St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, September 11, 2005

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

September 11, 2005
Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

Labor Day has passed and as we begin another school year, with its responsibilities, stresses and hardships let us recall the encouraging words spoken by our new Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI in his inauguration homily:

“ …...And now, at this moment, weak servant of God that I am, I must assume this enormous task, which truly exceeds all human capacity….I do not have to carry it alone. All the Saints of God are there to protect me, sustain me and carry me. And our prayers, my dear friends, your indulgences, your love, your faith and hope will accompany me...Yes, the Church is alive, and the Church is young. And she holds within herself the future of the world and therefore shows each of us the way to the future.”

Just as Pope Benedict XVI is relying on prayer to see him through his arduous responsibility of governing the entire Holy Catholic church, we, too, must rely on the prayers and support of the Communion of saints to see us through whatever God asks of us during this coming year. We must place our trust and faith in the prayers already gone before us, and in the prayers of all our friends and parishioners. We cannot make it alone. We must pray constantly for each other.

Prayer is a powerful gift and we should not neglect to use it. Pray always and pray all ways. God bless each of you.

Sister Patricia


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 12
Readings: 1 Tm 2:1-8     Lk 7:1-10

Mass Intention
All Souls †
Charles & Rita Agius †
Men's Club
St. Vincent de Paul
Mahoney Room
Tuesday - September 13
Readings: 1 Tm 3:1-13     Lk 7:11-17
Mass Intention 6:30
Kevin McKenna †
Elio Sarti †
Eucharistic Adoration
Scripture Study
Religious Education
Sr. Legion of Mary
Liturgy Committee
Mary's Chapel
Church & Hall
Convent Chapel
Wednesday - September 14
Readings: Nm 21:4b-9     Phil 2:6-11      Jn 3:13-17
Mass Intention 6:30
Raphael Rivera †
Nina Catterini †
Festival Band
Scripture Class
Convent Chapel

Thursday - September 15
Readings: 1 Tm 4:12-16     Jn 19:25-27

Mass Intention 6:30
Daniel Lopez †
James Keating †
Religious Education
Fil/Am Novena
School Board
Hall & Church
Convent Chapel
Mary's Chapel
Mahoney Room

Friday - September 16
Readings: 1 Tm 6:2c-12     Lk 8:1-3

Mass Intention 6:30
Fr. Joe Healy
Thomas Daly †
Fil/Am Novena
Mary's Chapel

Saturday - September 17
Readings: 1 Tm 6:13-16     Lk 8:4-15

Mass Intention 8:30
Carmen Capella †
Ralph Capella †
Festival Dance Setup
AA Meeting
Fil/Am Novena
Mahoney Room
Mary's Chapel

Sunday - September 18
Readings: Is 55:6-9     Phil 1:20c-24,27a     Mt 20:1-16a

Mass Intention 7:30
Tom & MaryAnn Begley †
Mauro Sciacqua †
People of St. Robert's
Dwayne McNaughton †
Fil/Am San Lorenzo Ruiz
Fil/Am Choir
Jr. Legion of Mary
Mahoney Room


We have a number of dates coming up:

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



As of September 5th we have received $21,304.43 in sales commission and $980.22 in tips. The total is $22,284.65. The amount does not include either 49er game. We received $4,208.66 for our work at the 49er training camp.

Thanks to the many people who have volunteered.


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Classes for Children Grades 6th, 7th and 8th begin on Tuesday, October 4th from 6:45 to 8 pm. in Hennessy Hall.

Confirmation classes for 9th graders begins on Tuesday, September 13th at 6:45 pm. to 8 p.m. in Hennessy Hall.

Confirmation classes for 10th graders started on Sunday, August 28th.

If you haven’t registered, please contact the
Religious Education Office at 588-0477


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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


"Frank and Friends"
Saturday, September 24th

Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
2 seatings 5:45 p.m. and 7:15 pm.
Tickets available at the door

Join us for a delicious roasted chicken dinner and entertainment by our own Frank Sandner and friends with their renditions of favorite Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin tunes.

BARBECUE AND FOOD BOOTHS –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

There's still time to help your favorite class win one of the above prizes. So, turn in your raffle ticket stubs and please remember write on the outside of the envelope which grade you want to get credit for your book of tickets. If you need more tickets, or if you would like to volunteer for the festival raffle booth, you can contact Barbara Balestieri.

RAFFLE UP DATE as September 4th
Families given: 259
Total Amount rec'd : 7,272.00

Thank you to all the families who have particpated!


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September 17th and 18th
2nd collection will be for Hurricane Katrina

Help people affected by this storm.



As of August 31st we have received $79,500.00
from 383 parishioners.

We have reached our goal!
Thank you to all parishioners who generously gave to this appeal.


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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!



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.



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.



Saint Robert’s will be offering Computer Classes again this semester. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings from 9:15—10:30 a.m., October 8th, in the school Computer Lab. If you are interested in Computer Education please call the rectory at 589-2800 or Sister Patricia 589-0104 to register.


