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Homily, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 23, 2017, Fr. Eric Tellez

July 24th, 2017

 

Fr Eric gives an insight in today's parable of the wheat and the weeds. Why does Jesus say that the Master does not want to pull the weeds? Why are the wheat and weeds allowed to grow together? Sometimes the weeds we encounter in life make us better wheat. How does that work? Let us listen to this homily.

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Homily, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 23, 2017, Fr. Peter Dillon

July 24th, 2017

Fr Peter Dillon, a visiting priest from Australia, joined us for mass. With the parable of the wheat and weeds we are asked what kind of wheat are we and how we never turn away from those who might find themselves in the "weeds" of life.

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Homily, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 16, 2017, Fr. Tom

July 24th, 2017

Fr Tom for the Crosiers Order joined us for mass and his community offered the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Fr Tom talks about the wheat and the weeds in today's parable and how God desires to offer healing.

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Sunday Scripture Readings and Reflections, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 23, 2017

July 19th, 2017

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Homily, Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 16, 2017, Fr. John Coleman

July 17th, 2017

Today’s Gospel marks the beginning of the third long discourse given by Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. Over the next few weeks, the Gospel readings will consist of the entire 13th Chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, a lengthy teaching discourse.

Throughout this discourse, Jesus will offer several parables to illustrate for his listeners what he means by the kingdom of heaven. He begins with the parable of the sower, which appears rather straightforward—of course seeds grow best in good soil. Seeds that miss the soil, are sown on rocky ground, or are sown among other plants will not grow. The surprise in the parable is the enormous yield of the seed that is sown on good soil.

Jesus then explains his use of parables. Jesus seems to suggest that he uses parables to teach because the meanings of parables are not self-evident. The hearer must engage in some degree of reflection in order to comprehend the message of a parable. In this way, the medium—the parable—models the point of the parable of the sower. Those who are willing to engage themselves in the effort to understand will be rewarded by the discovery of the message and will bear fruit.

To bring home the point, Jesus interprets the parable of the sower to his disciples. The different types of soil in which the seeds are sown are metaphors for the disposition with which each individual hears the teaching about the kingdom of heaven. Some will be easily swayed away from the kingdom of heaven. Some will receive it for a time but will lose it when faced with difficulties. Some will hear the word but will then permit other cares to choke it out. Yet some will receive it well, and the seed will produce abundant fruit.

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Sunday Scripture Readings and Reflections, Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 16, 2017

July 12th, 2017

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Homily, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 10, 2017, Fr. John Coleman

July 10th, 2017

Today’s reading from Matthew’s Gospel comes after a discourse in which Jesus reproaches people who have witnessed his mighty deeds yet still lack belief. In this context, today’s Gospel explains the reason for this unbelief and reveals what is necessary for faith. Today’s Gospel also continues to enhance our understanding of discipleship as last week’s Gospel did.

Jesus first prays in thanksgiving to God who has made himself known to Jesus’ disciples. He praises God who has made himself known to the “little ones” and not to the wise and learned. As in other recent readings from Matthew’s Gospel, a contrast is made here between the unbelieving Pharisees, who are wise and learned, and the faithful disciples, tax collectors, and sinners with whom Jesus keeps company.

The second part of this reading calls to our attention the unity between the Father and the Son. God has made himself known through Jesus, and in knowing Jesus, we come to know the Father. In Jesus’ life and in his person, God reveals himself to us.

In the concluding sentences of today’s Gospel, Jesus’ teaching is again contrasted to the teaching of the Pharisees. This common theme of Matthew’s Gospel probably reflects tension that existed between Jesus and the Pharisees and between the Pharisees and the community of Christians for whom Matthew wrote. Pharisaic Judaism became the predominant form of Judaism after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem about 70 A.D. Here that tension is expressed as alternative paths of holiness. The careful observance of the Mosaic law taught by the Pharisees could be experienced by some as difficult and burdensome. In contrast, Jesus’ way of holiness is presented as uncomplicated and even restful.

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday Scripture Readings and Reflections, July 9, 2017

July 4th, 2017

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Homily, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 2, 2017, Fr. John Coleman

July 2nd, 2017

Today’s Gospel is the conclusion of the instructions and consolations that we have heard Jesus offering to his disciples during the past few weeks. In this passage, Jesus summarizes both the costs of discipleship and its rewards. Once again our understanding of the Gospel is strengthened by considering the context in which it was written and the perspective of Matthew’s audience.

