St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, December 5, 2004

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

December 5, 2004
Second Sunday of Advent


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Dear Parishioners,

If you recall last Advent I asked you to pray with me for a young couple who had been trying for years to adopt and last December it looked as if their prayers were about to be answered. Well that opportunity did not work out and twice since then other opportunities changed at the last minute. I even solicited the help of our prayer network on one occasion. At one point during the year, the family had just about given up hope of having a family, even if they received one child it was very doubtful they would go through the process again.

On the Friday before Halloween, the wife, after talking with a young women numerous times on the phone, decided to fly to Houston. Because the birth mother had not recently been to a doctor, both women went together. The doctor surprised the women when he announced that she was expecting twins and was about ready to give birth.

After a few frantic phone calls, the husband left San Bruno to fly to Houston and arrived in time to be with his wife, the birth mother and the mother’s sister at the time of birth. Two very healthy, identical twin girls were born early on November 3rd.

It was with great joy, that I went to the Airport on Nov. 13th to welcome home the new family. Thank you all for your prayers. Persistent prayer and patience were God’s lesson for me this year. God works with a fuller vision of events than we can possibly imagine. Having spent time with the girls and their family, Christmas has arrived early this year, or late for last year – but who cares. There is love and joy in our neighborhood. I can only hope and pray for joy and love for you also this wonderful season where God’s love is made human.

-- Deacon Duffey



Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 8th,

A Holy Day of Obligation

Mass Schedule
6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., and 6:00 p.m.

There will not be a 10:30 a.m. Mass


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Monday - December 6
Readings: Is 35:1-10     Lk 5:17-26

Mass Intention
Larry & LaVerne Buller †
Michael Borg †
Tuesday - December 7
Readings: Is 40:1-11     Mt 18:12-14
Mass Intention 6:30
Phela Kelemete †
Charles & Rita Agius †
Scripture Study
Religious Education
Legion of Mary
Advent Faith Group
Breakfast with Santa Mtg.
Mary's Chapel
Convent Chapel
Mahoney Room
Wednesday - December 8
Readings: Gn 3:9-15,20     Eph 1:3-6,11-12      Lk 1:26-38
Mass Intention 6:30a
Bill Tonelli †
Sophia & Bob Conley †
Marina Serrano †
7th Gr. Cheerleading
Choir Practice
Welcome Home
Parking Lot
Convent Chapel

Thursday - December 9
Readings: Is 41:13-20     Mt 11:11-15

Mass Intention 6:30
In Thanksgiving †
Maxima Martinez †
Advent Scripture Group
Religious Education
Men's Club
Archdiocese Mtg.
Fil/Am Group
Mary's Chapel
Mahoney Room

Friday - December 10
Readings: Is 48:17-19     Mt 11:16-19

Mass Intention 6:30
Roberto Fonseco †
Bud Fortenberry †
8th Gr. Cheerleading
Men's Club Crab Dinner

Saturday - December 11
Readings: Sir 48:1-4,9-11     Mt 17:9a,10-13

Mass Intention 8:30
Anthony LoCastro, Jr. †
Emma Johnson †
Breakfast with Santa
Consolation Ministry
Convent Chapel

Sunday - December 12
Readings: Is 35:1-6a,10     Jas 5:7-10     Mt 11:2-11

Mass Intention 7:30
Mocelin & Emilio Families †
People of St. Robert's
Giuseppe Pignati †
Cecilia Brueggerman †
Fil/Am Choir
Youth Ministry


“Youth is a time of an especially intensive discovery of a ‘self’ and ‘a choice of life’. It is a time for growth which ought to progress in wisdom, age and grace before God and people.”:            (Lk2:52)

A junior presidium of the Legion of Mary, will be this coming January. The main purpose of which is the sanctification of its members through prayer and apostolic work, will be established here at St. Robert's for young people up to the age of 18. We are inviting all young people of the parish to join us for a one-a-week session of prayer, reflection, and various religious and spiritual activities/experiences to enhance our Catholic upbringing. Sessions will be held on Sundays, and will usually be for one hour. Please call Sister Patricia, our spiritual director, at 589-0104 for further inquiries or to leave your name for one of the junior praesidium of the Legion of Mary to contact you.

In this day and age in our society where the mass media (television, music, magazines, etc.) tend to greatly influence our children (often times, negatively) we need to get back to the basics of what and how we were taught in terms of our religion, our values, and life style. Prayers, stronger family cohesion and the spiritual enhancement of our basic religious values need to take a more direct and influential process in our children's lives. This is the goal and the hope for our Legion of Mary junior presidium. We hope you and your children can join us in January.



