Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

April 27, 2014

Second Sunday of Easter
Sunday of the Divine Mercy


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Acts 2:42-27; Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31. In today’s first reading, we hear how the early Christians in Jerusalem lived and worshiped in common. The reading from Peter affirms: God gave us new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Today’s Gospel tells how the Apostles received the power of the Holy Spirit to forgive sins, and how Thomas' doubt was erased.

 


 

Domenica 2A di Pasqua
O Della Divina Misericordia

Con fede e amore, eleviamo sentimenti e parole di ringraziamento al Padre per la risurrezione di Gesù, presente in mezzo a noi. Egli ci dona la pace e il perdono dei peccati, frutto della divina misericordia e del dono dello Spirito Santo.


From the Pastor's Computer 

A magazine calls them “the odd couple” and so they are; but they are now St. John the XXIII and St. John Paul II.  St. John XXIII called Vatican II to proclaim the Gospel in modern language and to redefine the Church as pilgrims with all humanity.  He called this process “aggiornamento,” Italian for “updating.”

We all know St. John Paul II.  “He was the liberator, inspirer of a revolution that unfolded on that day without a window being broken.” (This quote is from Commonweal, John Wilkins, “The Odd Couple.”)  John Paul II spoke of continuity with the past and distained what he called “discontinuity.”  Today’s second reading from 1st Peter says this “continuity” is a “blessing” of great mercy by the resurrection of Jesus Christ of an “inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading…safeguarded through faith.”

Both saintly popes are canonized today in Rome and both call us to confront the modern age with courage, mercy, compassion, and with conviction that the risen Christ changes everything.

On that day after the Resurrection Jesus stood in the midst of his disciples and told them not to be afraid.  Armed with the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them; and whose sins you retain are retained.”  We usually think that this refers to penance or confession, but it does not.  It’s actually a commission to baptize.  When we are baptized, our sins are taken away; if one does not accept baptism, you remain in the sin of unbelief.

St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II courageously proclaimed the death and resurrection of Jesus to all who would hear.  We should continue their legacy as “pilgrims with all humanity” spreading the Good News of God’s Divine Mercy.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Liam Madden – Liliana Marie Matire

None Scheduled

Ron Martinez – Chin San Yu


Archived Bulletins: For past bulletins, go here.

Second Collection: Today we will have a second collection for the Black & Indian Home Missions. Please be generous!

Canonizations! Today in Rome, Pope Francis will canonize two of his predecessors: Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. Saints John and JohnPaul, pray for us!

 

IMPORTANT Schedule Change: This week, the church will close at 2PM Monday through Friday.

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.

First Holy Communion: This Saturday, students from Saints peter and Paul will celebrate their first Holy Communion. We pray for them, as they experience this incomprehensible sacrament, the “source and summit of the Christian life,” reception of the Body and Blood of God for the very first time.

Santa Gemma: We will celebrate the Feast of our dear Santa Gemma Galgani, beloved of the Lucchesi, and all Italians, next Sunday, May 4, at the 11:45AM Italian Mass. Mass will be followed by a luncheon of the Associazione Lucchei Nel Mondo and the Society di Santa Gemma at the Italian Athletic Club. For more information, call 585-0961.

Congratulations! to Nikki Heim, a member of Saints Peter and Paul School and our Eighth Grade Confirmation Class. Nikki won an Honorable Mention in this year’s Archdiocesan Respect Life Essay contest. Awards will be presented on Sunday, May 11 at St. Mary’s Cathedral by Bishop Ignatius Wang. Congratulations, Nikki!

Some parish photos: Here are two photos from the Easter Vigil--Fr. John lighting the Paschal Candle, and members of this year's RCIA receiveing the Sacrament of Confirmation.

 

 

And on April 25 the Rocky Mountain High School Choir, from Meridian, Idaho performed in the church. They took a picture with our own 98 year-old Fr. Paul Maniscalco. Doesn't he (and they) look happy?

