St. Robert's Church Bulletin, December 3, 2000

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

December 3, 2000
First Sunday of Advent


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Dear Parishioners,

As General MacArthur once said: "I have returned." Thank you for the support you have given Father Morris, Father Taheny and all the parish staff during my sabbatical. I have decided to return to the Parish early in that my plans for doing historical research did not work out and, even more importantly, I miss Parish life.

Thank you for your prayers during the past months and I hope we can work together in the days ahead for the continued growth of our Parish and the greater honor and glory of God.

Father Ring


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I’m happy to share with you today this letter from a couple in the parish (edited for length):

Dear Friends and fellow Parishioners,

My husband Reuben and I have been members of the St. Robert’s community since May, 1999. After attending our first Mass, we read through the church bulletin to find out about the different groups within the parish . . . .

The Fil-Am group advertised their monthly meeting. Gabby Diaz, then president of the group, invited us to their next meeting so that we could meet other Filipino parishioners and learn about the group and their work within the parish community.

Little did we know the discoveries we would make once joining this small group in St. Robert’s. . . .

Our lessons began while helping Fil-Am organize the San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila festivities. We never knew of [him] or the significance of his canonization to all Filipinos and Filipino-Americans. During the 1999 Holiday Dinner Dance sponsored by Fil-Am, they held a fashion show exhibiting the native dress of various regions of the Philippine Islands; and for the 2000 Holiday Dinner Dance, the Fil-Am members (yours truly included) performed the Rigodon dance which is a customary dance performed during State dinners and important events. These are things we didn’t know about our Filipino culture. . . .

Since joining the Fil-Am group we have become active in other ministries and activities in the St. Robert’s community, and all have truly been a blessing from God. We have found OUR parish, OUR community, and FRIENDSHIPS for a lifetime.

Give thanks to the Lord, and have a Merry Christmas.
Esperanza and Reuben Halili

How wonderfully and often the Lord shows us His face in our fellow Christians. "Lord, show us your face!" - Pat Kelly


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Monday 6:30 Marica Viducic †
8:30 Ann Belinger †
Tuesday 6:30 Michael Bulnes †
8:30 Bill Strehl †
Wednesday 6:30 Maria Viducic †
8:30 Antonia Muscat †
Thursday 6:30 Gary & Anne Rochford †
8:30 Michael Bulnes †
6:00pm Jack & Carol Callicotte †
Friday 6:30 Tony Fardella †
8:30 Edward Bourne (L)
6:00pm Steve Carey (L)
Saturday 8:30 Paul & Rosina Vella †
4:30 Abraham & Josephine Vella †
Sunday 7:30 Thomas & Mary Ann Begley †
9:00 Mary Rose Vouvalikes †
10:30 Father Joseph Marini (L)
12:00 Carlo G. Foti †
5:30 People of St. Robert's

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Baruch 5:1-9 Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11 Luke 3:1-6

As a Parish Community, We Pray...

For the members of our RCIA process. As they prepare for full communion with our church, may they grow in strength and holiness.

We welcome into the family of God: Meghan Carroll, Gabriel Wassmer & Alessandra Kline, who were baptized in Christ.

We are pleased to have celebrated the sacrament of marriage with: Richard James Smith & Thea Marie Salamanca. Congratulations!

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, Don Vickery, Sharon Aiello, Ruth Sleeper, Catherine Okulove, Nan Connolly, Joanne Johnson, and Josie Clarke.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Jaime Ruano, Patricia Segali & Eddie Gonzalez
who recently passed away.



We celebrate Mary’s Immaculate Conception on Friday, December 8th. Under this title, Mary is the patroness of the United States. This is a holy day of obligation - we are required to attend Mass. For your convenience, Masses will be at 6:00 PM on Thursday, December 7th, the Vigil, and at 6:30, 8:30, 10:30 AM and 6:00 PM on Friday.



