Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 23, 2007 - Bulletin


Praise the Lord who lifts up the poor.

Psalm 113


THEME OF OUR LITURGY -
No servant can serve two masters.

First Reading: Amos 8:4-7 You who trample upon the needy and destroy the poor of the land, the Lord will never forget what you have done!

Second Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-8 God our savior wills everyone to be saved.

Gospel: Luke 16:1-13 The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones.


MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK

Sunday, September 23

8:00 AM

Charle Erbacher (D)

10:00 AM

Virgie Belenzo (L)

Noon

Angel & Guadalupe Aguirre (D)

5:00 PM

Peggy Kidd (D)


Monday, September 24

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention


Tuesday, September 25

8:00 AM

Helen Villasica (D)


Wednesday, September 26

8:00 AM

Josefine Quirindongo (D)


Thursday, September 27

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention


Friday, September 28

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention


Saturday, September 29

8:00 AM

Mark Mayes (D)

5:00 PM

Phil & Nancy More (D)


COLLECTION TOTALS - September 16, 2007

First Collection Total - $ 4,760.50
Second Collection Total - $ 1,478.00 (Parish Improvement)
 

Thank you for your continued support!


Our Second Collection this Sunday is for Parish Improvement Fund. Please be as generous as you can.

Thank you!


We pray for all the sick in our parish, especially:
Dolton Delahoussaye and Jack Devine.

May God bless them and their families.


The dishonest manager in today’s parable knew how to manipulate money to his own advantage. But the Gospel warns that no one can serve both God and money. Which do I serve? Is my stewardship such that anyone can tell?

“Stewardship by the Book” by Sharon Huekel


Good Coffee

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups: porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite; telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said, “If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups. . . and then you began eyeing each other’s cups. Now consider this: Life is the coffee, the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain life and the type of cup we have does not define nor change the quality of life we live. Sometimes by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided for us. God brews the coffee, not the cups. . . enjoy your coffee!”

The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT MATER DOLOROSA CHURCH

Sunday, September 30th, 10:00 a.m. Mass: Mass in honor of San Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino Saint. Mass will be celebrated in Tagalog.

Sunday, October 7th, at 1:00 p.m.: Blessing of the Animals

Wednesday, October 10th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: C.O.R.A. Meeting in the Parish Hall. Fiona Ma to speak.

Sunday, October 14th, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: Holy Land Religious Articles on Sale after all the Masses.

Sunday, October 28th, at 10:00 a.m. Mass: Halloween Mass. Children may come in costume. Prize for the best costume.

Wednesday, October 31st (Halloween): Trick or Treaters welcomed at the Rectory from 5 to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 1st (All Saint’s Day): Holy Day of Obligation. Masses at 8:00 a.m., 12 Noon & 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 3rd, at 11:00a.m.: Mater Dolorosa Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery

Sunday, November 4th, at 10:00 a.m. Mass: Mass of Remembrance. We remember all our parishioners that died during this past year.

Sunday, November 18th at all Masses: Father James O’Toole from Christian Foundation for Children and Aging will preach.

Thursday, November 22nd, at 10:00 a.m.: Thanksgiving Mass. No 8:00 a.m. Mass today.


A Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend For Healing after Abortion

A Rachael’s Vineyard weekend will be offered in the Diocese of Santa Rosa on October 5-7, 2007. Rachel’s Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. This weekend retreat offers a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing. Rachael’s Vineyard is therapy for the soul. For confidential inquiries or applications for the weekend call or email Valerie at (707) 967-1101 or rachelsvineyard@gmail.com. Visit our website at www.rachelsvineyard.org.