St. Robert's Catholic Church

1380 Crystal Springs Road, San Bruno, CA 94066

Tel: (650) 589-2800

FEBRUARY 14, 1999
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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(During Fr. Ring’s recovery, the members of the parish staff will be writing the pastoral letter. Today’s letter is from Deacon Brian Costello.)

Dear Parishioners:

As most of you know, I am finishing up my studies at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park and, God willing, I will be ordained a priest in a little over a year from now. What most of you might not know is that the San Francisco Archdiocese has the fewest number of seminarians of all the dioceses at St. Patrick’s (5 altogether!). Why is that, I wonder? Why, in the 40 year history of St. Robert’s Parish, have only 2 priests been ordained from here? I know there are a lot of reasons why young people say they never think about priesthood or the religious life, but aren't these reasons more like excuses. I believe God is calling just as many people as He did in the past, but I wonder why people aren’t responding to that call? There are some dioceses in the U.S. where there is one priest for 2 or 3 parishes. St. Robert’s isn’t there yet, but things don’t look so good 10 or 20 years down the road. I believe priesthood is the best kept secret in the world: it’s a great life, it’s just too bad so few people know about it.

Parents: John Paul II said that vocations are fostered in the home. Pray with your children. Read the Scriptures to them. Encourage them if they are inclined to this vocation.

College Students and Young Adults: There is no age limit to God’s call. If he does call you , respond to that call as best you can, and you will know what true happiness is all about.

On this Valentine’s Day when we celebrate our love for one another, let us remember God’s great love for us and how we, in our own way, can return that love to God.

In His Love,
Deacon Brian Costello



First day of Lent - ASH WEDNESDAY, 2/17

Readings for
Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11



"Be an Active Listener"

As we begin our second season of Renew 2000, we will focus on our celebration of the Liturgy of the Word during the Mass. The Liturgy of the Word extends from the first reading (usually from the Old Testament) through the Prayers of the Faithful. The Gospel proclamation is the peak of our experience of God’s Word. How do we fully, consciously, and actively participate in this part of the Mass? By listening actively. More on this next week . . .

Pat Kelly, Liturgy Coordinator


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Monday 6:30 No Mass
8:30 Jane Lambert
Tuesday 6:30 Gerard Uniacke †
8:30 James Bonnardel †
Wednesday 6:30 Julia & Patrick Kelly
8:30 Joseph Emilio †
10:30 Albert Spadaro †
7:30 Betty Stratton †
Thursday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 Pasquale & Maria Teresa Aloise †
Friday 6:30 No Intention
8:30 Veronica Schaukowitch †
Saturday 8:30 Paul & Rosina Vella †
4:30 Anna Nedved †
Sunday 7:30 People of St. Robert's
9:00 Veronica Schaukowitch †
10:30 Edward Hart †
12:00 Special Intention
5:30 Albert Masio †

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We pray for the ill Blake Interdonato, Don Landers, Tony Coogan, Koret Koelman, Terry McLeod, Adela Florez, Ana Cosgaya, Peter Capodonicco, Rosemary McHale, Arthur Candia, Sandra Dill, Jane Lambert, Enese Parenti, Bill Curtis, Bastiaan Blumenthal, Muriel Krause and Father Ring.

We pray for the repose of the souls of Antinette DeMartini and Bridget McMorrow.

As a Parish Community,We Pray

For a greater respect for the dignity of marriage and family. For all married couples that God give them comfort and strength in each other and joy in their children.

No appeal to policy, procedure, majority will or pluralism ever excuses a public official from defending life to the greatest extent. (National Council of Catholic Bishops, "Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics")



Abstinence: Everyone 14 years of age and older is obliged to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday. Fast: Everyone 18 years of age and older, but under the age of 60, is also obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. It is recommended, but not as a matter of obligation, that the faithful keep the Paschal Fast on Holy Saturday until the Easter Vigil. On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, 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 ablity to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige.


PLEASE NOTE!!! The Parish Office and School will be closed Mon. (tomorrow), Feb. 15th in honor or President’s Day.

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Please take a look at the flyer in the Bulletin



Soup Suppers begin Friday, Feb. 19th and continue until Friday, March 26th. We need donations of food items (apples, oranges, vegetables etc.) Please contact the rectory at 589-2800 if you can assist.


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St. Robert School announces that the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) has named Sr. Mary Waskowiak, RSM a 1999 NCEA Catholic Elementary School Distinguished Graduate.

Sr. Mary graduated from St. Robert School in 1962 and currently serves with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in Maryland. Sr. Mary also graduated from Mercy High School, Burlingame and Russell College, and holds post graduate degrees from USF.

Sponsored by the NCEA Dept. of Elementary Schools in cooperation with St. Robert School, this award goes to Sr. Mary for outstanding personal and professional achievements. Sr. Mary has served as a secondary education teacher, a campus minister, an instructor at St. Patrick’s Seminary, and as director at Mercy Center, Burlingame. Most recently, Sr. Mary served as President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and as an official auditor at the Synod for the Americas in Vatican City. During her term President, Sr. Mary gave an intervention to Pope John Paul II and the Synod body on "Women in the United States."

Sr. Mary credits St. Robert School for preparing her in a unique way to meet the responsibilities of adult life. When asked about her belief in Catholic education, Sr. Mary stated that "Catholic education is integral to the development of an individual by deepening the Catholic tradition of belief, worship and serve. It is a fundamental building block that can bear fruit in a variety of situations."

The award was presented to Sr. Mary at St. Robert School’s annual Open House by Patricia Bordin, Principal and Judeth Watt, Vice Principal. Mrs. Bordin stated that St. Mary is an example of how Catholic schools educate people to take leadership roles in their community and beyond.



Our Mid-Winter Get-Together will be held on Feb. 28th at El Torito Restaurant at 1590 Old Bayshore Road, Burlingame. It will be a continental buffet for $13.75 per person. For reservations, please call Bunny Moniz thru Feb. 25th.



St. Robert’s Women’s Guild presents "SIGNS OF THE TIMES", a Fashion Show and Luncheon on Sat., April 17th, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City with a no-host bar at 11 AM and lunch at 12 PM. Ticket sales start on Mon., March 8th, at the Women’s Guild meeting at 6:30 PM in Hennessy Hall. Tickets are $37 for adults and $32 for seniors and children under 12. This is the last Fashion Show of the 1900’s, so come take a stroll with us down memory lane and see fashions from the 20th century as well as the hottest fashions of today! Call 589-2800 for more information.



will be held in Hennessy Hall on Wed. March 3rd at 6 p.m. We are honored to have Father John Glogowski as our guest speaker. Tickets for the Soup Supper may be purchased for $5 each. They will be sold after Masses on Feb. 13th, 14th, 20th & 21st. Tickets may also be purchased by calling Dorothy Branch, Lil Fazio, or Dolores Moynihan. Cutoff date for purchasing tickets will be Feb. 24th.


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PRESIDENT’S HOLIDAY (office and school closed)

Legion of Mary, 6:30-8:30 PM.....Library
Religious Ed, (Parent’s Mtg), 6:45-8PM...Hall


Teen’s, 7PM.....Hall

RCIA, 7-9PM.....Chapel
Parish Council,7-9:30M.....Library

Soup Supper, 6:30PM.....Hall
Stations of the Cross 6PM.....Church

Confirmation Retreat.....Hall

Fil/Am, 10-11:30AM.....Hall

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