Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

June 28, 2015

Peter and Paul
Apostles, Martyrs, our Patrons


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Acts 12:1-11; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18; Matthew 16:13-19. The first reading recounts Peter’s miraculous liberation from prison. In the second reading, Paul, reflecting on his life of ministry, comments that he has fought the good fight. All the while he credits the Lord with rescuing him from every harm. In the Gospel, Jesus gives Peter the high honor of declaring him the Rock upon whom He will build His Church.

 


San Pietro e Paolo

Pietro, pescatore di Galilea, è chiamato da Gesù a diventare pescatore di uomini; Paolo, il fariseo osservante della legge, diviene per elezione Apostolo della genti. Sulla loro testimonianza trova fondamento la nostra fede. Dalla loro fedeltà nasce lo stimolo a dire “sì” al Signore, che ci chiama donandoci la fede.


From the Pastor's Computer 

Today we celebrate the patrons of our parish, Saints Peter and Paul.  The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul is regularly celebrated on June 29.

The church of Saints Peter and Paul started not as a parish church but was founded as an Italian immigrant church in 1884.  Its first church was at the corner of Dupont Place (Grant St.) and Filbert and its first pastor was Fr. Carlo Franchi (1884-1889) and its second pastor was Fr. Raffaele de Carolis (1889-1897).  The Sisters of the Holy Family ministered in the church from 1885 to 1966; the Presentation Sisters from 1906 to 1950; the Salesian Sisters from 1950 to the present.

The Salesians of Don Bosco, on the recommendation of Fr. Sasia, the Jesuit Provincial in California, arrived at Saints Peter and Paul in 1897.  The first Salesian pastor was Fr. Raffaele Piperni (1897-1929) who built the present church on Washington Square.

Our impressive church, called “the Italian Cathedral of the West,” was built with two intentions in mind: be a welcoming place of worship that would allow the Italian immigrants to feel like they were back home in Italy; and to be so solid and massive a structure that would always be here as a religious and social center of the neighborhood.  The late Don Casper called the magnificent façade of the church with its majestic twin towers facing the park as a prime example of “in-your-face Catholicism.”  “We’re here for good and are not going away, so get used to it.”  Only Don Casper could talk like that.

But that is how we should live, where we open the doors of our church of Saints Peter and Paul to those who seek God and his Son, Jesus.

Happy Feast of the parish of Saints Peter and Paul!

-Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest in Peace

Kingston Scott Yapo - Siobhan Butler
Nathanael Francis Garcia

None Scheduled

Howard Lockwood –Peter Lee
Vida Mae Hoye - Diva Dianda – Mara Lucchesi


Archived Bulletins: For past bulletins, go here.

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul: Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Peter and Paul, the patrons of our church. Peter and Paul, pray for us!

Laudato Si! Read the Holy Father's new encyclical here.

Second Collection: Today we have a second collection for Peter’s Pence, supporting the good works of the Holy Father all over the world. Please be generous!

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.


Mission Appeal: On July 11 & 12 we will host Mr. John Berger, representing the Alliance for International Monasticism. The Alliance is the institution that we will be helping at this year’s appeal.

They have over 250 mission monasteries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Please be generous!


From the Catechism: What is Marriage? On Friday, the Supreme Court "redefined" God's creation of marriage. Here is the true definition and meaning of marriage from the YOUCAT:

"Why did God dispose man and woman for each other? God disposed man and woman for each other so that they might be "no longer two but one" (Mt 19:6). In this way they are to live in love, be fruitful, and thus become a sign of God himself, who is nothing but overflowing love.

How does the sacrament of Matrimony come about? The sacrament of Matrimony comes about through a promise made by a man and a woman before God and the Church, which is accepted and confirmed by God and consummated by the bodily union of the couple. Because God himself forms the bond of sacramental marriage, it is binding until the death of one of the partners. The man and the woman mutually administer the sacrament of Matrimony. The priest or the deacon calls down God's blessing on the couple and, furthermore, witnesses that the marriage comes about under the right circumstances and that the promise is comprehensive and is made publicly. A marriage can come about only if there is marital consent, that is, if the man and the woman enter marriage of their own free will, without fear or coercion, and if they are not prevented from marrying by other natural or ecclesiastical ties (for example, an existing marriage, a vow of celibacy). (YOUCAT questions 260 & 261)." For more, Catechism of the Catholic Church, sections 1601-1605.


Pilgrim Statue of Fatima at Shrine of St. Francis: Through the month of July the Fatima Pilgrim Virgin Statue will visit the Archdiocese of San Francisco! On Wednesday, July 1, she will be at the Shrine of St. Francis on Columbus and Vallejo, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. To learn more and what other Churchs will be hosting the statue, email palmosan@yahoo.com.

