Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 28th, 2008 - Bulletin


Remember your mercies, O Lord.

Psalm 25


THEME OF OUR LITURGY -

Today’s readings offers us another opportunity to discover the abundance of God’s mercy and love.


First Reading: Ezekiel 18:25-28
When the wicked turn away from the wickedness they have committed and do what is right, they shall surely live.

Second Reading: Philippians 2:1-11
Look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.

Gospel: Matthew 21:28-32
Tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you.


The first son in today’s Gospel said he would do his father’s bidding, but did not. The second son balked at first, but then repented and did as he was asked. What service is God calling me to do? Which son am I more like?

“Stewardship by the Book” by Sharon Huekel


MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK

Sunday, September 28

8:00 AM

Ba Anna Phat Nguyen (D)

10:00 AM

Jhomelli Anne Ordona Feliciano (D)

Noon

People of the Parish


Monday, September 29

8:00 AM

Antonia Saguid (D)


Tuesday, September 30

8:00 AM

Tony Geracimos (D)


Wednesday, October 1

8:00 AM

Wilson Cunanan (L)


Thursday, October 2

8:00 AM

Concepcion Tan (D)


Friday, October 3

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention


Saturday, October 4

8:00 AM

Benjamin Afuang (D)

5:00 PM

Jose & Crescentia Rodriguez (D)


COLLECTION TOTALS - September 21, 2008

First Collection Total - $4,309.00
Second Collection Total -
$2,196.00 (Priest’s Retirement)

Our Second Collection this Sunday is for our Helping Hands Fund.
Our Second Collection next Sunday is for our CCD Fund.

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:

Bill Kovacich and Gladys Torres.

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


Any parishioners who are in need of prayers for the sick or homebound, please contact our Rectory Office at 650-583-4131 and we will place them on our prayer list in the Sunday bulletin.

Would you like to see your child or children sing in the upcoming annual Christmas Concert at Mater Dolorosa? Please contact the Rectory office at 650-583-4131. Angie Pasamba will begin weekly rehearsals soon. Give your kids the opportunity to shine at Christmas in this beautiful parish event!

ST. LAWRENCE RUIZ and COMPANIONS, MARTYRS
Feast Day: September 28th

The martyrs whom we honor today in a marvelous way show the universality of the Church. These sixteen saints were from Europe and Asia, and in various circumstances, spread the faith in the Philippines, Formosa and Japan.

St. Lawrence Ruiz was a husband and a father (and is the first Filipino to be canonized a saint). The others were priests, religious, laymen and women who also suffered martyrdom in Nagasaki, Japan in the seventeenth century. At their beautification in Manila in February 1981, during his visit to the Far East, John Paul II said they remind us that “to die for the faith is a gift granted to few, but to live for the faith is a call addressed to all.”

The deaths of these martyrs occurred three and a half centuries ago. There is meaning for us today, as Pope John Paul II said in the homily at the Canonization Mass on October 18, 1987: “Through the witness of their lives, generously offered for the love of Christ, the new saints speak to the entire Church today; they draw her on and stimulate her in her evangelical mission.”

The decree of canonization reminds us that “through the example of their lives and their deaths these dauntless missionaries also sowed the seed for the future of the Church.”

As we honor these martyrs we pray for the courage to live for the faith in response to our baptism. We are all called “to meet the challenges of the present with the same strength of character and trust in God” with which these martyrs “faced the supreme test of love.” (From the address of Pope John Paul II to a pilgrimage of Filipinos, October 18, 1987).

From the Book “In His Likeness”


IMPORTANT PARISH MEETING
Parish Council - Finance Committee
OCTOBER 7th—7:00 p.m.
School Multi-Purpose Room

There will be an important Finance Committee/Parish Council meeting, which will be open to all parishioners on October 7th at 7:00 p.m. We ill discuss the possibility of a pre-school in our school building. We will discuss the viability of this venture as a parish community. Please join us for this decision making meeting!


BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS at MATER DOLOROSA
OCTOBER 5, 2008, 1:00 p.m.

Join us at Mater Dolorosa Church for the annual Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, following the 12:00 p.m. Mass. Please bring all your critters to the church parking lot and have your pets blessed. You will receive a certificate as a remembrance of the day.