St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, November 3, 2002

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

November 3, 2002
Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners,

This past Summer, while Theresa and I were visiting my family in St. Louis, we spent our evenings out in the warm(hot), balmy(humid), Missouri air. As the summer sun sets in St. Louis, fireflies come out from their hiding places and, like little shooting stars in your own backyard, begin to dart about. I don’t know if these glowworms glow during the day, but it takes the dark of night for their light to really be seen.

These winter months, with their newly darkened evenings, are times when the light of people’s goodness often shines the brightest. Hopefully, we might be able to spend a few more hours at home with family and friends, for no other reason than to just be family and friends. Sure, it’s a romantic notion, but it’s not bad. These are the days of giving and sharing. Let your lights shine.

We wish a good vacation to Fr. Ring, who leaves this week for New Zealand. It’s moving toward summertime there, you know. (Did you ever think that half the world celebrates Christmas in the middle of Summer, and Easter in their autumn days?) Have a good time, Father!

We also have warm wishes for the Grownups who host their Communion Luncheon today, and for the Fil-Am Group who hosts their elegant Dinner Dance this Saturday, November 9th. Here’s hoping bellies and hearts are filled with what fills them best.

Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday! We all still have a few days to read the propositions and check out candidates positions. Voting with justice and the dignity of all people in mind is one of our most effective ways of walking our talk—of giving more than "lip service" to our hopes of building the Reign of God.

Finally, don’t let the light of the memory of your deceased loved ones flicker and fade. Bring a photo, prayer card, or other memento to one of our Remembrance Shrines for the month of November. "Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. Amen."

Pat Vallez-Kelly


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Every Sunday we stand as we hear it —- we sing alleluia (except during Lent) as we anticipate it —- we are greeted by the minister who proclaims it.

"The Lord be with you" he says —- "And also with you" we answer. But then, a shift: "A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew" —- Glory to you O Lord!

We are no longer in dialogue with the minister, we acknowledge now that it is the Lord who announces His Good News —- it is the Lord who proclaims liberty and healing, justice and forgiveness. It is the Christ Himself who proclaims the Gospel in our midst, and bids us to rejoice in the Good News which is to shape our lives.

We go forth to speak gospel words, and to do gospel deeds —- to be Christ’s Good News for a world so much in need. Glory be to you O Lord, Glory to you!

-Father Tom


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Monday - November 4
Readings: Phil 2:1-4 Lk 14:12-14

Mass Intention
All Souls †
Joaquin Aguimatang †
Men's Club 6:30p Hall
Tuesday - November 5
Readings: Phil 2:5-11 Lk 14:15-24
Mass Intention 6:30
All Souls †
Pauline Muscat †
Bible Study
Religious Education
Legion of Mary
Choir Practice
Convent Chapel
Hall & Church
Wednesday - November 6
Readings: Phil 2:12-18 Lk 14:25-33
Mass Intention 6:30
Jose Mercado †
All Souls †
Consolation Ministry
7th Gr. Cheerleaders
Bible Study
Choir Rehearsal
Mary's Chapel
Convent Chapel

Thursday - November 7
Readings: Phil 3:3-8 Lk 15:1-10

Mass Intention 6:30
All Souls †
Frank Fenech †
Religious Education
Parish Planning Com.
Youth Group
Hall & Church
Convent Chapel

Friday - November 8
Readings: Phil 3:17-4:1 Lk 16:1-8

Mass Intention 6:30
All Souls †
Souls of Legionnaires †
8th Gr. Cheerleading 3:00p Hall

Saturday - November 9
Readings: Ez 47:1-12 1Cor 3:9-17 Jn 2:13-22

Mass Intention 8:30
All Souls †
In Thanksgiving
Fil-Am Dinner Dance 6:30p Offsite

Sunday - November 10
Readings: Wis 6:12-16 1Thes 4:13-18 Mt 25:1-13

Mass Intention 7:30
All Souls †
Bill Wilson †
People of St. Robert's &
Virginia Teodoro †
Maria Giordano †
Fil-Am Choir 10:00a Hall

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As a Parish Community, We Pray...For our Nation...May we elect leaders who will serve with justice, integrity, compassion and work unceasingly to bring peace to every nation, race, people and tongue.



Summer Hannah Ferris,
Casey James Steffen,
Chloe Marie Thibault,
Jadalyn Chalone Eagens &
Emily Judith Scannell



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, Joyce Flax, Adela Florez, Henry Fosson, Fred Gaedeke, Jesse Grube, Gladys Haff, 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, Thomas O’Brien, Louis Ricardo, Bill Reilly, 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. 



During the month of November St. Robert’s will honor deceased friends and family at Remembrance Shrines in the church. Please bring a photo, prayer card, or other memento to place at the shrines. Treasured items should be marked with a name and phone number so they can be returned at the end of the month. Questions?? Call Pat Vallez-Kelly at 589-2800.



