St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, November 19, 2006

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

November 19, 2006
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time


“He, Yahweh, is merciful, tenderhearted,
Slow to anger, very loving,
And universally kind: Yahweh’s tenderness
Embraces all his creatures.”
Ps. 147

As we prepare for the beautiful and traditional season of Thanksgiving let us give thanks to Yahweh. We should keep in mind that though the seasons change from spring to summer to autumn to winter, our God-Yahweh never changes. He remains tenderhearted, kind, loving and forgiving to all of us. His children...This psalm is an invitation to us to put God first in our lives, to see Him in the ever-changing world of nature around us. In thanksgiving we communicate with Him and express this Thanksgiving daily through prayer and good deeds.

On that First Thanksgiving (1621) we read how the Colonists and the Native American Indians got together to celebrate the survival of the early settlers. They celebrated and overcame their differences. Today we would call these settlers, “immigrants” or perhaps “undocumented people”! For that in truth was what they were! They came from across the Atlantic Ocean into a land that “belonged” to another race of people. The Native Americans showed compassion and kindness to the new bunch of settlers by teaching them to fish, to plant and harvest their crops. And shared a meal with them.

This Thanksgiving let us pray for all those who are undocumented in this country and help them gain documents so that they can earn a decent living for themselves and their families.

This is a wonderful country, thanks to the hard work of all those gone before us. Many are now enjoying eternal happiness in heaven, but many others are sick and/or home bound. We owe them thanks, a visit or some token of remembrance this Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving
Sister Patricia


8:30a.m. Thanksgiving Day

Give thanks to the Lord
at our Thanksgiving Mass
Let us gather together
As family at the Lord’s table
To share the meal
He has prepared for us—
His bread of life
And His cup of salvation.

Refreshments will be served following Mass

**Families are invited to bring non-perishable items. The children will bring these items up to the altar during the offertory.


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Monday - November 20
Readings: Rv 1:1-4,2:1-5     Lk 18:35-43

Mass Intention
Sal Parise †
Kathleen Sullivan †
Kid's Stock 1:00pm Hall

Tuesday - November 21
Readings: Rv 3:1-6,14-22     Lk 19:1-10

Mass Intention 6:30am
In Thanksgiving
Tom Daly †
Adult Ed
Legion of Mary
Rel Ed (Grades 6-8)
Adult Ed
5pm Choir Practice
Mary's Chapel
Convent Chapel

Wednesday - November 22
Readings: Rv 4:1-11     Lk 19:11-28

Mass Intention 6:30am
Deceased Legion of Mary †
John P. Murphy †
Children's Choir
8th Grade Cheerleading
Choir Practice
Scripture Study
Convent Chapel

Thursday - November 23
Parish Office Closed Today
Readings: Rv 5:1-10     Lk 19:41-44

Mass Intention 8:30am People of St. Robert's

Friday - November 24
Readings: Rv 10:8-11     Lk 19:45-48

Mass Intention 6:30am
Corazon Estipiritu †
Father Joe Healy

Saturday - November 25
Readings: Rv 11:4-12     Lk 20:27-40

Mass Intention 8:30am
Jim Meyerfeld †
Virginia Kearney †
AA Meeting 10:00am Mahoney Room

Sunday - November 26
Readings: Dn 7:13-14     Rv 1:5-8     Jn 18:33b-37

Mass Intention 7:30am
Tom & Maryanne Begley †
Larry Sylvestri †
Jimmy MacKenzie †
People of St. Robert's
Fil/Am Choir 10:00am Library

As a Parish Community we pray …....for our Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. They have set Christ ever before them and have followed His path to life. May their hearts be glad and their souls rejoice.



Samir Anthony Totah
Rion Jordan Vasquez
Bella Hilda Widrin


Our sincere sympathy to the family of
Robert Willmore
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.



At the 4:30 pm Mass on Saturday, our Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary renewed their vows. We thank them for their many years of dedicated service to our Parish family and for their faithfulness and love for God and for His people.



One of the excellent suggestions given through the parish survey was that we highlight the ministries and organizations our parish has been blessed with twice a month . This week we highlight


The Legion of Mary is the largest apostolic organization of lay people in the Catholic Church, with well over 3 million active members in almost every country in the world. It has been active in the United States since 1931 and in St. Robert’s since about 1983. The main purpose of the Legion of Mary is to give glory to God through the sanctification of its members.

Members become instruments of the Holy Spirit through a balanced program of prayer and service. The main work of the St. Robert’s praesidium, Mater Ecclesiae, is visiting the sick and the homebound. Every week they bring the Eucharist and pray with the sick and elderly, in the neighborhood Retirement Homes, Convalescence Homes, Board and Care Homes, private homes and hospitals.

Daily they pray the Rosary and recite the Tesserat (the Legion Prayer).

All practicing Catholics who have desire to participate in the Church's Apostolate are invited to join our Legion of Mary.

For more information call Joe Yee or Sister Patricia 589-0104.



In this season thanksgiving to our God, Who has blessed us with such abundance, we bring to your attention the food baskets that are on the altar steps. Please bring non-perishable food to help our sisters and brothers who find it hard to get by due to illness or job-loss. Our St. Vincent de Paul Society will distribute your gifts to those within our Parish family who are in need. Some suggestions are: cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, canned yams, canned Turkey gravy, instant mashed potatoes, peanut butter, jam, tuna, pasta and pasta sauce, canned vegetables and fruit.

Turkey gift certificates are also needed.



Check for Mass schedule in other cities.


Friday, December 1st

Doors open at 6:15. Cost is $45.00 per person.
Space will be limited to 125, so please make
reservations by calling Jim Brown or Bart Murphy.


