St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, April 18, 2004

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

April 18, 2004
Second Sunday of Easter


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Dear Friends:

"This is the day the Lord has made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it."

Together we reflected on today's Gospel reading. We picture Jesus suddenly appearing before His disciples. He has risen! Thomas is missing. When told about seeing Jesus, Thomas has strong doubts. Jesus could have thought: "Oh well, so Thomas doesn't believe. Let him go; I have plenty of others who will believe". But this is not our Jesus. He returns to His doubting friend. Thomas saw and Thomas believed!

We have friends who feel they are beyond forgiveness; that their sins are so terrible God will not forgive them. To them we point to Thomas (who refused to believe) and to Peter (Jesus' friend who denied he even knew Him). We tell them there is nothing we could ever do that would keep Jesus from loving and forgiving us. All we have to do is come to Him; confess our sins; be truly sorry and ask Him to forgive us.

Jesus has the same mercy and love for each one of us. He will not let us go. He returns to us over and over again, bringing with Him the signs of His love - His peace and His mercy. We pray that Jesus' message of mercy is spread to all people. Ultimately, the salvation of the world is in the hands of Jesus. There is no place where anyone could be safer, and so together we say:


Gene & Anna May



Many will be shocked to find
When the day of judgment nears
That there's a special place in heaven
Set aside for volunteers.
Furnished with big recliners,
Satin couches and footstools,
Where there's no committee chairperson,
No group leaders or car pools.
No eager team that needs a coach,
No bazaar and no bake sale,
There will be nothing to staple,
Not one thing to fold or mail.
Telephone lists will be outlawed,
But a finger snap will bring
Cool drinks and gourmet dinners
And treats fit for a king.
You ask, "Who'll serve these privileged few
And work for all they're worth?"
Why all those who reaped the benefits
And not once volunteered on Earth.



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Monday - April 19
Readings: Acts 4:23-31     Jn 3:1-8

Mass Intention
Virginia Mondella †
Family Krsulich †
Women's Guild Meeting
Tuesday - April 20
Readings: Acts 4:32-37     Jn 3:7b-15
Mass Intention 6:30
Walter Moniz †
Joseph Armanino †
Religious Education
Legion of Mary
Wednesday - April 21
Readings: Acts 5:17-26     Jn 3:16-21
Mass Intention 6:30
Byron Montross †
Pasquale & Maria Aloise †
8th Grade Cheerleading
Religious Education
Choir Practice
6th Grade Classroom

Thursday - April 22
Readings: Acts 5:27-33     Jn 3:31-36

Mass Intention 6:30
Tony Mallamo †
Frank Tattenham †
Religious Education
School Board Meeting
Mahoney Room

Friday - April 23
Readings: Acts 5:34-42     Jn 6:1-15

Mass Intention 6:30
John & Mary Moniz †
Giuseppe Pignati †
Confirmation Set-up
8th Gr. Cheerleaders
School Yard

Saturday - April 24
Readings: Acts 6:1-7     Jn 6:16-21

Mass Intention 8:30
Paul & Rosina Vella †
Carlo Giovanni Foti †
Confirmation 10:00a Church

Sunday - April 25
Readings: Acts 5:27-32     Rv 5:11-14     Jn 21:1-19

Mass Intention 7:30
People of St. Robert's
Carmela Dellegrazie †
Glen Nolan †
Wally Semeniuk †
Fil/Am Choir
Newcomer's Breakfast

The Church Is Open

St. Robert's is open from before the 6:30 am Mass until 5pm. As you're going from work or school or are on your way to the park, why not come in and thank the Lord for the gift of life and the beauty of these days?

God's peace will refresh you.


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Join us at the next St. Robert's Women's Guild meeting on Monday, April 19th. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner is at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a delicious dinner and cast your vote for Women's Guild 2004-2005 offices. Please R.S.V.P. to Teresa Nussbaum.

Also, on the stage that night there will be a free "Uniform Take". Come to get any used uniform pieces. If you have any outgrown sizes, please bring that night or drop off at the school office. Any questions, contact Maureen Wallace.



This event will be held on Saturday, May 1st. The tournament is one of the primary ways in which the Men's Club of St. Robert's raises money to support the athletic and extra curricular activities for the boys and girls of our school. This fundraiser continues to be a success due to the generosity of individuals and businesses in our community. For more information, please call Vico Piccinini. We are in need of Hole Sponsors at $100 per hole.



