St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

MAY 24, 1998
Seventh Sunday of Easter


Dear Parishioners,

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. Before he left us Jesus promised he would send the HOLY Spirit to be with us forever. Today we celebrate Pentecost, the fulfillment of that promise, when the Holy Spirit descended on Mary and the Apostles. The infant church was born.

In receiving the Spirit the apostles were commissioned to go out to all the world and tell the Good News, and also to forgive sin. Each one of us received the Spirit in Baptism and was sealed with the Spirit in Confirmation. What is our response to such a gift? Do we spread the Good News? Do we forgive each other as the apostles were told to do?

The words: Forgive me, I’m sorry, should be often on our lips.

When preparing for Confirmation we learned about the gifts and fruits of the Spirit. One gift in particular puzzled me-the fear of the Lord. Why should I fear a loving, kind, forgiving gracious God? It seemed to contradict the words, "I have loved you with an everlasting love." The word ‘FEAR’ is not a good translation. ‘AWE’ or ‘WONDER’ would be more apt. We are awestruck by a beautiful sunrise or sunset; the innocence of a little baby; the beauty of nature. But what about the beauty that is in each of us because we are gifted with the Spirit? If we are open to the Spirit we may start acting like the first disciples-powerful, articulate, spirit-filled. Our gifts are varied. I have mine. You have yours. Together we build up the Kingdom of God.

Some weeks ago 83 young adults in our parish were sealed with the Holy Spirit in Confirmation. We thank these young men and women for their reminder to us of our own commitment. Last weekend 135 children received the Lord for the first time in Holy Communion. We congratulate them and their parents. They remind us of our need for parents. They remind us of our need for spiritual nourishment. We feed our bodies. Why forget our souls! The words of Jesus,

"Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood you will not have life in you"

are a gentle warning. Of what value is a healthy body with a dead spirit!

We congratulate the 8th graders, high school and college students who will graduate in June. The pace of life will slow down for them for a few months. The Church goes back to Ordinary Time, but it is mostly in the ordinary that we encounter our loving God.

God Bless you,
Sister Ita


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The In-Betweeners met for the first time on May 15th to a huge success. Please join them at their next meeting on Friday, June 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Hall.

A special thankyou goes out to all those who helped with the special Mass and dinner on May 16th. A job well done!

Father Ring



Tommorrow (Monday) is Memorial Day. There will be NO 6:30 a.m. Mass on that day. The Rectory office and School will be closed.


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Congratulations to Catherine Bendick, Patricia Mooney, Noelle Ottoboni Quilici and Steve West for being elected to the Parish Council. There were 297 ballots cast during last weekend’s Masses to select 4 out of 12 qualified applicants. I know they will share their God given talents for the benefit of our parish. I look forward to having these elected members work closely with the existing 8 members of the Council to help address the ever-changing requirements of our parish. And a special thanks to the other qualified 8 applicants, I hope you will share your skills through other groups and organizations. The fact that we had 12 applicants and 297 ballots cast, testifies to the generous love we all share for our parish.

Gary DeMartini Chairperson of the Parish Council



Congratulations to Chris Sevieri and Kathy Fitzpatrick on their appointment to the School Board.



A copy of New St. Joseph Weekday Missal was found in the Church. There are personal photos inside the front cover. Please call 589-2800 for more information.


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Monday 6:30 NO MASS
8:30 Adalin Lagomarsino †
Tuesday 6:30 Daniel Flanigan †
8:30 Lena Lippi †
Wednesday 6:30 Elizabeth Gentnert †
8:30 Agnes Pisani †
Thursday 6:30 Elizabeth Gentnert †
8:30 Mary Daly †
Friday 6:30 Marianne Watkins †
8:30 Pasquale Teresa & Maria Aloise †
Saturday 8:30 Lila Vidulich †
4:30 Feruccio & Helen Tonegato †
Sunday 7:30 Lena Lippi †
9:00 Rita Galea Vidulich †
10:30 Marion Mahoney †
12:00 Jim Dowd †
5:30 People of St. Robert's


We pray for the ill: Blake Interdonato, IIlar Schoenstein, Don Landers, Tony Coogan, Koret Koelman, Terry McLeod, Adela Florez, Ana Cosgaya, Peter Capodonicco, Rosemary McHale, Arthur Candia, Margarita Velez, Sandra Dill and Jane Bousquet.

We pray for the repose of the soul of Adalin D. Lagomarsino. We offer our sympathy to her family.

We are pleased to have married ,Scott Anthony Robinson and Mercedes Monica Pena. Congratulations!

As a Parish Community, We pray...

That the Holy Spirit may bring healing of their spiritual wounds to all nations, making reconciliation possible.



CONGRATULATIONS! to Diana Landin and Jennifer Momii who received awards May 20 from the Religious Education Office of the Archdiocese for five years of teaching as Catechists in our Parish Religious Education Program. Diana teaches Phase 1 and Phase 2 of Confirmation Program. Jennifer is the Fourth Grade teacher on Thursdays. In the name of the students and their parents we thank both of them for their dedicated loving service.


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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.



Our new Parish Directory will be published this year. Family Photographs will be taken May 24 and June 6 and 7. Please call Robin McCarthy at to schedule your appointment OR IF THERE HAVE BEEN ANY CHANGES IN YOUR NAME, ADDRESS OR TELEPHONE NUMBER SINCE THE LAST DIRECTORY, OR IF YOU WANT ANYTHING LISTED DIFFERENTLY, PLEASE CALL ROBIN BYJUNE 7th.



The next Men’s Club meeting will be held on Monday, June 1st. This is our annual joint meeting with our wives. There are three special events happening this evening; the installation of our 1998-99 officers, our Tony Modica (man of the year award), and our special celebration and thanks to Sister Columba on her retirement to Ireland in July. Reservations are a must for this dinner. Cost will be $10 per person ($20 per couple) for dinner, no host bar and dessert. Please contact Al Ciraulo or John Franzella  if you plan to attend. Please get your reservation in early so we can plan for our dinner. Remember, all men of the parish are invited and on this special night you can bring your wife with you.


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MONDAY, May 25
Grown ups 7:00 p.m.....Library

Legion of Mary, 6:30 p.m.......Library

Choir, 7:30 p.m.....Church

Teen Club, 5-10....Hall

FRIDAY, May 29
Bob’s Club, 7:00 p.m....Hall

FilAm Choir Practice 10:00 a.m....Hall

SUNDAY, May 31
FilAm Choir Practice 10:00 a.m....Hall



Please come to St. Robert’s TEEN CLUB 1st annual spaghetti dinner. May 28th from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Hennessy Hall. $10 for a family of 4, $4 for adults and $2.50 for childern for childern under 10. To make your reservation call Diane Landin.



The Fil-Am Group will be celebrating "Flores de Mayo" at the 4:30 p.m. Mass on Sunday, May 30th. Following the Mass, a dinner and dance celebration will take place at the Hennessy Hall from 6:30 p.m. to 12 midnight. Ticket cost is $15 per person; children 12 and under are free.

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