Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

January 27, 2013

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time


Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10; 1 Corinthians 12:12-30 or 12:12-14, 27; Luke 1:1-14, 4:14-21. Ezra and Nehemiah proclaim the Law before the people. Paul shares with the Corinthians the metaphor of the body to describe how each one of them is an essential and indispensable part of the Body of Christ. In the Gospel, Jesus reads from the prophet Isaiah about the promised Messiah. Jesus says that the passage has been fulfilled.


Domenica 3A Del Tempo Ordinario


Anche oggi risuona la Parola che salva! Gesù, il verbo fatto carne, ripropone il suo messaggio perchè ogni uomo abbia con la speranza, la salvezza e nella comunità dei discepoli sostenga chi si mette in ascolto per conoscere Dio ed il suo messaggio e lo concretizzi in amore verso i fratelli.



From the Pastor's Computer 


“Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and ministers of the word have handed them down to us, I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you…so that you may realize the certainty of the teaching you have received.” Luke 1, 1-4.

With this introduction the evangelist Luke begins his gospel of how God’s promises of salvation to Israel have been fulfilled in Jesus and has been extended to the rest of the world. Relying on “eyewitnesses from the beginning and ministers of the word,” Luke paints a picture of Jesus as a caring shepherd who seeks out the lost and abandoned, the poor and forgotten and brings them “glad tidings,” “liberty,” and “insight” to a people with little hope, not much freedom, and too much blindness.

After the infancy narratives, the baptism of Jesus and the desert temptations, Jesus comes to Nazareth to begin his ministry as God’s prophet of love and hospitality. Much like Erza who reads to the Israelites who have returned to Jerusalem from exile (the first reading), Jesus gives his own town words of hope based on Isaiah 61 that He has been anointed and sent to spread the Good News, that is, to proclaim liberty to captives, sight to the blind, freedom to the oppressed, and amnesty for all.

The Ezra reading and the gospel reading are also connected by the word, “Today.” In both readings there is immediacy that God is presently active among his people. Today, God is speaking to us that we have to continue to spread the Good News, in and out of church, within our families, in our neighborhoods, at work and at play. Don’t forget the poor, those who lack insight, self-esteem, and those who are captive of their emotions, and slaves to their vices. “Today” is meant for all of us, as Jesus fulfilled the prophetic passage from Isaiah in the synagogue in Nazareth.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB

Particular Items



None Scheduled

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Linda Machi – Eleanor Barbagallo
Eve Cendak - Yin Kwai Wong
George Soracco – Camillo Vitale
Rosa Cademartori

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

If you are reading this before 12:30 PM Saturday, January 26, you still have a chance to attend!

Papal Nuncio to attend Walk for Life West Coast with Message & Blessing from Holy Father!! This year, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Holy Father’s Ambassador to the United States, will be joining fellow Catholics and Pro-Lifers at the 9th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco next Saturday, January 26. His Excellency will be joined by 10 brother bishops. Also, world famous actress, model, and pro-life activist Jennifer O’Neill be joining the Walk. Last year 40,000 attended! The pre-walk rally begins at 12:30PM in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, and the Walk for Life, down Market Street, begins at 1:30. You can watch this year's official Walk for Life promo video at left.

For a complete information about the Walk, visit

Plus: Eucharistic Adoration for Life: As always Saints Peter and Paul will host all night Eucharistic Adoration for life the night before the Walk. If you’d like to schedule some time to be with Jesus, please call Gibbons in the parish office: 421-0809.

Second Collection: Today we will have a special collection for St. Patrick’s Seminary, the seminary of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, which serves other dioceses as well. There are 112 seminarians this year! Please be generous in helping to prepare young men to be priests of God!

Pre-K Open House: It’s Today! Our Laura Vicuña Pre-Kindergarten, the oldest Catholic Pre-K in San Francisco, is having open house for prospective families on January 27 from 10AM to 12noon.

SS. Peter and Paul School Alumni Association: It’s Today! The Saints Peter and Paul Past Pupil Association Homecoming will celebrate a special Mass today at 1:00PM, followed by a reception in the parish center. Join us, catch up, and have fun! Here's the Facebook page:!/SaintsPeterAndPaulSalesianSchoolAlumniAssociation Share it with your friends!

Archbishop Cordileone’s Holy Hour for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty: It’s Today! The Holy Hour is at St. Mary’s Cathedral from 2:30 to 3:30 PM.

