St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, April 28, 2002

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

April 28, 2002
Fifth Sunday of Easter


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Dear Parishioners,

Thinking "Us and Them" is as old as the Bible. Some writers claim the two dirtiest four-letter words are THEM and THEY. We must be distinguished by our differences, not divided by them. Otherwise resentment paves the way to hatred and that road leads to genocide. As the Twentieth Century repeatedly proved: Stalin’s Russia, Hitler’s Germany, Pol Phot’s Cambodia, Milosevic’s Yugoslavia; Armenia; Bangaladesh. We pray that the love of God will OPEN our hearts to all. Then our hands may heal the wounds of sin, whether secret or publicly known, and our minds fashion the plans that lead to peace. Then we "are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a people he claims for his own to proclaim the glorious works of the One who called you from darkness into his marvelous light."

Father Morris



Dear parishioners,

Thank you to the 576 families who have so far contributed to "BUILDING FOR A NEW CENTURY." The first step has already been taken with the placement of a new storage area behind the Church for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. This past weekend, work began on a shed in the driveway to the west of the middle yard of the school, which will be for storage for the Festival booths. In early May, a few trees behind the former storage area will be taken down. Say a prayer that the bids will be within our "price range" so that we can begin the project on schedule in June. This is an exciting time for the Parish as we truly move into the new century.

Father Ring


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4/29 Monday 6:30
Margarita Velez †
Charles Agius †
4/30 Tuesday 6:30
Julie Fonteno & Mike Bezzina †
Ferruccio Fanti †
5/01 Wednesday 6:30
Nueme Sebastian & Lourdes Posadas †
Geraldine Patterson †
5/02 Thursday 6:30
Joanne Gallegos †
Angelo Fenech †
5/03 Friday 6:30
Jack Apeche †
Richard Sloan †
5/04 Saturday 8:30
Paul & Rosina Vella †
John G. Keck IV †
5/05 Sunday 7:30
Thomas & MaryAnn Begley †
People of St. Robert's
Ann & Frank Cericola †
Domenica Busceti †
Anna Kovacevic †

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
1 Peter 3:15-18
John 14:15-21


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"The Call to Ministry"

I have been writing about ministry in the church — the act of carrying out the work of Christ in our day. In addition to our critical ordained ministries, there are many areas of service for lay women and men. Below are some ministries currently organized at St. Robert’s. If you are interested in one of these, or if you need their service, don’t delay in contacting the people below for more information.

Emergency Prayer Network
Legion of Mary
Support & Care
(Consolation Ministry)
Eucharistic Ministry for the Sick
and Homebound
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Eucharistic Ministry
Altar Serving
Altar Society
Children’s Liturgy
Parish School
Scripture Study
Religious Education
Confirmation Preparation
Youth Ministry

Michelle Pipinich
Manny Ortiz
Sr. Ita Cleary
Sr. Ita Cleary
Wally Mooney
Fr. James Morris
Gene & Anna May May
Fr. Mark Taheny
Mike Salvato
Pat Vallez-Kelly
Gene & Anna May May
MaryAnn Saisi
Pat Vallez-Kelly
Mrs. Pat Bordin
Sr. Ita Cleary
Donna McGuigan
Sr. Mary O’Donnell
Sr. Mary O’Donnell
Diana Landin

In addition, there are ministries of leadership and counsel for our parish clubs and advisory boards. Contact Fr. Ring for more information. Pat Vallez-Kelly

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As a Parish Community, we Pray...
That the miracle of hope, dignity, and peace be restored to those suffering the pains of injustice, violence, terrorism, and war, especially in the Holy Land.



We pray for the ill: 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.


Our sincere sympathy to the family of
Otto Van Schoor
who died recently



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.



Jesus has said to us, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in Me." Our hearts are troubled because of the scandal within our Church and the violence taking place in His Holy Land. We can come to Jesus with our worries and concern. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will follow the 8:30 a.m. Mass and continue ‘til 10:00 a.m, on Saturday, May 4th, and on every First Saturday



As a spiritual gift to your mother, you will find cards in the vestibule of the Church, to have her remembered in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered at St. Robert’s, in obervance of Mother’s Day May 12th



Elections for St. Robert’s Parish Council and School Board will take place on the weekend of May 4th and 5th. Candidates’ names will be posted outside of Church this weekend. 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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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.


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

Junipero Serra High School
451 W. 20th St., San Mateo
May 4, 2002
9:00am to 4:00pm

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 this sesion and the previous oneare
mandatory for certification.
For more info, contact Pat Vallez-Kelly at 589-2800.



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.


You Are Invited

Dear Parishioners,

Almost fifty parishioners attended the open forum on the scandals within the Church a few weeks ago, and I believe the exchange of thoughts and feelings about the issue were helpful to all of us. For this reason, we have another forum THIS coming 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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We welcome you into our parish!

Rizalino & Elsa Chavez & family
Stephen & Kimber Fitzmorgan
Richard & Cathleen Perez & 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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Monday, April 29th
1:30 - 3 pm, Cheerleading Practice.....Hall

Tuesday, April 30th
6:30 - 8 pm, Legion of Mary.....Library
7:30 - 9 pm, Fr. Ring’s Meeting.....Hall

Thursday, May 2nd
7 - 8:30 pm, Religious Ed.....Hall
7 - 8 pm, Religious Ed.....Church
7 - 9 pm, RCIA.....Convent Chapel
7:30 - 9 pm, Parish Planning Committee...Library

Friday, May 3rd
3:30 - 4:45 pm, Cheerleading Practice.....Hall
5 - 11 pm, Dinner Dance Thank-You Dinner...Hall

Saturday, May 4th
9 - 10 am, Eucharistic Adoration.....Church

Sunday, May 5th
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

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

From Loneliness to Friendship - May 31-June 2
ACDF Recovery Retreat
Carol Mitchell. Ph.D.
Paul Slakey, MA, MFT

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