St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

DECEMBER 13, 1998
Third Sunday of Advent


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Dear Parishioners,

I hope the following meditation from a booklet by Elsie H. McGrath will help you benefit from the Season of Advent.

There was no god before me and after me there will be none; every knee shall bend in worship, and every tongue shall praise me.

The Third Sunday of Advent signals a change. Called Gaudete, a Latin word meaning "rejoice",it sounds different. The readings are filled with promise; they bring hope to a people heavy under the burden of waiting. It looks different, too. A rose-colored candle is lit in the Advent wreath and rose-colored vestments are worn for the liturgical celebration. The "coming of the Lord" draws closer.

"Here is your God," said Isaiah. "He will come and save you. Then...eyes...shall be opened, and...ears...unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy." We hear Isaiah’s prophecy fulfilled in Jesus’ words today, as he answers John’s inquiry made from prison: "Go and tell John what you hear and see..."

James offered the same promise to his people as Isaiah had offered so long before, and yet Jesus had already died and risen before James wrote, so it is clear he did not expect the same "coming of the Lord" as Isaiah had. These folks were suffering for their faith in Jesus; the hope that James offered was for the Lord’s Second Coming, which was not only hoped for but imminently expected. Our hope today is also imminently expected; Jesus will come again, very soon.


Father Ring



Memorial of St. John of the Cross, priest, religious, doctor - Mon., 12/14.

Readings for
Isaiah 7:10-14; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24



I’d like to thank Renee Schaukowitch, Leslie & Rob Monaghan, and Tom Dachauer for their artistry and work which have gone into preparing our liturgical environment for Thanksgiving and the Advent and Christmas seasons. They do an excellent job! If you are interested in helping with the preparation of the liturgical environment, please call Pat Kelly at 589-2800. We can always use a few more hands and good ideas.


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Monday 6:30 Sister Pat Lucie, BVM
8:30 James Bonnardel †
Tuesday 6:30 Margaret Creely †
8:30 Marie Tonegato †
Wednesday 6:30 Communion Service
8:30 Eileen Connolly †
Thursday 9:00 Communion Service
8:30 Dan McCarthy †
Friday 6:30 Frank O'Brien †
8:30 Pasquale & Maria Teresa Aloise †
Saturday 8:30 Thomas Bugley †
4:30 Timothy Leahy †
Sunday 7:30 Jane Bousquet †
9:00 Albert Spadaro †
10:30 Edward Hart †
12:00 Enid May Hopkins †
5:30 People of St. Robert's

**PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO 6:30 Mass on Wednesdays and Thursdays in December.

There will be a Communion Service at 6:30am on those days.



We welcome into the family of God: Michael Falzon who was baptized in Christ.

We pray for the repose of the soul of: Loretta Stanker.

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, Jane Lambert, Enese Parenti, Theresa Cook and Muriel Krause.

As a Parish Community,We Pray...
Come, Jesus’
That the Light of Christ will lead each of us to reform our lives as we eagerly await the reign of God.



To prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus, please plan to attend one of our Communal Penance Services. Each of us has a sin that, through the years, has become a habit that is difficult to break. This Sacrament will help us to reconcile ourselves to God, to our own self and to our sisters and brothers. The service consists of readings from the scripture, song, examination of conscience, a short homily and individual confession to one of our priests, followed by absolution. The grace we receive from this Sacrament will strengthen us in time of temptation and fill us with joy. The Penance Service will take place on Sat.,Dec. 19th and 3 p.m. and Mon., Dec. 21st at 7:30 p.m.



to all those parishioners and friends who sent cards offering prayers, Masses and good wishes for my recovery after my recent hip operation. I have not fully recovered yet, but I am doing nicely - thanks to your prayers. God bless you all.

Father Joseph Marini



PLEASE NOTE....due to the Christmas and New Years holiday, bulletin announcements for Sunday Dec. 27th are due in by NOON, Dec. 16th. Bulletin announcements for Jan. 3rd are due in by NOON, Dec. 21st. Thank you!



We still have a limited quantity of our own special St. Robert Christmas Cards. They will be available for purchase after all Masses. A package of 20 cards is only $3 or 2 pkg. for $5. They may also be purchased at the Parish Office.



The Childrens’ Liturgy Team is again sponsoring a giving tree for needy youngsters and teens. Kindly take an ornament from the tree and return the designated gift unwrapped in the box in the church vestibule. All gifts need to be donated by Sunday, Dec. 20th. Thank you for your generosity.



Let the Light of Christ shine within and about you as you remember our sisters and brothers who are elderly or ill, unable to be physically present within our worshipping community. Their patient endurance is a prayer for us, their St. Robert’s family. There are baskets on our altar steps waiting for your Christmas gift of: slippers, robes, sweaters, bath powder, lap robes, nightgowns or pajamas, knee socks, homemade cookies, cards and notes of encouragement. Your gifts are needed by Dec. 18th unwrapped. New items only, please.



Join us for good times, good friends, good food and good cheer on Dec. 14th (TOMORROW!) in Hennessy Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost: An appetizer to serve 10 and a wrapped ornament to exchange. R.S.V.P. to Michelle Compton.



Christmas Poinsettias will decorate the church during the Christmas Season. If you would care to make a donation of $10 (please make check our to St. Roberts, Poinsetta’s Fund) towards their purchase in memory of a loved one, please fill out the form in the Bulletin and return it to the Parish Office by Dec. 23rd. A memorial list will be published in the bulletin.


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Open House...St. Robert School will hold its annual Open House on Mon. Jan 25th. The evening will begin at 7p.m. in the Church followed by classroom visitations. All are welcome.

Kindergarten Applications for St. Robert School for the 1999/2000 school year will be accepted in the School Office Mon.-Fri., Jan. 11th through the 15th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The screening fee for each applicant is $25. Please bring copies of your child's birth and baptismal records, a recent family photograph and your child's social security number. Screening dates will be assigned on completion of the application.

Requirements for School Registration: Family must be registered and participating members of St. Robert’s Parish. This means that the family is involved in Parish life and the financial support of the Parish. Applications will be accepted for children who are 5 years of age by Sept. 1, 1999. All acceptances will be based on student screenings and parent interviews.

Non-Discrimination Policy: 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 educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.



1999 St. Roberts Church Calendars are available at ALL entrances of the Church.



Have you registered yet? "Rain Down Your Love on Your People," the Archdiocesan Religious Education Institute is just around the corner. The two day Institute begins with a concert by David Haas, internationally known musician, on Fri. Jan. 29th at 7:30 p.m. On Sat. Jan. 30th, participants will enjoy many different speakers, liturgy, exhibits, and prayer. Institute will be held at St. Ignatius Prep. S.F. Early registration will ensure your choice of workshops. Brochures containing all the details are available at the Religious Education Office 415-565-3650.


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Women’s Guild, 1:30-10PM.....Hall
St. Vincent de Paul, 7:30-8:30PM.....Library

Legion of Mary, 6:30-8PM.....Library
Religious Ed Jr. Hi, 6:45-8PM...Hall

Teen’s, 7-10PM.....Hall

RCIA, 7-9P.M.....Chapel
Fil/Am, 7-9:30PM.....Hall
Parish Council, 7-9PM.....Library
School Advent Program, 7PM.....Church

Teen’s Bake Sale, 10-1PM
Bob’s Club, 7-10PM.....Hall

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

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