St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, January 26, 2003

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

January 26, 2003
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Friends,

I often think that January is the longest month of the year even though March, October and December also have 31 days. Maybe it is because the early part of the month is still in the Christmas Season and then, suddenly, we are catapulted into Ordinary Time. Christmas decorations have been put away. Even the weather seems to be a little colder. Schools are back to usual schedules and life takes on its everyday tasks. Our lives are ordinary or so it seems. A little closer look will prove us wrong.

At our Baptism each one of us was given a special mission in life. We were chosen to be disciples of Jesus and to help build up the Kingdom of God. Quite an honor, but also a responsibility. Nobody else can do this for us. For the past few Sundays we heard about people who were chosen. In the Old Testament Samuel was called. Jesus called the apostles and they left all things to follow him. Today we hear about Jonah. Everyone remembers him because of his three day experience inside the whale. At first he was not too pleased to be called by God. His mission was not very inviting. The Ninivites were not on his list of special people and he did not want to go to them with God’s message - a message that would scare them if they did not repent. But he did go. Do you ever feel like Jonah? Don’t worry. When God calls He gives us all the help we need to answer his call. All we need is generosity.

Wouldn’t it be just great if we could muster up the same enthusiasm for the Kingdom of God as we have for the Super Bowl. By next week the game will be old news. Still we must show some spirit and shout, "GO, RAIDERS!".

May God’s peace be with us all.

Sister Ita



Dear Parishioners,

We all owe special thanks to a group of parishioners who spent many hours a week ago building a retaining wall at the back of our property. Not only did they protect our property but our neighbors as well. Thank you to all the volunteers who do so much to make St. Robert’s special.

Father Ring


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New Posture, Renewed Prayer

This week we adopt the posture of kneeling during the Eucharistic Prayer, after the "Holy, Holy" until the end of the "Amen." We will also begin kneeling during the Invitation to Communion, after the "Lamb of God" until the Communion procession begins (at which point each person may sit or remain kneeling.) Kneeling at these times signifies a reverent, humble, yet faithful and attentive approach to Jesus Christ present to us under the form of blessed, Broken Bread and blessed, outpoured Wine. May the Spirit assist us in our faith and prayer. Pat Vallez-Kelly


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Monday - January 27
Readings: Heb 9, 15:24-28    Mk 3:22-30

Mass Intention
All Souls †
Janet Gaines †
8th Gr. Practice
Religious Education
Dinner Dance Mtg.
Tuesday - January 28
Readings: Heb 10:1-10    Mk 3:31-35
Mass Intention 6:30
Mary Salvato †
Francisco Oliveros †
Dinner Dance Practice
Religious Education
Legion of Mary
Hall & Church
Wednesday - January 29
Readings: Heb 10:11-18    Mk 4:1-20
Mass Intention 6:30
All Souls †
Izabela Holderna †
Religious Education
Bible Study
Choir Practice
Convent Chapel

Thursday - January 30
Readings: Heb 10:19-25    Mk 4:21-25

Mass Intention 6:30
Kazuko Walson †
Anne Imelda McKeever †
Religious Education 3:30p Hall & Church

Friday - January 31
Readings: Heb 10:32-39    Mk 4:26-34

Mass Intention 6:30
Alice Chelone †
Lucille Astells †
Men's Club All day Hall

Saturday - February 1
Readings: Heb 11:1-2, 8-19    Mk 4:35-41

Mass Intention 8:30
Leo Pieretti †
Jack Louhoo †
Eucharistic Adoration
Men's Club
All day

Sunday - February 2
Readings: Mal 3:1-4    Heb 2:14-18    Lk 2:22-40

Mass Intention 7:30
Maria Emilio †
Larry Gerboni †
Leticia Fojas †
People of St. Robert's
Fil/Am Choir 10:00a Hall

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As a Parish Community, We Pray...For the members of our parish family who are being commissioned in the ministries of Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Usher, Music, and Altar Society this they follow Jesus, may they be blessed with renewed faith, hope and love.



Alyssa Rae Collaco,
Haylee Rose Klingler,
Jacqueline Marie Klingler,
Gregory Michael Mitchell,
Emily Patricia Lee Mitchell



Dear Parishioners,Please notify the priesthouse (589-2800) if a loved one is in the hospital.

We pray for the ill: Regina Aiello, Marilyn Arancibia, Robert Bacci, Bastiaan Blumenthal, Marcia Bourne, Ann Burns, Maricris Candelaria, Arthur Candia, Josie Clarke, Nan Connolly, Zenaida Cortez, Ana Cosgaya, Imelda Daly, Walton & June Dickhoff, Sandra & William Dill, Carl Edwards, Joyce Flax, Adela Florez, Henry Fosson, Fred Gaedeke, Jesse Grube, Gladys Haff, Denise Hawald, Joanne Johnson, Koret Koelman, Muriel Krause, Abelardo Landin, Shirley Latham, Josephine Lavoie, Greg Lille, Marky, Daniel McHale, Rosemary McHale, Terry McLeod, Sal Milizio, Thomas O’Brien, Jim Olmo, Louis Ricardo, Bill Reilly, Doris Ross, Pauline Speranza, Don Vickery, Jennifer Westbrook & Frank Wright. 


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Patricia Rael,
Imelda Daly &
Joseph Boehle
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.



We all have a need to pray for an end to terrorism and violence within our land and throughout the world. During these unsettling times, when we seem to be on the brink of war, let us take an hour to sit quietly in the presence of Jesus. Following the 8:30 am Mass on Saturday, February 1st, and on every first Saturday of each month, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held in our Church. Pray for peace between 9 and 10 am. Jesus is listening.


