St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, August 31, 2003

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

August 31, 2003
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners:


The saving efficacy of the sacrifice is fully realized when the Lord's body and blood are received in communion. The eucharistic sacrifice is intrinsically directed to the inward union of the faithful with Christ through communion; we receive the very One who offered himself for us, we receive his body which he gave up for us on the cross and his blood which he "poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins" (Mt. 26:28). We are reminded of his words, "As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me" (Jn. 6:57). Jesus himself reassures us that this union, which he compares to that of the life of the Trinity, is truly realized. The eucharist is a true banquet in which Christ offers himself as our nourishment. When for the first time Jesus spoke of this food, his listeners were astonished and bewildered, which forced the Master to emphasize the objective truth of his words: "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life within you" (Jn. 6:53). This is no metaphorical food: "My flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed" (Jn. 6:55).

Through our communion in his body and blood, Christ also grants us his Spirit. St. Ephrem writes: "He called the bread his living body, and he filled it with himself and his Spirit...He who eats it with faith, eats Fire and Spirit...Take and eat this, all of you, and eat with it the Holy Spirit. For it is truly my body, and whoever eats it will have eternal life."

The church implores this divine gift, the source of every other gift, in the eucharist epiclesis. In the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, for example, we find the prayer: "We beseech, implore and beg you: Send your Holy Spirit upon us all and upon these gifts...that those who partake of them may be purified in soul, receive the forgiveness of their sins and share in the Holy Spirit."

And in the Roman Missal the celebrant prays; "Grant that we who are nourished by his body and blood may be filled with his Holy Spirit, and become one body, one spirit in Christ." Thus by the gift of his body and blood Christ increases within us the gift of his spirit, already poured out in baptism and bestowed as a "seal" in the sacrament of confirmation.

The acclamation of the assembly following the consecration appropriately ends by expressing the eschatological thrust which marks the celebration of the eucharist (cf. 1Cor. 11:26): "until you come in glory." The eucharist is a straining toward the goal, a foretaste of the fullness of joy promised by Christ (cf. Jn. 15:11); it is in some way the anticipation of heaven, the "pledge of future glory." In the eucharist, everything speaks of confident waiting "in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ." Those who feed on Christ in the eucharist need not wait until the hereafter to receive eternal life: They already possess it on earth as the first fruits of a future fullness which will embrace man in his totality. For in the eucharist we also receive the pledge of our bodily resurrection at the end of the world: "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day" (Jn. 6:54). This pledge of the future resurrection comes from the fact that the flesh of the Son of Man, given as food, is his body in its glorious state after the resurrrection. With the eucharist we digest, as it were, the "secret" of the resurrection. For this reason St. Ignatius of Antioch rightly defined the eucharist bread as "a medicine of immortality, an antidote to death."


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Monday - Sept 1
Readings: 1 Thes 4:13-18     Lk 4:16-30

Mass Intention 8:30 Fran Presta †

Parish Office closed today in
observance of Labor Day

Tuesday - Sept 2
Readings: 1 Thes 5:1-6,9-11     Lk 4:31-37
Mass Intention 6:30
Mary Ann Schultheis †
Jack Gallagher †
Opening Day of School
Legion of Mary
Wednesday - Sept 3
Readings: Cor 1:1-8     Lk 4:38-44
Mass Intention 6:30
William McLaughlin †
John P. Murphy †

Thursday - Sept 4
Readings: Col 1:9-14     Lk 5:1-11

Mass Intention 6:30
In Thanksgiving
Mario Matiasic †
Parish Planning Committee 7:30p Library

Friday - Sept 5
Readings: Col 1:15-20     Lk 5:33-39

Mass Intention 6:30
Anthony Cassetta †
Patricia Reidy †

Saturday - Sept 6
Readings: Col 1:21-23     Lk 6:1-5

Mass Intention 8:30
In Thanksgiving
Bill Wilson †
Eucharistic Adoration 9:00a Church

Sunday - Sept 7
Readings: Is 35:4-7a     Jas 2:1-5     Mk 7:31-37

Mass Intention 7:30
People of St. Robert's
Theresa Anello †
Frank & Ann Cericola †
Ann Kovacevic †
Fil/Am Choir Practice
Youth Group
Mahoney Room

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The Adult Choir singing at the 9:30 a.m. Mass is ready to begin a new year raising their voices in praise. We are seeking new members to come join us. You don't need to be a "professional" singer, but simply someone who enjoys singing and has a willingness to praise God in song.

