St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, October 19, 2003

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

October 19, 2003
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners,

Some years ago, many of you participated in RENEW groups and found them enriching. Would you like to join an Advent group to help you recapture the spirit of Advent in the midst of the commercialization of Christmas? We have an excellent booklet which focuses on the scriptural themes of Advent and helps participants make connections with their everyday lives. The groups would meet in the evening or during the day for three weeks before Christmas and once after Christmas on a convenient date for each group. If you'd like to share with others from your former RENEW group or from the parish group to which you belong, please ask people, settle on a time and place to meet and let me know! If you'd like to meet and share with some other people from the parish or you hadn't participated in RENEW, we'll be having sign-ups the first and second weekends of November after all the Masses. Or you can call Kathy at the rectory or e-mail her at or call me or e-mail me at, giving the times and days of the week you'd prefer. These groups are open to EVERYONE in the parish, so please don't think you're too old or too young. When any of us grows, we all are enriched. Let us bless each other with a more prayerful Advent!

Sr. Sheral


An Opportunity to Help

Next weekend after the Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses, one of the Bethlehem Christian Families will be here to sell the lovely olive wood crosses, nativity sets, statues and Bethlehem rosaries made by 86 Palestinian Christian families. Besides the fact that these items would make lovely Christmas presents, your purchase will help these families who have suffered greatly because of the ongoing conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Families living in the West Bank (of the Jordan River) which includes Bethlehem and Jerusalem had hoped for ten million tourists during the past year, but welcomed fewer than 10,000 visitors. Palestinians who traditionally work in the Israeli sections have not been allowed in because of the fear of violence.

Thank you.


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Monday - October 20
Readings: Rom 4:20-25     Lk 12:13-21

Mass Intention
May Kathleen Dorian †
Claire Duncan †
Women's Guild Mtg.
Baptismal Prep.
Convent Chapel
Tuesday - October 21
Readings: Rom 5:12-15,17-19     Lk 12:35-38
Mass Intention 6:30
Bridie Buckley †
Fr. Michael O'Reilly †
Religious Education
Legion of Mary
St. Robert's Readers
Convent Chapel
Wednesday - October 22
Readings: Rom 6:12-18     Lk 12:39-48
Mass Intention 6:30
Tom Hamilton †
Phoebe Dineen †
8th Gr. Cheerleading
Religious Education
Bible Study
Convent Chapel

Thursday - October 23
Readings: Rom 6:19-23     Lk 12:49-53

Mass Intention 6:30
Gina Quilici †
Joseph Sammut †
Religious Education
Rel Ed Parent Mtg.
School Board Mtg
Convent Chapel
Mahoney Room

Friday - October 24
Readings: Rom 7:18-25     Lk 12:54-59

Mass Intention 6:30
Katie & Kiara Corbett †
Joseph Sammut †

Saturday - October 25
Readings: Rom 8:1-11     Lk 13:1-9

Mass Intention 8:30
Timothy Leahy †
Bill Wilson †
Adult Computer Class
All Day
Computer Room

Sunday - October 26
Readings: Jer 31:7-9     Heb 5:1-6     Mk 10:46-52

Mass Intention 7:30
Mocelin & Emilio Families
People of St. Robert's
Cesare Bernardo †
Patricia Rael †
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 Challenge of Accepting the Uncondictional Love of God - Oct. 31-Nov. 2
Silent Retreat for Men/Women
Fr. James R. Hanley, S.J.

Becoming "A Living Sacrifice of Praise" - Nov. 14-16
Sr. Ann Rooney and the Jesuit Institute for Family Life Staff (JIFL)

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

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

Embodying the Goodness of God - Nov. 21-23
Suzanne Toolan, RSM
Marguerite Buchanan


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


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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.

FALL FEST 2003-Saturday, October 25th at the University of San Francisco: A time for Young Adult Catholics to come together. The 7th annual conference for singles and couples in their 20s and 30s. Why Listen? Why Follow? Hearing God...Making Connecitons. The day includes keynote by Trish Plunkett Hurley and Msgr. Harry Schlitt, exhibits, three workshops, Mass with Bishop Ignatius Wang at St. Ignatius, dinner and dance. contact (415)614-5594, or 


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St. Vincent de Paul Wish List

Because of the economy, our St. Robert's chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society has found itself with many more mouths to feed and people in need of general assistance.

Listed our a few of the food stuffs that we are running low on: jams and jellies, canned vegetables, cereal and oatmeal, marinara sauce, juices, packaged cookies, gum, mayonnaise and other condiments, and canned chicken. Cereals are in high demand. All items can be left in the box front of church or delivered to the rectory. As always we thank you for your continued generosity and support.


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As a Parish Community, We Pray...We pray....for all unborn children, may our love for them keep them safe until the joyous day of their birth.



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, James Piazza, 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
Jack McCarthy
who died recently.



