Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
4th Sunday of Lent
March 2nd, 2008 - Bulletin

The Lord is my Shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Psalm 23

As members of the Body of Christ, we are to live as “children of the light.”

First Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a As the prophet Samuel anointed David with oil, the spirit of the Lord rushed upon David and remained with him from that day forward.

Second Reading: Ephesians 5:8-14 You who were once darkness are now light in the Lord. Live as children of light.

Gospel: John 9:1-41 The man who was blind from birth proclaimed: The one called Jesus made clay with his saliva, anointed my eyes with it, and told me wash. When I washed, I was able to see!

March 7, April 4, May 2, & June 6

Please sign up for Eucharistic Adoration the first Friday of each month. It is a wonderful experience to spend some peaceful time in the Holy Presence of Jesus. We are sad to say that we have not had enough interest in this blessed opportunity, and we need people to make a commitment for a small amount of time per month (30 minutes, an hour, or more). Please consider spending some time in prayerful reflection with Our Lord. You will find the sign up sheets in the vestibule of the Church. Let’s make this a big success for Mater Dolorosa, as well as our own spiritual lives.

March 2—March 8, 2008

Sunday, March 2

8:00 AM

People of the Parish

10:00 AM

Maria Barbieri (D)


Paul Ducousso (D)

5:00 PM

Priest’s Intention

Monday, March 3

8:00 AM

Dorothy Shanley (D)

Tuesday, March 4

8:00 AM

Increased Vocations

Wednesday, March 5

8:00 AM

Rodolfo David, Sr. (D)

7:30 PM

Priest’s Intention

Thursday, March 6

8:00 AM

Elda Van Note (D)

Friday, March 7

8:00 AM

Deceased Members of the Uccelli Family

Saturday, March 8

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention

5:00 PM

Frank Keane (D)

COLLECTION TOTALS - February 24, 2008

First Collection Total $4,717.50
Second Collection Total $1,833.00 (Special Projects Fund)

Our Second Collection next Sunday is for Catholic Relief Services.

Thank you for your continued support!

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

Matilde Agasid, Kayla Arangcon, Wallace Cain, Jack Devine , Dawn Hassinger, Lory Manzano , Steve Medina and Olga Montoya.

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

Dear Friends,

I would like to tell you why I personally support the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal.

My support of Appeal-funded programs and ministries is more than simply an act of kindness or generosity on my part. It is important to the future of our Church, to the health and well-being of many of our people, to the ministry of my brother priests, and to the effective administration of Mater Dolorosa Parish.

This year, our Archdiocese will spend nearly $6.5 million to subsidize parishes and to make available ministries and programs that provide chaplains in hospitals, scholarships for the less advantaged children, assistance for our elderly, retirement benefits for my brother priests, help for the homeless and the hungry, and outreach to youth, young adults, and disenchanted Catholics. When I support these efforts, I am sharing the blessings that God has given me.

When I give to the Archbishop’s Appeal, I am also helping Mater Dolorosa Parish. We need additional funds for our kitchen, sound system, and new church sign. Every dollar we contribute to this Appeal over and above our assessment of $42,600 will come back to Mater Dolorosa to help meet our needs.

We have the benefit of this beautiful church and school that was built through the sacrifice of other people, many of whom still come to church here.

The church would be of little use if the Archdiocese was not able to assign dedicated pastors like Fathers Norm Allen, Bob Hayburn, Bill Knapp, Maurice Shea, John Ring, and Hugh

O’Donnell to celebrate liturgies, the Eucharist, homilies, the sacraments, pastoral counseling, and all the other things that nurture our spiritual lives from the time we are born until the time we die. I would not be here as your pastor if the Archdiocese did not maintain a Vocations

Office and a seminary in which to train me. We also need bishops to ordain priests and to help us with our on-going formation and training.

I ask you to take a moment to fill out your pledge card, if you haven’t already done so.

Please give this Appeal your support. It is very important to many people and it helps us to carry out our stewardship by following the example of Jesus. It can also be an effective way to build community here at Mater Dolorosa and to fund much needed parish projects, if we exceed our assessment of $42,600.

I’ve already made my pledge. I hope and pray you do the same.
Father Brian

St. Patrick’s Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner
at Mater Dolorosa
March 8, 2008 ? 6:00 p.m.

Come to the annual St. Patrick’s Dinner following the 5:00 Mass! Tickets are $20.00 each for adults and $10.00 each for kids. Please make your reservations by calling Kathleen Dunleavy at 589-8233. Helpers/servers are needed. Please contact Cathy Rosaia at 588-4001 or to volunteer.

Thank– you!

Pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes with Barcelona Talk in Hall next Sunday, March 9th, after the 12 Noon Mass. The Pilgrimage dates are September 8th through the 16th, 2008.

Parish Council Meeting:
March 6th at 7:30 p.m.
in the school library.

All parishioners are welcome, and strongly encouraged to attend this meeting. Please contact Father Brian if you are interested in joining the Parish Council.