USCCB Website Helps Us Prepare
November Nov. 30 - USCCB - Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.
The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).
Advent devotions including the Advent wreath, remind us of the meaning of the season. Our Advent calendar above can help you fully enter in to the season with daily activity and prayer suggestions to prepare you spiritually for the birth of Jesus Christ.
advent resources, including an Advent calendar can be found at this link.
Advent & Christmas Schedule Now Available
November 26 [UPDATED Nov. 30]- The schedule for all the holy days of December including January 1st have been released. The 2013 Advent And Christmas Schedule can be downloaded by clicking this link. Schedules include reconciliation services and cover all three of our churches: St. Anne, Our Lady of the River, and St. Patrick of the Forest.
Please note the there was an error in the original version published on Nov. 26. The current version is corrected. The issue was one which made it confusing as to which Marian feast day was a Holy Days of Obligation and which was not. To be clear, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Dec. 9, is not a Holy Day of Obligation where as, Mary Mother of God, Jan. 1st, is a Holy dayof Obligation.
Archbishop Offers Prayers for Typhoon Victims
November 18 - On Sunday, Nov. 17th, Archbishop Sample gathered with the Filipino community for a special Mass at St. Clare parish to pray for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. See photos and read the Oregonian report here.It has been reported that some 13 million people have been effected by the disaster. Please continue to pray for all the victims.
Pray for Victims of Super Typhoon
November 11 [UPDATED Nov. 16]- This past week, the Philippines suffered catastrophic destruction as Super Typhoon Haiyan hit land. It has since moved off to the West, but the country now stares down the aftermath of what may be one of the strongest storms ever recorded.
Please spend some time today praying for the victims of this natural disaster. Also, consider responding by donating money for relief aid. Many worthy organizations are organizing to help in this effort. Here are two much worthy agencies:
Catholic Relief Services. Click this link
Knight of Columbus Disaster Relief: Click this link.
This weekend, Nov. 16,17, we will be offering a second collection at all the Masses for relief aide.
Pope Concerned About Misunderstanding of ‘La Repubblica’ Interview
November 4 - NCR - As a follow-up to Fr. Bill's own reflection and explanation of the Pope's recent interview with America Magazine, The National Catholic Register now reports that the Pope himself has been frustrated with the misinterpretations and misunderstandings that have been published, in particular those written in La Repubblica. Read more by clicking here.
Mass of Welcome with
October 31 2013 - On Tues., October 15th, Archbishop Sample was here at St. Anne's to offer a Mass of Welcome for our area Vicariate. It was a beautiful Mass and well attended. After the Mass, the Archbishop stayed for three hours greeting the people in the Parish Hall.
Photos of the event can be seen at two locations: 1. on our Flickr account, and 2. Professional quality images taken by Marc Salvatore. Click the following link to view his online photo account: marcsalvatore.smugmug.com/Archbishop-Sample-at-St-Anne.
A Big Heart Open to God
September 21, 2013 - Recently, Pope Francis was interviewed by a reporter, Antonio Spadaro, S.J. Unfortunately, this interview has been heavily misquoted or misunderstood by the popular media. As a way to help the faithful more deeply understand as well as to read the source material instead of the popular media's interpretation, here is the link to this exclusive interview. Click here to read the interview via America Magazine's web page.
New Encyclical: "The Light Of Faith"
July 5, 2013 CNS - Pope Francis' first encyclical, "Lumen Fidei" ("The Light of Faith"), is a celebration of Christian faith as the guiding light of a "successful and fruitful life," inspiring social action as well as devotion to God, and illuminating "every aspect of human existence," including philosophy and the natural sciences.
The document, released July 5, completes a papal trilogy on the three "theological virtues," following Pope Benedict XVI's encyclicals "Deus Caritas Est" (2005) on charity and "Spe Salvi" (2007) on hope. Publication of the encyclical was one of the most awaited events of the Year of Faith which began in October 2012.
Read more here.
Read encyclical here.