Don Bosco Bicentennial Pilgrimage: Our fellow parishioner Frank Lavin just returned from the Don Bosco pilgrimage with a number of Salesians. Here are his reflections on the experience:


I was one of forty-four pilgrims who recently returned from Rome where our journey ended. The twelve day Don Bosco pilgrimage was fantastic. I experienced many moments of grace within discoveries of our Salesian roots. Walking in the footsteps of St. Francis de Sales (Annicy, France), Mary Mazzarello (Mornese, Italy), and of course, Don Bosco (Turin, Chieri, Becchi, Rome) and seeing where they were baptized, grew up, studied and ministered was incredible. We were well led. Joe Boenzi’s story-telling narration each day described in intimate historical, cultural, and spiritual detail not only the facts, but the inspirations, struggles, and ultimately, successes and sanctity of our Founders. We were captivated! Fr. Tom Juarez’s enthusiastic Salesian joy accompanied us with laughter, song, and encouragement (some of the days were very long!) along the way. Brother Tom Mass’s organization, humility, and humor were well received.

What was most striking? Three things. First, the humble beginnings of Don Bosco and Mary Mazzarrello in comparison with the enormity of their successes and that of the Salesian movement are simply hard to comprehend. When we got to Turin in the early evening, many of us couldn’t wait until the next morning to go to Valdocco. Fellow pilgrim Fr. Raul Acosta Zunini and I took off to make the mile and a half walk (after a long day travelling, this was no small feat!). When we turned the corner, the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians was in front of us. Probably two full city blocks of churches, plazas, playgrounds, an oratory, schools, offices surrounded us. “This is the Salesian Vatican,” he exclaimed. And then, pointing up to the top of the basilica on which rests a statue of the Immaculate Conception, with a tearful voice, he remembered Don Bosco’s famous words, “She did it all.” Yes, there is no way that any of this (not the buildings, but the people and the work) could be possible without the intervention of Our Lady and the help of God’s grace. Don Bosco’s ability to discern God’s will and his trust in it is nothing short of amazing.
Second, we were welcomed with the same sense of Salesian family that we all know. For instance, at Mornese, the sisters, cooperators, and especially, some kids welcomed us, gave us a tour, and then fed us polenta and sausages. Of course, the kids latched onto Elena Umberto, cooperator from Bellflower who ran, laughed, and played with them while we were there. At their farm just outside of Castelnouvo Don Bosco, friends of the Western province, Ricardo, Donatella and Jacobi greeted us with focaccia, cheese and cold cuts, breadsticks, fruit, cookies, and, of course, wine for an incredible hillside Piedmontese picnic. Wow! We went to Don Bosco’s roots on a full stomach!

Last, it was way more fun than I expected! The laughter, joking around, good natured teasing, and excitement of it all did not make the pilgrimage the quiet, reflective, vocal prayer infused days that I had anticipated. We prayed in meditation and at daily Mass, but mainly in action through our hospitality, generosity, cooperation, and fellowship with one another. And, as one of only a few non-SDB’s, I can truly say that I did not need to go halfway around the world, walk for miles on end, and eat a ton of gelato and pasta to experience the deep Salesian spirituality, joy, and loving kindness. Don Bosco is alive and well in the Western Province. Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home.”

Viva, Don Bosco, Viva!


ATTN: MEN! HELP NEEDED! We are in dire need of men’s pants for the homeless in our neighborhood. Can you check your closets for old pants?

Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club Day Camp: Day Camp began on June 8, and runs through August 7, M-F from 9AM to 4:30 PM. Before and after camp care is also included. Ages served are 3 1/2 to 9. Activities include: theatre, cooking, dance, martial arts, arts & crafts, water activities, two field trips a week, special events, Carnival, Olympics). For more, contact Joselyn  Staley at jstaley@salesianclub.org or (415) 397-3067.

Religious Education for Youth (CCD): The Religious Education-CCD school year 2014-2015 ended last May 10th with the May Crowning at the 10:15am Mass. We would like to thank all the students especially the parents for another good year. We congratulate the three candidates for Confirmation and the four students that received their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion with the SSPP school students. God bless and we pray for a safe and relaxing summer. We will start our next school year on August 16, 2015 with a Mass celebrating the 200th (Bicentenary) birthday of St. John Bosco. For an application, go here. For the calendar, go here.


