St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, January 29, 2006

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

January 29, 2006
Fourth  Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

On reflecting on today's gospel reading from Mark it seems clear that the problem the Scribes and Pharisees had with Jesus was that he did not observe the Sabbath according to their way of thinking. For them the law was all important. It was as their vehicle of control. When Jesus taught in the synagogue he taught with the authority of a loving God who cares for his people. In the Gospel of Mark the demons are the only ones to recognize Jesus as the son of God. When Jesus expelled the demon from the man with the unclean spirit the people were amazed and as a result Jesus’ fame spread throughout the whole region of Galilee. The Responsorial Psalm says:

“If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts”.

This is an invitation to take time to reflect on those areas of our life that may need change and cleansing. When we pray and search our hearts in a humble way we may be surprised at what surfaces. Whatever it may be we know that we can turn to a loving God who cares for us, loves us and forgives us. Let us turn to him.

He is always listening

Sister Mary



Monday-January 30th
Readings: 2 Sm 15:13-14,30;16:5-13 - Mk 5:1-20

Tuesday-January 31st
Readings: 2 Sm 18:9-10,14b,24-25a - Mk 5:21-43

Wednesday-February 1st
Readings: 2 Sm 24:2,9-17 - Mk 6:1-6

Thursday-February 2nd
Readings: Mal 3:1-4;Heb 2:14-18 - Lk 2:22-40

Friday-February 3rd
Readings: Sir 47:2-11 - Mk 6:14-29

Saturday-February 4th
Readings: 1 Kgs 3:4-13 - Mk 6:30-34

Sunday-February 5th
Readings: Jb 7:1-4,6-7 - 1 Cor 9:16-19,22-23 - Mk 1:29-39


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Monday - January 23

Mass Intention
Ethel Reese †
Lillian Scanlon †
8th Grade Dinner Dance
Parish Planning Meeting
Mahoney Room
Tuesday - January 24
Mass Intention 6:30a
Farr Family †
Patrice van Velthuysen †
Scripture Study
Religious Education
Sr. Legion of Mary
Choir Practice
Mary's Chapel
Church & Hall
Wednesday - February 25
Mass Intention 6:30a
Helen Miller †
Marie Yoest †
Grief Support Group
7th Grade Cheerleading
Choir Practice
Scripture Class
Mary's Chapel
Convent Chapel

Thursday - February 26

Mass Intention 6:30a
Anne Hallock †
Leo Pieretti †
Religious Education
Church & Hall
Convent Chapel

Friday - February 27

Mass Intention 6:30a
Carmella John †
Angelo & Gilda Cassanego †
8th Grade Dinner Dance

Saturday - February 28

Mass Intention 8:30a
Paul & Rosina Vella †
Maria Stefani †
Sr. Computer Class
AA Meeting
Kindergarten Dinner
Computer Room
Mahoney Room

Sunday - February 29

Mass Intention 7:30a
Maria Emilio †
Barbara Topper †
Rosemary Baker †
People of St. Robert's
Blood Bank
Jr. Legion of Mary
Mahoney Room

As a Parish Community

We pray....for all families. May they listen closely to God’s word and experience peace and wholeness in their relationships with one another.



Zachary Dean Rohatch
Victor Santos Stiltner

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:
Patrick Griffin & William Dill


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Donald Hennessy and
Joseph Arsenault
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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April 6th



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.


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February 4th
Attention all teens!

You are invited to join in the annual youth rally hosted by the Office Religious Education and Youth Ministry of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. This year’s rally ‘FAN THE FLAME” (of faith and discipleship) will take place on Saturday, February 4th at St. Mary’s Cathedral from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day will include Liturgy, community building activities and workshops featuring ValLimar Jansen—a highly regarded singer, cantor and recording artist, and Fr. R. Tony Ricard—a priest from New Orleans who is proud to be on fire with the power of the Holy Spirit. To register, call (415) 614-5561 or email


February 11th

Please join Bishop John Wester and other friends of the Sisters of the Presentation for their annual Benefit Dinner at the Presentation Motherhouse, 2340 Turk Blvd., San Francisco, on Saturday, February 11th. Bishop Wester will celebrate Mass for guests at 5:15 p.m. A social hour and gourmet dinner follows. For more information or to book a reservation at $150 per person ($100 of which is tax deductible), please contact Helen Harwood, Director of Development, at (415) 422-5015 or


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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.



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



Give Life , Give Love at St. Roberts Blood Drive

February 5th 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. In Hennessy Hall

Sign up in the vestibule of the church
Or call the rectory Monday-Friday 589-2800

Donor Requirements:
Be in good health.
Weigh at least 110 pounds.
Have a snack before donating.
Drink extra water/juice.
Bring picture identification.
Have not traveled to a malaria area in the past 12 months.


