St. Robert's Parish Bulletin - January 27, 2008
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St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800


January 27, 2008
Third 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.


Dear Parishioners,

I invite you to pray as a community for our adults who will be receiving the Easter sacraments of Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation.

To be Baptized are:
Sonya Cacianti, Shawnesha Gillory-Smith, Charlene Kious,
Ellen Larsen and Veronica Perez.

Preparing to join the Catholic Church by their Profession of Faith are:
Paula Madrigal, Ralph Martinson,
Margaret Shannon and Kelly Smith.

Last weekend they made their retreat. Next weekend they will be sent forth from St. Robert’s to join other RCIA groups from throughout the Archdiocese. On February 10th, they will be received by Archbishop Niederauer at a special prayer service at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 3pm.

I also would like to make you aware of a special opportunity for practicing adult Catholics who have not yet made their Confirmation. The Archdiocese is offering a special two class session for those who have received their First Communion but not their Confirmation. Confirmation will be offered on Pentecost Sunday, May 11th, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco. If you are interested please call me for more information.

-- Deacon Rusty Duffey


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

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


Monday - January 28
Readings: 2 Sm 5:1-7,10     Mk 3:22-30

Mass Intention
Communion Service
Kate Willis
8th Gr, Dinner Dance Prac.
Passion Play Tryouts
Grownups Steering Comm.
Mahoney Room

Tuesday - January 29
Readings: 2 Sm 6:12-15,17-19     Mk 3:31-35

Mass Intention 6:30am
Banayad Reyes †
John McIntyre †
Scripture Study (Galatians:
     The Law and Freedom)
Religious Education
Confirmation Class
Legion of Mary
Mary's Chapel
Church & Hall
Church & Hall

Wednesday - January 30
Readings: 2 Sm 7:4-17     Mk 4:1-20

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

Thursday - January 31
Readings: 2 Sm 7:18-19,24-29     Mk 4:21-25

Mass Intention
Communion Service
Rose Campana †
School Open House
5:00pm Choir Practice
Convent Chapel
School & Hall

Friday - February 1
Readings: 2 Sm 11:1-4,5-10,13-17     Mk 4:26-34

Mass Intention 6:30am
Eve Hall †
Marie Del Rosso †

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

Mass Intention 8:30am
James J. Murphy †
Leo Pieretti †
Eucharistic Adoration
8th Gr. Dinner Dance Prac.
AA Meeting
Mahoney Room

Sunday - February 3
Readings: Zep 2:3,3:12-13     1 Cor 1:26-31     Mt 5:1-12a

Mass Intention 7:30am
Maria Emilio †
Mary Looney †
Marie Giusti †
People of St. Robert's
Blood Drive 8:00am Hall

As a Parish Community we pray … We may share our gratitude for the gift of life and salvation by working to insure protection for the right to life of others.


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.


Saturday, February 2nd

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

On Saturday February 2nd and on every First Saturday of each month, following the 8:30 a.m. Mass and continuing until Benediction at 10 a.m., we have an opportunity to sit before Jesus in His Blessed Sacrament quietly listening as He speaks to our hearts. In silence we will find new energy and true unity with our God. Come! Let us adore Jesus in the Eucharist silence!



“We have to a great extent rationalized abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, the death penalty and suicide. We have worked hard on the vocabulary of rationalization, calling abortion—the “termination of pregnancy”; infanticide—”the only humane choice” euthanasia—”mercy killing”; suicide—”creative deliverance”. But deep within us we know that each of these euphemisms conceal a lie, a rationalization. Deep in our hearts we know that life is God’s precious gift to us.” (Father John Power, S.J.)


SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION 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.


Invitation to St. Robert’s Youth
All Middle School & High School Students
Passion Play Auditions
January 27th and 28th 7pm-8:30pm
Actors, Singers, and Musicians needed!

Auditions for the annual St. Robert’s Passion Play, to be performed on Holy Thursday morning for St. Robert’s School and Good Friday evening for the Parish, will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the church on Sunday January 27 and Monday January 28.

It is best if you can make it to BOTH auditions. It is okay if you need to arrive late or leave early because of sports practice or some other activity, just let us know at the audition.

Auditions are open to all youth of the parish from 6th grade through High School, so bring your CCD friends too! Speaking and non-speaking roles are available, as well as technical support roles, such as props. So whether you are a born show-off, totally shy, or somewhere in between, we have something for you!

Everyone who tries out will get to participate. There will be no “cuts.” Your rehearsal schedule will be for either six Sunday evenings or six Monday evenings, depending on your availability and/or the roles you are assigned, plus three Friday evenings and one more Sunday or Monday evening. That is a total of 9 evening rehearsals, plus the two performances. (There MAY also be a third performance on Good Friday Afternoon)

Come join us for a fun, rewarding time, and a unique way to express your faith.

