St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, August 7, 2005

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

August 7, 2005
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends:

Once again sitting in the sunshine on our deck, enjoying our daily tea break, we look over today’s readings and share our thoughts and feelings.

The first—from The Book of Kings—tells us of the Prophet Elijah’s encounter with God. We agree that, though we often look for God in the spectacular, we have finally discovered, as did Elijah: The Lord was not in the wind, in the earthquake or in the fire. He is in the tiny whisper within our hearts.

We turn to today’s Gospel. We sigh to Jesus; “Today we are very tired.” He whispers within our hearts: “Often I was tired. I then went off by Myself to rest in My Father’s arms. Here I found peace and renewed strength. Do this!”

From time to time, we (like Jesus’ early disciples) are tossed about by the wind and waves of life. We become fearful. We hear the voice of Jesus: “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Like Peter, sometimes we too need to take risks—to make changes in our lives—to go outside our comfort zone. We both realize that so far Jesus hasn’t asked us to do any great things—to walk on water. He only asks us to love Him, each other and everyone He brings into our lives. To love is not easy—it is not just a word—a feeling—a passive emotion. When we truly love God and each other, we must take the chance of being rejected or hurt—make sacrifices—give of ourselves and willingly serve one another.

Just as did Peter, we feel a surge of zeal, saying to ourselves: “We can do it!” Then for a moment, we take our eyes off Jesus. Suddenly we realize: “Maybe we’re in over our heads!” Doubt and fear take hold and our hearts begin to sink.

When we fear we are about to drown in the sea of life, we call out to Jesus: “Lord, save us!” He never fails. Jesus reaches out His hand and leads us back into our storm-tossed boat where He remains with us—the winds of stress and fear die down. We know that truly He is the Son of God. With Him all things are possible! So with joy and confidence we proclaim:

Jesus, we trust in You!

Gene & Anna May



Sofia Alexandra Casillas &
Giselle Charline Casillas


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Monday - August 8
Readings: Dt 10:12-22     Mt 17:22-27

Mass Intention
Andrea N. Wong †
Mike Dower †
Tuesday - August 9
Readings: Dt 31:1-8     Mt 18:1-5,10,12-14
Mass Intention 6:30
William Tonelli †
Pasquale & Maria Aloise †
Eucharistic Aodration
Sr. Legion of Mary
Wednesday - August 10
Readings: 2 Cor 9:6-10     Jn 12:24-26
Mass Intention 6:30
Katie Notley †
Anna Marie Fabbri †

Thursday - August 11
Readings: Jos 3:7-10a,11,13-17     Mt 18:21--19:1

Mass Intention 6:30
Rufino Aranez †
Tom Fitzpatrick †

Friday - August 12
Readings: Jos 24:1-13     Mt 19:3-12

Mass Intention 6:30
In Thanksgiving
Charles & Rita Agius †

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

Mass Intention 8:30
Paul & Rosina Vella †
William McLaughlin †
Deacon Day
AA Meeting
Mahoney Room

Sunday - August 14
Readings: Is 56:1,6-7     Rom 11:13-15     Mt 15:21-28

Mass Intention 7:30
James J. Murphy †
Frank & Ann Cericola †
People of St. Robert's
Frank Colucci †
Fil/Am Choir
Jr. Legion of Mary
Mahoney Room

Monday, August 15th, is not a Holy Day of Obligation


As a Parish Community

We pray that Jesus will stretch out His hand of mercy to all children, especially those who are frightened because of violence, terrorism, war, abandonment or abuse.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Joan Zelnik,
Faustina Badiable &
Anthony Spina

who died recently.


August 10th

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 10th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items are ok!



In accordance with Pope Paul II’s proclamation that this is the Year of the Eucharist, on Tuesday, August 9th, and on the Second Tuesday of each month, following the 8:30 am Mass and continuing to Benediction at 5:00 pm, Eucharistic Adoration is celebrated in our Church. Mother Theresa has said: “We need to find God, and God cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature—trees and flowers and grass—grow in silence. See the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. The more we receive in silent prayer, the more we can give in our active life.” Come and listen to God in the silence.

Dear Parishioners:

Blood Centers of the Pacific would like to thank St. Robert’s for generously donating a lifesaving commodity—blood! At your blood drive on July 24th, 19 units of blood were collected. The units collected are a substantial help to our ability to meet the continuous need for blood in our community, and your personal commitment in this regard has been invaluable.

If you were unable to donate during the drive but are able now, please call 697-4034 for directions to our new San Mateo Office. Thank you for your gift of life.

