St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, November 21, 2004

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

November 21, 2004
Christ the King


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Dear Parishioners,

Today the Church celebrates the feast of Christ the King which concludes the current Liturgical Church year cycle. Next Sunday the Advent Seasons starts and in between we celebrate the feast of Thanksgiving. This Sunday, November 21st is also the feast of the Presentation and Congregational feast for Presentations Sisters. During the nine days preceding November 21st Presentation Sisters worldwide unite in a special Novena of prayer. All of our friends, co-workers, associates, graduates and benefactors are remembered in prayer.

Many parishioners who are Presentation graduates are familier with the story of our foundress Nano Nagle. She started the Congregation on Christmas Eve 1775 in Cork City, Ireland. This was the result of more than twenty years of loving service to the poor in that city. From those small beginnings the congregation spread to many parts of the world. Just last week the Presentation Sisters of Turk street, San Francisco, celebrated the 150th Anniversary of their arrival in the city November 13, 1854. The pioneering spirit which inspired Nano's sisters long ago is still alive and active as we see new foundations in Latin America, in Eastern Europe, Israel, Thailand and in countries where the Sisters are already established.

To read more about our Congregation please visit our web site at

Sister Mary


Thursday, November 25th

Give thanks to the Lord at our Thanksgiving Mass at 9 :00 a.m., Thursday, November 25th. 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. Fellowship and refreshments will follow.


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Monday - November 2
Readings: Rv 14:1-3,4b-5     Lk 21:1-4

Mass Intention
All Souls †
Frances Friedman †
Grownups 7:30p Mahoney Room
Tuesday - November 3
Readings: Rv 14:14-19     Lk 21:5-11
Mass Intention 6:30
Emma Johnson †
All Souls †
Scripture Study
Legion of Mary
Advent Faith Group
Youth Group
Mary's Chapel
Convent Chapel
Wednesday - November 4
Readings: Rv 15:1-4     Lk 21:12-19
Mass Intention 6:30
All Souls †
Manuel Falzon †
7th Gr. Cheerleading
Choir Practice
Parking Lot

Thursday - November 5

Readings: Rv 18:1-2, 21-23     Lk 21:20-28

Mass Intention 9:00 All Souls †
Thanksgiving Day Mass
(Hospitality after Mass)
9:00a Church

Friday - November 6
Readings: Rv 20:1-4,11-21     Lk 21:29-33

Mass Intention 6:30
Marino Corsinotti †
All Souls †

Saturday - November 7
Readings: Rv 22:1-7     Lk 21:34-36

Mass Intention 8:30
All Souls †
Bill Tonelli †

Sunday - November 8
Readings: Is 2:1-5     Rom 13:11-14     Mt 24:37-44

Mass Intention 7:30
James Whooley †
All Souls †
Liberato Balangue †
People of St. Robert's
Fil/Am Choir
Youth Ministry

Parish Office will be closed
in observance of Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 25th and
Friday, November 26th

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by Sister Sheral

Today we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, the Savior of the world who reigns from the cross. Hopefully, his compassionate forgiveness of “the Good Thief” in the midst of his own suffering is a reminder that we have a merciful God, overflowing with love for us, no matter what we do. It is not a coincidence that the Church wants us to remember this on the last Sunday of the liturgical year.

Next Sunday, we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the Church’s liturgical year and one of the most challenging seasons for us to enter into. The stores are already festooned with Christmas décor and the first Christmas tree was lit last night! None of us would dream of celebrating Easter the day after Ash Wednesday, yet we so easily rush past Advent to get to Christmas. Didn’t many of us grow up being reminded that “Anything worth having is worth waiting for?” How will our children ever understand the importance of waiting if we don’t give them the experience of it? They are used to counting down the days to their birthdays; can’t we help them do the same with Christmas? But could you at least have a few weeks of Advent beforehand? Having an Advent wreath is helpful because each week you light one candle and pray a simple prayer as you gather around the wreath before dinner or some other time. Just make a ring of evergreens on a plate, add three purple and one pink candle, with ribbons if you’d like. The three purple candles remind us that it’s a time of preparation, a time of “back to basics,” such as bringing food for the poor and asking around to be sure that no one we know will be alone on Christmas Day. The one pink candle is for the third Sunday, Gaudete which means “be joyful” because the long-awaited day is almost here. You might also wear purple to church during Advent, saving your Christmas garb for a special concert, the office party and Christmas Eve and Day. If you put your nativity set out with your tree, why not have the figures “travel” from a back room each day so that they arrive on Christmas Eve?

