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December 22, 2013

Fourth Sunday of Advent


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Isaiah 7:10-14; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24. Isaiah recalls the promise God made to Israel and to the royal house of David: a virgin shall conceive and bear a son. Paul, writing to the Romans, sets out on his mission to proclaim the Risen Christ to the Gentiles. Matthew tells how Joseph, espoused to Mary, comes to know that the child she has conceived is the fulfillment of the promise.

 


Domenica 4A Di Avvento

Maria del Vangelo ci mostra cosa è per Lei il Natale: il dono di Gesù. Ecco il Natale per il cristiano: un atto di fede e un impegno per la pace: la disponibilità a compiere la volontà di Dio è vivere la solidarietà verso le persone bisognose di aiuto.

 

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Computer 

The readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent are immediate preparation for the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Christmas. There’s a lot of talking going on in these readings.  The prophet Isaiah talks. King Ahaz talks.  Paul talks. And an angel talks.

The prophet is talking to King Ahaz urging him to put his trust in God and to ask for a sign of God’s cooperation.  But King Ahaz will not listen but talks hypocritically.  The prophet will have none of it.  He promises the sign of “a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.”

The angel of the Lord talks to Joseph in the Gospel of Matthew about Mary conceiving a child called “Emmanuel” (which means “God-is-with-us”), who will also be called “Jesus.”  There’s only Angel-talk here, no human-talk, for Joseph only speaks in his actions by obedience to God’s Will and God’s Plan.

Paul talks loudly and clearly to the Romans.  With the Romans, we have no excuse for not hearing and heeding his message, for Paul’s talk is delivered in capital letters and in bold-face type: THE GOSPEL ABOUT HIS SON, DESCENDED FROM DAVID ACCORDING TO THE FLESH…THE OBEDIENCE OF FAITH, THE GRACE OF APOSTLESHIP, THE CALL TO BE HOLY.  GRACE AND PEACE FROM GOD OUR FATHER AND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.  When God is with us, “descended in the flesh,” there is Faith, there is Grace, and there is Holiness.  This is Paul-talk for God is with us in the child born of Mary the Virgin and adopted by the righteous dreamer, Joseph.

Please listen to God’s Word, present among us that we celebrate in a special way on The Nativity of the Lord.  Merry Christmas!

Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


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Archived Bulletins: For past bulletins, go here.


Christmas Schedule: Our full Christmas schedule may be found here.

Christmas Novena Service: the Christmas Novena final Christmas Novena Service will be on Monday, December 23 at 5PM in the Church. Come join the Salesian Priests, Brother, and Sisters in their chanted evening prayer.

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.

Warm Clothing/Blankets Needed for the Poor: Help! We need blankets and sleeping bags for the homeless in this icy time. Also men’s clothing: pants, shirts, sweaters, jackets. We ONLY need WARM clothes for people who are sleeping on the streets.

From the Catechism: Why do we seek God? “God has placed in our hearts a longing to seek and find him. St. Augustine says, ‘You have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.’ We call this longing for God Religion.  It is natural for man to seek God. All of our striving for truth and happiness is ultimately a search for the one who supports us absolutely, satisfies us absolutely, and employs us absolutely in his service. A person is not completely himself until he has found God. ‘Anyone who seeks truth seeks God, whether or not he realizes it’ (St. Edith Stein).” (YOUCAT question 3). More: Catechism of the Catholic Church, #26-30.

SSPP Young Adults: Our Young Adult Group (for people in their 20s and 30s) has restarted. They have lots of great events planned. Visit http://www.meetup.com/Saint-Peter-and-Paul-Youth-SF/ to meet others for fun, faith, and service. For more information, email here.

Young Adults Group Kick-Off Event! Mark your calendars! Our new young adult group will get to together with Fr. John for a wine and cheese event in the parish center following the 5PM Mass on Sunday, February 9.


Pious Christmas Legends: 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.


Choose Life! “Each according to his or her possibilities, profession and responsibilities, should feel in themselves an obligation to love and serve life, from its beginning to its natural end. It is, in fact, everyone's duty to welcome human life as a gift to be respected, protected and promoted, even more so when it is fragile and in need of attention and care, either before birth or when it is in its final stages.” –Pope Benedict XVI, “Welcome Life, Before Birth and in its Final Stages,” Angelus Address, February 3, 2008

(The image at far left is an ultrasound taken before birth, when it would be legal to kill this child. The image on the right is the same child after birth, when the same action would be considered murder.)


Speaking of Choosing Life: Mark your Calendars: Save the date! The Walk for Life West Coast, the largest annual gathering of Catholics in San Francisco, which began right here at Saints Peter and Paul, will take place on Saturday, January 25. Last year there were an estimated 55,000 peaceful marchers (and about 12 bishops) giving loving witness to the Culture of Life. This year FIFTEEN Catholic Bishops will be attending! The Walk for Life Mass will be at 9AM at St. Mary’s Cathedral. The  Rally and March will begin at 12:30 at Civic Center Plaza, then proceed down Market Street to the Ferry Building. Come join us! As always, SS. Peter and Paul will have all-night Eucharistic Adoration the night before the Walk. There are youth rallies, conferences, and prayer opporunities surronding the Walk as well. Visit www.walkforlifewc.com for more info. Check out the 2014 introductory video below:


Attention, Past Pupils! The next gathering of the Salesian Past Pupils will be on Sunday, February 2, as we celebrate the Feast of St. John Bosco. The pupils will gather at the 1PM Mass, followed by a get-together in the cafeteria to discuss planning for the 2015 celebration of the bicentennial of Don Bosco’s birth.

