St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, November 23, 2003

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

PARISH BULLETIN
November 23, 2003
Christ the King

    

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Dear Parishioners:

Sometimes it seems as though we spend our lives waiting. Daydreaming about an upcoming vacation, worrying over a medical test, preparing for the birth of a grandchild—our days are filled with anticipation and anxiety over what the future holds.

As Catholic Christians, we too spend our lives waiting. But we are waiting for something much bigger than a trip, bigger even than retirement or a wedding: We are waiting for the return of Jesus in glory. Advent heightens this sense of waiting, because it marks not only our anticipation of Jesus' final coming, but also our remembrance of his arrival into our world more than 2,000 years ago.

Overwhelmed by the demands of the season, we can wait for Jesus in a state of anxiety, or cynicism, or harried indifference toward the miracle that is upon us. Or we can take our cue from the prayer we hear every Sunday and "wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ." Welcoming Jesus into our homes and our hearts, full of hope and joy, prepares us to properly celebrate Jesus' birth and anticipate his return.

The stories of Advent help us strike the right note for our wait: the prophecies of Isaiah and John the Baptist, full of their own stern hope; the pregnancies of Mary and Elizabeth, each as joyous as it is unexpected; the miracles, cures and other signs pointing the way to the Savior. Use the Gospel stories to immerse yourself in the season, and find your own hope and joy along the wait.

-Father Ring

    

JOIN US FOR THANKSGIVING MASS

Give thanks to the Lord
Thanksgiving Day Mass - 9 AM
Thursday, November 27th

We invite families attending the Mass to bring non-perishable food to share with those in need. Your gifts will be donated to Catholic Worker house in San Bruno.

Let us gather as family at the Lord's Table to share the meal He has prepared for us -
His Bread of Life and Cup of Salvation.

Refreshments will follow outside of Church.
All are welcome!

    

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Monday - November 24
Readings: Dn 1:1-7,8-20     Lk 21:1-4

Mass Intention
   
6:30
8:30
All Souls †
Manuel Falzon †
7th Gr. Cheerleading
Grownup's Meeting
1:30p
7:30p
Hall
Mahoney Room
Tuesday - November 25
Readings: Dn 2:31-45     Lk 21:5-11
Mass Intention 6:30
8:30
All Souls †
Tom  Hamilton †
Legion of Mary
Choir Practice
Teen Club
6:30p
7:00p
7:00p
LIbrary
Church
Hall
Wednesday - November 26
Readings: Dn 5:1-6     Lk 21:12-19
Mass Intention 6:30
8:30
All Souls †
Fran Presta †
Choir Practice
Bible Study
7:00p
7:30p
Church
Convent Chapel

Thursday - November 27
THANKSGIVING DAY
Readings: Dn 6:12-28     Lk 21:20-28

Mass Intention 9:00 All Souls †
Thanksgiving Mass
(followed by hospitality)
9:00a Church

Parish Office Closed on Thursday in
Observance of Thanksgiving Holiday

Friday - November 28
Readings: Dn 7:2-14     Lk 21:29-33

Mass Intention 6:30
8:30
All Souls †
Petelo & Mary Lute Langi †

Parish Office Closed on Friday in
Observance of Thanksgiving Holiday

Saturday - November 29
Readings: Dn 7:15-27     Lk 21:34-36

Mass Intention 8:30
4:30
Paul & Rosina Vella †
All Souls †

Sunday - November 30
Readings: Jer 33:14-16     1 Thes 3:12--4,2     Lk 21:25-28

Mass Intention 7:30
9:30
11:30
5:00
People of St. Robert's
Julia Masseroni †
Mauro Sciacqua †
Valerie Asaro †
Fil/Am Choir Practice
Youth Group
10:00a
3:00p
Hall
Mahoney Room
    

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A PLACE AT THE TABLE

Recently, the Catholic Bishops of the Unites States wrote on the need for Catholics to recommit ourselves to overcome poverty and bring respect to all people. As we prepare for Thanksgiving Day, let us give thought to some of their words.


Our faith calls us to look at economic life in terms of its moral and human dimensions. Concern for the poor echoes through the Scriptures—in the passion of the prophets, the words and witness of Jesus, and the example of the early Church. The Church has lived out this concern in every age and every land. Our commitment to those who are in greatest need is rooted in the biblical vision of the sacredness of all human life. In the Old Testament, the Book of Genesis teaches us that every person is made in God's image and likeness and endowed with inalienable dignity, regardless of who we are born, or what we accomplish. As believers, we are called to treat all people-especially those who are suffering—with respect, compassion, and justice.

