St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, October 14, 2001

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

October 14, 2001
Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners:

Much has happened lately. (Isn’t that an understatement?) The recent disasters are not only part of American history now, but by their magnitude are part of human history! All people are affected by what happened in our country last month. It’s like an enormous tidal wave whose ripples reach every continent and flood every village.

And yet…(to use St. Paul’s words) Nothing can separate us from the love of God!

The world did not come to an end. God loves us. And we remind ourselves that God loves those whose lives have ended. The sun is still shining. Children will be Baptized and receive the gift of new life, and the promise of Heaven. And in our own little corner of the world, our parish held a wonderful festival. People danced. People sang. People feasted. God provided warm (hot) weather. People young and old played games. All of them, God’s children. And we took time to remember those who have died and those who are hurting. We sang a prayerful song asking God to bless America. We took notice of those in our midst who dedicate themselves to public safety, and we cheered thankfully for their being with us. Saint Paul would call us "saints", since we are all members of the Body of Christ. Each one of us is important to the Body. God knows each one. When one hurts, we all hurt. This knowledge of our solidarity is one of the blessings that God is bringing out of the evil that is in our world. We will always be "Easter people" and we celebrate the great truth that Nothing can separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Christ Jesus our Lord! Amen!

—Fr. Mark Taheny


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10/15 Monday 6:30
Ray Pappert †
Judy King †
10/16 Tuesday 6:30
Alfred Tan †
Eleanor Smith †
10/17 Wednesday 6:30
Lorraine Burtzloff †
Timothy Leahy †
10/18 Thursday 6:30
Bill Corden †
John P. Murphy †
10/19 Friday 6:30
Kathleen Brosnan †
Todd Aiello †
10/20 Saturday 8:30
Claire Duncan †
Fred Crist †
10/21 Sunday 7:30
Thomas & Mary Ann Begley †
John Baidanzi †
Giuseppe Pignati †
People of St. Robert's
Timothy Baptista †


Exodus 17:8-13
2 Timothy 3:14 - 4:2
Luke 18:1-8


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Eucharist and Social Justice

Fr. John Coleman, S.J. writes this about the Eucharist and social justice:


Saint Paul clearly understood the Eucharist as a meal in which we celebrate the undeserved, yet gracious hospitality of God toward us. He reminds his hearers: "The blessing cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ, and the bread that we break is a communion with the body of Christ. the fact that there is only one loaf means that, though there are many of us, we form a single body because we all have a share in this one loaf" (1 Cor 10:16-17).

The eucharistic assembly, too, should be a concrete sign of justice: the community where all are welcome, where there is a radical equality despite race, wealth, social class, and gender. Social justice is not something tacked on. Rather, the assembly, called to be the body of Christ that shares one loaf, is an integral sign of the meal. If we do not see ourselves as guests of God at a shared meal and if we fail to be fellow hosts with God feeding the hungry that surround us, is it really a Eucharist we celebrate? (from "How the Eucharist Proclaims Social Justice," Church, Winter 2000.) - PK


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Tiffany Amber Copenhaver
Darren Russell Barton



We pray for the ill: Sharon Aiello, Marilyn Arancibia, Bastiaan Blumenthal, Marcia Bourne, Ann Burns, Arthur Candia, Josie Clarke, Nan Connolly, Ana Cosgaya, Imelda Daly, Adela Florez, Elsie Grech, Randall Guerro, Denise Hawald, Joanne Johnson, Koret Koelman, Muriel Krause, Josephine Lavoie, Marky, Rosemary McHale, Jeanne McHugh, Terry McLeod, Catherine Okulove, Mary Shick, Cyndy Smerdel, Kari Stellino, Don Vickery, Walton and June Dickhoff, Daniel McHale, Ilaria Belluomini, Lee Shick, Joseph Calleja, Sandra and William Dill, Leo Pieretti, Carl Edwards, Sal Milizio, Pauline Speranza & Bernie Voight.



To the left of our sanctuary, you will see a banner with a red rose imprinted upon it. The rose symbolizes God’s gift of life to us. It is a reminder that human life, at all its stages, is precious and deserves respect. October is designated as Respect Life Month. For these 31 days, our banner will help us to affirm the goodness of God’s creation by valuing the unborn; providing for the poor; rooting out the cause of violence and war; ending the death penalty and protecting the elderly, infirmed and terminally ill. We pray that God will give us the strength and wisdom to love life.