 


From the Catechism: Can the Church really forgive sins? “Yes. Jesus not only forgave sins himself, he also conferred on the Church the mission and the power to free men from their sins.

Through the ministry of the priest, the penitent receives God's forgiveness, and his guilt is wiped away as completely as if it had never existed. A priest can do this only because Jesus allows him to participate in his own divine power to forgive sins." YOUCAT question 150. For more information, Catechism of the Catholic Church section (981-987).

Left: Pope Francis having his sins forgiven.


Archbishop's Annual Appeal: Archbishop’s Annual Appeal: Thank you to the 105 parishioners who have pledged and donated a total of $31,213 to the 2014 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. That’s an average donation of $297. Please take an AAA envelope, which can be found in the pews or at the back of the church to make your pledge for this year’s AAA. We still must raise $32,287. Join your fellow parishioners in supporting the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. We made our goal last year, let’s do it again! Here is an informative video about the AAA:

 

 


New Archdiocesan Young Adult Ministry: the Archdiocese of San Francisco has opened an office of Young Adult Ministry to reach out to those of us who are 18-40 years of age. The Ministry, led by  adults in their 20s and 30s, will be conducting listening sessions at parishes around the Archdiocese between Easter and Memorial Day. Young adults are invited to attend and share ideas, suggestions and feedback in order to help determine the direction of the new ministry. The San Francisco session will be at Notre Dame des Victoires, 566 Bush St., on April 27, from 6:30 to 8:00PM (following the 5:30PM Mass. For questions or more info, call Andrea at 415-614-5595 or PollockA@sfarchdiocese.org


New pro-family movie in SF for one night only! The film is called "Irreplaceable," and it will be showing at the Century Theater on Market Street on May 6 at 7:30 PM. This is a test release it will be showing for one night only. Tickets can be purchased here. It sure looks good and timely from the trailer:

 

 

 


St. Paul Street Evangelization is seeking interested Catholics who would like to share their Catholic faith on the streets of San Francisco, sharing the beauty and richness of Catholic truth, in a loving, non-confrontational manner. We offer free rosaries, prayer cards, medals, CD’s and leaflets, and invite people to consider the Catholic Church. We answer questions, and plant seeds so that the Holy Spirit can convert hearts. It's a heartwarming, and rewarding way to use your spiritual gifts to help others in need. Go to www.streetevangelization.com. You may also contact Matt (SF Chapter Coordinator) at: evangelize_sf@yahoo.com

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.


Choose Life! “What people are for is, we believe, like guided missiles, to home in on God, God who is the one truth it is infinitely worth knowing, the possession of which you could never get tired of, like the water which if you have you can never thirst again, because your thirst is slaked forever and always. It’s this potentiality, this incredible possibility, of the knowledge of God of such a kind as even to be sharing in his nature, which Christianity holds out to people; and because of this potentiality every life, right up to the last, must be treated as precious.” –Elizabeth Anscombe, Contraception and Chastity, USCCB Word of Life.


Pre-K Has Openings for Fall: The Laura Vicuna Pre-Kindergarten of Ss. Peter and Paul School is accepting applications for the fall semester. Please email prek@sspeterpaulsf.org or call 415-296-8549 for more information.

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, Virginia Dunwell, Jean Patanè, Maria Groppi, Dee Massa, Chris Denny, Jerry Bini, Jr., 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, Janet & Thomas Luke, Lusida and her Family, Juner Valencia, Frank Cresci, Jenevieve, Lorenzo Petroni, Jennifer Rosko, 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

27

Second Sunday of Easter, Sunday of the Divine Mercy

Monday

28

Easter Weekday

Tuesday

29

Easter Weekday

Wednesday

30

Easter Weekday

Thursday

01

Easter Weekday, St. Joseph the Worker

Friday

02

Athanasius; Bishop, Doctor

Saturday

03

Philip and James; Apostles

Sunday

04

Third Sunday of Easter

Your faithful donations of April 13:

$5,951.

Weekly donations required to operate the church:  
$6,000.
Shortfall:  
$49.

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

 

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