St. Robert's Parish Bulletin - February 10, 2008
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St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800


February 10, 2008
First Sunday of Lent





Rev. Msgr. Bruce A. Dreier, Pastor
Father Paul O'Dell, Parochial Vicar
Deacon Rusty Duffey, Pastoral Associate
Deacon John Meyer, Pastoral Associate

Sister Patricia O'Sullivan, PBVM, 589-0104
   Pastoral Associate for Sick and Homebound
Sister Sheral Marshall, OSF, 589-2800
   Pastoral Associate for Liturgy

In Residence 583-2544
   Sister Ita Cleary, PBVM
   Sister Antonio Heaphy, PBVM
   Sister Vianney Buckley, PBVM

Rectory Office: 1380 Crystal Springs Rd.
San Bruno, CA 94066
            Phone: (650)589-2800
            Fax:      (650)588-9628
Web Site:

Mrs. Kathy Hanley, Parish Secretary 589-2800
Mrs. Judy DeMartini, Parish Receptionist 589-2800
PARISH SCHOOL - 583-5065
   Ms. Yvonne Olcomendy, Principal
   Ms. Joanne Bartolotti, Director
   Mrs. Leslie Fong, Secretary
   Mr. Kevin Imbimbo


There is a period of preparation for the celebration of this Sacrament. Parents are required to attend a Pre-Baptismal class. Please contact the rectory in advance to make arrangements.

Saturdays: Vigil Mass 4:30 pm
Sundays:    7:30 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am and 5:00 pm
Holy Days: Please consult weekly bulletin.

Weekdays: Masses are on Tuesday and Friday at 6:30am and Monday-Saturday at 8:30am. Communion Services are held Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30am

Our Eucharistic Ministers are available to bring the Eucharist to the sick or homebound. Please contact the Rectory.

Saturday: 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm
Anytime by appointment

There is a six month period of preparation for the celebration of this Sacrament. Please contact the rectory to make arrangements.

Please call the rectory in case of serious illness and before surgery and hospital care.

High school students call the Religious Education Office. Adult Confirmation is available on an individual basis.


Dear Parishioners,

Have mercy on me, O God in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me.

On Wednesday (Ash Wednesday) we started once more our Lenten journey towards Easter. As with all journeys, we make preparations and decide what to take with us and what to leave behind. It is similar with our spiritual journey. We must acquire spiritual supplies for this forty-day journey and most definitely must discard what is cumbersome and unnecessary, in other words, bad attitudes, habits and addictions that are neither life giving nor beneficial to ourselves and others.

We have almost 6 weeks preparation time and in the word of the psalmist we look to our God to help us prepare. We depend on God’s mercy, goodness and compassion to forgive us our sins and offenses. Without God’s help we cannot be cleansed or forgiven of our sins no matter how great or small. Lent is a very appropriate time to avail ourselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. God is always ready to forgive us when we approach Him with a contrite heart.

Since the fourth century, Lent has traditionally been marked by penitential prayer, fasting and almsgiving. These are definitely some of the spiritual supplies we need to take on our Lenten journey. We might well focus on giving to those in need this Lent. Giving to and praying for those in need is a wonderful way to celebrate Lent. Don’t let Lent pass by without doing something very special this year.

Happy Valentine’s Day,
Sister Patricia


Monday - February 11
Readings: Lv 19:1-2,11-18     Mt 25:31-46

Mass Intention
Communion Service
John Erasmy †
Passion Play Rehearsal
St. Vincent de Paul
Mahoney Room

Tuesday - February 12
Readings: Is 55:10-11     Mt 6:7-15

Mass Intention 6:30am
Wally Mooney †
Charles & Rita Agius †
Adult Religious Education
     (Christian Morality)
Religious Education
Confirmation Class
Legion of Mary
Mary's Chapel
Church & Hall
Church & Hall

Wednesday - February 13
Readings: Jon 3:1-10     Lk 11:29-32

Mass Intention
Communion Service
Ivan Gregor †
9:30am Choir Practice
Scripture Study
Convent Chapel

Thursday - February 14
Readings: Est C:12,14-16,23-25     Mt 7:7-12

Mass Intention
Communion Service
Carmen Capella †
5:00pm Choir Practice
Convent Chapel

Friday - February 15
Readings: Ez 18:21-28     Mt 5:20-26

Mass Intention 6:30am
Tony Mallamo †
Adolph & Rita Fambrini †
Stations of the Cross
   and Soup Supper
Church & Hall

Saturday - February 16
Readings: Dt 26:16-19     Mt 5:43-48

Mass Intention 8:30am
Mary Alice Redmond †
Jim Handley, Jr. †
AA Meeting 10:00am Mahoney Room

Sunday - February 17
Readings: Gn 12:1-4a     2 Tm 1:8b-10     Mt 17:1-9

Mass Intention 7:30am
People of St. Robert's
Josie Mercado †
Norma Bianchi †
Lydia Joy and
   Richard David Paton †
Passion Play Rehearsal 7:00pm Church


Communion Services on:
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6:30 am.

