St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, October 26, 2003

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

October 26, 2003
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Friends:

Together, we looked over today's readings, keeping in mind that October is Respect Life Month. Each reading seems to speak to us of people who are going through intense sufferings: Captivity, exile, emotional, physical, spiritual pain, discouragement, fear, weakness, tears of sorrow and even blindness. Places in which we find ourselves today.

God tells us He is our Father, who is always with us. He can and will help us. Because of His great love for us, He sent his Son Jesus into our human life. Jesus understands all our weaknesses and suffering - He has experienced it all! Through His suffering and death, Jesus became one with us.

In today's Gospel, we see Jesus' compassionate love in action. All that Bartimaeus had to do was call out to Jesus. As soon as he said Jesus' Name, He was moved with pity and returned to Bartimaeus his long-lost gift of sight. All we have to do is to call out to Jesus - He is listening!

This very day, Jesus is with the woman facing an unexpected pregnancy and with her baby; with those who are oppressed and with people living with the threat of violence, terrorism or war; with children who have been neglected or abused; with the prisoner awaiting execution; with the frail elderly who can no longer take care of themselves; with those who are terminally ill in their final hours.

Jesus lives our life with us; our life at all its stages. He asks us to open our eyes and see Him in everyone who suffers. He wants us to reach out to them and to help them - for it is in these precious children of God that Jesus lives!


Gene & Anna May



This 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 27
Readings: Rom 8:12-17     Lk 13:10-17

Mass Intention
Tom Hamilton's Family
Fran Presta †
7th Gr. Cheerleading
Grownups Mtg.
Mahoney Room
Tuesday - October 28
Readings: Eph 2:19-22     Lk 6:12-16
Mass Intention 6:30
Filomeno Pignataro †
Martin Moynihan †
Religious Education
Legion of Mary
Evangelization Mtg.
Convent Chapel
Wednesday - October 29
Readings: Rom 8:26-30     Lk 13:22-30
Mass Intention 6:30
Tom Hamilton †
John Schaukowitch †
Teen's Mtg.
Bible Study
Convent Chapel

Thursday - October 30
Readings: Rom 8:31-39     Lk 13:31-35

Mass Intention 6:30
Mary Banchero †
Rita Fambrini †
Religious Education
Convent Chapel

Friday - October 31
Readings: Rom 9:1-5     Lk 14:1-6

Mass Intention 6:30
Fe Tan †
Joseph Paro †
Kid's Halloween Party 6:00p Hall

Saturday - November 1
All Saints Day
Readings: Rv 7:2-4,9-14     1 Jn 3:1-3

Mass Intention 8:30
Albert Caccia †
People of St. Robert's
Eucharistic Adoration 9:00a Church

Sunday - November 2
All Souls Day
Readings: Dn 12:1-3     Rom 6:3-9     Jn 6:37-40

Mass Intention 7:30
All Souls †
All Souls †
All Souls †
All Souls †
Fil/Am Choir Practice
Youth Group
Confirmation Class
Mahoney Room


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.

Q. Are Roman Catholics really biblical Christians?

The Catholic faith is a living faith that traces its history back to the witnessing of the apostles and the communities they formed. Catholics recognize the Bible to be the authentic written expression of the faith of the early Church. We also believe that the Holy Spirit guides the Church so that it interprets the biblical revelation without error. Therefore, we look to Scripture in its entirety but also to the rich Tradition of the Church, including its teaching, when we seek the meaning of Scripture. We are biblical Christians in the sense that we reverence Scripture as inspired by God. But we do not treat Scripture as a document that is extra-ecclesial (outside the Church). We approach Scripture as a gift from God to the Church—a gift which has its home within the Church—because we believe that Christ came primarily to form a community of believers, not primarily to write a holy book that has its total meaning apart from the faith community.

Q. But we know the Bible is the Word of God. Why should anyone believe sacred Tradition is important? On the contrary, the Bible warns against placing mere human traditions above the Word of God!

