St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, September 29, 2002

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

September 29, 2002
Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners,

One night last week I took a stroll up Oak Street to the convent chapel to meet a few of the new RCIA participants. As I passed by the church, family and friends of a soon-to-be bride and groom were milling about, laughing and talking, having just finished the rehearsal for their wedding. Plenty of smiles there. Moving on up the hill ("Puff, puff, — man, I gotta get in shape!"), I noticed that the parking lot was half full (as opposed to half empty). "Something’s happening around here," I thought. I reached the school and heard the boog-a-loo of a John Fogarty tune coming from Hennessy Hall. A group of school parents—we could call them "The New Mamas and the Papas"—were rehearsing for a special gala performance at the Festival. Sounds real good! More smiles. Finally, I drop into the chapel, seeing plenty of new faces and already familiar faces. You could feel the excitement and nervous energy around the new RCIA seekers, the RCIA team, and former participants who had returned to the cozy little room where so much that is holy happens. Again, smiles. I could have been Ricardo Montalban on "Fantasy Island" walking around saying, "Smiles, everyone, smiles!"

New beginnings—weddings, inquiry into Faith—and celebrations—Festival, weddings (again!)—are good signs of life. This weekend, we have a big Festival celebration. It’s amazing what some hard-working people can do on a site next to a construction site. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who has made this year’s Festival a success.

Next weekend, we have a big new beginning. If you haven’t already heard, be advised that the weekend Mass schedule is changing to:

Saturday 4:30pm
Sunday 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am, 5:00pm

That’s a significant new beginning for us, but with such Spirit here, I hope each and every Eucharist will also be a significant celebration for us, no matter what time it’s at. (Although I also hope we can all celebrate on time!)

St. Robert’s shows good signs of life: new membership, celebration, change, and smiles. Next Sunday also happens to be "Respect Life Sunday." Let’s not only respect all life—especiallly human life—but also cherish it. Thank You, Life-Giving Spirit of God, for the life we enjoy and through which we struggle. Amen.

Pat Vallez-Kelly


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9/30 Monday 6:30
Anne Pistorio †
Tammy Zapata †
10/01 Tuesday 6:30
All Fathers
Dr. John Caretto †
10/02 Wednesday 6:30
Ted Frease †
Peg Cerri †
10/03 Thursday 6:30
Janet Gaines †
Fidel & Elisea Teodoro †
10/04 Friday 6:30
George Mitchell †
Dorothy Yoggerst †
10/05 Saturday 8:30
Paul & Rosina Vella †
Abraham & Josephine Vella †
10/06 Sunday 7:30
Mocelin & Emilio Families †
Mary Salvato †
People of St. Robert's &
Joseph McClelland
Mary Salvato †

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 5:1-7
Philippians 4:6-9
Matthew 21:33-43


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to join a choir at St. Robert’s.

Rehearsals for Christmas are already underway!!

Be like a Who from Whoville
and join in the singing.
Call for rehearsal times:

Kevin Imbimbo - 589-2800
Manny Ortiz - 589-2800
Pat Vallez-Kelly - 589-2800 



Presenting civil and military service uniforms and other symbols were St. Robert’s students (from l. to r.) Danica Smerdel, John Cuddy, Aaron Thompson, Laura Getzler, Daniel Lara, and Jusin Mullady. (Photo by Dick Epting)

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As a Parish Community, We Pray...For parents who pray for the spiritual, emotional, physical and mental welfare of their children. May they never give up; but put their trust in our Loving Father.



Diego David Quintana,
Jessica Angelina Jimenez &
Grant Lane Dincel



Eileen Debartolone & Carlos Ku



We pray for the ill: Sharon Aiello, Marilyn Arancibia, Robert Bacci, Bastiaan Blumenthal, Marcia Bourne, Ann Burns, Arthur Candia, Josie Clarke, Nan Connolly, Zenaida Cortez, Ana Cosgaya, Imelda Daly, Walton & June Dickhoff, Sandra & William Dill, Carl Edwards, Adela Florez, Henry Fosson, Fred Gaedeke, Jesse Grube, 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, William Wegman & 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
Peter Antonini and Yasmeen Mifsud
who died recently.



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. Let us know how things turn out so that we can praise God for His faithfulness.



Throughout the month of October, to the left of our sanctuary, you will see a banner with a red rose imprinted upon it. The rose symbolizes God’s gift of life to us. It reminds us that human life, at all its stages, is precious and deserves respect. Our banner will help us to affirm the goodness of God’s creating by valuing the unborn; providing for the poor; rooting out the cause of violence and war; ending the death penalty and protecting the elderly, infirm and terminally ill. We pray that God will give us the strength and wisdom to truly love life.



