Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

October 19, 2014

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time



Isaiah 45: 1, 4-6; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b; Matthew 22:15-21. The prophet Isaiah tells us that God uses even the pagan king, Cyrus, to do his will. Saint Paul gives thanks for the Thessalonians, who live their faith in Christ with total conviction. In the Gospel, Jesus disarms the Pharisees by telling them to give to Caeser what belongs to him but give to God what belongs to God.



Domenico 29A Del Tempo Ordinario

La Chiesa ha sempre insegnato I doveri civici e pregato per I governanti, anche quando l’hanno perseguitata. Ma il culto è dovuto solo al Signore. Ciascuno deve lavorare con coraggio e fiducia per introdurre la fede la speranza e la carità del mondo, così com’è, convinto che il Vangelo è “potenza di Dio e azione dello Spirito Santo.”


From the Pastor's Computer 

On April 15, 1738, the first bottle opener was invented.  On April 15, 1755, Samuel Johnson first published A Dictionary of the English Language.  On April 15, 1850, the city of San Francisco was incorporated.  On April 15, 1928 Alioto’s Restaurant opened on Fishermen’s Wharf.  But April 15 is most noted for being the deadline for paying your Federal Taxes!

What is the saying?  Death and taxes are the only sure things we can count on.  In today’s Gospel Jesus is confronted with a dilemma: “Is it lawful to pay the tax to Caesar or not?”  It’s a tricky question because if Jesus says “yes,” then he would alienate those numerous nationalists opposed to the Roman tax.  If he says “no,” then he would be accused of sedition for advocating opposition to taxes.

Taxes to Caesar refer to the Roman census, which was a tax on agricultural yields and personal property, paid for in Roman coinage, a denarius.  The denarius was minted with the words Tiberius Caesar Divi Augusti Filius Augustus.  It was too much to put on one coin so it was abbreviated: Ti Caesar Divi Aug F Augustus.  For the Jews it was a big problem, besides paying taxes in itself, the coinage established Tiberius Caesar as “divi,” that is divine.

Jesus wins the argument when they produce the denarius from their own pocket.  Then, Jesus caps it off with the clincher: “Repay what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”  God has the priority, for God determines what is Caesar’s.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB

Particular Items



Rest in Peace

Giulia Rose Cugnetti – Gemma Grace Gugliemi

Ernesto Deleon and Katherine McGill

Joseph Maggiora

Archived Bulletins: For past bulletins, go here.

Second Collection: Today we have a second collection for World Mission Sunday. Envelopes are in the pews. Please be generous!

Save the Date!! Pope Francis has declared 2015 The Year of Consecrated Life. On Monday, October 20, there will be special evening prayer at 7:00PM in St. Mary’s Cathedral. The prayer, presided over by Archbishop Cordileone, will open the events of the Year of Consecrated Life. All are invited to this special occasion.

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.

Red Mass this Thursday: On Thursday, we will host the St. Thomas More Society’s annual Red Mass. (The society is an association of Catholics in the legal professions) The Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Cordileone at 5:30PM, and is open to all.

Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club Luxury Raffle Fundraiser: This year’s SBGC luxury raffle is on Saturday, October 25. Please call 415-397-3068 for tickets and information.

Columbus Day Bazaar! Thanks to all who made the Columbus Day Bazaar such a success! Here are couple of photos from Patrick Gee, and you can see more of his work here.


2014 Rosary Rally: And thanks to all who made last Saturday's 4th Annual San Francisco Rosary Rally such a success! Here's a photo by Dennis Callahan, of Catholic San Francisco, of the Eucharistic Procession down Van Ness avenue towards UN Plaza. Wow! You can see more photos here.

For text of the Archbishop's speech, go here. For the Spanish version, go here. For audio of his talk, go here.


And speaking of the Rosary and the Bazaar: Check out this magnificent clip from Mary of Nazareth. Absolutely beautiful. And the actress who plays Mary, Alyssa Jung, visited us at last year's Columbus Day Bazaar! We will be ordering copies of Mary of Nazareth for the bookstore.



Edith Stein: Seeker of Truth: A special day for women! On October 25, from 9am to 4pm the ENDOW women’s educational program of prayer and study of the Archdiocese of San Francisco presents Edith Stein: Seeker of Truth. Edith Stein is a remarkable 20th century saint—a German philosopher turned Catholic convert who became a Carmelite nun, and was eventually martyred in Auschwitz. Cost is $35, includes all-day seminar, study materials, and lunch. To learn more or register, please visit


St. Anthony of Padua to Visit Northern California! From Oct. 26-Nov. 2, St. Anthony will visit Northern California in the form of the very relic that Pope Francis venerated 14 years ago in Argentina. The much loved 13th-century friar was a contemporary of St. Francis and one of the earliest members of the Franciscan order founded by St. Francis in 1209.

