St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, February 29, 2004

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

February 29, 2004
First Sunday of Lent


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Dear Parishioners,

"Turn away from sin, and be faithful to the Gospel."

With these or similar words we are anointed with ashes at the beginning of Lent.

The words still ring in our ears as we listen this weekend to Luke's account of the temptations of Jesus. Hard to believe in a way, the Savior is tempted—He is like us in all things but sin after all.

Jesus is tempted to turn stones into bread—yet He knows He is not to satisfy his own hunger with material things, for it is God who gifts us with our daily bread, a `living bread'. This is the God whose Word satisfies the age-old hungers of his people. This is the Savior who often gives us not what we think we want, but what we need.

Jesus is then tempted to establish an earthly kingdom, for it is often easier to dominate and control, than to serve people out of love. Jesus came not to rule but to serve, not to cling to divine power but to empty himself for love of us. This is the Savior who teaches us to resist the temptation to replace love with power.

Jesus is tempted to use the spectacular and dramatic to move others to faith. This would use sensationalism to draw attention and credit to himself, rather than draw people nearer the heart of God. This is the Savior who calls disciples, not screaming fans—-who bids us to live as he lived.

The temptations which confronted Jesus are the same ones which we encounter as disciples and as Church—to establish a kingdom of our own making which redounds to our glory and benefit. We turn to the example of Jesus to live as he lived: obedient to God's Word, trusting in God alone, a people who worship God alone.

To this ever-faithful God be glory and worship in the Church, today and forever!

And the Church says, AMEN!

Father Tom



Dear Parishioners,

Archbishop Levada has informed us that with the number of flu cases on the decline we can again emphasize the importance of receiving from the Eucharistic cup. Of course, if one has a bad cold or symptoms of the flu one should abstain from this ancient practice as well as from holding hands at the Our Father or shaking hands at the Sign of Peace—better yet, stay home and get well!

Father Ring


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Monday - March 1
Readings: Lv 19:1-2,11-18     Mt 25:31-46

Mass Intention
Ron Fahey †
Augustine Gamez †
7th Gr. Cheerleading
Men's Club
Passion Play Rehearsal
Mahoney Room
Tuesday - March 2
Readings: Is 55:10-11     Mt 6:7-15
Mass Intention 6:30
Tom & MaryAnn Begley †
Angelo Fenech †
Religious Education
Lenten Small Group
Legion of Mary
Dinner Dance Mtg.
Lenten Small Group
Mary's Chapel
Mahoney Room
Convent Chapel
Wednesday - March 3
Readings: Jon 3:1-10     Lk 11:39-32
Mass Intention 6:30
Tom Hamilton †
Giarth Klingensmith †
Grief Group
8th Gr. Cheerleaders
Religious Education
Choir Practice
Bible Study
Mary's Chapel
6th Gr. Classroom
Convent Chapel

Thursday - March 4
Readings: Est C:12,14-16,23-25     Mt 7:7-12

Mass Intention 6:30
Ron Guito †
Pasquale & Maria Teresa Aloise †
Religious Education
Dinner Dance Meeting
Lectors Meeting
Parish Council
Parish Planning Comm.
Convent Chapel
Mahoney Room

Friday - March 5
Readings: Ez 18:21-28     Mt 5:20-26

Mass Intention 6:30
Joyce Ahlgren †
Ivan Boncic †
8th Gr. Cheerleader
Religious In-Service
Stations of the Cross
Lenten Soup Supper
Mahoney Room

Saturday - March 6
Readings: Dt 26:16-19     Mt 5:43-48

Mass Intention 8:30
Giuseppe Pignati †
People of St. Robert's
Eucharistic Adoration
4th Gr. Reconciliation
Dinner Dance

Sunday - March 7
Readings: Gn 15:5-12     Phil 3:17--4     Lk 9:28b-36

Mass Intention 7:30
Maria Emilio †
Brian Olcemendy †
Joseph Sammut †
Jack Drago †
Fil/Am Choir Practice
Confirmation Class
Passion Play Rehearsal

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As a Parish Community, We Pray...for each of us. Having been called to fasting, prayer and almsgiving, may we turn away from that which keeps us from loving God with all our hearts, our minds and our strength.



