St. Robert's Church Bulletin, March 18, 2001

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

March 18, 2001
Third Sunday of Lent


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Dear brothers and sisters,

There can be great rewards for trying something new. I’ll always remember my first visit to a wonderful Indian restaurant on the East Side of Manhattan during my college days. I had NO IDEA what to order, but my friends encouraged me to be adventurous. Those first tastes of saffron and curry were unforgettable!

A writer once wrote something to this effect: "The problem with Christianity is not that it has been tried and found wanting. The problem with Christianity is that it has hardly ever been tried."

This Lent, God calls us not only to repentance, but also to a renewal of our baptismal vows and life in the Spirit of Christ. Christianity can be difficult because it requires great trust, letting go, and dying to ourselves. Our baptism is surely a baptism into new life, but only that which comes through the death of Christ and our participation in it. That requires great trust in God and one another. It requires tasting the bittersweetness of sacrifice and love, in imitation of our crucified and risen Lord Jesus.

When the psalmist invites us to "taste and see the Lord’s goodness," he offers an invitation to trust in God. I share with you this poem which puts "taste and see" in other words:

The Avowal
Denise Levertov

As swimmers dare
to lie face to the sky
and water bears them,
as hawks rest upon air
and air sustains them,
so would I learn to attain
freefall, and float
into Creator Spirit’s deep embrace,
knowing no effort earns
that all-surrounding grace.

Peace, and may your celebration of this paschal season bring you great rewards.

Pat Kelly


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"Active Participation"

A thought from Liturgy With Style and Grace, by Gabe Huck and Gerald T. Chinchar.

"Active participation means that no one is a spectator. Everyone, by the virtue of baptism, actively offers the one sacrifice of thanksgiving; everyone is a celebrant, with one presider. The shape and quality of worship then does not depend entirely upon the presider, musicians or liturgy planners, but upon every member of the whole assembly."

- Pat Kelly


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3/19 Monday 6:30 Cathrine Ryan †
8:30 Gertrude Bignardi †
3/20 Tuesday 6:30 Margaret Moniz †
8:30 Virginia Joyce †
3/21 Wednesday 6:30 Celia Sanchez †
8:30 Ray Furlie †
3/22 Thursday 6:30 Andrew Velichko †
8:30 Angelo Rizzetto †
3/23 Friday 6:30 Mr. Keane †
8:30 Larry Bianchi †
3/24 Saturday 8:30 Timothy Leahy †
4:30 Raymond Figolah †
3/25 Sunday 7:30 People of St. Robert's
9:00 Lida Patti †
10:30 Giuseppe Pignati †
12:00 Domenica Busetti †
5:30 Thomas McKenna †

Joshua 5:9-12 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Luke 15:1-32


Natalie Marie Buelow
Joel James Mueller &
Hannah Dora Taylor


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, Walton and June Dickhoff, Gordon Sinks, Daniel McHale, Ilaria Belluomini & Bernie Voight.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Maxine Roberts and Barbara Carey
who died recently.

Drop-in Bereavement Support Group
Monday, March 26th in the Convent Chapel, at 7:30 p.m.. All are welcome.


As a parish community, we pray....for those preparing to be washed clean in the Easter waters, may they taste and see the presence of the Holy Spirit moving in their lives.



Prayer vigils on the occasion of the execution of Robert Lee Massie at San Quentin State Prison will be held on Monday, March 26th at the following churches:

St. Hilary, Tiburon, 6 p.m. Mass, followed by Exposition and Benediction at 8:45 p.m.;

St. Mary Cathedral, San Francisco, 6 p.m. Stations of the Cross, followed by Exposition and Benediction at 8:45pm;

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Redwood City, Interfaith Prayer Service 6-9 p.m.

This is being sponsored by the The archdiocesan Office of Public Policy and Social Concerns. They invite all Catholics to pray for Mr. Massie, for his family, for the families of his victims, and for a spirit of forgiveness. For more information: (415) 614-5572.


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On the Fridays in Lent, all are invited to celebrate Stations of the Cross, reflecting on the suffering and death of Jesus, at 6:00 p.m. in the church. Stations will be followed by a simple Lenten Supper in Hennessy Hall. You are asked to put in the basket in the Hall what you would have spent on your usual Friday evening meal. We have this opportunity to practice the three disciplines of Lent: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.

Come - Taste and see the Goodness of the Lord.


