St. Francis DeSales Cathedral

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This week's schedule

Sat 26                    9 AM - 10 AM - Confessions in Cathedral

                                    6:00 PM - Mass in Cathedral


Sun 27                  9:00 AM - Rosary in Cathedral

                                  9:30 AM - Mass in Cathedral

                                   2:00 PM - Mass at Halfway

Mon 28                 9:00 AM - Mass in Hospital chapel

Tue 29                  7:30 AM - Mass in day-chapel

Wed 30                 9:00 AM - Mass in Hospital chapel

Thurs 31               7:30 AM - Mass in day-chapel

Friday 1                6:00 AM - No Mass and No Adoration

                             9:00 AM - Mass in Cathedral, All Saints

                             12 noon - No Divine Mercy chaplet and


                             7:00 PM - Mass in Cathedral, All Saints


Sat 2                      9 AM - Mass in Cathedral, All Souls

                             10:30 AM - 11:30AM - Confessions in Cathedral

                                    2:00 PM - Mass at Halfway

                                    6:00 PM - Mass in Cathedral


Sun 3                  9:00 AM - Rosary in Cathedral

                                  9:30 AM - Mass in Cathedral


                               Readings for the Week


Oct.  28 - St. Simon and Jude Ephesians 2:19-22; Luke 6:12-16  

Oct.  29 - Romans  8:18-25; Luke 13:18-21

Oct.  30 - Romans  8:26-30; Luke 13:22-30

Oct.  31 - Romans  8:31b-39; Luke 13:31-35

Nov.   1 - All Saints  Revelations 7:2-4, 9-14; 1 John 3:1-3,

                                   Matthew 5:1-12a

Nov.   2 - All Soul’s  Isaiah 25:6, 7-9; Romans 6:3-9;  John 6:37-40


Mass Intention - Oct.  28, 2013 - Nov. 1, 2013

Oct.   28 - Deceased Members of the St. Francis Altar Society

Oct.   29 - †Lavelle Long by the Atkinson

Oct.   30 - For Cancer Patients and their caregivers

Oct.   31 - Safe Halloween activities

Nov.    1 -  9:00AM & 7:00PM - For the parishioners of St.                                                               Francis de Sales Cathedral 


Collections for October 20,  2013

Cathedral:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Offertory:   $  3,280.59                   

SOC:                250.00                                                                    

PAC:         $       90.00             

Food Bank:  $175.00  


Mission: St. Therese:

Offertory  $  335.00    



Collections for October 13,  2013


Offertory:   $  3,886.60        SOC:    $   60.00                                                                    

PAC:         $       10.00         Food Bank:    $ 115.00

Mission: St. Therese:

Offertory  $  337.00  



Collections for October 6,  2013


Offertory:   $  3,660.12     SOC:     $  865.00                                                                    

PAC:         $   195            Food Bank:  $ 335.00       

Mission: St. Therese:

Offertory  $  206.00                 SOC  $   0  



Collections for September 29,  2013


Offertory:   $   1,964.00       SOC:     $   300.00                                                                    

PAC:         $        90.00       Food Bank:    $  200.00    

Mission: St. Therese:

Offertory  $   143.00                SOC  $   25.00  





October 27, 2013 - Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time


    November 1, 2013 - All Saints 7:00PM


Music:             Lisa Fuzi

Acolyte:          Art Corona

Announcer:     Francis Mohr

Head Usher:    Hal Huntington

Reader:            Gail Ward

Extraordinary Ministers:

                         Fr. Greiner - H

                         Deacon/Acolyte - H

                         Jim Berka

                         Cathy Berka

                         Betty Dahlen

Altar Servers: 

                         Katie Huntington, Danielle McCauley and Sam McCauley             


November 3, 2013 Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time


Music:            Youth Choir

Acolyte:          TBA

Announcer:     Tay  Mohr

Head Usher:    Francis Mohr

Reader:            TBA

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:

                        Fr. Greiner -H                     

                        Deacon /Acolyte - H

                        Roger Coles                                                

                        Dawn Coles

                        Al Hausotter

Altar Servers:

                       Luke Stearns, Lily Hoelscher and Henry Hoelscher 


General Fund

“In everything give thanks.” Thessalonians 5:18

We are truly thankful for the beautiful Cathedral and parish we have in Baker City.  Fr. Julian and the staff have done a wonderful job of providing for our community while maintaining expenses within our established budget.  However, as you can see from the budget comparison below showing revenues and expenses through September 30th, the offertory has declined almost $ 7,000 so far this year compared to last year. We are not able to cover all parish expenses at this time.  We are hoping that the last quarter of the year will bring an increase in the offertory in order to cover expenses so we will not have to use parish savings to meet our obligations.

                                     2012                                                2011

Offertory                  $104,856.89                                    $111,669.80

Other Inc.                $  23,011.72                                     $  25,318.51 


EXPENSES            $148,720.31                                     $144,866.03


INC or (LOSS)       $ (20,851.70)                                   $ (7,  877.72) 



Announcements from this week's Bulletin

                        Welcome Fr. Robert Greiner

Our Parish family is pleased to welcome our new Rector and pastor Fr. Robert Greiner.  Fr. Robert comes to us from St. Joseph Church in Prineville, OR. 

Fr. Robert was born in Heppner and grew up in Condon, OR and ordained for the Diocese of Baker in June 1993 at St. Peters Catholic Church in The Dalles by Bishop Thomas Connolly. He has served at Sacred Heart in Kalmath Falls,

St. Bridget of Kildare in Nyssa and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Prineville. 

He also serves as priest-moderator of the Office of Pro-Life Activities and serves on the Presbyteral Council.

Welcome to St. Francis de Sales Cathedral!


Bulletin Notes

Fr. Julian’s Address Information:  Father Julian’s new address will be:  Parish Office address -  St. Francis of Assisi  2450 NE 27 St., Bend, OR 97701.  Phone - (541) 382-3631.  Rectory address - 494 NW Lava Road, Bend, OR 97702.  Phone - (541) 382-6654. 