The conditions of discipleship outlined in Matthew’s Gospel may appear harsh. Yet they underline for us a truth—choosing anything with one’s whole heart has consequences. Choosing life with Christ means that every relationship we have must be understood from a new perspective. For many in Matthew’s community, this choice brought division to their family.

Matthew also outlines the reward of hospitality offered to Jesus’ followers. In today’s Gospel, Jesus explains the difficulties of discipleship, yet reveals that those who welcome the disciples have also welcomed him.

Today’s Gospel also highlights for us the importance of hospitality in the Christian life. To welcome another in Jesus’ name is to extend hospitality to Jesus himself. We have many opportunities in our daily life to reach out to others, to be a welcoming presence and a sign of God’s love.

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday Scripture Readings and Reflections, July 2, 2017

June 27th, 2017

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Homily, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 25, 2017, Fr. Ray Carey

June 25th, 2017

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Sacrament of Marriage

June 24th, 2017

In Christian marriage, spouses model the love and self-gift of Christ. By giving of themselves and serving one another, their family, and community, they help one another live out Christ’s call to discipleship, love, and service. The Sacrament of Marriage provides a foundation for a family committed to community, solidarity, and Jesus’ mission in the world.

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June 25, 2017 - 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Sunday Scripture Readings and Reflections

June 20th, 2017

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Homily, Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, June 18, 2017, Fr. Ray Carey

June 18th, 2017

Today’s Gospel, a portion of an important scriptural passage known as the “Bread of Life discourse”, invites us to consider deeply the spirit of today’s Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Following on the heels of a Eucharistic miracle–the feeding of the masses through the multiplication of the loaves–Jesus points his disciples in this part of the chapter to a core belief of our faith: the True Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

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Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Sunday Scripture Readings and Reflections

June 15th, 2017

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Homily, Most Holy Trinity, June 11, 2017- Fr. Ray Carey

June 12th, 2017

We want to thank Fr. Ray Carey for breaking open the Most Holy Trinity this weekend.

Today’s Gospel is from the beginning of John’s Gospel. The passage we read follows Jesus’ conversation with a Pharisee, Nicodemus, about what it means to be born of both water and the spirit. Nicodemus approaches Jesus at night and acknowledges Jesus as a teacher from God. Jesus tells him that only those who are born from above will see the Kingdom of God. Nicodemus misunderstands and questions how a person can be born more than once. Jesus tells Nicodemus that no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. Jesus is essentially explaining Baptism, which we celebrate as a sacrament today. Yet Nicodemus, we are told, still does not understand what Jesus is saying. Jesus continues by testifying to the need to be born from above so that one might have eternal life.

After the dialogue with Nicodemus, the author of the Gospel offers his own explanation of Jesus’ words. This is what we read in today’s Gospel, John 3:16-18.

In the context of today’s focus on the mystery of the Holy Trinity, the reading calls our attention to the action of God, who reveals himself in three persons: God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God the Father, out of love for the world, sent his Son into the world in order to save it. Through the death and resurrection of the Son, we have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit. As three persons, God acts always as a God of love; he does not condemn the world but acts to save it.

The Gospel also calls attention to the response that is required of us. God’s love for us calls us to respond in faith by professing our belief in God’s son, Jesus, and the salvation that he has won for us. This profession of faith is a sign of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

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Sacrament of Reconciliation

June 9th, 2017

Sin ruptures not only our relationship with God but also with our brothers and sisters. By the nourishing light of the Holy Spirit, we are able to prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation by examining our consciences to identify those ways in which we are not in right relationship with God and with others. This examination also challenges us to recognize our own participation in the “structures of sin” that degrade others’ lives and dignity. Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, God offers mercy and forgiveness. In response to this gift, we are called to become vehicles of Christ’s love, making amends and restoring justice and the bonds that have been broken.  

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Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

June 7th, 2017

In the Church's Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, through the ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment. His cures were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healing tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.

The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient.

When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God's will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit's gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age.

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June 11, 2017 - The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Sunday Scripture Readings and Reflections

June 7th, 2017

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Homily, Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017

June 5th, 2017

Pentecost- the Spirit is present in our sacred place each time we gather. The disciples begin today's gospel locked behind closed doors. Our misunderstanding of seeing our sacred space as simply a building is having our hearts and minds locked behind closed doors. Christians do not gather in a building, there is something more going on. What is it? Listen to the homily for Pentecost.

