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

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

October 8, 2006
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

As I write this on the eve of the Feast of St. Francis, my thoughts turn to peace. In the midst of the War on Terror and so much killing in school classrooms this week, it may seem totally naďve to even think of peace. And yet…we have seen what happens when violence is met with violence as one gang member kills another gang member in retaliation. Among otherwise rational people, what often begins as a verbal confrontation over the smallest matter, escalates into name-calling, a physical attack and often, a knifing or shooting. Is the answer to multiply the number of weapons on the street? Should we teach our children how to fight harder?

Regardless of our personal opinions about the war in Iraq, we could surely agree that the deaths of more than 2700 American servicemen and women and tens of thousands of Iraqis, not to mention the destruction of the basic infrastructure of the country, are surely a tragedy. Depending on your point of view, we have either brought the Iraqi people freedom and opportunities they never would have had and/or our removal of Saddam Hussein has unleashed sectarian violence which his brutality contained. In terms of the destruction of Lebanon, over a million unexploded cluster bombs – banned by international law- yet dropped in the last 10 days of the war by the Israeli Defense Force, are now prolonging the suffering as farmers and their children lose arms and legs or their very lives trying to remove them.

The 9/11 Commission Report has stated: “Long-term success demands the use of all elements of national power: diplomacy, intelligence, covert action, law enforcement, economic policy, foreign aid, public diplomacy and homeland defense. If we favor one tool while neglecting others, we leave ourselves vulnerable and weaken our national effort.” The Quakers, long known for their commitment to peace, are trying to build support for a new policy framework to “enable a shift from a total reliance on military-based security to a new structurally based security for peace building.” (Friends Committee on National Legislation, July/August,2006) Their House resolution had 50 sponsors by the end of summer. SMART (Strategic Multilateral American Response to Terrorism) calls for international cooperation and the rule of law; preventive diplomacy and peace operations; arms control and disarmament; human rights and good governance; and sustainable development and human security. If you’d like to read about the very practical steps in the SMART approach, please go to

Our archdiocese has St. Francis as our patron. Let us pray that, like him, we can be instruments of peace in our world, our neighborhoods, our workplaces and our homes.

S. Sheral


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Monday - October 9
Parish Office closed today in
observance of Columbus Day

Readings: Gal 1:6-12     Lk 10:25-37

Mass Intention 8:30am Patrick Griffin †
St. Vincent de Paul 7:00pm Mahoney Room

Tuesday - October 10
Readings: Gal 1:13-24     Lk 10:38-42

Mass Intention 6:30am
Fr. Jim Carroll, S.J. †
John P. Murphy †
Adult Ed (Vatican II)
Rel Ed - Grades 1-5
Legion of Mary
Confirmation - Grade 9
Adult Ed (Vatican II)
5pm Choir Practice
Mary's Chapel
Church & Hall
Convent Chapel

Wednesday - October 11
Readings: Gal 2:1-2,7-14     Lk 11:1-4

Mass Intention 6:30am
Gloria Kenison †
Kevin McKenna †
Children's Choir
Positive Coach Alliance
Choir Practice
Scripture Study
Convent Chapel

Thursday - October 12
Readings: Gal 3:1-5     Lk 11:5-13

Mass Intention 6:30am
Ana Kovacevic †
Charles & Rita Agius †
Grief Ministry
Women's Guild
Convent Chapel
Convent Chapel

Friday - October 13
Readings: Gal 3:7-14     Lk 11:15-26

Mass Intention 6:30am
Bernice Musso †
Dino Tonelli †

Saturday - October 14
Readings: Gal 3:22-29     Lk 11:27-28

Mass Intention 8:30am
Paul & Rosina Vella †
Andrew Galea †
Computer Class
AA Meeting
Computer Room
Mahoney Room

Sunday - October 15
Readings: Wis 7:7-11     Heb 4:12-13     Mk 10:17-30

Mass Intention 7:30am
James Griffin †
Caridad Ricardo †
People of St. Robert's
Giuseppe Pignati †
Fil/Am Choir
Jr. Legion of Mary
Confirmation Class

As a Parish Community we pray…..for all unborn children. May our love for them keep them safe until the joyous day of their birth and ever after.



