Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 15, 2007 - Bulletin

Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.

Psalm 69


THEME OF OUR LITURGY -
Jesus said simply, “Go and do likewise”.

First Reading: Deuteronomy 30:10-14 The word of the LORD is very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts.

Second Reading: Colossians 1:15-20 Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God.

Gospel: Luke 10:25-37 The Samaritan traveler was moved with compassion at the sight of the man striped and beaten by robbers.


MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK

Sunday, July 15

8 AM

Sarita Romero (D)

10 AM

People of the Parish

Noon

Paul Siragusa (D)


Monday, July 16

8:30 AM

Rudy Molina (D)


Tuesday, July 17

8:30 AM

Angelito Macapinlac (D)


Wednesday, July 18

8:30 AM

Julie Vergara (L)


Thursday, July 19

8:30 AM

Antonino Palomba (D)


Friday, July 20

8:30 AM

Mr. & Mrs. Malatesta (D)


Saturday, July 21

8:30 AM

Teresa Peluso (D)

5 PM

Honorata Fajardo (D)


COLLECTION TOTALS - July 8, 2007

First Collection Total - $ 4,693.50
Second Collection Total - $ 1,387.00 (Parish Improvement)

Thank you for your continued support!


Our Second Collection this Sunday is forour Parish Improvement Fund. Our Second Collection next Sunday is for our Missionary Appeal. (Please see insert). 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 good Samaritan was also a good steward, giving his time and his treasure to meet his neighbor’s need. At the end of this familiar story, Jesus urges His hearers—and us—to go and do the same!

“Stewardship by the Book” by Sharon Huekel


THE SEED

A successful businessman was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of his directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together. He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you." The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. "I am going to give each one of you a SEED today - one very special SEED. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO." One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed. Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing. By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn't have a plant and he felt like a failure. Six months went by - still nothing in Jim's pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Jim didn't say anything to his colleagues, however. He just kept watering and fertilizing the soil - He so wanted the seed to grow. A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection. Jim told his wife that he wasn't going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim felt sick at his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the board room. When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful -- in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him! When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives. Jim just tried to hide in the back. "My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown," said the CEO. "Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!" All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the financial director to bring him to the front. Jim was terrified. He thought, "The CEO knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!" When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed, Jim told him the story. The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, "Behold your next Chief Executive! His name is Jim!" Jim couldn't believe it. Jim couldn't even grow his seed. How could he be the new CEO the others said? Then the CEO said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But, I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead - it was not possible for them to grow. All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive!"

If you plant honesty, you will reap trust. If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.
If you plant humility, you will reap greatness. If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment.
If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective.
If you plant hard work, you will reap success.
If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.

So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later. 

A NEW PARISH HALL FLOOR

It is our vision to make better use of our facilities at Mater Dolorosa Church. We hope to serve our parishioners more fully by hosting family events, dinners, celebrations, and fund raisers in our own parish hall. It is our dream to install a new parish hall floor in order to allow more community involvement on our premises. We hope to use our hall for more parish events and make use of our great kitchen! Thank you for supporting this endeavor by your donations to the Parish Improvement Fund.

Watch us grow!