St. Robert's Church Bulletin, May 27, 2001

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

May 27, 2001
Seventh Sunday of Easter


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Dear Parishioners:

Imagine that all the Bibles in the world ceased to exist. No more Gospel books. And if all the movies about Jesus also disappeared. Could you write the Gospel? Do you know Jesus? Could anyone count on you to bring the Gospel to the world?

Or do you not know Jesus well enough to say much about him to a world that is starving for spiritual food and for the "living water" which Jesus promised to those who believe in him? Do you only know a few facts about Jesus? Born in Bethlehem. Worked miracles. Nice guy. Was crucified. Rose from the dead.

If that’s all you know about him, then you’re practically an atheist! Christians can live up to that name only when they know more than facts about Jesus, but when they know Jesus! Not the history of Jesus, but knowing him personally because he lives within them. He feeds them. His Spirit satisfies their thirst. He consoles them and removes the fear of suffering and death. He forgives their many sins and failings. He carries them through danger. He’s alive! Christians are meant to live the Gospel—to show the Gospel to others. If the Gospel were not alive and visible in the lives of Christians, it would cease to exist. "God’s word is alive!"

So, how do we come to know Jesus? Well, ever since he rose from the dead, people have gathered on the first day of the week (Sunday) to celebrate his presence in the liturgy of the Word and in Holy Communion. That’s how we begin to know him and how the Gospel comes alive. See you in Church.

Fr. Mark



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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"In Spirit and Truth"

In the fourth chapter of the Gospel according to John, when Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman at the well, he says, "The hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him. God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and truth."

St. Paul, in his First Letter to the Corinthians 12:3, states, "No one can say "Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit."

If you are like me, you sometimes forget to worship the Holy Spirit because the Spirit is, in one sense, invisible. But the Word of God tells us that our worship can’t even happen without the Spirit of God! As the stories of Pentecost tell us, the Church wouldn’t even exist if the Holy Spirit had not come upon the apostles like tongues of fire. As our celebration of Pentecost nears, let us renew our love and gratitude for the Spirit of God.

The Catechism tells us this: "Fire symbolizes the transforming energy of the Holy Spirit’s actions." (#696) Christians, we have that fire burning within! We should have no fear of spiritual rolling blackouts because we are plugged into the "transforming energy" of the Holy Spirit in our liturgy and individual prayer.

- Pat Kelly


The Parish Office will be closed Monday, May 28th, in observance of Memorial Day.


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5/28 Monday 8:30 Frank Fenech †
5/29 Tuesday 6:30
Brian Morgan †
Mr. & Mrs. John King †
5/30 Wednesday 6:30
Mr. & Mrs. C. Muñoz Plaza (L)
Jane Lambert †
5/31 Thursday 6:30
John Tallerico †
Mary Daly †
6/01 Friday 6:30
Gertrude Cummings (L)
Marija Skropanic †
6/02 Saturday 8:30
Paul & Rosina Vella †
Josephine Novelli †
6/03 Sunday 7:30
Mocelin & Emilio Families †
Bill Wilson †
People of St. Robert's †
Carlo G. Foti †
John C. Feerick †


Acts 2:1-11 1 Corinthians 12:3-12 John 20:19-23


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Angelina Maria Zimmerman,
Sister Cabrini,
Dolores Tatone,
& Marilyn Wynkoop
who died recently.



As a Parish Community, we pray...

That Jesus may take away the pain of all who are ill. For all who suffer from unrest, worry and anxiety, may they find rest in Jesus.



Gilbert Carreon & Mercedes Arceo



We pray for the ill: Sharon Aiello, Marilyn Arancibia, Bastiaan Blumenthal, Marcia Bourne, Ann Burns, 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, Marion Macris & Bernie Voight.



Jesus experienced our very worst fears and temptations. He knew what it was like to be tempted to doubt the Father’s love or to despair in the face of our burdens. He took upon himself our fears of being rejected or abandoned, even our fear of death. He embraced them all and took every one of them to his cross. Knowing the love of God can turn our thoughts away from doubt and fear to trust in the life God promises us. Let us fix our hearts on Jesus’ resurrection that we may be filled with trust in him. We have the opportunity to do this on SATURDAY, June 2nd, and the first Saturday of every month, following the 8:30 a.m. Mass and continuing until Benediction at 10:00 a.m. all are invited to worship Jesus in the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.


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We welcome you into our parish!

John Lucas and Janet Monaghan and family
Micahel and Pauline Jansen and family
Robert and Lailani Nazareno and family
Arturo Estrada and Samia Wilson 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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The Promised Land is offered to us, but we often sit at its borders murmuring and failing to enter into it...We need to have our eyes opened and our faith extended until we see ourselves walking in God’s world and doing his will, until we recognize the presence that is always with us, offering us freedom and life eternal. We need to move forward into this new awareness and new life.

