St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, May 18, 2003

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

May 18, 2003
Fifth Sunday of Easter


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Father Vincent D. Ring, the Parish Staff
and the Parish Council of St. Robert's
Invite you to the dedication of the


May 24th
2:00 p.m. - Open House
3:00 p.m - Dedication
4:30 p.m. - Mass of Thanksgiving

Most Reverend Ignatius Wang,
Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco,


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Dear Parishioners:

In recent weeks our parish has witnessed a number of beautiful celebrations. On Saturday, April 26th, sixty-five Sophomores received the Sacrament of Confirmation. During their two-year preparation, the candidates demonstrated a willingness and readiness to receive the Sacrament. Our hope is that they continue in their committment by being connected to parish life and make efforts to get involved in some form of parish ministry at St. Robert's. Father Ring and I have invited and encouraged them to do so.

These past two weekends, eighty-five children received the Eucharist for the first time. There were four celebrations, each one more beautiful than the other. The children were wonderful and parents had to be very proud of them. Celebrations such as these are a source of great hope and life to our parish. The psalm response prayed by the First Communicants, "TASTE AND SEE THE GOODNESS OF THE LORD", sums it all up so well. What does it mean to "taste and see that God is good"? Naturally we think of the Eucharist. This is a wonderful way of tasting God's goodness and there are many others as well. We can feed on good memories and remember how we have been blessed with God's love in family through friends and in our relationships.

Today's Gospel, Jesus uses the image of the grapevine to affirm rather than scold. The vinegrower is God, the vine is Jesus and we are the branches. We branches are connected not alone to Jesus but to one another. God's life and love flowing from Jesus through the Spirit nourishes and unites us.

This week let us reflect on the image of the vine and on the nourishment and life that we receive from it.

Sister Mary


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As a Parish Community, We Pray...For those who have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist...may they be filled with the Holy Spirit, become Jesus' disciples and bear much fruit.



Gianna Christine Lugliani



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, Anna DeLucchi, Walton & June Dickhoff, Sandra & William Dill, Carl Edwards, Joey Ferguson, Joyce Flax, Adela Florez, Henry Fosson, Jesse Grube, Denise Hawald, Joanne Johnson, Koret Koelman, Muriel Krause, Sisilia Langi, Shirley Latham, Josephine Lavoie, Greg Lille, Marky, Daniel McHale, Rosemary McHale, Terry McLeod, Joseph Mifsud, James Morrisey, Thomas O'Brien, Louis Ricardo, Bill Reilly, Doris Ross, Mary Shick, Pauline Speranza, Mafi Tukumoatu, Gene VanSlett, Don Vickery, Jennifer Westbrook & Frank Wright.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Rita Fambrini,
Joe Sammut,
Frances Garrett and
Raymond DeMartini
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.


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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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Monday - May 19
Readings: Acts 14:5-18     Jn 14:21-26

Mass Intention
Patricia Reidy †
All Mothers
Incoming Kindergarten Mtg
Mahoney Room
Tuesday - May 20
Readings: Acts 14-19-28     Jn 14:27-31a
Mass Intention 6:30
All Mothers
Robert Escott, Jr. †
Religious Education
Legion of Mary
Choir Practice
Youth Group
Church & Hall
Wednesday - May 21
Readings: Acts 15:1-6     Jn 15:1-8
Mass Intention 6:30
Veronica Schaukowitch †
Deacon Jack Bourne †
7th Gr. Cheerleaders
Choir Rehearsal
Festival Meeting
Convent Chapel

Thursday - May 22
Readings: Acts 15:7-21     Jn 15:9-11

Mass Intention 6:30
Mabel Rossi †
Giuseppe Pignati †
Religious Education
Liturgy Committee Mtg.
Church & Hall
Convent Chapel
Mary's Chapel

Friday - May 23
Readings: Acts 15:22-31     Jn 15:12-17

Mass Intention 6:30
Valerie Asaro †
Kathy Hunter †

Saturday - May 24
Readings: Acts 16:1-10     Jn 15:18-21

Mass Intention 8:30
James Murphy †
John Rudometkin †
New Building Dedication 3:00p

Sunday - May 25
Readings: Acts 10:25-26, 34-35     1 Jn 4:7-10      Jn 15:9-1

Mass Intention 7:30
Mary Keenan †
Eileen Gordon
Anne Imelda McKeever †
People of St. Robert's
School Board and
Parish Council Elections
Fil/Am Choir Practice
Youth Group
after all Masses
Mahoney Room

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Praying with the music of Vietnamese Catholics

