MATER DOLOROSA
The Nativity of the Lord
December 25, 2005 - Bulletin


The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not come over it.

—John 1:5:35


THEME OF OUR LITURGY - “ Come Lord Jesus , be born again in our Hearts”
Isaiah 52 7:10 All the ends of the earth will behold the salvation of our Lord.

Hebrews 1:1-6 God has spoken to us through His Son, the very imprint of God’s being.

John 1:1-8 The Word became flesh; from his fullness we have all received grace.


AS A PARISH COMMUNITY

We wish you all A Merry Christmas.

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

We pray for the eternal repose of the souls of ALMA PAGLIARULO & MARGARET CLIFFORD who died last week, and we offer our sympathy to their families.

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


SUNDAY CHURCH COLLECTIONS

Many thanks to those parishioners who contributed to the Church Collection last Sunday. Amount received: $4,562. and for the Parish Improvement Collection. Amount received: $1,777.50. Cost of running the Parish for the week: $5,200.


SECOND COLLECTION

Second Collection next Sunday is for the support of our Parish School. Please be generous!


Vacation for our C.C.D Students began last Tuesday, December 20th Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2006.

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

Parish Office closed during Christmas Week. The Office will reopen again on Tuesday, January 3rd, at 9 a.m.


SCHOOL NEWS

Mater Dolorosa School will re-open on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006 at 8:15 a.m.


CHRISTMAS BRINGS THE GIFT OF LOVE

Christmas brings the gift of love…God’s miracles from above.
Jesus Christ was born on earth...for our salvation and our worth.
Love and worship are the reason...we celebrate this holy season.
Wonderment is everywhere… wrapped in the hearts of those who care.
May every broken heart receive...the gift of love and to believe…that hope and faith still remain... on the other side of pain.
His gift of love allows each soul...be changed from half to whole.
With open hearts lets make a choice…to listen for His still small voice.
When we are keeping Him in mind...we are forgiving and more kind.
He is the bridge between heaven and earth...where every soul finds love and worth.
His presence is forever near…on Christmas and each day, each year.

Copyright 2005 by Kay E. Richardson


NEW YEAR DINNER DANCE

New Years Eve Pot Luck Dinner and Dance in the Church Hall next Saturday Night, from 8 p.m. to 1 am. Adults: $10.00. Children: Free. Each Family is asked to bring a Pot Luck Dish to share with everyone. Ring in 2006 with your fellow Parishioners. For more information, please call Rick at 994-1677.


MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK


Saturday, December 24

8 AM

Sebastian & Stella Thomas (D)

5 PM

Olga Netto (D)

10 PM

Deceased members of the Smith Family


Sunday, December 25

8 AM

Deceased Members of the Costello Family

10 AM

Winston & Rosemary (Th)

Noon

People of the Parish


Monday, December 26

8 AM

Mary Nardo (D)


Tuesday, December 27

8 AM

Victor Galang (D)


Wednesday, December 28

8 AM

Dolora Tomimbang (D)


Thursday, December 29

8 AM

Jose Stephen Angeles (Th)


Friday, December 30

8 AM

Ricardo & Mediatrix Fernando (Th)


Saturday, December 31

8 AM

Souls of Thomas Family

5 PM

Agapito Valencia (D)


 

Dear Friends,

50 years ago today, my uncle Albert J. Smith, wrote this beautiful Christmas Poem entitled: “Lonely Is the Stable.” It has meant a lot to me and my family, down through the years, and I would like to share it with you.

Merry Christmas, everyone! I am one lucky person to be in such a wonderful parish.

Father Brian

I often wonder

When God chose a stable to be born in

And the company of animals to share the love of His nativity.

He did not then forsake the world He had come to save.

And that Good Friday was consummated on the first Christmas morning.

How else do I resolve this epic pessimism in the hour of the world’s greatest optimism?

Is not the expression of an innkeeper

The timeless recurrence of the rejection of Love which Christmas is?

Is not every village, every house, every heart a Bethlehem?

And everyday, Christmas Day because everyday, everywhere, on some altar Christ is newly born?

Are we not all innkeepers of houses and hearts full of everything but love.

Hearing everything but a knock on the door,

Seeing everything but the light of a Constant Star?

How few of us are Shepherds, How few of us are Wise Men. How lonely is the stable where

Everyday Our Lord is born!