Robert's Readers next book is "The Accidental Pope" by Raymond Flynn and Robin Moore. It has been called "a globetrotting tale full of suspense, drama, and humor." There are several copies in the S.M. library system and is readily available on the used book sites.

Our next meeting is set for Tuesday, April 20th, 7:00 p.m. in the Convent Chapel. If you have any questions, please call Colleen Soracco, club moderator.


May 7th, 7p.m. in the Hall

We would like to invite all the parents of children ages 4 and under to a social event and you can bring your babies. Many of you have suggested that we have this type of an event. This is your chance to socialize and meet other parents and have a good time. We will provide the wine, cheese and crackers, water and soft drinks; you provide the conversation. We hope to have some teens available to help supervise the children. This is a first time event and if you chose we could schedule more opportunities. The choice is yours. Join us and let us know what you think.

Deacon Rusty Duffey


(Grief Support Group)

This month's Grief Support Group will take place on Saturday, April 24th, at 3:00 pm (before the 4:30 Mass) in the Convent Chapel. Anyone who is suffering from the loss of a loved one - spouse, sibling, child, friend or relative is invited to come and pray, share, comfort or be comforted. This month we will pray especially for siblings who are struggling with the loss of a brother or sister. All who are grieving are invited to come and pray with us. You are welcomed to bring a companion, if you so wish. God bless you in your sorrow.
Sister Patricia (589-0104)


April 18th

In the early 1930's, Jesus appeared to a Sister in Poland. She is now St. Faustina, the Apostle of Divine Mercy. Jesus asked her to "tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy". He promised "complete forgiveness of sins and punishment" to those who turn to Him in trust and worthily receive Him in Holy Communion on Divine Mercy Sunday which is today. Confession within a reasonable time before the Feast is sufficient. We must be in the state of grace to receive this extraordinary gift of mercy. Confession takes place at St. Robert's each Saturday from 3:30 - 4:15 pm. Jesus is waiting!



Spiritual Reading is available at Saint Robert's every other Sunday morning after the Masses in the vestibule of the church. Please, take a few minutes and check out an interesting book to read. Thanks to some generous donors we now have over 600 books in our collection. Thanks a million to all those who donated and shared their inspirational books with others. Sister Patricia 589-0104.

**This week you should look for Edward Farrell's books: "Prayer is a Hunger", "The Father is Very Fond of Me", and Gathering the Fragments"



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.



Bishop Wester will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with our Candidates Saturday, April 24th.

Congratulatons to the Candidates, their sponsors and families. Thank you to the Confirmation Team:

Megan Carey, Hilda and Mark Barradas,
Darlene Esola, Peggy Hart,
Michael Herrera, Diana Landin,
Michelle Lynch, Mark McGann
and Sister Mary O'Donnell

We hope that our newly confirmed will continue to be active and involved in the life of our Parish.


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Join Catholics from around the state at our Catholic Lobby Day, Tuesday, April 27th in Sacramento. We will be meeting with our state senators and assembly members to discuss legislative issues of particular importance to Catholics. To register and reserve your place on the bus, email or call l(415) 614-5570 no later that April 19th.


April 30th-May 2nd

April 30th-May 2nd in Vallambrosa at Menlo Park. The San Jose - San Francisco Beginning Experience team is offering a very special weekend for separated, divorced and widowed men and women which is designed to be a powerful, positive growth experience. For further information and to request an application, please call Alan at (415) 584-2861.



Divorce Recovery Course offered by the Separated and Divorced Catholics of the Archdiocese of San Francisco provides a chance to understand the emotional journey begun with the loss of a marriage. It will be held Sunday evenings April 25-June 6 and will meet at St. Stephens Church, O'Reilly Parish Center, 451 Eucalyptus, San Francisco from 7-9p.m. The cost of $45 includes materials. To register or for more information, call Susan at (415) 752-1308.


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We welcome into our Parish:

James & Adea Sarmiento & Family
Walter & Maria Cherry & Family
Angelynn Malani & Family
Elisa Donnelly
Anthony Rohatch & Shannon Goodearl

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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During Teen Room Office Hours, feel free to come to do homework, hang out, socialize, play a game or talk. I hope to see you at as many events as possible. Teen Room Office Hours are as follows:

Tuesday: 2:30 - 9:30 pm
Wednesday: 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Thursday: 2:30 - 4:30 pm

You can reach Juan, our Teen Club director, at 255-0791, or email him at or Check out our link on the St. Roberts website


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As a Parish Community, We Pray...for the people of God. On this Divine Mercy Sunday, may we come to Jesus; ask foregiveness of our sins; experience His great compassion and love; and place our trust in Him.



