St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

NOVEMBER 8, 1998
Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners,

This weekend we celebrate the 40th anniversary of our Parish. Although the school had been founded in 1949, it was a part of St. Bruno’s Parish. (In fact, the statue over the front door is that of St. Bruno!).

As San Bruno continued to grow in population, Archbishop Mitty decided to divide the Parish with the new Parish being on the west side of El Camino. Father Hennessy who had been Administrator of St. Bruno’s was made Pastor of the new Parish. The Parish was given the name of St. Robert of the House of God. The school was incorporated into the new Parish. St. Robert was born in the year 1000 in France and became a Benedictine Abbot building many monasteries throughout France before his death in 1067. In September, we will have a major celebration of the 50th year of our school. Save September 4, 1999.

A clarification is needed in the Parish financial statement sent to you a few weeks ago. It should have been noted that the $29,000 given in second collection for the needs of the Church throughout the world and the $18,100 given to the St. Vincent de Paul Society for the needs of local people, should have been listed under income as well as under expenses. Sorry. I also want to mention the $69,000 given to the Annual Appeal of the Archdiocese. As I mentioned last week, any money that comes in above the assessment will come back to our Parish. So please continue your pledge payments.

I hope that all will try their best to add an extra dollar each week to the collection so that we can continue to meet our expenses. Congratulations for your continued generosity to the needy of our community and of our world.

Father Ring



Memorial of St. Leo the Great, pope, doctor - Tue., 11/10
Memorial of St. Martin of Tours, bishop - Wed., 11/11
Memorial of St. Josaphat, bishop, religious, martyr - Thu., 11/12
Memorial of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, virgin,
religious foundress of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart - Fri., 11/13

Readings for next
Malachi 3:19-20a; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12; Luke 21:5-19 



"Let us pray. . . " Why is the "Opening" Prayer at the end of the gathering rites? Because it is a collect, and it does just that. Our prayer from the Introductory Rites (including the Entrance Song, the Sign of the Cross, the Penitential Rite, and the Gloria) is brought to a culmination as we first pray silently and then as the priest speaks the words of the Opening Prayer. This is "quality time" for recalling our personal intentions for the Eucharist.


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Monday 6:30 All Souls
8:30 Charles Agius †
Tuesday 6:30 All Souls
8:30 Lena Lippi †
Wednesday 6:30 NO MASS
8:30 Dora Villanueva †
Thursday 6:30 NO MASS
8:30 All Souls
Friday 6:30 James Bonnardel †
8:30 All Souls
Saturday 8:30 Marion Dombrowiak †
4:30 All Souls
Sunday 7:30 Kathleen Barker †
9:00 Melan Kovacevic †
10:30 People of St. Robert's
12:00 Joseph Busuttel †
5:30 Jack & Betty Sherry †

**PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO 6:30 Mass on Wednesdays and Thursdays for the remainder of November.


We welcome into the family of God: Rahael Alim and Dylan Arsenault who were baptized in Christ.

We are pleased to have married Gina Roxas and Gary Nazareno Congratulations!

We pray for the ill: Blake Interdonato, Don Landers, Tony Coogan, Koret Koelman, Terry McLeod, Adela Florez, Ana Cosgaya, Peter Capodonicco, Rosemary McHale, Arthur Candia, Jack Nichols, Sandra Dill and Muriel Krause.

We pray for the repose of the soul of: Dan McCarthy, Margaret Creeley and Hugh Bowen.

As a Parish Community,We Pray...
For the widowed, the divorced and the separated. May our faith community be a source of consolation,
hope and love for them.


To the Parish of St. Robert's

Linda and I truly appreciate the enormous amount of support for our family during this difficult time. Your sympathy has brought us much comfort, and has made a world of difference as we mourn over the sudden loss of Linda’s mother. We are forever grateful. Thanks and God bless all of you.

Sincerely, Walt & Linda Cuddy



Do not depend on the hope of results.

When you are doing the sort of work you have taken on, essentially an apostolic work, you may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect.

