St. Robert's Parish Bulletin - February 17, 2008
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St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800


February 17, 2008
Second 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.



In honor of the 50th anniversary of our parish we will have a parishioner write a letter once a month about their life and time here at St. Roberts.

This week we are proud to have Mario & Rose Benavente.

Rose and I came to St. Robert's Parish in 1992 when Rose found the church driving around our new neighborhood. Our first daughter, Christine, arrived in 1993 and, soon after, we began to think about becoming more involved in our parish. It was announced from the pulpit that help was needed for the upcoming festival. I thought that I could volunteer to pound a few nails. So I went to a meeting and, to my surprise, found myself in charge of the Friday and Saturday night dinners! I tried to beg off but it wasn't happening. Not what I had in mind... “Gather your people together” I was told. Well, we didn't know anybody. We had no people. But by stepping out and taking a chance, we met a great number of people through that festival.

The passage of years welcomed two new children, Rachel and Michelle, and involvement in other parish activities: the FILAM group, Men's Club, Women's Guild, Parish Council, Marriage Prep, the Lumpia Booth and, of course, the parish school.

Through these years, we have come to realize that St. Robert's Parish is not the church building nor the parish school but the many people who make it the wonderful place that it is. We are lucky that it is a stable neighborhood where people come and stay for many years to raise their families. We feel fortunate to share a part of their lives and ours with them.

However, times do change and priests get transferred, families move, children graduate and people pass away. Families that we used to see on a daily basis we don't see as often anymore. Many times I will drive to Crestmoor to drop Rachel off at practice and think to myself “We used to turn down that street to drop off Christine at her friend's house. I wonder how they're doing?” Or driving down another street, “Claire used to live there and Mary's leaving soon.” People do leave but they remain with us always.

On the other hand, new people and families arrive and they become a part of our lives, too. I especially marvel at the children. For instance, I'll see Kristine at church on Sundays and feel amazed at how she's grown and remember when I used to lift her up over my head. Now, I feel blessed to be able to play with little Rachel H and AJ and look forward to see them grow through the years.

St. Robert's comprises such an important part of our lives. Rose, Christine, Rachel, Michelle and I are very happy to call it home.

Mario & Rose Benavente


Monday - February 18
President's Holiday - Office Closed
Readings: Dn 9:4b-10     Lk 6:36-38

Mass Intention 8:30am Ray Garban †
Passion Play Rehearsal 7:00pm Church

Tuesday - February 19
Readings: Is 1:1-10, 16-20     Mt 23:1-12

Mass Intention 6:30am
Marija Boncic †
John P. Murphy †
Adult Religious Education
  (Canon Law of Marriage)
Religious Education
Religious Education
Legion of Mary
Mary's Chapel
Church & Hall
Church & Hall

Wednesday - February 20
Readings: Jer 18:18-20     Mt 20:17-28

Mass Intention
Communion Service
Pasquale & Maria
   Teresa Aloise †
9:30am Choir Practice
Scripture Study
Convent Chapel

Thursday - February 21
Readings: Jer 17:5-10     Lk 16:19-31

Mass Intention
Communion Service
Frances Friedman †
Dinner Dance Practice
School Board
5:00pm Choir Practice
Convent Chapel
Mahoney Room

Friday - February 22
Readings: 1 Pt 5:1-4     Mt 16:13-19

Mass Intention 6:30am
Pablo Santiago Ramos †
Oscar Moniri †
Stations of the Cross
   and Soup Supper
Church and Hall

Saturday - February 23
Readings: Mi 7:14-15,18-20     Lk 15:1-3,11-32

Mass Intention 8:30am
Paul & Rosina Vella †
Shareen Salem †
8th Grade Dinner Dance
AA Meeting
Consolation Ministry
Dinner Dance
Mahoney Room
Convent Chapel

Sunday - February 24
Readings: Ex 17:3-7     Rom 5:1-2,5-8     Jn 4:5-42

Mass Intention 7:30am
Joseph Emilio †
People of St. Robert's
Pablo Santiago Ramos †
Patricia Schoeller †
Passion Play Rehearsal 7:00pm Church

In honor of President's Day
the Rectory will be closed
tomorrow, Monday, February 18th


As a Parish Community we pray for…God’s Holy people. As we receive Jesus in the Eucharist. May we be transformed into His image—-seeing as he sees and loving as He loves.



Logan Gabriella Scribner
Eleanor Theresa Green
Jack William Green
Isabella Victoria Mendoza


Our sincere sympathy to the family of
Jake Miller
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 Alejandro Gomez



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.


February 27th

The Grownups’ Annual Soup Supper and General Meeting will be held in Hennessy Hall on Wednesday, February 27th at 6pm. The meeting will follow the supper.

Tickets may be purchased for $8 each after the 4:30 pm, Saturday Mass and after the 7:30 am, 9:30am, and 11:30am Masses on the weekends of February. 16/17 and February. 23/24. The last day for ticket purchase is Monday, February 25th. Tickets may be purchased by calling Vera Hannon.

