St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, January 8, 2006

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

January 8, 2006
Epiphany of the Lord

Dear Parishioners,

Welcome back! Hopefully, the joyful experiences of family and friends during these days away will stay with us during the times when we miss them and wish they were closer! I was one of those traveling on Dec. 31, leaving Sacramento at 8:45 am and arriving home in Belmont at 6:15 pm. I knew that I-80 had some troubles, but I had no idea how bad things were. 680 was closed at Cordelia Junction and 101 at Marin City had already flooded. I arrived in Fairfield at 10:45 am, (usually a 45 minute trip) to find I-80 closed at the West Texas exit. I spent an hour and a half at the Westfield Marie Calendar’s where waitresses couldn’t have been more attentive to me, though they were short-staffed because employees couldn’t get there. I ventured out again, only to find myself exiting at the very next exit! A local couple walking gave directions to the next exit, so I joined hundreds of cars creeping down one of the main drags. 45 minutes later, we were turned around, since that exit had also flooded. Everyone was very patient and polite, letting each other make u-turns and periodically, asking the driver in the next lane if he or she had a clue where we were going! I decided to go back to Sacramento since the freeway in that direction was clear. Once I arrived, one of our Sisters suggested that I take I-5. That hadn’t even occurred to me! I did and arrived home about three hours later.

I learned a lot that day. I was safe and warm, in a good car, with a cell phone and a credit card. What about those who were running out of gas and didn’t have the money to buy more? Or those who are paid hourly and for whom missing work would mean grave difficulty for their families? A few hours of discomfort and I was impatient. What about all those who waited and waited in Mississippi and Louisiana in life-threatening situations, having lost everything, without proper clothing, food or much hope that help would come? I learned a lot that day.

During this coming year, may the Word-made-flesh help us to see his presence in the goodness of people and to learn from the unplanned for and often, unwanted events of our lives.

Peace to you and all those you love!
Sister Sheral


January 14th and 15th

Rev. Thomas L. Poisson will speak at all the services about a ministry providing direct relief to the poor throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Father Poisson will share what he has witnessed about Food For The Poor’s mission to care for the destitute as a means of living out the Gospel mandate to love one another.

Fr. Poisson served for seventeen years as a Franciscan Friar before being ordained in 1978 for the Diocese of Marquette. He served as a Pastor and Chaplain in the Diocese. Before joining Food for the Poor, Fr. Tom worked as a Chaplain at covenant House.


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Monday - January 9
Readings: Is 42:1-4,6-7     Mk 1:7-11

Mass Intention


Special Intention †
Milan Kovacvic †
Men's Club Meeting
St. Vincent de Paul


Mahoney Room
Tuesday - January 10
Readings: 1 Sm 1:9-20     Mk 1:21-28
Mass Intention


Zelmira McPeek †
David Vinal †
8th Grade Pictures
Scripture Study
Religious Education
Sr. Legion of Mary
Faith Sharing
Liturgy Committee


Mary's Chapel
Church & Hall
Convent Chapel
Mary's Chapel
Wednesday - January 11
Readings: 1 Sm 3:1-10,19-20     Mk 1:29-39
Mass Intention


Frank McHugh †
Charles & Rita Agius †
7th Grade Cheerleading
Choir Practice
Fil/Am Group
Tea Meeting
Scripture Class


Mahoney Room
Convent Chapel

Thursday - January 12
Readings: 1 Sm 4:1-11     Mk 1:40-45

Mass Intention


Inez Dollosso †
Garth Klingensmith †
Religious Education
School Open House


Church & Hall
Convent Chapel

Friday - January 13
Readings: 1 Sm 8:4-7,10-22a     Mk 2:1-12

Mass Intention


Anna Toledo †
Father Joe Healy



Saturday - January 14
Readings: 1 Sm 9:1-4,17-19,10:1a     Mk 2:13-17

Mass Intention


Mary O'Brien †
Tringale Family †
Pedro Tournament
AA Meeting
Grief /Consolation


Mahoney Room
Convent Chapel

Sunday - January 15
Readings: 1 Sm 3:3b-10,19     1 Cor 6:13c-15a,17-20

Mass Intention 7:30a
People of St. Robert's
William McLaughlin †
Kathleen O'Dowd †
Sipeni Langi †
Fil/Am Choir
Jr. Legion of Mary
Confirmation Class
Mahoney Room

As a Parish Community

We pray.....We pray for the children of the world, that they be a sign of God’s delight in creation. May His glory shine within them.

