St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, April 9, 2006

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

April 9, 2006
Palm Sunday

Dear Parishioners,

We enter into the holiest, most significant week of our Church year. Lent is over as of Holy Thursday evening, so if you’ve set aside money from sacrifices you’ve made, make the check out that day and send your donation. There are several challenges in the liturgies of this week. A very basic challenge is to remind ourselves that we aren’t just remembering everything that happened to Jesus so many years ago. The rituals of the liturgy make present the reality of Christ’s presence today. Just as the Jewish community’s remembrance of the Passover made it present for them, so our celebrations make present today what Jesus did then.

On Holy Thursday, we don’t remember the Last Supper, we actually celebrate it here and now in our very church. The washing of feet was so important to St. John’s community that they include that radical action in place of the words of institution of the Eucharist; the Eucharist meant being a servant for that early community. We celebrate the Eucharist because he said “Do this in remembrance of me” and we continue to serve the world because of his directive, “As I have done for you, you should also do.”

On Good Friday, we don’t just remember Jesus’ passion and death, we enter into it, reflecting on how we carry our own crosses, slight though they may be in comparison to his. The veneration of the cross expresses our giving of ourselves into the hands of God as Jesus did. I remember as a young person thinking that if I’d been there, I would have helped Jesus. And, of course, today there are many people – members of his Body - carrying heavy crosses like his; am I willing to help them?

On Holy Saturday, we light the new fire and bless the new water, primitive symbols from the time of our cave-dwelling ancestors, but for us symbolizing Christ, the Light of the World, and used in the baptism by which we are plunged into the mystery of his dying and rising. The paschal (Easter) candle lights our way into the darkened church as Christ enlightens our path in this confusing and seductive world. Two catechumens will be baptized, five Christians of other traditions will make a profession of faith; they all will be confirmed and come to the table of the Lord for the first time. We will renew our own baptismal commitment to “turn from sin and be faithful to the gospel,” as we were asked to do on Ash Wednesday.

Move heaven and earth to be with the praying, parish community these days. There are no days quite like them with readings and music which speak to our hearts. There’s no time for pretending these days, but entering into the most central realities of our faith. Thanks to our faith, pure gift of God that it is, we know the “rest of the story.” And for the next 50 days (10 days longer than Lent!), we will continue to celebrate the Great Sunday of Easter, trying to absorb its amazing message. Life triumphs over death! The same power of God that raised Jesus is a reality in our lives today. Peace, S. Sheral



Monday-April 10th
Readings: Is 42:1-7 - Jn 12:1-11

Tuesday-April 11th
Readings: Is 49:1-6 - Jn 13:21-33,36-38

Wednesday-April 12th
Readings: Is 50:4-9a - Mt 26:14-25

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

Friday-April 14th
Readings: Is 52:13—53:12 - Heb 4:14-16;5:7-9 - Jn 18:1—19:42

Saturday-April 15th
Readings: Gen 1.1-2.2 - Ex 19.15-15.1 - Is 55.1-11

Sunday-April 16th
Readings: Acts 10.34a,37-43 - Col 3.1-4 - John 20.1-9


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Monday - April 10

Mass Intention
Donna Glass †
Anton Boncic †
Women's Guild
Passion Play
Tuesday - April 11
Mass Intention 6:30a
Frances Walsh †
Charles & Rita Agius †
Sr. Legion of Mary
Choir Practice
Wednesday - April 12
Mass Intention 6:30a
Tom Galvin †
Martin Moynihan †
7th Grade Cheerleading
Choir Practice
Scripture Class
Convent Chapel

Thursday - April 13
no morning Mass

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

Friday - April 14
no morning Mass
see next page
(office closes at 12 Noon today)

Saturday - April 15
no morning Mass

Mass Intention 8:00p People of St. Robert's
AA Meeting 10:00a Mahoney Room

Sunday - April 16

Mass Intention 7:30a
.People of St. Robert's
People of St. Robert's
People of St. Robert's
(there will be no 5:00pm Mass on Easter Sunday)

As a Parish Community

We pray…..for the elect on their way to Easter baptism and the candidates for full communion. For our young people preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. May this week of fasting and prayer bring them closer to Jesus.



