St. Robert's Church Bulletin, April 1, 2001

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

April 1, 2001
Fifth Sunday of Lent


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Caught in the act! Guilty. Ashamed. The penalty was death by stoning!

A dramatic situation is recounted to us in today’s Gospel passage of the woman caught in adultery. We might wonder how we’d feel if we were ever publicly shamed in such a manner. Fortunately, our sins are never brought into the public eye, but we know, and God knows, that we each have our own hidden sins. Since some day we will die, in a sense, each of us is also under the penalty of death. But listen to the words of Jesus after he had made the accusers aware of their own sinfulness and caused them to stop condemning her: "Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on, do not sin any more." And instead of our being stoned to death, He went in our place—to be crucified! He took our guilt upon Himself.

So what do we do now? We confess our sins to God, wash ourselves in His ocean of mercy and, as St. Paul writes, "...forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue..."

Below is the "Act of Contrition", a simple prayer to help us to "Go and sin no more."

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because of your just punishments, but most of all, because they offend you, my God, who are all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin. Amen.

Father Mark


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"Triduum: History or Mystery?"

More thoughts on the Easter Triduum:

What, really, do the liturgies of the triduum celebrate? Most all of us believe we know the answer. We assume that Thursday commemorates the day Jesus instituted the eucharist; Friday commemorates the day he was executed on the cross; and the vigil commemorates his emergence from the tomb. We assume, further, that the liturgies of these days are dramatic "re-enactments" of events—by turns touching, tragic and triumphant—which happened during Jesus’ last days and culminated in his victory over death.

. . . Precisely because these faith-anchoring events are historical, however, they cannot be repeated or "reenacted." That is why the church’s long tradition insists that what happened once in history passes over into the mystery of the assembly’s liturgical/sacramental celebrations. What the paschal triduum actually celebrates is mystery, not history; . . . The liturgies of these days . . . celebrate not what once happened to Jesus but what is now happening among us as a people called to conversion, gathered in faith, and gifted with the Spirit of holiness.

Taken from "The Three Days of Pascha," Nathan Mitchell, in Assembly, Vol. 18:1. © Notre Dame Center for Pastoral Liturgy, Notre Dame, IN 46556.


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4/2 Monday 6:30 Catherine Ryan †
8:30 Stanley Friedman †
4/3 Tuesday 6:30 Mercedes O'Sullivan †
8:30 Ferruccio Fanti †
4.4 Wednesday 6:30 Marija Skropanic †
8:30 Thomas Daly †
4/5 Thursday 6:30 Mary Ellen Reuter †
8:30 Dorothy Hogan Turner †
4/6 Friday 6:30 Seamus Keane †
8:30 Maria Sbragia †
4/7 Saturday 8:30 Paul & Rosina Vella †
4:30 Raymond Figolah †
4/8 Sunday 7:30 Thomas & Mary Ann Begley †
9:00 Joseph Busuttil †
10:30 People of St. Robert's
12:00 Frank & Ann Cericola †
5:30 Nina Catterini †

Isaiah 50:4-7 Philippians 2:6-11 Luke 22:14 - 23:56


As a parish community, we pray....That each of us, trusting in Jesus’ mercy, come to Him in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, where He will forgive us and release us from the burden of our guilt.


Chase and Taylor Coric
Guillermo Reyes, Jr.
Hannah Garcia
Bailey Doyle
Brandon Chalco,
Justin Morales
Brendan Callagy


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, Sister Nancy Reynolds, Mary Shick, Ruth Sleeper, Cyndy Smerdel, Kari Stellino, Don Vickery, Walton and June Dickhoff, Gordon Sinks, Daniel McHale, Ilaria Belluomini, Elenore Morgan & Bernie Voight.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Joe Frank
Mark Martin
Paul Borg and
Dorothy Aldinger
who died recently.


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Since there will not be Stations and simple suppers on Good Friday, this coming Friday, April 6th, is our last one during this Lenten Season. All are invited to the church at 6:00 p.m. for Stations, followed by supper in Hennessy Hall. Please put into the basket in the hall what you would have spent on your usual Friday evening meal. St. Vincent de Paul will use your offering to help give food to our hungry sisters and brothers.

