St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, February 17, 2002

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

February 17, 2002
First Sunday of Lent


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Dear Parishioners,

On Ash Wednesday, we heard the words from St. Paul to the Corinthians:

"So we are ambassadors for Christ,
as if God were appealing through us.
We implore you on behalf of Christ,
be reconciled to God."

There is a new urgency. How are we to act responsibly in a world grown increasingly violent, unjust, partisan, and mean-spirited? Not, surely by securing our own little corner. Not by masking preemptive strikes against a likely enemy, for then we turn likely enemies into actual and active ones. During Lent, God calls us by name to give time to our relationship with him. We are called to be reconciled. By means of almsgiving, fasting, and prayer we establish a deeper relationship with our creator. Having strengthened our relationship with our Father, we can improve our relationships with others.

Thank you to all who helped to make the celebration of Father Marini’s fiftieth anniversary as a priest so special. To Virginia Yanke and all helped on the reception, thank you. To Pat Vallez-Kelly and all who helped with the Liturgy, a very special thank you. We were honored to have Bishop Wester and Bishop Cummins of the Oakland diocese with us for this great occasion in the life of Father Marini and of our Parish.

Please pray that God will grant Father many more years of good health so that he can continue to minister to all of us here at St. Robert’s.

I am happy to announce that the building plans continue to progress. The architect, Brian Boker, is a former parishioner who designed the remodeled sanctuary of our Church. He is proceeding with the drawings that will be necessary for the Planning Commission and the final bids. The Archdiocese has approved Frank Portman Construction company as the builder. Bill Portman, who will be in charge of the project was also a parishioner of our Parish for several years. Many of you will remember Bill and his wife from Little Church and Middle Church. The company has also been involved in many of the remodeling projects of the past dozen years. If any present parishioner would like to be a sub-contractor on this project, please contact me at 589-2800 and I will give you the requirements of the Archdiocese that will allow you to bid on the project.

Please keep our campaign, BUILDING FOR A NEW CENTURY in your prayers.

Father Ring


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2/18 Monday 8:30 John P. Murphy †
2/19 Tuesday 6:30
Maria Luisa Kahn †
June Monaghan †
2/20 Wednesday 6:30
Imelda & Emerenciana Angeles †
Msgr. James Flynn †
2/21 Thursday 6:30
Mildred Mitchell
Shami-Galea Family
2/22 Friday 6:30
Patricia O'Grady †
Christopher Michael Clementi †
2/23 Saturday 8:30
Abel Sanchez, Sr. †
Victims of Sept. 11th Tragedy †
2/24 Sunday 7:30
Thomas & MaryAnn Begley †
Mary Rowan †
Aurelia Smithers †
People of St. Robert's
Dominic Romani †
In observance of President’s Day, the Parish Office will be closed on Monday, February 19th.


Genesis 12:1-4a
2 Timothy 1:8b-10
Matthew 17:1-9


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"To Wear the Crown He Wore"

This Lent the Church Environment and Art Committee "resurrected" a design for the church environment that was used several years ago. The large crucifix has been covered by a violet drape, and in its place hangs a large crown of thorns.

The crucifix is our usual icon drawing us into meditation on the powerful and ultimately victorious self-sacrifice of Jesus. It’s a powerful symbol because it seems to convey the mystery of Jesus as priest, prophet, and king all in one image. It reminds us of Jesus’ and our passover through death to eternal life which we celebrate with each Eucharist. The crown of thorns, while maybe not quite as full of meaning as a symbol, is nonetheless appropriate and powerful in this season of Lent.

Lent is a penitential season. In our tradition, few things draw us into repentance more strongly than the story of the passion and death of Christ, of which the crown of thorns is a symbol. The crown, an instrument of mockery and torture, also reveals in truth that Christ is King. He was, first of all, a master of his own heart, and in the face of such mockery and violence, he responded only with forgiveness and mercy. How are we called to imitate this Christ?

Lent is also a season during which we accompany the catechumens and candidates preparing for Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation We prepare ourselves for the renewal of our baptismal promises, the celebration of the dying and rising of Christ, and our participation in that mystery. The crown reminds all those who seek to follow Christ that his way is a way of righteousness, service, forgiveness, humility, and potential suffering before the final glory is given. Pat Vallez-Kelly


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As a Parish Community, we Pray...

For our Catechumens and Candidates. Jesus has called them by name...may their willingness and desire to open their hearts to God inspire us in our own journey of faith.


