St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, March 3, 2002

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

March 3, 2002
Third Sunday of Lent


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Dear Friends,

This Sunday we have the Gospel of "Second-hand Rose". Is it any wonder that she got the attention of the men in town when she told them Jesus told her everything she had ever done? What is it like to have no secrets left? Humiliating? Briefly, perhaps. But she doesn’t sound humiliated. She sounds liberated. The liberty that comes from living in the truth. Stepping into the shower of God’s grace that sends us out refreshed and ready to try again. To live again. It may take your breath away for a moment, but then you feel re-born.

Easter’s coming. Give yourself the gift of a good confession. Saturdays: 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. Or the Communal Penance Service 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 23rd, or, 7:30-9 p.m Monday, March 25th, here at Saint Robert’s. Or if you work in The City, check out the schedules at Old St. Mary’s, Notre Dame de Victoires, St. Patrick’s on Mission Street, or S.I. Be refreshed. Live again. In Him.

Father Morris



Each Friday during Lent (except Good Friday), you are invited to participate in the three Lenten disciplines: PRAYER, FASTING, ALMSGIVING. Stations of the Cross are held in our Church at 6:00 pm, followed by a light Lenten Supper in Hennessy Hall. In response to the invitation of Jesus:


you might want to consider attending Stations. The Supper on March 8th will be hosted by St. Robert’s Men’s Club and the Sociables. We ask that you put the amount you would have spent on Friday evening’s meal in the basket provided by our St. Vincent de Paul Society. They will use your donation to help our sisters and brothers who are hungry. If you are new to the Parish, this is a chance to meet other members of our Parish family. All are welcome.


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3/04 Monday 6:30
Mary Salvato †
Alfred Bertetta †
3/05 Tuesday 6:30
Rose Barbieri †
Ivan Boncich †
3/06 Wednesday 6:30
Leandro Pieretti †
Family Boncich †
3/07 Thursday 6:30
Thomas McKeon †
Marie Carambat †
3/08 Friday 6:30
Bruna Rossini †
Christopher Michael Clementi †
3/09 Saturday 8:30
Paul & Rosina Vella †
People of St. Robert's
3/10 Sunday 7:30
Maria Emilio †
Phoebe Dineen †
Emily Michelini †
Emmanuel Mallia †
Maria Giordano †

Fourth Sunday of Lent

1 Samuel 16:1-13
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41


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"I Have Called You By Name"

A verse from the song, "You Have Called Us" by Bernadette Farrell says,

You will lead us to your light,
Walk before us through the night.
You will guide us on our journey.
You will keep our vision bright.

In the RCIA process, Lent goes by a much longer name, and it’s related to that verse quoted above. For the Elect and Candidates preparing for initiation at Eastertime, we call Lent "The Period of Purification and Enlightenment." Actually, that’s not a bad way for all church members to look at Lent—a time of purification and enlightenment.

Part of the official instruction for the RCIA tells us, "This is a period of more intense spiritual preparation, . . . and is intended to purify the minds and hearts of the elect as they search their own consciences and do penance. This period is intended as well to enlighten the minds and hearts of the elect with a deeper knowledge of Christ the Savior." (RCIA, no. 139.)

For the next three Sundays of Lent, including today, we will celebrate particular rituals with the Elect and Candidates called "Scrutinies." The scrutinies are rites "for self-searching and repentance." They are meant "to uncover, then heal all that is weak, defective, or sinful in the hearts of the elect; to bring out, then strengthen all that is upright, strong, and good." (RCIA, no. 141.) Actually, they can reveal, heal, and strengthen the hearts of all celebrating the Scrutinies with them. That’s what we mean when we say we journey with the Elect and Candidates to Easter. Pat Vallez-Kelly


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As a Parish Community, we Pray...

That those preparing to be washed clean in the Easter waters of Baptism will heed Jesus’ call and see Him moving in their lives.


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

Carl Sandburg



Tabitha May Kirkland,
Paul Francis Robinson,
Kyle Joseph Ansaldo,
& Giovanni Antonio Calderoni



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.

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:

Heal the Sick!" Jesus has charged His Church to take care of those who are ill by accompanying them with her prayer of intercession in His Name. The Sacrament of the Sick is for anyone who begins to be in danger of death from illness or the aging process. Graces derived from this Sacrament are: strength, peace and the courage to overcome the difficulties of serious illness, pain, or the frailty of advanced years. We become more closely united with the suffering of Christ, who says to us: I HAVE CALLED YOU BY NAME! St. Robert’s Lenten Anointing Mass will take place at NOON, SUNDAY, MARCH 10th.



