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

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

March 10, 2002
Fourth Sunday of Lent


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Dear Parishioners:

Our Lenten journey is moving along. We are a little beyond the halfway mark to Easter. The Scripture readings during this fourth week of Lent focus on the theme of light and the importance of walking in the light of faith. Today’s gospel story of the man born blind teaches us the need to have our eyes opened to see the way as Jesus sees it. We are told that the man was blind from birth. Imagine what it must be like to be totally blind and then see. Most of us, praise God, have good physical sight; but nonetheless, spiritually, we may be blind in many areas.

At the heart of this gospel story, is Jesus’ desire to help us see. He invites us to trust Him that He will dispell the darkness of our fears, our anxieties, or whatever it is that sometimes threaten to overcome us.

The remaining weeks of Lent might be a good time to take a break from busy schedules to reflect on those areas of blindness and darkness in our lives. Deciding to participate in one of the Lenten Reconciliation Services coming up at church is a good way to bring healing and peace to our hearts. There is also an urgent call this Lent to pray and reflect about how contemporary society and our war-torn world needs to walk out of darkness into the light of hope and peace.

As I write this bulletin letter I am mindfull of our Confirmation Candidates who will be doing their day of retreat this Saturday, March 9th. Let us, as a parish community, pray for them that they continue to grow strong in their faith and in their commitment to Jesus.

Sister Mary



You are invited to participate in the three Lenten disciplines: PRAYER, FASTING AND ALMSGIVING, each Friday during Lent. Stations are held in our Church at 6:00 p.m., followed by a light Lenten supper in Hennessy Hall. The supper on March 15th will be hosted by the Grownups. We ask that you donate what you would have spent on Friday dinner to our St. Vincent de Paul Society, that they may help our sisters and brothers in need. If you are a newcomer to St. Robert’s, this is a good way to meet other members of our parish family.

Jesus said to us: I have called you by name.


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3/11 Monday 6:30
John Kidney †
Pasquale & Maria Teresa Aloise †
3/12 Tuesday 6:30
Charles Agius †
Ann Turner †
3/13 Wednesday 6:30
Eric Ericson †
Michael David Yanke †
3/14 Thursday 6:30
Patricia Haller †
Dino Tonelli †
3/15 Friday 6:30
Edward Bizal †
Giuseppe Pignati †
3/16 Saturday 8:30
Armida Moniri †
Mate Matijas †
3/17 Sunday 7:30
People of St. Robert's
Phoebe Dineen †
Peggy Bisagno †
John P. Murphy †
JoAnn Curran & Joseph Paro †

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Ezekiel 37:12-14
Romans 8:8-11
John 11:1-45


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"In the Midst of Trial"

Every once in a while, a phrase from the liturgy really speaks to me. I remember that in college, the phrase was "Thy will be done." Lately, I am struck by the phrase from the Eucharistic Prayer, "He gave you thanks and praise." I have been inspired by this phrase, because I realize that Jesus gave God thanks and praise on the night before his death. In the midst of trial he gave God thanks and praise. Perhaps he did so because it was the common Jewish practice to bless God and remember God’s providence at every meal. But it was also especially an expression of faith and trust by Jesus, because he said these things knowing that great pain and suffering were just around the corner. In fact, his heart was already troubled. In the midst of his trial, he gave God thanks and praise.

God has called us by name to this level of trust. God has called us by name to this kind of attitude. This is one of the ways we give witness to our faith—that when the dark hour approaches, (or even when we’re just a little overstressed!), we are willing and able to give thanks and praise to God. This is the way that Jesus showed us. This is the way we pass in God’s arms through big and little deaths to new life. Pat Vallez-Kelly

Special Note: Next week , the 5th Sunday of Lent falls on March 17th. However, don’t expect a St. Patrick’s Day mass and celebration on that day. In the Church calendar, the Lenten Sunday takes precedence and is a more important observance. Liturgically, we will celebrate the Solemnity of St. Patrick the Bishop on Monday, March 18th. St. Patrick is a principal co-patron saint (along with St. Francis) of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. That’s why we celebrate his memorial as a solemn feast day.


