St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, January 27, 2002

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

January 27, 2002
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Friends,

Sitting at our kitchen table, I asked Gene if he had any inspiring thoughts about what our letter to you might be. "Tell me your philosophy of life", I prodded. Gene’s reply: "LOVE LIFE —- LIVE LOVE!" He said that the Scripture readings at all the Masses since before Christmas and on have spoken to us of Love, Compassion, and Doing for Others.

I remembered the first time I knocked at Gene’s front door (which is now our front door). That was almost 30 years ago. I had come with two other young widows - Maureen and Lois - to a party that Gene was hosting for widowed men and women. Posted on his front door were the words: "TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!" And so it was for both Gene and me.

In prayer, many years ago, I had asked Jesus: "How can I teach my children about You?" In my heart, I heard His words: "LOVE THEM, AND YOU WILL BRING THEM TO ME!"

There is a great deal of talk today about Evangelization. How do we, who are but simple Catholics, evangelize? Perhaps the three quotes above sum up the process of Evangelization:


So, to each of you, our Friends, we say:


Gene & Anna May

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Please join us in celebrating
Fr. Marini’s 50th Anniversary as a Priest

February 10th 12:00 Noon Mass
Bishops Wester and Cummins presiding
Reception following in Hennessy Hall
All are invited to attend

no gifts please


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1/28 Monday 6:30
George Ryerson †
Lena Quigg †
1/29 Tuesday 6:30
Lillian Krisch †
Giuseppe Pignati †
1/30 Wednesday 6:30
Pat Forbush †
Padre Pio †
1/31 Thursday 6:30
Jamileh Farr †
Walter Bond †
2/01 Friday 6:30
Upaldo Gobbo †
2/02 Saturday 8:30
Antionette M. DeMartini †
David Braslow †
2/03 Sunday 7:30
Maria Emilio †
Phoebe Dineen †
Fortino Gomez †
People of St. Robert's
Carlo Foti †


Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Matthew 5:1-12a


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More good thoughts from Clara Dina Hinojosa about praying the Mass: Pat Vallez-Kelly

If the first step to ritual participation is total self-offering, the second is being awake and alert. This experience of being attentive and consciously participating involves the deliberate act of engagement. The opposite experience of conscious participation is what I call "liturgical sleepwalking." This is demonstrated (with regularity!) by those who enact the ritual gestures, speak and sing the words, and see or touch the liturgical objects but who remain disengaged as though on autopilot. I, for one, have fallen prey to liturgical sleepwalking. Often, I have caught myself belting the music to a glorious hymn and later asking, "What was the meaning of the words that I just sang?" From my own experience, I have heartily recited the Nicene Creed but have sometimes reached the end wondering what I had just professed.

It takes a great deal of effort to be attentive to the liturgy. Rather than being mindful to its subtleties and nuances, those bored by the repetitiveness of the liturgy often express a need for more festive and up-beat worship. Instead of battling our culture’s growing dependence upon a variety of constant stimuli, many desire the equivalent of electrical prods to keep them engaged. Members of the assembly need to deliberately stay awake, rather than tacitly involving themselves in seemingly "routine" gestures.

Conscious participation in the liturgy necessitates an attitude that is alert to the connections between liturgy and life. It warrants that one be deeply aware of God’s presence in one’s self and in the community. (Clara Dana Hinojosa, "Full, Conscious, & Active Participation," Today’s Liturgy, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 18-19.)


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As a Parish Community, we Pray...
For all who have been condemned to die, especially those who wait on "death row"...May they seek and find mercy, reconciliation, and peace.



We pray for the ill: Sharon Aiello, Marilyn Arancibia, Ilaria Belluomini, Bastiaan Blumenthal, Guido Botelho, Marcia Bourne, Ann Burns, Joseph Calleja, Arthur Candia, Josie Clarke, Nan Connolly, Ana Cosgaya, Imelda Daly, Walton & June Dickhoff, Sandra & William Dill, Ray Driscoll, Carl Edwards, Adela Florez, Elsie Grech, Denise Hawald, Joanne Johnson, Koret Koelman, Muriel Krause, Josephine Lavoie, Marky, Daniel McHale, Rosemary McHale, Jeanne McHugh, Terry McLeod, Sal Milizio, Bunny Moniz, Catherine Okulove, Leo Pieretti, Richard Quintana, Pauline Speranza, Kari Stellino, Don Vickery, George Jones, Henry Fosson & Bernie Voight.

Please call the Rectory if you have a friend or family member who is ill or in the hospital and would like a visit from our Clergy.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Richard Sloan,
Mary Salvato,
Peggy Shea,
Daisy Calonje,
Joe Canizzo, &
Ngan Lok

who died recently.



"Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile." Mark 6:31

The RCIA group and team leaders are experiencing a retreat together this weekend at Mercy Center. We ask you, our St. Robert’s community, for prayers as our candidates and catechumens deepen their relationship with our Lord in preparation to receive the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist.

Consider "retreating" for a moment or two yourself this weekend. A deep breath, a moment of silence, a look at the sky, a quiet walk. All opportunities to listen to God and feel His warmth.

We thank you for your continued prayers. Prayers, notes of encouragement and/or words of welcoming can be sent to the parish office to the attention of the RCIA. We would enjoy receiving them!

St. Robert’s RCIA Team.



On Saturday, February 2nd, and on the First Saturday of each month, following the 8:30 a.m. Mass and continuing until 10:00 a.m. we are blessed with an opportunity to come before Jesus in His Blessed Sacrament. He says to each of us, "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10). Calm and peace will prevail as we feel the radiant Presence of Love.


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Calling all teen actors, singers and musicians of the parish! The Passion Play needs you! We will hold a general meeting on Monday evening, Feb. 4th, in the Church, starting at 7:30 and ending at 8:45 p.m. The Passion Play is an annual celebration performed by the teen youth of St. Robert’s parish on Good Friday Night. Any questions? Call: Ben Baldonado or Bob Baker.



The Maltese Cross Foundation is proud to announce its seventh annual Vella-Dankwerth Cultural Scholarship for students of Maltese descent in the San Francisco Bay Area. High school seniors, college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply. Completed applications are due by March 18, 2002. For more information, please contact Janel Dankwerth-Plack (707-591-8878) or Jennifer Dankwerth (650-273-1356).


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We welcome you into our parish!

Gregory & June Welch 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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Monday, January 28th
1:30 - 3 pm, Cheerleading.....Hall
6 - 10 pm, School Open House.....Church/School
7:30 - 9 pm, Drop In Support.....Convent Chapel

Ttuesday, January 29th
3:30 - 8:15 pm, Religious Education.....Hall
6:30 - 8 pm, Legion of Mary.....Library
7 - 9 pm, Building Campaign.....Convent Chapel

Wednesday, January 30th
4:30 - 6 pm, Cheerleading.....Hall
7 - 8:30 pm, 8th Gr. Practice.....Hall
7:30 - 9 pm, Bible Study.....Convent Chapel

Thursday, January 32st
3:30 - 4:30 pm, Religious Education.....Hall
7 - 9 pm, RCIA.....Convent Chapel
7 - 9 pm, 8th Gr. Grad. Party Mtg.....Hall

Friday, February 1st
3:30 - 4:45 pm, Cheerleading.....Hall

Saturday, February 2nd
9 - 10 am, Eucharistic Adoration.....Church
6 - 11 pm, Men’s Club Crab Dinner.....Hall

Sunday, February 3rd
10 - 11:30, Fil/Am Choir.....Hall
3:30 - 5:30 pm, Confirmation Meeting.....Hall


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Friday, February 15th, 7:00pm, Here in St. Robert's Church

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A spectacular and dramatic presentation of scripture, light, and movement when Michael Reardon and Patrick Lane bring THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW to our community. This is a profoundly moving and totally captivating work of faith, making the Scripture come alive in a fresh way. A great way to begin Lent!!

Michael and Patrick have traveled around the world with this powerful ministry of proclamation.


St. Robert's Adult Education - 2002

An Introduction to
World Religions
(Video Series)

Sunday Eves 6:30pm - 8:30pm
(Following 5:30pm Mass)

Hennessy Hall

Light Meal Served with Soda / Coffee

January 27, 2002 Judaism
February 10, 2002 Buddhism
February 17, 2002 Hinduism

This video series is an invitation to marvel at and learn from the various religions of the world. Religions center their power where cultures are most distinct - places like Rome, Benares, Jerusalem and Mecca. We invite you to join us on Sunday evenings for a light meal, video and short discussion led my Mary Shpertt, PH.D..


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MEN’S CLUB Crab Feed Feb. 2nd from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. For further information, call Dan Uroz.


Saturday, March 2, 2002

Mark your calendars for the St. Robert’s Women’s Guild Dinner and Dance. This year we will enter the Caribbean Zone at the Marriott Hotel in Burlingame. You won’t want to miss the fun.


