St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, April 14, 2002

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

April 14, 2002
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners,

In our zeal to start off on the right foot, my new wife, Theresa, and I signed up for 8 Monday nights of yoga at the South San Francisco Community Center. As I write this, it’s Wednesday morning, and my body really hurts! But, I feel great! Talk about starting off on the right foot—we did it literally. And then the left foot, and then back to the right . . .

I don’t have a great track record when it comes to exercising. My personal coat of arms would probably have a large potato on it. It would either be baked with butter and chives, or plopped on a couch. I’m always amazed, though, at how a bit of exercise—a little work, some sweat, some breath, and pain—can bring lots of new life and energy.

I’m glad we’ve started exercising during the Easter season. We’re past the New Year’s enthusiasm and the Lenten demands on our time. I’m reminded that our promised resurrection through Christ is mysteriously tied in with our bodies. A healthy spiritual life feeds from and nourishes a healthy body. I feel renewed energy to persevere in ministry. In the aches of my body, I’m carrying about the Easter of the Lord!

Pat Vallez-Kelly



Robert de Turlande was born in the year 1000 in Aurillac, Auvergne, France. After a blameless life as a youth, St. Robert was ordained to the priesthood and became a canon of the church of St. Julian. St. Robert distinguished himself with fervent charity to the sick and poor and with his zeal for the public worship of God. He is said to have built and restored no less than fifty churches during his lifetime.

In 1046, with the permission of Pope Benedict IX, St. Robert and two companions built a hermitage and embarked on a life of prayer and total commitment to the poor.

Within three years so many disciples had joined the holy hermits it became necessary to build a monastery. With donations from the pious people, the buildings arose and developed into the great abbey of Chaise Dieu (Casa Dei). St. Robert was the Abbott and gave the community of 300 monks the Benedictine rule. Chaise Dieu became the mother-house of several other Benedictine monasteries and one of the most flourishing in Christendom.

Although much of Chaise Dieu was plundered during the religious wars and the French Revolution, there still remains the vast church and cloister. It is also the tomb of Pope Clement VI who began his spiritual life as a monk at Chaise Dieu.

St. Robert died in 1067 and his feast day is observed on April 17th.


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4/15 Monday 6:30
Pura Aranez †
Stanley Friedman †
4/16 Tuesday 6:30
Joseph McClelland †
Miro Krsulich †
4/17 Wednesday 6:30
Richard Sloan †
Family Drsulich †
4/18 Thursday 6:30
Frances Urban †
John P. Murphy †
4/19 Friday 6:30
Edward Bizal †
Pasquale Aloise †
4/20 Saturday 8:30
Henry Infusino †
Joseph Armanino †
4/21 Sunday 7:30
Dr. Ursula Dietrich †
Robert Umland †
Deacon Jack Bourne †
Domenica Busceti †
People of St. Robert's


Acts 2:14, 36-41
1 Peter 2:20-25
John 10:1-10


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"The Call to Lay Ministry"

One of the interesting things about most of the resurrection appearances by Jesus to the apostles in the Gospels is that they are set in a eucharistic context (they happen around a meal) and that people get sent off to tell somebody else or to do Jesus’ work for others. The same is true for us, Christian disciples of the 21st century. The crucified and risen Jesus is revealed in the Eucharist and other Sacraments, our faith is strengthened by the celebration of these rituals, and we are commissioned by Christ to tell the story and to do works of love and service.

We often call these works of love and service "ministries." Ministry is different than volunteer work, although many do ministry of their own free will without pay. Ministry demands more than a desire to be helpful. It requires a desire in the heart to share in the work of Christ and a call from the Church to share in that work. Ministers witness to the resurrected Christ. They build the Reign of God. Some ministries are formalized and organized, and some are spontaneous. Everyone who has been baptized is invited to ministry.

The glory and challenge of ministry is that it meets the needs of people. The need for ministry and ministers never goes away. But while ministries always go on, ministers need to rest. This is my point today. We have hundreds of lay parishioners at St. Robert’s doing liturgical ministry, including Communion ministers, lectors, servers, ushers, greeters, musicians, sacristans, and altar society (the Martha’s). Even with these hundreds, we need to call more to ministry, especially as we face the summer months, when many of our usual lay ministers take time to rest and recreate with their families and friends. For now, consider during this week how God first has ministered to you. Pat Vallez-Kelly


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As a Parish Community, we Pray...
For an end to violence, hatred, terrorism and war, especially in the Holy Land. 