Need work done in your home or office? Our Daily Bread Worker Center has many responsible and hard working women and men, who are looking for work for one day, part time or full time. Our workers have an assortment of job skills. The Worker Center also has a small pickup truck, which can be used for moving furniture or hauling away yard waste. We can provide a work crew for these types of large jobs. The suggested rate per worker is $10 to $15 per hour. There is an additional fee if the job necessitates the use of the truck. If you are interested in hiring a worker or a work crew, please call Melissa Hansel at (650) 291-2400.



As we prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus, let us remember those members of our Parish Family who are homebound or residing in nursing facilities. They are waiting a sign of Jesus’ love for them. We can be that sign! Baskets have been placed on the altar steps for your Christmas gifts to them. A few suggestions are: slippers, robes, dusters, nightgowns, pajamas, sweaters, hand and body lotions, white knee socks, lap robes, cards and letters of encouragement. Please let your gift be new and unwrapped. Cutoff date is December 19th.

Thank you.


December 8th

We are scheduled for the 2nd Wednesday of each month. If you can prepare a favorite cookie, snack or lunch item for 10 to 12 people, please drop it off at the Children's Chapel, in the back of Church, by 9 a.m. on December 8th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items can be donated.

We appreicate your help!



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.

This weekend, 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 and Cathy Aveson or  John and Eileen Grealish.


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The Youth Group celebrates “Christmas in the City,”

On Friday December 17th from 7-10 p.m. we are going ice-skating at Embarcadero Center, have hot chocolate and snacks. The total cost, including BART into the city, is $20. Secondly, we are going to help the San Bruno Fire Dept. distribute the toys they collect. If you are interested in either event, or both, permission slips are available at the rectory. Please contact Juan at (650) 255-0791 for more information.


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St. Roberts Men’s Club Presents Crab Chippino Dinner and Card Tournament Friday, December 10th, $35.00 per person. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Please send in your reservation to the school or the rectory in care of George Horton. Make checks payable to St. Roberts Men's Club.



The Women’s Guild Cordially invites you to the annual ornament exchange dinner meeting on Monday, December 14th. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.and dinner is at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $10.00 per person. Please bring a wrapped ornament for the Annual Ornament Exchange! For reservatios call Teresa Nussbaum or email



Yes, it’s that time of year. Last year our choirs went caroling to Emmanuel Convalescent Hospital to give a little holiday cheer. We made such an impact on them that they have invited us back again this year.

We are going to gather on Sunday, December 12th at 1 p.m. to have a short rehearsal of the carols we will sing. We will then caravan to the hospital to sing for about 45 minutes. We plan to arrive there at 2 p.m. As we did last year, we are inviting all of you who can give about 2 hours of your time and voice to join us. There will be familiar carols, so you shouldn’t feel that your voice is not good enough to come with us. All will be welcome, and it will give you a chance to sing Christmas Carols during Advent.

I have seen the great generosity of many of you, bringing food and clothing for the needy during this season. This is a great demonstration of your faith, and we should continue to provide these necessities. The healing power of music and the giving of your time can be as important as a coat or a meal. The smiles and tears from some of the elderly last year made our short time with them a moving experience. I hope that many of you can join us for afternoon an of caroling.


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Our Lady of Guadalupe invites you and your family to join people around the world as they bring her image to abortion sites in every country asking her to intercede for unborn children. On Saturday, December 11th at 2 p.m. meet at St. Gregory’s Church, 28th and Hacienda Streets, in San Mateo for prayer. After we will pray the Rosary while we carry the banner of our Lady of Guadalupe to Planned Parenthood on Palm Avenue and continue to pray the Rosary as we return to St. Gregory’s Church. For more information call (650) 341-8188.



COME SEE our own James Kason and parishioner Donna Cima both have supporting roles in the Hillbarn theater’s beautiful musical production of “The Secret Garden”, in Foster City. Dates are Thursday thru Saturday (8:00 p.m.) and Sunday Matinees at 2:00 p.m, December 2-5th, 9-12th and 16-19th.


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We welcome into our parish:

Steve & Christina Giusti & Family
Rufino Flores
Benedict & Joanne Almario & Family
Terry Andreacchi
Rosaleen Connolly & Family
Edmund & Candy Lucia & Family
Charles & Beverly Freitas & Family
Peter & Katherine Ingargiola & 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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Thank you for your generous donation of $2,480.82 to the Campaign for Human Development.


