St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, August 8, 2004

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

August 8, 2004
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners:

I am writing this from our province gathering in Santa Maria where we've just had a lively bilingual Mass and a delicious Santa Maria barbecue (tri-tip and pinto beans). We were challenged and entertained by Joyce Johnson, also known as "Earth Mama" this morning and Robert Barbato, OFMCap.

She reminded us of the relationship among all living things and gave us very practical suggestions to care for Mother Earth. One of her songs was:

How would we live if we knew the Earth was sacred? How would be live if we believed there was holiness in all? How would we live? How would we live? Why don't we live that way, now?

We Americans use so many plastic water bottles for the good purpose of rehydrating our bodies, but it takes a huge amount of petroleum to make that plastic: 12 million gallons a year! Options would be to drink tap water or use a glass bottle and refill it. Have you wondered what to say at the grocery store when they ask, "paper or plastic"? A response which would be good for the earth is, "Neither!" Instead of using paper which destroys trees or plastic which takes a hundred years to decompose, why not get a large cloth bag, put it in your car and hand it to the bagger? If you buy many items for a large family, get two or three cloth bags. Think of all the trees you'll save in a year.

Fr. Bob reminded us of the Genesis story about humankind being told that we would be "masters" of creation. John's gospel has Jesus saying "If I, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, so also must you wash one another's feet". The Master is the servant. What would it mean if we saw ourselves as servants of God's creation? He spoke about St. Clare and her relationship to creation. She was a contemplative and lived in a convent, an enclosure. And from that small space, that one home, she contemplated God's action in her life and in the life of the world, helping her sisters to untie themselves to God, to the earth and to one another. In an era, when monasteries had vast land ownings and grew their own food, Clare insisted that there be a piece of land around the monastery which would lie fallow. She recognized that the earth had its own value, not just in its ability to produce something.

The reflection given by one of our associates who writes music and plays guitar beautifully, though she is blind, reminded us of the need to be centered, to get in touch with God through our bodies. She invited us to breath in the love of God and then breath out that love of God to someone close to us whom we love. A second time, she asked us to do the same, but to send that love to someone anywhere in the world who needed God's love. Do you need to remember God's love for you now, in these last precious weeks of summer? Who might you send God's love to through your prayer, a phone call or an e-mail message? We are all part of the one lovely human family. Peace,

Sister Sheral


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Monday - August 9
Readings: Ez 1:2-5,24-28c     Mt 17:22-27

Mass Intention
Andrea Wong †
Cliff Buelow †
St. Vincent de Paul 7:00p Mahoney Room
Tuesday - August 10
Readings: 2 Cor 9:6-10     Jn 12:24-26
Mass Intention 6:30
MaryAnn Dominguez †
John P. Murphy †
Legion of Mary 6:30p Library
Wednesday - August 11
Readings: Ez 9:1-7,10:18-22     Mt 18:15-20
Mass Intention 6:30
Special Intention
Giampaoli Family

Thursday - August 12
Readings: Ez 12:1-12     Mt 18:21-19:1

Mass Intention 6:30
Malio Delle Donne †
Charles & Rita Agius †
Scripture 9:15a Mary's Chapel

Friday - August 13
Readings: Ez 16:1-15,60,63     Mt 19:3-12

Mass Intention 6:30
Rufino Aranez †
Robert Ottersberg †

Saturday - August 14
Readings: Ez 1-10,13b,30-32     Mt 19:13-15

Mass Intention 8:30
In Thanksgiving
Bill Wilson †

Sunday - August 15
Readings: Rv 11:19a     1 Cor 15:20-27     Lk 1:39-56

Mass Intention 7:30
Emilio & Mocelin Families †
Mauro Sciacqua †
Giuseppe Pignati †
People of St. Robert's
Fil/Am Choir
Youth Mass


The Columban Fathers are a Missionary Society of priests working in ten different countries, mostly in Asia and Latin America. Their special vocation is to reach out to all of our sisters and brothers who have not yet fully heard the Gospel message; to identify with the poor, the oppressed and the weakest members of the communities where they serve.

This weekend the second collection will be for this mission - please be as generous as you can. Thank you.


11:30 AM MASS

(Please join us in this celebration)


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As a Parish Community, we pray for the people of God. May we grow in awareness that, in virtue of our baptism, we are missionaries called to be a witness to Christ.



Frances Wood & Michael Isola
Marty Sands & Shane Kayser



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, Jimmy Brown, Larry Buller, 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, Claire Hamilton, 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.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Wilfredo Lujan &
Frank Wright

who died recently.



The "Emergency Prayer Network" will pray for your specific intentions whenever some crisis arises in your life. If you call, our group will pray fervently for three days for you and your special intention. Call Michele Pipinich. Let us know how things turn out so that we can praise God for His faithfulness.


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By Sister Sheral

On August 11th, we celebrate the Feast of St. Clare. She refers to herself as Francis' "little plant", but she was quite amazing in her own right. She is somewhat overshadowed by Francis, whose story everyone knows well, but my community has studied and prayed with her extensively over the past three years and we have discovered a woman who speaks to our hearts. She was quite an independent young woman, leaving home at 18 to follow a strange, young, itinerant preacher. She revolted against her family's plans for her to marry well and unite the land-holdings of their two families. She focused on Christ on the cross and experienced him in the poor and the sick to whom she ministered. And from that contemplation came a call to absolute poverty. (Francis really focused on obedience to Christ; Clare emphasized poverty.) Weak women weren't allowed to renounce their property but she insisted on that in the Rule she wrote. She took the title Abbess, but changed its meaning to one of total service. (At that time in the early 1200's, the woman from the richest family was often named Abbess for life, regardless of her holiness or fitness.) She even includes a process by which the sisters can remove an Abbess if she is not fit to lead. Clare shared leadership with all the sisters, calling for weekly sessions when they would share the fruits of their prayer and the decisions about their lives together. She wants them to dress simply, but allows for some needing warmer clothes than others. She asks them to give their possessions to the poor, but if they can't, writes that the desire will suffice. The Pope wants her to take on another community's rule, but she knows it isn't what God wants of her and her sisters. Though she is deathly ill for years, she waits to die until her Rule, insisting on the privilege of poverty and the first ever written by a woman, is finally approved. May we imitate Clare's singlemindedness and determination, rooted in a life of prayer.


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August 11th

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 August 11th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items can be donated. We appreicate your help!


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St. Robert's School uniforms free for the taking after all the morning Masses on Sunday, August 15th, in Hennessy Hall. For more information, call Una Uniacke.

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