Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 8, 2007 - Bulletin

Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

Psalm 16


THEME OF OUR LITURGY -
May we always and sincerely bring peace to our own lives as we share it with others.

First Reading: Isaiah 66:10-14c As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.

Second Reading: Galatians 6:14-18 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel: Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 Rejoice because your names are written in heaven.


MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK

Sunday, July 8

8 AM

Cathy Cianciolo (L)

10 AM

People of the Parish

Noon

Alice Martin (D)


Monday, July 9

8:30 AM

Christopher Myhra (D)


Tuesday, July 10

8:30 AM

Cristina Carnero (L)


Wednesday, July 11

8:30 AM

Priest’s Intention


Thursday, July 12

8:30 AM

Mary Cianciolo (D)


Friday, July 13

8:30 AM

Juana Rabelas (D)


Saturday, July 14

8:30 AM

Christopher Myhra (D)

5 PM

Deceased Members of the Uccelli Family


COLLECTION TOTALS - July 1, 2007

First Collection Total - $ 4,225.00
Second Collection Total - $ 1,007.00 (Support of CCD)

Thank you for your continued support!


Our Second Collection this Sunday is for our Parish Improvement Fund. Our Second Collection next Sunday is for a new Parish Hall Floor.Thank you!


We pray for all the sick in our parish, especially: Dolton Delahoussaye, Jack Devine, Lou Frank and Lory Manzano.
May God bless them and keep them in His care.

“The harvest is rich,” Jesus tells the seventy-two in today’s Gospel, “but the workers are few.” The situation is the same today. How can I help with God’s harvest? Am I called into the field? Am I one who could provide food or shelter or wages to those who toil in the fields of the Lord?

“Stewardship by the Book” by Sharon Huekel


A Dog Named Lucky
Anyone who has pets will really like this.
You’ll like it even if you don’t and you may even decide you need one!

Mary and her husband Jim had a dog named “Lucky”. Lucky was a real character. Whenever Mary and Jim had company come for a weekend visit they would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because Lucky would help himself to whatever struck his fancy. Inevitably, someone would forget and something would come up missing.

Mary or Jim would go to Lucky’s toy box in the basement and there the treasure would be, amid all of Lucky’s other favorite toys. Lucky always stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very particular that his toys stay in the box.

It happened that Mary found out she had breast cancer. Something told her she was going to die of this disease. . . In fact, she was just sure it was fatal.

She scheduled the double mastectomy, fear riding her shoulders. The night before she was to go to the hospital she cuddled with Lucky. A thought struck her. . . What would happened to Lucky? Although the three-year-old dog liked Jim, he was Mary’s dog through and through. If I die, Lucky will be abandoned, Mary thought. He won’t understand that I didn’t want to leave him. The thought made her sadder than thinking of her own death.

The double mastectomy was harder on Mary than her doctors had anticipated and Mary was hospitalized for over two weeks. Jim took Lucky for his evening walk faithfully, but the little dog just drooped, whining and miserable.

Finally the day came for Mary to leave the hospital. When she arrived home, Mary was so exhausted she couldn’t even make it up the steps to her bedroom. Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and left her to nap. Lucky stopped watching Mary but he didn’t come to her when she called. It made Mary sad, but sleep soon overcame her and she dozed.

When Mary woke for a second she couldn’t understand what was wrong. She couldn’t move her head and her body felt heavy and hot. But panic soon gave way to laugher when Mary realized the problem. She was covered, literally blanketed, with every treasure Lucky owned! While she had slept, the sorrowing dog had made trip after trip to the basement bringing his beloved mistress all his favorite things in life. He had covered her with his love.

Mary forgot about dying. Instead she and Lucky began living again, walking further and further together every day. It’s been 12 years now and Mary is still cancer-free. Lucky? He still steals treasures and stashes them in his toy box, but Mary remains his greatest treasure.

Remember . . . Live every day to the fullest. Each minute is a blessing from God. And never forget. . . the people who make a difference in our lives are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. The are the ones that care for us.

If you see someone without a smile today, give them one of yours! Live simply, love seriously, care deeply and speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

Have a great week!
Father Brian


Note: A number of people have asked me: “Is the parish closing?” I guess people think because the school closed, the Church will be closing as well. The answer to that question is: “NO!” The parish is alive and well and will continue to minister to the People of God just as it has for the past 46 years. If I might paraphrase Mark Twain: “Mater Dolorosa’s early demise is greatly exaggerated.”  


WANTED: More singers, musicians, and instrumentalists at both the 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon Sunday Masses. We are also looking for children to build up our Children’s Choir on the first Sunday of the month at the 10:00 a.m. Mass. Additionally, we are looking for a Cantor at the 5:00 p.m. Saturday evening Mass and for an Organist at the 8:00 a.m. Sunday Mass. If interested in helping out in any of these music ministries, please call the Rectory. Our Sunday Liturgy is only as good as the people who choose to serve. Thank you for thinking about serving in any of these wonderful music ministries!

Due to popular demand, on Labor Day, Monday, September 3rd, we will switch the weekly daily Mass (Monday through Saturday) back to 8:00 a.m.