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

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

December 12, 2004
Third Sunday of Advent


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Dear Parishioners,

In the midst of the bad news which assaults us daily in newspaper and television, we need to look for hope, for the presence of God’s reign breaking into our everyday life. What are some signs of hope? The Salvation Army bellringers will take their usual places at department store entrances. Our children still ask questions like, “How will Santa Claus find the poor people?”

I came across an article in the Sept. 22, 2003 issue of America magazine which noted that “Northern Ireland today is at peace and is so far removed from the cult of violence and ideology that a return to war is unthinkable…the people of Northern Ireland have embraced the promise of peace and have marginalized the voices of hate.” What a great sign of hope! South Africa is still struggling to undo decades of apartheid, but the hated “homelands” for black South Africans are no more. Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld announced that the military would be in Iraq for at least four more years, but at least this time, we have separated our support for the war from our support for the military and their families. The tragedy of Vietnam vets returning home to scorn will never happen again.

Every time someone responds to the need of another, every time we accept the quirks of those we live with and work with, every time we renew our faith in our God, more hope enters the world. It is time to remember the reality of the Body of Christ of which each of us is a part. Every act of love and forgiveness creates ripples throughout the human community.

Can you recall a time God was present to you and filled your heart with joy or gave you strength to endure a difficult situation? Savor that remembrance and ask this faithful God of ours to stir up your hope! God has not given up on us or our world. God is limited, strange as this sounds, by his gift to us of our free will. How will we use our time, energy and resources to bring the vision of Isaiah to fulfillment? We might change the helpful statement, “Think globally, act locally” to “Pray globally, act locally.”

Happy Advent!

Sr. Sheral


Join us for the

Simbang Gabi Celebration
(Christmas Novena)

December 16th thru December 24th
At the following Masses:
December 16th-17th at the 6:30 a.m. Mass
December 18th at the 8:30 a.m. Mass
December 19th at the 7:30 a.m. Mass
December 20-24 at the 6:30 a.m. Mass


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Monday - December 13
Readings: Nm 24:2-7,15-17a     Mt 21:23-27

Mass Intention
Robert Fonseco †
Charles & Rita Agius †
School Advent Program Practice
Women's Guild Meeting
St. Vincent de Paul
Mahoney Room
Tuesday - December 14
Readings: Zep 3:1-2,9-13     Mt 21:28-32
Mass Intention 6:30
Aurora Biolzi †
Vittoria Fanti †
School Advent Program Practice
Religious Education
Legion of Mary
Advent Faith Group
Liturgy Committee Meeting
Convent Chapel
Mary's Chapel
Wednesday - December 15
Readings: Is 45:6c-8,18,21c-25     Lk 7:18b-23
Mass Intention 6:30
Jeanne McHugh †
Anthony Attard †
School Advent Program Practice
7th Grade Cheerleading
Religious Education
St. Robert's Band Practice
Choir Practice
Welcome Home
Parking Lot
Mahoney Room
Convent Chapel

Thursday - December 16
Readings: Is 54:1-10     Lk 7:24-30

Mass Intention 6:30
Mary & Lordi
Veronica Schaukowitch †
8th Grade Party
Religious Education
School Advent Program

Friday - December 17
Readings: Gn 49:2,8-10     Mt 1:1-17

Mass Intention 6:30
Maria Aloise †
Noelle Lille †
8th Grade Cheerleading
Youth Ministry

Saturday - December 18
Readings: Jer 23:5-8     Mt 1:18-25

Mass Intention 8:30
Paul & Rosina Vella †
Carol San Filippo †
Advent Reconciliation
All Day

Sunday - December 19
Readings: Is 7:10-14     Rom 1:1-7     Mt 1:18-24

Mass Intention 7:30
Bernardo Mocelin †
PJeople of St. Robert's
Matilda Garza †
Isaac Espinosa †
Fil/Am Choir
Youth Ministry


Communal Celebration of the
Sacrament of Penance

Monday, December 20th, 7:30 p.m.

Christmas Masses
Christmas Eve,

Friday, December 24th

4:30 p.m., Children's Mass
8:00 p.m., Evening Choir
Midnight Mass, Adult Choir

Christmas Day,
Saturday, December 25th
7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.
NO MASS at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 26th
7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 5:00 p.m.

New Year's Day
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Saturday, January 1, 2005

8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Not a Holy Day of Obligation

Sunday, January 2, 2005
7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 5:00 p.m.

