St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, December 3, 2006

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

December 3, 2006
First Sunday of Advent

Dear Parishioners,

It’s always fun to greet people as they come to Mass. It’s especially fun to greet them on the First Sunday of Advent with “Happy New Year”. They usually look at me with that look that says he’s really lost it this time. Actually the First Sunday of Advent is the beginning of the new year on the church’s Liturgical Calendar. The main difference that you will notice is that we have been reading the Sunday Gospels from Mark and now we will read the Gospels from Luke.

Also this Sunday at the 11:30 am Mass we will celebrate the RCIA Rite of Acceptance. Traditionally, all over the world, on the First Sunday of Advent this Rite of Acceptance takes place for those adults who are preparing to be baptized on Easter. We are excited because this is the first time in a couple of years that we have had candidates with whom to celebrate this rite. We will welcome into our faith community

Kris Gonzales, Angelene Hernandez,
Julia Lee and Patrick Shannon.

Also please keep in your prayers two other adults in our RCIA program. They are:
Kristin Simpson
who is preparing for First Communion and Confirmation, and
Deborah Caine
who is preparing for Confirmation.

Blessings for this new church year,
-- Deacon Rusty Duffey


Due to evenings getting dark earlier during the winter months
the Church will now be locked between 4 and 4:30 P.M.
Due to incidents in our parking lots we suggest
you make sure your car is locked while at Church.


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Monday - December 4
Readings: Is 2:1-5     Mt 8:5-11

Mass Intention
John & Kathleen O'Shea †
Walter Bond †
7/8 Grade Cheerleading 1:45pm Hall

Tuesday - December 5
Readings: Is 11:1-10     Lk 10:21-24

Mass Intention 6:30am
In Thanksgiving
John P. Murphy †
Adult Education
Religious Education
Legion of Mary
Religious Ed (Grades 6-8)
Adult Education
5pm Choir Practice
Mary's Chapel
Church and Hall
Convent Chapel

Wednesday - December 6
Readings: Is 25:6-10a     Mt 15:29-37

Mass Intention 6:30am
Francisco Fernando Ramos †
Agatha Duffey †
Grief Support Group
Children's Choir
Choir Practice
Scripture Study
Mary's Chapel
Convent Chapel

Thursday - December 7
Readings: Is 26:1-6     Mt 7:21,24-27

Mass Intention 6:30am
Special Intention
Thomas Turley †
Women's Guild Meeting
Convent Chapel

Friday - December 8
Readings: Gn 3:9-15,20     Eph 1:3-6,11-12     Lk 1:26-38

Mass Intention 6:30am
Angelina Foti
Tom Daly †
Settimio Miraglia †
Women's Guild Setup

Saturday - December 9
Readings: Is 30:19-21,23-26     Mt 9:35-10:1,5a,6-8

Mass Intention 8:30am
Paul & Rosina Vella †
John G. Keck †
Breakfast with Santa
AA Meeting
Mahoney Room

Sunday - December 10
Readings: Bar 5:1-9     Phil 1:4-6,8-11     Lk 3:1-6

Mass Intention 7:30am
People of St. Robert's
Jaime & Jovita Duskey †
Margie Candelaria †
All Souls †
Fil/Am Choir 10:00am Library

As a Parish Community we pray …....for the people of God. That the Holy Spirit will teach us His paths and guide us in truth as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of Jesus.



Isaiah Omari Paed Cid, Josef Clem Cabebe,
Markus Raymond Lono, Breanna Marie Dizon,
Siobhan Marie Bugler, Ema Sarah Rogge,
Natalia Bianchi Spataro & Aidan Michael Froelich



Megan Carey & Matthew Ward


Our sincere sympathy to the family of
John Lucanic
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.

This week we pray for
Louise Fowlie, Caroline Fratti, Vince Valdez,
Claudia Frye and William Quintana



As we have done for many years, we ask that each of us remember with love those members of our Parish family who are confined to their homes or to nursing homes because of illness or advanced years. We can open our hearts to them by bringing an unwrapped new Christmas gift to the baskets placed on our altar steps. Some suggestions are: lap robes, slippers, dusters, sweaters, nightgowns, pajamas, knee socks, robes, or a note or card telling them that we pray for them and that we love them. We can bring the joy of Christ to these precious people.