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 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.

This week we pray for: Albert Munich, Sr.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Steve Lorenzo,
Larry Sylvestri and
Jovita Munoz
who died recently.


Pedro Tournament
January 14,2006

Hennessy Hall—345 Oak Avenue, San Bruno
$25.00 (includes lunch)
Registration 9:30am, Start 10am
Contact Tom Cordes for reservations


St. Vincent de Paul Society’s
Catherine’s Center of San Mateo County
Invites you to

An Enchanted Evening of Sacred Music
Sunday, January 22nd at 7 p.m.
Kohl Mansion
2750 Adeline Drive in Burlingame

This evening honors Sister Suzanne Toolan, RSM, composer and performer of sacred songs, enabler of sacred music of our lives and co-founder of SVdP’s Catherine’s Center of San Mateo County.

The program features the Schola Cantorum of the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, directed by John Renke, and will include Sister Suzanne’s composition, “God’s Gradeur”, from the poem by Gerard Manly Hopkins

Tickets are $100 each. For more information please call (650) 373-0637


for your generosity this Christmas Season

 Letter Dated December 27th from
Padua Dining Room
Saint Anthony’s Church
Menlo Park

Dear Parishioners,

On behalf of myself, all our volunteers and the poor we serve, I wish to thank you for your generous donation of so many wonderful gifts for our “Toys for Tots” program here at St. Anthony’s in cooperation with the Menlo Park Fire Department.

We began distributing the toys at 6:00 a.m. on Christmas Eve and finished at 1:00 p.m. There were over 2000 children waiting patiently, some slept in the parking lot the night before. Thank God there was no rain and it was not as cold as expected. You can’t imagine the joy on their faces as the children picked out their gifts. It’s as special for those volunteering as for those receiving! Special thanks to Rob and his helpers for their timely delivery.

Thank you again for your continued support and please know that we appreciate your generosity.

May God bless you for sharing in our “outreach” programs here at Saint Anthony’s!

Betty Steidel,
Toy Program Coordinator

Letter dated December 22nd from
The Presentation Sisters
Long Beach Mississippi

Dear Parishioners of St. Roberts,

Peace and blessings to you all at this Christmas Season. It is with a heart full of gratitude and thanks that I write this letter on behalf of the many victims of Hurricane Katrina who have benefited greatly from your kindness and generosity.

Yesterday I received a package of gift cards for various store around here to the amount of $3,360.00. These cards were collected through your Adopt-A-Family Program. These cards will be divided between St. John Parish and St. Thomas the Apostle Parish.

I wish you could see the joy and delight and relief on the faces of those who receive these cards. Through your care and concern for others you bring light into the darkness of so many needy people, just as Jesus was a light to the people of Israel.

I want to thank you and your wonderful parishioners. You have a great parish. You will be forever in our prayers as we continue to thank God for the many people who have helped us in so many ways. May you be blessed, and may the New Year be filled with many graces and blessings.

Sincerely in Christ,
Sister Consilio Buckley, PBVM


January 15th

Anyone who is physically, mentally or psychologically sick or infirm is invited to the Anointing of the Sick during the 11:30 a.m. Mass on January 15th. We encourage you to bring your ailing parents and neighbors to this very special sacrament.


Beginning February 4th

Saint Robert’s will be offering Computer Classes again this semester. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings from 9:15 to 10 :30 a.m. beginning February 4th, in the school Computer Lab. If you are interested in Computer Ed. Please, call the rectory at 589-2800 or Sister Patricia at 589-0104 to register.