Choose Life! The Walk for Life West Coast, the nation’s second largest pro-life event and San Francisco’s largest annual gathering of Catholics, has rented a billboard in San Francisco publicizing the newly discovered protocol that can reverse the effects of the abortion pill RU-486. This procedure has already saved the lives of over 100 babies, not to mention preventing lifelong trauma to women. The billboard was up for the month of May-June, and will again be up for a period of two years starting October of this year. It is (as you can see below) in English and Spanish. The Walk is seeking donations to help cover the costs for the billboard. To learn how to support this lifesaving cause, visit www.walkforlifewc.com, and you can donate here. This is truly lifesaving: Dr. Olivia Hsia, from Asian Americans Pro-Life has said she has saved more lives through her pro-life work than she has as a medical doctor.


More Choose Life! The newly formed Archdiocesan Bioethics Working Group--composed of local physicians and nurses, theologians and philosophers--is interested in hearing about your recent experiences on issues related to death and dying. Please contact them through the Archdiocesan Respect Life Program by calling 415-614-5533 or emailing evansv@sfarchdiocese.org or writing to Respect Life Program, Archdiocese of San Francisco, One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco, CA 94109.


From the Catechism: How does the Anointing of the Sick work? “The Anointing of the Sick imparts consolation, peace, and strength and unites the sick person, in his precarious situation and his sufferings, with Christ in a profound way. For the Lord experienced our fears and bore our pains in his body. For many people the Anointing of the Sick brings about physical healing. But if God should decide to call someone home to himself, he gives him in the Anointing of the Sick the strength for all the physical and spiritual battles on his final journey. In any case, the Anointing of the Sick has the effect of forgiving sins.

Many sick people are afraid of this sacrament and put it off until the last minute because they think it is a sort of death sentence. But the opposite is true: the Anointing of the Sick is a sort of life insurance. A Christian who is caring for a sick person should relieve him of any false fear. Most people in serious danger sense intuitively that nothing is more important for them at the moment than to embrace immediately and unconditionally the One who overcame death and is life itself: Jesus, the Savior.” (YOUCAT question 245). For more: Catechism of the Catholic Church, sections 1520-1523.


Mille Grazie! To all parishioners who joined 500 of their fellow Catholics (and others!) of all ages and ethnicities at the May 16 Archbishop Family Support Picnic! The day was filled with family, fun, music, fellowship and games for the kids. Thanks to SSPP parishioners Alice, Catarina, Sr. Debbie, Gibbons, Ken, Mary, Meeka (with her faithful Tough Guy), and Marc, and all the others whose names we cannot recall! Here are some great videos, and Gibbons Cooney, the parish secretary, has an article on the event at Catholic World Report.

 

 

Support for the Archbishop from English speaking Catholics:

Support for the Archbishop from Spanish speaking Catholics:

 


Get on the Bus! More than 200,000 children in California have a parent in prison. Such children become overlooked victims of crime and unintended victims of the criminal justice system. Get on the Bus is a volunteer program, founded in 1999 by Sr, Suzanne Jabro, that helps children to visit their imprisoned parents. Get on the Bus provides chartered buses, chaperones, etc. YOU can help! Visit www.getonthebus.us or call 818-980-7714 for more information.


The Archbishop's New School Initiative: On February 15, Fr. John's pastor's message discussed Archbishop Cordileone's new initiative for Catholic High Schools. In late February, the San Francisco Chronicle published an op-ed opposing His Excellency's position.

On February 11, the Chronicle published a thoughtful op-ed by Bob Laird, from the Cardinal Newman Society, supporting the Archbishop. You can read it here.

On March 5, Fr. Mark Doherty, the Chaplain of Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep, did a splendid job of explaining His Excellency's initiative on KPCC radio.

And the SF Weekly, (of all places!), has a funny satirical piece about parents being shocked that Catholic schools might actually adhere to the Catholic faith.

Here is a video of Archbishop Cordileone's meeting with the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle discussing the school inititiave:

 


HELP THE HOMELESS! We need blankets and are in desperate need of men’s pants for the homeless of the neighborhood. Please check your closets!

New video about the Italians in California: There is a new video out about the Italian Immigrant experience in the state of California. Part of the vidoe will be shown on PBS later this year, but you can buy a DVD at Amazon. Go here.

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

New Catholic San Francisco facebook page: Check out the new Facebook page of Catholic San Francisco, the Archdiocesn newspaper here. Please 'Like' it and share it with your friends! And if you have events of interest to other Catholics. please feel free to post. All are subject to the Admin's approval.

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 jackandjill9849@gmail.com

Religious Education CCD 2014-2015. 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.

Pre-K Applications: Our Laura Vicuña Pre-Kindergarten, the oldest Catholic Pre-K in San Francisco, is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. Contact the Director, Barbara Simons, or visit www.sspeterpaulsf.org/prek/ to learn more

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.”


Marriage Resources

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.”


