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Weekly Bulletin

January 11, 2015

The Baptism of the Lord


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Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 or Isaiah 55:1-11; Acts 10:34-38 or 1 John 5:1-9; Mark 1:7-11. Isaiah prophesies that God will send his servant, the one on whom God’s Spirit will rest. In our reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Peter confirms that God’s Spirit was upon Jesus at his baptism. A voice from heaven declared that Jesus was God’s beloved son, in whom he was well pleased.

 


Battesimo Del Signore

Nell’episodio del Battesimo il Padre dichiara il suo amore per il figlio che si sente sostenuto a compere le scelte più impegnative. Sarà così anche per noi se faremo rivivere la grazia del Battesimo.

 

 


From the Pastor's Computer 

In the early Church we find that the baptism of our Lord became a theological embarrassment.  This Sunday’s gospel is at the root of this uneasiness. Here, in Mark’s gospel,  after John the Baptist explains how unworthy he is to untie the straps of Jesus’ sandals—only a slave would do that—he goes ahead and baptizes Jesus in the Jordan.  For the apostolic church this was scandalous, for John the Baptist baptized to symbolically wash away sins.  Naturally, the Church couldn’t reconcile the sinless Jesus with this symbolic act of washing away sins.  It just didn’t seem appropriate.

The account of the Baptism of the Lord is handled differently in the other three gospels.  Jesus replies, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness (Mt. 3, 15).”  Luke seems to be disingenuous.  Jesus is baptized but while John the Baptist is conveniently in prison.  John’s gospel is the most draconian of all.  There is no baptism of Jesus.  Problem is solved, no more embarrassment.

In Mark’s account, John the Baptist and the other baptized don’t see the Spirit in the form of a dove or hear the Father’s words to his “beloved Son,” but we do, the readers of the gospel.  We are profoundly privileged to hear the Father’s words confirming Jesus as the unique source of salvation for humanity, foretold in Isaiah as the “chosen one with whom I am pleased (Is. 42, 1),” and clarified by Peter in the Acts of the Apostles, “beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached, how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power (Acts 10, 37-38).”  But with profound privilege comes the responsibility to witness to Jesus, who is the “beloved one.”

-Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


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Livia Chodrick –Elizabeth Calderazzo


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From the Catechism: From the Catechism: For what purpose are we here on earth?“We are here on earth in order to know and to love God, to do good according to his will, and to go someday to heaven.

To be a human being means to come from God and to go to God. Our origin goes back farther than our parents. We come from God, in whom all the happiness of heaven and earth is at home, and we are expected in his everlasting, infinite blessedness. Meanwhile we live on this earth. Sometimes we feel that our Creator is near; often we feel nothing at all. So that we might find the way home, God sent us his Son, who freed us from sin, delivers us from all evil, and leads us unerringly into true life. He is ‘the way, and the truth, and the life’” (Jn 14:6). (YOUCAT question 1). For more: Catechism of the Catholic Church, sections 1-10.


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.

Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club Cioppinos: This year’s cioppinos will be on January 10 & 17 and February 1. Please call the club 1t 415-397-3068 for tickets or more information.

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.

January is the month of our Salesian Saints: On January 22, we celebrate the Feast of the Blessed Laura Vicuña, patroness of our pre-kindergarten. On January 24, we celebrate St. Francis de Sales, Don Bosco’s patron, and namesake of the society, and at the end of the month we celebrate Don Bosco himself:


Choose Life! 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, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Apostolic Nuncio (Pope Francis’s Ambassador to the U.S.) will be there!

And the Walk for Life has a new opportunity: 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 7:30AM 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! As always, we will have all night Adoration for Life on the Friday before the Walk. Please call 421-0809 to schedule a time. Learn more at www.walkforlifewc.com


Annual Pre-K Open House: The Laura Vicuna Pre-kindergarten will host their annual open house on Sunday, January 25th from 10AM-12 PM. Applications for the 2015-2016 school year will be available. All are welcome to attend.

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 have a special Mass at 11AM on Friday, January 30, celebrated by Archbishop Cordileone, and attended by students from Salesian High School, St. Francis High School, and Corralitos Middle School. We will also be celebrating on Sunday, February 1. Mark your calendars!

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, Healing Juanita Estrella, a parishioner with a special need, Albert J. Sievers, Betty Baltazar, Tom Berrian, Sr. Erena Vasquez, Tom McEachern, Sean Mase, Martha Bini, 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

11

The Baptism of the Lord

Monday

12

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Tuesday 13 Hilary; Bishop, Doctor

Wednesday

14

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Thursday

15

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Friday

16

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Saturday

17

Anthony; Abbot

Sunday

18

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your faithful donations of last week:

$5,570.

Weekly donations needed to operate the church:  
$6,000.
Shortfall:  
$430.
Mary, the Mother of God (January 1):  
$3,325.
Christmas donations:  
$37,056.

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

 

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