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

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

March 24, 2002
Palm Sunday


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Dear Parishioners,

This week we meditated upon the great love God has shown to us through the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. We join him in His journey to Calvary and in his victory over sin and over death.

The past months have brought home to us the amount of sin that is present in our world. We have seen it in the September attack upon our country and in the failures of priests within our Church. We see the sin within ourselves in our prejudices towards people of other races and nationalities, in our view of the poor and the homeless, in our jealousies and our greed.

However, we also know that Christ is one with us. He became one with us in the Incarnation and he suffered and died out of love for each of us. He has truly called each of us by name. He calls us to overcome our sins and our faults so that we might give ourselves to others. He calls us to a happiness that comes only from living for others, our family, our neighbors, all people of our world. It is true that, on our own, we cannot overcome the hatred and the sin we have witnessed these past months, but, with the help of Christ, we can overcome it within ourselves and we can share our victory with others. Together with them we can change the world.

The people of St. Robert’s Parish continue to astound me. Your generosity to our campaign, BUILDING FOR A NEW CENTURY, has been beyond my dreams. The ground breaking for our new building will take place on June the first following a Mass of Thanksgiving at 4:30 p.m. Make plans to join in this great Parish event. We will also have a victory party for all campaign workers and all who have contributed on Saturday evening, April 13th. Please save the date.

Father Ring



On each Friday during the Season of Lent (except for Good Friday), all are invited to participate in Stations of the Cross at 6:00 p.m. in the church. Stations will be followed by a light Lenten Supper in Hennessy Hall. We ask that you put into the basket provided the amount you would have spent on your Friday evening meal. Our St. Vincent de Paul Society will use your donation to help our sisters and brothers in need. If you are new to St . Robert’s, this is a good way to meet and get to know other members of our Parish Family. Jesus says to each of us:



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3/25 Monday 6:30
Dorothy Aldinger †
Steve Tonegato †
3/26 Tuesday 6:30
Kathleen O'Shea
Andrew Moynihan †
3/27 Wednesday 6:30
Dr. Ursula Dietrich †
Mary Ann Gilbrech †
3/30 Saturday 8:30pm People of St. Robert's
3/31 Sunday 7:30
People of St. Robert's
People of St. Robert's
People of St. Robert's
People of St. Robert's


Acts 10:34a, 37-43
Colossians 3:1-4
John 20:1-9


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"The Mystery of Holy Week"

Following is an enlightening article about Holy Week from Nathan Mitchell, a well-respected American liturgist.

Pat Vallez-Kelly

What, really, do the liturgies of the triduum celebrate? Most all of us believe we know the answer. We assume that Thursday commemorates the day Jesus instituted the eucharist; Friday commemorates the day he was executed on the cross; and the vigil commemorates his emergence from the tomb. We assume, further, that the liturgies of these days are dramatic "reenactments" of events—by turns touching, tragic and triumphant—which happened during Jesus’ last days and culminated in his victory over death. . . . People are encouraged to imagine they are "actually present" at these events—comforting Jesus during his fearful watch in Gethsemane, walking with him along the via crucis, and witnessing his miraculous "return to life" on Easter morning. This view may frequently be reinforced by popular hymns that focus on the "historical facts" of the celebration.

. . . Precisely because these faith-anchoring events are historical, however, they cannot be repeated or "reenacted." That is why the church’s long tradition insists that what happened once in history passes over into the mystery of the assembly’s liturgical/sacramental celebrations. What the paschal triduum actually celebrates is mystery, not history; anamnesis [remembering], not mimesis [reenacting]. The liturgies of these days do not "take us back" to the upper room or the path to Calvary. Their ultimate purpose is not to retrace or relive the last hours of Jesus’ life—nor to catch sight of him emerging from the tomb at Easter’s dawning. They celebrate not what once happened to Jesus but what is now happening among us as a people called to conversion, gathered in faith, and gifted with the Spirit of holiness. [italics added.] They celebrate God’s taking possession of our hearts at their deepest core, recreating us as a new human community broken like bread for the world’s life—a community rich in compassion, steadfast in hope, and fearless in the search for justice and peace. (Taken from "The Three Days of Pascha," Nathan Mitchell, in Assembly, Volume 18:1. Notre Dame Center for Pastoral Liturgy, Notre Dame, IN.)


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As a Parish Community, we Pray...
We pray for the elect on their way to Easter baptism and the candidates for full communion. May they be deeply blessed in this week of fasting and prayer.


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

Carl Sandburg



Joseph Francis Dewar &
Joseph Thomas Keonig



Priscilla Pasion & Michael Hines



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, 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.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of

Mary Roberts,
Rose McGuinn,
Eugene Krieg,
and Guido Botelho

who died recently



Forgiveness is the balm that heals relationships, whether they be those within our human family or with our God. As Catholics, we find forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. All we need do is to be truly sorry for our sins and openly admit them to God through His Priest. Then we receive Our Father’s pardon and peace. We experience His unconditional love for us. God, Our Father, says to each one of us:


Let us become united to Him and to one another through the wonder of reconciliation. Please plan to attend our Lenten Communal Service on:

Monday - March 25th, at 7:30 p.m.



