St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, August 11, 2002

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

Auguts 11, 2002
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Friends,

Today’s gospel story offers several points of reflection. Having fed the people, Jesus insists that the apostles go off in the boat while He dismisses the crowd. Finally Jesus gets some solitude and quiet. He goes away by Himself to the mountain to pray and we are told that He prayed into the night. In doing so, Jesus models for us the need to take time out from our busy schedules for prayer, listening and communion with our God.

Peter heard the Lord’s call to join him in walking on the water and he began to do so until he was distracted by the stormy wind. We, too, have storms in our lives at one time or another. They can take many forms - illness, death of a loved one, unexpected painful events, broken relationships, struggles within us or with those we love. What do we do? How do we respond? When the disciples’ boat got tossed about by the waves, did they trust that the presence of Jesus would be enough to save them? Not really. They got scared, but once Jesus spoke the words of comfort, Peter responded in faith. Peter is a good model for anyone caught in life’s stormy waters. Initially his faith is weak, yet strong enough to recongize that Jesus is the only one who can save him from sinking beneath the waves of fear and anxiety. "Lord save me", he cried. Let that be our prayer this week.

Sister Mary


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We welcome you into our Parish!

James Ishimoto & Negesti Stewart
Jessica Ortiz & Family
Raymond & Lara Fucini & Family
Larry Orines & Katherine Lucio & Family
Alberto & Laura DeMarty & Family
Manuel & Wilma Ferrer & Family
Steve & Georgia Dempsey & Family
Matthew & Theresa Wills
James Manganaro & Jennipher Owen
Michael & Michelle Foley & Family
Rommel & Analiza Medina
Agatha Andersen
Michelle Munguia & Family
Ray Medrano, Jr.
Amanda Lipton

If you’re new to St. Robert’s, we ask that you complete a registration form (found in the vestibule of the church). Drop it either in the collection basket, the mail, or at the parish office. We will send you a New Parishioner Packet with information about the parish, its organizations and groups.


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8/12 Monday 6:30
Communion Service
Charles Agius †
8/13 Tuesday 6:30
Guido Botelho †
Communion Service
8/14 Wednesday 6:30
Communion Service
Rosalie Rivers †
8/15 Thursday 6:30
Giuseppe Pignati †
Maryanne Gilbrech †
Josephine Juricich †
8/16 Friday 6:30
Communion Service
Mr. & Mrs. Feliciano Cabais &
Reynaldo Esperanza †
8/17 Saturday 8:30
Lourdes Posadas †
John P. Murphy †
8/18 Sunday 7:30
Emilio Alchera †
Bill Wilson †
Maria Aliotti †
Leticia Fojas †
People of St. Robert's

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 56:1, 6-7
Romans 11:13-15, 29-32
Matthew 15:21-28


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These past weeks we’ve had going a continuing series of reflections on hospitality in the liturgy. Hopefully, we all understand that hospitality (aka consideration, respect, friendliness, kindness, generosity, selflessness) is an important part of Gospel living and an important part of how we gather together as Church for worship.

If we can all appreciate that it’s important for us to be attentive to strangers, newcomers, old friends and family alike, then let us all also appreciate that we are each called to do it in unique ways. Mary and Martha both showed hospitality to Jesus, but each in her own way. (Martha’s problem was that she was upset that Mary wasn’t doing it the way Martha thought she should be doing it!) The way each of us exercises hospitality depends upon our individual personality and upon whichever ministerial role we might have responsibility for when we gather. Welcoming large numbers of people coming through the church doors is NOT for everyone! Following the example of St. Therese of Lisieux, each of us must find our own "little way" of showing Christian love when we gather for liturgy and in the other 23 hours of the day.

In writing these columns, I have come to appreciate the people among us who are "naturals" at being welcoming. I’ve come to realize that I am not among them. I am a bit introverted, wary of making even more acquaintances, and I tend to get pre-occupied on Sundays with all the stuff I’m supposed to do. But the call to be hospitable echoes in my ears when I want to be invisible and when I’m busy. Beginning next week, we’ll look at different concrete ways each of us can practice hospitality and service to the community gathering for worship. Pat Vallez-Kelly


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As a Parish Community, we Pray...That Jesus will stretch out His hand of mercy to all children, especially those who are frightened because of violence, terrorism, war, abandonment or abuse.



Antonio Salvador Avalos



Patrick Malaluan & Riza Pahati



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, Doris Ross, 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 family of
Norma Kampion
who died recently. 


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Building for a New Century

Pledge/Gifts as of August 2nd $1,588,858.25

Cash received to date


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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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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.


August 14, 2002

We are scheduled for the 2nd Wednesday of each month. If you can prepare a favorite cookie, snack or lunch items for 10 to 12 people, please drop it off at the Children’s Chapel, in the back of Church, by 9:00 am on August 14th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items can be donated.

We appreciate all your help.


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The Fil/Am group will meet August 15th at 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Hennesey Hall.



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 12th
5 - 9 pm, Festival Meeting.....Hall
7:30 - 8:30 pm, St. Vincent de Paul.....Library

Tuesday, August 13th
6:30 - 8 pm, Legion of Mary......Library
6:30 - 9 pm, Sports Board Mtg.....Classroom
8 - 9 pm, Youth Group.....Kitchen

Wednesday, August 14th
9 am, Aids Lunch....Children’s Chapel
6:30 - 9 am, Festival Band.....Hall

Thursday, August 15th
6:30 & 8:30 am, 6 pm, Assumption of Mary..Church
7:30 - 9:30 pm, Festival Meeting.....Library
7:30 - 9 pm, Fil/Am.....Hall

Sunday, August 16th
10 - 11:30 am, Fil/Am Choir......Hall 

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