Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church Twentieth Sunday In Ordinary Time

August 20, 2006 - Bulletin



“Taste and see the goodness of the Lord”


— Psalm 34




THEME OF OUR LITURGY – The Table of the Eucharist

First Reading: Proverbs 9:1-6 Wisdom has built her house; she has dressed her meat, mixed her wine, yes, she has spread her table.


Second Reading: Ephesians 5:15-20 Be filled with the Spirit, giving thanks always and for everthing.


Gospel: John 6:51-58 I am the living bread that came down from heaven.


Sun.  Aug 20


8 AM


Corazon Robles (D)


10 AM


People of the Parish




Irene Villafuente (D)

Mon.  Aug 21


8 AM


Honesto E. Velasco (D)

Tue.   Aug 22


8 AM


Petrona Bingalinbing (TH)

Wed.  Aug 23


8 AM


M. H. N. Gruner (D)

Thu.   Aug 24


8 AM


Souls of the Jurkota Family

Fri.     Aug 25


8 AM


Helen Villasica (D)

Sat.    Aug 26


8 AM


Victor Fernandez (D)


5 PM


Deceased Members of the Uccelli Family 


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, Mary Teakle, and Emil Valdes.  May God Bless  them and their families.                



August 13, 2006

First Collection Total        -   $4,274.50

Second Collection Total   -  $1,428.50

(Parish Improvement)


Cost of running the Parish for the week: $5,200.00

Registered Families: 900

Thank you for  your continued support!  


We are in the process of developing our Alumni Association at Mater Dolorosa and hope to bring all students together again with their classmates and friends.  Our “Viva Las Vegas” Festival is coming up on September 29 through October 1, 2006, and we invite you to join us for a Reunion on Saturday, September 30th, at 2:00 p.m. at the Teriyaki Booth.  This fundraising event will benefit our parish community, with a large portion going towards our school and students.  We would like to count on our alumni to make a tax-deductible donation.  Your donation to Mater Dolorosa may be in the form of a check, money order, gift certificate  made payable to Mater Dolorosa, or sponsorship to our booths for the Festival.  Please send any donations to:  Mater Dolorosa Alumni Festival Committee, 307 Willow Ave., S.S.F., CA  94080.  You will be publicly acknowledged throughout our school and parish community, and your generosity  will enable us to purchase computers, physical education equipment, and make much needed repairs.  If you have any questions or know of any friends or businesses that would like to lend support, please contact Angela Rodriquez at



Our Second  Collection this Sunday is for Parish Improvement. Our Second Collection next week will be for Recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

Please be generous! Thank you.

                                                That was Then                    This is Now

                                                            (October 1965)                       (August 2006)


1)      Registered Parishioners                        6,000                                900

2)      Number of Sunday Masses                          6                                     3     

3)      Mass Attendance on Sunday               2,347                                 920

4)      Students in School                                    750                                 147

5)      Students in CCD                                        750                                   65





What’s happened to our parish and school?  When Father Norm Allen was here, the place was bursting at the gills.  Now, with many more people and Catholics, we are losing parishioners and children.  What gives?  People come here for baptism, first communion, confirmation, weddings, and funerals and haven’t darkened the inside of our church with their presence for many, many years, yet they really believe that they are practicing Catholics.  What’s a pastor to do?  I really do want to know what you think.  Please write, call, or E-mail me during this upcoming week and let me know what your thoughts and feelings are. I promise to get back to you.  We cannot continue like this!                                                                         

Father Brian

Please note the following meeting.  All meetings take place in the rectory at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted:


September 13th:   Parish Council           October 18th:   Musicians 

September 20th:   Finance                        October 21st:   Eucharistic Ministers-From

                                                                                                     9:00am to 3:30pm in the hall

September 27th:   Town Hall Meeting    October 28th:   Lectors - From 9:00am to

                                  for the Parish in Church                      3:30pm in the hall

October 4th:          Ministers to the Sick

October 11th:        Ushers




The Archdiocese of New Orleans and the Diocese of Biloxi, which are so devastated by the ravages of Hurricane Katrina  and Rita, are still in a state of unimaginable need.  Next Sunday, we will participate in a national collection inspired by Bishop Thomas Rodi of Biloxi, who proclaimed to the bishops of the United States that to “rebuild the Church is to rebuild hope itself.  Here are just some of the statistics involved:


¨                               In the Diocese of Biloxi, 428 of 433 church-owned properties were destroyed or seriously damaged.

¨                               In the Archdiocese of New Orleans, 200,000 homes were lost, including rectories of priests and the homes of deacons who were attempting to minister to others while they themselves were losing everything.

¨                               In New Orleans, 60% of the population has not returned; almost no one has returned to Lower Plaquemines.

¨                               In some regions, people have had to move an average of three times, some as many as nine times, in attempting to re-establish their families and their livelihood.

¨                               Diocese of Biloxi reports $70,000,000 worth of damage to buildings, but only half of that amount is covered by insurance.  New Orleans reports $52,000,000 estimated uninsured flood damage for buildings the Archdiocese is trying to reopen right now, and another $70,000,000 for buildings whose reopening has had to be delayed.

¨                               Rebuilding the Church and her structures is critically important now, as many civil jurisdictions declare that they are no longer able to house and care for persons displaced by the 2005 hurricanes, and will unable to do so in the future.


One year after the devastation of Katrina, this new collection is needed simply because last year’s collection focused on immediate humanitarian relief, and only scratched the surface of the needs involved.  This collection focuses on rebuilding churches, schools, and other essential parts of the parishes’ infrastructure which are needed to rebuild people’s hope. 


Immense help is needed for the recovery of the area now, more than ever.  Thank you for your commitment to this effort and for your gracious generosity  at next Sunday’s collection.  May God continue to bless all of us abundantly!