Shelly Anne Celentano & Gavin Lee Smith


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Sachiko Hardin and Marueen Cronin
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.

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. 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.

Kim Marie Olmo & Ruth Sleeper



Over 30 years ago, we were told that legal and widely available abortion was the key to ending discrimination against women and the solution to a host of social problems. Today we face the devastating results: more that 40,000,000 unborn human lives lost, untold numbers of others wounded. Children and other family members abused in ever-increasing numbers. And more woman and children living in poverty than ever before. Abortion is not a solution. In the U.S. every year, 1.6 million children die from abortion. The powerful propose yet more abortion, government-funded abortion, as a cure. How long will we refuse to see the bankruptcy of our choices? How long will we refuse to act? How long, O Lord, how long?
(National Conference of Catholic Bishops)


Thursday, November 2nd, 7:30 p.m.

November is traditionally the month set aside by our Church to commemorate and celebrate the memories of our departed loved ones. We will have a special Mass on All Souls Day, Thursday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. to which all are invited. The names of those buried from St. Robert’s in the past year will be read aloud by members of our Consolation Ministry and their names will be inscribed in a Memorial Book placed in Our Lady’s alcove in the church. Their names will also be posted on the walls, so we will be reminded of our departed loved ones each time we enter the church and they, symbolically, will surround us with their presence.

We are asking two favors from you, the parishioners. We have recorded the names of those buried from Saint Robert’s during the past year, but would like to remember all of your loved ones who have been buried or cremated from any other church or funeral home during the past year. Please call, e-mail or fax their names to the rectory or to Sister Patricia before October 25. This will give Emil Ruggiero time to prepare the St. Robert’s Wall of Remembrance for us before November l.

Also, everyone is invited to honor your beloved dead by bringing photos, memorial cards or flowers to place in this shrine throughout the month of November.

“It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead.”


October 22nd, 11:30 a.m. Mass

Anyone who is physically, mentally or psychologically sick or infirmed is invited to the Anointing of the Sick during the 11:30 a.m. Mass on October 22nd. We encourage you to bring your ailing parents and neighbors to this very special sacrament.



October 11th

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 October 11th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items are ok!


Saint Roberts Church Library

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


October 14th-November 17th

Saint Robert’s will be offering Computer Classes again this year. But this year will offer two sessions each Saturday. One for those with virtually no previous knowledge of computers and one for those who are computer literate.

Advanced classes 9 -10:15 am.
Beginners from 10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Classes will continue in the spring. There is no charge. If you are interested in Computer classes, please call the rectory at 589-2800 or Sister Patricia at 589-0104 to register.


October 12th

St. Roberts Women's Guild would like to invite you to an early Halloween dinner on Thurs. October 12th. Doors open at 6:30 pm. All Women of the parish are welcome.


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Matthew & Kristina Cava & Family
Ray Gamba & Family
Melanie Nicolas & 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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July 1st to October 1st (goal)
July 1st to October 1st (actual)
7/1/06-6/30/07 Weekly Goal
Collection (actual 10/1)


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.




If you have moved, changed your name or your political party, you need to re-register. If you will have turned 18 by November 7, are newly a resident of California or a citizen of the United States, you need to register. Forms are in the vestibule of the church. They need to be completed and received at the Registration and Elections Office by October 22.




St. Mary's Cathedral is hosting a national conference Oct. 27 and 28 to help mobilize American Catholic people to encourage our government to keep its promise of giving .7% of the Gross National Product to the poorest countries of the world. As the year 2000 approached, every religious body in the world urged us and other wealthy countries to forgive the overwhelming debt of the poorest countries, so that they could invest in education, health promotion and societal infrastructure. We and the other industrialized countries also promised then to increase our development aid; this has not happened. If you'd like to join others from St. Robert's in this conference please call me at the rectory or e-mail me at by this Tuesday.



Will be held at St. Gregory’s in San Mateo, beginning Wednesday, October 25th at 6:3 p .m. to 8:00 p.m. If ou are interested please call Barbara Elordi MFT, Archdiocese of San Francisco, (415) 614-5506.