Gabriella Simone Ravelo,
Lauren Elizabeth Manuguid,
Thomas Cole Fucini &
Rose Cali Roiz



We pray for the ill: Sharon Aiello, Gloria Alchera, Marilyn Arancibia, Gabrielle Ausiello, Brady Avery, Robert Bacci, Genaro Badiable, Lito Badiable, Marcia Bourne, Ann Burns, Maricris Candelaria, Arthur Candia, Carmen Capella, Josie Clarke, Nan Connolly, Ana Cosgaya, Walton & June Dickhoff, William & Sandra Dill, Carl Edwards, Joyce Flax, Adela Florez, Henry Fosson, Jesse Grube, Denise Hawald, Dominique Hauscarriague,Jr, , Viko Ivancich, Joanne Johnson, Koret Koelman, Muriel Krause, Sisilia Langi, Shirley Latham, Josephine Lavoie, Austin Lehman, Marky, Michael Martinez, Kathryn McCann, Daniel McHale, Rosemary McHale, Terry McLeod, Josie Mercado, Aurelia C. Munar, Thomas O'Brien, Lara Pinten, Jason Pimentel, James Piazza, Bill Reilly, Mary Shick, Pauline Speranza, Ron Stern, Justo Tan, Joan Thomsen, Mafi Tukumoatu, Gene VanSlett, Kristi Varni, Don Vickery, Diana Walter, Jennifer Westbrook & Frank Wright.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Sue Humphrey,
Carmen Camilleri &
Bernadette Reynolds
who died recently.



Jesus has told us: "Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest." (Mt. 11:28) If you are searching for a little time away from the busyness of life, come to Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. It takes place each First Saturday of every month. The First Saturday of Lent is on March 6th. Following the 8:30 a.m. Mass and continuing till 10:00 a.m., you can quietly sit before Jesus. Open your heart to Him and let Him fill you with His peace, joy and love. What a beautiful Lenten prayer!


(Grief Support Group)

This month we will host a Grief Support Group and plan to do so on the 4th Saturday of every month at 3:00 p.m. (before the 4:30 Mass) in the Convent Chapel.

March 27th we will meet with the Widowers and work with them in their sorrow and bereavement. We hope to make this a monthly Ministry. We ask you to pray for its success. For more information call Sister Patricia 589-0104.


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by Sister Sheral

God Is Waiting
What a great retreat we had on Saturday! 43 of us women from St. Robert's spent the day at Mt. Alverno Conference Center in prayer, conversations and sharing about what is most important to us. We prayed for everyone who couldn't be with us due to a death in the family, her own sickness or a family member's need for her presence. We focused on the Woman at the Well whom we'll all meet in a new way on the Third Sunday of Lent. Donna McGuigan, Colleen Soracco and Rita Tullius provided the refreshments and many seemingly small things which helped the day to touch us deeply. Someone might think I'm bragging since I had the privilege of leading the day, but it was very clear to everyone there that God's Spirit was really the One connecting us to one another, helping us to be refreshed, to gain new insights, to know again at a deeper level that we are precious in God's eyes and dearly loved. I told people that giving a retreat is a fairly simple ministry; you can be absolutely positive that once people open themselves, God always is there. We'll hopefully have two retreats next year, one in the fall and one in the spring.

Deacon Rusty's homily this weekend was challenging: what radical thing might God be asking me to do this Lent? Do you know that the word "radical" means "root"? So we might ask ourselves, what one action this Lent might help me to be more rooted in my faith? Maybe you've been thinking about something since Ash Wednesday. Otherwise, I have a suggestion. What about reading the passages, or at least the gospel for the coming Sunday during the week? Dust off your bible, use the Sunday bulletin to let you know what the readings are, find yourself a comfortable chair, and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you read prayerfully. If you can do this at the same time each week, it will be easier to get into this good habit. If something confuses you, write it down an bring your question with you to church. Hopefully, one of the priests or sisters or Deacon Rusty will be able to help you.

