St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, February 5, 2006

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

February 5, 2006
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

My wife Bernadette, my two granddaughters and I recently returned from our trip to South Africa and the experience was phenomenal. I have not been back there in twenty years since immigrating to the United States. It was great visiting with our families and the friends after so many years away.

The conditions of the churches over there however are all very poor and in need of so much. I had the honor of doing a homily at one of the churches which meant a lot to me.

The country is not how I imagined it would be after so many years, and I was disappointed in many things I saw and heard. For a country with all it’s rich minerals the conditions have gotten worse. The many families without homes, are one of the saddest things that I have encountered. This, and the fact that there is not enough employment for many young people.

The country is beautiful in many aspects but, on the other hand entering the townships is a different story. This is where you see poverty, children doing drugs, and people's homes all gated and barbed wired because they are afraid of break-ins and the gang fights in the community. It was very heart-breaking to see all these happening in a country which was my home for many years.

I continue to thank our Lord for giving me the opportunity many years ago to come to this country and raise my children in an environment different from the one that we experienced on our visit and I pray daily that the conditions of South Africa will improve for the better.

I ask each and every one of you to please keep them in your prayers.

Deacon John Meyer



Monday-February 6th
Readings: 1 Kgs 8:1-7,9-13 - Mk 6:53-56

Tuesday-February 7th
Readings: 1 Kgs 8:22-23,27-30 - Mk 7:1-13

Wednesday-February 8th
Readings: 1 Kgs 10:1-10 - Mk 7:14-23

Thursday-February 9th
Readings: 1 Kgs 11:4-13 - Mk 7:24-30

Friday-February 10th
Readings: 1 Kgs 11:29-32;12:19 - Mk 7:31-37

Saturday-February 11th
Readings: 1 Kgs 12:26-32;13:33-34 - Mk 8:1-10

Sunday-February 12th
Readings: Lv 13:1-2,44-46 - 1 Cor 10:31 - Mk 1:40-45


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Monday - February 6

Mass Intention
Michael & Noreen Heavey
Capella & Eskro Families †
8th Gr. Dinner Dance
Men's Club
Tuesday - February 7
Mass Intention 6:30a
Tony Mallamo †
John Erasmy †
Scripture Study
Religious Education
Sr. Legion of Mary
Deacon Meeting
Choir Practice
Mary's Chapel
Church & Hall
Mahoney Room
Wednesday - February 8
Mass Intention 6:30a
Peter Boncic †
John M. Cook †
7th Grade Cheerleading
Safe & Sacred Places
Choir Practice
Scripture Class
Convent Chapel

Thursday - February 9

Mass Intention 6:30a
Helen Miller †
Fr. Joe Healy †
Religious Education
SR Band
Euch. Min. Gathering
Church & Hall
Convent Chapel

Friday - February 10

Mass Intention 6:30a
Special Intention
Philip Garcia †
Men's Club

Saturday - February 11

Mass Intention 8:30a
Pauline Olivier †
People of St. Robert's
Sr. Computer Class
Euch. Min. Gathering
AA Meeting
Grief Consolation
Crab Dinner
Computer Room
Mahoney Room
Convent Chapel

Sunday - February 12

Mass Intention 7:30a
John M. Mocelin †
Chalres & Rita Agius †
Nancy DeBaptista †
Mary O'Brien †
Fil/Am Choir
Jr. Legion of Mary
Confirmation Class
Mahoney Room

As a Parish Community

We pray....for all who are sick or in pain. Through our care, may Jesus comfort and heal them.

Dear Parishioners

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. Please pray for:

William Dill and Patrick Griffin
this week


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Lena Venturi &
Audrey Black-Elm
who died recently.


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The Archdiocese of San Francisco is offering an intensive training workshop for all those interested in learning about the Consolation/Bereavement Ministry. If you would like to attend and work with the St. Robert’s Consolation Ministry, please, call Sister Patricia 589-0104 for more information.

To register for the training call Barbara Elordi at (415) 614-5506.

