Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

February 7, 2016

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Isaiah 6:1-2a; 3-8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 or 15:3-8, 11; Luke 5:1-11. The first reading tells of Isaiah having a vision of heaven, in which he sees the Lord, is purified of his sin, and is called to be a prophet of God. The second reading reminds us to be faithful to Christ and the truth of the Gospel, so that we might come to enjoy eternal life in heaven. In the Gospel, Jesus calls Simon Peter, James and John to come and follow him.

 


 

 

Domenico 5A Del Tempo Ordinario

La Chiesa si sente chiamata per annunciare la salvezza e continuare la missione del Salvatore. Essa chiama tutti alla salvezza e a collaborare perché il messaggio arrivi a tutta l’umanità. C’è urgente bisogno che l’uomo ritorno ad occupare il suo posto di creatura che adora, loda e ringrazia per l’incalcolabile dono della vita.

 

 


From the Pastor's Computer 

I was brought up on Marvell’s comic books and remember the dialogue boxes filled with sound effects like “Wow,” “Ouch,” “Helloooo,”  (Maybe the last one wasn’t there, but it would be today.)  Today these might be the sound effects of the amazing experience of God’s presence in our lives (Helloooo!), the recognition of our unworthiness (Ouch!), and the wonderful gift of grace given (Wow!”).

Today’s readings are all stories about the call to be a follower of God or Jesus.  The spiritual dynamic of the call to be a prophet or disciple includes a three-step process.

First, in Isaiah there is a whole lot of shaking and smoking during a Temple liturgy.  In Paul’s life,  he is violently thrown to the ground and blinded (Helloooo!).  In the Gospel, Peter experiences the miraculous catch of fish.  In some remarkable way, God always gets our attention.

Secondly, in the response of Isaiah, Paul and Simon Peter to the Lord’s presence, there is a feeling of helplessness, unworthiness, and sin. Isaiah realizes his unworthiness and fears for his life.  Paul is struck with helplessness for he’s blind and confused.  Simon Peter in his amazement at the catch of fish falls to his knees.
Thirdly, their experience of God’s presence in their lives is resolved.  Isaiah’s lips are branded (Ouch!) and he is readied to be a prophet.  Paul is graced to be an apostle to proclaim that Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead.  Peter left everything and followed Jesus.

All this happens in our lives too (Wow!).  Maybe it’s not as dynamic as Isaiah, Paul, or Simon Peter, but it happens!  Thank God for being present in our lives, ask for forgiveness, and live the Christian life of amazing grace.

-Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Rocco Leonardo

Steven Garcia and Rebecca Leyra
Robert Carini and Jayne Peradotto

Angela Sabatini Del Grande


Archived Bulletins: For past bulletins, go here


Ash Wednesday: This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. We will have a Mass at 6PM, in addition to the regularly scheduled Masses.

Lenten Opportunities:

Lenten Disciplines: Fast:Everyone over 18, but under 60, is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On these two days, the law of fast allows only one full meal a day, but does not prohibit taking some food during the day, so long as this does not constitute a full meal. Drinking liquids during the day is permitted. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. If in doubt concerning Fast or Abstinence, a priest should be consulted. In the spirit of penance, the faithful should not lightly excuse themselves from this obligation. Abstinence: Everyone 14 years and older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday. Mass attendance: During Lent, the Church encourages attendance at daily Mass and reception of the Eucharist. Almsgiving: During Lent, the Church encourages generosity to local, national, and worldwide programs of sharing.

Stations of the Cross: We will observe the Stations of the Cross every Friday in Lent at 12:45 PM.

Friday Night Mass and Soup Suppers. Every Friday throughout Lent, there will be special Friday Mass in the Church at 6:30 PM, followed by a soup supper in the rectory.

“40 Days for Life” is a PEACEFUL prayer vigil that takes place from Ash Wednesday through Palm Sunday by Planned Parenthood at 1650 Valencia Street in San Francisco. To learn more or schedule a vigil time, go to: http://www.40daysforlife.com/sanfrancisco/

CCCYO Lenten Opportunities: Catholic Charities CYO offers a variety of simple volunteer opportunities during the six weeks of Lent, in keeping with the traditional Lenten practice of mercy and kindness. Visit www.cccyo.org/lent to learn more!


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.

Our Lady of Lourdes Rosary: On Thursday, February 11, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, we will pray a special Rosary in the Lourdes Chapel at 8:30 AM. Everyone is invited!


Choose Life! “Human beings are ends in themselves and never a means of resolving other problems. Once this conviction disappears, so do solid and lasting foundations for the defense of human rights, which would always be subject to the passing whims of the powers that be.” –Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium.

 

 

 

Choose Life! Last week's Walk for Life West Coast was a smashing success. Scintillating speakers, and tens of thousands of peaceful people marched in San Francisco for the least among us! Thanks to Fr. Itzaina and thwe whole parish for hosting about 250 college students from Southern California, Arizona, and Colorado, who came to attend!

You can watch EWTN's full coverage of the Walk at left. Next year's Walk will be on January 21, 2017. Be there!

