St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, November 13, 2005

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

November 13, 2005
Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners;

“What can I return to the Lord for all the Lord has given to me”.

In this fourth week of reflections on Christian Stewardship we hear the parable of the good stewards. Two of the stewards returned what their master had given them with an increase. One steward returned just what the master had given him.

Over these past weeks we have focused on accepting God’s gifts graciously, cultivating these gifts and sharing them with others. This final week challenges us to consider what do we return to the Lord for all the Lord has given us.

Every parish relies on the generosity of its parishioners. The work of our parish is accomplished through our organizations, programs and our ministries as a community expression of our collective generosity. The Church in general ultimately depends on the generosity of individuals like you and me to support its charitable work. Our Church operates more schools and hospitals than any other religion. We feed more people, house more homeless people, provide more medical care and give more moral support to more people than any other organized group. All of this has a price tag. Each of us has a role to play; each of us has something to give.

God says “Try me in this”, and what he means is that if we try to out do Him in generosity, we cannot succeed. God loves us so much. God will continue to bless us.

Today we ask each family to commit to be greater stewards of the gifts God has entrusted to them. In our Spiritual lives what sacrifices can we make to take time each weeks for actively participation in Sunday Eucharist. With our time and talents what gifts can we bring to the Lord by participating in our parish organizations and ministries? Finally, can we increase our weekly offering to the Church? When was the last time we made an adjustment in the amount we return to continue the Lord’s work?

“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” (1 Peter 4:10)

“The gift you have received, give as a gift.” (Matthew 10:8)

Father Bruce


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Monday - November 14
Readings: 1 Mc 1:10-15,41-43     Lk 18:35-43

Mass Intention
Mike Kovacevic †
All Souls †
Women's Guild
St. Vincent de Paul
Mahoney Room
Tuesday - November 15
Readings: 2 Mc 6:18-31     Lk 19:1-10
Mass Intention 6:30a
All Souls †
Joseph Busuttil †
Scripture Study
Religious Education
Sr. Legion of Mary
Mary's Chapel
Church & Hall
Wednesday - November 16
Readings: 2 Mc 7:1,20-31     Lk 19:11-28
Mass Intention 6:30a
In Thanksgiving †
All Souls †
7th Grade Cheerleading
St. Robert's Band
Choir Practice
Dinner Dance Meeting
Scripture Class
Mahoney Room
Convent Chapel

Thursday - November 17
Readings: 1 Mc 2:15-29     Lk 19:41-44

Mass Intention 6:30a
All Souls †
Pasquale & Maria Aloise †
Religious Education
School Board
Hall & Church
Convent Chapel
Mahoney Room

Friday - November 18
Readings: 1 Mc 4:36-37,52-59     Lk 19:45-48

Mass Intention 6:30a
Leo Pieretti †
All Souls †
Cheerleading Practice 3:00p Hall

Saturday - November 19
Readings: 1 Mc 6:1-13     Lk 20:27-40

Mass Intention 8:30a
Paul & Rosina Vella †
All Souls †
AA Meeting
Grief Consolation
Mahoney Room
Convent Chapel

Sunday - November 20
Readings: Ez 34:11-12     1 Cor 15:20-26     Mt 25:31-46

Mass Intention 7:30a
All Souls of Purgatory †
All Souls †
People of St. Robert's
Jack Mahoney
Fil/Am Choir
Jr. Legion of Mary
Confirmation Class
Mahoney Room


The parish office currently has an opening for evening hours, a few days a week from 4:15 p.m to 7:30 p.m. You must be 16 to apply. If interested please call the rectory at 589-2800 for a detailed job description.


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Thank you for your generous donation of $2,816.71
to our School, CCD & Confirmation Programs.



Sign up at

We need a minimum of 25 volunteers for each 49er game.


Nov 15
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As of 11-06-2005 we have raised $34,857.99 and
$1,919.52 in tips for a total of $36,777.51



J.S. Paluch, our partner with our weekly bulletin, is now offering our parishioners the opportunity to contribute to our parish online. No checks to write. We introduced the idea to our parish finance council and school board during these past two weeks. Already three families have registered. For full information go to and click on the e-contributions line. The first page explains the details. There is a button to take you to the e-paluch registration page. You can register online using either your checking account or credit card. There is no cost to you for this service.


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Maria Canjura
Kevin Mattias & Family
Patricia Mattias & Family
Howard & Tracy Benden
Kim Giovannini

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. If you chose, you can register online at:



It’s that time of year again

Please help us continue our Thanksgiving tradition as we share our blessings with those in need.

St. Vincent de Paul is asking for Turkey Certificates. In a few weeks, our volunteers will be delivering Thanksgiving Food Bags to over 30 families in San Bruno. We need turkey dressing, cans of cranberry sauce, broth, yams, canned pumpkin, canned fruits and vegetables other non-perishable food items AND ESPECIALLY jams and jellies. Please bring food items to the baskets placed on the altar steps.



If you are making an Advent wreath Saturday, please come to the kindergarten yard at 9 am, wearing old clothes and with your clippers in hand! $8 per wreath will cover the materials. See you there.


November 19th

Celebrate with us on next Saturday, at the 4:30 p.m Mass, as we witness the renewal of vows of the Presentation Sisters, who have given so many years of love and service to our St. Robert's family.



The annual Thanksgiving Mass for the divorced and separated of the Archdiocese of San Francisco will take place on Saturday, November 19th at 5:30 pm. At St. John of God, 5th Ave. and Irving in San Francisco. A reception will follow. For information, contact Father Al Grosskkopf, S.J., (415) 422-6698 or Susan Fox, (415) 752-1308.


