St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, January 13, 2002

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

January 13, 2002
Baptism of the Lord


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Dear Parishioners,

The story of the birth of Jesus has come to a close. The tree and decorations are down. Soon the manger figures will be safely stored. The New Year is well underway. Even our Scriptures are taking on a more serious note. Today’s readings signify an ending and a beginning. We welcome the start of Ordinary Time with the account of the Baptism of Jesus. His Baptism was a defining moment in his life: it marked the beginning of His public mission. As we celebrate this feast we are reminded of our own baptism. The ceremony of baptism is a beautiful one. In it we are formally given a name and welcomed into the family of God’s people. From a spiritual point of view, baptism is the greatest thing that can happen to us.

To be baptized is to be christened, that is, to be made like Christ.

But this does not happen automatically. One has to continually work at what it means to be a Christian, and to grow into it through prayer. This is the task of a lifetime.

The feast of the Baptism of Jesus also marks the beginning of National Vocation Awareness Week. Let us unite in prayer during this coming week that many young men and women may choose to answer God’s call to the consecrated life, and in particular to our Presentation Congregation. We need women who will continue to Light the Lantern and keep the flame of Nano Nagle, our Foundress alive.

Sister Mary


Ever-Faithful God, You have called us and graced us through our baptism to continue the mission of your beloved Son, Jesus. Open us to listen to your call and empower us to witness to the gospel with courage.

Inspire women and men to follow the path of service. Together may we build up the Church as a living and vibrant sign of your presence in our world.

We offer this prayer in the name of your beloved Son, Jesus.



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1/14 Monday 6:30
William Scollin †
Dr. Ursula Dietrich †
1/15 Tuesday 6:30
Joseph Donnelley †
Fortunato & Josie Moresco †
1/16 Wednesday 6:30
Margarita Tijerino †
Jeffrey Fontana †
1/17 Thursday 6:30
Nicholas Ivancovich †
John P. Murphy †
1/18 Friday 6:30
Rodolfo Alfredo Coaquira †
Joseph McKeever †
1/19 Saturday 8:30
Harry Boyer †
Frances McGovern †
1/20 Sunday 7:30
Thomas & Mary Ann Begley †
Albert Caccia †
Emmy Michelini †
Manuel Falzon †
People of St. Robert's


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


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"Lay Liturgical Ministry"

In a couple of weeks we, the parish of St. Robert’s, will celebrate Eucharist and an Evening of Recognition for the many, many adult liturgical ministers who serve at Mass in different ways each week. In addition to priests and deacons and our faithful young altar servers, "liturgical ministry" includes eucharistic ministers, lectors, ushers, greeters, choir members, cantors and other liturgical musicians, sacristans, decorators and liturgical artists. Among others, they are people with generous hearts who meet the responsibilities of serving the needs of 1600 people at 6 masses each weekend. As a parish family, it is right to give thanks and praise to these people whose ministry feeds our souls and the life of the Church. I hope many parishioners will be able to attend 4:30pm Mass on Saturday, January 26th in thanksgiving for our many liturgical ministers.

Without making light of the special services liturgical ministers offer to the Church, we should also remember that, in a way, we are all liturgical ministers. Every baptized Catholic Christian who comes to Mass has certain rights and responsibilities. You have seen it written here before: We all have the right and responsibility to "full, conscious, and active participation" in whatever Sunday Mass, reconciliation service, baptism, wedding, or funeral we attend. Clara Dina Hinojosa, a staff member of the Diocese of Kansas City, writes about full participation:

Being fully engaged in the liturgy involves more than being present at the liturgy. It requires offering one’s entire self to the service of worship. It is sheer self-offering which reflects an alignment of one’s self with the continual self-offering of Jesus to the Father. Although a prevailing and consumeristic attitude is"What do I get out of the liturgy" the critical questions must be "What do I give to the liturgy? How is my self-offering a sign of worship?" P. V.-K.


