St. Robert's Catholic Church Bulletin, February 11, 2007

St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

February 11, 2007
Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

This afternoon, we sat together sipping our tea and talking about the question a friend asked us recently. Her question was: “Why are you two always smiling—always so happy?” We thought we’d take a look at the readings for today, which is World Marriage Day and World Day of the Sick, to see what God’s Word might offer. Not surprisingly, the answer to our friend’s question is found in the first reading from Jeremiah:

“Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is in the Lord.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches its roots to the stream:
It fears not the heat when it comes; its leaves stay green;
In the year of drought it shows no distress, but still bears fruit.”

We agree that we are happy because we trust Jesus. We know how very much He loves us and that he is with us every moment. Our hope is in Him. Though our lives have not been trouble-free. Both of us were widowed at young ages and single-parents with 8 children till we met and married almost 35 years ago. We survived and thrived through cancer, chemo and many surgeries. Jesus is always with us, guiding, healing and loving us. Our smiles and laughter rarely falter. We almost always experience peace, hope, contentment and joy.

We have decided the secret to happiness is to have a purpose. Ours is to love and serve our God, one another, our family and everyone He brings into our lives. When we get up in the morning, we have no idea what the day will bring. We do know that we are here to see Jesus in all people; listen to them, pray for and with them; reach out and help them. With this goal in mind, many times each day we say:


Anna May & Gene


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Monday - February 12
Readings: Gn 4:1-15,25     Mk 8:11-13

Mass Intention
Mary Debono †
Charles & Rita Agius †
7/8 Grade Cheerleading
Athletic Board Meeting
Passion Play
St. Vincent de Paul
Mahoney Room

Tuesday - February 13
Readings: Gn 6:5-8,7:1-5,10     Mk 8:14-21

Mass Intention 6:30am
Ivan Gregor †
John Erasmy †
Church/Modern World
Religious Education/Gr 1-5
Legion of Mary
Religious Education/Gr 6-8
Mary's Chapel

Wednesday - February 14
Readings: Gn 8:6-13,20-22     Mk 8:22-26

Mass Intention 6:30am
Marija Boncic †
Pasquale Aloise †
Children's Choir
9:30am Mass Choir
Scripture Study
Convent Chapel

Thursday - February 15
Readings: Gn 9:1-13     Mk 8:27-33

Mass Intention 6:30am
Hilda Martin †
Adolph & Rita Fambrini †
School Board Meeting
5pm Mass Choir Practice
Convent Chapel
Mahoney Room

Friday - February 16
Readings: Gn 11:1-9     Mk 8:34—9:1

Mass Intention 6:30am
John Lyons †
Carmen Capella †
8th Grade Cheerleading
Dinner Dance Practice

Saturday - February 17
Readings: Heb 11:1-7     Mk 9:2-13

Mass Intention 8:30am
Anthony Dichiera †
Bernice Musso †
Computer Class
AA Meeting
Women's Guild
Computer Room
Mahoney Room

Sunday - February 18
Readings: 1 Sm 26:2,7-9,12-13     1 Cor 15:45-49     Lk 6:27-38

Mass Intention 7:30am
People of St. Robert's
Mary Ellen Adler †
Patricia Dreier †
Ceillie & Jack O'Shaughnessy †
Fil/Am Choir 10:00am Library

As a Parish Community we pray …....on this World Marriage Day, that God will fill the homes of all married couples with faith, hope and love.



Ileana Isabel Wood


Our sincere sympathy to the family of
Vincent Tange
who died recently.


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.


Attention Youth of the Parish

Auditions for the annual St. Robert’s Passion Play, to be performed on Good Friday night, will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the church on Sunday and Monday, February 11th and 12th. Auditions are open to all youth of the parish from 6th grade through high school. Singers, musicians, actors, and technical helpers are all needed. Please call Ben Baldonado or Bob Baker at with any questions.



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


The Consolation Ministry consists of a group of parishioners whose purpose is to support and encourage the bereaved members of our Parish.

The group meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. in Mary’s Chapel to review the families who have lost loved ones. Cards of condolence are sent to the families and follow up phone calls are made to see if any help is needed and to invite the families to the support group.

The Consolation Support Group meets twice a month at 3 p.m.-4:15 p.m. in the Convent Chapel.

The Bereaved are supported in a safe and confidential setting using prayer, reflections and Scripture Readings. They are encouraged to grieve and to heal as they continue life’s journey without their loved one.

Anyone interested in joining the group or attending the Support Group Sessions may contact Sister Patricia at (650) 589-0104.


February 14th

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 14th Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items are ok!

Thanks to all who contributed their time and energy.


February 10th & 24th

Saint Robert’s Grief Support Group 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.


