St. Robert's Parish Bulletin - March 16, 2008
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St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800


March 16, 2008
Palm Sunday





Rev. Msgr. Bruce A. Dreier, Pastor
Father Paul O'Dell, Parochial Vicar
Rev. Msgr. Manuel Nnanaa, In Residence
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 Russ Hanley.

Dear Parishioners,

When we celebrate an anniversary it gives us an opportunity to look back on the years that have come and gone, what has been accomplished, and did we take part in these accomplishments.

In the summer of 1957, I traveled to Reno to marry my true love, Angela, and bring her home to San Bruno to begin our life together. St. Bruno’s was our first Parish, but after buying a home on Elm Avenue in 1959, St. Robert’s became our forever Parish.

When you look back over the years in our Parish, the memories associated with St. Robert’s are many.

This Parish has been an important part of my family with Baptisms, Religious Education in the CCD Program, Confirmations, weddings and a funeral.

All of these events occurred in a Parish that is full of caring, thoughtful people, some of whom I‘ve been associated with for many years. It has been my privilege to serve on the Parish Council, School Board, the Finance Committee and as a Eucharistic Minister.

When our daughters Susan and Diane were attending the CCD Program, Angela and I became involved in the program as teachers, along with the wonderful staff that taught all of the children about their Catholic faith.

As I read through “Journey Through the Years” by other Parishioners, the theme of community has been key to the success of St. Robert’s as a Parish. I have seen the many changes that have occurred to the physical plant of this Parish, including new stained-glass windows, the remodeling of the altar, and especially the building of the Presentation Education Center.

This is a blessed community, that began with the first gathering of people at the first Mass, and continues to this very day. St. Robert’s is a place where we come to publicly express our faith, joining others to give proof of our Communion with God and one another.

Russ Hanley



Chrism Mass
March 18th, 5:30 p.m.

At St. Mary’s Cathedral, S.F.

Holy Thursday
March 20th
No Morning Mass
Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:30 p.m.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10 p.m.

Good Friday
March 21st
No Morning Mass
Silent Prayer Walk, 6:30 a.m. (weather permitting,
meet in the lot off Crystal Springs Road)
Youth Passion Play, 12 Noon
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 1:30 p.m.–3 p.m.
Children’s Liturgy, 1:15 p.m. - 3 p.m. in the Hall
Youth Passion Play, 7:30 p.m.
Followed by Communion Service.

Holy Saturday
March 22nd
No Morning Mass
Easter Vigil, 7:30:P.M. No 4:30 p.m. Mass

Easter Sunday
March 23rd
7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
No 5 p.m. Mass


Monday - March 17
Readings: Is 42:1-7     Jn 12:1-11

Mass Intention
Communion Service
Rena Watt †
Passion Play Rehearsal 7:00pm Church

Tuesday - March 18
Readings: Is 49:1-6     Jn 13:21-33,36-38

Mass Intention 6:30am
Paula Corona †
Pasquale & Maria Teresa Aloise †
Adult Religious Education
Legion of Mary
Mary's Chapel

Wednesday - March 19
Readings: Is 50:4-9a     Mt 26:14-25

Mass Intention
Communion Service
Roland Herrera †
St. Vincent de Paul
9:30am Choir Practice
Scripture Study
Convent Chapel

Thursday - March 20
Readings: Ex 12:1-8,11-14     1 Cor 11:23-26     Jn 13:1-15

Mass Intention 7:30pm People of St. Robert's
Passion Play
   School Performance

Friday - March 21
(Office closes at 12 noon today)
Readings: Is 52:13-53:12     Heb 4:14-16,5:7-9     Jn 187:1-19-42

Little Church
Passion Play

Saturday - March 22
Readings: Gen 1:1-2.2    Ex 14:15-15.1     Is 55:1-11

Mass Intention 7:30pm People of St. Robert's
AA Meeting 10:00am Mahoney Room

Sunday - March 23
Readings: Acts 10:34A,37-43     Col 3:1-4     Jn 20:1-9

Mass Intention 7:30am
People of St. Robert's
People of St. Robert's
People of St. Robert's


While you are away during the Easter Break check for Mass schedule in other cities.


As a Parish Community we pray ... For all who follow Christ may our faith, our hope and our love turn hatred to love, conflict to peace and death to life eternal.



Lauren Mackenzie Greene


Our sincere sympathy to the families of
Ann Ohe and Rene Chavez
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 Patricia Blanchard



Thank you so very much, St.. Robert’s parishioners, for your generosity!

