St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, May 15, 2005

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

May 15, 2005
Pentecost Sunday


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Dear Church of God at St. Robert’s,

I know this is an unusual greeting, but I adapted it from St. Paul who regularly addressed the believers in a particular town with this type of salutation. We may not think of ourselves as the Church, but we truly are. We have been hearing St. Paul tell us as much when he calls us “living stones,” “a chosen race, a royal people, a holy nation, a people of his own.” What great dignity is ours! Surely, we are not perfect and our Church is not perfect, but we and our Church are guided by the Spirit whose presence we celebrate today. God believes in us and entrusts the message of the gospel, the good news, to our imperfect selves.

One of the challenges of our new Holy Father will be the interaction between the local Church, the People of God of an (arch)diocese, for example, represented by the (arch)bishop, and the universal Church, represented by the Holy Father. The relationship between the proper authority of each national Synod of Bishops and the authority of the Pope was not adequately dealt with during the Second Vatican Council. Many analysts would concur that the proper role of national conferences of bishops, whose members know the needs of their people, has been eroded during this papacy in favor of more centralized decision-making. With the expansion of global communications, we realize how different the Church is bound to be in the various countries and cultures in which she finds herself.

Happy Birthday, Church! With the coming of the Spirit, the message of Jesus extends from a doubting, yet faithful, little group of disciples to the known world of that time. With the coming of the Spirit, Jesus’ presence is not limited to one place at a time (as the body of any human being is), but now Jesus can be present through the Spirit in many people and places and throughout human history. May we each be a presence of the Lord through the Spirit in our place and time. Peace, S. Sheral


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Monday - May 16
Readings: Sir 1:1-10     Mk 9:14-29

Mass Intention
All Mothers
Anthony Attard †
Uniform Exchange
8th Grade Play Practice
Tuesday - May 17
Readings: Sir 2:1-11     Mk 9:30-37
Mass Intention 6:30
All Mothers
Kathleen Sullivan †
Faith Sharing Group
Religious Education
Legion of Mary
Youth Ministry
Mary's Chapel
Church & Hall
Wednesday - May 18
Readings: Sir 4:11-19     Mk 9:38-40
Mass Intention 6:30
Joey Marty †
Pasquale & Maria Aloise †
School Multi-Cultural Day
7th Grade Cheerleading
Choir Practice
Athletic Board Meeting
Bible Study
Parking Lot
Convent Chapel

Thursday - May 19
Readings: Sir 5:1-8     Mk 9:41-50

Mass Intention 6:30
In Thanksgiving
Elio Sarti †
School Multi-Cultural Day
Religious Education
Youth Ministry
School Board
Church & Hall
Mahoney Room

Friday - May 20
Readings: Sir 6:5-17     Mk 10:1-12

Mass Intention 6:30
Guadalupe De Estrada †
James Silva †
8th Grade Cheerleading
8th Grade Party Meeting

Saturday - May 21
Readings: Sir 17:1-15     Mk 10:13-16

Mass Intention 8:30
Paul & Rosina Vella †
John Rudometkin †
Consolation Ministry
Band Fundraiser
Convent Chapel

Sunday - May 22
Readings: Ex 34:4b-6,8-9     2 Cor 13:11-13     Jn 3:16-18

Mass Intention 7:30
Genevieve Clare Daveggio †
People of St. Robert's
Carmela Dellegrazie †
Irene Vidulich †
Fil/Am Choir
Legion of Mary
Youth Ministry
Mahoney Room

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Many parishioners in Saint Robert’s do not realize that our ST. VINCENT DE PAUL Conference is actually split into 2 Divisions-one is our team that delivers food, scrip and vouchers for various pieces of furniture, and assists with partial rent and PG&E payments.

The 2nd group serve lunches to the HOMELESS people that “line-up” every day at 344 Grand Ave. in South San Francisco. They prepare over 100 lunches daily for people who live in the streets or in automobiles. It is a “real education” to visit with the men, women and children who stand in these lines.