God created the world and all who live in it. God found all of creation good and did not will its violent destruction. We affirm the goodness of God's creation when we value the unborn, provide for the economically disadvantaged, root out the causes of war, and protect the unborn, the elderly and infirm. We are called to nurture the world God made, to live in peace with all who dwell in it, and to praise God, the author of life.

(U.S. Catholic Conference)


by Sister Sheral

Autumn Is Here
If you pass vineyards, the leaves have changed color. It's pitch dark out when you rise to meet the morning and the air feels distinctly different. It's the time of leaves falling, pumpkins ripening and the year moving into its usual busyness. It's time for soups and stews and the last of fresh corn! It's also the time for the scripture readings to become more serious as we move towards the end of the liturgical year. We hear Jesus speaking of the cost of discipleship: he will lay down his life and anyone who wishes to follow him will be called to the same self-sacrificing love. Those of us who have been trying to live as Jesus did know that there is great joy in giving to others. Even though, at times, we wish someone else would be generous or forgiving or compassionate towards a difficult family member, co-worker or grocery clerk, when we are our best selves, something inside us says that that was the right response to give. We are made to give of ourselves; formed in God's likeness, we are love embodied.

Yet who of us hasn't resisted an impulse of the Holy Spirit and refused to do the good deed which we could do and knew we should do? If our conscience is well-formed, we ought to feel somewhat guilty. It isn't helpful to get down on ourselves for those times, but rather to learn from them and to try again to listen to that still voice within. Walt Disney caricatured conscience as Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio, but we all recognize the reality he personified. May we open ourselves to the gift of this autumn and let the Spirit lead us to a more wholehearted following of Jesus, who suffered, died and rose for us. Peace, Sr. Sheral

Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors
Sr. Sheral would like to have a gathering with all Eucharistic ministers and lectors next weekend after whichever Mass you attend. Please meet her in Mary's Chapel immediately after Mass for a 30-minute meeting. It will help her immensely to have you wear your nametags! Thank You

P.S. You might want to come a bit early to the 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Masses so you can check out the Bethlehem items before Mass.

Fall Back!

Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour
before you go to bed on Saturday night.


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Monday, October 20th

You're invited to the Women's Guild October Dinner!. Wear your favorite costume or dress in Orange and Black! Enjoy a delicious fall dinner, special drinks and catch up with friends! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. dinner served at 7:30 p.m. $10.00 per person Call Teresa Nussbaum for more information.


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.



St. Robert's Readers would like to announce the next two meetings dates and the books we will be talking about. October's book is "Good New for Bad Days: Living a Soulful Life" by Father Paul Keenan. This book has been called "an absolute delight" and "helps us see life for what it truly is: the soul's adventure—and a journey toward love".

The book is available at the library, local bookstores and on-line. "Good News" will be discussed October 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Convent Chapel.

November's book is "Skipping Christmas" by John Grisham. This is a fun book as the holidays approach. It is a story about a couple that try to avoid the hubbub of Christmas, by going on a cruise. It is a humorous look at the craziness of Christmas.

November's meeting is November 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Convent Chapel. Everyone is welcomed! Come to one or both meetings. Please call Colleen Soracco, club moderator, with any questions or comments.



The Fil-Am Group of Saint Robert's Cordially invites you to its
Annual Dinner and Dance
Saturday November 8, 2003
6:30 p.m. no host cocktails 7:30 p.m. Dinner

Prime Rib of Steak or Filet of Salmon, Grosvenor Hotel, 380 South Airport Blvd., South San Francisco, Music J.S. Camins, Attire: Semi formal $55 ($48 if paid by Oct. 17th), $48, Senior 60 or older. For information please contact, Fe Ortiz, Luisa Diaz, Rose Benavente or Esperanza Halili.



It's time to start thinking about St. Robert's Women's Guild Annual Graft Night Monday, November 10th.

If you, or anyone you know, are interested in selling your crafts at our November meeting, you can reserve your table now. Tables are $10.00 each. If you have any questions, please call Theresa Nussbaum.


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"The youth are our future."

You hear that statement a lot. But what does it really mean? Saint Robert's has always believed in the Youth of the parish. But we, as young adults, never had anywhere to give our ideas or really contribute on a large scale. Youth Ministry is going to change that. We finally have a chance to do it. I know Teens think what can we really do? I wondered this myself. Until, I was privileged to be apart of the planning stages of our Youth Ministry program. I was able to see people are willing to take Teens seriously and listen. I'm glad to see this Ministry, our Ministry, kicking off. Please really consider being involved. We can than show the parish what we are capable of accomplishing-Mike Ciraulo

Note:Mike Ciraulo is a member of the core team for St. Robert's Youth Ministry. Mike shared the above statement as part of "Witness Talk" on a recent retreat.


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MERCY HIGH SCHOOL-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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