On-Line Lenten Retreats
Here are two Lenten retreats online to help you enter this special season of conversion. The first is sponsored by the Jesuit Community at Creighton University, Denver and can be found The second is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in Minneapolis/St. Paul and is found at Thanks be to God for modern technology!



We thank all of you who visited and checked out books since we "Launched" our Library on February 14, 2004. We will continue to make books available every other weekend beginning this week-end February 28-29, 2004. This is a lending library and there is no charge. Any questions call Sister Patricia 589-0104.


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John Paul II

As we begin Lent Pope John Paul II has written us the following message:

The evocative rite of the imposition of ashes marks the beginning of the holy season of Lent, when the liturgy once more calls the faithful to radical conversion and trust in God's mercy.

This year's theme-"Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me" (Mt. 18:15)—invites us to reflect on the condition of children. Today Jesus continues to call them to himself and to set them as an example to all those who wish to be his disciples. Jesus' words call upon us to see how children are treated in our families, in civil society and in the church. They are also an incentive to rediscover the simplicity and trust which believers must cultivate in imitation of the Son of God, who shared the lot of the little ones and the poor. St. Clare of Assisi loved to say that Christ `lay in a manger, lived in poverty on the earth and died naked on the cross" (Testament, Franciscan Sources, No. 2841).

Jesus had a particular love for children because of "their simplicity, their joy of life, their spontaneity and their faith filled with wonder" (Dec. 18, 2004, Angelus message). For this reason he wished the community to open its arms and its heart to them, even as he did: "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me" (Mt. 18:5). Alongside children Jesus sets the "very least of the brethren": the suffering, the needy, the hungry and thirsty, strangers, the naked, the sick and the imprisoned. In welcoming them and loving them or in treating them with indifference and contempt, we show our attitude toward him, for it is in them that he is particularly present.

The Gospel recounts the childhood of Jesus in the simple home of Nazareth, where he was obedient to his parents and "increased in wisdom and in years and in favor with God and man" (Lk. 2:52). By becoming himself a child, he wished to share our human experience. "He emptied himself," writes the apostle Paul, "taking the form of a slave, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross" (Phil. 2:7-8). When at 12 years old he remained in the temple in Jerusalem, he said to his parents who anxiously looked for him: "How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" (Lk. 2:49). Indeed, his whole life was marked by a trusting and filial obedience to his heavenly Father. "My food," he said, "is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work" (Jn. 4:34).

In the years of his public life Jesus often insisted that only those who become like children will enter the kingdom of heaven (cf. Mt. 18:3; Mk. 10:15; Lk. 18:17; Jn. 3:3). In his teaching, young children become a striking image of the disciple who is called to follow the divine Master with childlike docility: "Whoever humbles himself like this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven" (Mt. 18:14).

"To become" one of the least and "to receive" the little ones: These are two aspects of a single teaching which the Lord repeats to his disciples in our time. Only the one who makes himself one of the "least" is able to receive with love the "least" of our brothers and sisters.

Many believers strive faithfully to follow these teachings of the Lord. Here I would mention those parents who willingly take on the responsibility of a large family, mothers and fathers who, rather than considering success in their profession and career as the highest value, make every effort to pass on to their children those human and religious values that give true meaning to life.

With great admiration I also think of all those committed to caring for underprivileged children and those who alleviate the sufferings of children and their families resulting from war and violence, inadequate food and water, forced immigration and the many forms of injustice present in the world.

Together with such great generosity, however, a word must be said about the selfishness of those who do not "receive" children. There are young people who have been profoundly hurt by the violence of adults: sexual abuse, forced prostitution, involvement in the sale and use of drugs; children forced to work or enlisted for combat; young children scarred forever by the breakup of the family; little ones caught up in the obscene trafficing of organs and persons. What too of the tragedy of AIDS and its devastating consequences in Africa? It is said that millions of persons are now afflicted by this scourge, many of whom were infected from birth. Humanity cannot close its eyes in the face of so appalling a tragedy?