I know that keeping Advent is difficult because most of us didn’t grow up with it and may not really understand it. And if you’re going away for the Christmas holidays, you want to enjoy your tree before you go. In my community, some of us also visit family during Christmas, so we put up the tree on a day when we all can participate in the decorating, with Christmas music and hot cider, usually around the 17th. We open our gifts after Christmas when everyone has returned and we can do it without squeezing it in among reconciliation services, parish gatherings, etc. The “12 Days of Christmas” are actually from the 24th til the Feast of the Epiphany! Though every decoration is gone from the stores on Dec. 26th, we Catholics have only just begun to celebrate this great feast, second only to Easter.

Before lighting the first candle on November 27 or 28, gather your household and bless your wreath with the following prayer:

By day and by night and through every season, you watch over us, Faithful God. We praise you for this wreath. It is the evergreen crown of your royal people, and it shines with promise of eternal victory. By the light of this wreath we shall wait in patience for your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who will comfort our fears and bring hope to our waiting world. All glory be yours, now and forever. Amen.

Then say this prayer as you light the first purple candle on your wreath:

Dear Father, as we begin this holy season of Advent, help us to remember that your love for us is endless like a circle. Teach us to wait these weeks and to make time for you, so that we may hear your voice. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

You may light the candle(s) once a week on Saturday evening or Sunday or each evening during the week.

Welcome Home!
Following the example of Jesus who was always welcoming to everyone, our parish staff would like to invite all of us to extend an invitation to those Catholics we know who, for one reason or another, have quit coming to church. Sometimes, people move and never quite get settled enough to locate the nearest church; sometimes, one has to work weekends and gets out of the habit; sometimes, a person goes through a divorce and thinks (mistakenly) that he/she is no longer welcome at Mass. Others have had a negative experience with someone connected with the Church. Often, once a person has missed Mass for weeks or months (or years), he/she feels so guilty that they think they can never come back. Those of us who know Jesus as the Good Shepherd or can identify with the Prodigal Son know that, regardless of the reason, anyone and everyone is always welcome in God's house.

Fr. Joe and Sr. Sheral will be offering Wednesday evening sessions, Dec. 1, 8 and 15 for anyone who’s been away awhile and would like to come back. The group will meet in the convent chapel at 7 pm and will address all questions and concerns which participants have. Since most of these folks won’t be reading this in the bulletin, we need to rely on you to extend the invitation. Please invite a co-worker, family member, or neighbor who might be interested. We’ll be waiting, in the name of Jesus, to welcome them home. No registration necessary, but if you or your friend has a question, please call Fr. Joe or Sr. Sheral at 589-2800.



Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Decemberr 8th

Mass schedule will be:
6:30am, 8:30am, and 6:00pm.

There will be no 10:30am Mass


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Many thanks to Colleen Soracco, Donna McGuigan and Rita Tullius for their help in making the women’s retreat so wonderful! The next one is scheduled for Saturday, February 5 at Mercy Center.



As has been the tradition of St. Robert’s for many years, during the month of November we show our thanks to our God for all He has given us by sharing what we have with our hungry sisters and brothers. Please bring non-perishable food items to the baskets placed on our altar steps...Our St. Vincent de Paul Society will distribute your gifts.

Specific Thanksgiving items needed: Gift certificates for turkeys, boxed stuffing, yams,canned pumpkin, cranberry sauce, canned vegetables and turkey broth.



Get in the holiday mood by coming to the Grownups’ Christmas Party on Saturday, December 4th in Hennessy Hall. Enjoy a catered traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, the music of the Traversons, door prizes, and a raffle of table decorations. Proceeds of this event go to Sister Ita’s Christmas charities. No host cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m.Tickets are $20. For reservations call Dolores Johnson, Vera Hannon, Dolores Moynihan, or Sybil DeSantis. Tickets will also be sold after the 4:30 p.m. Saturday Mass and the 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday Masses on the weekends of November 20-21 and November 27-28. Last day for reservations is December 1st.



If you’d like to join fellow parishioners in reflecting on the Sunday scriptures of this wonderful season, please call the rectory and leave your name and daytime phone number. Sr. Sheral will have a Tuesday morning group from 9:15 to 10:30 am. Deacon Rusty Duffey will offer a Tuesday evening group at 7p.m.



Fr. Joe Healy will be leading a retreat for the men of the parish on Saturday, March 5 at Mercy Center, Burlingame.