Saints Peter and Paul School Open House: On Tuesday our Saints Peter and Paul School will host an open house for parents. Open House begins at 6:00 PM.

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.

Feast of St. John Bosco: Thursday is the Feast of St. John Bosco, the Founder of the Salesians! Because he is our founder, we are allowed to celebrate on the closest Sunday, which will be next Sunday, February 3. St. John Bosco, pray for us!

Presentation of the Lord: Saturday we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the temple.

Linda Machi: This past Tuesday we bid a fond farewell to our dear Linda Machi, who went home to the Lord last Friday. As many know, Linda worked for decades in the school cafeteria—in his homily, Fr. Itzaina noted that she was a point of stability for the students as they moved through life.

It was very nice to see the number of college-age students who came back to honor Linda. Thanks to the Salesians who celebrated the Mass, to Charles Corum and Chris Evans who provided such beautiful music, to Randy De Martini and the Mateo boys who served. Our prayers go to Linda’s family and many, many friends. Linda we miss you, but through the grace of God we will meet again!

Left: Linda and Frank, together again!

Job Opening: The Salesian Provincial Office in San Francisco is seeking an experienced computer user knowledgeable in Raiser's Edge and MS Office software programs for a full time position in its development department. Duties include processing of the mail, answering telephones and other clerical functions. Please send resume with compensation requirements to

Tax Time: Under the new “Fiscal Cliff” law, if you are aged at least 70-1/2 you can once again make tax-advantaged gifts to SS Peter and Paul Church from your traditional IRA. But you must make a transfer by January 31 to have it treated as a distribution for 2012:

If you received a distribution of up to $100,000 from your IRA in December 2012, you can transfer it to us and not pay federal income tax on the distribution—as long as you transfer it by January 31, 2013.

Additionally, you can give up to another $100,000 from required distributions you receive from your IRA between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013—as long as you transfer it to us by December 31, 2013.

And finally, if you made an IRA charitable rollover directly to us between January 1, 2012 and November 30, 2012—hoping that it would eventually receive favorable tax treatment—you’re in luck! The rollover might qualify under the new law (see your financial advisor for details).

You can find sample forms that you can use to contact your IRA administrator, here for 2012 and here for 2013.

Cathedral Mass for Couples Celebrating Wedding Anniversaries: On Saturday, February 2, the Most Reverend Salvatore Cordileone will be the Principal Celebrant at a Mass for couples celebrating wedding anniversaries. The Mass will be at 10AM, at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough Street, on San Francisco. All married couples are invited to attend, and a reception follows the ceremony. Registration is required and registration forms are available in the church bookstore.

Speaking of Marriage: Choose Life! “There is also a need to acknowledge and promote the natural structure of marriage as the union of a man and a woman in the face of attempts to make it juridically equivalent to radically different types of union; such attempts actually harm and help to destabilize marriage, obscuring its specific nature and its indispensable role in society.” –Pope Benedict XVI, “Message for the World Day of Peace,” January 1, 2013

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, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council. To find resources that can help us in living our faith, visit our "Year of faith" page, and also the Vatican's English language "Year of Faith" page.

If you would like to suggest an event to help our parish during the Year of Faith, please call the parish office, or email

Here are some Year of Faith events at St. Mary's Cathedral:

Saints and Sacraments in the Year of Faith: In conjunction with the “Year of Faith,” St. Mary’s Cathedral will host a lecture series called “Saints and Sacraments in the Year of Faith” led by Stephen Cordova. The free lectures will be on Sundays, after the 11:00 a.m. Masses, in the Msgr. Bowe Room.

Eucharistic Holy Hour for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty: The US Catholic Bishops are implementing a five-part strategy to address life, marriage and religious liberty concerns. One pillar of the strategy is a monthly Eucharistic holy hour in Cathedrals and parishes. The holy hour for life, marriage and Religious Liberty, led by our new Archbishop, Salvatore Cordileone, will be at St. Mary’s Cathedral, from 2:30-3:30PM, on the last Sunday of each month.

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 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!

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

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:


“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

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 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 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 ( 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

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 or visit

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 “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, or visit our web site

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

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

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:

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:, 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 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 (, 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, Elba Guanill, Susie Bruzzone, All the homeless & mentally ill of the neighborhood, & all parishioners in hospitals & nursing homes.

To have an intention included, please call 421-0809.


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John Bosco; Priest, Founder



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