St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, May 8, 2005

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

May 8, 2005
Seventh Sunday of Easter


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Dear friends in Christ,

“A reading from the CONCLUSION” of the holy gospel according to Matthew.” This is one of my favorite books in the New Testament. When I read this book for the first time (I think I was 14) and came to the last few pages, I found myself reading slowly, savoring every word. I did not want the story to end. The time I had spent with the characters had been exciting, and here I was, without them.

Today's gospel, as you heard, is from the conclusion. Jesus is leaving the earth, body and soul, and ascending into heaven. He will be joining his Father, and his friends will not see him again. Imagine how the apostles responded; they were not ready to be without Jesus. The ending had come too soon; they had loved being with them. The gospel, however, does not focus on a depressed group of disciples. Instead, we have an image of the apostles keeping the Lord with them by talking about him, sharing his teachings, baptizing others so they, too, might share the same message. Perhaps we should say, “A reading from the conclusion of the holy gospel according to Matthew and the beginning of a life devoted to bringing Jesus and his Word alive to others.”

This feast of the Ascension is an exciting one. What begins as sadness at saying goodbye to Jesus, ends with the realization that Jesus will always be with the disciples and us. When we pray and offer the sign of peace at Mass, it is a reminder of Jesus and a way for us to share his message with each other. We are literally passing the Word along that we, as Christians, follow the life of Jesus, a life of peace and love of friend, family and stranger. Today we are given the challenge of continuing to pass the word, the exciting message that Jesus is here for all of us.

Happy Mother's Day and congratulations to our First Communicants. Please know that I carry you I my heart and prayers.

God love you; I do!
Father Joe


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Monday - May 9
Readings: Acts 19:1-8     Jn 16:29-33

Mass Intention
All Mothers
Mary Keenan †
Women's Guild Meeting
St. Vincent de Paul
Mahoney Room
Tuesday - May 10
Readings: Acts 20:17-27     Jn 17:1-11a
Mass Intention 6:30
All Mothers
Adalin Lagomarsino †
Eucharistic Adoration
Faith Sharing Group
Religious Education
Legion of Mary
Liturgy Committee Meeting
Youth Ministry
Mary's Chapel
Church & Hall
Convent Chapel
Wednesday - May 11
Readings: Acts 20:28-38     Jn 17:11b-19
Mass Intention 6:30
All Mothers
Reno Tonegato †
7th Grade Cheerleading
Choir Practice
Athletic Board Meeting
Bible Study
Convent Chapel

Thursday - May 12
Readings: Acts 22:30;23:6-11     Jn 17:20-26

Mass Intention 6:30
All Mothers
Charles & Rita Agius †
Religious Education
Fil/Am Group
Church & Hall
Convent Chapel

Friday - May 13
Readings: Acts 1:15-17,20-26     Jn 15:9-17

Mass Intention 6:30
All Mothers
In Thanksgiving
8th Grade Cheerleading
8th Grade Party Meeting

Saturday - May 14
Readings: Acts 28:16-20,30-31     Jn 21:20-25

Mass Intention 8:30
All Mothers
Ernest Ronzani †
First Eucharist 9:00a Hall/Church

Sunday - May 15
Readings: Acts 2:1-11     1 Cor 12:3b-7,12-13      Jn 20:19-23

Mass Intention 7:30
People of St. Robert's
All Mothers
Mary J. Rivers †
Ana Kovacevic †
Fil/Am Celebration of Mary
Fil/Am Choir
Legion of Mary
Youth Mass
Youth Ministry
Mahoney Room

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You are cordially invited to attend the
Installation Dinner of the 2005-2006 Women’s Guild

Tomorrow, Monday, May 9th. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Price is $15.00 per person. Call Teresa Nussbaum to reserve your spot.


Toddlers, Infants, Preschoolers and Parents Social

Join St. Robert’s TIPPS at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo!!
(located just off Hwy 280 in San Jose)

Saturday, May 21, 2005
(rescheduled from April 23rd due to rain)

Happy Hollow has lots of activities for young children and toddlers. The Pirate’s Cove picnic area is reserved from 10am to 1pm. Bring a picnic lunch or enjoy the snack bar. Our group rate is $5 per adult and child over 2. Free for children under 2. Parking is $6. For those wishing to leave together, we will meet in St. Robert’s school parking lot at 9:30 am.

