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

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

December 4, 2005
Second Sunday of Advent

Dear Parishioners;

Throughout the season of Advent, we attempt to place God in the center of our lives as we prepare for his birth. During the readings this week, we heard how God sent Isaiah and John the Baptist to elicit change in peoples’ lives so that the would be ready for the coming of the messiah, Jesus.

One of the bulletin boards in the hallway of school reads,

“Our Advent Lights Shine in the Darkness”.

When the students complete a good deed, they write their name on a candle and it is stapled onto the bulletin board. Within a day, over fifty candles were added to the display. In their own way, the students are preparing their hearts for the celebration of the birth of Christ by bringing light and joy to the darkness of the world. As adults, what can we do to conjure the same light in our own hearts during this Advent season?

Yvonne Olcomendy
St. Robert’s School Principal


Communal Celebration of the
Sacrament of Penance
Monday, December 19, 7:30 p.m.


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Monday - December 5
Readings: Is 35:1-10     Lk 5:17-26

Mass Intention
Patrick Clarke †
Pasquale & Maria Aloise †
Women's Guild 6:00p Hall
Tuesday - December 6
Readings: Is 40:1-11     Mt 18:12-14
Mass Intention 6:30a
Special Intention †
Frank McHugh †
Scripture Study
Religious Education
Sr. Legion of Mary
Faith Sharing
Mary's Chapel
Hall & Church
Convent Chapel
Wednesday - December 7
Readings: Is 40:25-31     Mt 11:28-30
Mass Intention 6:30a
Sophia & Bob Conley †
Kevin McKenna †
Grief Support Committee
7th Grade Cheerleading
Choir Practice
SR Band
Choir Practice
Scripture Class
Mary's Chapel
Convent Chapel

Thursday - December 8
Readings: Gn 3:9-15,20     Eph 1:3-6,11-12     Lk 1:26-38

Mass Intention 6:30a
Kevin McKenna †
Kevin McKenna †
Mary Jane Gloistein †
Religious Education
Breakfast w/Santa Setup
Hall & Church

Friday - December 9
Readings: Is 48:17-19     Mt 11:16-19

Mass Intention 6:30a
Raoul & Louisa Kahn †
Fr. Joe Healy †
Choir Practice
Cheerleading Practice
InBetweeners & Guild

Saturday - December 10
Readings: Is 48:1-4,9-11     Mt 17:9a,10-13

Mass Intention 8:30a
Paul & Rosina Vella †
Jack Renault †
Breakfast with Santa
AA Meeting
Mahoney Room
Convent Chapel

Sunday - December 11
Readings: Is 61:1-2a,10-11     1 Thes 5:16-24      Jn 1:6-8

Mass Intention 7:30a
Tom & MaryAnn Begley †
Rafalle & Angelo Stagnaro †
Giuseppe Pignati †
Mark Hannon †
Fil/Am Choir
Jr. Legion of Mary
Mahoney Room

Weekly Parish Events

10 a.m. to 11a.m. Fil/Am Choir Hall
12:35 p.m. to 1:35 p.m. Junior Legion of Mary Mahoney Room

9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Scripture Study Mary’s Chapel
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Senior Legion of Mary Library

September 15—May 25th/7-9 p.m. /RCIA/CC

10 a.m to 11 a.m. AA Meeting Mahoney Room


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


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

  Sun Jan 1 49ers - Houston



As of 11-27-2005 we have raised $44,643.02 and
$4,696.72 in tips for a total of $49,339.74!!!!


December 10th and 11th

Bring your Christmas list and buy those special people in your life a gift card from some GREAT stores.



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. A number of 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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Erik & Gina Espinoza & Family
Agnes Doherty

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:



As we have done for many years, we ask that each of us remember with love those members of our Parish family who are confined to their homes or to nursing homes because of illness or advanced years. We can open our hearts to them by bringing an unwrapped Christmas gift to the baskets placed on our altar steps. Some suggestions are: lap blanket, robes, slippers, dusters, sweaters, nightgowns and pajamas, knee socks or a note telling them that we pray for them and love them.



