St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, October 12, 2003

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

October 12, 2003
Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners,

October is the month that Holy Mother Church dedicates to both the Rosary and Respect from conception in our mother's womb to our bodily death and burial to our eternal life in heaven. There is no better way to reflect on life in all its wonders than to reflect and meditate on the twenty (20) mysteries of the Rosary. While meditating on and praying the Joyful, the Luminous, the Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries we are actually walking with our Savior and His Blessed Mother and contemplating our own life's journey. As parishioners of Saint Robert's we are all on different stages of this journey. The Annunciation is our starting point of the Rosary and correlates with conception of God's gift of a new human life in the womb of the mother. As we journey through the infancy and early childhood (Joyful) mysteries of Jesus and Mary's life, we respect the life our young children, our "Little Church" members, our "Middle Church" members, our Catholic School and CCD students. We encourage them to enjoy life and appreciate the beauty of all God's creation. The Luminous mysteries take us with Mary through the adulthood years of Jesus. We appreciate the work of our youth ministries and pray our youth, young adults, RCIA members, "InBetweeners" and all other adult groups in our parish. We pray, also for all those who are still searching for the gift of Faith. The Sorrowful Mysteries remind us that life on this earth is riddled with sufferings and loses and that no one is exempt from sorrow and pain. We pray especially for our "Grown-ups", our sick and Homebound while mediating on these mysteries. Suffering children and adults are very special to Jesus and to His Blessed Mother. Like Jesus and Mary we will suffer and die, but we will rise again to perfect happiness in heaven (Glorious Mysteries). Life is gift and a mystery and must be respected and cherished from conception to our entry into heaven with Mary and the Saints. God bless all of you as you continue to your journey to Heaven. "When evening of life comes you will be examined in love" (St. John of the Cross).

Sister Patricia O'Sullivan


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Monday - October 13
Readings: Rom 1:1-7     Lk 11:29-32

Mass Intention
Donald Kayser †
Annie Keenan †
St. Vincent de Paul Mtg. 7:30p Library
Tuesday - October 14
Readings: Rom 1:16-25     Lk 11:37-41
Mass Intention 6:30
Tom Hamilton †
Martin Moynihan †
Religious Education
Legion of Mary
Athletic Board Mtg.
Mahoney Room
Wednesday - October 15
Readings: Rom 2:1-11     Lk 11:42-46
Mass Intention 6:30
Tom Hamilton †
Tom & Kathleen McCann †
8th Gr. Cheerleading
Religious Education
Bible Study
Convent Chapel

Thursday - October 16
Readings: Rom 3:21-29     Lk 11:47-54

Mass Intention 6:30
Alfredo Tan
Giuseppe Pignati †
Religious Education
School Set-Up
Convent Chapel

Friday - October 17
Readings: Rom 4:1-8     Lk 12:1-7

Mass Intention 6:30
John Cook †
Martin Moynihan †
Grandparent's Day All Day Hall/School

Saturday - October 18
Readings: 2 Tm 4:10-17B     Lk 10:1-9

Mass Intention 8:30
Maria Astrero †
Alice Perry †
Adult Computer Class
9:15a Computer Room

Sunday - October 19
Readings: Is 53:10-11     Heb 4:14-16     Mk 10:35-45

Mass Intention 7:30
People of St. Robert's
Matthew Carnes
Claire Duncan †
Patricia Rael †
Fil/Am Choir Practice
Youth Group
Mahoney Room

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There are a growing number of Christians who are referred to as FUNDAMENTALISTS. Catholics, all too often, do not know how to respond to them. For the next few weeks, we will present a few answers to some of the FUNDAMENTALISTS questions. The questions and answers come from Philip St. Roman's pamphlet: "Catholic Answers to Fundamentalists' Questions," Liguori Press.

Question-What exactly do you mean by sacred Tradition?

Most of the New Testament could be called early Church tradition set down in writing. The importance of Church traditions is emphasized by Saint Paul: "So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter." (2 Thessalonians 2:15).

Sacred Tradition is the process which "hands on in its full purity God's word, which was entrusted to the apostles by Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit." (The Documents of Vatican II Revelation, 9) The idea of sacred Tradition embraces both the handing-on process and its products (the various forms and ways in which God's Word is handed on). Examples of basic forms of Tradition are the Bible (viewed as a tangible tool used in handing on God's Word), the Apostles' Creed, and the basic forms of Christian worship. (Forms which are not basic to sacred Tradition are sometimes called "traditions," with a small "t," to distinguish them from basic Tradition, with a capital "T").

