Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
First Sunday in Lent
February 25, 2007 - Bulletin

Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.

Psalm 91


THEME OF OUR LITURGY -
During Lent, the Church invites us to enter into a renewing, re-creative work, to be made whole again.

First Reading: Deuteronomy 26:4-10 God brought us into this country, this land flowing with milk and honey.

Second Reading: Romans 10:8-13 The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.

Gospel: Luke 4:1-13 Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus was led into the desert for forty days.


AS A PARISH COMMUNITY
We pray for all the sick in our parish, especially: Maureen Dan, Jack Devine, Florence Farrow, Jovita Guajardo, Joe Hanna, Lory Manzano, and Luz P. Valdez. May God bless them and their families.

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK

Sunday, February 25

8 AM

Priest’s Intention

10 AM

People of the Parish

Noon

Agatha Moran (D)

5 PM

Mary Epperson (D)


Monday, February 26

8:30 AM

Robert Delahoussaye (D)

7:30 PM

Priest’s Intention


Tuesday, February 27

8:30 AM

Martha O’Leary (L)

7:30 PM

Priest’s Intention


Wednesday, February 28

8:30 AM

Priest’s Intention

7:30 PM

Priest’s Intention


Thursday, March 1

8:30 AM

Faustino Bagain (D)

7:30 PM

Priest’s Intention


Friday, March 2

8:30 AM

Priest’s Intention

7:30 PM

Stations of the Cross/Benediction.


Saturday, March 3

8:30 AM

Priest’s Intention

5 PM

Christopher Myhra (D)


COLLECTION TOTALS
February 18, 2007

First Collection Total - $ 4,376.00
Second Collection Total - $ 872.00 (School Improvement)
Second Collection Total - $ 606.00 (Parish Improvement)

New Families Registered in our Parish This Week—3

Total Registered Families: 902

Thank you for your continued support!


TODAY IS CATHOLIC CHARITIES CYO “LOAVES & FISHES” SUNDAY. Let’s support the social services agency of the Catholic Church by donating generously this week on Catholic Charities CYO Sunday.

Next Sunday our collection will be the support of our Parish School. Thank you!


THE HINDU PRAYER FOR PEACE

Oh God, lead us from the unreal to the Real. Oh God, lead us from darkness to light. Oh God, lead us from death to immortality. Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all. Oh Lord God almighty, may there be peace in celestial regions. May there be peace on earth. May the waters be appeasing. May herbs be wholesome, and may trees and plants bring peace to all. May all beneficent beings bring peace to us. May the Vedic Law propagate peace all through the world. May all things be a source of peace to us. And may thy peace itself, bestow peace on all, and may that peace come to me also


Dear Friends,

Psalm 51 says: “A clean heart create for me, God.” Now that God has come to live among his people, we will never be the same. His wondrous deeds, proclaimed by the prophets and witnessed by his apostles, remind us of our littleness and our limits. When we genuflect toward the presence of Christ in the tabernacle upon entering Mater Dolorosa, we show God that we know how small we are and how great he is. To carry this awareness into our daily lives, we ask God to clean our hearts so that we may be open to receive him. During Lent, we remind ourselves again that only God can give us all we need. We do penance for our past sins so that we may renew our desire to follow Jesus. We also make a special effort to share the gifts we have: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me (Matthew 25:35-36).

Have a great first week of Lent!

Father Brian


“COME TO THE TABLE”

A One-Day Parish Retreat and Gathering. All parishioners are invited and encouraged to attend a special one-day retreat, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, March 31, 2007 in the Parish Hall. The theme of the retreat is “The Mystical Humanity of Christ and the Eucharistic Faith of Mary .” 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. Prepare for Easter and experience spiritual healing!


LENTEN SEASON at MATER DOLOROSA

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. During the Fridays of Lent, we will have Stations of the Cross at 7:30 p.m., followed by Benediction.

The following information may be helpful during Lent:

Abstinence

Everyone fourteen years of age and older is bound to abstain from meat on ASH WEDNESDAY, the FRIDAYS of Lent, and GOOD FRIDAY.

Fast

Everyone eighteen years of age and older, but under the age of sixty, is also bound to fast on ASH WEDNESDAY and GOOD FRIDAY. On these two days, the law of fast allows only one full meal a day, but does not prohibit taking some food during the day, so long as this does not constitute another full meal. Drinking liquids during the day is permitted. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. In the spirit of penance, the faithful should not lightly excuse themselves from this obligation.


CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK’S DAY AT MATER DOLOROSA

Remember, on St. Patrick’s Day EVERYONE IS IRISH . What better way to join in the fun than a traditional dinner. The great cooks of our parish will be serving salad, corned beef and cabbage, and dessert after the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday, March 17th. The cost for dinner is $15.00 per person. We plan to have a little entertainment to go along with the dinner. Please call in your reservations to Kathy Dunleavy at 589-8233. See you there!