Come taste and see the goodness of the Lord.


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Today we hear Paul’s words on accepting the loss of all things, to gain Christ. In our nation’s present climate of prosperity. Paul’s words may seem foreign, and difficult to understand. but we must recognize our call to invest in solidarity, sharing our material and spiritual wealth with our neighbors. We must demonstrate that our true wealth lies not in holding on to the material, but in gaining Christ.

This week: Make a conscious effort to live more simply and to contribute the money saved to Operation Rice Bowl.

Operation Rice Bowl contributions may be turned in beginning on Holy Thursday at the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. More details in the upcoming weeks.



The Presentation Sisters wish to thank, very sincerely, all who organized and attended the St. Patrick’s Benefit Dinner Dance.

May you be blessed for your generosity.



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 age level. They will also be taking part in various craft activities relating to Lent and Easter. So that we can be sure to have sufficient material for the crafts please pre-register 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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Letter of Pope John Paul

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.


In contemplating Christ’s face we confront the most paradoxical aspect of his mystery as it emerges in his last hour, on the cross. The mystery within the mystery, before which we cannot but prostrate ourselves in adoration.

The intensity of the episode of the agony in the Garden of Olives passes before our eyes. Oppressed by foreknowledge of the trials that await him, and alone before the Father, Jesus cries out to him in his habitual and affectionate expression of trust: Abba, Father." He asks him to take away, if possible, the cup of suffering (cf. Mk. 14:36). But the Father seems not to want to heed the Son’s cry. In order to bring man back to the Father’s face, Jesus not only had to take on the face of man, but he had to burden himself with the "face" of sin. "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Cor. 5:21).

We shall never exhaust the depths of this mystery. All the harshness of the paradox can be heard in Jesus’ seemingly desperate cry of pain on the cross: "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?", which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Mk. 15:34). Is it possible to imagine a greater agony, a more impenetrable darkness? In reality, the anguished "why" addressed to the Father in the opening words of the 22nd Psalm expresses all the realism of unspeakable pain; but it is also illumined by the meaning of that entire prayer, in which the psalmist brings together suffering and trust in a moving blend of emotions. In fact the psalm continues: "In you our fathers put their trust; they trusted and you set them free...Do not leave me alone in my distress, come close, there is none else to help: (Ps. 22:5,12)

Jesus' cry on the cross, dear brothers and sisters, is not the cry of anguish of a man without hope, but the prayer of the Son who offers his life to the Father in love, for the salvation of all. At the very moment when he identifies with our sin, "abandoned" by the Father, he "abandons" himself into the hands of the Father. His eyes remain fixed on the Father. Precisely because of the knowledge and experience of the Father which he alone has, even at this moment of darkness he sees clearly the gravity of sin and suffers because of it. He alone, who sees the Father and rejoices fully in him, can understand completely what it means to resist the Father’s love by sin. More than an experience of physical pain, his passion is an agonizing suffering of the soul.

Theological tradition has not failed to ask how Jesus could possibly experience at one and the same time his profound unity with the Father, by its very nature a source of joy and happiness, and an agony that goes all the way to his final cry of abandonment. The simultaneous presence of these two seemingly irreconcilable aspects is rooted in the fathomless depths of the hypostatic union.

