Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 22, 2007 - Bulletin

He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

Psalm 15


THEME OF OUR LITURGY -
Whether we kneel, stand, or sit in the Lord’s presence, may our hearts and minds always be attuned to Him.

First Reading: Genesis 18:1-10a Abraham shows hospitality to three visitors.

Second Reading: Colossians 1:24-28 The mystery hidden from generations past has been manifested; it is Christ in you, the hope for glory.

Gospel: Luke 10:38-42 Jesus converses with Martha and Mary about service and contemplation.


MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK

Sunday, July 22

8 AM

Mary Cianciolo (D)

10 AM

Maximina Bagain (D)

Noon

People of the Parish


Monday, July 23

8:30 AM

Priest’s Intention


Tuesday, July 24

8:30 AM

Marciano Carnero (L)


Wednesday, July 25

8:30 AM

Helen Villasica (D)


Thursday, July 26

8:30 AM

Carlos Vergara (L)


Friday, July 27

8:30 AM

Andrew Angeles (L)


Saturday, July 28

8:30 AM

Active Members of the Legion of Mary

5 PM

Jesus Medina (D)


COLLECTION TOTALS - July 15, 2007

First Collection Total - $ 3,626.00
Second Collection Total - $ 1,063.50 (Parish Improvement)

Thank you for your continued support!


Our Second Collection this Sunday is for our Missionary Appeal. Our Second Collection next Sunday is for the St. Vincent de Paul Society..

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.
Today’s readings speak of hospitality, Abraham, who cheerfully did for his guests all that desert hospitality required, was rewarded with his heart’s desire—a son. Martha also busied herself with all the details of hospitality, but grudgingly and with complaint. Am I a cheerful or a grudging giver?

“Stewardship by the Book” by Sharon Huekel


FIVE REASONS WHY GOD USES PROBLEMS

The problems you face will either defeat you or develop you—depending on how you respond to them. Unfortunately, most people fail to see how God wants to use problems for good in their lives. They react foolishly and resent their problems rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring. Here are five ways God wants to use the problems in your life:

1. God uses problems to DIRECT you.

Sometimes God must light a fire under you to get you to get moving. Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change. Is God trying to get your attention? Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways. “Evil is cleansed away.” Proverbs 20:30

2. God uses problems to INSPECT you.

People are like tea bags. . . If you want to know what’s inside them, just drop them into hot water! Has God tested your faith with a problem. What do problems reveal about you? “Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trails, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” James 1:2-3

3. God uses problems to CORRECT you.

Some lessons we learn only through pain and failure. It’s likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove. But you probably learned by being burned. Sometimes we only learn the value of something. . .health, money, a relationship by losing it. “It was good for me to be afflicted, in order to learn your laws. Teaching from your lips is more precious to me that heaps of silver and gold.” Psalm 119:71-72

4. God uses problems to PROTECT you.

A problem can be a blessing in disguise if it prevents you from being harmed by something more serious. Last year a friend was fired for refusing to do something unethical that his boss had asked him to do. His unemployment was a problem, but it saved him from being convicted and sent to prison a year later when management’s actions were eventually discovered. “Even though you meant harm to me, God meant it for good to achieve his present end.” Genesis 50:20

5. God uses problems to PERFECT you.

Problems, when responded to correctly, are character builders. God is far more interested in your character than your comfort. Your relationship to God and your character are the only two things you are going to take with you into eternity. “Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance proven character, and proven character—hope.” Romans 5:3-4

Here’s the point: God is at work in your life—even when you do not recognize it or understand it. It’s much easier and profitable when you cooperate with HIM.


Calling All Children:

Come and join the new MD Parish Children's Choir!If you enjoy singing or if you play an instrument and would like to share your musical talent with the community, please bring your parents to an orientation meeting:          

Date: Thursday, July 26, 2007    

Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm    

Place: MD music ministry room (former 8th grade classroom, MD School)


Under the professional tutelage of Mrs. Angie Pasamba, MD's music director, you will be be singing, for starters, during the 1st Sunday of the month at the 10am Mass. This is a wonderful opportunity to make new friends, learn more about music, and perform in front of an appreciative audience. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Pasamba at: music@mdssf.org

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!