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for Baptized Catholic Adults 18 years or Older
Who have received First Communion

Classes start in February

Contact Deacon Rusty Duffey at the Parish Office 589-2800.



Saturday, Feburary 1st
Dinner, DJ and Dancing
No host full bar

$32.50 per person

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

For reservations call: Steve Belluomini



Thank you to all of you who have contributed to the Parish Cookbook. However, we still could use recipes in the following categories: Soups & Salads, Side Dishes, Beverages and Bread and Rolls.

Recipes can be sent via email to or can be dropped off in the church vestibule. Recipes must be submitted by Sunday, February 2nd, in order to be included in this cookbook. Please be sure to include your name and phone number.


25 Ways to be a Happy Teenager

1. Know, love and serve God.
2. Know that you are precious and that God loves you.
3. Set high standards for yourself.
4. Smile and laugh a lot.
5. Love and respect yourself.
6. Love and respect other people.
7. Walk, talk and dress modestly.
8. Choose your friends carefully and do things in groups.
9. Have fun and enjoy being a teenager.
10.Think positive and concentrate on your good points.
11. Communicate with your family and friends.
13. Listen to adult role models.
14. Pray and go to church.
15. Count your blessings and be grateful.
16. Be choosy about your dates.
17. Be patient - you deserve the best!
18. Save the gift of yourself for marriage.
19. Stay away from bad situations.
20. Avoid temptations - persons, places or things.
21. Stay away from drugs and alcohol.
22. Remember that you are valuable, rare and very precious.
23. Treat yourself that way.
24. Know God loves you and has a special plan for you.
25. Believe in God and trust Him to guide you. He cares!

Reprinted with permission the Diocese of Memphis NFP Center


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You are cordially invited...
To "come by yourselves to an out of the way place and rest a little."
MK. 6:31

To Pray ...
To Reflect...
on God’s Love..Your Response...
Your Journey

Who? Women...desiring a deeper relationship with God

Where? Saint John’s Convent, 16642 Ashland Ave., San Lorenzo, Ca

When? Sunday, February 2nd, 4-6 p.m.

Further Information? Contact: Sister Teresa or Sister Anne at (510) 278-7128

2300 Adeline Drive
Burlingame, CA 94010-5599
(650) 340-7474

Centering Prayer Days - Feb. 8th & April 5th
Vicky Bolts

Meditation Intensive Weekend - Feb. 14-16
Thomas Hand, S.J.

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

Marriage the Journey - Feb. 7-9
Pete & Sue Fullerton
James Hanley, S.J.

"When Did We See You Hungry or Homeless or Oppressed - Feb. 14-16
Retreat for social justice
Bernard J. Bush, S.J.

HOW TO PRAY: Petition, Thanksgiving, Praise-Service - March 21-23
Retreat on Prayer
Jerry MCourt, S.J. and William J. Rewak, S.J.


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cordially extends an invitation to all married couples of the Archdiocese of San Francisco who celebrate their 25th or 50th (or more) Wedding Anniversary during the years 2002-2003 to a Solemn Eucharistic Celebration in their honor on

Saturday, February 8, 2003,

at St. Mary’s Cathedral - 10:00 a.m.
Reception immediately following Eucharist.

Please RSVP by January 31 by contacting Father Tom, at the Rectory 589-2800 or calling the Office of Marriage and Family Life (415) 614-5680



This year, in a very special way, we invite couples who have been married 0-10 years to this beautiful celebration of commitment in order to reaffirm the commitment you made to each other and for the church to affirm the immense value of your marriage commitment in the year 2003!



The battle to protect human life is neither easy nor quick, but like the antislavery effort, it will lead to victory - if we persist with patient endurance.

Prayer: For those who counsel pregnant women, that they may lead them to protect the life of their unborn child, we pray.



The Voice of the Faithful, a national group of lay mainstream Catholics responding to the clergy abuse crisis, is presenting a program at the University of San Francisco in the Marachi Rm of Xavier Hall on Feb 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Speakers on; Laity and Vatican II; the Status of Abuse Cases. More information on national
San Francisco website



The Maltese Cross Foundation is proud to announce its eighth annual Vella-Dankwerth Cultural Scholarship for students of Maltese descent in the San Francisco Bay Area. High school seniors, college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply. Completed applications are due by March 17, 2003. For more information, please contact Janet Dankwerth-Plack (707) 591-8878 or Jennifer Dankwerth-Strunk (650) 273-1356. 


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The Archdiocese announces

The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-Elect Ignatius. C. Wang

on Thursday, January 30, 2003, at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary’s Cathedral.

The Archdiocese encourages car pooling or public transportation.



Are you in your 20’s-early 40’s single, married, or single again and looking for community? Join us! Let us know if childcare is needed. Questions? Contact Elaine Yastishock, coordinator, at (650) 344-6884

Jan. 24th
wine and cheese party.
Feb 8th-Love and Responsibility Leadership Seminar for high school, college students and young adults with dynamic, nationally recognized speakers David Sloan and Ellen Marie at St. Luke Parish in Foster City. From 9:30 a.m to 6:00 p.m. - includes lunch and Mass. Registration $20 by Jan. 31st; discounts for students and groups. Contact Kasig Ostrowski at (408) 396-2893.


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Open House

St. Robert School will hold its annual Open House on Monday, February 3, 2003. The evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Church followed by classroom visitations. All are welcome.

Albertson Community Card. If you shop there and need a card please call Linda Cuddy.

EScrip...If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so. Our group number is 137045398. Check it out on line - 


Catholic Schools Week
January 27 - February 3

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