Saints Peter & Paul Parish
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September 20, 2015

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Wisdom 2:12, 17-20; James 3:16-4:3; Mark 9:30-37. In the Book of Wisdom, we are reminded how the wicked ones will plot against the just one with revilement, torture and even death. The Apostle James tells us that our own passions and self-interests are the source of conflict and war. In the Gospel, Jesus is aware of these human evils, and predicts his own passion and resurrection. He warns the Twelve against the allure of ambition and greatness, admonishing them to be servants to all.

 


Domenico 25A Del Tempo Ordinario

Facendosi uomo Dio ha scelto la strada dell’umiltà e del servizio che orienta ogni uomo ad amare il prossimo, diventando fratello dei propri simili. Qualsiasi altro modo di fare allontana da Dio e dalla realizzazione della civiltà dell’amore.


From the Pastor's Computer 

Can’t say I’m very good at languages like Italian, Spanish, or Cantonese.  Maybe I started too late, for it’s said that children can learn a language, any language at the same amount of time and with the same amount of difficulty (or facility).  I know Italian and Spanish are two languages that don’t capitalize the first personal pronoun, “I,” while there are some languages that capitalize “you.”

You might say that wicked and mean people in the first reading and the disciples in the Gospel accentuate the personal pronoun “I” while putting the “you” in a very secondary position.  The first reading deals with murderous words against another: “Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us…let us condemn him to a shameful death.”

The Gospel reading, much like last Sunday’s Gospel, presents the second prediction of the Lord’s passion and death.  Last week Peter’s reaction to the first prediction is to rebuke Jesus.  This week the disciples’ reaction to the second prediction of the Lord’s passion and death is to have a heated discussion on who was the greatest.  The disciples are so full of their own personal pronoun “I” that they again, like Peter, fail to understand the revelation of Jesus as the one who would suffer and die and rise again.

Jesus puts a child before them to show them how to act and whom to serve and says: “Whoever welcomes a child such as this for my sake welcomes me.”  He’s saying: “Put the word “You” before the word “I” in your lives!

Pope Francis is a good example of one who capitalizes the “You” in his relationships.  It’s not a child but the poor he put before us.  Even before he was Pope, he washed the feet of prisoners.  As Pope he ordered showers to be installed in the Vatican for the homeless.  He lives as he teaches: poorly, simply, with love.  This week, Pope Francis will be with us in the United States, undoubtedly repeating his message to take care of the poor, share our wealth, and promote the joy of the Gospel.

-Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest in Peace

Dominic Casciato

Brad Revelli and Laura Cuneo
Matthew McKenna and Cosima Singleton

Anna Rose Schmitz – Danny “Two Feathers” Yazzie
Adriano “Eddie” Simi


Archived Bulletins: For past bulletins, go here.

Second Collection: Today we will have a second collection for the Priests' Retirement Fund. Please be generous in supporting in their old age those who have given so much.


URGENT: Call Governor Brown at 916-445-2841and ask him to VETO the Assisted Suicide Bill.

This bill endangers the Poor, the Elderly, Disabled people, and those Fearful of Death. It's a deadly mix:  Combining our broken, profit-driven health care industrty with doctor-prescribed suicide. Urgent:  The Governor has only a few more days to decide (until 9/28), because this bill was passed in a special session. Please ask others to call, too.

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles writes: "In a health care system that is cost-conscious and profit-driven, do we really imagine that...vulnerable populations will have a 'choice' to receive end-of-life care once we make lethal prescriptions an acceptable 'treatment option'?

I am deeply concerned for the millions of our brothers and sisters who are relying on Medi-Cal and other forms of subsidized health care. This legislation gives them no explicit rights or guarantees that they will be able to choose to be treated and cared for rather than to kill themselves.

We need to be clear about our language so we can understand what the legislature is really doing here. It is not legalizing 'aid in dying.' What the legislature is legalizing is the ability of a doctor to write prescriptions for the express purpose of killing another human being."


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.