The training date is:

San Francisco
Holy Name Parish
Saturday, February 11th, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


February 11th

Please join Bishop John Wester and other friends of the Sisters of the Presentation for their annual Benefit Dinner at the Presentation Motherhouse, 2340 Turk Blvd., San Francisco, on Saturday, February 11th. Bishop Wester will celebrate Mass for guests at 5:15 p.m. A social hour and gourmet dinner follows. For more information or to book a reservation at $150 per person ($100 of which is tax deductible), please contact Helen Harwood, Director of Development, at (415) 422-5015 or


Saturday, March 11th

Young adult women are invited to Turning Your Heart to God, a time for reflection and sharing, on Saturday, March 11th, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Presentation Retreat Center in Los Gatos. This Lenten retreat is for young women who want to deepen their relationship with God and will help them explore their personal call from God. For more information or to reserve a space for this reflection day, please contact Sister Gloria Loy, PBVM, at (415) 422-5009 or


March 24-26

Is winter starting to get you down and you find yourself getting a little edgy with your spouse? How about getting away to renew your relationship? Sign up today for a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend and banish the blahs. For more information, call Paul and Yvonne at (650) 366--7093 or go to The next weekend is in Burlingame.


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February 11th

Saint Robert’s Grief Support Group will hold a meeting on February 11th 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 and comfort you in your sorrow. Call Sister Patricia 589-0104 or any of the Consolation Ministry Committee.



Spiritual Reading will be 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 interest you. You may keep the books until you have them read. We have some books on the Library cart but we have many more in the Library/Reconciliation room.

Enjoy Reading


February 8th

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 February 8th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items are ok!



Our parish includes young adults, families with children, midlife folks and elders, each with their own preferences in terms of liturgy. We hope to help everyone pray through the various types of liturgies we offer. The 4:30 pm, 7:30 am and 11:30 am Masses are fairly traditional, with organ and piano accompaniment for the hymns. The 9:30 am is the Family Mass with more upbeat music, children’s Liturgy of the Word, the children’s choir on the last Sunday of the month, and children invited up around the altar for the Eucharistic Prayer. The 5 pm Mass has contemporary music with piano, bass and flute and is geared to young adults and youth. You are, of course, welcome to come to whichever Mass you’d like.



All men of the parish are invited to the Men's Club meeting this Monday, February 6th in Hennessy Hall, the doors open at 6:00 p.m. Please come and enjoy a great dinner, cold drinks and camaraderie, all are welcome.


Saturday, February 11th

Men's Club Crab Dinner and Dance will be held next Saturday February 11th in Hennessy Hall, this event helps raise funds for our school sports program. Doors open at 6:00 p.m, featuring live music from St. Robert's House Band, "Ball of Confusion" Please call Dan Uroz for reservations.



Give Life , Give Love at St. Roberts Blood Drive
Today 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Hennessy Hall

Donor Requirements:
Be in good health.
Weigh at least 110 pounds.
Have a snack before donating.
Drink extra water/juice.
Bring picture identification.
Have not traveled to a malaria area in the past 12 months.


(Toddlers, Infants, Preschoolers & Parents Social)

The Potluck for Friday, February 10th has been postponed.

A very special event is planned for the near future. Watch this space. For more information visit our website:



St. Robert’s Hall
Wednesday, Feb 8th, 7 to 9pm

Teen Meeting for those in Public High Schools
To help keep teens safe and smart around the issues of sexual abuse



One of the excellent suggestions given through the parish survey was that we highlight the ministries and organizations our parish has been blessed with twice a month . This week we highlight


Our Women’s Guild is open to all women of the parish and their guests. Our meetings are the 2nd Monday of the month where we enjoy a fabulous dinner, drinks and dessert. We review current events going on in both the school and parish and its is a great opportunity to meet new people.

There are a number of events that we host each year that everyone is invited to. They include: Grandparents Day, Breakfast with Santa, and the Spell-A-Thon. Our biggest fundraising event is our Dinner Dance which will be held this year in March (see information below) The evening will include dinner, our 8th grade entertainment and a live band. There will also be a live and silent auction.

If you would like any further information about the Women’s Guild please call the Rectory at (650) 589-2800 and they will have a representative of the Guild contact you.


"A Night of Glitter, Glamor and Glitz"

Saturday March 4th at 5 P.m.
Crowne Plaza, Burlingame

Don't miss attending this year's Dinner Dance.
Seating lis limited.

Tickets will be available after the Sunday 9:30am Mass or by calling Annetta Giambruno.


