Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
3rd Sunday of Advent
December 16, 2007 - Bulletin


Lord, come and save us.

Psalm 146


THEME OF OUR LITURGY -
Be patient until the coming of the Lord.

First Reading: Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10 The barren deserts will rejoice and flower. Tired bodies will receive strength. Aching hearts will be made glad.

Second Reading: James 5:7-10 Be patient, for the coming of the Lord is as sure as the rain.

Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11 Tell of what you hear and see: The blind regain their vision, the crippled their movement, the deaf their hearing. The dead are raised to new life!


This Wednesday, Dec. 19th at 7:30 p.m., Father Bill Nicholas will be speaking in the Church on “The Infancy Gospels, Part II”. Please plan to attend this interesting talk as a part of your Advent!

MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK

Sunday, December 16

8:00 AM

Ellen Varley (L)

10:00 AM

Elfren & Pura Pulido (D)

Noon

Mary Flowe Spicer (L)

5:00 PM

John Duran (D)


Monday, December 17

8:00 AM

Roy Gatti (D)


Tuesday, December 18

8:00 AM

Arturo & Constancia Florentino (D)


Wednesday, December 19

8:00 AM

Ramon & Elena Contreras (D)


Thursday, December 20

8:00 AM

James Egan (D)


Friday, December 21

8:00 AM

Deceased Members of the Uccelli Family


Saturday, December 22

8:00 AM

John Duran (D)

5:00 PM

Natividad Rosal (D)


COLLECTION TOTALS - December 9, 2007

 First Collection Total $ 4,213.00
Second Collection Total $ 1,593.50 (Parish Improvement)
Immaculate Conception $ 1,106.00

Our Second Collection this Sunday is for our Parish Improvement Fund.


Our Second Collection next Sunday is for our Parish Improvement Fund (Hall Floor).

Thank you for your continued support!


Please keep all those who are sick in our parish family in your prayers, especially:

Wallace Cain, Jack Devine , Dawn Hassinger, and Lory Manzano

We pray for the sick that they may experience God’s love and healing.


Each of us has his or her own role to play in the coming of the kingdom of God. John the Baptist was called to be the herald of the Messiah, preparing the way of the Lord. To what is the Lord calling me?

“Stewardship by the Book” by Sharon Huekel


Dear Children,

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season. Maybe you've forgotten that I wasn't actually born during this time of the year and that it was some of your predecessors who decided to celebrate My birthday on what was actually a time of pagan festival. Although I do appreciate being remembered anytime.

  1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.

  2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don't have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.

  3. Instead of writing George complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don't you write and tell him that you'll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up. It will be nice hearing from you again.

  4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can't afford and they don't need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.

  5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.

  6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless?  Since you don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile; it could make the difference.

  7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren't allowed to wish you a "Merry Christmas" that doesn't keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn't make so much money on that day they'd close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families.

  8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary-- especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name.

  9. Here's a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no "Christmas" tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don't know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the St Vincent de Paul Society or some other charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.

  10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don't do things in secret that you wouldn't do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.

Don't forget; I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I'll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I'll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember,

I LOVE YOU, JESUS



HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Our Rectory Office will be closed from December 24th to January 2, 2008 for the Christmas season. You may call the Rectory at 583-4131 and dial extension 31 for a complete Mass Schedule at any time during the holiday break.


UPCOMING EVENTS AT MATER DOLOROSA

Wednesday, December 19: “Infancy Gospels, Part III” at 7:30 to 9:00p.m. in the Church.

Thursday, December 20th at 7:30 p.m.: Simbang Gabi Mass I

Friday, December 21st, at 7:30 p.m.: Simbang Gabi Mass II IN Tagalog

Saturday, December 22nd at 5:00 p.m.: Simbang Gabi Mass III

Sunday, December 23rd: All Masses: Blessing of Baby Jesus from our home Nativity Scenes

Monday, December 24th: Christmas Eve. Children’s Mass at 5:00p.m., Midnight Mass at 10:00p.m.

Tuesday, December 25th: Christmas Day. Holy Day of Obligation. Masses at 8:00a.m., 10:00a.m., and 12:00p.m.

Monday, December 31st: New Year’s Eve. Pot Luck Gathering in the Parish Hall followed by Mass at 12:05a.m. Bring a dish to share.

Tuesday, January 1st: New Year’s Day. Masses at 12:05a.m. 8:00a.m. and 12 Noon