January 14th

Saint Robert’s Grief Support Group will hold a meeting on January 14th (and again on January 28th) in the Convent Chapel from 3-4:15 p.m. (before the 4:30 p.m. Mass). Anyone who is suffering from the loss of a loved one—spouse, sibling, child, parent, friend or relative is invited to come and pray, share, comfort and be comforted. You are invited to bring a companion as for support and strength. God bless and comfort you in your sorrow. Call, Sister Patricia 589-0104 or any of the Consolation Ministry Committee.



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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Our Christmas collection now totals $41,993.15



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.


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It’s the Feast of the Three Kings, “Little Christmas” for some cultures and the coming of La Befana for others. This feast dispels the Jewish belief that the Messiah would come for them alone; they were (and still are) the chosen people, but the Gift given them was to be shared with all humanity. The Magi represent all the nations of the known world for whom Jesus is the Savior. The beautiful readings for Christmas and for the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God, give way to readings this week with a lot of tension. Herod wants to kill this newborn babe who threatens his throne and the Magi are warned in a dream not to return with the news Herod has requested. The first reading from Isaiah is lovely, but takes on a different tone when we realize that it is addressed to people returning from exile, people who have lost everything and have little to return to. Isaiah has the audacity to proclaim that God’s light will shine on them again and that all the nations will walk by that light. The tension between their reality and the vision presented must have been palpable. Though everything they experience is to the contrary, the prophet invites them to live and be nourished by this promise. But they must wait in hope for hundreds of years.

Jude Siciliano, OP adds: “If we believe that the light has already pierced the darkness and will overcome it someday, then we can set about confronting darkness in any of its myriad manifestations. If we believe the promises God has made to us, then we can imagine ourselves and our world differently and thus live as “children of light.” Our lives will be what the star was to the magi, a light in the darkness that leads others to Christ...Epiphany is a feast for our imagination. The Word of God invites us today to believe things can change, that the future is open and, no matter how difficult, dreary and discouraging our present may be –anything is possible.” ( exchange)

God knows how much our world needs hope! We have been saved, so we needn’t worry about it, but only need to let people know the God who set us free. Peace, S. Sheral www.saintroberts.orgThank You!
I need to express my heartfelt thank you to Tom Dachauer and his crew; Peggy and Greg Hart and their sons; Una Uniacke; the Halili family; and the many confirmation candidates, whose labor and love transformed our church into a beautiful place in which to celebrate the coming of the Promised One. Wholehearted singers and musicians, well-prepared lectors, inspiring homilists, faith-filled Eucharistic ministers, and attentive servers made this a special Christmas. Much as we comment about the four times a year Catholics, the folks who were with us for the Christmas masses were all people of faith as evidenced by their praying and singing with us as a community. Filled with tragedy as this past year has been, we were signs of hope, light in the darkness for each other as we gathered to celebrate the Lord of Light.

Something to Smile About
Three wise women would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby, brought practical gifts, cleaned the stable, made a casserole and there would be peace on earth.



The following loved ones were remembered at Christmas with a donation to purchase poinsettias and garland to beautify the Church:

