Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

December 7, 2014

Second Sunday of Advent


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Isaiah 40: 1-5, 9-11; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-18. Isaiah challenges us to be heralds of the good news and prepare the way of the Lord. In the second reading, Peter reminds us to prepare for the right things and to be at peace, and without spot or blemish. Saint Mark’s Gospel begins today with people going out to hear and be baptized by John the Baptist. He tells them of one mightier than he who is coming.

 


Domenica 2A Di Avvento

Risuona il grido di Giovanni Battista, perché si prepare la strada del Signore. I cuori si convertano per fare giustizia, compiere opera di amore, aprire l’animo alla pietà, per ritornare a Dio con tutto il cuore, con tutta l’anima e con tutte le forze.

 


From the Pastor's Computer 

In a secular world we live in, our identity is made up of two things: education and a job.  But for a whole and complete person, an education and a job are not enough.  We critically need a life of the spirit, an interior life, a spirituality that takes into consideration discernment, spiritual formation, contemplation, and vocation in a family and community of faith.

The Church presents the liturgical seasons for us to discern, form ourselves spiritually, and offer us a way of living a purposeful existence, a call from God to live life in abundance, a spiritual life.

Advent is the season to be soaked in God’s Word and hopefully face the day rooted  in the “glad tidings” of a God who is present and helps us “conduct ourselves in holiness and devotion” waiting for the coming of the Lord.

In the Gospel John the Baptist jolts us mightily with Isaiah’s words of hope that cry out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”  His vocation was to be a voice in the desert.  Our Christian vocation calls all of us to heed his words of repentance and cry out at the top of our voices, “Here comes with power the Lord GOD…”

Only then will our lives be complete, our discernment focused by a spirituality of Christian hope in Jesus who is to come.

–Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest in Peace

None Scheduled

Jeffrey Bettiga and Nicole Binner

 

Burton DeMartini – Carmello Chiarenza – Liliana Crismani
Giovanna Aicardi – Louise Isola
Roger Micheli - Bobbi Smith


Archived Bulletins: For past bulletins, go here.

Advent/Christmas Schedule: For the schedule of Advent and Christmas events, go here.

Second Collection: This week we have a second collection for retired religious. Although Salesians don’t retire, please be generous anyway!

Christmas Concert at Cristo Rey Chapel: On Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 PM the Carmelite Sisters will host the Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bellringers at a Christmas Concert. The chapel is located at 721 Parker Street (right across from St. Ignatius Church) in San Francisco.

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.


Immaculate Conception: Monday is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of our Blessed Mother, a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be at 7:30 & 9:00AM and at 12:15 & 6PM. We also honor Our Lady on Friday on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. And the optional feast for Tuesday is Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, the Indian to whom our Lady appeared at Tepeyac in 1531, leading to the conversion of the new world.


Parishioner 's Crafts on Display at Piccolo Press Gallery: On Saturday December 13, from 2-4Pm the Piccolo Press Gallery at 703 Columbus Avenue, will host an exhibition of leather and canvas designer bags designed and created by our fellow parishioner and former parish council member Liz Diaz. Visit www.piccolo-press.com to learn more. Let's support Liz!

Dancing With The Stars School Fundraiser: On Sunday, December 14 you can have your picture taken with Santa Claus to help underwrite the cost of the school's Dancing with the Stars spring fundraiser. The fun starts at 10AM in the gym, and Santa will be there until 3PM. The kids will be able to decorate a unique frame for their pictures, so this can be a great and memorable gift. Coffee, Milk, and donuts will be served. The cost is $20, and all proceeds help to underwrite the cost of the spring fundraiser. Please call Joselyn at 397-3068 with any questions.

Help feed and join with the Poor at Christmas: We just finished our Thanksgiving Dinner for the poor at which more than 500 people joined together in fellowship and Thanksgiving. You can too! All parishioners are invited to volunteer and eat with our less fortunate neighbors in the auditorium at 2PM on Christmas day. If you'd like to help, email Marc at marcabruno@yahoo.com

Knights of Malta Pilgrimage to Lourdes: Each year Fr. Itzaina is allowed to nominate a seriously ill person who is also a deeply committed practicing Catholic with a strong faith dimension to join the Knights of Malta pilgrimage to Lourdes. If you, or someone you know fits this description, plaese call the parish office at 415-421-0809.


Choose Life! "[W]e are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the ‘culture of death’ and the ‘culture of life’. We find ourselves not only ‘faced with’ but necessarily ‘in the midst of’ this conflict: we are all involved and we all share in it, with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro-life.” — Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, 28


From the Catechism: “When does an authority act legitimately? An authority acts legitimately when it works for the sake of the common good and applies just methods of attaining the goals thereof. The people in a State must be able to rely on the fact that they live under a ‘government of laws’, which has rules that are binding for all. No one is obliged to obey laws that are arbitrary and unjust or that contradict the natural moral order. In that case there is a right, or in some circumstances even the duty, to resist.” YOUCAT, question 326.

 


Mark your Calendars! Walk for Life West Coast: The 11th Annual Walk for Life West Coast, the largest annual gathering of Catholics in the Bay Area, will be on January 24, 2015. Last year 55,000+ and 16 bishops attended! This year’s Walk for Life has a new feature: the Father John Malloy 5K Run For Life. The run, which honors our previous pastor here at SS. Peter and Paul, who also served as the founding chaplain of the Walk, will begin at 7:30 on January 24, in Golden Gate Park. Come Walk (and run) for the littlest among us on the feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron of the Salesians! Learn more at www.walkforlifewc.com

 


St. Patrick's Seminary Discernment Weekend: From January 16-18 St. Patrick's Seminary will host their annual Discernment Weekend for men 21 and older who may be considering a vocation to the priesthood. Flyers are in the church, and all attendees must be sponsored by a priest. For more information or to register, please call Fr. David Schunk, Archdiocesan Vocation Director, or email the Discerment retreat office at discernment.retreat@stpsu.org. "The vocation to ordained ministry is truly a treasure that God places, from the beginning, in the hearts of some men; those whom He has chosen and called to follow Him in this special state of life." -Pope Francis.

The Don Bosco Celebration is Coming! 2015 marks the bicentennial of the birth of St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (the third largest men’s order and the largest women’s order in the Church!) Salesians worldwide will be honoring Don Bosco, and rumor has it that Pope Francis himself will join in. Here at Saints Peter and Paul we will be celebrating on January 30, 31 and February 1. Mark your calendars!

God, Reason and Reality Symposium: Here's an interesting video from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology from their recent symposium on God, Reason and Reality. Some top-level thinkers:

 

 

 


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 PollockA@sfarchdiocese.org

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 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: 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.

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.”


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 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.

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, 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, Ernie Bristol, 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.

 

Liturgical Calendar

Sunday

07

Second Sunday of Advent

Monday

08

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Tuesday

09

Advent Weekday, Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin

Wednesday

10

Advent Weekday

Thursday

11

Advent Weekday, Damasus I; Pope

Friday

12

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Saturday

13

Lucy; Virgin, Martyr

Sunday

14

Third Sunday of Advent; Gaudete (Rejoice!) Sunday

Your faithful donations of last week:

$4,318.

Weekly donations needed to operate the church:  
$6,000.
Shortfall:  
$1,682.
Second Collection (For the Poor):  
$1,947.
Thanksgiving Day Mass:  
$915.

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

 

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