Genesis also teaches us that all of creation was made by God and ultimately belongs to God. The goods of creation must be used to advance the reign of God and the well-being of all. Private ownership is important to ensure freedom and dignity and to help people to meet basic needs, but the goods of creation are not to be controlled by some at the cost of injustice to others.

Throughout the Old Testament, God calls his people to care for those on the margins of society. The God of Israel is a God of justice who protects and defends the poor. The prophets clearly reminded the people of Israel that a test of their faithfulness was the way they treated their poor and vulnerable—the widows, the orphans, and the aliens. In the New Testament, we learn how Jesus shared his love in a special way with those who were poor or vulnerable. In the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus and in the Parable of the Rich Young Man, Jesus urged us not to ignore those who are suffering in our midst and warned that attachment to riches can be a barrier to discipleship.

Although Jesus reminded us that in a world marred by sin, the poor would always be with us, he also challenged us to see him in those who are hungry or thirsty, in strangers, in the he naked and imprisoned. In Christ's description of the Last Judgment, we learn that when we ignore the poor, we ignore Christ himself. As John Paul II has declared, "This Gospel text is not a simple invitation to charity...By these words, no less than by the orthodoxy of her doctrine, the Church measures her fidelity."

Applying the Scriptures to human history has been the task of saints, church leaders, and ordinary believers through the centuries. The social doctrine of the Church provides principles for reflection, criteria for judgment, and guidelines for the choices we make every day. In the early years of the Church, Christian communities cared for their weakest members by sharing what they had. According to St. Ambrose, "You are not making a gift of your possessions to the poor person. You are handling over to him what is his. For what has been given in common for the use of all, you have arrogated to yourself. The world is given to all, and not only to the rich."

Catholic teaching about human dignity and economic justice has been a special focus of many papal encyclicals and statements of our bishops' conference, offering key themes and principles and applying them to the issues of the day.

Pope John Paul II insists that the unequivocal words of the Gospel remind us that there is a special presence of Christ in the poor. This presence requires the Church to make a preferential option for those who are poor and vulnerable. The principle of solidarity reminds us that as members of one human family, we see every "other" as our neighbor, who must share in the "banquet of life to which all are equally invited by God." Solidarity call us to care for our neighbors in need who are nearby and for those who are far away and to see all those who suffer as sisters and brothers.

    

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St. Robert School is hosting a Kindergarten information meeting and open house on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday December 2nd through 4th from 10:15 am to 11:15 am. All parents of perspective Kindergarten students are welcome to attend. Please call the school office to place your reservation, (650) 583-5065. Registration for Kindergarten for the 2004-2005 school year will take place January 7-14, 2004. Our annual Open House will take place on January 12, 2004 at 7:00 pm.

We are looking for someone to help with the layout of our new school brochure. All photos and words are compiled. We just need help setting up the color graphics. If you have access and experience with QuarkXpress, please contact Maureen Wallace.

    

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As a Parish Community, We Pray...for members of our parish family who will receive the Sacrament of the sick at the 11:30 a.m. Mass. May Jesus strengthen them, bless and heal them.

    

SICK RELATIVES AND FRIENDS

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
Charles A. Hunt &
Rose Hollenbeck
who died recently.

    

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by Sister Sheral

The Feast of Christ the King
This weekend, as you can tell from the readings, we celebrate the end of the Church's liturgical year. Reflecting the cycle of death which we see in nature, the Church focuses on endings: the end of the world and the death of Jesus as a criminal, though we acknowledge him as our king. Last week, we were faced with the end of the world, our own death and our readiness for it. During these weeks since Easter and Pentecost, the readings have centered on discipleship: If we really believe that Jesus lived, suffered, died, and rose, how should we live?

This wondrous process of his dying and rising is called the Paschal Mystery. It might remind us of the Passover of the Hebrew scriptures when the angel of death "passed over" the homes of the chosen people because Pharaoh wouldn't let Moses lead them out of the captivity of Egypt. The sacred Passover meal with which our Jewish brothers and sisters commemorate this event was the context for Jesus' Last Supper with his friends. The Paschal candle which is lit with great solemnity on Holy Saturday night is symbolic of Jesus "passing over" from death to new life.

