St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, October 9, 2005

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

October 9, 2005
Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

It has been 3 months since I’ve been assigned to the parish. I wish to thank all of you for your warm and heartfelt welcome. It will take some time in order for me to really become acquainted with each and everyone of you yet, I already feel comfortable as one of your Deacons.

I am happy to once again be involved in the Confirmation program as a teacher. Being involved with the youth is a great passion of mine and I enjoy it tremendously. I look forward to having a great year working with the children.

On behalf of my wife Bernadette and myself we wish to take this opportunity to thank Deacon Duffey and his wife Renee for the wonderful warm welcome to the parish. They have been awesome in helping us with the transition.

I wish to think our beloved Pastor once again for the inspiration that he inspires upon me and for having so much faith in me. I would also like to thank Father Healy, Father Marini and Father Hung who have also welcomed me into the parish with open arms.

Once again thank you all. I am very happy to be here in this wonderful parish of St. Roberts.

Deacon John Meyer



Just over the past week we have learned of 2 parishes on the Mississippi Gulf Coast where Presentation Sisters work as Pastoral Associates. St. Thomas the Apostle and St. John the Evangelist are in Long Beach, Mississippi and both sustained major damage in Hurricane Katrina. While these parishes are working to repair the damage to their churches and schools, we have become aware of parishioners who have lost all or nearly all, of their possessions.

We have a list of about 20 families who are in particular need, several of whom are teachers from these schools who have lost their homes. They remain in the area but are in need of lots of help.

The Sisters have given us a list of stores in the area to which the families have access. These include: Sears, Penney’s, Lowe’s, and Home Depot. While we realize that many of you have already made donations to Hurricane relief efforts, if you have the means to give something to our Sister parishes, it would be greatly appreciated. We will be collecting cash and checks on the weekend of October 15th and 16th which we will use to buy Scrip to send to the Sisters to distribute.

If you are able to help, you may put your donation in the collection basket or drop it at the Rectory. Label the envelopes: Adopt a Parish, Hurricane Relief. If you have any questions call Rob Aveson.


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Monday - October 10
Parish Office & School are closed today
in observance of Columbus Day
Readings: Rom 1:1-7     Lk 11:29-32

Mass Intention 8:30 Kevin McKenna †
St. Vincent de Paul Meeting 7:00p Mahoney Room
Tuesday - October 11
Readings: Rom 1:16-25     Lk 11:37-41
Mass Intention 6:30
Haley Christensen †
Ana Kovacovic †
Eucharistic Adoration
Scripture Study
Religious Education
Sr. Legion of Mary
Liturgy Committee
Mary's Chapel
Church & Hall
Convent Chapel
Wednesday - October 12
Readings: Rom 2:1-11     Lk 11:42-46
Mass Intention 6:30
Loretta Bond †
Charles & Rita Agius †
Positive Coach Alliance
Choir Practice
Scripture Class
Convent Chapel

Thursday - October 13
Readings: Rom 3:21-30     Lk 11:47-54

Mass Intention 6:30
Eduardo Emilia Gandeza †
Emilio Alchera †
Religious Education
Festival Band
Hall & Church
Convent Chapel

Friday - October 14
Readings: Rom 4:1-8     Lk 12:1-7

Mass Intention 6:30
Alfredo Tan
Dino Tonelli †
Grandparent's Day
Cheerleading Practice

Saturday - October 15
Readings: Rom 4:13,16-18     Lk 12:8-12

Mass Intention 8:30
Paul & Rosina Vella †
Alex Ayllon †
Computer Class
AA Meeting
Computer Room
Mahoney Room

Sunday - October 16
Readings: Is 45:1,4-6     1 Thes 1:1-5b     Mt 22:15-21

Mass Intention 7:30
Emilio & Mocelin Families †
People of St. Robert's
Alex Ayllon †
Giuseppe Pignati †
Grownups Breakfast
Fil/Am Choir
Jr. Legion of Mary
Confirmation Class
Mahoney Room


In this Year of the Eucharist, we are to ask ourselves: ‘Who the Eucharist is, not what the Eucharist is’.

October 2, 2005Cardinal Jozef Tomko, at the opening of the Eucharistic Congress said: “Devotion to the Eucharist is needed in a world shaken by the dark shadows of wars both known and forgotten…(and by) the ideological attacks on marriage, the family and on human life from its conception.”

