St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, January 16, 2005

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

January 16, 2005
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time


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Dear Parishioners,

This past Sunday we celebrated the feast of the Baptism of Jesus which is our feast as well. It brought the Christmas season to conclusion and launched us into the season of ordinary time. If we are to walk into this new year with hope, we need to look at God as well as at ourselves. When we read and reflect on the Scriptures, we learn how much God desires new beginnings for us. Today’s Gospel is about John the Baptist having a new kind of experience. He admits that he did not know Jesus until he saw the Spirit come down and remain on Jesus. Then he declared:

“Now I have seen and testified that Jesus is the son of God. Our growing in faith and coming to know Jesus is akin to John’s recognition of Jesus. “

A Reflection
A New Year stands on my door step with fragile caution I move to open the door for its entrance my heart leaps with surprise, joy jumps in my eyes for there beside this brand-new year stands my God with outstretched hand! He smiles and gently asks of me: can we walk this year together? and I, so overwhelmed with goodness, can barely whisper my reply: WELCOME !

Sister Mary


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Monday - January 17
The Parish Office is closed today
in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.s Birthday
Readings: Heb 5:1-10     Mk 2:18-22

Mass Intention 8:30 Mary O'Brien †
Tuesday - January 18
Readings: Heb 6:10-20     Mk 2:23-28
Mass Intention 6:30
Robert Ruggiero †
Kathleen Sullivan †
Faith Sharing Group
Religious Education
Legion of Mary
Faith Sharing Group
Athletic Board Meeting
Youth Ministry
Mary's Chapel
Convent Chapel
Mahoney Room
Wednesday - January 19
Readings: Heb 7:1-3,15-17     Mk 3:1-6
Mass Intention 6:30
Robert Ruggiero †
Ernestina Uttini †
7th Grade Cheerleading
Band Practice
Choir Practice
Bible Study
Convent Chapel

Thursday - January 20
Readings: Heb 7:25--8,6     Mk 3:7-12

Mass Intention 6:30
Pauline D'Amato †
Larry & LaVerne Buller †
Religious Education
Youth Ministry
Tea Meeting
School Board Meeting
Convent Chapel
Mahoney Room

Friday - January 21
Readings: Heb 8:6-13     Mk 3:13-19

Mass Intention 6:30
Special Intention
Patrick Teahan †
8th Grade Cheerleading 3:00p Hall

Saturday - January 22
Readings: Heb 9:2-3,11-14     Mk 3:20-21

Mass Intention 8:30
Paul & Rosina Vella †
Pat Forbush †
Confirmation Retreat
Consolation Ministry
RCIA Retreat
Convent Chapel

Sunday - January 23
Readings: Is 8:23--9:3     1 Cor 1:10-13,17     Mt 4:12-23

Mass Intention 7:30
Bernardo Mocelin †
People of St. Robert's
Oscar Moniri †
Manuel Falzon †
Fil/Am Choir
Religious Ed/Confirmation
Youth Ministry


After re-reading the beautiful cards you received during the Christmas Season, you really don’t want to just throw them away. They can have a second life. Send the front portion of each to:

St. Jude Ranch for Children
101 St. Jude Street,
Boulder City, NV 89005

The children there will turn them into new cards and use the proceeds to make their lives happier. They will take cards for all occasions too.

Please do not bring your cards to the rectory.


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February 12th, 12 noon
St. Mary's Cathedral

Archbishop William Levada, and the Office of Marriage and Family Life cordially extend an invitation to all married couples of the Archdiocese of San Francisco who celebrate their 25, 50th or over 50th Wedding Anniversary during the years 2004-2005 to a Solemn Eucharistic Celebration. Reception immediately following Eucharist. Please RSVP by January 17th by contacting your parish for a registration form.

Special Announcement!-This year, in a very special way, we invite couples who have been married 1-10 years to this beautiful celebration of commitment in order to re-affirm the commitment you made to each other, and for the church to affirm the immense value of your marriage commitment in the year 2005!



