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

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

December 29, 2002
The Holy Family


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Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Are there any Christmas cookies left at your house? Most families have strong food associations with Christmas time. For some, it’s tamales, for others it’s cookies. In my family we had marinated beef ribs on Christmas Eve, ham sandwiches after Midnight Mass, and a large tray of cookies which was replenished throughout the Christmas season (all the way up to Epiphany!) I can’t remember much else. I think I might have brain damage from eating too many Christmas cookies as a child.

A lot of energy flows in and out of our families around this time of the year. We are thankful for the love we experience in them, and we are most pained when these relationships break or are damaged. We can offer both the gratitude and the laments for our families to God through the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. I think it’s good to believe that they were holy not because they were perfect and always happy, but because they allowed the Spirit of God to blow through their home and their lives together. They were holy because they invited God into their family.

As a St. Robert’s family, we have many members who put in a lot of hours making our Christmas Masses beautiful. Special thanks go to our choir directors — Kevin Imbimbo, Aura Baldomero, and Manny Ortiz—and to the members of our choirs. They have worked on Christmas music for months with splendid results! Thanks also to Tom Dachauer, Theresa MacNaughton, and the many good people who decorated the church. Thanks to Rob Aveson, John Grealish, MaryAnn Saisi, Sr. Ita, Bruce Chester and Wally Mooney who have coordinated our charitable gift and food drives. To our priests, lectors, altar servers, ushers, and eucharistic ministers who spent part of their holiday time with the St. Robert’s family, we thank you! Finally, thanks go to each and every parishioner—each member, young and old, of the St. Robert’s family—for your commitment to our community and its ministry. We open our hearts anew to the Holy Spirit’s movement among us. We renew our faith that Emmanuel has come, and God is with us in this holy parish family of St. Robert’s.

Your brother in Christ,
Pat Vallez-Kelly


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Liturgy Update

Our plan for explaining and beginning new liturgical practices later in January is to do so over a three Sunday period:

  • January 19th - Introduction / Keys to Good Communal Prayer & Celebration

  • January 26th - Posture, Reverence, and Praying the Eucharist

  • February 2nd - Bowing and the Dignity of the Communion Rite

Pat V.-K. 


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Monday - December 30
Readings: 1 Jn 2:12-17     Lk 2:36-40

Mass Intention
Madeline Zayas †
MaryAnn Gilbrech †
Tuesday - December 31
Readings: 1 Jn 2:18-21     Jn 1:1-18
Mass Intention 6:30
Janet Gaines †
Dr. Harold H. &
Catherine Fox †
8th Gr. Practice 10:00a Hall
Wednesday - January 1
Readings: Nm 6:22-27    Gal 4:4-7    Lk 2:16-21
Mass Intention 9:00 People of St. Robert's †


Thursday - January 2
Readings: 1 Jn 2:22-28     Jn 1:19-28

Mass Intention 6:30
Maria Luisa Kahn †
Fred R. Crist †
Youth Group
Convent Chapel
Teen Room

Friday - January 3
Readings: 1 Jn 2:20-3,6    Jn 1:29-34

Mass Intention 6:30
Anne Dutto †
Adolfo Zepeda †
8th Gr. Practice 10:00a Hall

Saturday - January 4
Readings: 1 Jn 3:7-10     Jn 1:35-42

Mass Intention 8:30
Vida St. Clair †
Michael David Yanke †
Eucharistic Adoration 9:00a Church

Sunday - January 5
Readings: Is 60:1-6    Eph 3:2-3a,5-6    Mt 2:1-12

Mass Intention 7:30
Mocelin & Emilio Families †
Mary Rose Vouvalikes †
Kristina & Filip Viducic †
People of St. Robert's &
Dorothy Yoggerst †
Fil/Am Choir
Religious Education
All Day


The Parish Office will be closed
Wednesday, January 1st.


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As a Parish Community, We Pray...For parents - may they be steadfast in their love for one another and for their children. For single-parent families - may our parish family give them the support, encouragement and love they need.



