St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, August 18, 2002

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

August 18, 2002
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Friends,

I recently returned from the land of my ancestors, Ireland. My mother’s maiden name is Kelly. Until this trip, I wasn’t quite sure of the Duffey connection. I have been able to trace my Kelly history about three generations to the area around Roscommon and a little town of Moate in central Ireland.

My wife and I were on a Celtic Pilgrimage. This pilgrimage was to visit the sites of some of the famous saints of Ireland. We visited the wells (sacred places) of St. Patrick at Trinity College in Dublin, St. Kevin in Glendlough, St. Brigid in Kildare, St. Canice in Kilkenny, St. Declan in Ardmore, the monastery of St. Finbar in Gougane Barra, St. Brendan on the Ring of Kerry, St. Ita and the Glenstal Abbey between Limerick and Galway City, St. Enda on the Aran Islands, Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, and the monastic site of St. Kieran in Clonmacnoise.

At each site we were told the historic story or myth of the particular person. After which the Storyteller would always end with the Irish saying, loosely translated, "You may believe it if you wish". Our guide at St. Brigid’s surprised me when she asked if there were any "Duffy’s" present? When I raised my hand, she said that I may be related to St. Brigid. St. Brigid’s father’s name was Duffy, naturally spelled differently. So I might be able to trace my ancestry back to St. Brigid in the 3rd century. You may believe it if you wish.

I hope for each of you that you have had the opportunity this summer to share your family stories, your faith stories. Hopefully you can pass on how God is present and has been present in your families life experiences.

Deacon Duffey


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We welcome you into our Parish!

Eduardo & Julie Javier, Jr. & Family
John & Christine Peterson & Family
Michael & Beth O’Connor & Family
Andrew & Louanne Steffen & Family
Leon & Diana Perez & Family

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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8/19 Monday 6:30
All Fathers
Tash McMahon †
8/20 Tuesday 6:30
Joanne Curran †
Hannah Tully †
8/21 Wednesday 6:30
All Fathers
Irma Takahashi †
8/22 Thursday 6:30
Pat Forbush †
Charles Rocco †
8/23 Friday 6:30
Leonard Lopez †
Shami-Galea Family
8/24 Saturday 8:30
Joseph Salvi †
Frank Damonte †
8/25 Sunday 7:30
Dr. Rhona Chen †
Richard A. Sloan †
Dr. Ursula Dietrich †
People of St. Robert's
George Vouvalikes †

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 22:19-23
Romans 11:33-36
Matthew 16:13-20


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Music News

First off . . .some good news! Mr. Kevin Imbimbo of San Bruno will begin working at St. Robert’s in September as our principal accompanist and director of music. Kevin has his master’s degree in piano performance from CSU in Fullerton and has served at several Christian churches on the Peninsula over the past 10 years. He will be taking over many of the music duties Don Thompson and I have attended to over the past few years. This will allow me to put more time and energy into other elements of liturgy planning and catechesis. Kevin’s first weekend here will be on September 7-8. I hope you will welcome him warmly and be supportive of him while he familiarizes himself with the unique community and worship here at St. Robert’s.

Speaking of music ministry, we might as well begin here in highlighting the way people with different personalities and different roles can exercise hospitality. For music ministers, whether they be choir members, cantors, choir directors, or instrumentalists, our ministry—our service to the Church—is foremost to facilitate the entire congregation’s ability to worship in song and secondly to offer the best of our musical craft before God and the Church. The more aware we remain of the congregation’s right and duty to participate fully and actively in the singing of the liturgy, the better we will exercise hospitality for them. More next week . . . 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. 



We have several wicker flower baskets available. If you would like to have one, please contact Pat Vallez-Kelly at 589-2800.


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As a Parish Community, we pray...That Jesus, in His mercy, may have pity on all mothers who beg Him to heal their sons or daughters who are ill in body, in mind or in spirit.



Ricardo Antonio Menendez &
Eleanor Mercedes Grady



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 families of
Lucy Howell &
Carmen Grech

who died recently. 


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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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Building for a New Century

Pledge/Gifts as of August 9th $1,589,243.25

Cash received to date


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Registration is now taking place for Religious Education Classes. Classes for K through 5th grades are held on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Classes for 6th graders are held on alternate Tuesday evenings in Hennessy Hall. Classes for 7th & 8th graders are held in the evenings in Teacher’s homes. Classes for 9th graders are held on alternate Tueday evenings in Hennessy Hall. Classes for 10th graders (Confirmation) are held on the 1st Sunday of the month. For more information or to register, please call the Religious Ed Office at 588-0477.



St. Robert School will open for the 2002-2003 school year on Wednesday, August 28th, at 8:00 am. All parents are invited to our Opening Day Breakfast at Hennessy Hall following the 8:30 am Mass. Our Opening School Mass will be on Friday, September 6th, at 8:30 am. All parents are welcome to attend. Back to School Night for parents will be held on Tuesday, September 3rd, at 7:00 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 generally accorded to or made available to students at this school. At. Robert School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin, age sex or disablity in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.



Monday, August 19th
6:30 - 9 pm, Festival Band Practice.....Hall

Tuesday, August 20th
6:30 - 8 pm, Legion of Mary......Library
7:30 - 9 pm, Festival Construction Mtg.....Hall
7:30 - 9 pm, Youth Group.....Kitchen

Wednesday, August 21st
6 - 9 pm, Parish Picnic Mtg.....Hall

Thursday, August 22nd
7:30 - 9:30 pm, Festival Meeting.....Library

Sunday, August 25th
10 - 11:30 am, Fil/Am Choir......Hall

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