During the month of October, we are asked to proclaim the sacredness of all human life - from conception till natural death - by our words and our actions.

We pray that we might solve the societal problems that cause people to act against God’s gift of life.

There will be a a FREE Family Life Respect Life Conference featuring 12 nationally known speakers October 20th, St. Mary’s Cathedral San Francisco 1111 Gough (at Gough and Geary). Event is free but you must register. Box Lunches will be made available for purchase. Mail in or fax your name, address and phone number. Fax to: (415) 614-5658 Mail to: One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco, Ca 94109-6602.


Anna May May, thanks the parishioners for their prayers, encouragement and many cards of condolence upon the death of her father Joseph Michael McKeever.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Esther Stamer,
Mary Rowan &
Robert Umland

who died recently.



People grieve for many reasons:

the death of a loved one
loss of a friend
loss of a job
loss of health

Drop-In program will be this October, 22nd, at 7:30 p.m. in the Convent Chapel . For more information please call Joanne Johnson or Sr. Ita at 589-2800



The "Emergency Prayer Network" will pray for your specific intentions whenever some crisis arises in your life. If you call, our group will pray fervently for three days for you and your special intention. Call Michele Pipinich. We simply ask that you let us know how things turn out so that we can praise God for His faithfulness.



St. Robert’s Children’s Choir has begun a new season. All St. Robert’s youth from 2nd grade up are invited to participate in the Children’s Choir. For more information, call Ms. Baldomero at 583-5065 or Mr. Kelly at 589-2800.

The adult choirs for 10:30, Noon, and 5:30 masses have begun rehearsals for the Fall, Advent, and Christmas seasons. (We have the shopping malls beat for earliest Christmas music!) Come join the fun—all voices welcome! Call Pat Kelly for the 10:30 and 5:30 choirs and Manny Ortiz for the Noon choir at 589-2800.


New Rectory Business Hours
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday

Please advise the Rectory if you have a friend or family member who is ill or in the hospital and would like a visit from our Clergy.


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We welcome you into our parish!

John and Ruby Valdez
Ken and Mary Weese and familyd

If you’re new to St. Robert’s, we ask that you complete a registration form (found in the vestibule of the church). Drop it either in the collection basket, the mail, or at the parish office. We will send you a New Parishioner Packet with information about the parish, its organizations and groups.


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Help our School win $2,000

If you have shopped at Tanforan, please turn in your receipts at the info booth on the 2nd floor at Tanforan, in the vestibule of the Church, or the Rectory. For questions or more info Call Linda Cuddy.



Did you know St. Robert Church and School participates in the eScrip program? This is a very easy way for us to earn money to benefit our Chruch and School. Here’s how it works:

You register your Safeway Club Card, Visa, Master Card, ATM, Debit, Chevron Gas Card with escrip and every time you shop at a participating store e.g. Mollie Stones, Lunardi’s, Pak-n-Save and more we receive 2-5% of your purchase. It is a very safe program. No information is sold or given out. There is an annual fee of $10. We receive an average of $1,900 a month with our current 183 members.

Give them a call at 1-800-592-0942 on line at or check the vestibule for more information. Our Group number is 137045398. If you are an Albertson’s shopper we have a free Community Card you show the cashier every time you shop. Albertson’s will give us 2-5% of your purchase. Not tracking, no fuss. It’s easy!! If you would like a card or more info on how you can help us call Linda Cuddy.


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Disciples Now is an innovative and faith-filled web-based ministry for Catholic teens. It has been developed by youth ministers, campus ministers, catechetical leaders, and diocesan staff members in partnership with publishers and other youth-serving agencies. It includes a "Since you asked" feature with responses to teen questions of faith and life by Fr. Gary Bagley, Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Buffalo, New York as well as variety of interactive catechetical and fun features. Nearly 3500 teens visit the site each day. Feel free to check it out on the web at


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El Retiro
300 Manresa Way
Los Altos, Ca 94022-4646
(650) 948-4491

Your Marriage: The Time of Your Lives
Retreat for Married Couples Nov. 9-11
Fr. Robert Fabing, S.J. and the Jesuit Institute for Family Life Staff

What Shall I Give the Lord For All He Has Given to Me?
Thanksgiving Retreat for Men/Women Nov. 16-18
Fr. Jerry McCourt, S.J.