This week, you donated $2765.45 for bed nets. One of our Sisters has just returned from Tanzania where we have five houses and 19 Tanzanian Sisters. I had hoped she might address the parish at one of our liturgies, but she is not yet up to that task, since she has a mild case of malaria. Malaria is a parasitic disease which stays in most people’s systems even after the symptoms are treated effectively. Symptoms are severe headache, nausea, convulsions, anemia, chills and high fever. We can easily imagine how difficult it would be to do the simplest tasks if one had malaria! And most of the African people don’t have access to medication. So it’s all the more essential to keep them from getting malaria in the first place.

If you haven’t turned in your blue envelope yet, please do so during this coming week. You can place it in the collection or bring it by the rectory. If you didn’t get a blue envelop, there are some at the main entrance of the church. Thank you again for your goodness!

The Social Concerns Group


March 21st

We invite the children of the Parish and their friends to join us in Hennessy Hall March 21st from 1:30p.m. to 3p.m. While you attend Good Friday church services they will have the opportunity to partake in many craft projects relating to Lent and Easter.

Pre-registration would be helpful to insure that we have sufficient material for each child. You can call MaryAnn Saisi or Michelle Blumenthal. Please leave your child’s name, age and a phone contact number. Doors will open at 1:15p.m. Last minute registration will be accepted at the door. We ask that you please pick up your child at the end of church services.


St. Robert’s Youth Ministry Presents the 13th Annual

You are cordially invited to witness the Passion of Christ
as enacted by the youth of the parish in a moving one-hour presentation

Good Friday: March 21,2008 at 7:30 p.m.
Saint Robert's Catholic Church
1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno

Music will be provided by members of the adult choirs;
in concert with the adult and teen mnissions.

All are WELCOME! - Admission is FREE



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 March 19th. A memorial list will be published in the bulletin.

My gift in memory of:______________________

My gift in honor of:________________________

Given by:________________________________



If you haven't yet turned in your Bed Net donation, please put it in the collection this week or bring it to the rectory. Thank you very much.


These Holy Days
I’d guess that if we really understood the mystery we celebrate this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, we’d have grasped the essence of Jesus’ gospel. These two quotes from The People’s Companion to the Breviary, published by the Indianapolis Carmelites, express the meaning of these days much better than I can. You might want to reflect on them on Holy Thursday and Good Friday.

“Enter into the mystery of being master and servant. Look at your neighbors and pick up the towel. With authority grounded in humility, kneel before them and wash off the dirt of daily living. If you are the neighbor in need of washing, lay aside your pride and, like Peter, accept the service of the one kneeling before you. Then go, and do likewise. Be blessed as you wash the feet of others and reveal the face of the Master through the towel in your hands.” Alma L. Maish, “Master and Servant,” p. 4

“The cry of Jesus on the cross at the very end was, therefore, the cry of awareness that all was indeed accomplished, brought to its consummation. He knew that he could, at last, give back to the One he loved the unshackled fullness of love, and in so doing, carry with him on the surge of that passion the love which is the essential being of all creation. This is, in a sense, the moment of resurrection, or rather it is the moment at which that process begins, for the resurrection is not a single event, but the ever-extending ‘outflow’ of the energy previously dammed up by the power of sin and death. Rosemary Haughton, The Passionate God, p. 153.

If you possibly can, please come to the services which are listed in the bulletin proper. You won’t regret it. God bless you!

S. Sheral

Your Help, Please
If you have Cala lilies or orchids you’d like to bring by Wednesday, we’ll gladly use them to transform the hall into a prayerful place for

the Altar of Repose after the Holy Thursday Mass. The tradition comes from the sense of accompanying Jesus into the Garden of Gethsemane

after his betrayal by Judas at the Last Supper. If you haven’t come up, please do even if you can stay for just a short period of time. Adoration will continue until 10 pm that evening.

If you have some time next Saturday morning, we’d love to have your help preparing the church for Easter! Please come at 9:30 am in your grubbies and with a whisk broom and dustpan and we’ll work on the nooks and crannies which our excellent janitors don’t have time to clean. Then we’ll decorate, so all will be ready for the Easter Vigil and Easter itself. If you have questions, please call S. Sheral at the rectory. Thanks much!




July 1st to March 9th (goal)
July 1st to March 9th (actual)
7/1/07-6/30/08 Weekly Goal
Collection (actual March 9th)

Thank you for your generous donation of $3,091.60
to the Catholic Relief Services.


