St. Robert's Church Bulletin, May 13, 2001

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

May 13, 2001
Fifth Sunday of Lent


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Dear Friends:

A beautiful song, "Be It Done Unto Me," by Bob Hurd has these words:

This my body and this my blood,
take and receive.
They are yours now, O Child of my womb,
O Fruit of my tree.

Perhaps those who can most strongly identify with the Self-giving of Christ are mothers. One very visible way his priesthood continues to be lived out is in the sacrifice and intercession made by Christian mothers for their children.

I’ll share with you one other item — a thoughtful litany for Mother’s Day:

God, you have created and nurtured us as a mother, we bless you and we give you praise.
Mothers of us all, living here or in eternity, bless our God.
Mothers of healthy, happy children, bless our God.
Mothers of ill or troubled children, bless our God.
Mothers of children who can go to school and learn, bless our God.
Mothers whose children have to work at an early age, bless our God.
Mothers who are happy to be mothers, bless our God.
Mothers who are confused by motherhood, bless our God.
Mothers who are unmarried, widowed, or divorced, bless our God.
Mothers who have the support of loving husbands, bless our God.
Mothers who feel distant from God and the people of God, bless our God.
Mothers who are at home with their God and teach their children to be at home with their God, bless our God.
Mother of God, Mary most holy, bless our God.

Through all the mothers of our world, in unity with Christ our Good Shepherd, all praise and glory to God, now and forever. Amen.

- Taken from The Scent of Jasmine: Reflections for Peace in Everyday Life, by Patricia McCarthy (Liturgical Press, Collegeville)

Happy Mothers’ Day, and a continued Happy Easter to all.

Pat Kelly


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Dear Parishioners,

Over 400 families have contributed to the Annual Appeal of the Archdiocese. Because of their belief in the programs and services provided by the Archdiocese, we have reached the goal of $82,000 given to us by the Archbishop. I hope that more families will show their solidarity with our Parish and Archdiocese and give to this worthy cause. All money above the $82,000 will be given back to us for our own Parish programs.

Thank you to those who were willing to serve the Parish by being members of either the Parish Council or the School Board. Pat Byrne, George Horton and Elio Sciacqua were elected to the Parish Council. John Compton and Maureen Wallace were elected to the School Board.

Father Ring


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The Book of the Gospels

We have recently made a change in our liturgical practice. During the entrance procession, the deacon or lector now carries the Book of the Gospels in procession instead of the Lectionary. They bring the Book of the Gospels to the altar, and it is from the altar that the priest or deacon now takes it and processes to the ambo (pulpit) before the Gospel is proclaimed. These might seem like minor changes, but they show an increased reverence in our church for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The introduction to the Book of the Gospels tells us:

Thus the Book of the Gospels as a sign of the presence of Christ in his word proclaimed is always accorded a place of honor in the church’s liturgy. It is borne by the deacon in solemn procession for the veneration of the entire congregation . . . The imposition and presentation of the Book of the Gospels to a newly ordained Bishop illustrate that the faithful preaching of the word of God is among his principal duties. The presentation of the Book of the Gospels to the newly ordained deacon "symbolizes the office of the deacon to proclaim the Gospel in liturgical celebrations and to preach the faith of the church in word and deed." Finally, the enshrinement of the Book of the Gospels whenever the Church gathers in a council or synod is a sign of the presence of Christ himself as teacher and guide. (Introduction to the Book of the Gospels, #7.) - Pat Kelly


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5/14 Monday 6:30 All Mothers
8:30 Charles Agius †
5/15 Tuesday 6:30 Marie Samish †
8:30 All Mothers
5/16 Wednesday 6:30 All Mothers
8:30 King Family †
5/17 Thursday 6:30 Joseph & Mary Kuczka †
8:30 All Mothers
5/18 Friday 6:30 All Mothers
8:30 Elio Santi †
5/19 Saturday 8:30 All Mothers
4:30 Raymond Figolah †
5/20 Sunday 7:30 Joseph Emilio †
9:00 Pasquale & Maria Teresa Aloise †
10:30 Domenica Busetti †
12:00 All Mothers
5:30 People of St. Robert's


Sixth Sunday of Easter
Acts 15:1-2,22-29 Revelation 21:10-23 John 14:23-29



As a Parish Community, we pray...

