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

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

October 5, 2003
Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners,

I personally want to extend my thanks to all who participated in our parish festival. I have an extra prayer and hope for the many dedicated people who spent their time with the building and tearing down of sets and booths and all the general preparation and maintenance that goes on behind the scenes to help create a successful event of this magnitude. My prayer and hope is that these generous people and their families can now have some `Sabbath' time.

The St. Robert's readers recently completed reading the book "Sabbath" by Wayne Muller. The whole premise of the book is that we need to take time off to do the things we love with our family, friends and our God. If we don't take the time, we will forget why they were important to us in the first place. Even though the work we are doing is good, we can not possibly do it to the best of our ability if we do not rest and replenish our energies.

The third commandment says, "Remember to keep holy the Lord's day". This means to remember to rest, hopefully to rest with time for the Lord. The temptation is to let the mall or sports field become our cathedral. When was the last time, that as a family, we did something that was not of a competitive nature? When was the last time we took a walk and admired God's love and creative ability witnessed in nature? We need to live, love and rest from our labors. God rested and we know He was doing good work. We need to rest even when it means taking time off from the good work we do.

May you experience God's blessing of love and rest.

—Deacon Duffey



After Easter last year, our beautiful glass processional cross was stolen from the Sacristy. This had happened two times and then hidden behind a storage case. Pray that the thief might once again return the cross to us. This time we will take better care it.


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Monday - October 6
Readings: Jon 1:1-2     Lk 10:25-37

Mass Intention
Donald Kayser †
Doris Robertson †
Men's Club Meeting 6:00p Hall
Tuesday - October 7
Readings: Jon 3:1-20     Lk 10:38-42
Mass Intention 6:30
Tom Hamilton †
Martin Moynihan †
Religious Education
Legion of Mary
Wednesday - October 8
Readings: Jon 4:1-11     Lk 11:1-4
Mass Intention 6:30
Tom Hamilton †
Pasquale & Maria Theresa Aloise †
8th Gr. Cheerleading
Religious Education
Bible Study
Convent Chapel

Thursday - October 9
Readings: Mal 3:13-20     Lk 11:5-13

Mass Intention 6:30
Steven Zeppa †
MaryLou Ryan-Tackney †
Religious Education
Fil/Am Group
Convent Chapel

Friday - October 10
Readings: Ji 1:13-15,2:1-2     Lk 11:15-26

Mass Intention 6:30
Donald Kayser †
Fran Presta †

Saturday - October 11
Readings: Ji 4:12-21     Lk 11:27-28

Mass Intention 8:30
Paul & Rosina Vella †
Deacon Jack Bourne †
Parish Picnic
Adult Computer Class
All Day
Beckner Shelter
Computer Room

Sunday - October 12
Readings: Wis 7:7-11     Heb 4:12-13     Mk 10:17-30

Mass Intention 7:30
Charles Agius †
People of St. Robert's
Charles Rocco †
Ana Kovacevic †
Fil/Am Choir Practice
Youth Group
Mahoney Room

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250 Oak Grove Ave.
Menlo Park, Ca 94025-3218
(650) 325-5614

Widowed Separated Divorced Weekend - Oct. 24-26

300 Manresa Way
Los Altos, Ca 94022-4646
(650) 948-4491

The Cup of Life - Oct. 10-12
Retreat for Women
Judy Zolezzi

P.O. Box 767
Danville, Ca 94526
(925) 837-9141

Day of Dialogue - Oct 19/1-5 p.m.
Josef Prochnow, OFM

Looking Forward in Hope - Nov 14-16
Mens Retreat
Gavin Griffith, OFM


Give your marriage a well deserved vacation. Plan to go on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend and come back with a marriage that is refreshed and full of energy! Call Dean and Claire Simonich at (650) 348-8957. Upcoming dates: Oct. 17-19 in Burlingame.

If you feel that your marriage might be in trouble, maybe Retrouvaille, a lifeline for marriages, can help. The next Retrouvaille weekend is at Vallambrosa on Nov. 7-9. For information call 1-800)470-2230 or visit


In protecting the vulnerable
and the weak, the imperfect
and the unwanted, you are
affirming a culture of life.

