St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

JULY 12, 1998
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners:

The following is Part II from The Catholic Update, A Consistent Ethic of Life by Kenneth R. Overberg, S.J.:

Sources of Life: Where does the consistent ethic of life come from? It comes largely from the insights of Cardinal Bernardin, the teachings of the U.S. Catholic bishops and, most recently and significantly, John Paul II’s encyclical The Gospel of Life. The ultimate source, however, is the Bible, especially the life and teaching of Jesus.

Cardinal Bernardin spent much time and energy on two issues: abortion and nuclear war. He found committed people concerned about one issue but not the other. As he worked to bring together those seeking an end to abortion and those trying to prevent nuclear war, Cardinal Bernardin began to emphasize the common link among the life issues. This emphasis has been continued in the teachings of the U.S. bishops.

Pope John Paul II’s encyclical The Gospel of Life is a bold and prophetic defense of life. Although it does not use the phrase, The Gospel of Life strongly affirms the consistent ethic of life. John Paul describes what is going on in our world today: a monumental abuse of life through drugs, war and arms, abortion, euthanasia, destruction of the environment, unjust distribution of resources. This abuse is often caused and supported by the economic, social and political structures of the nations. So the Pope speaks of a "structure of sin" and a "culture of death" and a "conspiracy against life".

The Pope also proclaims the Christian understanding of the value of life. Created in God’s image, redeemed by Jesus, called to everlasting life, every human being is sacred and social; every human being is a sign of God’s love. In much more detail than Cardinal Bernardin’s addresses, the Pope provides the foundation for building a culture of life by weaving together a wealth of biblical texts which clearly proclaim human dignity.

The consistent ethic of life is ultimately rooted in Jesus, in whom the meaning and value of life are definitively proclaimed and fully given. In John Paul II’s words, "The gospel of life is not simply a reflection, however new and profound, on human life. Nor is it merely a commandment aimed at raising awareness and bringing about significant changes in society. Still less is it an illusory promise of a better future. The gospel of life is something concrete and personal, for it consists in the proclamation of the very person of Jesus".

Who is this Jesus? He is Jesus who was sensitive to the vulnerable at all stages and from every walk of life. In being so, he often was at odds with society’s standards, associating with religious and social outcasts. This is the Jesus of the Sermon on the Mount who proclaims as blessed not the leaders of society but the mourning and the meek, the poor and the pure, the persecuted and the peacemaker (Mt. 5:1-12).

This is the Jesus who praises not power but reconciliation in the story about the forgiving father of the prodigal son (Lk 15:11-32). This is the Jesus of faithful ministry, of suffering and death, of new life (Mk 14:3-16:8). This is the Jesus who says, "I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly"’ (Jn 10:10). Who Jesus is and what Jesus means by abundant life, then, are surely different from what the consumerism and individualism of our culture tell us about life.

Fr. Vincent Ring



It is so difficult for me to say good-bye. The names and lives and words of many of you are written in my heart. It is a long, long list. I leave this place with a heart full of gratitude. The rich deposits of faith and hope and love from you are my treasures forever.

The support for my ministries here at St. Robert’s from Fr. Ring, the Priests and people was a blessing from God. I will miss all of that. As we continue our faith journey may we open our lives to the mystery of God’s love among us.

Thanks for your love and friendship. Thanks for your prayers, and I will pray for you.

Sister Columba



Pope John Paul II sharply challenges the growing gaps between rich and poor nations and between rich and poor within nations. He recognizes important values of market economics, but insists they be guided by the option for the poor and the principle of the global common good.



If you would like to make a donation of $100 or more toward the construction of the new wall in memory of someone or in thanksgiving for God’s blessing to your family, please send a check to the Parish specifying the name to be listed on the memorial plaque that will be placed on the side wall of the Sanctuary.



July 12- Sept. 1
6:30 a.m. Mass on Tuesdays and Fridays ONLY
8:30 a.m. Mass EACH DAY


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Monday 6:30 No Mass
8:30 Charles Agius †
Tuesday 6:30 John McGinty †
8:30 Marie Tonegato †
Wednesday 6:30 No Mass
8:30 Mary Pelletieo †
Thursday 6:30 No Mass
8:30 Geraldine Perata †
Friday 6:30 Mrs. Barone †
8:30 Carmen Cutajar †
Saturday 8:30 Anita Bianchi †
4:30 Andrew & Teresa Galea †
Sunday 7:30 Paul & Rosina Vella †
9:00 Mary Kern †
10:30 People of St. Robert's
12:00 Bill Philster †
5:30 Maxine McBrown †


We pray for the ill: Blake Interdonato, IIlar Schoenstein, Don Landers, Tony Coogan, Koret Koelman, Terry McLeod, Adela Florez, Ana Cosgaya, Peter Capodonicco, Rosemary McHale, Arthur Candia, Margarita Velez, Sandra Dill, Jane Bousquet, Richard Ribero and Tim Scully.

We pray for victims of injustice, oppression and violence. Through our compassionate healing touch, may they experience the mercy and love of God.


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This year’s parish picnic will be held on Aug. 29th at Beckner Shelter. Picnic lunch will be provided by the parish. Reservation sign-ups will start on Sunday July 26th after each Mass. Please call Trish Estelita if you would like to help.



We welcome into our Parish Family the following people:
Rolando & Mercedita De la Cruz,
Michael & Lorraine Lynch,
|Kirk & Amy Shelley
Gerard & Monica Diaz.


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We welcome you into St. Robert’s Family and ask that you complete a registration form (found in the vestibule of the church). Drop it either in the collection basket, in the mail, or at the Parish office. We will mail a New Parishioner Packet with information about the Parish, its organizations and groups.



Thank you to the 494 parishioners who contributed $74,523 to the Annual Appeal of the Archdiocese. $69,000 of this money will go to programs that help the Archdiocese serve those in need - from retired priests to people in prison. Your generosity is a tribute to your Faith in God. The $5,000 over the goal set for us by the Archdiocese will be used to pay for two of the windows in our remodeled sanctuary - one will be in honor of the Sisters of St. Francis who served in our parish school from 1949 to 1970 and the second window will be in honor of the Sisters of the Presentation who have served our school and parish from 1970 until the present. Again, thank you for your sacrifice.



Don’t forget the Mid-Summer Event, Brunch at Marie Callenders - Sunday, July 19th, at 12 Noon. The cost is $13.25 - reservations need to be made by Friday, July 17th. Call Bunny or Claire at for info/reservations.

THANK YOU to Jeannie McHugh for all her work with the Sociables and welcome Bunny (Gloria) Moniz who will be taking Jeannie’s place.



The turn of the century is a graced moment. It is a moment to focus on our desire for God’s compassionate love so that we can manifest that love more fully by the way we live. Pope John Paul II stated in his apostolic letter, Tertio Millennio Adveniente, "Everything ought to focus on the primary objective of the Jubilee: the strengthening of faith and of the witness of Christians. It is, therefore, necessary to inspire in all the faithful a true longing for holiness, a deep desire for conversion and personal renewal in a context of ever more intense prayer and of solidarity with one’s neighbor, especially the most needy." We ask you to join Renew in the Fall.


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MONDAY, July 13th
St. Vincent de Paul, 7:30-8:30 PM......Library

TUESDAY, July 14th
Legion of Mary, 6:30-8:30 PM.......Library

THURSDAY, July 16th
Fil/Am, 7-9:30 PM...... Hall

FRIDAY, July 17th
In-Betweeners, 7-10 PM.....Hall

SUNDAY, July 19th
FilAm Choir Practice 10-11:30 AM....Hall
Renew, 10:15 AM.....Library

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