We welcome you in Jesus’ name and invite you to share fellowship with us after our Masses. Registration forms for new parishioners are available in the vestibule, the parish office and online here.  During weekend Masses, Hospitality Ministers are available in the vestibule to help answer any questions. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Saint Edward

OFFICE HOURS

Monday - Friday,    10:00 am to 5:00 pm                       CLOSED Saturday and Sunday

SACRAMENTAL EMERGENCIES ONLY:

Call the office at 503-393-5323 for sacramental emergencies during business hours.  For after hour sacramental emergencies, call 503-714-6140.    Because a priest cannot always be available, you are urged to notify the parish whenever anyone is seriously ill. Every effort will be made to assure that the sacraments are available before the situation becomes critical.

MASS TIMES

Weekend Masses:

  • Vigil Mass Saturdays - 5:30 pm English
  • Sundays
    • 8:15 am English Mass
    • 10:30 am English Mass
    • 12:30 pm Spanish Mass
  • Weekday Masses
    • Mondays (Prayer Service), 12:05 pm
    • Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays,  12:05 pm
    • Wednesdays - 6 pm
  • Confessions
    • Wednesdays 6:30pm - 7:00pm
    • Saturdays 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Climbing the Winding Road

Pastor’s Column

2nd Sunday of Advent

December 9, 2018

“The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of our God.” Luke 3:6

Jerusalem was a city built on and surrounded by mountains and, once out of the city, is accessed by winding and sometimes rough roads. I remember many years ago I spotted a large white cross up in the mountains (in Los Angeles), and decided to try to drive closer to climb up to it. I began the journey up the mountain which turned out to be a winding, steep, bumpy forest road that went up and up and got narrower and narrower until finally it was only a rough, very narrow dirt path that allowed only one car and no place to turn around! At this point it was impossible to turn around: I was trapped! Was I on the wrong road? What joy I had when I eventually saw a large straight paved highway in the distance.

Most of us, in our life journey will encounter steep, rough roads. Christ promised to deliver us from them, not always in this world, but the next one. For a Christian, what makes the difference is that the road we are on has a destination, and that destination is a person, and the person is someone who really and truly loves us.

During the holidays, many of us go to great lengths to be with people we love. When we have a destination in mind, and someone we love is at the other end of it, and we are really motivated; we can suffer almost any hardship to get there. In the same way, the road to heaven, the road home, can be tough going sometimes. We struggle to do the will of God and with the circumstances we find ourselves in. Jesus wants to be our vision and final destination. In Advent, our destination is the humility of Bethlehem. At the end of our lives the goal is the glory of heaven.

Sometimes the hardships we encounter on the road of life are intended to prove our love for Christ. It is important for our human dignity that we struggle on the road that leads home. Love, then, sometimes consists in what we have been through for someone. By strengthening my relationship with Christ through prayer, Mass, charity, and trying to do the will of God, I strengthen that bond of love that will, in turn, allow me to get through anything on the sometimes rough and winding road of life.

         Father Gary

 

 

                                                                                               

 

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Daily Readings

Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Reading 1 Is 48:17-19

Thus says the LORD, your redeemer,

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Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

Reading 1 Is 41:13-20

I am the LORD, your God,

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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Reading 1 Zec 2:14-17

Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!

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