St. Robert's Church Bulletin, August 19, 2001

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

August 19, 2001
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners,

You have surely heard a lot recently about "stem cell research", and chances are very good that you are confused by the conflicting voices in the news.

Sometimes, however, simple principles help us to determine what we should do. And one of the simplest principles which all people of every faith (or even of no faith) should always uphold is that every human being has the right to life! This simple principle was included in the Declaration of Independence 225 years ago—a document belonging not to any one religion, but to all Americans—that we are endowed by our Creator with certain rights that cannot be alienated, the first being the right to life.

Another basic principle, easily recognized by any honest person, is that the life of every human being begins at their conception.

Every human being who ever walked the face of the earth, including Jesus Christ, grew continuously from that most-important moment, gradually becoming a man or woman who could interact with others. You and I were once microscopic in size, and if anything dangerous happened to us before birth, we would never have been born, but we certainly did exist! Yes, there was a time that we were a blastocyst, an embryo, a fetus, an infant, a baby, a boy or girl, an adolescent, an adult—and all the time we were continuously the same human being!

So whenever we hear talk of using "embryonic stem cells" —as opposed to other stem cells, even if their use could heal all the illnesses in the world, we have got to hold onto the principle that it is never right to treat any human being—even a microscopic one—as something less than human, as something to be used in any way by anyone else.

There are currently thousands of frozen embryos which are not intended to ever be brought to birth, and many people are eager to experiment upon them in the sometimes greedy hope that they’ll discover cures for diseases. But the truth is that these embryos are the tiniest, most helpless human beings in the world. Is there anyone to speak up for them, or will they go to the slaughter? Does it mean anything to anyone that Jesus, too, was once so helpless?

Father Mark Taheny


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The Sacrament of the Eucharist

A little bit more from the U.S. Bishops’ The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist (June 2001):

There are various ways in which the symbolism of eating bread and drinking wine discloses the meaning of the Eucharist. For example, just as natural food gives nourishment to the body, so the eucharistic food gives spiritual nourishment. Furthermore, the sharing of an ordinary meal establishes a certain communion among the people who share it; in the eucharist, the People of God share a meal that brings them into communion not only with each other but with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Similarly, as St. Paul tells us, the single loaf that is shared among many during the eucharistic meal is an indication of the unity of those who have been called together by the Holy Spirit as one body, the Body of Christ (1 Cor 10:17). To take another example, the individual grains of wheat and individual grapes have to be harvested and to undergo a process of grinding or crushing before they are unified as bread and as wine. Because of this, bread and wine point to both the union of the many that takes place in the Body of Christ and the suffering undergone by Christ, a suffering that must also be embraced by his disciples. - Pat Kelly


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8/20 Monday 6:30
JoAnn Curran †
Robert Kuczka †
8/21 Tuesday 6:30
Clint Lindstrom (L)
Phil Murphy †
8/22 Wednesday 6:30
Pat Forbush †
Carmen Rojas †
8/23 Thursday 6:30
John Devine †
Peggy Bisagno †
8/24 Friday 6:30
Rufino Aranez †
Joseph Salvi †
8/25 Saturday 8:30
Emmanuel Borg †
Fred Crist †
8/26 Sunday 7:30
Rufino Aranez †
People of St. Robert's
Giuseppe Pignati †
Richard Fernandez †
Martin Connolly †


08/25 Saturday 4:30 Douglas Finigan & Sean Kent
08/26 Sunday 7:30
Eric Barradas & Katie McCarthy
Michael Kelly & Claudia Zepeda
Jennifer Molina & Justin Sebastian
Emily Albertolle & Amanda Troxler
Tara Alvergue & Nathan Pisani


Isaiah 66:18-21 Hebrews 12:5-7. 11-13 Luke 13:22-30



As a parish community we pray....

for families whose members are alienated from one another. May they remember loving times and, once again, experience peace and wholeness.



Brianna Marie Cuarto Nusbaum



Matthew Green & Julianne Michelucci
Victor Abayan & Editha Fernandez
John Hernandez & Pamela Palma



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, 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, Lee Shick, Joseph Calleja, Sandra and William Dill, Leo Pieretti & Bernie Voight.


Our sincere sympathy to the family of
Anita Gregory
who died recently.


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We have completely depleted our food supplies for needy families. Please drop off, when you can, non-perishable items in the vestibule of the Church. Thank you again for all your support throughout the year.



Our St. Vincent de Paul Conference wants to thank our "Teen Group", as well as our own volunteers who helped chaperone the recently held Mervyn’s Back-to-School Saturday. Mervyn’s opens their doors early, letting in about 75 children and chaperones to select $100 of clothing...a breakfast for all and a back-pack with school supplies. Helping out this year were: Amanda Williams, Faustino Perez, Jesse Robert, Eleanor Tannis, Nina Baldonado, Gina Wilson & Tanya Marcelino. Our chaperones were: Gerry Huddleston, Sophia & Bruce Chester, and Carlo & Maria Noce. Thank you!



Sister Mary is in need of teachers for Religious Education. If anyone is interested and feels called to work in this ministry, please call her at 588-0477 (Rel. Ed. Office) or 583-2566 (Convent).


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St. Robert School will open for the 2001-02 school year on Tuesday, August 28th, at 8 am. Parents are welcome to attend our opening day breakfast following the 8:30 am Mass on August 28th. Back-to-School Night will be held on Tuesday, September 4th, at 7 pm in Hennessy Hall.

St. Robert 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 generallly accorded to or made available to students at this school. St. Robert 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, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.


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Plans are being made for this year’s annual parish festival "Tropical Nights", which will be Sept. 28th - 30th. The Barbecue and Food Booths are in need of your help. Most shifts are for two hours. If you can help in any way, please contact Louise and Ray Downs.



See next weeks' bulletin for details



RCIA will begin September 13th. RCIA is for adults interested in receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and/or First Eucharist. Please contact the Parish office at 589-2800 if interested in joining.


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MONDAY, August 20th
7 - 8:30 pm, Women’s Guild Board Meeting.....Hall

TUESDAY, August 21st
6:30 - 8 pm, Legion of Mary.....Library
7:30 - 9 pm, Youth Group.....Kitchen

WEDNESDAY, August 22nd
7:30 - 9 pm, Liturgy Committee.....Mary’s Chapel

SUNDAY, August 26th
10 -11:30 am, Fil/Am Choir......Hall

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