Saint Robert's Catholic Church
MINISTRIES and SERVICES


ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Sister Sheral Marshall offers weekly sessions on topics of interest of adult Catholics Tuesday mornings at 9:15am in Mary's Chapel. Please contact Sr. Sheral at (650) 589-2800 for information on the current offering.

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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

Meetings are on Saturdays mornings from 10:00am to 11:00am in the Mahoney Room of the school.


ALTAR SERVERS

All in the parish from sixth grade up who minister at Mass. Formation takes place each fall.

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ALTAR SOCIETY (MARTHAS)

A dedicated group of women that attend to the fine presentation of our Church. Once a week they clean the linens and robes of the Church. One day a week they cleanup the Sacristiy and the Sanctuary. There are approximately 18 women in this ministry.

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ANNUAL ARCHDIOCESAN - PARISH APPEAL

Each January, St. Robert's looks to its own special needs as well as to its responsibility to the central services of the Archdiocese. A financial goal set by the Archdiocese, and the Pastor and Parish Council is met through the generosity and sacrifice of all members of our parish. Begins January.

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ANOINTING OF THE SICK - COMMUNAL AND INDIVIDUAL

This sacrament is for the sick. It is celebrated communally at Sunday Eucharist twice each year. This sacrament is celebrated for individual parishioners who are seriously ill or before surgery any time day or night.

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BAPTISM - CATECHESIS AND CELEBRATION

The sacrament is celebrated on the first and third Sunday afternoons at 1:00pm. Catechesis for parents, is required prior to celebration. Sponsors are also invited to attend.

Baptism Class - Have you made conscious decision to share your faith with your child? Either before or after the birth of your baby, contact Deacon Rusty Duffey. He will meet with you and schedule you to attend the one and a half hour required class. Join us in an informal setting, meet other new parents and learn about the Sacrament of Baptism. The commitment you are about to make is an important one. Having a strong faith community to help with this commitment is also important. There are many organizations and programs within the Parish for you and your children.

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BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

In commemoration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, we bring our treasured pets to be blessed. St. Francis called all animals his brothers and sisters. We gather in the parking lot between the church and the school. Treats are provided for man and beast alike. Join us and bring all your creatures great and small. This event is sponsored by the Children's Liturgy Team. The blessing is normally held on the first weekend in October.

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CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD

Children's Liturgy is a program at the 9:30am Sunday Mass where the children are blessed and then excused at the beginning of Mass, they return to their parent(s) during the collection. We have two Liturgies appropriate for the children: "Little Church" for age 3 through 1st grade and "Middle Church" for 2nd to 5th graders. It is here where the children listen to the Sunday's Gospel. The Gospel is shared and then discussed with the children as to how it may be applied to their lives during the week. In addition to this, the children are invited by the priest to gather around the altar during the consecration. The Children's Liturgy Team sponsors Blessing of the Animals.

We hope you can come join us at the 9:30am Mass every Sunday. *Note: the last Sunday of the month is a Family Mass and the children stay in church with you to celebrate Mass as a family.

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CHOIR

Three choirs of men and women enhance our worship Sundays at the 9:30am, 11:30am and 5pm Masses. The 9:30am choir practices at 7:30pm on Wednesdays; the 11:30am choir practices immediately before the Mass; the 5pm choir practices Thursdays at 7:30pm.

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CONFIRMATION - CATECHESIS AND CELEBRATION

Preparation for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation begins in 9th Grade. Candidates attend classes twice monthly on Tuesday Evenings and continue in the Fall of the 10th Grade year, attending classes on scheduled Sunday afternoons. Students will receive the Sacrament of confirmation in the fall of their Sophomore year.

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ENDOWMENT FUND, FR. DANIEL LYNCH'S SCHOOL - PARISH ENDOWMENT FUND

Capital funds set up through the generosity of St. Robert's parishioners. These funds provide both operating and capital financial support for our parish/school.

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EXTENSION PROGRAM OF THE SCHOOL

A before and after school care program for children of St. Robert's School on all school days.

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FINANCE COUNCIL

The Good News of the Gospel cannot be preached to God's people without some consideration of material needs such as finances, membership, physical plant, and future material needs of the parish. The Administration/Finance Committee of the parish is a group who assists the Pastor and ministerial team in the common burden of the material administration of the parish. Meets quarterly.

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FIRST EUCHARIST - CATECHESIS AND CELEBRATION

The sacrament is celebrated solemnly by parish second graders. Family First Communion is encouraged for all who wish prior to the solemn celebration.

Parents of second graders are required to participate in the evenings of preparation prior to their children's reception of the sacrament.

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FIRST RECONCILIATION - CATECHESIS AND CELEBRATION

Celebrated simply by parish second graders prior to First Eucharist. Parents are required to participate in the catechetical evenings in the preparation for their children's celebration.

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FUNERAL CELEBRATION

The funeral liturgy is generally celebrated in our parish church and at the cemetery. The Vigil or Rosary service, when possible, is celebrated in our church the evening prior to burial. The Mass of Christian Burial proceeds the burial service.

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GREETERS & HOSPITALITY

Singles, couples, and families can participate in this ministry of hospitality before and after Sunday liturgies. Greeters are at all Masses. Hospitality provide coffee and cookies following the Sunday, 9:30 Mass.

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GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP

This twice monthly group meets to assist those who have experienced a significant loss in thier lives.

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INTERNET WEB SITE

The Saint Robert's Internet WEB site ( WWW.SAINTROBERTS.ORG ) is intended to provide an additional form of communication for our parish community via the World Wide Web. All parish organizations: spiritual, supportive, educational and social are encouraged to utilize the WEB site for the benefit of our parish and schools. The site has been created by the Parish Council. Additions and maintenance are ongoing by two St. Roberts parishioners.

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LECTORS

Lectors are the women and men, younger or older, called forth from the Community to proclaim God's Word at our parish liturgies. They are expected to be the doers of God's Word as well as proclaimers.

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