Gertrude Stopper, Blood Centers of the Pacific



We have a number of dates coming up:

Aug 8
Aug 12
Aug 13
Aug 15
Aug 26
Aug 28
Aug 30
Aug 31
49er Training Camp
Dave Matthews Band
49ers vs Raider
49er Training Camp
49ers vs Tenn
Giants vs Mets
Giants vs Rockies
49er Training Camp
   at Moscone Center





You can now sign up on line at Click the Centerplate sign-up button, check the dates you want to work, fill in the information and click the submit button.


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The readings this weekend are wonderful, though they may need a bit of explanation. Before this section we hear, Elijah is on the run from Jezebel who has sworn to kill him, since he has killed the false prophets who are leading the Israelites astray and whom she has supported. Elijah is tired of running and complains to God that God should take his life. Then the word of God comes to him and the incident we hear takes place. We might wonder why he hides his face. In other places in the Hebrew scriptures, we read that no one can see God and live, so awesome, so holy, so “other” is Yahweh. Elijah has been reared with this understanding and since he wants to live, he doesn’t want to see God face to face. But the heart of the reading is the reality that God comes not in powerful, natural occurrences, but in the gentle breeze.

The gospel is a story we almost know by heart. Jesus’ presence calms the nerves of the disciples and the storm itself. Peter can do the impossible – walk on water- as long as he keeps his eyes on Jesus. Once he takes them off Jesus, he starts to sink. Jesus rescues him as he has rescued each of us, no doubt. Another aspect of the story we may not have noticed: Jesus had them cross the Sea of Galilee by boat, so he could finally (after feeding the 5000, not counting women and children) have some time to deal with John the Baptist’s violent death. Jesus, “like us in all things but sin” needed time for reflection and prayer.

These readings invite us to take some quiet time to listen to God (the first reading) and to let God help us make sense out of the difficult experiences of our lives (the gospel). Do we take the time? Especially if you have little ones, it’s difficult to have even three minutes to yourself. Perhaps, in the shower you can ask for the centeredness to listen to God’s voice in whatever way it comes to you. Trust that the Spirit will get through via a glorious sunset or thunderous waterfall or a touching comment by one of your children or grandchildren. God wants to be in touch with each of us even more than we desire it. We only need to believe it. May God bless us all these last fleeting days of summer!

S. Sheral


You are invited
Recital of Sacred music
Sunday, August 7th at 2:30 p.m.
at St. Roberts church.

Sopranos Rachel Carter and Natalie Barrens,
with Pianist Kerry Leyden,
will be performing

Music includes
classical and traditional hymns and spirituals.

** There is no fee for this recital



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We remember this weekend the bombing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6 and Nagasaki on Aug. 9. On August 6, 2004, the US Conference of Bishops stated: “At a time when much of the world is gripped by fear of terrorism and a few voices hint that the time may again come when the U.S. should call upon its nuclear arsenal to make “quick work” of frightening threats, it is fitting to reassert our commitment to disarmament and the conduct of limited war only as a last resort…Catholics engaged in every area of public life must marshal the varied gifts given them by the Holy Spirit toward the pursuit of new responses to unfamiliar threats. In a era of often paralyzing uncertainty, the Church’s voice for peace and justice must remain undiminished and constant.”


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August 13th and 14th

4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Hung/Deacon Duffey
Eucharistic Ministers R. Hanley (C), C. Holland, C. Carter,
D. Bisagno, T. Dachauer, Doug Hageman,
Di Hageman, J. Hageman, J. Quinn
Lectors M. Dachauer
Altar Servers K. Murphy and J. Brown

7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Healy
Eucharistic Ministers W. Mooney (C), J. Jackson, J. Aldinger,
A. Buelow, T. Montross
Lector J. Moresco and P. Lustic
Altar Servers J. Landholt and A. Clifford
9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. Healy
Eucharistic Ministers J. Romine (C), K. Semenza, A. Solis,
M. Lopez, M. Bologna, G. Tolentino,
A. Romine, P. Byrne, S. Murray
Lectors J. Valdez and J. Marty
Altar Servers C. Tullius and B. Timko
11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers M. Giusti (C), B. Chester, G. May,
A. Maron, L. Sing, V/L Piccinini,
S. Lucchese, H. Mantler, S. Stefaniuk
Lectors H. Beck and F. Firpo
Altar Servers C. Benavente and F. Nuti

5:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers M. Salvato (C), V. Munich, R. Atkinson,
A. Ciraulo, M. Ciraulo, J. Arellano,
B. Rodriguez, M. Santiago, E. Donnelly
Lector C. Arellano
Altar Servers D. McKenna and C. Geniali

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