St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, September 4, 2005

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

September 4, 2005
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


Welcome back to a new year. Most parishes operate on a school calendar. Since the final bell rang in June we have been on a little slower pace. The bell the first day of school on August 24th marked the beginning of a new year.

Over the summer many have been busy with all-star baseball, vacations, summer school and camps. Over the summer we continued our involvement with Centerplate working Giants’ games, 49er training camp and now the 49er games. Hundreds of people hours were spent in this project. For example, on August 26th twenty-three people from the parish went to Monster Park for the 49er game. As of August 4th we have raised $19,509.06. The funds raised will be used for the sports program, the 6th grade outdoor education program, for instructional material for our teachers which were not budgeted and for unexpected maintenance projects. Thank you to the many people who have helped. Sign up for future dates at Each person makes a difference.

Last Saturday night we experienced a kind of “loaves and fishes” miracle in the middle yard. Many of our parish organizations helped to set up, prepare and clean up after our kickoff barbeque. We had pre-sold one hundred fifty tickets. We prepared for 300 people and estimate that we fed more than 400 people. Thus the miracle of the “loaves and hamburgers and hot dogs.” Thank you to all who came and many thanks to those who planned and worked that day. A fun time was had by all.

In a few short weeks it’s time for our annual festival. Save the weekend of September 23rd, 24th and 25th for this grand event. Something new this year: Friday (5-11), Saturday and Sunday evening (3:30 – 7:00) we have hired Valet by the Bay to direct traffic, stack cars and maximize the use of the parking lot. This will help ease congestion and lessen the possibility of getting blocked in especially for the Masses on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Another great year at St. Robert’s begins. It is great because of your level of commitment and support. Happy New Year.

Father Bruce


Saint Robert’s Church Library

Spiritual Reading will be 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 have read them. We have some books on the Library cart but we have many more in the Library/Reconciliation room.

Enjoy reading


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Monday - September 8
Parish Office and School Closed Today
Readings: Col 1:24--2:3     Lk 6:6-11

Mass Intention 8:30 Mary Daly †
Tuesday - September 9
Readings: Col 2:6-15     Lk 6:12-19
Mass Intention 6:30
Carol Barbero †
Kathleen Sullivan †
Scripture Study
Sr. Legion of Mary
Back to School Night
Mary's Chapel
Wednesday - September 10
Readings: Col 3:1-11     Lk 6:20-26
Mass Intention 6:30
Ana Kovacevic †
Virginia Payne †
Grief Support Cmt.
Religious Education
Scripture Class
Mary's Chapel
Mahoney Room
Convent Chapel

Thursday - September 11
Readings: Mi 5:1-4a     Mt 1:1-16

Mass Intention 6:30
Kevin McKenna †
Pasquale & Maria Aloise †
Back to School Night
Deacon Meeting
Mahoney Room

Friday - September 12
Readings: 1 Tim 1:1-2,12-14/16:39-42

Mass Intention 6:30
Mary O'Brien
Martin Virshek †
Liturgy Committee 7:00p Mary's Chapel

Saturday - September 13
Readings: 1 Tm 1:15-17     Lk 6:43-49

Mass Intention 8:30
Paul & Rosina Vella †
Bill Wilson †
AA Meeting
Legion of Mary
Mahoney Room
Convent Chapel

Sunday - September 14
Readings: Sir 27:30--28     Rom 14:7-9     Mt 18:21-35

Mass Intention 7:30
James J. Murphy †
PJeople of St. Robert's
Carmela Dellegrazie †
Paul Sloan †
Fil/Am Choir
Jr. Legion of Mary
Mahoney Room


We have a number of dates coming up:


Sept 8
Sept 9
Sept 11
Sept 13
Oct 9
Oct 30
Nov 6
Nov 13
Nov 15
Nov 20
Dec 4
Jan 1
Giants - Cubs
Giants - Cubs
49ers - Rams
Giants - Padres
49ers - Colts
49ers - Tampa
49ers - Giants
Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones
49ers - Seattle
49ers - Arizona
49ers - Houston



Sunday, September 11th is a conflict with a Giants game at SBC park. Centerplate will continue to offer higher percentages for this game. Sign up at the back of Church or on line at .

Thanks to the many people who have volunteered.


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Jason & Deana Sevigny & Family
Alfonso Ulloa & Yvette Diaz & 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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Mark your calendars - Back to School Night
for parents of students in grades K-5 will be on Tuesday, September 6th. Back to School Night for parents of students in grades 6-8 will be held on Thursday, September 8th. More details will follow in the School Newsletter.


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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Interested in Becoming a Catholic?
Or finding out more about our Faith?
Adults in need of Baptisms, First Communion, or Confirmation?