ADOPT A FAMILY-There are many people in San Mateo County who don’t have the means to celebrate Christmas as they might like. Like last year we have designated families affected by Hurricane Katrina from our Adopted Parishes in Gulfport, Mississippi. We will be having a “Giving Tree” set up in front of church. This tree will be “decorated” with paper ornaments containing a profile of a family you might be able to help. If you have the means to share your Christmas spirit, stop by and pick an ornament. Gifts or Scrip will be collected after Masses THIS WEEKEND , and Collected Dec. 9 & 10 and 16 & 17. Call Rob Aveson for more information.



Celebrate SIMBANG GABI or Misa de Gallo
Novena of Masses in preparation for Christmas:

Dec. 15th 6:30 a.m.
Dec. 16th 8:30 a.m.
Dec. 17th 7:30 a.m.
Dec. 18th 6:30 a.m.
Dec. 19th 6:30 a.m.
Dec. 20th 6:30 a.m.
Dec. 21st 6:30 a.m.
Dec. 22nd 6:30 a.m.
Dec. 23rd 8:30 a.m.

Fellowship after all Masses at the Little Church hosted by the FilAm Group.



Saturday, December 16th
In Hennessy Hall
Dinner at 7:30 p.m. and Dancing until 11:30 p.m.
$25 per person

For Tickets contact Adelaida Gallagher or Encar Sanchez.



Through the generosity of our parishioners and the efforts of the St. Robert’s students. The St. Vincent de Paul Society was able to bring food to over 50 families for their Thanksgiving celebrations.

A Huge Thank you to all who donated to this worthy cause. To the people who delivered the sorted bags of food and a special thanks to our 7th grade students who collected and carried the great amount of food to the storage shed for its boxing. God bless you one and all!

Saint Vincent de Society



On Saturday, Dec. 23, we’ll be doing some cleaning and all the decorating for Christmas! If you can help, please come in your old clothes at 9:30 am. If you can bring dust cloths, a Dust Buster or its equivalent, or a bucket and mop, that would be great! The usual envelopes for donations for flowers will be in the pews, but if you’d like to bring a poinsettia, please don’t bring it until the 23rd.

Thank you very much. S. Sheral



Yes, it’s that time of year. It’s time for the choir’s annual caroling trip to Emmanuel Convalescent Hospital to give a little holiday cheer to those who may not get it any other way. This is the fourth year that we have been invited to sing.

We are going to gather on Sun. Dec. 17th at 1 PM to pass out the music. We will then caravan to the hospital to sing for about an hour. We will plan to arrive there at 2 PM. As we did last year, we are inviting those of you who can give about 2 hours of your time to join us. There will be familiar carols, so that everyone can feel comfortable singing. All are welcome, it will give you another chance to sing Christmas carols besides on Christmas Eve.

The healing power of music is tremendous and the giving of your time can be an important way of showing your faith. The smiles and tears from some of the elderly last year made our short time with them a moving experience.

Following our caroling trip, we will gather for a wassail party at the home of one of our choir members. No need to bring anything; the choir will supply some food and the spiced cider!

This is something we can do during the holiday season that can make a difference in the lives of some of our elderly. I hope that many of you can join us for an afternoon of caroling.

Kevin Imbimbo


December 13th

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 December 13th Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items are ok!

Thanks to all who contributed their time an energy.


December 9th

See Santa present each child with a gift. There will be a breakfast and children can create a unique gift for someone special. Get your photo taken with Santa . Contact Jean Jauregui. There will be two seatings, at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Cost is $7.00 per adult and $5.00 per child. We will be serving a full breakfast including sausages, bacon, french toast and scrambled eggs. Reservations are a must.


The Challenge of Advent
Here we are in the first weekend of Advent. Everything is purple; the Advent wreath graces the sanctuary; the music has changed to a more reflective key with the Gloria omitted for the season. Outside, in the stores and on the sidewalks, it has been Christmas since before Thanksgiving. Advent isn’t Lent, of course, but it is an invitation to go more deeply into our relationship with the Lord and with one another. This Sunday’s gospel reminds us of the last judgment and of our need to be ready when the Lord comes. It is referring to the second coming at the end of time and at the end of time for me when I die. The Church wisely knows that we can’t really celebrate Christmas unless we are prepared through entering into the faithful waiting and hoping of the chosen people. Just as we wouldn’t dream of having Ash Wednesday followed four days later by Easter Sunday, so we shouldn’t skip over these blessed days of Advent by wearing our special Christmas outfits and having our tree and all our decorations up and lit.

