St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, December 19, 2004

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

December 19, 2004
Fourth Sunday of Advent


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Dear Friends:

A few mornings ago we sat together in the darkness, awaiting the rising of the sun. We quietly agreed that, to us, Advent is our time of darkness when we are expectantly awaiting the coming of the Son of God, Jesus, our Light and our Hope.

More than 2,000 years ago, the People of Israel were overcome by darkness, oppression and fear. Many felt helpless and hopeless. They had waited so long for their Promised Messiah. It was then that Our Father sent His Son to become one with them and with us.

Today we too need Christ’s Light and Hope to shine through the darkness which sin has created to our world—the sins of prejudice, injustice, oppression, hatred, violence, terrorism and war. These sins have stolen peace from our hearts and from our world.

We, as individuals, may feel helpless and often hopeless in bringing about a just and lasting peace, of becoming a kingdom of forgiveness and love. We are not helpless! We are not hopeless! We have Jesus to lead us. He shows us God, Our Father, who forgives us and loves us unconditionally. He asks only that we come to Him, seek His forgiveness and love Him and one another.

It may seem an impossible task to change our world; but each of us has a chance with the help of Jesus to change ourselves. On Monday, December 20th, at 7:30 pm, all are invited to our Advent Penance Service. We will gather as family; listen to God’s Word; pray together; examine our consciences and confess our sins. Our priest will speak to us the words of absolution. Then we will feel a physical sense of relief; the heaviness of our heats will be lifted; our darkness will turn to light as we discover a deeper relationship with our God. We will experience His mercy, His forgiveness and His love to share with all the world. All we have to do is come—Jesus will do the rest!


Have a Blessed Christmas,
Gene & Anna May


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Monday - December 20
Readings: Is 7:10-14     Lk 1:26-38

Mass Intention
Margie McCarvie †
Frances Friedman †
Children's Choir
Advent Penance Service
Tuesday - December 21
Readings: Sg 2:8-14     Lk 1:39-45
Mass Intention 6:30
Don Dino Signori †
Albert Spadaro †
Children's Choir
Advent Faith Sharing Group
Legion of Mary
Athletic Board
Mary's Chapel
Mahoney Room
Wednesday - December 22
Readings: 1 Sm 1:24-28     Lk 1:46-56
Mass Intention 6:30
Steve Perotti
Steve Tonegato †
7th Grade Cheerleading
Choir Practice
Bible Study
Parking Lot
Convent Chapel

Thursday - December 23
Readings: Mal 3:1-4,23-24     Lk 1:57-66

Mass Intention 6:30
Josie Mercado
Virginia Hamilton †

Friday - December 24
Readings: Is 9:1-6     Ti 2:11-14     Lk 2:1-14

Mass Intention 6:30
William Weindorf †
Manuel Falzon †
People of St. Robert's
People of St. Robert's
People of St. Robert's

Saturday - December 25
Readings: Is 52:7-10     Heb 1:1-6     Jn 1:1-18

Mass Intention 7:30
People of St. Robert's
People of St. Robert's
People of St. Robert's

Sunday - December 26
Readings: Sir 3:2-7,12-14     Col 3:12-21     Mt 2:13-15

Mass Intention 7:30
John A. Mocelin †
Andrea Wong †
Agustin Rosas †
Liberato Balangue †


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 18th and 19th. If you have any questions, please call: Rob and Cathy Aveson or John and Eileen Grealish.



Gift Wrapping Party! We need many hands to help wrap and prepare the gifts for the sick and homebound. If you can spare an hour or two for this enjoyable task, please come to the Convent after 9:20 a.m on Tuesday, December 21st. Please, bring a scissors for cutting the gift wrap!! Thank you, Sister Patricia 589-0104.



As the holiday season reaches its climax, you may feel the craziness. Remember you can always come to Church and visit with God to find some peace. You will find St. Robert's Church open from 6:30am Mass until 5pm. As you're going to or from work or school or on your way home from shopping why not come in and thank the Lord for the gift of his love.

God's peace will refresh you.


Join us for the

Simbang Gabi Celebration
(Christmas Novena)

Remaining Masses are:
December 20-24 at the 6:30 a.m. Mass



If anyone would like to help us decorate the church for Christmas. It’s happening, Wednesday, Dec. 22 after the 8:30 a.m. Mass. We’ll need folks to do a bit of cleaning, put lights on trees, and generally prepare the church for the second biggest feast of the year! Service hours for adults and high schoolers gladly given.



The Three Kings represented the known world of that time and by their homage symbolized that Jesus’ coming was for all people, not just for his own. Our parish, at first glance, seems to be composed of people from very similar backgrounds, but on second glance, we come from many different countries! We’d like to celebrate the universal nature of our faith by having the general intercessions said in various languages and having families of different cultures in their native garb leading the entrance procession and the preparation of the gifts. If you will be here for one of the Masses on January 1st or 2nd and would like to participate in the processions or to translate and read one of the prayers of the faithful in a language other than English, please call Sr. Sheral this week at 589-2800. Thank you.