Turkey Dinner Information: The Turkey dinner preparation are in full swing and the dinner date will be here soon!  Tickets are going fast.  The 4:00PM tickets are all sold out and the 2:00PM tickets and the 3:00 PM Take Out tickets are going fast also.  If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, please contact Del Tholen at (541) 523-3430.  If you have tickets on hold, that need to be paid for, please contact Del and make arrangements to pick them up as soon as possible so we can have an accurate count for ordering supplies and knowing how many people to plan for  each setting. 

If you would like to help with pumpkin pie baking, bread tearing for the stuffing, volunteering to work a shift the day of the dinner or to donate money toward the purchase of the turkeys, please contact Lisa Ward at (541)519-7727. 

Once again the turkey carcasses will be available on a first come - first served basis and you can let Lisa Ward  know that you would like to take one home after the dinner.  


EWTN News - New Fall Series:  New series and new episodes of your favorite series are heading your way this Fall on EWTN!  Tune in for Fr. Timothy Gallagher, host of the best selling series, “Living the Discerning Life,”  returns with “Finding God in All Things:  The teaching of Ignatius Loyola on Daily Prayer,” which airs 4PM ET Sundays and 5:30PM ET Thursdays; as well as “Conversations with Cardinal Dolan,” president  of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops;  “Mother Teresa:All For Jesus;” and many others.  Please check our website,, for  dates and times and a full list of upcoming programs.  


RE Notes

Gospel Reflection - October 20, 2013

In today’s Gospel, Jesus points out that a loving and concerned God will respond to our persistence.  In Jesus, time, widows were very poor and they depended on others because they

Could not inherit their husband’s land or business.  According to Jewish law, prosperity could only go to a son or a brother.  Widows were not considered to be very important


You need to keep praying to God and not give up.  You must remember that sometimes the answer to prayers is “no” or “not yet”, not because God does not love you or want to give you what you are praying for, but because, for some reason, what you are asking for is not good for you right now.  God who is all good and not like the bad judge, will always answer your prayers if you are asking for what is good for you or for others.    


Safeway Card Renewal Time

It time again to renew your Safeway cards.  This program is a great help for our RE program.  From August 2012 to August 2013 the RE program received $ 1,182.41 which helped to buy craft supplies, classroom staples and books (which cost from $15.00 to $20.00 each).  We have 112 families signed up for the Safeway e script program. Only 13 of those signed up have youth is our RE program, so we need more RE families to sign up too.  I will renew your Safeway card for you again this year.  Call if you do not want me to renew your card.  A great big, huge thank you for you support with the e script program.

Knights of Columbus News


Next Knights Meeting - November 21,2013

The next general meeting will be on November 21, 2013 in the St. Francis Parish Hall at 7:00PM.

 The Knights meet on the third Thursday of each month. The meetings are open to all men in our parish. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Knight, contact JR Vela, our new Grand Knight or any Knight for more information.  You can also contact Steve Bachman at 542-523-5178 or 541-519-6276.



Please join us for Bingo every Sunday from 2 PM till 4 PM. The Black out is at $345


Welcome Fr. Robert Greiner

Knights of Columbus, Chapter # would like to welcome

our new pastor Fr. Robert Greiner.  We look forward to having you as part of our chapter!


Food Bank - 2013

Total                      Visits            Adult      Child

1st Quarter             128                   2               1

2nd Quarter             85                    2               1

3rd Quarter             134                  2               1


Total Visits 2013     347 





Rachael Pregnancy center

is celebrating 20 years of service to Baker County and surrounding areas.


When:  Saturday, October 26 from 1-4 PM

Where: Rachael Center, 2192 Court Ave., Baker City

             Light refreshments served


Please COME, SEE and EXPERIENCE Rachael Center


Meet the Center staff and Board of Directors

Gain first-hand knowledge of the ministries provided

Tour the Center facilities


The last few words from Father Julian

Once again, I want to thank all the parishioners here at the Cathedral for all the blessings we shared over the past 8 years. As I shared with you during my last homily last Sunday, our paths will cross again, at least once a year during the Chrism Mass, and I pray that you can continue to collaborate with Fr Rob Greiner to make this parish the beautiful community that it has been and still is.

My new e-mail is     I will start using it after October 17.

In case you want to check on me, the parish website of St Francis in Bend is   and my blog remains the same  

I will place a new post every day, and there will always be something interesting and enriching for you to reflect on. Excuse the next few days as I settle down in my new parish, but after this week, things should be back to normal. May God bless you and all your families, and know that you will always be in my prayers and my thoughts.



Memories Scrapbook for Fr Julian

As Father Julian suggested last weekend, he would love to have a memory page from every family here in our parish. Simply prepare an 11 by 8 sheet with reflections, pictures and any other memories you like to share. Even if you have not prepared a page for this weekend, you can still drop them off at the office whenever you can.

All the pages will be placed in a plastic sheet and eventually in a binder, and if you like to do back and front, that’s fine too. If you like some ideas, 2 sample binders from Fr Julian’s previous parishes will be on display at the office until Wednesday October 16.                                     



Some great websites to check occasionally:

Fr Julian’s blog:

News from the Vatican:

Diocesan Website:

A website with more news from the Vatican, Pope’s speeches, homilies:


Morning Prayer

Dear Lord, so far I have not hurt anybody,  I have not cursed anyone, I have not experienced any confrontation with anyone, I haven’t stole anything, and thankfully I haven’t killed anybody either.

But in a few moments, I have to get out of bed,

and then I will need all the help I can get. AMEN.


Prayer before bedtime

As my head rests on my pillow,       

let my soul rest in your mercy.

As my limbs relax on my mattress,

let my soul relax in your peace.

As my body finds warmth beneath the blankets,

let my soul find warmth in your love.

As my mind is filled with dreams,

let my soul be filled with visions of heaven.

Thank you Lord for another day!




Some interesting websites

Here are some interesting websites that are my favorites:


Fr Julian's Blog      

Our diocese:          

Our parish:             

Catholic news:        

Catholic Lists, etc:  


Front pages:           

Baker Museum:      

The Bible:               

Daily reflection:       

Fr. Julian’s site:       

And just for fun:      


Notes from Father Julian

These are my last few notes I will share with you through the Bulletin. It was my pleasure and honor sharing with you various reflections and notes weekly. I always believe in the power of a Parish Bulletin. It’s not just for information, scheduling notes and for presenting what’s coming up, but it’s a priceless tool for teaching. Just as I share with you daily reflections in my homily and offer you various PowerPoint talks throughout the year, the       Bulletin has been a source of information throughout the past 8 years. If you only browse through some of the older copies, you’ll know what I mean.