The Parish Office will be closed
Friday, December 24th
Saturday, December 25th
Friday, December 31st
Saturday, January 1st



Gifts for adopt a family will be collected after Masses this weekend, December 11th and 12th and next weekend, December 18th and 19th.

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



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.



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 TODAY, 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 of caroling.


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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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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 reservations call Teresa Nussbaum, or email



Come, celebrate with us. The Fil-Am Group will be having a Christmas Party with a catered dinner and dance on December 18th in Hennessy Hall. Dinner will served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. For reservations call Adelaida Gallagher or Veronica Valle.



The InBetweeners
Pedro Tournament
Saturday, January 8th At 9:30 a.m
Call Tom Cordes to sign up.



The Women’s Guild and Men’s Club cordially invites you to attend the Joint Meeting on Monday, January 3rd. Call that babysitter and step out for loads of fun. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the cost is $13 per person. R.S.V.P. to Teresa Nussbaum.



Fr. Joe and Sr. Sheral will be offering this Wednesday evening, a session for anyone who’s been away from the Catholic Church 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.


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Applications for Kindergarten for the 2005/2006 school year will be accepted at the school office January 10th thru January 14th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Child must be 5 years of age by September 1, 2005. Please have copies of the child’s birth certificate, baptismal record, Social Security card and a check for $30 to cover the testing fees.

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, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administrative programs.


Slow me down, My God!
Ease the pounding of my heart
by the quieting of my mind.
Steady my hurried pace
with a vision of the eternal reach of time.
Give me amid the confusion of the day,
the calmness of the everlasting hills.
Teach me the art of slowing down
to look at a flower,
to chat with a friend,
to pet a dog,
to read a few lines from a good book.
Remind me each day of the fable of the hare and the tortoise,
that I may know that the race is not always to the swift….
That there is more to life than increasing its speed.

Slow me down, my God,
and inspire me to send my roots deep
into the soil of life’s enduring values
that I may grow toward the stars
of my greater destiny,
that I may find you, my God.

Slow me down, my God! Slow me down.


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As a Parish Community...We pray for those who are returning to their Catholic Faith. May we, their family, welcome them with open arms.



Connor John Cronin,
Kylie Morgan Faulhaber &
Sabrina Elizabeth Collaco



Edward Cardoza & Betty Ortiz
Steven Skinner & Sarah Ruiz



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:

Kathy Healy,
Laura Littlejohn and
Jeanne Peterson



Christmas Poinsettias will decorate the Church during the Christmas Season. If you would like to make a donation of $10 toward their purchase in memory of a loved one, fill out the form below and return by Sunday, December 21st. Please make a check out to St. Robert's Poinsettia Fund.

My gift in memory of:______________________

My gift in honor of:________________________

Given by:________________________________


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by Sister Sheral

John the Baptist and Jesus, though second cousins, present very different images of God. We heard John’s image last week: “The wheat will be gathered into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” It sounds a bit like the image of God many of us had before Vatican II. No wonder that John was confused and needed to send his followers to Jesus to ask if he was the one about whom John was preaching. As Jude Siciliano, OP writes in his First Impressions: “John learned a lesson from the news his disciples brought back to him. He wanted a God of fire and brimstone and what he got was Jesus, who preached full and endless forgiveness offered to the very “chaff” John expected to see burned. Maybe what we learn today is to be less judgmental and more forgiving – which might go a long way to enable ‘the blind to regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers cleansed, the deaf hear and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.’” Following Jesus is a challenge because we have to leave behind so many values of our consumer society: evaluating people on the basis of their career or income or degree or automobile or clothes.

Jesus brings healing. As his friend and follower, where might I bring reconciliation? Am I ready to receive his forgiveness so I can start anew? Extra priests will be available this Saturday at 3:30 pm for confession; next Monday, the 20th we will have a reconciliation service (with readings, songs, examination of conscience) with several priests available at 7:30 pm. Come join us or if you can’t take advantage of either opportunity, please call the rectory and ask to see one of the priests for confession.

Lighting your Wreath
Next Saturday evening or Sunday, you finally get to light all the candles on your wreath and pray:

Loving God,
you have kept your promise.
He will soon come,
Jesus Christ,
the light of the world,
a light no darkness can overcome.
Teach us to live in the dignity of who we are,
your own beloved children,
daughters and sons of light.
All glory be yours now and forever.

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