October 28, 2007
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St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800


October 28, 2007
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time





Rectory Office: 1380 Crystal Springs Rd.
San Bruno, CA 94066
            Phone: (650)589-2800
            Fax:      (650)588-9628
Web Site:    www.saintroberts.org

Rev. Msgr. Bruce A. Dreier, Pastor
Rev. Joseph P. Healy, Associate Pastor
Rev. Joseph Marini, in residence
Father Paul O'Dell, Parochial Vicar
Deacon Rusty Duffey, Pastoral Associate
Deacon John Meyer, Pastoral Associate

Sister Patricia O'Sullivan, PBVM, 589-0104
Pastoral Associate for Sick and Homebound

Sister Sheral Marshall, OSF, 589-2800
Pastoral Associate for Liturgy

In Residence 583-2544
Sister Ita Cleary, PBVM
Sister Antonio Heaphy, PBVM
Sister Vianney Buckley, PBVM

Mrs. Kathy Hanley, 589-2800
Parish Secretary

Mrs. Judy DeMartini, 589-2800
Parish Receptionist

PARISH SCHOOL - 583-5065
Ms. Yvonne Olcomendy, Principal

Ms. Joanne Bartolotti, Director
Mrs. Leslie Fong, Secretary

Mr. Kevin Imbimbo


There is a period of preparation for the celebration of this Sacrament. Parents are required to attend a Pre-Baptismal class. Please contact the rectory in advance to make arrangements.

Saturdays: Vigil Mass 4:30 pm
Sundays:    7:30 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am and 5:00 pm
Holy Days: Please consult weekly bulletin.

Weekdays: Monday-Friday 6:30 & 8:30 am
                     Saturday 8:30 am

Our Eucharistic Ministers are available to bring the Eucharist to the sick or homebound. Please contact the Rectory.

Saturday: 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm
Anytime by appointment

There is a six month period of preparation for the celebration of this Sacrament. Please contact the rectory to make arrangements.

Please call the rectory in case of serious illness and before surgery and hospital care.

High school students call the Religious Education Office. Adult Confirmation is available on an individual basis.


Dear Parishioners,

In today’s gospel, Jesus is helping us to see clearly who is truly righteous before God. It would appear that the Pharisee is the righteous one. He thanks God for not being greedy, dishonest, adulterous, or even like the tax collector. The Pharisee is generous in giving of his own money. On the surface, the Pharisee looks holy. But looks can be deceiving. One can put on a good show. What really lies beneath the surface?

If there is one thing that really bothers the good Lord, it is self-righteousness. The ones who had the most self-righteousness were the Pharisees. The Pharisees were supposed to be holy, righteous religious leaders setting a good example for others to emulate. Instead, they used their position of influence to lord their power and authority over their own people. They made life difficult for Jesus. The Pharisees were always plotting to destroy and ruin the character and reputation of Jesus. Unfortunately, there is a little bit of a Pharisee in us at times. It is more important to look good before God than to others. Faith in Jesus challenges one to look deep inside oneself to see what needs to be changed for the better. Being honest with oneself is a lifelong, worthwhile endeavor.

The tax collector is the antithesis of the Pharisee. Unlike the Pharisees, tax collectors were considered sinners in the eyes of the Jewish people. They worked for the Roman Empire. Therefore, they were considered betrayers of their own people. They skimmed from the top. On the surface, the tax collector was a horrible human being. The words of confession from the tax collector though reveal the depth of his remorse. He is truly sorry for his actions that caused harm to innocent human beings. The weight of the tax collector’s sin prevents him from looking up to face his God. He is overcome by his sin. His sin is a burden he can no longer endure. He is deeply and profoundly sorry for what he has done and not done. The tax collector realizes who he is before God, a sinner. He does not ask, but begs for mercy and forgiveness from the God who made heaven and earth.

God makes all things new. God makes the tax collector a new creature by forgiving him of his sin. The sinner is healed. He is restored. The burden of the tax collector’s sin is removed. His debt is wiped clean. He has a new lease on life, a new life in Christ. Now on the tax collector’s shoulders is Christ’s yoke. Our life would be better if there were a little bit of a tax collector in all of us. We are challenged to reflect upon our life. Do we realize what we do intentionally to hurt others in word and in deed? If we do, do we sincerely repent and ask for forgiveness from God like the tax collector? God is standing by waiting to collect our sins. May we hand over our sins to God so that we may live freely in Christ.

