St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, June 6, 2004

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

June 6, 2004
The Most Holy Trinity


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Dear Parishioners:

Spring is a time of many changes. For many in our community it is a time for graduation from grammar school to high school or from high school to college or into the job market. Congratulations to all. For a few it is a time for marriage - congratulations. For others of us, it is a time to move on to new assignments and new fields.

As you know, I will be moving in July to St. Denis Parish in Menlo Park. I am happy to announce that Monsignor Bruce Dreier has been appointed by Archbishop Levada to be my successor. Monsignor is a native of San Francisco but grew up in Marin County. After attending Marin Catholic High School, the University of San Francisco and St. Patrick's Seminary, he was ordained in 1978. Since then, he has served the Archdiocese as an Associate Pastor, Chaplain at Sacred Heart Cathedral High School, Vocation Director, and for the past twelve years Pastor of Epiphany Parish in San Francisco. I have known Father Bruce for over twenty-five years and believe that he is the right priest, at the right time, for our Parish. I believe that you will find him a creative and hard working pastor.

A major surprise, and a cause for sadness for all of us, has been the appointment by the Archbishop of Father Tom Hamilton to be pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Novato. The expectation was that Father Tom would be at St. Robert's for at least one more year. However, the Archbishop, having a wider view than most of us have, decided that Father Tom would be a perfect fit for the growing Parish in south Novato. The appointment shows the great confidence the Archbishop has in Father Tom and his belief that the people of St. Robert's have given him a great introduction to the diocesan priesthood. The people of St. Anthony's are most fortunate. God is certainly good to them. We do not yet know who will succeed Father as Associate Pastor. Pray for vocations!

Among the changes, we cannot forget is that of Mrs. Pat Bordin. After serving our parish for twenty-five years as teacher and as principal, Pat is moving on to a "quieter life" of teaching math at Our Lady of Angels Parish in Burlingame. In a special way, Pat helped our school make the transition from the leadership of the Presentation Sisters to that of a total lay faculty. It has been a time of spiritual and academic growth. It was not an easy task but she did it with faith in God and the support of a wonderful faculty. I am happy to announce that Yvonne Ocomendy will be the new Principal. Yvonne has been a teacher and administrator in the Jefferson Elementary School District since 1993. She is an active member of our parish and has been a teacher in our Religious Education program for the past eight years. Welcome, Yvonne.

Spring is the time for change. Let us hope that summer will bring it all to fruition.

Father Ring


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Monday - June 7
Readings: 1 Kgs 17:1-6     Mt 5:1-12

Mass Intention
Andy Nery †
Adolph Fambrini †
Choir Party
Men's Club
Women's Guild Board Mtg.
Mahoney Room
Tuesday - June 8
Readings: 1 Kgs 17:7-16     Mt 5:13-16
Mass Intention 6:30
Anastia Nery †
Martin Moynihan †
Legion of Mary
Choir Rehearsal
Athletic Board Mtg.
Mahoney Room
Wednesday - June 9
Readings: 1 Kgs 18:20-39     Mt 5:17-19
Mass Intention 6:30
Dorothy Moniz †
Maura Sciacqua †

Thursday - June 10
Readings: 1 Kgs 18:41-46     Mt 5:20-26

Mass Intention 6:30
Al Verett †
Don Andrew Alchera †
Mary's Chapel

Friday - June 11
Readings: Acts 11:21b-26     Mt 5:27-32

Mass Intention 6:30
Herman Trautman †
Charles Agius †
Kindergarten Graduation

Saturday - June 12
Readings: 1 Kgs 19:19-21     Mt 5:33-37

Mass Intention 8:30
Joseph Sammut †
Eileen O'Sullivan †

Sunday - June 13
Readings: Gn 14:18-20     1 Cor 11:23-26     Lk 9:11a-17

Mass Intention 7:30
Mocelin & Emilio Families †
People of St. Robert's
Garth Klingensmith †
Carmela Dellegrazie †
Fil/Am Choir
Youth Group
Mahoney Room

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, on this Holy Trinity Sunday, we pray for all who graduate. May they share in the life of the Holy Trinity and be transformed in His image and likeness.