32 years later...on January 22, 2005 the Walk for the Life West Coast will challenge the idea that abortion has been a good choice for women. Make history—join thousands from all over the West Coast as we walk along San Francisco’s historical waterfront in celebration of life. Come show support for everyone hurt by abortion. The Walk for Life will begin at 11 a.m. at Justin Herman Plaza. For more info—call (415) 586-1576 or visit our website


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Toddlers, Infants, Preschoolers, and Parents Social

Join TIPPS for our January get-together!! A Potluck, Friday, January 21st at 6:30 p.m. in Hennessy Hall. Bring an item to share with 6 people, and a toy for your child to play with. NO balls or weapons please. Feel free to invite new TIPPSters! $10 donation requested per family to cover expenses. First timers are free.



Computer Classes Resume-Saint Robert’s will be offering Computer Classes again this semester. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., in the Computer Lab beginning January 22nd thru March 5th. If you are planning to take the Computer Class we are asking you to call in to the Rectory. These classes will be a continuation of our Fall Classes and will review Computer Basics, Internet, E-Mail, etc. plus new skills will be taught. New applicants are welcome.

There is no fee.



Saint Robert’s Grief support Group will hold the next meeting on January 22nd in the Convent Chapel from 3-4:15 p.m. (before the 4:30 p.m. Mass). Anyone

who is suffering from the loss of a loved one—spouse, sibling, child, parent, friend or relative is invited to come and pray, share, comfort and be comforted. You are invited to bring a companion for support and strength. God Bless you in your sorrow. For more information call Sister Patricia at 589-0104.



On Sunday, January 23rd, we will have the Anointing of the Sick during the 11:30 Mass. The Anointing of the Sick is a special sacrament celebrated by those who are elderly, sick in mind or body. We invite you who to bring your infirmed, homebound or elderly relatives or friends who would like to receive this sacrament to the Anointing.



Spiritual reading is available at St. Robert’s after the Masses on Sundays. Please take a few minutes either before or after Mass and check out a book or two that interests you. You may keep your book until you have finished reading. We have some books on the Library cart in the foyer but we have many more in the Library/Reconciliation room (over 800 books). Enjoy reading!



The newly formed junior presidium of the Legion of Mary at St. Robert’s is holding its first meeting on January 30th, Sunday, after the 11:30 a.m. Mass. We are inviting the young people of the parish to join us for a once a week session (1 hour) of prayer, reflection and various religious and spiritual activities/experiences to support, encourage and enhance our Catholic upbringing. Meetings will be held at the Mahoney Room. Parents are welcome. Additional information is available by calling Sister Patricia, our Spiritual Director, 589-0104, or Albert Reyes, the President.


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February 5th, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Mercy Center

Ash Wednesday is February 9 this year, amazingly, so this day will be a wonderful way to begin our Lenten journey.

If you’d like to join us for our Lenten retreat day, please register by next Sunday with your $30 donation, so we can give Mercy Center an accurate count. Forms are at the entrances of the church.



2300 Adeline Dr.
Burlingame, CA
(650) 340-7474

February 18-20
Meditation Intensive Weekend
Gregory Mayers, C.S.S.R.
Cost $195/165 Commuter

March 6th
1-5 p.m.
From the Depth to the Height:
A Lenten Journey Through Meditation, Dance and Music
Carla De Sola and Suzanne Toolan, RSM
Cost $35

P.O. Box 767
Danville, Ca 94526-0767
(925) 837-9141

February 11-13
Men's Lenten Retreat

Looking for Love in all the Right Places
Gavin Griffith, OFM

February 13
1-5 p.m.
Day of Dialogue
Richard Purcell, OFM
No cost




a day of reflection for St. Robert's Confirmation Candidates
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park

Facilitator - Father Jeff Finley
Parishioners, please pray for us


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For Young Adults from 18-35 who would like to celebrate their Catholic faith with peers. It will be in Cologne, Germany with a 4 day pre-pilgrimage to Munich, Dachau and Fussen beginning August 11th thru the 22nd. Bishop John Wester will be joining us. Fundraising and scholarships are available to subsidize the $3,000 cost. We will begin meeting in January 2005, so register today! For more information, contact Mary at (415) 614-5596,


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$ 16,242.40 was collected for the tsunami victims.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
We will continue to accept donations.