Friday Lenten Suppers

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


To follow Jesus more closely, let us come together for:

PRAYER—Stations of the Cross at 6:00 p.m. in Church

FASTING AND ABSTINENCE—A light meal hosted by the Fil/Am group and Legion of Mary (in Hennessy Hall, following the Stations of the Cross).

ALMSGIVING—A donation of what you would have spent for your Friday night dinner. Our St. Vincent de Paul Society will use it to feed the members of our Parish family who are hungry.


A baby is God’s opinion
that the world should go on.

Carl Sandburg



Brittany Lee Schroeder,
Sophia Frances Godfrey,
and Madison Lauren Shelley



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 famiiy of
Madeline Holmboe
who died recently.



My sister, Marie, and I want to thank all of you for making my 50th Jubilee the joyful celebration that it was. We want to thank Father Ring for all his help. We are grateful to Pat Kelly for arranging the liturgy and taking care of so many little details; to Don Thompson, the organist; to the choir; to Jim Kason our cantor; and all those who helped make the Eucharist so prayerful and so beautiful. We also want to thank Virginia Yanke and her helpers who put on such a wonderful reception. And I want to thank all who sent cards and remembrances. St. Robert’s out did itself.

God Bless You,
Father Marini


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Ireland International Comedian
Hal Roach
Friday, March 1st
at 8:00 p.m.
For additional information call:
Kathleen Loftus: (415) 731-4915
United Irish Cultural Center: (415) 661-2700 or
Leo Walsh: (650) 365-6184


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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.


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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.

Website for Catholic Youth: Disciples Now is an innovative and faith-filled web-based ministry for Catholic teens. It has been developed by youth ministers, campus ministers, catechetical leaders, and diocesan staff members in partnership with publishers and other youth-serving agencies. It includes a "Since you asked" feature with responses to teen questions of faith and life by Fr. Gary Bagley, Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Buffalo, New York as well as a variety of interactive catechetical and fun features. Nearly 3500 teens visit the site each day. Feel free to check it out on the web at

Computor Prayer during Lent-


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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 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..



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.


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

Dinner Dance
Children's Art Auction

Live Auction!
Featuring art projects made by the students of
St. Robert’s School and CCD Program
Bid on one-of-a-kind art items:

Quilts Growth Chart Mosaic Table
Garden Bench Handpainted Chest Art Easel
Stenciled Memory Chest Framed Art And More!


Monday, February 18h
3:30 - 5 pm, 8th Gr. Practice.....Hall

Tuesday, February 19th
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 20th
4:30 - 6 pm, Cheerleading.....Hall
7 - 8:30 p.m. 8th Gr. Dinner Dance Practice ....Hall
7:30 - 9 pm, Bible Study.....Convent Chapel

Thursday, February 21st
3:30 - 4:30 pm, Religious Education.....Hall
7 - 9 pm, RCIA.....Convent Chapel
7:30-9 pm, School Board Mtg....6th Gr. Classroom
7:30 - 9 pm, Youth....Kitchen

Friday, February 22nd
3:30 - 4:45 pm, Cheerleading.....Hall
5 - 9 pm, Lenten Supper.....Hall
7 - 8:30 pm, 8th Gr. Dinner Dance Practice.....Hall

Sunday, February 24th
7-Noon, Grownup’s Communion Breakfast....Hall
3 - 4:30 pm, 8th Gr. Dinner Dance Practice.....Hall


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

The Pursuit of Happiness in a World of Idols - March 15-17
Silent Lenten Retreat for Women
Leo Hombach, S.J.

Leading a God-Centered Life - March 22-24
Silent Retreat for Men (Palm Sunday)
James Hanley, S.J.

Dying and Rising in Christ - March 28-31
Holy Week
Silent Retreat for Men and Women
El Retiro Spiritual Directors

250 Oak Grove Ave
Menlo Park, Ca 94025-3218

TAIZÉ - March 21
Toni Longo, ASC

P.O. Box 767
Danville, Ca 94526
(925) 837-9141

Men and Women’s Retreat - March 1-3
Coraje, Women, Courage
Maria Elena Martinez, OSF

Silent Meditation Retreat - March 22-24
Barbara Hazzard, OSB

Silent Men’s Lenten - March 22-24
Barry Brunsman, OFM

Holy Week Retreat - March 28-31
Retreat Team 

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