The extra page I used to share with you weekly was stopped because of the Diocesan Chronicle, but I supplemented that page with my daily blog, which I started on January 5, 2012, and which I know many parishioners have looked at regularly. There have been so far over 65,000 hits, and I know that most visitors come back and tell others about it. I hope you can continue to check it out as I move to my new parish. Excuse the next few days of logical and expected adjustment, until I settle down in Bend, but it should running back on a daily basis in a few weeks.


I want to thank Carole Watt as well as Tammy Skidmore who did the planning and running of the weekly Bulletin from the office, and I’m sure they will continue to do great work at the office, besides the pain-staking task of doing the scheduling of ministers, coordinating the Religious Ed program, helping with luncheons, the Food Bank and so much more that is often unpredictable, unplanned and unexpected. I thank also Cathy Berka our bookkeeper who monitors our finances efficiently and pays our bills to make everyone happy. I am grateful also for our Deacon Jim Watt, for his personal support to me, his insightful homilies, of courses helping with my taxes, and seeing him as a heavenly angel on Christmas night when Bishop Cary asked me for a bottle of wine while driving him back from Halfway during a blizzard.


My thanks go to our Acolytes, volunteer teachers, Folk Group, Choir, Youth Choir and Spanish Folk Group, altar-servers, many Eucharistic ministers and readers, sacristans and ushers, the members of the Altar Society and the Knights of Columbus, members of the Parish Council and the Finance Council, the volunteers of our Food Bank, church decorators and so many others who work from their heart without expecting any acknowledgement, but I am grateful for them just as well.


Many people will look back at my pastorate here and remember mostly the sanctuary renovation we did in 2007, but I hope you can also remember the spiritual renovation that this parish went through over the past 8 years. Many parishioners have returned to their second home, new converts were welcomed, and others have solidified their faith and commitment to their church and to their faith. As I told you in the very beginning, “there are no strangers here, only friends you’ve not yet met.” And as I look out to the congregation every Sunday, I see many stories of joy and of pain, of re-unions and reconciliations, of heartbreaks and resurrections, stories of love and forgiveness, of new life being born on earth, and lives being born in heaven.


I cherish all that went on here and I hope and pray that you can now continue on your journey with Fr Rob Greiner. I met him this past week and even though he could not come earlier to see the place, I explained to him all that is going on, and I’m sure you can continue to collaborate with him. He comes after 20 years of priesthood mostly spent in Nyssa and Prineville, and of course he’s been here many times for the Chrism Mass.


I say Sorry to anyone whom I have offended or hurt by anything I did or said. Sometimes corrections were necessary, but I tried to do them gently. I say Thank You for all the blessings you have brought to me, and for letting me become an important part of your lives. I say today I Love You, because you will always have a special place in my life and in my heart. May God bless you all.


My new e-mail is I will start using it after October 17. In case you want to check on me, the parish website of St Francis in Bend is       and my blog remains the same


Fr Julian “.,.”


October 13 – this day is the anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, which took place in 1917. On that day, Pope Francis will be consecrating the whole world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I will also consecrate the entire parish during the weekend Masses with a special prayer. We will also have a special Rosary starting at 8:30 AM on that Sunday morning. Prayers and reflections will also be included and we encourage everyone to attend. We usually have a nice generous crowd for the 9 AM Rosary we say every Sunday, and I hope more people will try to attend this special Rosary, which will end by 9:15 AM.


Papal Tweets - Pope Francis has been tweeting regularly and these are some of his recent tweets, which are now reaching thousands of people. They are short messages that make you think.

Oct 1 - Do we truly pray? Without an abiding relationship with God, it is difficult to live an authentic and consistent Christian life.

Sept 30 - Where we find hate and darkness, may we bring love and hope, in order to give a more human face to society.

Sept 24 - Let us ask the Lord to give us the gentleness to look upon the poor with understanding and love, devoid of human calculation and fear.             

Sept 21 - True charity requires courage: let us overcome the fear of getting our hands dirty so as to help those in need.

Sept 19 - We are all sinners, but we experience the joy of God’s forgiveness and we walk forward trusting in his mercy.     

Sept 17 - There are many people in need in today’s world. Am I self-absorbed in my own concerns or am I aware of those who need help?                                                                       

Sept 15 - Seeking happiness in material things is a sure way of being unhappy. .

Sept 14 - Sometimes it is possible to live without knowing our neighbors: this is not Christian.        

Sept 13 - Jesus is the sun and Mary is the dawn announcing his rising.                                        

Sept 12 - To follow Jesus means to share his merciful love for every human being.  

Sept 11 - The only war that we must all fight is the one against evil.                             

Sept 10 - Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace!         

Sept 9 - We ought never to lose hope. God overwhelms us with his grace, if we keep asking.            

Sept 6 - Peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs all of humanity.           

Sept 5 - There is no such thing as low-cost Christianity. Following Jesus means swimming against the tide, renouncing evil   and selfishness.               

Aug 31 - Let us ask Mary to help us fix our eyes intently on Jesus, to follow him always, even when this is demanding.

Pope to canonize Blessed John XXIII, John Paul II April 27 - Pope Francis announced he would declare his two predecessors saints at a single ceremony April 27, the second Sunday of Easter, which happens to be Divine Mercy Sunday. The pope made the announcement Sept. 30 at the end of an "ordinary public consistory," a gathering of cardinals and promoters of the sainthood causes of the two late popes. The consistory took place in the context of a prayer service in Latin and included the reading of brief biographies of the two sainthood candidates. Blessed John Paul, known as a globetrotter who made 104 trips outside Italy, served as pope from 1978 to 2005 and was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on Divine Mercy Sunday,  May 1, 2011. Blessed John XXIII, known particularly for convoking the Second Vatican Council, was pope from 1958 to 1963; Blessed John Paul beatified him in 2000. Asked by reporters if retired Pope Benedict would participate in the canonization ceremony, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, told reporters it was possible, but given the retired pope's preference for staying out of the public eye, he could not say for sure.


