St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, April 25, 2004

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

April 25, 2004
Third Sunday of Easter


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Dear Parishioners,

As I tried to express last Sunday, I have mixed feelings about my move from St. Robert's to St. Denis in Menlo Park. After fourteen years, I will miss you and the wonderful "family" of St. Robert's and of San Bruno. At the same time, I know it is time for me to be in a smaller Parish where I can spend more time in priestly ministries and less time as an administrator. I also feel that in many ways my dreams for St. Robert's have been fulfilled - not always in the way I thought. It is now time for a new Pastor to come and share his vision and his ideas with you. One thing I do know for sure is that you will be as welcoming to him as you have been to me. I will be forever grateful for your goodness and your personal support. The move will be effective on July 1st.

On behalf of the Archbishop, I invite all of you to come to a meeting with two representatives of the Archbishop on the night of Thursday, April 29th, at 7 p.m., in Hennessy Hall. At that time, you can share with them your hopes for the future of our Parish. Please make an effort to attend. Your input is important.

I join Sister Sheral in thanking all who gave so much of their time and talent to make our Lent, Holy Week and Easter so special. Congratulations to those who were baptized or received into the Church. Your commitment is a great sign of hope.

This is also a time of change for our school. As many of you know, Mrs. Pat Bordin is leaving the position of Principal. A search committee has been formed and will be actively seeking a replacement. The thanks of all of us should go to Pat for her wonderful work as both a teacher and as a principal. She has influenced countless numbers of students by her faith and her dedication. May God bless her and Bill and their family.

Please remember that not all change is bad. It can be an opportunity for growth and a sign of maturity.

Father Ring



Three new members are needed for the Parish Council and two members for the School Board. Applications for the Council and for the School Board are available at the Parish office: 589-2800. This is a great time to make an important contribution to our Parish life.


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Monday - April 26
Readings: Acts 6:8-15     Jn 6:22-29

Mass Intention
Patrick Young †
Edward Bizal †
Grownups 7:30p Library
Tuesday - April 27
Readings: Acts 7:51--8,1a     Jn 6:30-35
Mass Intention 6:30
Donaldeen S. Cadden †
John P. Murphy †
Religious Education
Legion of Mary
Faith Group
Convent Chapel
Wednesday - April 28
Readings: Acts 8:1b-8     Jn 6:35-40
Mass Intention 6:30
Fr. Michael O'Reilly †
Frances Friedman †
8th Grade Cheerleading
Religious Education
Choir Practice
6th Grade Classroom

Thursday - April 29
Readings: Acts 8:26-40     Jn 6:44-51

Mass Intention 6:30
William Webb †
Irene Marks †
Religious Education
Parish Council Meeting
Mahoney Room
Convent Chapel

Friday - April 30
Readings: Acts 9:1-20     Jn 6:52-59

Mass Intention 6:30
Jason Rhoades †
Ferruccio Fanti †
Golf Tournament Set-up All Day Hall

Saturday - May 1
Readings: Acts 9:31-42     Jn 6:60-69

Mass Intention 8:30
Arron Howard †
Geraldine Patterson †
Eucharistic Adoration
Golf Tournament
All Day

Sunday - May 2
Readings: Acts 13:14,43-52     Rv 7:9,14b-17      Jn 10:27-30

Mass Intention 7:30
Joseph Emilio †
People of St. Robert's
Joseph Sammut †
Monsignor Philip Ryan †
Fil/Am Choir 10:00a Hall

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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As a Parish Community, We Pray...for our young men and women who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. May the Holy Spirit give them strength and courage to follow God's will, no matter what the consequence may be.



Aulola Kalotita Paunga,
Paige Jacquelin Ivancich,
Maia Olivia Serrano Masiclat,
Zachary Angelo Lowell &
Jaxson Daniel Sanders



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, 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.


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Henry Fosson &
Laura Sulliva

who died recently.



Brother Lawrence, a 17th century French Carmelite, is known for his wonderful experience of God's immediate presence. He has said: "...spend the remainder of your life only in worshiping God...a little adoration...sometimes to pray for His grace, sometimes to offer Him your sorrows and sometimes to return to Him thanks for the benefits He has given you, and still gives you, in the midst of your troubles...You need not cry very loud; He is nearer to us than we think".

We have an opportunity to do as Brother Lawrence suggests on the First Saturday of each month. Following the 8:30am Mass and continuing until Benedication at 10:00 am, we celebrate Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Please join us on Saturday, May 1st. In silence we will find new energy and true unity with our God.



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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by Sister Sheral

We're in Good Company!