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.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
William Webb,
Mollie Eveland,
and Elda Salvi
who died recently.



Easter Lilies will decorate the Church during the Easter Season. If you would care to make a donation of $10 (please make check out to St. Robert’s, Lilies Fund) towards their purchase in memory of a loved one, please fill out the form below and return it to the Parish Office by March 25th. A memorial list will be published in the bulletin.

My gift is in memory of:


My gift is in honor of:


Given by:



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March 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 March 13th.

Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items can be donated.

We appreciate all your help.

At least 2 St. Roberts parishioners volunteer to serve lunch at St. Vincent de Paul in South San Francisco every week. More volunteers are needed. Call Joseph at St. Vincent de Paul at 589-9039 if you can help.



St. Vincent de Paul plans to distribute 50 Easter baskets, this year.

Legion of Mary members visit the sick and homebound people every day.

Youth Group made 20 lunches last month for the AIDS lunch. They also cooked a pasta dinner for the homeless at St. Bruno’s Church last month.



Our St. Vincent de Paul Society is in need of pasta, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter and jelly, canned stew, canned ham, tuna fish, canned pasta, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Please bring items to the rectory.

Catholic Worker House in San Bruno is in need of vegetable oil, trash bags (all sizes), canned meat (especially Spam), aerosol spray, and canned soups. Please bring items to the rectory.


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We welcome you into our parish!
Victor Martinez
Jayne Chapman 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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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

Human Cloning-Some people want to use cloning to produce live-born children who are "copies" of living or deceased people. Others would use it to mass-produce human embryos to be destroyed in medical research. The Human Cloning Prohibition Act (S. 1899, H.R. 2505) will ban human cloning for either purposes. The U.S. House of Representatives has already passed H.R. 2505. That measure or its Senate companion, S. 1899, awaits a Senate vote. President Bush says he will sign the Act into law. Please write to Senator Feinstein and Boxer to support this legislation. For more information consult. U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on cloning:


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Sunday Mass is now airing once again on Sunday mornings at 6 am on Channel 13 in San Bruno. Please spread the word to those people who are homebound.


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March 23rd

Please join us at our annual St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance benefitting our Presentation Sisters. No-host cocktails at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner. We will have a live band and Irish Dancers. For reservations, please call George Lynch - $20 per person.



WOMEN’S GUILD: Please join us for our monthly Women’s Guild meeting on Monday, March 11th at 6:30 p.m. in Hennessy Hall. This month we will be hosting "Mystery Person" night. For reservations, please call Amy Forester prior to Sunday, March 10th.


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Monday, March 4h
1:30 - 3 pm, Cheerleading Practice.....Hall
5 - 10 pm, Men’s Club Meeting.....Hall

Tuesday, March 5th
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

Wednesday, March 6th
3 - 6 pm, Cheerleading Practice.....Hall
7 - 9 p.m. 8th Gr. Grad Party Mtg ....Hall
7:30 - 9 pm, Bible Study.....Convent Chapel

Thursday, March 7th
3:30 - 4:30 pm, Religious Ed .....Hall
7 - 9 pm, RCIA.....Convent Chapel
7:30 - 9 pm, Parish Planning Committee.....Library
7:30 - 9 pm, Youth.....Hall

Friday, March 8th
3:30 - 4:45 pm, Cheerleading Practice.....Hall
6 pm, Stations of the Cross.....Church
6:30 pm, Lenten Supper.....Hall

Sunday, March 10th
9 - 12 Noon, Newcomer’s Breakfast....Hall
12 Noon, Anointing Mass.....Church


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Thank you to the 200 families participating in this program. We recently received $2,514.00. this money benefits both church and school. If you haven’t signed up yet call 1-800-592-0942 online at or get an application in the vestibule of the Church. Our group number is 137045398.


Albertson's Community Card

Thanks to everyone using this card. Our quarterly payment was $1,800.00. Please continue to show your card every time you shop at Albertson’s!



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.

Another big THANK YOU! We have moved up to 2nd place. Any time you shop at Tanforan Mall save your receipts and turn them in to the rectory office, school office or the vestibule of the Church. You can also get them stamped at the information booth on the 2nd floor at Tanforan


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(650) 948-4491

The Pursuit of Happiness in a World of Idols - March 15-17
Silent Lenten Retreat for Women
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Leading a God-Centered Life - March 22-24
Silent Retreat for Men (Palm Sunday)
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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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(925) 837-9141

Silent Meditation Retreat - March 22-24
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Silent Men’s Lenten - March 22-24
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Holy Week Retreat - March 28-31
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