St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, May 12, 2002

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

May 12, 2002
Ascension of the Lord


but_pacm.gif (4092 bytes)

Dear Friends:

This is our month - the Month of May! Good things happen in May. Today we celebrate both the Ascension of Our Lord and Mother’s Day.

Together we imagined the Ascension scene. We are sure that Mary was with Jesus’ disciples on that mountain top. We hear Jesus saying to His Mother, "I must leave you now. I could take you with Me; but I need to have you stay. My friends need a Mother. They need you to remind them of me and what I have taught them. Will you stay, Mother?"

Mary’s reply is: "I will do whatever you ask of me."

Jesus says: "I will be with you always."

We say: "Thank You, Mary, for being an example to our Mothers of what a wife and mother is meant to be. Today we thank our own Mothers for giving of themselves to us and letting us know of the love of God and the love of Mary.

We wish all Mothers and all Children a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Gene & Anna May



Do not give up working for peace. Always remember that the peace for which you work is not of this world. Do not let yourself be distracted by the great noises of war, the dramatic descriptions of misery, and the sensational expressions of human cruelty. The newspapers, films and war novels may make you numb, but they do not create in you a true desire for peace. They tend to create feelings of shame, guilt and powerlessness, and these feelings are the worst motives for peace work.

Keep your eyes on the Prince of peace, the One who doesn’t cling to his divine power; the One who refuses to turn stones into bread, jump from great heights and rule with great power. See the One who touches the lame, the crippled and the blind; the One who speaks words of forgiveness and encouragement; the One who dies alone, rejected, and despised. Keep your eyes on him who becomes poor with the poor, weak with the weak, and who is rejected with the rejected. That One, Jesus, is the source of all peace.

..Henri J.M. Nouwen


but_wors.gif (2716 bytes)



5/13 Monday 6:30
All Mothers
Phoebe Dineen †
5/14 Tuesday 6:30
All Mothers
Pauline Muscat †
5/15 Wednesday 6:30
All Mothers
Charles Agius †
5/16 Thursday 6:30
In Thanksgiving
All Mothers
5/17 Friday 6:30
All Mothers
John P. Murphy †
5/18 Saturday 8:30
All Mothers
John Rudometkin †
5/19 Sunday 7:30
Joseph Emilio †
People of St. Robert's
Giuseppe Pignati †
All Mothers
Carlo Foti †


Acts 2:1-11
1Cor 12:3-7. 12-13
John 20:19-23


but_inhs.gif (3665 bytes)

"Mothering Church"

Have you prayed, lately, for Guy, Natalie, or Russ? How about for Kirsi, Priscilla, Rick, Michelle, or Robert? Have you remembered Mandy, Steve, Daniel, Terry, Wendy, Nicole, Esmerelda, and Carlos?

Do these names ring a bell? All of these folks received Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and/or Eucharist) during this Easter season. It’s important for us to remember that they are still participating in the RCIA. The RCIA is divided into distinct periods of catechesis for the formation of new adult members in the Church. This period after the reception of sacraments is called The Period of Postbaptismal Catechesis or Mystagogy. Whew!

Among other things, we are told about this period,

[It] is of great significance for both the neophytes and the rest of the faithful. Through it the neophytes, with the help of their godparents, should experience a full and joyful welcome into the community and enter into closer ties with the other faithful. The faithful, in turn, should derive from it a renewal of inspiration and of outlook. (RCIA, 246.)

Those who are newly baptized are thought of as neophytes, or newborns, for an entire year! Does a mother forget her newborn after just six weeks? Hardly! Let us, "Mother Church," on this Mother’s Day, the Solemn Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, commit ourselves to remembering our new members in prayer and action during this entire year! The cycle of rebirth, growth, and formation rests occasionally, but it takes no vacations!

Now is also the time to consider helping Donna McGuigan, Deacon Rusty Duffey, Rita Tullius, and a few other parishioners on the RCIA team as they look ahead to welcoming new catechumens and candidates in the Fall. We especially need one or two more good men on the team. Pat V.-K. 


but_parl.gif (3055 bytes)

As a Parish Community, we Pray...

That our Mothers, Grandmothers, Godmothers and all women who nurture and love us will enjoy dignity, respect, and unconditional love on this Mother’s Day and every day.



