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. 

Saint Edward

Upcoming Events

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 (Communion Service), 12:05 pm
    • Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays,  12:05 pm
    • Wednesdays - 6 pm

Life After Death is Real

Pastor’s Column

Easter Sunday, 2017

 This week my yard has had regular visits from some uninvited (though cute) guests, just in time for Easter: two mallard ducks and two white bunnies.  They come and go as if they own the place.  All I need now are a few chicks, colored eggs and Easter lilies and I will have all the symbols most people associate with Easter.  Of course, the real meaning of Easter has little to do with these things!

The truth is more incredible than anything we could ever imagine. There exists another world, very close to our own, but invisible to our eyes at present. How do we know it exists?  We know it because Jesus, who came from that world into our own, told us about it.  The record of his words are in the Bible. All sorts of beings live in heaven: among them angels, who are pure spirits, and they always do the will of God.  Heaven is the home of the Holy Trinity:  Father, Son and Spirit.  The Son of God, Jesus, through whom everything was made, both that which is visible to us and the invisible world, entered our world and became visible: and perhaps countless others, unknown to us now.  Why did Jesus do this?  Why did he become human for our sake? To save us from death and to help us to understand how the world really is.

Many modern people live as if this world is the only reality that there is, but they are very much mistaken.  The moment that a person realizes that there is life after death, everything changes.  Even some scientists are beginning to realize that the evidence for life after death is simply overwhelming.  For example, I recommend to you a new book out called Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences by Jeffrey Long, M.D. When we learn more about the world to come (the one that is one heartbeat away: yours!), we come to appreciate in a deeper way what this life is all about and how we are to live our lives.  In order to understand these things, we must listen to someone who has been there and back: Jesus Christ, the only Son of God who both created us and saved us by dying on a cross.  He did this to open a way to heaven for those who believe in him.

Our earthly lives, even the longest of them, are very short indeed.  As Christians we are called to have an eternal perspective.  How will my actions today look in the light of eternity, my final destination?  How am I living my life?  What have I done with the precious gift of life that God has given me?  Jesus waits for us to have faith in him.  He gives us time to choose him before he reveals everything to us on the last day of our lives.  If I believe in Jesus and the world he has opened up for me, my life will never be the same again, starting right now.

                                                                   Father Gary

 

Our Church Album

  • Chalices
  • Welcome to our Church
  • Sunset at Saint Edward
  • From the Altar
  • Archbishop Sample
  • Our Courtyard
  • The Eucharist
  • Altar at Christmas
  • Mass at Saint Edward
  • From our Balcony
  • Our Bells from Mount Angel
  • Wide Angle from Balcony
  • Church at Advent
  • Wide Angle from Altar
  • Wide Angle at Advent
  • Front of the Church
  • Side Angle of the Church
  • Church and Cross at Sunset
  • Cover Photo of Church
  • Cross at Sunset
  • Christmas Nativity Scene
  • Our New Church
  • Church from River Road
  • Cross at Sunrise
  • The Altar at Saint Edward
  • The Adoration Chapel
  • Our Baptismal Font
   

 

 

Daily Readings

Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter

Reading 1 Acts 5:17-26The high priest rose up and all his companions,

that is, the party of the Sadducees,

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Feast of Saint Mark, evangelist

Reading 1 1 Pt 5:5b-14Beloved:

Clothe yourselves with humility

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Monday of the Second Week of Easter

Reading 1 Acts 4:23-31After their release Peter and John went back to their own people

and reported what the chief priests and elders had told them.

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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 971-915-2924.    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.