St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, November 9, 2003

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

November 9, 2003
Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome


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Dear Friends:

This weekend we celebrate the anniversary of the dedication of the cathedral church of the city of Rome on November 9, 324. The Lateran Basilica was the residence of the Bishop of Rome (the Pope) from the 4th century until 1309, and it was the site of five ecumenical councils.

However, even more important than the significance of this historic place of worship, is our appreciation for the fact that we are that edifice of faith made of living stones. We are the Body of Christ, the Church, which bears witness to the goodness of God which is from age to age.

In every generation Christians gather in faith, are attentive to the proclaimed Word, celebrate the faithfulness of God as they remember the paschal mystery of Jesus in Eucharist, and are sent forth to be the very mystery they celebrate.

Here at St. Robert's, this living participation in the mystery of faith has been the cornerstone of our identify as a parish - as the People of God. For generations families have gathered here, and brought to the heart of God the `stuff' of their lives.

Today on this feast, we celebrate our identity as the Church - the living Body of Christ - and we pray that our witness may be for all the world, BLESSING!

For God is Good! All the Time!

Father Tom



Dear Parishioners,

A month has passed since the end of the Festival and all bills have now been paid (I hope). Once again I want to thank all who worked so hard to make the Festival a great success. It raised $48,866. Of this amount, $30,000 goes to the school and $10,000 to the Religious Education Program. The remaining amount will be used for the up keep of the Parish plant.

Fr. Ring


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Monday - November 10
Readings: Wis 1:1-7     Lk 17:1-6

Mass Intention
All Souls †
Pasquale & Maria Theresa Aloise †
Women's Guild
St. Vincent de Paul
Tuesday - November 11
Readings: Wis 2:23--3,9     Lk 17:7-10
Mass Intention 6:30
All Souls †
Tash McMahon †
Legion of Mary
Athletic Board Mtg.
Liturgy Committee Mtg.
Mahoney Room
Mary's Chapel
Wednesday - November 12
Readings: Wis 6:2-11     Lk 17:11-19
Mass Intention 6:30
All Souls †
Charles Agius †
Bible Study
Convent Chapel

Thursday - November 13
Readings: Wis 7:22--8,1     Lk 17:20-25

Mass Intention 6:30
Raoul & Maria Luisa Kahn †
All Souls †
Religious Education
Convent Chapel

Friday - November 14
Readings: Wis 13:1-9     Lk 17:26-37

Mass Intention 6:30
All Souls †
Sam Boncic †
8th Gr. Cheerleading 3:00p Hall

Saturday - November 15
Readings: Wis 18:14-16     Lk 18:1-18

Mass Intention 8:30
All Souls †
Joseph Busuttil †

Sunday - November 16
Readings: Dn 12:1-3     Heb 10:11-14,18     Mk 13:24-32

Mass Intention 7:30
People of St. Robert's
All Souls †
Mauro Sciacqua †
Milan Kovacevic †
Fil/Am Choir Practice
Youth Group
Mahoney Room

"Our faith calls us to work for justice, to serve those in need, to pursue peace and to defend the life, dignity and rights of all our brothers and sisters. This is the call of Jesus, the challenge of the prophets and the living tradition of our Church."

(A Century of Social Teaching, U.S. Catholic Bishops, 1990)


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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.

Q. If the Catholic Church considers Scripture its definitive guide, why does the Catholic Church discourage Catholics from reading the Bible?

At certain times and places—after the Reformation broke out in sixteenth-century Europe—Catholics were discouraged from reading the Bible. (Before that time, Gutenberg had not invented the printing press and Bibles were scarce. Besides, most people did not know how to read.) After the Reformation, many Catholic bishops and pastors feared that if their uneducated people read the Bible privately, they would misinterpret it and twist it "to their own destruction." (2 Peter 3:16) At the same time that many Catholics developed a distrust of that "Protestant" book, the Bible, some Protestants developed a distrust of those "Catholic" forms of worship, the sacraments. Happily, most of the ill feeling from those days is behind us. Many Protestant churches have come to appreciate elements of the sacramental tradition such as vestments, altars, candles, stained glass, and other art forms. Some Protestant churches, of course, never lost that tradition. And many Catholics have now come to appreciate the Bible tradition. Indeed, Vatican Council II states: "This sacred Synod earnestly and specifically urges all the Christian learn by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures the `excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ' (Phil. 3:8). `For ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.'" (Constitution on Divine Revelation 25) Catholics are strongly encouraged to read and study the bible, especially in connection with the Liturgy of the Word (the first part of the Mass) which throughout Christian liturgy has been a Scripture-reading service.


by Sister Sheral

The Month of November
During this season of Autumn, we notice how the flowers of summer have disappeared and the bounty of root vegetables and squash fills the produce aisles. This is the time of fruitfulness, of harvest, of completion. With All Saints Day and All Souls Day last weekend, we celebrated the lives and deaths of those holy people who listened and faithfully followed the Spirit's leading. Their lives have borne the good fruit Jesus speaks of in the gospels; they are God's harvest! In Autumn, death looks us in the face.

Sometime this month, you might want to gather your family, take out precious photos of relatives who have died and share their stories. Talk about particular qualities of theirs which you see in your own children. In our urban, technological society, death seems that the only forbidden topic of conversation. Yet for us who believe, it is not to be feared.

