Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
September 14th, 2008 - Bulletin

XDo not forget the works of the Lord!

Psalm 78


In today’s readings, the Triduum, the commemoration of the Lord’s Passion, comes in a luminous celebration of Christ’s victory.

First Reading: Numbers 21:4b-9
Whenever anyone who had been bitten by a serpent looked at the bronze serpent, they lived.

Second Reading: Philippians 2:6-11
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God, something to be grasped.

Gospel: John 3:13-17
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that those who believe might have eternal life.

Next Saturday, following the 5:00 Mass, we will have a Parish Celebration to honor Fr. O’Donnell for his 50 years of priestly ministry to God’s people. Join us for his Jubilee Celebration with a reception in the Parish Hall. Let’s show Fr. O’Donnell our appreciation for his 18 years of service as Pastor of Mater Dolorosa Church.


Sunday, September 14

8:00 AM

Fran Hinklin (D)

10:00 AM

Michael Leveroni (D)


People of the Parish

Monday, September 15

8:00 AM

Rose Lovecchio (D)

Tuesday, September 16

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention

Wednesday, September 17

8:00 AM

Michael F. O’Driscoll (D)

Thursday, September 18

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention

Friday, September 19

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention

Saturday, September 20

8:00 AM

Dr. E. J. Mullally (D)

5:00 PM

People of the Parish

COLLECTION TOTALS - August 31, 2008

First Collection Total - $4,339.50
Second Collection Total - $1,822.00 (St. Vincent de Paul)

COLLECTION TOTALS - September 7, 2008

First Collection Total - $4,610.50
Second Collection Total - $1,562.00 (CCD)

Our Second Collection this Sunday is for the Parish Improvement Fund.
Our Second Collection next week is for Priest’s Retirement.

Please be as generous as possible and thank you for your continued 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.

 Dear Friends,

Between now through June of 2009, Mater Dolorosa joins the universal Church in celebrating the 2000th anniversary of the birth of St. Paul. After Communion, we will be praying the prayer to St. Paul found on the back of our song books. We will also pray, during this time, for our country as we choose a new President and a new Congress. The following is a short biography I found on St. Paul.

Have a great week!

Father Brian

St. Paul, Apostle

St. Paul, who was well versed in rabbinical learning, at first zealously persecuted the Church. However, on his way to Damascus to arrest some prominent Christians there, he was literally knocked off his high horse, and made to understand Christ in that instant. From then on, his life’s direction and purpose changed radically.

The next three years of his life were spent in solitude, and then he plunged into a life of missionary activity and preaching that would tax the endurance of the heartiest missionaries of today. Who is not impressed by the record of Paul’s journeys as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles? Paul was the most powerful apostolic personality. His life and example, and his letters have been the inspiration for the preaching Church since.

This year we honor St. Paul, because of his intense love of Christ. There is something in St. Paul for us to admire and to imitate in addition to his great love of Christ. His examples of humility comes from the knowledge of truth. He is an example of enthusiasm in service, of optimism in outlook. He took rightful pride in his accomplishments, recognizing that these accomplishments were due to the grace of Christ. St. Augustine writes, “St. Paul realized what he taught, pursued justice, confessed truth, and died for it.”

It isn’t necessary to spell out how we can imitate St. Paul. It is obvious.

A big THANK-YOU to those parishioners who attended the joint Parish Council/Finance Committee Meeting on September 4th:William Bosque, Brian Dunleavy, Cathy Duran, Gloria Flores, Fran Lidwell, Diana Powell, Angi Rodriguez, Cathy Rosaia, Rachael Smit & Jo Ventura. Your ideas, suggestions, and contributions were greatly appreciated. We came up with some great suggestions for the future of our parish. We appreciate all our volunteers who help out in so many ways: Those who count the collections, our Altar Society, the people who put together Hospitality Sunday, the Second Harvest Team, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, our lectors and Eucharistic Ministers, those who bring Communion to the homebound and the hospital, our choir, the ushers, and everyone who helps with Religious Education. Thanks to all for your support of our parish community!

We welcome the following recently registered parishioners:

Michelle & Romulo Bello
Mel & Josie Feliciano
Nelson & Lina Mercado
Usbardo & Irma Naranjo
Lawrence & Jeannette Ryan
Maria Somera
Jeffrey & Michelle Taniguchi-Cruz
Welcome to our parish community!

Join Deacon Alex for

Family Faith Formation
When: Sunday, September 28th
Time: 10:45 a.m. right after the 10:00 a.m. Mass, and before the 12:00 p.m. Mass
Where: MD Parish Hall

Let’s share the Word of God; how the Sunday Gospel applies to our daily life. The children will also learn about Jesus through the Gospel. We will have shared activities together.

Coming September 20 & 21

In the beginning was the word,
and the Word was with God
and the Word was good (Jn 1:1)

THE WORD OF GOD in the life and mission of the Church
Catechetical Sunday 2008