St. Robert's Church Bulletin, April 8, 2001

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

April 8, 2001
Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion


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Dear Parishioners,

With the celebration of Palm Sunday we begin the most important week in the Church’s year. All of us are strongly encouraged and invited to participate in the services of Holy Week to have our faith nurtured and renewed. The Blessing of Palms at today’s Liturgy followed by solemn procession and reading of the Passion Story is the traditional start of Holy Week culminating with the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night. Holy Thursday in celebrating the Lord’s supper, we hear again the profound words "Do this in memory of me." We also have the example of Jesus as servant, in washing the feet of his disciples. Several members of our parish will re-enact this ritual by having their feet washed during the Liturgy Holy Thursday. Good Friday marks not an end but a beginning. With reverence and gratitude we approach the cross and pray "I adore you O Christ and bless you because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world!" For a "special treat" on Good Friday plan on attending the Passion Pray presented by the teens of the parish at Church. at 7:30 p.m. It promises to be good and inspiring.

In the beginning.....Thus opens our vigil celebration. Holy Saturday is a night for ritual, ceremony, celebration. We welcome the newly baptized into our parish. We Rejoice, Christ is Risen, Alleluia.

Sister Mary


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Dear Parishioners,

In recent days, it was necessary to spend a substantial sum of Parish money in order to maintain our property and provide for the safety of people. The over-hang over the plaza of our church had deteriorated through the years and needed a long over-due new roof of tar and gravel. On the San Bruno Park side of the property, to the west of the priest house, stood a massive eucalyptus tree. In its native Australia, it would have been greatly admired but, for us, it was causing a substantial danger to passing pedestrian and automobile traffic, e.g. very early on a wintry morning a branch snapped and landed in the center of Crystal Springs Road. I felt like a fireman as I pulled on my pants and ran to remove it before a car plowed into it! Also taken down was a tree that was slowly falling in the parking area. In a few weeks, trees near the convent will be pruned. The total cost of these projects came to $20,000. It is a great amount of money, but I feel that it was well-spent. Thank you to the Finance council and others for their advice. After Easter, I will give you an update on the plans for new buildings.

Father Ring


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"When Words Fail"

I’m definitely a hypocrite, because I’m going to write a long paragraph here about "no more words."

Just about everything that could be said or written about the Holy Week liturgies has been said or written. There comes a time (it probably came a long time ago!) when words fail. We can’t really do without them, but they are easily forgotten or ignored because we use them so much. This week, we use other tremendously rich symbols and actions without words. Receiving the Oils from the Archbishop . . . Washing Feet . . . The Body and Blood of Christ in Communion and Silent Adoration . . . Stripping the Altar . . . the great silent Entrance of Good Friday . . . the solemn Veneration of the Cross . . . The Easter Fire, Paschal Candle, and Vigil of Light . . . Baptisms and Anointings and Eucharist again . . .

You might hesitate to bring your children to the liturgies of the Triduum because they are long. Don’t worry, they’re not any longer than a movie. I have strong childhood memories of all the rituals I named above. They capture the imagination and hearts of children and adults. I wish you many wonderful experiences and memories this Easter. God bless us! - Pat Kelly


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4/9 Monday 6:30 Catherine Sangalli †
8:30 Lena Lippi †
4/10 Tuesday 6:30 William Stringer †
8:30 Anton Boncich †
4/11 Wednesday 6:30 Mrs. Connolly †
8:30 Eugene J. Martin †
4/14 Saturday 8:00pm People of St. Robert's
4/15 Sunday 7:30 People of St. Robert's
9:00 People of St. Robert's
10:30 People of St. Robert's
12:00 People of St. Robert's

No 4:30pm Mass on Holy Saturday
No 5:30pm Mass on Easter Sunday
Parish Office closes at noon on Good Friday


Acts 10:34-43 Colossians 3:1-4 John 20:1-9


As a Parish Community, we pray for our friends preparing to receive the Easter Sacraments....May they find Christ present in our parish family.


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.



If anyone finds it difficult to walk up to the front of church to receive Communion, we would like to offer you assistance; either by having a Eucharistic Minister come to you, or by having an usher escort you. If you need help, please contact Pat Kelly at 589-2800.


