St. Robert's Church Bulletin, March 12, 2000

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

March 12, 2000
First Sunday of Lent


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"The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan." - Mark 1:12-13

"The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert"
How odd of the Spirit to do such a harsh thing to Jesus! It sounds like He didn’t want to go there. Yet He was so attuned to the Spirit of God that He knew he must go. God set his agenda. This Lent, this Easter, this Jubilee Year, am I allowing the Holy Spirit to set my agenda, no matter how difficult it might appear to be? Have I a clue as to what God wants for me? Am I listening?

"and he remained in the desert for forty days"
I might relish the idea of getting away to a place of solitude for a week or so. It would be a great escape. But for forty days?! After a week, solitude fades into boredom. Silence opens into a great, empty chasm. And the desert was no plush retreat center, either! Jesus was not on a great "getaway" vacation or even a comfortable retreat when He was driven into the desert. He was seeking something and determined to remain until He found it. He was not escaping, but engaging himself in spiritual quest. Will I remain in the desert even after the novelty wears off? Will I remain through the boredom, loneliness, hunger and thirst? Will God ever respond?

"tempted by Satan."
And just when I think I am home free, a stumbling block comes along. Will I persevere? Will God give me the grace to know the difference between God’s voice, my voice, and the voice of the evil one? In my quest, will I settle for something less than what I know God wants?

Friends, let’s pray this Lent especially for participants in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) as they prepare for Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist. Remember our Lenten theme: WE ARE ONE BODY, ONE BODY IN CHRIST. We need each other, and we are here for each other. Even when it seems we must walk some path alone, we know that Jesus (and probably someone else in this community) has already walked it, so WE DO NOT WALK ALONE.

I hope you have a prayerful, peaceful, purposeful, Spirit-filled, not-too-painful, (even joyful!) Lent.

Pat Kelly


Archdiocese of San Francisco program of formation for the permanent diaconate....if you are single or married between the ages of 35 and 60, you may apply for the program and are invited to attend an information evening on Tuesday, March 14th, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Wives of applicants are encouraged to participate in the formation program and are also welcome to attend the evening. Since the first step in the application process is a letter of recommendation from an applicant’s Pastor, interested Pastors are also invited to be present. For further information contact Rev. Gregory Ingels at (650) 325-5621.


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Monday 6:30 Sisters of the Presentation
8:30 Charles Agius †
Tuesday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 Antoinetta Marcheschi †
Wednesday 6:30 Boska Vukas †
8:30 George Psaila †
Thursday 6:30 Noelle Lille †
8:30 Armida Moniri †
Friday 6:30 Antonette Cantatore †
8:30 Amelia Bartolozzi †
Saturday 8:30 Vittoria Fanti †
4:30 People of St. Robert's
Sunday 7:30 Jose Mercado †
9:00 Bill Wilson †
10:30 Flavian Sabter †
12:00 Patricia Soriano †
5:30 George Lynch, Sr. †

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Genesis 22:1-18; Romans 8:31-34; Mark 9:2-10

"The Eucharistic Prayer"

Last year in a Liturgy Committee meeting, the question came up, "Why don’t we ring the bells anymore during the Eucharistic Prayer?" The use of the bells originated at a time when the priest faced the high altar (his back was to the congregation) and he prayed the Eucharistic Prayer in a very soft voice. It was nearly impossible to know which part of the Eucharistic Prayer he was saying at any given time. Bells were rung when he elevated the Host and the Cup so that people would be attentive in adoration at least at that moment. With the liturgical reform of Vatican II, priests were instructed to face the people and to pray in an audible voice. We no longer use the bells because we can now be attentive to the prayer from the outset of the opening dialogue (The Lord be with you . . . Lift up your hearts . . . etc.) - 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, Margarita Velez, Marky, Marlyn Arancibia, Marcia Bourne, Sandra Dill, Randall Guerro, Denise Hawald, Cyndy Smerdel, Theresa Cook, Marina Buhain, Anthony Arrahoo & Rita Gomez.

As a Parish Community, We Pray
That the victims of flooding and landslides receive the consolation and help they need to rebuild their lives.

Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Celia M. Sanchez and Josephine McNicoll
who recently passed away.



All are invited to the Church for Stations at 6PM each Friday during Lent. After this time of reflection and prayer, share a sacrificial meal of pasta, salad, bread & fruit with our St. Robert’s family. We ask that you give what you would have spent on your Friday dinner to our St. Vincent de Paul Socieity. They will use it to provide food where it is most needed. There will be a basket in Hennessy Hall for your gift.

Let us come together for:

"Prayer"—Stations of the Cross
"Fasting and Abstinence"—-a light meal following Stations
"Almsgiving"—-a donation to St. Vincent de Paul Society



For the Solemnity of St. Patrick, Friday, March 17th, I am announcing a dispensation from the obligation of abstinence for the faithful who may be bound by it.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Revered William J. Levada



The Docent program of St. Mary’s Cathedral invites you to a Morning of Recollection on Tuesday, March 21st in the Cathedral Conference Center.

Father Milt Walsh will present Lenten reflections centering around the theme: "Jesus—Why did He die?" Talks will begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude with 12:10 Mass in the Cathedral.

This will also be an excellent opportunity to make your Holy Year Pilgrimage. Bring your lunch. (Coffee, tea and pastries will be provided.) Call Rosemary Bellan at (415) 567-2020 ext. 207 for further information.


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WOMEN’S GUILD....Join us on March 13th, for our dinner/meeting. Lots of business-Fashion Show preview & elections for nominating committee. Make your reservations by calling Angie Mullady. Price is $11.00.

Also from Women’s Guild.... Celebrate Mass with the Women of St. Robert’s Parish, Sunday, March 26th at the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Champagne Breakfast immediately following. Waffles, fresh fruit, eggs, chicken sausage. To be held at Angela’s Cafe and Deli, Broadway Ave. in Millbrae. $15 a person. Call Lori Burns for reservations or more information. (Angela’s is opening just for us, so please come!)

ST. ROBERT’S FASHION SHOW AND DINNER DANCE....Pack your bags and climb aboard "The Love Boat" on Saturday evening, April 8th, 2000, when St. Robert’s Women’s Guild sets sail for an elegant evening at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City. Join us for dinner, dancing, fashions, entertainment, raffle prizes and a special drawing to win a cruise! Special round trip senior’s shuttle leaving from St. Robert’s. For more information call 589-2800.

ST. PATRICK DINNER DANCE.....Saturday, March 18th at 7:00 p.m. in Hennessy Hall - $20 per person. All proceeds to benefit our Nuns. Call Kevin Carey, Sr. or Mike Salvato for tickets and further information. Donations gladly accepted.



Jubilee Celebration of Life, Sunday, March 26th at St. Mary’s Cathedral. You are invited to a special Jubilee Year Celebration of Life. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. with a Morning of Reflection and Renewal which will be lead by Sister Paula Vandegae, SSS and Father Jose Rodriguez. Archbishop William Levada will be principal celebrant of the Liturgy at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow. For further information and reservations please call (415) 565-3672.


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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 Education .....Hall

7-9PM, Graduation Mtg.....7th Gr. Classroom
7-9PM, Youth Mtg.....Hall

7-9PM, RCIA.....Chapel

6:00 p.m., Stations.....Church
5-7PM, Soup Supper.....Hall

7-11PM, St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance.....Hall

10-11:30AM, Fil/AM Choir.....Library

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