St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, June 24, 2007

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

June 24, 2007
Nativity of John the Baptist


John had a calling in life. He had been destined by God to be the herald of Christ. He fulfilled this call. But how did he recognize God’s purpose for him or know what gifts he had to accomplish this mission? There had to be a period of uncertainty, of not knowing what he was to do. Listening to the story of John we might think his life was a straight line, never deviating, never off course. Like the rest of us, however, he probably had some false starts, occasionally going off in the wrong direction. But propelled by a basic fidelity to God, he left the security of his family and community to live in the desert eating locusts and honey. Through this austerity he was able to focus on and listen to the call of God.

We too are called. We, too, have a purpose. We are challenged to identify God’s plan for us. Again and again, we need to find our quiet place and reflect on God’s will for us and how we can be faithful to that call. More than likely this will not be a desert experience. But probably we need to find ways to simplify our lives and shed our concerns with so many things pressing in on us. In the midst of our busy and noisy world, we need to find a place and make some time where we experience the peace of Christ and better understand our gifts.

Making the effort to recognize Christ’s challenge is the first step to understanding God’s will for our lives. When we embrace God’s invitation, like John did, we may discover that we have not always embarked on an easy road or the carefree way. By walking this road faithfully, however, we will have surrendered to God and been true to our deepest selves.

Father Bruce


Rectory and Summer School will be closed on the 4th


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Monday - June 25
Readings: Gen 12:1-9     Mt 7:1-5

Mass Intention
Felipe Mercado †
Holy Souls †

Tuesday - June 26
Readings: Gen 13:2,5-18     Mt 7:6,12-14

Mass Intention 6:30am
James Lee †
Katarina Kaloucava †
Legion of Mary 6:30pm Library

Wednesday - June 27
Readings: Gn 15:1-12,17-18     Mt 7:15-20

Mass Intention 6:30am
Brian Meek
Tevita Toga †
9:30 Mass Choir Practice 7:00pm Church

Thursday - June 28
Readings: Gn 16:1-12,15-16     Mt 7:21-29

Mass Intention 6:30am
Robert George Alcorn †
Margo Meierbactol †

Friday - June 29
Readings: Acts 12:1-11     2 Tm 4:6-8,17-18     Mt 16:13-19

Mass Intention 6:30am
Ana Horta †
Mary Kelly †

Saturday - June 30
Readings: Gn 18:1-15     Mt 8:15-17

Mass Intention 8:30am
Fr. Michael Cruickshank †
Joseph DeBattista †
AA Meeting 9:30am Mahoney Room

Sunday - July 1
Readings: 1 Kgs 19:16b,19-21     Gal 5:1,13-18     Lk 9:51-62

Mass Intention 7:30am
Mildred Covell †
Edward Canning †
People of St. Robert's
Donald Owen Thomas †
Fil/Am Choir 10:00am Hall

As a Parish Community we pray …That all who have been baptized respond to God’s call to spread the good news of His love to all the world.


We continue to ask each week that parishioners pray for the chronically ill of our parish. If you have a friend or loved one in need of our parish prayers please call the Rectory at 589-2800.

This week we pray for Kay Marshall


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Nick Circosta
James Handley, Jr.
Daniel and William Kling
John Mitchell
America Padilla-Sibley

who died recently



Spiritual Reading will be available at St. Robert’s after the Masses on Sundays. Please take a few minutes either before or after Mass and check out a book or two that interest you. You may keep the books until you have them read. We have some books on the Library cart but we have many more in the Library/Reconciliation room. Enjoy Reading


Check for Mass schedules in other cities.



Mercy Center is offering a Summer Home Retreat for women and men who are seeking a deeper relationship with God, but whose obligations keep them from going away for a weekend retreat. It is offered from Monday, July 16, to Friday, July 20. You live at home in your usual setting and go through your normal routine – working out an appropriate daily pattern for prayer and reflection and coming to Mercy Center for one hour each day for spiritual direction. The spiritual director helps you to listen to what God is saying in the experiences of your daily life. call Colleen Soracco at 650 340-7495 for registration and information. There is no charge for the retreat; donations only.