 13 Prayers to remember (part 2) – in this Year of Faith, the Bishops of the United States suggested these 13 prayers that we should all try to remember, possibly memorize and teach to our children. The first 6 were printed last week, and here are the other 7.


The Memorare - Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother; to you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful; O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. AMEN.

Act of Faith - O my God, I firmly believe that you are one God in three divine persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I believe that your divine Son became man and died for our sins, and that he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the holy Catholic Church teaches, because in revealing them you can neither deceive nor be deceived.

Act of Hope - O my God, relying on Your almighty power and infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Your grace and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen.

Act of Love - O my God, I love you above all things with my whole heart and soul because you are all good and worthy of all my love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of you. I forgive all who have injured me and ask pardon of all whom I have injured. Amen.


Act of Contrition - O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life.


Another version of the Act of Contrition. My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against You, whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with Your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In His name, my God, have mercy. AMEN.


Prayer to Your Guardian Angel - Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom his love commits me here, ever this day (night) be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. AMEN.


Prayer for the New Evangelization- Heavenly Father, Pour forth your Holy Spirit to inspire me with these words from Holy Scripture. Stir in my soul the desire to renew my faith and deepen my relationship with your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ so that I might truly believe in and live the Good News. Open my heart to hear the Gospel and grant me the confidence to proclaim the Good News to others. Pour out your Spirit, so that I might be strengthened to go forth and witness to the Gospel in my everyday life through my words and actions. In moments of hesitation, remind me: If not me, then who will proclaim the Gospel? If not now, then when will the Gospel be proclaimed? If not the truth of the Gospel, then what shall I proclaim? God, our Father, I pray that through the Holy Spirit I might hear the call of the New Evangelization to deepen my faith, grow in confidence to proclaim the Gospel and boldly witness to the saving grace of your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, for ever and ever. Amen.

13 Prayers to remember(part 1) – in this Year of Faith, the Bishops of the United States suggested these 13 prayers that we should all try to remember, possibly memorize and teach to our children. I will share with you the first 6 today, with the other 7 coming next week.

The Apostles Creed- I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell.  The third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


The Our Father - Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.


Hail Mary - Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb

Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death Amen.


Glory Be - Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, forever and ever. Amen.


Magnificat - “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;

He has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed; the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his name.

He has mercy on those who fear him, from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm and has scattered the proud in their conceit,

Casting down the mighty from their thrones and lifting up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty.

He has come to the aid of his servant Israel, to remember his promise of mercy,

The promise made to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children for ever.” (Luke 1: 46-55)


Canticle of Zechariah - “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us. To show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant, the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.   And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (Luke 1:68-79)


From Fr Julian’s kitchen – I thought of sharing with you some of my recipes, which have been tried successfully over and over again. The ingredients are in italics and bold print.


Hobz biz-zejt – this is a Maltese snack which can be made into a meal in itself. Toast some sliced bread like French bread and smear tomato paste on top of each slice. Then in another bowl, mix together any of these vegetables, diced very small, the size of peas: lettuce, tomato, cucumber, radishes, onion, garlic, black olives, green olives, scallions, carrots, red and yellow pepper, capers, artichoke hearts. Add some salt and pepper, some dried thyme, olive oil and vinegar, and mix well. Then all you have to do is place a spoonful of the mixture on the bread, spread and eat!


Val’s surprise dish – Cook half a packet of bow ties, boil for 12 minutes. While the pasta is cooking, sauté a diced onion and 4 cloves of diced garlic. After 5 minutes add some chopped up mushrooms. After everything is soft, add a can of 15 oz chicken broth, 4 spoons of Philadelphia cream cheese and mix until the cheese is melted. In the meantime, prepare some diced cooked ham, half a can of black olives, quartered, and half a cup of raisins. Add everything together and put the pasta on top – mix well, without crushing anything. Towards the end you can add a chopped up tomato too, and some grated cheese. Serve with crusty toasted bread. (This was given to me by a parishioner in John Day, whose name was Valencia or Val)


Chicken with mushrooms – In a Dutch oven or any pot you may have available, place 4 to 6 chicken thighs and brown in some oil. After browning the chicken on both sides, add a chopped up onion and 3 diced cloves of garlic, and cook them with the chicken. When they become soft add a cup of dry white wine and leave to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Then add a 28 oz can diced tomatoes, a teaspoon of tomato paste and sprinkle some oregano. Simmer for another 20 minutes. Lastly add 10 to 12 chopped up or sliced mushrooms, some salt and pepper, and let simmer uncovered for another 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with bread.


Music during the summer months – as we did last year, we will have cantors leading us in the music, and for this I thank Silvia Kreger, Lisa Fuzi, Connie Colvin and Hedy Andersch who kindly volunteer to lead the singing. I have invited a few High School students to lead on a few occasions, and so I thank Gracie Hardy, Katie Vela and Darryn McCauley for willingly volunteering to lead the singing, and I encourage you to support them by singing loud and clear. As usual we thank the members of our Folk Group, the Youth Choir, the Spanish Folk Group as well as the Cantors who lead the music on Sundays.


Morning Prayer – Lord, you have given us this day as an opportunity to draw close to you. As I prepare for the activities ahead, I take this moment to accept your gift and ask that you give me the grace I need to be transformed into the person you want me to be. I know this may not happen all at once, but in this moment I surrender to your will. When I stray, please Lord, lead me back to you. I thank you for the refreshment of a good night’s sleep. Renewed to face the day, I have much to accomplish in these next few hours. Strengthen me as I go about my day, and help me to pause to acknowledge you as the source of all that is good in the world. May I serve you today and each day of my life until you call me home. Gracious Father, I am trying to discern and follow your will, but the way seems cloudy. I have faith in you, but I am uncertain about how to proceed in some very important areas right now. Help me to make the best choices I can, knowing that your Holy Spirit will always lead me by the right path.


