St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, March 20, 2005

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

March 20, 2005
Palm Sunday


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Dear Parishioners,

The other day, I happened upon the ABC News website, I found listed there the names of the over 1,500 military personnel killed in Iraq. Reading the names and ages is a very sobering process. Then I realized that this list does not include any names, ages, or even numbers of Iraq’s service personnel or civilians killed.

Today, Sunday, is the second anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq. On March 20, 2003 the first official deaths of the US Military personnel were recorded. Of the over 1500 military personnel killed, over 150 were from California, including about 50 people from Northern California and three from the Bay Area.

Tonight, Sunday, at 7 pm, people from the San Bruno area will be gathering at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, on the other side of the park, for an interfaith Service of Prayer and Remembrance. The service will consist of prayer, song, readings and quiet.

With troops still being deployed or rotated into Iraq, and with the daily killings of civilians, we need to increase our prayers for peace. What a wonderful opportunity we have to pray as a community. Please join us and bring your family.

Deacon Duffey



Chrism Mass (March 22nd)
5 p.m.Tuesday, at St. Mary's Cathedral, S.F.

No Morning Masses.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Holy Thursday (March 24th)
Mass of the Lord's Supper, 7:30 p.m.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10 p.m.

Good Friday (March 25th)
Silent Prayer Walk, 6:30 a.m.
(weather permitting, meet in the lot off Crystal Springs Rd.)
Stations of the Cross, 12 Noon
Celebration of the Lord's Passion, 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.
Children's Liturgy, 1:15-3 p.m., in the Hall
Youth Passion Play, 7:30 p.m.
Followed by Communion Service

Holy Saturday (March 26th)
Easter Vigil, 8 p.m.
No 4:30 p.m. Mass

Easter Sunday (March 27th)
7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.
No 5:00 p.m. Mass


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Monday - March 21
Readings: Is 42:1-7     Jn 12:1-11

Mass Intention
Jean Gonnella †
Steve Tonegato †
Psssion Play Rehearsal
8th Grade
Tuesday - March 22
Readings: Is 49:1-6     Jn 13:21-33,36-38
Mass Intention 6:30
Raymond Khoury †
Marsilia Santarelli †
Faith Sharing Group
Religious Education
Legion of Mary
Youth Ministry
Mary's Chapel
Church & Hall
Wednesday - March 23
Readings: Is 50:4-9a     Mt 26:14-25
Mass Intention 6:30
Dorothy Aldinger †
Josie Mulitauopele †
7th Grade Cheerleading
Choir Practice
Bible Study
Convent Chapel

Thursday - March 24

Readings: Ex 12:1-8,11-14     1 Cor 11:23-26      Jn 13:1-15

Mass Intention 7:30p People of St. Robert's
Passion Play Rehearsal 9:00a Church

Friday - March 25
Parish Office Closes at 12 Noon Today
Readings: Is 52:13-53     Hb 4:14-16,5:7-9      Jn 18:1-9,42

Silent Prayer Walk
Stations of the Cross
Celebration of the Lord's Passion
Children's Liturgy
Youth Passion Play

Saturday - March 26

Readings: Genesis 22:1-18     Exodus 14:15-15.1
Isaiah 55:1-11     Romans 6:3-11     Matt 28:1-10

Mass Intention 8:00p People of St. Robert's

Sunday - March 27


Mass Intention 7:30
People of St. Robert's
People of St. Robert's
People of St. Robert's

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We welcome into our parish:

Nicole Balestrieri
Zofia Rzadca-Vavrousek
Eleanor Murphy
Giancarlo & Maria Mustafich & Family
Mariano & Raquel Gonzalez & Family
Greg Montes

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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Congratulations and Welcome Young People!

We are happy to announce that St. Robert’s Junior Legion of Mary now meets every Sunday. We are anxious for more children or teenagers to join. The object of the Legion is to spread devotion to the Mother of God and pray for world peace. Any young Catholic between the ages of 7-17 is invited to join. If interested, please come to the Mahoney Room after the 11:30 a.m. Mass or call Encar Sanchez, Rose Jardin, Albert Reyes or Sister Patricia at 589-0104 or contact any Senior Legion of Mary member.



Members of St. Roberts choir will be at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church for the presentation of the Lenten Cantata “Lamb of God” TODAY at 2:30 p.m. Also featured will be choir members from several parishes in the area .

