St. Robert's Church Bulletin, July 25, 1999

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

JULY 25, 1999
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Friends:

As we reflected together on today’s Gospel according to St. Matthew, these thoughts came to us —

Jesus tells us what the Kingdom of Heaven is like. He speaks in the words which the people of that day could understand - comparisons to a buried treasure, a fine pearl, an overflowing net.

We, as Catholics, believe that, when we are baptized, the Spirit of God comes to dwell within us. God enters into our heart and soul and we become His home, Wherever God dwells is His home - His Kingdom.

When we confess our sins and ask His pardon; at the time of our Confirmation; and every time we open our hearts to welcome our God, we reaffirm our belief that He lives within us and we ask Him to remain with us throughout our lives. Since God does live within us, we can speak to Him at every moment; pour out our hearts to Him. No one is closer to us and no one loves us more!

As we gather as the Body of Christ to celebrate the Eucharist, Jesus, within our midst, brings the Kingdom of Heaven to us. We recognize the True Presence of Jesus in the breaking of the Bread and in the Cup of Salvation. Receiving His Body and Blood, we become one with Jesus - the same oneness we will enjoy forever with Him. We are now in the Kingdom of Heaven!

In leaving our Church building, we recognize Jesus dwelling within each of our sisters and brothers; thus we treat each person with the respect and love we wish to accord to Jesus. God does dwell within our midst! The Kingdom has come! It is here - above us; below us; all around us; within us! Let us open the eyes of our hearts to see the treasure, the pearl, the net filled to overflow. Let us rejoice and thank our God for giving Himself to us, for giving us the Kingdom of Heaven, now and forever.

Gene & Anna May



Isaiah 55:1-3, Romans 8:35, 37-39, Matthew 14:13-21



What Does the Doctrine of Justification Mean for People Today? When you hear about the amount of time and energy invested in developing an agreed theological text, you may well ask, what does it actually mean in practice?

Stated in simple terms, the doctrine of justification refers to the faith that we are accepted by God as persons, not because we are good but because God is good. This is an essential part of the Christian faith. And when we know that in Christ we are unconditionally accepted by God at the outset, we are set free to love one another unconditionally.

The doctrine of justification recognizes that we have received all that we are as human persons from the hands of God. If we claim to be self-made, we deceive ourselves and will easily lack the love and generosity to others which are characteristics of the Christian life.

But if we believe that at every moment of life we receive our strength, hope and forgiveness of sins by the grace of God, we can live reconciled with God and others, practicing in our daily life the mutual respect and support of which we are all in need.

From Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue


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Monday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 Ann Bozzini †
Tuesday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 Ronald Yoest †
Wednesday 6:30 No Intention†
8:30 Louie Cicchini †
Thursday 6:30 Isabelle Cardinale †
8:30 Reno Cortesi †
Friday 6:30 Marie Schussolin †
8:30 Marie Schussolin †
Saturday 8:30 Pasquale & Maria Teresa Aloise †
4:30 Julita Mercado †
Sunday 7:30 People of St. Robert's
9:00 Pasquale & Maria Teresa Aloise †
10:30 Father Mark Toohey, S.J. †
12:00 Joseph Mistretta †
5:30 Ann Bozzini †

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**We welcome into the family of God: Hailey Ames who was baptized in Christ.

**We are pleased to have married: Alesha Morgan and Matthew Breite Congratulations!

**We pray for the ill: Tony Coogan, Koret Koelman, Terry McLeod, Adela Florez, Ana Cosgaya, Peter Capodonicco, Rosemary McHale, Arthur Candia, Bastiaan Blumenthal, Muriel Krause, Sister Cabrini, Don Vickery, Jeanne McHugh, Catherine Cook, Ann Burns, Imelda Daly, Gene Martin, Margarita Velez , Marky, Marlyn Arancibia, Dorothy Hasselback, Marcia Bourne & Linda Lombardi Callaja.

**We pray for the repose of the soul of: William Rosener.

As a Parish Community, We Pray

For everyone who has grown old. As shadows lengthen and evening comes, may we cherish them as precious gifts of God.



Are you a regular or semi-regular usher at Mass? If so, please plan to attend a brief meeting with Pat Kelly on THIS Sunday, July 25th, in the Reconciliation Room 5 minutes after each Mass. Come after whichever Mass you attend that day. We will put together a roster and update the procedures.



The "6 week" classes are held Tuesday, 9/21, 9/27; 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26-7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Gregory Church in San Mateo. Call Joni Gallagher at (415) 242-9087 for further information.



Sunday, August 15th, we will have tables set up outside church after Masses with information about many of our ministries. Stop by to get info about how we can serve you or how you can get involved.



Dear God, What is it like in heaven?

Dear God, Hi! How are you? I’m fine. I wish you were here. This is my own prayer. We love you very very very much.

P. S. I love you too and how is Mary?



Our parish buildings are growing old - the school and the convent are approaching 50 years of age. As a result, there are a growing number of many repairs and maintenance needed. Some are major and will call for the use of contractors, but many of the repairs or maintenance can be accomplished by ourselves. If you have talents you would like to share with your Parish - be it in the area of carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting, strong muscles, etc., please contact Dan Murtagh and, if he’s not home, leave a message as to how you can help. I have asked Dan to take on this responsibility and to make an effort to spread the hard work around our parish members. All too often, we have the same generous people doing too much of the work. Call Dan today and volunteer.



Dear Parishioners,

During the coming weeks, we will be trying to implement many of the fine suggestions that were made in response to the June questionnaire. The vast majority of the responses were most positive as to what is going on at this time in our Parish history and most helpful in regard to the direction we should go. I will share the suggestions not only with the Parish staff but also with the Parish Council. This is especially true in regard to music, parish communication, the need to explain second collections in a better way and tips as to how we can improve as a parish community.

Since I am human, there were a few negative comments about me. The comments were unsigned, but I do want to apologize to the people I have offended and thank all of you for the suggestions on areas in which I could improve. I have to admit I liked the suggestion that it was time for me to move on to a smaller parish. It would be nice not to have to worry about a school and a parish as large as St. Robert’s. I can day dream about that suggestion for a long time. Seriously, thank you to all who said some nice things about what I have been doing these past nine years. This past year has been difficult (turning sixty, surgery and all that) so some tender, loving words were especially meaningful.

Father Ring


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Come join the Men’s Club on August 2nd for a barbeque. All men of the parish are invited. For reservations please call Al Ciraulo. The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. and the cost is $5.00 per person. If you are still in town come on down!



Join us for brunch on August 15th at Ristorante Mare in Pacirica. Enticing menu. Car pools. For info. call Claire Woodward.


Alumni, Family and Firends of St. Robert School

The 50th Anniversary of St. Roberts School will be celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 11th. If you are not currently receiving the St. Robert School newsletter, Bears Repeating, or other school mailings, please let us know. We want to ensure that you are included in this very special celebration. We are also in need of addresses for those alumni who live out of the area, as well as school memorabilia. To help out or to get more information, please call the Parish Office at 589-2800



Our parish picnic will be held on Saturday, Aug. 28th, at 12:00 Noon at Beckner Shelter. Picnic lunch provided by the parish and pool reserved 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sign-up after Mass. Any questions or interested in helping call Trish Estelita or Carol Bonner.


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

7-8:30PM, Liturgy Committee Mtg....Library

10-11:30 Fil/Am Choir...Hall

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