St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, January 7, 2007

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

January 21, 2007
Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners:

In the first reading for today it reads in part:

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.

I am writing this on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, how appropriate. He had said in one of his many speeches as it says in the Declaration of Independence "We are all created equal." Why then do I choose to judge others? The answer is simple, I am human.

Montserrat is a spectacularly beautiful Benedictine monk mountain retreat about one hour North West from Barcelona, Spain, by train.

Not only is Montserrat Monastery of significant religious importance but the natural beauty surrounding the monastery is simply breathtaking.

Three years ago Paul and I were at Montserrat. It was breathtaking. However, I didn't realize just how spiritual until the train ride back to our hotel in Barcelona.

There I was sitting on the train reflecting on my day when the train door opens and in walked this young lady. Stunned for a moment, a thought then came to me "oh...she is so ugly". Immediately after “my thought” I felt a rock in my stomach and as if someone was sitting next to me and speaking in my ear I heard a voice say,

"She is my child and she is beautiful".

I was taken aback...shocked...where was this voice coming from? After a moment I realized, I had taken the spirit down the mountain and that the spirit was speaking to me. I learned then in a very profound way how we are all created equal and that no one is an "Ugly Betty" and if I believe God’s word than I need to see everyone through God like eyes.

I wish I could say that I was better at this because of my experience in Spain but again I am human and people frustrate me and oh those "Christmas Shoppers". If I can give myself a moment, and remember to breathe, I will be reminded of that moment on the train and that we are all God’s children.

Go in Peace to love and serve the Lord,
Kathy Hanley


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Monday - January 22
Readings: Heb 9:15,24-28     Mk 3:22-30

Mass Intention
Alma Swift †
Oscar Moniri †
7/8 Grade Cheerleading
Grownups Steering Meeting
Mahoney Room

Tuesday - January 23
Readings: Heb 10:1-10     Mk 3:31-35

Mass Intention 6:30am
Valentine Hernandez †
Frances Friedman †
Adult Education
Religious Education/Gr. 1-5
Legion of Mary
Religious Education/Conf.
Religious Education
Adult Education
Mary's Chapel
Mahoney Room
Convent Chapel

Wednesday - January 24
Readings: Heb 10:11-18     Mk 4:1-20

Mass Intention 6:30am
Albert Munich †
Special Intention
Children's Choir
9:30am Mass Choir
Scripture Study
Convent Chapel

Thursday - January 25
Readings: Acts 22:3-16     Mk 16:15-18k

Mass Intention 6:30am
Frank Guglielmi †
Frances Friedman †
School Open House
5pm Mass Choir Practice
Convent Chapel

Friday - January 26
Readings: 2 Tm 1:1-8     Mk 4:26-34

Mass Intention 6:30am
Charles Pedrazzini †
James Grillo †
8th Grade Cheerleading

Saturday - January 27
Readings: Heb 11:1-2,8-19     Mk 4:35-41

Mass Intention 8:30am
Esther Martinez †
Bruno Mazzotti †
AA Meeting
Consolation Ministry
InBetweener's Crab
Mahoney Room

Sunday - January 28
Readings: Jer 1:4-5,17-19     1 Cor 12:31—13:13

Mass Intention 7:30am
Bernardo Mocelin †
Anthony Brown †
PJeople of St. Robert's
Ben Young †
Fil/Am Choir 10:00am Hall

As a Parish Community we pray …....that women who are pregnant realize the precious gift of life growing within them.



Jacob Nathaniel Stone,
Jeremiah Darius David,
Sophia Sabina Carazo-Ortiz,
Patrick Dylan Barba,
Reagan Rose McNichol,
Francesca Marie Cardenas, &
Lillian Alyssa Parsons


Our sincere sympathy to the family of
Julia Welsh
who dies 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.

