St. Robert's Church Bulletin, March 4, 2001

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

March 4, 2001
First Sunday in Lent


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Dear Parishioners,

Easter came early to St. Robert’s Parish last weekend. Notice the large number of Baptisms we had. Four were infants in our regular Baptismal program on Sunday. All the others - eight! - (six families) are young children in our CCD/Religious Education program. For various reasons they had not been baptized as infants. When their parents brought them to CCD last Fall, Sister Mary O’Donnell welcomed them into a special program to prepare them for Baptism.

We are so grateful to Sister for this program, and we are so happy to have these kids in our parish family. They will receive First Communion this Spring. We are grateful that their parents chose us for their children’s religious education.

Almost every parish has a program like this. If you know parents whose children were not baptized as infants, encourage them not to be shy. Their children are most welcome.

Father Morris


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3/05 Monday 6:30 George Baglin †
8:30 Ivan Boncich †
3/06 Tuesday 6:30 Liam Gallagher †
8:30 Ines Nunez Arruda †
3/07 Wednesday 6:30 Kevin Epidendio †
8:30 Family Boncich †
3/08 Thursday 6:30 JoAnn Hunt †
8:30 Josephine Novelli †
3/09 Friday 6:30 Hilda Braslow †
8:30 George Psaila †
3/10 Saturday 8:30 Paul & Rosina Vella †
4:30 Joseph McClelland †
3/11 Sunday 7:30 Thomas & MaryAnn Begley †
9:00 Dino Tonelli †
10:30 Pasquale & Maria Teresa Aloise †
12:00 Eugene J. Martin †
5:30 People of St. Robert's

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Deuteronomy 26:4-10 Romans 10:8-13 Luke 4:1-13


As a parish community, we pray.... For all who are ill and in pain; for those who suffer from loneliness, depression and despair. May they soon taste and see thegoodness of the Lord.


We welcome the newly baptized: Sione Mataitini Tuuhetoka, Tristan Liberty Jensen, Jeremy Alexander Kattenhorn, Austin Micallef, Daniel David Betts, Tyler Bryce Gibbons, Riley Robert Gibbons, Jacqueline Alexandra Rivera, Stephanie Rose Saunders, Nicole Marie Feger, Jill Paulette Feger, & Stephen Shane Hussey.


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


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
William Stringer & Roy Possi
who died recently.


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"The Goodness of the Lord"

Our Lenten focus, "Taste and see the goodness of the Lord," comes from Psalm 34. The person who wrote the psalm was delivered by God from some sort of evil, and he is now inviting others to put their trust in God’s abundant goodness and mercy.

We do the same during Mass, in particular during the Penitential Rite, the first prayers following the Sign of the Cross and the Greeting. Immediately, we turn our minds and hearts toward the mercy of God. As Christians, we should have great trust in the compassionate goodness of God. Jesus Christ reveals this to us! This Lent, we will sing the Penitential Rite. We will use the words, "Kyrie eleision! Christe eleison! Kyrie eleison!" These are Greek words meaning, "Lord, have mercy! Christ, have mercy! Lord, have mercy!"

Again, let us remember that as we strive to "turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel," God is very eager to assist us in our efforts to be more faithful. This is why the Preface calls Lent, "this joyful season." - Pat Kelly


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As has been St. Robert’s custom for many years, Stations of the Cross are celebrated in the Church at 6:00 p.m. each Friday during Lent. Following Stations, all are invited to a light supper in Hennessy Hall. We collect a free will offering - what you would have spent on your Friday dinner. St. Vincent de Paul Society will use your donation to feed our hungry sisters and brothers. Bring your family or a friend.


Catholic Relief Services

Pray * Fast * Learn * Give

In today’s second reading, Paul writes, "Here there is no difference between Jew and Greek; all have the same Lord, rich in mercy toward all who call upon him" (Romans 10: 11-12).

As we begin the first full week of Lent, Scripture reminds us of our solidarity with each member of the human family.

This lent, we anchor solidarity in Operation Rice Bowl, Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten program. The U.S. Bishops have identified prayer and worship, with their foundation in the Eucharist, as central to answer the call to solidarity. Our participation in Operation Rice Bowl this Lent, anchors solidarity in community prayer and worship and demonstrates how the nourishment we receive through the Eucharist should be shared with all of our neighbors.



