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Pastor's Note| 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time| June 21, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 6/19/20

Think of a time when you were in darkness: a sin, for example, or when you felt abandoned by God or your prayers seemed dry and your spiritual gifts seemed covered over. What did Jesus say to you at that time (perhaps through scripture or friends or a homily ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ| June 14, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 6/12/20

This Sunday we celebrate the Sacrament of the Eucharist and the reason why we believe it is truly and physically the presence of Jesus.

In the first reading, we're reminded that God our Father always provides the food and drink that we need for survival in the desert days ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Solemnity of The Most Holy Trinity| June 7, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 6/05/20

On the first Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate and honor God's character as the Most Holy Trinity. The first reading shows us the Father as he parented the baby nation of Israel. We see that he is "a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Pentecost Sunday| May 31, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/29/20

Pentecost Sunday

            "Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth." This is our prayer in the responsorial Psalm for Pentecost. It's the reason the Church can exist and continues to exist. We live in the age of the Holy Spirit.

            Without the power ... Read More »

Important Parish Update| May 22, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/22/20

Parish Update-May 22, 2020

We hope this finds you doing well.  

We have an office cell phone number while we are working out of the office. We don’t always catch the phone or messages in the office on a daily basis. Please call 971-470-8259 to reach Parri.

Fr. Ben ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| The Ascension of the Lord| May 24, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/22/20

The Ascension of the Lord

            In the Gospel reading for this Sunday, Jesus states the Great Commission. He still repeats it today and at the end of every Mass when, through the priest, he sends us on our way. "Go," he says. "Go and make disciples wherever I ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 6th Sunday of Easter| May 17, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/15/20

In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit is our "Advocate". Some scholars translate the word to "Counselor". In the original Greek, it means "called alongside". It's closely related to the verb "parakaleo" ("to call" or "summon") from which we get "Paraclete" as a name ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Fifth Sunday of Easter| May 10, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/08/20

This Sunday's Gospel reading ends with a very astounding verse: "Whoever believes in me will do the works I do, and greater far than these." What does he mean? How can we do the same -- and greater -- miracles than Jesus himself did?

            The answer is found in the ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Fourth Sunday of Easter| May 3, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/01/20

Are you at an impasse in your spiritual growth or emotional healing or a difficult relationship? Do you need a breakthrough? Do you feel stuck behind a fence that's keeping you on the outside of peace, joy, satisfaction, or healing?

            This Sunday's Gospel reading tells us that Jesus ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Third Sunday of Easter| April 26, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/24/20

Third Sunday of Easter

            The two disciples in this Sunday's Gospel reading did not recognize Jesus until after they heard him explain the scriptures and then broke bread with him. It was a two-part process.

            First, while listening to him teach about the scriptures, only their hearts ... Read More »