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Has it been a while since you received the Sacrament of Reconciliation? Even though we find it hard to admit, we are all sinners and our sins affect one another. We, as individuals and as community, find forgiveness through this Sacrament. We come together as Family to listen to God’s Word as He speaks to us of His forgiveness and love. The only requirement is true sorrow for our sins. We admit our failings to the priest. Then, through him we receive the Father’s pardon and a deep sense of peace. Please come to this service on Monday, April 9th, at 7:30 p.m.

Jesus is waiting!


Catholic Relief Services

Pray     *    Fast    *    Learn     *    Give

Whether adults or children, we must continue our education and formation. Operation Rice Bowl teaches solidarity. The Operation Rice Bowl materials guide us to deeper reflection, provide information about the lives, challenges, and gifts of the poor, and encourage us to be teachers ourselves by sharing all we have learned on our Lenten journey.

This week: Research the history, culture, and current events of a country you have not previously studied. Share what you have learned with your family, friends, and/or Lenten community, and pray for the people of that country.

Operation Rice Bowl donations may be brought to the Church for Mass on Holy Thursday evening or to the parish office after Holy Thursday.

This week on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday there will be no morning Masses. We will however continue to pray the Rosary at 8:10 a.m. each morning, followed by Morning Prayer, from the Church’s Liturgy of the Hours.

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.



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:______________________________________



The U.S. Bishops’ Committee on the Laity is conducting a natinal survey of lay men and women via the internet to solicit ideas on how to improve various aspects of Church life which help people respond to their Christian calling in daily life. You can participate in the survey at until May 13, 2001.


April 11th

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 9:00 AM on April 11th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items can be donated.

We appreciate all your help.


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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.

The Face of the One Who Is Risen

As on Good Friday and Holy Saturday, the Church pauses in contemplation of this bleeding face, which conceals the life of God and offers salvation to the world. But her contemplation of Christ's face cannot stop at the image of the crucified One. He is the risen One! Were this not so, our preaching would be in vain and our faith empty (cf. 1 Cor. 15:14). The resurrection was the Father’s response to Christ’s obedience, as we learn from the Letter to the Hebrews: "In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard for his godly fear. Son though he was, he learned obedience through what he suffered; and being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him" (5:7-9.

It is the risen Christ to whom the Church now looks. and she does so in the footsteps of Peter, who wept for his denial and started out again by confessing, with understandable trepidation, his love of Christ: "You know that I love you" (Jn. 21:15-17). She does so in the company of Paul, who encountered the Lord on the road to Damascus and was overwhelmed: For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Phil. 1:21).

Two thousand years after these events the Church relives them as if they had happened today. Gazing on the face of Christ, the bride contemplates her treasure and her joy. Dulcis Iesus memoria, dans vera cordis gaudia: How sweet

is the memory of Jesus, the source of the heart’s true joy! Heartened by this experience, the Church today sets out once more on her journey in order to proclaim Christ to the world at the dawn of the third millennium: He "is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Heb. 13:8).


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We welcome you into our parish!

JoJo Celio and Rachel Reyes and family
Daniel Sousa and Carmen Rogers and family
Maria and Jose Tovar and family
Norman and Allie Jussaume and family
Christopher and Carol Mendieta and family
Elmer and Anna Javier and family
Cesar and Liliane Baxter and family
Fernando and Geralyn Javier and family
Guillermo and Theresa Reyes 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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St. Robert School is currently interviewing for full time teaching positions for grades 1, 3, 7 and 8 and part time teacher aides for primary grades for the 2001 - 2002 school year. If you are interested, please contact Patricia Bordin, Principal, or Judeth Watt, Vice Principal, at (650) 583-5065 or FAX cover letter and resume to (650) 583-1418.



Help our School Children 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.


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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Women’s Guild Meeting....Monday, April 9th. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For Reservations call: Heidi Cochrane.


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MONDAY, April 9th
6 - 10p.m. Women’s Guild...Hall
7:30 p.m. Communal Penance Service...Church
7:30 - 8:30p.m. St. Vincent de Paul...Library

TUESDAY, April 10th
6:30 - 8 p.m. Legion of Mary...Library
8 - 9p.m. Teen Club...Hall

WEDNESDAY, April 11th
9 - 10 a.m. Grief Group...Mary’s Chapel

7:30pm, Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper...Church

GOOD FRIDAY, April 13th>
Parish Office Closes at noon

Noon to 4:00 p.m. Children’s Liturgy...Hall
Noon, 7 Last Word’s Devotion...Church
1:30 pm, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion...Church
7:30 pm, Passion Play...Church

8:00 pm, Easter Vigil...Church


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