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As a Parish Community, we Pray...
For those preparing for the Easter Sacraments...May they truly be born anew and follow the light of Christ in all their words and actions.



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, Jim Halpin, Denise Hawald, Joanne Johnson, George Jones, Koret Koelman, Muriel Krause, Josephine Lavoie, Marky, Daniel McHale, Rosemary McHale, Jeanne McHugh, Rose McGuinn, Terry McLeod, Sal Milizio, Bunny Moniz, Catherine Okulove, Pauline Speranza, Kari Stellino and 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. 



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.



At Noon today the Sacrament of the Sick will be celebrated. All who are seriously ill in mind, body or in spirit and all who are experiencing the affects of the aging process are invited to come before the Priest as he lays hands on them. Jesus has said to each of us: I HAVE CALLED YOU BY NAME! In this Sacrament we become more closely united to Chrit’s suffering. He gives us His strength, eace and the courage to overcome the difficulties of illness and pain. While the congregation prays silently for their recovery, the Priest will anoint each with oil.



Join the 6:30 a.m. daily Mass community on their 9th annual silent walk up to the top of Junipero Serra Park in San Bruno. Meet at 6:30 a.m. in the south parking lot of St. Robert’s. Wear layered clothing and sturdy shoes. All ages are welcome. Our approximate time for return to the parking lot is 8:15 a.m.

Hope you can join us for this beautiful walk.



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:



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. 


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We welcome you into our parish!

John & Jean David and family
Matthew & Marichu Hethcoat
Marc Crosina and Kari Kraemer

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.



When we contemplate the face of Jesus we can see the faces of the men and women of today, especially those who are suffering and in need. The work of the agencies involved in the Church’s international social ministry serve "Jesus in disguise" and manifests our Catholic Christian call to action for the least among us without consideration of borders and origins.

The America Bishops’ Overseas Appeal next week’s second collection—helps fund the work of Catholic Relief Services, the Holy Father’s Relief Fund, and the U.S. Bishop’s Migration and Refugee Services and international peace and justice programs. Your support of American Bishops’ Overseas Appeal is an important step in expressing solidarity with the poor, the oppressed, the refugee, the migrant worker, and other disadvantaged and powerless people in whom we find Jesus and come to know. home.


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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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The Grownups’ Annual Soup Supper and General Meeting will be held in Hennessy Hall on Wednesday, March 20th at 6:00 p.m. We are pleased to have as our guest speaker Sister Antonio from our parish. Tickets for our soup supper may be purchased for $5.00 each after each Mass on March 9, 10, 16 and 17. They may also be purchased by calling Dorothy Branch, Lil Fazio, Laverne Buller, Dolores Johnson or Dolores Moynihan.


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.



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 by Sunday, March 10th.


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

Tuesday, March 12th
3:30 - 7 pm, Religious Education.....Hall
6:30 - 8 pm, Legion of Mary.....Library
7 - 9 pm, Building Campaign.....Hall
7:30 - 9 pm, Youth.....Kitchen

Wednesday, March 13th
9 am, Aids Lunch.....Children’s Chapel
9 - 9:30 am, Grief Support.....Mary’s Chapel
3 - 6 pm, Cheerleading Practice.....Hall
7:30 - 9 pm, Bible Study.....Convent Chapel

Thursday, March 14th
3:30 - 4:30 pm, Religious Ed .....Hall
7 - 8:30 pm, Rel Ed (Confessions)....Church
7 - 9 pm, RCIA.....Convent Chapel
7:30 - 9 pm, Fil/Am.....Hall

Friday, March 15th
3:30 - 4:45 pm, Cheerleading Practice.....Hall
6 pm, Stations of the Cross.....Church
6:30 pm, Lenten Supper.....Hall

Saturday, March 16th
9 - 12 Noon, Parish Council.....Library

Sunday, March 17th
10 - 11:30 am, Fil/Am Choir...Hall 


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

The Pursuit of Happinessin 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

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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