St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, August 15, 2004

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

August 15, 2004
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


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Dear Parish Family,

I hope summer is going well and that you are getting some rest and enjoying some time in the sun with family and friends. For the teens of the parish, I hope your summer reading is finished or at least is halfway done.

I am very excited about this school year. Our campus has been way too quiet the last few months. But this year marks a great sense of renewal. I am thankful for the friendship, leadership and opportunity given to me by Fr. Ring and Fr. Tom. But a fresh new beginning can be good as well. One teen commented to me, that with all the recent changes, this is not the Church he grew up in and knows. Change, especially drastic change like we just endured, is hard but can be a good thing. I am familiar with the new faces of the parish.

I was an altar server for our pastor, Fr. Bruce Dreier, Ms. Yvonne Olcomendy, our new Principal, taught me in the fourth grade. Not forgetting my connections to the parish with two "veterans," Fr. Marini baptized me and our Parish Receptionist, Mrs. Judy DeMartini, is my cousin. To quote the "Lion King", the great "circle of life."

Being of Maltese heritage, today is one of the greatest feast days. The great feast of the Assumption. On a day like today I think of my great-grandmother, Assunta, who called this her special feast. I credit her with giving me my faith and being like a mother to me. I feel very lucky to have known both my great-grandmothers. Both were immigrants to this country, from Malta and Italy respectively, both were great cooks, both were devout Catholic women, and were lucky enough to both live into their mid nineties. My Nuna, Sunta, was called home on my Confirmation night and Nana Pierina received her eternal reward on Good Friday. Days like today do not sadden me. But make me happy for the honor and privilege of knowing them and for being loved by them. At funerals you always hear how good a person is, but it's too late. Don't put it off, count your blessings and always tell your loved ones how much they mean to you. It is never too late to ask for forgiveness and mend fences. When the chips are down and things look bleak, family and friends are your greatest treasure and blessing.

What a truly wonderful gift from our greatest lover and number one fan, our Heavenly Father.

Juan Santos


Monsignor Bruce A. Dreier
will be installed as the fifth pastor
of St. Robert's Church
NEXT Sunday, August 22nd,
at the 11:30 a.m. Mass
the Most Reverend William J. Levada
Archbishop of San Francisco

A reception will follow in Hennessy Hall


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Monday - August 16
Readings: Ez 24:15-23     Mt 19:16-22

Mass Intention
Lori Bucher †
Ciconte Family †
Tuesday - August 17
Readings: Ez 28:1-10     Mt 19:23-30
Mass Intention 6:30
Kitty Kilcullen †
Cliff Buelow †
Legion of Mary 6:30p Library
Wednesday - August 18
Readings: Ez 34:1-11     Mt 20:1-16
Mass Intention 6:30
Eugene Helly †
Nola Underwood †
Festival Band Practice 6:00p Hall

Thursday - August 19
Readings: Ez 36:23-28     Mt 22:1-14

Mass Intention 6:30
Anthony Attard †
Tash McMahon †
Scripture 9:15a Mary's Chapel

Friday - August 20
Readings: Ez 37:1-14     Mt 22:34-40

Mass Intention 6:30
Martin Novitski †
Joanne Curran †

Saturday - August 21
Readings: Ez 43:1-7ab     Mt 23:1-12

Mass Intention 8:30
Paul & Rosina Vella †
Eileen O'Doherty †

Sunday - August 22
Readings: Is 66:18-21     Heb 12:5-7,11-13     Lk 13:22-30

Mass Intention 7:30
People of St. Robert's †
Patricia Forbush †
Peter Guerrero †
Carmela Dellegrazie †
Fr. Bruce's Installation 11:30a Church/Hall


The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary reminds us of the oft-forgotten truth that God sends each child into the world as a particular, unique and unrepeatable human being with a specific role to play. Our goal must be to value each child, acknowledge the importance of each and above all cherish each child, especially if the child is physically or mentally challenged.


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Thank you for your generous donation of $3,067.40 to our School, CCD and Confirmation programs and $3,936.56 to the Columban Fathers.


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As a Parish Community, we pray for women who are pregnant. May they cherish the life that stirs within their wombs and, for all pre-born babies, may they be welcomed with joy.



