St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, November 11, 2001

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

November 11, 2001
Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners:

35 years ago the Roman Catholic Bishops of the World offered this guidance to Catholics living in a world in conflict.

From the pastoral constitution on the church in the modern world of the Second Vatican Council.

Men must not be content simply to support the efforts of others in the work for peace; they must also scrutinize their own attitudes. Statesmen, responsible as they are for the common good of their own nation and at the same time for the well-being of the whole world, are very much dependent on the opinions and convictions of the general public. Their efforts to secure peace are of no avail as long as men are divided or set against each other by feelings of hostility, contempt and distrust, by racial hatred or by inflexible ideologies. There is then a very great and urgent need to re-educate men and to provide fresh inspiration in the field of public opinion.

Those engaged in education, especially among young people, and those who influence public opinion, should consider it a very serious responsibility to work for the re-education of mankind to a new attitude toward peace. We must all undergo a change of heart. We must look out on the whole world and see the tasks that we can all do together to promote the well-being of the family of man. We must not be misled by a false sense of hope. Unless antagonism and hatred are abandoned, unless binding and honest agreements are concluded, safeguarding universal peace in the future, mankind, already in grave peril, may well face in spite of its marvelous advance in knowledge that day of disaster when it knows no other peace than the awful peace of death.

In saying this, however, the Church of Christ, living as it does in the midst of these anxious times, continues unwaveringly in hope. Time and again, in season and out of season, it seeks to proclaim to our age the message of the Apostle: Now is the hour of God’s favor, the hour for a change of heart; now is the day of salvation.

To build peace, the causes of human discord which feed the fires of war must first be eliminated, and among these especially the violations of justice. Many of these causes are due to gross economic inequality and delay in providing necessary remedies. Others arise from a spirit of domination and from a contempt for others, and, among more fundamental causes, from human envy, distrust, pride and other forms of selfishness. Since man cannot bear so many violations of due order, the result is that, even where war does not rage, the world is constantly plagued by human conflict and acts of violence.

The same evils are also found in relations between nations. It is, therefore, absolutely necessary that international institutions should cooperate more effectively, more resolutely and with greater coordination of effort, in order to overcome or prevent these evils, and to check unbridled acts of violence. There must also be constant encouragement for the creation of organizations designed to promote peace.

Father Morris


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11/12 Monday 6:30
All Souls †
Sam Boncich †
11/13 Tuesday 6:30
All Souls †
Charles Agius †
11/14 Wednesday 6:30
All Souls †
Joseph Busuttil †
11/15 Thursday 6:30
All Souls †
Philip Lee †
11/16 Friday 6:30
All Souls †
Milan Kovacevic †
11/17 Saturday 8:30
All Souls †
Raymond Figolah †
11/18 Sunday 7:30
Thomas & Mary Ann Begley †
People of St. Robert's
All Souls †
Frank & Ann Cericola †
Kuczka Family †


Malachi 3:19-20a
2Thessalonians 3:7-12
Luke 21:5-19


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Eucharist and Social Justice

It’s difficult to figure where forgiveness has a place in social policy when we’re in the midst of trying to protect our citizens from future harm. Yet, if we’re serious about forming a new society—the kingdom of God—forgiveness and the relationships we forge with God and others will need to be at the heart of it. In the face of a great offense like the attacks of 9/11, eventually each of us must examine his or her own heart to see where vengeance, fear, and hatred, are out of place and controlling us. Here’s more from Fr. John Coleman, SJ on the Eucharist and social justice:

Eucharist is a Rite of Forgiveness

The Eucharist begins with a penitential rite, a solemn declaration of our sinfulness and need for God’s mercy. The church has always assumed that the Eucharist is food for healing, a gathering where our sins are forgiven. At every Eucharist, we pray these words from the Our Father: "Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us." We not only ask for forgiveness and empowerment toward new life for ourselves but pledge to become, ourselves, forgivers. Social justice, which is about "righting wrongs," entails forgiveness predicated on conversion and firm purpose of amendment. Perhaps the key arena for social justice in our contemporary world (think of Northern Ireland, for example, or Kosovo, the Middle East, or the racial tensions in our own society) lies in this possibility of reconciliation. Past iniquities are forgiven, here is the chance for a new start. But forgiveness does not come cheap. It is given in response to recompense for wrongs done, to sincere confession of failure, and a reliance on God’s blessing to empower a new start.