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.



The Children’s Liturgy Team will again be holding a Good Friday Program for children aged three and older. While the parents attend church services the children will experience the Stations of the Cross on their level. They will also be taking part in various craft activities relating to Lent and Easter. So that we can be sure to have sufficient material for the crafts, please pre-register your child by calling 589-2800 or 952-7126 and leave your name, your child's name and their age along with your phone number. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. Please pick up your children immediately after the church services.

Thank You



All are welcomed to the annual Passion Play performed by the teens of St. Robert’s. There are two performances. Thursday, March 28th at 10:30 a.m. and the main performance Friday, March 29th at 7:30 p.m. in the church. Come celebrate the life of Jesus with the youth of St. Robert’s.


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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 of you are practicing Catholics.

Computer Prayer during Lent - 


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The Rite of Initiation will take place at our Easter Vigil on Saturday, March 30th at 8:00 p.m. Our elect and candidates will receive the Sacraments of Initation, becoming full members of the Catholic Church.

We ask for your continued prayers for our RCIA members as they celebrate their Easter sacraments.

Guy Lugliani, Natalie Ortiz, and Russ Valles will be Baptized, Confirmed and receive the Holy Eucharist at our St. Robert’s Easter Vigil

Mandy Currin, Steve Glasgo, and Daniel Santiago will be Confirmed and receive the Holy Eucharist at our Easter Vigil

Kirsi Fontenot, Priscilla Gilmore, Rick Olson, Michelle Munguia, and Robert Willmore will make a Profession of Faith and be fully received into the Catholic Church

Terry Berardy, Wendy Berardy, Nicole Bradon, Esmeralda Gonzalez, and Carlos Ku will be Confirmed at St. Mary’s Cathedral by Archbishop William Levada on Sunday, April 14th.



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:




The world prizes human relationships based on self-interest and personal gain, and this fosters an egocentric vision of life, in which too often there is no room for the poor and weak. Every person, even the least gifted, must be welcomed and loved for themselves, regardless of their qualities and defects. Indeed, the greater their hardship, the more they must be the object of our practical love.


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The Auxiliary of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will present an auction and dinner dance in the Golden Gate Ballroom of the Marriott-San Mateo on Friday, April 19th, at 6:30 pm. The auctioneer is Bob Sarlatte. There will be dancing to the music of Butch Whacks and the Glass Packs. For further information, please call Mary Lou Harris at 650-342-8893.


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Women’s Guild Meeting : Please join us for our monthly Women’s Guild meeting on Monday, April 8th, at 6:30 pm in Hennessy Hall. For reservations, please call Amy Forester prior to Sunday, April 7th.


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Monday, March 25th
1:30 - 5 pm, Cheerleading Practice.....Hall
7 - 10 pm, Grownups.....Library
7:30 - 9 pm, Drop in Support .....Convent Chapel
7:30 pm, Communal Penance Service.....Church

Tuesday, March 26th
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 27th
3 - 9 pm, Cheerleading Practice.....Hall
7:30 - 9 pm, Bible Study.....Convent Chapel

Thursday, March 28th
7:30 pm, Mass of the Lord’s Supper.....Church

Friday, March 29th
12 Noon, Stations of the Cross.....Church
1:30 pm, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion...Church
1:15 - 3 pm, Children’s Liturgy.....Hall
7:30 pm, Teen Club Passion Play.....Church
Parish Office Closes at Noon

Saturday, March 30th
8 pm, Easter Vigil.....Church

Sunday, March 24th
7:30, 9, 10:30, Noon, Easter Masses.....Church 


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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. 



While Shopping at Tanforan you can Help our School win $2,000
We are in first place for February!!!!

If you are shopping at Tanforan, please turn in your receipts either at the Information 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.



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


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We welcome you into our parish!

Helmo & Diana Cardenas & family
Priscilla Gilmore

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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Please Note
The collection for St. Vincent de Paul, will be THIS Sunday, March 24th.


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

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

Beauty: Ever Ancient - April 5-7
Retreat for Men/Women
Fr. Thomas Lucas, S.J.

The Challenge and the Gift of Single Life - April 5-7
Retaret for Single Adults
Judy Zolezzi and Fr. James Hanley, S.J.

Finding God in the Rat Race - April 13
Day of Recollection for Men/Women
Fr. Jerry McCourt, S.J.

250 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park, Ca 94025-3218

Inheriting Paradise - April 27
(A gardening retreat)
Carol Kaplan

The Call of Divine Love - May 3-5
(A contemplative prayer weekend)
Carol Fowler

Crossing the Catholic Moral Minefield: Tiptoeing Wisely - May 5
Part of a series,
"The churchof the Future: A New Look At...MORALITY

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

Holy Week Retreat - March 28-31
Retreat Team

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