St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, February 10, 2002

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

February 10, 2002
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Friends,

Ash Wednesday is this week on February 13th. Can you believe it? Here are a few ideas for making this year’s Lent a sacred season:

Keep your eyes and ears on Jesus, and keep your heart open to the Spirit of God. Ultimately, Lent is about a renewal of our relationship with God Most Holy through our Christian discipleship and living in God’s Spirit. It’s about us allowing Jesus Christ to live out his obedience to God in our lives by drawing us into his ministry, dying, and rising.

Remember the basic disciplines of prayer (listening), fasting (simplicity), and acts of charity (generosity). These can take on many different forms, but our spiritual practices will be fruitful if they are based on these principles. See if you can take part in these disciplines both as an individual and as a member of St. Robert’s community.

Remember RCIA catechumens and candidates in your prayer and community life during Lent. In our history, Lent developed specifically as a time for the Church to prepare with them for the celebrations of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.

Come to Michael Reardon’s presentation of the The Gospel of Matthew this Friday (2/15) at 7pm in the church. It’s free, but, aside from the sacramental life, it might end up being the most valuable spiritual gift you’ve given to yourself and your family in a while.

Pat Vallez-Kelly

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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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2/11 Monday 6:30
Rufino Aranez †
Augie Mariucci †
2/12 Tuesday 6:30
Jeanne McHugh
Charles Agius †
2/13 Wednesday 6:30
6 pm
Nancy Curreri †
Ivan Gregor †
John Erasmy †
Abel Sanchez, Sr. †
2/14 Thursday 6:30
Mary Salvato †
Marija Boncich †
2/15 Friday 6:30
Edwin Marlowe †
Giuseppe Pignati †
2/16 Saturday 8:30
John & Veronica Schaukowitch †
John Rudometkin †
2/17 Sunday 7:30
Joseph Emilio †
Mary Jean Farnsworth †
People of St. Robert's
Monica Agius †
Domenica Busceti †

First Sunday of Lent

Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11


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I Have Called You By Name

Remember the old TV show, "Romper Room"? (Did it play out here in California?) At the end of each episode, the charming pre-school teacher would take up her magic mirror, look into it’s swirling face, and start calling out names of children in the TV audience, "I see Bobby and Rachel and Mike. I see Lolly and Warren. Oops, there’s Theodore!" On and on the naming would go, and you would always hope to hear your own name called. You knew you were special if the teacher called you by name.

God doesn’t need a magic mirror to call us by name. God has created each of us uniquely. God knows us and loves us personally. Lent is a time for us to renew that personal, loving relationship with God—a relationship whose possibilities Jesus revealed to us. One of the ways to renew that relationship is through the faithful practice of prayer, fasting, and acts of charity. Below is instruction the Church gives us regarding fasting and abstinence:

Fast and Abstinence

FASTING symbolizes our hunger for God. The love that motivates our fasting comes to life in works of mercy and charity. Everyone aged 18 to 60 years is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

The law of fast allows one full meal a day, but does not prohibit taking some food during the day, so long as it does not constitute another full meal. Drinking liquids during the day is permitted. When health or ability would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. In the spirit of penance, the faithful should not lightly excuse themselves from this obligation.

ABSTINENCE is forgoing a good thing for the sake of a greater good. Everyone over 14 years of age is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent. Pat Vallez-Kelly


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As a Parish Community, we Pray...

For Father Joseph Marini...We thank God for calling him to his priesthood and for these fifty years of loving service to his people...May he continue to be blessed all the days of his life.



Ashes will be distributed during the Masses on the first day of Lent at:
6:30 am, 8:30 am, 10:30 am and at 6:00 pm.



Each Friday during Lent, you are invited to participate in the three Lenten disciplines: PRAYER, FASTING, ALMSGIVING. Our Lenten theme is :


Do you feel called to attend Stations of the Corss? On February 15th, the first Friday of Lent, supper will be held in Hennessy Hall at 5:30 pm, followed by "The Gospel of Matthew" proclaimed by Michael Reardon, in our Church, at 7 pm.

On Feburary 22nd, and March 1, 8, 15 and 22nd, Stations will take place at 6 pm, followed by a light Lenten supper in Hennessy Hall. We ask that you donate what you would have spent on your Friday dinner to our St. Vincent de Paul Society, that they may feed our hungry sisters and brothers.



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, 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, 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
Leo Pieretti,
Ed Bizal,
and Gerald Ferrero

who died recently.


February 13, 2002

We are scheduled for the 2nd Wednesday of each month. If you can prepare a favorite cookie, snack or lunch items for 10 to 12 people, please drop it off at the Children’s Chapel, in the back of Church, by 9:00 am on Feb. 13th.

Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items can be donated. We appreciate all your help.


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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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St. Robert’s web site is:

A Catholic Site for Seekers: A new internet ministry from the Franciscans (sponsors of St. Anthony Messenger Press) seeks to help inactive Catholics reconnect with a local Catholic faith community. This site,, offers a special place where inactive Catholics can ask questions, interact with on-line companions, find resources and reconnect with a local parish. This website may also be beneficial for those you are practicing Catholics.