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As a Parish Community, we Pray...
For those who are beginning the RCIA process....May we graciously welcome them into our Parish family.



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

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.


Our sincere sympathy to the family of
Joseph Tomasello
who died recently.


Masses will be offered for All Souls throughout the month of November. Envelopes for the Mass intention of All Souls and your deceased loved ones are available at all entrances of the church.



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.



At the 4:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Nov. 17th our Sisters of the Presentation will renew their vows. We celebrate with them their many years of love and service to our Parish family. We thank the Sisters for their faithfulness and love for God and service to His people.


November 14th

We are scheduled for the 2nd Wednesday of each month. If you can prepare a favorite cookie, snack or lunch items for 10 to 12 people, please drop it off at the Children’s Chapel, in the back of Church, by 9:00 am on Nov. 14th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items can be donated. We appreciate all your help.



If you wish to have information in the bulletin for Sunday, Nov. 25th, you must submit it to the Rectory NO LATER than Thursday evening, Nov. 15th.


9:00am, Thursday, November 22nd

Together let us give thanks to the Lord as we gather at His table to share the meal. He has prepared for us - His bread of life and cup of salvation.



As we prepare to give thanks to God, Our Father, for all good things, let our hearts go out to our sisters and brothers who are less fortunate than we. Many find it difficult to feed, shelter and clothe their families. Baskets for your gifts of non-perishable food have been placed on the altar steps. Our St. Vincent de Paul Society will see to it that those members of our parish Family who are in need will be touched by our love.


IT'S TURKEY TIME....well, sort of:

This Thanksgiving Season the members of our St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Robert’s are collecting Gift Certificates and Scrip from Albertson’s, Lunardi’s, Safeway, & Molly Stones in lieu of frozen turkeys. Since some families do not have the facilities for cooking turkeys or may prefer hams, chicken or vegetables, we feel that scrip and gift certificates would be more appropriate.

We will still be giving our canned food as in the past. Non-perishable food can be left in the vestibule of the church.

You may write these certificates to St. Vincent de Paul and either mail them to the Rectory or drop them in their Rectory mailbox. Thanksgiving food and certificates will be given out on Saturday, November 17th.

Thank you for your support,
Wally Mooney, President


Marthas of the Church

Have you ever wondered who works behind the scenes taking care of the many details that make our Eucharistic celebrations run so smoothly? Someone washes and irons altar linens and servers’ robes, keeps the sanctuary clean and tidy, dusts, and polishes. We, at St. Robert’s, are blessed with a group of lovely (but rarely noticed) ladies who quietly and faithfully take care of our center of worship. They call themselves "The Marthas of the Church" - our Altar Society. Their annual meeting will take place on Friday morning, November 16th. If you feel the calling to serve Jesus and His people as they do, please contact Gene or Anna May.


"Do this as a remembrance of Me."

52 Reasons to Come to Mass Every Sunday.

11. To admit our sinfulness.

12. To seek God’s forgiveness.

13. To hear the Word of God in Scripture.

14. To hear the priest speak on our concerns and needs.

15. To give alms in support of the Church and for the poor and suffering.

16. To remember both the living and the dead in our Eucharistic prayers.

17. To pray for the Holy Father and for our bishop.

18. To pray for our priests and Religious.

19. To partake in the Church’s liturgical year.

20. To publicly proclaim our faith.

21. To be reminded of our obligations to serve the Lord in the world.

22. To receive the priest’s blessing, a final affirmation of God’s love for us.

23. To adore Jesus in the Eucharist and the tabernacle.

24. To get the chance to sing a song with all the choirs of angels in heaven: "Holy, holy,holy".

25. To say: "Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed".

More to follow in the weeks to come


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We welcome you into our parish!

