St. Stephen Parish Dedication of the Lateran Basilica November 9, 2014

St. Stephen Parish
November 9, 2014
The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
...“Take these out of here, and stop
making my Father’s house a marketplace.” His disciples recalled the
words of Scripture, Zeal for your
house will consume me.
At this the Jews answered and said
to him, “What sign can you show us
for doing this?” Jesus answered and
said to them, “Destroy this temple
and in three days I will raise it up.”
The Jews said, “This temple has
been under construction for forty-six
years, and you will raise it up in
three days?” But he was speaking
about the temple of his Body. Therefore, when he was raised from the
dead, his disciples remembered that
he had said this, and they came to
believe the Scripture and the word
Jesus had spoken.
John 2:13 - 22
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We are a Catholic Community that is called by God to follow Jesus Christ. We believe that we are called
to worship God together, to lead God's people along the path of hope laid down by Jesus, to share his message through preaching, through the education and formation of our people, young and old, and through caring service and sensitive outreach to those in need
Rev. Paul F. Warren - Pastor
Weekday Mass: 8:00 a.m. Reconciliation: Saturday 3:30 p.m. or by appt.
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Our Liturgical Week
Monday, Nov. 10
8:00 a.m. Fr. Strange:†Lois Gardner
Tuesday, Nov. 11
8:00 a.m. Fr. Warren:Lisa Ann Boquiren Sp. Int.
Wednesday Nov. 12
8:00 a.m. Fr. Warren:†Ray Aguirre
Thursday, Nov. 13
8:00 a.m. Fr.
: †Marygrace Dunn
Friday, Nov. 14
8:00 a.m. Fr.
:†Nancy Jean Santone
Saturday, Nov. 15
8:00 a.m. Fr. Strange:†Elena I. Wooll
3:30 p.m. Fr. Strange:Reconciliation
4:30 p.m. Fr. Strange:†Charlie Taylor
Sunday, Nov. 16
:†Fr. Eric Freed
8:00 a.m. Fr.
9:30 a.m. Fr. Warren :†Daniel Cauglin
11:30 a.m. Fr. Grosskopf:†Lois Gardner
6:45 p.m. Fr. Strange:Elaine Dias
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The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
November 9, 2014
The LORD of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob. — Psalm 46:8
First Reading — I saw water flowing out of the
temple; wherever the river flows, every living creature shall live (Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12).
Psalm — The waters of the river gladden the city of
God, the holy dwelling of the Most High (Psalm 46).
Second Reading — Do you not know that you are
the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells
in you? (1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17).
Gospel — Destroy this temple and in three days I
will raise it up (John 2:13-22).
Second Collection
Next Weekend
A second collection will be taken at all masses November 15 & 16 for
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St Stephen Events Calendar
School Holiday
3:30 p.m. Faith Formation/Parish Office
Veteran’s Day, Parish Office Closed
7:00 p.m. Women’s Guild Board/EC
11:30 a.m. School Lunch/Hall
7:00 p.m. St. Vincent De Paul/Parish Office
3:00 p.m. Jr. Choir Practice/Church
6:30 p.m. Youth Group/Parish Office
7:00 p.m. Choir Practice/Church
7:00 p.m. RCIA/Parish Office
7:00 p.m. GA Meeting/Parish Office & EC
Saturday School Bake Sale after 4:30 p.m. mass
School Bake Sale after all masses
5:00 p.m. Youth Group/Gym
7:00 p.m. Adult Volleyball/Gym
(contact our office for more information)
Sunday: The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
Monday: Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time;
St. Leo the Great
Tuesday: St. Martin of Tours;
Veterans Day
Wednesday: St. Josaphat
Thursday: St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
Saturday: St. Albert the Great;
Blessed Virgin Mary
Please pray for the sick and
homebound of our community
and for all those written in our
book of the sick. May they know the healing touch of
Larry Barbiere, Karen Bruneman, Eden Finn,
Paz Diaz Dierks, Carol Dominguez, Al Gragnani,
Helen Hart, Emma Hock, Honora Lowe,
Albert Chris Magie, Maria Matthews,
Nancy McGarvey, Dorothy Medlin,
Juan Pablo Grover-Paez,
and Patricia Sullivan.
CONFIDENCE comes not from always being
right but not fearing to be wrong.
Dear Parishioners of St. Stephen;
In recent weeks I have written about the behind-the-scenes discussions going on at the
Vatican. Concerning the upcoming Synod on Family Life bishops do not seem to be
on the same page. To me, that’s a healthy insight into how our Church works. Our
Holy Father is encouraging open and honest dialogue. He is not expecting everyone to
agree. Pope Francis is changing the way the Church operates. As someone recently
noted, he is not changing the tune but he is changing the key.
Last week I referred to the debate between some Cardinals and the book on Mercy by
Cardinal Kasper. In reaction several Cardinals then wrote a book in opposition to
Kasper’s more “pastoral” approach to challenging issues dealing with family and marriage.
