Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 11, 2007 - Bulletin

Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

Psalm 1


THEME OF OUR LITURGY -
How blest are we, when we also strive to make our own days a living beatitude!

First Reading:
Jeremiah 17:5-8 The one who trusts in the Lord is like a tree planted beside the waters.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20 Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Gospel: Luke 6:17, 20-26 Blessed are you who are poor, hungry, weeping. Woe to you who are rich, filled, laughing.


AS A PARISH COMMUNITY
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.


COLLECTION TOTALS - February 4, 2007

First Collection Total - $ 4,946.30

Second Collection Total - $ 1,567.50 (School Improvement)

New Families Registered in our Parish This Week—4
Total Registered Families: 913

Thank you for your continued support!


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

Thank you!


Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Vincent Lopiccolo, Sr. who passed away recently. May he rest in peace.
ONE DAY LENTEN RETREAT

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.” 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. Our next planning meeting will be February 15th at 7:30 p.m., in the rectory. Please plan to attend!


Dear Friends,

Those of us who attend Church here at Mater Dolorosa Parish have been blessed with many gifts. God calls us to use those gifts for the benefit of ourselves and others. When everyone participates, the burden is lighter and the Church grows and flourishes.

The Archbishop’s Annual Appeal funds programs and ministries beyond the work being done here in the parish, but the cost must be funded by the people in all the parishes of the Archdiocese. None of the money raised in this Appeal will be used to settle sexual abuse cases.

The Appeal benefits youth, elderly, sick, disabled, families, and ethnic groups. These programs assist all the parishes and the Annual Appeal even provides direct subsidies to some parishes and schools. The programs include vocations, training of priests and deacons, hospital ministry, family life programs, the marriage tribunal which Father Padazinski heads, foreign missions, communications, and the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. The money also helps in evangelizing those who have not heard the Good News of Jesus. In general, this Appeal supports programs and ministries that are beyond the ability of any single parish.

I ask that each of you consider what you can do to help with this important work. Perhaps you will consider donating an hour’s pay for each month of the year. You can consider what you’ve done in prior years and try to do a bit more this year. Maybe you’ll use the giving guide in the brochure to help determine your gift.

It is also important to remember that as a parish we are assessed $43,500. If parishioner pledges don’t come to that amount, it will have to come from the parish bank account. The good news is that if we pledge more than that amount, the excess is returned to us for use in the parish. Last year, the Archdiocese returned $55,000 back to us here at Mater Dolorosa. I hope and pray we can do just as good this year as we did last year.

I’ve already filled out my own pledge card for $2000 and urge you to fill out your pledge card as well. Your support of this campaign is strong evidence of your faith and your love of the Church and of your neighbor. The generosity of the people here at Mater Dolorosa is heartwarming to say the least. Thank you for all that you do to help make Mater Dolorosa the best parish in the Archdiocese.

Have a great week!

Father Brian


LENTEN SEASON at MATER DOLOROSA

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 21st. May I kindly remind you of the different services we will be having during Lent:

  1. We will have three Masses on Ash Wednesday: 8:30 a.m., 12 Noon, and 7:30 p.m.
  2. During the weekdays of Lent (Monday through Thursday), we will have two Masses: One at 8:30 a.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m.
  3. During the Fridays of Lent, we will have Stations of the Cross at 7:30 p.m., followed by Benediction.

Please consider participating in any of these services.

We get out of Lent as much as we put in. Thank you!