Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
March 20, 2005

God greatly exalted [Christ] and bestowed on him the name which is above every name.

— Philippians 2:9

This week we celebrate the events that changed the world. We come to celebrate the Paschal Mystery: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

“Christian remembering is more than retracing the Lord’s steps during his last days in Jerusalem. At the Holy Thursday Eucharist, the Church is already drawn into the whole event of Jesus’ death and resurrection. The Good Friday celebration of the Lord’s passion is austere but never sad, for the risen Lord already reigns triumphant. On Holy Saturday the Church waits for the celebration of Christ’s resurrection and its own at the Easter Vigil, when the Spirit hovers over the waters of the font and the community of faith drinks deeply again of the mystery of Jesus’ passage from death to life.” (Roman Missal).

There is a prayer that I always associate with the death and resurrection of Jesus. It was written in a place of hell created by man. It was a place apparently of despair and no hope; a place of such evil that you might think God could not be present. Yet God was present at Ravensbruck Concentration Camp where this prayer was written. This prayer was found on a scrap of paper pinned on the body of a dead child. God was present at that evil place as surely as he was present at the place Jesus died.

“O Lord, remember not only the men and women of good will, but also those of ill will. But do not remember all the suffering they have inflicted on us, remember the fruits we have borne, thanks to this suffering – our comradeship, our loyalty, our humanity, our courage, our generosity, the greatness of heart which has grown out of all this, and when they come to judgment, let all the fruits which we have borne be their forgiveness.”

If you are interested in donating Easter lilies to decorate the sanctuary, please bring them to the rectory before Thursday, March 24. Thank you.

Pope John Paul II asks that all Good Friday collections throughout the world go to support the Catholic Church in the Holy Land. Where do these funds go?

The Franciscans in the Holy Land use your donation to maintain the Holy Places which mark significant events in Jesus’ life, including Bethlehem, Nazareth and Jerusalem.

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem uses your donation to support 40 schools as well as to construct, repair and operate affordable housing, convents, orphanages, parish rectories and halls in the Holy Land.


If you or someone you know is struggling with the loss of a loved one, please join the St. Dunstan Grief Support Group for an 8 week session to help process your grief and loss issues, starting on Thursday, March 3rd at 7 pm in the convent. The group will meet for 8 consecutive Thursdays. For more information please call John Ferreira @ 692-4337 or Barbara

Cappel, L.C.S.W. at 650-692-7543.

Many thanks to those who served as Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and Altar Servers this weekend:

Sat. March 19
5 PM

Lector: Jack Ward & Joan Ryan

Eucharist Ministers: Roy & Connie Fry, Carol Orfino, Raymonde Attard, Eunice Danli

Altar Servers: C. Flaherty, D. Flaherty, K. Flaherty

Sun. March 20
7:00 AM

Lector: John Turek & Howard Connolly

Eucharistic Ministers: Toni Skalko, Barbara Rogers

Altar Servers: G. Cabarse, Z. Chierici

8:30 AM

Lector: Dan Capodanno & Dianne Johnson

Eucharistic Ministers: Rosita Pezo, Mic & LaVerne Kelly, Maureen Leland

Altar Servers: R. Sison, S. Borella, E. Murphy

10:00 AM

Lector: Fran Sigona & Pat Decker

Eucharistic Ministers: Naty Reyes, Cynthia Pramono, Gabe Maldonado, Lisa Raquel, Joe Sigona, Gail Yip

Altar Servers: A. Raquel, E. Maldonado, G. Grogan

11:30 AM

Lector: Yvonne Kaialoa & Pete Maloney

Eucharistic Ministers: Becky Santos, Irene Salvi, Monique Rogers, Caroline Khu, Tina Dizon, Carla Caimoto

Altar Servers: M. McLaughlin, M. Jajeh, A. Maher

5:00 PM

Lector: Pat McLaughlin

Eucharistic Ministers: Pat & Maria McLaughlin, Lavinia Zanassi, Marlene & Lou Ferrigno, Barbara Cappel

Altar Servers: N. Valle, A. Ghawi, K. Hansen

The St. Dunstan Friendship Club will hold their meeting on Friday, April 1 at the Millbrae Community Center at 10:30 am. After the meeting we will be playing Bingo. Members who have not paid their dues of $7, March 31 is the deadline. Members are reminded to continue to bring canned goods for the needy to be distributed by the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Non-members are welcome.

St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, 1 Notre Dame Avenue, San Mateo presents: LAMB OF GOD, A Contata for Lent on Sunday, March 20 at 2:30 pm. Several choirs from San Mateo County are performing, including St. Dunstan’s Choir!

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Relic of the True Cross

On Good Friday of this year, we will be privileged to have the use of a relic of the True Cross to use during the services of the Adoration of the Cross.

Knights of Columbus “In Solidarity With Our Priests” present a Chicken Risotto Dinner, Saturday, May 7 in the Parish Center. No host beer and wine at 6 pm and dinner (wine included) at 7 pm. Music and dancing. For tickets call Al DeSantolo @ 697-0855, Roy Fry @ 697– 9357 or Lou Grech @ 697-9250. Donation $25.00.