.Jazzaleya Angelika Lacsamana-Ramos
Joseph Valentino Colombo
Vincent Alphonse Ruocco

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. 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.


Our sincere sympathy to the family of
Christopher Piccardo
who died recently.



Chrism Mass (April 11th)
5:30 p.m.Tuesday, at St. Mary's Cathedral, S.F.

Holy Thursday (April 13th)
No morning Mass
Mass of the Lord's Supper, 7:30 p.m.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10 p.m.

Good Friday (April 14th)
No morning Mass
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 (April 15th)
No morning Mass
Easter Vigil, 8 p.m.
No 4:30 p.m. Mass

Easter Sunday (April 16th)
7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.
No 5:00 p.m. Mass

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April 12th

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 April 12th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items are ok!



If you are planning to attend our Holy Thursday evening Mass, and you would want to participate in a very special way, why not volunteer to have your feet washed? This is a very blessed and humbling experience. Please call Deacon Duffey, 589-2800, if you are interested. We need at least 12 people. Thank you.


Good Friday - April 14th

Join the members of the 6:30 a.m. daily Mass 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 (Crystal Springs Avenue side). Wear layered clothing and sturdy shoes. All ages are welcome. Our approximate time of return to the parking lot is 8:30 a.m. Hope you can join us for this beautiful walk.



The Children’s Liturgy team will again be having Good Friday activities for children ages 4 and up. Hall doors will open at 1:15 p.m. on Good Friday, and it is requested that children are pre-registered. Last minute registration will be accepted at the door. Children will need to be picked up as soon as church services are over.

Anyone wishing to register a child should call Darlene Esola with the child’s name and age and a phone contact number.



St. Robert’s Men's Club will be hosting the 21st Annual Golf Tournament on April 29th at Crystal Springs Golf Course, space is limited to 100 golfers. Please contact Vico Piccinini for additional information.



Easter flowers will decorate the Church during the Easter Season. If you would like to make a donation of $10 toward their purchase in memory of a loved one, please fill out the form below and return it to the Parish Office by April 10th. A memorial list will be published in the bulletin.

My gift in memory of:______________________

My gift in honor of:________________________

Given by:________________________________


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Thank you for you generous donation of $2,343.88
to our School, CCD and Confirmation programs.

July 1st to April 2nd (goal)
July 1st to April 2nd (actual)
7/1/05-6/30/06 Weekly Goal
Collection (actual 4/02)


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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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Charles & Margaret Xuereb
Jean Ahuncain
Cielinda Bonifacio
Brian & Anne Marie Philpott & 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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Baptism: Death to Life
This week we join with the whole Church, with Christians of every faith tradition throughout the world to celebrate the passion and death of Jesus, his resurrection and our own. Since you are here, entering into the story that we know so well, I invite you to continue throughout the Three Days of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Most of us had the meaning of Good Friday impressed upon us as children. Holy Thursday wasn’t quite as important, though the Eucharist we partake of each Sunday was first celebrated then. Most of us have no recollection of our baptisms; we only have photos which may have been taken and a baptismal certificate. The Second Vatican Council stressed the importance of baptism as the beginning of our Christian life, of our being incorporated into Christ - in corporis meaning “in the same body” – and into his Body, the Church. Even for the Pope, the most important day in his life as a Christian was his baptism. On Holy Saturday night, we have the privilege of welcoming seven adults into that same Body through baptism and the profession of faith. You’re invited! Contrary to popular belief, the liturgy doesn’t take three hours, probably an hour and a half or so. And don’t we spend at least that long at a concert or a movie?

