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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

The Value of Having “Shaky Tires”

Pastor’s Column

6th Sunday of Easter

May 21, 2017 

If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of Truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows him.

   John 14:16-17

My grandfather was an executive with the BF Goodrich Company. When I bought my first (very used) car at age 18, it needed new tires, so he picked me up a set that he said was “just right for me” from a company store. Now this was right at the time that the national speed limit was reduced to 55 mph (what a time to get your first driver’s license!). Well, I soon found out why these tires were “just right for me.” They were slightly out of round, which meant that they rolled smoothly until I went over 55… then the car started to shake quite heavily! He had found a way to keep me at the speed limit!

Those tires are long gone, but I often think of them as a metaphor for a good conscience. Jesus promised to send us the Holy Spirit. If we are really listening to him, if we have a well-formed and an in-formed conscience, it will act like those shaky tires … an early warning system when we are about to exceed God’s speed limits, doing harm to our relationship with God, others and, ultimately, ourselves.

Once again Jesus invites us to examine our lives. Who or what forms my conscience? We have to be very careful because Jesus makes it clear that the spirit of the world is often opposed to the truth, whereas the Spirit of the Lord leads us to the Truth, if we can bear to hear it! Our conscience is like an internal gyroscope; if it is correctly calibrated, our decisions and actions will bear good fruit and be pleasing to God; if we need realignment, we will recognize this if our actions and decisions are bearing bad fruit in our lives and others.

Who or what forms my conscience? A well-formed conscience will consist of three pillars: Does this follow what Jesus has taught in the Scriptures? Does this follow Church teaching? Is this action an act of love toward God, neighbor and myself, or am I pursuing my-self, my will, my way? This last question can be the hardest to answer, because, left to ourselves, we often reach for things that offer only immediate satisfaction, pain relief, or the path of least resistance. A conscience guided by the Holy Spirit, on the other hand, will challenge us to grow, even though it is painful; to take the narrow road, even though it is not always the popular one; to love fully, even though it may cost us dearly. A properly informed conscience, thus guided by the Spirit of Truth, will ultimately lead us to peace, fruitfulness and joy in this life and the life to come!

                              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

Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Reading 1 Acts 16:11-15We set sail from Troas, making a straight run for Samothrace,

and on the next day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi,

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

Reading 1 Acts 8:5-8, 14-17Philip went down to the city of Samaria

and proclaimed the Christ to them.

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Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Reading 1 Acts 16:1-10Paul reached also Derbe and Lystra

where there was a disciple named Timothy,

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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.