St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, December 25, 2005

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

December 25, 2005
The Nativity of the Lord


The beauty of Christmas is seen in the peaceful face of a little child. Where ever that child may be the small face radiates the warmth and light of the season. There was the picture on the news of a newborn baby in her mother’s arms. The tiny smile spoke volumes even though her home was destroyed by a car bomb in Baghdad. There is the joy of seeing my one year old grand nephew having more fun with the Christmas wrappings than with the gift it covered. There is the content look on a little baby’s face as he is placed in a manger, Mary and Joseph by his side.

We get so caught up in the busyness of this season that we lose the real meaning. Human history was radically altered with the birth of a child. Angels announced his presence, his home visited by kings, his love shone forth brighter than the star, which hovered, over the place where the child lay. Jesus, Emmanuel, God-with-us, entered human history and the journey began.

We continue on that journey today. The Word made flesh makes his dwelling within us. The message continues to be preached and lived in us today. We are the bearers of the message. By our words and our lives we give birth to new hope.

May the Christmas season be filled with love and peace for you and your family. May we continue to proclaim the Good News as we journey along the way.

Merry Christmas to all and blessings in the New Year.

Father Bruce


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Monday - December 26
Parish Office Closed
Readings: Acts 6:8-10     Mt 10:17-22

Mass Intention 8:30a David Vinal †
Tuesday - December 27
Readings: 1 Jn 1:1-4     Jn 20:1a,2-8
Mass Intention 6:30a
Lou Fazio †
Barbara Topper †
Sr. Legion of Mary 6:30p Library
Wednesday - December 28
Readings: 1 Jn 1:5--2:2     Mt 2:13-18
Mass Intention 6:30a
Matt Frantin †
David Vinal †
Choir Practice
Scripture Class
Convent Chapel

Thursday - December 29
Readings: 1 Jn 2:3-11     Lk 2:22-35

Mass Intention 6:30a
Matt Frantin †
Carmen Borg †

Friday - December 30
Readings: Sir 3:2-7,12-14     Lk 2:22-40

Mass Intention 6:30a
Maria Stefani †
David Vinal †

Saturday - December 31
New Year's Eve
Readings: 1 Jn 2:18-21     Jn 1:1-18

Mass Intention 8:30a
Kathleen O'Dowd †
People of St. Robert's
AA Meeting 10:00a Mahoney Room

Sunday - January 1
Readings: Nm 6:22-7     Gal 4:4-7      Lk 2:16-21

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

NO MASS AT 5:00 P.M.





As a Parish Community

We pray.....We pray for the people of God. May we live the gospel with the simplicity and love expressed in the story of Jesus’ birth.



Jedrick Marcus Pineda DeLeon
Ruben Alberto Artiga


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
William Smith and
Joanne Labbe
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
William and Sandra Dill

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 at 589-4963. 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.



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.


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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



On Christmas night, PBS stations will be airing the program Three Faiths, One God which will explore the similarities and differences of the Abrahamic faiths: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. It will be showing on KQED, KCSM and KTEH. If you’re not exhausted from the day’s activities, you might want to watch it.



Time magazine has named Bill and Melinda Gates and U-2 member Bono as “Persons of the Year.” This past year has been one of extraordinary charity in which people donated record amounts in response to extreme natural disasters from the tsunami to Hurricane Katrina. But Jim Kelly, Time’s managing editor, commented that “Natural disasters are terrible things, but there is a different kind of ongoing calamity in poverty and nobody is doing a better job in addressing it in different ways than Bill and Melinda Gates and Bono. For being shrewd about doing good, for rewiring politics and re-engineering justice, for making mercy smarter and hope strategic, and then daring the rest of us to follow.” Bono’s campaign to make rich countries address the debt of poorer ones has had an equally impressive impact on the world. Isaiah’s prophecy and Jesus’ vision of the reign of God is a bit closer to fulfillment: “he has sent me to bring good news to the poor.” Thank you for all of you who have been so generous to the poor and homebound in our midst.

Merry Christmas! S. Sheral


Blessings of Christmas and for the New Year from the
Priests, Deacons, Sisters, and Parish Staff of Saint Robert's


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December 31 and January 1

4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers T. Dachauer (C), A. Ciraulo, M. Ciraulo,
B. Castro-Leon, M. Murphy, B. Moniz,
J. Scannell, B. Larsen, R. Larsen
Lectors M. Dachauer
Altar Servers D. Lara and G. Green

7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Hung/Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers E. Ruggiero (C), L. Quintana, A. Buelow,
B. Mullins, R. Vassalo
Lector A. Reyes and J. Scanlan
Altar Servers C. Clarke and B. Marshall
9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Father Healy
Eucharistic Ministers A. Romine (C), J. Kelly, M. Bologna,
J. Romine, M. Saisi, L. Rodriguez,
S. Murray, T. Jones, C. Fitzpatrick
Lectors T. Tullius and J. Bendick
Altar Servers G. Scarpino and E. Shick
11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers B. Chester (C), A. Maron, V/L Piccinini,
H. Mantler, S. Stefaniuk, S. Lucchese,
L. Sing, D. Murphny R. Benavente,
H. Madayag
Lectors G. May and B. Baxter
Altar Servers D. Cuddy and K. Ortiz

No Mass at 5:00 p.m.

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