Evening Prayer – Thank you Lord for the blessings of this day: the work and the play, the people and the events, the beauty and challenge of being your disciple. As I look back on all that has happened, send your Holy Spirit to show me where I failed to do your will. May I also know your abundant mercy and the forgiveness of all my sins. Lord, free me from the cares of the day so that I can receive much needed rest. Let me not worry about all that is out of my control but instead trust in you. I pray that tomorrow will present new opportunities to change what I can and to accept what I cannot. I place my hope in you and pray that I will never be parted from you. Almighty Father, you are the source of all that is good and holy. Grant me the gift of a good night’s sleep so that I may be renewed and strengthened to fulfill my obligations tomorrow.


A popular blog – we recently hit 65,000 hits to my blog which is now in its second year, with daily posts containing reflections, meditations, news on currents religious events, photos and interesting information about the Catholic church. People from Russia, the Philippines, England, Germany besides Malta and the USA check it out daily. Some parishioners have told me that they miss my inserts in the Bulletin – but then I tell them that my blog has much more information and reflections which they can save, read when they want, and besides, it’s a daily entry, with beautiful pictures and photos, all within a click of a button. Check it out at Also make sure to check past posts, from last year and earlier this year. You will be surprised what you will find, and there’s always something new, fresh and updated. Presently it’s getting around 160 hits daily.


Parish Financial Report for 2012 (General Fund December 2012)

INCOME                              2011                                   2012

Offertory                             $159,999.41                    $159,288.91

PAC Collection                    $  12,995.00                   $  11,899.74

Mission of Halfway Income  $    7,200.00                    $    7,200.00

Miscellaneous income           $  12,369.19                    $  14,231.49

Transfers                                                                      $  12,500.00

TOTAL INCOME             $192,563.60                   $205,120.14



Payroll                                  $83,273.56                    $87,660.80

Operating Expenses              $45,219.53                    $54,222.91

Insurance                              $17,651.84                    $21,377.38

PAC to Diocese                   $21,000.00                     $20,000.00

Utilities                                 $25,731.90                      $23,252.74

TOTAL EXPENSES         $ 192,876.83                   $206,513.83

Profit or Loss                      ($313.23)                         ($1,393.69)


Dedicated and Restricted Funds (Balances - December 2012)

Support Our Church (SOC)  $ 41,351.87                   $ 30,999.78

Memorial Fund                      $ 64,672.28                   $  57,738.56

Rental Property                      $ 14,987.08                   $  16,083.65

Scholarship                            $   8,558.47                   $   8,234.19

Gym                                       $  19,758.10                 $  24,296.48

Charity                                   $  20,861.22                  $  19,229.54

Food Bank                             $  12,889.54                  $    8,619.67             

Total                                     $183,078.56                  $165,201.87          


Catholics still largest Congress denomination - The 113th Congress has a few more Catholics, the first Buddhist in the Senate and the first Hindu to serve in either chamber. It's a historic high for the number of Catholics in Congress, with 163 (out of 535 members – 435 in the House and 100 in the Senate), although that's just two more seats than the previous high point, when there were 161 Catholics in the 111th Congress of 2009-10. That's an increase of seven seats over the 156 Catholics had in the 112th Congress. Since at least the 1960s, Catholics have been the single largest denomination in Congress. Although when Protestant denominations are counted together, they still constitute the largest number of members, at 56 percent. Another analysis finds that alumni of Jesuit colleges and universities account for nearly 10 percent of all members of Congress.

Catholics now make up slightly below 31 percent of Congress, while they account for about 22 percent of the U.S. population. The new Congress, which opened Jan. 3, includes 136 Catholics in the House of Representatives, 75 of whom are Democrats and 61 of whom are Republicans. The 27 Catholic senators are comprised of 18 Democrats and 9 Republicans. Pew counted 31 freshman members of Congress as Catholics, about 37 percent of the class. The next largest  denomination in Congress is Baptists, with 9 percent of freshmen and 15 percent of incumbents. Overall, Baptists account for 14 percent of the 113th Congress, with 73 total seats, up from 68 seats in the previous session.

From the Visitors’ Book – back in August 2010, I placed a Visitor’s Signature Book in the vestibule of the church, so that visitors can sign their names, with the town they come from and any comments they may want to write. So today I decided to share with you some of the comments that were written over the past 2 years, and without mentioning names, I will include the towns or cities where they came from. As you can see, all the comments are positive to show how people appreciate the Cathedral, as well as the services we offer.

Bolder City, NV – Beautiful, Inspiring; Shelton WA – Truly God’s church;  Placitas NM – Beautiful building; Sausalito CA – Inspiring and Grand; Fort Myers FL – Thank you;  White Castle LA – Beautiful church and Mass; Vancouver WA – God bless your community; Boise ID – The church is extraordinary; Hampshire, United Kingdom – Lovely, Sacred place;

Honolulu HI – Awesome, holy;  Cologne Germany – So beautiful, praise God; Pistol River OR – Wonderful; Chicago IL – Glorious; Verona Italy – Very Good this Cathedral!; Poland - Truly a magnificent church.


Fair Oaks CA – Love visiting you!; Seattle WA – Beautiful church and families; Detroit MI – So beautiful; Lebanon OR – Absolutely beautiful – reminds me of when I was a small child in 1950; Paso Robles CA – Beautiful, thank you God; Roswell NM – Thank you!; Chattaroy WA – Hopefully, in 8 years I’ll be ordained a priest here!; Portland OR – Just passing through; Lacey WA – May God be always praised; Damascus Christian School, OR – Beautiful Cathedral; Eugene OR – Would have loved to be at Mass; Bothel WA – Very nice; Export PA – Lovely building, lovely Mass, lovely music and peace; St. Petersburg FL – Very beautiful; Phoenix AZ – Lovely Mass in beautiful building; Puyallup WA – Good teacher, thank you for being here; Portland OR - Thanks for leaving the doors open.