Reading and praying with Sacred Scripture is an extremely rewarding spiritual practice, especially during the seasons of Lent and Easter. Beginning this Sunday, Feb. 25th, we have attractive, durable, and affordable bibles for sale at cost after all Masses. The Good News Bible ($8.50) is hardbound and offers a contemporary English, easy-to-understand translation. The New American Bible ($15.00) is also hardbound and offers the same translation we hear at Mass.



The many choirs of St. Robert’s are preparing for Holy Week and looking for new members. Singers of all ages and skill levels are welcome:

10:30 Mass Choir
(Adult, Young Adult, Teen)
Wed., 7:15-8:30pm, Church
5:30 Mass Choir
(Adult, Young Adult, Teen)
Tues., 7:15-8:30pm, Church
Children's Choir
(grades 2-6)
Fri., 3:00-3:40pm, Church
Teen Ensemble
(Singers and Instrumentalists)
1st Sun., 4:30-5:15pm, Church
Contact: Pat Kelly, 589-2800
Noon Mass Choir
(Adult, Young Adult, Teen)
Sun., 10:30-11:45am, Hall
Contact: Manny Ortiz
9:00 Mass Songleaders
(All ages)
3rd Sun., 8:30am, Church
Contact: Virginia Yanke


"Heal the Sick!"

Jesus wants His Church to take care of those who are ill by praying for them in His Name. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is for anyone who begins to be in danger of death from illness or from the aging process. In the reception of this Sacrament, we come to TASTE AND SEE THE GOODNESS OF THE LORD. We receive the graces of strength, peace and courage to overcome the the difficulties of serious illness or the frailty of advanced years; a closer union with the suffering of Christ; sanctification and often the restoration of health; and preparation for our final journey to eternal life. St. Robert’s Lenten Anointing Mass will take place at Noon on Sunday, March 11th. All who are ill or experiencing the affects of aging are invited to receive this Sacrament.



The Emergency Prayer Network continues to pray for specific intentions that require a concerted effort due to their critical nature. To facilitate the network, please call Michele Pipinich. The network then prays frequently for the next 72 hours. We would appreciate a return call with the outcome so we can praise God for His faithfulness.


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As we begin the new millennium, Pope John Paul has written a letter to all members of the Church. During the weeks of Lent, selections from the letter will be in our bulletin to help us prepare for the Feast of Easter.



The contemplation of Christ’s face cannot fail to be inspired by all that we are told about him in sacred Scripture, which from beginning to end is permeated by his mystery, prefigured in a veiled way in the Old Testament and revealed fully in the New, so that St. Jerome can vigorously affirm: "Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ." Remaining firmly anchored in Scripture, we open ourselves to the action of the Spirit (cf. Jn. 15:26) from whom the sacred texts derive their origin, as well as to the witness of the apostles (cf. Jn 15:27), who had a first hand experience of Christ, the Word of life: They saw him with their eyes, heard him with their ears, touched him with their hands (cf. 1 Jn. 1:1).

What we receive from them is a vision of faith based on precise historical testimony: a true testimony which the Gospels, despite their complex redaction and primarily catechetical purpose, pass on to us in an entirely trustworthy way.

The Gospels do not claim to be a complete biography of Jesus in accordance with the canons of modern historical science. From them, nevertheless, the face of the Nazarene emerges with a solid historical foundation. The evangelists took pains to represent him on the basis of trustworthy testimonies which they gathered (cf. Lk. 1:13) and working with documents which were subjected to careful ecclesial scrutiny. It was on the basis of such firsthand testimony, that enlightened by the Holy Spirit’s action, they learned the humanly perplexing fact of Jesus’ virginal birth from Mary, wife of Joseph. From those who had known him during the almost 30 years spend in Nazareth (cf. Lk. 3:23) they collected facts about the life of "the carpenter’s son" (Mt. 13:55), who was himself a "carpenter" and whose place within the context of his larger family was well established (cf. Mk. 6:3). They record his religious fervor, which prompted him to make annual pilgrimages to the temple in Jerusalem with his family (cf. Lk 2:41) and made him a regular visitor to the synagogue of his own town (cf. Lk. 4:16)