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Thank you for your generous donation of $4,857.87
to our St. Vincent de Paul Society.



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April 6th



E-Contributions for January 4th collection were $3,613.39

Go to and click on the e-contributions button. The first page explains the details. There is a button to take you to the e-paluch registration page. You can register online using either your checking account or credit card. There is no cost to you for this service.


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This week a great woman died, Coretta Scott King, the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr., who embodied his ideals and continued to work for justice and peace after his death in 1968. She experienced the hatred of those who uphold the status quo, including death threats against their family of four children. Providentially, I happened upon a Pax Christi reprint of a leaflet published Dec. 19, 1956 to prepare their Montgomery community to re-board integrated buses. (These were the same buses which African-Americans were forced to enter from the back door lest they accidentally brush against a white person sitting in the front section.) Though it is too long to reprint in its entirety, I offer some excerpts for all of us who have ever been tempted to repay rudeness with anger or insult with violence in word or deed.

  1. Not all white people are opposed to integrated buses. Accept good will on the part of many.

  2. Pray for guidance and commit yourself to complete nonviolence in word and action as you enter the bus.

  3. Demonstrate the calm dignity of our Montgomery people in your actions.

  4. In all things observe ordinary rules of courtesy and good behavior.

  5. Remember that this is not a victory for Negroes alone, but for all Montgomery and the South. Do not boast! Do not brag!

  6. If cursed, do not curse back. If pushed, do not push back. If struck, do not strike back, but evidence love and good will at all times.

  7. For the first few days, try to get on the bus with a friend in whose nonviolence you have confidence. You can uphold one another by a glance or a prayer.

  8. Be quiet, but friendly; proud, but not arrogant; joyous, but not boisterous.

  9. Be loving enough to absorb evil and understanding enough to turn an enemy into a friend. [If anyone would like the entire sheet, I’ll gladly reprint it for you.]

Jesus heals Simon’s mother-in-law from a fever. In what area of my life do I need to be healed? Often, it is my perception which needs examination, since from what I perceive comes my reaction of being slighted or ignored or disrespected. Is my perception accurate? If I am being disrespected, what might be a nonviolent way of responding? Will my reacting disrespectfully accomplish anything? Am I able to absorb the other person’s negativity and then let it go? If I notice in a grocery store that a clerk seems short-tempered or crabby, I’ll say something like, “It sounds as though you’re not having a good day.”

Inevitably, the person will tell me about a family situation or other difficult experience which has taken place that day. I’ve recognized the person’s humanity; some of the tension has been released; and successive customers will receive the courteous attention the clerk usually offers. A more fruitful response than growling back at the clerk, yes? Peace, S. Sheral


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Craig & Leslie Sis & Family
Michael & Maile Villavicencio & Family
Raymond & Rowena Dizon & 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. If you chose, you can register online at:


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February 11th and 12th

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers R. Aveson (C), C/M Noce, C. Holland,
J. Finnegan, C. Carter, A. Ciraulo,
M. Ciraulo, B. Castro-Leon, M. Murphy
Lector P. Scannell
Altar Servers S. Compton and K. Kent

Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers E. Ruggiero (C), R. Jardin, Y. Giuseponi,
J. Aldinger, Y. Ignzcio
Lectors R. Rolfes and J. Moresco
Altar Servers M. Kelly and C. Clarke
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers J. Romine (C), M. Blumenthal, M. Lopez,
L. Cesca, J. Kelly, M. Bologna,
A. Romine, L. Rodriguez, S. Murray
Lectors M. Compton and D. Wilson
Altar Servers J. Ibarra and M. Lynch
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. Hung/Deacon Meyer
Eucharistic Ministers G. May (C), H. Madayag, H. Mantler,
L. Jovero, J. Yee, A. Maron, T. Estelita,
R. Benavente, C. Pacas, R. Pacas
Lectors T. Tannis and H. Valle
Altar Servers J. Abellana and V. Abellana

Sunday, 5:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers J. Landholt (C), C. Fitzpatrick, J. Arellano,
C. Hawkins, Van. Hawkins, B. Rodriguez,
P. Landholt, M. Koski, D. Katches
Lector Confirmation Lector
Altar Servers L. Fonseca and D. McKenna

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