Everyone 14 years of age and older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.

Everyone 18 years of age and older but under the age of 60 is also bound to fast 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 abstinence, 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.

Parishioners are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent, and to attend one of the three daily Masses at 6:30 am, 8:00 am and 5:10 pm.


Catholic Single Adults throughout Northern California ages 21 and over are invited to attend a special “Rotational Dinner & Dance Party” at Taragon Restaurant –140 S. Murphy Avenue, Sunnyvale, starting at 6:30 pm. The four course dinner is designed to have diners rotate to different tables for each course, so people are meeting new singles every half-hour. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening. Reservations are necessary. For more information contact Amanda at 888-208-9555 ext. 85.

SPECIAL MARCH PROGRAMMING IN MARCH ON EWTN, the 24 hour Catholic TV network, includes a documentary on Ireland’s Shrine at Knock, March 15 at 3:30 pm; a children’s special on St. Patrick, March 17 at 1 pm; and a special on St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus, that airs March 17 at 10 am and March 19 at 5 pm. Telecasts of Holy Week Masses at the Vatican include Palm Sunday Mass, March 20 at 5 pm; Holy Thursday Mass, March 24 at 12 noon; and Easter Sunday Mass, March 27 at 9 am. EWTN is carried on Comcast Digital Ch. 229; RCN Ch. 80; DISH Satellite Ch. 261 and DirecTV Ch 422.
Last weekend’s Regular Collection: $7,729.00

This weekend’s Second Collection will be taken up for the Parish Maintenance & Development Fund

Thank you for all your support!

Sunday: Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion; Spring begins
Monday: Monday of Holy Week
Tuesday: Tuesday of Holy Week
Wednesday: Wednesday of Holy Week
Thursday: Holy Thursday; Paschal Triduum begins; Purim (Jewish observance) begins at sunset
Friday: Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion; Fast and Abstinence
Saturday: Holy Saturday; Vigil of Easter

Due to the observance of Good Friday on March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation is moved to Monday, April 4.
Save the date! Saturday Evening, April 16, 2005

Make plans to attend the Third Annual St. Dunstan International Food Festival, the culinary event of the year. You will be able to indulge in foods from all over the world while enjoying entertainment and music. There will also be a silent and live auction so you can bid on some great items and take home some terrific bargains. Activities for children will also be available.

If you can help donate items for our live or silent auction, please call Nazneen Rizvi at 737-0797. Cash donations are also welcomed. All donations are tax deductible. It’s a great way to advertise your business and support our parish school. For reservations and ticket information, please call Catherine Miller at 359-1574.

The Knights of Columbus will be holding their 12th Annual Tony Bommarito Memorial Scholarship Grant Pancake Breakfast on March 20 in the Parish Center after the 8:30 and 10 am Masses. All of the proceeds from our breakfast will go toward scholarships for up to 3 students graduating from the 8th grade. We have special prizes for this occasion, to include lunches, dinners, baseball tickets and much more. We may also have some special one-of-a-kind items for sale at a reasonable price. Please note this date on you calendars. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Congratulations and best wishes to Evelyn Glesener who celebrated her 100th birthday on March 16th and Ann DelCarlo who will celebrate her 94th birthday on March 25th!
Mass Intentions for the Week - March 20 to March 26, 2005

7:00 am For Parish
8:30 am Giuseppe Pasquinelli
10:00 am Bertu Chetcuti
11:30 am Michael Angelo & Nazzarino Tonna
5:00 pm Fe Morales

6:30 am Michael Monteroso
8:00 am Gerald Ryan
5:10 pm Antoinette Blanco

6:30 am Bruni Family (living & deceased)
8:00 am Mrs. Otillia Scoles
5:10 pm Elvira Shoop (living)

6:30 am Robert Cosentino (living)
8:00 am Maureen Maughan
5:10 pm Daniela Araya

Thursday See Holy Week schedule

Friday See Holy Week schedule

Saturday See Holy Week schedule

Join us Tuesdays after the 8 AM Mass for a Novena in honor of Our Mother of Perpetual Help followed by the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
We pray for the sick members of our parish family and for those who care for them especially: Martha Costa, Geraldine Witt, Madison Kitz, William Dill, Ted & Eileen Damian, Pat Saracini, Bill Barca, Ann Del Carlo, Donna Fiorillo, Irene Thommen, Kyong Cruz, Eva Abbaticola, Kate Bray, Alexander Diller, John Cardiel, Ciera Whipple, Michael McKenna, Steve Bacho, Mario & Eva Caprini, Mary Farr, Barbara Modica, Amanda Arostegue, Cecilia O’Grady, Karen Shirley, John Falsarella, Pauline Woodall, Virginia Brislin, Anthony Betti, Sr, Jose Conrado Vasquez, Frank Motta, Henry & Lucy Garcia, Frances Snyder, Jack & Rene Sagrafena, Tony Cappel, Debbie Jones, Robert Cosentino, Michael Cozzolino, Bob Treseler, Betty Cascone, Mrs. Eileen Starkie, Sue Ferratta & Larry Duggins

We pray for the deceased members of our parish family: Nadine DeMartini & Milagro Oliver