St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, December 28, 2003

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

December 28, 2003
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph


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Dear Friends,

Today we celebrate the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. What do the words "Holy Family" bring to mind? Do we envision the Holy Family at the perfect family with the perfect mother, perfect father and perfect child? Is their life one of total peace and joy, untouched by sadness or pain? Not so this Holy Family!!! Together they experienced the glorious night of Jesus' birth, which was soon followed by Simeon's shocking words to Mary. A very short time later, came the dark night of their escape from Herod's soldiers. Were they lonely as exiles in the land of Egypt?

Back home in Nazareth, Mary must have spent her days making a home for Joseph and Jesus. She taught Jesus about His Father, our God. Her tenderness and concern for her family, her compassion, empathy and complete trust in God were Jesus' first lessons in what it means to love and be loved.

Jesus must have watched Joseph closely, wanting to be "just like Dad". Joseph's devotion to Jesus and to Mary, his wisdom, patience, his deep faith and enduring hope taught Jesus what it means to be a man.

Into the life of all parents comes a day when their child pulls away—-asserts independence. When this happens, they feel a devasting sense of loss. So it was with Mary and Joseph too. On their return journey home from the Temple, they discovered Jesus was not with them. Exhausted and drained, they cautiously opened the door of the Temple—-There was Jesus!!!

Disappointment and heartache come to every family. After the suffering and pain, come the joy of finding our loved one who has been lost to us. Once again we find ourselves whole—-a holy family with Jesus the center of our lives.

May God bless each of you and your families.
Gene and Anna May


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

Thursday, January 1, 2002
9:00 a.m. Only
Not a Holy Day of Obligation

The Parish Office will be closed
Thursday, January 1st and
Friday, January 2nd


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Monday - December 29
Readings: 1 Jn 2:3-11     Lk 2:22-35

Mass Intention
Armando Javellana †
William Mackey †
7th Gr. Cheerleading 1:30p Hall
Tuesday - December 30
Readings: 1 Jn 2:12-17     Lk 2:36-40
Mass Intention 6:30
Roger & Annette O'Donnell
Martin Moynihan †
Legion of Mary
Youth Choir Practice
Wednesday - December 31
Readings: 1 Jn 2:18-21     Jn 1:1-18
Mass Intention 6:30
Norma Ottoboni †
Mary Lucille Banchero †

Thursday - January 1
(Parish office closed)

Readings: Nm 6:22-27     Gal 4:4-7

Mass Intention 9:00 People of St. Robert's

Friday - January 2
(Parish office closed)
Readings: 1 Jn 2:22-28     Jn 1:19-28

Mass Intention 6:30
Jason Pimentel
Joseph Sammut †

Saturday - January 3
Readings: 1 Jn 2:29--3,6     Jn 1:29-34

Mass Intention 8:30
Christopher Trailer, Sr. †
Fran Presta †
Eucharistic Adoration 9:00a Church

Sunday - January 4
Readings: Is 60:1-5     Eph 3:2-3a,5-6     Mt 2:1-12

Mass Intention 7:30
Peter Tonegato †
Michael David Yanke †
People of St. Robert's
Dan McCarthy †
Fil/Am Choir Practice
Confirmation Class
Youth Mass

Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Irma Los,
Katherine Quinn,
William Webb &
Michael Mahoney
(brother of Dan Mahoney)
who died recently. 


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As a Parish Community, We Pray...for President Bush and for all world leaders. May they do all possible to bring a just and lasting peace to the family of nations.



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, 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, Aurelia C. Munar, 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.



As we begin a new year, lets take the time to thank God for all that He has given us and pray that the year 2004 will bring a just and lasting peace to all the world. We have the opportunity to spend an hour with Jesus before Him in His Blessed Sacrament on Saturday morning, following the 8:30 a.m. Mass and continuing until 10:00 a.m. on January 3rd and the First Saturday of each month. Mother Theresa has said: "To be alone with Jesus in adoration and intimate union with Him is the greatest gift of love—-the tender love of our Father in Heaven. The fruit of our adoration is that our love for each other is more understanding, our love for the poor is more compassionate."


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by Sister Sheral

We all know that feeling after a wonderful meal with close friends or family when we sit (slightly stuffed!) and just enjoy each other's company. These days after the feast itself are meant to be like that: an opportunity to savor the beauty and meaning of the Son of God becoming a human being. Keep your decorations up! Either turn your Advent wreath into a Christmas wreath with fresh greens, red candles and ribbons or save the tray and the frame for next year. Wear your Christmas sweater at least until the Epiphany next Sunday. Listen to Christmas music with only your tree lit. What are you most thankful for during the past year? As you look ahead to New Year's and the traditional making of resolutions, what one change in your life might make a difference in your relationship with God and with your community?

At Christmas, we celebrate Jesus' birth in a Jewish family, made known to Jewish shepherds. Next weekend we celebrate the Epiphany, the Feast of the Three Kings, when Jesus is recognized as the Savior of all people. Please come with your eyes and ears ready.


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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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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.




Women's Guild Dinner Dance will be held on March 6, 2004. Tickets will be on sale at the Joint Men's Club/Women's Guild Meeting on January 5, 2004. The price is $75.00 per person ($65/Senior). For information call Karen Martinez.


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Thank you for your generous donation of $3,273.18 to the Retirement Fund for Religious.


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4th-Youth Mass and Social

5th-Mens Club/Womens Guild joint meeting.
You are invited to a joint meeting at 6:00 pm in Hennessy Hall.
The price is $13.00 per person.
Reservations can be made by calling Teresa Nussbaum.

