St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

JULY 26, 1998
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners:

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

Question of values. The consistent ethic of life also leads us beyond the specific issues to the depths of our convictions about the meaning of life. A careful and prayerful study of Political Responsibility allows us to appreciate not only the expanse of the seamless garment of the consistent ethic of life but also its profound challenge to our most important attitudes and values.

Emphasizing the consistent ethic of life and recognizing its countercultural directions, the bishops state: "Our moral framework does not easily fit the categories of right or left. Republican or Democrat. We are called to measure every party and movement by how its agenda touches human life and human dignity."

It is not sufficient to be prolife on some issues; we must be pro-life on all issues-no matter what our political party, business, union, talk shows, advertising or family may say. These powerful forces significantly shape our values and convictions, sometimes away from a consistent ethic. Yet our faith ought to be the deepest source of our values.

We ought not underestimate the challenge of being pro-life; it might seem easier to appeal to common sense or accepted business practice-or even ethical relativism. In The Gospel of Life John Paul II urges all persons to choose life-consistently, personally, nationally, globally. This invitation is really a profound challenge; to look deeply into ourselves and to test against the gospel some of our own deeply held beliefs and practices.

John Paul writes: "In a word, we can say that the cultural change which we are calling for demands from everyone the courage to adopt a new lifestyle, consisting in making practical choices-at the personal, family, social and international level-on the basis of a correct scale of values; the primacy of being over having, of the person over things. This renewed life-style involves a passing from indifference to concern to others, from rejection to acceptance of them" (#98).

Public policy. Our Church leaders have necessarily discussed the relationship between moral vision and political policies. Indeed, the consistent ethic of life was developed to help shape public policy. Political policies and economic structures provide means to create a societal environment that promotes the flourishing of human life. During the past century, bishop and popes have addressed these very issues in their social teachings.

As Cardinal Bernardin told the audience at Fordham University, we must also be able to state our case "in nonreligious terms which others of different faith convictions might find morally persuasive." For example, we may be opposed to euthanasia and assisted suicide fundamentally because of our faith convictions about God as giver of the gift of life and about our own stewardship of life. For public policy discussion, however, we may stress other reasons, such as human dignity, the undermining of trust in the medical profession, the threat to women and the vulnerable.

Political Responsibility and The Gospel of Life emphasize that faithfulness to the gospel leads not only to individual acts of charity. It also leads to actions involving the institutions and structures of society, the economy and politics. The U.S. bishops, for example, state: We encourage people to use their voices and votes to enrich the democratic life our nation and to act on their values in the political arena. We hope American Catholics, as both believers and citizens, will use the resources of our faith and the opportunities of this democracy to help shape a society more respectful of the life, dignity and rights of the human person, especially the poor and vulnerable."

Clearly, religion and politics must mix in our lives! We face the challenge of embodying consistently an ethic of life in the candidates we support and in our own direct involvement in forming public policy (whether that be in the Girl Scouts, in a parish committee, in a local school board or in the U.S. Congress).

Fr. Vincent Ring



We need to move our Church’s concern from strong teaching to creative action. Working together, we can continue to help missionaries preach the Gospel, empower poor people in their own development, help the Church live and grow in lands marked by repression and poverty, and assist countries emerging from authoritarian rule. As we approach the Great Jubilee, let us rediscover in our time the meaning of the mystical body of Christ. As our Holy Father has pointed out, "A commitment of justice and peace in a world like a necessary condition for the preparation and celebration of the Jubilee" (Tertio Millennio Adveniente,51).


A Statement by the Most Rev. William J. Levada,
Archbishop; of San Francisco

I am deeply saddened today that the State of California has executed Thomas M. Thompson. I am convinced that executing human beings for violent crimes does not stop the cycle of violence. Instead, these executions by the State deny the genuine respect we should have for the dignity of all persons as children of God, no matter how heinous their crime may be.

At the same time, I am profoundly sympathetic to the family of Ginger Fleischl for their pain and unrelenting suffering. I know that many join me in continuing to raise our prayers to God for her, and for all victims of violent crimes.

Occasions such as this should bring new insight to us as individuals and as a society. It is my belief that violence begets violence, and that any possible deterrent value of capital punishment has long since been overshadowed in the public eye by a desire for vengeance. Pope John Paul II has said that capital punishment should not be an option when the penal system can assure the safety of society. Rather than capital punishment, we have the choice of incarceration for life without the possibility of parole. This punishment, rather than execution would be a better response of a humane society.


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Monday 6:30 Communion Service
8:30 Frank Fenech †
Tuesday 6:30 Amelia Yglesias †
8:30 Mary Rooney †
Wednesday 6:30 Communion Service
8:30 Veronica Alchera †
Thursday 6:30 Communion Service
8:30 Mary Kern †
Friday 6:30 Joseph Kuczka †
8:30 Pasquale & Maria Aloise †
Saturday 8:30 John G. Keck IV †
4:30 Jennie & Martin Ivancich †
Sunday 7:30 Sister Virginia Maloney †
9:00 George Vouvalikes †
10:30 Mary Kern †
12:00 People of St. Robert's
5:30 Roy Asborno †


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, and Tim Scully.

We pray for the repose of the souls of Richard Ribero, Bruno Terenzi and Florence Maher.

AS A PARISH COMMUNITY, WE PRAY...For missionaries. May they be blessed with courage and hope as they bring the message of God’s love to all the world.



The Men’s Club will hold its first Summer BBQ on Monday, August 17th. All men of the parish are invited to a very casual dinner in the parish hall. The doors will open at 6:30 and the cost for dinner and hosted bar is $10 per person. If you are new in the parish or have never attend one of our meetings, come see what you have been missing. Call Al Ciraulo for more information or reservations.



Please have your scrip orders in to the Parish Office by Thursday at 4:00 p.m. Thank you! Have a great summer!



Let’s kick off the Festival with the ARMCHAIR RACES. Post time is August 15th in Hennessy Hall. Mark your calendars for this funfilled evening. Details to follow.



Renew 2000 includes faith sharing in small groups once a week for six weeks. Starting in October, each group will meet in a private home with a trained facilitator to guide us in our journey of renewal.

Join RENEW in the Fall.



This year’s PARISH PICNIC will be held on on August 29th, 12:00 p.m. at Beckner Shelter. Picnic lunch will be provided by the parish. Pool is reserved 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Reservation sign-ups will be taken after each Mass. Volunteers are needed. Any questions or interested in helping call Trish Estelita or Robin Cesea.

See you there!!!!



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.



Sister Theresa Betz, SND representative of Notre Dame India Mission for the annual Missionary Cooperative Plan appeal sponsored by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in the Diocese.

She is here this weekend to inform you about how they help the poor in India through teaching, job training, medical care, work with the handicapped, and social projects to bring justice to the poor.

Your generous gift to the Missions will support the good works through which the Sisters bring the Good News to people.


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MONDAY, July 27th

Baptism Class, 7-9p.m.....Convent

TUESDAY, July 28th
Legion of Mary, 6:30-8:30p.m...Library
Festival Crafts, 7-10 p.m.....Hall

THURSDAY, July 29th
Fil/Am, 7-9:30p.m........ Hall

SUNDAY, Aug. 2
FilAm Choir Practice 10-11:30a.m.....Hall

Memorial of St. Martha, disciple of the Lord - Wed., 7/29
Memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola, priest, religious founder - Fri.,7/31
Memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori, bishop, religious founder, doctor - Sat., 8/1

Readings for next SUNDAY, 18TH OF THE YEAR
Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23
Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11
Luke 12:13-21

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