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(18 years or older who have received First Communion)

will be offered

at Serra High School in San Mateo,
7:30-9:30 p.m. Tues, 2/19/02 - 4/30/02;

or at Riordan High School in San Francisco,
7:30-9:30 p.m. Tues, 2/20/02 - 5/1/02;

For information call Father Ring at 650-589-2800 or the Archdiocesan Office of Religious Education and Youth Ministry: 415-614-5652



On Jan. 1, 2002 television network NBC moved to KNTV Channel 3 in San Jose, which has aired the Catholic TV Mass for many years. However, KNTV (calling itself NBC3) has dropped the TV Mass. This means many elderly and homebound Catholics in the South Bay Area will no longer receive the weekly TV Mass. Please call Bob Franklin or Jan Mullery at KNTV-NBC3 at (408) 286-1111, or write to KNTV-NBC3, 645 Park Ave., San Jose, CA 95110 and ask that the TV Mass continue. Thank you for your help.



The Office of Formation for the Permanent Diaconate Office is sponsoring an Informational Evening for men considering the possibility of serving the Church as Permanent Deacons. If you have ever considered the possibility of a vocation to the Permanent Diaconate, you and your wife are invited to attend the meeting being held on Wed, Feb. 20th, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm in the lower level of St. Mary’s Cathedral. Questions may be directed to the Formation Office at St. Patrick’s Seminary, 320 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025-3563, phone (650) 323-1703.



Pope John Paul has continued to call for all people to pray for peace. On the occasion of the "World Day for Peace" on January 1st, he wrote:

Peace: the Work of Justice and Love

Recent events move me to return to a theme which often stirs in the depths of my heart when I remember the events of history which have marked my life, especially my youth.

The enormous suffering of peoples and individuals even among my own friends and acquaintances caused by Nazi and communist totalitarianism has never been far from my thoughts and prayers. I have often paused to reflect on the persistent question: How do we restore the moral and social order subjected to such horrific violence? My reasoned conviction, confirmed in turn by biblical revelation, is that the shattered order cannot be fully restored except by a response that combines justice with forgiveness. The pillars of true peace are justice and that form of love which is forgiveness.

But in the present circumstances, how can we speak of justice and forgiveness as the source and condition of peace? We can and we must, no matter how difficult this may be, a difficulty which often comes from thinking that justice and forgiveness are irreconcilable. But forgiveness is the opposite of resentment and revenge, not of justice. In fact true peace is "the work of justice" (Is. 32:17). As the Second Vatican Council put it, peace is "the fruit of that right ordering of things with which the divine founder has invested human society and which must be actualized by man thirsting for an ever more perfect reign of justice". For more than 1,500 years the Catholic Church has repeated the teaching of St. Augustine of Hippo on this point. He reminds us that the peace which can and must be built in this world is the peace of right order—the tranquility of order.

True peace therefore is the fruit of justice, that moral virtue and legal guarantee which ensures full respect for rights and responsibilities, and the just distribution of benefits and burdens. But because human justice is always fragile and imperfect, subject as it is to the limitations and egoism of individuals and groups, it must include and, as it were, be completed by the forgiveness which heals and rebuilds troubled human relations from their foundations. This is true in circumstances great and small, at the personal level or on a wider, even international scale. Forgiveness is in no way opposed to justice, as if to forgive meant to overlook the need to right the wrong done. It is rather the fullness of justice, leading to that tranquility of order which is much more than a fragile and temporary cessation of hostilities, involving as it does the deepest healing of the wounds which fester in human hearts. Justice and forgiveness are both essential to such healing.

It is these two dimensions of peace that I wish to explore in this message. The World Day of Peace this year offers all humanity, and particularly the leaders of nations, the opportunity to reflect upon the demands of justice and the call to forgiveness in the face of the grave problems which continue to afflict the world, not the least of which is the new level of violence introduced by organized terrorism. (to be continued.)


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St. Robert School will hold its annual Open House on Monday, January 28th. The evening will begin at 7pm in Church, followed by classroom visitations. All are welcome.



Did you know St. Robert Church and School participates in the eScrip program? This is a very easy way for us to earn money to benefit our Church and School. Here’s how it works:

You register your Safeway Club Card, Visa, Master Card, ATM, Debit, Chevron Gas Card with eScrip, and every time you shop at a participating store e.g. Mollie Stones, Lunardi’s, Pak-n-Save, and more, we receive 2-5% of your purchase. It is a very safe program. No information is sold or given out. There is an annual fee of $10. We receive an average of $1,900 a month with our current 183 members.

Give them a call at 1-800-592-0942 or on line at or check the vestibule for more information. Our Group number is 137045398. If you shop at Albertson’s, we have a free Community Card that you simply show the cashier, and Albertson’s gives us 2-5% of your purchase. No tracking, no fuss. It’s easy!! If you would like a card or more info on how you can help us, call Linda Cuddy.



While Shopping at Tanforan You Can Help Our School Win $2,000

If you are shopping at Tanforan, please turn in your receipts either at the Info Booth on the 2nd floor at Tanforan, in the vestibule of the Church, or to the Rectory. For questions or more info Call Linda Cuddy.

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