Please call Ben Baldonado or Bob Baker if you have any questions. Otherwise… see you there!



St. Roberts Men’s Club February Meeting will be held on Monday February 4th in Hennessy Hall. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., All men of the parish are invited to attend.


St. Robert's Men's Club
Saturday, February 9th

Come one, come all, Eat, Drink and Dancing till Midnight.
Please RSVP
by calling the rectory at 589-2800 Monday thru Friday only.



Dinner Dance Tickets will be on sale after all the Masses this weekend or
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



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


5 pm Music Director and Accompanist Needed!

Since Gabe Lucas has moved to the South Bay, we are in immediate need of someone to play contemporary music for the 5 pm Sunday Mass and lead a rehearsal Thursday nights at 7:30 pm. If you know of someone, please have him/her call Sr. Sheral at 589-2800 or e-mail her at Thank you.


The Call of God
The readings for today build on those we’ve heard the last two weekends. The Baptism of the Lord signals the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry; last weekend we heard of John the Baptist’s call to testify to Jesus as the Savior whom people were awaiting. This weekend, we hear the call of the whole people of Israel to be a light; the latter section is the same passage that we heard on Christmas Eve at all the Masses. Equally important, we hear of the call of Simon and Andrew, James and John.

Having been a vocation director for most of my religious life, I can’t resist writing about vocations. Everyone bemoans the fact that there aren’t enough priests, sisters and brothers around. So we pray for vocations constantly. But this is not enough. In addition to prayer, we need to help the Lord out by planting the seed in our young adult children and grandchildren, neighbors and friends. Since there are fewer of us these days, it isn’t so common for families to grow up actually knowing a sister or priest or having had us in their homes. Though we have excellent teachers in our school and religious education program, we don’t have sisters there any more.

You know what you want to see in a religious or priest: someone committed to God, who wants to be of service and can relate well to many different people. Obviously, a major issue is that of celibacy. Who do you know who fits that description and who might be happy as a person who has many healthy relationships, but none as intimate as marriage? Would you be willing to ask that young adult if he or she has ever thought of priesthood or religious life?

Nowadays, thankfully, there are many options for these same women and men who want to marry and to live a life of service, including teaching, youth ministry, social work and, for the men, the permanent diaconate. But I find it difficult to believe that God is no longer calling people to priesthood and religious life. These are not higher callings or holier callings, but they have been important in the life of the Church since the fourth century and still have a place among the variety of gifts with which Christ blesses the Church. So, would you please think about someone at St. Robert’s whom you’d like to see consider religious life or priesthood? And then mention it to him or her? Not pressure, because the call has to come from God and be answered in the person’s heart, but planting the seed. Thanks much!

Peace, S. Sheral

P.S. I’m happy to let you know that Senator Diane Feinstein has met with the staff from the Archdiocesan Office of Public Policy and is now a co-sponsor of the Jubilee Act.


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


Victor Khoury & Margaret Jisrawi & 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:




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.




July 1st to Jan. 20th (goal)
July 1st to Jan. 20th (actual)
7/1/07-6/30/08 Weekly Goal
Collection (actual 1/20)


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.



February 2nd and 3rd

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Mass

Eucharistic Ministers R. Aveson (C), J. Waldvogel, A. Ciraulo,
C. Holland, K. Hornung, B. Moniz,
M. Elmore, J. Finnegan, J. Beltrano
Lectors C. Aveson and J. Cronin
Altar Servers D. Lara and M. Lara

Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Mass

Eucharistic Ministers E. Ruggiero (C), F. Reyes, M. Nunnery,
A. Buelow, B. Albright
Lectors P. Lustic and S. Heaney
Altar Servers N. Nussbaum and A. Cotroneo
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mass
Eucharistic Ministers R. Valdez (C), M. Bologna, M. Zamattia,
S. Murray, M. Lopez, T. Jones,
G. Sinks, J. Valdez, L. Cesca
Lectors T. Tullius and J. Bendick
Altar Servers fS. Bendick, C. Buencamino and J. Prieto
Children's Liturgy Mark & Hilda and Bob & Karen
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Mass
Eucharistic Ministers E. Sanchez (C), J. Abellana, P. Fernandez,
M. Nuti, A. Maron, L. Welch, V. Valle,
M. Fernandez, V/L Piccinini, C. Morgan
Lectors G. May and M. Cadiz
Altar Servers M. Estelita and E. Estelita

Sunday, 5:00 p.m. Mass

Eucharistic Ministers G. Landholt (C), V. Hawkins, P. Landholt,
M. Maran, F. Maran, M. Santiago,
T. Thompson, C. Browne, M. Dowden
Lectors M. Innes
Altar Servers T. Lopez and C. Benavente

Schedules for Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors and Altar Servers
are also available on the web at


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