St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, December 30, 2001

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

December 30, 2001
The Holy Family


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Dear People of God,

I hope you survived the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle and had time to make the true meaning of Christmas a reality in your lives. Every year I promise myself that I will never again let the shopping frenzy take hold of me. But human nature is very weak and I find myself falling into the same trap as each Christmas comes. Unless I am involved in some feverish activity I feel that I am being left behind. In our Parish we have so many outreach programs - The Giving Tree; Gifts for the needy; Gifts for the shut-in people; Food for the hungry; Adopt a family. The list goes on. On behalf of all the recipients of your generosity I say "Thank you, and may God bless you".

As the New Year begins it might be a good time to think of how our lives can be more simple. Can prayer take a bigger part in them? I invite you to pray for vocations. We need more young people to answer God’s call to the Priesthood or Religious Life. God always calls but maybe we are not listening. Or it may be that we do not want to hear. Don’t worry. The prophets did not jump at God’s invitation either. But God has a way of prodding us until we answer. At the top of each new month in the calendar for 2002 there is a prayer for vocations. It would be wonderful if you decide to recite this prayer daily.

January 13-18 is National Vocation Awareness Week. What better way can we celebrate it than by praying for the awareness we need.

Don’t make too many New Year’s Resolutions. The initial fervor soon wears off. Make one that is practical and try to keep it. Good luck!!

Every good wish,
Sr. Ita


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12/31 Monday 6:30
Alan L. Pan †
Elisea Teodoro †
1/01 Tuesday 9:00 People of St. Robert's
1/02 Wednesday 6:30
Sr. DeRicci Hourigan, PBVM †
Joseph M. McKeever †
1/03 Thursday 6:30
Family of A. Galea
Ed & Mary Duccy †
1/04 Friday 6:30
Mrs. Krisch †
Michael David Yanke †
1/05 Saturday 8:30
Mary Figone †
Gerald Myers †
1/06 Sunday 7:30
Mocelin & Emilio Families †
Bill Watson †
People of St. Robert's
Monica Agius †
Rose Mannino †

The Parish Office will be closed on Tuesday, January 1st - New Year's Day.


Epiphany of the Lord

Baruch 60:1-6
Ephesians 3:2-6
Matthew 2:1-12


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Practice the "Presents" of God
The Promise Fulfilled

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son."
- Jn 3:16

Our Advent theme flows into the Christmas season. It’s as important for us to celebrate the presence of God as it is for us to seek it. We can look for and find God’s presence in many different people and places and situations, but we don’t really need to look any farther than our own hearts! Remember, God is love. When we allow someone to love us, God is there.

True love is both given and received. Sometimes it’s hard to accept another’s generous love. We feel like we don’t deserve it, or we don’t want to be vulnerable enough to accept another’s love. Sometimes we’re just too busy to be loved.

One of the keys to unlocking the power of the Mass is to love more freely. In each Mass, it’s a great gift of love that God offers to us and that we offer to each other. Mass is our community’s way of practicing the presence—or "presents"—of God. In the giving and receiving of smiles, handshakes, greetings, praise, forgiveness, stories, God’s Word, thoughts and prayers, food . . . Eucharist, the Most Holy Trinity shows up and seems to dwell amongst us. For some, the challenge of love will be to open up—to be more receptive. For others, the challenge of love will be to give more. When we practice love a little better, we know God’s presence a little more keenly. - Pat Vallez-Kelly


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As a Parish Community, we Pray...

For parents. May they be steadfast in their love for each other and for their children. May their home be a shelter filled with compassion, gentleness, and loving forgiveness.



We pray for the ill: Sharon Aiello, Marilyn Arancibia, Ilaria Belluomini, Bastiaan Blumenthal, Guido Botelho, Marcia Bourne, Ann Burns, Joseph Calleja, Arthur Candia, Josie Clarke, Nan Connolly, Ana Cosgaya, Imelda Daly, Walton & June Dickhoff, Sandra & William Dill, Ray Driscoll, 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, Bunny Moniz, Catherine Okulove, Leo Pieretti, Richard Quintana, Lee Shick, Pauline Speranza, Kari Stellino, Don Vickery & 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.



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.


Our sincere sympathy to the family of
Mario Matiasic
who died recently.



Our Nation and the world are in need of an outpouring of prayer. All are invited to attend 8:30 a.m. Mass on the First Saturday, January 5th. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will follow until 10:00 a.m. Jesus hears our prayers and nothing is impossible with Him.



Pat Kelly and Theresa Vallez
Ted Kessler and Gina Pasquinelli
David Niz and Sarah Scannel


New Year’s Day
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Tuesday, January 1, 2001
9:00 a.m. Only

The Parish Office will be closed
Tuesday, January 1st.


