St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, February 12, 2006

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

February 12, 2006
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time


A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said
“If you wish, you can make me clean”
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand,
Touched him, and said to him,
“I do will it. Be made clean”
Mark 1:40

Our readings today deal with leprosy.

Leprosy, also called Hansen’s Disease, infects the skin and surface nerves, causing disfiguration. This is a dreaded disease in many parts of the world today as it was in Biblical times. Of all human diseases leprosy was and still is the most feared, hated and the individual suffering from it the most cruelly treated. Jesus was very aware of the Jewish cultural approach to the leper. Yet, he defied tradition and healed the poor suffering victims of leprosy. He actually physically touched them, spoke kindly to them and offered them a whole new life. He saw the inner beauty of the individual not the ugly disfigured exterior.

Great was Jesus' compassion for these lepers, the outcasts of society. These were men, women and children disowned even by their own families living in the outskirts of the towns and villages and begging for and waiting for food to be thrown at them from afar while they called out “unclean”. Isaiah, the prophet had foretold that the Messiah would be recognized by his works; “The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured and the deaf hear and the dead raise, and the Good News is preached to the poor”.-Matt 11:5

Jesus effects an even greater healing when, as the physician of the soul, heals us of the leprosy of sin. Jesus, the sinless one, has power over sin and death. He forgives us and expects us to forgive others. When He gave us the “Our Father” he taught us to ask His Heavenly Father to, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” We set the scales of forgiveness. We ask God to forgive us to the degree that we are willing to forgive others.

This week we celebrate Valentine’s Day and share the love of a forgiving and healing God with our friends, foes and families.

Happy Valentine’s Day
Sister Patricia



Monday-February 13th
Readings: Jas 1:1-11 - Mk 8:11-13

Tuesday-February 14th
Readings: Jas 1:12-18 - Mk 8:14-21

Wednesday-February 15th
Readings: Jas 1:19-27 - Mk 8:22-26

Thursday-February 16th
Readings: Jas 2:1-9 - Mk 8:27-33

Friday-February 17th
Readings: Jas 2:14-24,26 - Mk 8:34--9:1

Saturday-February 18th
Readings: Jas 3:1-10 - Mk 9:2-13

Sunday-February 19th
Readings: Is 43:18-19,21-22 - 2 Cor 1:18-22
Mk 2:1-12


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Monday - February 13

Mass Intention
Garth Klingensmith &
Michael Virapaeff †
Ivan Gregor †
8th Grade Dinner Dance
Women's Guild
St. Vincent de Paul
Mahoney Room
Tuesday - February 14
Mass Intention 6:30a
Roger Hammon †
Marija Boncic †
Scripture Study
Religious Education
Sr. Legion of Mary
Liturgy Committee
Choir Practice
Mary's Chapel
Church & Hall
Convent Chapel
Wednesday - February 15
Mass Intention 6:30a
Jeff Hobbs †
Adolph & Rita Fambrini †
7th Grade Cheerleading
Choir Practice
Scripture Class
Convent Chapel

Thursday - February 16

Mass Intention 6:30a
Tom Faenzi †
Joe Cassanego †
Religious Education
School Board Meeting
Church & Hall
Convent Chapel
Mahoney Room

Friday - February 17

Mass Intention 6:30a
Faustina Badiable †
Thomas Daly †
8th Grade Dinner Dance

Saturday - February 18

Mass Intention 8:30a
Marie Burns †
Bill Wilson †
Sr. Computer Class
AA Meeting
8th Grade Dinner Dance
Computer Room
Mahoney Room

Sunday - February 19

Mass Intention 7:30a
Joseph Emilio †
People of St. Robert's
Faustina Badiable †
Ann Poretti †
Fil/Am Choir
Jr. Legion of Mary
Mahoney Room

As a Parish Community

We pray....on this World Marriage Day, for a greater respect of marriage and family and for all married couples. May God give them comfort and strength in each other and joy in their children.



Christina Rebecca Paunga

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:

Cosme Larlos and William Dill
this week


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Sandra Seymour and Patrick Griffin
who died recently.



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.



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


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Thank you for your generous donation of $2,513.93
to our School, CCD and Confirmation programs.



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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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It’s been a long time, I’m told, since our parish has had a mission. Well, we have one planned for March 13-15 with two representatives of Catholic Relief Services, Joseph Hastings from Seattle and Thomas Awiapo from Uganda. Their sharing on the scriptures and our everyday lives will definitely help us enter into the Lenten season. They will speak at the Masses the weekend before, so you’ll have an opportunity to meet them. The actual parish mission Monday through Wednesday will consist of presentations after the 8:30 am Mass and evening presentations at 7:30 pm in the church. (They will also be speaking to the confirmation classes and the students at St. Robert’s School, as well as at some of the high schools in the area.) Please put the dates on your calendar, so that you have an opportunity to be inspired by these two good men!

Also, we’re looking for hospitality – a place to stay for Thomas – preferably nearby, from Saturday evening through Wednesday evening. If someone has a mother-in-law apartment or similar arrangement to offer for those nights, please contact me at 589-2800.

Thank you. S. Sheral



Tomorrow, Monday, February 13th
at 6:30 p.m. in Hennessy Hall

You are cordially invited to this month’s Women’s Guild Mystery Guest Dinner . We will be honoring a very special lady. So you will not want to miss this. The cost is $10 per person.