As a Parish Community

We remember the tragedies of September 11th. We pray that we may resolve to work together for peace in our world, our communities, our families and our hearts.



Melissa Belenzo & Charles Ancheta


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Frank Belluomini &
William Toel

who died recently.



Saint Robert’s Grief Support Group will hold their first Fall Meeting on September 24th, (October 8th and 22nd) in the Convent chapel from 3-4:15 p.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 as for support and strength. God bless and comfort you in your sorrow. Call Sister Patricia 589-0104 or any of the Consolation Ministry Committee.



Pope John Paul II declared this “The Year of the Eucharist”, a time of special grace and energy for God’s People. He asked that we take any opportunity to adore Jesus in His Blessed Sacrament. On Tuesday, September 13th, and on the Second Tuesday of each month, following the 8:30 am Mass and continuing until Benediction at 5 pm, Eucharist Adoration takes place in our Church. Spending time with Jesus in Silent prayer can bring about the changes our world so desperately needs. Come! Receive the peace that only Jesus can give.

Dear Parishioners

We continue to ask each week that parishioners 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, 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 at 589-4963. 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.


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The Fourth Anniversary

I’m sure you remember what you were doing four years ago today as the horrendous pictures were shown on television of the planes crashing into the twin towers in New York. It was so foreign to our experience, it was difficult to believe it was really happening on our shores, instead of in England or Ireland or some Middle Eastern country. It was a new escalation of politically-motivated violence which destroyed our sense of invincibility that nothing that terrible could ever happen here.

Four years have passed. We have heard every possible detail about the suicide bombers, about the clues which were never pieced together due to lack of communication and turf wars. Al-Queda has become a common term, though the hunt for Osama bin Laden seems to have faded from memory. In Afghanistan, desperately poor (made moreso by 10 years of ineffective sanctions) and nearly destroyed by our bombs, instability and fear still rein with the exception of Kabul perhaps. The tenuous link between Al-Queda and Saddam Hussein has been disproved and the weapons of mass destruction accusation discredited. Hopefully, most of us have come to understand that the Islamic terrorists are to Islam as Jim Jones and his cohorts are to Christianity. The Department of Homeland Security exposed its strengths and weaknesses in its efforts for Katrina’s victims. The reality of police, fire and other public safety entities being unable to communicate with each other during 911 was repeated throughout the New Orleans area.

So where are we now? Obviously, there will be a major review of all aspects of the response to the hurricane. The numbers of those killed, the poorest and most vulnerable, raises the question: as a country, where is our sense of community? No doubt, many unknown acts of bravery and compassion took place throughout the South. But why were so many nursing home residents found dead? Wouldn’t everyone in the neighborhood realize that they couldn’t have gotten out on their own? What is the relationship between the tens of billions of dollars being spent daily in Iraq and the descent into misery experienced by more and more Americans? What is the relationship between “old boy” networks of politicians and their cronies, pork barrel allocations and the lack of money to repair century-old dikes and dams which everyone knew could and would break if a major storm hit? If the area had included more well-to-do residents instead of 30% very poor people, would their legislators’ demands have been heeded?

After 9/11, our country came together in a new way. Hopefully, this tragedy will cause us to come together again, and involve all of us in asking critically important questions of our government and of ourselves. May the Spirit of wisdom guide us all. And may God bless all those mourning the loss of loved ones from September 11 and from Hurricane Katrina.
Peace, S. Sheral


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September 17th and 18th

4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers R. Hanley (C), B. Moniz, Doug Hageman,
Di Hageman, J. Hageman, D. Bisagno,
J. Finnegan, P. Schaukowitch, M. Murphy
Lectors C. Clarke
Altar Servers S. Compton and D. Balestieri

7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers Emil Ruggiero (C), T. Montross, L. Quintana,
R. Vassalo, R. Lohoz
Lector J. Scanlan and J. Clifford
Altar Servers J. Olcomendy and G. Pino
9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. Healy
Eucharistic Ministers R. Valdez (C), C. Fitzpatrick, C. Zolezzi,
M. Saisi, J. Valdez, L. Canaya,
B. Canaya, M. Lopez, J. Kelly
Lectors L. Kaloucava and J. Shick
Altar Servers L. Mosqueda and L. Getzler
11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers G. May (C), J. Yee, D. Murphy,
T. Estelita, C. Ortiz, L. Jovero,
R. Benavente, H. Madayag, H. Mantler
Lectors B. Baxter and C. Pisani
Altar Servers J. Cuddy and D. Cuddy

5:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Hung/ Deacon Duffey
Eucharistic Ministers L. Cuddy (C), V. Nunich, J. Schaukowitch,
V. Hawkins, Van. Hawkins, T. Thompson,
T. Thompson, A. Ciraulo, M. Ciraulo
Lector C. Arellano
Altar Servers G. Delucchi and J. Uroz

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