Please contact Andrew or Ana Kimoto or email for reservations and directions.

Feel free to invite new TIPPSters!


May 11th

We are scheduled for the 2nd Wednesday of each month. If you can prepare a favorite cookie, snack or lunch item for 10 to 12 people, please drop it off at the Children's Chapel, in the back of Church, by 9 a.m. on May 11th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items help!



I wish to thank all who made my Jubilee celebration so beautiful and memorable. Thank you Msgr. Bruce Dreier for making it possible. Thank you Men's Club and Women’s Guild for helping with the reception thank you to the priests for concelebrating the Mass.

I remember you all with gratitude and affection.



Please join our Filipino community in honoring Mary during the 11:30 a.m. Mass next Sunday. All young people of the parish are invited to be in the opening procession and to bring flowers to Mary, the Mother of Jesus and Mother of the Church. We are also all invited to a reception in the hall afterwards.


Next Weekend

Please wear red or orange next weekend so we can remind each other of the coming of the Spirit in “tongues as of fire.” Pentecost is the birthday of the Church, so Happy Birthday, Everyone!



If you’d like to bring flowers to keep our May altar (or any of the altars) looking lovely, please do! They are usually arranged/re-arranged on Tuesdays and Fridays. If you have about an hour any time on Fridays, Sr. Sheral would be most grateful for your help. Please call her at 589-2800. Thank you.



Darlene Esola,
Marcie Elmore,
Mike Herrera,
Gerry Landholt,
Gloria Landholt and
Kathy Lynch

On receiving the Pius X Award
for their 5 yeas teaching in our
Parish Religious Education Program.

Thank you



The election for School Board and Athletic Board will be on the weekend of May 21st and May 22nd. If you desire to run for one of these offices or to be considered for appointment to the Finance Committee please click here to view the St. Robert's Election Application. Complete the application and put it in the Sunday collection basket by May 9th.


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2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010

June 3rd-June 5th
A Renewal for Busy People
Father DeMello

250 Oak Grove, Menlo Park, CA 94025
650- 325-5614 ext. 14

June 3rd-5th
Living the Beatitudes Today
Toinette Eugene, PhD.

June 17th-19th
Eucharist and Healing
A silent retreat for men and women.
Father Richard Bain

P.O. Box 767, Danville, CA 94526-0767

May 29th/1-5 p.m.
Day of Dialogue
Richard Purcell, OFM

May 31st - 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Marian Day
The Magnificent of Mary
Evan Howard, OFM

RETROUVAILLE, a program for trouble marriages

Held in Foster City, on June 17-19th, a program presented by three couples and a priest helps couples heal and reconcile their differences. Program has communication, reconciliation and forgiveness. All couples who have mentally or physcially packed their bags are welcome. After this weekend, six follow up sessions over the next 90 days are held at St. Dunstan, Millbrae. More info at Call Tony and Pat Fernandez at (415) 893-1005 or Ed and Peg Gleason (415) 221-4269.


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As a parish community, we pray….that our Mothers, Grandmothers, God-Mothers and all women who nurture and love us will enjoy dignity, respect and unconditional love on this Mother’s Day and every day.



Sarah Helen Brenner & Roger Luis Sarria



This Tuesday from after the 8:30 am Mass until 3:30 pm, you are invited to spend some time before the Blessed Sacrament. Each month during this Eucharistic Year designated by the late Pope John Paul II, in addition to the first Saturday adoration, we are offering this opportunity for prayer. Once a woman who spent much time in church was asked what she was doing all that time. “I look at him and he looks at me,” she responded.


A Mother’s Day Prayer

God of Love, listen to our prayer for the mothers of our parish.
Bless them with the strength of your Spirit,
as they teach their children how to walk and how to play.

Bless them with the melody of your love,
as they teach their children how to speak,
how to sing and how to pray to you.

