St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, September 28, 2003

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

September 28, 2003
Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners,

The scripture readings placed before us this weekend are quite emphatic—we are to serve the Lord, we are to set our priorities aright, we are to speak words of compassion and go about the deeds of justice.

A stern warning is given to those who would seek their own comfort and financial security before the justice owed to their neighbor:'...Come now, you rich weep and wail over your impending miseries. Your wealth has rotted away, your clothes have become moth-eaten, your gold and silver have corroded, and that corrosion will be a testimony against you...'

In the strong words of Jesus, spoken in graphic hyperbole, we are taught to prefer nothing—-NOTHING—-to God! These are not words for the faint of heart! The Kingdom of God is to be proclaimed not only from the pulpits of our churches, but from the house-tops (our house-tops).

This festival weekend is an opportunity for our parish community to bear witness to our identity as a people of faith serving the Kingdom of God, Oh, I know it is time of fun —- of games, of talents shared, and fellowship enjoyed. It is also (unabashedly), a significant fund-raising event which benefits our school, religious education programs, youth ministry and parish.

But it is also an event which has as its' ultimate purpose the birthing of the Kingdom of God. In this event, as in every parish gathering, we say to one another and to the larger society around us, that God is the Lord —- and we serve our God always.

In the way we share responsibility for this community fostering festival weekend; in the ways in which we `pull-it-off', and enjoy one another's company, we give witness to the One who bids us live the Gospel joyfully.

May this weekend serve to remind us of the treasure we hold in common; not silver or gold, but that treasure so dear to the heart of the Lord, we are God's people in all things and always!

May the jubilation of this weekend reflect our faith and love, for God is good! All the time!

Father Tom



To thank you for your generosity to the St. Robert's "Building for a New Century" campaign, you are cordially invited to a wine and cheese open house to view the new Presentation Education Center and the renovated Religious Education Office and the Teacher's Lounge.

Saturday, October 4, 2003
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

in the Presentation Center 


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Monday - September 29
Readings: Dn 7:9-10,13-14

Mass Intention
All Fathers
Marie DeMartini †
Finance Committee Mtgb. 7:30p Rectory
Tuesday - September 30
Readings: Zec 8:20-23     Lk 9:51-56
Mass Intention 6:30
Leo Costello †
Marie Firpo †
Religious Education
Legion of Mary
Wednesday - October 1
Readings: Neh 2:1-8     Lk 9:57-62
Mass Intention 6:30
Carl Cribari †
Martin Moynihan †
Grief Group
8th Gr. Cheerleading
Religious Education
Bible Study
Mary's Chapel
Convent Chapel

Thursday - October 2
Readings: Neh 8:1-4,5-6,7-12     Mt 18:1-5

Mass Intention 6:30
All Fathers
Ann Preston †
Religious Education
Parish Council
Parish Planning Committee
Convent Chapel
Mahoney Room

Friday - October 3
Readings: Bar 1:15-22     Lk 10:13-16

Mass Intention 6:30
All Fathers
Patricia Reidy †

Saturday - October 4
Readings: Bar 4:5-12,27-29     Lk 10:17-24

Mass Intention 8:30
Martin Moynihan †
Mark Loughran †
Eucharistic Adoration
Adult Computer Class
Open House
Computer Room
Presentation Center
and CCD Office

Sunday - October 5
Readings: Gn 2:18-24     Heb 2:9-11     Mk 10:2-16

Mass Intention 7:30
Tom & MaryAnn Begley †
People of St. Robert's
Joseph McClelland †
Angela Semenza †
Fil/Am Choir Practice
Confirmation Class
Youth Group
Mahoney Room

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There are a growing number of Christians who are referred to as FUNDAMENTALISTS. Catholics, all too often, do not know how to respond to them. For the next few weeks, we will present a few answers to some of the FUNDAMENTALISTS questions. The questions and answers come from Philip St. Roman's pamphlet: "Catholic Answers to Fundamentalists' Questions," Liguori Press.

 Question-Why do so many Catholic beliefs and practices have little, if any, basis in Scripture?

This question gets at the heart of most of the issues raised by Fundamentalists. Christian groups which base themselves solely on the words of Scripture have always been critical of those Roman Catholic beliefs and practices that are not directly alluded to in the bible. Some Fundamentalists even go so far as to relegate nonscriptural matters to the realm of the pagan and non-Christian or even anti-Christian.

Roman Catholics have no problem accepting the validity of certain nonscritpural beliefs and practices; none of those beliefs that are acceptable go against Scripture. Catholics do not believe Christianity to be a mere "book religion" but as unique relationship between God and those human beings who follow his Son, Jesus, Christ. Christianity is the story of the Church and it is only in this context that the Bible can be properly appreciated.

The story of the Church is expressed in an essential and definitive way in Scripture, but Catholics also recognize sacred Tradition to be an authentic source of Christian understanding. Most of the Catholic beliefs and practices that Fundamentalists critize are rooted in sacred Tradition. Of these beliefs and practices, many are also implicit in Scripture.