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Grief Retreat - May 30-June 1
Healing the Heart
Carol Kaplan, MFT

Chrisitan Medictation - June 14, 10:00-4:00
Come and See
Barbara Hazzard, OSB

Married Couples Retreat - June 20-22
CarolKaplan, MFT & Barry Brunsman, OFM

Single Adults Retreat - June 27-29
Embody Life!
Brarry Brunsman, OFM & Michelle L'Allier, OSF

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The Sacred Feminine - May 30-June1
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Goal is $80,200

As of May 14th
Families to date:

Donations to date:


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Adult Community Events

This organization is a Catholic/Christian community dedicated to fellowship through philanthropic, social and spiritual activities. Their activities monthly include special prayer services, hikes, Christian leadership seminars and much more. Our Lady of Angels parish is located in Burlingame.


Adult Community Events

Are you in your 20s,30s, early 40s, 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

Christian Meditation, Monday nights (except holidays) 7-7:45 p.m., meditation room (door to the right as you go through the main church entrance). Call Alan Leclerc at 344-6161 for more information.

Men's Morning Prayer Group, Friday mornings 6:30-7:15 a.m. meditation room (door to the right as you go through the main church entrance). Call Dennis Colbert 867-1983 for more information.



For more information and new events connect at Calendar is updated weekly with new events.


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Our St. Vincent de Paul Society is in need of canned fruit and vegetables and all non-perishables. Please place these items in the baskets in church.

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


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We welcome you into our Parish!
Mary Varner & Family
Patrick & Cindy Co & Family

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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Easter Renewal

If you ever look for ways to freshen up your observances of religious seasons and feasts, the Sourcebook for Sundays and Seasons from Liturgy Training Publications is a great resource. (You can probably find it on or try Kaufer's Bookstore at 55 Beverly St. in SF.) It has many suggestions for celebrating faith at church and in the home. Following is a sample of the reflections found in the Sourcebook: -P. V.-K.

If Easter is working its wonder, you are different today than you were a year ago. Lent and Easter are seasons of renewal in the church. Each Lent we strive to face our sin, do penance and rise with Jesus. We draw on the power of these seasons to celebrate the love of God in our life, a love that accepts us in our sinfulness and calls us into grace.

Each year, if Easter works its wonder, we grow in holiness.

But there is one problem. Even though we may be different, other people may not realize it. They may treat us the same, making it hard for us to live fully the new life of grace.

Take Saul, for example [from today's 1st reading]. Before his conversion he persecuted Christians. After his conversion he lived for Christ alone.

But there was one problem. People didn't trust Saul. When he showed up in Jerusalem among the disciples, they were afraid of him because they didn't believe he had changed. Only when Barnabas defended Saul could he move about freely.

The mystery of renewal begins in the quiet of each person's heart, and gradually it converts the community.

Written by Paul Turner. 2002 Archdiocese of Chicago, Liturgy Training Publications; 1-800-933-1800;


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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 who 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 help for families.

Daily Prayer Online-We invite you to make a `Sacred Space' in your day, and spend ten minutes, praying here and now, as you sit at your computer, with the help of on-screen guidance and scripture chosen specially every day.


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Sunday, May 25th

Elections for St. Robert's Parish Council and School Board are scheduled for Sunday May 25th. Candidates will be posted outside of Church this weekend, May 17th and 18th. Applications are still actively being accepted and may be picked up at the School or Rectory office.



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Our Pastoral Associate for Liturgy, Pat Vallez-Kelly, is leaving the staff of St. Robert's Parish to be employed elsewhere. There will be a small farewell reception in the vestibule of the Church following the 5 pm Mass next Sunday, May 25th.

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Celebration of Sister Ita's retirement and Pat Vallez-Kelly's farewell will take place in Hennessy Hall, between 8:30 and 9:30 am and also between 10:30 and 11:30 am, on Sunday, June 1st. Please come to thank them for their loving service to our St. Robert's Family and to wish them well in their new endeavors.



Come join us for Mens Club, Dinner, Monday, June 2nd. raffle and to honor the Tony Modica award recipient for 2003.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. cost is $13 per person. We welcome all men of the parish and their guests. Reservations are reguired to insure meals are available for all. Call Steve Belloumini at 227-8869 or through school to Jim Brown care of Jimmy brown 6th grade. We would like to extend a special invitation to all CCD Fathers and first timers for our last regular meeting of 2003.



The Parish Cookbooks are here!! This cookbook is full of recipes from parishioners throughout our parish. Cookbooks will be available for purchase after all masses this weekend for $12 each or two for $20. Buy yours while supplies last!! Call Nancy Marty with questions.

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