Alleluia to our God:
To you, O Christ, for you are risen:
By your death you have conquered death:
By your rising you have opened the way to glory:
Though you entered the desert of darkness and death,
You have opened the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.
You, Lord, have destroyed the powers of the evil one:
You have freed us from the slavery of sin and death:
You have brought us to the edge of the Promised Land.
Lord, in your risen power, may we rejoice in your kingdom:
Serving you, whose service is perfect freedom.
Praise and thanksgiving are yours, radiant Christ:
You have won us the victory. Alleluia

-David Adam

by Paul Turner

At the sign of peace, worshipers are invited to show their peace and love before receiving the Eucharist, which accomplishes their unity most perfectly. The nature of the sign is to be determined by the culture of the people who express it. In the United States, the bishops let local communities determine the actions and words. We have no set formula or gesture for extending this sign. Most often worshipers will shake hands and say, "Peace be with you." But you may also see them kiss or embrace, wave or flash a two-fingered sign of peace. Although today it would seem cold to omit the sign of peace, it is optional. Introduced in the 1960s to a bashful church unaccustomed to speaking to one another at worship, it broke the silent mood before communion. Now it has become a welcome expression of unity among those preparing for communion together in Christ.

The invitation to extend the sign of peace comes from the deacon. The deacon directs posture, gesture, and action in the liturgy. He tells us when to stand or sit, when to leave and when to show peace.

The placement of the sign of peace still confuses some who think it comes too late to say hello and too early to say goodbye. However, the purpose of the sign is not to extend a greeting. It is to express our love; it foreshadows our communion. It’s like an all-for-one huddle before the team charges into play. The team should have said hello to each other long before. In fact, some communities take a few moments before Mass begins precisely to encourage worshipers to greet those near them. Such a greeting allows people to feel at home, and it can also be shared by catechumens, who will be dismissed after the homily. The sign of peace has a purpose deeper than a greeting — it expresses the unity of those baptized in Christ.

When extending the sign of peace, attentive worshipers resist turning it into a break. This is not the time to congratulate someone on their anniversary, to set up an appointment, or to exchange messages with the servers. It is the time to express peace and love.

Taken from "Modern Liturgy", October, 1998. Paul Turner, pastor of St. John Regis Parish in Kansas City, MO, holds a doctorate in sacramental theology from Sant’ Anselmo University in Rome. © 1998 Resource Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Cardinal Basil Hume

The Church is nourished and sustained principally by the Word of God, by the Eucharist and by prayer.

By the Eucharist I do not mean only the celebration of Mass, but also our devotion to the Blessed Sacrament of the altar. A Catholic church is a place where the people of God gather, but it is also a place where Christ is truly and sacramentally present. It is this presence which gives a Catholic church its special character. We must do all we can to to enhance our awareness of this abiding presence of Our Lord. We need in our Church today to recapture our devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.

It is a wonderful practice just to sit or kneel in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, and in a marvellous way a kind of "presence" begins to reveal itself to us - just being in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, mind open, heart open, trying to experience something which is unique and which lies beyond our capacity to explain or understand. It requires prayerfulness, it requires humility. It requires us to admit our own deficiencies and limitations, to be able to say in the presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament: "I do believe. Help thou my unbelief." It does work.

We need just to be with Christ and to pray. Some may be as Peter, James and John when Our Lord was transfigured on Mount Tabor: hearts full of admiration and joy. But your mood might be quite different, more at ease to be with him as he was in the Garden of Gethsemane, bringing your pain, suffering and anxieties. Whatever your mood, whatever your concerns, you can in his presence enjoy being with him on Mount Tabor, or suffer with him in Gethsemane. Your mood may be in between those two, a mixture of both. But just being with him, allowing your thoughts and affections to unfurl in prayer in his presence, this will allow those concerns of mind and heart to be blessed and sanctified by him.


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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



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.



Thank you to all who saved coins or otherwise contributed to Catholic Relief Services’ Operation Rice Bowl Project during Lent. Our final collection was $651.84. One fourth of these funds will stay in the Archdiocese to support local food and health programs. The remainder supports CRS’s humanitarian aid programs throughout the world. Special thanks to Joe Yanke who coordinated the distribution of the rice bowls and the bulletin articles. We are looking for a coordinator for Operation Rice Bowl for next year. Call Pat Kelly at 589-2800 if you are interested.


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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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MONDAY, May 28th

TUESDAY, May 29th
6:30-8 pm, Legion of Mary.....Library

7:30-9 pm, Bible Study.....Convent
7:30-9 pm, Sports Awards.....Hall

THURSDAY, May 31st
7-9 pm, RCIA.....Chapel

9-10 am, Eucharistic Adoration.....Church

SUNDAY, June 3rd
10-11:30a Fil/Am....Hall
9-1 pm, RCIA.....Hall

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