St. Robert's Church Bulletin, August 8, 1999

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

AUGUST 8, 1999
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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The prophet Isaiah, in today’s first reading, stands on the mountain looking for the Lord. And how does the Lord allow Himself to be experienced? As a strong wind? --No. An earthquake? --No. Fire? --No. God did not reveal Himself in an impressive show of power, but rather in a "tiny whispering sound". It was in the silence, in the peace and quiet, that the Lord was speaking. The powerful noises and fearful natural events were actually distractions from the Lord.

Similarly, in today’s gospel, Jesus insists that his disciples go off in the boat, and he dismisses the crowds, so that he can climb the mountain alone, in peace and quiet, to be in communion with his Father. Even Jesus, our Lord, needed a break from the usual noise and busy-ness of his hectic life so that he could pray.

We also have a great need to turn off the noise (which surrounds us nearly twenty-four hours a day) so that we can hear God--because God is always speaking to us. But who’s listening?

Peter heard the Lord’s call to join him in walking on the water, and he began to do so--until he was distracted by the strong wind. Then he began to sink.

We, too, are disciples who want to follow our Lord courageously. But we live in a "stormy" world. The news media constantly force us to notice the great and powerful events, natural and man-made disasters, terrible apocalyptic evils. And we, like Isaiah, ask what God is trying to tell us. Like Isaiah, we need to retreat from the world’s distractions to spend time with God. In our own quiet thoughts and prayers, in the Mass (available every day of the week), and in the teachings of the Church he founded, our Lord is speaking to us so that we can bring His messages of peace, forgiveness, and love to a world desperately in need of the Good News.

Fr. Mark Taheny



Sat. Vigil: 1 Chron 15:3-16:2; 1 Cor 15:54-57; Luke 11:27-28
Sun. Masses: Rev. 11:19-12:10; 1 Cor 15:20-27; Luke 1:39-56



The following is addapted from a story by John MacArthur found in Stories for the Heart, published by Multnomah Books.

A pastor went to see a man who, although he came to church every week, refused to sit near anyone. The man was sitting before a fire, watching the warm glow of the coals. It was a cold winter day, but the coals were red hot, and the fire was warm. The pastor pleaded with the man to be more open to being with the community, but the man didn’t seem to be getting the message.

So the pastor took the tongs beside the fireplace, pulled open the screen, and reached in and began to separate all the coals. When none of the coals was touching the others, he stood and watched in silence. In a matter of moments, they were all cold . . . .

The man got the message.

If you are the first person in a pew, please move to the middle so others can share the space with you! - Pat Kelly


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Monday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 Ronald Yoest †
Tuesday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 Annuziata Fenech †
Wednesday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 Enese Parenti †
Thursday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 Charles Agius †
Friday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 Patrick Donegan †
Saturday 8:30 James Costello †
4:30 Rosario Helbing †
Sunday 7:30 Mayme Girolami †
9:00 Gene Gallegos †
10:30 Giuseppe Pignati †
12:00 People of St. Robert's
5:30 Larry Francoeur †

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**We welcome into the family of God Alana and Tyler McSween who were baptized in Christ.

**We are pleased to have married Anthony Torres and Laura Hanney, 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, Marcia Bourne, Sandra Dill & Linda Lombardi Callaja.

**We pray for the repose of the souls of: Alex Ramirez

As a Parish Community, We Pray

That those who have been made homeless because of poverty, storm, flooding or raging fire may look to Jesus and, in him, find the faith, hope and love to endure.



"As Americans, as Catholics and as Pastors of our people, we (bishops) our fellow citizens back to our country’s founding principles, and most especially to renew our national respect for the rights of those who are unborn, weak, disabled and terminally ill. Real freedom rests on the inviolability of every person as a child of God. (NCCB, "Living the Gospel of Life")


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.



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, When I die will I see all of the people that died in my life? They are very special to me. I love you alot.



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.


Wednesday, 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.


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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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Sunday, August 15th at noon we will have our get together at Ristorante Mare in Pacifica. Join us for a delicious brunch and sociability. There will be car pools. We welcome new friends. Please call as soon possible, Mary Germano or Claire Woodward for menu 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.



ICF members, both past and present are invited to attend a concelebrated Mass, at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 5th at 4:00 p.m. in honor of the Italian Catholic Federation 75th anniversary in San Francisco. The principal celebrant will be his excellency Archbishop William Levada who will be joined on the altar by several visiting bishops.


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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7:30 -9P.M. St. Vincent De Paul....Library

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

9-9:30A.M., Grief Group.....Chapel

7:30-9P.M., Fil/Am......Hall

10-11:30A.M., Fil/Am Choir...Hall

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