St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, January 30, 2005

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

January 30, 2005
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parish Family,

Greetings from Tampa! I’m in Florida on vacation while you are reading this. I’ll probably be at Disney World wishing Mickey a Happy 50th. When I return home, I will begin a new ministry. Starting in 2 weeks I will be the 5th grade teacher at St. Peter’s Grammar School in San Francisco. I am NOT leaving St. Robert’s while I work at St. Peter’s—I’ll be doing both. To me, St. Robert’s is home and where I intend to stay for a while. I ask for your prayers as I begin this new journey. I want to thank Monsignor Dreier and Ms. Vicki Butler, the St. Peter’s Principal, for allowing me to explore this opportunity. I am very excited, although I’ll be busy, I’m going to be very happy.

I also want to remind all our teens that the Youth Group does community service every Tuesday in the Hall from 8 to 9 pm. Preparing lunches for AIDS patients and dinners for the homeless are just a few examples of our service opportunities, but our activity varies each week. I invite all teens to come check us out and bring a friend. I also want to put in a plug for the Get Movin’ youth rally, which is going to be held on Saturday, March 12th. The cost is $20. Financial aid is available and it’s going to be a lot of fun. Permission slips are available at the rectory and are due, with the money, by February 14th.

You are always in my heart and prayers.
God bless and always count your blessings.




Masses are at:
6:30 am, 8:30 am, and 6 pm

Please invite your friends, co-workers or family members who might wish to begin the Lenten season with us. The readings of this day are powerful and invite us all to a change of heart, more whole-hearted following of Jesus and his gospel. We are asked to fast that day (one meal of regular size and two smaller meals not to equal it) and to abstain from meat (beef, chicken, pork, veal) as a way of involving our bodies in our spiritual practice.


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Monday - January 31
Readings: Heb 11:32-40     Mk 5:1-20

Mass Intention
Anna Marie Leila †
Lyssa Hanlon †
Passion Play Rehearsal 7:00p Church
Tuesday - February 1
Readings: Heb 12:1-4     Mk 5:21-43
Mass Intention 6:30
David Adkisson †
Sister Ruth Ann Etzel, OSF †
Faith Sharing Group
Religious Education
Legion of Mary
Youth Ministry
Mary's Chapel
Church & Hall
Wednesday - February 2
Readings: Heb 2:14-18     Lk 2:22-40
Mass Intention 6:30
Dominic Galletta †
Patrice Van Velthuysen †
7th Grade Cheerleading
Choir Practice
Bible Study
Convent Chapel

Thursday - February 3
Readings: Heb 12:18-19,21-24     Mk 6:7-13

Mass Intention 6:30
All Souls †
Patrice Van Velthuysen †
Religious Education
Youth Social
Church & Hall
Convent Chapel

Friday - February 4
Readings: Heb 13:1-8     Mk 6:14-29

Mass Intention 6:30
Louis Fazio †
Patrice Van Velthuysen †
8th Grade Cheerleading 3:30p Hall

Saturday - February 5
Readings: Heb 13:15-17,20-21     Mk 6:30-34

Mass Intention 8:30
Bill Dunn †
Eileen Costigan †
Women's Retreat
Eucharistic Adoration

Sunday - February 6
Readings: Is 58:7-10     1 Cor 2:1-5     Mt 5:13-16

Mass Intention 7:30
Maria Emilio †
Kathy Gordon †
Bill McLaughlin †
People of St. Robert's
Fil/Am Choir
Legion of Mary
Youth Mass
Youth Ministry
Passion Play Rehearsal
Mahoney Room

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January 30th and 31st
February 6th and 7th
From 7-9 pm in the Church

The Passion Play is a celebration of Jesus’ passion presented by the teens of St. Robert’s. The commitment is for 8 weeks with the rehearsals on Sunday and Monday nights (depending on which scenes you are in). There will be 2 performances held on Thursday, March 24th and Good Friday evening, March 25th. All adults are invited to help us with the music and singing. There will be one rehearsal for the choir. Any questions please call: Ben Baldonado or Bob Baker.


February 14th

You won’t want to miss the Mystery Guest!

The Women’s Guild cordially invites you to the February meeting. Doors open at 6:30 pm and cost is $10. RSVP to Teresa Nussbaum.


March 5-6

Enjoy and have fun on the scenic snow drive to Reno sponsored by the Fil/Am group of St. Robert’s church March 5th - 6th. Saturday overnight and return Sunday. Leave at 7 am in the morning in front of the Rectory on Crystal Springs. $50 per person, $65 (single) for reservations call Adelaida Gallagher.


Basque Cultural Center, March 12th

”Game Show Mania”

Tickets to the annual Dinner Dance/Auction are available for 300 lucky “contestants” at the February 14th Women’s Guild meeting. Dinner! Dancing! Live Auction! Fabulous Prizes. All this and more for only $75 per person or $65 for seniors. Select from the following “celebrity” menu; “Wink Martindale” Prime Rib, “Monty Hall” Salmon with Champagne Sauce, “Bob Barker” Breast of Chicken Chasseur or “Gene Rayburn” Vegetarian Pasta. “Stay tuned” for more information…

The Dinner Dance Committee is putting together a Red and Blue Pages Quick Reference Guide listing local advertisers’ phone numbers. So many generous people continue to sponsor our fundraisers, that the committee would like to produce something that will give back to our faithful supporters and their businesses. For a $25 fee your ad will be listed by category with your business name, address and telephone number. A complimentary copy of the publication will be distributed to all dinner dance attendees on March 12th and additional copies sold to parishioners at a cost to cover publication. If you have a special talent you would like to advertise, or if you have friend or relatives who would like to promote their business, please call the rectory to place an ad.