Patricia Pena & Jose Machuca



We would like to update the following list. Please review and call the rectory at 589-2800 if someone you know can be taken off the following list

We pray for the ill: Sharon Aiello, Marilyn Arancibia, 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, Daniel McHale, Rosemary McHale, Terry McLeod, Josie Mercado, Mary Novickas, Thomas O'Brien, David Papageorgiou, Lara Pinten, Jason Pimentel, James Piazza, Mary Shick, Pauline Speranza, Justo Tan, Mafi Tukumoatu, Kristi Varni, Don Vickery, Diana Walter, Jennifer Westbrook & Frank Wright.


Our sincere sympathy to the family of
Mary Rivers
who died recently.



Many thanks to all of you who have brought flowers to keep our church looking like Easter! Anytime you'd like to bring some flowers, please bring them to the rectory by Friday morning so they can be arranged for the weekend liturgies. Thank you.



Have you ever thought about becoming a bit more involved at St. Robert's? If you're a regular at the 4:30 pm or 7:30 am Mass, why not serve your fellow parishioners as a lector or Eucharistic minister? The training is very simple and will be arranged at your convenience. Please call the rectory at 589-2800 and leave a message for Sr. Sheral or Gene May.


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by Sister Sheral

In the Image of God
This weekend is Trinity Sunday along with graduations, weddings and other wonderful summertime events. What to say about Trinity Sunday? Some of us will remember St. Patrick's comparison with the shamrock, one stem with three distinct leaves. Others may recall St. Augustine's story of the child on the beach trying to put the ocean into the small hole he had made in the sand. The child's response to Augustine's comment that it was impossible to put the ocean into a small hole was that it was equally impossible to put the mystery of the Trinity into our human minds.

That said, I'll leave the academic approach to those who prefer that. It seems to me that the most important aspect of the Trinity for our daily lives is that our God is a community of persons, Father, Son and Spirit. The book of Genesis has God say, "Let us make humankind in our image and likeness." (Gen. 1. 26) I remember being taught that in our intelligence and free will we imaged God and, indeed, that is true. But, more importantly, I have come to realize that we image God in our relationships with one another. The three persons of the Trinity, however we try to understand them, are in relationship to one another. So, too, it must be with us as families and as a Church. If God is love as the community of St. John declares in the gospel and in the three pastoral letters, then surely it is love which binds the Trinity together.

So, how about us? How are our relationships with family members? How much time and energy do we spend nurturing those relationships? With summer almost upon us and a lighter schedule of meetings and school-related commitments, might we spend a bit more time with those we love? Can we be creative with the tasks around the house so that even those might become fun? Could we tell stories as we wash and dry the plates which Grampa and Granny gave us? Could we take a family walk after dinner and notice the beauty all around us? If we live alone and family members are far away, how about a weekly phone call, letter or e-mail? How about doing something enjoyable with the neighbor who has no one?

Might we make a bit more time for God now that summer is here? How about asking the kids to join you in prayer for a safe journey as you head to the beach or begin your vacation? (Be sure to include everyone else on the road as well.) If you don't usually pray before meals, why not begin that practice now? Why not set aside time each day to sit in the backyard to "be still and know that I am God" or to read the coming Sunday's readings? A great resource to understand the readings is available at posted each week by the Southern province of the Dominicans; it's a free subscription.


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Mrs. Pat Bordin has given 25 years to St. Robert's School as teacher and principal, guiding generations of San Bruno children and parents. On Saturday, June 12th, after the 4:30 pm Mass, we will honor her and thank her with a reception in Hennessy Hall.

Fr. Vincent Ring has served as pastor here for 14 years building up the parish community and the parish plant as well. As you know, he will be leaving for St. Denis Parish in Menlo Park around July 1st.

As you heard last weekend, Fr. Tom Hamilton is also leaving our parish. He has served here as Associate Pastor for two years and has shared with us some of the traditions from the Byzantine rite of the church as well as his love for liturgy and singing. He will be appointed pastor of St. Anthony's Parish, Novato, effective July 1.

We will have the opportunity to express our gratitude to both of these fine priests and wish them well at a reception in Hennessy Hall after all the Masses the weekend of June 26th and June 27th.



to the newly elected Parish Council members,
Dolores Moynihan,
Susan Cordes and
Reuben Halili

and School Board Members
Jim Shick,
Pat Cotroneo and
Ray Fucini



no lunches needed this month
we will resume again in July .
Thank you for your continued help


Friday, July 16th

Recently we had our first social night for parents and their young children. About twelve families attended with their preschool and infant children. . Everyone had a fantastic time.

