When you plan to head out for a vacation, don't forget Mass. In order to help you find the most local Catholic Church and subsequent Mass times, check out this web site: MassTimes.org. Once there, all you need to do is first select the state on the map or type in the name of the city. Then the map will hone into the local parishes. From there, select a parish and you can then get the Mass times as well as directions if the parish supplied them. You can also begin by selecting the diocese and then narrowing down your location from there.
Become An Automatic Giver
With all the stresses of life, St. Anne's has an option to help you donate in am easy, no-hassle, safe, and effective way. This process is technically called ACH (Automatic Clearing House) whereby a parishioner authorizes the Church to make regularly scheduled withdraws from his/her bank account. Simply, download the ACH Authorization form, fill it out, return it to the office with a voided check, and that's it. I you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Alan Crews, our business manager.
In addition to the safety factor of ACH, it is also quite "green." An enormous amount of natural resources are consumed in the production, transportation, processing and disposal of paper checks. That's why paying bills electronically always ranks high on any list of actions an individual can take to improve the environment. Since the year 2000, the powerful trend toward electronic payments has already produced more than a 50 percent decline in check use. As you consider the payment method you use to make your regular offering, we hope that you will think about the unique connection between financial and environmental stewardship.
Download the form here: Word format (Requires M.S. Word) or PDF Format (requires a PDF reader such as Adobe Acrobat)
St. Patrick Of The Forest's 150th Anniversary Mass with Archbishop Sample
CAVE JUNCTION (Catholic Sentinel)— Lorraine Saffer has shaken the hands of a half dozen archbishops during their visits to this small town in the woods near the Oregon-California border. It all started in the early 1950s, when Archbishop Edward Howard blessed a simple white house of worship after Catholics had met for Mass in local homes for years. Saffer, 80, was a teenager then, daughter of a local farmer.
Now she's the matriarch of St. Patrick of the Forest.
Archbishop Alexander Sample, who visited Monday for the 150th anniversary of the mission, made it clear to Saffer and the other 105 housholds here that St. Patrick's remoteness from Portland does not mean it's forgotten.
December 13, 2014 - If you are searching for meaning in this world of confusion, please come and check out the Catholic Church. If you feel that in all of your searches, nothing has brought you to fulfillment, but rather left you still empty and wanting, then maybe the Catholic Church is for you. We're made of saints and sinners, young and old, rich and old. We love Jesus Christ who is our Lord and Savior. We strive to follow the teachings of the Apostles of Jesus. We are fed by the Sacraments, the Scriptures, and prayer. Though not perfect in our personal lives, we pray that we may increase our faithfulness. Maybe you are being called home to the Faith of our Fathers. Seek us out. Kick a pew. And if you have any questions, call and ask to speak with a priest. We'll do what we can to make that connection or a connection with someone who can help.
November 29, 2014 -St. Anne's has partnered with Michael John Poirier, a Catholic musician and storyteller, to help people from all walks of life with the gift of music and stories in the journey of Advent.
Each week of Advent, we will be offering a link to two free downloads from Michael John's "PrayerBreaks" as a way to offer encouragement and healing.
Prayerbreaks is where...
... the sorrowing can find comfort
... the empty can be filled
... the confused can find peace
... and the weary can find strength
As you listen, pray, and reflect, you can always hear more as well as purchase and become a montly subscriber to BreakBreaks by going to prayerbreaks.org
October 26, 2014 - Death can be a frightening prospect. Coupled with suffering, it can be even more frightening. What is the proper human response in the face of death? How can we find meaning in an earthly existence that ends in death?
Assisted suicide offers the illusion that we can control death by putting it on our own terms. It suggests that there is freedom in being able to choose death, but it fails to recognize the contradiction. Killing oneself eliminates the freedom enjoyed in earthly life. True autonomy and true freedom come only when we accept death as a force beyond our control. Our lives and our deaths belong in the hands of God who created and sustains us. Through the suffering, death and Resurrection of His Son, Jesus, we know that death is not the final word. Eternal life awaits all those who entrust themselves to God.
Life is a gift from God, and we have only one opportunity to live the life we have been given. Every moment of life is precious, and every moment of life worth living.
Assisted suicide sows confusion about the purpose of life and death. It suggests that a life can lose its purpose and that death has no meaning. Cutting life short is not the answer to death. Instead of hastening death, we encourage all to embrace the sometimes difficult but precious moments at the end of life, for it is often in these moments that we come to understand what is most important about life. Our final days help us to prepare for our eternal destiny.
We stand in solidarity with all those who are suffering
and dying, and all those who are struggling to find meaning in life. Don’t give up hope! We are with you. As friends, families and neighbors we pledge to surround you with our love and compassion until the sacred moment when God calls you home. And together with you, we look forward to that day when God will wipe away every tear from our eyes and there will be no more mourning, no more suffering, and no more death (Rev. 21:4).
May the peace of Christ be with you all.
Parish Offertory Program
October 17, 2014 - Every year, we, as a parish, take out time to discern and pray about how we can respond to the gifts which God has given us. That incarnates itself through this week's commitment process during the homily time about how we give in terms of time, talent, treasure, and tradition.
So, please be aware and prepared to fill out our annual Commitment Cards this weekend. If you have any questions, do not hestitate to speak with Fr. Bill or Stephen Voehl, our Business Manager.
School Scrip Program
September 26, 2014 - A great way to support our school is to participate in our school's Scrip Program. It simply involves the purchasing of a gift card for the face value of the card. But buy purchasing things with that card, a percentage goes towards the general fund of the school's operating budget. Stop by the school office or the vestibule or parish center after the weekend Masses to buy Scrip for your next shopping trip.
Here's a list of stores that are participating with us in the Scrip program: Fred Meyer, Grocery Outlet, Gooseberries, Cartwright’s, Black Bear, Casablanca-Dutch Bros., El Patron, Elmer’s, Human Bean, Orchid Grill, Si-Casa Flores, Taco Locos, Taqueria, Sizzler, Taprock-The Pita Pit, The Vine-Yogurt Hut, and Oregon Books.
St. Anne's is committed to the safety of our children and strives to always make sure that we are aware of safety issues therein. As such, our employees and volunteers who work with children are background checked and current with their safety Armatus(TM) training through Praesidium Inc.
Aug. 12, 2012 - This past couple years, St. Anne's Pastoral Council has been working hard on discerning the vision and mission of our parish. The result is a new mission (see left) which was published almost two years ago and now a series of priorities with goals and objectives describing how we will accomplish those priorities.
May 4, 2014 -With the complexity of trying to schedule and find substitutes for our liturgical ministries, we have begun using some amazing software which will do the heavy lifting for everyone. It is called, Ministry Scheduler Pro or MSP. It can keep families together if desired for the same Mass, fairly rotate ministers while avoiding conflicts, create simple requests for substitutes, assist ministers with one-stop access to USCCB readings and audio, songs, notes, and more. It really is the answer to the building frustration that is involved in scheduling and managing all the volunteers to are needed for our liturgies.
Go to our Liturgical Ministers page found under the "Ministries" pop-down menu, above to change your preferences for availability or seek out a substitute.
Learn more about how it works by clicking here. If you wish, you can also click this link to check out the online tour. Churches in our diocese we've spoken with who use MSP have given us rave reviews. So, we are excited to get this going and make everything so much easier for all involved.
Men's ACTS Retreat Date Changed
November 28, 2014 -The next Men's ACTS Retreat has been rescheduled for April 23rd to April 26th, 2015. These retreats fill up fast, so if you desire to go, please download the registration form and deliver it to Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church, Ashland as soon as possible.