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June 4, 2017 - Pentecost Sunday Scripture Readings and Reflections

May 30th, 2017

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Homily, The Ascension of the Lord, May 28, 2017

May 28th, 2017

From the Acts of the Apostles we hear that the 11 disciples receive final instructions from Jesus before he ascends to heaven. They must of felt abandoned, lost and confused as the physical presence of Jesus is not there in the same way. The Spirit is sent to us to teach and guide us. How can we really be sure that we are following the right path of Jesus when there seems to be different opinions and thoughts? Today's homily gives a path to follow in learning what God wants us to know.

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The Ascension of the Lord, May 28, 2017, Sunday Scripture Readings and Reflections

May 22nd, 2017

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Homily, 6th Sunday of Easter, May 21, 2017

May 22nd, 2017

Every person in life experiences saying farewell/goodbye or being told goodbye. It can be difficult to experience leaving or letting people go. Jesus says farewell to his disciples, yet we can learn something powerful in goodbyes. Listen to the homily from Fr Eric.

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6th Sunday of Easter, May 21, 2017, Sunday Scripture Readings and Reflections

May 17th, 2017

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The gifts of Motherhood- Tricia Hoyt, May 13, 2017

May 15th, 2017

Mother's Day at St Patrick has the custom of calling forth women from our community to speak on the gifts of Motherhood and those who are role models of being mothers to others. Tricia Hoyt spoke at 5pm Saturday mass. Angela Ducey and her sister Kristy Wagner spoke at our Sunday masses. Included is a video on CarePortal, a statewide project calling on all churches to offer support for children in need. Thank you to these three ladies offering their Mother's Day to the community.

CarePortal: How it works video

https://vimeo.com/156320407

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The gifts of Motherhood- Angela Ducey and Kristy Wagner, May 14, 2017

May 15th, 2017

Mother's Day at St Patrick has the custom of calling forth women from our community to speak on the gifts of Motherhood and those who are role models of being mothers to others. Tricia Hoyt spoke at 5pm Saturday mass. Angela Ducey and her sister Kristy Wagner spoke at our Sunday masses. Included is a video on CarePortal, a statewide project calling on all churches to offer support for children in need. Thank you to these three ladies offering their Mother's Day to the community.

CarePortal: How it works video

https://vimeo.com/156320407

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Sacrament of Marriage Information

May 12th, 2017

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5th Sunday of Easter, May 14, 2017, Sunday Scripture Readings and Reflections

May 11th, 2017

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Homily, Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 7, 2017

May 8th, 2017

We have either heard or said the phrase, "over my dead body!". It can be a figure of speech, annoyance at something we do not like, or serious statement meant to show disagreement or anger. Today's gospel has Jesus giving another meaning to that phrase, a shepherd who lays down his life for his flock. Listen to what Jesus means and what he asks of us in laying down our lives as well.

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4th Sunday of Easter, May 7, 2017 Scripture readings and reflections

May 2nd, 2017

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Homily, 3rd Sunday of Easter, April 30, 2017

May 1st, 2017

St Luke's Gospel sees the city of Jerusalem the destiny of the mission of Jesus. Two disciples take the path away from Jerusalem and head towards Emmaus. It is the wrong path for a disciple. The path to God is the path of suffering love. We learn from God that there is no love without sacrifice. God saves us from false love that knows no sacrifice.

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Third Sunday of Easter -April 30, 2017 Sunday Scripture Readings and Reflections

April 29th, 2017

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Homily, Second Sunday of Easter, April 23, 2017

April 24th, 2017

A broken dish usually is thrown away. In Japan there is a philosophy of having broken items being put back together by craftsmen. Beauty is seen in what is broken. God's mercy is the same. God takes our brokenness and restores what is has been beautiful already in our lives.

Here is the link to the video shown at mass this weekend.

Kintsugui:The Art of Broken Pieces

https://vimeo.com/90734143

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Homily, Easter Day April 16, 2017

April 17th, 2017

"GODISNOWHERE- how do we read this? We used Luke's account of the Road to Emmaus, as two disciples experience both versions of this run on sentence. God is no where, yet after a stranger appears and they experience the risen Lord in their sadness, it changes to God is now here. How can we all be Easter people to a Good Friday world? Listen to our Easter homily.

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Easter Sunday-April 16, 2017 Sunday Scripture Readings and Reflections

April 12th, 2017

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Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion Fr. John Cunningham

April 9th, 2017

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JESUS AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WINE

April 7th, 2017

Abbot Jeremy Driscoll O.S.B from Mt Angel Abbey and a professor of Fr Eric while at Mt Angel Seminary gives insights into Jesus and his use of wine. Abbot Jeremy is interviewed by a Catholic program.

