St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

AUGUST 16, 1998
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners:

The following is Part 2 from a letter recently written by the Catholic Bishops concerning the importance of the social teaching of our Church:

Rights and Responsibilities: In a world where some speack mostly of "rights" and others mostly of "responsibilities", the Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met. Therefore, every person has a fundamental right to life and a right of those things required for human decency. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibiities - to one another, to our families and to the larger society. While public debate in our nation is often divided between those who focus on personal responsibility and those who focus on social responsibilities, our tradition insists that both are necessary.

Option for the Poor and Vulnerable: In a world characterized by growing prosperity for some and pervasive poverty for others, Catholic teaching proclaims that a basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Mt. 25) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.

Dignity of Work, Rights of Workers: In a marketplace where too often the quarterly bottom line takes precedence over the rights of workers, we believe that the economy must serve people, not the other way around. Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a form of continuing participation in God’s reaction. If the dignity of work is to be protected, then the basic rights of workers must be respected - the right to productive work, to decent and fair wages, to organize and join unions, to private property and to economic initiative. Respecting these rights promotes an economy which protects human life, defends human rights and advances the well-being of all.

Solidarity: Our culture is tempted to turn inward, becoming indifferent and sometimes isolationist in the face of international responsibilities. Catholic social teaching proclaims that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, where ever they live. We are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic and ideological differences. Learning to practice the virtue of solidarity means learning that "loving our neighbor" has global dimensions in an interdependent world. This virtue is described by Pope John Paul II as a "firm and perservering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say, to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all" (Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 38).

Care for God’s Creation: On a planet conflicted over environmental issues, the Catholic tradition insists that we show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan; it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions which cannot be ignored.

This teaching is a complex and nuanced tradition with many other important elements. Principles like subsidiarity and the common good outline the advantages and limitations of markets, the responsibilities and limits of government, and the essential roles of voluntary associations. These and other key principles are outlined in greater detail in the catechism and in the Task Force on Catholic Social Teaching and

Catholic Education report. These principles build on the foundation of Catholic social teaching, the dignity of human life. This central Catholic principle requires that we measure every policy, every institution, every action by whether it protects human life and enhances human dignity, especially for the poor and vulnerable.

These moral values and others outlined by the church and this task force are apart of a systematic moral framework and a precious intellectual heritage that we call Catholic social teaching. The Scriptures say, "Without a vision the people perish." As Catholics, we have an inspiring vision in our social teaching. In a world that hungers for a sense of meaning and moral direction, this teaching offers ethical criteria for action. In a society of rapid change and often confused moral values, this teaching offers consistent moral guidance for the future. For Catholics, this social teaching is a central part of our identity. In the words of John Paul II, it is "genuine doctine" (Centesimus Annus, 5). There will be legitimate differences and debate over how these challenging moral principles are applied in concrete situations. Differing prudential judgments on specifics cannot be allowed, however, to obscure the need for every Catholic to know and apply these principles in our family, economic and community life.

Fr. Vincent Ring


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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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Monday 6:30 Communion Service
8:30 Beverly Dias †
Tuesday 6:30 Nellie Monaghan †
8:30 Elmo Basso †
Wednesday 6:30 Communion Service
8:30 Phil Murphy †
Thursday 6:30 Communion Service
8:30 Robert Kriczka †
Friday 6:30 Roy Asborno †
8:30 Marija Cukar †
Saturday 8:30 Roy Asborno †
4:30 Albert & Vincenzo Spadaro †
Sunday 7:30 Pui Ng †
9:00 Ernest A. Golia †
10:30 People of St. Robert's
12:00 Roger Gerrold †
5:30 Richard Ribero †


We welcome into the family of God: Andrew Barton, John Stafford, Rick Omran, Joseph Barsse, Megan Nussbaum, & Ryan Richardson, baptized in Christ.

We are pleased to have married Edgar Gatchalian and Maria Lourdes V. Albano. Congratulations!

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, and Russ Christenson..

We pray for the repose of the souls of Fred Banchero and Phillip Calhoun.

As a Parish Community, We Pray...For the People of God. Through the process of RENEW 2000, may the Holy Spirit give us wisdom to know how best to serve Him and bring unity to His Body by healing any misunderstandings that divide us.



Optional Memorial St. Jane Frances de Chantal, married woman, religious foundress of the Visitation Sisters - Tue., 8/18
Memorial of St. Bernard, priest, abbot, doctor Church - Tue., 8/20
Memorial of St. Pius X, pope - Fri., 8/21
Memorial of The Queenship of Mary - Sat., 8/22

Readings for next SUNDAY, 21ST OF THE YEAR
Isaiah 66:18-21; Hebrews 12:5-7,11-13; Luke 13:22-30



"A picture is worth a thousand words." In the Middle Ages, many churchgoers could neither read nor understand the Latin language used in the liturgy. They learned and remembered stories from the Bible and the saints through stained-glass picture windows in their churches. Parents and teachers, our windows present a golden opportunity for us to teach our youngest children about our faith story. Our church windows are (from front-right clockwise): The Assumption of Mary, The Ascencion, The Crucifixion, The Transfiguration, The Baptism of Jesus, The Birth of Jesus, The Call of the Apostles, The Lord’s Supper, The Resurrection, The Gift of the Holy Spirit, and All Saints in Glory. And don’t miss "Let the children come to me" in Little Church, Sts. Robert, Mary, Joseph, Francis and Patrick in Our Lady’s Chapel, and "Jesus Forgives the Sinner" in the reconciliation room.


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RENEW 2000
Come and See

Participate and prepare to celebrate the new millennium with your St. Robert’s family by joining in the RENEW process. The heart of RENEW is small faith-sharing communities. All groups will follow the same material carefully prepared by RENEW International. 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 THIS 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.


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Please Mark Your Calendars

Our PARISH PICNIC will be held on August 29th, 12:00 noon at Beckner Shelter. Picnic lunch will be provided by the parish. Pool is reserved 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sign-up after Mass. 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.



Craft Booth needs craft items. Please call Carmen Pisani or Sandy Murtagh. Craft Nite is Aug. 18th, 7-10 PM. Come and help make items for the Festival Craft Booth - Lots of fun!!!

Paul and Betty Sinclair


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Men’s Club BBQ, 5-10pm...Hall

Legion of Mary, 6:30-8:30 pm.....Library

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

In-Betweeners, CANCELED
In-Betweeners Capitola trip, call Carole Bonner at 952-0858

Fil/Am Choir, 10:11:30 am.....Hall

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