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

As We Give Thanks

Pastor’s Column

28th Sunday Ordinary Time

October 13, 2019

Ten lepers were cleansed, were they not?

Where are the other nine?

Has no one returned to give thanks except this foreigner?

                                      Luke 17:17-18

Learning to be a thankful person, a person who praises God in all circumstances takes practice; it is a habit, just as complaining is also a habit. This is something I personally have to keep working on, so I keep quite a few reminders about praise and thanksgiving that I have heard or read over the years. Here are a few of them.

Praising God every morning. How we start the day is a critical component of a fruitful spiritual life. What do you say when the alarm goes off? “Oh no, not again?!” A famous speaker once said he begins each day with “Praise you God the Father! Praise you God the Son! Praise you God the Holy Spirit.

We can develop a lifestyle of thanksgiving. Saint Francis of Assisi is quoted as having said, “My best defense against all the plots of the enemy is still the spirit of joy. The devil is never so happy as when he has succeeded in robbing one of God’s servants of the joy of his or her soul. Therefore, at the first sign of trouble, the servant of God must get up, begin to pray, and remain before the Father until the latter has caused him or her to retrieve the joy of a person who is saved!”

What comes out of you when you are squeezed is what is really inside of you! The Holy Spirit wants to transform the negative things we find inside of us into areas of our lives that give glory to God, and one of the best ways to do this is through praise and thanksgiving in difficult circumstances.

Sometimes giving praise and thanksgiving to God is a real sacrifice. This is because we don’t always feel like doing it! The word “Eucharist” means “Thanksgiving.” So the Sacrifice of the Mass is really a “Sacrifice of Thanksgiving.” When I am able to thank God in my most difficult moments, in darkness, and in trials, I have truly made a sacrifice to God that is similar to the Eucharist itself, and this is very pleasing to God.

 Father Gary

   

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Daily Readings

Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

Reading 1 Rom 1:16-25

Brothers and sisters:

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Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 Rom 1:1-7

Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus,

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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 2 Kgs 5:14-17

Naaman went down and plunged into the Jordan seven times

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