Open House
September 15th—7 p.m.
Convent Chapel
Please bring a Friend

Questions-Deacon Duffey, 589-2800


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250 Oak Grove, Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 325-5614 ext. 14

Weekend Retreat
September 30– October 2nd
Rev. David Pettingill

“Mary Model for the Day”
October 8th
Pamela Bjorklund

P.O. Box 767, Danville, CA 94526
(925) 837-9141

Mid-Life and Beyond Retreat
September 27th-29th
Finding Ourselves Again
Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM

I Still Do, Marriage with A Warm Heart
October 14th-16th
Carol Kaplan, MFT and Barry Brunsman, OFM

Retrouvaille, a program for trouble marriages

Held in Foster City, on November 4-6, a program presented by three couples and a priest helps couples heal and reconcile their differences. Program has communication, reconciliation, hope and forgiveness. All couples who have mentally or physically packed their bags are welcome. After this weekend, six follow up sessions over the next 90 days are held at St. Dunstan, in Millbrae. More info at Call Tony and Pat Fernandez at (415) 893-1005 or Ed and Peg Gleason (415) 221-4269.


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September 23rd, 24th and 25th


Bottle Sunday
September 8th and 9th

 Got those left over bottles of wine and liquor from your summer parties?

Do you still have that bottle of Vermouth Uncle Harold gave you 5 Christmas’s ago?

Bring them all to Mass next weekend, September 8th and 9th, and the festival chairs will take them off your hands!!!

Let the FESTIVAL help YOU!!!!!

The Food and BBQ is still in need of help on Friday night between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., Saturday night between 7 p.m. until 11 pm. And anytime on Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. If you can help, please call us as soon as possible at (650) 588-1927.

It has come to our attention that we did not receive all of the sign-up forms or Emails that were sent to us. We do not have an explanation for this. For those of you who might have returned your form or sent us an Email and have not yet been contacted, please call us as soon as possible so that we can schedule you for the hours that you wanted.

Thank you for your patience and attention to this matter and we apologize for any inconvenience that this might have causes. We are looking forward to seeing all of you at the festival.

FESTIVAL RAFFLE TICKETS: The students at our parish school are having a contest to see which grade can sell the most Festival Raffle tickets.

1st Prize Free Dress and Pizza Party
2nd Prize Free Dress OR Pizza Party
3rd Prize Free Dress

When you turn in your raffle stubs, don't forget to write on the outside of the envelope or include a note inside, telling us which grade you want to get credit for your book of tickets. If you need more tickets, the rectory has them or call Barbara Balestieri. Don't forget, get your stubs in by Friday, September 9th to be eligible for the Early Bird Drawing of $200!

RAFFLE UP DATE as August 29th
Families given: 191
Total Amount rec'd : 5,729.00


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2nd collection for Hurricane Katrina
September 17th and 18th
Help people affected by this storm.

Thank you for your generous donation of $6,296.82 to the Missions.



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September 14th

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 Sept. 14th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items are ok!



Wednesday evening (7:30-9 pm.) in the Convent Chapel will resume on Wednesday, September 7th. All are welcome. We will study the Letter to the Hebrews.



The first General Meeting of the Grownups for the coming year will be held on Wednesday September 7th at 7:30 p.m., in Hennessy Hall. Sister Sheral Marshall, OSF will present a National Geographic film entitled “Celebrate what is right with the World”, with a discussion to follow. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the meeting.



All the men of the parish are invited to attend the first meeting of the Men’s Club on Monday, September 12th. Doors open at 6 p.m. and all are welcome to attend.


Toddlers, Infants, Preschoolers, and Parents Social

Join St. Robert’s TIPPS at children’s Fairyland!!
(located on the shores of Lake Merritt in Oakland)
Saturday, September 10th.

Admission of $6 per person (children under 1 are free) includes unlimited rides. Parking is $3. The park is also accessible by BART. For those wishing to leave together, we will meet in St. Robert’s main parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Please contact Andrew or Ana Kimoto for reservations and information.



How about a late summer get together? We will meet at the Hungary Hunter on September 18th at 5:00 p.m. R.S.V.P. to Bunny Moniz. Please pass the word.


As a Parish Community

We pray that the people of every nation will envision ourselves as true sisters and brothers. May we work together to bring justice and peace to our fragile planet.



Soledad Aylssa Espinola,
Adriana Carmen Cistac &
Trentin Robert Sanders


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Mary Germano,
Cesar Parraga,
Herman Kollerer and
Robert Wright, Sr.

who died recently.

Dear Parishioners

We continue to ask each week that parishioners pray for the chronically ill of our parish.