6:30 a.m. Mass on:
Tuesdays and Fridays.


As a Parish Community we pray …for leaders of our church. May they guide us through the temptations of this world that we may overcome them through faith and trust I the mercy, forgiveness and love our God.


Our sincere sympathy to the family of
Molly Gauthier
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.

This week we pray for the Dill family and Jake Miller


February 13th

AIDS LUNCH-February 13th-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 13th. Please pack the items in a non-returnable container. Frozen items are ok!

Thanks to everyone who contributes!


5 pm Music Director and Accompanist Needed!

Since Gabe Lucas has moved to the South Bay, we are in immediate need of someone to play contemporary music for the 5 pm Sunday Mass and lead a rehearsal Thursday nights at 7:30 pm. If you know of someone, please have him/her call Sr. Sheral at 589-2800 or e-mail her at Thank you.



Call Annetta Giambruno.



Saint Robert’s Grief Support Group will hold a meeting on February 23rd in the Convent Chapel from 3:00 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.

Consolation Ministry Committee meets after the 8:30 a.m. Mass in Mary’s Chapel on the first Wednesday of every month. If you are interested, you are welcome to join us.



19 pints of blood were donated last Sunday.
Your gift of life is greatly appreciated.
Thank you also to those who came to donate but were unable.
Our next blood drive is scheduled for May 4th.



Let Worldwide Marriage Encounter help you make your marriage a better dwelling place for His Word. It can happen on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend, April 18th-20th. Sign up soon so you can renew your love for one another. For more information, call Paul and Yvonne at (650) 366-7093 or



The deadline for submission of weekly bulletin announcements is Tuesday at noon. Please submit announcements in writing to Kathy or Judy in the Rectory Office, fax us at 588-9628 or email Thank you!



Missy Hilburn & Family
Maria McKenna & Family
Patrick & Katie McGarvey & Family
Jeff & Anne Marie Smith & Family
Kevin & Margie Curran & Family
Rosie Senf

If you are 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:




On each Friday during Lent (except for Good Friday), Stations will be held in the Church at 6pm. A light supper consisting of soup, salad, bread and fruit will follow in Hennessy Hall. This is an opportunity for us to pray together and for members of our parish family to get to know one another. Please put what you would have spent for your usual Friday dinner in the basket on the serving table. Your donation will allow our St. Vincent de Paul Society to bring food to our sisters and brothers who are in need. On Friday, February 15th, the 9th grade Confirmation Class will lead the Stations. The Grownups will host the supper. Together we can practice the three Lenten observances which are:




Operation Bed Nets

A crib and bed net greeted you today if you entered through the vestibule of the church. You’ll recall that during Lent, the readings invite us to look into our hearts and see how faithfully we are following the gospel of Jesus. This year, we are invited to give up something and help save a life. We’re asking you to join the campaign against global poverty by helping to fight malaria in Africa.

Malaria saps worker productivity, scaring away business investment. Unsure of how many of their children will survive, parents have more children than they can support. No jobs and a growing population lead to even more poverty.

How will this work? For every $10 donated, a bed net like the one in the vestibule can be sent to a child in Africa, protecting the child from infection by a mosquito bite and actually killing the mosquito which touches the net. For the price of a lunch in the City, we can save a life. Please take a blue envelope from the pew, place your weekly donation in it and put it in the collection at the end of Lent. Or simply decide how much you wish to sacrifice, write a check to the parish for that amount, place it in the blue envelope and put it in the collection any of these Sundays. In the time it took you to read this, another African mother watched her child die of malaria.

Thank you for your help.


This Holy Season of Lent
Well, Ash Wednesday has come and gone and we have begun the holy season of Lent.

No doubt, those of us who are “cradle Catholics” remember what we gave up as children: candy or our favorite television show. Now that we are adults, we might want to challenge ourselves to see this Lent differently from the other 25 or 50 or 60 or 70 Lents which we’ve sometimes groaned our way through. The word “lent” actually has to do with “springtime” because it is meant to bring us to deeper growth in our relationships with God and with each other.

