St. Robert's Church Bulletin, October 24, 1999

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

OCTOBER 24, 1999
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners,

As of Monday, October 18th, $89,285 from 83 families had been given or pledged to the Campaign for Catholic Schools. Our target is $207,000 and our dream calls for another $100,000 for the School and Religious Education Program. Thank you to all who are being so generous. If you have not yet made your pledge, remember that it will go to educate the children of the future. It is a good cause. A few have asked if the money can be used for other purposes by the Archdiocese. The answer is NO. It is being put in a special endowment account that will be managed by professionals. I hope we have all pledges and donations made by the 15th of November .

Sister Mary mentioned the other day that there are 42 teachers in the Religious Education program. Our parish can take real pride in the fact that we have this number of dedicated Catholics who want to pass on the Faith to over 500 children and teenagers.

I still need adults who would be willing to help with BOB’S CLUB for the Junior High students. If you are interested in helping as a chaperone or in any other capacity, please let me know.

I will be away on Retreat this week. Say a prayer for me. Then, I go to Washington D.C. to visit a priest friend and see the sights for the first time. See you on my return. No postcards.

Father Ring


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Special Thanks to....! It dawned on me the other day after I received another note of thanks for our involvement in the Aids lunch program, that I didn’t have a list of names to call and thank. Eight years ago when this program started, I knew everyone. Now the only people I know for sure are the drivers and a few parishioners who stop and talk with me after Mass.

As I looked around the Church, I also realized that there must be a whole army of staff and volunteers who help keep St. Robert’s welcoming and functioning. Who dusts the saints? Who vacuums the rugs? Who cleans the restroom? Who washes the altar cloths? Who...Who...Who?

Somebody knows who you are. Jesus knows. But the whole parish owes you all a sincere expression of thanks. Thanks to you!

Deacon Duffey


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Monday 6:30 Louis Leonardi †
8:30 Helen Jones †
Tuesday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 Pat Roonan †
Wednesday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 Bob Parina †
Thursday 6:30 Maria Rodriguez †
8:30 John Graffigna †
Friday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 Cesare Bernardo †
Saturday 8:30 Deceased Members of Legion of Mary †
4:30 Linda Lombardi Calleja †
Sunday 7:30 Phyllis McGovern †
9:00 Irene Vidulich †
10:30 Elena Matteucci †
12:00 People of St. Robert's
5:30 Jose Zuniga †

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Malachi 1:14-2:2,8-10; 1 Thess 2:7-9,13; Matthew 23:1-12


"Gifts Great and Joyful"

This week I received a letter from my sister. In addition to telling me about her family’s news, she also let me know that I drew Mom & Dad for our family’s Christmas gift exchange. Every year, sometime in October, my sister’s letter reminds me that "the season of giving" is just around the corner. In liturgy, as in life, however, giving is truly in season all year long. The great exchange of gifts between God and us humans is embodied in Jesus and celebrated ritually each Sunday at Mass. In the big picture, God is the first, last, and best giver, no doubt about it. If we try to out give God, we’ll lose, (thank God!) However, I believe that sometimes God does wait for us to open our hearts and to make an offering of our lives before giving us the great gift of JOY. I guess that is at the heart of why I encourage us to become a "singing community." The gifts of the Spirit are great and joyful for the sacrifices of emotion, self-consciousness, and time that singing demands. - Pat Kelly

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, Catherine Cook, Ann Burns, Imelda Daly, Margarita Velez, Marky, Marlyn Arancibia, Marcia Bourne, Sandra Dill, & Randall Guerro.

As a Parish Community, We Pray

For those tempted by abortion. May God plant in their hearts a love for the treasure of life and the strength to protect it.


PLEASE NOTE: St. Vincent de Paul only accepts donations of non perishable food items. Please do not leave clothing or household goods in the back of the Church. Thank you



The Catholic Church teaches:
  • That the family is a community uniquely suited to teach and transmit cultural, ethical, social, sexual, and religious values.

  • That Public authority must respect and foster the dignity, lawful independence, privacy and stability of every family.

  • That parents have the original, primary and inalienable right to educate their children and must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children.

  • That parents cannot entirely delegate these rights to others or allow them to be usurped by others.

To these ends, the Bishops of California have expressed their support to the many citizens who have begun circulating a petition to place a measure entitled "Parental Notification Prior to termination of Minor’s Pregnancy, Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statue" on the November 2000 ballot.

Please consider signing this petition in doing your part to build family communication in our society. God has given us the gift of freedom and self-government, and as Catholics we are called to be good stewards of that freedom by participating in the democratic process, voting, and exercising our rights.

Members of our parish will be waiting outside the front entrance of the church after all masses the weekend of October 30th and 31st to gather signatures from registered voters.



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.



This weekend, World Mission Sunday, the Church reminds us of our missionary vocation and calls us to reach out in special prayer and financial support. Through the Propagation of the Faith, we will help to support the mission of the Church worldwide. A portion of our offerings remains in the United States to help the Home Missions through the U.S. Bishops Committee on the Home Missions. Please be as generous as possible.

Because we believe in Christ, we are His missionaries.



Sunday, October 31, "All Hallows Eve," we will celebrate a special Vespers (Evening Prayer) at 4:30pm in Mary’s Chapel to remember and pray for our loved ones who have died. Everyone in the parish is invited. 


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THIS WEEKEND...SISTER ITA’S BOUTIQUE...In support of the Presentation Sisters’ Ministry to the needy a boutique will be held this Sat. Oct. 23 (2-6PM) & Oct. 24 (8-1PM) in Hennessy Hall. Contact Sr. Ita for more information at 583-2544.

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 (876-1912) or Wilma (589-1761). Send checks to Wilma Zumsteg at 535 Beech Ave.

MEN’S CLUB.....Please join us at the meeting of the Men’s Club on Nov. 1st. This is a good opportunity to meet the men of the Parish. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is at 7:30 p.m. For reservations call Danny at 952-9141. Price is $10 per person till the 28th of Oct. and $13 after the 28th of Oct. So make your reservations now!

INBETWEENERS NEW YEARS EVE DINNER DANCE....Bring in the millennium at the In-betweeners New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance. Cost is $150.00 per couple. Call George Lynch at 872-0301 for tickets and further information.

ALUMNI OF ST. ROBERTS.....There is now a new addition to the St. Robert’s web page for St. Robert’s school alumni. Check it out at Also, come into the parish or school office to add yourself to the list of alumni on the website.  


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7-10PM, Grown-Ups.....Library

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

7-8:30PM, Liturgy Committee.....Library
7-10PM, 50th Ann. Committee.....Hall

7-9PM, RCIA....Chapel
7:30-9PM, School Board.....Hall

1-4PM, Fil/Am.....Hall


All Day, Men’s Club Set-Up.....Hall

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