Charitable IRA Rollover Extended: For your information, the “Charitable IRA Rollover” (CIR) has been extended till December 31, 2013.  The American Taxpayer Relief Act allows you to make a tax-free gift to Saints Peter and Paul directly from your IRA without having to recognize the distribution as income on your tax return.  There are a few conditions: you’re limited to $100,000 and you have to be 70.5 years old!

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA): 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 Children: Our CCD Classes begin today, Sunday, September 8. Registration forms are in the parish office. “Working together with parents we hope to help the children come to experience God in their own lives and to familiarize them with the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church.” For a calendar and application, go here. Email: ccd@salesiansspp.org


 

School Applications: We are still accepting applications for grades K-8. Please call the school for a tour (415-421-5219).

Sponsor a Student! Are you able to help a student receive a Catholic education? Our school is receiving more request for financial aid than ever before. If you are in a position to help a less fortunate student receive a Catholic education, please call Dr. Lisa Harris at 415-421-5219 or Fr. John Itzaina at 415-421-0809.


Daily Prayer Vigil for Immigration Reform: Monday through Friday, from 5 to 7PM, there will be a prayer vigil for immigration reform at the office of Senator Dianne Feinstein, 1 Post and Market St in San Francisco. For more information, call Lorena Melgarejo at 724-4987.

Don Bosco Bicentennial Pilgrimage: In celebration of 200th anniversary of Don Bosco’s birth, the Salesian Western province is sponsoring a 12-day pilgrimage to Don Bosco’s birthplace and other Salesian holy places. It will be from June 11-22, 2015. All members of the Salesian family are invited to join over two dozen Salesian fathers and brothers on this remarkable journey walking in the footsteps of our Holy Founder. Parishioners are encouraged to attend this spiritual deepening and historical enriching experience. Interested parishioners can contact Faith Journeys (877.732.4845 #100) or Fr. John Itzaina for more details. A monthly savings plan is available through the parish to assist with the lump sum expenses required by the travel agency. Brochures available in the church bookstore.

Traditional Latin Mass Assigned to Star of the Sea Parish: At the request of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite will begin to be celebrated at Star of the Sea Parish, 4420 Geary Boulevard (at 8th Avenue) in San Francisco on each Sunday at 11AM, and on Holy Day as well. For further information please contact the pastor of Star of the Sea, Fr. Mark G. Mazza, at 415-751-0450, ext. 16.


Choose Life! “Marriage needs to be strengthened, not redefined. Cohabitation, divorce, and contraception all erode marriage’s meaning as a public, total, lifelong, and fruitful communion of persons between husband and wife. The latest challenge to marriage, the proposal that sexual difference doesn’t matter, removes the very basis of marriage’s meaning as a one-flesh communion, open to children, making the definition of marriage in law (and thereby culture) open to limitless variation and ultimately meaningless.” –United States Conference of Catholic Bishops “Marriage: Unique for a Reason. One Man, One Woman, For Life.”

Pray for the Defense of Marriage and Supreme Court Justice: The USCCB's bulletin insert asking us to pray for the defense of marriage can be downloaded here.


More Choose Life: “Federal law had been generous in protecting the rights of individuals and institutions to act according to their religious beliefs and moral convictions. But political forces are now injecting themselves into the lives of Catholics and Church organizations, sub-stituting their own secular ideology for the Church’s beliefs.

Some say the Church should leave politics alone and concentrate on teaching the faith and serving the needy. But what if the State says the Church may not follow her teachings, even in her own institutions? What if the State limits the Church’s ability to serve the needy? What if it says a Catholic nurse has no right to her livelihood because she will not help perform abortions? What if the Church cannot act on her teaching that marriage is a union of one man and one woman?” -United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Bulletin Insert on Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty.

USA Today had a very good interview with His Excellency earlier this year.


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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.


Neat Links:

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!

Communion to the Sick & Homebound: Priests or 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.

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.


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!

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.

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, Archie Lotto & Mina Elie, 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, 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, Virgil & 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, Juanita Estrellas, Marco Cuneo, Carol A. Garcia, Loretta, Smitin Mehta, Ann Murphy, Edwin Hickman, Barbara & Susan, Steven Lo Sasso, Ray Craine, Joephine Marie Barasse, John & Frances Capardo, Donna Rosinia, Phillip Kuykendall, Ronald Clifford Miller, Marcheta and Virgil Pletcher, Katushka Fischmann, Catherine Lehman, Elva Guanill, Susie Bruzzone, Lea Barbano, Lars Ullrich, Maria Groppi, Bill Schepani, Saul Ramirez, Diane Smith, Christiana Tran, Carl Zapp, Wing Tim Yu, Vincent Buckley, Ms. Colby, Helen Dudum, Christine Picazo, Joel Rivera, 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

22

Fourth Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)

Monday

23

Late Advent Weekday, John of Kanty; Priest

Tuesday

24

Late Advent Weekday

Wednesday

25

The Nativity of the Lord, Christmas Day

Thursday

26

Stephen; The First Christian Martyr

Friday

27

John; Apostle, Evangelist

Saturday

28

The Holy Innocents; Martyrs

Sunday

29

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, & Joseph

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