St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

MARCH 1, 1998
First Sunday of Lent


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Dear Parishioners,

As a practical exercise this year for Lent, try to use one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit during each of the weeks of Lent.

I cannot tell you specifically how to use each gift - the Spirit’s gifts are personal and often shaped by the individual recipient. I will, however, offer a "starter idea", along with a few reflections and prayers that might stimulate your own thinking and creativity.

Think of how you feel when you give someone a gift - a shirt, for example. You are honored when he or she uses the gift (i.e. wears the shirt) and you are disappointed if the gift goes unused. Similarly, I would imagine that God is pleased when we use the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit - and disappointed if these divine gifts are left unused. I recommend that each week you reflect on different ways to use a gift of the Spirit. Then put that gift into action.

If you practice this exercise during each of the weeks of Lent, by Easter you will have gained a real facility for using the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. And the exercise might well serve as a preparation for opening God’s final gift - everlasting life in the risen Lord.


During this first week of Lent open the gift of understanding. Understanding is to "stand under", to "get to the bottom of things". Sometimes in order to understand how to use a gift - a new VCR or an automatic coffeepot - we have to read the directions. God’s gift of Easter life comes with directions also - the sacred Scriptures.

Prayerful reading of the Bible enables us to understand God’s plan and to get to the bottom of things. The psalmist prays: "I have more understanding than all my teachers, because I ponder your decrees....The revelation of your words sheds light, gives understanding to the simple" (Psalm 119:99, 130). St. Francis of Assisi was a simile man who enjoyed the Gift of Understanding. Pray with him, in the Peace Prayer: "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace...Grant that I may not so much seek to be understood, as to understand."

Idea: This week I will reread or listen to the Bible passages from Sunday’s liturgy (see the missalette).

Fr. Ring



The rite of Election is the celebration in which the Archbishop welcomes and accepts those adults preparing for the Easter Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist. During today's 10:30 Mass the Catechumens and Candidates of our RCIA program will sign their names to The Book of Elect. They will then be blessed and sent on their way to meet the Archbishop in San Francisco. At 2 PM at St. Mary’s Cathedral, all the people preparing for the Easter Sacraments from Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties, will gather with Archbishop William Levada. The Archbishop will then sign The Book of Elect from each parish. All parishioners are invited to attend and witness this celebration with our participants.



The next Men’s Club meeting will be held on Monday, March 2. This is our annual joint meeting with the Men’s Clubs from St. Veronica, St. Dunstan and Mater Dolorosa. Invite your friends from our neighboring parishes to join us. Doors will open at 6:30 with dinner following at approximately 7:30. All men of the parish are invited. We will have sign-ups for the Golf Tournament which will be held this year on May 2. For information or a reservation call Al Ciraulo or John Franzella. (Please call if your are coming, it really helps.)



ABSTINENCE: Everyone fourteen years of age and older is bound to abstain from meat on ASH WEDNESDAY, the FRIDAYS of Lent and GOOD FRIDAY.

FAST: Everyone eighteen years of age and older but under the age of sixty is also bound to fast on ASH WEDNESDAY and GOOD FRIDAY.

On these two days, the law of fast allows only one full meal a day, but does not prohibit taking some food during the day, so long as this does not constitute another full meal. Drinking liquids during the day is permitted.

When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. In doubt concerning fast or abstinece, a priest assigned to pastoral ministry or confessor should be consulted. In the spirit of penance, the faithful should not lightly excuse themselves from this obligation.


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Monday 6:30 Norine Hastings †
8:30 Michael Kenney †
Tuesday 6:30 Ann Robinson †
8:30 Susan Apodaca De Cleen †
Wednesday 6:30 Barbara Delacy †
8:30 Boncic Family †
Thursday 6:30 Barbara Delacy †
8:30 Ivan Boncic †
Friday 8:30 John Erasmy
Saturday 8:30 Maria Emilio †
4:30 Anna Nedved †
Sunday 7:30 Paul & Rosina Vella †
9:00 People of St. Roberts
10:30 Albert Spadaro †
12:00 Robert & Josephine Burns †
5:30 Antoinette Borg †


We pray for the ill: Koret Koelman, Terry McLeod, Helen Miller, Adela Florez, Ana Cosgaya, Peter Capodonicco, Rosemary McHale, Arthur Candia, Margarita Velez, and Terri Imboden .

We welcome into the family of God, Stephanie Elizabeth Gomez, child of Steven and Lori Ann Gomez who was baptized in Christ.

We pray for the repose of the soul of Anne Robinson and offer our sympathy to her family..

We pray that the Holy Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding will enable us to see our own sufferings in the light of God’s loving plan for us.


RENEW 2000

Each week we will concentrate on one phrase from the Renew Prayer.

This week let us pray— Gracious God, nurture our relationships.



As has been St. Robert’s custom for many years, once again we will serve sacrificial Soup Suppers during Lent on each Friday through April 3rd, in Hennessy Hall at 6:00 p.m. The super will follow Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m. in the church. The purpose of the supper is 3-fold: 1. We gather as a community to get to know one another and enjoy each other’s company. 2. This is a sacrificial meal that we may experience how it feels to leave the table hungry. 3. We are to donate what we would have spent for this Friday dinner. All contributions will be used to feed the hungry by our St. Vincent de Paul Society. Mark your calendar and plan to come to "Stations" in the church, followed by the supper in Hennessy Hall. The March 6th Supper will be hosted by Children’s Liturgy, Bob’s Club and the Teen Club.



The St. Robert’s Women’s Guild will be feasting on corned beef and cabbage at their next meeting on March 9 in Hennessy Hall. The doors open at 6:30 PM to no-host cocktails wth dinner being served at 7:00 PM. Come for a sneak preview of the upcoming fashion show - "A Salute to the Four Seasons". For reservations at $8 per person, please call Kerry Hansell.



The Fashion Show will be held Saturday, March 21st at the Airport Hilton. The theme is "Salute to the Four Seasons". Prices are $37 for adults and $32 for seniors/children. Don’t miss out!!



Adoration of the blessed blessed sacrament will take place following the 8:30 AM Mass on Saturday, March 6. Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemani, sadly asked His friends, "Could you not watch for one hour with Me?" We have an opportunity to watch for one hour with Jesus each First Saturday of every month.



Rev. Steve Meriwether from the Office of the Tribunal and Carmen Neafsey from the Family Life Office will offer an evening of prayer and reflection on the U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral, Always our Children on Thursday evening, March 19. This evening is for parents who would like a safe place to begin to reflect on their role as parents of gay and lesbian children. The evening will be an opportunity for pastoral help, spiritual guidance and prayer. We will begin at 7:30 PM and end at 9:30 PM in the church. If you would like more information about the evening, please call: (415) 565-3688.


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Grownup’s Annual Soup Supper...6:00 PM, Hall

Eucharistic Adoration 9-10:30 AM, Church
Reconciliation 10 PM and 12 PM, Church


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We welcome you into St. Robert’s Family and ask that you complete a registration form (found in the vestibule of the church). Drop it either in the collection basket, in the mail, or at the Parish office. We will mail a New Parishioner Packet with information about the Parish, its organizations and groups.

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