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As a Parish Community, we Pray...
That all who have died and risen with Christ in the waters of Baptism might protect and defend the Gospel of life, proclaimed by His death and rising for us.



The Poinsettias decorating our church were donated by:

Olga Aiello, in memory of Mary Kuczka and Tod Aiello
Rob & Cathy Aveson, in memory of Pat Forbush and Catherine Oron
Marie Bacigalupi, in memory of Andrew Bacigalupi
J.J. Bible, in memory of O. Barbara Bible
Ramona Bordin, in memory of Alfred Bordin
Vicky Borg, in memory of Emmanuel Borg
Larry & Laverne Buller, in memory of Our Parents
Evelyn Calhoun, in memory of Philip Calhoun
Mr. & Mrs. John Carollo, in memory of the Ronzaui Family and the Carollo Family
Rose Deferville, in memory of Roy John Deferville
Walton & June Dickhoff, in memory of Mr. & Mrs. Herman Dickhoff and Mr. & Mrs. Walter Rentmeester
Ida Dombrowiak, in memory of her husband Marion and her son James
Jean Dominguez, in memory of Jeffery Dominguez
Maryanne & Dave Dornlas, in memory of Dora Morris
Alice Foster, in memory of her sister Virginia
Frances Friedman, in memory of Stanley Friedman
Jerry & Peggy Gaffney, in memory of The Gaffneys & The Harveys
Carol & Joe Galletta, in memory of Adele Galletta and Nino Tonelli
Dolores Gardner, in memory of Sharon Gardner
Lori & Jessi Gutierrez, in memory of Art Durgin
Will & Roxanne Hannan, in memory of Bill Hannan
Evelyn Hart, in memory of Edward Hart and the Galluzzo Family
Lynn Javier, in memory of Marcial Alcazar & Vivien Nacauili
Esther J. Keck, in memory of John G. Keck, IV
Peggy Kellogg, in memory of Kathleen Sullivan
Kent Family, in memory of Herb Kent & Tom Galvin
Kitchin Family, in memory of Isabelle Cardinale
Betty Leahy & Family, in memory of Timothy P. Leahy
Albert & Rita Lille, in memory of Noelle Lille and Nora Ensor
Rosemarie Mailhiot, in memory of Al Mailhiot
Helen Mantler, in memory of Ed Mantler and Jeaness McKenna
Florence Martinez, in memory of Diana Martinez
Tina Marty, in honor of Leola Marty & Family
Dan & Marie Mattroce, in memory of Stephen, Nonie, Dettie
Karen Mayers, in memory of George Mayers
Jerry & Kathy Moller, in memory of Catherine Pietschman and Mini Faltersack
Lori, Chilo, Sara, & Danny Morales, in memory of Bill Wilson and in honor of Sharon Wilson
Diane Murphy, in memory of Phil Murphy and Noreen Hastings
Peg Niehuser, in memory of James O’Brien & Barney Niehuser
Carlo & Marie Noce, in memory of Nina Caterini, and Ray & Josephine Pardini
Dorothy & Joey Nocito, in memory of Joe Nocito
Hilda Psaila, in memory of George R. Psaila
Mrs. Elvira Ronzani, in memory of Ernest Ronzani
Paul, Linda, & Michael Ruggiero, in memory of Bruna Giorgi
Olga Samuelson, in memory of Robert Samuelson
Barbara Shean, in memory of Russell & Helen Shean
Marie A. Spinetti, in memory of Mario & Theresa Spinetti
Rita Strehl, in memory of Bill Strehl
The Testa Family, in memory of Margaret Testa
The Tuhacek Family, in memory of George & Alice Tuhacek and Ernest and James Pruckner
Bob & Jean Waldvogel, in memory of Adolph Fambrini
The Whooley Family, in memory of Robert Owen and Maud & Dennis Whooley



Aldayir Urzua



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, Pauline Speranza, Kari Stellino, Don Vickery, George Jones & 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
Mary Ann Gilbrech
who died recently.


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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.


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.



