St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

AUGUST 9, 1998
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners:

The Catholic Bishops of the United States have recently written a letter to all of us concerning the importance of the social teaching of our Church.

This week and next excerpts from the letter will be presented for your prayerful consideration.

Father Vincent Ring

Catholic Social Teaching: Major Themes

The church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amid the challenges of modern society. It offers moral principles and coherent values that are badly needed in our time. In this time of widespread violence and diminished respect for human life and dignity in our country and around the world, the Gospel of life and the biblical call to justice need to be proclaimed and shared with new clarity, urgency and energy.

Modern Catholic social teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar and episcopal documents which explore and express the social demands of our faith. The depth and richness of this tradition can be best understood through a direct reading of these documents, many of which are cited in the appendix to the summary report of the task force. In these brief reflections, we wish to highlight several of the key themes which are at the heart of our Catholic social tradition. We hope it will serve as a starting point for those interested in exploring the Catholic social tradition more fully.

Life and Dignity of the Human Person...... In a world warped by materialism and declining respect for human life, the Catholic church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. Our belief in the sanctity of human life and the inherent dignity of the human person is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching. In our society, human life is under direct attack from abortion and assisted suicide. The value of human life is being threatened by increasing use of the death penalty. The dignity of life is undermined when the creation of human life is reduced to the manufacture of a product as in human cloning or proposals for genetic engineering to create "perfect" human beings. We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.

Call to Family, Community, Participation...In a global culture driven by excessive individualism, our tradition proclaims that the person is not only sacred but also social. How we organize our society - in economics and politics, in law and policy - directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. The family is the central social institution, which must be supported and strengthened, not undermined. While our society often exalts individualism, the Catholic tradition teaches that human beings grow and achieve fulfillment in community. We believe people have a right and duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable. Our church teaches that the role of the government and other institutions is to protect human life and human dignity and promote the common good.



St. Robert School will open for the 1998-1999 school year on Tues., Sept., 1, 1998. Parents are invited to attend the opening day breakfast in Hennessy Hall following the 8:30 a.m. Mass. The schedule for the first week of school is as follows:

Sept. 1—8:05 a.m.-11 a.m.
Sept. 2-4 - 8:05 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Sept. 7-Labor Day Holiday
Sept. 8-regular schedule begins

St. Robert School, mindful of its mission to be witness to the love of Christ for all, admits students of any race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to or made available to students at this school. St. Robert School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin, age, sex or disability in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.


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Please Mark Your Calendars

This year’s PARISH PICNIC will be held 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!!!!


Next Saturday, August 15th

The festival committee will sponsor ARMCHAIR RACES again this year. This is fun for all. $10 per person includes-admission, 2 complementary beverages of your choice, appetizers, fun and more.Tickets are on sale after all Masses today. If you have any questions please call George Lynch.



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.


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Monday 6:30 Communion Service
8:30 Charles Agius †
Tuesday 6:30 Special Intention
8:30 Lena Lippi †
Wednesday 6:30 Communion Service
8:30 David Orozco †
Thursday 6:30 Communion Service
8:30 James Costello †
Friday 6:30 John Bates †
8:30 James Presta †
Saturday 8:30 Marie Tonegato †
4:30 Rose & Emmanuel Grech †
Sunday 7:30 Macelin & Emilio Families †
9:00 People of St. Robert's
10:30 John & Blanche Segretto †
12:00 Gary Heideman †
5:30 Joe Lowe †


We welcome into the family of God, Andrew Barton, Jackson Cascino who were baptized in Christ.

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, Colleen Bendick Daniel, Russ Christenson and Tim Scully.

We pray for the repose of the souls of Cordelia Rodenspiel, Sharon Valine, Narciso Del Fiorentino and Lawrence Christen.

As a Parish Community, We Pray...
That RENEW 2000 will open our hearts to Jesus
that He may fill us with His Holy Spirit and increase our faith.



Memorial of St. Clare, virgin, religious foundress - Tue., 8/11
Memorial of St. Maximilian Kolbe, priest, religious, martyr Fri., 8/14

Since this feast falls on a Saturday, the obligation to attend Mass has been dispensed. However, come anyway to celebrate this wonderful event!

Readings for next SUNDAY, 20th OF THE YEAR
Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10; Hebrews 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53



Do you "do windows"? Not the Microsoft kind, but the stained-glass kind? By the generosity of our parishioners we are completing the Nativity stained-glass at the front of the church and are adding new stained-glass windows to the back of the sanctuary. What brilliant gifts! Light! The Church adopted stained-glass art in the Middle Ages when architects developed ways of building tall churches with thin stone walls which could hold large picture windows. The glowing reds, blues, greens and golds added a heavenly light to what otherwise would have been a dark, candlelit cavern of a church. Our Mission Statement says we "come together as a family of faith and prayer." As we open our eyes to the beauty and light of these windows, let’s open our hearts in prayer to Christ our Light and His promise of eternity in the blessed light of the Most Holy Trinity. 


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RENEW 2000
Come and See

Through the small faith sharing communitiies, offers a source of hope for Christians who are searching not only for meaning but also for support and encouragement in order to get to know Jesus better and to live the gospel messge. Renew focuses on the fact that each person is of incredible value and that a yes response from you to join Renew will complete the beautiful mosaic that God has created. For we each have been given unique and diverse gifts. If you would like to be trained as a facilitator or open up your home for the 6 week meetings , please call the Rectory office at 589-2800.

Join RENEW in the Fall.



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 at for more information or reservations.



On Wed. Aug. 12th, it’s St. Robert’s turn to provide lunch for the county AIDS clinic. Please bring an entree, salad, side dish or dessert to the bench in the Little Church vestibule by 9 a.m. for pickup and delivery to the clinic. Hot dishes should be delivered cold with instructions for reheating. Many Thanks! Next month’s lunch is on Sept. 9th.



"Everything fit and found a place in our home just as you have in our hearts" and "Thank you, I know in my heart I will recover with prayers and faith in God to help me." The above quotes were taken from two separate thank you letters mailed to the St. Vincent de Paul Society here at St. Robert’s. They reflect the sincere appreciation for the generous donations that you have given through the years.

The members of St. Robert’s St. Vincent de Paul Society are volunteers who devote their time, talents and resources to the service of others. St. Vincent de Paul said it best, "You serve Jesus Christ in the person of the poor".
Thank you for being so big-hearted!



August 11th at 12 Noon - St. Bruno’s Church Hall
Salad, Chicken, Pasta, Veggies, Wine, Dessert
$10 per person - call Peg Ritner at 588-7888


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St. Vincent de Paul, 7:30-8:30....Library

Legion of Mary, 6:30-8:30 p.m.....Library

9-9:30 Grieve group...Chapel

Fil/Am, 7:00-9:30....Hall

SATURDAY, August 15th
Night at the Races...Hall

Fil/Am Choir, 10:11:30 a.m.....Hall

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