St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, August 10, 2003

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

August 10, 2003
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners:


(continued from previous week)


"The Lord Jesus on the night he was betrayed" (1 Cor. 11:23) instituted the eucharistic sacrifice of his body and his blood. The words of the apostle Paul bring us back to the dramatic setting in which the eucharist was born. The eucharist is indelibly marked by the event of the Lord's passion and death, of which it is not only a reminder but the sacramental re-presentation. It is the sacrifice of the cross perpetuated down the ages. This truth is well expressed by the words with which the assembly in the Latin rite responds to the priest's proclamation of the "mystery of faith": "We announce your death, O Lord."

The church has received the eucharist from Christ her Lord not as one gift - however precious - among so many others but as the gift par excellence, for it is the gift of himself, of his person in his sacred humanity as well as the gift of his saving work. Nor does it remain confined to the past, since "all that Christ is - all that he did and suffered for all men - participates in the divine eternity, and so transcends all times."

When the church celebrates the eucharist, the memorial of her Lord's death and resurrection, this central event of salvation becomes really present and "the work of our redemption is carried out." This sacrifice is so decisive for the salvation of the human race that Jesus Christ offered it and returned to the Father only after he had left us a means of sharing in it as if we had been present there. Each member of the faithful can thus take part in it and inexhaustibly gain its fruits. This is the faith from which generations of Christians down the ages have lived. The church's magisterium has constantly reaffirmed this faith with joyful gratitude for this inestimable gift. I wish once more to recall this truth and to join you, my dear brothers and sisters, in adoration before this mystery: a great mystery, a mystery of mercy. What more could Jesus have done for us? Truly, in the eucharist, he shows us a love which goes "to the end" (cf. Jn. 13:1), a love which knows no measure.

This aspect of the universal charity of the eucharistic sacrifice is based on the words of the Savior himself. In institutinig it, he did not merely say, "This is my body...This is my blood," but went on to add, "which is given for you..which is poured out for you" (Lk 22:19-20). Jesus did not simply state that what he was giving them to eat and drink was his body and his blood; he also expressed its sacrificial meaning and made sacramentally present his sacrifice, which would soon be offered on the cross for the salvation of all. "The Mass is at the same time, and inseparably, the sacrificial memorial in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated and the sacred banquet of communion with the Lord's body and blood."

The church constantly draws her life from the redeeming sacrifice; she approaches it not only through faith-filled remembrance but also through a real contact, since this sacrifice is made present ever anew, sacramentally perpetuated, in every community which offers it at the hands of the consecrated minister. The eucharist thus applies to men and women today the reconciliation won once for all by Christ for mankind in every age. "The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the eucharist are one single sacrifice." St. John Chrysostom put it well: "We always offer the same Lamb, not one today and another tomorrow, but always the same one. For this reason the sacrifice is always only one...Even now we offer that victim who was once offered and who will never be consumed.

The Mass makes present the sacrifice of the cross; it does not add to that sacrifice nor does it multiply it. What is repreated is its memorial celebration, its "commemorative representation: (Memorialis demonstratio), which makes Christ's one, definitive redemptive sacrifice always present in time. The sacrificial nature of the eucharistic mystery cannot therefore be understood as something separate, independent of the cross or only indirectly referring to the sacrifice of Calvary.


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Monday - Aug 11
Readings: Dt 10:12-22     Mt 17:22-27

Mass Intention
Teburcio Espenido †
Kathleen Corby †
St. Vincent de Paul 7:30p Library
Tuesday - Aug 12
Readings: Dt 31:1-8     Mt 18:1-5,10,12-14
Mass Intention 6:30
Kathleen Corby †
Charles Agius †
Legion of Mary
Robert's Readers
Convent Chapel
Wednesday - Aug 13
Readings: Dt 34:1-12     Mt 18:15-20
Mass Intention 6:30
Edwin Ashara †
Billy P. Towne †

Thursday - Aug 14
Readings: Jos 3:7-10     Mt 18:21--19

Mass Intention 6:30
Maria Luisa Kahn †
Jack Gallagher †
Fil/Am 7:00p Hall

Friday - Aug 15
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Readings: Rv 11:12a,12     1 Cor 15:20-27      Lk 1:39-56

Mass Intention 6:30
In Thanksgiving
Frances Bellantoni †
Sixto Mendoza †

Saturday - Aug 16
Readings: Jos 24:14-29     Mt 19:13-15

Mass Intention 8:30
Paul & Rosina Vella †
In Thanksgiving

Sunday - Aug 17
Readings: Prv 9:1-6     Eph 5:15-20     Jn 6:51-58

Mass Intention 7:30
People of St. Robert's
Lourdes Posadas †
Giuseppe Pignati †
Mario Ted Galeotti †
Fil/Am Choir Practice 10:00a Hall

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As a Parish Community, We Pray...for the people of God. As we come to the table to receive this life-giving bread, may we firmly believe that this is Jesus, the one sent by the Father to give His flesh for the life of the world.



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

We pray for the ill: Sharon Aiello, Gabrielle Ausiello, Marilyn Arancibia, Robert Bacci, Genaro Badiable, Lito 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, Viko Ivancich, Joanne Johnson, Koret Koelman, Muriel Krause, Sisilia Langi, Shirley Latham, Josephine Lavoie, Greg Lille, Marky, Michael Martinez, Daniel McHale, Rosemary McHale, Terry McLeod, James Morrisey, Thomas O'Brien, Lara Pinten, Jason Pimentel, Louis Ricardo, Bill Reilly, Doris Ross, Mary Shick, Pauline Speranza, Mafi Tukumoatu, Gene VanSlett, Don Vickery, Jennifer Westbrook & Frank Wright.



Mahoney Room
Presentation Education Center
347 Oak Ave - the new building behind the Convent

Saturday, August 23, 2003

The Sacraments of

Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation:
10 am - 11:30 am

Marriage within the Church/Blessing of Civil Marriages:
1 pm - 2 pm

Divorced after a Church Marriage
2 pm - 3 pm



On Friday, August 15th, we celebrate the Feast upon which Mary, the Mother of God, was lifted body and soul into Heaven. Mary was the first of the faithful to be raised. Because of her assumption, we too are able to trust in God's mercy and believe that we will live forever with Him in heaven. This is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be at 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.


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Tuesday, August 12th: St. Robert's Readers reflect on Henri Nouwen's "Jesus - A Gospel" - 7 pm - Convent Chapel. The book is available at most bookstores.


August 13th

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 August 13th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items can be donated.

We appreciate all your help.



Tuesday, September 2nd: First day of school.

Wednesday, September 10th: Bible Study resumes. Meets every Wednesday - 7:30 pm - Convent Chapel.

Thursday, September 11th: RCIA Open House for adults needing Baptism, First Communion, or Confirmation. Classes meet every Thursday - 7 pm - Mahoney Room.

Saturday, September 20th: First Adult Computer Class. Classes meet each Saturday until the end of October (9:15 - 10:30 am) - Computer Room. Please call the Rectory to register - 589-2800.

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, September 26 - 28: Parish Festival.



Classes will be held at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm starting September 16th:

Introduction to Lay Ministry - 12 weeks
Old Testament Survey - 24 weeks
New Testament Survey - 24 weeks
Catholic Evangelization - begins
October 28th for 12 weeks

Other classes are offered in San Francisco and Marin Counties. To register or for additional information, please call (415) 614-5564 or

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