St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, July 8, 2007

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800


July 8, 2007
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

I was fortunate to participate in a wonderful weekend June 7 to 10 entitled, “Daring to Embrace the Other: Franciscans and Muslims in Dialogue.” It focused on the meeting of Francis and Sultan Malek al-Kamel in Damietta, Egypt during the Fifth Crusade in 1220. The presenters included Franciscans with expertise in history, in Arabic, and Christian/Muslim dialogue; and an Islamic scholar from Marquette University. Our group included sisters, friars, lay Third Order members, our Franciscan representative at the United Nations and two Muslim students. We sang in English, Arabic, Spanish, Latin, Greek, Nigerian, and South African and listened to Quranic, Hebrew and Christian scriptures.

We learned how much we don’t know about Islam and how many falsehoods are promulgated by the media and those who wish to foster fear. The extremists in Iraq are not acting in accord with their holy book, the Qur’an. The Qur’an states very clearly that “Whosoever kills a person…it is as though he killed entire humanity, and whosoever saves a life, as though he saved entire humanity.” (5.32) Their rules for fighting are even stricter than the Catholic just war tradition stipulates. The word jihad, which we hear so frequently, actually means striving, the struggle within oneself to surrender to God or Allah as the Muslims say. There is no promise of endless virgins in heaven for those who die as martyrs. There is nothing advocating the killing of Christians or Jews. “Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews and the Christians, and the Sabians [a religious sect around Mohammed’s time], whoever believes in God and the Last Day, and who does good, they shall have their reward with their Lord, and there is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve.” (2.62) Muslims honor all the Hebrew prophets and Jesus as a great prophet and his mother Mary. They believe that Mohammed is the last prophet and that God’s revelation to him builds on and includes many aspects of Jewish and Christian teaching.

We have seen the violence which terrorists have perpetrated in the name of Islam, but those groups are to the faithful followers of Islam as the Ku Klux Klan or Jim Jones’ followers are to the faithful followers of Christianity. They are an aberration. They can no more be reined in by other Muslims than the KKK could be controlled by other Christians. I have wondered why other Muslims haven’t spoken out against these radicals. The truth is that they have tried, but at least in this country, they get no press time, no television coverage, because the peaceful message of Islam isn’t as dramatic as suicide bombings or beheadings.

I hope I have whetted your appetite to learn more! Once school starts, the Tuesday morning group will begin to study Islam with the occasional help of a young Turkish Muslim as guest speaker. If there is interest in an evening group, we’ll be happy to offer that as well.

Let us pray for deeper understanding among religious groups and question the political factions which can exploit their differences. Let us pray especially for the people of the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and those causing the conflict. May the Spirit of God change the hearts of everyone involved that they may open themselves to the possibility of a just peace.

Sister Sheral


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Monday - July 9
Readings: Gn 28:10-22a     Mt 9:18-26

Mass Intention
Joseph Driscoll †
Donald Tonegato †
St. Vincent de Paul 7:00pm Mahoney Room

Tuesday - July 10
Readings: Gn 32:23-33     Mt 9:32-38

Mass Intention 6:30am
James Handley, Jr. †
Kathleen Sullivan †
Legion of Mary 6:30pm Library

Wednesday - July 11
Readings: Gn 41:55-57;42:5-7a,17-24a     Mt 10:1-7

Mass Intention 6:30am
Donna Glass †
Ignacio Acenas †
9:30 Mass Choir Practice 7:00pm Church

Thursday - July 12
Readings: Gn 44:18-21,23b-29;45:1-9     Mt 10:7-15

Mass Intention 6:30am
Armand Zaniroli †
Holy Souls †

Friday - July 13
Readings: Gn 46:1-7,28-30     Mt 10:16-23

Mass Intention 6:30am
Special Intention
Tevita Toga †

Saturday - July 14
Readings: Gn 49:29-32;50:15-26a     Mt 10:24-33

Mass Intention 8:30am
Paul & Rosina Vella †
People of St. Robert's
AA Meeting 9:30am Mahoney Room

Sunday - July 15
Readings: Dt 30:10-14     Col 1:15-20     Lk 10:25-37

Mass Intention 7:30am
James J. Murphy †
Josephine Catona †
Giuseppe Pignati †
Doris Benedetti †
Fil/Am Choir 10:00am Hall

As a Parish Community we pray …for those we love who carry the cross of cancer, aids, chemical addiction, pain and all other illnesses and for those who take care of them.



Dominic Dwayne Smith
Aleixo Brasil Silva
Tyler Matthew Mann
Alyssa Veronica Cortez
Andre Miguel Ocampo


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.


Our sincere sympathy to the family of
Marie Bova
who died recently


Check for Mass schedules in other cities.


July 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 July 11th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items are ok!