Learn more at www.walkforlifewc.com


Jubilee Year of Mercy: “Do you allow yourselves to be gazed upon by the Lord? But how do you do this? You look at the tabernacle and you let yourselves be looked at... it is simple! ‘It is a bit boring; I fall asleep.’ Fall asleep then, sleep! He is still looking at you. But know for sure that he is looking at you!” ― Pope Francis, The Church of Mercy

To learn more, visit the Vatican's Jubilee of Mercy website.


School Bingo Luncheon! Mark your calendars! Saints Peter and Paul School’s Bingo Luncheon is on Saturday, February 20. As anyone who has ever attended can tell you, this is a great event! For full details or tickets, call the school at 415-421-5219.


From the Catechism: Ways of Coming to Know God:Over the past two weeks we have looked at two ways of coming to know God: through the world, and through the human person This week: The Knowledge of God According to the Church “‘Our holy mother, the Church, holds and teaches that God, the first principle and last end of all things, can be known with certainty from the created world by the natural light of human reason.’  Without this capacity, man would not be able to welcome God's revelation. Man has this capacity because he is created ‘in the image of God.’

In the historical conditions in which he finds himself, however, man experiences many difficulties in coming to know God by the light of reason alone: Though human reason is, strictly speaking, truly capable by its own natural power and light of attaining to a true and certain knowledge of the one personal God, who watches over and controls the world by his providence, and of the natural law written in our hearts by the Creator; yet there are many obstacles which prevent reason from the effective and fruitful use of this inborn faculty. For the truths that concern the relations between God and man wholly transcend the visible order of things, and, if they are translated into human action and influence it, they call for self-surrender and abnegation. the human mind, in its turn, is hampered in the attaining of such truths, not only by the impact of the senses and the imagination, but also by disordered appetites which are the consequences of original sin. So it happens that men in such matters easily persuade themselves that what they would not like to be true is false or at least doubtful.

This is why man stands in need of being enlightened by God’s revelation, not only about those things that exceed his understanding, but also ‘about those religious and moral truths which of themselves are not beyond the grasp of human reason, so that even in the present condition of the human race, they can be known by all men with ease, with firm certainty and with no admixture of error.’”

Left: Botticelli's depiction of St. Augustine.


Support Barbara Simons and Ramon Gabriel in raising funds for SSPP School! On Saturday, April 16, six intrepid couples will take to the dance floor in the back-by-popular-demand Dancing with the Stars Gala.  These dancers are parents, teachers, alumni, and members of the parish community, all of whom are training like mad to perform for over 300 guests at the Holiday Inn Gateway.

Each dance team is responsible for raising funds to support vital programs at Saints Peter & Paul School: programs that enrich the academic and co-curricular experience for our children.  We all know that a Saints Peter & Paul education encourages service, responsibility, integrity, and academic excellence: none of this is possible without the support of the community.

Representing Team Pre-K & SSPP Parish this year are our own beloved Barbara Simons, founder of the Pre-K, and Parish accountant Ramon San Gabriel -- soon-to-be-famous ballroom dancers extraordinaire!  Together they are working with Head of School (and sometime choreographer) Dr. Lisa Harris to master a surprise routine that will leave us all speechless!

Support Saints Peter & Paul and Team Pre-K TODAY.  (Click "Join as a member" at the bottom of the page to donate.)


More Choose Life! Parental Notification Initiative Petitions: In California, a girl under age 18 can’t get a cavity filled, or an aspirin dispensed by the school nurse without a parent knowing. But a physician's assistant, nurse, or midwife can perform an abortion on a young girl without informing a parent. 39 states now have laws on the books requiring that a parent be notified when there daughter is considering having an abortion. California is not one of them, with the result that 20% of all abortions on minor girls in the US take place right here. In addition to undermining the family, this practice allows adult men to abuse underage girls, and keep the act hidden. Californians’ for Parental Rights is working to get an initiative on next year’s ballot overturning this situation. If you’d like to see this on the ballot, you can sign a petition in the parish office. To learn more, visit www.caparentalrights.org/


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 on Sundays.

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.


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.

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!

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.

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

Click the arrow to start.

 


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, Janet & Thomas Luke, Lusida and her Family, Juner Valencia, Kelsea & London, Frank Cresci, Jenevieve, Jennifer Rosko, Irma Cortes, 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, Barbara Wolf, Maria Christine Barden, John Daly, Joann Montalbo, Barbara Conlon and Family, Jeanne Roselli, Rich Mayo, Claire Tilton, Anthony Matthew Bruno, Candice Hamilton, Lee Goodin, all the homeless & mentally ill of the neighborhood, & all parishioners in hospitals & nursing homes.

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

 

Liturgical Calendar

Sunday

07

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday

08

Jerome Emiliani. Josephine Bakhita; Virgin.

Tuesday 09 Weekday in Ordinary Time

Wednesday

10

Ash Wednesday

Thursday

11

Thursday after Ash Wednesday

Friday

11

Friday after Ash Wednesday
Saturday 12 Saturday after Ash Wednesday

Sunday

13

First Sunday of Lent

Your faithful donations of last week:

$4,590.
Weekly Donations needed to operate the Church:  
$6,000.
Shortfall  
$1,410.
Second Collection (For the Poor):  
$2,209.

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

 

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