St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, January 5, 2003

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

January 5, 2003
Epiphany of the Lord


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Dear Parishioners,

"We saw his star at its’ rising and have come to do him homage."

We are children of the Light!
We are a people bathed in LIGHT!

In the churches of the Christian East, the sacraments by which we become Christians (Baptism, Chrismation or Confirmation, and Eucharist) are called ‘holy illumination’—WE ARE ILLUMINED by CHRIST!

We who have pondered God’s grace in the shadows of Advent—we who have waited with anxious anticipation the dawn—are now bathed in the brilliance of a new day. For the Day of the Lord has dawned, and our darkness has been dispelled. Isaiah’s words resound in our hearts today:

"...upon you the Lord shines, and over you appears his glory."

It is the Epiphany of the Lord! The Lord’s grace and light, wisdom and love are made manifest—in us! We are to be the light of Christ which dispels the darkness. We are to be witnesses who ‘glow,’ with the transformative power of the God who saves us.

In us—-who are illumined by Christ - is His LIGHT to shine. In us shall the poor and the lowly find the compassion of the Lord.

"Let your light shine for all the world to see",

says the Lord. The wonder of this day compels us:

To Let Our Light Shine!!

Father Tom


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Being Present to God

We have outlined some important beliefs about Church and liturgy over the past weeks:

  • The Church is the living sacrament of Jesus Christ, who lives. The way we are as Church, including the way we worship, tells the world that Jesus Christ is not dead.

  • The way we worship is a public expression of our unity and common faith. We share creeds, scripture, postures and gestures with many people in our archdiocese, country, and throughout the world. We don’t make it up all on our own.

Another important reality for us to consider as we prepare to make adjustments to our liturgy is this: God is truly present to us as we gather for liturgy. But what is our attitude? Are we present to God? Is there real presence coming from us when we celebrate Mass? We must value the love and reverence we have for God and in so doing, also value our need to create an environment of prayer. Some of the upcoming changes are intended to help us foster an attitude of reverence for God’s Presence. Pat Vallez-Kelly 


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Monday - January 6
Readings: 1 Jn 3:22--4,6     Mt 4:12-17

Mass Intention
Billy Scoggins †
Marie DeMartini †
Cheerleading Practice
Men's Club
Tuesday - January 7
Readings: 1 Jn 4:7-10    Mk 6:34-44
Mass Intention 6:30
Edmond Giovannoni †
John P. Murphy †
Religious Education
Legion of Mary
Choir Practice
Hall & Church
Wednesday - January 8
Readings: 1 Jn 4:11-18    Mk 6:45-52
Mass Intention 6:30
Fr. Paul Perlite †
June Monaghan †
Consolation Ministry
Cheerleading Practice
8th Gr. Dinner Dance Pr.
Bible Study
Choir Practice
Mary's Chapel
Convent Chapel

Thursday - January 9
Readings: 1 Jn 4:19--5,4    Lk 4:14-22a

Mass Intention 6:30
Anne Imelda McKeever †
Milan Kovacevic †
Religious Education
Parish Planning Committee
Hall & Church
Convent Chapel
6th Gr. Classroom

Friday - January 10
Readings: 1 Jn 5:5-13    Lk 5:12-16

Mass Intention 6:30
Joseph Morsello †
Albert Spadaro †
School Mass
8th Gr. Dinner Dance Pr.

Saturday - January 11
Readings: 1 Jn 5:14-21    Jn 3:22-30

Mass Intention 8:30
Mary Esther Gaffney †
People of St. Robert's &
Gairth Klingensmith †
InBetweener's Pedro All Day Hall

Sunday - January 12
Readings: Is 42:1-4,6-7   Acts 10:34-38   Mk 1:7-11   1 Jn 5:1-9

Mass Intention 7:30
Charles Agius †
Charles Garroni †
Tash McMahon †
George Mitchell †
Fil/Am Choir 10:00a Hall

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As a Parish Community, We Pray...we pray for God’s Holy Church throughout the world and for the Archdiocese of San Francisco in particular, as it celebrates 150 years of faith and service, may we be a beacon of hope as we share our light with all men and women...thus leading them to Jesus.



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, Jennifer Westbrook & Frank Wright. 



Scripture classes will resume on Wednesday, January 8th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Convent Chapel. We will study the Infancy Narratives.

All are welcome. Please call 589-2800 if you intend to come so that we can order the books in time.



To all of you who remembered our Sisters and Brothers who are homebound with Christmas gifts. We and they want to say "Thank You". You gladdened their hearts and brought Jesus’ love to many. 



Dear Parishioners,

On behalf of Father Marini, Father Hamilton and myself, thank you for your many Christmas cards, best wishes and gifts this Christmas. You have been a tremendous support to each of us in our priesthood and in our ministry here at St. Robert’s. Be assured of our prayers for you and your family in the New Year.

Father Ring


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Building for a New Century

Pledge/Gifts as of January 2nd

Cash received to date

* This figure is adjusted down by $46,050
because of moving and changes in circumstances.

Campaign billing cycle information

The following is the cycle of billing for the campaign:

Monthly—The first of every month.
Quarterly—The first of May, August, November, and February.
Semi-Annually—The first of May and November.
Annually—The first of November.

This billing will continue until the year 2007 or whenever the pledge is completed. 


National Collection for Black and Indian Missions in the United States

Because of the generosity of the people of this parish and parishes around the U.S., last year, over eight and one half million dollars were contributed to the Collection and 98 cents of every dollar was distributed. The support went to some of the neediest people across the United States; from the inner cities of the rural South, from the deserts of the Southwest to Alaska’s cold wilderness - 134 DIOCESES RECEIVED ASSISTANCE FROM THE COLLECTION. Through your gifts, you will join your sacrifice to Christ’s by helping those who sacrifice daily to lead others to Christ.



