St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, December 18, 2005

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

December 18, 2005
Fourth Sunday of Advent

Dear Parishioners;

Mary is a major figure in the season of Advent. So each year I look forward to exploring, reviewing and refreshing my relationship with her.

Precious little is told of Mary in the Christian scriptures. Precious little can be known for certain about her, and yet that which has been included in scripture represents her as the proto- disciple par excellence. Mary was sensitive to the ways and will of God; she was receptive to God’s Word; she heard and listened and kept that Word, allowing it to inspire, direct and change her life. In her capacity as disciple, Mary teaches us how to welcome and how to witness to the good news of Jesus.

The new insight for me this Advent is that Mary teaches those who long for the coming again of Jesus how to be “virgins,” not so much in a biological sense, but spiritually virgin; to become that empty, open welcoming, holy place where God enters in and love is free to happen.

Mary found that place within her and so when the angel messenger came to her she was content with pondering the Word, holding it in her heart and submitting “Let it be done to me as you say.” Gabriel’s “nothing is impossible with God” sustained her then and for the rest of her life.

The last week of Advent Mary challenges us to ask ourselves when God makes a loving overture into my life, do I try to avoid the encounter? Do I demand full knowledge before I acquiesce, or do I tenaciously want to remain in control of my life, my plans, my future?

Oftentimes one of our fears is that a “Yes” will change us forever. Yet “nothing is impossible with God.” We, too, can offer space in ourselves for God to dwell and be born into the world. Search for that space this last week of Advent.

I carry you always in my heart and prayers.

Father Joe Healy


Communal Celebration of the Sacrament of Penance

During our spiritual life, often we fall. Falls—great and small—offer us an opportunity to grow, providing we are sincerely repentant. Jesus says to each of us:

“Come to Me all who are heavily burdened; I will refresh you.”

On Monday, December 19th, at 7:30 pm,

we will come together as Parish family to confess our sins: receive God’s merciful forgiveness and return home burden-free and filled with joy. All are invited.


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Monday - December 19
Readings: Jgs 13:2-7,24-25a     Lk 1:5-25

Mass Intention
Marie Yoest †
Kevin McKenna †
Tuesday - December 20
Readings: Is 7:10-14     Lk 1:26-38
Mass Intention 6:30a
Pauline Oliver
David Vinal †
Scripture Study
Choir Potluck Dinner
Sr. Legion of Mary
Faith Sharing
Mary's Chapel
Convent Chapel
Wednesday - December 21
Readings: Sg 2:8-14     Lk 1:39-45
Mass Intention 6:30a
Andrea Wong †
Frances Friedman †
Choir Practice
Choir Practice

Thursday - December 22
Readings: 1 Sm 1:24-28     Lk 1:46-56

Mass Intention 6:30a
Mary O'Brien †
Thomas Daly †
Choir Practice 10:00a Church

Friday - December 23
Readings: Mal 3:1-4,23-24     Lk 1:57-66

Mass Intention 6:30a
Charles Rocco †
Steven Tonegato †

Saturday - December 24
Readings: Is 62:1-5     Acts 13:16-17,22-25     Mt 1:1-25

Mass Intention 8:30a
Manuel Falzon †
People of St. Robert's
People of St. Robert's
People of St. Robert's
AA Meeting
Choir Practice
Mahoney Room

Sunday - December 25

Readings: Is 52:7-10     Heb 1:1-6     Jn 1:1-18

Mass Intention 7:30a
People of St. Robert's
People of St. Robert's
People of St. Robert's






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.

New Envelope Company and January 8th 2nd Collection
By now you should have received your January envelopes from our new envelope company. In that packet there are 2 envelopes for January 8th: one for Catholic Home Missions and one for Black and Indian Missions.
These 2 collections will be combined that day.



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.



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 TODAY, 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.


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Jonathan & Diana Pinten & Family
Valter & Michelle Vergnano & Family
Marvin & Medalia Bautista
James & Gina Hoeske & Family
John Jaimerena

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:


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Thank you for your generous donation of $3,440.93 for the Religious Retirement Fund
and $1,607.00 Holy Day (Immaculate Conception).



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.



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

10 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



Watch for dates and details in upcoming bulletins.