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The collection at Thanksgiving was $2,520.16. Because of your generosity we were able to give $1,300 to our St. Vincent de Paul and $1,300 to the Catholic Worker House. Thank you also for your generous donation of $2,550.52 to our School, CCD and Confirmation Programs.



A faithful group of men has been ushering every other month at the 9:30 am for more years than most people can remember! They’ve decided that it’s time to let some other people take on this ministry and responsibility. Many thanks to:

Gary DeMartini, John Tursi,
Bob Glass, and Dennis Gunther

for your service, in good weather and bad, no matter what. God bless you for your faithful service!


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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.


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For Young Adults from 18-35 who would like to celebrate their Catholic faith with peers. It will be in Cologne, Germany with a 4 day pre-pilgrimage to Munich, Dachau and Fussen on beginning August 11th thru the 22nd. Bishop John Wester will be joining us. Fundraising and scholarships are available to subsidize the $3,000 cost. We will begin meeting in January 2005, so register today! For more information, contact Mary at (415) 614-5596,


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The Women’s Guild and Men’s Club cordially invite 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.



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


Signs of Hope

After finishing his PhD in physics at Stanford in the late ‘80s, Martin Fisher decided to do some charitable work in Kenya. Soon after arriving, Fisher saw an opportunity to take technology like water pumps and hay balers and make them more affordable for Kenyan farmers and entrepreneurs. Twelve years later, Fisher’s nonprofit organization, ApproTEC, has helped create over 35,000 new businesses in Kenya; these businesses account for almost l percent of Kenya’s gross national product. Fisher’s vision is to expand ApproTEC to all of Africa and create a middle class in that continent. Jim Fruchterman founded The Benetech Initiative, an innovative nonprofit that develops technology to address social needs. He created, a book-sharing community for people with disabilities; the Martus Project that provides tools for the reporting of human rights information; and the Landmine Detector Project. His efforts have helped millions. “Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy” by Jeff Skoll in The Mercury News, July 26, 2004.


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As a Parish Community...We pray for everyone who suffers from violence, terrorism, war, starvation and all forms of injustice. May the God who is always with us set them free.



Brady Joseph Smith
Kelsey Marie Kreysa



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. 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:
Jeanne Peterson, Peg Niehuser & Cecilia Epting


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Genevieve May Landfried,
Mitch Frantz &
Gilda Model
who died recently.



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

The Circle Is Complete 

Finally, the circle of candles on our wreath, symbolizing God’s never-ending love for us, is completely lit! Christmas is around the corner! The kids can hardly wait and we adults wish we had more time to get ready. Remember if you get stuck, the 12 days of Christmas are from the Eve until Jan. 6th. (Because of the 25th falling on Saturday this year, the Feast of the Epiphany is celebrated Jan. 2.) You might surprise relatives and friends who haven’t gotten their Christmas cards by sending them after the 25th, then you can respond to the news they’ve included in their cards.

Dec. 9 was the feast of Juan Diego, the poor Christian Indian to whom Mary appeared, whom we now honor as Our Lady of Guadalupe. What does this mean to us in the 21st century, believers from so many different cultures and nations? Mary comes in 1531, ten years after the violent conquest of the Aztec people, made worse by their mythology which indicated that one of their gods with light skin and blonde hair would visit them. The Spanish Hernán Cortez, unfortunately, was greeted joyously as the embodiment of this god, so there was little opposition to the pillage and murder visited upon the people by his men. Ten years later, God sends Mary to the people - heart-broken, defeated and with little hope.

The Mother of God and our mother appears as a woman of Juan Diego’s tribe and speaking his language, Nahuatl. She comes to the new world, pregnant with new life, signified by the black band she wears. The bishop of Mexico City, from an upper class family, won’t believe Juan Diego’s story of her appearance. (Mary would hardly appear to an uneducated Indian, he thinks. How little the bishop knew his scripture!) Juan Diego tells him of Mary’s request for a church to be built in her honor so the people will know of God’s love for them through her presence. But he is ignored by the bishop, she provides Juan with roses in December and leaves her image on the tilma (or poncho) he wears. (The tilma has been painstakingly examined by believers as well as those wanting to discredit it. It is definitely from that era and contains fragments from that area of Mexico.) It is still on display in Mexico City in the third basilica built in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

What does this mean for us? God will never abandon a people, no matter how desperate their circumstances may seem. Mary, like her son, chooses unlikely people to carry out God’s designs; that no one is too humble, too poor to be an instrument of God. Through Juan Diego’s faith and his perseverance, a whole people were evangelized and came to believe. We, too, need to imagine what God can do through us if only we will be open and trusting enough to say, “Yes.” What might Emmanuel, God-with-us be asking of me during this season of gatherings with family and friends? How might I make God present by my peacefulness, my forgiveness, my compassion?

Keep your tree up until Epiphany if it’s not too dry. And wear your red and green these next two weekends. Safe travels to everyone and may the coming of our Saviour renew our hope! God bless you and all those you love.

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