December 2nd

The Grownups’ Annual Christmas Party will be held on December 2nd in Hennessy Hall, starting with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. It will be catered by Esposto’s. The price is $25 per person and tickets will be sold after all Masses in November 18th and 19th and 25th and 26th. Call Vera Hannon, Dolores Johnson, or Helen Mantler.

Please make your reservations no later than Monday, November 27th as no tickets will be sold at the door.

**Need a ride: If anyone should need a ride to the party that evening you can call Helen Mantler and a ride will be arranged for you.



Michael Reardon makes the gospel come alive as he truly proclaims it at St. Bartholomew Church, 300 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo at 7 pm, Monday, November 27. Once Advent comes, the readings will be from Luke's gospel, so it would be wonderful to hear this gospel dramatically proclaimed.


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Thank you for your generous donation of $2,736.48 to our School, CCD and Confirmation Programs.

July 1st to November 12th (goal)
July 1st to November 12th (actual)
7/1/06-6/30/07 Weekly Goal
Collection (actual 11/12)


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.


The Business of God
I participated in a most interesting workshop yesterday at the First Presbyterian Church in Burlingame. It was sponsored by Sojourners, a faith-based group out of Washington, DC whose members work with the poor and put out a magazine of the same name addressing issues of faith, culture and politics. The three speakers, Brian McLaren, David Batstone and Nathan George, talked about the relationship between the kingdom of God (of heaven, in the gospel according to Matthew) and the kingdom of this world. Our Christian traditions have sometimes made the two separate, as though the kingdom of God referred only to what happens after death. We may also unconsciously see work in the Church as ministry while work in the business world is seen as a greedy, manipulative striving for “filthy lucre.”

But the question is: How do we use our efforts and our energy now for the kingdom? In reality, the speakers and participants attested to the fact that both are vocations and that those in the business world have a great opportunity to use their talents for the coming of God’s kingdom here and now. Vocation was defined as “Where your passion meets the needs of the world.” One young woman asked how she could discern what God is calling her to. A man working with Fortune 500 companies wanted to know how he could help them learn from the poor and realize the good possible from their investments. Another was a biotech engineer whose company wants to make new AIDS/HIV anti-retrovirals available to developing countries for free, but needs contacts to help make that happen. Nathan George spoke of his efforts to help small craftspeople in one African village use e-commerce to market their goods.

Bringing jobs is definitely mission work as is preaching the good news. Africa has received five Marshall Plans worth of aid, it was pointed out, but little has changed. Business where the culture of the people and their relationships are valued is the answer. All of India is now within an hour of Internet access.

In the past, we have often relegated the work of Jesus to the “professionals.” But all believers in Jesus Christ, the speakers stressed, gather in liturgy to be sent out, to be the healers of the world, to do what only they can do. Work happens in the world not in the liturgy. Brian McLaren spoke of the radical action of John the Baptist - the son of a priest, but not a priest himself - baptizing Jesus in the dirty Jordan instead of in the temple’s clean water. The religious establishment wasn’t working, so John and Jesus worked outside that framework. (We recall, no doubt, Jesus’ condemnation of some of the religious leaders for their hypocrisy and their use of their position for status instead of service. They will, in their turn, condemn Jesus.) There will be a group gathering regularly to follow up on this topic of work and spirituality. If you’re interested, please let me know and I’ll pass on the information.

S. Sheral

Advent Readings
The group studying the Vatican II document “On the Sacred Liturgy” has completed its work; we will not be meeting this coming Tuesday, Nov. 21st. The following two Tuesdays, Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, we’ll be looking at the readings for the Sundays of Advent. Please join us at 9:15 a.m. in Mary’s Chapel or 7 pm in the convent chapel. Everyone is welcome. It will be helpful if you’ve read the readings for the first two Sundays of Advent before you come, but if you don’t have a chance to, come anyway. Please call Sr. Sheral at the rectory if you have questions.


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


Centerplate 2006 Schedule

___ Sun Dec. 10 49ers vs Packers 8:15am 1:05pm

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: $26,663.20
49er Training Camp: $7,282.71
49er games: $12,391.65
for a total of: $46,337.56
Thanks to the many people who have volunteered.


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November 25th and 26th

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers D. Bisagno (C), R. Larsen, B. Larsen,
A. Ciraulo, C. Browne, B. Castro-Leon,
J. Quinn, M. Schaukowitch, J. Beltrano
Lectors C. Clarke and B. Rudometkin
Altar Servers R. Balestieri and K. Kent

Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Fr. O'Dell
Eucharistic Ministers E. Ruggiero (C), T. Montross, R. Lahoz,
J. Jackson, J. Aldinger
Lectors T. Clifford and S. Kelly
Altar Servers A. Clifford and K. Meaghan
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers J. Romine (C), M. Quilici, J. Kelly,
H. Mar, R. Valdez, J. Valdez,
A. Romine, J. Yanke, V. Yanke
Lectors T. Tullius and M. Compton
Altar Servers K. Casino, L. Getzler and R. Reid
Little Church Family Mass
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers M. Giusti (C), G. May, L. Welch,
R. Benavente, H. Mantler, H. Madayag,
E. Sanchez, T. Estelita, L. Sing
Lectors B. Baxter and F. Firpo
Altar Servers B. Alvergue and F. Nuti

Sunday, 5:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Healy
Eucharistic Ministers Sr. Sheral (C), L. Cuddy, B. Rodriguez,
I. Reyes, R. Atkinson, M. Salvato,
M. Koski, V. Hawkins, C. Hawkins
Lector B. Valiao
Altar Servers D. Lavezzo and J. Lavezzo

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