St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, December 21, 2003

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

December 21, 2003
Fourth Sunday of Advent


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Dear Parishioners,

As Catholics, we are called to serve others. Certainly, our Parish has demonstrated this during the Season of Advent by your generosity to the needy of our Parish and of our Community. As Catholics, we are also called to be people of prayer.

During this flu season, Archbishop Levada has strongly recommended that any parishioners who are worried about the spread of the flu virus abstain from receiving the Eucharist from the cup, not hold hands at the Our Father, forego shaking hands at the sign of peace and receive the Body of Christ in the hand rather than on the tongue. He also wrote to all Pastors asking us to remind parishioners that the obligation to attend Mass does not apply if they are seriously sick. I know that all of us will respect the decision of those who are concerned about their health and health of others.

Let us pray for one another.

Father Ring


Christmas Masses

Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24th
4:30 p.m., Children’s Choir
8:00 p.m., Evening Choir
12:00 a.m., Midnight Mass, Adult Choir

Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25th
7:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
NO MASS at 5:00 p.m.

New Year’s Day
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Thursday, January 1, 2002
9:00 a.m. Only

The Parish Office will be closed
Wednesday, December 24th, at noon
Thursday, December 25th
Friday, December 26th
Thursday, January 1st and
Friday, January 2nd


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Monday - December 22
Readings: 1 Sm 1:24-28     Lk 1:46-56

Mass Intention
Donald Tonegato †
Deacon Jack Bourne †
Advent Prayer Service 7:30p Church
Tuesday - December 23
Readings: Mal 3:10-4,23-24     Lk 1:57-66
Mass Intention 6:30
Mary Gradisham †
Raoul & Maria Luisa Kahn †
Legion of Mary
Youth Choir Practice
Wednesday - December 24
Christmas Eve
(Parish Office closes at 12 Noonn)
Readings: 2 AM 7:1-5,8-11     16/Lk 1:67-79
Mass Intention 8:30
Manuel Falzon †
People of St. Robert's
People of St. Robert's
People of St. Robert's

Thursday - December 25
Christmas Day
(Parish Office closed)
Readings: Is 62:11-12     Ti 3:4-7     Lk 2:15-20

Mass Intention 7:30
People of St. Robert's
People of St. Robert's
People of St. Robert's

Friday - December 26
(Parish Office closed)
Readings: Acts 6:8-10     Mt 10:17-22

Mass Intention 6:30
John & Kathleen O'Shea
Frank & Irene Vidulich †

Saturday - December 27
Readings: 1 Jn 1:1-4     Jn 20:2-8

Mass Intention 8:30
Timothy Leahy †
Dorothy Muscat †

Sunday - December 28
Readings: 1 Sm 1:20-22,24-28     1 Jn 3:1-2     Lk 2:41-52

Mass Intention 7:30
Bernardo Mocelin †
Carmen Borg †
Joseph McClelland †
People of St. Robert's
Fil/Am Choir Practice 10:00a Hall

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In the 4th century, Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, gave this beautiful sermon on the birth of Christ:

Awake, all people! For your sake God has become man. Awake, who sleep, rise up from the dead, and Christ will enlighten you. I tell you again: for your sake, God became man.

Let us then joyfully celebrate the coming of our salvation and redemption. Let us celebrate the festive day on which he who is the great and eternal day came from the great and endless day of eternity into our own short day of time.

He has become our justice, our sanctification, our redemption, so that, as it is written: Let him who glories glory in the Lord.

Truth, then, has arisen from the earth: Christ who said, I am the truth, was born of a virgin. And justice looked down from heaven: because believing in this new born child, man is justified not by himself but by God.

Truth has arisen from the earth: because the Word was made flesh. And justice looked down from heaven; because every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.

Justified by faith, let us be at peace with God: for justice and peace have embraced one another. Through our Lord Jesus Christ: for Truth has arisen from the earth. Through whom we have access to that grace in which we stand, and our boast is in our hope of God's glory. He does not say: " of our glory" but of God's glory: for justice has not proceeded from us but has looked down from heaven. Therefore he who glories, let him glory, not in in himself, but in the Lord.

For this reason, when our Lord was born of the Virgin, the message of the angelic voices was: Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

Let us then rejoice in this grace, so that our glorying may bear witness to our good conscience by which we glory, not in ourselves, but in the Lord. That is why Scripture says: He is my glory, the one who lifts up my head. For what greater grace could God have made to dawn on us than to make his only Son become the son of man, so that a son of man might in his turn become son of God?

Ask if this were merited; ask for its reason, for its justification, and see whether you will find any other answer but sheer grace.


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Kindergarten Applications-St. Robert School will be accepting applications for Kindergarten for the 2004-2005 school year January 7 thru January 14, 2004 at the school office. You will need to bring copies of your child's birth certificate, baptismal record, social security card recent family photo and a check for $30.00 to cover the testing fee.

Applications for other grades will not be accepted until May 2004.

Open House-St. Robert School will hold its annual Open House on Monday evening, January 12th. The evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Church, followed by classroom visitations. All are welcome.

Non-Discrimination Policy-St. Robert School, mindful of its mission to be witness to the love of Christ for all, admits students of any race, color and national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to or made available to students at this school. St. Robert School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color and national and/or ethnic origin, age, sex or disability in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan payments, and athletic and other school administered programs.


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  • Teen Club will prepare dinners for the homeless, this Tuesday from 7-9 in the Hall. Please call Diana Landin, to say what you will bring.
  • Good luck with finals

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Thank you for your generosity on Thanksgiving Day. We were able to give $1,660 to our St. Vincent de Paul and $1,660 to Catholic Worker House in San Bruno.

