St. Robert's Church Bulletin, May 20, 2001

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

May 20, 2001
Sixth Sunday of Easter


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Dear Parishioners:

Last week a young man died. Even though his organs helped six other people to have a better life, his family is devastated. Last week a young father died leaving behind a wife and a number of children. Another family is devastated. A parent’s worst fear is the death of a child. A child’s worst fear is the death of a parent. Lord, even your most faithful followers sometimes need a booster shot of your faith, hope and love.

The Easter scriptures usually provide me with a booster shot of faith and hope. And it is the outpouring of community support in times of crisis that boosts my understanding of God’s love. For me, it’s family, friends, relatives, neighbors and parishioners praying, crying, sharing and being together that witnesses to the love of God.

Christ Jesus, you promise to dwell in those who love you and are true to your word. We ask you to give us loving hearts. Make us faithful to you, that with you in us, we may be witnesses of your love to one another.

Deacon Duffey



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.



All parishioners are invited to wear something red to Mass to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost (June 2nd and 3rd). A photograph of the assembly will be taken after each Mass on the front steps of Church! Red is the liturgical color for feasts of the Holy Spirit. You’ll be seeing red on Pentecost, but with a smile on your face.


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Pentecost "FIRE DRILL"

We’re having a contest! I’d like to call it our FIRE DRILL. How many songs can you think of that have the word "fire" in them? Start making your list with the song title, the composer and/or recording artist, and the phrase that has the word "fire" in it. "Fire" does not have to be part of the title. Just think of songs that have the word "fire" in them, and notice the context in which it’s used.

Why the FIRE DRILL? Because the Feast of Pentecost is coming up on June 3rd, and we need to think about opening ourselves again and again to the fire of the Holy Spirit. On Pentecost we remember how the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples in the form of tongues of fire. They were inspired (in-"spirited") to begin testifying publicly about Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Our celebration of Pentecost isn’t a mere remembrance of things past, though. We are still living in the age of the Spirit and called to be inspired witnesses for Jesus Christ here and now. Sometimes, to do that, we have to get a little fired up, so to speak. To what end? To strengthen the way we show family, friends, and strangers, either with or without words, that Christ is truly the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

You can submit your FIRE DRILL list of songs to me at the parish office. The longest list wins a $30 dinner for two at Sizzler! Deadline is June 3rd, Pentecost Sunday. - Pat Kelly


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5/21 Monday 6:30 All Mothers
8:30 Vittorio Calonico †
5/22 Tuesday 6:30 Dorothy Aldinger †
8:30 All Mothers
5/23 Wednesday 6:30 Maria Luisa Kahn †
8:30 Nellie McCann †
5/24 Thursday 6:30 Bernadette Edwards †
8:30 Claire Duncan †
5/25 Friday 6:30 Maria Luisa Kahn †
8:30 Kurt Stevens †
5/26 Saturday 8:30 Yvonne Vacarisas †
4:30 John Rudometkin †
5/27 Sunday 7:30 Alice Buelow †
9:00 People of St. Robert's
10:30 Giuseppe Pignati †
12:00 Andrew & Teresa Galea †
5:30 Charles David Smith †


Acts 1:1-11 Ephesians 1:17-23 Luke 24:46-53


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Tim Baptista,
Robert Woodall,
Richard McAllister,
Mary Aquilina,
Eleanor Smurthwaite &
Constancia Natividad,
who died recently.



As a Parish Community, we pray...

For the children of our parish family, who have come to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus for the first time...for their parents and for their teachers...may they be filled with the peace and love of Christ.



Karla Isabel Ayson,
Sara Langi,
Wyatt Dincel,
Mason Howard,
Olivia Marie Giner,
and Julian Mendieta



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.


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We welcome you into our parish!

Janice Alvers and
Juan and Zenaida Flores 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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THANK YOU to our parishioners who contributed to our recent 5th Sunday second collection. The St. Vincent de Paul Conference at St. Robert’s distributed 60 Easter Baskets to children in 20 families with the help of 11 volunteers on Saturday, April 14th.

We also are sending 12 children this summer to the CYO Camp Armstrong at $200.00 per child for a period of 12 days at the end of July.

In August, before school starts, we will be aiding 12 to 15 children for the Mervyn’s "Shopping Spree" where they are able to select $100.00 of clothing for the upcoming school year. This is split between SVDP and Mervyn’s. Chaperone’s this year will be our own "Teen Group" as it was last year. Our "Teen’s" were so excited last year, they could hardly wait for August 2001.

Thank you again.
Wally Mooney,
St. Vincent de Paul President.


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The Blessed Pentecost
by Nathan Mitchell

Josef Pieper once remarked that the human capacity for festivity arises from the ability to affirm all creation as good — from the ability to embrace, in one resounding "yes," the length and breadth, the heights and depths of our experience in this world. We can hear this yes in Mozart’s music — the play of light and shadow in the later piano concerti; the poignant song of an oboe rising above a steady pulse in a divertimento for winds. We can hear it in the delighted squeals of a child as its face is licked by the moist tongue and hot breath of a new puppy. We can hear it in the contented, prayerful whispers of an elderly woman — full of love, grace and years — as she prepares to meet death with quiet courage and dignity.

