Saints Peter & Paul Parish
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February 23, 2014

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5:38-48.  Today’s first reading from Leviticus and the Gospel from Matthew starkly calls us to the perfection of God in loving and forgiving not just those who already love us, but our enemies as well. This is the wisdom of God that Paul calls the Corinthians to embrace in today’s second reading.

 


Domenica 7A Del Temp Del Ordinario

Nemici non sono solo chi ci odia e ci fa del male; ma anche quanti hanno il torto di pensarla diversamente da noi. Spetta alla carità creare per loro occasioni d’incontro, reinventare l’ospitalità, sfidare l’indifferenza. L’amicizia non solo va data, ma va ricevuta con altrettanto impegno. Non basta amare, bisogna lasciarsi amare se non si vuol rinunziare alla risposta che Dio ci offre nel prossimo.

 

 

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Computer 

It started out as a travel alarm clock, but from its extended use, broke away from its case.  But it still does the job.  It wakes me up in the morning.  Not only that, it has a button that has two functions: it illuminates the dial and gives me five more minutes of sleep.  Its flat bottom allows it to stand up and be seen without a stand or support.  For me it functions correctly, does all the tasks and purposes for which it was manufactured.  The plastic face sometimes falls off when I sweep it off the bed stand when I try to turn off the alarm, but it still works.  It’s “perfect” because it does what it was made to do.

This is the way to understand Jesus’ call to be perfect as your heavenly father is perfect.  It doesn’t mean that your life is without stain or not rough around the edges.  What it means is to always strive to be what God calls you to be, despite our shortcomings.

The readings are really about being perfect in this functional way.  Leviticus, the first reading, calls us to be holy by loving God whole-heartedly and completely by loving our neighbor as ourselves.  We become like God by not bearing hatred in our hearts, not taking revenge, and not harboring resentment.  In trying to like our holy God, we participate in the holiness of God.

Paul tells us that we are temples where the Holy Spirit dwells.  Buildings function as shelter, so we are shelters of God’s presence.  Holy and perfect, indeed.

The Gospel tells us that we’re perfect if we follow Jesus Christ.  Last week, the better, greater, perfect righteousness was to curb our anger towards others, be pure and chaste, and be honest and transparent.  This week Jesus tells us to confront evil with kindness and generosity.  In the end love your enemy the same as your love your family and yourself.  These are ways of being holy as God is holy.

Perfect means being true to our nature as God sees us, as Christ has done before us, just like my alarm clock that keeps waking me up and letting me have another five minutes of snooze.

Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Ethan Lee – Mary Kate Del Campo

Nick Kucera and Lauren Grieco

Norma Parenti – Mary Margaret McDonald


Archived Bulletins: For past bulletins, go here.

Second Collection: Today there will be a second collection for our parish school. Support Catholic education, support Saints Peter and Paul School!

Prayers Needed: Please pray for Fr. Jerry Bonjean, an old North Beach boy, and a former pastor here at Saints Peter and Paul. Fr. Jerry is suffering from cancer and is not doing well. Please remember his family, too, who just suffered the loss of John Bonjean.

Prisoner Needs a Prayer Partner: A man who is incarcerated in Southern California is seeking a prayer partner/correspondent. If anyone is interested in helping this soul in need, please contact the parish office at 415-421-0809, and we will give you his contact information.

Legion of Mary: Our parish Legion of Mary, the Mary, Mother of Light Praesidium will meet this Tuesday (and every Tuesday) at 5:30 PM, in the rectory basement office. Fr. Mario Rosso is the Legion’s chaplain. For more information, contact the parish office at 415-421-0809.

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.

Benefit for North Beach Library: On Thursday, February 27, from 6-8PM, there will be a benefit in support of our new North Beach Library. The event will be held at the Chinese Historical Association of America Museum at 965 Clay Street. For tickets, go here.


 

Choose Life! “Likewise, if we really believe that abortion is an intimate act of violence – and of course, it is – then we can’t aim at anything less than ending abortion. It doesn't matter that some abortions have always occurred, or that some will always occur. If we really believe that abortion kills a developing, unborn human life, then we can never be satisfied with mere ‘reductions’ in the body count.” –Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Why This Work Matters: Human Dignity and the Road Ahead, March 9, 2010.


Mary Margaret McDonald: A young lady very close to the hearts of many in the parish, Mary Margaret McDonald, passed away on February 15. She was 19. By the eyes of the world, Mary Margaret suffered from a number of disabilities, but as a person who knew her well said, she loved life, and that love was communicated to those around her, and elicited love in response. As her mother Sally said “She made everyone’s day better every day. Though Maggie didn’t quite make it to her 20th birthday, she touched more people than those who live five times longer.” Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mary Margaret’s mother Sally, her father Steve, and the entire McDonald family.


 

 

From the Catechism: Why is Jesus the BEST example? Why are all men equal?

“Why is Jesus the greatest example in the world?  Jesus Christ is unique because he shows us not only God's true nature but also the true ideal of man.

Jesus was more than an ideal man. Even seemingly ideal men are sinners. That is why no man can be the measure of humanity. Jesus, however, was without sin. We cannot know what it means to be a man, and what makes man infinitely loveable in the truest sense of the word, except in Jesus Christ, who ‘in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sinning’ (Heb 4:15). Jesus, the Son of God, is the authentic, true man. In him we recognize how God willed man to be.

 In what does the equality of all men consist? All men are equal inasmuch as they have the same origin in the one creative love of God. All men have their Savior in Jesus Christ. All men are destined to find their happiness and their eternal blessedness in God.

Hence all men are brothers and sisters. Christians should practice solidarity not only with other Christians but with everyone and forcefully oppose racist, sexist, and economic divisions in the one human family.” (YOUCAT questions 60-61). Learn more: Catechism of the Catholic Church, nos. 359-361.


Madonna Addolorata di S’Elia Invites You To St. Joseph’s Table: On Wednesday, March 19 at 6:00pm the Madonna Addolorata Society will host the traditional St. Joseph’s Table in the Cafeteria. Open bar, traditional St. Joseph’s Meal, filet of petrale, pasta San Giuseppe, or pasta con pesto, vegetables, green salad, and traditional Sicilian style cookies for dessert. Cost: $30 for Adults, $10 for Children. No charge for children under 10.

Young Adults Group: Visit http://www.meetup.com/Saint-Peter-and-Paul-YAG-SF to meet others for fun, faith, and service. For more information, email here.

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, Meg Magee, 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

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

24

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Tuesday

25

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Wednesday

26

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Thursday

27

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Friday

28

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Saturday

01

Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sunday

02

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your faithful donations of last week:

$4,112.

Weekly donations required to operate the church:  
$6,000.
Shortfall:  
$1,888.

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

 

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