St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, December 17, 2006

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800


December 17, 2006
Third Sunday of Advent

Dear Friends:

A sudden chill in the air and we realize it’s a bit too cool this afternoon to sit out on our deck to write you this letter. We move ourselves and our teacups into the warmth of our living room. How we revel in the encouraging readings for today:

The Lord is in your midst; He will rejoice over you with gladness and renew you in His love, He will sing joyfully because of you...Fear not—Be not discouraged...Cry out with joy and gladness...Rejoice in the Lord always...The Lord is near...Have no anxiety at all”.

What good news! We have a God who truly loves us.

Only one more week till Christmas. Together we wait in joyful expectation. The cards have been mailed out. The tree is trimmed and the house decorated. Shopping is almost done. The menu is planned. Now is the time for us to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus. St. Robert’s Advent Penance Service will be at 7:30 pm this Wednesday, December 20th, in our Church. Members of our faith community will come together as family; listen to God’s word; examine our consciences; pray for one another; confess our sins and experience “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding”.

God, our Father, is waiting to forgive us; to put a spring in our steps and a smile on our faces. What more joyous gift could we receive from Him. All we have to do is come—God will do the rest!

See you there!
Gene & Anna May



All are invited to participate in our Advent Penance Service
Wednesday, December 20th, At 7:30 PM


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Monday - December 18
Readings: Jer 23:5-8     Mt 1:18-25

Mass Intention
Special Intention
Frances Friedman †
7/8 Grade Cheerleading
Renaissance Faire

Tuesday - December 19
Readings: Jgs 13:2-7,24-25a     Lk 1:5-25

Mass Intention 6:30am
Margaret Interdonato †
Pasquale & Maria Teresa Aloise †
Legion of Mary
Religious Ed. (Grade 6-8)

Wednesday - December 20
Readings: Is 7:10-14     Lk 1:26-38

Mass Intention 6:30am
Frances Casillas †
William Dill †
Homebound Gift Wrap
8th Grade Cheerleading
Children's Choir
SR Band
Scripture Study
Advent Penance Service
Convent Chapel

Thursday - December 21
Readings: Sg 2:8-14     Lk 1:39-45

Mass Intention 6:30am
Diane Muscat †
Albert Spadaro †
8th Grade Cheerleading 3:00pm Hall

Friday - December 22
Readings: 1 Sm 1:24-28     Lk 1:46-56

Mass Intention 6:30am
Rita Menzie †
Manuel Falzon †
Choir 7:00pm Hall

Saturday - December 23
Readings: Mal 3:1-4,23-24     Lk 1:57-66

Mass Intention 8:30am
Sandy Seymour †
Ernest Ronzani †
AA Meeting
Fil/Am Novena Reception
Mahoney Room

Sunday - December 24
Readings: Mic 5:1-4a     Heb 10:5-10     Lk 1:39-45

Mass Intention 7:30am
Mocelin & Emilio Families †
Andrea Wong †
People of St. Robert's
People of St. Robert's
People of St. Robert's
People of St. Robert's

As a Parish Community we pray …....that our Holy Father and all ministers of the church joyfully and compassionately bring the good news of God’s love to the poor, the lonely and the discouraged.



Quinlyn Elizabeth Kennedy Quintana,
Lucca Matthew Pasero &
Annabella Marie Zsolnay



Carrie Dowd & Tim Vella


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Mary Debono and Joseph Di Battista
who died recently.



As we have been doing for many years during Advent, 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 that are placed on the altar steps. Some suggestions are: lap robes, slippers, dusters, nightgowns, pajamas, robes, sweaters, white knee socks or a note or card telling them that we pray for them and that we love them. Our caring means so very much. Gifts will wrapped and distributed Tuesday, December 19th.


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 designated families affected by Hurricane Katrina from our Adopted Parishes in Gulfport, Mississippi. We have a “Giving Tree” set up in front of church. This tree is “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, Dec. 16 & 17. Call Rob Aveson for more information.



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

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.



Check for Mass schedule in other cities.



Christmas flowers and garlands will decorate the Church during the Christmas Season. If you would like to make a donation of $10 toward their purchase in memory of a loved one, please fill out the form below and return by Thursday, December 21st. Please make a check out to St. Robert's.