Austin TX – Warm, accepting parish – God’s Love is here; Cave Creek AZ – A beautiful and special Cathedral; Milwaukee OR – Very pretty; Klamath Falls, OR – Lovely stained glass windows; Dana Point CA – So moving!; Meridian ID – Beautiful, I was moved to tears, thank you!; Ruidoso NM – Thanks for the military display/remembrance; The Netherlands – Awesome!; Idaho Falls ID – Gorgeous! Wow!; Westbank BC Canada – Truly beautiful; Mahopac NY – Beautiful and Serene; Lausanne, Switzerland – Blessed; Buhl ID – Inspiring; Wilson Creek WA – I’m in awe; Cornelius OR – What a beautiful church!; Golden CO – Serene and absolutely beautiful; Moses Lake – A holy place;


Kennewick WA – Glad to be back!; Collbran CO – Inspirational;  Caldwell ID – Very cute!; Tigard OR – Great Day!; Gearhart OR – Stunning; Rochester MN – So peaceful; Mt Angel OR – Lovely church, awesome; Emmitt ID – Always nice to visit; Auburn WA – God is truly here!; Ritzville WA – Amazing; Sioux Falls SD – Great; Mountain Home ID – A great experience; Seattle WA – Lovely Cathedral, beautiful stained glass windows; Tulsa OK – Incredible; Kirkland WA – Deus caritas est (God is Love); Weiser ID – God bless you all; Flowery Branch GA – Hallelujah; Laguna Beach CA -  Best wishes, love you!; Coeur d’Alene ID – the most beautiful, tasteful church around!; Ren Bluff CA – Magnificent!; Loveland CO – Good homily; Durango CO – Beautiful building and impressive celebration.


Gilbert AZ – Lovely, lovely, lovely service; Palmyra NY – Good homily; Payson UT – Wonderful energy in this place; Fallon NV – loved the stained glass; Hunter CA – what a gem you have in your community; Depoe Bay, OR – Inspiring beauty; Snoqualmie WA – great beauty and peaceful atmosphere; Anchorage AK – Very nice – thank you!; Ellsworth KS – I love it! I used to be an altar boy; Denver CO – Beautiful windows; Pine Haven WY – Wonderful church.


How dare you? – I used this quote recently in one of my homilies, and I share it with you, as some people had asked for a copy: 


Oh you who could not put one star in motion,

Who could not build one mountain out of earth,

Or trace the pattern of a single snowflake,

Or understand the miracle of birth.

Presumptuous mortal who cannot alter the universe in any way,

Or fashion one small bud or release one tiny raindrop,

Or toss one cloud into a sunny day.

Oh earthling who could never paint a sunset,

Or cause one dawn to shine,

Oh weakly man who cannot create a single miracle,


How dare you doubt the only one who can?


Catholics in the USA – This is a list of how many Catholics are there in each state. In most of the states, the Catholics are the largest denomination:

Alabama 6%  Arkansas 5% Arizona 25% California 31% Colorado 19%  Connecticut 43%  Delaware 27% Florida 26% Georgia 12% Idaho 18% Indiana 18% Iowa 25% Illinois 32% Kansas 23% Kentucky 14% Louisiana 28%  Maine 29% Maryland 18% Massachusetts 43% Michigan 23% Minnesota 28% Mississippi 9% Missouri 18% Montana 23% Nevada 27% New Hampshire 29% New Mexico 26%  New Jersey 42%  New York 39% North Carolina 9% North Dakota 25% Oklahoma 12% Oregon 14% Pennsylvania 29% Rhode Island 43% South Carolina 8% South Dakota 25% Tennessee 7% Texas 24% Utah 10% Vermont 29% Virginia 14% Washington 16% Washington DC 18% West Virginia 7% Wisconsin 19% Wyoming 23% (The percentage of Catholics in Hawaii and Alaska were not given, but I imagine they would be anywhere between 15% and 25%)   (from USA Today)


Social media and our parish – As many of you know, the social media have overtaken our lives, in the way we communicate with one another, the way we share information and the way we interact with one another. The world has really become a global village, and of course we have to take advantage of the means of communication that are available to us. We no longer just read newspapers and magazines on paper, or watch a few hours of TV, or run home to call a friend, or wait for the mail to arrive at home. We can call anyone from anywhere, send messages within a few seconds, read just about everything on the Internet and news does not travel fast anymore – news is just in your ears as it happens, within milliseconds! People keep in touch through Facebook and talk to each other around the world through Skype, both of which I have stayed away from, at least for now.

Unfortunately there are people who use these media to disseminate a lot of evil, even against our Catholic church, including against our Diocese and our parish. Bloggers feel they have the right to judge, criticize and pass sarcastic remarks against Bishops, priests and everyone else they don’t like. This is what recent Popes have called the ‘culture of death’ and is to be condemned. There is a lot of beautiful reflections, teachings and images one can share, but to spread evil comments and criticize everything one doesn’t like is nothing but the work of Satan. Shame on these people who are causing so much harm to the church. Young people too have to be careful what they share, because once a message, an image is posted on Facebook or other social media, it’s out there in cyberspace and you cannot retrieve it. It’s always wise to be cautious and careful.

So the Church has to keep up with the advances of the modern media and use it to spread a message of love and hope. As you know we have our parish website which I manage regularly, having the entire Bulletin posted every week, plus plenty of news I share with you and photos I take as I drive around. The website address is in the front of the Bulletin.

In January of last year I also started a blog, sharing reflections, some references to my homilies, insights and food for thought, besides of course photos and an occasional watercolor which I paint in my free time. You can check this blog at this address, and there is an entry just about every day, not too long, but something to think about and pray about - It is my duty to communicate with you in all the possible means. I know many people check the Bulletin through our website and that’s why I have to keep it updated regularly with correct information. With the invasion and ease of IPhones and IPads nowadays, people keep in touch with incredible ease, and I believe that the church has to keep up with the times. And so does our own parish here at the Cathedral, so does our Baker Diocese, and so do I.


Some important statistics – According to the Vatican, the Catholic religion is the largest denomination in the world. Between the years 2000 and 2008, it increased by 11.4%; from 1,045 billion in 2000 to 1,166 billion in 2008. The largest increase occurred in Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, all this thanks to the missionary work done over the past 50 years by European missionaries. The increase of Catholics was thus noted: in Africa – 33%, in Europe – 1.2%, in Asia - 15.6%, in Oceania – 11.4% and in North and South America – 11%. This also means that the number of Catholics in Europe went down from 26.8% to 23.3%. Regarding the number of priests serving the world, the number of priests world-wide increased from 405,179 to 409,166 during the same period, but the number of priests in Europe went down by 7%.

