St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, July 11, 2004

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

July 11, 2004
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners:

Father Joe and I are most grateful for the warm welcome to Saint Robert's. We look forward to praying and working together.

The parable of the Good Samaritan is a very familiar passage. Why was it that only the Samaritan stopped to render assistance? Why did the priest and Levite pass by the beaten man? What would we do in the same situation?

Having ministered in the city of San Francisco for all twenty-six years of priesthood we encountered daily those who were homeless and poor. Experts told us never to give money. Faxes were sent by the Archdiocese warning us of scams that were taking place. When people came to the door looking for help, it was easy to have hardened hearts. When people approached us on the streets it was easy to walk by and pretend not to notice.

I had the opportunity to meet and drive Mother Teresa when she was in town. She spoke of holding a dying man in her arms and seeing the face of Jesus in his face. It was much more difficult to ignore people who came asking for help. One of our workers from St. Vincent de Paul told me that he would much prefer to be scammed by one person than to miss someone who really was in need.

To live the greatest commandments remains a challenge for each one of us. In our own midst there are people who are spiritually and emotionally in need. Let us resolve not to walk by, pretending not to see.

Father Bruce



From July 18-August 8 the St. Robert's Library will not be available after the Sunday Masses. Should anyone wish to return books or check out books, you may do so in the Reconciliation Room/Library.

A thousand thanks to all parishioners who donated books during the past months. Books of a Spiritual nature are always welcome and much appreciated. Let's continue to build our inventory during the coming year.

Sister Patricia



We will continue our adult computer classes on Saturday mornings beginning October 2nd. We will have a six-week session in the Fall and another in the Spring. If interested, please, call the Rectory and put your name on the registration list. Spaces are limited to the number of computers in the St. Robert's School Computer Lab. More details will be given closer to the first class.

Sister Patricia


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Monday - July 12
Readings: Is 1:10-17     Mt 10:34--11:1

Mass Intention
Eamon Sheehy †
Charles Agius †
Men's Club BBQ
St. Vincent de Paul
Mahoney Room
Tuesday - July 13
Readings: Is 7:1-9     Mt 11:20-24
Mass Intention 6:30
Sue Humphrey †
Kathleen Sullivan †
Legion of Mary 6:30p Library
Wednesday - July 14
Readings: Is 10:5-7,13b-16     Mt 11:25-27
Mass Intention 6:30
Donald Keyser †
Joseph Coones †

Thursday - July 15
Readings: Is 26:7-9,12,16-19     Mt 11:28-30

Mass Intention 6:30
Rina Farrugia †
Carmen Camilleri †
Festival Band Practice
Mary's Chapel

Friday - July 16
Readings: Is 38:1-6,21-22,7-8     Mt 12:1-8

Mass Intention 6:30
Ignacio & Leonora Acenas †
Carmen Cutajar †
Toddler's (Pot Luck) 6:00p Hall

Saturday - July 17
Readings: Mic 2:1-5     Mt 12:14-21

Mass Intention 8:30
Paul & Rosina Vella †
People of St. Robert's

Sunday - July 18
Readings: Bn 18:1-10a     Col 1:24-28     Lk 10:38-42

Mass Intention 7:30
Tom & MaryAnne Begley †
Carmela Dellegrazie †
Giuseppe Pignati †
Ray Mattias †
Fil/Am Choir
Youth Mass


Thank you to everyone who helped make the receptions for Fr. Ring and Fr. Tom so wonderful! John Alvergue and George Horton and their helpers were responsible for the great food; the members of the various parish groups did set up, clean up and kept the trays supplied with goodies. Thank you also to Sandy Murtagh and her crew who took photographs for the memory books. Our priests have served us well and you helped us all to give them a fitting send-off. We are most grateful.



Grab the Kids to come enjoy a B.B.Q. and fun and games! 3 on 3 basketball tournament open to all ages. Register at 5:15 p.m. games start at 5:30 p.m. T-shirts for all the kids that attend.


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As a Parish Community, we pray...for our Church, the body of Christ. May we who bear the marks of His cross become a sign of His living presence in the world.



