St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, September 1, 2002

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

September 1, 2002
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Friends,

Tomorrow is our 30th Wedding Anniversary! Reminiscing about our life together, with its ups and downs, we realize that it has been tightly intertwined with each of you - - - our Parish family. We thank you for your love and your support in our ministry here at St. Robert’s.

The words of today’s Psalm are most fitting. We paraphrase them as together we pray:

"Thus have we gazed toward You in the sanctuary to see Your power and Your glory, for Your kindness is a greater good than life; our lips shall glorify You.

You are help, and in the shadow of Your wings, we shout for joy. Our souls cling fast to You; Your right hand upholds us."

Gene and Anna May



Just a reminder about our annual contest for the Parish bulletin from a vacation church you worshiped at during the summer. The prize goes to the family who submits one from the farthest point from St. Robert’s. As you know, I enjoy seeing what is happening at other parishes, so bring them to me even if your vacation destination is the Russian River or Santa Cruz. Drop off your bulletins at the rectory.

Father Ring



Masses will be held at St. Robert’s on Wednesday, September 11th at 6:30am and 9:00am. The 9:00am Mass specifically will be in remembrance of last year’s tragedy.

Also, St. Robert’s is co-sponsoring the Interfaith Service of Remembrance, Healing and Peace with many other northern Peninsula faith communities at Capuchino High School Theater on 9/11 at 7:00pm. More information to follow in next week’s bulletin.


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9/02 Monday 8:30 John P. Murphy †
9/03 Tuesday 6:30
Claudia Jane Segalla †
Ann Gorkich †
9/04 Wednesday 6:30
Mary Esther Gaffney †
Irene Turner †
9/05 Thursday 6:30
Emmanuel Andrew Borg †
Amber Lilly †
9/06 Friday 6:30
Richard DeGraf †
Pia Cattani †
9/07 Saturday 8:30
Special Intention
Lou Perna †
9/08 Sunday 7:30
Marsilia Santarelli †
Bill Wilson †
Ana Kovacevic †
Elio Sarti †
Mary Salvato †

The Parish Office will be closed Monday, September 2nd, in observance of Labor Day. 


23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ezekiel 33:7-9
Romans 13:8-10
Matthew 18:15-20


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"Behind the Scenes"

Any of you who have hosted a dinner or a party at your home knows that a large chunk of "hospitality" happens before guests ever arrive. Bathrooms get cleaned, carpets get vacuumed, toys get put away (and not taken out again, if you’re lucky), meals get prepared, and perhaps even a few decorations or a nice touch of flowers in a vase get put out before everyone arrives. A lot of what goes into hospitality to make a welcoming space happens "behind the scenes."

The same thing is true of hospitality in the house of the Church. Many things are done by maintenance workers, the Martha’s (our Altar Society), sacristans, liturgical environment artists and decorators to make the church building a welcoming space. These are great opportunities for unheralded hospitality ministry especially for quiet, shy, and/or creative people. Teens and even younger brothers and sisters sometimes like these "behind the scenes" ministries because they can contribute in very valuable ways without too much pressure or being the center of attention. Sometimes these ministries are good opportunites for them also because they can fit them into their busy schedules.

I imagine that a lot of prayer and a lot of love happens by people cleaning, decorating, and otherwise preparing the church when all is quiet there. The great task of their ministry is not only to nurture the beauty of our church, but also to anticipate the needs of the worshiping community. Our church is cleaned, prepared by people who care. That’s hospitality! Pat Vallez-Kelly


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Monday, September 2nd
LABOR DAY/Parish Office and School Closed

Tuesday, September 3rd
6:30 - 8 pm, Legion of Mary....Library
7 pm, Back to School Night.....Hall/School
7:30 - 9pm, 5:30 Mass Choir Practice......Church

Wednesday, September 4th
9 - 9:30 am, Consolation Ministry.....Mary’s Chapel
6:30 - 9 pm, Festival Band Practice....Hall
7:30 - 9 pm, Bible Study..... Convent Chapel
7:30 - 9 pm, 10:30 Choir Rehearsal....Church

Thursday, September 5th
7 - 9 pm, RCIA.....Convent Chapel
7:30 - 9 pm, Festival Meeting.....Classroom
7:30 - 9 pm, Youth Group.....Hall

Friday, September 6th
8:30 am, School Mass.....Church
9:30 - 11 am, Bible Study.....Convent Chapel

Saturday, September 7th
9 - 10 am, Eucharistic Adoraration.....Church
9 - 11 am, Parish Council Mtg.....Library
12 Noon, Parish Picnic.....Beckner Shelter