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

Carl Sandburg



Ridge-Peter Angelio Patrimonio-Raval



Rodalyn Patrimonio & Rogelio Raval



We pray for the ill: Sharon Aiello, Marilyn Arancibia, Ilaria Belluomini, Bastiaan Blumenthal, 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, Henry Fosson, Jim Halpin, 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, Pauline Speranza, Jim and Kim Olmo, Kari Stellino, Bernadine Trenchard, Theresa Schembri 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
John Green
& William Mackey,

who died recently


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We congratulate and pray for those candidates who went through St. Robert’s RCIA program this year and will be confirmed this Sunday, April 14th, by Archbishop William Levada

Terry Berardy, Wendy Berardy,
Nicole Bradon, Esmeralda Gonzales
and Carlos Ku.

Please keep them in your prayers as we continue our Easter season.


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We welcome you into our parish!

Scott & Marcella Wolfe & family
Joseph & Laura Coric & family
Raul & Marlene Castro & family
Ronaldo & Myrene Delmundo & family
John Decker & Priscilla Yip & 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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"Building for a New Century"
Campaign billing information.\

The following is the cycle of billing for the campaign:

Monthly—The first of every month beginning in May.
Quarterly—The first of May, August, November, and February
Semi-Annually—The first of May and November
Annually—The first of November.

This billing will continue until the year 2007 or whenever the pledge is completed. If you have any questions please contact Kathy in the rectory office, 589-2800.


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Dear Parishioners,

Almost fifty parishioners attended the open forum on the scandals within the Church this past week. I believe the exchange of thoughts and feelings about the issue were helpful to all of us. For this reason, we will have another forum on Tuesday evening, April 30th at 7:30 p.m. in Hennessy Hall. The topic will be the growing shortage of priests within Church and whether changes are needed. I hope you will mark your calendar and plan to attend.

Fr. Ring



Reminder: our monthly Women’s Guild meeting is on Monday, April 15th, at 6:30 pm in Hennessy Hall.



Sunday, April 21st after the 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Masses, in Hennessy Hall.



Parish Council and School Board Elections for St. Robert’s Parish Council and School Board will take place on the weekend of May 4th and 5th. Candidates will be posted outside of Church on April 27th & 28th. Applications may be picked up at the school, rectory, or vestibule.



All children and families of the parish are invited to our May Crowning of the statue of Mary, the Mother of God at the May 5 at the 9:00am Mass. Children are encouraged to bring flowers and come early to participate in the opening procession.


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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.


The School of Pastoral Leadership and Office of Worship
presents the
2002 Eucharistic and Lector Ministry Training Series

Our Lady of Mercy Church
1 Elmwood Dr., Daly City
April 27 and May 4, 2002
9:00am to 4:00 p.m.

1st Saturday
History of the Liturgy,
with emphasis on Liturgical Ministry

2nd Saturday
Practice Sessions

Presentations by:
Fr. David Pettingill,
Assistant to the Moderator of the Curia
Mr. Doug Benbow,
Director of Liturgy, St. Mary’s Cathedral
Mr. Nick Wagner, Editor
Ministry and Liturgy Magazine
Fr. John Talesfore,
Director of the Office of Worship

Attendance at both sessions is mandatory for certification.
For more info, contact Pat Vallez-Kelly at 589-2800.


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Monday, April 15th
1:30 - 3 pm, Cheerleading Practice.....Hall
6 - 10 pm, Women’s Guild.....Hall

Tuesday, April 16th
3:30 - 8:15 pm, Religious Ed.....Hall
9th Gr. Penance Service.....Church
6:30 - 8 pm, Legion of Mary.....Library

Thursday, April 18th
3:30 - 4:30 pm, Religious Ed.....Hall
7 - 9 pm, RCIA.....Convent Chapel
7:30 - 9 pm, School Board ....6th Gr. Classroom

Friday, April 19th
7 - 10 pm, Confirmation Rehearsal.....Church

Saturday, April 20th
11 am, Confirmation.....Church

Sunday, April 21st
7 am - 1 pm, Youth Group.....Hall
10 - 11:30 am, Fil/Am Choir.....Hall 


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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

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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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.

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 of these 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:

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 


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

The Cup of Life - May 3-5
Retreat for Women
Judy Zolezzi & James Hanley, S.J.

Prayerage - May 3-5
Including God in Your Marriage
Tom & Renda Grant and 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 church of the Future: A New Look At...MORALITY

Retreat day for Single Parents - May 25
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P.O. Box 767, Danville, Ca 94526
(925) 837-9141

Mother’s Day: Mothers Matter - May 10-11
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