Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 3, 2006 - Bulletin

“The one who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord”

Psalm 15


THEME OF OUR LITURGY -
Be doers of the word, and not hearers only.

First Reading:
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8 For what great nation is there that has gods so close to it as the Lord, our God, is to us?

Second Reading: James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27 Religion that is pure is this: To care for orphans and widows in their affliction.

Gospel: Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines human precepts.


AS A PARISH COMMUNITY

We pray for all the sick in our parish, especially: Frances Casillas, Maureen Dan, Dalton Delahoussaye, and Pat Garibaldi.

May God bless them and their families.


Please contact our parish office if you would like to place yourself or a loved one in the bulletin, asking for prayers, due to illness. We would like to make sure that the names of the sick in our parish community are current. If you would like to continue to be in our prayers, please let us know, and we will include you in the very next bulletin.
Our parish office will be closed on Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day. We will be back on Tuesday, September 5th at 9:00 a.m. We hope everyone has a safe, restful, and enjoyable weekend!
COLLECTION TOTALS FOR SUNDAY
August 27, 2006

First Collection Total - $4,057.82
Second Collection Total - $1,580.00
(Hurricane Katrina)

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

Registered Families: 900

Thank you for your continued support!


MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK


Sunday, September 3

8 AM

People of the Parish

10 AM

Eva Atienzo

Noon

Christopher Myhra (D)


Monday, September 4

8 AM

Laura & Raymond


Tuesday, September 5

8 AM

Roy Pasini (D)


Wednesday, September 6

8 AM

Antonino Palomba (D)


Thursday, September 7

8 AM

Tamae Fuse (D)


Friday, September 8

8 AM

Sonny Delos Santos (TH)


Saturday, September 9

8 AM

Fernando & Gregoria

5 PM

Quintia Parades


Our Second Collection this Sunday is for the School Improvement Fund. Our Second Collection next week is for The Catholic Communication Campaign. Please be as generous as you can.

Thank you!


Dear Friends,

I’m sorry the gates were closed last Sunday on the Willow Street side of the parish. We have been having some problems with the people who live in the apartments across the street. I even had a meeting with the south city Chief of Police about this. I want to leave the gates open, but if I have to, I will close them if it means a safer parish.

School started last Monday. It was good to have all the kids back. I missed all that noise in our parking lot during recess and lunch. When school closed for the summer last June, we were down to 137 students. Since then, we have picked up 18 students for a grand total of 155 to start off the year. With a new principal, new school administrator, four new teachers and a whole new way of doing things, our school can only get better. We really are “Under New Management!”

I want to publicly thank four people who without their help during the summer months, I seriously doubt if we could have opened on time: Rose Aragon, Ivana Iacolino, Jim Rodriguez, and Bill Ruggiero. These four people have been working long, hard days to get the school up and running. Most of them donated their time and talents realizing that the school had little money to pay them. I will be forever grateful to these four individuals. A big, big, thank you on behalf of a grateful pastor and a grateful parish.

The Monday morning counters have informed me that for the past couple of Sundays that there has been no change in the 8:00 a.m. Mass collection. I wish I can say that for the other Masses. This raises a question for me: Are we really giving back to God our best when God has given us so much more in return? Quarters are OK for the children, but if I am a working adult, and I only put in a quarter or two in the Sunday collection, that’s embarrassing! Save the change for the kids. I know you can do better!

The counters also told me this past week that someone gave a dollar that was wrapped up around a wad of gum. Again, folks, you can do better that that! To those who have been given much, much will be expected!

Now that summer is over, we will be starting up the 5:00 p.m. Sunday evening Mass next Sunday, September 10th. This Mass will continue every Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m. until Memorial Day 2007.

Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Father Brian


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

September 13th:

Parish Council

September 20th:

Finance

September 27th:

Town Hall Meeting for the Entire Parish in Church

October 4th:

Ministers to the Sick

October 11th:

Ushers

October 18th:

Musicians

October 21st:

Eucharistic Ministers - From 9:00a.m. to 3:30p.m. in the hall.

October 28th:

Lectors - From 9:00a.m. to 3:30p.m. in the hall.


viva LAS VEGAS AT MATER DOLOROSA !

parish festival news

Mater Dolorosa will be having our annual festival on September 29th—October 1st. We plan to have some new and exciting changes this year to make our festival fun for all! Our festival is a parish event, not just a school event, and we are asking for volunteers from both. Can you staff a booth, help set up, or serve food—we can use you! If you would like to help our Mater Dolorosa community in a fun way, please call Angela Rodrigues at (650) 225-7834 to volunteer your time and talents to this parish event!

We are also accepting donations for our silent auction. We would love to have donations of jewelry, glassware, giftware, liquor, and non-perishable food items that would be suitable for gift baskets. If you can help out in this way, please call Liza Bouska at (650) 218-7839. Thanks so much!

Mark your calendars for the festival—September 29th through October 1st!