Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 1, 2009 - Bulletin

If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Psalm 95


Jesus taught with authority.

First Reading: Deuteronomy 18:15-20
Moses spoke to all the people, saying: “A prophet like me will the Lord, your God, raise up for you.”

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:32-35
Brothers and sisters: I should like you to be free of anxieties.

Gospel: Mark 1:21-28
The people were astonished at Jesus’ teaching; he taught them as one having authority.



Sunday, February 1st

8:00 AM

Antonio Alonzo (D)


10:00 AM

People of the Parish



Al Lopez (D)


Monday, February 2nd

8:00 AM

Mary McKenna (L)


Tuesday, February 3rd

8:00 AM

Eileen Mullally (D)


Wednesday, February 4th

8:00 AM

Pio Mezzadri (D)


Thursday, February 5th

8:00 AM

Ann Mollard (D)


Friday, February 6th

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention


Saturday, February 7th

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention


5:00 PM

Priest’s Intention


COLLECTION TOTALS - January 25, 2009

First Collection Total - $4,021.00
Second Collection Total -
$1,678.00 (Church in Latin America)

Our Second Collection this Sunday is for our Religious Ed Programs.
Our Second Collection next Sunday is for our Parish Improvement Fund.

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.

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.


Father Michael Padazinski, J.C.D., has been selected for promotion to Colonel, United States Air Force Reserve. In notifying Father Padazinski of this promotion, Major General Allan R. Poulin, USAF, noted that his selection speaks highly of his qualifications and outstanding performance. Father Padazinski will assume this higher grade following Senate confirmation.

Please join the Archbishop, Major General Poulin, Command Chaplain Donald G. Smith, Ch, Col, USAF, and Most Reverend William J. Justice in congratulating Father Padazinski on his promotion to Senior Leadership. Father Padazinski continues in his responsibilities as Chancellor and Judicial Vicar of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and will continue to reside in residence at Mater Dolorosa Church in South San Francisco.

Congratulations, Father Padazinski, on behalf of the Mater Dolorosa Community!


Join us for a special Mass in honor of Our Lady of Lourdes including:

  • Anointing of the Sick
  • Blessing of the Caregivers Hands
  • Blessing with Lourdes Water


The Archdiocese of San Francisco is celebrating its first annual World Day of the Sick on Saturday, February 7th at the Cathedral of St. Mary in San Francisco at 12 noon. This special invitation is extended to the sick and their caregivers of our parish. The principal celebrant will be Archbishop George Niederauer. For more information please call (415) 788-4550.


On Sunday, February 8th, at the 12 Noon Mass, the Sacrament of the Sick will be administered to all the sick, as well as to our seniors. This once-a-year event celebrates World Day of the Sick on February 11th.

On Sunday, February 15th, at all the Masses, all married couples will have the chance to renew their wedding vows. Plan to attend with your friends and family and make it a special Sunday for our married couples, on this Valentine’s Day weekend.

Coming Saturday, March 14th, at 7:30 p.m. in the church, there will be a dramatic presentation of the Gospel of Mark, the Gospel we are reading this year. This is a spectacular presentation of scripture, light, and movement when Michael Reardon prayerfully and powerfully proclaims The Gospel of MARK. This is a contemporary translation of scripture, proclaimed in the oral tradition of the early Church, designed with music, lighting and costuming. The performance is free, however, a good will offering will be taken up at the end of the performance. Mark your calendars and plan to experience the power of the Word!

True Prophets

In Deuteronomy today we hear that God’s very words will fill the mouth of a true prophet, but a false prophet will, in a manner of speaking, put mere mortal words into God’s mouth. In Mark’s Gospel, we see Jesus teaching and healing as a true prophet, one filled with the authority of God’s own voice, the Holy One of God. There are, no doubt, both false and true prophets around us today. The whole history of our Church is filled with both. Some false prophets were extremely popular and quite well-versed in scripture, and even held positions of Church authority. But in today’s Gospel we learn that Jesus’ fame spread because he taught with authority; he wasn’t an authority because he was popular or famous. Elsewhere, we also learn from him, in his desert temptation confrontations with Satan, that anyone can quote scripture, even against God’s purposes. Today we hear that his authority was not like that of the scribes, who held the official positions of religious authority in his day. Our work is to do our best to discern the true prophets in our midst, and to be true prophets as well. The psalmist tells us how to do this: by not hardening our hearts when God speaks. If we truly listen to God, it will be God’s very words filling our mouths.