Bless them with a sense of your presence,
as they feed and nurture the life of the family you have given them.

Let them feel how much you love them and
grant them to be merciful with themselves.

Bless them now in this lifetime with joy, love, laughter and
pride in their children and with the support of close friends.



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by Sister Sheral

Having spent most of the past two weeks with my Mom, I had lots of time to reflect on many things. I was aware of a role reversal, wondering how many times she had sat by my bed when I was sick as a child. Some of the time, she would open her eyes and make all the sense in the world: “It’s so good to see you all!” Other times, I hadn’t a clue what she was trying to say as the Alzheimer’s scrambled her words. She is at a wonderful facility called Somerford Place in Roseville where I witnessed amazing love from everyone. The activity director came in to kiss her before she went off shift; the caregivers stroked her cheek as they explained that they needed to roll her over; the housekeepers regularly greeted her, including the young man who came in on his day off to see how she was doing. We have been blessed that this disease has left Mom gentle, loving and grateful for the littlest thing. She would often tell someone how pretty she looked or how nicely her hair was fixed. I have known wonderful people made belligerent and foul-mouthed by Alzheimer’s, totally against their will. How much more challenging to show compassionate love towards these people who are so difficult to love!

Not knowing when a stroke or heart attack might take her, we said our good-byes. There seems to be such a mystery about dying. When I asked her if she was ready to die, she paused and said, “I don’t know.” When I asked if she was afraid to die, she answered, “No.” Even when it seems sudden from our perspective, is the time of death worked out between God and the person? How is it that so often when a family member keeps vigil all night, then leaves for a bathroom break or a cup of coffee, the loved one dies? Was Jean-Paul Sartre correct when he wrote that we are born and die alone? With Alzheimer’s, does the person still do a review of life in preparation for that most important journey? My hope is that my Dad who died May 12, 1994 may come and walk her home. Thank you for all your prayers and concern for her and for me and my family. We have felt your support.

Peace, S. Sheral


St. Robert's School Second Graders
who received their First Eucharist
on Saturday, May 7th


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Home stand ending 5/1/2005 (we worked eight games)



Next games:

Tuesday, May 10th - leave St. Robert's at 2:45
Friday, May 20th - leave St. Robert's at 2:45
Saturday, May 21st (full)
Tuesday, May 24th - leave St. Robert's at 2:45
Wednesday, May 25th - leave St. Robert's at 2:45
Thursday, May 26th - leave St. Robert's at 2:45
Friday, May 27th - leave St. Robert's at 2:45

We can accommodate a few people each game who can
meet us at SBC Park no later than 6:00 p.m. See Fr. Bruce
for details.


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May 14th and 15th

4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Father Healy
Eucharistic Ministers P. Schaukowitch (C), J. Scannell, T. Dachauer,
B. Castro-Leon, C. Holland, R. Aveson,
D. Bisagno, R. Larsen, B. Larsen
Lectors C. Aveson and J. Cronin
Altar Servers K. Kent and D. Lara

7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers W. Mooney (C), J. Jackison, C. Noce,
M. Noce, J. Aldinger
Lector P. Lustic and A. Reyes
Altar Servers P. Landholt and J. Landholt
9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers R. Valdez (C), M. Blumenthal, C. Fitzpatrick,
L. Rodriguez, K. Semenza, M. Bologna,
J. Valdez, G. Tolentino, L. Cesca
Lectors T. Tullius and M. Parasdas
Altar Servers M. Silva and K. Bendick
11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Father Marini
Eucharistic Ministers G. May (C), B. Chester, J. Yee,
C. Pacas, B. Pacas, H. Madayag,
C. Ortiz, L. Juvero, P. Astero
Lectors C. Pisani and F. Firpo
Altar Servers M. Norton and N. Valle

5:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Father Hung/Deacon Duffey
Eucharistic Ministers J. Schaukowitch (C), D. Valiao, S. Donohue,
A. Ciraulo, M. Ciraulo, M. Santiago,
E. Donnelly
Lector C. Galletta
Altar Servers B. Valiao and J. Uroz

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