St. Robert's Parish Bulletin - January 20, 2008
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St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800


January 20, 2008
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time





Rev. Msgr. Bruce A. Dreier, Pastor
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

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

Mrs. Kathy Hanley, Parish Secretary 589-2800
Mrs. Judy DeMartini, Parish Receptionist 589-2800
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: Masses are on Tuesday and Friday at 6:30am and Monday-Saturday at 8:30am. Communion Services are held Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30am

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.



In honor of the 50th anniversary of our parish we will have a parishioner write a letter once a month about their life and time here at St. Roberts.

This week we are proud to have George Lynch and Mike Salvato.

Dear Parishioners,

We met as young parents when our children became members of the first kindergarten class in 1985 at St. Robert’s. We both immediately became active in parish life participating in school activities, clubs, and many other activities. It’s been said it takes a “village” to raise a child – St Robert’s was our village. We are grateful to the devoted clergy, the dedicated Sisters of the Presentation, the great educators, and all the wonderful friends we have made and who continued to be part of our lives. Our families have shared baptisms, communions, graduations, holidays, weddings, funerals, and now grandchildren (including Bruno). We have become life-long friends and we are blessed.

We both have enjoyed volunteering for Men’s club activities, coaching, participating in parish liturgy, working parish picnics, the InBetweeners, and especially the Festival.

Throughout the years we have seen many changes in our church and parish but they have all been for the best. St Robert’s is a special place. It is a strong spiritual, generous, caring, and vital community because of all of you.

We encourage each of you to find your niche in parish life and liturgy – the payback is tremendous.

Mike Salvato and George Lynch

P.S . We still drive each other crazy


The Parish Office will be closed Monday, January 21st, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


Monday - January 21
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
(Parish Office & School closed)

Readings: 1 Sm 15:16-23     Mk 2:18-22

Mass Intention 8:30am Frances Friedman †

Tuesday - January 22
Readings: 1 Sm 16:1-13     Mk 2:23-28

Mass Intention 6:30am
Oscar Moniri †
Manuel Falzon †
Scripture Study (Galatians:
   The Law and Freedom)
Religious Education
Religious Education
Legion of Mary
Mary's Chapel
Church & Hall
Church & Hall

Wednesday - January 23
Readings: 1 Sm 17:32-33,37,40-51     Mk 3:1-6

Mass Intention
Communion Service
Special Intention †
9:30am Choir Practice
Scripture Study
Convent Chapel

Thursday - January 24
Readings: 1 Sm 18:6-9;19:1-7     Mk 3:7-12

Mass Intention
Communion Service
Pasquale & Marie Teresa Aloise †
Sports Board
5:00pm Choir Practice
Convent Chapel
Mahoney Room

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

Mass Intention 6:30am
Lydia Joy & Richard David Paton †
Josephine Muscat †

Saturday - January 26
Readings: 2 Tm 1:1-8     Mk 3:20-21

Mass Intention 8:30am
John O'Neill †
Gloria Muzzin †
AA Meeting
Consolation Ministry
InBetweener's Crab Dinner
Mahoney Room
Convent Chapel

Sunday - January 27
Readings: Is 8:23b-9:3     1 Cor 1:10-13,17     Mt 4:12-23

Mass Intention 7:30am
Bernardo Mocelin †
Wally Mooney †
People of St. Robert's
Caridad Ricardo †

Communion Services on:
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30 am.

6:30 a.m. Mass on:
Tuesdays and Fridays.


As a Parish Community we pray …that each member of the human family, regardless of age, gender, race, color or creed, may find protection not only in civil law, but in every human heart.



Sean Patrick McDonough
Raine Isabella Maranan


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 families of
Mary Gregor and Bart Pullon
who died recently.



“The fundamental human right, the presupposition of every other right, is the right of life itself. This is true of life from the moment of conception until its natural end. Abortion, consequently, cannot be a human right—it is the very opposite. It is a deep wound in society. In stating this, I am not expressing a specifically ecclesial concern. Rather, I am acting as advocate for a profoundly human need, speaking out on behalf of those unborn children who have no voice.” (Pope Benedict XVI)


SACRAMENT OF RECONCILATION is celebrated EVERY Saturday: from 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm in the Reconciliation room which is the door to the right in the vestibule of the church. You can also make an appointment with Msgr. Bruce or Father Paul by calling the rectory at 589-2800.



Saint Robert’s Grief Support Group will hold a meeting on January 26th 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 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.



Tuesdays at 9:15 am in Mary’s Chapel, we’ll be studying Paul’s Letter to the Galatians and the relationship between Christian Freedom and the Law. You’re most welcome to join us! If you need more information, please call S. Sheral at 650-589-2800.



Call Annetta Giambruno.


Anniversary Mass
Saturday, February 9th, 10 a.m.
St. Mary’s Cathedral 1111 Gough St., San Francisco

Archbishop George Niederauer cordially extends an invitation to all married couples of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and beyond, to a Solemn Eucharistic Celebration and renewal of vows.

Special honor will be shown to those who are celebrating their 25th, 50th or 50+ Wedding Anniversaries. Reception immediately following Eucharist. Registration forms can be downloaded on line at or email



Superbowl Sunday
February 3rd
8am to 1:30 p.m.
Share the Gift of Life



The deadline for submission of weekly bulletin announcements is Tuesday at noon. Please submit announcements in writing to Kathy or Judy in the Rectory Office, fax us at 588-9628 or email Thank you!



Let Worldwide Marriage Encounter help you make your marriage a better dwelling place for His Word. It can happen on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend, April 18th-20th. Sign up soon so you can renew your love for one another. For more information, call Paul and Yvonne at (650) 366-7093 or


Thank you St. Roberts
from Father Marini

I want to thank all the Parishioners of St. Roberts for their many cards and letters on the occasion of my recent illness and stay in Seton Medical Center. Your expression of love and encouragement, especially your prayers and Masses have been greatly appreciated.