As you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself.

And there too a great deal has to be gone through, as gradually you struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people.

The range tends to narrow down, but it gets much more real. In the end, it is the reality of personal relationships that saves everything.

Thomas Merton



Sunday, December 6th at 7pm our Children’s and Adult Choirs will help us prepare for the coming of Christ in a beautiful evening of Advent songs and Scripture. This is not one to be missed! Mark your calendars.



As we prepare to thank God for all good things, let our hearts go out to our sisters and brothers who are less fortunate. Baskets for your gifts of Non-Perishable food have been placed on the Altar steps. Our St. Vincent de Paul Society will see to it that those members of our Parish Family in need will be touched by our compassion and love.


Martha's of the Church

Have you wondered who works behind the scenes, taking care of so many details that make our liturgy run smoothly? Who washes and irons altar linens and servers’ robes? Who removes wax and polishes candleholders? Who dusts the altar, ambo, baptismal font? Who keeps the sanctuary clean and tidy? We are blessed with a group of lovely, faithful ladies who quietly take care of our center of worship. They are "The Martha’s". Their annual meeting will be on Tuesday morning, Nov. 10th. If you feel the desire to serve Jesus and His people as a "Martha", please call Gene or Anna May. Time commitment is 4-8 mornings each year.



Are you about to celebrate a 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 or 60th Wedding Anniversary this year? Let us know! We’d like to applaud you, pray for you, and celebrate with you. We will be listing special anniversaries in our December Issue of Across the Parish. Please call the Parish office at 589-2800.



Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday all bulletin announcements for both Sunday Nov. 22nd and 29th must be at the Parish Office no later than Noon on Nov. 16th. Thank you



Because of construction of the new site for the Aids Clinic, we have been asked not to provide lunch during the month of November. The clients and staff thank everyone at St. Robert’s for their continued generosity and prayers.


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The Fil-Am Group cordially invites all parishioners to an early Christmas party on Nov. 21st at the Grand Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Burlingame. Dinner is Prime Rib or Chicken Breast. Donation, $40 per person. Net proceeds of the affair will go to the Group’s projects for St. Robert’s Church and School. For more information, please call Gabby Diaz or Manny Ortiz.



SHOP EARLY FOR CHRISTMAS at the 5th annual Craft Night on November 9th in Hennessy Hall. Enjoy a delicious dinner, lively conversation and beautiful crafts created by talented crafters. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Dinner is $8.00 per person; complimentary meal for new members. All women of the parish are welcome! Call Michelle Compton for reservations.


at Seton Medical Center

For individuals who have recently experienced the death of a loved one. The eight sessions include time for group discussion, personal sharing and support. Attendance required at all sessions.

Nov. 10th Grief Circle
Nov. 17th, Feeling and pain of Grief
Dec. 8th, Growing through grief
Dec. 15th, Letting go and Moving on
Dec. 22nd, Signs of new life
Dec. 29th, Stories, signs and symbols
Jan. 5th, Where do I go from here?

Call Sister Margaret Apostolo for more information at 991-6828


Jesuit Retreat House, Los Altos

For More Information call (650) 948-0640

The Enriching Experience of Marriage-Nov. 13-15
Strengthening Your Single Parent Family-Nov. 14th.
Has your work found its soul?-Nov. 20-22
The Stream of Life: God’s Providence disclosed in daily life Nov. 27-29th
A Daily Reprieve: Alcohol Recovery for Men - Dec. 11-13.


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Women’s Guild, 7-10 PM.....Hall
St. Vincent de Paul, 7:30-8:30.....Library

Legion of Mary, 6:30-8:00 PM.....Library
Religious Ed, Jr. Hi, (6th grade), 6:45-8PM...Hall

Grieve, 9-9:30 AM.....Chapel

RCIA, 7-9 PM.....Chapel
Fil/Am, 7-9:30 PM.....Hall

Fil/Am Choir, 10-11:30AM...Hall

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