St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, February 24, 2002

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

February 24, 2002
Second Sunday of Lent


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Dear Friends,

As I write, the Olympic Games are well on their way. The athletes are full of enthusiasm, all hoping for a Gold Medal. What emotions are displayed as they stand on the podium and hear the National Anthem of their country being played and see their flag being hoisted! The long hours of self-discipline and hard work seem as nothing as they proudly represent their country. You and I will never get a medal at the Olympics, but a Gold awaits each one of us if we run life’s race as St. Paul says we should do. Lent helps us to train. Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are ways to do so.

Our parish gives us so many opportunities to prepare. On Friday, the 15th of February, the Gospel of Matthew was proclaimed so beautifully in our Church by Michael Reardon. It was a fitting and inspiring preparation for Easter. Our sanctuary, which looks so so austere in the purple Lenten color reminds us of what Lent is all about. It is a time to have a hard look at our lives and see if we are running in the right direction. The race that leads to glory runs only one way. On March 10th we will celebrate the Anointing of the Sick. This will be another opportunity for us to encounter the Lord in this healing Sacrament. We encourage one another by the way we worship at the Sunday Eucharist and, when possible, on weekday mornings. Our Parish Drive for our new building brings the community together each Tuesday. The Adult Education Series on Sundays helps us to be more aware of our own faith and the faith of other denominations.

What a a pity it would be if on Easter Sunday we try to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord without having made any preparation.

God Bless You,
Sister Ita


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2/25 Monday 6:30
Robert Thawley †
Jerilyn Porrazzo †
2/26 Tuesday 6:30
Dr. Ursula Dietrich †
Harry Boyer †
2/27 Wednesday 6:30
Dean Douglas Wright †
Anthony Aiello
2/28 Thursday 6:30
Lorenza Cagadas †
Armida Moniri †
3/01 Friday 6:30
Leslie Ayoob †
Alice Johnson
3/02 Saturday 8:30
Luigina Paulazzo †
 Robert Umland†
3/03 Sunday 7:30
Thomas & MaryAnn Begley †
Vivian Carrozzi †
Garth Klingensmith †
Carlo Foti †
People of St. Robert's

Third Sunday of Lent

Exodus 17:3-7
Romans 5:1-2, 5-8
John 4:5-42


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Those Among us Preparing for Sacraments. We are blessed with many people who are preparing to celebrate Sacraments at the Easter Vigil or during the Easter Season. During Lent we support the Elect and all the Candidates with our prayers and encouragement. In turn, the witness of these individuals enlivens and renews the faith of our whole community.

Walking with the Elect. When we gather at liturgical celebrations, especially Sunday Mass, we fulfill the very purpose of Church, which is to build up the Body of Christ through faith and worship. During Lent, we are given the additional opportunity of nourishing and handing on our faith to the Elect and Candidates who have been called by God to share in His sacramental grace.

At this important time, God calls us to pray for and nurture the Elect and Candidates. By walking this spiritual path, we also prepare ourselves for the Easter Solemnities.

The Scrutinies. The Scrutinies are celebrated on the Third, Fourth and Fifth Sundays of Lent. During these rites we pray over the Elect for their ongoing conversion. With the Elect, the community asks God to heal what is weak in us and strengthen what is good as we prepare to renew our baptismal promises at Easter.

With the Elect, we examine our lives in the light of God’s word. On these Sundays, we hear stories from the Gospel of John: the Samaritan woman at the well, the healing and coming-to-faith of the man born blind, and the raising of Lazarus from the dead. The images of thirst and water, darkness and light, death and life open our eyes to the pain of sin and lead us to Christ, the fountain of living water, the light of the world and everlasting life.


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As a Parish Community, we Pray...
for those preparing for Baptism at Easter. They are answering the call of Jesus...May they continue to grow in strength and holiness as they journey to the full life of the Church.


Friday Lenten Suppers

At 6:00 p.m. each Friday (except for Good Friday), Stations of the Cross are held in the church. Jesus says to us:

"I have called you by name".

Come and experience the love he has for each of us as we follow his way to Calvary. A light Lenten meal will be held in Hennessy Hall after Stations. The Children’s Liturgy and St. Vincent de Paul Society will host this Friday’s dinner. A basket will be present, and we ask that you donate the amount you would have spent on your Friday evening meal. This money will buy food that will be given by St. Vincent De Paul Society to our sisters and brothers in need. If you are new in the Parish, this is a good way to become acquainted with members of our parish family.



On Saturday, March 2nd, and on every First Saturday of each month, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place following the 8:30am Mass. Jesus has called us by name. One way to answer His call is to spend one hour in prayer with Him. Adoration will close at 10:00 a.m.



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, Trevor Davis, Walton & June Dickhoff, Sandra & William Dill, Carl Edwards, Adela Florez, Henry Fosson, Elsie Grech, Denise Hawald, Joanne Johnson, George Jones, 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, & 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.



Jesus says to us:

He knows that we need healing and He cares. He has given us the Sacrament of the Sick to show us the special place we have in our faith community because of our illness and pain. His grace brings us faith and trust. It also provides hope and staves off anxiety which might slow or interfere with our healing. During the NOON MASS on Sunday, March 10th the Sacrament of the Sick will be celebrated. All who are seriously ill in body, mind, or spirit, and those who are experiencing the affects of the aging process are invited to gather before the Priest as he lays hands on them. While the congregation prays silently for them, the Priest will anoint each with holy oil.



The "Emergency Prayer Network" will pray for your specific intentions whenever some crisis arises in your life. If you call, our group will pray fervently for three days for you and your special intention. Call Michele Pipinich. Let us know how things turn out so that we can praise God for His faithfulness.



Thank you to all who donated their used Christmas cards to St. Jude’s Ranch, a nonprofit, non-sectarian home for abandoned and neglected children in Nevada. They earn money by pasting the card fronts onto new cards. A big thank you to Paul Carroll, who collected all the cards and forwarded them to St. Jude’s.


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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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We welcome you into our parish!

David & Kris Gonzales and family
Miguel Tellez

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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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-

While out out town you can check for nationwide Mass times and locations at (1-800-627-7846) or Internet at


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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 25h
1:30 - 4:30 pm, School In-Service.....Hall
5 - 7 pm, 8th Gr. Practice.....Hall
7 - 10 pm, Grownups.....Library
7:30 - 9 pm, Drop In Support.....Convent Chapel

Tuesday, February 26th
3:30 - 7 pm, Religious Education.....Hall
6:30 - 8 pm, Legion of Mary.....Library
7 - 9 pm, Building Campaign.....Hall
7 - 8:30 pm, Religious Ed (Confessions).....Church
7:30 - 9 pm, Youth.....Kitchen

Wednesday, February 27th
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
7:30 - 9 pm, Liturgy Committee Mtg.....Mary’s Chapel

Thursday, February 28th
3:30 - 8 pm, Religious Ed (Parent Mtg).....Hall
7 - 9 pm, RCIA.....Convent Chapel

Friday, March 1st
3:30 - 4:45 pm, Cheerleading.....Hall
5 - 9 pm, Lenten Supper.....Hall
7:30 - 9 pm, 8th Gr. Dinner Dance Practice.....Hall

Saturday, March 2nd
9 - 10 am, Eucharistic Adoration.....Church
10 & 12 Noon, Reconciliation.....Church & Hall
8 - 11 pm, 8th Gr. Dinner Dance.....Hall

Sunday, March 3rd
10 - 11:30am, Fil/Am Choir....Hall
3:30 - 5:30, Confirmation Class.....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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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
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TAIZÉ - March 21
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P.O. Box 767
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(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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