Catholic Relief Services

Pray    *     Fast    *    Learn    *     Give

Through today’s parable of the fig tree, Jesus speaks to us of the need to care responsibly. As the vinedresser cared for the fig tree, so we must take responsibility to care for one other. As the fig tree could not bear fruit without the vinedresser’s care and attention, we cannot bear the true fruit of solidarity without practicing solidarity. Operation Rice Bowl provides a way for each of us to break the pattern of "benign neglect" and practice solidarity. The 75% of our contributions which supports Catholic Relief Services projects overseas and the 25% which nurtures those in need here in our own diocese, show how we care actively and empower our neighbors in an active way.

This week: Practice solidarity by taking part in an activity (such as volunteering at a local agency or helping an elderly neighbor) which demonstrates your concern for others.



Reading and praying with Sacred Scripture is an extremely rewarding spiritual practice, especially during the seasons of Lent and Easter. We have attractive and durable bibles for sale at cost at the parish office. 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.



Lent is a time for us to prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ. Mark your calendar for these upcoming celebrations:

Communal Celebration of the Sacrament of Penance Saturday, April 7, 3:00pm
Monday, April 9, 7:30pm
Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper Thursday, April 12, 7:30pm
Good Friday Services
7 Last Words Devotion
Celebration of the Lord's Passion
Passion Play
Good Friday Services
Friday, April 13, Noon
Friday, April 13, 1:30pm
Friday, April 13, 7:30pm
Easter Vigil w/ Adult Baptisms Saturday, April 14, 7:30pm


The Children’s Liturgy Team will again be holding a Good Friday Program for Children three and older. While the parents attend church services the children will experience the stations of the cross on their level. They will also be taking part in various craft activites relating to Lent and Easter. So that we can be sure to have sufficient material for the crafts please preregister your child by calling 589-2800 and leave your name, your child’s name and age along with your phone number. Doors open at 1:15. Please pick up your children immediately after church services at 3:00. Any adult wishing to help please let us know.


Memorial Easter Lilies

Easter Lilies will decorate the Church during the Easter Season. If you would care to make a donation of $10 (please make check payable to St. Robert’s Lilies Fund) towards their purchase in memory of a loved one, please fill out the form below and return it to the Parish Office by April 11th. A memorial list will be published in the bulletin.

My gift is in memory of:__________________________

My gift is in honor of:____________________________

Given By:______________________________________


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GROWNUPS...are having their annual Lenten Soup Supper on Wednesday evening, March 28th, at 6:00 p.m. in Hennessy Hall. Mr. Patrick Kelly, St. Robert’s Pastoral Associate for Liturgy, will be the Guest Speaker. The price is $5.00 per person. Tickets will be sold on the weekends of March 17 & 18, and 24 & 25 after the 4:30, 7:30, 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Masses. Tickets will also be available by calling Dorothy Branch or Dolores Moynihan. No tickets will be sold at the door.

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 Moniz.

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 Irish Presentation Sisters of St. Roberts.

DINNER/DANCE-VIVA LAS VEGAS.....Tickets are still available for the "VIVA LAS VEGAS" Dinner Dance on March 31st at the Clarion Hotel in Millbrae. Call Marilyn Marshall or Sharon De Martini if you’re interested. The price is $75.00 per ticket, $65.00 for seniors. There will be entertainment, a raffle, an auction, dinner and dancing. You don’t want to miss it!



As a courtesy to others: When parking, please do not block another parishioner's car. Otherwise, please move immediately after Mass.


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MONDAY, March 19th
7 - 9 p.m. Fil/Am....Hall

TUESDAY, March 20th
6:30 - 8 pm Legion of Mary.....Library
3:30 - 8 pm Religious Ed ......Hall
8 - 9 pm Teen Club.....Hall

WEDNESDAY, March 21st
7:30 - 9 pm Bible Study....Convent
7 - 9 pm Dinner Dance meeting....Hall

THURSDAY, March 22nd
3:30 - 4:30 pm Religious Ed.....Hall
7 - 9 pm RCIA.....Chapel
7 - 9:30 pm Sports Awards....Hall

FRIDAY, March 23rd
6:00 pm Stations of the Cross...Church
4 - 8 pm Lenten Supper.....Hall

SATURDAY, March 24th
St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance.....Hall

SUNDAY, March 25th
10 - 11:30 am Fil/Am Choir.....Hall

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