Our volunteers are: Bunny Moniz, Mary Barbieri, Don and Jeanne Bisagno, Tom and Marilyn Dachauer, Bill Larsen, Fred Farr, Joe Lambert, Helen Mantler, Carlo and Marie Noce, Emil and Helen Ruggiero, Amparo Prieto and John and Ruby Valdez.

We thank everyone for their dedicated service.



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) www.hh Saturday, May 21st.

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 for reservations and directions.

Feel free to invite new TIPPSters!



Saint Robert’s Grief Support Group will hold “ A Special Prayer Service of Remembrance” on Saturday, May 21st in the Convent Chapel from 2:45-4:15 p.m. (before the 4:30 p.m. Mass). Anyone who is grieving 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 as support and strength. God Bless you in your sorrow. If you plan to attend, please, call Sister Patricia at 589-0104.


New Members Needed

The Grief Support Ministry is in need of new members. If you (male or female) have a kind compassionate heart and are willing to make a phone call and listen to a person who has recently lost a loved one and feel that you could help lighten the burden of sorrow of that person, please join us. Barbara Elordi, from the San Francisco Archdiocese has promised to conduct a training workshop for all those interested. For more information talk to Sister Patricia, Sophia and Bruce Chester, Rita Lille, Lidia Vinal, Florence Martinez, Marie Noce and Dolores Johnson.



St. Roberts Junior Legion of Mary (ages 7-17) years) meet every Sunday after the 11:30 a.m. Mass in the Mahoney Room. On Sunday, May 22nd, they will have an outdoor Crowning of the Blessed Mother in the Kindergarten Patio. Come and pray the Rosary for world peace with them. If interested in joining the Junior Legion, please, come to the Mahoney Room after the 11:30 a.m Mass or call Encar Sanchez, Rose Jardin, Albert Reyes. You can reach Sister Patricia at 589-0104 or contact any Senior Legion of Mary member.


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David & Kelly Newman & Family
Joseph & Deborah Campagna & Family
Jose & Shannon Vilchez & Family
Randy & Raina Thomas & Family
Federico & Remedios Fernandez
Robert & Linda Marie Boyd
Douglas & Regina McKenzie & 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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2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010

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

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 physically 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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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 15th.


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As a parish community, we pray that the spirit of God will rest upon many of our youth and lead them to dedicate their lives to serve as priests, deacons, sisters and brothers.



Dante Mario Venturi,
Alejandro O’Connor Sarria &
Logan Alexander Laurance



Frances Busuttil & Frederick Simmons


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Sheral Marshall
(Mother of Sister Sheral) &
John Renault
who died recently.



The Archdiocesan Office of Public Policy and Social Concerns invites all interested parishioners to its annual breakfast at the St. Francis Room, St. Mary’s Cathedral this Tuesday on the social justice issue of Human Trafficking. The speaker is Sister Sheila Novak, SDS who will address this issue as a horrifying modern form of slavery. The U.S. State Department reported in June 2004, that 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked annually into this country having been bought, sold, transported and held in inhumane conditions for forced use as prostitutes or laborers. The breakfast buffet begins at 7:30 am, followed by the speaker and questions and answers and concluding with prayer at 9:30 am. The cost is $20, payable at the door; please RSVP at 415-614-5567.


