St. Robert's Church Bulletin, November 7, 1999

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

NOVEMBER 7, 1999
Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners,

We are now in the final weeks of soliciting donations and pledges for the Campaign for Catholic Schools. So far we have received $ 126,070 in pledges and donations from 141 individuals and families. Thank you. I would ask those who so generously gave their time to make phone calls and pay visits to other parishioners to turn in their lists to the Parish Office. One of the side benefits of the Campaign is that we have been able to "clean-up" our Parish census. Also will those who promised to make a pledge or donation, please send the card to the Parish office or give us a phone call, if you have not already done so.

Some people are surprised when Pope John Paul II pleads for compassion when people are about to be executed. They really should not be, since the CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, approved by the Pope, clearly states: "Today ... as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offence incapable of doing harm - without definitively taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself - the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity are very rare, if not practically non-existent."

In the near future, we will present a longer article on this important pro-life issue.

Fr. Ring


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St. Paul wrote today’s second reading (1 Thessalonians, 4:13-18) to console early Christians troubled, thinking that those who have died will miss out on some of the benefits of Jesus’ return. This was written for us too. Paul wants us not to be unaware about those we love "who have fallen asleep". He wants us to think about these loved ones with hope. Paul does not reject grieving; he rejects despair — grieving without hope.

Throughout this last November of this century, we decided to choose a person from our All Souls’ Remembrance list, each day, and share with each other how each has brought joy into our lives. We began with our deceased spouses (Betty and Clarence), thanking them for our 8 children, 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Memories flooded our hearts of so many relatives and friends, whom though we no longer see them remain here with us. Their acts of kindness and love live on forever: Mom May baking our favorite Kolaches; Dad May’s breath-taking driving; Uncle Harry’s tall tales; after Mass on Sunday, ice-cream treats at Grandma and Grandpa McKeevers; Uncle George’s fishing lessons; Nancy’s wide-eyed look of surprise; Veronica and John in the pew in front of us at 8:30 Mass; Augie’s welcoming many, many more, who let us know how very much we are loved. We offer for them our prayer of thanks

Filled with peace, hope and joy, we console each other with St. Paul’s words: "We who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Thus we shall always be with the Lord." We look forward to sharing with those we love Jesus’ new life forever!

Gene and Anna May


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Monday 6:30 All Souls †
8:30 Charles Agius †
Tuesday 6:30 Vivian Jester †
8:30 All Souls †
Wednesday 6:30 All Souls †
8:30 Albert Spadaro †
Thursday 6:30 Angelo Mezzeta †
8:30 All Souls †
Friday 6:30 All Souls †
8:30 Sam Boncich †
Saturday 8:30 Paul & Riosina Vella †
4:30 All Souls †
Sunday 7:30 People of St. Robert's
9:00 Marion Dombrowiak †
10:30 Giuseppe Pignati †
12:00 Antonia Madayag †
5:30 Frank J. Bogart †

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Prov 31:10-13,19-20,30-31; 1 Thes 5:1-6; Matthew 25:14-30



Many newspapers have been reporting recently about "the epidemic of obesity" in the U.S. and about the low carbohydrate "Atkins diet." Our eating and diets are big news (although obesity is not always caused by eating disorder.) Especially as Thanksgiving approaches, Christians are called to reflect upon how the simple act of eating, and even more so the act of sharing a meal with others, is a holy act which may reflect self-love, self-restraint, joy, charity, justice, and/or pleasure. The questions for us are, "Does the Spirit of the Eucharistic sacrifice and banquet flow into the meals of the rest of the week and vice-versa? Do we see food and each meal as holy gifts?" - 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, Jeanne McHugh, Catherine Cook, Ann Burns, Imelda Daly, Gene Martin, Margarita Velez,

*For the repose of the soul of: Audree A. Belanger and Joseph Mallamo

As a Parish Community, We Pray
That we open our eyes to the plight of the hungry, homeless, helpless and humble. May they become a national priority and find help in their need.



Jesus has asked us to reach out to all who are hungry, thirsty, lonely or ill. We have an opportunity to do this by bringing non-perishable food to the baskets that have been placed on our altar steps. In a loving way, we can bring hope to our sisters and brothers in need.



Holidays are times we look forward to being with family and friends. This is a reality that hurts as we miss absent loved ones who have died.

Handling the holidays is not deciding how to eliminate the pain of missing these people, but rather learning how best to live with the hurt without being consumed by it. In the worship you will be able to:

  • acknowledge the difficulty of this season as one who is grieving.
  • gain some new tools and insights for working your way through the holidays
  • join with others for support and connection.

There will be a workshop here at St. Roberts, Sunday, Nov. 14th, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Contact Sr. Ita for more information.



During November, as we remember All Souls, a shrine of remembrance will be in place around the statue of Mary. Please feel free to leave at the shrine a memorial card, photo, or small memento of your loved ones who have died.



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 Nov. 10th . 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.


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Welcome into our Parish Family the following people:

Oscar & Susane Flores & family
Walter & Julie Bugler & family
Steve & Maureen Mitchell & family
John & Mary Dowden & family

We welcome you into St. Robert’s Family and ask that you complete a registration form (found in the vestibule of the church). Drop it either in the collection basket, in the mail, or at the parish office. We will mail a New Parishioner Packet with information about the parish, its organizations and groups.


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WOMEN’S GUILD.... Attention all Women of the Parish. If you love to eat, drink and shop, this November meeting is for you. Join us for the Annual Craft night on Nov. 8th. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Dinner served at 7:00 p.m. All of this for $11. For reservations call Angie Mullady.

CALLING ALL CRAFTERS.... Reserve a table now to see your crafts at St. Robert’s Women’s Guild Annual Craft night on Nov. 8th in the Hall. Sign up now at $10 a table. Call Angie Mullady, to reserve your table.

6TH GRADE OUTDOOR EDUCATION.... Will be having a Pancake Breakfast as a fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 14th following the 9:00 Mass. For reservations and further information call Josie Ribero.

INBETWEENERS NEW YEARS EVE DINNER DANCE.... Bring in the millennium at the In-betweeners New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance. Cost is $125.00 per couple. Deadline Dec. 1st. Call George Lynch 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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6-10PM, Women’s Guild.....Hall
7:30-9PM, St. Vincent de Paul...Library

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

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

7-9PM, RCIA....Chapel

10-1PM, Teen’s.....Hall/Kitchen

10-11:30AM, Fil/Am Choir....Hall
1:30-3PM, Grief Session.....Chapel

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