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Fr. Eric Invites You to Holy Week

April 5th, 2017

Join us! For service times and information, visit stpatcc.org

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Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion-April 9 , 2017 Sunday Scripture Readings and Reflections

April 5th, 2017

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Homily, Fifth Sunday of Lent, April 2, 2017

April 3rd, 2017

Jesus wept. The shortest verse in the Bible yet the most powerful thought. Jesus is perturbed at the death of his friend Lazarus. He deeply feels the suffering and pain of humanity. His voice gives life to Lazarus as he calls him to come out of the tomb. Only God can give such life. Many came to believe in Jesus. Do we believe only God can take our dying and bring us life?

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The Sacrament of Confirmation

March 29th, 2017

Join Father Eric Tellez, pastor of St. Patrick and Kevin McGloin, Director of Liturgy & Youth Ministry in this three part podcast series as they explore the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.  

In the Roman Catholic Church, the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are called the Sacraments of Initiation.  These sacraments lay the foundation of every Christian life. 

 

We are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the Sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life.

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The Sacrament of the Eucharist

March 29th, 2017

Join Father Eric Tellez, pastor of St. Patrick and Kevin McGloin, Director of Liturgy & Youth Ministry in this three part podcast series as they explore the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.  

In the Roman Catholic Church, the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are called the Sacraments of Initiation.  These sacraments lay the foundation of every Christian life. 

 

We are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the Sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life.

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The Sacrament of Baptism

March 29th, 2017

Join Father Eric Tellez, pastor of St. Patrick and Kevin McGloin, Director of Liturgy & Youth Ministry in this three part podcast series as they explore the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.  

In the Roman Catholic Church, the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are called the Sacraments of Initiation.  These sacraments lay the foundation of every Christian life. 

 

We are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the Sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life.

 

 

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Fifth Sunday of Lent- April 2, 2017 Sunday Scripture Readings and Reflections

March 29th, 2017

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Homily, Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 26, 2017

March 27th, 2017

Jesus heals a man blind since birth. And there were people who were not happy about it. Amazing. Jesus breaks down barriers put up by religious, social and cultural rules and the Pharisees look for every excuse to put up barriers than Jesus torn down. What is Jesus teaching his followers in breaking down such barriers?

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Fourth Sunday of Lent- March 26, 2017 Sunday Scripture Readings and Reflections

March 22nd, 2017

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Homily, Third Sunday of Lent, March 19, 2017

March 20th, 2017

Jesus and his disciples risk physical harm entering Samaria. It took three days to go around it or one day through it. Jesus chooses to go through Samaria. The Jews and Samaritans hated each other. Jesus breaks all barriers to meet a Samaritan women at the well. Today's lesson from John's Gospel is to avoid the evil of exclusion.

 

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Workshop by Joel Stepanek, Building a Home Field Advantage March 11, 2017

March 15th, 2017

Great teams know what it means to have a home field advantage. We will build ours by strengthening the pillars of our community - Hospitality, Liturgy, Stewardship, Social Justice, and Formation. Take a listen to the workshop given by Joel Stepanek, as we continue building a home field advantage.

Keynote Speaker-

Joel Stepanek

We are not simply guests of God, but sharers in the mission of inviting everyone to God’s table. The time for silence is past; it is time to become a voice of hope.

Joel Stepanek has been actively involved in ministry for over ten years and is currently the Director of Resource Development for Life Teen International where he creates engaging youth ministry resources for middle and high school students. He is the author of two books, and received his Master’s degree in religious education from Fordham University in New York City.

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Keynote from Building a Home Field Adavantage, March 11, 2017

March 15th, 2017

Great teams know what it means to have a home field advantage. We will build ours by strengthening the pillars of our community - Hospitality, Liturgy, Stewardship, Social Justice, and Formation. Take a listen to the keynote from "Building a Home Field Advantage" Adult Faith Formation Conference, as we continue building a home field advantage.

Keynote Speaker-

Joel Stepanek

We are not simply guests of God, but sharers in the mission of inviting everyone to God’s table. The time for silence is past; it is time to become a voice of hope.

Joel Stepanek has been actively involved in ministry for over ten years and is currently the Director of Resource Development for Life Teen International where he creates engaging youth ministry resources for middle and high school students. He is the author of two books, and received his Master’s degree in religious education from Fordham University in New York City.

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