St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, October 21, 2001

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

October 21, 2001
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners:

Remember when you were young, and you put your nickel in the candy machine, and so many sweet tarts poured out of the little chute that you had to use both hands to hold them all? If you’re lucky, maybe something similar has happened to you recently in front of a slot machine in Reno or Las Vegas. Abundance. . . . what do we do with it?

St. Robert’s Children’s Choir is overflowing our small choir corner these days. It’s early in the season, but we have more students in the choir than ever before. We have more older students, more students from our religious education classes, and more boys. We have an abundantly talented new director, Ms. Aura Baldomero, who is helping to make it happen. I see this young choir as a great sign of life being lived to the full here at St. Robert’s. I sing this abundance!

Sr. Ita’s Boutique will be full of crafts and perfect little gifts again this year. It’s taking place next weekend in Hennessey Hall. All of the items to be sold are donated or made by generous people who have given from the abundance of their time, talent, and treasure. They have a little extra to share with those who could really benefit from it. We share our abundance.

Two weeks ago, a small group from our TeeN CLuB came early for Mass to decorate the Church for the celebration. They really did a great job! Last week, nearly 80 young men and women stood before the assembly at the 5:30 Mass and professed that they will do what it takes to prepare well for the Sacrament of Confirmation. I’m noticing good fruit in our youth ministry and teen community. It is like a tree that is being watered well and that is getting good sun. God is blessing us with this abundance.

It’s harvest time. We have an abundance, and yet there will be more people this year than in recent years who do not feel so blessed. More than ever, "those who have" are going to be called upon to share with "those who have not." In whichever category you see yourself, don’t worry. Be responsible with what has been given to you, but also trust in God’s abundance and goodness.

Pat Kelly


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10/22 Monday 6:30
Virginia Joyce †
Mary Rose Vouvalikes †
10/23 Tuesday 6:30
Family of A. Galea
Emmanuel Borg †
10/24 Wednesday 6:30
Blake Interdanato
Richard Kollerer †
10/25 Thursday 6:30
William Marfuggi †
Charles Agius †
10/26 Friday 6:30
Catherine Reilly †
Regina Aiello
10/27 Saturday 8:30
Deceased Legion of Mary Members †
Stella Arnold †
10/28 Sunday 7:30
Anne Turner †
People of St. Robert's
Fortino Gomez †
Charles Pisani †
Celia Galluzzo †


Sirach 35:12-18
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Luke 18:9-14


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Eucharist and Social Justice

Last week, Fr. John Coleman’s article, "How the Eucharist Proclaims Social Justice" showed us that the Eucharist is a type of meal, hosted by God, which by its very nature demands that we show radical hospitality and acknowledge the equality of each other "despite race, wealth, social class, and gender." This week, we’ll look at the way the sacrificial nature of the Eucharist proclaims, teaches, and nurtures social justice:


The eucharistic meal is no less a remembrance and reenactment of the redemptive sacrifice in Christ’s blood, who died for "the many." A pious Jew in the tradition of the prophets, Jesus knew well that sacrifice evoked the words of the Israelite prophets who inveighed against irrelevant and empty sacrifices. He knew such passages as this one, in which God wants obedience of the heart:

What are your endless sacrifices to me, says Yahweh. ....Bring me your worthless offerings no more, the smoke of them fills me with disgust. You may multiply your prayers, I shall not listen. Your hands are covered with blood, wash, make yourselves clean. Take your wrongdoing out of my sight, cease to do evil, learn to do good, search for justice, help the oppressed, be just to the orphan, plead for the widow (Isaiah 1:11-17).

Justice is the true sacrifice God desires.

...Jesus’ sacrifice calls us to remember his compassion for the poor and widows, his feeding of the hungry, his own open table fellowship with outcasts and persons who were scorned. God and do likewise ("Do this in memory of me"), Jesus tells us, as we share in this new redemptive covenant in his blood.


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Taitoko Malohi Takapu and Hina Tuilape



Alexandra Josephine Jay,
William Seydel,
Myles Ryan Laurance &
Vanessa Ashley Jansen



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.



LIFE WILL TRIUMPH...This is a sure hope for us. YES, LIFE WILL TRIUMPH because truth, goodness, joy and true progress are on the side of life. God, who loves life and gives it generously, is on the side of life.

(Pope John Paul II to the Pontifical Academy for life, March 3, 2001).


