Saints Peter & Paul Parish
Weekly Bulletin

December 25, 2016

The Nativity of the Lord
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Isaiah 52:7-10; Hebrews 1:1-6; John 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-14.  Isaiah speaks to us today of the beauty of the one who brings us glad tidings: Jesus coming to tell of God’s love. Hebrews goes further, describing Jesus as the one who fully reveals the depths of God’s love for humanity. Finally, the Gospel reminds us that Jesus is the very Word of God, the one from the beginning– God born into human history.

 

 


 

 

 

Natale di Signore

Natale è una festa che non lascia nessuno del tutto indifferente. In questa occasione, il cuore di bambino che palpita in ciascuno di noi riprende e battere, scoprendo in noi sentimenti di benevolenza verso tutti. Per qualche istante si assiste ad una vera tregua dagli abituali egoismi e ci si abbandona ai sogni di un mondo di pace e di serenità.

 

 

 

 


From the Pastor's Computer 

This Christmas I’m thinking of an old family picture.  We are all standing in front of our 1940 Plymouth.  I have my imitation pilot’s jacket with lamb’s wool collar.  My father and mother are right behind my sister and me, with my father’s hand on my shoulder.  There is closeness in that late 1940’s photo.  Sometimes I yearn for that loving touch of a parent to feel loved and cherished and protected, for in their presence I wasn’t afraid to be myself.

This is what Christmas is about: a celebration of the healing, loving, and protecting touch of Jesus, born in a manger.  This is the grace of God, being touched by God who loves us, sharing our humanity, showing us how to be the best version of ourselves, giving us the peace and joy of the Word becoming flesh and dwelling with us.

Christmas is a time to remember family and to once again experience the closeness that family brings.  So, as a family we come together at Saints Peter and Paul to share God’s grace of peace and joy.  May the grace and peace of God be with you.  May the glory of God in the highest shine always in your hearts.  May all of you so favored by God be given that peace that comes to you only by a God, who touches you with divinity and dwells with us in humanity.

-Fr. John Itzaina, SDB


Particular Items

Baptisms

Marriages

Rest-in-Peace

Alessia Gemma Frayle De Martini
Avery Enriquez Ledd

 

No Weddings Scheduled

Mario Minolli – Eda Carniglia
Lorraine Paccetti Loomis


Archived Bulletins: For our bulletin archives, go here.

Christmas Schedule: On Christmas Eve, confessions are heard from 4-5PM in the Church, followed by the Christmas Vigil Mass. The Church reopens at 11:15 for Christmas Carols followed by Midnight Mass. On Christmas Day, there will be Masses in English at 7:30 & 8:45AM and 1PM. There will be Mass in Cantonese at 10:15 AM and in Italian at 11:45 AM.

Christmas Dinner for the Poor: Have You Thought during the Advent Season about Directly Helping the Poor? One way you could do it is by joining other members of the parish to cook, serve and feed those in need on Christmas Day. To volunteer for this annual event held at the church, please contact the rectory or email Marc Bruno at  marcabruno@yahoo.com  And please keep the poor in your prayers!

Christmas Greetings from Pope Francis: “These two figures, Mary and Joseph, who first accepted Jesus through faith, introduce us into the mystery of Christmas. Mary helps us to put ourselves in the attitude of willingness to welcome the Son of God in our concrete lives, in our flesh. Joseph encourages us to always seek God’s will and to follow it with full confidence. Both of them allowed themselves to be approached by God….This announcement of hope, which is carried out at Christmas, brings to completion the expectation of God in each of us, in the whole Church, and in the small [insignificant and marginalized] that the world despises, but whom God loves and to whom God draws near.”-Pope Francis, Angelus Address, December 18, 2016.

Speaking of Helping the Poor: What about that old coat or blanket that's been sitting in your closet out of use? Each and every day during the cold winter months people knock on the parish door asking for just such things as these. Your old coats and blankets, clean and ready to wear or use, are welcome gifts for those in need. And think how much more room you will make for yourself at home! By starting "spring cleaning" today, you will make a better life for our brothers and sisters living on the streets.


