St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

DECEMBER 20, 1998
Fourth Sunday of Advent


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Dear Parishioners,

As we come closer to Christmas, it is a time to focus not only on the coming of Christ 2000 years ago but also His presence in our world today, especially in the Eucharist. I would ask that we try to remember this when we come to Church. Although no one means disrespect, there seems to be more and more people who are talking during Mass. Not only does this take away from what should be a very sacred time for you but it is also very distracting to others. Let all of us make an effort to make our time in church a time of communal and private prayer and keep our need to talk to one another till Mass is over. Thanks

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

O Key of David, O royal Power of Israel,
controlling at your will the gate of heaven:
come, break down the prison walls of death
or those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death;
and lead your captive people into freedom.

Ahaz refuses to call upon God for a sign. Is that bad? Aren’t we taught that to ask God for a sign is, in effect, to admit that we don’t completely trust in God’s great providence? Of course, God wants to give this sign of fidelity, so the sign is given anyway. Does Ahaz believe?

Joseph doesn't ask for a sign. But Joseph prepares for the coming of the Lord by opening his heart to hear the Word of God. And when the sign is given, Joseph believes its truth.

Paul unreservedly believes the sign he is given on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:3-6), and never looks back. He freely serves as Christ’s first and foremost Apostle to the Gentiles, and his loyal and persistent preaching continues to help us who would be saints realize God’s call to us.

The Promise is made to us, the the sign is given to us. O God, you who reign over heaven with power and majesty, our Light and our Life; Lord, come and save us and free us from our worldly constrains. Open our hearts to receive your Word, for he comes whether we are ready or not.

Father Ring



CHRISTMAS, THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD (Holy day of obligation) - FRI., 12/25

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



The Nativity manger scene will go up soon in church. What a beautiful scene it is, too! It evokes such warm memories and feelings. And yet we now have the same miracle of God taking on flesh present to us in the Sacrament of Eucharist. The same love and humility by which God became human long ago is at work when God comes to us today under the form of bread and wine. We may or may not have the same feelings at each Eucharist as we do standing before the manger scene, but with faith we should know it is the same miracle!


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Monday 6:30 John Bates †
8:30 Deacon John Bourne †
Tuesday 6:30 No intentions
8:30 Thomas Bagley †
Wednesday 6:30 Communion Service
8:30 John Schaukowitch †
Thursday 9:00 Communion Service
8:30 Manuel Falzan †
4:30 The People of St. Robert's
8:00 The People of St. Robert's
Midnight Mass The People of St. Robert's
Friday 7:30 The People of St. Robert's
9:00 The People of St. Robert's
10:30 The People of St. Robert's
12:00 The People of St. Robert's
Saturday 8:30 Roy Deferville †
4:30 Charles Muscat †
Sunday 7:30 John Mocelin †
9:00 Bill Wilson †
10:30 The People of St. Robert's
12:00 Alexie Santos (L)
5:30 Bridie McGrail †

**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 pray for the repose of the souls of Dora Morris and Edward Bocci

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..

For the broken-hearted,
those who are ill, hungry or homeless.
Through the compassion and love of His People,
may they know that God is with them.



Communal Penance Service: Repentance is the response to grace that overcomes the past and opens out to a new future. Christian life is one of struggle and conversion; but one filled with hope. Jesus sets us free and restores our joy. To experience His saving grace and be freed from,sin, come to our final Advent Penance Service on Monday, (tomorrrow) December 21st. 7:30 p.m.

Christmas Masses:

Christmas Eve, December 24th
4:30 p.m., Children's Choir
8:00 p.m.,
Midnight Mass, Adult Choir

Christmas Day, December 25th
7:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
12:00 Noon

New Years Day, 1999
9:00 a.m.


The Parish Office will be closed December 24th, December 25th, at 2:00pm on December 31st, and January 1st

From the Parish Staff at St. Robert's

We wish you a joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year



Some people have requested Sister Columba's address:

Sister Columba Galvin
Ardfert Retreat Center
County Kerry, Ireland

Fax no: 011-353-66-7134867


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to St. Roberts Church

You may join our Parish Community by picking up a registration form at the back of the church and turning it in by mailing it, dropping it off at the parish office or putting it in the Sunday collection basket.


Jeff and Terry Boyer and Family
June Tablante
Edward amd Jackie Escalante and Family
Manuel and Susan Pardo
David Philpott
Alan, Maria, Lauren and Kaila Ledesma
Ian, Preciosa, Christian and Matthew Mendoza
Peter, Laurie and Gregory Dellanini
Bartholomew, Monica, Kevin and Michael Murphy
Arman, Evangelin and Aramando Medina



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 in the Bulletin and return it to the Parish Office by This Wednesday, 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.



To keep track of all our upcoming events, you are welcomed to take a St. Roberts 1999 calendar located at the entrances to the Church.

COMING SOON!!! (Jan. 10th) Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the 6th Grade outdoor education. More details to follow.

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.

SHARED SCRIPTURE STUDY/ MERCY CENTER - The Book of Isaiah. Wed. 7-9 PM or Thurs. 9:15-11:15 AM. Starts Jan. 6th, concludes Mar. 25th. Call Noel at 650-340-7400 (preregistration preferred).


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TUESDAY, December 22nd
Legion of Mary, 6:30-8:30 PM.....Library

WEDNESDAY, December 23rd
Liturgy Committee, 7-8:30 PM...Library

THURSDAY, December 24th
Christmas Eve

FRIDAY, December 25th

SUNDAY, December 27th
Fil/Am Choir, 10-11:30AM...Library

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