Our sincere sympathy to the family of
Harry Boyer,
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 , tomorrow, 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.



8:30am to 4:30pm
Monday through Friday

****Please call 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.



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.



Today, World Mission Sunday, with Catholics throughout the world, we are called to offer our prayers and generous financial support, through the Propagation of the Faith, for the worldwide mission of Jesus. Your gift helps:

  • People in remote villages and in city barrios, through the witness and work of local priests.

  • Children, the elderly, refugees, the sick, and orphans, through the service of Religious Sisters and Brothers.

  • To bring the Gospel to the poorest of our human family, as catechists proclaim the message of the hope and peace that only Christ can give.

Please offer prayers for the work of the Church in the Missions today - in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands and remote regions of Latin America. And Please be as generous as you can today, World Mission Sunday.


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NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL in Belmont willl hold an Open House on Sat. Oct. 27th from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. For more information visit or call the Admissions Dept. at (650) 599-1913 ext. 320.

BACK TO SCHOOL AND SPORTS SCHEDULES CREATING ADDED STRESS? Why not attend a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend and discover how communicating differently can help diffuse the tensions that build? Register for the Nov. 2-4 weekend. For more information, contact Michele Otte at 1-888-568-3016.

FALL FEST 2001 - SAT. OCT. 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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In support of the Presentation Sisters’ Ministry to the underprivileged a boutique is this

Saturday, Oct., 27th, 12-5:30 p.m. and
Sunday, Oct., 28th 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

in Hennessy Hall. Contact Sister Ita for more information at 583-2544.



The In-Betweener’s present the St. Robert’s Halloween Party on Wednesday, October 31st, after 6 pm Mass for all CCD and St. Robert children. No reservations required but each child must bring a wrapped 2 lb. bag of candy. Hot dogs, chips and a drink will be provided for $1.50. For questions, contact Trish Cvetovac.



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.



Family Breakfast Sunday, Nov. 4th after 9:00 a.m. Mass, in the Hall. The proceeds will benefit Outdoor Education for the 6th grade class of St. Robert’s.


1st Annual Monte Carlo Night
Saturday, November 10th in Hennessy Hall

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. gaming from 7 to 11 p.m. $24.00 per person and $50.00 per couple, which includes:buffet dinner , complimentary champagne, Initial Buy-In. No host Cocktails. Call Steve Belluomini or Dan Uroz for reservations and information on how to sponsor a table.


Craft Night in November

If you are interested in selling your crafts just in time for the holidays, rent a table at our craft night! The date is Monday, Nov. 12th. The cost is $20.00 for 1 full table and $10.00 for a half a table. The sign-up is on a first come basis paid with a check. Please call Patty Ciraulo.


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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 Church 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 that you show the cashier every time you shop. Albertson’s will give us 2-5% of your purchase. No 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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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

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.

Mercy Center
2300 Adeline Drive
Burlingame, Ca 94010-5540

"Understanding the Basic Teachings of Islam"
Iftekhar Hai Oct. 28th

"Remain in My Love" John 15;9 Nov. 3-12
Peter G. Van Breeman, SJ

"Community in Uncertain Times" Nov. 17th
Jim Neafsey, D.Min and Catherine Regan, Ph.D


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MONDAY, October 22nd
7 - 10 pm, Grownups.....Library
7:30 - 9 pm, Drop-In Grief Support.Convent Chapel

TUESDAY, October 23rd
3:30 - 8:15 pm, Religious Education....Hall
6:30 - 8 pm, Legion of Mary.....Library
7:30 - 9 pm, Youth.....Kitchen

WEDNESDAY, October 24th
6 - 9 pm, Fil/Am Practice......Hall
7:30 - 9 pm, Bible Study....Convent Chapel
7:30 - 9 pm, Liturgy Committee....Mary’s Chapel

THURSDAY, October 25th
3:30 - 8:30 pm, Religious Ed. & Parent Mtg.....Hall
7 - 9 pm, RCIA....Convent Chapel

FRIDAY, October 26th
Following 8:30 am Mass, Grandparent’s Day.....Hall
6 - 7:30 pm, Sr. Ita’s Boutique.....Hall

SATURDAY, October 27th
All Day, Sr. Ita’s Boutique.....Hall

Sunday, October 28th
All Day, Sr. Ita’s Boutique....Hall

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