Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
Saint Peter and Saint Paul
June 29, 2008 - Bulletin

The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him.

Psalm 34


Through all the earth their voice resounds, and to the ends of the world, their message. - Psalm 19:5

First Reading: Acts 12:1-11
Peter was in prison, but prayer by the church was made to God on his behalf.

Second Reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18
I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.

Gospel: Matthew 16:13-19
Simon Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”


Sunday, June 29

8:00 AM

John & Mary Carraro (D)

10:00 AM

Benjamin Maratas (D)


People of the Parish

Monday, June 30

8:00 AM

Sydne Jane Gervais (D)

Tuesday, July 1

8:00 AM

Apolonia Manzano (D)

Wednesday, July 2

8:00 AM

Teresita I. Palomar (D)

Thursday, July 3

8:00 AM

Joseph Do & Anna Dao (D)

Friday, July 4

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention

Saturday, July 5

8:00 AM

Increased Vocations

5:00 PM

Apolonia Manzano (D)


First Collection Total $3,849.00
Second Collection Total $1,340.00 (Myanmar & China Relief)


First Collection Total $4,387.00
Second Collection Total $1,512.00 (St. Vincent de Paul Society)

Our Second Collection this Sunday is for Peter’s Pence.
Our Second Collection next week is for our Special Projects Fund. 

Thank you for your generous 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, Fran Hinklin, Steve Medina, and Rita Williams.

Our prayers are with them, and those who care for them.

Dear Friends,

I have good news to announce: I have hired Rachel Smit as our new Religious Education Coordinator. Rachel and her husband live in San Mateo, but will soon be joining us as parishioners. She begins work on July 16. During the summer, she will be contacting both teachers and students from last year. She will also be working to build up the enrollment when we start up again in the fall. I would like to thank Deacon Alex Aragon, who ran Religious Ed last year, for all his hard work. Again, I welcome Rachel here to Mater Dolorosa. May your time with us help us continue to build up the Body of Christ in our small section of South City.

As of today, we have collected 117% of our Annual Appeal Goal, which means the Archdiocese has reimbursed us to the tune of a little under $8000. Out of the 98 parishes in the Archdiocese, we, by far, have had the best response in turning in our appeal money. Thank you, one and all, for your support to this most worthy cause.

Beginning Saturday, September 6th, (the first Saturday after Labor Day), I will be changing the times of Saturday Reconciliation to 4:15—4:45 p.m. Sad to say, people are not going to Reconciliation like they once did. Indeed, weeks go by and I might have one person receiving the Sacrament. As always, if you can’t receive Reconciliation on Saturday, please call the Rectory and we will set up an appointment for you.

On Tuesday I will be leaving for a five week vacation. This will be the longest time I’ve been off since I was ordained a priest 8 years ago. I will be in Southern California for most of that time visiting family and friends. In my absence, I am leaving you in the good hands of Father Tom Reilly. I wish all of you a good summer and I will see you back here around mid-August. I am blessed to be a part of such a wonderful parish. 

Happy Fourth!
Father Brian

Some Catholic Questions and Answers on Reconciliation
from Catholic Digest, March 2008, by Monsignor Vincent Rush


It used to be that certain things—like skipping Mass, were mortal sins. Now it seems as if they’re not. What happened? How can I trust what the Church says is sinful if it keeps changing its mind?

You probably taught your young children rules like, “Don’t ever try to cross the street without holding Daddy’s or Mommy’s hand.” That’s the way children learn things. But what you meant was, “Cross safely,” and you do that as a grown-up. Most of us learned moral rules as children; but sometimes we never grew up to understand their point. A habit of skipping Mass does spiritual damage—to the person who skips (and thus fails to deepen his/her friendship with God), and to the community (which misses out on that person’s participation and gifts). Missing very occasionally with a good reason is a different matter and is harmless or perhaps even necessary. Think of the Mass as like an important family dinner: You can miss, say, one Thanksgiving with the family if you have a good reason. But to blow Thanksgiving dinner off repeatedly and then come back without offering any apology or explanation—well, that’s something else.

On Friday, July 4th, our Rectory Office will be closed in observance of Independence Day. Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!