St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, July 6, 2003

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

July 6, 2003
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners:

On Holy Thursday, Pope John Paul II issued an encyclical letter entitled CHURCH OF THE EUCHARIST. During the summer months, we will print sections of it in the bulletin to help all of us grow in appreciation of this great Sacrament.

The church draws her life from the eucharist. This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith, but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the church. In a variety of ways she joyfully experiences the constant fulfillment of the promise: "Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age" (Mt.28:20), but in the holy Eucharist, through the changing of bread and wine into the body and blood of the Lord, she rejoices in this presence with unique intensity. Ever since Pentecost, when the church, the people of the new covenant, began her pilgrim journey toward her heavenly homeland, the divine sacrament has continued to mark the passing of her days, filling them with confident hope.

The Second Vatican Council rightly proclaimed that the Eucharist sacrifice is "the source and summit of the Christian life." "For the most Holy Eucharist contains the church's entire spiritual wealth: Christ himself, our Passover and living bread. Through his own flesh, now made living and life-giving by the Holy Spirit, he offers life to men." Consequently the gaze of the church is constantly turned to her Lord, present in the sacrament of the altar, in which she discovers the full manifestation of his boundless love.

During the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000. I had an opportunity to celebrate the Eucharist in the Cenacle of Jerusalem where, according to tradition, it was first celebrated by Jesus himself. The Upper Room was where this most holy sacrament was instituted. It is there that Christ took bread, broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:"Take this, all of you, and eat it: This is my body which will be given up for you" (cf. MK. 26:26: Lk.22:20; 1 Cor.11:25). I am grateful to the Lord Jesus for allowing me to repeat in that same place, in obedience to his command: "Do this in memory of me" (Lk.22:19), the words which he spoke 2,000 years ago.

Did the apostles who took part in the Last Supper understand the meaning of the words spoken by Christ? Perhaps not. Those words would only be fully clear at the end of the triduum sacrum, the time from Thursday evening not Sunday morning. Those days embrace the mysterium paschale; they also embrace the mysterium eucharisticum.

The church was born of the the paschal mystery. For this very reason the Eucharist, which is in an outstanding way the sacrament of the paschal mystery, stands at the center of the church's life. This is already clear from the earliest images of the church found in the Acts of the Apostles: "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers" (2:42). The breaking of the bread refers to the Eucharist. Two thousand years later we continue to relive that primordial image of the church.

At every celebration of the Eucharist, we are spiritually brought back to the paschal triduum: to the events of the evening of Holy Thursday, to the Last Supper and to what followed it. The institution of he Eucharist sacramentally anticipated the events which were about to take place, beginning with the agony in Gethsemane. Once again we see Jesus as he leaves the Upper Room, descends with his disciples to the Kidron Valley and goes to the Garden of Olives. Even today that garden shelters come very ancient olive trees. Perhaps they witnessed what happened beneath their shade that evening, when Christ in prayer was filled with anguish "and his sweat became like drops of blood falling down upon the ground" (cf. Lk.22:44). The blood, which shortly before he had given to the church as the drink of salvation in the sacrament of the Eucharist, began to be shed: its outpouring would then be completed on Golgotha to become the means of our redemption: " high priest of the good things to come...entered once for all into the holy place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption" (Heb. 9:11-12).


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Monday - July 7
Readings: Gn 28:10-22     Mt 9:18-26

Mass Intention
Armando Javellana †
Veronica Alchera †
Tuesday - July 8
Readings: Gn 32:23-33     Mt 9:32-38
Mass Intention 6:30
Raoul Kahn †
John P. Murphy †
Legion of Mary 6:30p Library
Wednesday - July 9
Readings: Gn 41:55-57     Mt 10:1-7
Mass Intention 6:30
Kathleen Carolan †
Nora Hanley †

Thursday - July 10
Readings: Gn 44:18-21     Mt 10:7-15

Mass Intention 6:30
Eugene Ampil †
Laura Hager †

Friday - July 11
Readings: Gn 46:1-7     Mt 10:16-23

Mass Intention 6:30
Ignacio Acenas †
Charles Agius †

Saturday - July 12
Readings: Gn 49:29-33     Mt 10:24-33

Mass Intention 8:30
Margaret May †
Bill Wilson †
Eucharistic Adoration 9:00a Church

Sunday - July 13
Readings: Am 7:12-16     Eph 1:3-14     Mt 6:7-13

Mass Intention 7:30
Mocelin & Emilio Families †
Noreen Cronin Conte †
Darlene Gragg †
People of St. Robert's
Fil/Am Choir Practice 10:00a Library

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As a Parish Community, We Pray...FOR ALL WHO TRAVEL ON THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND. May they return home safely and refreshed.



Cody Kucsak



Dear Parishioners, Please notify the priesthouse (589-2800) if a loved one is in the hospital.

We pray for the ill: Sharon Aiello, Marilyn Arancibia, Robert Bacci, Genaro Badiable, Bastiaan Blumenthal, Marcia Bourne, Ann Burns, Maricris Candelaria, Arthur Candia, Josie Clarke, Nan Connolly, Zenaida Cortez, Ana Cosgaya, Walton & June Dickhoff, Sandra & William Dill, Carl Edwards, Joey Ferguson, Joyce Flax, Adela Florez, Henry Fosson, Jesse Grube, Denise Hawald, Dominique Hauscarriague,Jr, Joanne Johnson, Koret Koelman, Muriel Krause, Sisilia Langi, Shirley Latham, Josephine Lavoie, Greg Lille, Marky, Daniel McHale, Rosemary McHale, Terry McLeod, Joseph Mifsud, James Morrisey, Thomas O'Brien, Louis Ricardo, Bill Reilly, Doris Ross, Mary Shick, Pauline Speranza, Mafi Tukumoatu, Gene VanSlett, Don Vickery, Jennifer Westbrook & Frank Wright.



Evelyn Mullins, mother of Brian Mullins, died in Colorado on June 28, 2003. Evelyn was a long time parishioner of St. Robert's. Please remember her in your prayers.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Christopher Trailer, Sr. &
Alicia Amezquita

who died recently.


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July 1, 2003 - June 30, 2004

Despite efforts to be frugal, the Parish budget for the new fiscal year calls for an increase in the Sunday collection of $400 per week. This means $9,200 will be our weekly goal. Our hope is that each Parish family will increase their weekly offering by one dollar ($1) or more. In this way, we will be able to pay the major increased costs for insurance (health and property) as well as deserved increases in salaries (1.3% to 2.5%). Your continued support of the Parish is deeply appreciated.



Pledge/Gifts as of April 30th

Cash received to date


* This figure is adjusted down by $55,000
because of moving and changes in


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July 14th at 6:00pm

Bring all the kids. We'll have hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, beer soda and dessert! We will have activities for the kids. $10.00 per Dad. Kids are free. Reservations are required. Call Jim Brown.



Plans are being made for this years annual parish festival "Western Weekend". 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, or you can work for as many hours as you would like and on all three days if you wish.

This years 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.



Mark your calendars for this year's Parish Picnic for all St. Robert's parishioners at the Beckner Shelter in San Bruno Park. Watch for announcements in this bulletin and in the parish website ( for picnic sign-up dates and other details. We're also now recruiting volunteers to help in publicity, parishioner sign-up, shopping, transportation of food, equipment and tables, food preparation and cooking, food serving, park decoration, games and activities for children and adults, and clean-up. To volunteer please call Manny Ortiz.


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July 9th

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 a.m. on July 9th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items can be donated.

We appreciate all your help.

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