Sacred Tradition cannot be considered a "mere human tradition" because it has its origin in the Word of God and the faith-response of the same communities that gave us the Bible—the undisputed Word of God. It is the same Church which solemnly declares that "both sacred tradition and sacred scripture are to be accepted and venerated with the same sense of devotion and reverence" by Catholics. (The Documents of Vatican II, Revelation,) The Church is the faith-community which gave birth to the New Testament Scriptures and which affirms the authenticity of both the Old and then New Testaments. The Church is therefore justified in affirming the importance of sacred Tradition as a source of beliefs and practices.


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We welcome you into our Parish!

John Paul & Grace Santos
Tom & Nancy Masucci
Marvin Santos & Rachel Tungol & Family
Amy Booth
John & Cynthia Zolezzi & Family
Pamela Machado
Gary & Stacy O'Grady & Family
Paul & Mary Newman & Family
Michael & Waltraud Ryan & Family

If you're new to St. Robert's, we ask that you complete a registration form (found in the vestibule of the church). Drop it either in the collection basket, the mail, or at the parish office. We will send you a New Parishioner Packet with information about the parish, its organizations and groups.


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Dear Parish Family,

Greetings! I want to thank everyone who attended the Inaugural Youth Mass last week. It was a very special night and all the hard work was well worth it. My personal thanks to Father Ring, Father Tom, those in the Music Ministry, the Core Team, the adults who chaperoned the Social, The Men's Club, and everyone who helped in someway to make the night so wonderful. I apologize if I left anyone off that list, but please know I am very grateful. If you could not make it last week, or if you liked it so much you want to do it again, please join us next Sunday at 5:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please call me at (650) 255-0791. God Bless!

God is Good, All the time,
All the Time, God is Good!

Juan Santos

P.S. Youth Mass music practice Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Church.


The most fundamental building block of a just social order is respect for human life. Until men and women individually and collectively make a profound commitment to the value and dignity of all h human life, we will never find the true peace, justice and reconciliation, God desires for us.

-Standing for the Unborn statement by the Jesuit
Conference Board, March 25, 2003


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As a Parish Community, We Pray...We pray for a growing respect for life among the leaders of our government - that our laws might respect the right of life and liberty of every human being.



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.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Jack Ballard,
Virginia O'Shaughnessy and
Dan Franklin

who died recently.



Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place in our Church on Saturday, November 1st, following the 8:30 am Mass and continuing until Benediction at 10 a.m. This is the Feast of All Saints. Let us join with them to praise, adore and thank our God for giving us this Sacrament of Love. Why not come to the 8:30 a.m. Mass, receive Jesus' Body and Blood and then rest a while with Him.



Have you ever wondered who works behind the scenes, taking care of all the many details that make our Eucharistic Celebration run so smoothly? Who washes and irons altar linens and servers' robes? Who removes wax from candle-holders and the carpet? Who polishes and keeps the holders shiny? Who dusts the altar, ambo, Baptismal Font, piano and organ? Who keeps the sanctuary clean and tidy?

We at St. Robert's are blessed to have a group of lovely (but not often seen) ladies who quietly and faithfully take care of the center of our worship. They call themselves "The Marthas" - our Altar Society. Their annual meeting will be held on Monday, November 3rd. If you feel the desire to serve Jesus and His people in this ministry, please call Gene or Anna May at 589-7087. The time commitment is only 4 to 8 mornings each year.


by Sister Sheral

As the turning of the leaves and the wondrous harvest of squashes and pumpkins remind us of nature's fullness, the feasts of All Saints Day and All Souls Day remind us of the fulfillment of our faith, the joy of heaven. All Saints Day is this Saturday when we remember those saints recognized by the Church. If we're of the older generation and our parents were Catholic, we probably bear the name of one of those saints. They have gone before us and inspire us by their lives of dedication and self-giving. All Souls Day falls on Sunday this year when we remember other people, perhaps our parents, God parents or grandparents, beloved priests or teachers whose lives also inspire us. About some of them we say, "If he's [she's] not in heaven, no one is!" Others, we know, need our prayers.