The schedule for our diocese:
Sunday, Oct. 26, St. Thomas More Church, San Francisco 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 8 p.m. Masses with veneration.
Oct. 28, St. Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco, 12:10 p.m. and 6 p.m. Masses with veneration.
Oct. 29, St. Dominic, San Francisco, 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Masses with veneration.
Oct. 30, St. Anne of the Sunset, San Francisco, 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. Masses with veneration.
Oct. 31, St. Francis of Assisi, San Francisco, 12:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. Masses with veneration.
Nov. 1, St. Paul of the Shipwreck, San Francisco, 12:30 p.m. Mass with veneration.
Nov. 2, St. Bruno Church, San Bruno, 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. Masses with veneration

Young Adult Retreat: God is calling each and everyone of us to deepen our relationship with him. Before we accept his calling, he actually chose us first. And as we accept it, he has nothing but love and salvation waiting for us. During this 3-day retreat, the daughters of Carmel and Fr. Vito from Contemplative of St. Joseph will guide us to encounter God's love through the outpouring of the Holy spirit - the love that surpasses all understanding and transforms us to a new life in the Holy spirit.’  From October 31 to November 2, 2014 the noted Fr. Vito Perrone of the Contemplatives of St. Joseph and the Daughters of Carmel will conduct the “You alone are my strength” retreat. The retreat will be held at the Ponderosa Lodge in Felton, CA in the peaceful Santa Cruz mountains. Call Tessa at 415-583-4078 for more information, or visit

Archdiocesan Rally & Youth Mass: On All Saints Day, Saturday November 1, St. Anne of the Sunset Church will host a Youth Rally and Youth Mass (celebrated by Bishop Justice) for Catholic teenagers grade 7-12 and their adult chaperones. Events are from 10-4PM. Learn more at Organizers need help for the event. If you’d like to help, please visit the website above or email Ynez Lizarraga at or 415-614-5654.

A Symposium on God, Reason and Reality: On Saturday, November 8, the Dominican School of Philosophy in Berkeley will host Dr. Ed Feser, Fr. Anselm Ramelow, OP and Fr. Michael Dodds, OP, as they discuss God, Reason and Reality. The DSPT is at 2301 Vine Street in Berkeley. Visit for more information, or call 888-450-3778.

Choose Life! “Jesus is the incarnation of the Living God, the one who brings life amid so many deeds of death, amid sin, selfishness and self-absorption. Jesus accepts, loves, uplifts, encourages, forgives, restores the ability to walk, gives back life. Throughout the Gospels we see how Jesus by his words and actions brings the transforming life of God. This was the experience of the woman who anointed the feet of the Lord with ointment: she felt understood, loved, and she responded by a gesture of love: she let herself be touched by God’s mercy, she obtained forgiveness and she started a new life.” –Pope Francis, Homily, June 16, 2013 (Day celebrating The Gospel of Life)

More Choose Life! “The federal court rightly declared that Louisiana’s marriage laws ‘serve a central state interest of linking children to an intact family formed by their biological parents’... The federal court affirmed that the voters of Louisiana who overwhelmingly chose to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman in their state constitution made a rational decision by embracing the definition of marriage ‘that has endured in history for thousands of years, and prevails in a majority of states today.’...Those who are arguing to redefine marriage based upon the desires and interests of adults were presented by this court with obvious questions raised by the logical consequences of their arguments to which they were unable to give an answer, including: ‘Must marriage be limited to only two people?’ Indeed, all who work to promote and defend marriage should be encouraged by this federal court decision.”- Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Chairman USCCB Subcommittee for the promotion and Defense of Marriage, September 4, 2014.

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. For questions or more info, call Andrea at 415-614-5595 or

Young Adults Group: Visit 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

Religious Education CCD 2014-2015. Classes are now in session. We are happy to welcome all new & returning teachers & students. Classes are on Sunday mornings, from 9:45-11:00am. Children receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation must attend the 2 year sacrament preparation classes and meetings. For a calendar and application, go here. Email:


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.

SS. Peter and Paul's Racial Non-Discrimination Policy: “SS Peter & Paul School, mindful of its mission to be witness to the love of Christ for all, admits students of any race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to or made available to students at this school. SS Peter & Paul School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin, age sex, or disability in administration of educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs. Likewise, SS. Peter and Paul School does not unlawfully discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of age, sex, disability, race, color and national and/or ethnic origin.”

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.

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 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 ( 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

Click the arrow to start.


Stress in your Marriage? It’s not unheard of. Retrovaille (pronounced “retrovi”) is a program, Catholic in origin, designed to help married couples rediscover one another and their life together. It has helped thousands of married couples. For more info, call 415-893-1005 or email or visit

Chinese (Cantonese) Marriage Encounter - For more information please call Peter or Gloria Yee at 415-681-4921, or email, or visit our web site

Help the Elderly! Some of our wonderful older parishioners are now in convalescent hospitals. They would love to have visitors! If you would like to be a part of this important and rewarding ministry, or if you know of a person who might like a visit, please call Gibbons at 421-0809, or email to

Holy Name Society: The Holy Name Society is a worldwide organization of Catholic men that was founded more than 700 years ago. Devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, a monthly Society Mass and various good works are the HNS mission. For more information about the HNS, please email to

Holy Land Pilgrimages: Please visit this link to find out about Pilgrimages to the Holy Land. Our friends over at St. Thomas More Church are affiliated with these pilgrimages.

