St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, January 15, 2006

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

January 15, 2006
Second  Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

Is any among you sick?
Let him call for the presbyters of the church
and let them pray over him,
anointing him with oil
in the name of the Lord:
and the prayer of faith will save the sick man
and the Lord will raise him up;
and if he has committed sins
he will be forgiven:
James 5:14-15

This Sunday we as a parish will celebrate the sacrament of The Anointing of the Sick during the 11:30 a.m. Liturgy. This sacred anointing of the sick was instituted by Christ our Lord as a true and proper sacrament of the New Testament. St. James encouraged his followers to pay special attention to those sick among them. We, today, are following his advice and our priests will anoint and pray for all in need of healing.

This past week we celebrated the Baptism of Our Lord by John the Baptist. This celebration came very soon, just one day in the Church calendar, after the magnificent feast of the Magi, in where we see the Wise Men or Magi falling down in adoration before the infant in the manger. They offer homage to a little baby. They follow their heart and not their eyes to recognize Our Lord’s presence.

Then we saw John the Baptist submitting to the will of God in the person of Jesus of Nazareth and performing the ritual of Baptism. John was rewarded for his obedience to Jesus’ request by seeing the heavens open and the Sprit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him, and hearing a voice from heaven tell him, “this is my Son, the Beloved, my favor rests on Him”. What were John’s reactions to this scene? What were his followers? John recognized Jesus but did his disciples? We were never told, but we do learn a great lesson from those two incidents in recognizing the presence of God in the unexpected. Yahweh is taking us by the hand every day and helping us to recognize Christ in our neighbor. This week, perhaps, we could look a little closer at all those who are sick, suffering or old and see the suffering Christ our Lord in them.

God bless each of you,
With a Happy New Year
Sister Patricia




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Monday - January 16
Readings: 1 Sm 15:16-23     Mk 2:18-22

Mass Intention    8:30a Kevin McKenna †
Tuesday - January 17
Readings: 1 Sm 16:1-13     Mk 2:23-28
Mass Intention 6:30a
In Thanksgiving
David Vinal †
Scripture Study
Religious Education
Sr. Legion of Mary
Mary's Chapel
Church & Hall
Wednesday - January 18
Readings: 1 Sm 17:32-33,37,40-51     Mk 3:1-6
Mass Intention 6:30a
Maria Stefani †
Kevin McKenna †
7th Gr. Cheerleading
SR Band
Choir Practice
Scripture Class
Conven t Chapel

Thursday - January 19
Readings: 1 Sm 18:6-9;19:1-7     Mk 3:7-12

Mass Intention 6:30a
Joan Zelnik †
Catherine Guinnane †
Religious Education
School Board Meeting
Church & Hall
Convent Chapel
Mahoney Room

Friday - January 20
Readings: 1 Sm 24:3-21     Mk 3:13-19

Mass Intention 6:30a
John Schaeffer †
Marie Yoest †

Saturday - January 21
Readings: 2 Sm 1:1-4,11-12,19,23-27     Mk 3:20-21

Mass Intention 8:30a
Bill Wilson †
Emiliano Francisco †
AA Meeting 10:00a Mahoney Room

Sunday - January 22
Readings: Jon 3:1-5,10     1 Cor 7:29-31     Mk 1:14-20

Mass Intention 7:30a
Bernardo Mocelin †
People of St. Robert's
Manuel Falzon †
Pat Forbush †
Fil/Am Choir
Jr. Legion of Mary
Mahoney Room
As a Parish Community

We pray....On this Martin Luther King weekend, that each member of the human family, regardless of age, gender, race, color or creed will find protection, not only in Civil Law, but in every human heart.



Oscar Alvidrez, Jr.
Alessandro Leo Ulloa
Jorge Eduardo Avalo

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:
Caridad Ricardo and Michael Luke


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



The Archdiocese of San Francisco is offering an intensive training workshop for all those interested in learning about the Consolation/Bereavement Ministry. If you would like to attend and work with the St. Robert’s Consolation Ministry, please, call Sister Patricia 589-0104 for more information.