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We will prepare dinner for the homeless on Tuesday, November 23rd from 7-8:30 p.m. in the hall. Please call Juan at 255-0791 by Monday, November 22nd if you can help. Also, please be advised that the e-mail account, is no longer valid. If you need to e-mail Juan, please use




Once again this Christmas Season, we as a parish family will have an ADOPT-A-FAMILY GIVING TREE.

There are many people in San Mateo County who don’t have the means to celebrate Christmas as they might like. At the same time, many in our parish can celebrate with their families and share with those in need. An ADOPT-A-FAMILY program is a way to do this.

On the weekends of November 27th and 28th and December 4th and 5th we will have a “Giving Tree” set up in front of church after all of the masses. This tree will be “decorated” with paper ornaments containing a profile of a family you might be able to help.

If you have the means to share your Christmas spirit, stop by after any of the Masses on either of these weekends and pick an ornament. Gifts will be collected after Masses the weekend of December 11th and 12th, and 18th and 19th.

If you have any questions, please call: Rob or Cathy Aveson or  John or Eileen Grealish.


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St. Dunstans is hosting a fundraiser for Michael McKenna a 33 year old St. Roberts grad who has contacted Leukemia. The benefit is to raise money to cover medical expenses and to support his wife and 20-month-old son. The fundraiser and raffle, first prize a trip to Ireland, will be held onto 27th in St. Dunstans Hall. Contact Kevin Carey for tickets and information.


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As a Parish Community...We pray for our Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in thanksgiving for their sharing with us their wisdom, their faith, their compassion and their love. May God continue to bless them.



Elissia Loraine Flores,
Lucas Dylan Javier,
Sophia Bernadene Balas,
Julia Christina Rogers,
Gabriel John Hilby &
Brianna Geraldine Hilby



We pray for the ill: Sharon Aiello, Marilyn Arancibia, Robert Bacci, Genaro Badiable, Lito Badiable, Patrick Burke, Maricris Candelaria, Arthur Candia, Carmen Capella, Josie Clarke, Nan Connolly, Cindy Corona, Ana Cosgaya, Walton Dickhoff, William & Sandra Dill, Dan Drew, 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, 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, Bill Stockinger, Justo Tan, Mafi Tukumoatu, Kristi Varni, Diana Walter & Jennifer Westbrook.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Barbara Uroz and
Genevieve Daveggio
who died recently.


Thanksgiving Prayer

Gracious and generous God,
We come before you today
With grateful hearts.

In the beauty and bounty of creation
We see the work of your hand;
In the loving faces around us
We know your own love for us.

May this meal nourish us and strengthen us,
So others may know your plenty
In our kindness,
And see your care and concern
In our witness.

Let us live true lives of gratitude,
As we pray in thanks to you, our God
Who lives forever and ever. Amen.



Many of you have probably asked that same question in the last couple of months. First, I would like to thank you for your patience in learning some new mass parts. It isn’t easy to learn that much new music in a short time. I wish there were an easier way to do it, but unless we can get a mass rehearsal with everyone in the church, teaching the music before mass is our best solution.

Having said all that, I’d like to say why we have been teaching new Mass parts. As we go through the liturgical year of the church, the different seasons have a different tone. Lent does not have the same feeling as Christmas. So, not only do the hymns change, based on the season (and scripture readings), but so should the Mass parts. Now that we have a repertoire of different mass parts that we know, we can interchange them through out the year. We should not need to learn any new pass parts for awhile.

With that in mind, we are about to enter the season of Advent. This is a short four weeks of preparation and expectation for the coming of Jesus. The look of the church will change, and the hymns will also speak of our need to prepare us for the coming events. For this year, we will not change the mass parts at this time, but there will be other changes that will help set the mood. First of all, the Gloria is omitted, and there will be an Advent Litany led by the cantor. We also will not sing, but say the Lord's Prayer.

Now its time for a short commercial. We need singers! Due to illness and other commitments, our choir has dwindled. As in the past, I am offering many different types of commitment. I would love to have all of you come to all rehearsals and 9:30 am. Liturgies, but if that is too much to ask, we really need singers for Christmas Eve and Holy Week. We do have some singers not coming to rehearsals, but simply coming to help sing on Sunday morning. Whatever level of commitment you can give, I would appreciate it. Please see me after Mass or give me a call to find out more details or to let me know you want to sing. Remember, in this season of Thanksgiving, giving of our time and talents is as important as our financial resources.

I hope for the happiest and healthiest Thanksgiving for you and your families!

Kevin Imbimbo
Music Director


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Thank you for your generous donation of $2,916.05 to our School, CCD and Confirmation Programs.

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