Scripture is intertwined with solo and choral music in this dramatic presentation of Christ’s last days, from his arrival in Jerusalem to his final hours of suffering on the cross.

Admission is free, but donations will gladly be accepted to help promote more of these choral concerts. St. Matthew's is located at 1 Notre Dame Ave. in San Mateo.




The Ladies of St. Robert’s welcome you to attend

“Time for Tea”

Sunday, April 10th at 2 p.m
Chutney Grill
Double tree Hotel in Burlingame.

An afternoon of friends, fun and goodies to eat. Tickets will be sold after the Masses this weekend and next. For more information or to make a reservations call: Dolores Moynihan, Candie Whooley or Yvonne Giuseponi.

Get your friends together and spend the day with us!



Tuesday, April 19th, 7 pm.
Convent Chapel

We Are All The Same: a story of a Boy’s Courage and a Mother’s Love, by Jim Wooten, is the next book for discussion. This is the book Msgr. Dreier mentioned in his homily last month.

The book is an extraordinary story of the little South African boy whose bravery and fierce determination to make a difference despite being born with AIDS has made him the human symbol of the world’s fight against the disease, told by the veteran American journalist whose life he changed.


A Prayer

O Lord, support us all day long,
until the shadows lengthen
and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over,
and our work is done.
Then in your mercy
grant us a safe lodging,
and a holy rest,
and peace at last, Amen

John Henry Newman


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After the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Eucharist will be carried in procession to the altar of repose in Mary’s Chapel. As many parishioners as can fit, should follow the procession into the chapel at that time. Once the priests have incensed the Blessed Sacrament and left, others should come in to pray. The Eucharist in this special place symbolizes the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed for strength to face what was awaiting him. You may wait and pray in the pews in the church until there is room to come into the chapel. If you wish to leave immediately after Mass, please use the main doors or the doors to the small parking lot, so that Mary’ Chapel remains a place of quiet. Thank you.


March 25th

Join the members of 6:30 am. daily Mass group on their 12th annual silent walk up to the top of Junipero Serra Park in San Bruno (weather permitting). Meet at 6:30 a.m. sharp in St. Robert’s parking lot. Hope you can join us for this beautiful walk.



If you’ve been frustrated because you had to work on Good Friday afternoon and miss the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion (as it is called), you now have the chance to pray with the whole Church that evening. The Passion Play which starts at 7:30 pm will replace the reading of the Passion, then we will have the General Intercessions and the Good Friday Holy Communion Liturgy will follow the Passion Play. You will also have an opportunity to venerate the cross after the service. This is the first year we are doing this, so please help us spread the word!



St. Robert Youth present the 10th annual PASSION PLAY at 7:30 p.m. in the Church on Good Friday. You are cordially invited to witness the Passion of Christ as enacted by youth of the parish in a moving one hour presentation. Music provided by the adult choir in concert with adult and teen musicians. The Good Friday Holy Communion Liturgy will follow the Passion Play.

All are WELCOME!! Admission is FREE!!



Good Friday - We will be holding an activity for children ages four and older. Doors will open in Hennessy Hall at 1:15 p.m. Children should be picked up immediately after parish church services conclude. If you wish to register your child, kindly call Darlene Esola or MaryAnn Saisi. Please leave your child’s name and age, your name, and a contact phone number.


Adult Sacraments

Please remember in your prayers for Holy Week and Easter the following adults who will receive their sacraments at the Saturday night Easter Vigil.

Christina Graham will receive the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation.

Suzanne Lucanic and Jessica Martinuci, who were Baptized in other faith traditions, will make a Profession of Faith and also receive First Eucharist and Confirmation.

The community is very blessed to have them join us in faith.

Anyone planning to attend the Easter Vigil on Saturday night at 8 p.m. is asked to bring a bell to ring during the Gloria.

If you are free, please come help us decorate the Church at 10 a.m. Holy Saturday.


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”Game Show Mania”
Raffle Winners

Grand Prize: Viko Ivancich
First Prize: Charolotte Smerdel
Second Prize: Anne Taylor
Third Prize: Bill Flanagan


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As a Parish Community...we pray for those preparing for the Easter Sacraments. May they be deeply blessed in this week of fasting and prayer.



Micaela Jade-San Juan Mullan
Ryan Thomas Kearney
Fabrianne Micai Rodriguez-Talag



Dear ParishionersWe list the names of the people 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. 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.