Welcome, Pope Francis! The Holy Father begins his historic trip to the United States on Tuesday, September 22! As you can imagine, he has quite a full schedule: the World Meeting of Families, the U. S. Congress, the United Nations, an interreligious ceremony at New York’s Ground Zero, and much more! EWTN TV and radio will have full coverage of His Holiness’ visit at www.ewtn.com/papaltravels/america/

Don Bosco Study Group: On Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 7pm-8:45pm, the Don Bosco Study group will hold its quarterly meeting in the parish auditorium. We will be discussing readings in Saleisan Youth Ministry, although no reading is required for attendance. Fr. Gael Sullivan, SDB, newly arrived associate pastor, will share slides and stories from the recent Pilgrimage to Salesian holy places in France, Switzerland, Italy, most especially Turin. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments! Questions? Franklavin@comcast.net or 415.310.8551.

Madonna dei Miracoli: Next Sunday we will celebrate Madonna dei Miracoli at the 11:45 AM Italian Mass. Madonna dei Miracoli, pray for us!


Salesian Jubilees! Next Sunday, September 27, the parish will be celebrate the Salesian Jubilees (anniversaries) at the 5PM, Mass, followed by a reception. Frs. Armand and Mario will celebrate 75 years as professed Salesians and Sr. Antoinette 60 yrs. as a Salesian sister. We’ll need help with appetizers, food service, clean up, and donations to defray some costs. Contact Frank Lavin at 415.310.8551, franklavin@comcast.net if you can help in any way.


 

Madonna del Lume The festival of “La Madonna Del Lume” is in two weeks! The events of Saturday, October 3 begin at 10:00 AM with the Memorial Mass at the Fisherman’s Chapel on the wharf, followed by the fishing boat parade, and the Memorial Ceremony at sea. The Sunday events will begin with Mass at 11:30 AM, followed by refreshments in the cafeteria. The parade will begin in front of the church at 1:45 PM, followed by a dinner dance in the SF Italian Athletic Club


San Francisco Rosary Rally: One of the great recent opportunities to publicly confession and profess your Catholic faith in our city is the San Francisco Rosary Rally, now in its fifth year! This year's Rosary Rally is on Saturday, October 10. Come join priests, seminarians, your fellow Catholics, and Archbishop Cordileone in witnessing to the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith! The begins with a 10:00 AM Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral, followed by a Eucharistic procession to U.N. Plaza (on Market between 7th and 8th Streets) at 11:15. The rally begins in the Plaza at 12 noon. The rally will be completed and crowned with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. For more info, visit www.rosaryrallysf.com And here is a cool video of last year's rally from shalomworld.org:


 

Columbus Day Bazaar! Join us on Saturday October 10 and Sunday October 11 at the funnest weekend in San Francisco: Saints Peter and Paul’s 96th Annual Columbus Day Bazaar! Food, drinks and games for kids and adults, the Blue Angels overhead, and on Sunday, the Columbus Day Parade!

AND! We need volunteers! Help YOUR Church and school and have fun helping at the Columbus Day Bazaar. Visit the bazaar online signup page here, or Call Gibbons at 415-421-0809 to learn more.

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 janetross9849@yahoo.com

Religious Education-CCD 2015-2016:   2015 Catechetical Theme: Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person. -Celebrating the Mass Together – CCD Theme: Welcome back current and to new students, for school year 2015-2016. We started with the good attendance and blessing at the Bicentenary Mass of St. John Bosco. Classes are from 9:45 to 11:00 AM, Sundays.  Registration is going on, inquiries to ete@sspeterpaulsf.org or the parish office at 415.421-0809.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word: We are launching a Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLW) program! Children ages 3-6 are invited to participate each Sunday during the 8:45 mass.  Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLW) is a way for our youngest members to hear the Gospel proclaimed in language they can understand and to make connections with the Gospel in their own lives. Children (and interested parents) will be dismissed to the gym with their catechists prior to the First Reading and will return during the Offertory procession. The program will start Sunday, September 13. No registration is required. For more info contact Eileen Emerson-Boles at eileenemerson@yahoo.com.

OUR LADY’S MINISTRY, a local non-profit devoted to helping the poorest of the poor around the world is hosting its 12th Annual Fundraiser Dinner and Auction on Saturday, September 26th, 2015. The event is at SDES Hall at 30846 Watkins St. in Union City, CA 94587. Bishops from Peru, the Philippines, and El Salvador, all countries where Our Lady’s Ministry works, will be in attendance! To learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.ourladysministry.org or call 415-467-4747.

Catholic San Francisco Readership Survey: The editors of Catholic San Francisco want your input on the Archdiocesan newspaper! Here's your chance to let them know what you like, don't like, and what you think they should be doing. Check it out here.


