Please Join Us! Sunday night rosary with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 6:30 to pray for our country. A talk will be given by Bishop Peter Smith following the Sunday rosary on Jan 18th.

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Please note to your right—the Mass times for December 8th, Immaculate Conception, is a HOLY DAY of OBLIGATION = have to go to Mass day. And on your calendar for later in the week, also to your right, is the December 11th, Advent Penance / Reconciliation Service at 7 PM. We plan on having 10 Confessors and it should not exceed one hour. Leave when you need to after individual confessions.

To conclude a retreat on Advent Gregorian Chants Mass will be celebrated in Latin--(Novus Ordo)-- @ St. Mary's by Schola Cantus Angelorum.

Retreat Information: https://www.mountangelabbey.org/calendar-retreats

Message From the Pastor

Pope Francis: Message for Advent

Pope Francis during the Angelus from the window of his studio above St Peter’s Square recalled the second Sunday of Advent saying that it was a wonderful time "that awakens in us the expectation of Christ's return and the memory of his historic coming."

Focusing on the day’s liturgy the Holy Father said that it presents us with a hopeful message. Quoting from the Book of Isaiah "Comfort, give comfort to my people, the Pope explained this reading is about a time of joyful liberation and salvation, and a time of looking ahead with confidence to the future

He went on to say that Isaiah refers to people who went through a dark period, but now the time for comfort has come. Sadness and fear give way to joy, said Pope Francis because the Lord himself leads his people to the path of liberation and salvation. But, the Pope also underlined that we cannot be messengers of God's comfort if we do not experience the joy of being comforted and loved by Him.

Pope Francis noted that Isaiah's message of comfort, that resounds on this second Sunday of Advent, is a balm on our wounds and an incentive to diligently prepare the way of the Lord.

Many situations, said the Pope, require our comforting witness. "I am thinking about those who are oppressed by suffering, injustice and oppression, about those who are slaves to money, power, success, and worldliness. We are all called to console our brothers, testifying that only God can eliminate the causes of existential and spiritual dramas."

This prophet, he continued, speaks to our hearts today to tell us that God forgets our sins and comforts us if we entrust ourselves to Him a with humble and repentant heart. God, said Pope Francis, "will bring down the walls of evil, will fill the holes of our omissions, will flatten the bumps of pride and vanity, and will pave the way for our meeting with him."

Gratefully, Father Philip Waibel, OSB, Pastor

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

Dec 21st, 4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

1st Reading - 2 Samuel 7:1 - 5, 8b - 12.14a, 16 (11B)
2nd Reading - Romans 16:25 - 27
Gospel - Luke 1:26 - 38

Respect Life News

Are you pregnant? Do you need help? Have you been hurt by abortion? Please visit our respect life page!

For resources and information. Please join us at the Oregon Right to Life Education Foundation Dinner and Auction on Saturday, September 27th, at the Keizer Quality Suites starting at 5pm. For more information call 503-463-8563, or on line at www.ortl.org or email ortl@ortl.org.

Prayer & Service

Thank you to everyone who gave time and donated to this year’s auction. I am so grateful for having the opportunity to work with such a wonderful parish. This year’s auction would not have happened without each and everyone one of you. Thank you to our auction team, table sponsors, kitchen crews, beverage crew, Joe and Kathy Traeger, Junior Catholic Daughters, and FBYC. You all played a huge part in our success!

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