St. Mary
Catholic Church
In the Benedictine Tradition since 1881
Parish Contact
Main Office: 503-845-2296
Fax: 503.845.2297
Faith Formation: 503.845.4282
Email: click here
FAITH FORMATION (Grades K-12, Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation Years 1 & 2)

Time to Register for Faith Formation & Sacramental Preparation! Please remember that you need to register for both years of preparation. For the 2020-21 year, Sacramental Prep for all Sacraments will be available on-line. We hope to include in-person meetings, as well, but please mark on your form if you prefer on-line only, at this time. We look forward to a great year!

– Katie & Mrs. Berna

Preparing for and receiving Sacraments in the Catholic Church is an important commitment. It is a commitment shared by the person receiving the Sacrament, parents and family, local catechists, staff and clergy, as well as the wider Church. And since this commitment takes place in the context of a community of faith, the local parish, it is an important and on-going relationship. In order to help deepen our relationships with one another as a parish community, St. Mary Parish expects that parishioners (households) be registered and actively participating in parish life as part of the preparation for receiving the Sacraments.

As a means of assisting everyone to have a deeper relationship within the local parish, at a minimum, it is important that members of a household be registered and participating in the weekly Eucharist (Mass) and volunteering at the parish for at least three months prior to beginning catechesis for Baptism; six months prior to beginning catechesis for the reception of First Reconciliation (Penance)* and First Eucharist*; and a year prior to beginning preparation for receiving the sacraments of Confirmation** and Marriage**. Each of these intervals allows us to get to know one another and to form and educate members of our parish community appropriately and well for the worthy reception of the Sacraments, which are expressions of our faith and outward signs instituted by Christ to give Grace.

*A full year of catechesis and preparation is needed. If a child is attending an accredited Archdiocesan Catholic School, it is presumed that preparation has been a regular part of the curriculum.
**Additional guidelines are available for the preparation and reception of these Sacraments.

Sacramental Preparations

  • Baptisms:
    • Preparatory classes are available both in English and Spanish according to the monthly published schedule. We welcome all inquires. A Baptism cannot be scheduled until classes for parents (and if possible godparents) have been fulfilled, the necessary papers are on file in the parish office, and an ongoing relationship has been established with St. Mary Parish. Details are available from the parish office: 503.845.2296 or 503-845-4282.
  • First Reconciliation:
  • First Communion:
  • Confirmation (Youth):
      • Sophomores to Seniors in High School wishing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation should be active in Youth Group one year prior to starting the Confirmation Sessions, which begin in September and end in April, with Confirmation taking place in April or May.  For additional requirements and guidelines, please contact: Katie Beaubien-Franchini (503.845.4279, St. Mary 2019 Confirmation Plan 

    Confirmation Calendar 2019-2020 Year 1
    Confirmation Calendar 2019-2020 Year 2
    Youth Confirmation At-Home Material (updated 3.17.2020)

  • Confirmation (Adult): Contact Parish Office: 503.845.2296
  • Marriage: Contact the Parish Office: 503.845.2245
    • By Archdiocesan policy, a couple needs to contact Father Philip Waibel, OSB, pastor, at least six months in advance of the proposed wedding date in order to arrange for the required preparation classes, planning of the ceremony, music, and paperwork. This applies to both English and Spanish wedding ceremonies. If there is a previous marriage involved, a date cannot be set until the freedom to marry in the Church is established. Additional and detailed policies and forms are available from the parish office: 503.845.2245.  Use of the parish center for receptions is scheduled and handled separately through the parish Business Manager.
  • Anointing of the Sick:
    • If you or a member of your family or a friend is planning to undergo a surgical or other medical procedure (or suffering from a chronic condition, or undergoing long‐term therapy), please call the parish office and Fr. Philip Waibel, O.S.B. will arrange a mutually convenient time to celebrate this sacrament. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick can be celebrated at the church or at your home in English or Spanish. In emergencies or unforeseen situations, Fr. Philip will either go to local hospitals or care centers or arrange with local priests in the area. The parish also arranges communal celebrations several times during the year. For further information, please call the parish office: 503.845.2296.
  • Reconciliation / Penance:
    • In addition to the weekly scheduled times (Saturday from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.) the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Penance can be celebrated individually by calling the parish office at 503.845.2296. The parish arranges for communal celebrations of reconciliation during the seasons of Advent and Lent, with individual confession. Please make note of these dates and make every effort to attend when they are announced.

Other Rites and Ceremonies celebrated in the Parish

Rites for the Dying; Funerals & Funeral Vigils; Receptions:

  1. If a loved one is very ill or dying, please make sure the parish is notified. In addition to the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Communion as “Viaticum” is a special and traditional means by which the Church wishes to give Eucharistic strength to the dying. And even if the person is unconscious, an “Apostolic Pardon” of sins is available for the dying person.
  2. Please contact the parish when a loved one has died. Working with the family and funeral home, the parish will strive to make every accommodation for funerals. Generally speaking a Funeral Mass is held at 10:00 a.m. in the parish church of St. Mary’s. (There is also an option for celebrating a Funeral outside of Mass.) After the funeral rites at the church, the committal rites usually follow right away at the local cemetery, or if at another cemetery, at a later time.
  3. A Vigil for the deceased is generally held the night before also at the church, but for good reasons or a previously scheduled liturgy or event at the church, the Vigil can be held at another chapel or other suitable place. The Vigil can at times include the recitation of the Rosary.
  4. A Reception is often held at the parish center following the rites at the cemetery. It can be simply coffee / juice / cookies, etc.; or if a luncheon is preferred, separate guidelines worked out by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas apply. These guidelines are available at the parish office.

Contact Person: Father Philip Waibel, OSB, 503. 845.2296

Eucharistic Ministers for the Home-bound:

Contact Person: Sr. Dorothy Jean Beyer, OSB (503.845.2296)


Contact Person: Cristo Cervantes (503-845-2296)

25th & 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebrations

Contact Person: Father Philip Waibel, OSB, 503. 845.2296

Blessings for homes, vehicles, etc.

Contact Person: Father Philip Waibel, OSB, 503. 845.2296