Picking Up the Pieces
A day of recollection for separated and divorced Men and Women Nov. 17
Judy Zolezzi

San Damiano Retreat
P.O. Box 767
Danville, Ca 94526
(925) 837-9141

Day of Dialogue Oct 21
Victoria MacDonald, M.A.

Married Couple Retreat Oct. 26-28
The two become one
B. Brunsman, OFM & Carol Kaplan, MFT

ADV. Enneagram Oct. 27
Growing Spiritually

Maurice Monetter, M.Div., Ed. D.

Men’s Retreat Nov 16-18
Stongly, Simply Saintly
Barry Brunsman, OFM

AA Recovery Retreat Nov 23-25
Gratitude and Beyond
Gavin Griffth, OFM

ACDF Recovery Retreat Nov 30-Dec. 2
The Freedom of Forgiveness
Carol Mitchell, Ph.D and Peter Coster, MFT, MDiv.


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"Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel..."
Mark 16:15

Through your prayer and your generous help on World Mission Sunday you will be a missionary yourself, reaching out to share your own faith with the world so in need of Christ’s message. In the early part of the last century, we too were considered "missing territory." And yet while we were still depending on the generosity of European Catholics, the young Church in the United States was contributing to the worldwide missionary work. The very first offering to the Propagation of the Faith—$6—was in 1833. Today, Catholics in this country provide some one-third of the help that supports the proclamation of the Gospel in more than 1,000 mission dioceses, the work of the church among two-thirds of our human family.

Next Sunday is World Mission Sunday, a special day of prayer and sacrifice celebrated in every parish and diocese throughout the world for the Missions of today. Please be as generous as possible to the collection for the Propagation of the Faith.



We would like to thank the following individuals and companies for their sponsorship of Booths at the Parish Festival:

Chapel of the Highlands;
Four Star Automotive, Inc.;
Metropolitan Electrical Construction, Inc.;
Bank of America,San Bruno Branch;
Peninsula Ford of San Bruno;
Mario Benavente, D.D.S.;
Bayhill Dental Care, Luisa Diaz, D.D.S.;
Lunardi’s Supermarket;
S&S Investments, Steve Belluomini;
Vince’s Motorcycle Supply of Burlingame;
Duggan’s Serra Mortuary of Daly City;
Gene’s Auto & Paint;
Gava’s Auto Body;
Prudential Realty of San Bruno;
Gabrianna’s Pizza;
C&J Roofing;
San Bruno Funeral Home;
Val’s Restaurant;
Too Cute;
Coit Cleaners;
Molly Stones Supermarket.


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The Filipino-American Group of St. Robert’s is hosting a Holiday Dinner Dance on Saturday, Nov. 3rd, at the Millbrae Clarion Hotel. All parishioners are invited to attend. Ticket prices are $55.00 and $45.00 for seniors (65 years and older). Please contact Lena Reyes or Fe Ortiz for information.



Grownups Communion Buffet Luncheon will be held in Hennessy Hall Sunday, October 21st, after the 10:30 am Mass. Tickets are $12 each and will be sold after all the Masses this weekend. Reservations can also be made by calling Lillian Fazio, Dorothy Branch or Dolores Johnson. Tickets will not be sold at the door.


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October 19, 20 and 21. All are invited.


Saturday, October 27th

A time for young adult Catholics to come together (for singles and couples in their 20’s and 30’s). Held at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont. For more info call 415-614-5594 or


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TUESDAY, October 16th
3:30 - 8:15 pm, Religious Education....Hall
6:30 - 8 pm, Legion of Mary.....Library

WEDNESDAY, October 17th
4:30 - 6 pm, 7th Gr. Cheerleader Practice.....Hall
7:30 - 9 pm, Bible Study....Convent Chapel

THURSDAY, October 18th
3:30 - 8:15 pm, Religious Ed. & Parent Mtg.....Hall
7 - 9 pm, RCIA....Convent Chapel
7:30 - 9 pm, School Board.....6th Gr. Classroom

FRIDAY, October 19th
6 - 11 pm, In-Betweener’s.....Hall

Sunday, October 20th
10:30, Grown-Up’s Communion Buffet.....Hall

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