St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, November 10, 2002

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

November 10, 2002
Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners,

November is traditionally the month for giving thanks. A parish this size would not survive without the help of many volunteers. On behalf of our whole St. Robert’s community, I would like to express our thanks to our volunteers. Your help is greatly appreciated.

I recently received yet another letter of thanks from the San Mateo County AIDS Program. They continually give thanks to us for our involvement and help in their effort to provide over 400 meals a month to their clients. As a parish, we have been assisting this program for over 10 years. I no longer know all of you who contribute, but I do know that Laverne and Larry Buller have been our delivery people for years. Thanks again to all who contribute with your time and talents.

I also realize that there are many unsung heroes in St. Robert’s, who contribute their time and talents to other charitable and nonprofit organizations. I pray that you may recognize God’s love, grace and appreciation for each of you.

Thanks for the inspiration and example you continually provide me.

Deacon Duffey


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"Let us proclaim the mystery of faith." We who are gathered by the Spirit announce the Good News —- a mystery ever ancient, ever new: "CHRIST HAS DIED, CHRIST IS RISEN, CHRIST WILL COME AGAIN."

The story of God’s love for us is proclaimed —-the scriptures recount the goodness of God, the homily draws us into the biblical mystery of a God who heals and sets us free.

Our hearts are moved with gratitude for all that God has done —- the gracious love which led a captive people to freedom through the desert, the faithfulness of this God who became flesh for our salvation.

In the midst of this grateful remembrance — this prayer of Thanksgiving (EUCHARIST) —- we discover the Lord Jesus in our midst. The Savior is present in the Bread of Life broken for us, the Cup of Blessing shared among us.

With thankful hearts we are sent forth, sent to become ‘bread broken and cup poured out’ for the life of the world. Our call is to simply live eucharistic lives —- to be a grateful people, a people who share our lives in love and service in the name of the God whose love enfolds us all.

For all that God has done, all that God accomplishes in our lives on this day of grace, and all that God promises in the days to come —- to this great and compassionate God we give glory and say: "Thanks be to God."

Father Tom


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Monday - November 11
Readings: Ti 1:1-9 Lk 17:1-6

Mass Intention
Tash McMahon †
All Souls †
St. Vincent de Paul 7:30p Library
Tuesday - November 12
Readings: Ti 2:1-8, 11-14 Lk 17:7-10
Mass Intention 6:30
All Souls †
Harry Boyer †
Bible Study
Religious Education
Religious Education
Sports Board Meeting
Legion of Mary
Choir Practice
Convent Chapel
Hall & Church
Convent Chapel
Wednesday - November 13
Readings: Ti 3:1-7 Lk 17:11-19
Mass Intention 6:30
All Souls †
Charles Agius †
7th Gr. Cheerleaders
Bible Study
Choir Rehearsal
Convent Chapel

Thursday - November 14
Readings: Phil 7-20 Lk 17:20-25

Mass Intention 6:30
Marion Dombrowiak †
All Souls †
Religious Education
Religious Education
Hall & Church
Convent Chapel
Convent Chapel

Friday - November 15
Readings: 2Jn 4-9 Lk 17:26-37

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

Saturday - November 16
Readings: 3Jn 5-8 Lk 18:1-8

Mass Intention 8:30
Paul & Rosina Vella †
All Souls †

Sunday - November 17
Readings: Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 1Thes 5:1-6 MT 25:14-30

Mass Intention 7:30
Francis & Leo Navarra †
Richard Sloan †
People of St. Robert's &
Mauro Sciacqua †
George Vouvalikes †
Fil/Am Choir
Lectionary Study

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As a Parish Community, We Pray...For Veterans of War, those who remain and those who have gone to their eternal reward...May we never forget the sacrifices they made that insure our freedom. May they experience our appreciation and love.



Marriane Barbero & Jay Lindblom



We pray for the ill: Sharon Aiello, Marilyn Arancibia, Robert Bacci, Bastiaan Blumenthal, Marcia Bourne, Ann Burns, Maricris Candelaria, 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.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Marie Firpo and Katarina Kaloucava
who died recently



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.



Celebrate with us on Sunday, November 17th, at the 9:30 a.m. Mass as we witness the renewal of vows of the Presentation Sisters who live here in our Parish Convent. We thank our Sisters for their faithfulness and love for God and our Parish family



As has been the tradition of our St. Robert’s family for many years, during the month of November, let us share our plenty with our hungry sisters and brothers. In Thanksgiving for all God has given to us, please bring NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS ONLY to the baskets that have been placed on the altar steps. Our St. Vincent de Paul Society will distribute your gifts to those in need.




(Frequently Asked Questions)

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

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

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.



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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Thank you for your continual support of the Parish. I am sure that you often wonder where the the money is going. This past week we paid two bills, which demonstrate how costs have increased. Our insurance liability for the Parish was $17,151.00 and for the school an additional $19,163.00. This is almost 30% of an increase over last year!

At the same time, I am happy to announce that the Parish Festival raised $54,000, which will benefit the school, the religious education and the youth programs. Thank you to all who worked so hard to make the Festival a success.

Father Ring


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Craft Night: The Women’s Guild Craft Night/Dinner Meeting will be on Monday, November 18th. Please make your dinner reservations by calling Josette Reid - price is $10. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Anyone interested in selling their crafts, please call Mary Alvergue.


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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 - 


Many individuals are  misguided in their pursuit of money, pleasure and personal advancement rather than attending to relationship with God, an acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior, and the honest prayer that the end of life will find them ready to meet God and enter Paradise. The key to dying well is living well. Living well means a life characterized by love of God and love of neighbor.

-Facing the End of Life."
Pastoral Letter of the Bishops of Illinois (May 30,2001)


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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!

Javier & Jouelyn Garcia & 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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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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Calling All Faithul
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Advent Retreat Weekend - Dec. 20-22
Arthur Poulin

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