The Union of Concerned Scientists has some information for us. 1.5 million gallons of oil – enough to run 100,000 cars for a year – are used to make the plastic water bottles, while transporting them burns thousands more gallons of oil. In addition to the millions of gallons of water used in the plastic-making process, two gallons of water are wasted in the purification process for every gallon that goes into the bottles. Only about 10% of water bottles are recycled, which means the rest sit in landfills where it takes thousands of years for the plastic to decompose. Tap water is more strictly regulated, so it is actually better for you. If you’ll be traveling, use a glass bottle or a refillable travel bottle. Many plastic bottles actually advise you not to refill them; the plastic leeches harmful chemicals each time the temperature changes.


“The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.”

Jane Addams


John the Baptist
You may not have noticed, but only the births of Mary and John the Baptist are celebrated as feasts. This is because of the tremendous significance of these two people in the life of Jesus. (Other saints’ feasts are celebrated on the date of their deaths.) And to take precedence over a Sunday, you know that the Church really values John’s contribution to our salvation! We know John mostly from the readings during Advent when he announces the coming of Jesus as the Messiah and is so clear about his own role as a prophet. You’ll recall that John’s miraculous conception is followed by Zechariah’s questioning in the temple and his being struck dumb. How those nine months of silence must have prepared him to be the father of the one of whom Jesus speaks, ”Of all the children born of women, there is no one greater than John.” (Lk.7.28)

John’s name means “Yahweh has shown favor,” especially apt since Elizabeth is well past her child-bearing years.

We may remember the strange things John did: eating locusts and wild honey and living in the desert clothed like a wild man. But the most important aspect about John is that he was a man radically dedicated to announcing Jesus’ mission no matter what the cost. He was human like we are; when he was imprisoned and facing death, for telling the truth to Herod, John his disciples to Jesus to ask: “Are you the one who is to come or have we to wait for someone else?” (7.20-21) After the disciples convey to him what Jesus has been doing, we can suppose that John died a peaceful, though violent death.

What about us? What are we being called to? How do our lives announce the presence of God even in times of war and tragedy like our own? Now, in these difficult times, people need hope more than ever and a sense that people’s suffering is not in vain. Our own faith in God’s promises can sustain us and those who trust us with their problems. It is not an easy faith, but one which relies on the community for support and wisdom, on the Holy Spirit for guidance in prayer, and on our own memories of past experiences when we knew God was with us.

Peace, S. Sheral


St. Robert’s School is collecting Box Tops for Education coupons and Labels for Education UPC codes. Send your collection to the school or rectory. Visit the websites below for product information. Any questions please call Christine Peterson.


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July 1st to June 17th (goal)
July 1st to June 17th (actual)
7/1/06-6/30/07 Weekly Goal
Collection (actual 6/17)


Go to and click on the e-contributions button. The first page explains the details. There is a button to take you to the e-paluch registration page. You can register online using either your checking account or credit card.

There is no cost to you for this service.






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New stand location this year