Sunday, September 8th
10 - 11:30 am, Fil/Am Choir......Hall
3:30 - 5:30 pm, Confirmation Class.....Hall


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St. Robert’s web site is:

While out-of-town you can check for nationwide Mass times and locations at (1-800-627-7846) or Internet at

A Catholic Site for Seekers: A new internet ministry from the Franciscans (sponsors of St. Anthony Messenger Press) seeks to help inactive Catholics reconnect with a local Catholic faith community. This site,, offers a special place where inactive Catholics can ask questions, interact with on-line companions, find resources and reconnect with a local parish. This website may also be beneficial for those of you are practicing Catholics.

Website for Catholic Youth: 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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St. Robert’s Elementary School

St. Robert’s Opening School Mass will be on Friday, September 6th, at 8:30 am. All parents are welcome to attend. Back to School Night for parents will be held on Tuesday, September 3rd, at 7:00 pm in Hennessy Hall.

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 to or made available to students at this school. At. Robert School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin, age sex or disablity in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.


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St. Robert’s Religious Education

Registration is now taking place for Religious Education Classes. Classes for K through 5th grades are held on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Classes for 6th graders are held on alternate Tuesday evenings in Hennessy Hall. Classes for 7th & 8th graders are held in the evenings in Teacher’s homes. Classes for 9th graders are held on alternate Tuesdays evenings in Hennessy Hall. Classes for 10th graders (Confirmation) are held on the 1st Sunday of the month. For more information or to register, please call the Religious Ed Office at 588-0477.

Sister Mary has a few openings for teachers in Religious Education Kindergarten through 5th grade on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. If interested please call her at 588-0677. 


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Our St. Vincent de Paul Society is in need of peanut butter & jelly, canned stew, "CANNED FRUIT", canned ham, tuna fish, canned pasta, coffee & hot chocolate. Please bring items to the Rectory.

Catholic Worker House in San Bruno is in need of canned meat (especially Spam), fresh fruit, cereal, razors and sugar. Please bring items to the Rectory.


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As a Parish Community, we pray...For the safety of all who travel during this holiday weekend, for children returning to school and for their parents and teachers. May the Holy Spirit enlighten them and lead them in the footsteps of Jesus.



Evan Makana Sliger &
Lucia Mary Lise Mayor-Mora



Suzanne Thai & Victor Martinez



We pray for the ill: Sharon Aiello, Marilyn Arancibia, Robert Bacci, 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, Henry Fosson, Fred Gaedeke, Denise Hawald, Joanne Johnson, Koret Koelman, Muriel Krause, Abelardo Landin, Josephine Lavoie, Greg Lille, Marky, Daniel McHale, Rosemary McHale, Jeanne McHugh, Terry McLeod, Josefina Mercado, Sal Milizio, Catherine Murtagh, Louis Ricardo, Doris Ross, Pauline Speranza, Kari Stellino and Don Vickery.

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 families of
Larry Gerboni & Lois Feltre
who died recently. 



On Saturday, September 7th, and on each First Saturday of the month, we are privileged to celebrate Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, following the 8:30 am Mass and continuing till 10:00 am. This is an opprtunity to slip away from our often hectic lives and spend an hour with Jesus. He is waiting and always ready to give us His undivided, loving attention.


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Building for a New Century

Pledge/Gifts as of August 23rd $1,590,418.25

Cash received to date


The Parish Office will be closed Monday, September 2nd, in observance of Labor Day. 


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Come join us for the "First" Womens Guild meeting on Sept. 9th. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at 7:15 p.m. Reservations are a must. Please call Mary Alvergue.



Plans are being made for this year’s annual parish festival:  

"Under Construction"

which will be on September 27th, 28th and 29th, 2002, and, as always, the Barbecue and Food Booths are in need of your help. Several people are needed to work in these two very popular booths and everyone from the parish is welcome to help. Most shifts are for two hours, but you can work for as many hours as you would like and on all three days if you wish.

This year’s menu will include those all time favorites: delicious barbecued tri-tip steak sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, polish sausages, Domino’s Pizza, nachos, soft drinks, candy and much more.

If you can help in any way, please contact Louise and Ray Downs.


We have over 25 food and game booths that need to be manned. The schudle is 2 hour slots at a time. It’s a fun event for the entire family! Please call Mars Cadiz for more infor or to sign-up!


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We welcome you into our Parish!

Cindy Brown & Family
Alonzo & Brijit Lopez & 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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