Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 24, 2006 - Bulletin

Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.

Psalm 80


THEME OF OUR LITURGY:
His greatness is reaching, even now, to the ends of the earth.

First Reading: Micah 5:1-4a From Bethlehem-Ephrathah shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel.

Second Reading: Hebrews 10:5-10 We have been consecrated through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Gospel: Luke 1:39-45 Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken by the Lord would be fulfilled.


MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK

Sunday, December 24

8 AM

People of the Parish

10 AM

Fred Young (D)

Noon

Zarik & Glenda Ali (SI)

5 PM

Mark & Fran Lidwell (TH)

10 PM

Deceased Members of the Costello & Smith Families


Monday, December 25

8:30 AM

Helen Villasica (D)

8:30 AM

Sunny Thomas

Noon

Tesoro Family (SI)


Tuesday, December 26

8:30 AM

Stephen Angeles (TH)


Wednesday, December 27

8:30 AM

Victor Galang


Thursday, December 28

8:30 AM

Joseph Vergara (D)


Friday, December 29

8:30 AM

Jose Angeles (TH)


Saturday, December 30

8:30 AM

People of the Parish

5 PM

Ricardo & Mediatris Fernando (TH)


COLLECTION TOTALS - December 17, 2006

First Collection Total - $4,589.50
Second Collection Total - $1,362.50 (School Improvement)

Cost of running the parish this week— $5,760.00Registered Families: 929
Registered Families who support the parish: 469

Thank you for your continued support!


Thank you to Bob and Liz Mantegani, once again, for the beautifully decorated Christmas tree. Thanks also to Lillie Villaluna, Violetta Carnero, and all the people on the Altar Society who decorate our church every year. We all feel the beautiful spirit of Christmas with the help of those who decorate our church and who donate poinsettias.

Thanks to all!
AS A PARISH COMMUNITY

We pray for all the sick in our parish, especially: Maureen Dan, Jack Devine, Florence Farrow, Jovita Guajardo, Lory Manzano, Bob Reid and Luz P. Valdez.

May God bless them and their families.


Our Parish Office will be closed until Tuesday, January 2, 2007 for the Christmas break. Please feel free to leave a message for our office staff and we will get back to you the first week in January.

Have a very blessed and merry Christmas from the M.D. Staff - Fran Lidwell, Bill Ruggiero, & Linda Willis.



MERRY CHRISTMAS!


A Touch of Heaven

A touch of heaven covers the earth . . .
this wonder-filled season of our Lord’s birth.
Just like a seed, which is planted and grown. . .
we are blessed with a uniqueness of our very own.
No one looks exactly like you. . .
nor can they do the things you do.
From the day we are born and as long as we live. . .
each of us have something special to give.
Although today may bring sadness and sorrow. . .
each new day is a gift bringing hope for tomorrow.
The light He placed in us the day of our birth. . .
is worthy and special and needed on earth.
With hopeful hearts let’s shine extra bright. . .
like mirror’s that twinkle reflecting His light.
And as this beautiful season ends. . .
may blessings be with all our family and friends.
For you have each played your own special part. . .
in the happy memories that light up our heart.
The miracle of His precious birth. . .
bring love and wonder to the earth.

Kay. E. Richardson


Christmas Masses

Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24th:
5:00 p.m. (Children’s Mass)
10:00 p.m. (Midnight Mass)

Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25th:
8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12 Noon
No Evening Mass

New Year’s Eve Masses
Sunday, December 31, 2007
8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 Noon, 5:00 p.m.

New Year’s Day, Monday, Jan. 1st:
(Not a Holy Day of Obligation)
8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m.


Recently, Archbishop Niederauer received a letter from a lady named Cecilia (with no last name). Her letter, in part, reads as follows:

“The reason I am writing to you is that I have no family. I was adopted and the couple that adopted me. . . left a box of pictures and moved away when I became ill. Now I have no one. . . I am so lonely. Maybe my birth family would like to know what happened to me. Could you find it in your heart to include this message in bulletins throughout the Archdiocese? Teresa Louise, born 11/28/1953 in San Francisco. Write P.O. Box 127, Columbia, CA 95310.”

Many thanks for considering her request!


Eucharistic Ministers:

Please pick up your schedules in the sacristy for
December 30th—February 4, 2007. Thank you!