St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, September 12, 2004

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

September 12, 2004
Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Fellow Parishioners,

Many of us have favorite Gospel stories. The story of the Prodigal Son is one of mine. It has always challenged me and offered me hope when I most needed.

I suspect that most people ponder which son they identify with when they hear this story proclaimed. Most of my life I saw myself as the son who had gone off to some distant land and who had found himself deeply in need of God's love and forgiveness. And then sometime in my early forties a friend of mine told me he thought I was more like the elder son. That really surprised me. Yet it was true that I also had been dutiful and responsible in my family, school and community. Upon further reflection I admitted that I have also been angry, judgmental and self righteous. So, I’m like both brothers. And I suspect that most of us are, too.

Several years ago, I read Henri Nouwen’s the Return of the Prodigal Son. He, too, could see himself in both the younger and elder brother in the parable. Finally, he realized he was being called to become the forgiving father. He struggled with this at first but eventually accepted that he could welcome and love and cherish and love others as a father, that he could guide without controlling, correct without criticizing and ultimately do as the father had done in the parable: wait to warmly receive the wayward and make them feel at home.

This parable is about our own lifelong spiritual journey and all three people are us. God calls us to love like God and gives us the strength and the courage in the Eucharist to accept and forgive all who come to us in need.

God Bless you,
Father Joe


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


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Monday - September 13
Readings: 1 Cor 11:17-26,33     Lk 7:1-10

Mass Intention
Yvonne Giuseponi †
Emma Johnson †
Men's Club
St. Vincent de Paul
Mahoney Room
Tuesday - September 14
Readings: Nm 21:4b-9     Phil 2:6-11      Jn 3:13-17
Mass Intention 6:30
Martin Moynihan †
Nina Catterini †
Scripture Reading
Religious Education
Festival Band Practice
Legion of Mary
Liturgy Committee Mtg.
Mary's Chapel
Convent Chapel
Wednesday - September 15
Readings: 1 Cor 12:31--13:13     Jn 19:25-27      Lk 2:33-35
Mass Intention 6:30
Marie Greget †
Bill Strehl †
Bible Study
Picnic Meeting
Convent Chapel

Thursday - September 16
Readings: 1 Cor 15:1-11     Lk 7:36-50

Mass Intention 6:30
Helen Thompson †
Charles & Rita Agius †
Religious Education
Mahoney Room

Friday - September 17
Readings: 1 Cor 15:12-20     Lk 8:1-3

Mass Intention 6:30
Felix DeLara †
Jim Shanahan †
Men's Club 4:00p Hall

Saturday - September 18
Readings: 1 Cor 15:35-37,42-49     Lk 8:4-15

Mass Intention 8:30
Paul & Rosina Vella †
Bill Wilson †
Festival Dance 7:00p Hall

Sunday - September 19
Readings: Amos 8:4-7     1 Tim 2:1-8     Lk 16:1-13

Mass Intention 7:30
Frances Sullivan †
Gerald Butler †
Giuseppe Pignati †
People of St. Robert's
Fil/Am Choir
Confirmation Class
Youth Mass

The Church Is Open

St. Robert's Church is open before the 6:30am Mass until 5pm. As you're going to or from work or school or are on your way to the park, why not come in and thank the Lord for the gift of life and the beauty of these days?

God's peace will refresh you.


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The Adult Choir singing at the 9:30 a.m. Mass is ready to begin a new year raising their voices in praise. Rehearsals are every Wed. from 7-9 p.m. We are going to be rehearsing music for Advent and Christmas soon, and would love to invite new members to help us make these seasons truly joyous! On Sunday, we gather at 9 a.m. to warm up prior to the 9:30 a.m. Mass.

Although we would welcome you to join us throughout the year, if you can not make that commitment, we would be happy for you to sing for Nov. and Dec. in preparation for Christmas. We are going to be planning a midnight mass with much beautiful and festive music.

I would also like to invite any in our congregation who play instruments to come join us. We are always looking for instrumentalists to help accompanying the choir or play for any of the liturgies.

For more information, or to join us contact Kevin Imbimbo at 873-4480, or just come by the organ and see me after Mass.

Even if you’re not sure if you can sing with us, join us TODAY, Sept. 12th after the 11:30 a.m. Mass for FOOD AND FUN!



