St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, January 6, 2002

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

January 6, 2002
Epiphany of the Lord


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Dear Parishioners,


Our experiences are three-dimensional. We tend to sum them up in single sentences. Our way of writing is different from the Gospel writers’ way of writing. We could say, "Our Lord Jesus Christ came through the Jewish people for all the people of the world." The Gospel writers way is to tell the same truth, but, with details to help us know not simply what they knew was true but also how they felt when they knew it. The beloved feast of Epiphany, "Little Christmas" (or, in Ireland, the Christmas of the Women (they didn’t have to cook that day)) is a vivid example of this. It is like HONEST and effective advertising: not simply the truth about the "product" but a presentation that gives you a hint of what it is like to have it.

Each year brings its own vivid experiences. As we let go of the old year and embrace the New, may we experience the compassionate love of Our Lord as our companion on the way.

Father Morris



Dear Parishioners,

On behalf of the priests of St. Robert’s, thank you very much for your many cards, cookies, candy and prayers this Christmas. Your kindness to us is very much appreciated.

Your generosity to the Parish this Christmas again showed your commitment to our Parish mission of bringing the message of Christ to our world today. As of this time, $39,379.96 was given.

In the middle of January, I will begin to give you more information concerning BUILDING FOR A NEW CENTURY. I would ask you to pray that we might be successful in this financial endeavor to build a center for youth and adult education.

Fr. Ring


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1/07 Monday 6:30
Ceillie & Jack O'Shaughnessy †
Eleanor Monaghan †
1/08 Tuesday 6:30
Tony Fardella †
June Monaghan †
1/09 Wednesday 6:30
Vigor Mendoza †
Milan Kovacevic †
1/10 Thursday 6:30
Ursula Mendoza †
Albert Spadaro †
1/11 Friday 6:30
Marie Rushe †
Bob Kuczka †
1/12 Saturday 8:30
Charles Agius †
Giarth Klingensmith †
1/13 Sunday 7:30
Judy King †
Gordon Sinks †
Tash McMahon †
People of St. Robert's
James F. Kennedy †

Baptism of the Lord

Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
Acts 10:34-38
Matthew 3:13-17


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Some evils can only be conquered through prayer and fasting. Your prayers are needed! Yes, yours !!! he date has been set: Thursday, January 24. Please put it on your calendar.

What is it?
The Archdiocesan Day of Prayer for World Peace!

At the invitation of our Holy Father, Pope John Paul, religious leaders from around the world will unite in Assisi, Italy to pray. And we are invited by our Archbishop to simultaneously unite in prayer here in the Bay Area for the same cause: peace in our world!

You are welcome and encouraged to participate in the following events on January 24th:

  • 12:15 Mass for Peace at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, Vallejo at Columbus St. in San Francisco.

  • 2pm Symposium at the University of San Francisco, with the topic of Interfaith dialogue and understanding as a means to foster world peace.

  • 7pm Interfaith/Ecumenical Prayer Service for Peace, at St. Mary’s Cathedral, with readings from sacred scriptures representing the participating faith traditions, choral music and prayers offered by various religious leaders.

This is serious. You will be hearing more about this Day of Prayer in the next few weeks. Please read about it in Catholic San Francisco

And Pray for Peace. Pray for Peace. Pray for Peace.


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As a Parish Community, we Pray...
That peace will come to our troubled world. May we respond to the cries of those driven from their homes by poverty, famine, violence and war.



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 families of
Adlai "Eli" Aquino,
Dorothy Muscat (mother of Ida Aquilina), and
Pauline Muscat

who died recently.


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.



I want to thank the many volunteers of St. Vincent de Paul: Sandy Mangold, Paul Carroll, Bill & Nancy Curtis, Gerry Huddleston, Nancy McMahon, Carlo & Marie Noce, Bill Root, Janet Aldinger, Pat Mooney, and Sophia Chester. A HUGE THANK YOU to Bruce Chester, who sorted food into bags with each person’s name and their children’s ages and gifts systematically located on tables in our garage. Each volunteer pulls their car into the driveway and loads the car. Our Christmas was a "toughie" as mother nature didn’t know we were delivering all the goods that Saturday morning and provided quite a "rain storm"....nobody melted!

To the many parishioners who gave us food and checks for scrip, the many presents provided by the "In-Betweener’s", and the presents from Rob Aveson’s Christmas tree in the vestibule: We delivered to 24 families, comprised of 30 adults and 50 children. We even delivered a few Christmas trees. Missing from the above was Bunny Moniz....get well Bunny!

Thanks again,
—Wally Mooney
President, St. Vincent de Paul of St. Robert’s


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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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An Introduction to
World Religions
(Video Series)

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

Hennessy 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.


Saturday, March 2, 2002

Mark your calendars for the St. Robert’s Women’s Guild Dinner and Dance. This year we will enter the Caribbean zone at the Marriott Hotel in Burlingame. You won’t want to miss the fun.


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Monday, January 7th
1:30 - 3 pm, Cheerleading.....Hall
5 - 10 pm, Men’s Club.....Hall

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

Wednesday, January 9th
9 - 9:30 am, Grief Support....Mary’s Chapel
3 - 4 pm, 8th Gr. Practice.....Hall
4:30 - 6 pm, Cheerleading.....Hall

Thursday, January 10th
3:30 - 4:30 pm, Religious Education.....Hall
7 - 9 pm, RCIA.....Convent Chapel
7:30 - 9 pm, Fil/Am.....Hall
7:30 - 9 pm, Parish Planning Committee.....Library

Friday, January 11th
3:30 - 4:45 pm, Cheerleading.....Hall
7 - 8:30 pm, 8th Gr. Practice.....Hall

Sunday, January 12th
10 - 11:30, Fil/Am Choir.....Hall


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St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in Nevada is a nonprofit, nonsectarian home for abandoned and neglected children. They earn money by pasting the cards fronts onto new cards. Help needy Kids and the environment, too!. Please drop your used card fronts at the rectory, and we will be happy to forward them for you.

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: PRE-LITURGY featuring Posadas/Panunuluyan (Filipino counterpart of Posadas) , other cultural rites and symbols, and multicultural choir; MULTI-CULTURAL 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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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.


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

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 thebusyness which causes numbness and not noticing.
Patricia Ryan, RSM

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

Reconciliation - Jan. 11-13
Spirituality for a 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.

Married Couples Retreat - Feb. 1-3
Two Become One
Barry Brunsman, OFM and Carol Kaplan, MFT

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