Christmas Legends: The Robin: “A small brown bird was perched on a beam in a stable in Bethlehem watching the people from many lands who had come with gifts for the newborn Child. The little bird could see the great adoration of the people as they knelt before the Babe, and was able to sense that something wonderful had happened.

After a time, the visitors departed and the Holy Family settled down to rest; and the little bird prepared to sleep, too. But just as he was dozing off, he noticed that the fire, built to keep the Child warm, was dying out. Quickly he flew down and began fanning the coals with his wings. The fire became brighter until the feathers on the little bird's breast radiated the glow and showed a beautiful red.

Although he grew very tired, the small bird stayed by the fire all night, fanning it to keep the blaze bright and the Christ Child warm.

Since that night the robin's breast has remained a glowing red, a mark of the unselfish loveand devotion shown by that bird in Bethlehem.


Alcoholics Anonymous: The AA meets every Monday night at 7:00 PM, in the Parish Center. “The only requirement for AA membership is a desire to stop drinking” –Third Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Eucharistic Adoration & Bible Study: Every Wednesday, we have Holy Hour from 7:00-8:00 PM. Bible Study follows in the rectory. Parking available. "In the Eucharist, the Son of God comes to meet us and desires to become one with us; eucharistic adoration is simply the natural consequence of the eucharistic celebration, which is itself the Church's supreme act of adoration.” –Pope Benedict XVI.

Parishioner Needs Help: A parishioner needs an IHSS (In-Home Services) worker. The worker will be paid by the state. This is a 60 hours per month job, around 2-3 hours daily. Job consists of cooking, cleaning, and personal care. For more details, call Peggy at 415-515-5308.


 

 

 

 Choose Life! Walk for Life West Coast: Mark your calendars: the 13th Annual Walk for Life West Coast, the largest annual gathering of Catholics in the Bay Area, will be on January 21, 2016 at Civic Center Plaza. This is the second-largest pro-life event in America, and it got its start right here, in 2004, at Saints Peter and Paul! Last year 50,000+ attended! This year’s speakers include Pam Tebow, pro-life activist and mother of Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow; abortion survivor Melissa Ohden; Reggie Littlejohn, President of Womens Rights Without Frontiers; and the Rev. Clenard Childress of BlackGenoicide.org. As always, we will have all night Adoration for Life on the Friday before the Walk. Please call 421-0809 to schedule a time. Learn more at www.walkforlifewc.com


Salesian Cooperators: A series of monthly formation meetings are being conducted for current as well as future Salesian Cooperators. As its name implies, a "cooperator" helps bring the Salesian charism wherever one works, lives, and ministers, cooperating with the work of the worldwide Salesian family. Those interested in becoming Salesian Cooperators as well as all current Cooperators are asked and encouraged to attend as often as they are able. The next one will be on Monday, January 23rd at 7pm in the Boys and Girls Club conference room. Fr. John and Ed Te will share some thoughts and images on Don Bosco's Preventive System. We will observe how Don Bosco practiced it in the movie we have been watching, and then we will celebrate in anticipation of  Don Bosco's feast day on the 31st of January. Questions? Call/write or stop to see Fr. John (415.421.0809, or jitzaina@yahoo.com.

Attn: MEN! St. Patrick’s Discernment Retreat Weekend: From Friday, January 27 through Monday, January 29, St. Patrick’s Seminary will host its annual Discernment Retreat for men considering the priesthood. To register, contact Fr. David Schunk at vocations@sfarch.org or 415-614-5684. For more info discernment.retreat@stpsu.edu or 650-325-5621. All parishioners, please help by praying for vocations! “We need men to give up their lives for Jesus Christ NOW!”

Salesian Discernment Weekend: The Salesians are also inviting young men to discern a priestly vocation. From February 10-12, the Salesians will host a discernment weekend at Don Bosco Hall in Berkeley. Please contact Fr. Thien Nguyen, SDB at thiensdb@aol.com or 626-780-4119, or Fr. Jose Lucero, SDB at info@salesianvocation.org or 626-674-2675. All parishioners, please help by praying for vocations! “We need men to give up their lives for Jesus Christ NOW!”

