Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 31st, 2008 - Bulletin

My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

Psalm 63


To have the word of God placed in your heart means that it will be futile to try and keep silent, even if it means scorn and derision from those around you.

First Reading: Jeremiah 20:7-9
The name of the Lord has become like fire burning in Jeremiah’s heart.

Second Reading: Romans 12:1-2
Be transformed; renew your mind; discern what is good.

Gospel: Matthew 16:21-27
Those who lose their lives for Jesus’ sake will find them.

Our Rectory Office will be closed on Monday, September 1, for Labor Day.



Sunday, August 31st

8:00 AM

Greg Velasques (D)

10:00 AM

Antonino Palomba (D)


People of the Parish

Monday, September 1st

8:00 AM

Robert Soberanis (D)

Tuesday, September 2nd

8:00 AM

Rose Lovecchio (D)

Wednesday, September 3rd

8:00 AM

Chrystopher Myhra (D)

Thursday, September 4th

8:00 AM

Guina Tabalante (D)

Friday, September 5th

8:00 AM

Rosa Rivera (D)

Saturday, September 6th

8:00 AM

Active Members of the Legion of Mary

5:00 PM

Rochelle Castelo (L)

COLLECTION TOTALS - August 24th, 2008

First Collection Total - $4,581.50
Second Collection Total -
$1,491.00 (CCD Fund)

Our Second Collection this Sunday is for our The St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Our Second Collection next week is for our CCD/Religious Education Programs.

Thank you for your generous support!

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

Matilde Agasid, Jack Devine, and Gladys Torres.

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


We will celebrate the feast days of Our Lady of Sorrows (Mater Dolorosa) and San Lorenzo Ruiz (the first Filipino saint). September 14, Sunday, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Please bring a dish to share--family names:

A-L main dish
M-P salad/side dish
Q-U desert
V-Z beverage

Special Entertainment and RaffleLorenzo Ruiz is the first Filipino saint who was martyred for his Christian faith. Born in Manila in the early 1600's, San Lorenzo Ruiz was forced to flee the Philippines after being accused of a crime. Upon landing in Japan where Christians were being persecuted, he was arrested and imprisoned together with his companions. Refusing to renounce their faith, they were executed in 1637. Pope John Paul II beatified him and his companions during a visit to Manila in 1981. They were canonized in 1987. San Lorenzo Ruiz's feast day is September 28.

Dear Friends,

This is my first letter to you in about two months. As most of you know, I was away from the parish for six weeks on a much needed vacation. As much as I enjoyed the time off, it’s good to be back.

There is not a weekend that doesn’t go by when someone doesn’t make mention to me about how nice the flowers on the altar look. Thank you, Violeta and the other Altar Society ladies, who every Sunday provide fresh flowers for Mass.

Every Tuesday morning, a group of volunteers from Second Harvest use the former Kindergarten classroom and feed over 165 families in our community. Second Harvest needs more bags, both paper and plastic, to bag food for delivery. If you have any extra bags lying around the house, please drop them off by the St. Anthony statue in the back of the Church. Thanks!

Beginning next Saturday, the new times for Reconciliation are from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. I hope by changing the times of Reconciliation we will afford people a more convenient time to receive the sacrament.

As I told you last May, I have canceled the Sunday evening Mass at 5:00 p.m. for a variety of reasons. In South City, All Souls has a Sunday evening Mass at 5:15 p.m. and St. Augustine’s has one at 5:30 p.m.

Again, it’s good to be back. I’m looking forward to having a great fall together.

Happy Labor Day!

Father Brian


Immaculate heart Radio’s September On-Air Pledge Drive will be held Wednesday, September 3rd and Thursday, September 4th from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. each day at Mater Dolorosa Parish Hall . We need your help to answer phone calls, run errands, or help with hospitality. If you can help for an hour or a couple of hours any day, please call Debora Heinrichs at (916) 535-0500 ext. 221 or email her at



Please join the Parish Council & the Finance Committee to plan upcoming parish events, discuss the funding for a new church sign, and many more issues that will interest anyone in our parish community. Come and meet our new Director of RCIA, Diana Powell and our new Director of Religious Education, Rachael Smit.

Interesting Topics! * Appetizers/Refreshments!
Fun People! * SEE YOU THERE!


Are you or someone you know searching for greater meaning in life or longing for a deeper relationship with God? Many religions can bring people close to God, but Catholics have a very special faith, tradition and a way of life to share. Perhaps someone is waiting for your invitation. Why not plant that seed today?

The RCIA journey shares the Catholic faith with adults who are:

  1. Baptized in other faiths
  2. Not baptized, but are feeling God’s call in their lives
  3. Baptized in other faiths, but feel called to the Catholic Church
  4. Baptized in the Catholic faith, but have not received First Communion or Confirmation

Inquiry sessions are held on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the school building. Please call Diana at 650-922-3941 or the Rectory Office at 650-583-4131 for more information.