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, Josefina Mercado, Sal Milizio, Catherine Murtagh, Jim and Kim Olmo, Pauline Speranza, 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. 


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Jesuit Father Edward McFadden &
Helen Geyer,

who died recently



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.



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


Pope John Paul II speaking to mothers, said:

"The experience of motherhood makes you acutely aware of the other person and, at the same time, confers on you a particular task...A mother welcomes and carries in herself another human being, enabling it to grow inside her, giving it room, respecting its otherness. Women first learn and then teach others that human relations are authentic if they are open to accepting the other person, a person who is recognized and loved because of the dignity which comes from being a person..."
(Evangelium Vitae)


but_memb.gif (2483 bytes)

We welcome you into our Parish!

Richard & Thea Smith & family
Maureen Huntington
Joseph Garcia & Amy Vejdovsky
Arden & Jennifer Martin

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.


but_stew.gif (3309 bytes)

Building for a New Century

Pledge/Gifts as of April 26
Number of Families
Actual cash received as of April 26 $323,140.90

Thank you for your generous donation of $2,322.72 to the Latin American Missions.


but_evnt.gif (2293 bytes)


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.


4% of all deaths occur while attending movies, 3% in restaurants, 10% at home, 23% in bars, 13% from smoking, and 47% from accidents.*

ONLY ONE DEATH IN 75 MILLION OCCURS WHILE SINGING IN A CHOIR.* It can’t be plainer: choir singing minimizes your risks (and maximizes your benefits)!

THE 10:30 AM SUNDAY MASS CHOIR IS PRACTICING ON WEDNESDAYS AT 7:15PM IN THE CHURCH. We will break from rehearsals for the summer months in mid June, so now is a perfect time to give choir singing a try without having to make a long-term commitment. If you have a desire to serve your church through its music ministry and are able to carry a tune, you are an ideal candidate for the choir. Join us this Wednesday! Additional information is available from Pat Vallez-Kelly at 589-2800 (also for the 5:30 Mass choir). For the Noon Mass choir, call Manny Ortiz. For the 9:00 Mass choir, call Virginia Yanke.

*Sorry, statistics are completely made up and not guaranteed.

If you are a regular participant in one of the liturgies below, consider becoming a Eucharistic Minister or Lector. Contact Pat Vallez-Kelly at 589-2800.

Saturday 4:30pm
Sunday 10:30am
Sunday Noon
Sunday 5:30pm
Eucharistic Ministers needed
Eucharistic Ministers
Lectors & Eucharistic Ministers

but_pevn.gif (5696 bytes)


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.


but_cale.gif (2731 bytes)

Monday, May 13th
1:30 - 3 pm, Cheerleading Practice.....Hall
6 - 10 p.m. Women’s Guild....Hall
7:30 - 8:30 pm, St. Vincent de Paul.....Library

Tuesday, May 14th
3:30-4:30 pm, Religious Ed.....Hall
6:30 - 8 pm, Legion of Mary.....Library

Wednesday, May 15th
7:30 - 9 pm, Picnic Meeting.....Library

Thursday, May 16th
3 - 4:30 pm, Religious Ed.....Hall
7 - 9 pm, Campaign Follow-Up.....Rectory
7 - 9 pm, RCIA.....Convent Chapel
7:30 - 9 pm, Festival Mtg...Library
7:30 - 9 pm, School Board ...6th Gr. Classroom

Friday, May 17th
11 - 2 pm, 8th Gr. Retreat.....Mary’s Chapel
3:30 - 4:45 pm, Cheerleading Practice.....Hall
5:30-8:30 p.m. 8th Grade.....Hall

Saturday, May 18th
9 - 12 Noon, Parish Council.....Library
10 am & 12 Noon, First Eucharist....Church/Hall

Sunday, May 19th
10 - 11:30 am, Fil/Am Choir.....Hall
10 - 12 Noon, RCIA.....Hall 


but_sch.gif (1939 bytes)




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!


but_webs.gif (2948 bytes)

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 


but_rtrt.gif (2996 bytes)

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

**TAIZÉ Prayer Around the Cross is offered on the third Thursday of every month from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.. No fee.

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

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

May 31-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.

but_srhp.gif (2472 bytes)

but_n&p.gif (2093 bytes)

but_tofp.gif (1734 bytes)

but_mail.gif (2258 bytes)

but_s&c.gif (2105 bytes)