Saturday, February 11th

Featuring St. Robert’s house band “ Ball of Confusion”, in Hennessy Hall from 6:30 pm. until midnight. Cost is $37.50 per person. Please call Dan Uroz.


(Toddlers, Infants, Preschoolers & Parents Social)

Next potluck in the Hall on Friday, February 10th, 6 to 8 pm
Please plan to attend.

For more information visit our website:


February 8th

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 February 8th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items are ok!



The 5 p.m. Mass Choir invites you to stop for a few minutes after Mass, in the vestibule, for refreshments.

Come and chat a short while with friends and neighbors and enjoy the hospitality. All are welcome.


"A Night of Glitter, Glamor and Glitz"

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

Don't miss attending this year's Dinner Dance.
Seating lis limited.

Tickets will be available after the Sunday 9:30am Mass or by calling Annetta Giambruno.



One of the excellent suggestions given through the parish survey was that we highlight the ministries and organizations with which our parish is blessed. Beginning in February, a representative will give a brief description of the group during all the Masses and will be present afterwards to answer questions.


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Andrew & Shauna Meehan & Family
Barbara Hadfield
David & Sharya Bourdet & Family
Michael & Jacqueline Ward & Family
Cyrous & Martha Navarrete & Family
Marlene Lodge

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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Life and Death
This was a difficult week for many families in the parish and for all of us on staff. We had funerals or memorial services for 94 year old John Flower, 41 year old Caridad Ricardo, 37 year old Libby Forsberg, and 8 month old Quinn Rosenberg. Every funeral any of us attends inevitably reminds us of the deaths of loved ones and, sometimes, of our own mortality. But deaths of young people, especially of a baby, raise other questions. Why did this person whom we love, die at this point in his or her life? Why are there elderly persons (some of them our own relatives) lingering in assisted living facilities, eager to go home to God and yet they continue to live?

In this era of amazing technological advances, when we seemingly have so much control over so many aspects of our lives, death may be the one aspect over which we have no control and, really, very little understanding. We have, hopefully, moved past the notion of death as a punishment for wrongdoing or as a test from a malevolent god. There is no easy answer with which to replace these false explanations. We find ourselves on the edge of mystery, a difficult mystery, but a mystery nonetheless. What we know, and often need to affirm through tears, is that our God has welcomed the one who has died into his loving embrace and that this Compassionate God will be with us through the lonely nights and days to come. The traditional teaching about the Communion of Saints is an attempt to image for us the reality that we are one with those who have “gone before us marked with the sign of faith.” My experience with my Dad’s and Mom’s deaths has been that the veil separating this life from the next is actually quite thin. I believe that my Dad came to meet my Mom and walked with her into the arms of the God she loved. I trust that they are still watching over me and guiding me somehow, though I can’t see them.

We who are in relationship with those who have suffered such a great loss have a part to play, too. We may be the ones through whom God is offering the consolation and comfort they need. Let us not be afraid to enter into their sorrow, for fear of not knowing what to say. Let us give the gift of our continued friendship and presence.

Peace, S. Sheral


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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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February 4th and 5th

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Mass

Eucharistic Ministers B. Moniz (C), T. Dachauer, J. Scannell,
J. Quinn, Doug Hageman, Di Hageman,
J. Hageman, R. Hanley, D. Bisagno
Lector M. Dachauer
Altar Servers C. Geniali and R. Balestrieri

Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Mass

Eucharistic Ministers W. Mooney (C), J. Jackson, Y. Olcomendy,
T. Montross, C. Soracco
Lectors P. Lustic and S. Kelly
Altar Servers J. Landholt and J. Olcomendy
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mass
Eucharistic Ministers J. Valdez (C), A. Solis, C. Zolezzi,
R. Valdez, L. Canaya, B. Canaya,
G. Tolentino, M. Saisi, K. Semenza
Lectors J. Bendick and M. Parasdas
Altar Servers L. Getzler and K. Giambruno
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Mass
Eucharistic Ministers C. Pacas (C), R. Pacas, B. Chester,
L. Jovero, S. Stefaniuk, M. Giusti,
J. Mercado, L. Sing, F. Firpo, R. Benavente
Lectors G. May and C. Pisani
Altar Servers C. Lustic and G. Villanueva

Sunday, 5:00 p.m. Mass

Eucharistic Ministers G. Landholt (C), J. Schaukowitch, I. Reyes,
T. Thompson, R. Atkinson, E. Donnelly,
B. Rodriguez, M. Santiago, M. Huntington
Lector C. Galletta
Altar Servers Ra Reid and Re Reid

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