St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

APRIL 5, 1998
Palm Sunday


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Dear Parishioners,

With the celebration of Palm Sunday, we are entering the most sacred time of the Church’s year. I hope that as many of you as possible will join us in celebrating the Passover of the Lord - a three day celebration of Christ, once dead and now alive in glory forever.

I want to give you a special invitation to join our Parish Community for the Easter Vigil which will be celebrated beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night. During this beautiful service, new members will be baptized and confirmed into our Community of Faith . Be here to rejoice with them and others who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time.

Please be as generous as you can in your Easter donation. The many services and programs of the Parish depend upon your sacrifice.

The gift of the Holy Spirit we will meditate on during Holy Week is Wonder and Awe in God’s Presence (Fear of the Lord): During these final days of Lent before the Easter Triduum of the passion and resurrection of Christ, we open the seventh gift: Wonder and Awe. It takes time and leisure to wonder and be amazed. To take time to see God’s beauty around you. To see God’s beauty in a blade of grass, a baby’s hand, a loved one’s face. When was the last time you simply stood back in awe of something beautiful and said, "Wow!" Christians have traditionally taken time for a spiritual retreat—a time to step back from our daily routine and to take stock of our lives. Lent is our 40-day retreat before Easter.

Idea: This week I will take notice of something of beauty in my life—a place, a person, a work of art—and look for the hand of God.

Prayer: God of Wonder and Awe, how wonderful the work of your hands, how awesome your ways. May your Holy Spirit of Wonder and Awe enable us to see your beauty in each person we meet.

ATTENTION: Because of the number of funerals recently, the painters of the church pews have fallen behind schedule. After talking with the owner of the company, we agreed to stop all work until after Easter. I think it will be best to close the church that week (April 12-18) so that we can bring this job to conclusion. This means we will have the 8:30 AM Mass in the Hall (school is out that week) and any funerals will be celebrated at a neighboring parish unless the family will agree to the funeral in the evening.

Fr. Ring



Tuesday 7:30 PM Lenten Penance Service
Holy Thursday 10:00 AM Passion Play Dress Rehearsal for the children of the parish in the Church
7:30 PM Mass of the Lord's Supper
Good Friday 12:00-1:30 PM Reflections, Prayer, & Song
Mothers' Way of the Cross
1:30 PM Liturgy of the Lord's Passion
1:15-3:00 PM Children's Good Friday
7:30 PM Passion Play by Youth
Holy Saturday 7:30 PM Easter Vigil Liturgy
Easter Sunday 7:30, 9;00, 10:30, 12 Noon Easter Masses
No Evening Mass


Join the members of 6:30 AM daily Mass on their 5th annual silent walk up to the top of Junipero Serra Park in San Bruno. Meet at 6:30 AM sharp in the south parking lot of St. Robert’s. Wear layered clothing and sturdy shoes. All ages are welcome. Approximate time of return is 8:15 AM. Hope you can join us for this beautiful walk.



Children’s Liturgy will again be offering a Good Friday program for children ages 4 and up in Hennessy Hall beginning at 1:15 PM until immediately after services are completed in church. Kindly pre-register your child by calling 589-2800 between the hours of 8 AM-3 PM and leave your child’s name, age, and your home phone number.


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Monday 6:30 Herb Freitas †
8:30 Norine Hastings †
Tuesday 6:30 Armida Moniri †
8:30 Anton Boncich †
Wednesday 6:30 Bernard & thelma Hentschell †
8:30 Joseph Busuttili †
Saturday 7:30 People of St. Robert's
Sunday 7:30 People of St. Robert's
9:00 People of St. Robert's
10:30 People of St. Robert's
12:00 People of St. Robert's


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

We pray for the repose of the souls of Anna Bernosky and Isabelle Cardinale, mother of Sandy Kitchen and offer our sympathy to their families.

We pray for our sisters and brothers who suffer in mind, in body or in spirit. May they commit their life and death to the care of God in complete trust.



Many will be shocked to find
When the day of judgment nears
That there’s a special place in heaven
Set aside for volunteers.
Furnished with big recliners,
Satin couches and footstools,
Where there’s no committee chairperson,
No group leaders or car pools.
No eager team that needs a coach,
No bazaar and no bake sale,
There will be nothing to staple,
Not one thing to fold or mail.
Telephone lists will be outlawed,
But a finger snap will bring
Cool drinks and gourmet dinners
And treats fit for a king.
You ask, "Who’ll serve these privileged few
And work for all they’re worth?"
Why, all those who reaped the benefits
And not once volunteered on Earth.




As you all probably know by now, I will be leaving St. Robert’s soon (first of May), and I want you to know how much I love and will miss you. You have made my job "do-able" and my ministry to you a beautiful opportunity to see God’s face often. Thank you and Peace to each of you. Joy



The Parish Council advises Fr. Ring in the long range planning for our Parish. If you would like to have an impact on the future direction of St. Robert’s, consider running for the Parish Council. Three seats will be available for the three-year term starting this fall and one seat for a two-year term. Elections are planned for the weekend of May 16-17. Applications are available in the vestibule of the church, from any Parish council member, or at the Parish Office. Gary DeMartini



Youth Ministry presents a special performance Holy Thursday morning at 10 in the church for the children of the parish and an Encore Performance Good Friday evening at 7:30 featuring members of Bob’s Club and the Teen Club.



As Catholics, we find forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In the Word of God, He speaks to us of His forgiveness. The only requirement is sorrow for our sins. We openly admit our failings to the priest. Then we receive, through him, the Father’s pardon and peace. Hope is possible! Salvation does happen! We are united to the Father and to one another through the wonder of reconciliation. Please plan to attend our Lenten Reconciliation Service on Tuesday, April 7th, at 7:30 PM, in preparation for the Holy Week Triduum and Easter.



On Wed, April 8, it’s St. Robert’s turn to provide lunch for the County AIDS Clinic. Please bring an entree, salad, side dish or dessert to the bench in the Little Church vestibule by 9 AM for pickup and delivery to the Clinic. Hot dishes should be delivered cold with instructions for reheating. Many thanks! Next: May 13.



As at Christmas, we will put out special offering envelopes at Easter time so that you might contribute to the purchase of the lillies to decorate the church while at the same time make a memorial to a loved one. On Easter there will be a list in the bulletin of the donors and those people to whom a memorial has been made.


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Men’s Club...6:30 PM, Hall

Legion of Mary...6:30 PM, Library

Choir Practice...7:30 PM, Church
Bob’s Club...7:00 PM, Hall

R.C.I.A...7:00 PM, Convent Chapel
FilAm...7:30 PM, Hall

Children’s Good Friday...1:15, Hall
Reflection, Prayer, & Song...12:00 PM, Church
Passion Play...7:30 PM, Church

Easter Vigil...7:30 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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