Father Paul O’Dell


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Monday - October 29
Readings: Rom 8:12-17     Lk 13:10-17

Mass Intention
Michele Alioto †
Patricia Dreier †
Grownups Steering Mtg
Mahoney Room

Tuesday - October 30
Readings: Rom 8:18-25     Lk 13:18-21

Mass Intention 6:30am
Santa Ammatoni †
Josie Mercado †
Islamic Faith
Legion of Mary
9:30am Choir Practice
Mary's Chapel

Wednesday - October 31
Readings: Rom 8:26-30     Lk 13:22-30

Mass Intention 6:30am
Joseph Pezzolo †
Frank Fenech †
Scripture Study 7:30pm Convent Chapel

Thursday - November 1
Readings: Rv 7:2-4,9-14     Jn 3:1-3     Mt 5:1-12a

Mass Intention 6:30am
Pablo Santiago Ramos †
Legionnaire's Disease †
Maria Giordano †
Dinner Dance Mtg
Mahoney Room
Convent Chapel

Friday - November 2
Readings: Wis 3,1-9 Ps. 23,1-6     Rom 5:5-11     Jn 6:37-40

Mass Intention 6:30am
All Souls †
All Souls †
All Souls †

Saturday - November 3
Readings: Rom 11:1-2a,11-12,25-29     Lk 14:1,7-11

Mass Intention 8:30am
All Souls †
Joaquin Aguimatanag †
Eucharistic Adoration
AA Meeting
Choral Practice
Church & Hall
Mary's Chapel
Mahoney Room

Sunday - November 4
Readings: Wis 11:22—12:2/2     Thes 1:11-22     Lk 19:1-10

Mass Intention 7:30am
People of St. Robert's
All Souls †
Andrew Galea †
Anna Delucchi †
Choral Concert 7:00pm Church


Join us November 17th at the 4:30 p.m. Mass
and reception following in the Hall as the parish staff joins
together to show their appreciation and honor all you do for
the St. Roberts Parish Community.

Please join us so that we may show you our appreciation.


As a Parish Community we pray …On this world youth day, that many young men and women respond to the call of Christ to be Missionaries of the Gospel, bringing the message of God’s Mercy and unconditional love to all the world.


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.


Our sincere sympathy to the family of
Robert Carlson
who died recently.



November 3rd at 10am

Mother Teresa tells us that we all need to find God and that He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. “God is the friend of silence.” In the silence of our hearts, He will speak to us, if we stop talking and give Him a chance, if we listen, if we are quiet. David in his Psalms sings: “Be still and know that I am God.” (‘Life in the Spirit’ by Mother Teresa).

We have an opportunity on Saturday, November 3rd, and on every First Saturday of each month, following the 8:30 a.m. Mass and continuing till Benediction at 10 a.m., to sit before Jesus in His Blessed Sacrament quietly listening as He speaks to our hearts. In silence we will find a new energy and true unity with God. Let us adore Jesus in the Eucharist!



Saint Robert’s Grief Support Group will hold a meeting on November 17th in the Convent Chapel from 3:15 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 as for support and strength. God bless and comfort you in your sorrow. Call, Sister Patricia 589-0104 or any of the consolation Ministry Committee.

Consolation Ministry Committee meets after the 8:30 a.m. Mass in Mary’s Chapel on the first Wednesday of every month. If you are interested, you are welcome to join us.


NEXT SUNDAY, November 4th at 2pm at St. Robert's Church

Come listen to the choirs of St. Robert’s and St. Matthew’s next Sunday, Nov. 42 pm as they present music of different styles and seasons. There will be pieces by soloists, small groups and the combined choirs of the two parishes. If you enjoyed the beautiful music of the Palm Sunday program, you will also enjoy this music which could be sung throughout the liturgical year.

The choirs have worked hard to present this concert for us. A free will offering will be taken to help with the cost of the music. If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Imbimbo at kji@sanbrunocable.com.


November 10th and 11th

Come and enjoy a trip sponsored by the Fil-Am Group. A scenic drive to Reno on November 10-11. For more information please call Adelaida (Dada) Gallagher or Encar Sanchez or Rady Peredo.


Thanksgiving Food Drive

St. Vincent de Paul will make the annual Thanksgiving deliveries on November 17th to our needy neighbors. Your past generosity has enabled us to help many families. Please help with the following items:

Cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, yams & instant potatoes, canned pumpkin and chicken broth.


November 1st and November 2nd

Nov. 1, All Saints Day, is a holy day of obligation; Masses will be at 6:30 am and 8:30 am (with the school children) and 6 pm. Masses on Nov. 2, All Souls Day, will be at 6:30 am, 8:30 am. and 7:30 pm. During the 7:30 pm Mass, those who have died during the past year will be especially commemorated. There will be refreshments afterwards.



You’ll notice that the environment shifts as we enter this month, remembering in a special way those who have died, “marked with the sign of faith.” In addition to the photos and mementos at Mary’s shrine, we will also have reminders of the rhythm of all life which we see in nature. The pumpkins and gourds of harvest time have reached their fullness as have our beloved dead, gathered into the arms of our loving God.


We’ve been hearing very challenging readings these Sundays, and those chosen for this Sunday are no exception. The reading from the Hebrew scriptures reminds us, “The Lord is a God of justice, who knows no favorites. Though not unduly partial toward the weak, yet he hears the cry of the oppressed.” We might recall the meetings of Bishops in the Latin American countries who, after much conversation and controversy, wrote a document in 1968 about an “option for the poor” at Medellín, Colombia and renewed their commitment at Puebla, Mexico in 1979. Readings like this one from Sirach, last week’s gospel about the poor widow, and the many examples from the life of Jesus convinced the bishops that they needed to break with their past comfortable role in society and to speak up for the poor. That declaration was a watershed in the Church’s relationship with the government, the people of the South, and Vatican officials. The priests and bishops were overwhelmingly from the upper class, since poorer men had no access to education. We can imagine how difficult it was to make such a statement which risked alienating wealthy contributors in the name of the gospel.