Rehearsals are every Wed. from 7-9 p.m., and our first rehearsal will be on on Wed. Sept. 3rd. We are going to be rehearsing music for Advent and Christmas soon, and would love to invite new members to help us make these seasons truly joyous! On Sunday, we gather at 9:00 a.m to warm-up prior to the 9:30 a.m. Mass.

There will also be other opportunities to sing, including the Church Festival and the Christmas Eve liturgies. Although we would welcome you to join us throughout the year, if you can not make that commitment, we would be happy for you to sing for Nov. and Dec. in preparation for Christmas. We are going to be planning a midnight mass with much beautiful and festive music.

The choir is also planning a beginning of the year party to be held sometime in late Sept. This will be a chance to welcome new members and rehearse music for the Festival. More details about this event, as well as a date and time will be forthcoming.

I would also like to invite any of or congregation who play instruments to come join us. We are always looking for instrumentalists to help accompanying the choir. There would be opportunities for the Christmas liturgies as well as Masses throughout the year.

For more information or to join us contact Kevin Imbimbo, or just come by the organ see me after Mass.



We are preparing to being a new era of youth ministry here at St. Robert's—beginning with the 5 p.m. liturgy on Sunday, Oct. 19th, we will celebrate an evening liturgy on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. This Mass will be `geared' in a special way to the culture and needs of our high school aged teens.

If you are interested in singing or playing at these special youth liturgies, the rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the church. Please contact Griselda MacDonald at (415) 564-8508. It promises to be a lot of fun!


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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



St. Mary's Cathedral Boys and Grils Choir-Recruiting has begun for grades 2-8. For more information or to set up an audition, call Dr. Christoph Tietze at (415) 567-2020 ext. 213 or email  


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4th Grade Openings-St. Robert School has openings for students entering 4th grade. If you are registered and participating in St. Robert's Parish or St. Bruno's Parish and are interested in a quality Catholic education for your child, please contact Mrs. Bordin at (650) 583-5065

Back to School-St. Robert School will open for the 2003-2004 school year on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd at 8:00 a.m. All parents are invited to attend the Opening Day Breakfast in Hennessy Hall following the 8:30 a.m. Mass. Our first school Mass of the year will be on Friday, Sept. 5th at 8:30 a.m. All parents are welcome to attend.

Mark your calendars...Back to School Night for parents of students in grades K-5 will be on Thursday evening, Sept. 11th. Back to School Night for parents of students in grades 6-8 will be held on Thursday evening, Sept. 18th. More details will follow in the School Newsletter.

Non-Discrimination Policy:
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. St. Robert School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color and national and or/ethic origin, age, sex or disability in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.


Some Christians are like wheel barrows—
no good unless they're pushed.
Some are like trailers
they have to be pulled.
Some are like kites
if you don't keep a string on them, they fly away.
Some are like footballs
you can't tell which way they will bounce next.
Some are like neon lights
they turn on and off.
And some are like a good watch:
open face, pure gold, quietly busy and
full of good works.


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As a Parish Community, We Pray...For all who travel this holiday weekend. May they reach their destinations safely and return home refreshed and rested.



Alexander Ryan Jordan,
Dominic Gianni Jordan &
Paul Edward Rosello



Justine Matthew Meza & Claudia Castellanos
Jack Gunther & Ashley Powell



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, Kathryn McCann, 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, Justo Tan, Joan Thomsen, Mafi Tukumoatu, Gene VanSlett, Don Vickery, Jennifer Westbrook & Frank Wright.