During the season of Advent we will be having our Christmas “GIVING TREE.” Please help yourself to one of the paper ornaments with a gift suggestion. After you purchase the item, return it unwrapped and place it in the box next to the tree. Please turn in all gifts before Dec. 18th so that we can deliver them in time for Christmas.

Once again thank you for your generosity and for taking the time to help those who would otherwise not have much of a Christmas.

The Children’s Liturgy Team



Once again this Christmas Season, we as a parish family will have an ADOPT-A-FAMILY GIVING TREE. There are many people in San Mateo County who don’t have the means to celebrate Christmas as they might like. Additionally this year, we will have some ornaments designated for families affected by Hurricane Katrina from our Adopted Parishes in Gulfport, Mississippi.

At the same time, many in our parish can celebrate with their families and share with those in need. An ADOPT-A-FAMILY program is a way to do this.

This weekend, December "3rd-4th", we will have a “Giving Tree” set up in front of church after all the Masses.This tree will be “decorated” with paper ornaments containing a profile of a family you might be able to help. If you have the means to share your Christmas spirit, stop by and pick an ornament. Gifts or Scrip will be collected after Masses the weekend of December 10th & 11th and Dec. 17th & 18th.

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

Thank you


For the third week of Advent,
light two purple candles and the pink one and pray:

Our hearts are filled with joy as we look forward to the coming of your Son, the Promised One. Help us to share our time and our possessions with those who need them this week. We pray in his name, Emmanuel, God-with-Us.



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Signs of Hope
In the midst of earthquake victims bearing the snows in Kashmir, displaced persons from Mississippi and New Orleans still struggling, we need to know that God has not forgotten us and our broken world. “Comfort, give comfort to my people” God commands the prophet Isaiah to proclaim to a people 50 years in exile. We may feel that, too, as our world at times seems so much stranger and more violent than even 10 or 20 years ago. And yet, God’s word is being enfleshed still in people who may not even recognize the Spirit’s action in what they do. In Kosovo – so recently wracked with ethnic violence - Sesame Street is airing programs with Albanian and Serbian characters emphasizing mutual respect. In Egypt, a 4 year-old girl character with a passion for education is enabling rural and village girls to imagine themselves as doctors or astronauts. Palestinian and Israeli Sesame Street characters emphasize acceptance, friendship and the appreciation of both similarities and differences in culture. A team of international volunteers called Nonviolent Peaceforce works in Sri Lanka. They have hosted dialogue groups between Hindu and Buddhist residents when tensions arose. When they were approached by a group of mothers whose children had been abducted by the military to be child soldiers, they accompanied the women who demanded the release of their children and the military complied. A woman from Iraq has begun Women for Women International which aids women survivors of war and civil strife with training and resources so they can move towards self-sufficiency. Our own generous response to the Giving Tree and Adopt-A-Family efforts are also wonderful ways of comforting God’s people. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” and he is still in the actions of these people for the least of his brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open, especially during these hectic days, for signs of his presence.

If you don’t know what to get that special person on your Christmas list, why not give the gift of time? Having lunch with someone you love of almost any age is a treasured experience for both of you, much better than some material gift! Or might you give a donation in that person’s name to Habitat for Humanity or Catholic Relief Service or Oxfam or that person’s favorite charity? Most of us adults don’t need more “stuff” and would appreciate a friend’s generosity in our name for those who do need the basics.

Peace, S. Sheral

Advent Suggestions
You’ve probably noticed the simplicity of the church’s environment last weekend and the shift in music. Though Thanksgiving almost got lost with the stores’ emphasis on Christmas before Halloween, we’re trying to honor the Church’s directive to spend these holy days of Advent watching, waiting and preparing for the coming of the Savior. You might want to wear purple these Sundays and save your red and green for the office party, a Christmas concert and Christmas Eve or Day! If you’d like to donate towards our Christmas decorations, there’ll be an opportunity to do that in the bulletin next weekend. If you’d like to donate a poinsettia, please bring it after the 21st.

