Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
Third Sunday of Ordinary Time
The Conversion of St. Paul
January 25th, 2009 - Bulletin

Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.

Psalm 117


Proclaim the gospel by the witness of our everyday lives.
And who could we choose as a better model for this life than St. Paul himself?

First Reading: Acts 22:3-16
St. Paul’s story of his conversion.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
The world in its present form is passing away.

Gospel: Mark 16:15-18
Go into the world and proclaim the gospel to all.

There is a certain urgency in today’s Gospel as Jesus calls His first disciples—- Andrew and Simon, James and John. Each one follows Jesus immediately, unhesitatingly abandoning nets and boats and father and fellow workers. To what is Jesus calling me—- at this moment, in these circumstances? What will I need to abandon in order to follow Him?

“Stewardship by the Book” by Sharon Huekel



Sunday, January 25th

8:00 AM

People of the Parish


10:00 AM

Theresa Agatha Moran (D)



Pio Mezzadri (D)


Monday, January 26th

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention


Tuesday, January 27th

8:00 AM

Mrs. Limuaco (D)


Wednesday, January 28th

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention


Thursday, January 29th

8:00 AM

Mary Laird (D)


Friday, January 30th

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention


Saturday, January 31st

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention


5:00 PM

Frank Keane (D)


COLLECTION TOTALS - January 18, 2009

First Collection Total - $4,824.50
Second Collection Total - $1,512.00 (Helping Hands)

Our Second Collection this Sunday is for The Church in Latin America.
Our Second Collection next Sunday is for our Religious Education Programs.

Thank you for supporting your parish
and your Catholic Church!

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

Carl Leo Campbell and Michael Gruner.

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

From Reverend Monsignor Harry G. Schlitt regarding the San Francisco Transfer Tax Issue

As you know, in December 2007, Archbishop Niederauer announced a corporate restructuring within the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Overall, the transition went quite smoothly, and by May 2008, 99% of the task was completed. Our two new corporations were up and running and we transferred all applicable capital assets to the new Capital Assets Support Corporation and all applicable real property in San Mateo and Marin Counties was transferred to the new Real Property Support Corporation without difficulties and without a tax assessment. Unfortunately, as you may have read in the January 14, 2009 issue of The San Francisco Chronicle, and in the most recent issue of Catholic San Francisco, after a seven-month delay, the San Francisco Recorder’s office issued a determination that a tax is owed on any transfers in San Francisco County. (The Chronicle erroneously identified the properties as mostly being “empty lots and commercial land” which is not the case.) As stated in the Archdiocese’s response, a tax on transfers of property, all owned by the Catholic Church, within the same family of Archdiocesan corporations, is unprecedented in the history of the state of California and the law is overwhelmingly in our favor on this subject. For this reason we have refused to pay any tax and have filed a formal appeal. Our advisors note that the “3 million to 15 million dollar transfer tax range” which the San Francisco Chronicle attributes to San Francisco Recorder Phil Ting, appears to have been pulled out of a hat. The Archdiocese vigorously maintains that no tax is owed. Even if the courts determine otherwise, the Recorder will not be permitted to value older buildings, long dedicated to church and school purposes, as though they were large-scale commercial properties.

In the meantime, then, The Real Property Support Corporation has assumed all responsibilities as the new owner/landlord of the parish and school properties in San Mateo and Marin Counties. In San Francisco County, The Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco, A Corporation Sole, will continue as the owner/landlord of the San Francisco parishes and schools pending resolution of the San Francisco property tax issue. We are sorry for any confusion this matter may cause and we ask for your prayers for a prompt and just resolution.

Mater Dolorosa Parishioner/Couple of the Year


Every year, the Young Men’s Institute holds an annual Communion Breakfast to honor the Parishioner of the Year from each parish. This year the event will be held at All Souls Church. We will announce our candidate for whom we deem deserving in an upcoming bulletin after Easter. The list of parishioners who have been honored in the past are:

1988 Mr. Priscilla Tybuec
1989 Mrs. Lillie Villaluna
1990 Mr. Frank Cianciolo
1991 Mrs. Lona Eichhorn
1992 Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Hanley
1993 Mr. Patrick Dunleavy
1994 Mr. Henry Broock
1995 Mrs. Lilia Avendano
1996 Mr. Jack Pacheco
1997 Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Rosaia
1998 Mr. & Mrs. Mel Ferrer
1999 Mr. & Mrs. Bob Nazario
2000 Mr. Brian Ciappara
2001 Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Flores
2002 Mrs. Jo Ventura
2003 Mr. & Mrs. Bob Valencia
2004 Mrs. Margarita Lee
2005 Mr. & Mrs. Nick Tablante
2008 Mrs. Bettina Yap



The furnace in several of the rooms at the rectory was leaking carbon monoxide. We will be replacing 7 of the 11 wall heaters that will be needed in the rooms.


Our stained glass in the front of the church is being repaired and cracked glass will be replaced. This will stop the leaking that we experienced last year during the rainy season.


Some of the glass in the school lobby will be replaced soon, as it is cracked and badly damaged. One of the front offices got a new coat of paint, some inexpensive wall-to-wall carpeting and will become a “reflection room"; a place where parents of Religious Education students and visitors can stop by and spend some quiet time with the Lord in prayer or quiet thought. Plan to visit the room anytime soon.

We thank The Hallelujah Choir for their contribution of the proceeds from the Christmas Concert and the generous donations from our parishioners to the Parish Improvement Fund, which helps to finance these improvements to our parish!

If you, or anyone you know is homebound and cannot attend Mass, please contact the Rectory Office at 650-583-4131, and we will be pleased to mail you a Sunday bulletin for as long as you like. You can stay informed of parish events and news, while you recover at home.