fr. Michael Sweeney's introductions, the panel begins about seven minutes into the video. You can watch it below:

 

 


Thanks Saints Peter and Paul CCD! This year, for "Operation Christmas Child" our parish CCD collected and delivered 27 shoeboxes to the collection site, in time for delivery throughout the world!

 


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, visit our "Year of faith" page. You may also 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!

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


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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, 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, 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, Marcheta and Virgil Pletcher, Katushka Fischmann, Ceci, Anna Nguyen, LoAnne Huynh, Catherine Lehman,Virginia Pettic, Elba Guanill, 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

23

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Monday

24

Late Advent Weekday, the Vigil of Christmas

Tuesday

25

The Nativity of the Lord, Christmas Day

Wednesday

26

Stephen; The First Martyr

Thursday

27

John; Apostle, Evangelist

Friday

28

The Holy Innocents; Martyrs

Saturday

29

Fifth Day Within the Octave of Christmas; Thomas Becket; Bishop, Martyr

Sunday

30

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

Your Faithful Donations of Last Week:

$3,851.

Weekly donations required to operate the church:

$6,000.

Shortfall, withdrawn from savings:

$2,249.

Second Collection (Archdiocesan Appeal):

$1,613.

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

 

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