St. Robert's Church Bulletin, October 1, 2000

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

October 1, 2000
Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners,

Today is "Respect Life Sunday". Before attempting to write this note to you, we sat down together to discern what this important issue means to us. We came up with these few simple thoughts:

Our immediate family encompasses four generations in all stages of life. We will soon have a new grandchild and a new great-grandchild. We thank God for the precious gift of our eight children, their spouses, fourteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, from preborn to over 50 years of age.

Holding a newborn baby in our arms is the most striking image of the sacredness of life. We marvel at the intricate perfection of God’s creation. The total dependence of the little one upon his father and mother gives us a glimpse of how much our Heavenly Father loves us - His children, how very much we depend upon Him and trust Him.

At the other end of life’s spectrum, we are very blessed to have Anna May’s 93-year-old Mother and Father still with us. It is a privilege to visit them and do the chores that they now find difficult. Their eyes light up when we bring Jesus to them in the Eucharist. After receiving Him, their first question is: "What did you bring for dinner?" Food for the soul and food for the body! We enjoy reminiscing about their and our younger days and the 69 years they have spent together as man and wife. Mom and Dad’s lives, too, are sacred and so precious-- filled with such wisdom, giving of themselves to each other and to all of us and oh, so very much love.

We have decided (as followers of Christ) that we must do something more in defense of the unborn, those who are disabled, poor, hungry, homeless, ill, frail and elderly and infirmed. Now is one of the saddest moments in history. Abortion, partial-birth abortion, assisted suicide, and euthanasia are becoming acceptable practices in our nation and throughout the world!

What can we do to reverse this trend? We can cease to be timid when these subjects come up in conversation, and express our views on the sanctity of life. We can send letters to our leaders in government, asking them to reach deep within their hearts before they make decisions on life issues. We can give of ourselves to those in need. Every human life is holy and needs the protection, appreciation and love that God asks us to give. Let us continue to pray that we will see one another as God sees us and love one another as God loves us!

Gene & Anna May



For leaders of our nation and of the world ... may the Holy Spirit enlighten and guide them to work together to protect every human life.


"Some Catholic elected officials have adopted the argument that, while they personally oppose evils like abortion, they cannot force their religious views onto the wider society. This is seriously mistaken on several key counts. First, regarding abortion, the point when human life begins is not a religious belief but a scientific fact — a fact on which there is clear agreement even among leading abortion advocates. Second, the sanctity of human life is not merely Catholic doctrine but part of humanity’s global ethical heritage, and our nation’s founding principle. Finally, democracy is not served by silence. Most Americans would recognize the contradiction in the statement, "While I am personally opposed to slavery or racism or sexism I cannot force my personal view on the rest of society." Real pluralism depends on people of conviction struggling vigorously to advance their beliefs by every ethical and legal means at their disposal"

(U.S. Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life, 1998, n.24)


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Monday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 Sherry Boronda †
Tuesday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 Carlo Barbieri †
Wednesday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 Anthony Badjada †
Thursday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 Bill Strehl †
Friday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 Bill Strehl †
Saturday 8:30 Tony Fardella †
4:30 Raymond Figolah †
Sunday 7:30 Thomas & Mary Ann Begley †
9:00 People of St. Robert's
10:30 Celia Galluzzo †
12:00 Joseph Mistretta †
5:30 Gary Yates †

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Genesis 2:8-14 Hebrews 2:9-11 Mark 10:2-16


"Thank You, Siedl Steel"

The parish owes a real debt of gratitude and congratulations to parishioner Richard Einsiedl and his artisans at Siedl Steel in Belmont for designing and making the beautiful new stand for our processional cross. It is work truly worthy of our sacred space. - P. K.

We welcome into the family of God: Kelly Dewar, Stephanie Gonzalez and Matthew Rivera, who were baptized in Christ.