From the Catechism:  “What are the essential elements of Christian marriage? (1) Unity: Marriage is a covenant that by its very nature brings about bodily, intellectual, and spiritual union between a man and a woman; (2) Indissolubility: Marriage lasts "until death do us part"; (3) Openness to offspring: Every marriage must be open to children; (4) Commitment to the spouse's welfare. If one of the two spouses deliberately excludes one of the four points listed above at the time of their wedding, the sacrament of Matrimony does not take place.” (YOUCAT questions 415-416)


Choose Life! “The family is also a small Church, a "domestic Church” which… mediates God’s tenderness and mercy. In the family, we imbibe faith with our mother’s milk. When we experience the love of our parents, we feel the closeness of God’s love… [In the Gospel story of the wedding at Cana] everyone went on to enjoy the finest of wines. And this is the good news: The finest of wines will come for every person who stakes everything on love….the best wine is yet to come for those who today feel hopelessly lost….God always seek out the peripheries, those who have run out of wine, those who drink only of discouragement. Jesus feels their weakness, in order to pour out the best wines for [them]…Let us…be thankful that…the new wine, the finest wine, will make us recover the joy of being a family.” –Pope Francis.

More Choose Life! San Francisco LIFE CHAIN! “Give an Hour to Save a Life” Stand with the least among us, defenseless unborn babies, at San Francisco “LIFE CHAIN” on Sunday October 4. LIFE CHAIN is held annually on the first Sunday in October at Park Presidio Blvd. in San Francisco, between Geary Blvd. and Clement St. The event runs from  2:00 to 3:30 PM. Signs will be provided at the corner of Geary Blvd. & Park Presidio Blvd.


More Choose Life! You can watch the videos of representatives of Planned Parenthood and other organizations discussing the trade in parts of the bodies of aborted babies. If they do not make you furious and disgust you, you should probably ask yourself why.

Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Needed! Have you ever felt the call to preach the Word of God, or of helping in serving as a minister of Holy Communion? We badly need more people to volunteer for these ministries at Saints Peter and Paul. In September, October, and November of 2015 the Archdiocese of San Francisco is conducting certification training workshops for these ministries. The workshops are for those just embracing these ministries or those who already have, but would like to brush up on their skills and understanding. Flyers are on the tables by the entrances to the Church, and you must register in the parish office to attend. Visit the parish office for more info, or call Gibbons at 415-421-0809.

Help a Needy Student! As we prepare for the beginning of the school year, Catholic Charities has begun its annual Back-to-School donation campaign, helping poor students receive needed school supplies. Fliers describing the needs, and how you can help, are on the tables by the entrance to the Church.

Saturday Rosary & Chaplet of Divine Mercy at St. Francis: Our friends over at the Porziuncula at the Shrine of St. Francis, at Columbus and Vallejo, are now praying the Rosary every Saturday at 2:30 PM, followed by the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3PM. Join them! For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world!


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

And here's an interesting discussion of the encyclical by our friends (and fellow San Franciscans) over at Ignatius Press:

 

 

 

Also, Fr. Michael Hurley, O.P., the great young pastor over at St. Dominic's, has written a piece called "Laudato Si': Beyond the Headlines" in which he spotlights some of the Holy Father's important expositions of Catholic truth in the document that will not appear in the mainstream media. You can read it here.


Archbishop Cordileone's New Video Channel: The Archdioces of San Francisco has set up a location where you can experience our good Archbishop's teaching in a series of videos. Very nice! Check it out here.

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 and responding to your questions and ethical concerns, on issues related to death and dying. Please contact them through the Archdiocesan Respect Life Program by emailing evansv@sfarchdiocese.org or calling 415-614-5533 or writing to Respect Life Program, Archdiocese of San Francisco, One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco, CA 94109.

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


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:

 


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.


 

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, Marsha V. Allen, Barbara Wolf, Maria Christine Barden, John Daly, Joann Montalbo, Barbara Conlon and Family, Jeanne Roselli, Rich Mayo, 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

20

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

21

Matthew; Apostle, Evangelist
Tuesday 22 Weekday in Ordinary Time

Wednesday

23

Pius of Pietrulcina; Priest

Thursday

24

Weekday in Ordinary Time

Friday

25

Weekday in Ordinary Time
Saturday 26 Cosmas and Damian; Martyrs

Sunday

27

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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