St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, August 4, 2002

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

August 4, 2002
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Friends,

The Summer days fly by! The days of life fly by!

Theresa and I are jetting off to Minneapolis, the land of my youth, 10,000 lakes, and 10,000,000 mosquitos, for a surprise 40th birthday party for my oldest brother. It’s a little wierd because I remember my father’s surprise 40th birthday party. It doesn’t seem that long ago. Do I look as old to my nieces and nephews as all of my parent’s friends looked to me? And the answer echoes back to me mysterieously through the universe, "No. You look even older than that!"

I’m always amazed at how quickly each week passes. When the alarm goes off early on Sunday morning, it feels like I was just doing this a very short while ago. My Summer now is so different from the days of my youth, when the days seemed so long (sometimes too long), and the months of summer vacation seemed like an eternity. Sometimes, I’m not sure if Einstein got it right. I’m not sure if time is relative to space as much as it is to age.

We saw a big difference last week between our aged Holy Father John Paul II and the hundreds of thousands of teens and young adults gathered in Toronto for World Youth Day. How differently the days must pass for each of them, and yet they gathered to worship the one ageless, ancient God. This is the same God who saw the dawn of humanity, the pyramids being built in ancient Egypt, the building and destruction of three Jewish temples, the life and crucifixion of the Servant and Son, Jesus of Nazareth, the proclamation of his Gospel to all the corners of the world, the birth of every baby, and the death of every human person. Truly, as they must have sung in Toronto, "our God is an awesome God!"

The Gospels tell us that there is no time better than the present moment. Look at the workers who arrive late to the field, or the repentant criminal hanging next to Jesus, or Lazarus, already dead for four days, or Simeon and Anna, who spent their lives at the Temple awaiting the Messiah, or the man who made great plans for tomorrow by hoarding his grain, only to lose it all. To God, what we’ve done in our past or what we plan to do with our future aren’t nearly as important as what we do with ourselves and how we treat each other now.

Everything seems to fly by . . . our days, our years, the Canadian geese overhead, and the cars on 280. That’s life! And life to the full is when we decide to move along with God as our ready companion.

Pat Vallez-Kelly



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.


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8/05 Monday 6:30
Ramon Lasirona †
Edward Lagomarsino †
8/06 Tuesday 6:30
Yvonne Burbridge †
Edward Bizal †
8/07 Wednesday 6:30
Communion Service
Adolph Fambrini †
8/08 Thursday 6:30
Tom Durkin †
Communion Service
8/09 Friday 6:30
Communion Service
William Mackey †
8/10 Saturday 8:30
Jesi Mifsud
In Thanksgiving
8/11 Sunday 7:30
Emilio & Mocelin Families †
People of St. Robert's
Ann & Frank Cericola †
Mauro Sciacqua †
Amme Hedgecock †

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

1 Kings 19:9-13
Romans 9:1-5
Matthew 14:22-33



Dear Parishioners,

The reality of fewer priests in parishes will affect us in many ways. One of the first is that, during priest vacation time, the number of Masses on weekdays will have to be reduced. Since both Father Ring and Father Marini will be away in the coming two weeks, our Mass schedule will be changed. Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday the weeks of August 4th and 11th. Mass will be celebrated 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday both weeks. On the days when there is not Mass at 6:30 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. a Communion Service will be held at that time.

It is now time for us to give thought to reducing the number of Masses scheduled on Sunday morning from four to three. One proposal would have Sunday morning Masses at 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and move the Sunday evening Mass to 5:00 p.m. What do you think? I would appreciate any comments and suggestions. Leave them on my voice mail at 589-2800 or send me a note by the collection box or in the mail. No final decision has been made so your input is extremely important.

The building project continues to move along. The floor should be poured this week and the framing will start shortly after that. Keep the project in your prayers and remember to keep up with your pledge payments.

Father Ring


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As a Parish Community, we Pray...That Jesus’ heart will be moved with pity to heal all who are ill, worried or afraid. 



Saskia Carolina Huibers,
Bryan Mark Torres &
Joshua Merhawi Ishimoto



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 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
Carmela Barry,
Bernadine Trenchard and
Erma Paroli

who died recently.


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Building for a New Century

Pledge/Gifts as of July 26
Number of Families

Cash received to date



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CONGRATULATIONS to the parishioners who walked in the Avon 3 day 60 mile walk for breast cancer. Their names are:

Mary Shick, Shaune Montross, Joanne Nolan,
Joan Monaghan, Nancy Monaghan, Carol Galletta,
Teri Albertolle, Hazel Nevarez, Patty O’Connell,
Renee Schaukowitch, Eileen Reidy, Kathy Lynch
and Irene Taylor.

Together they raised $50,000.

Father Ring


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The Annual Parish Picnic will held on Sat. Sept. 7th at San Bruno City Park, Beckner Shelter. Picnic registration will be after the Aug. 17-18 and Aug. 24-25 Masses. For information contact Rose Benavente.


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Monday, August 5th
6:30 - 10 pm, Men’s Club.....Hall

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

Wednesday, August 7th
9 - 9:30 am, Consolation Ministry.....Mary’s Chapel
6:30 - 9 am, Festival Band.....Hall

Thursday, August 8th
7:30 - 9:30 pm, Festival Meeting.....Library
7:30 - 9 pm, Fil/Am.....Hall

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

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