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As a Parish Community...We pray for our parish family...May we become aware that Jesus lives within each of us. May we welcome all who enter His house just as He welcomes us.



Logan Richard Easley,
Jackson Tyler Baird,
Raymond Lawrence Miller,
Sophia Nadine Tabucao &
Timothy Conner Roelofsen



During the weeks ahead, we will be listing the names that we have been asked to pray for during the week. We will continue to ask each week that parishioners continue to pray for the chronically ill of our parish.

If you have a friend or loved one in need of our parish prayers please call the Rectory at 589-2800.

Also, remember our Emergency prayer network that continues to pray for specific intentions that require a concerted effort due to their critical nature. To facilitate the network, please call Michele Pipinich at 589-4963. The network then prays frequently for the next 72 hours. We would appreciate a return call with the outcome so we can praise God for His faithfulness:The Parish Priests and Staff

We pray for the ill:
Patrick Stack, Sr.,
Billy Varni and
Thomas Avis



Saint Robert’s Grief Support Group will hold their next meeting on December 11th in the Convent Chapel from 3-4:15p.m. (before the 4:30 p.m. Mass). Anyone who is suffering from the loss of a loved one—spouse, sibling, child, parent, friend or relative is invited to come and pray, share, comfort and be comforted. You are invited to bring a companion for support and strength. God Bless you in your sorrow.

Sister Patricia-589-0104.



Our thanks to the following parishioners who recently attended the Archdiocesan training session for Eucharistic ministers: Connor Fitzpatrick, Lourdes Jovero, Monica Murphy, Cynthia Ortiz, Joanne Quinn, Iris Reyes, and Georgette Wright. Heidi Beck attended the Lector training.



Tomorrow, Monday December 6th is the last day to have photos taken for the upcoming parish directory. We still have a few appointments left. You can call the rectory AFTER 8:30 A.M. TOMORROW, MONDAY MORNING At 589-2800 to schedule your appointment.


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by Sister Sheral

Signs of Hope

The first reading from Isaiah is so rich! “On that day” the reading begins, reminding us that the beautiful vision he is about to lay out will come in God’s time, not ours. This is God’s wish for the world: the wolf will be the guest of the lamb, the calf and lion browse together, the baby plays by the cobra’s den. “There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the Lord, as water covers the sea.” And even though God’s kingdom will come at the end of time, we as a Church are called to be a reflection of that Reign of God even now, to be signs of hope. Last week we heard, “Stay awake!” Looking for signs of God’s presence breaking through the sometimes selfishness of our lives will help us stay hopeful. Such wonderful generosity of our parish to the St. Vincent de Paul food drive, our two Giving Trees, gifts for the homebound and the time and energy of many of you to distribute our donations are great signs of the Reign of God!

And how about each of us? Did we reach out to someone who was alone on Thanksgiving? Did we reach across the divide to call an estranged friend or family member? Did we willingly spend time – often more precious than money - with someone? (Family members count, too!) As Fr. Bruce’s column mentioned last weekend, we are an instant society. Could we drive a bit more slowly during this Advent time? Might we wave a “thanks” to the driver who lets us in? Might those of us whose minds are always running, try to be present to this moment, to the person in front of us? Might we talk with a neighbor or co-worker about the real meaning of Christmas and the practice of Advent waiting?

Next Saturday evening or Sunday, December 11th or 12th, light the two purple candles and the pink one and pray:

Our hearts are filled with joy as we look forward to the coming of your Son, the Promised One. Help us to share our time and our possessions with those who need them this week. We pray in his name, Emmanuel, God-with-Us. Amen.

Bringing the Reign of God
Last Thursday was the 24th anniversary of the deaths of the four North American martyrs, who died in El Salvador because of their work with the poor. Maura Clark, Jean Donovan, Ita Ford and Dorothy Kazel did such subversive activities as teaching catechism to the children, helping families find their members who had disappeared and burying those who’d been killed by the government death squads. Their faith and hope surely brought the Reign of God closer to those who experienced their ministry. Their deaths and that of Archbishop Oscar Romero helped bring to our awareness our government’s role in supporting their government’s violence towards those wanting change. Slowly, our policy changed and the war finally ended. Though El Salvador still suffers from the effects of civil war today, the Church is assisting fledgling groups towards a truly democratic society with hope for the poor. May we pray for the Church there and ask the intercession of these martyrs that we may imitate their courage and perseverance in living God’s dream for the world.

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