Cardinal Kasper has been interviewed in “America” magazine and his thoughts are illuminating. From
that interview here are a few of his ideas:
--Card. Kasper thought the Pope was very wise in inviting a number of “conservative” participants to the
synod, stating that the Pope wants to be fair and not exclude anyone. He wanted to hear from everyone.
--He felt that the Synod was very similar to the energy surrounding the time of the Second Vatican Council. At that time Roman theologians had prepared the texts, assuming everyone would simply rubberstamp them and the meeting would be over in two or three weeks. This, says Kasper, is a similar time.
--Card. Kasper acknowledged those who are voicing dissent to what and how the Pope is managing
church affairs. Again, not so different from the time of Vatican II. He boldly said, “I do not remember
such a situation, where in such an organized way five cardinals write such a book. It’s the way it’s done
in politics, but it should not be done in the church. It’s how politicians act, but I think we should not behave this way in the church.”
--To the question of whether communion is the prize for the perfect or whether it should be something to
help the sinner, his response: “We are all sinners. Nobody is really worthy to receive holy Communion.
Communion has a healing effect. Especially people living in difficult situations need the help of grace and
need the sacraments.”
--Far from thinking that the decision to receive Communion should be up to individuals
alone, Kasper admits that, “...the sacraments are not just private events; they are public celebrations of the
whole church.” He has reservations about all being handled by way of annulment. Using as an example a
10-year mostly happy marriage with several children which fell apart, he said, “This marriage was a reality, and to say it was canonically null and void does not make sense to me. This is an abstract canonical
construction. It’s divorce in a Catholic way, in a dishonest way.”
--Finally he had this to say: “ Often pastors want to control human life. It’s clericalism. They don’t trust
people and therefore don’t respect the conscience of people. Of course, we have to give guidelines from
the Gospel and remind people of the commandments of the Lord, but then we should trust that the Holy
Spirit is working in the hearts and in the conscience of our people.”
Cardinal Kasper concluded,
“With Francis, the ‘somewhat pessimistic basic mood’ of the church has given way to a new joy, a spirit
of optimism, and a new start.” Amen I say to all this. Let us pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance of our
ecclesial leadership. I, for one, am looking forward to the Synod next year. As you can see, it should
prove to be one exciting meeting!
Wishing you and your family God’s continued blessings, I am sincerely yours in Christ,
your pastor
Father Paul F. Warren
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St. Stephen Women’s Guild
Fall Bake Sale
Next Weekend!
November 15 & 16
Please plan to join us on
Saturday, November 15 and
Sunday, November 16 following all masses.
We will Have a wide selection of delicious
home-baked treats on sale. Volunteers from
our parish and community are welcome and
much appreciated. If you would like to bake,
we will be accepting baked goods at the Parish Center/ Extension Center from 10:00 a.m.
till 4:00 p.m. on Saturday November 15.
Please join us for this fun event. All proceeds
go directly to St. Stephen School. Our parents
and children thank you!
For more information please call Paty Ramirez at 650 201-0106.
Second Collections
Thanks to your generosity last weekend we
were able to add $1,281 to our Building
Maintenance Fund. We also wish to express our thanks for the following gifts:
$1,281 - All Saints Day and $541 - All Saints Day.
We are most grateful for your continued generosity.
Mark your calendar!
Thursday, November 27 - 9:30 a.m.
Our Traditional Thanksgiving Day Mass
Rosary Group
The Rosary is said each week day after the
eight o'clock mass. All are welcome.
St. Stephen Women's
Guild presents
"Cabaret" a fun night
of dinner, dancing and
auction at Olympic
Club Lakeside. Tickets are $135. Attend,
sponsor or donate.
For further information visit,
email [email protected]
or call Mary Kerford (415) 624-6180.
Mass Intentions
Our 2015 Mass Calendar is open. Please stop by
the Parish Office weekdays to reserve a mass in
memory of a loved one or for your special intentions.
Box Tops
Please support St. Stephen School by clipping and
collecting Box Tops from items in your pantry! Box
Tops are located on hundreds of products, everything
from Yoplait yogurt to Cheerios, and even Green Giant vegetables. For a complete list of products that
have a Box Top, go to
Box Tops can be turned into the school office,
dropped in the parish center mailbox to the school or
handed directly to Shawna Stecher at the 9:30 mass.
Questions? Shawna can be reached at 415-748-2417.
St. Stephen Altar Servers
Our special “thanks” to our student Altar Servers who faithfully continue to volunteer their time
and talent to our parish. Our Altar Servers for October 27 thru November 2 were:
— Weekday Masses —
Olivia Lamb, Esmeralda Ramirez, Chris Oropeza, Kyle Simmons, Emily Schmitt and Genevieve Davey.
— Weekend Masses —
Kerry Fitzgerald, Luca Del Carlo, Grace Scheg, Erin Scheg, Declan Patakar, Patrick Martin,
Gerard Tiña, Emily Schmitt, Catherine Morello, Elizabeth Held, Jack Corriea
and Joe Khorge.
Thank You!
2014 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal
It’s Not To Late To Help!
We are entering the last 7 weeks of our 2014
campaign. We are $12,802 short of meeting
our goal. Please join 260 donors by contributing and becoming part of this great appeal.