Let us enjoy a fall luncheon at Dominic’s at the Poplar Creek Golf Course in San Mateo on Sunday, September 19th at 12:00 Noon. For information call Bunny Moniz.



Saint Robert’s will be offering Computer Classes again this Fall. Classes held on 8 Saturday mornings from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m (October 2-November 20). In order to tailor the instructions to the needs of the class we are asking you to register by calling the rectory at 589-2800. You will be asked to fill in a very short questionnaire to help the instructors with the planning. The classes will cover: Computer Basics, Internet, Email, Outlook Express and hopefully other topics you request.

Sister Patricia



"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 Mary’s Chapel. If you have any questions, please call Colleen Soracco.



Spiritual Reading is available at St. Robert’s after the Masses on Sundays. Please take a few minutes either before or after Mass and check out a book or two that interest you. You may keep the books until you are finished. We have some books on the Library cart but we have many more in the Library/Reconciliation room.

Enjoy reading.


September 24-26

The theme this year is “La Fiesta”

Bring your friends and family to enjoy festive entertainment all weekend long. Rides and games for the kids, an Ice Cream Social on Friday night, delicious food including a sit down Mexican dinner on Saturday night in Hennessy Hall, raffles and a silent auction, a pancake breakfast on Sunday morning and bingo on Sunday afternoon come join in the fun!

Opening festivities begin Friday at 6pm. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 1p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with a pancake breakfast at 10:30 a.m.

Barbecue and Food Booths are in need of your help. Several people are needed to work in these two very popular booths and everyone from the parish is welcome to help. Most shifts are for 2 hours, but you can work for as many hours as you would like and on all three days if you wish.

The menu will include those all time favorites that include delicious barbecued tri tip steak sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, polish sausages, Domino’s Pizza, nachos, soft drinks, candy and much more.

If you can help in any way, please contact Louise and Ray Downs or Raquel and Jeff Downs.

Thank You

Festival Raffle News!

The “La Fiesta Weekend” festival raffle is coming up! The Grand Prize is $2,000, CASH! A total of $5,000 will be awarded! So buy your tickets right away. If you need tickets call or drop by the rectory.

Early Bird Drawing is TODAY, September 12th.



You are invited to St. Robert’s Women’s Guild special Luau Dinner with delicious Mai Tais on Monday, September 20th Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. R.S.V.P. to Teresa Nussbaum c/o Nicholas, Grade 5 or email


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As a Parish Community...We pray for all who have strayed from their faith. May they respond to the call of Jesus, our Good Shepherd, and return to the loving arms of God, our Father.



Cez Abad & Adrian Antonio



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 following list:

We pray for the ill: Olga Aiello, Sharon Aiello, Marilyn Arancibia, Robert Bacci, Genaro Badiable, Lito Badiable, Jimmy Brown, Patrick Burke, Maricris Candelaria, Arthur Candia, Carmen Capella, Josie Clarke, Nan Connolly, Salvador Canjura, Theresa Cook, Cindy Corona, Ana Cosgaya, Walton & June Dickhoff, William & Sandra Dill, Carl Edwards, 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
Angela Roberts &
Alice Madeline Thompson
(Sister of Wilma Zumsteg)
who died recently.



THANK YOU TO ALL of St. Robert’s Parishioners for the record 2nd Collection at the last 5th Sunday , August 29th. We also received several volunteers to assist us with giving out food, home visits and handing out sandwiches at the SVDP store, commonly called, Café St. Vincent at 344 Grand Ave. in South San Francisco.

If there are any parishioners, who can spend some hours helping SVDP in any way, please call the Rectory at (650) 589-2800 or call me at 740-7505. All volunteer helpers work during the daylight hours only never in the evenings.

Wally Mooney, President, SVDP, St. Roberts Chapter


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St. Robert's Parish
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Have you been Baptized a Catholic and have had little or no connection with the Church? Would you like to receive your First Communion and/or Confirmation?

Have you been Baptized in another faith but have felt an increasing curiosity about the Catholic Church?

Have you not been Baptized at all; have not been a part of any formal religious group; but are interested in what makes Catholics “tick”?

The RCIA Team would like to invite you to our Open House
This Thursday, September 16th at 7:00 p.m.
In the Mahoney Room, 347 Oak Avenue

Come with a Friend

Please call Deacon Rusty Duffey at 589-2800 with any questions.


