"Some of us are old enough to remember a portion of the liturgical year whose Sundays were titled as the Sundays after Pentecost. Those same days are now titled Sundays in Ordinary Time.
It would be easy to presume that this season on the liturgical calendar is called "ordinary" because it seems that nothing extra-ordinary is celebrated on these Sundays. That's not quite true. The use of "ordinary" here comes from "ordinal" or "expressing order or succession."
A more accurate title for this season, then, might be "counted Sundays."
But is Ordinary Time ordinary in the ordinary sense of the word "ordinary?" No, it is not. There is never anything ordinary about the gathering of the Christian faithful on the Lord's Day for the purpose of hearing God's voice in the scriptures and offering God praise and thanksgiving through the prayer of all prayers, the Eucharist. It may not be a particular feast or solemnity but it is the Lord's Day, the day the Lord has made, and we are called to be glad and rejoice in it!
Of course, the major seasons of year (Advent - Christmas and Lent - Triduum - Easter) bring with them extra-ordinary anticipation, preparations, scriptures, rites, customs, colors, scents, vesture, song, prayer and sacraments. From the perspective of those who work all year long in helping a parish to celebrate the mysteries of our redemption through the liturgical calendar, the "high seasons" are much more work than the "season of counted Sundays."
So, not a few parish ministers are breathing a sigh of relief as Pentecost becomes history and most of the 34 Sundays in Ordinary Time stretch before us.
But the portion of Ordinary Time ahead of us has a festal beginning. Every year the Sunday after Pentecost (this year the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time) is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (popularly known as Trinity Sunday) and the second Sunday after Pentecost is the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (popularly known as Corpus Christi).
These two Sundays are among days on the church calendar sometimes called "idea feasts" or "feasts of devotion." That is to say: these feasts commemorate not a person or an event in the life of Christ or the saints but rather commemorate either a theological doctrine or a special devotion. Homilists often find such feasts to be difficult preaching assignments!"
Saint Patrick Catholic Parish extends a warm welcome to its new parishioners, reflecting an increasingly diverse population in Independence, OR. Our commitment to our bilingual ministry provides a home for all. Our parish is home to almost 400 households of faith called by the Lord to honor our past and embrace the future. Our growth in faith is strengthened by our living the life of Jesus in Word and Deed, especially in loving service to others. Our parish is committed to witnessing the Lord’s commandment of love in our community outreach especially with our support to Catholic Charities and Youth Ministry. We are a small parish community that continues to grow, if you have been away from the Catholic Church, or looking to join it for the first time, we hope you would consider us as your new spiritual family, here at St Patrick
Welcome to this Adventure! ~ Fr. Henry Guillen, Administrator.
You are always welcome to stop by for a visit to the Blessed Sacrament or for a moment of prayer. The Church is open during office hours, Monday – Thursday, 8am – 5pm and during evening and weekend hours when there are events going. St Patrick Catholic Parish is located at 1275 E. Independence, Oregon. Phones: 5038381242, 5038385801.Email: email@example.com.
Joining Our Parish
It is our hope to extend a warm welcome to you. To consider registering in the parish, please stop by at the parish office to obtain a current copy of our registration materials. You may also call the office or send us an email to request these materials. You may complete the registration form at home and drop it off, mail it in, or put it in the collection basket at mass. We look forward to meeting you!
Parish Offices Hours
Monday-Thursday 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Lunes-Jueves 9:00 am-4:00 pm
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