Eucharist Adoration will take place in our Church, Tuesday, October 11th, following the 8:30 a.m. Mass and closing with Benediction at 3 p.m. Spending time with Jesus in silent prayer can bring about the changes our world so desperately needs.



There are fliers at the entrances of the church for Advent wreath making. We’ve had great fun the past two years making these wreaths. I’ll supply the tray, wire form, the candles and the greens; you bring your clippers and your creativity! Children with parents are most welcome. I need to order the forms and the trays, so I need to have a definite number of those who’ll be coming.



At the entrances of the church you will also find flyers for our Women’s annual retreat day on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Mercy Center. Please fill out the form, drop it in the collection basket, bring it to the rectory or the school or give it to me, Sr. Sheral. Women of all ages are invited! We have to confirm our numbers in advance, so I need your reservation.

Thanks very much.



We have a great people among us, only we do not know it. They are the poorest of the poor—the unwanted, the uncared for, the rejected, the alcholics, the crippled, the blind, the sick, the dying—–people who have nothing and have nobody. Their very life is a prayer. They continually interceed for us without knowing it.” (Mother Teresa, “Words to Love By”, 1983)


October 12th

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 October 12th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items are ok!



You are invited to join the Sisters of the Presentation and their Associates for a Liturgy of Thanksgiving on Nov. 13th, to mark the conclusion of the year of celebration for their 150th Anniversary of service in the SF Bay Area. The liturgy will be celebrated at Saint Agnes Church, 1025 Masonic Ave., S.F. at 2 p.m. A reception will immediately follow at the Presentation Motherhouse, 2340 Turk Blvd., SF. For more information contact Sister Stehanie at (415) 422-5020.



Thank you for your generosity to the victims of Katrina. The words of Pope John Paul II apply to you:

“The poor of the U.S. and of the world are your brothers and sisters in Christ. You must never be content to leave them just the crumbs of the feast. You must take of your substance and not just of your abundance, in order to help them. And you must treat them like guests at your family table.” (Address at Yankee Stadium, 1979)


In Observance of Columbus Day
the School and Rectory will be closed THIS Monday, October 10th.


As a Parish Community

We pray.....for a renewed appreciation for the dignity of motherhood and care-giving within society.



Karen Toro & Raymond Frashieri
Joanne Campbell & Albert Rodriguez


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Martha Torres and Michelle Mazzei
who died recently.

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.

This week we ask you to pray for

Catherine Roelofsen

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.


November 2nd

November is traditionally the month set aside by our church to commemorate and celebrate the memories of our departed loved ones. This year we will have a special Mass on the feast of All Souls, Wednesday, November 2nd. All are invited to this liturgy. The names of those buried from St. Robert’s and relatives of parishioners buried from other churches will be read aloud by members of the Consolation Ministry and a special candle will be lit and places on the altar in their memory.

We will have a special shrine erected in Our Lady’s alcove (in the church) with their names inscribed in a Memorial Book. Please, bring pictures, memorial cards or flowers to place in this shrine all during November. We will also post their names around the walls of the church, so that the faithful will be reminded of our departed loved ones each time they enter the church.

We are asking a special favor from you, the parishioners. We have recorded all those buried from Saint Robert’s but would like to remember all of your departed loved ones that are buried/cremated from any other church or Funeral Home during the past year. Information needs to be received to us no later than October 26th. Please either call the rectory at 589-2800 or Sister Patricia at 589-0104 with the name of your loved one along with the date of their burial.

“It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead.”


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The readings for today’s liturgy are an interesting combination: a promise of a marvelous banquet when God’s kingdom has come to fulfillment and another difficult-to-hear-gospel with violence, inclusion and exclusion in the context of the banquet of the king. The first reading is wonderful, conjuring up for us some wonderful feasts we’ve enjoyed at, say, an anniversary dinner or 60th birthday party. The best food and drink is provided and everyone is united in the celebration! There are no insiders and outsiders at this banquet, God’s banquet: “The Lord of hosts will provide for all peoples.”

In the gospel we hear of those invited (probably the “movers and shakers” of the area) who won’t come, some of whom even kill the servants bringing the invitation! The king kills the murderers and burns their city. Then the invitation is broadened to include everyone from the highways and byways. But one man is singled out, questioned as to his attire, and ejected from the group. What’s going on?