Azzopardi’s & Borg Families from Vicky Borg & Family
Joe Azzopardi & John Van Zant from Mr. & Mrs. Carmel Pirotta & son
Philip Calhoun from Evelyn Calhoun
Isabelle Cardinale & Gloria Kenison from Kitchin Family
Joe & Nancy Cereghino & the Spano Family from Mary Nunnery
Cliff & Marie Chester & Sophia & Bob Conley from Bruce & Sophia Chester
June L. Dickhoff from Walton W. Dickhoff
Alfred & Inez “Cookie” Dollosso & Roseann Dollosso from Joyce Barza
Adolph & Rita Fambrini from Bob & Jean Waldvogel
Alice Foster’s Parents from Alice Foster
Sharon Gardner from Dolores Gardner
Donna Glass from Jill & Jennie Kitchin
Donna Glass from Sandie & John Kitchin
Edward Hart & Celia Galluzzo from Evelyn Hart
John G. Keck from Esther Keck
Florence Lawson from Vera Hannon
The Lopez Family
Al Mailhiot from Rosemarie Mailhiot
Diana Martinez from Florence Martinez
Carol & Leola Marty from Teena Marty
Ronald McGrew, Mary McGrew
Willian Standiford & Frances Standiford from Mrs. Ronald D. McGrew
John McKimmie from Dermot & Bernadette Gately
William McLaughlin & Domenico Cotroneo from Pat & Eileen Cotroneo
Alexander Moniz from Bunny Moniz
Martin Moynihan from Dolores Moynihan
James J. Murphy from Eleanor Murphy
Phil Murphy from Diane Murphy
Pauline Olivier from Linda Olivier
Bob Owen, Eileen, Maud & Denis Whooley, Jim Whooley from Candie, Owen & Michael Whooley
Alice Perry from Tim & Joan King & Matt & Johanna King
Catherine Pietschman & Mini Moller from Jerry & Kathy Moller
Joe Riccomi & Gene Watt from Judy & Ron Watt
Gary Rochford & Anne Rochford
David & Lauren Romine & Agnes M. Dempsey from Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Romine
Ernest Ronzani & Cesari Family from Elvira Ronzani
Louis Ross from Eleanor Ross
Joseph Sammut from Margaret Sammut
Robert Sandner, Sr., Loving Dad & Grandpa from Frank, Monica, Brian, Danielle & Christopher
Elio Sarti from Carolina Sarti
Vic Schaukowitch from Vic Schaukowitch Family
Mauro Sciacqua from Sciacqua Family
Mauro Sciacqua, Loving Dad & Nonno from Monica, Frank, Brian, Danielle & Christopher
Bill Wilson from Sharon Wilson
Mario & Theresa Spinetti & Frances & Stanley Friedman from Marie Spinetti
Feruccio & Helen Tonegato & Raphael & Marie DeMartini from the DeMartini Family
Noelle Lille & Patrice van Velthuysen from Al & Rita Lille
Bill Wilson & Sharon Wilson from Lori, Chilo, Sara & Danny Morales



Resume on Wednesday evenings beginning
January 18th in the Convent Chapel at 7:30 p.m.
All are welcome.

We will study the Gospel According to Luke.


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Thomas & Ellen Waddell
Michael & Catherine Kalagayan & Family

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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Applications for Kindergarten for the 2006/2007 school year will be accepted at the school office starting January 30th through February 3rd, from 9 am until 3 pm. Child must be 5 years of age by September 1, 2006. Please bring copies of the child’s birth certificate, baptismal record, social security card and a check for $30.00 to cover the testing fees.

St. Robert School, mindful of its mission to be witness to the love of Christ for all, admits students of any race, color and national and/or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to or made available to students at this school. St. Robert School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin, age, sex or disability in administration of educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.


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January 14th and 15th

4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers D. Bisagno (C), C. Carter, A. Ciraulo,
M. Ciraulo, B. Castro-Leon, M. Murphy
R. Larsen, B. Larsen, J. Quinn
Lector C. Clarke
Altar Servers K. Tangeh and J. Brown

7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers W. Mooney (C), Y. Olcomendy, J. Albright,
T. Montross, C. Soracco
Lectors P. Lustic and S. Kelly
Altar Servers A. McAlindon and J. Mullady
9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. Healy
Eucharistic Ministers J. Romine (C), J. Kelly, M. Bologna,
A. Romine, L. Rodriguez, S. Murray,
T. Jones, A. Solis, C. Zolezzi
Lectors D. Wilson and J. Marty
Altar Servers J. McLoughlin and M. O'Reilly
11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers G. May (C), T. Estelita, M. Giusti,
S. Lucchese, L. Sing, D. Murphy, J. Yee
H. Madayag, L. Jovero, S. Stefaniuk
Lectors H. Valle and M. Benavente
Altar Servers A. Estelita and M. Estelita

5:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers L. Cuddy (C), J. Arellano, C. Hawkins,
V. Hawkins, Van Hawkins, B. Rodriguez,
J. Landholt, P. Landholt, G. Landholt
Lector Confirmation Lector
Altar Servers J. Semeniuk and S. Morales

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