St. Robert's Church Bulletin, August 1, 1999

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

AUGUST 1, 1999
Eighteenthth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners,

In recent weeks, the weekday Mass readings from the Old Testament have centered on Moses being called by God to lead the Jewish People out of Egypt to the Promised Land. Each time we hear the story we are bound to be struck by how frequently the people were overtaken by temptation and turned their back not only on Moses but on God, Himself. Today, thousands of years later, we realize that we are no different than those first pilgrims. We too turn our back on God. Just as them, we fail to place our trust in God. We remember that Moses, himself, failed in this regard and, as a result, God did not abandon the Jewish people, so too He does not abandon us. He reaches out to forgive and continues to lead us to the Promised Land. This came to my mind as I read of Bishop Ziemann of Santa Rosa. He, like Moses, is a man who has done much good in his life and has led countless people on the journey. However, just like Moses, and many of the people he was called to lead, human temptation overcame him, and he failed to trust God.

I hope that when we hear of the human failure of the Bishop and the human failure of any of our fellow pilgrims, we will remember the mercy and the forgiveness of God. One author has written: "Paradoxically, after two thousand years it might seem strange to think of Jesus as a liberator. His words sound so radical - freeing prisoners, letting the captured get away, bringing the Gospel not to the comfortable but to those who are poor, afflicted, marginalized, lost. This is what the Lord’s ‘favor’ looks like: grace, mercy, and new beginnings."

It is so easy to condemn people, especially the criminal, the person who had an abortion, the homosexual who is sexually active, the gossip, the person who cheats or steals at work. It is far harder to have the radical mercy of Jesus. Frankly, all too often we look more like pharisees than the disciples of Jesus.

Father Ring



1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:22-33



"47 Years"

Last week our ushers filled out a short form which included the question, "How long have you been serving as an usher?" Some answers were: 2 years . . .  12 years . . .  7 years . . . 15 years . . . 1 year . . .  5 years . . . . 5 years . . . 5 years . . . 1952-1999. Whoa! 47 YEARS! What dedication! But wait a minute. We have choir members, lectors, teachers, priests, and eucharistic ministers who have been ministering for 30 or 40+ years. There are many in the parish. What a blessing! But wait a minute. We have people who have been ministering in the assembly by their presence and participation for 80 or 90+ years. There are many in the parish. What faith! And wait just another minute, please. We have people who have been coming to Mass for only one or two months. Several people are just beginning ministries as lectors or eucharistic ministers. As honorable as 47 years of service or a lifetime of faith is, how glorious it is for one to say "Yes" to faith or ministry for the first time. What grace! What courage! Whether it happened 47 years or a lifetime ago or just yesterday, so many of us have said "Yes" to faith in Jesus Christ and "Yes" to service in his name. Let’s be very thankful! - P.K.


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Monday 6:30 Rina Moggia †
8:30 Special Intention
Tuesday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 Angelo Mezzetta †
Wednesday 6:30 Marie L. Samish †
8:30 Charles Muscat †
Thursday 6:30 Irene Efford †
8:30 Edward Lagomarsino †
Friday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 James Bonnardel †
Saturday 8:30 Albert Jackson †
4:30 Bridgit McMorrow †
Sunday 7:30 Mocelin & Emilio Families †
9:00 Jim Presta †
10:30 People of St. Robert's
12:00 Father John Glogowski
5:30 Ann Bozzini †

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**We welcome into the family of God: Megan McKenna & Haley Koenig, who were baptized in Christ.

**We are pleased to have married: David Baird and Janet Firpo. 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 souls of: Jose Montoya , Yolanda Hadiman and Ann Cericola.

As a Parish Community, We Pray
That Jesus’ heart be moved with love to heal all
who are sick, worried or afraid.



All too often we rush upon the work that awaits us, let us wait a while before Jesus in His Blessed Sacrament, recollect ourselves, and raise our minds to our God. We have this opportunity, in a special way, following the 8:30 AM Mass on Saturday, August 7th, during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, till 10 AM.



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.



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



Dear God, Is my uncle happy? Is my uncle mad at you? Does my uncle love you?


Pope John Paul II has designated the Holy Land as a special site for celebrating the Jubilee of the new millennium. Jerusalem, our Mother Church, needs our help to prepare a suitable welcome for the millions of pilgrims expected there, including an international meeting of youth. Please consider helping our Mother Church in preparing for this unique occasion. If you would like to make a donation, you may send it to the Parish office and we will forward it to Archbishop Levada.


Wednesdayh, August 11th

It’s our pleasure to again assist the San Mateo County Aids Clinic with their lunch program. We are scheduled for the 2nd Wednesday of each month. If you can prepare a favorite cookie, snack or lunch item for 10 to 12 people, please drop it off at the children’s chapel, in the back of the church by 9:15 AM on August 11th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items can be donated; they will be saved for a day when no other food is provided. Once again, thanks for all your help - it’s much appreciated.



St. Robert School will open for the 1999-2000 school year on Monday, August 30th, at 8:05 AM. All parents are invited to our Opening Day Breakfast at Hennessy Hall following the 8:30 AM Mass. Our Opening School Mass will be on Friday, September 3rd, at 8:30 AM. All parents are welcome to attend. Back to School Night for parents will be held on Tuesday, September 7th, at 7:00 PM in Hennessy Hall.

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 disabilty in adminstration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.


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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!



Our next brunch is planed for Sunday, August 15th, at noon, at Ristorante Mare in Pacifica. Bring your friends and new members to join in our fun. Car pools. Call Mary Germano for menu particulars and reservations.



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.


Alumni, Family and Friends 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


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6:30-10PM, Men’s Club.....Hall

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

7:30-9PM, Picnic Mtg.....Library

7-9PM, Bob’s Club.....Hall

9-10AM, Eucharistic Adoration.....Church

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

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