St. Robert's Church Bulletin, July 8, 2001

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

July 8, 2001
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners,

The fiscal year of the Parish ended on June 30th. Although we did not reach the weekly collection goal ($7,795 short), we remained in the black because we were over-goal in the Christmas and Easter collections and in other areas of income, as well as under budget on our total expenses. Thank you to all of you who have supported your Parish. A full financial statement will be sent to you at the beginning of September.

As we enter this new fiscal year, the Finance Committee of the Parish has approved a Parish budget of $645,750, an increase of 2.2 percent over last year. Our weekly goal for the collection will increase by $200 to $8,500. My hope is that every family will sacrifice at least one dollar more each week to the Parish. If we all participate, the financial burden becomes very light. God blesses a generous giver.

We are able to finance the painting of the outside of the Church this summer because of a generous gift from the estate of Frances Kollerer. Please remember her in your prayers. If you are writing your will, please remember our Parish and school.

The building of a Parish Education Center has not been forgotten. As you know, we are in need of more space for a science/art room, computer room, center for Religious Education and an additional meeting room. The possibility of modular construction similar to that being used at schools here in San Bruno (the new Belle Aire) and in other cities is being studied. This type of construction is of a permanent nature; but because parts of it are fabricated off site, it is more reasonable in price. My hope is that we will be able to proceed on this project within a year.

Enjoy the summer!
Father Ring


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When Mass "Does Nothing For Me"

Last week we looked at stories from the Gospel according to Mark which tell of instances when people came to Jesus looking for something and they left unsatisfied. I’d bet it happens to all of us occasionally when we come to Mass as well. In those gospel stories, the problem was in the way the people (the man with many possessions and the Pharisees) approached Jesus. For all of us, too, sometimes we approach Jesus with an agenda which just doesn’t jive with the Reign of God, or we’re impatient with God’s timing in answering our prayers. We’re left with a disconnected feeling.

The Gospel according to Mark tells another story, however, of someone’s needs not being met. This time, the problem is with Jesus’ own disciples whom he commissioned to heal illnesses and cast out demons in his own name. In Mark 9:14-29, a man and his son possessed by a mute spirit are almost left unaided because Jesus’ disciples are unable to heal the boy. (Luckily, Jesus himself comes along to cast out the demon!) Jesus laments at the lack of faith in his disciples and teaches them that some demons can be driven out only through prayer.

In liturgy, too, sometimes the element frustrating the healing connection between Christ and his people are the ones doing the ministry, even with their most sincere efforts! It’s an unfortunate characteristic of a Church which honestly admits that it is always in need of reform. We can all help each other meet the powerful Presence and Person of Christ at Mass through prayer, first and foremost, for ourselves and for those who minister to us.


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7/09 Monday 6:30
Mary Keenan †
Johnny Ordoveza †
7/10 Tuesday 6:30
Joan Corbett †
Judy King †
7/11 Wednesday 6:30
Ignacio Acenas †
Eugene J. Martin †
7/12 Thursday 6:30
St. Jude Thaddeus †
Charles Agius †
7/13 Friday 6:30
Armando Javellana †
Harry Chin †
7/14 Saturday 8:30
Patrick Quirke †
Jeffrey Dominguez †
7/15 Sunday 7:30
Thomas & Mary Ann Begley †
People of St. Robert's
Joseph McClelland †
Alfred Bordin †
Bill Stringer †


07/14 Saturday 4:30 Amanda Belluomini & Stephanie Donohue
07/15 Sunday 7:30
Katie McCarthy
Andrew Ferreira & Steven Wilson
Tracy Cosgriff & Jessica Mitchell
Bernadette Abellana & Danielle Chun
Danielle Donohue & Leanne Voreyer


Deuteronomy 30:10-14 Colossians 1:15-20 Luke 10:25-37



As a parish Community we pray....
for children in need of loving homes and for those who respond to their cry with outstretched arms and caring hearts.



Kimberli Ann Ellestad & Ryan McCarthy



We pray for the ill: Sharon Aiello, Marilyn Arancibia, Bastiaan Blumenthal, Marcia Bourne, Ann Burns, Arthur Candia, Josie Clarke, Nan Connolly, Ana Cosgaya, Imelda Daly, William & Sandra Dill, Adela Florez, Elsie Grech, Randall Guerro, Denise Hawald, Joanne Johnson, Koret Koelman, Muriel Krause, Josephine Lavoie, Marky, Rosemary McHale, Jeanne McHugh, Terry McLeod, Catherine Okulove, Mary Shick, Cyndy Smerdel, Kari Stellino, Don Vickery, Walton and June Dickhoff, Gordon Sinks, Daniel McHale, Ilaria Belluomini, Elenore Morgan, Shirley Ann Rider, Lee Shick, Marion Macris, Leo Pieretti & Bernie Voight.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Amelia Sarmiento,
Kathleen Sullivan,
Dolores Fernandez &
Frank Winslow

who died recently.


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All recent high school graduates and their families, especially those from the Class of 2001, are invited to attend the 5:30pm Mass on Sunday, August 12 as a final get-together before many of us leave for school. We’ll celebrate Eucharist, receive a special blessing, and have a light reception outside church immediately following Mass.


July 11th

We are scheduled for the 2nd Wednesday of each month. If you can prepare a favorite cookie, snack or lunch item for 10 to 12 people, please drop it off at the Children’s Chapel, in the back of Church, by 9:00 am on July 11th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items can be donated.

We appreciate all your help.



Will you be going to a far-away island this summer or a country thousands and thousands of miles away? WELL, THEN you could be in the running for a prize for the bulletin from the church that is furthest away. Just drop it/them by the rectory on your return. Winner will be announced at the end of summer.

For help in finding nationwide Mass times and locations while you are away this summer please use the following:

Call 1-800-Mass Times (1-800-627-7846)
or internet at



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will resume September 5th.


Plans are being made for this year’s annual parish festival "Tropical Nights", which will be Sept. 28th - 30th and, as always, the Barbecue and Food Booths are in need of your help. Several people are needed to work in these two very popular booths and everyone from the parish is welcome to help. Most shifts are for two hours, but you can work for as many hours as you would like and on all three days if you wish.

This year’s menu will include those all-time favorites - delicious barbecued tri-tip steak sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, polish sausages, Domino’s Pizza, nachos, soft drinks, candy, and much more.

If you can help in any way, please contact Louise and Ray Downs.


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MONDAY, July 9th
7:30 - 8:30 pm, St. Vincent de Paul....Hall
5 - 10 pm, Men’s Club....Hall

TUESDAY, July 10th
6:30 - 8 pm, Legion of Mary.....Library
8 - 9 pm , Youth Group.....Hall Kitchen

WEDNESDAY, July 11th
9 am, Aids Lunch.....Children’s Chapel
9 - 9:30 am Grief Group.....Mary’s Chapel

SUNDAY, July 15th
10 - 11:30 am, Fil/Am Choir......Hall

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