This week we pray for:
Christopher Soto and Karen Callicotte


January 27th

Saint Robert’s Grief Support Group in the Convent Chapel from 3-4:15 p.m. (before the 4:30 p.m. Mass). Anyone who is suffering from the loss of a loved one-spouse, sibling, child, parent, friend or relative is invited to come and pray, share, comfort and be comforted. You are invited to bring a companion for support and strength. God bless and comfort you in your sorrow. Call Sister Patricia 589-0104 or any of the Consolation Ministry Committee.


February 3rd

Saint Robert’s will be offering Computer Classes again this semester. Classes will be held on Saturdays mornings from 9:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m. February 3rd, in the school Computer Lab. If you interested in Computer Education please call the rectory at 589-2800 or Sister Patricia 589-0104 to register. There is no charge.



Over 30 years ago, we were told that legal and widely available abortion was the key to ending discrimination against women and the solution of a host of social problems. Today we face the devastating results: More than 40 million unborn human lives lost, untold numbers of others wounded. Children and other family members abused in ever increasing numbers. And more women 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 the 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)



in the San Francisco Bay Area are invited to join Bishop John Wester on Saturday, February 10th, at 10 a.m. for the annual Anniversary Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco. This Mass is to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage, to renew your vows, and to show your support and encouragement for all married couples. Go to or email



We are studying the Vatican II document, The Church in the Modern World Tuesday mornings at 9:15 am in Mary’s Chapel. Please see Sr. Sheral or call her at the rectory for a copy of the document.


February 3rd

If you are caring for a spouse, parent or friend, you are invited to a caregiver’s retreat, “The Compassionate Caregiver,” on Saturday, February 3rd from 8:30 am to 1 pm in the Convent Chapel. We will reflect upon and share our experiences of the challenges and blessings of caregivng and share lunch together. For more information and to register, please contact Sr. Patricia at 589-0104 or Sr. Sheral at 589-2800 or you may register on line at There is no charge, but we would appreciate registration by January 28th

We look forward to welcoming you!


February 4th

Our next day to donate blood here at St. Robert's will be Super Bowl Sunday, February 4th from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Hall. Please consider donating before your Super Bowl party. It would be fantastic if we can reach the magic number of 30 pints donated. Please call the rectory at 589-2800 if you wish to reserve a time. Thank you!


Saturday, March 10th, 5 p.m. to Midnight

$75 per person/$65 senior discount
For ticket sales contact Annetta Giambruno

Tickets will be on sale after all the Masses starting this weekend and continuing until March 3-4. Please bring check when purchasing tickets after Mass.


Luke’s Gospel
During this liturgical year, we’ll be hearing from the gospel of Luke. Though his community records many events common to Mark and Matthew, this gospel has particular features not found in the other Synoptic (Greek for “same eye”) gospels. This gospel stresses Jesus’ inclusion of the poor, social outcasts, misfits and those on the edge of respectable society. Because Mary’s annunciation and her visitation of Elizabeth are also part of this gospel, it is surmised that some may have known Mary personally and heard the stories from her.

Luke himself was a Gentile, not a Jew, and a physician, thus the many stories of healing. The Holy Spirit is very present in this gospel, as in the Acts of the Apostles, composed by the same community.

The portion of the gospel we hear today is familiar, so we need to be sure we hear it carefully. Isaiah’s words are as challenging for us today as they were in his own time (8th B.C.) and at the time of Jesus. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” You might recall that as we approached the year 2000, there was a strong movement from all the churches and humanitarian groups to pressure the wealthy nations to forgive the debt of the most impoverished countries in the world. The debts were often incurred by corrupt dictators and encouraged by irresponsible lending agencies. The countries are unable to pay the interest on these debts and their efforts to do so eliminate the possibility of financing even the most basic health care and education for their people.