-President George W. Bush,
Signing Born Alive Infants Protection Act.,
August 6, 2002


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Calling all Catholic teens! The SF Archdiocese is celebrating its 150th anniversary and they're inviting you to join in the celebration. Saturday, October 25th is the day to save on your calendar. Faith Factor is an all-day event designed to allow teens to share their faith, ideas for the future, and fun in the presence of one another. Nationally recognized Michael Pritchard, comedian, actor, youth activist and counselor, and former California Probation Officer of the Year (all rolled into one) will entertain as the featured speaker. Workshops in both English and Spanish will be available, as well as music, Mass and much more! Students should contact their parish Youth Minister to sign up; every teen must be in a group or accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so guarantee yourself a space by signing up early! Cost is $25 and includes lunch and a t-shirt.

Divorce Recovery Course offered by the Separated and Divorced Catholics of the Archdiocese of San Francisco provides a chance to understand the emotional journey begun with the loss of a marriage. It will be held October 12th through November 23rd (7 consecutive Sunday evenings). We will meet at St. Stephens Church, O'Reilly Parish Center, 51 Eucalyptus, San Francisco at 7:00 p.m. The cost of $45.00 includes materials. To register or for more information, call Susan at (415) 752-1308 or Vonnie at (650) 873-4236.


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All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls are invited to Mercy High School Burlingame's Student Open House which will be held on Monday, October 20, 2003. This Open House will run from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Mercy is an all-girls, Catholic, college preparatory high school located at 2750 Adeline Drive in Burlingame. for more information contact Mrs. Berry Duran, Admission Director at (650) 762-1114.



Pledge/Gifts as of September 26

Cash received to date

Payments Delinquent $13,205.00

* This figure is adjusted down by $65,382 because of moving and changes in circumstances.


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As a Parish Community, We Pray...On this Respect Life Sunday, we pray for all married couples...may their love be fruitful and perfect. May they support one another in living out the Gospel of life.



Julia Hulsmann



We pray for the ill: Sharon Aiello, Gabrielle Ausiello, Marilyn Arancibia, Robert Bacci, Genaro Badiable, Lito Badiable, Bastiaan Blumenthal, Marcia Bourne, Ann Burns, Maricris Candelaria, Arthur Candia, Josie Clarke, Nan Connolly, Zenaida Cortez, Ana Cosgaya, Anna DeLucchi, Walton & June Dickhoff, Sandra & William Dill, Carl Edwards, Joyce Flax, Adela Florez, Henry Fosson, Jesse Grube, Denise Hawald, Dominique Hauscarriague,Jr, Viko Ivancich, Joanne Johnson, Mele Kelemete, Koret Koelman, Muriel Krause, Sisilia Langi, Shirley Latham, Josephine Lavoie, Greg Lille, Marky, Michael Martinez, Kathryn McCann, Daniel McHale, Rosemary McHale, Terry McLeod, James Morrisey, Thomas O'Brien, Lara Pinten, Jason Pimentel, Louis Ricardo, Bill Reilly, Doris Ross, Mary Shick, Pauline Speranza, Ron Stern, Justo Tan, Joan Thomsen, Mafi Tukumoatu, Gene VanSlett, Don Vickery, Jennifer Westbrook & Frank Wright.


Dear Parishioners,

Please notify the priesthouse (589-2800) if a loved one is either sick or in the hospital and would like to be visited.-The Parish Priests and Staff 



Today, in parishes throughout the United States, Catholics are celebrating life...Life from the first moment of conception till the last breath is sighed. Our Liturgy today reflects that our faith calls us to open our hearts to hear God's Word and to act upon it. Life is God's gift to us and for this reason human life deserves respect. We affirm the goodness of God's creation by valuing the children yet to be born; providing for the poor; rooting out the cause of violence and war and protecting the elderly and those who are ill.

The red rose imprinted upon our Pro-Life banner hanging in our church symbolizes life at all its stages. May it help to raise our consciousness about the wonder and awesomeness of all human life.



