Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

February 9, 2014

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Isaiah 58:7-10; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Matthew 5:13-16. In today’s first reading, the prophet Isaiah calls for a fast that benefits the hungry, the afflicted and the homeless. In the second reading, Paul reminds the Corinthians that he came in weakness with a message of Spirit and power. In the Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples that they are the salt of the earth and light of the world; their faith must shine forth.

 


Domenica 5A Del Tempo Ordinario

La cristianità d’oggi rischia di nascondere la luce di Cristo. La non-coscienza della soliderietà, il didinteresse per una’espressione comunitaria della nostra fede, la politica del lavarsi le mani, l’intervento ingenuo in difesa dell’ordine costituito impediscono alle comunità ecclesiali di fare luce. È necessaria una riflessione perchè le strutture non diventino schermo o controtestimonianza della nostra Chiesa.

 

 

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Computer 

This Sunday’s gospel that speaks of being salt and light and letting your light shine before others reminds me of an incident when I was in novitiate in the fall of ’62.  A tail end of a hurricane caused the electricity to go out.  We thought Fr. Attilio Giovannini, our novice master, would give us a night off from his regular hour-long conference.  Instead, he handed out candles and we took notes by candle light.  At one point during the candle-lit conference, while talking about good example, how each of us was supposed to live the Christian life as models for others, Fr. Attilio quoted from Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount: “You are the light of the world.  A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.  Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lamp stand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others.”

It was at that exact moment that all the lights went on! Figure the odds of such a coincidence.  Fr. Attilio and all 70 of the novices laughed out loud…forever it seemed.

I’m not really sure we learned much from the hilarious coincidence of ’62, but we do learn from today’s Gospel that as disciples of Jesus, we are called to let God’s light shine on the world.  We should notice that Jesus was talking to his disciples: it is as a Church that we are to be salt and light, not just an individual speck of light or a grain of salt but all together, like a city on mountain top.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Connor Belizario

Alden Lee and Lyanne Hunyh
Jason Greciano and Amy DeMartini

Robert Franzoia – Joseph Marchetti
George Demartini – Frank Alioto – Todd Alan Craig


Archived Bulletins: For past bulletins, go here.

Young Adults Group Kick-Off Event! Our new young adult group will get to together tonight with Fr. John for a wine and cheese event in the parish center following the 5PM Mass. Visit http://www.meetup.com/Saint-Peter-and-Paul-YAG-SF to meet others for fun, faith, and service. For more information, email here.

Our Lady of Lourdes Rosary: Tuesday is the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. As we do every year, we will recite the rosary to our Blessed Mother at 8:30AM in the Lourdes chapel. All are invited to join us in this expression of gratitude to Our Lady!

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.

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 parish center to discuss planning for the 2015 celebration of the bicentennial of Don Bosco’s birth.

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.

Holy Name Society Ladies Night: The HNS will celebrate their annual “Ladies Night” on Saturday, February 15.

Don Bosco Study Group: The next meeting of the Don Bosco Study Group will be on Thursday, February 20. The group will be reading the classic work of St. Francis de Sales “Introduction to the Devout Life.” The study group is open to all. You are welcome to attend once or as often as you like.

School Fashion Show: One of the funnest events of the year is the school’s Spring Fashion Show Fundraiser, featuring grades Pre-K through 8 (and sometimes including teachers and the Salesian Sisters!). The year’s show is on Saturday, February 22. Please call the school at 421-5219 for tickets or info.


 

Joseph Marchetti: It has been a sad few weeks around the parish. And this past week we lost Joe Marchetti. Joe was an old Saints Peter and Paul boy, who built up the Marchetti Construction Company. Over the decades he did just about everything for the Church. He was an extremely kind, faithful, and hardworking man, a true “shining example” for the younger generation. Our hearts and prayers go out to Joe’s beloved wife Franca, and the entire Marchetti Family. The Services were held at Our Lady of Angels in Burlingame.


Choose Life! “The pro-life movement is about more than saving the life of the baby, although that already is a very great thing and enough to justify all that we do on behalf of life. But the movement is also about the mother, and providing her the emotional, spiritual and material support she needs to make a happy and truly human choice – indeed, so that she can truly have a choice at all.

The pro-life movement is about more than saving the life of the baby. It’s about giving that baby all the care, love and nurturing he or she needs to grow up happy and healthy and to achieve his or her total potential in life. It’s about the mother and a whole network of relationships around that baby that the baby needs in such a vulnerable stage of life. It’s especially about connecting that baby to where he or she came from: the mother and the father. My young people: Your elders in the pro-life movement have stayed the course during some very hostile and dark times, and now the pro-life movement is stronger than it ever has been. Now it is your turn. It is this wider picture of the pro-life movement that is now the critical issue of the moment and, yes, I won’t hesitate to say it: It is under attack. Yes, marriage is under attack, but not just recently; this has been going on in our society for a very long time now, actually, for at least as long as the abortion-rights movement has been in existence. And it stands to reason, as both are manifestations of what Pope Francis so often refers to as the “throw away” culture.”– Highlights from Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone’s homily at Jan. 25 Walk for Life West Coast Mass.


 

 

From the Catechism: From the Catechism: What does it mean to say that man was created "in God's image"? “Unlike inanimate objects, plants, and animals, man is a person endowed with a spirit. This characteristic unites him with God more than with his visible fellow creatures.

Man is not a something but rather a someone. Just as we say about God that he is person, so too we say this about man. Man can think beyond his immediate horizon and measure the whole breadth of being; he can even know himself with critical objectivity and work to improve himself; he can perceive others as persons, understand them in their dignity, and love them. Of all the visible creatures, man alone is ‘able to know and love his creator’” (Second Vatican Council, Gaudium et spes [GS] 12, 3). Man is destined to live with him in friendship (Jn 15:15). (YOUCAT question 58)

Why did God make man? “God made everything for man. Man, however, who is "the only creature on earth that God has willed for its own sake" (GS 24, 3), was created in order to be blessed. This happens when he knows, loves, and serves God and lives in gratitude toward his Creator.

Gratitude is love that has been acknowledged. Someone who is grateful turns freely to the giver of the good and enters into a new, deeper relationship with him. God wishes us to acknowledge his love and even now to live our whole life in relation with him. This relationship lasts forever. (YOUCAT question 59) For more information, Catechism of the Catholic Church, nos. 355-358.


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.


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, Fr. Jerry Bonjean, SDB, 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

09

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

10

Scholastica; Virgin

Tuesday

11

Weekday in Ordinary Time, Our Lady of Lourdes

Wednesday

12

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Thursday

13

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Friday

14

Cyril; Monk, and Methodius; Bishop

Saturday

15

Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sunday

16

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your faithful donations of last week:

$4,156.

Weekly donations required to operate the church:  
$6,000.
Shortfall:  
$1,844.

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

 

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