Pray for the ill: Marlyn Arancibia, Bastiaan Blumenthal, Marcia Bourne, Ann Burns, Sister Cabrini, Arthur Candia, Ana Cosgaya, Imelda Daly, William & Sandra Dill, Adela Florez, Elsie Grech, Randall Guerro, Denise Hawald, Koret Koelman, Muriel Krause, Josephine Lavoie, Marky, Rosemary McHale, Jeanne McHugh, Terry McLeod, Richard Quintana, Mary Shick, Cyndy Smerdel, Margarita Velez, Kari Stellino, Carol Callicotte, Don Vickery, and Monica Sander.


Our sincere sympathy to the family of
Steve Tonegato
who recently passed away.



October is the month our Church dedicates to God’s precious gift of Life to all His people from the first moment of conception till the sighing of the last earthly breath. Sunday, October 1st, is the Jubilee Day for Life. Let us celebrate this great gift and vow to protect every life from the pre-born child to the elderly and terminally ill. We each have a voice and vote!



At the Noon Mass on Sunday, October 8th, all who are seriously ill or experiencing the effects of aging are invited to receive the Sacrament of the Sick. Graces derived from the Sacrament are: strength, peace and courage to overcome the difficulties of serious or chronic illness or the frailty of advanced years; a closer union with the Passion of Christ, sanctification, and often restoration of health; and preparation for our final journey to eternal life.



Jesus, in His Holy Eucharist, offers us nourishment today. It is the foundation for life, for Christ is alive within us. It is the souce of power available to us as often as we seek it...a fountain of strength to which we can return again and again when the struggles of the spirit get heavy. Why not make a special effort to come to Jesus in His Blessed Sacrament. He will reveal more of His life to you. We have this opportunity on Saturday, October 7th, and on every First Saturday. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place following the 8:30am Mass and continues until Benediction at 10:00 am.



It is our pleasure again to 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 Church, by 9:15 AM on October 11th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items can be donated; they will be saved for a day when their food is provided. Thanks for all your help -



Congratulations to all the winners of our Festival Raffle and High Roller Raffle!
The winners are:

Festival Raffle
$2,000, Heidi Beck
$1,000, Tony and Carmen Pisani
$750, Mike and Sue McGuirk
$500, Cliff Gilifillan
$250, Leona Bondonno
$100 each to Raymond Pappert,
Jack Smerdel, and
Vera Hannon

High Roller Raffle
1st prize $2,000, Ron and Marty Butler
2nd prize, $1,000, John and Gabby Marshall
3rd prize, $500, John and Sandra Kitchen
4th prize, $500, Rob Aveson
5th prize, $500, John Pericic

Thanks to everyone who participated!


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Cash for Class....Turn in your Tanforan receipts NOW!!!......Call Linda Cuddy.


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MENS CLUB....dinner meeting, tomorrow, Oct. 2nd in the hall. Call Dan Uroz at 952-9141 for reservations.

FAMILY BREAKFAST....Sunday, October 8th, at 10:00 AM. Proceeds go to 6th Grade Outdoor Ed. Breakfast includes: French toast, sausage, fruit juice, and coffee.

GROWNUPS....Communion Buffet Luncheon will be hold on Sunday, October 15th, after the 10:30 Mass. Tickets at $12.00 each will be sold after all Masses today and October 7th and 8th. Reservations can also be made by calling Lilliam Fazio, Dolores Moynihan, or Vera Hannon. Tickets will not be sold at the door.


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6 - 10pm, Men’s Club.....Hall

6:30 - 8:00pm, Legion of Mary.....Library
3:30 - 8pm, Religious Education.....Hall

7:30 - 9pm, Bible Study.....Convent

6:45 - 8pm, Religious Education.....Hall
7 - 9pm, RCIA.....Chapel
7 - 9pm, Parish Planning Committee.....Library
7:30 - 9pm, Teen Club.....Hall

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

7 - Noon, Family Breakfast.....Hall

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