St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, May 5, 2002

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

May 5, 2002
Sixth Sunday of Easter


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Do you remember your Baptism day? How about your first Holy Communion day? Perhaps you do. But if it was many years ago, you probably do not remember the day, but you certainly must know that you received that Sacrament! I don’t remember all the meals I’ve eaten in my life, but I know that I’m alive today because I’ve always had food to eat. So it is with the Bread of Life which is the Body and Blood of Jesus, given to us in Holy Communion: I’m alive today because of this spiritual food.

Our parish joins with the whole Communion of Saints (we really do) in rejoicing that many children of our parish will receive Jesus for the first time in this Sacrament on May 11th and May 18th. They have been preparing for their First Holy Communion for some time, both in our School of Religion and in St. Robert’s School, and they have come to know who it is that they will meet in the Eucharist: Jesus Christ.

Recently, almost seventy teenagers of St. Robert’s received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation, having been anointed with Sacred Chrism by Archbishop Levada. Do you remember your Confirmation? Even if you don’t, there’s no doubt about it, if you were Confirmed, you have received the gifts of the Holy Spirit! We should all pray that we may come to a deeper awareness of what we have been given in these Sacraments so that we may better place ourselves at God’s service, because each one of us is needed!

May is Mary’s month. She who was filled with the Holy Spirit became not only the mother of Jesus, but our mother as well. As a sign of devotion, the children will crown the statue of Our Lady at the 9am Mass on May 5th.

Mary prayed with the Apostles, and when the Holy Spirit came so powerfully at Pentecost, she was united with them at that "birthday of the Church". We’ll celebrate Pentecost on May 19. Let us unite in prayer, in the power of the Spirit, asking God to send out His Spirit to renew the face of the earth. Let there be peace on earth!

—Fr. Mark Taheny


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5/06 Monday 6:30
Mary Keenan †
Patrick Quirke †
5/07 Tuesday 6:30
James Borg †
Vi Della Santa
5/08 Wednesday 6:30
Lucas Apodaca †
Pasquale and Maria Teresa Aloise †
5/09 Thursday 6:30
Gerardo Benavides
Adalin Lagomarsino †
5/10 Friday 6:30
Don Andrew Alchera †
Manuel Falzon †
5/11 Saturday 8:30
Jeanne McHugh
Mother's Day Novena
5/12 Sunday 7:30
Mother's Day Novena
Mother's Day Novena
Mother's Day Novena
Mother's Day Novena
Mother's Day Novena

Ascension of the Lord

Acts 1:1-11
Ephesians 1:17-23
Matthew 26:16-20


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Devotion to Mary, Mother of God

In the first chapter of the first document (The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy) issued in 1963 by the Second Vatican Council, there is a section which reads:

"Popular devotions of the Christian people are to be highly endorsed, provided they accord with the laws and norms of the Church, above all when they are ordered by the Apostolic See."

"But these devotions should be so fashioned that they harmonize with the liturgical seasons, accord with the sacred liturgy, are in some way derived from it, and lead the people to it, since, in fact, the liturgy by its very nature far surpasses any of them."

This beautiful prayer, the Regina caeli (Queen of heaven), helps us give due honor and devotion to Mary, the Mother of God, during this season of Easter. May she lead us to deeper participation in the Lord’s own dying and rising.

O Queen of heaven, rejoice! Alleluia!
For He whom you did merit to bear, Alleluia!
Has risen, as He said, Alleluia!
Pray for us to God, Alleluia!
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia!
for the Lord has risen indeed. Alleluia!

Let us pray.
O God, Who by the resurrection of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, has given joy to the whole world, grant, we beseech You, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the same joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Pat Vallez-Kelly


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As a Parish Community, we Pray...for peace throughout the world especially in the Holy Land...May our Jewish and Palestinian sisters and brothers reconcile their differences, end all violence, terrorism and war. May they work together to bring about a just and lasting peace.



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.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Estaban Aquino
and Lola McDonough

who died recently



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 observance of Mother’s Day May 12th


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A Special Thank You to Bruce and Sophia Chester...

The St. Vincent de Paul Society gives special thanks to Bruce and Sophia Chester for all their work in making possible the new "food shed" behind the Church. Their willingness to do the research, supervise the construction and then move the supplies from the old garage is deeply appreciated by all.