Faced with this mystery, we are greatly helped not only by theological investigation but also by that great heritage which is the "lived theology" of the saints. The saints offer us precious insights which enable us to understand more easily the intuition of faith, thanks to the special enlightenment which some of them have received from the Holy Spirit or even through their personal experience of those terrible states of trial which the mystical tradition describes as the "dark night." Not infrequently the saints have undergone something akin to Jesus’ experience on the cross in the paradoxical blending of bliss and pain. In the "Dialogue of Divine Providence," God the Father shows Catherine of Siena how joy and suffering can be present together in holy souls: "Thus the soul is blissful and afflicted: afflicted on account of the sins of its neighbor, blissful on account of the union and the affection of charity which it has inwardly received. These souls imitate the spotless lamb, the only-begotten Son, who on the cross was both blissful and afflicted." In the same way, Thérèse of Lisieux lived her agony in communion with the agony of Jesus, "experiencing" in herself the very paradox of Jesus’ own bliss and anguish: "In the Garden of Olives our Lord was blessed with all the joys of the Trinity, yet his dying was no less harsh. It is a mystery, but I assure you that, on the basis of what I myself am feeling, I can understand something of it." What an illuminating testimony! Moreover, the accounts given by the evangelists themselves provide a basis for this intuition on the part of the Church of Christ’s consciousness when they record that, even in the depths of his pain, he died imploring forgiveness for his executioners (cf. Lk. 2:24) and expressing to the Father his ultimate filial abandonment; "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit" (Lk. 23:46).


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If you are interested in securing a Teaching position at a local Catholic Elementary School for the 2001-2002 school year, you should attend the San Francsico Archdiocesan Teacher Job Faire on Saturday, April 7th, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco. For further information, please contact Marilyn Lynch or Lars Lund at the Department of Catholic Schools, (415) 614-5660.



As our Lenten journey nears fulfillment, we have the opportunity to taste and see the goodness of the Lord in His Eucharistic Presence. On Saturday, April 7th, following the 8:30 a.m. Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place, ending at 10:00 a.m. with Benediction. Come, spend an hour with Jesus, our Savior and true Source of peace.



As family on Saturday, April 7th, 3:00 p.m. and on Monday, April 9th, 7:30 p.m., we come together for readings from Scripture, the homily, an examination of conscience, and the Lord’s Prayer. Those who wish to confess their sins go to the priest of their choice and mention their sins for which they are sorry. The priest will give a penance and absolution. Christ forgives our sins. All we need is sorrow and trust. Please come!


April 13th

Join the 6:30 a.m. daily Mass community on their 8th annual silent walk up to the top of Junipero Serra Park in San Bruno. Meet at 6:30 a.m. in the south parking lot of St. Robert’s. Wear layered clothing and sturdy shoes. All ages are welcome. Last year our youngest walker was 6 years old and the oldest, 88. Our approximate time of return to the parking lot is 8:15 a.m. Hope you can join us for this beautiful walk.

St. Robert's Youth Ministry Presents

A Passion Play

You are cordially invited Friday April 13th, 2001 at 7:30pm in the evening in St. Robert's Church.

St. Robert's Passion Play is being brought to you by the teen youth of St. Robert's Parish.

We hope you can join us!


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MEN’S CLUB.....meeting, Monday, April 2nd. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Call Dan Uroz for reservations.

TEEN CLUB.....Will be selling Easter Pots for $2 to $5 on Saturday, April 7th, after 4:30 Mass and on Sunday, April 8th, after 9:00 and 12:00 Masses. These will make lovely gifts for family and friends.


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MONDAY, April 2nd
6 - 10p.m. Men’s Club....Hall

TUESDAY, April 3rd
6:30 - 8 p.m. Legion of Mary.....Library
3:30 - 8:00 p.m. Religious Ed ......Hall

WEDNESDAY, April 4th
7:30 - 9 p.m. Bible Study....Convent
7:15 - 8:45pm Triduum Choir Rehearsal....Church

THURSDAY, April 5th
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Religious Ed.....Hall
7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Teen Club....Hall
7 - 9 p.m. RCIA.....Chapel
7 - 9 p.m. PPC.....Library

FRIDAY, April 6th
6:00 pm Stations of the Cross....Church
4 - 8 pm Lenten Supper.....Hall

SATURDAY, April 7th
9 - 10 a.m. Eucharistic Adoration....Church
11 a.m. Holy Thursday rehearsal....Church
Noon Good Friday rehearsal....Church
1 p.m. Easter Vigil rehearsal....Church
3 p.m Communal Penance Service....Church

SUNDAY, April 8th
10 - 11:30 am Fil/Am Choir.....Hall

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