Let’s give something back to those who continue to support us!


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Want to make new friends? Then you should come to the Get Movin’ youth rally at Sacred Heart-Cathedral High School in San Francisco on March 12th. Show your SR pride and be present. There will be teenagers from different schools and churches and we want a St. Robert’ s group to attend. Get Movin’ starts at 9am and ends at 5 pm with free lunch, music by Jesse Manibusan, and Mass with Fr. R. Tony Pickard. Get Movin’ cost $20 and financial aid is available. Please call Juan at 255-0791 for more info. Sign-ups and money are due February 14th. We also need drivers and chaperones, service hours can be provided, please call Juan if you are able to help.


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March 5th, 9-3 p.m.
Saint Robert's Men's Retreat
Suggested Donation $30
Stay tuned to the bulletin for further details and registration forms!



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

February 18-20
Meditation Intensive Weekend

Gregory Mayers, C.S.S.R.
Cost $195 with room or $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
$170 with room $140 commuter

February 13, 1-5 p.m.
Day of Dialogue

Richard Purcell, OFM
No cost


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We welcome into our parish:

Todd & Nadine Mefford & Family
Mark & Sherrie Pellegrini & Family
Larry & Denise Valencia & Family
Diane Morneault
Miki Maloney
Bridget Fish
Leandro Argao & Perla Jimenez & Family
Courtney Mabile
Francisco & Nancy Ochoa & Family
Andy & Paula Dharmadi & 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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Thank you for your generous donation of $2,695.16 to the Black & Indian Home Missions. Also, an additional $ 1,889.00 was collected for the Tsunami Relief Fund.

Thank you for your generosity.



As Americans, unfortunately, we are so busy that we tend to have very short attention spans. Let us remember to pray for the victims of the tsunamis whose efforts at rebuilding and recuperating from the trauma will take years to accomplish. If you were unable to contribute earlier this month, Catholic Relief Service will be happy to receive your donation any time at 209 West Fayette St. Baltimore MD 21201-3443 or Thank you.


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As a Parish Community...We pray for leaders of our nation and all nations. By working for justice and peace, may they fill the needs of the poor, the hungry, the elderly and the oppressed.



Jaena Machado Almario,
Nicholas Martin Ingargiola,
Joshua James Perez &
Isela Brielle Deckard


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:
Anna Delucchi and Mary Bertrand


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Walter Lou and
Elise Boonie Coones
who died recently.



Pope John Paul II has named the time from October, 2004, till October, 2005, as the ‘Year of the Eucharist’. He said, “There is a very close relationship between ‘Building the Eucharist’ and proclaiming Christ. Christ ‘The Living Bread which came down from heaven’ is the only one who can appease the hunger of human beings of every time and in every corner of the earth.” All of the faithful are called to integrate the Eucharist more deeply into their lives. The Pope asked that Christians take any opportunity to adore the Blessed Sacrament.

We have an opportunity to do this during exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Saturday, February 5th, and on every First Saturday of each month, following the 8:30 am Mass. Adoration closes with Benediction at 10:00 am.


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by Sister Sheral

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children…It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway. We pay for a single fighter with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.”

(President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953)

Though we would probably need to alter the numbers due to the rising costs of labor and materials, we can still appreciate the point the former general and former president is making. Just as in your household budget, there are always trade-offs in financial decision-making: money spent for one item cannot be spent on another. As the war continues, the greatest cost is in American, coalition and Iraqi deaths, not to mention the tens of thousands of innocent adults and children severely wounded. How do we feel about all the money our government is spending on the war? The president is asking for $80,000,000,000 for the troops there and in Afghanistan. No one wants the troops to go without what they need for their physical and emotional well-being and to defend themselves. But we have to ask ourselves: Why do we have no money to improve our schools or to provide healthcare for the 44 million working Americans without it?

We hear Jesus in today’s gospel saying, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” (Matt. 5.9) Our United States Catholic bishops wrote 20 years ago: “Peacemaking is not an optional commitment. It is a requirement of our faith. We are called to be peacemakers not by some movement of the moment, but by Christ Jesus.” (The Challenge of Peace, par. 333) The tremendous outpouring of compassion and help towards those displaced and injured from the tsunamis shows what the world community is capable of. Might we not be equally single-minded and single-hearted in searching for ways other than war to solve obviously major conflicts? Let us continue to pray for the Iraqi people: for those brave enough to vote, for their protection and that of the candidates, for the miracle of peace there and an end to the violence. We know that God wants peace and life for all his children; let us pray for a change of heart that people may be open to accept what our loving God always offers.

It’s probably not too early to start thinking about what to “do” for Lent. It is an invitation to a change of heart, so where does my heart need changing? In my attitude towards certain groups of people or one person in particular? In my attitude towards my work or my family or towards life in general? Ask the Holy Spirit to let you know what aspect of your life needs changing and you’ll discover what to do (or not do) this Lent.

Peace, Sr. Sheral

Lenten Group
The Tuesday morning Lenten reflection group will begin on Feb. 8 at 9:15 in Mary’s Chapel. We’ll talk about the reading for the coming Sunday and how they connect with our everyday lives. Everyone is most welcome to join us. Please call Sr. Sheral at the rectory if you need more information. Thank you.

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