We pray our Advent theme: LORD, SHOW US YOUR FACE...If we look closely, we will see the face of Jesus in members of our Parish family who are ill, aged or disabled. Many are confined to their homes or nursing homes. We can bring them a bit of joy in knowing they are thought about and loved. A Christmas gift will show them we care. Some suggestions are: Slippers, Robes, Duster, Sweaters, Lap Robes, Nightgowns, Pajamas, Knee Socks. Please place them in the baskets on our altar steps. We ask that these gifts not be used, but new and unwrapped. The cut-off date is December 17th so that Sister Ita and her helpers can wrap and deliver your gifts.



Look for the Adopt a Family Tree after all the Masses. For further information or any questions please call the rectory at 589-2800.



Las Vegas Trip: Dennis and Barbara Mitchell
Horizon Lake Tahoe Trip: Yvette Kent
Harvey Lake Tahoe: Mary Shypertt
Disneyland Tickets: Krissy Wright
Great America Tickets: Jerry Pipinich
Marine World Tickets: Genoveva Boydon
Chabot Center Tickets: Donna McGuigan
Electric Toothbrush and year’s supply of toothpaste: Pauline Buencamino



Christmas Poinsettias will decorate the Church during the Christmas Season. If you would like to make a donation of $10 (please make check out to St. Robert’s, Poinsettias Fund) toward their purchase in memory of a loved one, fill out the form below and return it to the Parish Office by December 22nd. A memorial list will be published in the bulletin.

My gift is in memory of:______________________

My gift is in honor of: _______________________

Given by: _________________________________


December 3rd at 10:30am Mass

Please keep our RCIA members in your prayers as they journey toward their Easter Sacraments. Our Catechumens (those who will be Baptized, receive First Eucharist and Confirmation) and our Candidates (those who will recive First Eucharist and/or Confirmation) are listed below:

Monica Ghattas
Lisa Kreysa
Tina Taylor

Maryann Cappas
Heidi Cochrane
Elena Vall

(We also pray for Jennifer Ramos who recently moved out of state but started her RCIA journey with us here at St. Robert’s)

Words of welcoming, prayers or notes of encouragment may be sent to the Parish Office, Attention: RCIA.

We would enjoy receiving them!


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Join the WOMEN'S GUILD and Santa.....Make reservations now to visit with the "Man in the Red Suit" on December 9th Breakfast with Santa. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. For those of you who can’t make breakfast, Mrs. Claus will be cooking something special up for dinner at 6:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Women’s Guild. Call Kristina Wright with any questions.

MEN’S CLUB.....2nd Annual Crab Cioppino Dinner Meeting Friday, Dec. 8th. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 7:00 p.m., $25 per person. Special Blackjack Tournament after dinner. Reservations a must. Call Steve Belluomini.

SOCIABLES.....Our Christmas Brunch wil be at the Doubletree Hotel in their Chutney Grill, located at 835 Airport Blvd. in Burlingame on Sunday, Dec. 10th, at 12:00 p.m. Hope to see everyone there. For information call Bunny Moniz.

IN-BETWEENERS.....New Year’s Eve Party. Limited space available - call George Lynch to reserve a ticket.


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1:30 - 3 pm, Cheerleading.....Hall
7 -9 pm, Teen Club.....Hall

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

3 - 5 pm, Cheerleading.....Hall
6 - 10 pm, Sports Awards.....Hall
7:30 - 9 pm, Bible Study.....Convent

6 PM, Vigil Mass for Holy Day

3:30 - 8 pm, Religious Education.....Hall
7 - 9 pm, RCIA.....Chapel
7 - 9 pm, Parish Planning Committee.....Library

6:30, 8:30, 10:30 AM & 6 PM, Holy Day Masses

5:30 - 11 pm, Men’s Club Dinner.....Hall

8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Breakfast with Santa.....Hall
6:30 p.m. Dinner with Santa.....Hall

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

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