Saying yes to all of life, letting all of it in — that is festivity’s sustaining source. But there’s the rub. Few of us can say yes to anything for very long. We live, after all, in an intensely mobile culture of fast food, faster cars, disposable diapers and planned obsolescence. Our greatest goal (as Andy Warhol once quipped) is to be famous for fifteen minutes. At parties, we do not carry on conversations, we posture — repeating to one another snippets of dialogue from movies, beer commercials, sitcoms, or interviews with sports celebrities. Small wonder that many in our society feel so isolated and lonely, so unable to connect, so incapable of forming relationships that last. Small wonder, too, that as a people we find ourselves increasingly bored, angry and violent — enraged and terrified by the awful emptiness that seems to stretch in every direction around us.

Given such cultural conditions, the Christian celebration of "the blessed Pentecost" will strike many as mad indeed. Fifty days of "dwelling in" the paschal mystery! Fifty days of surrendering in joyful faith and love as the Spirit of God takes possession of our lives! Fifty days of mystagogy [study of the sacramental mysteries], of walking with the neophytes [newly baptized] ever more deeply into the baptismal mysteries of death and resurrection. Good heavens! What an order!

One reason why such a prolonged celebration strikes us as difficult — if not downright absurd — is that we tend to link feasts and holidays with mindless hoopla. "Party time," for many, is an invitation to obliterate consciousness, to get wasted, to veg out, to forget. But a season of Christian festival is precisely the opposite. It is a time of intensified consciousness, finely tuned awareness, awakened memory. The great fifty days of Pentecost are not an unwelcome, unrealistic, obligation to "party on," even if we don’t feel like it, but an invitation to explore more deeply "the weather of the heart," to awaken our memory of God’s presence and power in our lives, to look more closely at all the rich and varied textures of creation. In short, Pentecost is a season for learning how to say yes in a culture that wants to keep on saying no.


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300 Manresa Way
Los Altos, Ca 94022-4646
(650) 948-4491

 The Three R’s of a Relationship: June 1-3
Responsibility, Respect, and Religion
Retreat for Married Couples
Edward & Peggy Gleason and Fr. Jerry McCourt, S.J.

Healing the Family Tree: June 8-10
Healing Retreat for Men/Women
Fr. John Hampsch, C.M.F.

Creating Peace: June 15-17
Recovery Retreat for Men/Women
Msgr. Terry Richey, S.J.



250 Oak Grove Ave.
Menlo Park, Ca 94025-3218
(650) 325-5614

"The Parable of the Hidden Treasure": June 3
Bishop P..J. McGrath

"Growing in Wisdom and Grace": June 8-10
(Spirituality of Aging)
Sister Marilyn Wilson, BVM

"Motherhood in the New Millennium": June 23rd
Carol Kaplan, MFT

"The Contemplative Way": June 23rd
Carol Fowler and Sister Barbara Hazzard, OSB



Contact Liz Dossa
(650) 340-7480

Dances of Universal Peace Sunday afternoons
Sharon Abercrombie
June 10 & Sept. 9



Congratulations to the children of our parish who received their First Eucharist Saturday, May 19th. 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 Northern California Charismatic Catholic Convention is scheduled at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, on the weekend of May 25, 26 and 27. Eucharistic Celebrations, Healing Service, Prayer ministry, and workshops. (Youth and Children’s Ministries if you pre-register) Call 1-800-474-6644, for more info, or just come and register at the door.



Your gift helps fellow Catholics in Latin America and the Caribbean—who are rich in spirit but poor in material resources—to participate more fully in the life of the Church. Last year, generous contributions from Catholics in the United States helped to enhance countless lives through the funding of 349 projects in twenty-one countries.

  • Recent grants were used to
  • support special evangelization and mission programs to celebrate the Jubilee Year;
  • train youth leaders to direct outreach and ministry programs for at-risk youth;
  • create diocesan radio and distance learning programs for faith formation in poor, rural areas;
  • translate the Bible and religious education materials into indigenous languages;
  • form pastoral ministers who care for prisoners, street children, those with AIDS, and other poor and marginalized people.
  • improve theological resource centers and libraries for religious congregations and seminaries; and
  • aid in the rebuilding of the Church in hurricane-devastated areas.

Please share your blessings and give generously


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Cash for Class is officially over but there is still time to turn in your receipts for purchases made August 15, 2000 to May 15, 2001. Thank you to all who participated. Look for St. Robert’s results in the weeks to come.


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Drop-In Bereavement Support Group - Monday, May 28th, at 7:30 pm in the Convent Chapel. Call Sr. Ita, 583-2544, for more info.

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7 - 10 pm, Grownups.....Library

TUESDAY, May 22nd
3:30 - 8 pm, Religous Education.....Hall
6:30 - 8 pm, Legion of Mary.....Library

7:30 - 9 pm, Bible Study.....Convent

THURSDAY, May 24th
3:30 - 4:30 pm, Religious Education.....Hall
7 - 9 pm, RCIA.....Chapel

SUNDAY, May 27th
10-11:30a Fil/Am....Hall

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