St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, January 28, 2007

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

January 28, 2007
Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Dear Friends:

While sipping our tea the warmth of our living room, we were happy to see that today’s reading is from St. Paul to the Corinthians because it is one that we chose for our wedding nearly 35 years ago. Its good to be reminded of what love really is:

Love is patient, love is kind.
It is not jealous, it is not pompous.
It is not inflated, it is not rude.
It does not seek its own interest,
It is not quick-tempered,
It does not brood over injury,
It does not rejoice over wrong doing
But rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things,
Hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.

In our many years together, we found that to us love is sitting quietly and contentedly together without the need for words. Love is being here for each other through good times and bad, joy and sorrow, sickness and health. Love is knowing what each other is thinking, finishing each others sentences and coming up with the same idea at the same time. Love is no longer noticing the tiny flaws or getting upset with one another over unimportant things. Love is forgiving each other and not letting the sun go down on our anger. Love is finding the humor in our life and laughing at our silly mistakes and senior moments. Love is walking hand in hand—being in tune with one another. As wonderful as it is, our love for each other is but a reflection of how very much God loves us.

So faith, hope, love remain these three;
But the greatest of these is love.

Love Life—Live Love
Gene and Anna May


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Monday - January 29
Readings: Heb 11:32-40     Mk 5:1-20

Mass Intention
Ruby Jorgensen †
Patricia Dreier †
7/8 Grade Cheerleading
Parish Planning Committee
Mahoney Room

Tuesday - January 30
Readings: Heb 12:1-4     Mk 5:21-43

Mass Intention 6:30am
Special Intention
Patricia Dreier †
Adult Education
Religious Education/Gr 1-5
Legion of Mary
Religious Education/Gr 6-8
Religious Education
Adult Education
Mary's Chapel
Mahoney Room
Convent Chapel

Wednesday - January 31
Readings: Heb 12:4-7,11-15     Mk 6:1-6

Mass Intention 6:30am
Dr. Bert Borsky †
Pasquale Aloise
Children's Choir
St. Robert's Band
9:30am Mass Choir
Scripture Study
Convent Chapel

Thursday - February 1
Readings: Heb 12:18-19,21-24     Mk 6:7-13

Mass Intention 6:30am
Perry Gonis †
Esther Martinez †
5pm Mass Choir Practice
Convent Chapel

Friday - February 2
Readings: Mal 3:1-4     Heb 2:14-18     Lk 2:22-40

Mass Intention 6:30am
Anthony Alioto †
Leo Pieretti †
8th Grade Cheerleading
Dinner Dance Practice

Saturday - February 3
Readings: Heb 13:15-17,20-21     Mk 6:30-34

Mass Intention 8:30am
Mary Edna Toney †
Mary Munich †
Eucharistic Adoration
Computer Class
AA Meeting
Religious Education/Gr 6-8
Caregiver Workshop
Computer Room
Mahoney Room
Convent Chapel

Sunday - February 4
Readings: Is 6:1-2a,3-8     1 Cor 15:1-11     Lk 5:1-11

Mass Intention 7:30am
Maria Emilio †
Art O'Neill †
Marjorie Brackney †
People of St. Robert's
Blood Drive
Fil/Am Choir

As a Parish Community we pray …....for the children of St. Robert’s Parish, for their parents and teachers. In the spirit of truth, wisdom and love, may they teach one another.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Jack Moresco,
Dolores Mutti,
Margaret Holster &
Harold Helbing, Jr.
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.

This week we pray for:
Bobby Foster and Charles Kollerer


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 3rd

Jesus has said to us: “All you who are heavily burdened, come to Me and I will give you rest”. In these troubling times, we often feel overwhelmed by personal problems and by world events. Jesus wants us to let go and let Him free us from all that worries and depresses us. On Saturday, February 3rd, and on every First Saturday of each month, following the 8:30 am Mass and continuing until Benediction at 10:00 am, Exposition of His Blessed Sacrament takes place. Jesus will listen to us and comfort us. O Come, let us adore Him!



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!


February 14th

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 February 14th Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items are ok!

Thanks to all who contributed their time and energy.



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


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.


February 5th and 6th in Church

Attention youth of the parish: Auditions for the annual St. Robert’s Passion Play, to be performed on Good Friday night, will be held from 7-8 p.m. in the church Monday and Tuesday, February 5th & 6th. Auditions are open to all youth of the parish from 6th grade through high school. Singers, musicians, actors and technical helpers are all needed. Please call Ben Baldonado or Bob Baker with any questions.


Sunday, Feb. 11th

After the 9:30 Mass and the 11:30 Mass, Deacon John Meyer and I will be up in the hall to share a bit of our experience in the Gulf. So many of you have given monetary donations and gift cards, we’d love to show you what your generosity has produced. If you’d like to hear more about the situation 18 months after Katrina, to get a clearer sense of what is and isn’t happening there, please come!


February 10th

Please join Bishop John Wester and other friends of the Sisters of the Presentation for their annual Benefit Dinner at the Presentation Motherhouse, 2340 Turk Blvd., San Francisco, on Saturday, February 10th. Bishop Wester will celebrate Mass for guests at 5 p.m. A social hour and gourmet dinner follows. For more information or to book a reservation at $150 per person ($100 of which is tax deductible), please contact Helen Harwood, Director of Development, at (415) 422-5015 or



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 Men’s Club is a fraternal organization for the men of St. Robert’s Parish that provides Christian fellowship and service to the parish and parish community. The Men’s Club is open to all men of the parish.