Also, $2,862.17 was collected for our School, CCD and Confirmation programs.
Thank you for your continued support.


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As a Parish Community...We pray for unity among all Christians. Jesus has called us all to follow Him. May the Holy Spirit heal our divisions and make us one.



Sky Antonio Ramirez-Doble,
Joshua Borromeo Panopio &
Isabel Elisa Tovar


Dear Parishioners

We will list the names that we have been asked to pray for during the week. We continue to ask each week that parishioners pray for the chronically ill of our parish.

If you have a friend or loved one in need of our parish prayers please call the Rectory at 589-2800.

Also, please remember our Emergency prayer network that prays for specific intentions that require a concerted effort due to their critical nature. To facilitate the network, please call Michele Pipinich at 589-4963. The network people then pray frequently for the next 72 hours. We would appreciate a return call with the outcome so we can praise God for His faithfulness:

This week we pray especially for:
Josie Mercado & Alejandro Gomez


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Jim Silva, Jr.,
Harold BreitenStein and
Leocadio Rubio

who died recently.



Remember you can always come to Church and visit with God to find some peace. You will find St. Robert's Church open from 6:30am Mass until 5pm. As you're going to or from work or school or on your way home from shopping why not come in and thank the Lord for the gift of his love.

God's peace will refresh you.


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by Sister Sheral

Ordinary Time
If someone asked you why the date of Easter changes so much, what would you answer? It is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, a fact which I only know because someone told me! We celebrate Jesus as the light of the world at Christmas when in the northern hemisphere, we’ve experienced the longest stretch of night and the fewest hours of daylight. His light breaks through the darkness. You’ll remember that Jesus makes use of the Jewish feast of Passover and in the context of that special meal, gives himself to his friends on what we’ve come to know as Holy Thursday. By his death and resurrection, he and we “pass over” from death to life and are set free as were the Hebrews when they escaped from Pharoah and crossed the Red Sea. Spring is always associated with new life, thus the date of Easter varies to coincide with the full coming of springtime.

And backtracking, since Easter is March 27, Ash Wednesday falls on February 9 to give us our 40 days of preparation called Lent. So we have only four weeks of “ordinary” or “counted” time, beginning today. It’s mostly in the ordinary events of our lives that we find God breaking through, so be alert, even though you’ll be reminded of that on Ash Wednesday! And keep praying and helping the victims of the tsunamis whose faith must be challenged, regardless of their religious beliefs.

The State Budget
“Our moral, political and economic responsibilities do not stop at the moment of birth. Those who defend the right to life of the weakest among us must be equally visible in support of the quality of life of the powerless among us: the old and the young, the hungry and the homeless, the undocumented immigrant and the unemployed worker…Consistency means we can’t have it both ways.”

These words of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin on the eve of the 1984 presidential campaign seem apropos as Governor Schwarzenegger releases the state budget. Regardless of what we say our values are, one way they are expressed is through the financial backing we put behind them. I’m not so na´ve as to think that the budget process is a simple one, but surely our values as Catholic citizens ought to come into play with such an important matter as the ways in our taxes are spent for the common good. What will it mean that our children and grandchildren will be burdened with tremendous debt as Californians, in addition to the national debt? What will the consequences be if our educational system is not funded enough to prepare our children adequately for the jobs of the present and the future? Can we honestly ignore the fact that tens of thousands of our fellow citizens are working two jobs with no healthcare benefits for themselves and their children? Should decisions about where the budget gets cut be made solely on the basis of political reality? I remember being appalled a couple of years ago when it was proposed that basic services for severely handicapped children be slashed. Do we really want to make cuts only where there is no organized opposition? Since I’m part of a religious community, the Franciscans, I don’t pay personal income tax. But I am a citizen of this state and have some responsibility for the care of “the powerless among us” as Cardinal Bernardin says. Read over the budget in the light of your faith and see where that leads you; discuss it with friends or neighbors and send an e-mail expressing your views.

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