We've all seen the baby who puts everything including a foot into her mouth, since she is the center of her world. As we grow, we hopefully learn that we are not the center of the world, but only part of a much bigger cosmos including many other people as well. We learn to recognize the presence of others, to share, to give of ourselves. Perhaps, purgatory helps us with that last phase of giving of ourselves so that we can be open to experience God in all God's goodness. Somehow, we believe as Catholics, that our prayers help those we love in that phase of spiritual growth. Hispanic Catholics celebrate the Día de los Muertos with skeleton-shaped candies and family picnics as a way of laughing at death and affirming their faith in the resurrection.

Here at St. Robert's, we'll continue the custom of bringing photos, prayer cards or other mementos of our loved ones to place by Mary's shrine throughout the month of November. Please bring the item Saturday or any time during the month and put your name and phone number on the back, so that it can be returned to you when the month is over.

Advent Prayer Groups
Next weekend and the following weekend, you can sign up for one of the small prayer groups which focus on the Advent readings and our preparation for Christmas. The weekly groups will meet three times during Advent and once after Christmas. Rusty Duffey, our deacon, will be hosting a group on Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Mahoney Room; Sr. Sheral will be setting up additional morning, afternoon and evening groups on whichever days and times are convenient for those interested. Please sign up in front of church or call Kathy at 650-589-2800 or e-mail her with possible days and times you could meet at -Thank you.



As has been our tradition for many years, during the month of November, the people of St. Robert's, in thanksgiving for all God has given us, share what we have with our hungry neighbors. Please bring non-perishable food items to the baskets placed on the altar steps. St. Vincent de Paul Society will distribute your gifts of love.


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One great way to help your family (and yourself) enter into the spirit of Advent in the midst of the commercialism of the stores is to make an Advent wreath. "But I don't know how! " you protest. On Saturday, November 22 from 9 am til 11 am, a group of us will be making Advent wreaths in our parish hall. The circular forms, evergreen boughs (the real thing – not plastic!), florist tape and four candles (three purple, one pink) will be supplied for a mere $5. All you have to do is to bring is small clippers and wear your grubbies. We need to know how many materials to buy. Sign-ups will take place after all the Masses next weekend or you can sign up in the office by Monday Nov. 3 with your donation. This will be a wonderful family experience, although you don't need to have children to come!


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Next weekend please bring your Clean Men's Clothing including jackets, coats, pants, shirts, shoes and sweaters to the Reconciliation Room after the 4:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday or between Masses on Sunday. There will also be a special pickup at the Men's Club meeting on Monday, November 3rd. Please no uniforms and remove all company logos to avoid against corporate misrepresentation and identity theft. Thank you!



With consistency, beautiful and undeviating, human life from its commencement to its close, is protected by common law...By law it is protected not only from immediate destruction, but from every degree of actual violence, and in some cases, from every degree of danger.

-James Wilson, U.S. Supreme Court justice,
signer of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution,
"Lectures on Law." 1791



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

Grosvenor Hotel, 380 South Airport Blvd., South San Francisco, Music J.S. Camins, Attire: Semi formal Price : $55 per person-$48 for Senior 60 or older. Entree is, Prime Rib of Steak or Filet of Salmon. 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 Craft 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.



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! Please call Colleen Soracco, club moderator, with any questions or comments.



This Multi-Class Reunion will be held on Saturday, November 22nd, at 6:30 Hennessy Hall. Contact Rich St. Clair (email: and/or Marilee Rizzetto (email: or Robin McCarthy, c/o St. Robert School (email for more details. Rich and Marilee are also attempting to reach "missing" alumni from these particular classes and could use your help. Please feel free to contact Rich and Marilee to offer your services in coordinating this evening or to RSVP.

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