Alam Alexander Vazquez



We pray for the ill: Sharon Aiello, Marilyn Arancibia, Gabrielle Ausiello, Robert Bacci, Genaro Badiable, Lito Badiable, Marcia Bourne, Maricris Candelaria, Arthur Candia, Carmen Capella, Josie Clarke, Nan Connolly, Cindy Corona, 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, Mary Novickas, Thomas O'Brien, David Papageorgiou, Geanne Peterson, Lara Pinten, Jason Pimentel, James Piazza, Bill Reilly, Mary Shick, Pauline Speranza, Ron Stern, Justo Tan, Mafi Tukumoatu, Gene VanSlett, Kristi Varni, Don Vickery, Diana Walter, Jennifer Westbrook & Frank Wright.


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by Sister Sheral

What A Wonderful Triduum!
As I write this on Easter Monday, I'm more energized than exhausted as I recall these humbling, powerful days of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Easter itself was an extension of the joy of the night before when so many adults and children came into our Catholic family. I am most grateful to the staff for their support for me during the intense days of preparation; following in the footsteps of Pat Vallez-Kelly is not an easy thing to do! Special thanks to Gene May whose untiring attention to a million details is amazing. The Easter environment is thanks to those of you who so generously donated to our flower fund, and to Tom Dachauer and his crew, Una Uniacke and many volunteers, too many to name, young and older alike. Thank you all for giving up a good piece of your Holy Saturday. The understanding and the passion with which the lectors read touched our hearts; the Eucharistic ministers offered the host and cup with welcoming reverence; the altar servers were attentive and prayerful. The homilies came from the hearts of our priests and must have touched those we don't see regularly as well as ourselves. A huge thank you to Kevin Imbimbo, the cantors and the 9:30, 11:30 and children's choirs whose music helped us enter into Jesus' journey from the Last Supper to the cross to his glorious rising.

Those having their feet washed overcame their shyness and let us witness what Peter's pride protested. Those who shared their reflections on the Stations of the Cross touched us deeply with their honesty and their love. The junior high and high schoolers who presented the Passion Play that night were awesome. The gospel of John will never be the same for them, nor for us. Thank you to each of them and to the adults who lovingly worked with them in a mutual sharing of faith.

And then there was Holy Saturday. Who could be passive in the presence of the joy of those to be baptized and the excitement of Donna McGuigan and the RCIA team? So many months of preparation and longing to experience the Spirit in Confirmation and to receive the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of their Lord. Thank you to the team, their sponsors, their families, their catechists and to you, the newest members of our family! Your faith in Jesus, in the Church and in us gives us hope.

When I was singing the litany with my hand on Laura Nelson's shoulder (I was her proxy godmother, since her real one lives out of state), I had the privilege of gazing at you all. When we sang the refrain, "All you holy men and women, pray for us," I couldn't help but think that the refrain applies to you, the people of St. Robert's. There are many of you whom I don't yet know, but considering those I have come to know, there is a lot of grace here! If being holy means being in relationship with the Lord and in relationship with each other, there are a lot of holy people in this parish! One of the newly confirmed mentioned to me that evening, "There's a good feeling in this place." You're not perfect, no one is. But you're trying to love God and to live out Jesus' gospel and that's what counts. Thank you for the gift of ministering with you. I feel very blessed.

Let us not forget those who don't usually come who came on Easter. Let us pray that perhaps something from the homily or a phrase from a song or the very presence of lots of the faithful people of St. Roberts' might have touched their hearts. Some of us have been "away" and we know how good it is to come home. Let us pray for that grace for these brothers and sisters of ours.

Little White Books
The booklets containing daily reflections for the 50 days of Easter are here. If you'd like one, get it this weekend, since they'll go quickly. They are available at the main entrance to the church. Please leave your $1 donation in the envelope provided. Thank you.

Women's Retreat
We have set the date for our next parish Women's Retreat this fall. It will be Saturday, November 13, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at Mercy Center, Burlingame and is open to all women of the parish. Knowing how busy our lives are, you might want to mark this date on your calendar now so you'll be able to participate.

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