This week we ask for prayers for:
Olivia Valiao and Caridad Ricardo

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

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



Saint Robert’s Grief Support Group will hold their first Fall Meeting on September 10th, in the Convent Chapel from 3:00-4:15 (before the 4:30 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 and comfort you in your sorrow. Call, Sister Patricia 589-0104 or any of the Consolation Ministry Committee.


The Fil/Am Group of St. Robert's is celebrating the
on Sunday, September 18th

For three days, beginning on Thursday, September 15th and continuing on Friday and Saturday, there will be a special prayer service at 7pm in Mary’s Chapel.

On Sunday following the special 11:30am Mass, a reception and entertainment will take place in Hennessey Hall.


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The Law and Love
This reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans is, according to the Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers, “the first written appearance of the theology of love in relation to the law.” Having entered the Franciscans in 1965 when Vatican II was just beginning to be talked about, I was taught the “old way” of structured discipline and rules and asking permissions. Some of these were clearly from another time and culture: needing to be accompanied by a “prudent companion” when going out anywhere, for example. No doubt, that practice began when no woman went out alone. After lunch each day, we had the ritual of “confessing fault” for breaking silence. (We also had to bring in and confess fault for anything we had broken which led to some hilarious situations!) I’d guess those practices were meant to reinforce the high value of silence in religious life in those days and the need for care for material things. Also, the full title of my community is Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Christian Charity, so we may have been a bit bigger on penance than many communities.

Once the newspapers wrote that the rules of silence, of going to bed early, of not interacting much with “lay people” had been relaxed, more than one person asked me if being a sister had now become too easy. Then and now, it has become a personal responsibility to take enough time for prayer, to pay attention to my body’s need for rest and exercise, to develop relationships with men and women in keeping with my commitment. And loving your neighbor, especially when you live with her day in and day out (as anyone in a committed relationship knows) takes work as well as affection! And one advantage to the rules is that you could “rest on your laurels” once you kept them. In terms of loving, there is always room for more understanding, less judgment, more generosity, less “it’s your turn” measurement. Maybe that’s why Paul and Jesus say, “Love is the fulfillment of the law.” (Romans 13.10) Let’s keep trying with the Spirit’s help. Peace, Sr. Sheral

Sunday Mass – A Life Changing Experience
Dan Schutte, a former member of the St. Louis Jesuits, is giving a workshop next Saturday, Sept. 10 at St. Stephen Church, 601 Eucalyptus Dr.@ 23rd Avenue, San Francisco from 10 am to 3 pm. This is an opportunity to look at the Mass through a different set of eyes. Please bring a bag lunch; coffee, drinks and dessert will be provided. RSVP to Jim Cook by Sept. 6 at 415-681-2444x23 or

Welcome Back!
If you’re coming back to church after being away for a while, welcome back! You are cordially invited to a gathering on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 pm in Mary’s Chapel, the small area to the right of the sanctuary. Come by yourself or bring a friend as we explore your questions, concerns, and issues. If you know of someone who’s thinking about returning to church, please extend an invitation to him/her and offer to come along. Hope to see you there. If you have questions, please contact Sr. Sheral at 589-2800 or

Women’s Retreat Day
You deserve some time for yourself! Please mark your calendar for our retreat day at Mercy Center on Saturday, November 12. It will be from 9 am to 3 pm and is always a rejuvenating experience for all of us. If you’d like to help with the planning, please contact Sr. Sheral at 589-2800 or at .


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September 10th and 11th

4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Msgr Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers J. Scannell (C), P. Schaukowitch, T. Dachauer,
B. Castro-Leon, R. Aveson, B. Moniz,
D. Bisagno, J. Quinn, M. Murphy
Lectors M. Dachauer
Altar Servers E. Fosse and C. Green

7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Healy
Eucharistic Ministers W. Mooney (C), J. Aldinger, A. Buelow,
B. Mullins, B. Albright
Lector J. Scanlan and A. Reyes
Altar Servers B. Marshall and C. Clarke
9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. Hung/Deacon Meyer
Eucharistic Ministers J. Romine (C), V. Yanke, J. Yanke,
C. Fitzpatrick, L. Cesca, A. Romine,
M. Blumenthal, M. Bologna, A. Solis
Lectors J. Valdez and J. Marty
Altar Servers M. Jauregui and M. Jauregui
11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers B. Chester (C), H. Mantler, A. Maron,
E. Sanchez, V/L Piccinini, S. Lucchese,
S. Stefaniuk, L. Sing, P. Astrero
Lectors M. Cadiz and G. May
Altar Servers V. Abellana and J. Abellana

5:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Healy
Eucharistic Ministers G. Landholt (C), N. Giuseponi, I. Reyes,
J. Landholt, P. Landholt, M. Salvato,
R. Atkinson, J. Arellano, B. Rodriguez
Lector C. Landholt
Altar Servers R. Reid and R. Reid

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