Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church
Fourth Sunday of Lent
March 22, 2009 - Bulletin

Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!

Psalm 137


We are reminded by these readings that we will be judged as a people, not just as individuals.

First Reading: 2 Chronicles 36:14-16
The wrath and the mercy of the Lord are revealed in the exile and liberation of the chosen people.

Second Reading: Ephesians 2:4-10
Though dead in your transgressions, by grace you have been saved.

Gospel: John 3:14-21
The Son was sent by God so that the world might be saved through him.



Sunday, March 22nd

8:00 AM

Jose & Cayetana Alonzo (D)


10:00 AM

Tim McAuliffe (D)



People of the Parish


Monday, March 23rd

8:00 AM

Mrs. Smurlo (D)


Tuesday, March 24th

8:00 AM

Mario Cid (D)


Wednesday, March 25th

8:00 AM

Gert Morgan (L)


7:30 PM

Priest’s Intention


Thursday, March 26th

8:00 AM

Priest’s Intention


Friday, March 27th

8:00 AM

Lorna Agdeppa (L)


Saturday, March 28th

8:00 AM

Mike Heenan (D)


5:00 PM

People of the Parish


COLLECTION TOTALS - March 15, 2009

First Collection Total - $4,979.00
Parish Improvement Fund -

Our Second Collection this Sunday is for Catholic Relief Services.
Next Sunday, our Second Collection is for St. Vincent de Paul.

Thank you for supporting your parish
and your Catholic Church!

Holy Week Schedule

Easter Confessions:
Deanery Penance Service at Mater Dolorosa
Thursday, April 2nd at 7:30 p.m.
Individual Confessions:
Saturday, April 4th from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Palm Sunday, April 5th:
Vigil Mass: Saturday, April 4 at 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Masses at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., & 12 Noon
Palms will be distributed after all the Masses

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week:
Mass at 8:00 a.m.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday Evening

Holy Thursday, April 9th:
Pot Luck Dinner in the Hall at 6:00 p.m.
Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 p.m.
Visit the Blessed Sacrament in the Parish Hall until 10:00 p.m.

Good Friday, April 10th:
Reflections by Deacon Jim Myers from 12:00 Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Stations of the Cross at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Liturgical Service at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 12th:
Vigil Mass: Holy Saturday, April 11th at 8:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday Masses:
8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon, (Easter Egg Drawing in the
Parish Hall for all Children after the 10:00 Mass).

Dear Friends,

For 40 days, Jesus fasted and prepared to proclaim the Good News. Long before Jesus, Moses and Elijah had their 40 day fasts. It rained on the earth and on Noah’s ark for 40 days, and the earth had a new beginning. For 40 years, the people of Israel wandered in the wilderness of the Sinai Desert toward the Promised Land. In the Bible, the number 40 means that something important is taking place.

We entered Lent 3 1/2 weeks ago with ashes on our heads, and for these 40 days we fast in various ways, perhaps by eating less food and forgoing treats. We give alms, which means that we find ways to share what we have, our time and our goods. In these ways, we remember our Baptism and so try to grow more deeply in the Christian life.

Each Sunday during Lent, we listen to some of the most important stories in the Gospels, and we pray for the people who will be baptized on the greatest night of the year, when we celebrate the great Vigil of Easter. As we move into this second half of Lent, may we realize God’s great love for us by freeing and saving us from sin and death.

Have a great week!

Father Brian

Prayer in Chaos, Commotion, and Clutter by Kathy Coffey
Thursday, March 26th
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Mater Dolorosa Parish Hall

Are you too busy to pray? Yet, do you feel a nagging need for it? Many people share the dilemma—longing for a spiritual center that gives meaning and depth to even the craziest days. We know we have a great need for prayer, yet we also face tremendous constraints on our time. Let’s take time now, in a session that will explore how prayer can occur in ordinary ways and commonplace locations, in settings when we’re stressed as well as in tranquil retreats. Please RSVP to Rachael Smit at (650) 588-8175 (you may leave a message).

“Faith Café ” at Mater Dolorosa Church

ADULT FAITH CAFÉ Every Tuesday, 3:45 PM -5:00 PM or 7:30 PM-8:30 PM Through April 7th

For this week: Extreme Mercy—Matthew 27:15-26

TEEN FAITH CAFÉ Every Sunday, through April 5th—11:00 a.m. Call Rachael Smit for more information at (650) 588-8175

April 25, 2009 – 6:00 p.m.
Mater Dolorosa Parish Hall

Please join the members of The Society of St. Vincent de Paul for their 6th Annual International Dinner which will be held on Saturday, April 25th at 6:00 p.m. (after the 5:00 p.m. Mass) in our parish hall. Tickets will be available after all Masses on March 21 & 22nd.

Prices for tickets are:

$12.00 per adult
$ 8.00 for children ages 5-12
Free for children ages 4 and under

After April 15th prices for tickets will be:

$15.00 per adult
$10.00 for children ages 5-12
Free for children ages 4 and under

For more information, please call:

Cathy Duran 650-619-4793
Terry Keller 650-583-3385 or
Jo Ventura 650-992-6493