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Thank you for your generous donation of $2,754.32 to our School, CCD and Confirmation Programs

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by Sister Sheral

Notice that at the end of the gospel passage Jesus says, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” Only God can forgive sins, but here, through the sharing in that Spirit of the Risen One, Jesus gives that divine gift of forgiveness to the disciples. We usually associate these words with the priest’s action in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, but since we also have received the Spirit in baptism and confirmation, don’t we, too, share that gift of forgiveness? Most of us know that forgiveness is one of the most difficult virtues to practice, but we could begin by asking forgiveness for the many small (and not so small) ways we unwittingly hurt each other at work or home or school. You’ve had a mutually hurtful exchange and you’re confronted with a choice: wait for the other person (who undoubtedly bears most of the blame for the argument) to apologize or you apologize yourself or you approach the other and calmly express your feelings. Don’t most of us opt for the former? And we stew in our anger. Obviously, every situation is unique, but as believers, might we at least consider one of the other options? It is not God’s wish for any of us to be in an abusive situation, and if that is the case, we may need to absent ourselves from the situation or relationship. If we find that we can never take the first step to apologize, that we are never at fault in a misunderstanding or argument, we probably need to stop and make an honest assessment of our attitude and actions. May God’s Spirit help us to be aware of opportunities for forgiveness and to humbly ask this gift from others. Peace, S. Sheral

The Question of Jerusalem
Palestinian and Jewish peace groups are asking that Americans write their senators asking them to oppose SJR 14, a resolution introduced by three senators to have Congress declare Jerusalem “the undivided capital of Israel.” Though there is little concern that this resolution will pass, those working for peace feel that senators need to know how strongly their constituents oppose such ideas which contradict the American-backed roadmap for peace in the Holy Land. Our bishops conference has also encouraged efforts for peace which include some sort of sharing of Jerusalem, a city holy to Christians, Jews and Muslims alike.


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Dear Parish Family,
As I reflect on the great feast of Pentecost, I wonder what the Apostles must have thought when the gift of the Spirit came to them. I'm sure they were anxious about the prospect of going out into the world to spread the good word that had been entrusted to them. I'm sure they were comfortable staying at home, but now they were being challenged to leave their comfort zones and to go out and make a difference in the world. As I reflect on this, it hits very close to home.

With very deep mixed emotions, I announce that I am leaving St. Robert's this year. I have been offered and accepted a fulltime teaching position at St. Peter's Grammar School, where I have been subbing for the last three months. I am very sad to leave, but am very grateful. St. Robert's will always be home to me and will always be a second family to me. I have never seen a parish as vibrant or alive as ours. My life has been touched in so many ways and now I take everything St. Robert's has given me and share it with St. Peter's. I cannot put into words how grateful I truly am. I am keeping my SRYOUTHMINISTER@AOL.COM, e-mail account open to stay in touch and I hope a lot of you do.

God Bless,


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May 21st and 22nd

4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Father Hung/Deacon Duffey
Eucharistic Ministers R. Hanley, Di. Hageman, Doug Hageman,
J. Hageman, C. Carter, M. Murphy,
B. Moniz, C. Cox, R. Aveson
Lectors C. Clarke and M. Dachauer
Altar Servers J. Barbieri and J. Mullady

7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Father Healy
Eucharistic Ministers E. Ruggiero (C), R. Vassaol, B. Albright,
Y. Giuseponi, T. Montross
Lector T. Clifford and J. Scanlan
Altar Servers J. Wright and B. Marshall
9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers J. Yanke (C), V. Yanke, J. Kelly,
C. Zolezzi, M. Saisi, A. Romine,
J. Romine, P. Byrne, L. Cesca
Lectors D. Wilson, and J. Valdez
Altar Servers J. Ibarra and E. Schick
11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Father Marini
Eucharistic Ministers M. Giusti (C), T. Estelita, S. Lucchese,
R. Benavente, V/L Piccinini, L. Sing,
D. Murphy, S. Stefaniuk, H. Mantler
Lectors T. Tannis and H. Beck
Altar Servers M. Reidy and D. Masga

5:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Father Healy
Eucharistic Ministers M. Salvato (C), N. Giuseponi, R. Atkinson,
J. Landholt, G. Landholt, L. Cuddy,
D. Chun, T. Thompson, V. Hawkins
Lector R. Rolfes
Altar Servers A. DeMartini and J. Belluomini

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