Those who are baptized "pass over" from death to new life in Jesus and we do the same by renewing our baptismal promises with deeper enthusiasm. Hopefully, over these months, we've all grown in our commitment to the gospel of Jesus in our everyday life.

Next week, notice the changes in liturgy which Advent, the beginning of the liturgical year, brings. The introductory rites will invite us-wordlessly-to enter into that quiet place within where God dwells. We will sing , "Come,Lord Jesus" in litany form after the Advent wreath is lit and open our hearts to hear the old story of longing with new ears.

Entering into Advent
At liturgy committee last month we talked about how difficult it is to observe Advent with Christmas being touted everywhere. Here are a few suggestions to help you and your family. For us Catholic, Christmas begins Dec. 24 and lasts until Epiphany, January 6th the Feast of the Three Kings; these are the 12 days of Christmas. We adults have had the experience of the preciousness of those things we've had to wait for. Advent is an opportunity to help our children share in that experience. So...you might get out anything you have that is purple to wear these Sundays. Save your red and green outfits for your office Christmas party or your family Christmas celebration. In your home or apartment, focus on your Advent wreath and resist the impulse to put out all your Christmas decorations for as long as you can, perhaps, at least for the first three weeks of Advent! If you buy your Christmas tree as late as you can and keep it in a bucket of water, it will last through the Christmas season.

You'll need to put it up when everyone can gather to share memories.

Our parish liturgies for Advent will express the threefold mystery of this season: Christ will come at the end of time; Jesus' coming more fully into our lives. How wonderful if our everyday lives during this season can reinforce this mystery!

    

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THANKSGIVING DAY FOOD BASKETS

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.

    

ADOPT A FAMILY GIVING TREE

On the weekends of Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 6-7 we will have a "Giving Tree".  If you have the means to share your Christmas spirit, stop by after any one of the Masses on these days and pick an ornament.   If you have any questions please call Rob or Cathy Aveson.

    

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Teen Event on Tuesday Nov. 25th from 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Hennessy Hall

Preparing dinners for the homelesss

3 weeks until Christmas in the City
see or call Juan for details.

    

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CONGRATULATIONS

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE
Fil/Am Dinner Dance Raffle

Georgine Giovannoni-$250.00
Rose Jardin-$100
Thelma Tannis-Oakland A's Tickets
Soledad Iniego-Kirk Rueter augtographed baseball
Philip Cheng-Sugar Bowl Ski Resort lift tickets
Belen Villanueva-Paramounts Great America tickets
Father Ring-Chabot Space & Science Center tickets
Malou (JS Camins Band)-$48.00 BART ticket

    

GROWNUPS' CHRISTMAS PARTY

Come celebate the holiday season at the
Grownups' Christmas Party
on December 6th, in Hennessey Hall.

Enjoy a catered traditional turkey dinner, music of the Traversos, door prizes and a raffle of table decorations. Proceeds of this event go to Sister Ita's special Christmas charities. No host cocktails at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:00 p.m. tickets are $20. Deadline for reservations is December 3rd. For reservations, call Laverne Buller; Dolores Johnson; Marie Noce; Olga Samuelsen; or Sybil De Santis. Tickets will also be available after 4:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday and after 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Masses on Sunday.

    

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Saturday, December 13th
8:30 am and 10:30 am seatings

See Santa present each child with a gift. There will be a continental breakfast and children can create a unique gift for someone special. Get your photo taken with Santa. Reservations are a must - please call Jean Jauregui. 

    

COMING IN DECEMBER!!!!

Advent Scripture Groups

The Advent groups will begin meeting as follows: the Tuesday evening group at 7 pm Dec. 2 in the convent chapel; the Wednesday group at 7:30 pm, Dec. 3 in the convent chapel; the Friday group at 9:30 am, Dec. 5 in Mary's chapel. Please see the leader of your group this weekend or come by the rectory, so you can get your booklet and prepare for the first session.

Mark Your Calendars

Special Advent Evening Prayer:
Monday, December 22nd at 7:30 pm

Communal Celebration of the Sacrament of penance

Monday December 15th 7:30 p.m.
Saturday December 20th 3:00 p.m.

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