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OF CLASSES 1954-1960

There will be a picnic reunion for St. Bruno’s/St. Robert’s graduating classes of 1954 through 1960 Saturday, September 18th at 1 p.m. at Beckner Shelter in San Bruno Park. The picnic is being spearheaded by Guy Brennan, Class of 1957. Please call Vickie Farrell Reed, Class of 1959, for more information and to make a reservation for this event.


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Teachers are needed to teach various grades for the Religious Education program.

Please contact Sister Mary at the Religious Ed Office 588-0477.

Classes start on
Tuesday, September 14th and on
Thursday, September 16th, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.


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A time for Young Adult Catholics to come together. The 8th Annual Conference for singles and couples in their 20s and 30s. Saturday, September 18th at the University of San Francisco. Keynote by Bishop Jaime Soto from the Diocese of Orange, Calif. Day includes 3 workshops, mass, dinner and dance. $40 before Aug. 13th; $50 before Sept. 3rd; $60 on-site. To receive registration material: (415) 614-5594. Don't miss this great opportunity to celebrate with other Young Adults! This event is sponsored by the Archdiocese of San Francisco Office of Young Adult Ministry and the USF Department of Theology and Religious Studies.



Celebrate the Centennial of Saint Anne of the Sunset Parish, San Francisco on September 19th. Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. with school reception to follow. For any questions please email



Mens Club-Join us for our dinner meeting tomorrow, Monday, September 13th at Hennessy Hall 6 p.m.

Teen Club-Any Teen needing service hours during the festival contact Juan at 255-0791.


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Thank you for your generous donation of $5,330.09 to our St. Vincent de Paul Society.


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by Sister Sheral

How Far Does Our Forgiveness Reach?

Having just finished our scripture group reflection, I have more to share about today’s readings. The Exodus reading brought to mind images from Cecil B. DeMille’s “Ten Commandments” with Charleton Heston as Moses coming down the mountain and smashing the tablets. God is presented very humanly, as angry as we would be about the Israelites’ infidelity. Then Moses’ almost shames God into changing his mind about punishing them. We talked about the difference between a contract and a covenant and that God’s relationship with the Israelites was a covenant, God promising them unconditional love and forgiveness, no matter what they did.

Paul’s writing to Timothy reminded us that he also felt that amazing forgiveness of God. Paul, after all, had ordered the persecution (murder, in other words) of Christians and now he had experienced the change of heart needed to renounce that way of life and gradually we may assume, turned his passionate energy into preaching the Way he had previously condemned.

The gospel provoked the most lively discussion with one member declaring that she surely would have been as resentful as the older son and another protesting, “It isn’t fair!” And, of course, that’s the point. God isn’t fair according to our understanding of fairness. God goes way beyond that to mercy, to forgiveness beyond what anyone would expect. And that’s the truth. God’s covenant of unconditional love and forgiveness is made with each of us, too, at our baptism.

And what about our extending that forgiveness? Is there someone I need to forgive? Sometimes, a small misunderstanding or slight can exert way too much power over a relationship and we need to admit that to ourselves. However, if there has been a deep hurt, such as in an abusive situation, forgiveness won’t come easily and shouldn’t. (Forgiveness has nothing to do with staying in an abusive situation; by all means, the person needs to get out of that situation before any forgiveness can take place.) Perhaps, the most we can do is to not wish evil for the offending person and to pray for the desire to forgive. Sometimes, professional counseling (also a gift of God) is necessary. And perhaps, the person we most need to forgive is ourselves. How foolish it would be not to accept God’s gift – freely offered – to say we’re sorry [that’s what confession is for] and to start over. May God’s peace be with us this week!

Breast Cancer Walk

As you are aware, many women in our parish are survivors of breast cancer. If anyone is interested in participating in the 3Day Breast Cancer Walk, you can get information at www.The3 or by calling 800-996-3DAY. Vickie Sciacqua from our parish is walking and would be happy to accept your donations or to have someone walk with her.

Women’s Retreat Day

Our retreat day for the women of the parish is scheduled for Mercy Center on Saturday, November 13. If you came last year, you’ll remember what an uplifting day it was. If you weren’t able to participate, please talk to someone who did and then put it on your calendar. We’ll meet from 8:30 to 3 pm with lunch included. More information will be forthcoming.

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