St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, July 14, 2002

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

July 14, 2002
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Friends:

It has been an exceptionally windy Summer here in San Bruno. Gene commented upon this after having battened down our 4 toppled tomato pots for the fifth time today. He mused that our Parish community has been experiencing "the winds of change".

The breath of the Holy Spirit has quickly wisked away Father Morris and Father Mark and planted them in new fields. Our prayers and our love go with them.

In their place, the same Spirit has brought Father Tom Hamilton to us. He, too, will help us grow into the image of our God. He is now one of us, whom we will nurture and love.

Good-byes are always painful. Change is often painful too; but it is unavoidable and necessary on our spiritual journey. Hellos are joyful; so we say: "Hello, Father Tom. Welcome to St. Robert’s".

Two simple elements, bread and wine, are changed on the altar of our God into the Body and Blood of Christ. We who receive Him in the Eucharist are also changed - transformed - individually and as community - into the Body of Christ.

Our Church is now in the painful process of change, as is our Nation and our world. No matter how blustery "the winds of change" may blow, one thing will never change: Our God is always with us. Our God loves us. We are one in Him for all eternity.

God bless you.
Gene & Anna May



Fun evenings of choral singing!
Good techniques to sing and read music better!

4 Wednesday evenings this Summer:
July 31, August 7, 14, & 21 7-9pm

Free. Open to all ages and skill levels.

For more information or to register, please call Pat Vallez-Kelly at 589-2800.


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7/15 Monday 6:30
Alan Sweetman
Dr. Ursula Dietrich †
7/16 Tuesday 6:30
Thomas Dearer †
Edward Bizal †
7/17 Wednesday 6:30
Charles Greene †
John P. Murphy †
7/18 Thursday 6:30
Jeff Harper †
John Fletcher †
7/19 Friday 6:30
Charles Agius †
Elda Salvi †
7/20 Saturday 8:30
Gloria Albertoli †
Fe Tan †
7/21 Sunday 7:30
Richard Sloan †
Carl Podsiadly †
Marie Carambat †
Antonio Busceti †
People of St. Robert's

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wisdom 12:13-19
Romans 8:26-27
Matthew 13:24-43


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Shaping Family

A few years ago I was invited by a friend to play for her wedding on a ranch in southern Oregon. It was an unusual wedding! Most of the guests camped out at the ranch. I still remember the howling of the coyotes, wolves, or whatever large-toothed animals were out there!

For the wedding, I played a duet with a violinist. We got to know each other a bit over the weekend. He was a young Jewish man. Like many young adults, he had stopped exercising his faith for some time, but was then experiencing a renewal of interest in it. Around a campfire on the night of the wedding, he was telling me about his new excitement about Judaism. At one point he said, "What I really like about it is that it is family-focused. We spend a lot of time praying together as a family. I never saw that much in the Christian churches I spent time in." I didn’t have much of a response to what he said. Aside from the fact that many Christian families do pray together, I realized also that many times we worship with a lot of people who are practically strangers to us.

This is part of the reality of being in a large church community like St. Robert’s. It’s very difficult to get to know everyone like the brothers and sisters that Jesus calls us to be. Like Jews, we do worship as a family, but according to Jesus, it’s a family which goes beyond bloodlines or homes. It’s a family created in the Spirit of God. Our challenge, in our big suburban church, is to continue to make St. Robert’s Catholic community an inclusive family not just in theory, but in reality. This is where the the exercise of hospitality becomes important. Through hospitality we are attentive to the brother or sister we sit next to but whom we do not know. Another word for it is friendliness. Through it we make our family circle wider and tighter—a clearer example to our world of what the Reign of God looks like.
Pat Vallez-Kelly


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As a Parish Community, we Pray...For victims of terrorism, violence, hatred and war, especially in the Holy Land and in Afghanistan. May we find some way to extend to them the healing hand of Jesus.



We pray for the ill: Sharon Aiello, Marilyn Arancibia, Robert Bacci, Ilaria Belluomini, Bastiaan Blumenthal, Marcia Bourne, Ann Burns, Joseph Calleja, Arthur Candia, Josie Clarke, Nan Connolly, Ana Cosgaya, Imelda Daly, Walton & June Dickhoff, Sandra & William Dill, Carl Edwards, Adela Florez, Henry Fosson, Fred Gaedeke, Jim Halpin, Denise Hawald, Joanne Johnson, Koret Koelman, Muriel Krause, Abelardo Landin, Josephine Lavoie, Marky, Daniel McHale, Rosemary McHale, Jeanne McHugh, Terry McLeod, Josefina Mercado, Sal Milizio, George Mitchell, Catherine Murtagh, Louis Ricardo, Pauline Speranza, Kari Stellino, Bernadine Trenchard, and Don Vickery.

Please call the Rectory if you have a friend or family member who is ill or in the hospital and would like a visit from our Clergy.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Marcll Covell,
John C. Lucich &
Barbara Sanning

who died recently. 


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Building for a New Century

Pledge/Gifts as of July 10
Number of Families

Cash received to date will be
listed in ext week's bulletin


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Our St. Vincent de Paul Society is in need of peanut butter & jelly, canned stew, "cereal", canned ham, tuna fish, canned pasta, coffee and hot chocolate. Please bring items to the rectory.

Catholic Worker House in San Bruno is in need of vegetable oil, trash bags (all sizes), canned meat (especially Spam), airspray, fresh fruit, margarine, napkins, and canned soups. Please bring items to the rectory.


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Volunteers needed for Mission Hospice, Inc., of San Mateo County. They are looking for a diverse group of caring and compassionate individuals to volunteer. To learn more, you are asked to attend an informational meeting:

When: Wednesday, July 17th, Noon meeting: 12:00 p.m to 1:00 p.m. or After work meeting: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Where: Mission Hospice, 151 W. 20th Ave., San Mateo.

Please RSVP to Patricia Castagnola if you are interested in attending (650) 554-1000.

Direct Care Volunteer training will take place on six consecutive Saturdays starting Sept. 14th - Oct. 19th.



SISTER COLUMBA, former Principal of St. Robert School, will be visiting on Monday, July 29, 2002. Please come by Hennessy Hall between 7 pm and 9 pm if you would like to visit with her. For more information contact Virginia Yanke or Hilda Barradas.


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St. Robert’s web site is:

While out out town you can check for nationwide Mass times and locations at (1-800-627-7846) or Internet at


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Tuesday, July 16th
6:30 - 8:30 pm, Legion of Mary......Library

Thursday, July 18th
7:30 - 9:30 pm, Festival Meeting.......Library

Sunday, July 21st
10:00 - 11:30 am, Fil/Am Choir......Hall 

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