Amazingly, seven years later, very few countries have had their debts forgiven. An alliance of 75 religious, human rights, and community groups, Jubilee USA, is raising the issue again. After decades of brutal tyrants as “leaders,” in 2005, Liberia democratically elected Ellen Johnson Sirleaf president. She is trying to begin a new chapter in their national history, but without the support of the world community for debt forgiveness, her task will be impossible. Its debt is $3.5 billion against its annual income of one-fortieth of that amount! If you’d like to read more or to advocate for this forgiveness, go to or write to U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC 20220; fax him at 202-622-6415; or call him at 202-622-2000. Thank you.

Peace, S. Sheral


2300 Adeline Dr., Burlingame, Ca 94010
(650) 340-7474

Feb. 16-17
Men’s Spirituality-Mini Retreat|The Spirituality of Laughter

Feb. 20
Conscious Evolution

Feb. 23-25
Meditation Intensive

formerly known as El Retiro
300 Manresa Way, Los Altos, CA 94022-4659
(650) 948-4491

Feb. 2-4
Strength for Our Journey

Feb. 9-11
On Pilgrimage with St. Ignatius

P.O. Box 767, Danville, Ca 94526
(925) 837-9141

Feb. 9-11
Mens Retreat

Feb. 26th
Lenten day of Renewal
Living with God in the Church of 2007
Bishop John Cummins


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.


Thursday, January 25th from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.




Thank you for your generous donation of $3,309.95
to the Black, Indian and Catholic Home Missions.

July 1st to January 14th (goal)
July 1st to January 14th (actual)
7/1/06-6/30/07 Weekly Goal
Collection (actual 1/14)


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.


Relating to Church Contributions

Due to recent changes in the tax laws, beginning with contributions made in 2007, parishioners who itemize deductions on their tax returns will no longer be able to deduct contributions to the parish (or any other non-profit or charity) unless they maintain a bank record or written contribution statement from the parish or other charity. If you wish to ensure deductibility of your contributions to the parish, please use a check or maintain a copy of a statement showing a direct deposit taken from your account and provided to the parish. You can also use our parish envelopes. The parish will track contributions made using those envelopes and will, upon request, produce a written statement of contributions made during a given tax year. Canceled checks and other bank records are also sufficient documentations. The parish cannot track cash contribution not made via our envelopes.



Our Centerplate earnings for 2006 totaled

The sports program,
the maintenance fund,
the teachers fund and
the outdoor education fund
will each receive

Thanks to the many people who have volunteered.
See you in the Spring!!!!!


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January 27th and 28th

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers T. Dachauer (C), J. Scannell, D. Hageman,
R. Hanley, D. Bisagno, M. Schaukowitch
B. Castro-Leon, J. Quinn, A. Ciraulo
Lectors C. Clarke and M. Dachauer
Altar Servers R. Balestieri and K. Kent

Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Fr. O'Dell
Eucharistic Ministers E. Ruggiero (C), Y. Ignacio, C. Soracco,
R. Vassalo, Y. Olcomendy
Lectors T. Clifford and R. Rolfes
Altar Servers J. McLaughlin and C. Murray
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. O'Dell
Eucharistic Ministers R. Valdez (C), M. Quilici, G. Tolentino,
L. Cesca, M. Bologna, S. Murray,
J. Valdez, G. Sinks, M. Zamattia
Lectors J. Marty and T. Tullius
Altar Servers K. Giambruno, R. Timko & K. Uniacke
Little Church Family Mass
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers G. May (C), M. Giusti, Y. Yee, L. Sing,
J. Mercado, A. Maron, H. Madayag,
E. Sanchez, S. Stefaniuk, T. Estelita
Lectors H. Beck and T. Tannis
Altar Servers M. McCann and C. McCann

Sunday, 5:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Healy
Eucharistic Ministers Sr. Sheral (C), B. Rodriguez, G. Landholt,
P. Landholt, R. Atkinson, M. Huntington,
M. Salvato, M. Santiago, E. Donnelly
Lectors P. Linehan and J. Scanlan
Altar Servers J. Heffernan and S. Morales

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