Our Archdiocese is blessed with a very capable and hardworking Director of the Ministry of Marriage and Family Life, Mr. Ed Hopfner. Here some resources from his office:

It's not your Grandmother's Family Planning
Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a modern method a couple can use to regulate fertility. It is based on up-to-date medical and scientific research and replaces the old ‘rhythm method’ which went out of favor in the 1950’s.  It is individualized for each couple – because every woman is unique. Contact Ed Hopfner for more information-- (415) 614-5547 or by email at hopfnere@sfarchdiocese.org

Family Planning can improve marriages
Natural Family Planning (NFP) has been shown to improve marriages - published studies have shown increased marital satisfaction. It also greatly improves marital communications. NFP is free after the initial training, and empowers couples by giving them highly accurate information about their own fertility, rather than relying on a third party.  Finally, NFP couples typically have extremely low divorce rates; one study of 1100 couples in CA showed a divorce rate of less than 2% over 24 years. Contact Ed Hopfner for more information-- (415) 614-5547 or by email at hopfnere@sfarchdiocese.org.

Do you know someone struggling with infertility?
Modern medicine has made great strides in helping couples overcome infertility, by restoring reproductive health through the application of Natural Procreative Technology™.  Yet many people, even in the medical profession, are still unfamiliar with it, even though it has a success rate of up to 75% in restoring natural fertility.  Contact Ed Hopfner for more information-- (415) 614-5547 or by email at hopfnere@sfarchdiocese.org.

CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR MARRIAGE?
Call Retrouvaille (415) 893-1005

Do you feel lost and alone?
Are you hurt, frustrated, or angry with each other?
Have you thought about separation or divorce?
Would you simply like to improve communication skills?

In Vatican City, Sep 26, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI met with Retrouvaille participants an explained that when a marriage is suffering, the spouses are facing an opportunity that "will help them to grow." Guided by Mary and with the help of the Lord, their love will be purified, deepened and strengthened.

Retrouvaille is the name of a Catholic Ministry designed to help heal and renew marriages. The word Retrouvaille simply means ‘rediscovery’.  The program offers the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse, and a loving relationship in your marriage.   Retrouvaille is not just for hurting couples and welcomes all couples wanting to bring new life to your marriage.  Couples of all faiths and those with no faith tradition are welcome and encouraged to attend.  The ultimate goal of Retrouvaille is solely to help save marriages.

Retrouvaille is not a retreat, marriage counseling, or a sensitivity group. There are neither group dynamics nor group discussions on the weekend. It is not a time for hurting; it is a time for healing.  For more information go to ……www.retrouvaille.org.  Next SF weekend -  Nov 6-8  (East Bay Sept 18-20, San Jose Aug 14-16, Sacramento July 10-12, Oct 9-11)

Marriage Encounter

Scripture says about married people that “Two shall live as one”. How often do you find yourselves living as two? A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend can help you get back to basics in this complicated day and age. For more information, go to www.sanfranciscowwme.org or call Paul & Yvonne at 650.366.7093. 2015 San Francisco/ Santa Rosa Weekends: Vallombrosa Retreat Center, Menlo Park: Nov 20-22. Space is limited so apply early.

Married Couples! Would you like to relive the excitement, romance and passion from your honeymoon? Rekindle that spark on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. Call Paul & Yvonne at 650.366.7093 or go to www.sanfranciscowwme.org. 2015 San Francisco/Santa Rosa Weekends: Vallombrosa Retreat Center, Menlo Park: Nov 20-22. Space is limited; apply early.

Jesus is the good shepherd and laid down his life for us that we may have new life. Give your marriage new life by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. For more information, go to www.sanfranciscowwme.org or call Paul & Yvonne at 650.366.7093. 2015 San Francisco/Santa Rosa Weekends: Vallombrosa Retreat Center, Menlo Park: Nov 20-22. Space is limited; apply early.

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.

     

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.

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

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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, 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, James Horan, 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, Gary, Sr. Gil Lewis, Ken Beckingham, Alexis Ordona, Mary Drayton, Jody Hamilton, An ill parishioner, Virgil & Marcheta Pletcher, 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, Sean Mase, Martha Bini, Marsha V. Allen, Barbara Wolf, Maria Christine Barden, John Daly, Joann Montalbo, Barbara Conlon and Family, Jeanne Roselli, 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

28

External Feast of Saints Peter and Paul; Apostles, Martyrs, and Our Patrons

Monday

29

Peter and Paul; Apostles, Martyrs, and Our Patrons
Tuesday 30 Weekday in Ordinary Time

Wednesday

01

Junipero Serra; Priest

Thursday

02

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Friday

03

Thomas; Apostle
Saturday 04

Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sunday

05

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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