To register for the training call Barbara Elordi at (415) 614-5506.

The training dates are:

St. Anthony’s
Saturday, February 4th, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

San Francisco
Holy Name Parish
Saturday, February 11th, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


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Thank you for your generous donation of $2,052.91 to our School, CCD and Confirmation Programs and $3,161.86 to the Black, Indian and Catholic Home Mission.

Our Christmas Collection now totals $42,735.15



Giants’ Baseball Season
49er’s Training Camp
49er’s Games
Rolling Stones Concert
Combined Tips

258 different individuals volunteered throughout the year.
Seven team leaders coordinated the activities.
A big thanks to everyone.

April 6th

25% of the proceeds ($12,721.48) go to each of the following entities:
6th grade outdoor education
Sport’s program
Unbudgeted classroom supplies/equipment
Emergency maintenance fund



E-Contributions for January 4th collection were $3,613.39

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.


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 please, call the rectory at 589-2800 or Sister Patricia at 589-0104 to register.


January 28th

Saint Robert’s Grief Support Group will hold a meeting 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 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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The Call of God
Christmas has passed and now our challenge is, as Sr. Ita reminded me recently, to live it! The readings during these weeks of Ordinary Time try to help us to do exactly that. The reading from the first book of Samuel and the gospel from John’s community relate stories of God’s call to Samuel himself and of Andrew and Simon. We may chuckle as we hear how many times God calls Samuel, yet it is consoling to know that we don’t have to worry about missing God’s call; God is persistent and will keep disturbing us until we get it! You’ll notice that God uses Eli in the first reading to help the young Samuel understand what he’s experiencing. For us, too, it’s often helpful to talk over our religious experiences with a trusted friend or spiritual director. (I’ll gladly explain more about spiritual direction if you give me a call at the rectory.) Sometimes our “religious experience” is an unsettledness in which God is nudging us to make some change in our lives or to grow in a new way.

In the gospel, John the Baptist has been preparing his followers for the coming of the Messiah and points him out to them, “Behold the Lamb of God.” He passes his disciples on to Jesus, the One who gives his own life meaning. Andrew, once he has spent the day with Jesus, goes to get his brother Simon and introduces him to Jesus. What about us? Are we being called to be instruments of God, like Eli, John the Baptist and Andrew were? Would we dare ask a young adult we know - nephew or niece, grandchild, neighbor – to consider being a sister, priest, brother or lay minister? We say that we value these vocations, but if we don’t encourage those we know who have the necessary qualities, how will God reach them? Peace, S. Sheral

Our Blessed Diversity 

Many thanks to those who helped us celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany in 14 languages:

Marķa Canjura and Emily Gonzalez, Spanish;
Sisters Vianney and Ita, Gaelic;
George Khoury, Palestinian;
Deacon John Meyer, Afrikaans,
Fr. Joseph Hung,Vietnamese;
Jomarie Moresco and Mike Zamattia, Italian;
Lucy Zamattia, Basque;
Carmen Pisani, Maltese;
Ray Caoili and Thelma Tannis, Tagalog;
Michael Maran, Burmese;
Heidi Beck, German;
Luisa Kaloucava, Fijian;
Nicole Rogers, Ukrainian
and Yvonne Giuseponi, French.

You gave us a taste of what heaven will be like!


"A Night of Glitter, Glamor and Glitz"

Saturday March 4th at 5 P.m.
Crown Plaza, Burlingame

Tickets go on sale January 23rd at the Women's Guild meeting priced at $75 per person. For tickets sales after the 23rd contact Annetta Giambruno.

Reserve rooms at a discounted rate of $89. Call (800) 411-7275 and mention St. Roberts.

Come enjoy great food, live band “Spun” and wonderful company.