What evil have these children done to merit such suffering? From a human standpoint it is not easy, indeed it may be impossible to answer this disturbing question. Only faith can make us begin to understand so profound an abyss of suffering. By becoming "obedient unto death, even death on a cross" (Phil. 2:8), Jesus took human suffering upon himself and illuminated it with the radiant light of his resurrection. By his death, he conquered death once for all.

During Lent, we prepare to relive the paschal mystery, which sheds the light of hope upon the whole of our existence, even its most complex and painful aspects. Holy Week will again set before us this mystery of salvation in the evocative rites of the Easter triduum.

Dear brothers and sisters, let us set out with trust on our Lenten journey, sustained by fervent prayer, penance and concern for those in need. In particular, may this Lent be a time of every greater concern for the needs of children in our own families and in society as a whole: for they are the future humanity.

With childlike simplicity let us turn to God and call him, as Jesus taught us in the prayer of the Our Father, "Abba," "Father."

Our Father! Let us repeat this prayer often during Lent; let us repeat it with deep emotion. By calling God our Father, we will better realize that we are his children and feel that we are brothers and sisters of one another. Thus it will be an easier for us to open our hearts to the little ones, following the invitation of Jesus: "Who ever receives one such child in my name receives me." (Mt. 18:5)

In this hope, I invoke upon each of you God's blessings, through the intercession of Mary, mother of the Word of God made man and mother of all humanity.



On each Friday during Lent (except for Good Friday), Stations will be held in the Church at 6:00 p.m. A light Lenten Supper will follow in Hennessy Hall. This is an opportunity for us to pray together and for members of our Parish family to get to know one another. Please put in the basket in the hall what you would have spent on your usual Friday dinner. Your donation will allow our St. Vincent de Paul Society to feed our sisters and brothers who are in need.

Together we will celebrate the three Lenten practices:

Stations of the Cross

FASTING AND Abstinence
A light meal following Stations

A donation to St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Friday, March 5th
6:00 p.m. Stations

presented by
Gene & Anna May

6:30 p.m.Supper
prepared by

Bring your family and friends.


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The Rite of Election is the celebration in which the Archbishop welcomes and accepts those adults preparing for the Easter Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist. During the 11:30 a.m. Mass the Catechumens and Candidates of our RCIA program will be blessed and sent on their way to meet the Archbishop in San Francisco. At 3:30p.m. at St. Mary's Cathedral, all the people preparing for the Easter Sacraments from Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo will gather with Archbishop William Levada. This year our Catechumens and Candidates include:

Tiffany Bevan, Anne Cronister, Shannon Goodearl, Amanda Miles,
Rachel Miles, Shelli Maher, Jorge Oropeza, Cathy Simonson,
Lorena Velasco, Kristen Vers, Amy Lynn Carlson, Cathy Lesser and
Clive Camelo.

Please continue to pray for them as they prepare in a special way for Easter.


We offer you an opportunity to choose the name of one of the catechumens or candidates to support through your prayer, fasting and almsgiving these days of Lent. Please take one name and put it in a prominent place in your home. Thank you in advance for your encouragement for these adults joining our family of faith!


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Saturday, March 6th
Hyatt in Burlingame
1333 Bayshore Highway

This is our annual dinner/auction that has been a great success throughout the years.

Tickets are $75.00 per person.
Seniors are $65.00 per person

For tickets please contact Karen Martinez



Let us come together for a Sunday Lunch at Dominic's restaurant on March 7th at 12:00 noon. For further information contact Bunny Moniz.



The Women's Guild invites you to to the our next Meeting Monday, March 8th. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. dinner served at 7:30 p.m. Come and enjoy an IRISH FIESTA with our very own St. Robert's girls performing Irish Dancing and delicious Mexican food! We will also be stting up for the nominations committee for the upcoming elections. R.S.V.P. to Teresa Nussbaum or email at


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8th Annual Archbishop John R. Quinn Colloquium on Catholic Social Teaching Sat. March 13th 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the Archdiocese of SF in conjunction with USF will jointly sponsor the 8th Annual Archbishop John R. Quinn Colloquium on Catholic social teaching. There is no fee to register for the colloquium. Please RSVP to, (415) 614-578 by Monday March 8th.

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