Thanks to all who contributed their time and energy.


Nourishment for Your Mind
The readings for today are familiar to us, especially the gospel: “The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few, so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest. Go on your way.” This quote has been used in vocation talks for years, but Jesus is addressing this to the 72 ordinary people who followed him. So if this passage applies to us, what are we to do? To whom are we to go? Sometimes, we are hesitant because we feel that we don’t know much about our faith or how to share it. Perhaps, someone’s critical comment has dissuaded us from even raising the question.

The former editor of America magazine, Thomas Reese, SJ is at USF this summer and is giving several public lectures. His work is highly praised for its objectivity, nuance and clarity. How to Survive as a Thinking Catholic will be offered Sunday, July 8 from 10:45 -11:30 am at St. Ignatius Church and Sunday, July 22 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm at Most Holy Redeemer Church. Three lectures will take place on Tuesdays at the Handlery Dining Room, Lone Mountain Campus from 5 – 6:30 pm. On July 10, the topic is Catholic Challenges in the 21st Century; on July 17, Reforming the Vatican Curia; and on July 24, Faith and Politics in 2008. Refreshments will be served. There is free parking at Lone Mountain and USF. I will be attending the July 10 offering and will gladly give a ride to anyone who’d like to come. Please call me at the rectory.

Peace, S. Sheral


St. Robert's Church
1380 Crystal Springs Road
San Bruno, CA 94066-4794
Phone: 650.589-2800 Fax: 650.589.9628

Become a Festival Sponsor at this year's "Journey Through the Years" Festival on September 21-23, 2007. Promote your business and any new product or service by becoming a Game Booth and Lounge Sponsor. Here are your options:

1) Game Booth or Lounge Sponsorship:

a) Platinum $325 - Tax deductible gift, your business name displayed within our Lounge and Game Booths on a 2 x 6 sign provided by St. Robert's Church

b) Gold $200 - Tax deductible gift, your business name will be displayed in our Lounge and Game Booths

c) Silver $100 - Tax deductible gift, your business name will be displayed in our game booths

2) Donate Merchandise or Service

a) Item will be used as a raffle or door prize throughout our Festival Weekend. Your business name will be displayed at our Fri. Night Ice Cream Social, Sat. Night Dinner and at the Raffle Sale Ticket Booth

3) Make a Monetary Donation - All donations are tax deductible

Complete the bottom portion and return to the Rectory A.S.A.P.

Yes, I/we want to help!!!! Here is my/our donation of:

___$100      ___$200     __$325        _____Other $___      ___Product/Service
       Silver            Gold          Platinum



___My check is enclosed (please make checks payable to St. Robert's Church)

___My employer will match my gift (please enclose your employers matching gift form)



Your business name and key contact information will be displayed and announced throughout the festival weekend.

Gifts are tax deductible!!
Your donation is greatly appreciated - Tax ID# 94-1437729


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The figures for July 1st and July 8th
will appear in the bulletin of July 15th


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2007 Centerplate Totals
Sales: $36,099.56
Tips:     $6,034.18
Total:  $42,133.74



____ Friday July 13 LA Dodgers 2:45pm 7:15pm
FULL 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.
49er Training Camp Dress Code: Khaki shorts, a white shirt with collar, and closed toe 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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July 14th and 15th

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers R. Larsen (C), B. Larsen, B. Moniz,
M. Murphy, C. Holland, J. Waldvogel,
J. Quinn, C. Noce, M. Noce
Lectors P. Scannell and J. Cronin
Altar Servers M. Ferris and J. Jauregui

Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Fr. O'Dell
Eucharistic Ministers E. Ruggiero (C), B. Mullins, M. Nunnery,
R. Lahoz, M. Ortiz
Lectors T. Clifford and P. Lustic
Altar Servers C. Clarke and E. Johnston
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. Healy/Deacon Duffey
Eucharistic Ministers L. Canaya (C), G. Tolentino, M. Saisi,
J. Kelly, S. Murray, B. Canaya,
M. Bologna, G. Sinks, M. Quilici
Lectors J. Valdez and T. Tullius
Altar Servers K. Giambruno, G. Giambruno & A. Ayllon
Little Church Little Church: Esperanza & Nubia
Middle Church: Bob
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers M. Giusti (C), M. Nuti, V/L Piccinini,
H. Mantler, T. Estelita, A. Estelita,
H. Madayag, J. Abellana, C. Morgan,
D. Murphy
Lectors H. Beck and G. May
Altar Servers J. Abellana and V. Abellana

Sunday, 5:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Healy/Deacon Meyer
Eucharistic Ministers G. Landholt (C), P. Landholt, C. Browne,
M. Elomore, M. Aberouette
Lectors P. Linehan and M. Innes
Altar Servers J. Heffernan and M. Fosse

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