Nicholas Antonio Gomez



We would like to update the following list. Please review and call the rectory at 589-2800 if someone you know can be taken off the following list

We pray for the ill: Sharon Aiello, Marilyn Arancibia, Robert Bacci, Genaro Badiable, Lito Badiable, Marcia Bourne, Maricris Candelaria, Arthur Candia, Carmen Capella, Josie Clarke, Nan Connolly, Theresa Cook, Cindy Corona, Ana Cosgaya, Walton & June Dickhoff, William & Sandra Dill, Carl Edwards, Joyce Flax, Adela Florez, Jesse Grube, Denise Hawald, Dominique Hauscarriague,Jr, Viko Ivancich, Joanne Johnson, Koret Koelman, Muriel Krause, Sisilia Langi, Shirley Latham, Josephine Lavoie, Austin Lehman, Marky, Michael Martinez, Daniel McHale, Rosemary McHale, Terry McLeod, Josie Mercado, Mary Novickas, Thomas O'Brien, David Papageorgiou, Lara Pinten, Jason Pimentel, James Piazza, Helen Restani, Mary Shick, Pauline Speranza, Justo Tan, Mafi Tukumoatu, Kristi Varni, Don Vickery, Diana Walter, Jennifer Westbrook & Frank Wright. 


Friday, July 16th, 6:30 p.m. in the Hall

We would like to invite all the parents of preschool children, including infants and toddlers to a social event and you can bring your babies. Some adults and teens will be available to help supervise the children.

We will provide the wine, water and soft drinks; you provide your favorite dish: salad, prepared entree, desert or snack for about 6 people. Please bring ready- to-serve items, as we do not have access to the kitchen. If you won't have time to prepare anything, that's okay too, you'll just have to provide the conversation.

We will also ask people to suggest a name for the group. The person, who submits the winning name, will win a prize.

Last time there were 12 families present, we would like to see more this time. Single parents with children are encouraged to join us as well.

We hope to see you there.


July 14th

We are scheduled for the 2nd Wednesday of each month. If you can prepare a favorite cookie, snack or lunch item for 10 to 12 people, please drop it off at the Children's Chapel, in the back of Church, by 9 a.m. on April 14th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items can be donated.

We appreciate your help!


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by Sister Sheral

The first reading from Deuteronomy has a wonderful reminder in it. Speaking of heeding the voice of the Lord and his commandments, Moses says, "This command I enjoin on you today is not too mysterious and remote for you.No, it is something very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out."

(Deut. 30. 11,12,14) Moses is speaking of what we would call conscience, that presence of God's Spirit within us that lets us know what is right and what is wrong. The formation of conscience is an important task of parents, religious educators and the whole Church. How do we help the young and the not so young to distinguish right from wrong? Some years ago WWJD bracelets were very popular. Their question is an excellent one: What Would Jesus Do? Those of us reared on the Ten Commandments, the six precepts of the Church and, more recently, on the Beatitudes might feel that such a simple question is simplistic. But is it, really? The question assumes that the wearer knows Jesus well enough to know what he would do and hopefully, imitate that. It would help, of course, if we adults give evidence by our lives that love is the ultimate value. That's another reason for community: we teach the young ones among us and remind each other by our example what's really important. None of this "Do what I say, not what I do" for us as Christians! Ultimately, the whole moral law as Jesus quotes in today's gospel and underlines by his parable is summed up in this: You shall love the Lord, your God and your neighbor as yourself. If we stop to think what Jesus would do, we would be guided by the Holy Spirit as he was and put our love into action.



Listed are a few of the food stuffs that we are running low on: jams and jellies, canned vegetables, cereal and oatmeal, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, juices, packaged cookies, condiments, canned meats and tuna.

We are also collecting Scrip for MOLLYSTONE, ALBERTSON'S, LUNARDI'S, SAFEWAY. You may make out certificates to Saint Vincent de Paul and either mail them or drop them in the rectory mailbox.

As always, we thank you for your continued generosity and support.



The Little Sisters of the Poor from St. Anne's Home in San Francisco are visiting our Parish. St. Anne's Home is one of 216 Homes operated by the Little Sisters of the Poor in 31 countries throughout the World. Your support will enable them to continue their mission of caring for the elderly poor in a spirit of joy and dignity. Any assistance you are able to give will be deeply appreciated. Blessings!

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