My gift in memory of:______________________

My gift in honor of:________________________

Given by:________________________________



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



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Communal Celebration of the
Sacrament of Penance

Wednesday, December 20th, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 23rd
Reconciliation, 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Evening Mass at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 24th
Masses, 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

Christmas Masses
Christmas Eve,

Sunday, December 24th

4:30 p.m., Children's Mass
8:00 p.m., Evening Choir
Midnight Mass, Adult Choir

Christmas Day,
Monday, December 25th
7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.
NO MASS at 5:00 p.m.

New Year's Eve
Sunday, December 31st

7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 5 p.m.

New Year's Day
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Monday, January 1, 2006

MASS AT 8:30 a.m. ONLY

The Parish Office will be closed
Monday, December 25th
Monday, January 1st


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Thank you for your generous donation of $1,576.00
to the Priest's Retirement.

July 1st to December 10th (goal)
July 1st to December 10th (actual)
7/1/06-6/30/07 Weekly Goal
Collection (actual 12/10)


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.


Denise Foye & Family
Maricel Bennett & 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:


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.


December 27th

We have been asked if we would like to work the Emerald Bowl on Wednesday, December 27th at A.T.& T. Park. UCLA and Florida State are playing that day. The game begins at 5:00 p.m. We will leave at 12:45 p.m. See Father Bruce for further details or sign up at the back of Church.

Our Centerplate totals as of December 1st:
Baseball: $26,663.20
49er Training Camp: $7,282.71
49er games: $17,153.02
For a total of: $51,098.93

Thanks to the many people who have volunteered.


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December 23rd, 24th & 25th

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers R. Larsen (C), B. Larsen, A. Ciraulo,
B. Castro-Leon, M. Murphy, J. Waldvogel,
C. Holland, T. Dachauer, D. Bisagno
Lectors M. Dachauer and P. Linehan

Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier/Deacon Meyer
Eucharistic Ministers E. Ruggiero (C), C. Soracco, A. Doherty,
L. Quintana, M. Nunnery
Lectors P. Lustic and S. Heaney
Altar Servers A. Clifford
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. O'Dell
Eucharistic Ministers A. Romine (C), M. Saisi, H. Mar,
J. Romine, K. Semenza, S. Murray,
C. Zolezzi, V. Yanke, J. Yanke
Lectors J. Bendick and L. Kalocava
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. Healy
Eucharistic Ministers G. May (C), J. Yee, L. Sing, M. Giusti,
L. Juvero, B. Chester, D. Murphy,
J. Mercado, H. Madayag, T. Estelita
Lectors C. Pisani and G. May
Altar Servers M. Estelita and A. Estelita

Sunday, 4:30 p.m. Mass-Children's Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers R. Hanley (C), K. Hornung, D. Hageman,
A. Ciraulo, L. Welch, T. Dachauer,
M. Bourne, C. Holland, J. Finnegan
Lector J. Marty, D. Marty and J. Shick
Altar Servers A. Ayllon, M. Lynch, D. Wilson, N. Nussbaum
Sunday, 8:00 p.m. Mass-Evening Choir
Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers A. Maron (C), M. Murphy, V. Yanke,
J. Yanke, B. Moniz, J. Waldvogel,
M. Innes
Lectors H. Lowood and M. Innes
Altar Servers J. Mejia-Prieto, C. Murray, K. Murphy
Sunday, Midnight Mass-Adult Choir
Presider Msgr. Dreier and all
Eucharistic Ministers R. Vassalo (C), J. Quinn, M. Nunnery,
J. Beltrano, S. Marshall
Lectors J. Scanlan and S. Marshall
Altar Server J. Semeniuk
Monday, 7:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers E. Ruggiero (C), C. Soracco, J. Aldinger,
A. Doherty, J. Jackson
Lectors P. Scannell and J. Moresco
Altar Servers A. Clifford
Monday, 9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. O'Dell
Eucharistic Ministers J. Romine (C), C. Browne, C. Noce,
R. Aveson, L. Cesca, M. Saisi,
S. Murray, A. Romine
Lector M. Parasdas, T. Estelita, C. Aveson
Altar Servers M. Estelita and A. Estelita

Monday, 11:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Healy
Eucharistic Ministers B. Chester (C), R. Larsen, B. Larsen,
Y. Yee, D. Murphy, J. Mercado,
L. Juvero, L. Sink, S. Stefaniuk
Lectors T. Tannis and M. Cadiz

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