The Lateran Basilica is the cathedral, the mother church of Rome and, therefore, of all the world. The second reading reminds us that we are the temple of God. We form the Church with those sitting next to us in the pew, with those in heaven, (remember "the Church triumphant"?) and with those who are being purified on their way to the joy of God's kingdom. So as we see the harvest décor in the sanctuary, perhaps we might ask ourselves: What is my attitude towards death? If I'm in frail health or have recently lost a loved one, will I let myself lean on other parishioners? If I'm well, am I open to supporting others?

Blankets Needed
As I snuggled beneath my electric blanket this week, I remembered a conversation which I had with Peter of the San Bruno Catholic Worker house. He had mentioned to me some time ago that they could use blankets to give to the homeless folks who sleep there. So if you are cleaning out your closet and have blankets you don't need, could you please bring them to the reconciliation room next weekend? We'll get them to those who need them. Thank you.

Last Chance to Sign Up!
If you'd like to be part of a small Advent scripture group, you need to sign up this weekend. Forms are at the entrances to the church or you may call Kathy at 589-2800 and tell her which days and times you're available to meet.

Anointing of the Sick
Sunday, November 23 is the Feast of Christ the King when we honor Jesus as Lord of heaven and earth, the One who saves us by his dying and his rising to new life. During the 11:30 am Mass that day, we will celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. This sacrament is for anyone who is seriously or chronically ill or suffering the frailty of age. As a parish family, we pray for those who are anointed; for healing if that be God's will and for acceptance, strength and hope if the person is to bear this illness. If you know someone who would like to receive this sacrament, please tell him or her. If the person is unable to come to church, one of the priests will gladly anoint the sick person in his or her home.

Thank You
The Bethlehem Christian Families are most grateful for your purchases the weekend of Oct. 25 and 26. They were able to send back to the Holy Land twice the amount they usually receive for a weekend's sales.


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Music practice is on Tuesday Nov. 11th from 7-9 p.m.

Teen Mass and Social Nov. 16th at 5:00 p.m.


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As a Parish Community, We Pray...We pray for an end to all hatred, violence, terrorism and war, especially in Iraq and the Holy Land. May we become sowers of peace in our homes and in all the world.



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, 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 families of
Jack Thompson,
Angelina Perry,
John Molesky &
Joyce Ahlgren
(sister of Father D'Angelo)
who died recently.



The "Emergency Prayer Network" will pray for your specific intentions whenever some crisis arises in your life. If you call, our group will pray fervently for three days for you and your special intention. Call Michele Pipinich. Let us know how things turn out so that we can praise God for His faithfulness.



At the 4:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, November 15th, our Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary will renew their vows. We celebrate with them their many years of loving service to our Parish Family. Please remain for a few minutes after Mass to thank them for their faithfulness and love of God and for His people.



If you'd like something to help you focus on Advent instead of all the pre-Christmas sales, there is still room in the Advent scripture groups. The groups will meet weekly three times before Christmas and once after. Deacon Rusty's group will meet Tuesday evenings at 7pm; Sr. Ita's group will meet Wednesdays at 7:30pm; and Sr. Sheral's group will meet Fridays at 9:30 am. Please call the rectory by Wednesday to sign up so we can order the booklets.


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At its annual Ozanam Awards Brunch,The St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Mateo County honored two of our parishioners with a Conference Recognition of Service Award.

Joe Lambert and Bunny Moniz



Junipero Serra High School will be holding its Annnual Open House Program for elementary school students, parents, and friends on Thrusday, December 4th at 7:00 p.m. Applications for next falls' freshman class are currently available by contacting the school at (650) 345-8207. Junipero Serra is located in San Mateo.


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Thank you for your donation of $3,436.96 for the World Missions.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated.


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In this season of thanksgiving to God, our Creator, Who has blessed us with such abundance, we bring to your attention the food baskets that are on the Altar steps. Please bring NON-PERISHABLE food to help our sisters and brothers who find it difficult to get by because of poverty, illness or job loss.

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. Non perishable food can be left in the vestibule of the church.

We are also collecting Gift Certificates and Scrip for MOLLY STONE, ALBERTSON'S, LUNARDI'S, and SAFEWAY- in lieu of frozen turkeys. You may make out certificates to Saint Vincent de Paul and either mail them or drop them in the rectory mailbox.

Thanksgiving food and certificates will be given out on Saturday, November, 22nd. As always we thank you for your continued generosity and support.



November 12th

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 November 12th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items can be donated.

We appreicate your help!



Meals on Wheels plays a vital role in the lives of seniors througout San Mateo County. Are you over sixty, live alone, cannot cook, recuperating from a stay in the hospital, let us help you. We encourage you to call Catholic Charities CYO Meals on Wheels at (650) 295-2173.


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You are cordially invited to attend the Annual Craft Night TOMORROW, November 10th. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for cocktails and dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. We will be serving different pastas, salad, garlic bread, and a sweet treat. The price is $10.00. You will have lots of time to browse and shop for yourself and others. Please call Teresa Nussbaun at 359-1948 or email



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. Our next meeting is November 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Convent Chapel. Everyone is welcome. Please call Colleen Soracco, club moderator, with any questions or comments.



There will be a party/reunion of the St. Bruno's/St. Robert's Class of 1957 on Saturday night, November 22nd in Hennessy Hall. The evening will honor Guy Brennan who through the years played such an important role in the community. All classmates and their spouses plus all others who have known Guy are invited to attend. Please call Marillee Klyne Rissetto for more information and to make a reservation for this event. She can also be contacted at



Mens Club Crab Cioppino
December 5th

Grownups Christmas Party
December 6th

InBetweeners Christmas Party
December 12th

Women's Guild Breakfast with Santa
December 13th

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