Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 17th, 2008 - Bulletin

O God, let all the nations praise you!

Psalm 67


My House shall be called - A House of Prayer for all people

First Reading: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7
Thus says the Lord: “Stand firm in justice; do what is right”.

Second Reading: Romans 11:13-15, 29-32
The gifts and the calling of God are unable to be revoked.

Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28
Recognizing the woman’s great faith, Jesus said: “It shall be done as you wish”

In today’s second reading, St. Paul tells the Romans, “God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.” To what is God calling me today? What gifts are mine to share? (See Romans 11:29)

“Stewardship by the Book” by Sharon Huekel

Take a moment to check out our website. You can check our Parish Calendar, download a Parish Registration Form, get information for Religious Education and read our archived bulletins. Visit It’s a great way to read any bulletins you may have missed, and “catch-up” on parish events.


Sunday, August 17th

8:00 AM

Angel & Guadalupe
D. Aguirre (D)

10:00 AM

Rudy Molina (D)


People of the Parish

Monday, August 18th

8:00 AM

Janet P. Vergara (L)

Tuesday, August 19th

8:00 AM

Maribel Dio (D)

Wednesday, August 20th

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention

Thursday, August 21st

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention

Friday, August 22nd

8:00 AM

Deceased Members of the Uccelli Family

Saturday, August 23rd

8:00 AM

Increased Vocations

5:00 PM

Priest’s Intention

Our Second Collection this Sunday is for our Mission Appeal.
Our Second Collection next week is for our CCD 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.

Have you ever considered that maybe God is calling YOU to be a catechist (teacher) to nourish the faith of children? We are in need of generous people who are willing to serve the children of the parish. If you enjoy working with children, tweens and teens, we need your help; the Children’s Religious Formation depends on you. YOU CAN DO IT! We’ll help you. Watch your faith develop while working with the classes. Please call the Children’s Faith Formation office at 650-588-8175, and find out more about this very important ministry.
Study of: “Our Father’s Plan” by Scott Hahn Jeff Cavins

Do you know who, when and where our Catholic Bible was instituted and formally written into book form? If someone asked you about your Catholic faith, would you be able to answer why you believe as you do? You may find the answer to these questions and more by joining the Mater Dolorosa Bible Study! Our group meets in the school library every Saturday from 9:00 to 10:30, beginning on September 20th. Please contact Joseph or Gloria Flores for more information at 650-583-2347.


“Let all the nations praise you!” (Psalm 67:4) today’s psalm response exclaims. In the psalms and other Hebrew scriptures, this kind of invocation is actually an invitation to God to act, to intervene in human lives in a manner that will cause everyone—not jut the Chosen People— to give praise. Stated a bit more strongly, it is something of a “put up or shut up” challenge to God, the sort of strong statement the psalmists of Israel, trusting in their intimate and loving relationship with God, were not afraid to make.

The Gospel has its own exclamation, announcing the appearance of the Canaanite woman with “Behold!” (Matthew 15:22) “Behold!” is a scriptural flag that tells us that God is about to act or announce something through an individual or a situation. In the case of Jesus, God was going to act through this woman, whom nobody among Jesus’ followers would have believed to be an agent of the divine will. Like the psalmists, we might passively inform or perhaps even actively challenge God to do something so that everyone will come to belief, but God will always turn the tables on us. It becomes our calling, our duty (as it was for Jesus) to behold the situations and persons of our daily lives so that God can act through us, so the Kingdom can be announced through our lives.


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.

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.

Mater Dolorosa Bible Study begins on Saturday, September 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. You will find sign up sheets in the lobby or contact Gloria Flores at 583-2347.

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 with a reception following the 5:00 Mass. Join us to show Fr. O’Donnell our appreciation for his many years of service.