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Monday, January 13th, at 6:30 p.m.
Come and celebrate our golden anniversary dinner and meet our mystery guest

Call Josette Reid for reservations.



The following loved ones were rememberd at Christmas with a donation to purchase poinsettias to beautify the Church:

Allison Ahern mother of Ian and Andrew from Helen Ahern, Pelletier family from Lillian Bizal, Florence Marty Dore from Lillian Bizal, Alfred Bordin from Ramona Bordin, Emmaunual Borg and the Azzopardi Family from Vicky Borg, Leo Butler from Lorraine Butler, Ralph Capella from Ray and Rosalie Capella, Our parents from Bruce and Sophia Chester, Roy John Deferville from Mrs. Rose Deferville, Vincent J. Cauchi from Gloria Cauchi, Feruccio & Helen Tonegato & Ralphael & Marie DeMartini from the DeMartini Family, Antionette DeMartini from Raymond DeMartini, Rentmeester family and Dickhoff family from Walt and June Dickhoff, Marion Dombrowiak and James Dombrowiak from Ida Dombrowiak, Jeffery Dominguez from Jean Dominguez, Alice Foster’s Parents from Alice Foster, Stanley Friedman from Frances Friedman, Charlot Giuseponi from John & Yvonne Giuseponi, Jacques Louhoo from John & Yvonne Giuseponi and family, Frank & Catherine Marty from Robert & Laverne Gray, Edward Hart & Celia Galluzzo from Evelyn Hart, Lily A. McEneaney, Burt Hart, Mrs. Mickey Hart & Nicholas McEneaney, Sr. from Greg & Peggy Hart, John G. Keck from Esther Keck, Isabelle Cardinale from The Kitchin Family, Marie DeMartini from the McMorrow family, Jeaness McKenna & Edward Manther from Helen Mantler, Diana Martinez from Florence Martinez, A. Carl & Leola Marty Family from Teena Marty, George Mayers from Karen Mayers, Jose and Julita Mercado from Josie Mercado, Mr. John A. Mocelin, Mr. Edward Bizal and Mrs. Mary Pelletier from Ada Mocelin, Catherine & Joe and Minni & Fred from Jerry & Kathy Moller, Alexander Moniz from Bunny Moniz, Mary Radman Munich from Jeanie & Vincent Munich, Ray & Josephine Pardini and Nina Catterini from Carlo & Marie Noce, Joe Nocito from Dorothy & Joey Nocito, George Psaila from Hilda Psaila, James Presta from Frances Presta, Ed Ritner from Peg Ritner, Bruna Giorgi from Paul, Linda and Michael Ruggiero, Robert Samuelsen from Olga Samuelsen, Rosina Young & Victor Schaukowitch from the Joe Schaukowitch Family, Elsa Soracco & Richard Shannon from Peter & Colleen Soracco, Mario & Theresa Spinetti from Marie Spinetti, Andree Belanger & Vida St. Clair from Bette & Paul St. Clair, Aileen Steele from Richard A. Steele, Ernest & James Pruckner from the Tuhacek Family, George & Alice Tuhacek from the Tuhacek family, Marion Macris & George Macris from Andrea Macris Vickery, Adolph Fambrini from Bob & Jean Waldvogel, Bill Wilson from Sharon Wilson, Dora Morris & Frank Danna



This Sunday, January 5th, Confirmation Candidates and Sponsors will meet for class in Hennessy Hall followed by attendance at 5:00 pm Liturgy.

Please continue to pray for the Candidates as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday, April 26th, at 10:30 am.

Thank you,
Sister Mary

Dear Parishioners,

As we begin a new year, I want to thank in a special way the parishioners who have contributed so much to the Parish in the last year.

The members of the Parish Council :
Patrick Byrne, Trish Estelita, Russ Hanley,
George Horton, Donna McMorrow,
Encar Sanchez, Judy Scannell,
Victoria and Elio Sciacqua, Thomas Tullius,
Kelela Tuuhetoka and Steve West.

The members of the Finance Committee:
John Barbieri, Anthony Clifford, Margot Giusti,
Reuben Halili, Robin McCarthy and Paul Scannell

The members of the School Board:
John Compton, Dave Harders, Maureen Wallace,
John Marty, Patricia Bordin, Teri Murray,
Caroline Uniacke and Mike McGuigan

The members of the Building Committee:
Rob Aveson, Margot Giusti
George Lynch and Jim Ruane

The members of the Liturgy Committee:
Father Tom, Deacon Rusty,
Pat Vallez-Kelly, Michelle Compton,
Gene and Anna May, Mark and Hilda Barradas,
MaryAnn Saisi, Theresa McNaughton,
Esperanza Halili, Kevin Imbimbo,
Donna McGuigan, and Marc Howes.

The Presidents/Chairs of the Parish Organizations
Men’s Club, Steve Belluomini,
Women’s Guild, Patty Ciraulo
In-Betweeners, George Lynch
The Grownups, Sybil DeSantis
Filipino American, Reuben Halili
Sociables, Bunny Moniz
St. Vincent de Paul, Wally Mooney
Legion of Mary, Manny Ortiz
Youth Group, Diana Landin
Children’s Liturgy, MaryAnn Saisi
Support and Care, Rita Lille
Parish Planning Committee, Virginia Yanke

Father Ring


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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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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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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.


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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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