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 3/11/08 187 Families have pledged $43,005.10.
Thank you for your generous donation.






____ Monday April 7th Giants vs San Diego 7:45am 1:05pm
____ Tuesday April 8th Giants vs San Diego 3:00pm 7:15pm
____ Friday April 11th Giants vs St. Louis 3:00pm 7:15pm
____ Saturday April 12th Giants vs St. Louis 9:00am 1:05pm
____ Tuesday April 15th Giants vs Arizona 9:30am 1:35pm
____ Wednesday April 16th Giants vs Arizona 8:45am 12:45pm
____ Wednesday April 30th Giants vs Colorado 8:45am 12:45pm
____ Monday May 12th Giants vs Houston 3:00pm 7:15pm
____ Thursday May 15th Giants vs Houston 8:45am 12:45pm
____ Friday May 16th Giants vs White Sox 3:00pm 7:15pm
____ Saturday May 17th Giants vs White Sox 2:00pm 6:05pm
____ Friday May 30th Giants vs San Diego 3:00pm 7:15pm
____ Tuesday June 3rd Giants vs NY Mets 3:00pm 7:15pm
____ Wednesday June 4th Giants vs NY Mets 8:45am 12:45pm
____ Friday June 13th Giants vs Oakland 3:00pm 7:15pm
____ Saturday June 14th Giants vs Oakland 2:00pm 6:05pm
____ Tuesday June 17th Giants vs Detroit 3:00pm 7:15pm
____ Wednesday June 18th Giants vs Detroit 8:45am 12:45pm
____ Monday June 30th Giants vs Cubs 3:00pm 7:15pm
____ Wednesday July 2nd Giants vs Cubs 3:00pm 7:15pm
____ Thursday July 24th Giants vs Washington 8:45am 12:45pm
____ Friday July 25th Giants vs Arizona 3:00pm 7:15pm
____ Saturday July 26th Giants vs Arizona 2:00pm 6:05pm
____ Wednesday August 6th Giants vs Atlanta 8:45am 12:45pm
____ Friday August 8th Giants vs Dodgers 3:00pm 7:15pm
____ Saturday August 9th Giants vs Dodgers 2:00pm 6:05pm
____ Wednesday August 20th Giants vs Florida 3:00pm 7:15pm
____ Thursday August 21st Giants vs Florida 8:45am 12:45pm
____ Tuesday September 9th Giants vs Arizona 3:00pm 7:15pm
____ Wednesday September 10th Giants vs Arizona 8:45am 12:45pm
____ Friday September 26th Giants vs Dodgers 3:00pm 7:15pm
____ Saturday September 27th Giants vs Dodgers 2:00pm 6:05pm

Dress Code: Black full length slacks (no jeans, capris, spandex), white shirt with collar and comfortable closed toe shoes (black or white).

Name:_________________________________Home Phone:___________________

Cell Phone:_______________Email:_______________________________________

Return this form to the School or the Rectory or sign up on line at


March 22nd and 23rd

Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Easter Vigil

Presider Msgr. Dreier & All
Eucharistic Ministers E. Ruggiero (C), 3 Priests, 2 Deacons,
T. Dachauer, M. Bourne, R. Vassalo
C. Soracco
Lectors Barbara Rudometkin, Marilyn Dachauer
and Carol Galletta
Altar Servers Jordan Mejia-Prieto

Sunday, 7:30 a.m. Mass

Presider Msgr. Dreier
Eucharistic Ministers C. Noce (C), F. Reyes, J. Waldvogel,
B. Albright, C. Browne, M. Noce,
H. Mantler
Lectors Tony Clifford and JoMarie Moresco
Altar Servers Emily Johnston and Nick Nussbaum
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Msgr. Nnanaa
Eucharistic Ministers M. Salvato (C), V. Yanke, J. Yanke,
L. Cesca, K. Semenza, G. Tolentino,
H. Mar, M. Blumenthal, S. Murray
Lectors Cathy Aveson and John Bendick
Altar Servers Maggie McHale and Fiona Blumenthal
Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Mass
Presider Fr. O'Dell
Eucharistic Ministers G. May (C), L. Jovero, D. Murphy, J. Yee
B. Chester, C. Morgan, N. Bamba
Lectors Carmen Pisani and Gene May
Altar Servers Brittany Carroll
Schedules for Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors and Altar Servers
are also available on the web at

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