Easter Flowers will decorate the Church during the Easter Season. If you would care to make a donation of $10 towards their purchase in memory of a loved one, please fill out the form below and return it to the Parish Office by March 24th. A memorial list will be published in the bulletin. Please make check payable to St. Robert’s Easter Flower Fund.

My gift in memory of:______________________

My gift in honor of:________________________

Given by:________________________________


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by Sister Sheral

Holy Week
Today we begin the holiest week of our Catholic tradition. We listen wholeheartedly today to the passion according to Matthew, trying to enter into the reality of Jesus’ suffering and the various responses of the people seeing his suffering. Were they confused by what they saw? Did they wonder why this peaceful man who healed so many was being condemned to death? Did they blame the Roman soldiers, the occupiers, for treating one of their own so cruelly? And his disciples, were they totally disillusioned that their hopes for him were in vain? And as we put ourselves in that awful scene, with whom do we identify? Do we protest that we never would have betrayed him as Peter did, never would have run away in terror for fear of guilt by association? Do we hope that we would have been among those weeping for him, among those valiant women who stood by the cross when it was a terribly dangerous place to be?

If we believe in the body of Christ, we might let our reflections take us one step further. We didn’t live at the time of Jesus and our wondering how we might have responded is purely a guess. But he is still on the cross in the members of his Body. How do we, in this present time, respond to his suffering? We need to ask the Holy Spirit to guide us, to show us who we are called to comfort. It is so easy to either try to help everyone who is in pain and become either burned out or totally frustrated or to run away out of fear of any sort of involvement, building a protective cocoon around ourselves.

Do we have a neighbor, co-worker or family member who is lonely and needs a listening ear? Is there one not-for-profit agency to which we feel really committed and to which we could make a regular contribution, even one which costs me some favorite pastime? Could I be more regular in coming to Mass so that I can pray for those who are suffering? Each of us needs to listen for the Spirit’s voice and then pray for the wisdom and the grace to respond.

A Thought for Holy Week
We are at the beginning of Holy Week. If we want truly to be Christian, this week ought to be a time when we share in a special way in the passion of Christ. We do this not so much by indulging in pious feelings, but by bearing the burdens of our life with simple fortitude and without ostentation. For we share by faith in the passion of our Lord precisely by realizing that our life is a participation in his destiny. We find this difficult, because so often we fail to understand that the bitterness and burden of our own life do – or should- give us a mysterious share in the destiny of all human beings… If we were aware of this,…we would understand that his passion is the unique acceptance of the passion of humankind, in which it is accepted, suffered, redeemed and freed into the mystery of God. Karl Rahner, The Great Church Year, pp. 140-141


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March 26th and 27th

8:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Father Bruce
Eucharistic Ministers Tom Dachaueer (C), Russ Hanley, Doug Hageman,
Diane Hageman, Julie Hageman, Rose Vassalo,
M. Blumenthal and Emil Ruggiero
Lectors Carol Galletta, Jomarie Moresco, Marilyn Dachauer,
Carmen Pisani and Renee Duffey
Altar Servers Collin Tullius, Christian Murphy, Erin Bouey-Suen,
Page Bouey-Suen and Ryan McGuigan

7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Father Marini
Eucharistic Ministers Judy Scannell (C), Gloria Landholt, Jake Landholt,
June Jackson, Carlo Noce, Marie Noce,
Joanne Quinn, Brian Mullins, Rose Jardin
Lector Tony Clifford and Al Reyes
Altar Servers Paul Landholt and Julie Landholt
9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Father Healy
Eucharistic Ministers Virginia Yanke (C), Aida Maron, Rob Aveson,
Al Romine, Jo Romine, Liz Rodriguez,
Helen Mantler, Liz Cesca, Kathy Semenza,
Joe Yanke, MaryAnn Saisi
Lectors Cathy Aveson
Altar Servers Laura Getzler and John Barbieri
11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Father Hung/Father Bruce
Eucharistic Ministers Gene May (C), Bruce Chester, Lourdes Jovero,
Pascual Astrero, Lucy Sing, Iris Reyes,
Reggie Reyes, Margo Giusti, Encar Sanchez,
Diane Murphy, Terry Thompson
Lectors Carmen Pisani and Thelma Tannis
Altar Servers Jessica Sinks and Madeline Sinks

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