The gospel readings last week and this week are so comforting. Jesus doesn't choose super heroes, perfect people to be his disciples and spread his message. He chooses doubting, fearful human beings who are slow to believe, who don't quite "get" it, who so quickly go back to life as it was before he encountered them. We might think that spending time with him, witnessing his miracles, sensing the divine about him would have changed them forever. But they are so very like ourselves. Haven't each of us witnessed God's presence and grace-filled action in our own lives? Haven't we experienced God seeing a family member or good friend through difficult times? Don't most of us find it challenging to really trust, though God has proven countless times to be a faithful friend? And don't we, too, have a short memory span?

Jesus doesn't berate the disciples nor express his disappointment with them. He wishes them peace; he breathes the Spirit upon them; he has breakfast with them. And, at least according to John's community, Jesus even gives Peter the chance to three times assert his love for him to counteract the three times Peter had denied him. So, ladies and gentlemen, we can't let ourselves off the hook by saying, "I'm not holy enough" or "I don't have it in me to be a disciple." We've been called by God through our baptism to which we just recommitted ourselves and we've been strengthened by the Spirit we received in confirmation. Remember that entity called "actual grace"? My recollection is that it referred to the Holy Spirit providing the insight or courage or "push" that one needed to do whatever was called for in a given situation. The only question is the one which Jesus put to Peter: "Do you love me?"

The Holy Spirit is always active within you, always there to guide, support, console, strengthen and encourage. In other words, the Holy Spirit is God's constant love – both within you and all around you, like the water that surrounds a fish. You live and move and draw every single breath within the loving presence and grace of the Holy Spirit. That's what we believe when we say the words, "I believe in the Holy Spirit."

Richard Reichert, Apostles' Creed



80 of our high schoolers listed below were confirmed here April 24th by Bishop John Wester. All of us adults know how difficult it is to be a young person today, much less, a committed, Catholic young person.

Please pray for them.

Emily Albertolle
Eric Barradas
Kaylene Bolla
Emily Carambat
Alexis Corzonkoff
Kelley Evans
Laura Forte
Kelly Gorrell
Chad Hendrick
Joseph Kattenhorn
Lauren Lalami
Stephen Lucchese
Monique Mercado
Colleen O'Neil
Mark Phee
Serigo Quilici
Justin Sebastian
Emmanuel Torres
Stepahine Uniacke
Dawn Wilson
Sandy Allen
Brittany Barrett
Michael Bugler
Danielle Cardona
Robert Desanto
Douglas Finigan
Gianna Galletta
Julie Hageman
Melinda Ibarra
Michael Kelly
Michael Lallas
Brittni Marshall
Jake Miller
Mary O'Neil
Elizabeth Pino
Ryan Randall
William Sinks
Matthew Tuckett
Isabel Villalobos
Christopher Wooley
Rosemary Alva
Stephen Barsanti
Kevin Byrne
Crystal Cardona
James Dunn
Connor Fitzpatrick
Christine Giusti
Scott Hamblin
Blake Interdonato
Sean Kent
Cecilia Landholt
Stephanie Martinez
Megan Milos
Mike Parra
Nathan Pisani
Jennifer Ribero
Tracy Timko
Jennifer Tuite
Leanne Voreyer
Philip Zavala
Stephen Barbarotto
Amanda Belluomini
Matthew Calvo
Luis Cordon
Cory Edwards
Michelle Fleming
Kimberly Gomes
Christopher Harders
Justin Jarvinen
Molly Klase
Gerald Landholt
Monica Matekel
Justin Mitchell
Cristina Perez
Michael Preciado
Nicolas Schaukowitch
Arianne Torres
Collin Tullius
Alexa Wild
Amanda Zelnik

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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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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 625 books in our collection. Thanks a million to all those who donated and shared their inspirational books with others.

**This week you should look for George Maloney's books: "Reflective Healing", "Broken but Loved", "In Jesus We Trust" and "Inward Stillness"



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.


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



Mother's Day is Sunday, May 9th. If you would like to remember your mother or a loved one in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered at St. Robert's on this special day, spiritual bouquet cards may be found in the vestibule of the church.


(Grief Support Group)

The Consolation Ministry Committee will meet in Mary's Chapel Wednesday morning, May 5th from 9 to 10 a.m. Any one wishing to join this group are very welcome.

Next month's Grief Support Group will take place on Saturday, May 22nd at 3p.m. (Before the 4:30 p.m. 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. All who are grieving are invited 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.

Beginning Experience Weekend is a Friday evenng to Sunday afternoon program for adults grieving the loss of a love relationship through death, divorce or separation, who are ready to come to terms with their loss and are ready to move forward with their lives. Upcoming weekends for the Bay area include: April 30th and May 14th. Phone 916/835-2282 or emal:


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Thank you for your generous donation of $2,995.01 to our School, CCD and Confirmation programs.



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