St. Robert's Church Bulletin, October 10, 1999

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

OCTOBER 10, 1999
Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners,

In a few days all parishioners who contribute to the Parish by envelope or check will receive information about the Campaign for Catholic Schools. Please read it carefully and pray over it. You should receive a phone call from a fellow parishioner within the next few weeks asking if you want to make a pledge of $1,000 or more. If you cannot do that, you might want to make a one time gift. Extra Campaign information is in the vestibule.

I make this appeal especially to the parishioners who have had children go through the Catholic school system. If you feel your children were blessed by the experience, help another child receive a similar blessing. I also appeal to the parishioners with no children. This is an opportunity to help a child whose family cannot afford a Catholic school education. All other families and individuals, I ask you to help if God has given you the resources to do so. No matter what, pray that all children will receive the best Catholic education possible in either a Catholic School or in our excellent Religious Education Program.

Father Ring


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On a warm, sunny day, a kind, old woman went for a walk in San Bruno Park. All of the squirrels in the park were very busy gathering seeds and nuts, just as squirrels do. As she walked along the path, one squirrel looked up and was very frightened. He darted lickety-split, first this-a-way and then that-a-way (just as squirrels do), making sure the kind, old woman wouldn’t catch him, until he finally reached a big tree. Up the tree he scampered until he was safe from that kind, old woman.

As the woman continued along the path, she walked by another busy squirrel. This happened to be a girl squirrel, and she was so busy looking for seeds and nuts (and without much luck, in fact) that she didn’t even notice the kind, old woman passing by.

There was a cat sitting in the sun near the path, doing nothing (just as cats don’t do). As the cat saw the kind, old woman coming nearer to him, he closed his eyes and pretended not to see the woman (just as cats do, too). Silly cat! He also thought as he closed his eyes that the kind, old woman couldn’t see him, either. The woman saw the cat very well, and she had a smile in her eye as she passed him by. He gave a casual lick to the fur on his paw, quite proud of himself, as cats often are.

Finally, the woman passed by another busy squirrel who looked up just as the first one did. But this squirrel (another girl squirrel) was bold and hungry, as squirrels sometimes are. She walked right up to the kind, old woman to see if she had any seeds or nuts. The kind, old woman got down so low she could speak to the squirrel. In fact, she lay down on her belly, and she whispered in the bold, hungry squirrel’s ear, "It wouldn’t be right for me to give you food that you need to collect yourself. But I’ve been all around this park, and I can tell you where it’s hid."

And so she did, just as kind, old women do.

When God passes by each day, which critter are you? - Pat Kelly


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Monday 6:30 NO MASS
8:30 Deacon Jack Bourne †
Tuesday 6:30 Robert Skellenger †
8:30 Ana Kovacevic †
Wednesday 6:30 Pilar Manakil †
8:30 Charles Agius †
Thursday 6:30 John Graffigna †
8:30 Irene Amezquitas †
Friday 6:30 Emilio Estanislau
8:30 Pasquale & Maria Teresa Aloisa †
Saturday 8:30 Paul & Rosina Vella †
4:30 Michael Drew †
Sunday 7:30 Andrew Galea †
9:00 People of St. Robert's
10:30 Giuseppe Pignati †
12:00 Rachel Santos †
5:30 Renato Mercado †

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Isaiah 45:1,4-6; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b; Matthew 22:15-21


"Music at St. Robert's"

Giving the benefit of the doubt that most of us do want to sing at Mass, what do we do if a song seems to be too difficult or too high? What if you just don’t have too good of a singing voice and it really isn’t a pleasant experience for you? I invite you to speak kindly with the cantor after Mass. We are here to help. - Pat Kelly

**We welcome into the family of God: Katelyn Esposto who was baptized in Christ.

*We pray for the ill: Tony Coogan, Koret Koelman, Terry McLeod, Adela Florez, Ana Cosgaya, Peter Capodonicco, Rosemary McHale, Arthur Candia, Bastiaan Blumenthal, Muriel Krause, Sister Cabrini, Don Vickery, Jeanne McHugh, Catherine Cook, Ann Burns, Imelda Daly, Margarita Velez, Marky, Marlyn Arancibia, Marcia Bourne, Sandra Dill, & Randall Guerro.

