Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 3, 2008 - Bulletin

The hand of the Lord feeds us; He answers all our needs.

Psalm 145


Christ’s love, was wholly for God and us, and he will not permit anything, great or small, to separate us from him.

First Reading: Isaiah 55:1-3
All you who thirst, come to the water! You without money, come to the feast!

Second Reading: Romans 8:35, 37-39
Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ.

Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21
All ate until satisfied; they collected twelve baskets of what was left over.


Some of the most comforting words in scripture come to us today in our readings. The passage from Romans is particularly comforting when we are worried about our spiritual life and fretting about it. “What will separate us from the love of Christ?” (Romans 8:35) Of course, nothing can! Christ’s love, manifested in his life, death, and resurrection, was wholly for God and us, and he will not permit anything, great or small, to separate us from him. Our longing, our hunger for him is sustained by the Eucharist, and even in the darkest of times, when God seems absent and it is difficult to pray, we know by faith that God is with us. God’s fidelity to us is absolute, especially when we are in darkness and confusion.


Sunday, August 3rd

8:00 AM

People of the Parish

10:00 AM

Rita Williams (D)


Dee Marie Munoz (L)

Monday, August 4th

8:00 AM

Guina Grivas Tablante (D)

Tuesday, August 5th

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention

Wednesday, August 6th

8:00 AM

Luz Rodriguez (L)

Thursday, August 7th

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention

Friday, August 8th

8:00 AM

Christopher David (L)

Saturday, August 9th

8:00 AM

Charle Erbacher (D)

5:00 PM

People of the Parish

COLLECTION TOTALS - July 27th, 2008

First Collection Total - $4,760.00
Second Collection Total -
$1,263.00 (CCD Program)

Our Second Collection this Sunday is for our Special Projects Fund.
Our Second Collection next week is for our Parish Improvement 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 , Steve Medina, Rita Williams and Helen Wright.

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

Volunteers Needed

Do you have a few hours to spare helping our neighbors in need? Join St. Vincent de Paul volunteers helping serve the homeless in San Mateo and South San Francisco. Assistance is also needed to answer the helpline and assist with general office duties. Basic computer skills are required. Learn more about the work of the Society in your community and how to become a member of your Parish St. Vincent de Paul Conference. The next Volunteer Orientation will be Tuesday, August 5th, 1:30 p.m. at the St. Vincent de Paul District Office at 50 North B St., San Mateo. Call Lisa at (650) 373-0623 to register. The rewards of volunteering are heavenly!


Mark your calendars - our next Pot Luck 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.

Save the date—we will have a Parish Celebration to honor Fr. O’Donnell for his 50 years of priestly ministry to God’s people. His Jubilee Celebration will be held at Mater Dolorosa on September 27th following the 5:00 Mass. Join us to show Fr. O’Donnell our appreciation for his many years of service.


We are in need of Hula and Filipino Folk Dancers (males and females) for the September 14 celebration and Pot Luck BBQ. The folk dances will be Pandanggo sa Ilaw, Binasuan and Tinikling. Anyone who is interested, please join the dancers on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. in the school. If you have any questions, call Angi Rodriguez at 650-873-2167 or Jo Ventura at 650-992-6493.


The Legion of Mary is having a Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows beginning on September 6th following the 8:00 a.m. Mass, September 7th following the 12:00 p.m. Mass, September 8th through September 13th following the 8:00 a.m. Mass, and ending on September 14th following the 12:00 p.m. Mass. Please join the Legion of Mary in prayer during this time.

Take a moment to look over the improvements made to our parish hall and kitchen, thanks to Jim Rodriguez. Jim tore out all the old cabinets and reinforced them in preparation for the new granite counter tops and serving shelves that were installed. He installed a new, deeper, kitchen sink. He then cleaned up the windows in the hall and painted the brick walls a soft white color. This project took several weeks. He also removed sinks from the closets that were no longer in use, making more room for storage. He changed the overhead florescent lights so we now have the option of very bright, or dim lighting. Thank-you Jim, for all your hard work. Our parish hall looks brighter, cleaner and the kitchen is a delight to work in. Also, a big thank you goes to all our parishioners who support the Parish Improvement Fund, which makes these projects possible.