While out of town during the holidays
Mass times for all churches are


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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.

Don Bisson Workshops in January
One of Mercy Center’s perennial favorites,
Don Bisson, will be presenting
three workshops in January:

  • Compassion, the Heart of Ministry,
    Sunday, January 8th
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Nouwen and Jung:
    Search for the True Self
    Saturday, January 14th
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Nouwen and Jung:
    Archetype of the Wounded Healer Sunday
    January 15th
    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Silent Advent Retreat

Dec. 9-11
Rena Grant, MFT and Rusty Shaughnessy, OFM

Christian Meditation
Come and See

Dec. 10th 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Barbara Hazzard, OSB


As a Parish Community

We pray.....for the members of our RCIA program as they prepare to receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist, may they experience Christ’s love and support within our parish family.



Felipe Ferreira Sales & Lilia Reyann Gomez


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Tosca Brenes,
Robert Kennedy,
Lena Lucarotti amd
Donna Glass
who died recently.



Surviving the Holidays when someone you loved has died

Saint Robert’s Grief Support Group will hold a special meeting on Saturday, November 19th in the Convent Chapel from 3-4:15 p.m. to help those who are facing the upcoming Holidays without their loved one-spouse, child, sibling, parent, grandparent, grandchild, friend, relative. The gap left by a loss is felt most poignantly during these traditional times of celebration-Thanksgiving and Christmas. We invite you to come and pray, share memories comfort and be comforted. May Our Lady of Sorrows comfort you.

Sister Patricia 589-0104.

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. 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.


Thank You

Our remembrance of our beloved dead on All Souls Day and throughout November is the fruit of many people’s work. Many thanks to Emil Ruggiero who lovingly printed the names of all who have died in the past year; to Kevin Imbimbo and the combined choirs of the 9:30 and 11:30 Masses for the prayerful music; and to Sr. Patricia and the Consolation Ministry for their presence, participation and the reception which followed Wednesday.


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Rosa Parks
When Rosa Parks died, the world lost a wonderful person. In an article by Paul Rogat Loeb, “The Real Rosa Parks,” the author comments that “People like Rosa Parks shape our models of social commitment…And the conventional stripped-down retelling creates a standard so impossible to meet, it may actually make it harder for us to get involved.”

We have generally heard only that on one fateful day in 1955 when she was ordered to give up her seat (actually in the “colored” section of the bus) to a white man, she refused.

This was no spur-of- the-moment decision and she didn’t act as an isolated individual. She had been a member of the NAACP for twelve years, hesitant at first, then gaining confidence and serving as its secretary. The previous summer, she attended a ten-day training session at Tennessee’s labor and civil rights organizing school, the Highlander Center. E.D. Nixon who headed Montgomery’s NAACP mentored her, played a key role in the bus boycott, and got Martin Luther King, Jr. involved in the effort. JoAnn Robinson and her Women’s Political Council, distributed the initial leaflets following her arrest.

“This in no way diminishes the power and historical importance of her refusal to give up her seat. But it reminds us that this tremendously consequential act, along with everything that followed, depended on all the humble and frustrating work that she and others undertook earlier on. It also reminds us that her initial step of getting involved was just as courageous and critical as the stand on the bus.”

In our society which prizes instant gratification, her action is a reminder that “Change is the product of deliberate, incremental action, whereby we join together to try to shape a better world. Sometimes our struggles will fail, as did many earlier efforts of Rosa Parks, her peers and her predecessors. And at times they will trigger a miraculous outpouring of courage and heart – as happened with her arrest and all that followed. For only when we act despite all our uncertainties and doubts do we have the chance to shape history.” (Paul Rogat Loeb at

Maria Ida Gigiuente,who spoke to us Tuesday about Catholic Relief Service efforts for peace-building in Mindanao, related that it has taken seven years to resolve the conflicts among warring villages in a certain area of the island. May God grant us the patience to work (and pray) for the change we long to see!

Peace, S. Sheral


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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November 19th and 20th

4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers R. Hanley (C), J. Quinn, Doug Hageman,
Di Hageman, J. Hageman, J. Finnegan,
C. Holland, C. Carter, J. Scannell
Lectors M. Dachauer
Altar Servers K. Ferris and A. Silva

7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers W. Mooney (C), B. Mullins, C. Noce,
R. Vassalo, R. Lahoz
Lector R. Rolfes and S. Kelly
Altar Servers A. Clifford and K. Meghan
9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. Hung/Deacon Meyer
Eucharistic Ministers J. Romine (C), K. Semenza, M. Blumenthal,
C. Fitzpatrick, M. Lopez, L. Cesca,
J. Kelly, M. Bologna, A. Romine
Lectors J. Shick and T. Tullius
Altar Servers K. Giambruno and J. Ibarra
11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers C. Pacas (C), J. Yee, F. Firpo,
B. Pacas, M. Giusti, A. Maron,
V/L Piccinini, P. Astrero, B. Chester
Lectors H. Beck and G. May
Altar Servers C. Lustic and G. Villanueva

5:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Healy
Eucharistic Ministers J. Landholt (C), D. Katches, N. Giuseponi,
B. Rodriguez, Van. Hawkins, C. Hawkins,
P. Landholt, J. Arellano, V. Munich
Lector Confirmation Lectors
Altar Servers V. Lopez and A. Diaz

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