Dedication of the Basilica of
St. John Lateran
We celebrate today the Dedication of the Basilica
of St. John Lateran in Rome because it is the head
and mother church of all churches in the world. On
the façade of the basilica there is an inscription in
Latin which reads, “the mother and mistress of all
churches of Rome and the world.” One might think
St. Peter’s Basilica is the head of all the churches but
in fact it is the Basilica of St. John Lateran. Every
bishop has a cathedral and the Pope’s cathedral is the
Basilica of St. John Lateran not the Basilica of St.
You may ask “Why is the Basilica of St. John
Lateran the Pope’s cathedral and not the Basilica of
St. Peter since he lives next to St. Peter's Basilica?”
History gives us the answer. In the early centuries
Christianity was outlawed in Rome and many Christians in Rome suffered martyrdom. The Emperor
Constantine converted to Christianity and the famous
Edict of Milan in 313 AD allowed Christians to practice their religion in public. Constantine had been
given the palace in Rome that belonged to the Laterani and after his conversion to Christianity he gave it
to the Pope. The Lateran Palace was then adapted to
become a church and was dedicated on November
9th 324 and the Pope then lived in the Lateran Palace, as it was called, for the next 1000 years and the
basilica was his cathedral. It was first called the Basilica of the Savior but later was also dedicated to St.
John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist and so it
acquired the name Basilica of St. John Lateran.
When the Papacy transferred to Avignon for about a
century, the condition of the Lateran deteriorated so
much that when the Papacy returned to Rome the
Pope lived in two other locations before finally settling adjacent to St. Peter’s Basilica where he now
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Readers: The Workbooks for 2015 will be in the
vestibule of the church beginning this weekend, November 8 & 9. You may pick them up at your convenience.
The certificates are ready! Those who have been
certified through the archdiocese may pick up your
certificates in the vestibule of the church beginning
this weekend, November 8 & 9. Congratulations!
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International Restorative Justice Month
November 2014
November is International Restorative Justice Observance Month. On behalf of the San Francisco Archdiocesan Restorative Justice Ministry, we humbly
invite you to participate in a Journey of Prayer.
Please take this opportunity to accompany us, in
unity with your community, to remember in your
prayers victims and survivors, prisoners and formerly
incarcerated people, a reformed criminal justice system, and those working in restorative justice ministries, providers and advocates.
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Today - Connie D’Aura
Sunday, Nov. 16 - Youth Group
Sunday, Nov. 23 - Parish Council
A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which
every passerby leaves a mark.
Ancient Chinese proverb
The Month of November:
We Remember Those
Who Have Gone Before
November is traditionally the
month when Catholics remember those who have died.
We invite you to bring photos of your deceased
loved ones to church. These photos will be arranged around the Paschal Candle and Baptismal
Font during the month of November.
During the remaining days of October, you may
begin to bring your photos and place them on the
tables in the vestibule. These will be arranged
near the font by the Feasts of Saints. After November 1st, you may add photographs to the arrangement around the font.
The photographs may be framed, or unframed.
Please place your name and phone number on
the back of each photo.
You are also invited to write the names of your
loved ones in the Book of Remembrance. During
the month of November, it will be located near
the font.
Catholic Divorce Ministry
Here at St. Stephen’s Church, and in the Archdiocese
of San Francisco, we have a special ministry for
those men and women who have experienced the
pain of separation and divorce. We believe that the
Church has a rich treasury of people, Holy Scripture,
tradition, and pastoral ministry on which it can draw
to serve its members whose marriages end in divorce. We strive to lay open this wealth and make
known Christ’s abundant healing love so that all who
suffer from separation and divorce might experience
healing, reconciliation, and new life. We also recognize that separated and divorced people, through
their vulnerability, suffering, courage, faithfulness,
and patient endurance bear witness to Christ and his
redeeming grace in the world. They are not mere recipients of the Church’s compassion; they are as
well, ministers of that compassion. We have a support group that meets twice a month here at St.
Stephen’s. Please call me, Father Al Grosskopf, S.J.,
415 422-6698.
In all of today’s readings, the temple is prominently
mentioned. Ezekiel speaks of streams of living water
flowing out from the temple, watering the desert,
bringing life to all living things, offering fresh healing to God’s people.
Paul reminds the Corinthians that their faith rests
upon the firmest of foundations, Christ himself.
More than that, Paul reveals that those who follow
Christ are themselves temples, temples of the Holy
Spirit; that is, God dwells not only with them, but in
For the Jews of Jesus’ time, the temple had come to
be identified with the presence of God and the only
place where authentic worship of God took place.
Jesus had a different perception. Jesus identified
himself not with the temple, but as the temple. In so
doing, Jesus indicated a dramatic shift in what it
means to worship God, to be in God’s presence. No
longer was a place to be the focus of prayer. Instead,
a person, the person of Jesus Christ, becomes the
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Janelle O’Malley
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Mrs. Sharon McCarthy Allen
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Jim Cook
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Shay Ingelfinger
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Christian Fernandez
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Giovanna Hrvatin
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