St. Robert's Church Bulletin, August 15, 1999

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

AUGUST 15, 1999
Assumption of the Virgin Mary


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Dear Family of St. Robert’s:

I was blessed this summer to visit Italy, France, and a small portion of Greece and Croatia. For the first time I was able to visit some of the most ancient Churches in the world; some built as early as the fifth century. I entered Franciscan and Dominican Monasteries dating back to the early 1300’s. I was in awe of St. Peter’s in Rome, the Cathedral of Florence, as well as many chapels and shrines in Venice and other small towns.

I love to witness the faith and the cultures of the many peoples of the world. To actually pray in these ancient Churches, knowing that some took several hundred years to build. To look on the architecture and artistry, and try to feel the spirituality of those generations of people who have preceded us on their faith journeys. Under some of the church floors are the bodies of saints. The early relics, gold chalices, pieces of "the true cross", vestments, and bibles are respectfully preserved.

When I combine these experiences with the nature’s beauty, such as seeing an erupting volcano near Mt. Etna, I cannot but believe in the God of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Because of this wonderful spiritual journey, I feel I am more energized to witness and share God’s love.

I hope that your summer is also spiritually energizing.

Deacon Rusty Duffey



Isaiah 22:19-23; Romans 11:33-36; Matthew 13-20



"Marian Feasts"

Recently, a few people have asked why we didn’t do more to honor Mary, the Mother of God, during May, which is the month popularly dedicated to her. It’s a good question.

In the Church’s official liturgical calendar, there is no month or season dedicated to Mary (although she is a central figure in the readings during the season of Advent). Usually, the month of May lands right in the middle of the season of Easter, during which we remain focused on the central Paschal Mystery of our faith—Jesus Christ’s passion, death, resurrection, and the sending of the Holy Spirit. Marian devotions celebrated during May need to be held in the context of the Easter Season.

While there is officially no month or season for Mary, we do celebrate many feasts during the year which commemorate her special role in our salvation. They are:

Jan. 1 - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Feb. 2 - Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
Mar. 25 - Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
May 31 - Feast of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth
Jun 12 - Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Jul 16 - Optional memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Aug 15 - Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary Into Heaven
Sep 8 - Feast of the Birth of the Virgin Mary
Sep 15 - Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows
Oct 7 - Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary
Dec 8 - Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary
Dec 12 - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

At St. Robert’s, we pray the Rosary and devotions to Our Lady of Perpetual Help regularly before and after the 8:30am weekday Mass. During May, we celebrate the Crowning of Mary at several Masses. If you would like to plan other Marian devotions for our community, please let me know. - Pat Kelly


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Monday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 James Bonnardel †
Tuesday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 Americus Gianni †
Wednesday 6:30 Emile Alchera †
8:30 Maria Aliotti Spadaro †
Thursday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 Enrico Gianni †
Friday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 Joanne A. Curran†
Saturday 8:30 Paul & Rosina Vella †
4:30 Bridget McMorrow †
Sunday 7:30 Joseph Blair †
9:00 Michael Steim †
10:30 Deacon Brian Costello
12:00 People of St. Robert's
5:30 Dan Ansaldi †

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**We welcome into the family of God Ryan Chapman and Cody Graybill who were baptized in Christ.

**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 soul of: Bennie Cebula

As a Parish Community, We Pray

For women who nurture life, especially those who are now pregnant...may they cherish the child who stirs within their womb.


THIS 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, You and Santa are my best friends.



The following is from the Rites of the Catholic Church, Volume II:

"This man, your relative and friend, is now to be raised to the order of deacons. Consider carefully the ministry to which he is to be promoted.

He will draw new strength from the gift of the Holy Spirit. He will help the bishop and his body of priests as a minister of the word, of the altar, and of charity. He will make himself a servant to all. As a minister of the altar, he will proclaim the Gospel, prepare the sacrifice, and give the Lord’s body and blood to the community of believers.

It will also be his duty, at the bishop’s discretion, to bring God’s word to believer and unbeliever alike, to preside over public prayer, to baptize, to assist at marriages and bless them, to give viaticum to the dying, and to lead the rites of burial. Once he is consecrated by the laying on of hands that comes to us from the apostles and is bound more closely to the altar, he will perform works of charity in the name of the bishop or the pastor. From the way he goes about these duties, may you recognize him as a disciple of Jesus, who came to serve, not to be served."

Copyright 1991, Pueblo Book, The Liturgical Press, Collegville, Minnesota. All rights reserved. Used with Permission.



St. Robert’s School needs a volunteer to coach a girl’s volleyball team. Please contact Dave Gestler.


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We welcome into our Parish Family the following people:

John Walsh and Dr. Michelle Porrazzo
Michael and Sharon Redmond
Janice McCarron
Byron and Laura Graybill and family
Adrian and Nicole Zagar and family
William Jr. and Alice Wisniewski

We welcome you into St.Robert’s Family

and ask that you complete a registration form (found in the vestibule of the church). Drop it either in the collection basket, in the mail, or at the Parish office. We will mail a New Parishioner Packet with information about the Parish, its organizations and groups.



Please join us in thanking Ben & Lisa Baldonado at 5:30 Mass on Sunday, August 22nd. There will be a reception following in Hennessy Hall. Any questions, please call Sandy Murtagh or Diana Landin. REMINDER: Bob’s Club meeting on Wednesday, August 18th, at 7:30 PM in Hennessy Hall.


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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.



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. Robert’s 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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6:30-8P.M., Legion of Mary....Library

7-10P.M., Reuinon Mtg. ....Hall
7:30PM, Bob’s Club.....Hall

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

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