Wally Mooney


Our St. Vincent de Paul Society is in need of pasta, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter & jelly, canned stew, cereal, canned ham, tuna fish, canned pasta, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Please bring items to the rectory.

Catholic Worker House in San Bruno is in need of vegetable oil, trash bags (all sizes), canned meat (especially Spam), airspray, fresh fruit, margarine, napkins, and canned soups. Please bring items to the rectory.


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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

Pledge/Gifts as of April 26
Number of Families
Actual cash received as of April 26 $316,395.90

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Archdiocese of San Francisco
Young Adult Ministries

Introduces "Theology-on-Tap", Tuesday evenings, to May 28th, at 7:30 p.m. at Jillian’s in the Metreon (101 4th St. near Howard) in San Francisco. It is designed for young adult Catholics, especially those not connected to a parish, whatever their current situation. This is co-sponsored with the Young Adult Ministry program of the Episcopal Diocese of California.  


Separated and Divorced Catholics
of the Archdiocese of San Francisco

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
presents the

Care Ministry Certificate Program

Sacraments of Healing
Eucharistic Ministry to the Homebound

St. Thomas the Apostle Church
3835 Balboa Street at 40th Avenue
San Francisco

Saturday, June 29, 2002
7:30am (Eucharist) - 4:00pm (Lunch included)
Sunday, June 30, 2002
9:00am - 4:00pm (11:00am Eucharist) (Lunch included)

Ms. Ruth Hayes-Barba, LCSW, MTS
Director of Ministry to the Aging
Archdiocese of Portland

For parish sponsorship and registration,
please contact Sr. Ita Cleary at 589-2800.


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Monday May, 13, 2002

Cocktails: 6:30 p.m. Dinner 7:00 p.m.

Please join us as we honor the outgoing officers of the 2001-2002 Women’s Guild, and welcome the incoming 2002-2003 Board members. This is a very special evening for our Guild and we encourage all women of the parish to attend.

Please contact Patricia Linehan for reservations; the cost is only $15.00 per person. Please respond by May 10th.



A big thank-you to St. Robert’s Women’s Guild for the gift of $20,660.00 for St. Robert’s School and Religious Education Programs. This money was raised by the Art Auction/Dinner Dance this year.


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Monday, May 6th
1:30 - 3 pm, Cheerleading Practice.....Hall
5:00-10:00 p.m. Mens Club....Hall

Tuesday, May 7th
3:30-4:30 pm, Religious Ed.....Hall
7 - 8:30 pm, Religious Ed.....Hall /Church
6:30 - 8 pm, Legion of Mary.....Library
7 - 9:00 pm, Youth.....Hall

Wednesday, May 8th
9:9:30 a.m. Grief Support.....Mary’s Chapel
7:00-8:15 p.m., Religious Ed.....Hall

Thursday, May 9th
3 - 4:30 pm, Religious Ed.....Hall
7 - 8 pm, Religious Ed.....Church
7:30 - 9 pm, Fil/Am.....Hall
7 - 9 pm, RCIA.....Convent Chapel
7:30 - 9 pm, Festival...Library

Friday, May 10th
Morning-Teacher Appreciation...Hall
3:30 - 4:45 pm, Cheerleading Practice.....Hall
6:30-8:30 p.m. 8th grade.....Hall

Saturday, May 11th
10:00a.m. and Noon: First Eucharist....Church/Hall

Sunday, May 12th
10 - 11:30 am, Fil/Am Choir.....Hall
Happy Mother’s Day


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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 shop 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.

Albertson’s Community Card

Please continue to show your card every time you shop at Albertson’s We received $1,800.00 this quarter!


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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

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

A Journey from Grief to Healing - May 31-June 2
Retreat for Those in Grief
Joseph Fice, S.J.

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

Retreat day for Single Parents - May 25
Carol Kaplan

Awakening to the Handprints of God - June 22
Prayer and Photography
Carol Fowler

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


May 31st - June 2nd

Beginning Experience is a weekend program to help grieving single-again persons. The weekend will be presented by a team of persons who have suffered the loss of a loved one and are wiling to share their own experience. Call Joan at (650) 952-0583 for location and more information.

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