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Monday, February 11th
1:30 - 3 pm, Cheerleading.....Hall
3:30 - 5 pm, 8th Gr. Practice.....Hall
6 - 10 pm, Women’s Guild.....Hall
7:30 - 8:30 pm, St. Vincent de Paul.....Library

Ttuesday, February 12th
3:30 - 8:15 pm, Religious Education.....Hall
6:30 - 8 pm, Legion of Mary.....Library
7 - 9 pm, Building Campaign.....Convent Chapel

Wednesday, February 13th
6:30, 8:30, 10:30 am & 6 pm, Mass & Ashes...Church
9 am, Aids Lunch.....Children’s Chapel
9 - 9:30 am, Grief Support.....Mary’s Chapel
4:30 - 6 pm, Cheerleading.....Hall
7:30 - 9 pm, Bible Study.....Convent Chapel

Thursday, February 14th
3:30 - 4:30 pm, Religious Education.....Hall
5 - 6 pm, 8th Gr. Practice....Hall
7 - 9 pm, RCIA.....Convent Chapel
7:30 - 9 pm, Fil/Am.....Hall

Friday, February 15th
3:30 - 4:45 pm, Cheerleading.....Hall
5 - 9 pm, Lenten Supper.....Hall
7 - 8:30 pm, 8th Gr. Practice.....Hall
7 - 10 pm, Gosepl of Matthew.....Church

Sunday, February 17th
10 - 11:30 am, Fil/Am Choir.....Hall
3 - 4:30 pm, 8th Gr. Practice.....Hall


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

(Preceded by Simple Lenten Supper at 5:30pm

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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

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..


St. Robert's Women's Guild
Dinner/Dance March 2, 2002

  • The Caribbean Zone is coming to the Marriott
    Hotel in Burlingame
  • 8th grade entertainment
  • Live art auction
  • Raffle prizes, and much more!
  • Don't miss the fun
  • 589-2800
  • Admission $75.00 per person/$65.00 senior
  • No host cocktails 6pm
  • Dinner 7pm
  • Dancing 10pm to 1am
  • Menu choices are swordfish or filet mignon

Tickets will be on sale at the Women's Guild meeting,
tomorrow night, Feb. 11th, in the hall, at 6:30pm.



The Grownups Annual Panckae Communion Breakfast will be held in Hennessy Hall on Sunday, February 24th, after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. The price is $7.00 per person. For tickets please call Lillian Fazio, Dorothy Branch, Dolores Moynihan, or LaVerne Buller. Tickets will also be sold after some of the weekend Mases. No tickets will be sold at the door.


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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



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:

Those who kill by acts of terrorism actually despair of humanity, of life, of the future. In their view, everything is to be hated and destroyed. Terrorists hold that the truth in which they believe, or the suffering that they have undergone, is so absolute that their reaction in destroying even innocent lives is justified. Terrorism is often the outcome of that fanatic fundamentalism which springs from the conviction that one’s own vision of the truth must be forced upon everyone else. Instead, even when the truth has been reached—and this can happen only in a limited and imperfect way—it can never be imposed. Respect for a person’s conscience, where the image of God himself is reflected (cf. Gn. 1:26-27), means that we can only propose the truth to others, who are then responsible for accepting it. To try to impose on others by violent means what we consider to be the truth is an offense against God, whose image that person bears. For this reason, what is usually referred to as fundamentalism is an attitude radically opposed to belief in God. Terrorism exploits not just people, it exploits God: It ends by making him an idol to be used for one’s own purposes.

Consequently, no religious leader can condone terrorism, and much less preach it. It is a profanation of religion to declare oneself a terrorist in the name of God, the creator of man, who cares for man and loves him. It is altogether contrary to faith in Christ the Lord, who taught his disciples to pray: "Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors" (Mt. 6:12).

Following the teaching and example of Jesus, Christians hold that to show mercy is to live out the truth of our lives: We can and must be merciful because mercy has been shown us by a God who is love (cf. 1 Jn. 4:7-12). The God who enters into history to redeem us, and through the dramatic events of Good Friday prepares the victory of Easter Sunday, is a God of mercy and forgiveness (cf. Ps. 103:3-4; 10-13). Thus Jesus told those who challenged his dining with sinners: "Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners" (Mt. 9:13). The followers of Christ, baptized into his redeeming death and resurrection, must always be men and women of mercy and forgiveness.

But what does forgiveness actually mean? And why should we forgive? A reflection on forgiveness cannot avoid these questions. Returning to what I wrote in my message for the 1997 World Day of Peace ("Offer Forgiveness and Receive Peace"), I would reaffirm that forgiveness inhabits people’s hearts before it becomes a social reality. Only to the degree that an ethics and a culture of forgiveness prevail can we hope for a "politics" of forgiveness, expressed in society’s attitudes and laws, so that through them, justice takes on a more human character.

Forgiveness is, above all, a personal choice, a decision of the heart to go against the natural instinct to pay back evil with evil. The measure of such a decision is the love of God, who draws us to himself in spite of our sin. It has its perfect exemplar in the forgiveness of Christ, who on the cross prayed, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do" (Lk. 23:34).


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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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