Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 23, 2007 - Bulletin


Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory.

Psalm 24


THEME OF OUR LITURGY -

As we stand at the threshold of Christmas, let us have the courage to be open to whatever it is that the Lord will require of us as we celebrate the miracle of Bethlehem.


First Reading: Isaiah 7:10-14 You will be given this sign: The virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.

Second Reading: Romans 1:1-7 God has called us to belong to Jesus Christ.

Gospel: Matthew 1:18-24 The son born of Mary shall be called Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. He shall be Emmanuel, which means: “God is with us.”


MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK

Sunday, December 23

8:00 AM

Nora Nostratis (D)

10:00 AM

Robert & Lorraine Wolf (D)

Noon

People of the Parish

5:00 PM

Roy Gatti (D)


Monday, December 24

8:00 AM

Bill Murphy (L)

5:00 PM

Deceased Members of the Costello & Smith Families

10:00 PM

Mark & Fran Lidwell (L)


Tuesday, December 25

8:00 AM

Father Brian Costello (L)

10:00 AM

Helen Villasica (D)

Noon

Mary Cianciolo (D)


Wednesday, December 26

8:00 AM

Julie Vergara (L)


Thursday, December 27

8:00 AM

Stephen Angeles (L)


Friday, December 28

8:00 AM

Jim & Katherine Petroff (D)


Saturday, December 29

8:00 AM

Jose Angeles (L)

5:00 PM

Father Padazinski (L)


COLLECTION TOTALS - December 16, 2007

First Collection Total $4,403.50
Second Collection Total $1,399.00 (Parish Improvement) 


Our Second Collection this Sunday is for our Parish Improvement Fund (Hall Floor).
Our Second Collection next Sunday is for the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

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.


THE PROCLAMATION of the BIRTH OF CHRIST

Throughout the season of Advent, the Church has reflected on God’s promises, so often spoken by the prophets, to send a savior to the people of Israel who would be Emmanuel, that is, God with us. In the fullness of time those promises were fulfilled. With hearts full of joy let us read the proclamation of our Savior’s birth.

Today, the twenty-fifth day of December,
unknown ages from the time when God created the heavens and the earth
and then formed man and woman in his own image.
 
Several thousand years after the flood,
when God made the rainbow shine forth
as a sign of the covenant.
 
Twenty-one centuries from the time of Abraham and Sarah;
thirteen centuries after Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt.
 
Eleven hundred years from the time of Ruth and the Judges;
one thousand years from the anointing of David as king;
in the sixty-fifth week according to the prophecy of Daniel.
 
In the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;
the seven hundred and fifty-second year from the foundation of the city of Rome.
 
The forty-second year of the reign of Octavian Augustus;
the whole world being at peace,
Jesus Christ, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father,
desiring to sanctify the world by his most merciful coming,
being conceived by the Holy Spirit,
and nine month having passed since his conception,
was born in Bethlehem of Judea of the Virgin Mary.
 
Today is the nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh. 



Christmas Concerts

Thank you, one and all, for the two great nights of concerts that filled our church with music and song. Everyone of you did a great job. I am very proud of you! Our thanks go to the Hallelujah Chorale and the Cherubim. Special thanks to Angi Pasamba, our Music Director, Brian Dunleavy and Bettina Santos Yap, our Masters of Ceremony, the Program, Sponsorship, Ticket Sales, Props, Audio, and Lighting People, Stage Managers, Food Committee, Ushers, and Voltaire Yap, Photographer.

All of you make Mater Dolorosa the special place it is.
Merry Christmas—Father Brian

POT LUCK DINNER NEW YEAR’S EVE

Join us for a Pot Luck Dinner Party on New Year’s Eve in the Parish Hall beginning at 10:30 p.m. Our late dinner will be followed by Mass at 12:05 a.m. What a great way to bring in 2008, with food and fellowship in our own Church with plenty of parking!
Please use the following chart:

Last Names That Begin with:

A - I

Please bring appetizers or salads

J - S

Please bring main dishes or entrees

T - Z

Please bring beverages

Please call the rectory and sign up so we know how many party-goers to expect. Thank-you!



Christmas Bingo Luncheon

Thank you to all who worked so hard to make the Annual Christmas Bingo Luncheon such a big success and enjoyed by so many. Special thanks go to Cathy Rosaia and Stella DeCesare and their families for their time and talents. We had 165 people who gathered for a scrumptious lunch, great prizes and lots of fun. Thank-you volunteers, from Father Brian and the M.D. Parishioners!

We’ll look forward to it again next year!


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.