We look forward to seeing you at the event.



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




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.



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 22nd, Sr. Sheral will lead the Stations. The Fil-Am, Legion oif Mary & Children's Liturgy will host the supper. Together we can practice the three Lenten observances which are:




If you didn’t have a chance to pick up a blue envelope for your bed net donation, they are in the vestibule of the church. Many thanks to Kerry Hansell who put together the moving power point shown last weekend.


Their Call, Our Call

This weekend, we hear readings about call: Abram’s call to leave everything he knew and loved and go with his family to “a land I will show you.” Here is a man of a traditional, land-based culture, pulling up stakes and going to a place he knows nothing about, led there by the voice of God. And Abram is no young fellow, but a man of 75 (probably symbolic, meaning “of advanced age”). We can easily imagine his neighbors and his family members thinking he is crazy! The gospel passage relates the familiar, but no less surprising story of the transfiguration of Jesus in the company of Moses and Elijah in front of Peter, James and John. The three hear the call of Jesus: “This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” They are petrified, as we would be, but Jesus touches them, saying, “Rise, and do not be afraid.” Then he charges them not to tell anyone “until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

Since Matthew is writing for a mostly Jewish audience, we who aren’t Jewish need some help making the connections he has made. Moses is the great law-giver, receiving the Ten Commandments and other directives personally from God. Elijah is a prophet, standing up to unjust leaders within Israel and enemies without. So, the presence of Moses and Elijah surrounding Jesus emphasizes his continuity with these giants in Jewish salvation history.

The reading about Abram was chosen because we Christians (as well as our Jewish and Muslim brothers and sisters) look to Abram, later named Abraham by God, as our father in the faith. He responds to God’s command and then needs to keep listening to figure out what God wants of him.

This feast has always been seen as Jesus giving the disciples a glimpse of his glory so that they will have the courage to face the passion. In the previous chapter, Matthew 16.24-28, and immediately after this passage are predictions of the passion and crucifixion when Jesus will be on another mountain. Instead of his garments being “white as light,” he will have been stripped of his clothing and his face shining like the sun will have been bruised and bloodied. Moses and Elijah will have been replaced by the two thieves and he will address his Father, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

The second reading helps us make the connection with God's call in our daily lives. Paul writing to Timothy reminds him, “Bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.” We might reflect on those we know who are suffering this Lent and see how we might be supportive of them. Is a neighbor newly unemployed? Is a friend grieving the loss of a loved one?

Surely the parents and children who come to St. Anthony’s Dining Room in the City are among those who experience hardship. If you have material or yarn which you no longer need, or a half-finished baby blanket, you could bring it to my office and I’ll gladly pass it on to the St. Anthony Stitchers who will use it to make practical and lovely clothes for the children who come to St. Anthony’s. The group would also welcome anyone who has time to do some sewing, knitting or crocheting; you make the items at home and bring them once a month to Good Shepherd, Pacifica.


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. 10th (goal)
July 1st to Feb. 10th (actual)
7/1/07-6/30/08 Weekly Goal
Collection (actual Feb. 10th)


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.



As of 2/12/08 93 Families have pledged $23,020.00.
Thank you for your donation.



February 23rd and 24th

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. O'Dell
Eucharistic Ministers D. Bisagno (C), D. Hageman, A. Ciraulo,
C. Holland, B. Moniz, Y. Olcomendy,
K. Hornung, M. Elmore, J. Finnegan
Lectors J. Cronin and C. Aveson
Altar Servers R. Brown and M. Ferris

Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers E. Ruggiero (C), C. Noce, M. Noce,
B. Mullins, F. Reyes
Lectors P. Lustic and R. Rolfes
Altar Servers E. Johnston and G. Pino
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. O'Dell
Eucharistic Ministers R. Valdez (C), M. Lopez, T. Jones,
G. Sinks, J. Valdez, L. Cesca,
M. Bourne, H. Mar, A. Solis
Lectors J. Shick and T. Tullius
Altar Servers K. Giambruno, G. Giambruno
& N. Stelmashenko
Children's Liturgy Family Mass
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers B. Chester (C), C. Morgan, D. Murphy,
F. Firpo, L. Welch, L. Sing, J. Yee,
V. Valle, H. Madayag, L. Juvero
Lectors C. Pisani and H. Valle
Altar Servers C. Benavente and D. Cuddy

Sunday, 5:00 p.m. Mass

Presider Fr. O'Dell
Eucharistic Ministers M. Salvato (C), C. Innes, C. Engler,
M. Huntington, R. Atkinson, Sr. Maureen,
V. Hawkins, G. Landholt, P. Landholt
Lectors L. Avila
Altar Servers D. Lavezzo and S. Delucchi
Schedules for Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors and Altar Servers
are also available on the web at

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