2007 Centerplate Totals
Sales: $25,546.15
Tips:     $5,560.28
Total:  $31,106.43



____ Monday June 25 San Diego 2:45pm 7:15pm
____ Wednesday June 27 San Diego 8:15am 12:35pm
____ Friday June 29 Arizona 2:45pm 7:15pm
____ Saturday June 30 Arizona 1:45pm 6:05pm
____ Sunday July 8 All Star Futures *7:30am 1:00pm
____ Monday July 9 All Star Batting Practice
All Star Home Run Derby
*8:30am 1:00pm
FULL Tuesday July 10 All Star Game *9:30am 5:00pm
____ Friday July 13 LA Dodgers 2:45pm 7:15pm
____ Sunday July 15 LA Dodgers 8:45am 1:05pm
____ Monday July 23 Atlanta 2:45pm 7:15pm
____ Sunday July 29 49er Training Camp 10:30am 12:30-3:30pm
____ Monday July 30 49er Training Camp 1:15pm 3:00-6:00pm
____ Wednesday August 1 49er Training Camp 1:15pm 3:00-6:00pm
____ Friday August 3 49er Training Camp 1:15pm 3:00-6:00pm
____ Saturday August 4 49er Training Camp 12:00pm 2:00-5:00pm
____ Monday August 6 49er Training Camp 1:15pm 3:00-6:00pm
____ Tuesday August 7 49er Training Camp 6:30am 8:00-12:00pm
____ Wednesday August 8 49er Training Camp 1:15pm 3:00-6:00pm
____ Thursday August 9 Washington 8:15am 12:35pm
____ Friday August 10 49er Training Camp 1:15pm 3:00-6:00pm
____ Monday August 13 49ers vs Denver 12:15pm 5:00pm
____ Wednesday August 15 49er Training Camp 1:15pm 3:00-6:00pm
____ Saturday August 18 49ers vs Oakland 2:15pm 7:00pm
____ Monday August 20 49er Training Camp 1:15pm 3:00-6:00pm
____ Wednesday August 22 49er Training Camp 10:30am 12:30-4:00pm
____ Thursday August 23 Chicago Cubs 8:15am 12:35pm
____ Wednesday August 29 Colorado 8:15am 12:35pm
____ Friday September 7 LA Dodgers 2:45pm 7:15pm
____ Sunday September 9 LA Dodgers 8:45am 1:05pm
____ Monday September 10 49ers vs Arizona 2:30pm 7:15pm
____ Sunday September 30 49ers vs Seattle 8:15am 1:05pm
____ Sunday October 7 49ers vs Baltimore 8:15am 1:05pm
____ Sunday October 28 49ers vs New Orleans 8:15am 1:05pm
____ Sunday November 18 49ers vs St. Louis 8:15am 1:05pm
____ Sunday December 9 49ers vs Minnesota 8:15am 1:05pm
____ Saturday December 15 49ers vs Cincinnati 12:15pm 5:15pm

* Times are approximate and might vary somewhat.

Dress Code: Black full length slacks (no jeans, spandex, sweat pants or capris), white shirt with collar and comfortable closed toe and heel shoes. We will carpool from the rectory.For those who work in San Frtancisco, you can meet us at AT&T Park.

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June 30th and July 1st

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. O'Dell
Eucharistic Ministers T. Dachauer (C), R. Larsen, B. Larsen,
M. Murphy, C. Holland, J. Waldvogel,
J. Quinn, J. Finnegan, B. Castro-Leon
Lectors J. Cronin and C. Clarke
Altar Servers M. Lara and D. Lara

Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers E. Ruggiero (C), J. Jackson, R. Jardin,
T. Montross, R. Vassalo
Lectors S. Heaney and J. Moresco
Altar Servers M. Kelly and N. Nussbaum
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers R. Valdez (C), V. Yanke, J. Yanke,
J. Valdez, M. Zamattia, M. Blumenthal,
M. Bourne, L. Cesca, G. Sinks
Lectors L. Kaloucava and J. Bendick
Altar Servers C. Buencamino, J. Prieto and J. Chase
Little Church Little Church: Michael
Middle Church: Ben
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. Healy
Eucharistic Ministers C. Pacas (C), E. Sanchez, B. Chester,
M. Giusti, H. Mantler, L. Sing, B. Pacas,
L. Juvero, H. Madayag, J. Abellana
Lectors G. May and M. Benavente
Altar Servers F. Nuti and F. Abellana

Sunday, 5:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers G. Landholt (C), P. Landholt, C. Browne,
M. Elmore, M. Santiago
Lectors H. Lowood and L. Avila
Altar Servers D. Lavezzo and J. Lavezzo

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