The life of Archbishop Oscar Romero exemplified this conflict: he was from the wealthy class and had many friends among the military leaders and corrupt landowners. Those who were exploiting the poor rejoiced at his appointment; he was one of their own; they would be safe from Church criticism. But an oppressive government, backed apparently by the Church, had much to fear from the gospel. The priests and catechists who taught the people what the gospel said about their dignity as children of God began disappearing and being found dead. His friend, Fr. Rutilio Grande, pleaded with him to take a stand. Then Fr. Rutilio was killed. That was the last straw; Oscar Romero had to make a choice. The Spirit of God led him on the road to conversion which caused him to stand up for justice, to speak out on behalf of the poor and, ultimately, to lay down his life for them. On March 23, 1980, his plea to the military was broadcast over the radio: “In the name of God, in the name of these suffering people whose laments rise to heaven, each day more tumultuous, I beg of you, I ask you, I order you, in the name of God, stop the repression!” The following day, he was killed while celebrating Mass. Later that same year, four North American women – three sisters and a laywoman – Dorothy Kazel, Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, and Jean Donovan, were also killed on Dec. 2, for their pastoral work which included burying those killed by the military and trying to comfort their families.

As we commemorate All Saints Day and All Souls Day this week, let us remember these holy people and all who work for the poor, who are often unappreciated and misunderstood. And may we respond to God’s call to us as each of us hears the cry of the poor.

Peace, S. Sheral


Teciela Beltran-Barnes & Family

If you are 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: www.saintroberts.org.


2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA94010
Tel:650.340.7474, Fax:650.340.1299

November 7-11
Meditation Intensive (East West Meditation)

November 18th
Seasonal Celebrations of the Spirit Through Art

300 Manresa Way, Los Altos, Ca 94022-4659
(650) 948-4491

November 9-11
A Gratitude Retreat for Men & Women

November 10-12
A Moment’s Pause for Gratitude

November 30-December 2
Walking on Water
A Retreat by and for Young Adults, ages 20-40

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

 November 9
Memoirs Recalling & Feeling Memories

November 16-18
Men’s Retreat Awakening to a deeper calling

November 30-December 2
Grief Retreat-The Long Goodbye
A retreat on Grief and Loss


You can celebrate your Marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend,

November 9th-11th, in Burlingame. It’s a positive, simple, common sense, private experience between husband and wife that revitalizes marriage. For more information, go to sf.lovemoredeeply.org. or call Paul and Yvonne at (650) 366-7093.


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July 1st to Oct. 21st (goal)
July 1st to Oct. 21st (actual)
7/1/07-6/30/08 Weekly Goal
Collection (actual 10/21)

Thank you for your generous donation of $3,411.91
to the World Missions.


Go to www.saintroberts.org 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.



Sign up below or on the web at

2007 Centerplate Totals

Sales: $41,437.87
Tips:      $6,576.31
Total:  $48,014.18

Sales:     $6,589.16
Tips:       $1,132.01
Total:      $7,721.17


Sales   $13,448.17
Tips       $1,213.00
Total    $14,661.27

GRAND TOTAL (as of 10/05/07)



____ Sunday November 18 49ers vs St. Louis 8:15am 1:05pm
____ Sunday December 9 49ers vs Minnesota 8:15am 1:05pm
____ Saturday December 15 49ers vs Cincinnati 12:15pm 5:15pm


* Times are approximate and might vary somewhat.

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November 3rd and 4th

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Healy
Eucharistic Ministers R. Hanley (C), D. Hageman, B. Moniz,
C. Holland, A. Ciraulo, K. Hornung,
J. Finnegan, J. Beltrano, M. Murphy
Lectors C. Aveson and J. Cronin
Altar Servers R. Balestieri and K. Revello

Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers E. Ruggiero (C), M. Ortiz, B. Mullins,
F. Reyes, B. Albright
Lectors P. Lustic and J. Moresco
Altar Servers C. Murray and B. Cronin
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. O'Dell
Eucharistic Ministers L. Rodriguez (C), V. Yanke, J. Yanke,
M. Blumenthal, J. Kelly, M. Saisi,
L. Canaya, G. Sinks, M. Lopez
Lectors J. Bendick and J. Valdez
Altar Servers C. Tapia, B. Wilson and G. Giuseponi
Little Church Michelle B. and Ben & Lisa
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. Healy
Eucharistic Ministers C. Pacas (C), J. Yee, G. May, M. Nuti,
E. Sanchez, H. Mantler, B. Chester,
F. Firpo, L. Sing, B. Pacas
Lectors T. Tannis and C. Pisani
Altar Servers F. Abellana and V. Abellana

Sunday, 5:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers M. Huntington (C), M. M M. Santiago, C. Innes, T. Thompson,
M. Dowden, M. Aberouette, C. Browne
Lectors M. Innes and Sr. Sheral
Altar Servers S. Delucchi and M. Fosse

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