St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, April 21, 2002

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

April 21, 2002
Fourth Sunday of Easter


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Dear Parishioners,

Now that Tax day has gone into the past you can relax and enjoy the beauty of Springtime. New life is bursting forth and the joy of the Resurrection permeates all Creation. Amid all this joy there is sadness. People are killing one another in the Holy Land, the land that witnessed the Resurrection. Our church is going through a time of trial and pain. But the words of Jesus,

"It is I"

are as true today as when He said them 2000 years ago. These words were spoken when storms rocked the boat of His followers and they were in danger of drowning. They were spoken after the Resurrection when He appeared to the apostles who were so dejected after the betrayal and denial. When we are in trouble we can always count on Him to say these words again.

Today, April 21st, is World Day of Prayer for Vocations. It is appropriately celebrated on Good Shepherd Sunday. Just as sheep need a good shepherd so our Church today needs men and women committed to providing for God’s people. God still calls people of our time. Are we listening with open hearts? It is within the Christian community that God’s call to service is heard and nurtured.

What a wonderful evening of fun and music we had on Saturday, April 13th in Hennessy Hall. Don Thompson made the organ come alive. Local talent was very much in evidence, and everyone enjoyed the sing-along. The dinner prepared by the In-Betweeners added so much to the evening. If you missed the evening you missed a treat.

God bless you all,
Sister Ita


You Are Invited

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.


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4/22 Monday 6:30
Tony Mallamo †
Albert Lavorato †
4/23 Tuesday 6:30
Raoul Kahn †
Shami-Galea Family
4/24 Wednesday 6:30
Ernesto Sibal †
Madalena & Domenico Verza †
4/25 Thursday 6:30
Frances Urban †
Tonegato Family
4/26 Friday 6:30
Paul Korry †
Fred R. Crist †
4/27 Saturday 8:30
Martha (Peggy) Shea †
People of St. Robert's
4/28 Sunday 7:30
Irene Mocelin †
Pacita Figueroa †
Marsilia Santarelli †
Dino Lopez †
Phoebe Dineen †


Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7
1 Peter 2:4-9
John 14:1-12


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In St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he writes:

Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it. Some people God has designated in the church to be, first, apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers; then, mighty deeds; then gifts of healing, assistance, administration, and varieties of tongues. ( ! Cor 12:27-31)

Everyone in the Church is called to take on responsibility appropriate to their station in life. Some are called to devote themselves fully to family or friends who need their care. Some are called to teach children, teens, or adults. Some are called to share a specific talent or skill — organizing, carpentry, or artistry, for examples. Some are called to priesthood, diaconate, or religious life and service. Some are called to pray for others. Some are called to rest and refresh themselves for a time. The list goes on and is as diverse as the people in the Church. As each of us meets Jesus, crucified but now alive, we are called to be his hands and feet and voice — to be His Body.

Easter season is a good time to answer the call to ministry. As we look ahead to Summer and even the next school year, the needs for dedicated ministers are many. Discern your skills, talents, and interests carefully, and then answer the call — from your church, from your family, or from your local community. Be the hands and voice of Christ where He calls you. When you find your calling, much is asked of you, but you also receive much in return.

Next week I’ll print a long list of names and ministries in the parish for you to consider. Have a great week. Pat V-K


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As a Parish Community, we Pray...
For our young people who have just been confirmed...May the Holy Spirit grant them wisdom; strengthen them in faith, hope and love and lead them to Jesus. 


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

Carl Sandburg



Samantha Marie Boyden Kho
Kellie Nicole Martinez



We pray for the ill: Sharon Aiello, Marilyn Arancibia, Robert Bacci, 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, Pauline Speranza, Jim and Kim Olmo, Kari Stellino, Bernadine Trenchard, 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.



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.



Archbishop Levada celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation with our Candidates today, Saturday, April 20th. Congratulations to the Candidates, their sponsors and families. Thank you to:

Kevin Carey, Confirmation co-coordinator,

the Confirmation team, Joanne Bartolotti, Darlene Esola, John Grealish, Michael Herrera, Diana Landin, Michelle Lynch, Joan Semeniuk and Kirsten Stafford.



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. 


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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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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.



Introduces, Theology on Tap, Tuesday, evenings, April 30th to May 28th at 7:30 p.m. at Jillianan’s in the Metreon (101 4rh St. near Howard) in San Francisco. It is desinged to meet young adult Catholics, especially those not connected to a parish, where they are . This is co-sponsored with the Young Adult Ministry program of the Episcopal Diocese of California.



is offering a Divorce Recovery Course. It provides a chance to understand the emotional journey begun with the loss of a marriage and will be held April 28-June 9 at St. John of God Catholic Church, 1290 5th Ave., S.F. on Sundays at 7:00 p.m. For more information call Pat at (415) 382-8997.



Tuesday, April 30th in Sacramento. It is an opportunity for people of faith to join as a united community to provide information to the legislators about Catholic social teaching. The Archdiocese will be chartering CHP- approved buses. Further information is posted in the vestibule of the Church.



A community Resourcre For Family Recovery from Alcoholism

An Open Al-Anon Meeting to be held on Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, Sierra Room 1783 El Camino Real, Burlingame. For further information call Carol at (650) 827-1077.


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We welcome you into our parish!

Macario & Edna Sarmiento & family
Michael & Wendy Hattan & family
Mark & Sheila Kho & family
Herman & Amy Chang & family
Rico E. Medina

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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Monday, April 22nd
1:30 - 3 pm, Cheerleading Practice.....Hall
7 - 10 pm, Grownups.....Library
7:30 - 9 pm, Drop in Support....Convent Chapel

Tuesday, April 23rd
3:30 - 8:15 pm, Religious Ed.....Hall
6:30 - 8 pm, Legion of Mary.....Library
7:30 - 9 pm, Youth.....Kitchen

Wednesday, April 24th
7:30 - 9 pm, Liturgy Committee.....Mary’s Chapel

Thursday, April 25th
3:30 - 4:30 pm, Religious Ed.....Hall
7 - 8 pm, Religious Ed.....Church & Hall
7 - 9 pm, RCIA.....Convent Chapel

Friday, April 26th
3:30 - 4:45 pm, Cheerleading Practice.....Hall

Saturday, April 27th
7 pm, Men’s Club Golf Tourn Dinner.....Hall

Sunday, April 28th
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



Applications are currently being accepted for openings on next year’s School Board. There will be two positions open for a three-year term. We need dedicated people to work for our parish school. If you are interested, please contact the school office for an application. Meetings are once-a-month. Elections will take place Saturday, May 4th at 4:30 p.m. Mass and Sunday, May 5th following all the Masses.


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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
Carol Kaplan

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

Mother’s Day - May 10-11
Mothers Matter
Victoria MacDonald

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