St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, July 28, 2002

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

July 28, 2002
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners,

In the eighteenth chapter of the Book of Genesis, there is a touching story of hospitality.

Looking up, he (Abraham) saw three men standing near him. As soon as he saw them, he ran from the entrance of the tent to greet them....

Abraham and Sarah hastened to be of service to these strangers - providing water that they might bathe their feet, settling before them a sumptuous meal that they might be refreshed. One tradition of Eastern Christian Churches (Catholic and Orthodox) is that in welcoming the travelers - — Abraham and Sarah in fact welcomed the Triune God.

Since my arrival in early July, I have experienced the much acclaimed welcome, the hospitality of this faith community. In the warm hand shakes, the words of greeting, the good wishes expressed and the prayers promised — I have known the comforting grace of God’s presence. Any fears or anxieties I may have initially known in coming to a new assignment, long ago evaporated in the blessing which is this parish family.

I want to thank you for the gift of your welcome in which I have experienced much of God. I am grateful for the opportunity to live with you, and to serve as a minister of Word and Sacrament among you. I pray that together we will give birth daily — in powerful and surprising ways — to the Reign of our God.

To the God who is always in our midst, be glory, now and forever, Amen!

Father Tom



You and your families are invited to celebrate Mass together on Sunday, August 18th at 5:30pm as a special opportunity to give thanks and see each other before heading off to college and other endeavors. A special blessing will be offered and a reception will follow the liturgy.



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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7/29 Monday 6:30
Isabelle Cardinale †
Shami-Galea Family
7/30 Tuesday 6:30
William Cripps †
Veronica Alchera †
7/31 Wednesday 6:30
Julita Mercado †
Pasquale Aloise †
8/01 Thursday 6:30
Pam Granero †
Maria Theresa Aloise †
8/02 Friday 6:30
James Dombrowiak †
Elda Salvi †
8/03 Saturday 8:30
Paul & Rosina Vella †
Jeff Collins †
8/04 Sunday 7:30
People of St. Robert's
Henry Infusino †
Fe Tan †
Carlo Foti †
Mary Salvato †

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 55:1-3
Romans 8:35-39
Matthew 14:13-21


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Hospitality and Christ

During these Summer months many of us travel around the state, country, and world. I am fortunate to hear stories from many St. Robert’s parishioners about other parishes they visited. Sometimes, people tell me about Christian churches of other denominations with whom they joined in worship. Nearly 100% of the time, I hear tell of the welcome they did or didn’t receive and of the "atmosphere," "environment," or "tone" of the Church and their liturgy. Often I hear the words "warm" or "cold" used to describe the experience of another Church community.

The human element of welcome and hospitality in Christian worship is important to us . . humans! They are natural expressions of goodness and kindness. The Gospels attest to Jesus’ hospitable attitude. You can bet that people did not flock to him because he was cold and aloof! He had welcome room at his side and at his table for children, strangers, community leaders and community sinners.

The grace of Christ’s Paschal Mystery—his living, dying, and rising to new life—builds upon our natural expressions of hospitality. Being attentive to the needs of others requires our own "little death" and creates stronger life for both parties in the end. Being hospitable is a simple but valuable participation in the Paschal Mystery. To an extent, this was the point St. Paul made to the Corinthian community (see 1 Cor 11). They were corrupting the Lord’s Supper because some were arriving early to eat and drink without waiting for everyone to arrive. Because they showed blatant disregard for the Church community as the Body of Christ, they were unworthily celebrating and receiving the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist!

Next week, we’ll begin to look at how people in different roles at the liturgy can exercise hospitality in the particular things they do. Pat Vallez-Kelly


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As a Parish Community, we Pray...That political, civil and financial leaders be guided by the spirit of truth, wisdom, understanding and love in each of their decisions.



Kari Kraemer and Marc Crosina
who will be married this September in Italy.



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, 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, 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
Janet Gaines,
Margaret Paton &
George Mitchell

who died recently. 



On Saturday, August 3rd, as on each First Saturday of every month, we celebrate Jesus’ presence in the Holy Eucharist. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place following the 8:30 am Mass until 10:00 am. During these days of uncertainty, it helps to spend time with Jesus, quietly listening as He speaks to our hearts.


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Building for a New Century

Pledge/Gifts as of July 19
Number of Families

Cash received to date


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Mothers, Daughters, WorkingGals,Grandmothers—Mercy Center’s Women's Retreat: Listening to the Heart of God is for you! come from August 23-29. Led by Sister Marguerite Buchanan and Sister Suzanne Toolan. Call (650) 340-7474 for information.



For individuals who have recently experienced the death of a loved one, the eight class sessions include time for group discussion, personal sharing and support. Attendance is required at all sessions. Sessions will be held at Seton Medical Center from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Seminar Room 2, Ground Level. Classes begin July 30th and go through Sept. 24th. For information and registration call 991-6828.



St. Bruno’s Church Hall San Bruno Ave, and Hensley Ave. Tues., August 13th - 12 Noon Call Peg Ritter at St. Bruno's


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Plans are being made for this year’s annual parish festival:

"Under Construction"

which will be on September 27th, 28th and 29th, 2002, 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.



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

Thursday, August 1st
7:30 - 9:30 pm, Festival Meeting.....Library
7:30 - 9 pm, Youth Group.....Hall

Saturday, August 3rd
9 - 10 am, Eucharistic Adoration.....Church

Sunday, August 4th
10:00 - 11:30 am, Fil/Am Choir......Hall

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