St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, February 9, 2003

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

February 9, 2003
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners,

The Annual Appeal of the Archdiocese is important for the many ministries that are funded through our generosity. They range from Religious Education to help for Seminarians, from ministry to people in hospitals and to those in prison. Our Parish is called upon to help because we are part of the Archdiocese and the many programs the Annual Appeal helps are ministries we cannot supply on the local level. I would ask you to join me in helping in any way you can.

Saturday, January 25th, was a busy day in our Parish. I want to thank the members of our Parish Council and the leaders of our Parish organizations who met that morning to discuss our Parish Mission Statement and the goals for the coming year. Thank you to Pat Vallez-Kelly and the others who prepared for Commissioning of Parish Liturgical Ministers at the 4:30 Mass and the reception that followed. It says a great deal about our Parish when we can say that over two hundred people are active in Liturgical ministries. Thank you also to Sister Mary O'Donnell, along with her Confirmation team, who organized a Retreat that day at Mount Alverno Center for the 62 young men and women who are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on April 26th. The very same day men from the Parish were helping prepare with the drainage in the upper yard and the many coaches who were at games with their basketball teams. Quite a day!

The past weeks have been ones of Liturgical change for our Parish. My hope is that these changes will make us all more conscious of the Presence of Jesus in our midst at Mass. A greater sense of reverence in Church will help all of us in giving thanks to God and make us more conscious that we are a community of Faith.

Our Presentation Education Center should be completed by the first week of March. We hope that it will be in use shortly thereafter. Thank you for making it possible. Please make your pledge payments so that we will be able to pay all the bills and begin to pay off the debt.

Thank you to those who "made donations" on Superbowl Sunday. Needed repairs in the convent will benefit from your help.

Father Ring


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Monday - February 10
Readings: Gn 1:1-19     Mk 6:53-56

Mass Intention
Eileen Lucey †
Helena Morales †
Women's & Men's Club
St. Vincent de Paul
Tuesday - February 11
Readings: Gn 1:20--2,4     Mk 7:1-13
Mass Intention 6:30
Naghmen (Nazanin) Banaei †
June Monaghan †
Religious Education
Sports Board Mtg.
Legion of Mary
Hall & Church
Wednesday - February 12
Readings: Gn 2:5-9, 15-17     Mk 7:14-23
Mass Intention 6:30
Amelda Borg †
Charles Agius †
7th Gr. Cheerleading
8th Gr. Practice
Bible Study
Choir Practice
Convent Chapel

Thursday - February 13
Readings: Gn 2:18-25     Mk 7:24-30

Mass Intention 6:30
Margaret Dowd †
Ivan Gregor †
Religious Education
Hall & Church
Convent Chapel

Friday - February 14
Readings: Gn 3:1-8     Mk 7:31-37

Mass Intention 6:30
Michael Philippa †
Marija Boncich †
8th Gr. Practice 3:00p Hall

Saturday - February 15
Readings: Gn 3:9-24     Mk 8:1-10

Mass Intention 8:30
Paul & Rosina Vella †
John Erasmy †
8th Gr. Practice 10:00a Hall

Sunday - February 16
Readings: Lev 13:1-2, 44-46    1 Cor 10:31--11,1    Mk 1:40-45

Mass Intention 7:30
Joseph Emilio †
Marie DeMartini †
Lt. Col. James H. Cook †
People of St. Robert's
Fil/Am Choir 10:00a Hall

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As a Parish Community, We Pray...For widows and widowers. May God comfort them. For those suffering the pain of troubled marriages, separation or divorce. May God guide them into a future filled with hope.



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

We pray for the ill: Sharon 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, Jesse Grube, Gladys Haff, Denise Hawald, Joanne Johnson, Koret Koelman, Muriel Krause, 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
Michael Ruggeri,
Cecilia Latreille,
Catherine Interdonato &
Fred Gaedeke
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.



The Adult Choir singing at the 9:30 Mass is seeking those interested in raising voices in praise. Rehearsals are on Wednesday from 7:00-9:00 PM and we gather at 9:00 AM on Sunday to warm-up.

For more information, contact Kevin Imbimbo at 873-4480.


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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 -


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Please join us for an evening of great food & great fun!

Monday, February 10th - 6 pm - $13 per person

To make reservations, call Josette Reid or email If you are in need of a babysitter for the night, please call Mary Alvergue. She can refer you to some interested 8th graders!!!



The Grownups Annual Pancake Communion Breakfast will be held in Hennessy Hall on Sunday, February 23rd, at 11:00 a.m. The price is $7.00 per person. For tickets please call Lillian Fazio, Dolores Johnson, Dorothy Branch, or LaVerne Buller. Tickets will also be sold after some of the weekend Masses. Tickets will not be sold at the door.



1st monthly meeting for 2003 - Thursday, February 13th, at Hennessy Hall (7:30 p.m. to 9:00p.m.) All new parishioners welcome. For more info please call Esperanza Halili.

Do Not say "I'm right he's wrong."

say, "I must love Him as myself."

This is the kind of love that Jesus taught: A love that transforms vivifies, enriches brings peace.

-Carlo Carretto



By Tom McGrath,
author of At Home with our Faith,
the family spirituality newsletter
from Claretian Publications

Fear and Faith

"Fear arises when we believe we will not be strong enough to handle the pain we will be given."

Wayne Muller from Legacy of the Heart.

Mondays can be hard. I've read reports that say more heart attacks happen early on Monday mornings than any other time of the week. I think that's because of fear - fear that we will not be strong enough to handle the challenges that we face in the work ahead of us - whether that work is out of the house or at home, for pay or simply the work involved in living our life.

It doesn't pay to ignore fear; it's better to replace it. Usually I can't replace my fear with certainty - there are just too many unknowns in life. Rather, I try to replace my fear with faith - not that the things I fear will not happen, nor that if I pray really, really hard God will make the bad things go away; but that underneath it all, my core identity as a beloved child of God is unalterable, no matter what comes my way. And from the position of strength, I can find the courage and the resources and the strength to respond to those particular challenges that will come my way today.

Faith and fear have a hard time co-existing in the same place at the same time.

This week, try faith. 


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

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

Re-entering the cave of the heart: - Feb. 22 & 23rd 11:00-5pm
A weekend intensive 

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

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

This Special Time of Our Lives - March 14-16
Silent Lenten Retereat for Women
Fr. Thomas Weston, 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.

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

Married Couples Retreat - Feb. 14-16
Carol Kaplan, MFT & Barry Brunsman, OFM

Day of Dialogue - Feb. 16
Victoria S. MacDonald, MA

The Way of the Body - Feb. 28-March 2
Mary Ann Finch, MA, CMT

Let's Address the God Issue - Feb. 28-March 2
Carol Mitchell, PhD & Peter Coster, MDiv., MFT 


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February 14th

We are scheduled for the 2nd Wednesday of each month. If you can prepare a favorite cookie, snack or lunch items for 10 to 12 people, please drop it off at the Children's Chapel, in the back of Church, by 9:00 am on February 12th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items can be donated.

We appreciate all your help. 



Our St. Vincent de Paul Society is in need of pasta and pasta sauce and cereal. Please place these items in the baskets in church.



Catholic Worker House in San Bruno is in need of socks, pasta, cooking oil, laundry volunteers (once a week or once a month-call 827-0706). Please bring items to the Rectory.


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