St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, February 16, 2003

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

February 16, 2003
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners,

There's a lot of talk these days about national security. A general feeling of insecurity seems to prevail these days on many levels. We might feel insecure about our jobs, the safety of our families, our investments, the threat of war . . . the list is a long one. Do we ever truly gain security? Do we gain it by ousting Saddam Hussein? Do we gain it by positioning ourselves for a better job, or moving our money to bonds instead of stocks?

The Gospels remind us that Jesus frequently told his disciples, "Be not afraid." We know that Jesus was no Pollyanna, foolishly believing that nothing bad would ever happen to himself or to his followers. But again and again he told them, "Do not be afraid." What was he trying to teach them, and does it still hold true for us today? We're living in a very different world than the one of Jesus' day.

Our world might be different, but God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Jesus urged his disciples to put fear aside because they could be secure in God. Even if the worst of all evils, death, might befall them, they could be confident in a resurrected life with God. For all smaller matters that cause us to be anxious, let us remind ourselves that God loves us no matter what kind of job we have or what our portfolio looks like.

To possess the security found in God's love for us is a gift of faith, and with every gift comes responsibility. Telling our children or ourselves, "Don't worry, God loves you," does not always do justice to the situation. Rather, being secure in God's love for us should give us the courage to speak or take action against evil whenever we confront it. Again, we depend on the holy Spirit even for such courage. Jesus was hardly complacent as he lived day to day in love of God.

We never feel truly secure until we place our trust completely in God. As St. Augustine prayed, "Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You, O God." I believe it was also Augustine who said, "Love, and then do what you will," showing a type of Christian confidence. Let us, then, be rooted in love—first in God's love for us shown to us by Jesus, and secondly in our acts of love prompted by the Spirit. Let us strengthen our national security by authentic Christian citizenship.

May God's peace be first in our hearts. May God's word be first on our tongues. May God's love and justice be first from our hands.

Pat Vallez-Kelly

P. S. A few community items: Please keep in prayer the work of Fr. Tom and several parishioners over the next few weeks as they discern new directions for St. Robert's Youth Ministry. . . Congratulations to seminarian Marc Howes as he formalized his candidacy for priesthood this past week in a ceremony at St. Patrick's seminary . . . Don't miss the Grownup's Breakfast next Sunday!


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Monday - February 17
Readings: Gn 4:1-15, 25     Mk 8:11-13

Mass Intention 8:30 Thomas Daly †
President's Holiday - Parish Office Closed
8th Gr. Practice 3:30p Hall
Tuesday - February 18
Readings: Gn 6:5-8;7:1-5, 10     Mk 8:14-21
Mass Intention 6:30
Margaret Dowd †
Anne Imelda McKeever †
Religious Education
Legion of Mary
Parish Council Mtg.
Choir Practice
Hall & Church
Convent Chapel
Wednesday - February 19
Readings: Gn 8:6-13, 20-22     Mk 8:22-26
Mass Intention 6:30
Leonard Noe †
Albert Spadaro †
7th Gr. Cheerleading
8th Gr. Practice
Bible Study
Choir Practice
Convent Chapel

Thursday - February 20
Readings: Gn 9:1-13     Mk 8:27-33

Mass Intention 6:30
Jose Soares †
Violet Menendez †
Rel. Ed. (Parent Mtg)
School Board Mtg.
Hall & Church
Convent Chapel
6th Gr. Classroom

Friday - February 21
Readings: Gn 11:1-9     Mk 8:34--9,1

Mass Intention 6:30
Malquesede Gonzi †
Marie Holderoft †
8th Gr. Practice
Kindergarten Parent Dinner

Saturday - February 22
Readings: 1 Pt 5:1-4     Mt 16:13-19

Mass Intention 8:30
Harriet Kleinbach †
People of St. Robert's
Youth 1:00p Hall

Sunday - February 23
Readings: Is 43:18-25     2 Cor 1:18-22     Mk 2:1-12

Mass Intention 7:30
Tom & MaryAnne Begley †
Elda Salvi †
Dr. Harold H. Fox †
Mary Salvato †
Grownup's Breakfast 9:00a Hall

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As a Parish Community, We Pray...That Jesus will be moved with pity and touch and heal those who are chronically ill and in pain.