We wish to extent our sincere gratitude to every parishioner who contributed to the children’s "Giving Tree". This year we were able to give almost 400 gifts to ACRC, AIDS Community Research Consortium in Redwood City. They were in desperate need of gifts for the many families they serve. Santa’s favorite helpers also delivered $400.00 worth of gift certificates to Catholic Worker Hospitality House in San Bruno.

A special note of thanks to Ben Baldonado and Bob Baker who devoted many hours to collecting, sorting and distributing all the gifts. A great big "Thank You" for all the behind-the-scenes work that they do as part of the Children’s Liturgy Team.

MaryAnn Saisi,
Children’s Liturgy



A Spiritual Day of Retreat for those grieving the loss of a loved one

For those suffering the loss of a loved one, finding the strength to move through the grief can be a struggle. Yet moving on to a place of healing is a necessary transition for living fully. Using the gift of prayer and ritual can be a powerful tool in transforming pain into peace.

Presenter: Barbara Elordi, Grief Care Program Coordinator Catholic Charities to be held at the Convent at St. Robert’s Saturday, January 26th, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Eucharistic Liturgy will be a part of this day

The fee is $10.00. Call Barbara Elordi at (415) 564-7882 for registration and further information.



St. Jude’s Ranch for Children in Nevada is a nonprofit, non-sectarian 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.



Monday, January 14th
1:30 - 3 pm, Cheerleading.....Hall
6 - 10 pm, Women’s Guild.....Hall
7:30 - 8:30 pm, St. Vincent de Paul.....Library

Ttuesday, January 15th
3:30 - 8:15 pm, Religious Education.....Hall
6:30 - 8 pm, Legion of Mary.....Library
7 - 9 pm, Building Campaign.....Convent Chapel

Wednesday, January 16th
4:30 - 6 pm, Cheerleading.....Hall
7 - 8:30 pm, 8th Gr. Practice.....Hall
7:30 - 9 pm, Bible Study.....Convent Chapel

Thursday, January 17th
7 - 8:30 pm, Religious Education/2nd grade Parent Meeting.....Hall
7 - 9 pm, RCIA.....Convent Chapel
7:30 - 9 pm, School Board Mtg.....6th Gr. Classroom

Saturday, January 19th
9 - Noon, Parish Council.....Library
6 - 11 pm, In-Betweener’s.....Hall

Sunday, January 20th
10 - 11:30, Fil/Am Choir.....Hall


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(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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St. Robert School will hold its annual Open House on Monday, January 28th. The evening will begin at 7pm in Church, followed by classroom visitations. All are welcome.



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 or on line at or check the vestibule for more information. Our Group number is 137045398. If you shop at Albertson’s, we have a free Community Card that you simply show the cashier, and Albertson’s gives 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.


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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Archdiocesan Day of Prayer for World Peace
Thursday, January 24

Archbishop Levada calls upon us to pray for peace! Some of the special events of January 24th will be:

  • 12:15 Mass for Peace at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, Vallejo at Columbus St. in SF
  • 2pm Symposium at USF, with the topic of interfaith dialogue and understanding as a way toward peace.
  • 7pm Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace, St. Mary’s Cathedral

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2002 Catholic Home Missions Appeal
Strengthening the Church at Home

Today we participate in the Catholic Home Missions Appeal, which strengthens the Church at home by supporting Catholic communities in need. The Appeal helps small parishes to keep their doors open. It provides funding for priests to celebrate Mass in remote towns, so people can receive regular spiritual nourishment from the Eucharist and the Word of God. And it supports religious education programs aimed at deepening adults’ knowledge of their faith, enabling them to pass it on to the next generation. Help strengthen the Church at home. Give generously to the Catholic Home Missions Appeal.


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We welcome you into our parish!

Richard & Kathy DeRenzi and family
John & Phaidra Garcia
Jeremy & Carol Yarwood and family
Anthony & Lissette Bianchi and family
Lisa & Christian Key
Timothy & Jennifer Fuller and family
Katherine Stillwell

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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