Forth Sunday of Advent
December 18, 2005 - Bulletin


Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.

—Mark 1:3


THEME OF OUR LITURGY - “Through repentance we prepare the Way for the Lord”
2 Samuel 7:1-5,8-12b, 14a-16 I will fix a place for my people. I will plant them so that they may dwell in their place without further disturbance.

Romans 16:25-27 To the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be glory forever and ever.

Luke 1:26-38 Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to you word.


AS A PARISH COMMUNITY
We pray for the repose of the souls of Margaret Clifford who died this week, and GLADYS OROZCO (former parishioner) who died last week, and we offer our sympathy to their families.

We thank the Altar Society for their continued care of our Church during the year.

We pray for all the sick in our parish, especially: Maureen Dan, Tom Cathey, Richard Jordan, Malen Ferrer, John Duran, Florence Favrow, John Hartlein, Margaret Caylao, Lory Manzano, Angela Uccelli and Bertha Bacho.


We welcome your donations of poinsettias for the decoration of our sanctuary during Christmas. It is a suitable way for families to be represented in our Christmas celebration.
WANTED: Housekeeper for the Rectory.

5 Hours a Day, 3 Days a Week. If interested, please call Rosemary in the Rectory Office.


SUNDAY CHURCH COLLECTION

Many thanks to those parishioners who contributed to the Church Collection last Sunday. Amount received: $5,239. Cost of running the Parish for the week: $5,200.


PARISH ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE

Our Communal Penance Service this Advent Season will be held on Monday, December 20th. Father Brian will preside. This will be an opportunity to experience God’s forgiveness and grace in preparation for Christmas.


CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

Thank you, one and all, for making our Preparation for Christmas so special this year:

Our Christmas to Remember Concert
Our Christmas Bingo Luncheon
Our School Christmas Program
Our SVDP Christmas Giving Tree Program Job well done!

MD is very proud of all of you.


CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

Parish Office will be closed from 12 Noon on Friday, December 23rd, through Monday, January 2nd. The Office will open again on Tuesday. January 3rd, at 9 a.m.


CHRISTMAS MASSES

Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24th

5 p.m. (Children’s Mass) 10 p.m. Midnight Mass

Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25th

8 a.m. 10 a.m. and 12 Noon

NO Evening Mass on Christmas Day


CHRISTMAS BINGO LUNCHEON

Many thanks to Pat and Kathleen Dunleavy, Walter Heim, Gay Clausen, Stella and Frank Decesare, Angie Rodriguez, Fran Dunleavy, Ellen Varley, Gina and James Collins, Wayne Rosaia, Pat Pacheco, Olive Dieckelt, and Sister Agnes for their help in making our Annual Christmas Bingo Luncheon a great success!


HELP

Please Help us find the following students of Mater Dolorosa Class of 1984 Reunion:

Shari Bellazain, Dena Broussard, Dawn Calvert, Rubina Dias, Thomas Duignan, Julie Fiore, Christine Gaffney, Cindy Gonzalez, Gisso Matasha, Rudith Melo, Maria Pasalaqua, Phaidra Pavia, Tina Resler, Joseph Rufino, Sangeeta Sharma, MaryJo Straght, April Tolar, and Jason Tunkett. Please call the School Office at 583-4131.


MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK


Sunday, December 18

8 AM

Albert & Edith Stanker (D)

10 AM

A.M. Emanuel Borg (D)

Noon

People of the Parish (D)

5 PM

Irene Villafuerte (D)


Monday, December 19

8 AM

Ricardita Rodriguez


Tuesday, December 20

8 AM

Mila San Juan (D)


Wednesday, December 21

8 AM

Valentino Dobrich (D)


Thursday, December 22

8 AM

Stanley Cotton (D)


Friday, December 23

8 AM

Sunny R. Thomas (D)


Dear Father Costello,

Thank you very much for the generous World Mission Mission Sunday contribution of $2,130.00 from the people of Mater Dolorosa Church.

Father Mangalarajh, rector of St. Francis Xavier Seminary in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, writes: “The Church was a great source of strength to the survivors of the tsunami. We sent our seminarians out to the area just to be with the people – to listen to their stories. We were told that the students brought great comfort to the victims. They are not yet ordained but they still were able to bring the love of Christ to the afflicted. Thanks to your assistance, throughout the year, they were, academically and spiritually prepared to bring the “Good News” of Jesus to those most in need of His message.”

To his expression of gratitude for the help of your parishioners, I add my own profound thanks as well. And, I hope that in the months ahead, you as a parish community, will continue to remember the missionary work of the Church, especially in prayer and at Mass.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Ignatius C. Wang
Auxiliary Bishop
Archdiocesan Director