Mother Teresa tells us that we all need to find God and that He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. "God is the friend of silence". In the silence of our hearts, He will speak to us, if we stop talking and give Him a chance, if we listen, if we are quiet. David in his Psalms sings: "Be still and know that I am God". ("Life in the Spirit" by Mother Teresa).

We have an opportunity on Saturday, September 6th, and on every First Saturday of each month, following the 8:30 AM Mass and continuing until 10 AM, to sit before Jesus in His Blessed Sacrament quietly listening as He speaks to our hearts. In silence we will find new energy and true unity with our God. Let us adore Jesus in the Eucharistic silence.


You are Invited!
To Join the Filipino American Group
In celebration of the
Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila
September 18-20
7:30 p.m.
in Mary's Chapel.
Special Celebration Mass
September 21
11:30 a.m.


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Tuesday, September 2nd: Back to School Breakfast: First Day of School after the 8:30 a.m. Mass in the Hall.

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.



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.



2003 Parish Picnic-Friends, fun...and food!!! All parishioners are invited to the annual Parish Picnic on Saturday, October 11th from 12 Noon to 4:00 p.m at the Beckner Shelter in San Bruno Park. Picnic lunch is free for parishioners—just sign yourselves and your families up after any of the Sunday Masses on September 20-21, September 27-28 and October 4-5. Last year over 325 parishioners came and enjoyed the day!! To volunteer to help in the picnic (we certainly could use some), please call Manny Ortiz.



Our Sept. book is "Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives" By Wayne Muller. This book has been described as, "One of the best spiritual books of the year." Plus, can't we all use a book that helps us to create a special time of rest, and renewal in our busy lives?

The book is available at the library, local bookstores and Amazon. Our next meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 23rd, 7:00 p.m., in the Convent Chapel. If you have any questions please call Colleen Soracco (650) 794-0870, our club moderator.



A couple from Minneapolis decided to go to Florida for a long weekend to thaw out during one particularly icy cold winter. Because both had jobs, they had difficulty coordinating their travel schedules. It was decided the husband would fly to Florida on a Thursday and his wife would follow him the next day.

Upon arriving as planned, the husband checked into the hotel. There he decided to open his laptop and send his wife an email back in Minneapolis. However, he accidentally left off one letter in her address and sent the email without noticing his error.

In the mean time, in Houston, a widow had just returned from her husband's funeral. He was a minister of many years who had been "called home to glory" following a heart attack.

The widow checked her email, expecting messages from family and friends. Upon reading the first message, she fainted and fell to the floor. The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor and saw the computer screen which read:

To: My Loving Wife
From: Your departed husband

Subject: I've arrived!

I've just arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then. Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.

P.S. Sure is hot down here.


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We welcome you into our Parish!

April Hafalia
Vicente Sanchez
Ramil & Michelle Padre & Family
Jose & Carmen Villalobos
Ricardo & Martha Lopez & Family
Carlos Flores & Family
Alvaro & Ernestina Bonilla & 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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September 10th

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 September 10th.  Please pack the items in a non-returnable container.  Frozen items can be donated.

We appreciate all your help.



Our St. Vincent de Paul Society is in need of canned fruit and vegetables and all non-perishables. Please place these items in the baskets in church.



Catholic Worker House in San Bruno is in need of socks, pasta, cooking oil, and laundry volunteers (once a week or once a month-call 827-0706). Please bring items to the Rectory.



Meals on Wheels needs volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering in San Mateo County is encouraged to call the Catholic Charities office at (650) 295-2172.



911 Community Wide Blood Drive and Memorial Service In conjunction with the Blood Bank of the Pacific

Thursday, September 11th, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Peninsula Temple Sholom 1655 Sebastian Drive, Burlingame. Contact Beverly Rochelle at 697-2266, or email at Interfaith Memorial Services: 5:30p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


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Pledge/Gifts as of August 28th

Cash received to date

Payments Delinquent $14,658.00

* This figure is adjusted down by $59,877
because of moving and changes in

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