Thank you for your generous donation of $2,959.96 to our School, CCD and Confirmation Programs.


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As a Parish Community, We Pray...For all women, especially those whose pregnancy comes as a surprise. May they trust in God's faithfulness and cherish the life that dwells within them.



Gianna Anne Ghilardi &
Samantha Gayle Flores Santos



We would like to update the following list. Please review and call the rectory at 589-2800 if someone you know can be taken off the list.

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, Ana Cosgaya, Anna DeLucchi, Walton & June Dickhoff, 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, Austin Lehman, Marky, Michael Martinez, Kathryn McCann, Daniel McHale, Rosemary McHale, Terry McLeod, James Morrisey, Thomas O'Brien, Lara Pinten, Jason Pimentel, James Piazza, Bill Reilly, Mary Shick, Pauline Speranza, Ron Stern, Justo Tan, Joan Thomsen, Mafi Tukumoatu, Gene VanSlett, Don Vickery, Diana Walter, 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 familiies of
Irma Los &
William Webb

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.



Once again, there will be a special class offered by the Archdiocese for those adults over 18 who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Classes begin January 24th. Please contact Deacon Duffey for more information at 589-2800.


Thank you to all those who made a donation to the pointsetta fund. The names will be listed in the bulletin of January 4th.


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Christmas Is Almost Here!
Now is the time for panicking for some of us who haven't sent Christmas cards and still have presents to buy. Some people wouldn't mind (I hope!) receiving their cards by Epiphany since lots of folks know about the European Catholic custom of celebrating Little Christmas on that day. Christmas for Catholics really does extend to the Baptism of the Lord, January 11 this year.

May we not miss the wondrous words of this Sunday's readings! The Savior will come from a teeny town called Bethlehem and "his greatness shall reach to the ends of the earth; he shall be peace." Our God of surprises has done it again. Born into an ordinary village in an unlikely part of the world, far away from centers of civilization and commerce, comes the Holy One who will take away the dis-ease within us which causes conflict. And in the gospel, two pregnant women meet, one carrying the Messiah and the other, his forerunner. John in the womb is already moved by the presence of Jesus! How amazing these two: one beyond child-bearing age; the other, young and unmarried, overshadowed by the Spirit. Elizabeth in need and Mary willing to walk the 80 miles to Ain Karim to help her elderly cousin prepare for childbirth. [Zechariah, Elizabeth's husband, barely gets a mention since he has been silenced for his refusal to believe that God could do such a miracle as granting Elizabeth and him a child. How humbled he must have felt as he watched her growing big with God's other promised child!]

And what about us? Can we imagine God working wonders in someone we wouldn't choose? Can we be open to God's presence anywhere and everywhere in our lives?

Sister Sheral

Advent Evening Prayer
In this very busy week, you are invited to come tomorrow (Monday) at 7:30 p.m. for an Advent Evening Prayer with scripture readings, quiet and song. Fr. Tom will be leading us in this opportunity to ready our hearts for his coming.

Christmas Eve Morn
If you're free at 9 am, you're invited to come to church and help us with the last minute preparations for the great Feast of Christmas. Children old enough to follow directions are welcome with parents.


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Listed our a few of the food stuffs that we are running low on: jams and jellies, canned vegetables, cereal and oatmeal, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, juices, packaged cookies, and other condiments, and canned meats and tuna. Cereals are in high demand.

We are also collecting Gift Certificates and Scrip for MOLLYSTONE, 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.

As always, we thank you for your continued generosity and support.



Many of our parishioners are homebound or in nursing facilities due to serious illness or advanced years. During Advent, we say to Our Lord: "Come, Lord Jesus!" This hope is in their hearts as well. We can bring a little bit of Jesus' love to them by placing a gift in the baskets on our altar steps. Some suggestions are: white knee socks, lap robes, hand and body lotion, slippers, robes, dusters, nightgowns, pajamas, notes of encouragement. The only requisite is that your gifts be new, not used, and unwrapped. Cut-off date is December 22nd so the gifts can be wrapped and delivered before Christmas. Thank you.



Our St. Vincent de Paul Society (at St. Robert's) wants to thank our parishioners for all their wonderful donations. We were able to bring two full bags of food, plus scrip and gifts to 40 homes with 90 children on Saturday. With help from Rob and Cathy Aveson, George Lynch and Mike Salvato, many gifts were made available to all these families. Volunteers: Janet Aldinger, Lisa Mooney-DeLuca, Cara DeLuca, Bruce & Sophia Chester, Nancy McMahon, Bunny Moniz, Bill Root, Sandy Mangold, Carlo & Marie Noce, Gerry Huddleston, as well as the newly formed SVdP volunteers from St. Bruno's Conference: Aliza Alverez, Josephine Palfox, Isidro; Mary Pleas, Frances & Terry Cruz, and Lola & Joe Lavulo. These Santa Clause Elf Helpers that formed SIX teams completed this task in under two hours. I also want to thank again, Mary & Margaret Shypertt, who allowed us to use their "spacious garage" as "Santa's Workshop" to store and sort all our presents. Thanks to everyone!

Wally Mooney, SVdP Parish, President


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You are invited to a joint meeting on Monday, January 5th, at 6:00 pm in Hennessy Hall. The price is $13.00 per person. Reservations can be made by calling Teresa Nussbaum.


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We welcome you into our Parish!

Michael Martinez
Jessica Baca
Kevin & Mary Bartholomew
Ramiro & Liza Garcia & 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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