The Men’s Club organizes and plans many social events throughout the year. The events are planned as activities for men only, some adults only and some for the entire family. Some of the major events are the Crab Cioppino Dinner and Marinated Crab Dinner and Annual Golf Tournament and Parish BBQ.

These activities are fund raising activities. The funds provide financial support for our parish school and athletic programs.

The Men’s Club is also a resource that can be called upon to support parish activities. One example is the setup and tear down of the parish festival.

Members will enjoy fellowship of each other while discussing parish goals and activities at monthly meeting. The meeting includes dinner and drinks along with raffle prize drawings.

The Men’s Club meets the 1st Monday of each month during the school year at Hennessy Hall - 6:00 pm

If you would like any further information about the St. Roberts Men’s Club, please see the Men’s Club representative after Mass or contact the Rectory at (650) 589-2800.


(Toddlers, Infants, Preschoolers & Parents Social)

Potluck in the Hall on Friday, Feb. 2nd
6:30pm till 8pm.
Please plan to attend.
For more information visit our website:


February 5th

All men of the parish are invited to the Men's Club monthly meeting being held in Hennessey Hall, Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Come and enjoy good food, good drinks and good friends (Special guest speaker that night on "Dealing with the end of Football Season" & "Post Super bowl Blues")


February 8th

The Women's Guild meeting will be on February 8th in Hennessey Hall. The doors open at 6:30. All women of the parish are invited. Please send RSVP via e-mail to .


February 10th

The Men's Club Marinated Crab Dinner & Dance will be in Hennessy Hall on February 14th. Doors open at 6:30. There will be live music at 9:00 till midnight. The cost is $ 40.00 per person. RSVP with Matt Gaines. Seating is limited.


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.


To Be A Prophet
This week’s reading flow beautifully from last week’s. In Luke we heard Jesus give his modus operandi, his mission statement: “to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the bind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” He is going to surprise his hearers. In the beginning of today’s Lukan passage, “all spoke highly of him,” and by the end of it, “they were all filled with fury, rose up, drove him out of town…to hurl him down headlong. “ What caused this huge shift in their attitude?

He speaks of himself as a prophet not accepted in his own native place and then goes on to mention miracles in which foreigners received blessings from Israel’s God: a woman from a Sidonian (Lebanese) town is provided food and a Syrian leper is healed.

Why would their God favor these people instead of his own people? We can easily answer: Because God wasn’t just their God, but God of the whole world! And haven’t we been blessed, since the insights of Vatican II, with the realization that God is at work in so many places, in so many churches as well as our own. Didn’t we used to think that “only Catholics went to heaven” and that someone’s holiness was easily measured by external factors alone?

Jeremiah has a task similar to that of Jesus: to speak to those who don’t want to hear a message from God, the kings and princes, the priests and people. He will address those who have power and influence, accusing them of corruption, ignoring the poor and following false gods. Who among us wants to disturb the status quo, especially when we know we won’t be listened to? And yet… the same God who called Jeremiah and Jesus calls us to speak the truth to those in power, even when we feel they won’t listen. If there is an unjust situation in my workplace, do I take my concern to the appropriate person? If I am the one in a position of power, how do I deal with those “under” me? When a bill with far-reaching consequences is pending in Congress, do I express my support or opposition to it? Can I at least add my name to on-line petitions which express my concern about the urgent issues facing us as citizens and members of the human family? May we be open to the Spirit’s promptings and respond with courageous hearts!

Peace, S. Sheral


Stephen & Amanda Hill
Ronny & Marybeth Ortiz
Glen & Jenelle Wilson

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:




July 1st to January 21st (goal)
July 1st to January 21st (actual)
7/1/06-6/30/07 Weekly Goal
Collection (actual 1/21)


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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February 3rd and 4th

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers C. Holland (C), R. Larsen, B. Larsen,
C. Browne, M. Murphy, J. Waldvogel,
M. Noce, B. Moniz, R. Aveson
Lectors C. Aveson and P. Scannell
Altar Servers D. Lara and M. Lara

Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers E. Ruggiero (C), L. Quintana, B. Albright,
M. Nunnery, F. Reyes
Lectors S. Kelly and S. Heaney
Altar Servers J. Thomson and S. Wooley
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. O'Dell
Eucharistic Ministers V. Yanke (C), J. Yanke, L. Canaya,
B. Canaya, M. Lopez, C. Zolezzi,
K. Semenza, T. Jones, M. Bourne
Lectors M. Compton and M. Parasdas
Altar Servers G. Scarpino, E. Shick and N. Antonis
Little Church Little Church: Esperanza
Middle Church: Darlene
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. Healy
Eucharistic Ministers G. May(C), L. Welch, L. Juvero, M. Giusti,
R. Benavente, B. Chester, D. Murphy,
J. Mercado, V/L Piccinini, A. Maron
Lectors F. Firpo and H. Valle
Altar Servers A. Estelita and M. Estelita

Sunday, 5:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers C. Landholt (C), V. Hawkins, C. Hawkins,
T. Thompson, L. Cuddy, B. Rodriguez,
P. Landholt, R. Atkinson, M. Huntington
Lector H. Lowood and M. Innes
Altar Servers D. Lavezzo and J. Lavezzo

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