That the tender witness of faithful mothers plant deep within our hearts a love of the gospel of life.



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, Cyndy Smerdel, Kari Stellino, Don Vickery, Walton and June Dickhoff, Gordon Sinks, Daniel McHale, Ilaria Belluomini, Elenore Morgan, Leonardo Velarde III, Shirley Ann Rider, Lee Shick & Bernie Voight.



If you have been away from the Church or the Sacraments,

You’re Invited!

To an informational meeting in the convent chapel on Thursday, May 24th, at 7:00 p.m.

Come alone or with a partner or friend and bring your questions, concerns and issues to Deacon Rusty Duffey. Hope to see you there, or leave me a message at the Parish Office 589-2800.


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We welcome you into our parish!

Brandt and Heather Krueger 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 ***the Tanforan receipt drive*** ends on May 15th. Please help St. Robert win $2,000.00!!! Look for all those purchases you have made at any Tanforan store since August 15, 2000. Every dollar counts!! Any Easter Bunny pictures are triple points!! Bring your receipts to the information booth at Tanforan (get them stamped and credit St. Roberts) or drop them off in the school office, rectory or the vestibule of the church. If you need them returned, enclose a note.

Thanks to everyone who has participated in this program.


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Congratulations to the children of our parish who received their First Eucharist Saturday, May 12th. We had two celebrations, one at 10:00 a.m. and another at 12 noon.



We would like to invite any adult who has been away from the Sacraments or who has never received Baptism, Confirmation, or First Communion to please call the rectory and leave a message for Deacon Rusty Duffey. We would love to hear from you as we begin to prepare for our next class sessions.



The Emergency Prayer Network continues to pray for your 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.



If anyone finds it difficult to walk up to the front of church to receive Communion, we would like to offer you assistance. We can have a eucharistic minister come to you, where you are seated, or have an usher escort you. If you need help, please call Pat Kelly at 589-2800, or speak to an usher or eucharistic minister before Mass.



The School of Pastoral Leadership presents:

The Called & Gifted Workshop

Enabling Catholics to explore their unique, personal call from God and to discover the gifts God has given them for the sake of others.

Friday, June 15, 2001
7:00pm - 9:30pm

Saturday, June 16, 2001
9:30am - 4:00pm

St. Anselm Church Hall
San Anselmo

For more information, contact the School of Pastoral Leadership at 415-242-9087 or


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Archbishop Buechlein of Indianapolis, the Archbishop of the area where Timothy McVeigh’s execution is to take place has made the following statement:

It would be difficult to imagine a more heinous crime than the catastrophic explosion of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in April 1995. We can’t imagine the full impact of the shocking loss of the families and friends whose loved ones, including small children, were victims of human madness. We continue to pray for the victims and their families.

What twisted mind could perpetrate such a crime against innocent humanity? Not a foreign terrorist, but a citizen from America’s heartland masterminded this act of violence.

Timothy James McVeigh was tried and duly convicted of this sordid crime in a court of law. He has been sentenced to death, and there is little sentiment in favor of staying his execution, now less than a month away. As we approach the first federal execution in our country in more than 38 years, many believe no criminal is more deserving of the death penalty.

Like no other, the McVeigh case tests the mettle of the emerging Catholic view about the inappropriateness of capital punishment. Rational analysis is difficult in the face of the emotion this man’s crime evokes. The "tantalizing" manner in which this is becoming a national media event compounds the task. Yet in matters such as this, the good society requires that we rise to the challenge of a measured and larger vision.

Last October Jesuit theologian Cardinal Avery Dulles traced the history of religious teaching on the death penalty through the ages and demonstrated that the Catholic church has consistently asserted that the state has the authority to exact capital punishment and, in principle, does so today.

"It is agreed," Dulles said, "that crime deserves punishment in this life and not only in the next. In addition, it is agreed that the state has authority to administer appropriate punishment to those judged guilty of crimes and that this punishment may, in serious cases, include the sentence of death."

