St. Robert's Church Bulletin, December 5, 1999

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

DECEMBER 5, 1999
Second Sunday of Advent


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Dear Parishioners,

Thank you to the Liturgy Committee under the guidance of Pat Kelly who have decorated our Church so beautifully for the Season of Advent. I hope the Advent color of purple reminds us not only of the need we all have to do penance to truly be able to allow Jesus to be born within us but also of the purple shade of the sky in the early morning as we wait for the sun to rise and as we wait for the coming of Jesus into the life of each and every one of us.

All of us have to beware that the beautiful lights that shine from our Christmas trees and the decorations on our houses do not take away the light of Christ that was given to us at Baptism.With parties and presents, it is easy to forget Jesus. I am afraid that for the children of our society Pokemon has become more important this year than Jesus. Don’t let it happen in your family.

Again, I thank all those who have made it possible for us to go beyond the target of $207,000 that was given to us for the Campaign for Catholic Schools. As I write this (Monday, the 29th), we are at $212,000. All money over the original target will be eventually returned to our Parish for the additional goal we set of $100,000 for our school and Religious Education Program. Some parishioners have already given over $6,000 directly to our own Parish fund. If you are planning to give a single gift donation, you may choose to direct your gift to the Archdiocese Campaign. Please make your check out to Campaign for Catholic Education. Or you may choose to give directly to St. Robert’s tuition assistance. Please make your check out to St. Robert’s Tuition Assistance. Thank you for your gifts and thank you to those who could not give but promised to pray for the success of the Campaign.

Father Ring


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First Reconciliation

Most Catholic children celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation sometime during the second grade year. That celebration will happen here at our Parish on this Saturday, Dec. 4th. One hundred and five children will receive the Sacrament for the first time. It is a very faith filled and teachable moment to watch parents walk their child to the priest and present him/her for the Sacrament. I believe that the children are ready for this step in their faith journey. Since September the teachers have been preparing them during Religion class. This instruction has been reinforced and guided at home by their parents and family. The Sacrament of Reconciliation ritualizes the important aspect of our Catholic faith that we are loved by God without condition, thus forgiveness and God’s grace are always available. We must have some human experience of forgiveness if we are to believe in a forgiving God. A loving family environment certainly provides ample opportunities for forgiveness.

Sister Mary


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Monday 6:30 All Souls †
8:30 Elena Matteucci †
Tuesday 6:30 Helmut Schmidt †
8:30 Emmett Nealon †
Wednesday 6:30 Helmut Schmidt †
8:30 Daniel Bolanos †
10:30 Children of St. Robert's
6:30 Dorothy Bradley †
Thursday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 Frank Forchini †
Friday 6:30 John Connolly †
8:30 Philip Reilly †
Saturday 8:30 Paul & Rosina Vella †
4:30 Andrew & Theresa Galea †
Sunday 7:30 Charles Agius †
9:00 Michael & Emby Steim †
10:30 Santa Lucia †
12:00 George McLoughlin †
5:30 People of St. Robert's

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Isaiah 61:1-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-28


I am not a tidy person when it comes to my personal space. I do OK at keeping things uncluttered in shared community spaces, but people have been known to put police tape around my bedroom or office and declare it a disaster area! I’m trying to do better at keeping things neat because I’d like to be more hospitable to people who visit me. At the very least I want to keep a chair clear for a guest. This Advent, I’d also like to clear a chair in my heart for the Divine Guest. Please drop me a line if you have any wisdom about hospitality that I could share in this column. Thanks! - Pat Kelly

*We welcome into the family of God: Ryan Flynn & Armando Medina, who were 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.

As a Parish Community, We Pray
For all who follow Christ. May we be living witnesses of God’s love, as we announce a year of favor from the Lord.


Wed., Dec. 8th.
Masses are 6:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Advent Communal Penance Services
In preparation for Christmas please plan to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday, December 18th at 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 21st at 7:30 p.m.



Today at the 10:30 AM Mass, we will celebrate the RCIA Rite of Welcoming for our 16 new members who include:

Brian Barba, Chris Barnes, Emi Caruso,
John Compton, Joy Goodwin, Harold Goff,
Nancy Marty, Sylvina Olvera, Gina Pasquinelli,
Jacqui Quilici, Judi Rolfes, Rick Rolfes,
Lisa Romero, Cherie Sekulich, Gus Sinks
and Dave Slotnick.

These adults are preparing to receive their Easter Sacraments of Baptism and/or Confirmation and/or First Eucharist. Please keep them in your prayers as we journey toward Easter.



All parish musicians are invited to play or sing in our Christmas liturgies. As Andy Williams once sang, "It’s the most wonderful time of the year . . . fa la la, doo be doo, and all that." Teens involved in school bands and choirs are especially encouraged to help if you have the time for rehearsals. Interested? Call Pat Kelly at 589-2800.



Let us put ourselves in the place of someone who is unable to come together with our Parish family to share in the celebration of the Eucharist. Our Eucharistic Ministers, together with Sister Ita, bring Communion to them regularly and would like to bring a Christmas gift to them as well. Some suggestions are: robes, nightgowns, slippers, pajamas, lap robes, dusters, sweaters, knee socks. Please be sure that these gifts are new, not used. They may be put in one of the baskets placed on our altar steps. Your thoughtfulness will certainly help to "Announce A Year of Favor From The Lord".


SCRIP order forms are available in the vestibule, rectory or school office. Support our school!

Developing funds for Developing minds.
Cash for Class

As you do your Christmas shopping at Tanforan please turn in or get your receipts stamped at the information booth on the 2nd floor. Our school has a chance of winning $2,000. You can also turn in your receipts to the school or rectory office.


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MEN’S CLUB....Please join us at the meeting of the Men’s Club on December 6th. Doors open at 6:30PM and dinner is at 7:30PM. For reservations call Danny Uroz. Price is $13 person. This month we would like to help out Sister Ita - so please bring canned food to our meeting to help others that are less fortunate.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA....Dec. 11th in Hennessy Hall. Reservations required for either of two seatings - 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The continental breakfast will include muffins, donuts, fruit, juice & hot drinks. $4 per person (18 months & younger, free). Photos with Santa available for $2 each. Children will be able to share a "personal visit" with Santa, create a Christmas craft, and make holiday purchases at the "kid priced" Santa Shop. Please respond early. This special event always sells out! Please call 589-2800 for further information.

SOCIABLES....Our next get-together will be at Marie Callander’s for a Christmas brunch on December 12th. For reservations, please call Bunny Moniz. Marie Callander’s is in Serramonte.

CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE....If you would like to adopt a family, someone will be in front of Church after all Masses today to help you. Gifts need to be returned the weekend of Dec. 11 & 12. Any questions call Rob Aveson.

WOMEN’S GUILD....Please join us on Dec. 13th for some Christmas Cheer, Dessert and Coffee. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Christmas Carolers from 7-8 p.m. For reservations call Angie Mullady at 583-3302. Price is $5.00 per person.

IN-BETWEENERS 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.


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6:30-11PM, Men’s Club.....Hall

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

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

7-9PM, RCIA....Chapel
7-9PM, Parish Council.....Library
7:30-9PM, Fil/Am.....Hall
7:30-9PM, School Board....5th Gr. Classroom

5-11PM, In-Betweener’s.....Hall

All Day, Breakfast with Santa.....Hall

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

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