I know that it is difficult to ignore the timetable of our society, but the liturgy slows us down and, if we let it, will keep us from missing a very important period for our spirituality. Some people leave for vacation halfway through Advent and want to enjoy the tree before they go; others needed to have their adult children string the lights when they were home for the Thanksgiving weekend. I realize that I’m going against the prevailing cultures and many families’ traditional practice, but if you’ve kept the Advent traditions of lighting the Advent wreath and waiting to wear red and green and to light the tree and play Christmas music until Christmas Eve, you’ll know why I’m so committed to Advent.

For an Advent wreath, all you need is a plate, some evergreens and either three purple candles and a pink one or four white candles with three purple and one pink ribbon. Light one candle each week at dinner and ask God to bless those you love, our parish and the whole human family with peace. Wear purple these Advent days, except at Christmas parties; listen to classical music perhaps, instead of nonstop Christmas carols. Most of our friends don’t need anything, so we spend hours trying to find something they’d like. Resist the consumerism in the air! Let the people you love know that you’ve made a donation in their name to the Katrina victims or Heifer Project or Habitat for Humanity or Catholic Worker. Do your Christmas cards a few at a time, so they don’t seem like a burden or, if you’re really rushed, wait and send them after Christmas so you can respond to news that was shared with you by family and friends.

Some families put out their crčche early, but without the Christ Child and the kings. The Child comes on Christmas Eve and the kings make their way from a back bedroom, arriving on their feast. Christmas begins on Christmas Eve and the twelve days of Christmas last until Jan. 6, the Feast of the Three Kings, the Epiphany, Little Christmas as it is known in many cultures.

Happy Advent! S. Sheral


We are now accepting applications for our 2007/2008 Kindergarten class. Child must be 5 years of age by September 1, 2007 and you will need copies of your child’s birth and baptismal certificates and social security card. Please contact the school office at (650) 583-5065 if you would like an application.

St. Robert School will hold its annual Open House on Thursday evening, January 25th. The evening will begin at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

St. Roberts 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 or made available to students at this school. St. Robert School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national an/or ethnic origin in its administration of education policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school administered programs.


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Thank you for your generous donation of $2,758.15 to the Campaign for Human Development.

July 1st to November 26th (goal)
July 1st to November 26th (actual)
7/1/06-6/30/07 Weekly Goal
Collection (actual 11/19)
Collection (actual 11/26)


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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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: $15,104.96
for a total of: $49,050.87
Thanks to the many people who have volunteered.


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December 9th and 10th

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers R. Larsen (C), B. Larsen, D. Bisagno,
A. Ciraulo, C. Browne, B. Castro-Leon,
J. Quinn, M. Schaukowitch, M. Murphy
Lectors J. Scanlan and J. Cronin
Altar Servers M. Ferris and K. Tangeh

Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Fr. O'Dell
Eucharistic Ministers E. Ruggiero (C), A. Doherty, M. Nunnery,
B. Mullins, F. Reyes
Lectors A. Reyes and S. Heaney
Altar Servers J. McLaughlin and C. Murray
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. O'Dell
Eucharistic Ministers R. Valdez (C), C. Zolezzi, M. Saisi,
H. Mar, J. Kelly, J. Valdez,
A. Romine, J. Romine, M. Bourne
Lectors M. Parasdas and M. Compton
Altar Servers A. Finocchiaro, C. Buencamino and
J. Malatesta
Little Church Little Church: Michelle
Middle Church: Gus
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers C. Pacas (C), B. Pacas, G. May, L. Sing,
H. Mantler, E. Sanchez, R. Benavente,
T. Estelita, H. Madayag, S. Stefaniuk
Lectors H. Valle and T. Tannis
Altar Servers A. Estelita and M. Estelita

Sunday, 5:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Healy
Eucharistic Ministers M. Huntington (C), I. Reyes, M. Salvato,
G. Landholt, P. Landholt, R. Atkinson,
V. Hawkins, C. Hawkins, Sr. Sheral
Lector C. Galletta
Altar Servers M. McHale and S. Morales

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