The following numbers show us how the world’s population is changing in various parts of the world, with Asia having more people than all the other continents put together, and with Africa having half of Europe’s population in 1950, but will be double that of Europe by 2025.

                         1950                         2005                           2025                                % in 2005         

Asia            1,436,893,576                   3, 913,642,171            4,753,366,405                            60.70%             

Africa            227,332,997                       891,437,541             1,327,428,990                           13.80%           Europe          546,415,793                        729,341014                711,525,502                           11.30%              

N. America   220,857,588                        512,422,558               618,801,943                              7.90%               

S. America    111,384,890                        371,271,037               447,180,663                              5.80%          

Oceania           12,476,128                          32,744,469                 39,685,917                               0.05%         



Our beautiful Icons – you have noticed that we now have a nice collection of Icons which we are displaying in front of the side podium and rotate them from time to time. Some of them were purchased by the parish, while a few were donated by parishioners, in memory of their loved ones. Anyone interested in buying an Icon for the parish, they are only $50 each, and I have a nice colorful catalogue you can browse through and chose from. I will place a label in the back of the Icon with your name and in memory of whom you are donating the particular Icon. Among the popular and beloved Icons we have one each of St. Paul, St. John Baptist Vianney, St. Francis of Assisi, the Holy Family, the American saints, Jesus with the children, the Resurrection, the Suffering Jesus.


By the numbers:

41,406 – number of diocesan and religious priests in the United States.

28,067 – number of diocesan priests in the United States.

13,339 – number of religious priests in the United States.

                         (Franciscans, Jesuits, Dominicans, etc)

5,029 – total number of seminarians presently enrolled in seminaries in the United States.

3,284 – total number of seminarians in diocesan seminaries.

1,781 – total number enrolled in religious orders seminaries.


Praying for all families in the New Year

Loving Father, we ask for your blessing as we start a New Year, a new decade. We pray for our families, our children in all their innocence, our young people in all their enthusiasm, our seniors in all their wisdom and experience. We pray for all spouses that they will cooperate with each other as they strengthen their families in the midst of a wave of materialism. May they find the strength and motivation to make every day ever more meaningful, especially we remember single parents or young couples with a few children, as well as those looking for adequate jobs. We pray for countries still involved in wars and conflicts, so that people, civilians and service people will not suffer any more. May God bless all the families in our parish and mission churches, that they will continue to collaborate and participate in our religious functions, especially those preparing to receive a special sacrament like Marriage, First Communion and even Confession. Be with us Lord, during the New Year, and we ask your Blessed Mother to protect us from all harm and keep all our families and children safe.


On the feast of the Immaculate Conception, I shared with the congregation this prayer I wrote to the Blessed Mother, in a title I created for her protection of all of us in Baker County….


A Prayer to Our Lady of Baker County

Most Blessed Mother, we pray through your intercession to God Almighty. Keep the people of our beloved county healthy, safe, respectful of each other and helpful towards one another.

We ask your protection on our children, and along with their parents, remind them to honor you by their presence at church and their religion classes. We pray for our youth, and keep them away from any danger that tempts them, driving fast, smoking and drinking alcohol, and especially the drug-oriented culture. In the high-tech world they live in, encourage them to communicate with their parents and friends, not by texting messages and by phone-calls, but by the simple act of talking face-to-face, by playing games that created community spirit and appreciation of the human spirit.

We pray for those who are struggling at this time, single mothers with 2 to 4 children to feed, young people without jobs, for young girls who are premeditating an abortion, heart-broken grandparents who have to care for their grandchildren day and night, discouraged individuals who tragically end their lives to the heartbreak and inconsolable guilt of their loved ones left behind. Give them hope and light in the midst of their darkness.

We ask your protection on those who work outdoors in cold weather, ranchers and farmers, forest service people, loggers and other workers, as well as the cattle, horses and other vulnerable animals. Guide our public service officers and those who serve us so faithfully in our county.

Blessed Mother, you who raised Jesus with St Joseph with so much love and affection, inspire all parents and families to instill in their children a sense of God. May they collaborate with their pastors and religious leaders to be true example to others. Give courage to those who are suffering from cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, AIDS and other illnesses. Be a source of strength for them and their caregivers. Above everything, be our role model of love, fidelity, compassion, tolerance and forgiveness. AMEN.


Statistics and Numbers– every year, a Catholic directory published by P. J. Kenedy & Sons, known as the ‘Kenedy Directory’ gives details and figures of all the parishes in the USA. It’s a thick book which we usually purchase every 6 years, since most of the details do not change. In it one finds addresses of each parish, and statistics, some of which I share with you hereunder:

- The total number of Catholics in the USA equals 68,115,001, or 22% of the entire US population. This is an increase of 1 million Catholics over 2008. There are presently 41,489 priests in the country, both diocesan and religious. The 189 seminaries nationwide are training 4,973 students. There are 60,715 religious sisters on record, and 4,905 religious brothers. The past year witnessed the launching of 91 new parishes, putting the total number at 18,674.  Some 85,293,351 patients were served by 562 Catholic hospitals, while 3009 Catholic social service centers assist 27.2 million people annually.

- Infant baptisms equaled 887,145, and adult baptisms numbered 42,629. Those people who were already baptized Christians but came into full communion with the Catholic Church numbered 81,775. Catholic organizations in the United States provide an estimated $28.2 billion in services through institutions represented by the Catholic Health

Association ($5.7 billion), Catholic Charities USA ($3.5 billion), and the National Catholic Education Association ($19.8 billion). These figures do not include assistance provided through parishes and other organizations such as the Knights of Columbus.

- Over 722,000 students are in high school religious education programs, while over three million are in elementary school Religious Ed. There are 6,133 Catholic elementary schools and 1.6 million students. The country’s 1,341 Catholic high schools educate over 674,000 students, while 234 Catholic colleges and universities serve over 795,000 students.


Life without God - How frequently we take the presence and intervention of God in our lives for granted. Our days will go on, but without GOD, our week could very well be: Sinday, Mournday, Tearsday, Wasteday, Thirstday, Fightday & Shatterday.


