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

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

December 11, 2005
Third Sunday of Advent

Dear Parishioners;

First Reading-Isaiah 61:1-2a,10-11

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed me;
He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor,
To heal the brokenhearted…..

There is a lot of hustle and bustle in my life this time of year. I am busy finding that perfect gift for my 4 children, and my 5 grandchildren. There is of course the quest for the PERFECT Christmas tree.

Times weren’t always so easy. The year 1975 was my first Christmas season as a single parent of 2 small children. I resorted to the discount tables for the perfect gift, sometimes made them myself and always depended on the kindness of strangers and waited until the day before Christmas to get my PERFECT Christmas tree free of charge.

That year, and for 6 years following, my children and I accepted the glad tidings directed to the poor by gifts from the giving tree and food from St. Vincent de Paul. My broken heart was healed, every year as a mom who could not provide for her family, by the kindness of strangers who would make our Christmas possible.

As some one who has been on the receiving end of the paper ornament from a giving tree and the meals from St. Vincent de Paul, I know how much it means. The gift you buy and the food you donate all have a special meaning to the receiver. You are bringing glad tidings to the poor and healing the broken hearts of the parents who can’t provide for their children this Christmas season. God’s work is being done through you. I know they are ever so grateful as I was those many years ago.

Thank you,
for all the smiles you bring
this Christmas season
Kathy Hanley


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


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Monday - December 12
Readings: Zec 1:14-17     Lk 1:39-47

Mass Intention
Kathleen Dowd †
Charles & Rita Agius †
St. Vincent de Paul 7:00p Library
Tuesday - December 13
Readings: Zep 3:1-2,9-13     Mt 21:28-32
Mass Intention 6:30a
John P. Murphy †
Vittoria Fanti †
Eucharistic Adoration
Scripture Study
Religious Education
Sr. Legion of Mary
Faith Sharing
Liturgy Committee
Dinner Dance Meeting
Mary's Chapel
Hall & Church
Convent Chapel
Mary's Chapel
Mahoney Room
Wednesday - December 14
Readings: Is 45:6c-8     Lk 7:18b-23
Mass Intention 6:30a
Marie Yoest †
Sheral Marshall †
7th Grade Cheerleading
Choir Practice
Advent Program
SR Band
Choir Practice
Scripture Class
Convent Chapel

Thursday - December 15
Readings: Is 54:1-10     Lk 7:24-30

Mass Intention 6:30a
John Lamb †
Bozo Boncich †
Religious Education
School Board Meeting
Hall & Church
Convent Chapel
Mahoney Room

Friday - December 16
Last Day of School - Dismissal at 12:30pm
Readings: Is 56:1-3a,6-8     Jn 5:33-36

Mass Intention 6:30a
Maria Stefani †
Noelle Lille †
Cheerleading Practice 3:00p Hall

Saturday - December 17
Readings: Gn 49:2,8-10     Mt 1:1-17

Mass Intention 8:30a
David Vinal †
Bill Wilson †
AA Meeting 10:00a Mahoney Room

Sunday - December 18
Readings: 2 Sm 7:1-5     Rom 16:25-27     Lk 1:26-38

Mass Intention 7:30a
People of St. Robert's
Maria Aloise †
Mauro Sciacqua †
Jovita Argao Duskey †
Fil/Am Choir
Jr. Legion of Mary
Mahoney Room


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!



Our Parish Directory
is currently at the printers and is being prepared. We will continue to keep you updated with current information.

Parish Survey
results appear in the current issue of the Across the Parish and are posted on our website

2006 Calendars
are available at all the Church entrances.



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



Gifts or Scrip will be collected after Masses this weekend and next weekend, Dec. 17th & 18th.

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

Thank you



As we have done for many years, let us remember with love those members of our Parish family who are confined to their homes or to nursing facilities. We can be instrumental in showing Jesus’ love to them. Some suggestions are: slippers, robes, dusters, sweaters, lap robes, nightgowns, pajamas, white knee socks, a card or friendly note. Please place your new unwrapped gift in one of the baskets placed on the steps leading to our altar. The cut-off date is December 19th. Sister Patricia and her helpers will wrap your gifts and deliver them in time for Christmas.


The Archdiocese of San Francisco
Invites all separated, divorced and widowed
to join them in a Christmas Celebration
Saturday, December 17th
for a Potluck dinner, Ornament Exchange
and Raffle at 6:30 p.m.
in St. Mary’s Cathedral Lower Floor

$3.00 if you bring food and $10 if you don’t

To ensure a “balanced” meal bring a dish according to your birthday.

hors d-oeuvres or salad with bread
main dish

Also bring a wrapped, inexpensive ornament for exchange and “steal”.
To RSVP or for more information, call Gail Castro at (650) 591-8452


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Thank you for your generous donation of $2,220.18 to our School, CCD and Confirmation programs.

E-contributions for School and CCD were $172.00.



Bored on New Years Day?
No College Bowl Games to Watch

Just Pro Football on TV
Tired of All the Parties?

Just Want Out Of The House

The Beginning of The New Year
Join Your Fellow St. Robert’s Friends
To Celebrate the Final 49er Game of The Year

20 More Volunteers Needed
To Staff Our Centerplate Booths
Leave St. Robert’s at 8:45 a.m.

Sign up on-line at
Or Call Fr. Bruce at 589-2800



Go to and click on the e-contributions button. 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.