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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The Circle is Complete!
Our weeks of waiting are almost over! The long-awaited Promised One is soon to be celebrated in our families, our churches and throughout the world. Dare we hope for the world he speaks of? Dare we believe that “a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. His dominion is vast and forever peaceful.” Isaiah’s community can’t think of enough marvelous titles to give him: “Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.” Who would have dreamed of such an occurrence: the Son of God becomes flesh for us, a helpless child, born in a backwater town in an insignificant country. Surely we wouldn’t have planned it that way if we wanted the child to be recognized and famous for his preaching and miracle-working. But that wasn’t what our patient God had in mind. His Son would live unobtrusively and quietly for most of his life and, only when prompted by the Spirit, would he begin a public life. And what a life it would be! Replacing people’s stereotypes of God, God’s law, sinners and the righteous, who would be included in God’s kingdom and who wouldn’t with images of God as the woman searching for the missing coin from her wedding necklace and the shepherd risking the whole herd to track down the ever-wandering lamb. And this kingdom which he proclaims isn’t a somber-faced, boring place, but a wedding banquet with singing and dancing and more than enough wine for all! The last are first in the kingdom of Jesus’ Father and all are eager to serve one another, since all are brothers and sisters. He turned their world upside down. Are we willing to have him do the same for us?

Peace, S. Sheral

Readers for Epiphany
The Epiphany, that feast we remember from our childhood as the coming of the three kings or the three wise men, signifies the recognition of the Messiah by people of all the known world. We celebrate that the Savior came for everyone, not just the Chosen People. As we did last year, we’d like to have parishioners in some form of their native dress proclaim the prayers of the faithful at all of the Masses on that feast, Jan. 7th and 8th. You would be given one prayer in advance so you could translate it (with help, if need be!) into your native language and say it during the Mass you’d usually be participating in that weekend. If you would like to be involved in this way, please call S. Sheral at 589-2800 by this Friday, the 23rd. We realize that many people will be away for the Christmas holiday, so want to get this organized before most of you are gone. Thanks very much!

Post-Abortion Support Group for Women
If you are in need of healing from the experience of an abortion, or know of someone who is, a confidential small group program of eight weeks beginning in early January on Saturday mornings will be held in Menlo Park. It will be facilitated by a licensed, Catholic psychologist and is sponsored by Project Rachel Healing Ministry. The cost is $45 per session and there are generous scholarships available. Other services are also available from Project Rachel. Please call 415-717-6428 for more information.


As a Parish Community

We pray.....We pray for the body of Christ, our did Mary, may we surrender our lives to Jesus, whose Spirit dwells within each of us.



Lily Maria Rahnama
Pablo Cesar Araujo Haro
De’Jalisa Inez Morales
John Thomas Tynan, Jr.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Mercedes Biagi and
William Smith
who died recently.


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 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.



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Communal Celebration of the
Sacrament of Penance

Monday, December 19th, 7:30 p.m.

Christmas Masses
Christmas Eve,

Saturday, December 24th

8:30 a.m., Daily Mass
4:30 p.m., Children's Mass
8:00 p.m., Evening Choir
Midnight Mass, Adult Choir

Christmas Day,
Sunday, December 25th
7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.
NO MASS at 5:00 p.m.

New Year's Day
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Sunday, January 1, 2006

7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.
NO MASS at 5:00 p.m.

The Parish Office will be closed
Monday, December 26th
Monday, January 2nd


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


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December 24th and 25th
Christmas Eve and Christmas

Saturday , 4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers R. Hanley (C), Di Hageman, Doug Hageman,
J. Hageman, L. Quintana, J. Yanke,
V. Yanke
Lectors Dawn Wilson and Brianna Wilson
Altar Servers James Uroz, Rebecca Balistieri,
Jordan Meja-Prieto and Derek Wilson

Saturday, 8:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Hung/Deacon Duffey
Eucharistic Ministers Rusty Duffey (C), C. Noce, M. Noce,
J. Finnegan, M. Murphy, M. Huntington
V. Munich
Lector Renee Duffey and Heidi Beck
Altar Servers Megan Estelita and Justin Mullady
12 Midnight Mass
Presider Father Healy & All
Eucharistic Ministers R. Vassalo (C), J. Quinn, I. Reyes,
R. Lahoz, M. Ciraulo
Lectors Pat Lustic
Altar Servers Christine Murray, Martin Lynch,
Joseph Semeniuk and Kevin Kent
Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers G. Landholt (C), J. Landholt, P. Landholt,
A. Doherty, B. Mullins
Lectors Cecilia Landholt
Altar Servers Julia Landholt

Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers M. Saisi (C), J. Kelly, S. Murray,
L. Cesca, C. Fitzpatrick, A. Romine,
J. Romine
Lectors Lucia Kaloucava and Cathy Aveson
Altar Servers Anthony Clifford and Nicole Antonis

Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers M. Giusti (C), H. Madayag, B. Chester,
J. Yee, D. Murphy, L. Jovero, S. Lucchese
Lector Carmen Pisani
Altar Servers James Brown and Joey Olcomendy
NO MASS AT 5:00 P.M.

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