Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 28, 2007 - Bulletin

I will sing of your salvation.

Psalm 71

Jesus teaches us in his words to his friends what love must look like in our own actions, and how it ought to guide our relationships with others.

First Reading:
Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19 I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:31—13:13 If I have all faith so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

Gospel: Luke 4:21-30 No prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown.

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

May God bless them and their families.


Sunday, January 28

8 AM

People of the Parish

10 AM

Frances Broock (D)


Shirley Planka (D)

5 PM

Priest’s Intention

Monday, January 29

8:30 AM

Brook Marie Woolums (D)

Tuesday, January 30

8:30 AM

Agatha Moran (D)

Wednesday, January 31

8:30 AM

Ethel Ramirez (D)

Thursday, February 1

8:30 AM

Priest’s Intention

Friday, February 2

8:30 AM

Gerry Brosnan (D)

Saturday, February 3

8:30 AM

Priest’s Intention

5 PM

Priest’s Intention

COLLECTION TOTALS - January 21, 2007

First Collection Total - $4005.50
Second Collection Total - $1685.00 (Parish Improvement)

Cost of running the parish this week— $5,760.00
Registered Families: 905
Registered Families who support the parish: 469
Thank you for your continued support!

Thank you!

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

Thank you!

Spend the day with Jesus and His Mother. All parishioners are invited and encouraged to attend a special one-day retreat, 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Saturday, March 31, 2007 in the Parish Hall. The theme of the retreat is “The Eucharistic Faith of Mary and the Mystical Humanity of Christ.”

Our Parish retreat leader, Michael McDevitt, recently led the San Francisco Archdiocesan retreat for over 500 people. This promises to be a very prayerful event for our Parish. Participants will receive a customized booklet of reflections. A light lunch will be provided. For reservations, call the rectory at 583-4131. The fee is a voluntary donation. The next Retreat meeting will be Thursday, February 1st, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory.


You have been missed. Father will be returning to full time ministry on February 13th.

Remarkable Obituary
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend,
Mr. Common Sense.
Mr. Sense had been with us for many years.
No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He will be remembered as having cultivated such value lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain,
why the early bird gets the worm, and that life isn’t always fair.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies: (don’t spend more than you earn),
and reliable parenting strategies: (adults, not kids, are in charge).
His health began to rapidly deteriorate when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.
Reports of a six-year old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate,
teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch,
and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Mr. Sense declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer aspirin to a student,
but could not inform the parent when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Finally, Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband,
churches became businesses, and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense finally gave up the ghost after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot, spilled a bit in her lap, and was awarded a huge financial settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents,
Truth and Trust, his wife Discretion, his daughter, Responsibility, and his son, Reason.
He is survived by two stepbrothers, My Rights and Ima Whiner.

Not many attended the funeral because
so few realized he was gone.

The 2006 Parish Festival made a profit of $22,373.69. Half of this money will go to the Church, while the other half will go to the School. Thanks to all of you parishioners who made the Festival such a great success.

Sunday, January 28th 9:00 am—3:00 pm - Science Fair Exhibit Opening, School Tours, Book Sale, and blood pressure screening. Mater Dolorosa School welcomes you, especially preschool children and their parents, to our Open House located in the school and parish hall. The Book Sale offers a ton of book selections at very low prices. Please help the school by purchasing at least ONE book. Come join us for a day of fun and take a tour of our improved school facilities! Light refreshments will be served.

Anniversary Mass—12:00 Noon
Saturday, February 10, 2007

Bishop John J. Wester cordially extends an invitation to all married couples of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and beyond, to a Solemn Eucharistic Celebration and renewal of vows on Saturday, February 10th at 12:00 Noon at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco, CA. Special honor will be shown to those who are celebrating their 25th, 50th, or 50+ Wedding Anniversaries. There will be a short reception immediately following Eucharist. Please RSVP by January 31, 2007. Registration forms are available at the parish office or by download at

First Friday All Day Eucharistic Adoration at Mater Dolorosa

Please take some time out of your busy schedule for time spent in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on First Friday, February 2nd. You can sign up for as little as a half-hour or as long as you like. This is an opportunity to spend some time in the Holy Presence of Jesus Christ. All day adoration is followed by the Rosary at 7:00 p.m. and Mass at 7:30 p.m. Parishioners from St. Veronica’s will also be joining us. You can make your commitment by signing up any time during the day in the vestibule of the church.

Please give it some thought