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.



Honoring Joseph Cardinal Bernadin’s powerful image of the “seamless garment” approach to life issues – respecting the dignity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death - the Respect Life program of the Archdiocese addresses abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty and bioethics. Next Sunday is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a ruling which has radically effected our country since its passage in 1973. Unfortunately, the controversy quickly became framed in terms of rights - the rights of the mother vs. the rights of the child. As evidenced by the questioning of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, it is still one of the most divisive issues in our country. The annual Walk for Life will take place next Saturday, Jan. 21 beginning at 11 am at Justin Herman Plaza. It will be preceded by an 8 am Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral. If you’d like more information or to register, please log onto or call 415-586-1576. To become more informed on what Catholic organizations are doing about the life issues, there are several websites you can consult: National Right to Life Committee at; Democrats for Life at; Archdiocese of San Francisco Office of Public Policy and Social Concerns at


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Mercy Center
2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010
Tel: 650.340.7474, Fax: 650.340.1299

February 2006
12 Speaker Series: Lynne Twist–The Soul of Money
17-18 Men's Spirituality
17-19 East West Retreat - A Contemplative Retreat
17-19 Retreat for Those Who Work with the Poor
19-24 Centering Prayer Teacher Training

March 2006
2 Honoring the Body Christian Yoga
4 Lenten Day of Prayer
4 Retiro de Cuaresma
5 Centering Prayer Introductory Session
12 Centering Prayer Follow-up Session
17-19 Mercy Center Bookstore Sale
24 Speaker Series: James Finley – Little Things that Fill The Whole World
25 Workshop with James Finley – On Spiritual Awakening
26 Centering Prayer Follow-up Session

Vallombrosa Center
250 Oak Grove Ave, Menlo Park CA 94025-3218
650-325-5614, Fax 650-325-0908

February 2006
5 Seeing in simple yet profound ways
18 The journey of Pilgrimage and Wandering

March 2006
4 “Forgiveness-The Healing Act
19 Drumming: Pathway to Healing



Offered by the Separated and Divorced Catholics of the Archdiocese of San Francisco provides a chance to understand the emotional journey begun with the loss of a marriage. It will be held Sunday evenings January 29th through March 12th and will meet at St. Stephen Church, O’Reilly Parish Center, 451 Eucalyptus, San Francisco from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost of $45 includes materials. To register or for more information, call Vonnie at (650) 873-4236 or Susan at (415) 752-1308.


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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 21st and 22nd

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers T. Dachauer (C), J. Scannell, C. Browne,
Doug Hageman, Di Hageman, J. Hageman,
R. Hanley, R. Aveson, C/M Noce
Lector C. Aveson
Altar Servers P. Cantane and J. Frank

Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Hung/Deacon Meyer
Eucharistic Ministers E. Ruggiero (C), J. Aldinger, Y. Ignacio,
L. Quintana, A. Buelow
Lectors J. Moresco and A. Reyes
Altar Servers A. Clifford and G. Pino
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers V. Yanke (C), J. Yanke, R. Valdez,
L. Canaya, B. Canaya, G. Tolentino,
M. Saisi, K. Semenza, M. Blumenthal
Lectors J. Valdez and J. Shick
Altar Servers N. Antonis and A. Finocchiaro
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers G. May (C), R. Benavente, C. Pacas,
R. Pacas, V/L Piccinini, H. Mantler, M. Giusti
B. Chester, S. Lucchese, S. Stefaniuk
Lectors F. Firpo aqnd B. Baxter
Altar Servers C. Norton and M. Norton

Sunday, 5:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Healy
Eucharistic Ministers T. Thompson (C), R. Atkinson, I. Reyes,
E. Donnelly, M. Santiago, M. Koski,
M. Huntington, J. Arellano, B. Rodriguez
Lector C. Landholt
Altar Servers V. Lopez and A. Diaz

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