St. Robert's Church Bulletin, February 11, 2001

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

February 11, 2001
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners,

On this day in the year 1858, Bernadette Soubirous saw a beautiful woman at a grotto in Lourdes, France. When the poor girl asked, "Who are you?" the lady humbly responded that she was the Immaculate Conception (the sinless Virgin Mary). The waters which began to flow from the grotto were soon related to miraculous cures and the sick from around the world flocked to Lourdes just as they still do today.

Nine years ago, Pope John Paul II declared February 11 to be World Day of the Sick, "a special time of prayer and sharing, of offering one’s suffering for the good of the Church and of reminding us to see in our sick brother and sister the face of Christ who, by suffering, dying and rising, achieved the salvation of humankind."

Our Lady told Saint Bernadette, "I cannot promise you happiness in this life, but only in the next." We are all promised unimaginable happiness and eternal life if we believe in Jesus.

The film Song of Bernadette begins with this quotation: "For those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible."

May we always believe in God’s love for us, and help the sick to place their trust in Him. —Fr. Mark


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Dear Parishioners,

Thank you to the Parish council for hosting the annual Newcomers Breakfast. It has become a wonderful tradition in our Parish.

Thank you to the members of the Finance Council of the Parish for their willingness to speak at all Masses concerning the Annual Appeal of the Archdiocese. I hope that all parishioners will share in providing for the ministerial needs of the Archdiocese. Our goal this year is $82,000.

Because of your generosity, we have been able to send $2,525.00 to the Church in El Salvador and $1,000.00 to the Church in India to help people as they recover from the recent devastating earthquakes.

I apologize to all who receive Catholic San Francisco in the mail. I think it is inappropriate to have a fund raising insert in the newspaper of the Archdiocese.

Father Ring


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2/12 Monday 6:30 Manuel C. Fernandez †
8:30 Charles Agius †
2/13 Tuesday 6:30 Floyd A. Wilson †
8:30 Ivan Gregor †
2/14 Wednesday 6:30 Gerhard Jordan †
8:30 Marija Boncich †
2/15 Thursday 6:30 Ed Marlowe †
8:30 Mauro Sciacqua †
2/16 Friday 6:30 Antonia Ventura †
8:30 John Erasmy †
2/17 Saturday 8:30 Linda Vezzaro †
4:30 Raymond Figolah †
2.18 Sunday 7:30 Joseph Emilio †
9:00 People of St. Robert's
10:30 John Hernandez †
12:00 Bombie Crisostomo †
5:30 Giuseppe Pignati †

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1 Samuel 26:2-23 1 Corinthians 15:45-49 Luke 6:27-38

As a Parish Community, We Pray.....

On this World Marriage Day, may God fill the homes of all married couples with faith, hope and love.

We Welcome the Newly Baptized: Kenneth Osterlund

We Pray for the Ill: Marilyn Arancibia, Bastiaan Blumenthal, Marcia Bourne, Ann Burns, Sister Cabrini, Arthur Candia, Ana Cosgaya, Imelda Daly, William & Sandra Dill, Adela Florez, Elsie Grech, Randall Guerro, Denise Hawald, Koret Koelman, Muriel Krause, Josephine Lavoie, Marky, Rosemary McHale, Jeanne McHugh, Terry McLeod, Richard Quintana, Mary Shick, Cyndy Smerdel, Kari Stellino, Don Vickery, Sharon Aiello, Catherine Okulove, Nan Connolly, Joanne Johnson, Josie Clarke, Ruth Sleeper, Sister Nancy Reynolds & Bernie Voight.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Joseph Gasparre &
Bishop Mark J. Hurley
who died recently.


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"Lent: The Paschal Season Begins"

The liturgical season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 25th. It is a season that has a two-fold character. First, it calls us to be renewed in our baptismal vows, rejecting sin and believing in the Most Holy Trinity and the Church. The catechumens and candidates of the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) are preparing to celebrate Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist for the first time during the Pascahl Triduum and the Easter Season. We walk with them, and we are renewed by these celebrations of new Christian life. The second characteristic of Lent kicks in here. The fact that we all struggle and sometimes fail to live according to the Paschal Mystery of Christ—his life, death, and resurrection—causes us to repent of our sins and to do penance. Remember, we don’t take on penance to soothe an angry God. We do penance—prayer, fasting, and almsgiving—to strengthen ourselves and to recommit ourselves to Gospel living. - Pat Kelly


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Cash for Class
Help our School Childern win $2000

If you shopped at Tanforan during the holidays or at any other time please turn in your receipts at the information booth on the 2nd floor at Tanforan, in the vestibule of the Church or the Rectory. For questions or more information Call Linda Cuddy.



We are looking for teen actors, singers and musicians for this year’s Passion Play. The Passion Play is an annual celebration of Jesus’ life on Good Friday night. There will be a meeting in late February for those who are interested. If you wish to join the fun, call Ben Baldonado. We are also looking for adult singers and musicians. There will be minimum practice time for the adults. Ben Baldonado.



The Season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 28th. As it approaches, keep these things in mind to aid your prayer, fasting, and almsgiving:

  • Sales of the Good News Bible and the New American Bible will begin the first week of Lent. If you don’t have a Bible in your home, plan to pick up one of these. They are attractive, durable, and affordable.

  • "Operation Rice Bowl", a Lenten almsgiving for the poor of the world, will begin soon. Pick up a collection box in church on Sunday, Feb. 25th.

  • Stations of the Cross, followed by a Simple Meal will be offered every Friday of Lent beginning March 2. Plan to attend!

February 14th

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 Church, by 9:15 AM on Feburary 14th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items can be donated. We appreciate all your help.



Congratulations to the following parishioners who yesterday at St. Mary’s Cathedral joined many other couples from throughout the archdiocese in celebrating milestone wedding anniversaries during the year 2001:

Merci & Mars Agustin

25 years
Lila & Tony Foti 25 years
Carmen & Gerald Huddleston    25 years
Norma & Jim Galvin 50 years

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WOMEN’S GUILD..... Monday, February 12th meeting, with "Mystery Guest". Doors open at 6:00 p.m. For reservations call Heidi. Tickets will go on sale that evening for the March 31st Dinner-Dance/Auction "Viva Las Vegas!". Be sure to buy some before they sell out!!

GROWNUP’S.......Annual Pancake Communion Breakfast will be held in Hennessy Hall on Sunday, February 25th, after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. The price is $7.00 per person. Please call Lillian, Dolores or Dorothy for tickets. Tickets will also be sold after some of the week-end Masses. No tickets will be sold at the door.


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MONDAY, February 12th
6 - 10 p.m. Women’s Guild.....Hall
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. St. Vincent de Paul.....Library

TUESDAY, February 13th
3:30 - 8 p.m. Religous Education.....Hall
6:30 - 8 p.m. Legion of Mary.....Library
8 - 9 p.m. Teen Club......Hall

WEDNESDAY, February 14th
9:15 a.m. Aids Lunch.....Children’s Chapel
9 - 10 a.m. Grief Group.....Mary’s Chapel
7:30 - 9 p.m. Bible Study....Convent Chapel

THURSDAY, February 15th
3:30 - 8 p.m. Religious Ed.....Hall
7 - 9 p.m. RCIA.....Chapel
7 - 9 p.m. Parish Council....Library

SUNDAY, February 18th
10 - 11:30 a.m. Fil/Am Choir....Hall

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