Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
4th Sunday of Ordinary Time
February 3rd, 2008 - Bulletin


Blessed the poor in spirit; the kingdom of heaven is theirs!

Psalm 146


THEME OF OUR LITURGY

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 5:3


First Reading: Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13 You humble of the land, seek justice and humility, and the Lord will be your protection.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31 God chose the weak of the world, those who count for nothing, so that whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.

Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12a Jesus taught the crowds from the mountain: Blessed are the poor in spirit.


Blessed are they who are what they are and do what the do for the sake of the kingdom! The Gospel today assures good stewards that their suffering and their service on behalf of the kingdom will be rewarded.

“Stewardship by the Book” by Sharon Huekel


MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK

Sunday, February 3

8:00 AM

Ed Kelly (D)

10:00 AM

John Duran (D)

Noon

Jovita Guajardo (D)

5:00 PM

People of the Parish


Monday, February 4

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention


Tuesday, February 5

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention


Wednesday, February 6

Noon

Priest’s Intention

7:30 AM

Priest’s Intention


Thursday, February 7

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention


Friday,, February 8

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention


Saturday, February 9

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention

5:00 PM

Deceased Members of the Uccelli Family


COLLECTION TOTALS - January 27, 2008

First Collection Total $ 4,420.50
Second Collection Total $ 1,366.00 (Church in Latin America)

Our Second Collection this Sunday is for our CCD Program.

Our Second Collection next Sunday is for our Parish Improvement Fund  

Thank you for your continued support!


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

Kayla Arangcon, Wallace Cain, Jack Devine, Dawn Hassinger, and Lory Manzano.

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


 A Dog’s Purpose

A veterinarian had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle. The vet examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. He told the family he couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home. As they made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told the vet they thought it would be good for four-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt Shane might learn something from the experience. The next day, the vet felt the familiar catch in his throat as Belker's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on.  Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion.  We sat together for a while after Belker's death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, "I know why."  Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned everyone.  They'd never heard a more comforting explanation.  He said, "People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?"  The four-year-old continued: "Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long."  Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn stuff like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
Take naps.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.
Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 6, 2008.
Mater Dolorosa will have Masses on that day at:
8:00 a.m., 12:00 Noon and 7:30 p.m.

ABSTINENCE

Everyone fourteen years of age and older is bound to abstain from meat on ASH WEDNESDAY, GOOD FRIDAY and the FRIDAYS of Lent.

FAST

Everyone eighteen years of age and older, but under the age of sixty, are also bound to fast on ASH WEDNESDAY and GOOD FRIDAY. On these two days, the law of fast allows only one full meal a day, but does not prohibit taking some food during the day, so long as this does not constitute another full meal. Drinking liquids during the day is permitted. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. If you are in doubt concerning fast or abstinence, please call the Rectory Office.

In the spirit of penance, the faithful should not lightly excuse themselves from this obligation.

LITURGICAL SERVICES DURING LENT:

On the Wednesdays of Lent, there will be an evening Mass at 7:30 p.m. On the Fridays of Lent, there will be Stations of the Cross, followed by Benediction at 7:30 p.m.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
February 5th: Vote!
February 10th: Renewal of Marriage Vows
February 17th: Healing Mass at 12:00 Noon
February 24th: 2008 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal Talk at all the Masses
March 2nd: Pledge Sunday at all the Masses