But what is "appropriate" punishment? This is the question raised for our day by Pope John Paul II. Dulles outlined the four purposes of the criminal punishment in general:

1. Rehabilitation. The penalty should try to bring the criminal to repentance and to moral reform. (Under certain circumstances this could lead to a return to normal civil life.)

2. Defense against the criminal. The government is obliged to protect society by preventing the criminal from committing additional crimes. For heinous crimes, the church favors life imprisonment without parole rather than death.

3. Deterrence. Punishment should discourage further violence and crime. We believe life imprisonment without parole does so.

4. Retribution. Punishment should try to restore the right order violated by the crime. A criminal should pay a price for the offense committed. If possible, the victims of the crime should be compensated for the wrong suffered. This does not mean revenge.

Dulles also summarized four objections to capital punishment in our day:

1. Wrongful death. The possibility that the convict may be innocent is the more common reason for opposition to the death penalty. A significant number of wrongly accused criminals on death row have been proven innocent.

2. Revenge not justice. The death penalty seems to fan the flame of revenge (and violence) rather than foster a genuine sense of justice in society.

3. Devaluation of human life. Capital punishment contributes dramatically to the devaluation of human life in an escalating culture of death.

4. Incompatibility with Christian forgiveness. While pardon does not remove the obligation of justice, capital punishment seems incompatible with the teaching of Jesus about forgiveness.

Even as our Church opposes the death penalty in a case as awful as McVeigh’s we do not question in principle the state’s right to impose the death penalty. Yet we must oppose the death penalty because the circumstances of our day do not warrant it. Pope John Paul II wrote in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae ("The Gospel of Life"):

"As a result of steady improvements in the organization of the penal system, cases in which the execution of the offender would be absolutely necessary are very rare, if not partically nonexistent."

The church’s teaching on the state’s authority does not change, but the state should not exercise its right if the evil effects outweigh the good. In recent times the death penalty does more harm than good because it feeds a frenzy for revenge, while there is no demonstrable proof that capital punishment deters violence.

Revenge neither liberates the families of victims nor ennobles the victims of crime. Only forgiveness liberates.

To be sure, we as a society must never forget the victims of crime and their bereaved loved ones. The truly honorable memorial is to choose life rather than death.



As a spiritual Gift to your mother, you will find cards in the vestibule of the Church, to have her remembered in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered at St. Robert’s, in observance of Mother’s Day, TODAY May 13th.



Next week Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco conducts its annual appeal. For nearly a century, Catholic Charities has provided help to local people in need. Catholic Charities is a not-for-profit human service and community development organization with 300 staff members and nearly 2,000 volunteers providing a wide range of services to children and seniors, and families and individuals in need in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties. Look for Catholic Charities on the web at Please be generous in your contribution to Catholic Charities’ annual appeal.


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6 - 10 pm, Women’s Guild Installation Dinner.....Hall
7 pm, First Eucharist Practice.....Church
7:30 - 8:30 pm, St. Vincent de Paul.....Library

TUESDAY, May 15th
3:30 - 8 pm, Religous Education.....Hall
6:30 - 8 pm, Legion of Mary.....Library
7 - 9 pm, Festival Mtg.....6th Gr. Classroom
7:30 - 9 pm, Liturgy Committee.....Mary’s Chapel
8 - 9 pm, Teen Club.....Hall/Kitchen

7:30 - 9 pm, 8th Grade Party Mtg.....Hall
7:30 - 9 pm, Bible Study.....Convent

THURSDAY, May 17th
3:30 - 8 pm, Religious Education.....Hall
7 - 9 pm, RCIA.....Chapel
7 - 9 pm, Parish Council.....Library
7 pm, First Eucharist Practice.....Church

SATURDAY, May 19th
10 am & 12 Noon, First Eucharist....Church
6 - 11 pm, Dinner Dance Thank You Dinner.....Hall

SUNDAY, May 20th
10-11:30a Fil/Am....Hall
1 - 4 pm, Musicians’ Appreciation Luncheon.....Hall

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