Julianna Isabele Enriquez,
Jaeda Trinity Flores,
Jonah Emmanuel Camacho &
Michael Connor McKenna



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

We pray for the ill: Sharon Aiello, Anne Marie Anderson, Marilyn Arancibia, Robert Bacci, Bastiaan Blumenthal, Marcia Bourne, Ann Burns, Maricris Candelaria, Arthur Candia, Josie Clarke, Nan Connolly, Zenaida Cortez, Ana Cosgaya, 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.



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.


Parish Office will be closed tomorrow,

February 17, 2003,

in honor of President's Day


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Archbishop's Annual Appeal
Goal is $80,200

Pledge/Gifts as of February 12th

Donations to date


Thank you for your generous donation of $3,000.10 to our School, CCD and Confirmation programs.


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The Grownup's 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.



Our spring get-together will be held on March 9th at Dominic's at Poplar Creek. The address is: 1700 Coyote Pt. Dr. San Mateo. Please call Bunny Moniz for reservations.


Pope John Paul II recently addressed the diplomats of over one hundred countries that have diplomatic relations with the Vatican. His words are important to all of us.

I have been personally struck by the feeling of fear which often dwells in the hearts of our contemporaries. An insidious terrorism capable of striking at any time and anywhere; the unresolved problem of the Middle East, with the Holy Land and Iraq; the turmoil disrupting South America, particularly Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela; the conflicts preventing numerous African countries from focusing on their development; the diseases spreading contagion and death; the grave problem of famine, especially in Africa; the irresponsible behavior contributing to the depletion of the planet's resources: All these are so many plagues threatening the survival of humanity, the peace of individuals and the security of societies.

Yet everything can change. It depends on each of us. Everyone can develop within himself his potential for faith, for honesty, for respect of others and for commitment to the service of others.

It also depends quite obviously on political leaders, who are called to serve the common good. You will not be surprised if before an assembly of diplomats I state in this regard certain requirements which I believe must be met if entire peoples, perhaps even humanity itself, are not to sink into the abyss.

First, a yes to life! Respect life itself and individual lives: Everything starts here, for the most fundamental of human rights is certainly the right to life. Abortion euthanasia, human cloning, for example, risk reducing the human person to a mere object; life and death to order, as it were! When all moral criteria are removed, scientific research involving the sources of life become a denial of the being and the dignity of the person. War itself is an attack on human life, since it brings in its wake suffering and death. The battle for peace is always a battle for life!

Next, respect for law. Life within society —- particularly international life —- presupposes common and inviolable principles whose goal is to guarantee the security and the freedom of individual citizens and of nations. These rules of conduct are the foundation of national and international stability. Today political leaders have at hand highly relevant texts and institutions. It is enough simply to put them into practice. The world would be totally different if people began to apply in a straightforward manner the agreements already signed!

Finally, the duty of solidarity. In a world with a superabundance of information but which paradoxically finds it so difficult to communicate, and where living conditions are scandalously unequal, it is important to spare no effort to ensure that everyone feels responsible for the growth and happiness of all. Our future is at stake. An unemployed young person, a handicapped person who is marginalized, elderly people who are uncared for, countries which are captives of hunger and poverty: These situations, all to often, make people despair and fall prey to the temptation either of closing in on themselves or of resorting to violence.


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

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

Debating Priorities - March 8
The juggling act 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(Men's Spirituality)
Tom Grant

Meditiaion Intensive Weekend - April 4-6
Fr. Thomas Hand, S.J.

Centering Prayers: - April 17th 6p.m.
Tridium Retreat - April 20th 9 a.m.

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

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

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

Men's Lenten Retreat - March 7-9
God's Greatest Glory
Barry Brunsman, OFM

Silent Women's Lenten Retreat - April 11-13
Bidi Miller and Kathy Clarke 


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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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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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St. Robert's web site is:

While out-of-town you can check for nationwide Mass times and locations at (1-800-627-7846) or Internet at

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.

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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Four married couples of our parish celebrated their significant anniversaries of marriage together with many other happy couples at a special liturgy celebrated by Bishop Ignatius Wang at St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco on Sat., Feb. 8th.

The happy couples from St. Robert's are: Phil & Janet White (married 30 years this year), Rob & Cathy Aveson, Tom & Shaune Montross, Dave & Kerry Hansell (married 25 years).

Congratulations - prayers and blessings to them and all the couples of our parish celebrating special anniversaries of marrriage this year.

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