*For the repose of the souls of Irene Amezquita, Frank Cericola and John Graffigna.

As a Parish Community, We Pray

That violence within our cities and all the world may be replaced by a spirit of community in the knowledge that each life is precious to God, our Father.


Sunday, October 17th at the Noon Mass the Sacrament of the Sick will be celebrated

The Church’s presence to us in the Sacrament of the Sick shows us the special place we have in our faith community because of our illness. The Sacrament provides God’s grace for our present situation. Sickness may bring on depression, feelings of isolation, unworthiness, despair. God’s grace brings us faith and trust. It also provides hope and staves off anxiety which slows or interferes with healing. All who are seriously ill in body, mind or spirit and those who are experiencing the affects of aging are invited to gather before the priest as he lays hands on them. While the congregation prays silently for their return to good health, the priest will anoint each with oil.



Training and scheduling of Altar Servers begins in October. ALL Catholic youth of our parish, from 6th grade through High School and beyond, are invited to become a part of this important ministry. As a Server, you are able to participate more fully in our Eucharistic celebration. If interested, call Gene or Anna May May.


October 13TH

It is our pleasure again to assist the San Mateo county Aids Clinic with their lunch program. We are scheduled for the 2nd Wednesday of each month. If you can prepare a favorite cookie, snack or lunch item for 10 to 12 people, please drop it off at the children’s chapel, in the back of the church, by 9:15 AM on September 8th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items can be donated; they will be saved for a day when no other food is provided. Once again, thanks for all your help - it’s much appreciated.



An afternoon of reflection on the many faces of violence: legalized violence; family violence; youth violence; hate violence. A time of prayer, expert presenters, group discussion, resources and planning for action. Stand Against Violence, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sat., Oct. 23rd, 1-5 p.m. followed by Mass at 5:30 p.m. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. $5-Adults, $3 Youth/Students. Childcare will be provided



St. Robert’s many choirs are growing! Join in the beauty, the fun, the fellowship, and the service of singing for your Church. All are welcome, and we especially need men to get involved. For info on the 9:00, 10:30, and 5:30 Mass choirs, the Children’s Choir, and the Teen Ensemble, call Pat Kelly at 589-2800. For info on the 12:00 Noon Mass choir, call Manny Ortiz.


During the month of October we celebrate Life—-from the first moment of conception until our last breath. Our Respect Life banner hangs to the left of our sanctuary. The red rose imprinted upon it symbolizes God’s gift of life to us. It is a reminder that human life, at all its stages, deserves respect. Let us affirm the goodness of God’s creation by valuing the unborn; providing for the economically disadvantaged; rooting out the cause of violence and war; ending the death penalty and protecting the elderly, infirmed and terminally ill. It takes courage to speak out in condemnation of these evils. We pray that God will give us the strength and wisdom to do so.


The meaning of life is to be found in giving and receiving love,
and in this light, human sexuality and procreation reach their true and full significance.
Love also gives meaning to suffering and death ...they can become saving events.

-Pope John Paul II,
The Gospel of Life




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THE GROWNUPS’.....The Grownups; Communion Buffet Luncheon will be held Sunday, Oct. 10th after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Tickets at $12.00 each will be sold after the Masses today. Reservations can also be made by calling Lillian Fazio, Dorothy Branch or Vera Hannon. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

WOMEN’S GUILD....Please join us for the October Harvest Moon Dinner meeting and Mystery Guest Night on October 18th. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is at 7:00 p.m. For reservations call Angie Mullady. Price is $10 with reservations by October 15th.

SOCIABLES....Plan to meet at Szechwan restaurant on Sunday, Oct. 24th located at 681 San Mateo Ave. San Bruno. Please arrive at 12:30. Cost is $15 per person. Please reserve with Hilda or Wilma. Send checks to Wilma Zumsteg.


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7:30-9 St. Vincent de Paul.......Library

6:45-8P Religious Ed.....Hall
7-9P Youth ......Hall/Kitchen
6:30-8P Legion of Mary ....Library

9:00-9:30A, Grief Group Chp

7:00-9:00 PM, RCIA....Chapel
7:00 P-9:00P set up grandparents day.....Hall

8:00A-2:00P Grandparents day.....Hall

1-midnight, Fil/Am....Hall

10-11:30A, Fil/Am choir....Hall

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