Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
December 3, 2006 - Bulletin

To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.

Psalm 25


THEME OF OUR LITURGY:
Be ever diligent so that we may gain favor before our God and King.

First Reading:
Jeremiah 33:14-16 The days are coming when the Lord will fulfill the promise made to Israel and Judah.

Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:12—4:2 Abound in love for one another and for all.

Gospel: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 Stand erect and raise your heads; your redemption is at hand.


MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK

Sunday, December 3

8 AM

People of the Parish

10 AM

Pietro Malatesta (D)

Noon

Crispin Munoz (D)

5 PM

Eileen Donohue (H)


Monday, December 4

8:30 AM

Guina Grivas Tabalante (D)


Tuesday, December 5

8:30 AM

Crispin Munoz (D)


Wednesday, December 6

8:30 AM

Crispin Munoz (D)


Thursday, December 7

8:30 AM

Argel MacAlalag (D)


Friday, December 8

8:30 AM

Concepcion Tan


Saturday, December 9

8:30 AM

Fernando & Gregoria Tominbang (D)

5 PM

Katherine Pelioff


COLLECTION TOTALS

November 19, 2006
First Collection Total - $4,424.09
Second Collection Total - $2,013.00
(Human Development)

November 23, 2006
St. Vincent De Paul - $1,231.50

November 26, 2006
First Collection Total - $4,064.50

Cost of running the Parish for the week: $5,580.00
Registered Families: 927
Registered Families who support the parish: 466

Thank you for your continued support!


AS A PARISH COMMUNITY
We pray for all the sick in our parish, especially: Maureen Dan, Jack Devine, Florence Farrow, Jovita Guajardo, Lory Manzano, and Bob Reid.

May God bless them and their families.


CALLING ALL EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

A big “thank-you” to all of the people who are Eucharistic Ministers and volunteers who visit the patients at Kaiser SSF regularly. I am looking towards expanding this ministry with Bob and Pearl Valencia. With a positive response from the good Mater Dolorosa people, we will be able to bring Communion to the sick and homebound, throughout the holidays.

Please call me at the rectory at 583-4131 ext. 31, so that we can give out assignments.

Thank you—Mike Quinn, Seminarian


Our Second Collection this Sunday is for the support of our Parish School. Next Sunday our collection will be for our Parish Improvement Fund.

Please be as generous as possible.


Dear Friends,

Advent begins today. For so many thousands of years, people had been waiting. The prophet Isaiah spoke of this waiting when he wrote: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” God’s people knew that this Great Light would dawn. During the season of Advent, which means “coming,” we remember the people who waited in joyful hope for the coming of the Light. We also pray for the light of Jesus to be born anew in our hearts. With the whole Church, we wait for the celebration of Christmas, but also for that day when the light of Christ will fill all people and enlighten the whole world.

Each Sunday during Advent, we here at Mater Dolorosa light one candle and remember Jesus Christ, who is the Great Light that continues to grow and spread in the world.

Happy Advent!
Father Brian


Congratulations to the Very Reverend C. Michael Padazinski, J.C.D., who was named the new Chancellor for the Archdiocese by Archbishop George Niederauer this past week. Your Mater Dolorosa Family wishes you good luck as you assume your new duties as Chancellor. We are all very proud of you!


THE SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE 2006

In the traditional spirit of Mater Dolorosa, our annual giving Christmas tree will be up in the vestibule of our church beginning the weekend of November 25th through December 15th. For your convenience, we would like you to purchase Target gift cards rather than individually wrapped gifts for the needy families of our parish community. There will be “ornament” tags on the giving tree that indicate purchasing a $10 gift card—simply pick an “ ornament” tag and purchase as many gift cards as you’d like. Please label the gift card envelopes “SVDP” and either mail or bring them to the Rectory, or drop the gift cards into the Sunday collection basket. Thank you,

Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul - Mater Dolorosa Conference
CHRISTMAS CAROLS FOR JESUS’ BIRTH

Please join the Mater Dolorosa School community to celebrate the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ by partaking in this blessed event. Children from the school will be performing traditional Christmas carols and spreading good cheer to families, friends and parishioners! Join us on Monday, December 18th, 6:30 p.m., at Mater Dolorosa Church.

There is no admission fee, but whatever amount you wish to donate is greatly appreciated. All funds will go towards support of the school. We hope you will unite with us in coming together as a true Christian community to bring out the spirit of the Christmas season!


CAROLS, CLASSICS, & BROADWAY!

'Tis the season for celebration! Bring your family and friends to the 2nd Annual Parish Christmas benefit concert, "Carols, Classics & Broadway," featuring our own Mater Dolorosa Hallelujah Chorale and Children's Ensemble under the musical direction of Angie C. Pasamba.December 8, Friday, and December 9, Saturday. 7:30 p.m., MD Church, $10.00 (advance) $15.00 (at the door).

Tickets now available at the Rectory and School office!

Mater Dolorosa Annual
Christmas Bingo Luncheon

Saturday December 9, 2006
12 Noon—3:00 p.m. - Parish Hall

Delicious Luncheon * Bingo for Prizes
The Bingo Luncheon is always a sellout,
so make sure to reserve right away!
$15.00 for adults/ $7.50 for kids
Call Kathleen Dunleavy for reservations at 589-8233