January 9, 2002

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 Jan. 9th.

Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items can be donated. We appreciate all your help.


Scripture Classes will resume on Wed. Jan. 16th at 7:30 p.m. in the convent Chapel. We will study the Book of Genesis.

All are welcome. Please call 589-2800 if you intend to come so that we can order the books in time.


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An Introduction to
World Religions
(Video Series)

Sunday Eves 6:30pm - 8:30pm
(Following 5:30pm Mass)

Hennessey Hall

Light Meal Served with Soda / Coffee

January 13, 2002 Islam
January 20, 2002 Protestantism
January 27, 2002 Judaism
February 10, 2002 Buddhism
February 17, 2002 Hinduism

This video series is an invitation to marvel at and learn from the various religions of the world. Religions center their power where cultures are most distinct - places like Rome, Benares, Jerusalem and Mecca. We invite you to join us on Sunday evenings for a light meal, video and short discussion.



If you are planning to be away this Holiday season, you can check with 1-800-Mass Times (1-800-627-7846) or internet at www.Massti to check on Church locations, Mass times and telephone numbers in the area you will be visiting.


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TUESDAY, January 1st
New Year’s Day
Mass at 9:00 a.m.
Office closed

Wednesday, January 2nd
7:30 -9 p.m. Bible Study....Convent Chapel

Thursday, January 3rd
7:30-9 p.m. youth....Hall
7 - 9 pm, RCIA.....Convent Chapel

Saturday, January 5th
9-20 a.m. Eucharistic Adoration....Church

Sunday, January 6th
10 - 11:30, Fil/Am Choir.....Hall

The Parish Office will be closed Tuesday ,January 1st


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The Office of Ethnic Ministries invites you to Christmas Around the World: A celebration of the Cultural Diversity of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, to be held at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Gough and Geary Streets, on Sunday, January 6, 2002, at 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., involving the different ethnic groups in the Archdiocese. The program has three parts: PRELITURGY featuring Posadas/Panunuluyan (Filipino counterpart of Posadas) , other cultural rites and symbols, and multicultural choir; MULTICULTURAL LITURGY; and CULTURAL PROGRAM AND INTERNATIONAL FOOD FEST. No entrance fee. Everyone is invited. For more information, call (415) 614-557-4175.



The Maltese Cross Foundation is proud to announce its seventh annual Vella-Dankwerth Cultural Scholarship for students of Maltese descent in the San Francisco Bay Area. High school seniors, college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply. Completed applications are due by March 18, 2002. For more information, please contact Janel Dankwerth-Plack (707-591-8878) or Jennifer Dankwerth (650-273-1356).


Confirmation Preparation for Baptized Catholic Adults
(18 years or older who have received First communion)

will be offered
at Serra High School in San Mateo,
7:30-9:30 p.m. Tues, 2/19/02 - 4/30/02;
or at Riordan High School in San Francisco,
7:30-9:30 p.m. Tues, 2/20/02 - 5/1/02;

For information call Father Ring at 650-589-2800
or the Archdiocesan Office of Religious Education and Youth Ministry: 415-614-5652


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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 a 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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Applications for St. Robert School Kindergarten for the 2002-2003 school year will be accepted in the School Office Monday - Friday, January 7th through the 11th, from 9 am to 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, 2002. 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 administration 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 28th. The evening will begin at 7 pm in Church followed by classroom visitations. All are welcome.


While Shopping at Tanforan
You Can Help Our School Win $2,000

If you are shopping at Tanforan, please turn in your receipts either at the Info Booth on the 2nd floor at Tanforan, in the vestibule of the Church, or to the Rectory. For questions or more info Call Linda Cuddy.


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

From Fear to Faith - Jan. 4-16
Recovery Retreat for Women
Msgr. Terry Richey

The Freedom to Respond to God and God’s Grace - Jan. 18-20
Silent Retreat for Men
Fr. Thomas Weston, S.J.

Living in the Presence of God - Jan. 25-27
Silent Ignatian Retreat for Women
Fr. Robert Scholla, S.J.

2300 Adeline Dr.
Burlingame, 94010

Epiphany Light - Jan. 13th, 1:30-5:00pm
In dance and music we will honor these and many illuminations
Carla De Sola; Suzanne Toolan, RSM

Earth’s Crammed with Heaven - Jan. 25-27
An invitation to come apart from the busyness which causes numbness and not noticing.
Patricia Ryan, RSM

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

Reconciliation - Jan. 11-13
Spirituality fora small planet
Fr. Brian Joyce and Dr. Brian Swimme

Francis of Assisi - Jan. 18-20
Towards a spirituality of communion
Regis Armstrong, OFM

Beginning Enneagram - Jan. 19th, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Growing Spiritually
Maurice Monette, M.Div., Ed. D.

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