St. Roberts is a great Parish, a caring community, and I have experienced it during my many years there, and during my illness.

May our Lord bless you, and may you continue to reflect the love and compassion of Jesus in your lives.

Father Joseph Marini

You can send cards and notes to him at:

Father Joseph Marini
c/o Serra Clergy House
455 West 20th Ave.
San Mateo, Ca 94403


The Savior of the World
We are beginning that period of the Church’s year between the end of the Christmas season and the beginning of Lent. And this year it is very brief! Ash Wednesday is February 6.

The readings for Sunday are anything but ordinary. The reading from Isaiah is one of the Servant Songs, written during the 6th century B.C., but made applicable to Christ by the Church. Like the visit of the wise men from the far reaches of the known world, the closing lines of this passage speak of a universal reign: “I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” The passage from John’s gospel also hints at this inclusivity: “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” The image of the lamb relates to the Jewish custom of placing the sins of the people on the Passover lamb which was then sacrificed, symbolizing the removal of guilt from the sins committed during the previous year. (Our sense of the scapegoat comes from this same ritual.) Jesus by his life, death and resurrection will set free from their sins not just the Jewish people but “the world.”

Thank you to all those who proclaimed intercessions in their various languages on the feast of Epiphany. We had prayers in Spanish, Tagalog, Celtic, Italian, Palestinian, Chinese, Swiss, Basque, Burmese, and French. You helped remind us that we are blest to have a good bit of “the world” within our own parish.

There are three important pieces of legislation which give us opportunity to be “a light to the nations.” You can read the text of these bills on line. Senate Bill 1651, the Refugee Crisis in Iraq Act, deals will offering refugee status to those who have risked their lives to help our troops in Iraq. Over 65,000 Iraqis have assisted our troops there. 2.2 million are refugees in surrounding countries and 2 million are displaced persons within Iraq. They are in imminent danger of being killed if they are not allowed to emigrate to safety.

The Jubilee Act, Senate Bill 2166 urges our Congress to forgive the debt of the most heavily indebted countries. The debts were often incurred by dictators without any consent of their people and can never be repaid by countries like Haiti and Liberia. Their governments are paying the interest on these debts rather than investing in education, healthcare and roads.

The third bill is closer to home: the Gulf Coast Housing Recovery Act of 2007, Senate Bill 1668 has already been passed by the House of Representatives, but is stalled in the Senate. 60,000 households remain in FEMA trailers almost two and a half years after Katrina. Almost no rental housing has been replaced which leaves those renting with no place to go. It would provide that rental assistance be shifted from FEMA to HUD which has the expertise and infrastructure to do the work; would dedicate federal funding to those with an income below 30% of the area median; and would require replacement of each unit of public or assisted housing that is demolished. Senator Feinstein has not signed on as a co-sponsor to the Jubilee Act nor the Gulf Coast Recovery Act. Please contact her at 202-224-3841 or through her website, Perhaps, through our efforts, we can help 2008 be a better year for people in need in our country, in Iraq and throughout the world. Thank you.

Peace, S. Sheral


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

February 15-16
Men’s Spirituality Mini Retreat

February 22-24
Meditation Intensive Weekend
(East West Meditation)

February 24
Centering Prayer
Introductory Workshop #1




Applications for Kindergarten for the 2008/2009 school year will take place in the school office January 28th through February 1st from 9-3 p.m. Child must be 5 years of age by September 1, 2008. You will need copies of your child’s birth and baptismal certifications and social security card.


January 31st

St. Roberts School will hold its annual Open House on Thursday evening, January 31st at 7 p.m.



St. Robert 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 and/or ethnic origin in administration of education policies, admissions polices, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school administered programs.


Janice Pangilinan
Jeffrey & Lynn Knott & Family
Joseph & Jennifer Tarantino & 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:




July 1st to Jan. 13th (goal)
July 1st to Jan. 13th (actual)
7/1/07-6/30/08 Weekly Goal
Collection (actual 1/13)


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.



January 26th and 27th

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. O'Dell
Eucharistic Ministers R. Hanley (C), J. Finnegan, J. Beltrano,
J. Quinn, J. Scannell, M. Murphy,
Y. Olcomendy, D. Hageman, D. Bisagno
Lectors P. Scannell and M. Dachauer
Altar Servers Z. Taylor and B. Carroll

Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Mass

Eucharistic Ministers E. Ruggiero (C), J. Jackson, M. Ortiz,
T. Montross, B. Mullins
Lectors J. Moresco and T. Clifford
Altar Servers G. Pino and A. Clifford
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. O'Dell
Eucharistic Ministers K. Semenza (C), G. Tolentino, L. Canaya,
B. Canaya, M. Saisi, M. Blumenthal,
J. Kelly, L. Rodriguez, M. Quillici
Lectors J. Marty and J. Shick
Altar Servers C. Tapia, A. Ayllon and B. Wilson
Children's Liturgy Family Mass
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. O'Dell
Eucharistic Ministers M. Giusti (C), H. Mantler, H. Madayag,
L. Sing, J. Yee, F. Firpo, G. May,
L. Juvero, T. Estelita, A. Estelita
Lectors H. Valle and C. Pisani
Altar Servers M. Thompson and F. Nuti

Sunday, 5:00 p.m. Mass

Eucharistic Ministers M. Salvato (C), C. Innes, M. Aberouette,
M. Dowden, P. Linehan, C. Engler,
M. Huntington, R. Atkinson, Sr. Maureen
Lectors L. Avila
Altar Servers J. Heffernan and D. Cuddy

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