St. Robert's Church Bulletin, February 20, 2000

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

February 20, 2000
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners,

I hope you take the time to fill out the survey being passed out by the Parish Council. WE NEED TO KNOW YOUR OPINIONS as the Council begins to formulate our Parish goals for the period July 1, 2000 to June 20, 2001. Please help.

A friend sent me the following story. I thought we can all profit from it.

     The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.

     Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions.

     But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky.

     The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stunned with grief and anger. "God how could you do this to me!" he cried.

     Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him.

     "How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers.

     We saw your smoke signal," they replied. Remember, next time your little hut is burning to the ground — it just may be a smoke signal that summons the grace of God.

For all the negative things we have to say to ourselves, God has a positive answer for it:

You say: "It’s impossible"
God says: All things are possible (Luke 18:27)

You say: "Nobody really loves me"
God says: I love you (John 3:16 John 13:34)

You say: "I can’t go on"
God says: My grace is sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9 Psalm 91:15)

You say: "I can’t figure things out"
God says: I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say: "I can’t do it"
God says: You can do all things (Phillippians 4:13)

Father Vicent Ring


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Reflections of a Catholic School Principal...

Did you ever have one of those days when you felt you just couldn’t get out from under all the work on your desk? A day when deadlines loomed before you, and you still had yet another meeting to attend? I’m sure you have. Unfortunately, these types of days are a part of life. The question is, what do you do about it? The answer for me is a simple one. I visit the classrooms. A hug or smile from a student is all I need to make it all worth while. Thank you, God, for the children.

Patricia Bordin
Principal, St. Robert’s School


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Monday 8:30 Noelle Lille †
Tuesday 6:30 Mary Zechner †
8:30 Mary Figone †
Wednesday 6:30 Luigi Sevieri †
8:30 Antonio Bascaran †
Thursday 6:30 William Cussack †
8:30 Oscar Moniri †
Friday 6:30 Mary Kuczka †
8:30 Antonio Bascaran †
Saturday 8:30 Anthony Aiello †
4:30 Emmanuel & Rose Grech †
Sunday 7:30 Asunta & Pasqualetti Silvia †
9:00 George & Mary Rose Vouvalikes †
10:30 Dora Morris †
12:00 People of St. Robert's
5:30 George Lynch, Sr. †



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Hosea 2:16-22; 2 Corinthians 3:1-6; Mark 2:18-22


  • Please take a moment to read the informational insert in today’s bulletin on our upcoming change in the distribution of Holy Communion on Sundays. This change offers many opportunities for us to deepen our prayer together on Sundays.

  • Ash Wednesday (March 8) is not far away. I invite you to bring your palms from last Palm Sunday to church over the next two weeks and leave them in the receptacle in the vestibule. We will burn the palms on Sunday, March 5th immediately after the 5:30pm Mass to make ashes for Ash Wednesday.

  • Please keep the participants of the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) in your prayers. Within the Rite, Lent is the Period of Purification and Enlightenment. Spiritually, it is an important time for them and the entire community. Also, please continue to remember the young adults preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation and the children preparing for first Holy Communion. - Pat Kelly


Thanks to all the parishioners who helped and prayed for the parishioner who fainted at the noon Mass last Sunday. He is at home doing well.

Thank you.


*we welcome into the family of God: Alexander Macy, Kristina Martinez, Jeremy Germenis, Ian Mifsud & Audrey Houde, 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, Denise Hawald & Cyndy Smerdel.

*We pray for the repose of the souls of: Urbano Marcelino and Millie Blazina,

As a Parish Community, We Pray

For all Deacons, especially Rusty Duffey, Brian Costello and Bob Mendonca...May their lives proclaim the Good News.



Leigh Burns,
Meaghen English,
Jennifer Kitchin,
Michelle Plyer,
Danielle Salvato,
Ashley Summers,
Jeanette Timko and
Jennifer Walker,

who made the Honor Roll at Notre Dame.



Catholic Charities Peninsula Family Resource Center would like to thank the members of St. Robert’s Parish for their heartwarming support of their Christmas program and especially the efforts of Rob Aveson and Sandy Murtagh, who coordinated the gift giving. Food and gifts were provided to 110 families. Thank you.



The San Francisco Filipino Cursilllo announces the 3-day Cursillo Weekends for the Year 2000. The place is St. Thomas Moore Parish. Contact Rose Jardin (588-3136) for more info.

Men’s Weekend - March 23-26
Women’s Weekend - April 27-30


Elderly people help us to see human affairs with greater wisdom, because life's vicissitudes have brought them knowledge and maturity. They are the guardians of our collective memory, and thus privileged interpreters of that body of ideals and common values which support and guide life in society. Precisely because of their mature experience, the elderly are able to offer young people precious advice and guidance.

—-Pope John Paul II, "Letter to the Elderly," 1999


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GROWNUPS....The grownups annual champagne Communion breakfast will be held in Hennessy hall on Sunday, February the 27th, after 10:30 Mass. The price is $7 per person. Please call Lillian Fazio, Dolores Moynihan or Dorothy Branch. Tickets will also be available after the weekend Masses. No tickets sold at the door.

SOCIABLES....Our next get-together will be on March 12th at El Torito Restaurant. The address is 1590 Bayshore Hwy, Burlingame. This will be a Sunday brunch. The price per person is $16. Please call Bunny Moniz for reservations.

WOMEN’S GUILD....The Annual St. Robert Women’s Communion Mass and Breakfast will be celebrated at the 9:00 a.m. Mass Sunday, March 26th. A champagne breakfast at Angela's Cafe and Deli in Millbrae will follow. This event is a wonderfully rich tradition that honors the sisterhood of the women of St. Robert’s Parish. The cost is $15 per person. Call Lori Burns for reservations or more information.


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6:30-8PM, Legion of Mary.....Library
6:45-8PM, Religious Education .....Hall
7-9:30PM, Renew Fac. Training.....Chapel

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

6-11PM, Kindergarten Dinner.....Hall

9-12PM, Grown-Up’s Breakfast.....Hall

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