Justin DeLeon &
Jasmine Saaverdra



Dear Parishioners,
Please notify the priesthouse (589-2800) if a loved one is in the hospital.

We pray for the ill: Regina 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, Shirley Latham, Josephine Lavoie, Greg Lille, Marky, Daniel McHale, Rosemary McHale, Terry McLeod, Josefina Mercado, Sal Milizio, Thomas O’Brien, Louis Ricardo, Bill Reilly, Doris Ross, Pauline Speranza, Don Vickery, William Wegman, Jennifer Westbrook & Frank Wright.



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.



On Saturday, January 4th, and on each First Saturday of every month, we have the opportunity to spend a while before Jesus in Blessed Sacrament. Exposition follows the 8:30 a.m. Mass and continues until 10:00 a.m. Our world is in need of peace —- Jesus is the Prince. He is listening and will answer our prayers.



Please see the magazine rack in the vestibule of church for a list of courses to be offered by the Archdiocesan School of Pastoral Leadership beginning in January. Tuition assistance is available from the parish for some courses.

For more information, visit the SPL website at



Confirmation preparation for Baptized Catholic Adults 18 years or Older
Who have received First Communion
Classes start in February
Contact Deacon Rusty Duffey at the Parish Office 589-2800.


Then We Need You

The Adult Choir singing at the 9:30 Mass is seeking those interested in raising voices in praise. We are rehearsing music for Christmas and would love to invite new members to help make it truly joyous! Rehearsals are on Wednesday from 7:00-9:00PM and we gather at 9:00 AM on Sunday to warm-up.

For more information, contact Kevin Imbimbo.


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Our St. Vincent de Paul Society is in need of pasta and pasta sauce and cereal. Please place these items in the baskets in church.

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.


January 8th

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 January 8th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items can be donated.

We appreciate all your help.


Do not say,
"I'm right He’s wrong."

"I must love him as myself."

This is the kind of love
that Jesus taught:

a love that transforms
brings peace.

-Carlo Carretto


New Year's Day
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Wednesday, January 1, 2002
9:00 a.m. Only

The Parish Office will be closed
Wednesday, January 1st.


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The faithful of the Archdiocese of San Francisco are invited to attend the Opening Mass for the Sesquicentennial Year marking the 150th Anniversary of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, which Archbishop William J. Levada will celebrate at noon on January 1, 2003 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco.


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2300 Adeline Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010-5599
(650) 340-7474

Introversion as Conversion - Jan. 11th
Don Bisson, FMS 9-3 p.m.

300 Manresa Way
Los Altos 94022
(650) 948-4491

In Search of the Living God - Jan. 24-26
Silent Retreat
Joseph Fice, S.J.


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Vella Dankwerth Cultural Scholarship

The Maltese Cross Foundation is proud to announce its eighth annual Vella-Dankwerth Cultural Scholarship for students of Maltese descent in the San Francisco Bay Area. High school seniors, college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply. Completed applications are due by March 17, 2003. For more information, please contact Janet Dankwerth-Plack (707) 591-8878 or Jennifer Dankwerth-Strunk (650) 273-1356. 


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Submit your favorite recipes to be included in the 1st Annual Parish Cookbook.

Recipes can be dropped off in the church vesituble by This Sunday, December 29th. Please include your name and phone number.


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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 -Spiritual help for families 


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Kindergarten Application

Applications for St. Robert School Kindergarten for the 2003/2004 school year will be accepted in the School Office Monday-Friday, January 6th through the 10th, between 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The screening fee for each applicant is $25.00

Please bring copies of your child’s birth and baptismal records, a recent family photograph and your child’s social security number. Screening dates will be assigned on completion of the application.

Requirements for School Registration:

Family must be registered and participating members of St. Robert’s Parish or St. Bruno’s Parish. This means that the family is involved in Parish life and the financial support of the Parish. Applications will be accepted for children who are 5 years of age by September 1, 2003. All acceptances will be based on student screenings and parent interviews.

Non-Discrimination Policy

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

Open House

St. Robert School will hold its annual Open House on Monday, February 3, 2003. The evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Church followed by classroom visitations. All are welcome.

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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