Your God Is Too Small

Last Sunday’s readings painted such a very human picture of the followers of Moses and of Jesus. In both the passages, we heard an attitude of we and they. Medad and Eldad weren’t in the tent where they were supposed to be. How could it be that they also receive the spirit of prophecy? John (the beloved) protests to Jesus that someone not of their group is driving out demons in his name. How could he have that power if he doesn’t belong to the group? Jesus has such a great, surprising response: “Whoever is not against us is for us.” Wouldn’t we expect it to be just the opposite, that those not for us are against us! But that isn’t Jesus’ way. He is so inclusive as to put us to shame. Remember that book of 20 or 30 years ago by an Episcopalian priest, “Your God Is Too Small”? We who were well-reared in the more traditional Catholic understanding will recall how we “bought” pagan babies in the missions, probably thinking we were saving them from a horrible eternity far from God. I remember hearing the story of a child who came home from religion class and told his mother he was worried since his father was a grown-up “pagan baby” and would burn in hell since he never went to church with them!

Fortunately, most of us have realized by now that God’s love for each person is much broader and deeper than we can fathom. And God’s Spirit obviously isn’t confined to the Catholic Church when we consider all the good done by those outside our “tent”: Mohandus Ghandi, Bishop Desmond Tutu, the medical staff of every hospital and clinic, the volunteers who helped victims of Katrina and 911. We could go on and on. Whenever I receive a letter asking for a donation, I try to remember to pray for all those involved. Isn’t it wonderful that there are groups funding the correction of cleft palates; the fitting of artificial limbs for victims of landmines; making available micro-loans for the poorest villagers; and the expansion of educational opportunities for women long denied them? Surely, all of these efforts are indications of the presence of the Spirit of God working through the compassion and generosity of so many, whether or not they recognize that the Spirit is sustaining them! And aren’t we blest to know the loving God behind all of these hopeful, loving projects?

Peace, S. Sheral


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Call the Rectory at 589-2800 or sign-up on the web site at to help


Centerplate 2006 Schedule

Oct. 15
Nov. 5
Nov. 19
Dec. 10
49ers vs San Diego
49ers vs Vikings
49ers vs Seahawks
49ers vs Packers

Name:_________________________________Home Phone:___________________

Cell Phone:_______________Email:_______________________________________

Dress Code: Full length black slacks, (jeans or spandex are not permitted), white shirt with collar, closed toe comfortable shoes (preferably black or white).

We will car pool from the rectory. For those working in San Francisco, you can meet the group at the gate. Volunteers between 16-21 years of age must provide a copy of a picture id which includes his/her birth date.

Our Centerplate totals:
Baseball: $24,693.65
49er Training Camp: $7,282.71
49er game (8/11): $2,015.46
for a total of: $33,991.82
Thanks to the many people who have volunteered.


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October 14th and 15th

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers D. Bisagno (C), J. Scannell, C. Browne,
J. Quinn, M. Schaukowitch, A. Ciraulo,
J. Finnegan, B. Moniz, B. Castro-Leon,
Lectors B. Rudometkin and M. Dachauer
Altar Servers M. Ferris and K. Tangeh

Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers E. Ruggiero (C), C. Soracco, R. Vassalo,
A. Doherty, Y. Olcomendy
Lectors S. Heaney and P. Lustic
Altar Servers A. Clifford and K. Meaghan
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. O'Dell
Eucharistic Ministers R. Valdez (C), M. Bourne, C. Zolezzi,
M. Lopez, L. Cesca, A. Solis,
M. Quilici, H. Mar, J. Valdez
Lectors L. Kalocava and J. Bendick
Altar Servers A. Ayllon, R. Simpson, D. Marty
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. O'Dell
Eucharistic Ministers G. May (C), J. Yee, A. Maron, F. Firpo,
V/L Piccinini, S. Stefaniuk, D. Murphy,
H. Mantler, E. Sanchez, T. Estelita
Lectors M. Cadiz and T. Tannis
Altar Servers M. McCann and C. McCann

Sunday, 5:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Healy
Eucharistic Ministers Sr. Sheral (C), E. Donnelly, M. Koski,
T. Thompson, M. Huntington, M. Santiago,
V. Hawkins, C. Hawkins, L. Cuddy
Lector Confirmation Candidates
Altar Servers D. McKenna and V. Lopez

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