If you come to Holy Thursday and/or Holy Saturday, please bring bells - any kind of bell – a dinner bell, Cost Plus bells from India, whatever you may have! We sing the Gloria those two evenings and it is customary to ring bells as a sign of celebration during that hymn which we haven’t sung throughout these forty days of Lent. The celebrant will be wearing white since these days are joyful, though Holy Thursday’s liturgy ends with our remembrance of the Garden of Gethsemane and Jesus’ betrayal. If you’re out of town for these days, you might still bring bells to whatever parish you attend, since many parishes will honor this custom.

If you’d like to help decorate the church for the glory of Holy Saturday, please come any time after 9 am; if the afternoon works better for you, there will still be work to do.

Thank you to those who offered to serve our community as Eucharistic ministers, lectors and singers last weekend. We are still hoping that more of you who are prayerfully considering whether you’re called to one of these ministries will say “Yes!” We need you.

Peace, S. Sheral

Been Away A While?
If it’s been a while since you’ve been to Mass and you’d like to get reconnected with the faith of your childhood, please feel free to contact any member of the parish staff. You can reach us by phone or e-mail; we’ll be happy to help you.



Someone once said that to recognize the signs of God, pay attention to your stirrings. Look closely when you feel the swell of joy within, or the tightness as your throat closes up in sorrow.

Live in that moment, poke around in its corners, and feel the texture of its walls. Sit with it for awhile, long enough to sense the presence of God sitting with you.


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

April 2006
13-16 Centering Prayer: Triduum Retreat
20-23 David Keller: Nature Retreat

May 2006
28 Ruben Habito: Walking the Zen Christian Path

June 2006
1-4 David Keller: Men’s Spirituality
12-18 Jesus: The Compassionate Face of God
16-18 Sr. Ishpriya: Finding a Spirituality in Chaotic Times
18-Sr. Ishpriya: Spirituality for a Borderless Planet

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Tel: (925) 837-9141
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May 2006
12-14 Weekend For Mothers: A Mothers Heart

June 2006
2-4 Dream Work as Spiritual Discipline
23-25 The Longings of Our Hearts

“Whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God”.

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April 13th-16th

Holy Thursday/7:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier/All
Eucharistic Ministers C. Noce (C), T. Dachauer, C. Browne,
R. Vassalo, C. Soracco, F. Firpo
Lectors Michele Compton and Carmen Pisani
Altar Servers T. Clifford, J. Semeniuk, J. Prieto
Good Friday/1:30-3 p.m.
Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers T. Dachauer (C), J. Quinn, C. Carter,
A. Ciraulo, J. Mercado, H. Mantler,
R. Vassalo, E. Sanchez, C. Soracco
Lectors Barbara Baxter, Carmen Pisani &
Christina Clarake
Altar Servers K. Casino and C. Benavente
Passion Play/Communion Service/7:30 p.m.
Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers A. Romine (C), D. Bisagno, G. Landholt,
J. Romine, M. Saisi
Saturday/Easter Vigil/8:00 p.m.
Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers Sister Sheral (C), E. Ruggiero, R. Vassalo,
D. Hageman, R. Hanley, B. Moniz
Lectors Barbara Rudometkin, Marilyn Dachauer,
Renee Duffey and Tom Tullius

Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Hung/Deacon Meyer
Eucharistic Ministers G. Landholt (C), J. Quinn, C. Noce,
Y. Ignacio, P. Landholt, J. Landholt,
C. Soracco, A. Doherty, J. Jackson
Lectors A. Reyes and Steve Kelly
Altar Servers J. Mullady and J. Landholt
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers J. Romine (C), V. Yanke, J. Yanke,
S. Murray, L. Cesca, M. Blumenthal,
L. Rodriguez, A. Romine, R. Aveson,
C. Fitzpatrick, J. Kelly
Lectors Dawn Wilson and Mercy Parasdas
Altar Servers M. Lynch and J. Prieto
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Msgr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers M. Giusti (C), D. Murphy, L. Juvero,
L. Sing, J. Mercado, J. Yee, H. Madayag
E. Sanchez, I. Reyes, F. Firpo, B. Chester
Lectors Heidi Beck and Thelma Tannis
Altar Servers J. Semeniuk and T. Pisani

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