Do you have a need to spend a little time in prayer? On Saturday, October 5th, and on every first Saturday of each month, St. Robert’s celebrates exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, following the 8:30 am Mass and continuing until 10:00 am. We have this opportunity to sit in the presence of Jesus and experience His comfort, love and peace.



A simple, interesting 8 week Session on the Living Gosepls. At the convent Chapel Tuedays: 9:15 a.m - 10:45 a.m. beginning on Tuesday, October 1st. All are welcome.



With the help of Deacon Duffey we will be having the annual Blessing of the Animals in honor of the Feast of St. Francis on Saturday, October, 5th, at 10:30 a.m. in the church parking lot. All of God’s creatures are welcome, no matter how large or small. We will have refreshments for both man and beast.




All Boys and Girls, 7th grade and above, are invited to become altar servers at St. Robert’s Parish. If you are interested and haven’t yet filled out an applicaiton form, please call Gene May or Anna May May as soon as possible. Those who have received application forms are asked to fill them out and return them to the rectory immediately. Thank you

Gene May


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Albertson Community Card. If you shop there and need a card please call Linda Cuddy.

EScrip...If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so. Our group number is 137045398. Check it out on line - 


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Mass times are:

Saturday Vigil at 4:30 p.m.

7:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
5:00 p.m.


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We welcome you into our Parish!

Michael & Kristin Timmons & Family
Christopher & Gabriele Bugler & Family
James & Shelley Dunn & 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.

The following parishioners have recently moved from St. Robert’s:
Mr. & Mrs. John Pericic

We wish them much happiness in their new location. 


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Tuesday, October 1st
3:30 - 4:30 pm, Religious Ed.....Church
3:30 - 8 pm, Religious Ed.....Hall
6:30 - 8 pm, Legion of Mary....Library
7:30 - 9pm, 5:30 Mass Choir Practice......Church

Wednesday, October 2nd
9 - 9:30 am, Consolation Ministry.....Mary’s Chapel
6:30 - 8 pm, Religious Ed....Hall
7:30 - 9 pm, 10:30 Choir Practice....Church
7:30 - 9 pm, Bible Study..... Convent Chapel

Thursday, October 3rd
3:30 - 4:30 pm, Religious Ed.....Church
3:30 - 8 pm, Religious Ed.....Hall
7 - 9 pm, RCIA.....Convent Chapel
7:30 - 9 pm, Youth Group.....Teen Room
7:30 pm, Parish Planning Committee.....Library

Friday, October 4th
9:30 - 11 am, Bible Study.....Convent Chapel
3 - 4:30 pm, Cheerleading.....Hall

Saturday, October 5th
9 - 10 am, Eucharistic Adoration.....Church
11 - 2, Teens.....Hall

Sunday, October 6th
10 - 11:30 am, Fil/Am Choir.....Hall
3:30 - 5:30 pm, Confirmation Class.....Hall


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"AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE..." A Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend can help increase your intimacy and unity. Register by Oct. 1 for the Nov. 1-3 weekend. Contact Jerry and Caridad Komp, 650-573-8295.


and the Second Vatican Council

On Thursday, October 10th, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Ignatius Church at the University of San Francisco, the eve of the 40th Anniversary of the commencement of the Second Vatican Council, you are invited to hear Father Richard McBrien explore the legacy of John XXIII and the history and accomplishments of the Second Vatican Council. What are the challenges and obstacles facing us, the contemporary church, to bring about the dream and the vision of Vatican II?



Are you, or is someone you know, separated, divorced or widowed? The Divorce Recovery Course will be offered by the Separated and Divorced Catholics of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. It provides a chance to understand the emotional journey begun with the loss of a marriage and will be held Oct. 6 through Nov. 17 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, 451 Eucalyptus, San Francisco on Sundays at 7:00 p.m. The cost of $45 includes book and materials. For more information, call Vonnie at (650) 873-4236 or Jeannie at (650) 592-2164.



A time for young adult Catholics to come together

6th Annual Conference for singles and couples in their 20’s and 30’s. Topic is, God: A Really BIG Issue, Where is God in the Story of Our Lives?, Sat., Oct. 19th at USF in the McLaren Center ( 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.). Only $50 if register by Oct. 4th. Fee includes keynote by Sr. Christine Wilcox, OP, exhibits, three workshops, Mass with Bishop John C. Wester at St. Ignatius, dinner and dance. To receive registration material: contact (415) 614-5594 or Don’t miss this great opportunity to celebrate with other young adults!

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