So, what practice of doing something or giving something up will help my spiritual growth this Lent? As Nancy Small writes in her Pax Christi article, “How will I break open my heart to allow God’s tender and transforming grace to enter?” Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are the traditional Lenten practices because they affect our hearts, our bodies and our pocketbooks! Like the simple act of fasting from eating between meals which we did on Ash Wednesday, all of our practices should cause us to pause. On a fast day, I can’t take the orange which looks so appetizing at 3pm. I have a choice at that moment: do I complain? Or do I offer that tiny sacrifice for the people who don’t have oranges or any food, for that matter? If I or my household decided to pray before each meal, what kind of difference would that make over these 40 days? If we can’t make the Friday stations and simple meal, could we choose another night of the week to eat simply? Or, for some families, could we make a real effort, with everyone’s work, class and sports schedules to simply eat together a couple of times during Lent? For those of us who prefer fish to other meals, not eating meat on Friday isn’t much of a sacrifice. So what else might we do to remind ourselves that Jesus died on a Friday? God is the one who can “change our hearts” as we sing, but we need to open ourselves to the working of the Spirit.

As you’re already aware if you read the bulletin, we’re focusing our almsgiving this Lent on the anti-malaria bed nets. We’re connected to a group you can find on the web if you’d like to check them out. Malaria, long eradicated in the industrialized world, continues to debilitate and kill. Imagine watching your child die of a disease which could easily be prevented. Malaria snuffs out the lives of 3,000 children a day in the tropical countries of Africa. For $10 per pesticide-treated net, we can save these children. They are our brothers and sisters.

Peace, S. Sheral


St. Robet’s School is collecting Box Tops for Education coupons and Labels for Education UPC codes. Send your collection to the school or rectory. Visit the websites below for product information. Any questions please call Christine Peterson at 827-1748


2300 Adeline Drive, Burlingame, CA94010
Tel:650.340.7474, Fax:650.340.1299

February 22-24
Meditation Intensive Weekend
(East West Meditation)

February 24
Centering Prayer
Introductory Workshop #1

March 2
Centering Prayer
Introductory Workshop #2

March 6
Healing Touch Session

March 9
Centering Prayer
Introductory Workshop #3

March 16-23
Holy Week Experience

300 Manresa Way, Los Altos, Ca 94022-4659

February 29th-March 2nd
Zacchaeus, Come Down! Lazarus, Come Out!

March 7-9
Raising the Bar

March 20-23
What Were They Thinking?




July 1st to Feb. 3rd (goal)
July 1st to Feb. 3rd (actual)
7/1/07-6/30/08 Weekly Goal
Collection (actual Feb. 3rd)

Thank you for your generous donation of $1,882.00
to our School, CCD and Confirmation programs.


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.



February 16th and 17th

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers R. Hanley (C), K. Hornung, B. Moniz,
M. Elmore, J. Finnegan, J. Beltrano,
J. Quinn, J. Scannell, M. Murphy
Lectors C. Clarke and M. Dachauer
Altar Servers M. Murphy and L. Belluomini

Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Mass

Eucharistic Ministers E. Ruggiero (C), C. Soracco, J. Jackson,
M. Ortiz, T. Montross
Lectors J. Moresco and S. Heaney
Altar Servers M. Kelly and Cronin
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers S. Murray (C), V. Yanke, J. Yanke,
K. Semenza, J. Kelly, L. Rodriguez,
M. Quillici, M. Bologna, M. Zamattia
Lectors M. Parasdas and J. Marty
Altar Servers J. Chase, D. McElroy and F. Blumenthal
Children's Liturgy Michelle B. and Danny & Sandy
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Mass
Eucharistic Ministers C. Pacas (C), B. Pacas, M. Nuti, A. Maron,
R. Benavente, V/L Piccinini, J. Abellana,
P. Fernandez, M. Fernandez, E. Sanchez
Lectors T. Tannis and H. Beck
Altar Servers K. Reidy and B. Alvergue

Sunday, 5:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers G. Landholt (C), P. Landholt, M. Maran,
F. Maran, M. Santiago, T. Thompson,
C. Browne, M. Dowden, B. Shrader
Lectors J. Bartolotti
Altar Servers M. Estelita and E. Estelita
Schedules for Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors and Altar Servers
are also available on the web at

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