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Calling all Catholic teens! The SF Archdiocese is celebrating its 150th anniversary and they're inviting you to join in the celebration. Saturday, October 25th is the day to save on your calendar. Faith Factor is an all-day event designed to allow teens to share their faith, ideas for the future, and fun in the present with one another. Nationally recognized Michael Pritchard, comedian, actor, youth activist and counselor, and former California Probation Officer of the Year (all rolled into one) will entertain as the featured speaker. Workshops inn both English and Spanish will be available, as well as music, Mass and much more! Students should contact their parish or Youth Minister to sign up; every teen must be in a group or accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so guarantee yourself a space by signing up early! Cost is $25 and includes lunch and a t-shirt.

At 5:30 pm. October 4th there will be a Jazz Mass featuring a choir of youth and young adults from the Archdiocese, St. Paul of the Shipwreck's Gospel Choir and the Diocese of Monterey's Jazz Mass Ensemble. Fr. John Hardin, OFM. Director of the St. Anthony Foundation will serve as Principal Celebrant and Homilist. The Mass will include prayers for world peace. For more information please contact Doug Benbow, Direcot of Liturgy at St. Mary's Cathedral-(415) 567-2020 ext 220.

Divorce Recovery Course offered by the Separated and Divorced Catholics of the Archdiocese of San Francisco provides a chance to understand the emotional journey begun with the loss of a marriage. It will be held October 12th through November 23rd (7 consecutive Sunday evenings). We will meet at St. Stephens Church, O'Reilly Parish Center, 51 Eucalyptus, San Francisco at 7:00 p.m. The cost of $45.00 includes materials. To register or for more information, call Susan at (415) 752-1308 or Vonnie at (650) 873-4236.


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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.


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As a Parish Community, We Pray...That Church leaders may be open to the inspiration of the spirit and speak with truth, courage and conviction.



Camilla San Juan,
Dennis Pascual,
Anthony Pederson and
Ariana Gagryluk



Tony and Mickey Yaquinto

upon their 50th Wedding Anniverary.
May God continue to bless them and their family.



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, Anna DeLucchi, Walton & June Dickhoff, Sandra & William Dill, Carl Edwards, Joyce Flax, Adela Florez, Henry Fosson, Jesse Grube, Denise Hawald, Dominique Hauscarriague,Jr, Viko Ivancich, Joanne Johnson, Mele Kelemete, 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, Ron Stern, Justo Tan, Joan Thomsen, Mafi Tukumoatu, Gene VanSlett, Don Vickery, Jennifer Westbrook & Frank Wright. 


Dear Parishioners,

Please notify the priesthouse (589-2800) if a loved one is either sick or in the hospital and would like to be visited.-The Parish Priests and Staff 


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Bill Morris,
Felix de Lara,
Francisco Fernando Ramos III,
Joseph Figueriedo and
Jesse David Doran

who died recently. 



Mother Teresa said: "to be alone with Jesus in adoration and intimate union with Him is the greatest gift of love—-the tender love of our Father in heaven. The fruit of our adoration is that our love for Jesus is more intimate, our love for each other is more understanding, our love for the poor is more compassionate."

On Saturday, October 4th, and on every First Saturday of each month, following the 8:30 a.m. Mass and continuing till 10:00 a.m. in our Church, we have an opportunity to rest in the quiet and powerful presence of Jesus and to listen to him. All are welcome!



Pope John II declared October 2002 to October 2003 the Year of the Rosary. The Legion of Mary invites you to a Mass, rosary and procession on Saturday, October 4th at 8:00 a.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church as part of this great celebration. OLPH is located at 60 Wellington Ave. in Daly City.


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Singers!!! and Instrumentalists!!!

We are preparing to begin a new era of youth ministry here at St. Robert's—beginning with the 5:00 p.m. liturgy on Sunday, October 19th, we will celebrate an evening liturgy on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. This Mass will be `geared' in a special way to the culture and needs of our high school 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 Greiselda MacDonald at (415) 564-8509. It promises to be a lot of fun!



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Saturday! Noon-11:00 p.m.
Special Chicken Dinner
6 p.m. Saturday
Sunday! Noon - 6 p.m.



NEXT, Saturday, October 4th,
11:00 a.m.
It's always a fun event


Sunday, September 28th to Sunday, October 12th

St. Roberts Athletics will be running the San Bruno Park snack bar . If anyone would like to help by working a 2 hour shift and support our kids please call Lisa Kreysa. Next week buy your lunch at the snack bar. The children thank you.


October 8th

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 October 8th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items can be donated.

We appreicate your help!


Saturday, October 11th

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. Last year over 325 parishioners came and enjoyed the day!! Picnic lunch is FREE for parishioners-just sign your families up after any of the Sunday Masses this weekend and next weekend, October 4/5. Or you can call the parish office at at (650) 589-2800.



Following the 11:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, October 12th in Hennessy Hall we will be having our annual communion luncheon. This year our food will be prepared by the In-Betweeners. Price is $12.00. For reservations, please call LaVerne Buller. Dolores Johnson or Dolores Moynihan. Tickets will be sold after the Masses this weekend and on October 4th and 5th. Please make your reservations no later than Wednesday, October 8th.



Give your marriage a well deserved vacation. Plan to go on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend and come back with a marriage that is refreshed and full of energy! Call Dean and Claire Simonich at (650) 348-8957. Upcoming dates: Oct. 17-19 in Burlingame.

If you feel that your marriage might be in trouble, maybe Retrouvaille, a lifeline for marriages, can help. The next Retrouvaille weekend is at Vallambrosa on Nov. 7-9. For information call (800) 470-2230

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