Enrique and Deirdre Mayor-Mora and family

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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SERRA CLUB of SAN MATEO, which supports vocations for the religious and ordained life, invites you to hear Rev. Gerald Coleman, S.S., President and Rector of St. Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park on Wed., Nov. 14, Noon Luncheon. St. Matthew’s Parish Cronin Center, 9th Ave. & El Camino, San Mateo. RSVP to D. Pettinelli (650) 341-5050, Ext. 130.

MERCY CENTER‘S 20TH ANNIVERSARY EVENING SPEAKERS SERIES with Father Richard Rohr, OFM. He will reflect on his recent book, "Hope Against Darkness" A Christian Style of Survival, Thursday, Nov. 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Sequoia Room, at Mercy Center. Father is a Franciscan priest, and is founder and animator of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is an internationally known speaker and author of numerous books. Donation only. For more information call Mercy Center at 340-7474.

NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE, Sunday, Nov. 18th, from 10 am to 1 pm. Students, faculty, parents, and alumnae will be available to answer questions about the unique benefits of an education at Notre Dame High School, Belmont. For more information, visit or call the Admissions Department at (650) 595-1913, Ext. 320.


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Interested in selling your crafts? Rent a table at our Craft Nght, Monday, Nov. 12th. The cost is $20 for 1 full table and $10 for half a table. Sign-up is on a first-come basis, paid with a check. Please call Patty Ciraulo.

Please join us for the dinner - Doors open 6:30 pm. Cost is $10 by Nov. 5th, and $13 after Nov. 5th. Call Barbara Mitchell for reservations.


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Dear Parishioners,

The financial report of the Parish Festival is almost complete. A few late bills have caused delay. The net profit will be above $65,000. We all owe sincere thanks to the Festival leadership and workers for contributing so much of their time and effort to make the Festival such a great success. The money will be used to help maintain low tuition in the school and Religious Education program, as well as make improvements in the school building.

Thank you to the In-Betweeners for the Halloween Party they sponsored for the children. Congratulations to the Filipino-American Club for their wonderful Dinner-Dance.

Father Ring


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

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

Gratitude Means Service
Recovery Retreat for Men/Women Nov. 23-25
Fr. Thomas Weston, S.J.

The Journey of Surrendering to God’s Love Dec. 14-16
Recovery Retreat for Men
Fr. Thomas Allender, S.J.

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

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

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

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

The Mall or the Manger?
A Day on the Real Meaning of Christmas Dec. 5
Fr. James Hanley, S.J. (repeated Dec 8 or 9)

2300 Adeline Drive
Burlingame, Ca 94010-5540

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


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MONDAY, November 12th
1:30 - 3 pm, 8th Gr. Cheerleading.....Hall
6 - 10 pm, Women’s Guild.....Hall
7:30 - 8:30 pm, St. Vincent de Paul.....Library

TUESDAY, November 13th
3:30 - 8:15 pm, Religious Education....Hall
6:30 - 8 pm, Legion of Mary.....Library
7:30 - 9 pm, Youth.....Kitchen

WEDNESDAY, November 14th
9 - 9:30 am, Grief Group.....Mary’s Chapel
9 am, Aids Lunch.....Children’s Chapel
1 - 3 pm, Priest Choir.....Church
7:30 - 9 pm, Bible Study....Convent Chapel
4:30 - 6 pm, 7th Gr. Cherleading.....Hall

THURSDAY, November 15th
3:30 - 4:30 pm, Religious Education.....Hall
7 - 9 pm, RCIA....Convent Chapel
7:30 - 9 pm, School Board Mtg.....6th Gr. Class

SATURDAY, November 17th
9 - Noon, Parish Council Mtg.....Library

SUNDAY, November 18th
10 - 11:30, Fil/Am Choir.....Hall

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