Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
Fourteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time

July 9, 2006 - Bulletin



“Our eyes are fixed on the Lord; pleading for his mercy”


— Psalm 123




THEME OF OUR LITURGY – “I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

First Reading: Ezekiel 2:2-5 They shall know that a prophethas been among them.


Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Iam content with weaknesses and hardships for the sake of Christ.


Gospel: Mark 6:1-6 The people said: “Where did this man get all this? Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary?”.


We pray for all  the  sick  in our parish, especially: Joe Aquilina, Frances Casillas, Tom Cathey, Margaret Caylao, Maureen Dan, John Duran, Florence Farrow,  Richard Jordon, Lory Manzano, and Emil Valdes.  May God Bless  them and their families.


Sun.  July 9


8 AM


Mary Carraro (D)


10 AM


People of the Parish




Christopher Myhra

Mon.  July 10


8 AM


Joyce Quadrelli

Tue.   July 11


8 AM


Damiano Germinario

Wed.  July 12


8 AM


Kevin McKenna (D)

Thu.   July 13


8 AM


Jack Leukowitz (H)

Fri.     July 14


8 AM


Sarita Romero

Sat.    July 15


8 AM


Juana Rablas


5 PM


Maria Dela Cruz (TH)


We pray for the happy repose of the soul of Richard Broock, brother of Henry Broock, who passed away recently.

Just a Note. . . .

Some of you have noticed that the number of registered families went down from 1062 to 893.  No, we didn’t lose any of our dear parishioners, (in fact many have registered recently).  The change is  due to our new, improved,  parish record keeping system that we have updated!


The Little Sisters of the Poor will speak at all the Masses this weekend.  They have run St. Anne’s Home on Lake Street in The City, for the old and infirmed, for the past 100 years.  The Sisters depend upon your generosity to help keep St. Anne’s open.  As always, I ask you to please be as generous as possible for this second collection this Sunday.  Both the priests and the Sisters thank you!.

     Dear Friends,

     July 1st marked the First Anniversary of my becoming Pastor here.  I am reminded of Charles Dickens' book:  A Tale of Two Cities.  Dickens writes in the first sentence of the book these famous lines;  “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”  That’s how I feel now that I have one year under my belt as your Pastor.  Please allow me to explain.

     The best of times far outweigh the bad.  More and more people are coming to Sunday Mass.  The music at all the Masses is much better, thanks to the addition of Angie and her choir at the 10:00 Mass.  I’ve asked that you dig into your pockets and purses and give a little bit more of your treasure to the Church, and collections are up by 45% from what they were last year.  I asked you to give to the Annual Appeal because of all the  things that needed to be done around here, and you tripled your giving from 2005!  Even the Archdiocese took notice of this!  Not bad for a parish that has only 893            registered parishioners!  We started Communion under both forms last December, and more and more of you are going to Communion that way.  We started all day adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the First Fridays of the month, beginning last March and again,  your response was tremendous.  We had our first Divine Mercy Sunday Celebration the Sunday after Easter, and I will definitely do it again next year.  We had our first R.I.C.A. Program in which four candidates were fully admitted into the Church.  Last, and certainly not least, the church is now open all day from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for anyone who wants to make a visit.

     As far as the “worst of times”, there are personnel issues.  I’ve had to let people go, which is never easy.  All nice people in their own way, but the work was not getting done.  Some of these people have bad mouthed the parish as well as the school.  I have tried everything in my power to build things up around here, and all some of them want to do is tear it down.        This has saddened me.  There are still problems in the school with finances and enrollment.  As of June 30th, only 150 students are registered to come back.  We will definitely get more students as the summer rolls on, but we need more kids to make the school self-supporting.  With Sister Teresita at the helm next year, I have great hope that things will turn around.

     In next week’s bulletin, I will be writing you about an exciting new hire I made who begins work on July 1st.  He will take care of finances and running the parish plant, which will leave me more time to do the things I was ordained for.  Also coming is the Parish Festival on September 29th to October 1st.  I am excited about this because we will be having more games that the adults can play.  More about this in future bulletins.

     Someone once told me there are no such things as problems, only challenges.  There are a lot of challenges here at M.D.  With your continued help, we can meet these challenges head on and make M.D. the jewel parish it can be.  As a former teacher, I would give myself a C thus far.  Hopefully, next year at this time I can raise the C to a B.  With your help, anything and everything is possible.  Like all good journeys, I have taken the first steps to make this a better parish for everyone.  I thank you for your continued support and ask you for your prayers.


                        Have a great week!          Father Brian      

There have been more U.S. abortions in the last 33 years than there are people living today in both New York City and Los Angeles!


In the last 12 months alone, nearly as many children were aborted as there are residents of the City of Philadelphia.


In the last 12 months alone, nearly a half-million more unborn babies were aborted than there are people living in the city of Detroit.


In just the last 12 months, nearly twice as many babies were aborted in our country as there are residents of San Francisco.


The unholy magnitude of it all is staggering!


Cardinal William H. Keeler, Homily for Pro-Life Vigil Mass, January 22, 2006                          


     Boosting Mater Dolorosa’s school enrollment is a #1 priority in my book.  I want to promote the positive new environment at the school, and our best marketing tool is our current students and parents.

     To show you how serious we are at boosting enrollment, I have authorized our new principal, Sister Teresita, to offer a $1,000.00 tuition credit to any parent of an existing MD student, for each new student that enrolls and is accepted in MD for the 2006/2007 school year as a result of your recommendation.

     Mater Dolorosa is second to none in educating our children and developing their spiritual awareness.  Our classes have the best teacher to student ratio, which means more one-on-one time.

     Through this Sunday Bulletin, I will keep you informed of our progress and I will post the names of the parents and students who receive the $1,000.00 tuition credit, and how many credits they receive.

     We have a great school here at MD, and with your continued involvement, we will continue to build it up for many years to come.  Now let’s see just who can get out there and promote Mater Dolorosa School. 

     This tuition credit policy will run from June 24th to August 28th, the first day of school

                       Good luck to all!—Father Brian.