Our next meeting is scheduled for Friday, July 16th. We want to start at 6:30 p.m. with a mini-pot luck. Families with preschool children are invited. We especially want to include single parent families. There will be a contest and prize awarded for the name chosen for this new group. Please mark your calendars now because we really want you to join us. More information will follow, but if you have immediate questions or would like to help in the planning, please call Deacon Rusty Duffey, 589-2800.



Our July 20th book selection is "The Testament" by John Grisham. describes the book: "Troy Phelan hates his greedy, spoiled children. The aging multibillionaire knows that they're circling like vultures as he waits to die. Phelan's surprising last will and testament names a heretofore unknown beneficiary -a missionary living deep in the wilds of Brazil. Nate O'Riley, a lawyer fresh from his fourth stay in rehab, is sent to find her. Along the way, he learns about God and himself, and he discovers that the dangers of alcohol pale in comparision with the perils of the jungle."

The San Mateo County Library System has over 40 copies. Very reasonably priced used copies appear on Amazon and other web sites.

Please join us Tuesday, July 20th, at 7 pm in the Convent Chapel. If you have any questions or comments, please contact our book club moderator, Colleen Shannon Soracco or email



Remember your father with a spiritual bouquet on Father's Day. They are available in the vestibule of the Church and can be returned in the collection basket or at the parish office.



All boys and girls from 7th grade and above are eligible to join the ministry of Altar Server, if you are attending Catholic School or are enrolled in the Religious Education program. This is a very important ministry; a wonderful way to participate as our faith community comes together to celebrate Eucharist.

If you are interested please call Gene or Anna May. Training will take place within two weeks.


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Next weekend, we celebrate the feast of the Body and Blood of the Lord, Jesus sharing himself with us in the Eucharist. You can share the gift of life with someone by donating a pint of your blood. The summer blood drive is underway at the blood banks in our area. If you are over 17 and in good health, please consider donating for someone who may need blood due to surgery or an accident. You can set up an appointment at the Peninsula Blood Bank by calling 650-697-4034.


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Congratulations to our students of St. Robert's School who graduated Friday, June 4th. We wish them continued success in high school. The graduates are:

Felicity Abellana, Jessica Belluomini,
Kathleen Bendick, Erin Bouey-Suen,
Justine Cordon, John Cuddy, Kevin Daniele,
Cara DeLuca, Nathaniel Epting, Travis Fenech,
Allison Fitzpatrick,Joey Frank, Michael Green,
Jessica Harders, Joseph Ivani, Matthew Jauregui,
Roxy Jauregui, Joey Lavezzo, Kevin McAlindon,
Kyle McGuigan, Peter Mercado, Annette Molina,
Jacqueline Nevarez, Brian Noce, Francesca Oliva,
Alexandra Orloff, Bonnie Pino, Tanya Pisani,
Brian Presta, Max Proano, Gina Sevieri,
Danica Smerdel, Nicki Topper, Bentz Valiao,
and Joey Wright



St. Robert's School has openings for students entering the 5th grade for the 2004-2005 school year. If you are interested in a quality Catholic education for your child, please contact the principal, Mrs. Bordin, at (650) 583-5065.


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Congratulations to our students of St. Robert's Religious Edcuation who graduated from 8th grade this year. We wish them continued success in high school. The graduates are:

Ryan A vila, Monica Benedetti, Rosa Blancas,
Gracie Brown, Tori Caliz, Rachelle Cardona,
Michael Dallara, Daniel DeLaTorre,
Amanda Estelita, Neolle Gibeau, Carney Gilfillan,
Catherine Hageman, Brianna Hall, Stephen Hussey,
Casey Interdonato, Daniel Kennedy, Isabelle Kiely,
Daniel Klunis, Patrick Kramer, Paul Landholt,
Christian Lopez, Nicole Lopez, Whitney Mayfield,
Michael Murphy, Ricardo Nunez, Nicole Obando,
Kimberly Paton, Nicholas Perasso, Leah Recania,
Cristie Revel, Christopher Sanford, Sean Selig,
Danielle Elizabeth Taylor, Catherine Tordsen,
Erin Marie Tordsen, Carlos Tovar,
Natalie Tuckett & Tyler Tuiasosopo


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We Welcome into our Parish

Emma Medina,
Anne Hernandez
Alex & Maria Sanchez & 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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The Youth Group is CANCELING their Great America trip scheduled for June 8th and June 15th due to lack of response. If you have any questions, please call Juan Santos at 650-255-0791.

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