Some statistics -                      World                                         USA

Catholics                                   1,115,000,000                            64,400,000

Archdioceses                            539                                              36

Dioceses                                   1,908                                           164

Priests                                      406,411                                        41,449

                  - Diocesan             269,762                                        27,971

                  - Religious              136,649                                       13,478

Priestly Ordinations (2007)       6,614                                           456

Deacons                                   33,391                                         15,409

Religious Brothers                     54,708                                         5,015

Sisters                                       760,529                                       63,699

Parishes                                     217,616                                      18,634

Parishes without a pastor            52,509                                        3,238

% of parishes without pastor       24.13%                                       17.4%

(Catholics comprise 25% of the military. 155 members of Congress and 130 House members are Catholics. 25 of the 100 Senators are Catholics)


In the fullness of time…..God sent His only Son, born of a woman.

In the fullness of time…..the Son obediently accepted death, death on a cross.

In the fullness of time…..we will share in the joys and promise of Our Risen Lord.

May the Joy of Easter be in your hearts, in your homes and spread throughout our parish community. I thank all those who helped to make our celebrations of Holy Week so meaningful and beautiful. Bishop Vasa himself commented how organized everything was in our liturgies, and so my gratitude goes to our Deacon, all the Ministers, Acolytes, readers, altar-servers, ushers, sacristans, decorators and all those who somehow collaborated to prepare for this special week in the Cathedral.

His Hands – healed the sick, so that we can know His compassion . . .

His Hands – held a child, so that we could know His kindness . . .

His Hands – touched the oppressed, so that we could know His concern . . .

His Hands – bore two nails, so that we could know His love for us . .

Pro-Life prayer

Lord – You are the Lord of Life. We thank You for the life you gave us all. We thank You for your care and your guidance. Help us to appreciate and treasure this great gift, so that we can protect it from the very first moment of creation until natural death. Remind us always to take care of our lives in places of work, with careful driving in our streets, reasonable control in our drinking u smoking, and abstaining from all drugs. And all this with special respect towards the dignity of the human person. Encourage us Lord to be true defenders of human life, this we ask through Jesus Christ, our Lord.



The Generous Farmer


There once was an old farmer who was constantly bragging about how generous he would be if he were only rich.  One night God sent an angel to test him.


The angel asked, “If you had $1million dollars, would you share some with God?”  “Of course I would, answered the man without hesitation.


“If you lived in a mansion, would you let God have a room?” The angel asked.  Again the man quickly answered, “Absolutely.”


Finally, the angel asked, “Would you let God use your old horse out back?”  The man thought for a long time and finally answered, “No.”  “Why not?” asked the angel.  The man

answered, “Because that horse is the only one I have and I need him.”


You see … it is more difficult for many people to be generous with things that they actually have than it is with riches they hope to have someday!

News to share –

Washington - “On Eagle’s Wings,” the musical reworking of the 91st Psalm by Father Michael Joncas, topped all other songs in an online poll asking which liturgical song most fostered and nourished the respondent’s life. Here is a list of the most popular 25 hymns or songs.

1. On Eagle’s Wings                                     10. Ave Maria                                               19. Shepherd me, o God

2. Here I am, Lord                                        11. We are called                                           20. Ave Verum Corpus

3. Be not afraid                                             12. Let there be peace on earth                     21. Lord of the Dance

4. You are mine                                             13. I am the Bread of Life                            22. One Bread, One Body

5. How great Thou art                                   14. The summons                                         23. Tantum Ergo

6. Holy God, we praise thy name                 15. Panis Angelicus                                      24. Hosea

7. Amazing Grace                                          16. The Servant Song (Galliard)                  25. Pange Ligua

8. All are welcome                                         17. Pescador de Hombres

9. Prayer of St Francis                                   18. The Servant Song (McCargill)


The online poll was sponsored by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. The poll was featured in a recent issue of its membership magazine, Pastoral Music, and respondents could vote for only one song. No songs were listed on the Web site to give them suggestions. About 3,000 people took part in the poll. 670 different songs were mentioned, which shows the wide variety of people’s likes.

Prayer for those who live alone

I live alone, dear Lord. Stay by my side in all my daily needs.

Be my guide every day of my life.

Grant me good health, for that indeed I pray.

To carry on my work, from day to day.

Keep pure my mind, my thoughts, my every deed.

Let me be kind, unselfish in my neighbor’s needs.

Spare me from fire, from flood and malicious tongues.

From thieves, from fears, and evil ones.

If sickness or accident befall, then humbly Lord, I pray,

Hear my call when I’m feeling low, or in despair,

Lift up my heart and help in my prayer,

I live alone, dear Lord, yet have no fear, because I feel your presence ever near. AMEN.

Prayers for Justice and Dignity for Migrants

Loving God, Creator and Lord of all, Your love reaches beyond borders and boundaries to form us into one family, Your very own daughters and sons. You have been present throughout history to those who have needed to leave their homelands: Abraham, Sarah, Ruth, and Moses.  You willed that even the life of Jesus, Your Son, would be filled with unplanned travel and flight.  We Ask You to open our hearts to see the face of Jesus in people of all nations and cultures.  Watch over migrants, refugees, and all people on the move that they may find hope in our concern for justice and feel the warmth of our love for them as our sisters and brothers so that they will be strangers no longer.  We ask this through Christ, our Lord.                                                                                                

                              Mary, Our Lady of Refuge, pray for us.


Food Bank Helpers Needed!!

Help is needed this summer at the St. Francis de Sales Food Bank.  If you are 15 years old or older and you can volunteer 2 hours once a month, we can use you.  We need help filling bags and stocking shelves.  Please contact:

John or Barbara Haytas at 523-2638 or the  Parish Office at 523-4521. 


  For your Information

The yearly expense to run our parish is $240,000.00.  We need approximately $4,600.00 in weekly offertory to cover these expenses. 

Attention Knights Widows

If you would like assistance with spring gardening projects the Knights are volunteering to help you.  Please Call Hal Huntington at 523-2114 if you have projects or questions.


     Please remember to include your name on the new offertory envelopes.  We cannot give credit to you if you give cash without your name. 

                                                                                                         Thank you !!







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