St. Robert's Church Bulletin, December 17, 2000

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

December 17, 2000
Third Sunday of Advent


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Dear Parishioners,

Imagine traveling back 2000 years in time to the little town of Bethlehem. No street lights or signs. No electricity. No running water, hospitals, or doctors.

You’d look for a stable on the outskirts of the dark village, but there might be many such stables with people keeping warm by sleeping near their animals.

If you happened to locate a stable where a man and a woman were taking care of an infant child, you might suppose that they were the Holy Family, but how would you know? What do you think Joseph and Mary and Jesus would look like?

You’d probably think you’d found the wrong place because the scene would not be much like that on a Christmas card, but more like the pictures of poor, hungry, wretched refugees found in many places around the world.

And if you were one of the Wise Men, what kind of gift would you want to bring for that family—today?

Father Mark


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Dear Parishioners,

God has again blessed us through a generous bequest from the estate of Frances Kollerer, a long-time parishioner who died in December of 1999. Please remember the repose of her soul in your prayers. I will ask the Finance Committee for their recommendation as to the use of this money and that from the estate of Frances Fullan.

I received the report from Olwell and Associates concerning the possibility of building an Education Center and Parish Center. Their interviews and the responses from those who filled out the questionnaire provided very positive opinions concerning our Parish. I will bring their recommendations about the fund-raising campaign to the year 2001 to a combined meeting of the Building and the Finance Committees this week. I hope by next week I will be able to tell you about future steps we might take.

Let us seek the Face of the Lord in each other and in the poor of our world.

Father Vincent Ring



Jesus calls us to repentance and to faith. He calls out: "Repent and believe the Good News". Have we allowed our minds to become insensitive to untruth, to bad behavior, to immorality? Growth as a Christian requires a constant effort and involves an endless attempt to purify motives, improper behavior and insensitivity to the rights of others. We have a simple, but wonderful means to do this...The Sacrament of Reconciliation. Come together as Parish Family to confess our sins; receive God’s merciful forgiveness, and return home burden-free and filled with joy. We will celebrate two Advent Penance Services on:

Tuesday, December 19th, at 7:30 PM,
Saturday, December 23rd, at 3:00 PM.

A Q&A session with Pat Kelly, our parish liturgist, about the Sacrament of Penance will be held 1/2 hour before each service in Mary’s Chapel. All questions welcome!



The January 6th choral concert announced in the parish newsletter has been cancelled.


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Monday 6:30 Catherine & Angelo Sangalli †
8:30 Pasquale & Maria Teresa Aloise †
Tuesday 6:30 Alice Corbett †
8:30 Steven Tonegato †
Wednesday 6:30 Dolores Mallia †
8:30 Thomas Daly †
Thursday 6:30 Sr. Cabrini (L)
8:30 Celia Sanchez †
Friday 6:30 Michael & Sarah Fahy †
8:30 Mauro Sciacqua †
Saturday 8:30 Graveal Valenzulla †
4:30 Charles Muscat †
Sunday 7:30 John Mocelin †
9:00 Domenica Busetti †
10:30 Deacon Jack Bourne †
12:00 Manuel Falzon †
4:30pm People of St. Robert's
8:00pm People of St. Robert's
Midnight Mass People of St. Robert's

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Micah 5:1-4 Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-45

As a Parish Community, We Pray...

On this Jubilee Day for Entertainers, may the Holy Spirit inspire them to use their talents to bring hope and joy to their audiences. Through them, may Jesus show His face to us.

We welcome into the family of God: Joseph Vidal, David Mohadjerani-Storm, & Alexis Esrick, 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, Kari Stellino, Don Vickery, Sharon Aiello, Ruth Sleeper, Catherine Okulove, Nan Connolly, Joanne Johnson, Josie Clarke, & Bernie Voight.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Loring E. Tocchini, James Selleck and Margarita Velez
who recently passed away.


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I’ve been intrigued to notice how we (myself included) have interpreted our Advent theme, "Lord, Show Us Your Face" to mean "We must seek the face of the Lord." Are we truly open to allowing the Lord to show us God’s face in ways we aren’t seeking? Will we allow God to surprise us? If we seek the Lord’s face in the poor, are we closed to seeing Him in the wealthy, etc.? "Lord Jesus, continue to reveal yourself to us. Show us your face not only where we are looking for you, but where You want us to see you. Amen." - Pat Kelly



We ask Jesus in our Advent theme: LORD, SHOW US YOUR FACE. He does this many times over and especially when we look into our hearts and see these good people who need our love. If you are so moved, please bring your gifts to the baskets on our altar steps. Some suggestions are: Robes, Slippers, Nightgowns, Pajamas, Sweaters, Knee Socks, Lap Robes, Dusters. The gifts should be new and unwrapped. The cut-off date is, today, December 17th so that Sister Ita and her helpers will have time to wrap and deliver your gifts.



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: _________________________________


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Kindergarten Application:
Applications for St. Robert School Kindergarten for the 2001/2002 school year will be accepted in the School Office Monday Friday, January 8th through the 12th, between 9 AM - 3 PM. The screening fee for each applicant is $25.00. Please bring copies of your child’s birth and baptismal records, a recent family photograph and your child’s social security number. Screening dates will be assigned on completion of the application.

Requirements for School Registration:
Family must be registered and participating members of St. Robert’s Parish. This means that the family is involved in Parish life and the financial support of the Parish. Applications will be accepted for children who are 5 years of age by September 1, 2001. All acceptances will be based on student screenings and parent interviews.

Non-Discrimination Policy:
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 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 in adminstration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Open House:
St. Robert School will hold its annual Open House on Monday, January 22nd. The evening will begin a 7 PM in the Church followed by classroom visitations. All are welcome.

The calendars for the year 2001 have been delayed. We have been assured that we will have them by Christmas day.

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Parish Office Closed....Dec. 25th and 26th in observance of the Christmas holiday.

InBetweeners.....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

6:30 - 8 pm, Legion of Mary.....Library
7:30 pm, Advent Communal Penance Service.....Church
8 - 9 pm, Teen Club.....Hall/Kitchen

3 - 5 pm, Cheerleading.....Hall
7:30 - 9 pm, Bible Study.....Convent

7 - 9 pm, RCIA.....Chapel

7:00 pm, Priests’ Choir Concert.....Church

3:00 pm, Advent Communal Penance Service.....Church


Sunday Masses: 7:30, 9:00, 10:30, 12 Noon
Christmas Eve Masses: 4:30, 8:00, Midnight

Christmas Day

7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:00 Noon
no 5:30 p.m. Mass

Parish Office will be closed Mon & Tues, Dec.25 & 26.

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