10th-Inbetweeners Pedro Party -Hall

18th-Youth Mass and Social

24th-Inbetweeners Crab Feed-Hall



2nd-Mens Club meeting-Hall

7th-Mens Club Crab Feed-Hall

9th-Women's Guild meeting- Hall

21st-Women's Retreat-9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Mount Alverno Conference Center in Redwood City

Come have some quiet time for yourself, get in touch with God again, and rediscover your priorities. All St. Robert's women are invited to this special day to share with others, let nature refresh you, and enjoy a delicious lunch which you didn't have to make! If you already know that you can participate in this retreat day or help plan the day, please call Sr. Sheral at 589-2800 or Donna McGuigan.

22nd-Grownups Communion Breakfast-Hall

25th-Ash Wednesday

27th-Lenten supper-Hall



1st-Mens Club meeting-Hall

5th-Lenten supper-Hall

6th-Women's Guild Dinner Dance CARNEVALE
A NIGHT IN VENICE. For information call Karen Martinez.

8th-Women's Guild meeting-Hall

12th-Lenten supper-Hall

19th-Lenten supper-Hall

20th-St. Patrick's Day Dinner Dance-Hall

24th-Grownups General mtg. soup supper-Hall

26th-Lenten supper-Hall



4th-Palm Sunday

5th-Men's Club meeting-Hall

8th-Holy Thursday

9th-Good Friday

10th-Holy Saturday

11th-Easter Sunday

16th-In Betweeners-Hall

19th-Women's Guild meeting-Hall




1st-Mens Club Golf Tournament

3rd-Mens Club meeting

10h-Women's Guild meeting

8th-First Eucharist

15th-First Eucharist

30th-Pentecost Sunday



3rd-8th grade awards


7th-Mens Club meeting

11th-Kindergarden graduation



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.


The poinsettias and wreaths decorating our church
were donated by:

Rita Agius in memory of Charles Agius
Ahern Family in memory of Allison Ahern
Marie Bacigalupi in memory of Andrew Bacigalupi
Olga Biasotti in memory of Enrico Biasotti
Lillian Bizal in memory of Florence Marty Dore, Pelletier Family and Edward & Cecilia
Mr. & Mrs. Roy Blanco in memory of Dominic Robert Ravelo
Ramona Bordin in memoyr of Alfred Bordin
Vicky Borg in memory of Emmanuel Borg & in honor of the Borg's & Azzopardi's
Evelyn Calhoun in memory of Phil Calhoun
Ray & Rosalie Capella in memory of Ralph Capella and Elaine & Emil Eskro and the Ferranti Family
Walt & Carmen Capella in memory of the Capella & Eskro Families
Rose Deferville in memory of Roy Deferville
Walt & June Dickhoff in memory of Herman Dickhoff & the Walter Rentmeester Family
Ida Dombrowiak in memory of her husband Marion and her son James
Jean Dominguez in memory of Jeffery Dominguz
Maryanne & Dave Dornlas in memory of Dora Morris, Bertha Dornlas & Frank Danna
Finocchiaro Family in memory of Sal & Domenic Finocchiaro
Alice Foster in memory of her parents
Dolores Gardner in memory of Sharon Gardner
John & Yvonne Giuseponi in memory of Charlot Giuseponi & Jacques Louhoo
Nancy Gonis in memory of Perry Gonis
LaVerne & Robert Gray in memory of Catherine & Frank Marty
Evelyn Hart in memory of Edward Hart & Celia Galluzzo
Greg & Peggy Hart in memory of Burton Hart & Lily McEneaney and in honor of Nicholas McEneaney & Mickey Hart
Esther Keck in memory of John Keck
Trish Kennedy in memory of Katie & Tom Donohue
Tim & Joan King in memory of Alice Perry
Kitchin Family in memory of Isabelle Cardinale
Betty Leahy & Family in memory of Timothy P. Leahy
Ella Lucera in memory of Edwin J. Lucero
Rosemarie Mailhiot in memory of Al Mailhiot &
MarieAda Mocelin in memory of John A. Mocelin, Edward Bizal & Mary Pellelier
Karen Mayers in memory of George Mayers
McMorrow Family in memory of Marie DeMartini & Jim Whooley
Jerry & Kathy Moller in memory of Catherine & MinniGloria May Moniz
Bunny Moniz in memory of Alexander Moniz
Dolores Moynihan in memory of Martin Moynihan
Mario & Helen Nardi in memory of Charles & Agnes Norry and Giovanni & Chiara Nardi
Carlo & Marie Noce in memory of their parents
Dorothy & Joey Nocito in memory of Joe Nocito
Carmela Pieretti in memory of Leo Pieretti
Cathleen, Jim, Jimmy, Ryan & Kyle in memory of Leo Pieretti
Mr. & Mrs. Alfred V. Romine in memory of Mrs. Agnes M. Dempsey
Elvira Ronzani in memory of the Celsari Family & Ernest Ronzani
Scarpino Family in memory of Carleen Molinari & Mark Loughran
Marie A. Spinetti in memory of Frances & Stanley Friedman and Theresa & Maria Spinetti
Larry & Joy Testa in memory of Margaret Testa
Tuhacek Family in memory of Ernest & James Pruckner and George & Alice Tuhacek
Bob & Jean Waldvogel in memory of Adolph & Rita Fambrini
Love, Candie, Owen & Michael in memory of Jim Whooley
Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Yaquinto in memory of Michael Bulnes

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