 

 

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What is the Soul? Interesting upcoming opportunities from the Dominican School of Philiosophy and Theology in Berkeley. To learn more, visit https://www.dspt.edu/

 

Pre-K Open House: Our Laura Vicuña Pre-Kindergarten- will host their annual open house on Sunday, January 29th from 10AM-12 PM. Applications for the 2016-2017 school year will be available for our three and four year old classes. All are welcome to attend. For more information please contact the director, Barbara Simons @ 415-296-8549 or prek@sspeterpaulsf.org

Pre-K Now Accepting Three-Year Olds! The Laura Vicuna Pre-K is happy to announce that they will be accepting three-year-old children beginning in January, 2017! Sessions will be half day, with 2,3 or 5 day options available. Children must be toilet-trained. Our annual Pre-K open house will be on January 29th from 10AM-12PM. Applications for the 2017-2018 class will be available at that time for children 2.9-5 years of age. Please contact our director, Barbara Simons, for more information. bsimons@sspeterpaulsf.org or 415-296-8549

Catholic Charities Christmas Opportunities: There’s no better way to get into the spirit of the Christmas season than by giving! Adopt a family or individual this season: Your donation will enable disabled adults, seniors, children, and families to enjoy a memorable Christmas. A $25 – $50 Gift Card to Target or Safeway will allow case managers to take low-income families and individuals shopping to purchase needed items and gifts. To donate gift cards or gifts, or for more information, please contact Diana Contreras at dcontreras@catholiccharitiessf.org. There are a number of other Christmas volunteer opportunities with Catholic Charities. Please check the tables by the entrances to the church for flyers.


More Choose Life! “Pope Francis has seen a deeper link between the poor and the unborn. They are both among the first victims of a ‘throw-away society.’” –Poverty and Abortion: A Vicious Cycle”USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.

Pregnant? Need Help? No woman should be left alone! 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 has a chapter at Saints Peter and Paul. Please let any women you know who is pregnant that we stand ready to help! Call 1-800-910-0191.


Men’s Pants/Shirts/Sweaters Needed! We are in dire need of men’s pants for the homeless in the neighborhood. Men, please check your closets! And please don’t bring stuff like shorts, which we just throw away. We appreciate your generous thoughts, but remember: the homeless needs clothes they will be sleeping in outside.

Do you know an elderly or home-bound parishioner? Bring them a copy of the bulletin! Or print a copy of our online bulletin at www.salesiansspp.org/bulletin.html. And let us know if they need a visit! Call the parish office at 415-421-0809.

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 for Youth (CCD): Welcome current and new students to the Religious Education-CCD program school year 2016-2017 for Kindergarten through High School (Post Confirmation). The goal of the program is to help children to grow in faith. Working together with parents to help the children come to experience God through the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church. Registration is ongoing, forms are available in the parish office. Classes began on August 14, and areheld Sundays from 9:45am to 11:00am, in the school gym. The calender and registration forms may be downloaded from our CCD page.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word: CLOW is held at the Sunday 8:45 AM Mass. This is a way for our youngest members to hear the Gospel proclaimed in language they can understand and relate to their own lives. Children ages 3-6 and interested parents will be dismissed to the gym with their catechists (fellow parents Tom and Eileen Boles) prior to the First Reading and will return during the Offertory procession. No registration is required.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Eileen Emerson-Boles: 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!

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.

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 2016-2017 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

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.



 

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), 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, Zack, Anthony Matthew Bruno, Candice Hamilton, Lee Goodin, Denise Rojas, Evelyn Zappia, Steve Benjamin, Damir Shalako, Jojie Sterman, Greg Lathrop, Chastidy Ronan, Bowen Xie, Maria Salas, Leila, Intention Mrs. Dillon, Intention Olena Kollivan, 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

25

The Nativity of the Lord, Christmas Day

Monday

26

Stephen; The First Martyr

Tuesday 27

John; Apostle, Evangelist

Wednesday

28

The Holy Innocents; Martyrs

Thursday

29

Fifth day Within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord. Thomas Becket; Bishop, Martyr

Friday

30

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
Saturday 31

Seventh Day Within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord. Sylvester I; Pope                         

Sunday

01

Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord

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