Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 19, 2005 - Bulletin

Lord, heal my soul, for I have sinned against you.

— Psalm 41


THEME OF OUR LITURGY - “ Your sins I remember no more”
Isaiah 43:18-19,21-22,24-25 Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not; see, I am doing something new!

2 Corinthians 1:18-22 God has given the Spirit in our hearts as a first installment.

Mark 2:1-12 They were all astounded and glorified God, saying “We have never seen anything like this.”


AS A PARISH COMMUNITY

We pray for the repose of the soul of EVANGELINA VILLASICA who died this week and offer our sympathy to her family.

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


Mark your calendars for the Crab Cioppino Dinner to be held on Friday, February 24th. Tickets $35.00 per person or 4 for $130.00. For information and reservations, please call Bob Reid at 952-4832.


THE PARISH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY FEBRUARY 20TH FOR PRESIDENTS’ DAY.
SUNDAY CHURCH COLLECTION

Many thanks to those parishioners who contributed to the Church Collection last Sunday. Amount received: $4,525. Cost of running the Parish for the week: $5,200.


HOSPITALITY SUNDAY

We thank the following families who have helped us in the past months: Louie Family, Rodrigues Family, Bouska Family, Rosaia Family, Berriatua Family and the 1st and 5th grade parents.

We are also in need of Volunteers for Hospitality at the 10:00 a.m. Mass. If you wish to help, please call the Rectory at 583-4131.


SCHOOL NEWS

Application for Grades K-6 are now being accepted. For more information, please call the School Office at 588-8175.


MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK


Sunday, February 19

8 AM

Pat Manzano (D)

10 AM

Emanuel Borg (D)

Noon

People of the Parish

5 PM

Irene Villafuerte (D)


Monday, February 20

8 AM

Elvira Tioseco (D)


Tuesday, February 21

8 AM

Jack Cunningham (D)


Wednesday, February 22

8 AM

Kevin McKenny (D)

5 PM

No Intention


Thursday, February 23

8 AM

Rivera & Mizzi Family (Th)


Friday, February 24

8 AM

Ryan Murray (Healing


Saturday, February 25

8 AM

Souls of Thomas Family

5 PM

Amable Cayco (D)


Dear Friends,

Last Monday, something came up at the Faculty Meeting I need to address. According to a number of our teachers, some parent’s have been spreading the rumor that our school is closing at the end of this year.

Without talking with me or the Principal, they are spreading this lie to parent’s who want to enroll their children here, but now are going someplace else.

I have two words to say to those parent’s that are spreading this baseless lie: Stop It! The school will remain open. Why are you trying to tear down what so many people are trying to build up? Are your lives so empty that you have to invent lies to make yourself seem important? You are not the type of parishioners I want here at Mater Dolorosa! You have done this Parish a grave disservice. If you are unhappy here, GO! Please do not take your anger out on our School, and more importantly, our children. What kind of example are you setting for your own kid’s when you deliberately spread lies? I hate to spend any time on just a few of you when there is so much more good here at MD. Again, if you are unhappy here, please leave. MD would be better off without you ! For your information, we are projecting next year’s number of student’s to increase from 185 to 200, based on applications, testing, and interviews. So instead of going down, we are going up. Mater Dolorosa School is alive and well no thanks to a handful of you!

I’ve done a little research, and I’ve found out that the average price of a home here in South City is $784,435. With that being true, how can some of you continue to put in the Sunday Collection One Dollar or a quarter or two? You know what your bills are. How do you expect us to pay our bills with so little money? Again, if that’s all you can afford, fine. But something tells me, some of you can be doing a whole lot better. I’ve said this once and I will say it again: Please talk to me about this. I really do want to know.

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 1st, we will be having a Special 7:30 p.m. Mass Monday through Thursday during Lent. On the Fridays of Lent at 7:30 p.m. we will be having Stations of the Cross. I hope those that work and can’t attend an early Morning Mass will find this 7:30 p.m. Mass more attractive. Lent is a special time in which we should be doing special things and I can’t think of a more better way to prepare for Easter than going to daily Mass and receiving the Eucharist. I hope you agree.

To those good parishioner’s here at MD, please excuse my major rant about idle gossip in the first paragraph and my minor rant abut the Collections in the second, but it has to be said. There is a whole lot more good going on here and I thank God each and every day for parishioner’s like you. Let’s show the handful who what to tear us down that we are more interested in building this parish up. By myself, I can do nothing. But with you and God’s help, we can do everything!

God bless and have a great week!

Father Brian