Message From the Pastor

Conflicts, Persecutions, Refugees, & Immigration: Toward a Catholic Response

It seems that no matter how one gets the NEWS, one cannot escape the fact that there is a great deal of national and international strife, with the fall-out being much human suffering. Pope Francis has been speaking about this since his election. Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga of Honduras addressed our National Bishops’ Conference on Migration July 7th. Below are some recent reflections from both Pope Francis and Cardinal Maradiaga:

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Addressing Mary as "mother of refugees," Pope Francis offered prayers for the millions of people in the world forced to flee their homelands, and he asked Catholics to reach out to them with assistance and a real welcome. "Remember, Jesus was a refugee; he and Mary and Joseph had to go to Egypt to save his life," the pope said June 18 at the end of his weekly general audience. "Pray to Mary who knows the pain of being a refugee." Anticipating the U.N.'s World Refugee Day June 20, Pope Francis led an estimated 30,000 people in praying the Hail Mary for all those "forced to leave their homelands to flee conflicts and persecution."..."Let us be close to them, sharing their fears and their uncertainty about the future and concretely alleviating their suffering."

WASHINGTON, DC—Cardinal Maradiaga: "Many of these children [coming to the USA] are from my own country, Honduras. They flee gangs who want to induct them into a life where they will surely die a violent death at a young age... Fear, grinding poverty and no future mean we are losing our lifeblood – our young people. .. And what are WE doing to help these migrants? While the Italian navy is dredging up bodies from the Mediterranean and thousands are dying in the sands of the desert between Mexico and the US and in the Sahara, many people are burying their heads in the sand. This is the very thing Pope Francis warned us about: "the globalisation of indifference". Migration is here to stay. There will always be people who seek to enter wealthier and more stable countries to find safety, hope and opportunities. While there is inequality, poverty and suffering in many nations people will have no option but to leave if they want themselves and their families to prosper. It is a question of human rights but also, quite simply of humanity."

Gratefully, Father Philip Waibel, OSB, Pastor

Events

MEN'S RETREAT

Mark you calendars for July 18, 19, & 20th , 2014. The cost is $75.00 . Retreat starts on Friday July 18th at 6:00 PM With dinner and ends at noon on Sunday, July 20th. For questions please contact: Daniel Traeger 971-338-3075 or Norm Zollner 503-930-9400 This year’s theme is “ A Father’s role in Evangilazation”. Sleeping arrangements can be made upon request. Items you need to bring for this outdoor event are: Sleeping quarters- be it a tent, travel trailer or motor home. Your Bible and Rosary. All meals are included in the cost of the retreat. Retreat will be held at : 21750 Lewellen Rd Beavercreek, Or 97004

ST. MARY PARISH PICNIC

Sunday, Aug 3, 2014 following the 11 am Bi-Lingual Mass. No 10 am or 12:30 pm Mass at St. Mary. There will be 10 am Mass at Holy Rosary. Parish Picnic will be on the grounds of St. Mary Public School.

Prayer & Service

The parish picnic is on Sunday, August 3rd after an 11am Mass. Please mark your calendars. Bring your whole family, big and small, for an afternoon of food, family and fun! Watch the bulletin in the coming weeks for more details. See you on August 3rd!

Contact Meghan Bischoff
503-551-2907 or email mbischoff4@gmail.com

Liturgical Schedule

Daily Morning Prayer & Mass
at 6:50 am St. Mary
Week-End
Saturday Vigil - 5:30pm
Sunday - 7:30am, 10:00am
Sunday Spanish - 12:30pm

Holy Rosary Mission
Sunday - 10:00 am

Holy Days of Obligation
St. Mary - 7am & 5:30pm (7pm Spanish)
Holy Rosary - 7:00pm

Confessions - 3:30 - 5pm

Upcoming Readings

July 27th, 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

1st Reading - 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 (109A)
2nd Reading - Romans 8:28-30
Gospel - Matthew 13:44-52 or 13:44-46

Virtue First - Living Life Heroically

TENACITY: Tenacity is having the strength of mind and spirit to stick to one's purpose. This is closely linked with discipline. Tenacity is the quality that enables one to follow through on goals and be slow or unwilling to give up on them.

(2 Timothy 4 : 7) I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

"Prayer gives vision in the secret place, intelligence in work, sense in judgment, courage in temptation, tenacity in adversity, and joyous assurance in the will of God. —-The Path of Prayer, Samuel Chadwick

Volunteers Needed

If you are interested in being a shift leader in the parish Oktoberfest booth please contact Meghan Bischoff to see what shifts are available.

Watch for Oktoberfest sign-up sheets in the vestibule. Please prayerfully consider how you can help our parish out during this busy festival.

Contact Meghan Bischoff online or call 503-551-2907