Saturday, March 10th, 5 p.m. to Midnight

$75 per person/$65 senior discount
For ticket sales contact Annetta Giambruno



Thank you to all who donated Blood last weekend. 33 pints of blood were received. The staff from of the Blood Centers of the Pacific was very happy with the turn out and they look forward to visiting St. Robert’s again.

For anyone who could not make a donation here, please note the new address of the Blood Bank: 111 Rollins Rd., Millbrae (near In-Out Burger). Please call (415) 749-6643 to make an appointment.

Thanks again for a very successful day.


2007 Super Bowl Payouts
Dani Chrisman $1,500
Paul Scannell $1,500
Kate Aveson $600
Cara LeBlanc $450
Antionette Duck $450
John Marty $750
Bob Glass $750
Tony Sharron $750
Ellie Rapp $750
Frank Pisa $750
Andrea Boos $750



Jesus’ Invitation

Do you consider yourself counter cultural? Today’s passage from Luke’s gospel contains that invitation. Notice that Jesus says, “Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours.” We’d much prefer the version in Matthew which adds, “in spirit” and lets us place ourselves within the group which is blessed! But this gospel challenges us in a way that points us to the approaching Lenten season. In the first reading, Jeremiah lays out a choice: trust in people and their approval or trust in God. Jesus says the same thing, turning upside down the values of the world. Power, money, possessions and privilege will not bring blessedness or true happiness, as we’ve seen in the lives of many famous people. Worry if everyone speaks well of you!

Those who are most admired are often not those who live the gospel. But we are invited to choose: to care for those in need, instead of just for our own wants; to see others as part of the human family, instead of staying with “our own kind;” to let people think we’re foolish for living more simply than our income or our savings might allow and spending our money wisely for others instead of hoarding it for ourselves.

May we have the courage to sit with this gospel passage and let the Spirit guide us!

Do you know the history of the song, “Amazing Grace”? It was actually composed around 1760 by John Newton, the captain of a slave ship who underwent a religious conversion; he spent the rest of his life working as an abolitionist to make up for the misery he had caused.

Unfortunately, it is estimated that 27 million persons, mostly women and children, are trafficked today for sex, unpaid labor, adoption and the organ trade. Girls of all ages from rural communities in India, Southeast Asia, and the former Soviet Union are bought or their parents coerced through promises of jobs, dowry, or marriage. Once here or in another port city, the traffickers take their passports to prevent their escaping and they become victims of an underground network of criminals. In war-torn countries, children are often abducted and forced to fight as happened in Uganda and Sierra Leone. The producers of the movie of the same name have set up a website at to raise awareness and support efforts against trafficking. As we sing “Amazing Grace” next weekend, let us pray for those still in bondage and for all the groups working for their release.

Sister Sheral




July 1st to February 4th (goal)
July 1st to February 4th (actual)
7/1/06-6/30/07 Weekly Goal
Collection (actual 2/04)

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(650) 340-7474

Feb. 16-17
Men’s Spirituality-Mini Retreat
The Spirituality of Laughter

Feb. 20
Conscious Evolution

Feb. 23-25
Meditation Intensive

March 4th
Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop Series Begins

March 11th
Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop Part 2

March 25th
Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop Part 3

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300 Manresa Way, Los Altos, CA 94022-4659
(650) 948-4491

Feb. 21st
Reflection on Reflection: An Examen for Lent


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February 17th and 18th

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Marini
Eucharistic Ministers R. Larsen (C), B. Larsen, M. Murphy,
C. Holland, M. Noce, B. Moniz,
R. Aveson, A. Ciraulo, M. Schaukowitch
Lectors C. Clarke and C. Aveson
Altar Servers R. Brown and L. Belluomini

Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers E. Ruggiero (C), A. Buelow, J. Jackson,
J. Aldinger, Y. Ignacio
Lectors A. Reyes and S. Kelly
Altar Servers N. Nussbaum and A. Clifford
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. O'Dell
Eucharistic Ministers R. Valdez (C), L. Cesca, M. Bologna,
S. Murray, J. Valdez, G. Sinks,
M. Zamattia, M. Lopez, G. Tolentino
Lectors L. Kaloucava and J. Marty
Altar Servers L. Getzler, R. Reid, and K. Ferris
Little Church Little Church: Terry
Middle Church: Ben and Lisa
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers C. Pacas (C), L. Sing, B. Pacas, L. Welch,
J. Mercado, V/L Piccinini, E. Sanchez,
S. Stefaniuk, L. Juvero, A. Maron
Lectors M. Cadiz and H. Beck
Altar Servers K. Reidy and M. Reidy

Sunday, 5:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. Healy
Eucharistic Ministers M. Salvato (C), B. Rodriguez, R. Atkinson,
M. Hungtington, M. Koski, M. Santiago,
E. Donnelly, V. Hawkins, C. Hawkins
Lector J. Scanlan and M. Innes
Altar Servers D. Marty and M. McHale

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