Some products of sacred Tradition are developments reflected in Scripture; for example, the doctrine of papal infallibility is alluded to in Scripture -see Luke 22:32—and was later developed as the central role of the bishop of Rome evolved.

Sacred Tradition also includes important beliefs and practices not mentioned in Scripture; for example, the Catholic belief that Mary was assumed into heaven is a nonscriptural Tradition.


Life has an inviolable value and unrepeatable dignity, especially because...every person is called to share in God's life

-Pope John Paul II


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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.


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As a Parish Community, We Pray...On this National Children's Day, for every child—-those who live in our world and those who are waiting to be born. May they be welcomed and accepted with love and be protected from all harm.



Juliana Jean Cavallini,
Dominic Egidio Borg,
Daniel Edward Borg, Jr.,
Anthony William Alcaraz and
Collene Izabella Martinez-Lipton



Nancy Thompson and William Bagdon



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 


Our sincere sympathy to the family of
David Freed
who died recently.



Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve substainablility, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.



The first reading today extols wisdom and the second reading speaks of the dynamic power of the word of God, "living and effective, sharper than a two-edged sword." Could it be that there is a connection between the wisdom we so sorely need in our confusing world and the Word of God? Our faith tells us that, though the Word of God comes to us from another faith community in another era, the Word is not dead, but alive because of the Holy Spirit's ability to reveal its message to us in this faith community in our era. If we open ourselves to the Spirit by reading over the Sunday scriptures the week before, our spirit will be more attentive to the passages as they are proclaimed and to the homily arising from the homilists prayerful reflection on the readings. There is an excellent guide available online at Under Preacher's Exchange, you'll find "First Impressions," for several weeks; just click on to the current week. (Today is the 28th Sunday of the Year.) Fr. Jude Siciliano, OP, a priest of the Southern Dominican Province writes the reflections. The O.P. after a Dominican's name stands for "Order of Preachers" and Fr. Jude provides a wonderful service to any believer who appreciates a bit of history about the readings and a very practical application to one's everyday life. His wisdom is for everyone to share.

Sr. Sheral



"The human person is central, the clearest reflection of God among us". (U.S. Catholic Bishops). What can we do to affirm the goodness of God's creation? We can treat all people with reverence; nurture and care for the sick, the dying and those afflicted by poverty or spiritual despair. We can work for laws and policies to relieve the economic burdens that pressure some women to obtain abortions. We can help to change attitudes that accept abortion as a solution to individual and social problems. We can pray that our nation will avoid deadly violence, promoting solutions to human problems that respect human life and dignity. We can help those in need.



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High Roller Raffle Winners

1st prize $2,000-Bob and Barbara Balestieri
2nd prize $1,000-Lori DeMartini
3rd prize $500-Jaine Deovlet
4th prize $500-Mike Ahern
5th prize $500-Anne Buelow

Festival Raffle Winners

1st prize 2,000-Loretta Sciacqua
2nd prize $1,000-Joe Welch
3rd prize $750-John Meyer
4th prize $500-Dave and Roberta Gehre
5th prize $250-Lorenza Landin
6th prize $100-Nancy and Joe Arsenault
7th prize $100-Colleen Foglesong
8th prize $100-Margaret Shypertt



St. Roberts Athletics will be running the San Bruno Park snack bar.
The children thank you.

Dear Parish Family,

I want to extend a very special invitation to all of you, to join us for the Inaugural Youth Mass next Sunday at 5 p.m. It is going to be an exciting "new" mass and will be a very special night for the parish and our Teens. If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call 650-255-0791. God Bless!

Juan Santos


Halloween Dinner Dance - October 25th

Halloween Dinner Dance 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.



Our next get together will be on October 26th at Noon. The Brunch will be at VI D'ESTE. The Address is 2623 Ocean Ave. San Francisco. Call Bunny Moniz for more information.


Many problems darken the horizon of our time. We need but think of the urgent need to work for peace, to base relationships between peoples on solid premises of justice and solidarity, and to defend human life from conception to its natural end. And what should we say of the thousand inconsistencies of a "globalized" world where the weakest, the most powerless and poorest appear to have so little hope! It is in this world that Christian hope must shine forth! For this reason too, the Lord wished to remain with us in the Eucharist, making his presence in meal and sacrifice the promise of a humanity renewed by his love.

-Pope John Paul II, Ecclesia de Eucharist, no. 20

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