"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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The readings today are again on healing, this time of the leper, despised because of his illness which in those days was seen as an effect of sin, either his or that of a family member. Jesus breaks the taboo by touching him and making him clean. As often happens in Mark’s gospel, Jesus tells him to tell no one and he promptly tells everyone he encounters! And who of us wouldn’t do the same. He has been freed from isolation, from the disdain of the community.

The word spreads far and wide and people flock to Jesus in the deserted places, hoping for his loving touch. This attitude of Jesus is sometimes called “the Messianic secret,” since in Mark’s gospel, Jesus doesn’t want to be known or believed in for his miracles alone. He may also want to avoid political expectations that he would lead a revolt against the occupying Romans. Mark has him acknowledge the title Messiah in the midst of his suffering during the trial scene (Mark 14.60-62), when he is truly the Messiah in his death and resurrection.

The second reading today contains the sentence. “Avoid giving offense, whether to the Jews or Greeks or the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in every way, not seeking my own benefit but that of the many, that they may be saved” (1 Cor. 10.32-33). How helpful it would have been for the Danish and other European newspaper staffs to have reflected on this advice before publishing the cartoons ridiculing the prophet Mohammed! The claim of free speech as permitting such disrespect rings hollow. Is there not enough animosity and misunderstanding between the Moslem world and the West without such pointed antagonism? Remember how hurt and angry we were when an artist ridiculed Jesus on the cross? The more we love and reverence the Trinity, the more we ought to respect the central personages of other faiths. Let us pray that the words of the chief imams be heeded and that the violence subsides.

Our community had a retreat day Saturday at the Holy Family Center in Fremont, focused on Jesus and our relationship to him. As I went outside to pray, I was taken back to my early days as a Franciscan when I had prayed that my life would become so entwined with Jesus that people couldn’t tell where his life stopped and mine began. That image has been very helpful to me as it calls me to remember that he is now present in the world through me (and you, of course!) and every other person who tries to follow the gospel. The Spirit enables us to be Christ for the world. What do people see in us: The compassion of Jesus towards someone whom our society considers an “outcast”? His healing presence through our listening to another’s pain? His encouragement to a fearful elder? His love for children through our addressing them as well as their parents? If we believe that, through baptism, we’ve been given a share in the life of the Trinity, wouldn’t we want to let everyone know, like the leper who was cleansed?

Peace to you and yours! S. Sheral


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Greg & Michelle Nicklas & Family
Jovita Tinio
Brian Villavicencio
Cosme & Susana Larlos

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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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.



Saturday, March 11th, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Presentation Retreat Center, Los Gatos

Young adult women are invited to Turning Your Heart to God, a time for reflection and sharing.

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 Loya, PBVM, at (415) 422-5009.


If anyone speaks ill of you, praise them always.
If anyone injures you, serve them nicely.
If anyone persecutes you, help them in all possible ways.
You will attain immense strength.
You will control anger and pride.
You will enjoy peace, poise and serenity.
You will become divine.

Swami Sivananda


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2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA 94010
Tel: 650.340.7474, Fax: 650.340.1299

February 2006
19-24 Centering Prayer Teacher Training

March 2006
2 Honoring the Body Christian Yoga
4 Lenten Day of Prayer
4 Retiro de Cuaresma
5 Centering Prayer Introductory Session
12 Centering Prayer Follow-up Session
17-19 Mercy Center Bookstore Sale
24 Speaker Series: James Finley
      – Little Things that Fill The Whole World
25 Workshop with James Finley
      – On Spiritual Awakening
26 Centering Prayer Follow-up Session

250 Oak Grove Ave, Menlo Park CA 94025-3218
650-325-5614, Fax 650-325-0908

March 2006
4 “Forgiveness-The Healing Act
19 Drumming: Pathway to Healing


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February 18th and 19th

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Hung/Deacon Duffey
Eucharistic Ministers R. Hanley (C), R. Larsen, B. Larsen,
B. Moniz, J. Scannell, J. Quinn,
Doug Hageman, Di Hageman, J. Hageman
Lector C. Clarke
Altar Servers D. Lara and C. Green

Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers E. Ruggiero (C), Y. Ignacio, L. Quintana,
A. Buelow, R. Vassalo, J. Albright
Lectors J. Scanlan and A. Reyes
Altar Servers B. Marshall and C. Murray
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers V. Yanke (C), J. Yanke, T. Jones,
A. Solis, R. Valdez, L. Canaya,
B. Canaya, G. Tolentino, K. Semenza
Lectors J. Marty and J. Valdez
Altar Servers J. Malatesta and L. Mosqueda
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers G. May (C), B. Chester, S. Stefaniuk,
M. Giusti, S. Lucchese, J. Mercado, L. Sing,
D. Murphy, V/L Piccinini, E. Sanchez
Lectors M. Benavente and F. Firpo
Altar Servers T. Pisani and B. Alvergue

Sunday, 5:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Hung/Deacon Meyer
Eucharistic Ministers M. Salvato (C), M. Huntington, T. Thompson,
R. Atkinson, I. Reyes, E. Donnelly,
M. Santiago, M. Koski, L. Cuddy
Lector C. Landholt
Altar Servers G. Delucchi and J. Uroz

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