First of all, my thanks to everyone who has welcomed me so warmly. I feel blessed to be in such an involved and prayerful parish! I'll be continuing the weekly columns on the liturgy which Pat Vallez-Kelly had begun. On Friday, we celebrated the feast of St. Francis, the patron of the archdiocese and probably, one of the most beloved saints by people inside and outside of the Catholic Church. These days, when environmental protections are being eroded, it might be good to recall one of his famous poems, the Canticle of the Sun. In this piece written as he lay dying, he praised God for Brother Sun, Sister Moon, Brother Fire and Sister Water for showing forth, each in its unique way, various aspects of the Creator. Our Native American brothers and sisters, too, talk reverently about the web of life and how each of us - two-legged or four-legged, winged or crawling- is connected to the other. Perhaps, we can begin by noticing the beauty all around us and thanking our bountiful God for it. Then we might walk more gently on our Mother Earth.

Sr. Sheral



The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops regularly reminds us of our responsibility as Catholic citizens to vote. Read, reflect, pray, then vote on Tuesday.

Thank you.



Next Saturday, October 11, Carol Kaplan, MFCC, will offer "Caring for Caregivers," an opportunity to reflect on the privilege and hard work of ongoing care for others and finding a balance between those demands and caring for the caregiver. It will run from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm and the $35 fee includes lunch.

On October 19 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Sister Toni Longo, ASC will be offering an afternoon retreat at no charge for those who serve as lectors in parishes.

On Sunday, November 30 from 7 pm to 9 pm Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, whose column appears in Catholic San Francisco, will be giving a formal presentation with time for questions and answers. The cost is $15.00 per person.

For more information or to make a reservation for any of these events, please call Vallombrosa Center at 325-5614 or visit their website at

(Each) of us is created in the likeness of God,...every one of us matters, person is defined by someone else's choices,...(and) no life exists only as a means to someone else's ends.

—Most Rev. Timothy M. Dolan,
Archbishop of Milwaukee,
address to the Wisconsin State Legislature,
March 18, 2003


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Dear Parishioners,

On behalf of the children of the Parish, I want to thank the Festival Committee and all the Festival workers for the wonderful, fun-filled weekend. Because of your hard work, the children had a great time in a family environment and the School and Religious Education Program will benefit from the money earned. Thank you. You are wonderful people.

Father Ring


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

We appreicate your help!


until Sunday, October 12th

St. Roberts Athletics will be running the San Bruno Park snack bar. If anyone would like to help by working a 2 hour shift and support our kids please call Lisa Kreysa. Next week buy your lunch at the snack bar. The children thank you.



Whew! Where did September go? It's time for our October dinner meeting, TOMORROW NIGHT, October 6th. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and dinner is served at 7:30 p.m. Monday Night Football will be on and libations will be served. Dinner is $13.00 and the dinner special is $20.00 which includes 12 raffle tickets. Please RSVP. Call Jim Brown at 588-9797 checks can be sent c/o Jimmy Brown 7th grade.


Saturday, October 11th

Friends, fun...and food!!! All parishioners are invited to the annual Parish Picnic on Saturday, October 11th, from 12 Noon to 4:00 p.m at the Beckner Shelter in San Bruno Park. Last year over 325 parishioners came and enjoyed the day. Picnic lunch is FREE for parishioners-just sign your families up after any of the Sunday Masses this weekend. Or you can call the parish office at at (650) 589-2800.



Following the 11:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, October 12th in Hennessy Hall we will be having our annual communion luncheon. This year our food will be prepared by the In-Betweeners. Price is $12.00. For reservations, please call LaVerne Buller, Dolores Johnson, or Dolores Moynihan. Tickets will be sold after the Masses this weekend. Please make your reservations no later than Wednesday, October 8th.


Halloween Dinner Dance - October 25th

at St. Roberts 6:30 p.m. cocktails, 7:30 p.m. buffet dinner and at 8:30 p.m. dancing to the oldies. There will be a Costume Contest. Pre-registration by Oct. 18th is $30.00 per couple. Cost at door is $35.00 per couple. Single tickets $15.00. Call Michele Pipinich.


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We are preparing to begin a new era of youth ministry here at St. Robert's. Beginning with the 5:00 p.m. liturgy on Sunday, October 19th, we will celebrate an evening liturgy on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. This Mass will be `geared' in a special way to the culture and needs of our high school teens.

If you are interested in singing or playing at these special youth liturgies, the rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in the Church. Please contact Greiselda MacDonald at (415) 564-8509. It promises to be a lot of fun!


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