Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 15, 2006 - Bulletin

Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is within you.

—1 Corinthians 6:19a


THEME OF OUR LITURGY - “WE BELONG TO GOD”
1 Samuel 3:3b-10,19 At the Lord’s call Samuel responds, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a,17-20 Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you; therefore glorify God in your body.

Mark 1:35-42 When John’s disciples heard him say of Jesus: “Behold, the Lamb of God,” they followed him.


AS A PARISH COMMUNITY

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


SCHOOL NEWS

Application for Grades K-6 are now being accepted. Students applying for Kindergarten must be five year’s old by December 1, 2006. Requirements: birth and baptismal certificates, a copy of the child’s most recent immunization record, $50.00 non-refundable registration fee. For 1st through 6th grades, please include a copy of the latest report card. You are invited to the School’s Open House on Sunday, January 29th from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mater Dolorosa School does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnic origin, nor does Mater Dolorosa School discriminate on implementation of education policies. For more information, please call the School Office at 588-8175.


SUNDAY CHURCH COLLECTIONS

Many thanks to those parishioners who contributed to the Church Collection last Sunday. Amount received: $5,528 and the Black & Indian Home Mission Collection was $1,476. Cost of running the Parish for the week: $5200.


SCHOOL MASS

There will be a Peace and Justice Mass on Thursday, January 19th, at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend.


EWTN FAMILY CELEBRATION

Join EWTN Global Catholic Network at its 25th Anniversary Family Celebration in San Francisco on January 28th and 29th at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. You will have the opportunity to meet some of your favorite EWTN program hosts, hear talks from renowned guest speakers, attend a special live broadcast of THE JOURNEY HOME show hosted by Marcus Grodi and much more! Sunday will feature an address by Johnette Benkovic. The Most Rev. Allen Vigeron, Bishop of Oakland, will be the Celebrant and Homilist for a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving. Tickets for the celebration are FREE, but space limited, so call 877-398-6725 Monday to Friday 9:30 A.M. – 6:30 P.M. (Eastern) or log onto www.etwn.com for more information.



Jesus is the Unwanted—to be Unwanted.
Jesus is the Leper—to wash his wounds.
Jesus is the Beggar—to give him a smile.
Jesus is the Drunkard– to listen to him.
Jesus is the Mental– to protect him.
Jesus is the Little One—to embrace him.
Jesus is the Blind—to lead him.
Jesus is the Dumb—to speak for him.
Jesus is the Crippled—to walk with him
Jesus is the Drug Addict—to befriend him.
Jesus is the Prostitute —to remove from danger and befriend.
Jesus is the Prisoner— to be visited.
Jesus is the Old—to be served.


PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

O God, holy and eternal Trinity, we pray for your Church in the world. Sanctify its life; renew its worship; empower its witness; heal its divisions; make visible its unity. Lead us, with our brothers and sisters, towards communion of faith, life and witness, so that united in one body by the One Spirit, we may together witness to the perfect unity of your Love. AMEN


Martin Luther King Jr.

For your Sunday Morning worship, join the St. Paul of the Shipwreck Church community at the 21st Annual MKL Gospel Mass Celebration on Sunday, January 15th 10:30 a.m. Father , Jay Matthews, Pastor of St. Benedict’s Parish, Oakland, is Guest Preacher and Presider. For information please call (415) 468-3434.


MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK

Sunday, January 15

8 AM

Victor Fernandez (Healing)

10 AM

People of the Parish

Noon

People of the Parish

5 PM

Ireme Villafuerte (D)


Monday, January 16

8 AM

Rita Morris (Th)


Tuesday, January 17

8 AM

Special Intention


Wednesday, January 18

8 AM

Mark & Cathy Delorey (Sp)


Thursday, January 19

8 AM

Julie Mata (D)


Friday, January 20

8 AM

Nancy Bella (D)


Saturday, January 21

8 AM

Pauline Layag (D)

5 PM

Aurelia Villagos (D)


 

Dear Friends,

Last Tuesday Afternoon, I went to St. Mary’s Cathedral for the Kick-off of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal (AAA). For the 3rd year in a row, our goal is down from the previous year. Our goal is based on 19% of last year’s Sunday Collections which means for the past 3 years, our Sunday giving is down. Our goal this year is $29,500. The AAA is not so much an Appeal as it is a tax. Like the IRS, we either raise the money or we have to take it out of our General Funds. The Archdiocese gets their money either which way. Folks, let me talk turkey with you for a moment or two. We don’t have any General Funds to speak of. In the next month or so, we will begin the AAA. I ask all of you . . . no, I beg all of you, to pray and then consider what you can afford. The success of the AAA here at MD depends on all of us.

Before Christmas, a parishioner promised me that if she ever won the Lottery, she would give half to the Church. Well, guess what? She won! Enclosed in her Christmas Envelop was half her winnings: $3.00. That was the best Christmas Present I got this year. Again, it’s not important how much you give. What is important is that we realize that we here at MD are all in this together. That lady who gave me the $3.00 realizes that. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I came across this prayer written by Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. I have never heard words quite like this: Jesus is the Prostitute . . . Jesus is a Leper. It forces me to rethink my image of Jesus. Enjoy the prayers !

Father Brian