These readings are both about the end-times, the time of fulfillment of God’s promises. According to Sr. Dianne Bergant, CSA, “Ancient Israel thought of this time as the messianic age; Jesus spoke of this age as the reign of God.” We live in this in-between time: God’s reign is here with the coming of Jesus in the flesh, but not completely. We see signs of the kingdom or reign of God every time someone acts unselfishly, as have so many since Katrina and Rita hit. We know we’re not there yet when we witness selfishness or greed. We’ll hear many more of these eschatological (end-times) readings as we approach the end of this liturgical year.

At the heart of the readings is the meal, for the ancients, a sign of friendship and intimacy, trust and possibly, reconciliation. This is difficult for us in our fast-food society to grasp, but think again of those special meals you’ve enjoyed where the eating together was expressive of the closeness of relationship you enjoyed. The commentators tell us that it was customary for the host to give guests a wedding garment, if they didn’t have one. This man, by not wearing one, was disrespectful of his host and showed himself unprepared for the meal and the relationships involved. Everyone is invited, but those who respond need to show their gratitude by good works, especially charity. We don’t earn heaven; it is given as a free gift by our God. But we can’t merely show our baptismal certificate as our pass to get in! If God has loved us so much, we must show the same love to others.
Peace, S. Sheral



We need a minimum of 20 volunteers for each 49er game.


Oct 30
Nov 6
Nov 13
Nov 15
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Dec 4
Jan 1
49ers - Tampa
49ers - Giants
Rolling Stones
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49ers - Seattle
49ers - Arizona
49ers - Houston



Thanks to the many people who have volunteered.


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2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 340-7474

Dreams Where We all Meet: Waking Up to our Global Connectedness
November 20th 1-4 p.m.
Jeremy Taylor, D. Min.

Compassion, The Heart of Ministry
January 8th 10-4
Don Bisson, FMS


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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Thank you for your generous donation of $2,512.75
to our School, CCD and Confirmation Programs.


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Patrick & Ann Hanley

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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The next Joint Meeting for St. Robert’s and St. Bruno's will be held this Monday, October 10th (Columbus Day) at 7 p.m in the Mahoney Room. Anyone interested in learning more about our St. Vincent de Paul Society is encouraged to attend.



Looking for something to do on Friday nights? Come and join the Inbetweeners. If your children have graduated from grammar school and you think you would like to meet with other people that have some of your same intersts, this club is for you. Some of our upcoming events include a fall dinner on October 21st and a prom in May. If you are interested in joining our club, please contact Carol Bonner.



The Grownups Annual Communion Luncheon will be on October 16th in Hennessy Hall after the 11:30 a.m. Mass. Price is $12. For reservations call either Dorothy Branch or Olga Samuelsen. Tickets will be sold after Masses Oct. 1st and 2nd Oct. 8th and 9th. Any questions call Dolores Johnson.


Saint Roberts 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 them read. We have some books on the Library cart but we have many more in the Library/Reconciliation room.

Enjoy Reading


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October 15th and 16th

4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Healy
Eucharistic Ministers P. Schaukowitch (C), R. Hanley, A. Ciraulo,
M. Ciraulo, R. Castro-Leon, B. Castro-Leon,
J. Finnegan, R. Aveson, T. Dachauer
Lectors M. Dachauer
Altar Servers K. Murphy and D. Williams

7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers E. Ruggiero (C), C. Soracco, J. Aldinger,
Y. Giuseponi, R. Jardin
Lector R. Rolfes and P. Lustic
Altar Servers C. Murray and R. Rolfes
9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers L. Cesca (C), M. Blumenthal, A. Solis,
C. Fitzpatrick, R. Valdez, J. Valdez,
L. Canaya, B. Canaya, M. Lopez
Lectors L. Kaloucava and J. Shick
Altar Servers D. Wilson and M. McCann
11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. Hung/Deacon Duffey
Eucharistic Ministers G. May (C), D. Murphy, T. Estelita,
C. Ortiz, L. Juvero, R. Benavente,
F. Firpo, H. Madayag, H. Mantler
Lectors H. Beck and M. Maran
Altar Servers D. Cuddy and K. Ortiz

5:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Healy
Eucharistic Ministers J. Schaukowitch (C), N. Giuseponi, V. Hawkins,
Van Hawkins, C. Hawkins, T. Thompson,
M. Santiago, M. Huntington, M. Salvato
Lector C. Arellano
Altar Servers J. Semeniuk and S. Morales

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