Without being complete and detailed, the reports of his public ministry become much fuller, starting at the moment of the young Galilean’s baptism by John the Baptist in the Jordan. Strengthened by the witness from on high and aware of being the "beloved son" (Lk. 3:22), he begins his preaching of the coming of the kingdom of God, and explains its demands and its power by words and signs of grace and mercy. The Gospels present him to us as one who travels through towns and villages, accompanied by Twelve Apostles whom he has chosen (cf. Mk. 3:13-19), by a group of women who assist them (cf. Lk. 8:2-3), by crowds that seek him out and follow him, by the sick who cry out for his healing power, by people who listen to him with varying degrees of acceptance of his words.

The Gospel narrative then converges on the growing tension which develops between Jesus and the dominant groups in the religious society of his time until the final crisis with its dramatic climax on Golgotha. This is the hour of darkness, which is followed by a new, radiant and definitive dawn. The Gospel accounts conclude, in fact, by showing the Nazarene victorious over death. They point to the empty tomb and follow him in the cycle of apparitions in which the disciples - at first perplexed and bewildered, then filled with unspeakable joy - experience his living and glorious presence. From him they receive the gift of the Spirit (cf. Jn. 20:22) and the command to proclaim the Gospel to "All nations" (Mt. 28:19).

(To be continued next week)


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"Rite of Election/Enrollment"

Celebrated today, at our 10:30 a.m. Mass. We bless and send our RCIA catechumens and candidates to St. Mary’s Cathedral to be accepted in the Rite of Enrollment with Archbishop Levada.

They now begin the final stages of their jouney toward the Sacraments of Initiation. Please pray for:

Monica Ghattas
Lisa Kreysa
Tina Taylor
Maryann Cappas
Heidi Cochrane
Elena Vall

Please send your cards and notes of encouragment to the Parish Office, Attention: RCIA. We would enjoy receiving them!

St. Robert’s RCIA Team


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We welcome you into our parish!

Ricardo & Maria Lopez
George & Frances Cardoza
James & Mara Mueller
Kim & Maria Dincel and family
David Cardona & Amy Lopez
Patrick & Susanne O’Halloran and family
Maria Luna and family
Dante & Julie Venturi and family
Colleeen McClelland
Peter & Irene Tam and family
Lee & Melanie Gruszie and family
Barney & Leticia Lehane and family

If you’re new to St. Robert’s, we ask that you complete a registration form (found in the vestibule of the church). Drop it either in the collection basket, the mail, or at the parish office. We will send you a New Parishioner Packet with information about the parish, its organizations and groups.


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Cash for Class
Help our School Childern win $2000

If you have shopped at Tanforan 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.


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MEN’S CLUB..... meeting, Monday, March 5th. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Call Dan Uroz at 952-9141 for reservations.

SOCIABLES.....Our next get- together will be at Joe’s of Westlake at John Daly Blvd. and Lake Merced Blvd. in Daly City. The date is March 25th at 12:00 noon. For further information please call Bunny at 583-7627.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARTY.....Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner-$20 a person. Dancing and raffle. Saturday, March 24th, in Hennessy Hall. For more information call Kevin Carey or Mike Salvato. Proceeds to benefit the Nuns of St. Robert’s.


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MONDAY, March 5th
6-10 p.m Men’s Club....Hall

TUESDAY, March 6th
6:30 - 8 p.m. Legion of Mary.....Library
7 - 8:15 p.m. Religious Ed Parent Mtg......Hall

WEDNESDAY, March 7th
7:30 - 9 p.m. Bible Study....Convent
7-9 Dinner Dance meeting....Hall

THURSDAY, March 8th
3:30-8p Religious Ed.....Hall
7 - 9 p.m. RCIA.....Chapel
7-9 p.m. Fil/Am....Library

FRIDAY, March 9th
6:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross...Church
4-8p.m. Lenten Supper.....Hall

SUNDAY, March 11th
Noon Mass ....Anointing of the Sick...Church
10 - 11:30 a.m. Fil/Am Choir....Hall

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