Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
First Sunday of Lent
March 1, 2009 - Bulletin

Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth to those who keep your covenant.

Psalm 25

God shows us how to be good, not by decree, but by example.

First Reading: Genesis 9:8-15
I will set my bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

Second Reading: 1 Peter 3:18-22
The water of the flood prefigured baptism, which saves you now.

Gospel: Mark 1:12-15
Jesus was tempted by Satan, and the angels ministered to him.

The waters of Baptism make us part of the new covenant in Christ. But the bishops’ pastoral letter on stewardship reminds us that “there is a fundamental obligation arising from the Sacrament of Baptism. . . that people place their gifts, their resources, themselves, at God’s service in and through the Church.”

From Stewardship by the Book, by Sharon Hueckel



Sunday, March 1st

8:00 AM

People of the Parish


10:00 AM

Fannie Kuswanto (D)



James Egan (D)


Monday, March 2nd

8:00 AM

Lorna Agdeppa (L)


Tuesday, March 3rd

8:00 AM

Dorothy Shanley (D)


Wednesday, March 4th

8:00 AM

Deceased Member of the Ucelli Family


7:30 PM

Priest’s Intention


Thursday, March 5th

8:00 AM



Friday, March 6th

8:00 AM

Virgilio Carnero (L)


Saturday, March 7th

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention


5:00 PM

Abelardo & Hortensia Rodriguez (D)


COLLECTION TOTALS - February 22, 2009

First Collection Total - $4,379.50
Second Collection Total -
$1,671.00 (Special Projects)

Our Second Collection this Sunday is for our Archbishop’s Annual Appeal Pledge.
Next Sunday our Second Collection is for Catholic Charities. 

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:

Pat Dunleavy.

Our prayers are with them and their families.

Thank you to James and Eleanora Rivera and all the volunteers who invited parishioners to sign the FOCA (Freedom of Choice Act) postcards after all the Masses on February 7th & 8th. We had a total of 267 signatures! We thank all for their hard work on this most important campaign.
During Lent, we will celebrate Mass on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m., and Friday evenings there will be Stations of the Cross at 7:30 p.m.

Lenten Fast and Abstinence

During the season of Lent, the whole Christian community enters into a journey of conversion. The three Lenten practices from earliest times are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are universal days of fast and abstinence in the Church. Fasting means that Catholics 18 to 59 years of age are expected to eat only one full meal and two other, smaller meals, not to equal a full meal. Catholics 14 and older are expected to abstain from meat (beef, poultry, pork) on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays of Lent. Let us enter into this holy season of grace, opening ourselves to God’s presence and praying for the catechumens and candidates preparing for the Easter sacraments. If you have a serious health condition which prevents you from fasting, you are excused.

The Gospel of Mark

March 14th 7:30 p.m. Mater Dolorosa Church

Save the date for a spectacular and dramatic presentation of scripture, light, and movement making the scripture come alive in a fresh way with music, lighting and costuming. See this week’s bulletin flyer for more details, or call the Rectory Office at (650) 583-4131.

Immaculate Heart Radio’s On-Air Pledge Drive will be held Tuesday, March 10th through Thursday, March 12th from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day at Immaculate Heart Radio’s Live Studio located at Mater Dolorosa’s Parish Hall in South San Francisco.

Please join the Immaculate Heart Radio Staff for our upcoming Pledge Drive. Meet Catholic radio personalities, be interviewed live on the radio, pray the Rosary with our staff, and participate in Adoration. You will enjoy fellowship with Catholics in your area, talk with listeners and witness their testimonies, and experience the joy and peace that comes from sharing your Catholic faith. Refreshments served all day. Free giveaways!

Spaces are limited: Sign up for any time between the 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pledge Drive. Call Debora Heinrichs at (866) 774-3278 ext. 221 or email her at Thank you for your support of our Catholic faith!

Coming Soon! “Faith Café ”

Every Tuesday, 3:45 PM -5:00 PM or 7:30 PM-8:30 PM
March 3rd through April 7th

As you prepare for Easter,
see the magnificence of God’s extreme love for you!

All adults 18 years and older are invited to spend six weeks exploring a deep and never-ending love meant just for you – a love that began with God the Father became visible in God the Son, and lives in each of us today through God in the Holy Spirit. Join in any day or any time. This small group discussion in the Parish Hall explores the salvation story in six parts:

Extreme Need
Extreme Commitment
Extreme Sacrifice
Extreme Mercy
Extreme Glory
Extreme Love

Please join us, and plan to make this a part of your Lenten Journey.


Every Sunday, beginning March 1st through April 5th—11:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall.
For more information, contact Rachael Smit at (650) 588-8175