Alice Foster (Mrs. Bobby R. Foster) has current information from the U.S. Bishops Conference to raise awareness of our society’s tendency to disregard human lives at important, vulnerable stages: pre-born, terminally ill, and elderly incapacitated. There is also information for helpful counseling for pregnant women and for those who have had an abortion.



As we prepare to thank our God for all good things, let our hearts go out to our sisters and brothers who are less fortunate than we. Many find it difficult to feed, shelter and clothe their families. Baskets for your gifts of NON-PERISHABLE FOOD have been placed on the altar steps. Our St. Vincent de Paul Society will see to it that members of our parish family in need will be touched by our compassion and love.




(Frequently Asked Questions)

A look at questions about worship, liturgy, and the sacraments.

Wednesdays, 2:30-2:55pm
Mary’s Chapel (Middle Church)

Nov. 6   Three ways to help your children participate in Mass.
Nov. 13 Why the different colors of the vestments?
Nov. 20 Why do some people bow and some people genuflect?



The Adult Choir singing at the 9:30 Mass is seeking those interested in joining us in raising our voices in praise. We will be rehearsing music for Advent and Christmas soon and would love to invite new members to help us make these seasons truly joyous! Our rehearsals are on Wednesday from 7:00-9:00PM and we gather at 9:00 AM on Sunday to warm-up. Although we welcome you to join us throughout the year, we would be happy for you to sing for Nov. and Dec. in preparation for Christmas. We are planning a Midnight Mass with a brass quartet and much beautiful and festive music.

For more information or to join us, contact Kevin Imbimbo, or just come by the organ console and see me after Mass.


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Our St. Vincent de Paul Society is in need of the trimmings for Thanksgiving Meals (cranberry, ingredients for stuffing, etc.)


Trimmings only. Please bring items to the Rectory.



Catholic Worker House in San Bruno is in need of socks, pasta, cooking oil, laundry volunteers (once a week or once a month-call 827-0706). Please bring items to the Rectory.

to all the good people at St. Roberts Church for your support of our work with those in need in our community, as always its both helpful and appreciated.

-Catholic Worker House



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 NOVEMBER 13th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items can be donated.

We appreciate all your help. 


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Building for a New Century

Pledge/Gifts as of October 25th

Cash received to date


*This figure is adjusted down by $33,050.00 because of moving and changes in circumstances.


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Sr. Ita wishes to thank very sincerely all who helped to make her Boutique such a success - Those who donated items for sale, those who priced them, those who helped to set up, those who worked so tirelessly at the sale and Silent Auction, and those who helped to tidy up. It was a great community effort.

God Bless you all



The Grownups Communion Buffet Luncheon will be held THIS Sunday, November 3rd, after the 11:30 a.m. Mass. Reservations can also be made by calling Lillian Fazio, Dorothy Branch, or Vera Hannon.



The Filipino-American Group will be holding their annual Dinner Dance on Saturday, November 9th. Dance tickets and raffle tickets will be sold at the entrance to the church after all Masses this weekend.



Craft Night: The Women’s Guild Craft Night/Dinner Meeting will be on Monday, November 18th. Anyone interested in selling their crafts, please call Mary Alvergue.


We also call upon Catholic voters to use their voting privilege to reflect a choice of candidates who respect and sustain the dignity of all human life. Such choices make clear to all candidates that life issues are a determining factor in our voting decisions...

Exercisng the right to vote is not only a moral obligation, but also should be a manifestation of our faith. As Catholics we must commit ourselves to carry the values of the Gospel and Church teaching into the public square.

—"Statement on Voting." Catholic Bishops of New Jersey (Oct. 22. 2001)



A Day of Spiritual Retreat for those who are Grieving the Loss of a Loved One is being offered on Saturday, November 16th, at St. Veronica’s, South San Francisco from 9:30 - 2:30 p.m. Please call Barbara Elordi MDF, Catholic Charities Grief Care Program Coordinator, at (415) 564-7882 for reservations and further information.



Archbishop Riordan High School Open House will be on Sunday, November 17th, beginning at 11:00 a.m. If you have any questions or need further information call their admissions office at (415) 586-1256.


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We welcome you into our Parish!

Thaison and Liany Nguyen

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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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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Marriage of East & West - Nov. 24th
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Advent Day of Prayer - Dec. 4
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Thanksgiving Retreat - Nov. 15-17
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Advent Day of Reneral - Dec. 3
Oh, Come all Ye Faithful
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Calling All Faithul
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San Rafael, Ca 94901
(415) 457-7727

Advent Retreat Weekend - Dec. 20-22
Arthur Poulin 

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