St. Francis DeSales Cathedral

Community Services

The Memorial photos for Jessica Ellis, Mary Margaret Hansen and Mayce Collard have now been moved to the new link "IN MEMORY OF"

Here are some of the services our parish offers to parishioners and other members of the community.

Hospital & Nursing Home Ministry

Priests and Eucharistic Ministers regularly visit the home-bound parishioners at their homes, in Nursing Homes or Assisted Living complexes. Mass is celebrated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 AM in the St. Elizabeth's Hospital Chapel.

On the first Wednesday of each month, the Mass is an Anointing Mass, where anyone suffering from any form of pain, physical or mental, is invited to attend and be anointed.

Prison Ministry
Mass is celebrated for Catholics at the Powder River Correctional Facility on Thursdays at noon. Other services are available to the inmates on an as-needed basis. Several times during the year, an inmate work crew provides us with help in cleaning up and preparing for upcoming celebrations, particularly at Christmas and Easter.

Community Blood Drive

A Blood Drive is held every 2 months locally. Many parishioners donate blood regularly, and Fr Julian encourages everyone to donate blood, as he has been doing since 1984. On June 26, 2012 he donated his 100th pint, and below are three pictures of that milestone. The last picture shows him being presented with a certificate a carry-all bag by Colleen Brooks, the organizer of the Blood Drive.

Food Bank
The Parish Food Bank is opened on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 AM till 12 noon.

Anyone in need may visit the food bank up to 4 times per year. No income verification is required, though we do require that participants show their identification. Parishioners and the community at large contribute generously to the Food Bank.
Funds are received each year from FEMA to provide some groceries. Several groups in the Baker City community organize food drives several times a year, and the St. Francis de Sales Food Bank receives donations from these drives.

Utility Assistance
The Parish has a Charity Fund that enables us to help those in need with rent, utilities, gas and food vouchers, and bus transportation out of town. Individuals or families do not need to show any income verification, but are limited to receiving $100 in aid per family per year. If a person is suspicious-looking, a Sheriff's verification may be required.

Counseling, Spiritual Direction and Confession

Father Julian is always happy to speak to you and listen to your concerns and help you with some timely advice. Some parishioners also seek spiritual direction from one of the priests. Confession is always available on Saturdays from 9 AM till 10 AM and any other time by appointment.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Meetings are held in our parish as listed here:

Alcoholics Anonymous:

Tuesdays from 7 to 8 PM in the Parish Hall

Saturdays from 8 to 9 PM in the Parish Hall

Turkey Dinner

On one of the Sundays in Novemebr, we organize a Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings, as well as a selection of pies at a low price. We usually serve two dinners, one at 2 PM and the second at 4 PM. Make sure you get your tickets in advance because this is a hot ticket in town, as you can see from these photos..






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