Thank you


As a Parish Community

We pray.....We pray for our young people preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation...May they be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and be embraced by the light and hope of Christ.



Victoria Jean Volkman
Grace Tyler Isola
Donald Francis Roos, Jr.
Michael Finn Shaughnessy

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
Mario Nardi
William Dill
Jennifer Morris
Anna Kline

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.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Kathleen Harvey and
Tom O’Brien
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, December 10th in the Convent Chapel from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m to help those who are facing the upcoming Christmas Season without their loved one, (ie; spouse, child, sibling, parent, grandparent, grandchild, friend, relative.) The gap left by a loss is felt most poignantly during this traditional time of celebration-Christmas. We invite you to come and pray, share memories, comfort and be comforted. May Our Lady of Sorrows comfort you. Call Sister Patricia at 589-0104 or any of the Consolation Ministry Committee.



Please join us for Breakfast with Santa
sponsored by the St. Robert's Women's Guild
Saturday, December 10, 2005

Two seatings are being offered at 8:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Fun for the whole family with a continental breakfast, raffle, Santa's Gift shop, craft table, Santa treats and pictures with Santa. Adults $5.00, Children $4.00, Children under 18 months free and pictures with Santa are $2.00. Reservations are required. Please contact Jean Jauregui.



I would like to invite anyone interested to a small faith-sharing group as we walk with Mary toward Christmas. We will focus on the following meditations:

The Annunciation
The Visitation
The Birth of the Lord
The Presentation of Jesus
     in the temple
Tuesday, December 6th
Tuesday, December 13th
Tuesday, December 20th
Tuesday, January 10th

The meetings will be held in the Convent Chapel, the side entrance at 349 Oak Ave, beginning at 7pm. We would love to have you join us for one or all of the sessions. Please call Deacon Rusty Duffey, 589-2800, if you have any questions.


Come join us at the Simbang Gabi
(Misa Aquinaldo or Misa de Gallo)
A Filipino tradition of Novena of Masses in Preparation for Christmas

At the following Masses:
December 16th at 6:30 a.m.
December 17th at 8:30 a.m.
December 18th at 7:30 a.m.
December 19th through December 23rd at 6:30 a.m.
And December 24th at 8:30 a.m.

There will be fellowship after all these Masses in the vestibule of the church sponsored by St. Roberts Fil/Am Group members.


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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December 10th and 11th

4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers T. Dachauer (C), A. Ciraulo, M. Ciraulo,
P. Schaukowitch, J. Scannell, B. Castro-Leon,
R. Castro-Leon, M. Murphy, B. Moniz
Lectors C. Clarke
Altar Servers K. Murphy and D. Williams

7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Hung/Deacon Duffey
Eucharistic Ministers W. Mooney (C), J. Albright, B. Mullins,
R. Vassalo, A. Doherty
Lector R. Rolfes and P. Lustic
Altar Servers J. Thompson and S. Wooley
9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers J. Romine (C), V. Yanke, J. Yanke,
A. Romine, L. Rodriguez, M. Saisi,
S. Murray, T. Jones, A. Solis
Lectors J. Valdez and J. Marty
Altar Servers J. Sinks and M. Sinks
11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. Healy
Eucharistic Ministers G. May (C), H. Mantler, P. Astrero,
B. Chester, S. Stefaniuk, S. Lucchese,
L. Sing, J. Mercado, D. Murphy
Lectors M. Benavente and M. Cadiz
Altar Servers C. Benavente and F. Nuti

5:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers J. Schaukowitch (C), G. Landholt, V. Hawkins,
E. Donnelly, M. Santiago, L. Cuddy,
M. Huntington, M. Salvato, T. Thompson
Lector C. Arellano
Altar Servers A. Estelita and M. Estelita

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