The 2005 festival netted $57,801.34. This is an increase of $7,708.11 over the 2004 festival. Once again, many thanks to all who worked so hard to make this year’s festival so successful.



Next Saturday evening or Sunday morning,
light all the candles of your wreath!
The waiting time is almost fulfilled and we pray:

Encircle us with your love, God of the promise! Help us to widen the circle of our concern and care to include all your beloved children. Come, Lord Jesus, fill us with your joy! Amen.



Christmas Poinsettias will decorate the Church during the Christmas Season. If you would like to make a donation of $10 toward their purchase in memory of a loved one, please fill out the form below and return by Wednesday, December 21st. Please make a check out to St. Robert's Poinsettia Fund.

My gift in memory of:______________________

My gift in honor of:________________________

Given by:________________________________


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Be Joyful Sunday
Some of us are old enough to remember when this Sunday was called “Guadete,” which means “Be joyful” in Latin. Paul’s second reading actually includes that phrase: “Rejoice always” and the first reading has Isaiah proclaim: “I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul.” When Advent was more penitential like Lent, the Church wisely reminded the people that the austerity of the season would soon be over and we would be celebrating the joy of Christmas. The pink candle in the wreath and the pink on our banners reflect the shift in the readings from focusing on the second coming of the Lord to preparing for his coming in flesh and his coming in our hearts, in our time.

The first reading lays out God’s will for our world: the poor hear glad tidings (the meaning of the word “gospel”), the brokenhearted are healed; captives and prisoners freed; everyone experiences a year of favor from the Lord; and all is made right by God. The scripture group spoke of how beautifully Jesus fulfilled these words of Isaiah. Then we spoke of the irony of companies going bankrupt, hundreds laid off, and the CEO receiving millions in compensation. The growing gap between the rich and the poor and the shrinking middle class is also cause for great concern. I thought of the helpful bumper sticker which reads: Think globally, act locally. Perhaps, during this holy Advent season, we can be like John the Baptist testifying to the light which is Christ by our compassion and continued generosity. By the way, that’s why we have lights on our Christmas tree and candles in the window, for Jesus the light of the world.

Peace, S. Sheral

Your Help, Please!
If you’ve accidentally taken one of the blue-covered songbooks/missalettes home, could you please bring it back? We’ve just replaced all the books with the brand new ones for the new liturgical year and they are growing legs and walking off! If you’d like a missalette for your own use, please let me know and I’ll gladly order one for you.

Thank you for your help.


As a Parish Community

We pray.....We pray for the broken hearted, for those who are hungry and homeless and for those who are ill and in pain. May they be confident that Jesus is watching over them may they experience His healing love.



Franchesca Danielle Dickerson
Max Justin Dickerson
Angelina Maralee Dickerson



Alexis Wright & Gregory Thodus


Our sincere sympathy to the family of
John Joseph Buron
who died recently.


December 18th

Once again the choirs of St. Robert’s will be caroling for the residents of Emmanuel Convalescent Hospital. This has become a yearly event of the music ministers of our parish. We would like to invite all those who would like to sing for those in need at this special time of year, to join us on Sunday afternoon, December 18th. We will meet at 2 p.m. by the organ, and there will be music for all. After a short warm-up, we will caravan to the hospital, located at 33 Mateo Ave. in Millbrae. Our program will be approximately an hour from 3-4 p.m. Following our caroling, we will gather for a Wassail Party! The details are yet to be determined. It will be at the home of one of our choir members. Please join us to help bring the spirit of Christmas in song to those who truly need it this time of year.



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 Visitation
The Birth of the Lord
The Presentation of Jesus
     in the temple
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.



With over 50 of his best love songs
Starring St. Roberts own Jim Kason

Now playing until December 31st
t the Hill barn Theatre
1285 East Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City

Call the box office at 349-6411 for tickets and showtimes.


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 17th and 18th

4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Hung/Deacon Duffey
Eucharistic Ministers R. Hanley (C), J. Quinn, Doug Hageman,
Di Hageman, J. Hageman, J. Finnegan,
C. Holland, C. Carter, R. Aveson
Lectors C. Aveson
Altar Servers K. Kent and C. Geniali

7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Healy
Eucharistic Ministers E. Ruggiero (C), A. Doherty, J. Jackson,
J. Aldinger, C. Noce
Lector S. Heaney and S. Kelly
Altar Servers J. Olcomendy and G. Pino
9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers R. Valdez (C), J. Valdez, L. Canaya,
B. Canaya, G. Tolentino, K. Semenza,
M. Blumenthal, M. Lopez, L. Cesca
Lectors L. Kaloucava and J. Shick
Altar Servers Ra. Reid and Re. Reid
11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers C. Pacas (C), R. Benavente, H. Madayag,
T. Estelita, C. Ortiz, L. Juvero,
J. Yee, B. Pacas, M. Giusti
Lectors F. Firpo and H. Beck
Altar Servers K. Uniacke and K. Casino

5:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers G. Landholt (C), D. Katches, N. Giuseponi,
M. Koski, R. Atkinson, I. Reyes,
J. Arellano, J. Landholt, P. Landholt
Lector C. Landholt
Altar Servers C. Norton and M. Norton

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