Latin Mass: On every first Sunday of the month at 11:45 the Mass will be celebrated in Latin, with Gregorian Chant. For an English/Latin Mass guide, click here.Tell your friends!

Vatican YouTube Channel: Did you know the Vatican has it's own YouTube Channel, with lots of important video? Neither did I, but they do. Go here. It's updated regularly.

Very cool Vatican resource:, the Congregation for the Clergy at the Holy See has a great new website called "Bibliaclerus." From the homepage: "This program offers Sacred Scripture, its interpretation in light of Sacred Tradition and the teachings of the Magisterium, with appropriate theological commentary and exegesis."

Travelling? Find a Mass anywhere in the world. Visit Masstimes.

Compendium of the Catechism: The Vatican has a great new online resource. It is the "Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church." You can check it out here.

Catholic Search Engine: There is a nice new Catholic search engine out there in cyberspace. It is It has a built in Google search engine, links to top news stories, links to Catholic news agencies, plus lots of liturgical info updated daily. Check it out!

Catholic Radio: Immaculate Heart Radio’s newest station is in the Bay Area! It’s 1260 on your AM dial. Tune in to hear the best of Catholic Radio, or you can listen online by going here.

And Catholic TV! Visit EWTN for just about everything Catholic. Click on the logo at right.


Struggling with Same-Sex Attraction? You are NOT alone and the Church has not abandoned you! Visit the COURAGE website. "COURAGE" is an apostolate of the Church that ministers to those struggling against this particular temptation. They have been endorsed by the Pontifical Council for the Family and our beloved John Paul II said of this ministry, "COURAGE is doing the work of God!"

In the Bay Area, call:

Fr. Mark Taheny (415) 461-0704
Fr. Anselm Ramelow, O.P. (415) 567-7824

Confidential Courage Hotline (650) 450-2286

Struggling with Pornography Addiction? You also are not alone! Pornographic websites are by far the largest segment of the web.

A new Catholic apostolate, the Serenellians (, is trying to help those caught in the grips of pornography addiction. The Serenellians get their name from Alessandro Serenelli, who killed St. Maria Goretti in a fit of lust and later repented.

“If a man so seemingly wicked, decadent and corrupt as Alessandro Serenelli can receive the fullness of conversion and salvation from Almighty God, then so can each and every like soul caught up in the snares of this insidious evil.”

You can visit their website by clicking on the logo to the left, and there is a good story about them on California Catholic Daily.


Catholics for the Common Good:

One of our most effective pro-life & social justice groups is Catholics for the Common Good. To learn more, click on the logo at right.

   Prayer for our Men and Women In Military Service

O Prince of Peace, we humbly ask Your protection for all our men and women in military service. Give them unflinching courage to defend with honor, dignity and devotion the rights of all who are imperiled by injustice and evil. Guard our churches, our homes, our schools, our hospitals, our factories, our buildings and all those within from harm and peril. Protect our land and its peoples from enemies within and without. Grant an early peace with victory founded upon justice. Instill in the hearts and minds of men and women everywhere a firm purpose to live forever in peace and good will toward all. Amen.

Please pray for:

Jean Berres, Sr. Paula Wong, Suzanne, Aibee Mae Cua, Lawrence Render, Elicia Alla Scully, Domenico Federico, Agnes, W. Woo, Don Baylor, Henrietta Heir, Linda Dow, Kathy, Ron Tamm, Cindy Ford, Rodney Corsiglia, Phyllis Libatique, Dan, Diana Pacini, Yvonne, Jason Pimental, Eva Pepin, Annette Ward, Catherine De Luca, Gene, Pina, Ali Mae, Bill Henderson, Brigid Reginato, Mark Carico, Tina, Diane, Jean A. Massey, Peter P. English, Robert Elliot, George Wassmer, Totoy Aquino, Emily Lee, Carlos Galarrita, Jo Fernan, Al Moresi, Eleanor Dito, Lacey Sikora, Enrico, Betsy Goodwill, 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, 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, Vincent Buckley, Ms. Colby, Christine Picazo, Joel Rivera, Meg Magee, Janet & Thomas Luke, Lusida and her Family, Juner Valencia, Kelsea & London, Frank Cresci, Jenevieve, Jennifer Rosko, Irma Cortes, John Cardinale, Maryam (for work), Rosina Alioto, Brad A. Casey, Juanita Estrella, Albert J. Sievers, Betty Baltazar, Tom Berrian, Sr. Erena Vasquez, Tom McEachern, Sean Mase, All the homeless & mentally ill of the neighborhood, & all parishioners in hospitals & nursing homes.

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


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