Jadzia Rose Urzua,
Christopher Anthony Ku &
Monica Rose Francesconi



We pray for the ill: Sharon Aiello, Marilyn Arancibia, Robert Bacci, Genaro Badiable, Lito Badiable, Jimmy Brown, Maricris Candelaria, Arthur Candia, Carmen Capella, Josie Clarke, Nan Connolly, Theresa Cook, Cindy Corona, Ana Cosgaya, Walton & June Dickhoff, William & Sandra Dill, Carl Edwards, Joyce Flax, Adela Florez, Jesse Grube, Claire Hamilton, Denise Hawald, Dominique Hauscarriague,Jr, Viko Ivancich, Joanne Johnson, Koret Koelman, Muriel Krause, Sisilia Langi, Shirley Latham, Josephine Lavoie, Austin Lehman, Lena Lucarotti, Marky, Michael Martinez, Daniel McHale, Rosemary McHale, Terry McLeod, Josie Mercado, Mary Novickas, Thomas O'Brien, David Papageorgiou, Lara Pinten, Jason Pimentel, James Piazza, Helen Restani, Mamo Scanlan, Mary Shick, Pauline Speranza, Justo Tan, Mafi Tukumoatu, Kristi Varni, Don Vickery, Diana Walter & Jennifer Westbrook.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Larry Buller and
Lois Honcock

who died recently.



Once again the generosity of the people of St. Robert’s is amazing. Two weeks ago our food supply was empty. Today, we have plenty. Thanks to all who bought extra food while shopping. Thanks to all who found extra food in your cupboards. We now have an ample supply to share with those in need.

On the 5th Sunday of the month (the next one is on August 29th) the 2nd collection goes to St. Vincent de Paul. Last time, on May 30th, we collected an all-time high amount of just over $4,000. In June we experienced an all-time high in the number of calls for assistance. There were 45 calls for food and scrip, 10 calls for rental assistance, one call for PG&E assistance and 3 calls for furniture, beds and clothing. When we can, we try to include a $25 scrip with each request for food. The scrip is stamped so that no alcohol or cigarettes may be purchased; it’s generally used for diapers and other necessities.

I guess I’m always amazed that when we have extra, there’s an extra demand. When we have little, you always amaze me with your generosity. Please keep up your good work and may God continue to reward you for all your assistance to those in need.

Wally Mooney,
St. Robert’s SVdP President and
Deacon Rusty Duffey


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St. Robert School will open for the 2004-2005 school year on Wednesday, August 25th, at 8 am. All parents are invited to attend the Opening Day Breakfast in Hennessy Hall following the 8:30 am Mass. Our first school Mass of the year will be on Friday, September 3rd, at 8:30 am. All parishioners are invited to attend.



Back to School Night for parents of students in grades K-5 will be on Tuesday, September 7th. Back to School Night for parents of students in grades 6-8 will be held on Thursday, September 9th. More details will follow in the School Newsletter.



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 adminstration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs


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"Home to Harmony" by Philip Gulley is the newest book for the Robert's Readers. This is a delightful book about a Quaker pastor, Sam Gardner, and the town of Harmony. The author Philip Gulley is, himself, a Quaker minister, and this book grew out of essays that Gulley wrote for his church newsletter. The San Mateo library system has seven copies, so it is readily available. We will be discussing this book Tuesday, September 21st, at 7pm in Convent Chapel. If you have any questions, please call Colleen Soracco.


Toddlers, Infants, Preschool Parents Social
Friday, August 27th, 6:30 p.m. in the Hall

We would like to invite all the parents of preschool children, including infants and toddlers, to a social event and you can bring your babies. This is your chance to meet other parents and have a good time. Some adults and teens will be available to help supervise the children.

A mini-pot luck is planned. We will provide the wine, water and soft drinks; you provide your favorite dish: salad, prepared entrée, dessert or snack for about 6 people. Please bring ready to serve items as we do not have access to the kitchen. With any luck we’ll make a mini-meal. If you won’t have time to prepare anything, that’s okay too, you’ll just have to provide the conversation.

Parents are asked to bring a toy for their child to play with during the session. Please no balls or weapons.

Last time there were 25 families present, we would like to see more this time. Single parents with children are encouraged to join us as well.

If an adult or teen would like to help chaperone the little ones while their parents socialize, please contact Deacon Duffey, we could use your help.

We hope to see you there.

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