Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 13th, 2008 - Bulletin

The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.

Psalm 65


Those who hear the word of God and keep it, will with all creation, bear much fruit and sing for joy.

First Reading: Isaiah 55:10-11
My word will not return to me void, but will achieve the end for which it was sent.

Second Reading: Romans 8:18-23
We, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan within ourselves awaiting the redemption of our bodies.

Gospel: Matthew 13:1-23
Some seeds fell on the path, some on rocky ground, and some among thorns. But some also fell on rich soil and produced fruit.


Sunday, July 13

8:00 AM

Fernando & Gregoria Tomimbang (D)

10:00 AM

Sarita Romero (D)


Deceased Members of the Uccelli Family

Monday, July 14

8:00 AM

Christopher Myhra (D)

Tuesday, July 15

8:00 AM

Juana Rabelas (D)

Wednesday, July 16

8:00 AM

Babette Donohue (D)

Thursday, July 17

8:00 AM

Antonino Palomba (D)

Friday, July 18

8:00 AM

Julie B. Vergara (L)

Saturday, July 19

8:00 AM

Tom Ricafort (L)

5:00 PM

People of the Parish


First Collection Total - $4,120.50
Second Collection Total - $1,499.00 (Peter’s Pence/Holy Father)

July 6, 2008

First Collection Total - $4,665.50
Second Collection Total - $1,252.00 (Special Projects Fund)

Our Second Collection this Sunday is for our Parish Improvement Fund.
Our Second Collection next week is for our Helping Hands 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 , Fran Hinklin, Steve Medina, and Rita Williams.

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

EWTN to Air “World Youth Day”

EWTN’s live and encore telecasts of World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, will include:
Opening Mass with Cardinal Pell, July 14, at 11:00 p.m., July 15th at 6:00 p.m. Arrival of Pope Benedict XVI, July 16 at 9:30 p.m., July 17 at 7:00 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross, July 17 at 9:30 p.m. & July 18 at 6:00 p.m. Evening Vigil, July 19 at 11:00 a.m. Closing Mass, July 19 at 4:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m. and July 20 at 9:00 a.m.

Visit for more information.

Last December – I never thought of this day coming. I returned to the States and this time no home leave of three months; this was for good. I had to have surgery on my left eye to stop the bleeding. Strange, I had had no pain. My poor sight told me nothing as my vision had been that way since I had a cataract removed four years previously. I needed the doctor to tell me about my problem! My need for surgery and my age were discussed with my superiors. Our conclusion was that this was the time to return to the States. I bid farewell to my many friends that I had acquired over the last 24 years that I had been in Zambia. A song from my days at Riordan (1956-1960) came to mind, “Breaking Up is Hard To Do.” I may have left Zambia, but the Zambians have not left me. The distance is nothing. I have too many memories.

The time has flown by, but I guess this is what happens when one get older. I was born (1942) in San Francisco and raised in St. Emydius Parish. When I was growing up, we had something called “the draft” so I had an obligation to serve some time in the military. Two of my four years in the Marines I spent on a beautiful island in the South Pacific that is situated between Japan and Australia, the sign on the building where our ship docked read, “Guam is Good” and it was; I still have some friends (Navy and Marines) from my time on Guam.

The slides that the Maryknoll missionaries showed us when we were in grammar school probably initiated my interest in missionary vocation, and believe it or not, my time in the Marines probably added some wood to the fire.

My father’s reaction when I told my parents about joining the Missionaries of Africa was negative. He favored Maryknoll, but eventually he agreed (Mom was positive and immediately approved). The older of my two sisters was flabbergasted. I remember her shouting, “Are you crazy, absolutely crazy?” Finally, she too, accepted my decision.

After my time in the Marines, I spent some time loading and unloading mail trucks in San Mateo, then I delivered mail in Daly City. Preceding my experience in the post office, I finished City College of San Francisco. One summer I worked at the Recreation Center for the Handicapped in San Francisco, and this is where I first heard of the Missionaries of Africa, although at that time the Missionaries of Africa went by the nick name they received in North Africa working among the Muslims. Our name was “White Fathers” versus the French priests who wore black clothes that got us the name, “White Fathers”. Clothes, NOT race, was the reason for the name. This nick name has since been dropped as too many people thought of us as racist priests. Some people honestly thought of us as racist priests because we were called “White Fathers.”

I did attend St. Patrick’s Seminary in Mt. View for two years (1971-1973). This is where I came into contact with Fr. Brian Costello. What a small world it is too, I dated Fr. Brian’s cousin when I was at Riordan.

My base now is Washington, D.C. This is where our headquarters are in the United States. I live in a community of seven. I am assisting in a parish two days a week. This is in Georgetown, one morning a week I am preparing food for the homeless. I am also working in the Development Office of the Missionaries of Africa. The Development Office tries to respond to needs of different groups who appeal for help in Africa. This help could be in the form of building: chicken runs, piggeries, bore holes and tanks for water, desks, computers, etc. that are needed in their apostolate. I answer the letters for assistance as well as answer the phone.

I am still visiting the eye specialist for my left eye. I hope to end this before the end of the year.

I am happy that Fr. Brian asked me to assist him for the month of July. After three weeks vacation, I will return to Washington at the end of August.

Fr. Thomas Reilly


If you are interested in learning to dance the Hula, you are welcome to take simple lessons at Mater Dolorosa. The dancers meet in the school classrooms at 7:00 p.m. every Wednesday. Please join in the FUN! If you have any questions, call Angi Rodriguez at 650-873-2167 or Jo Ventura at 650-992-6493.

Mater Dolorosa’s RCIA program is in need of volunteers to help clear out one of the school’s offices located in the lobby. Volunteers will move light furniture, pack boxes and move items from the small office to the teacher’s lounge. We also need volunteers to take out the carpeting. If you are available on Saturdays or weekday evenings to lend a hand, please contact Diana Powell at 6650-922-3941. Thank you so much!

Hospitality Hour with snacks and coffee will resume the first Sunday in August, (August 3rd) following the 10:00 Mass. Please contact Fran at the Rectory Office at 650-583-4131 if you would like to help out in any way.

Our BBQ on June 28th in the Parish Hall was enjoyed by many families and friends. We grilled hot dogs, hamburgers and teriyaki beef. A table was set-up with pot luck dishes and desserts. Mark your calendars - our next BBQ is planned for September 14, 2008, following the 12:00 Mass. We will have entertainment and a raffle. Please contact Angi Rodriguez if you have a special talent that you would like to share.