Easter is a special time of the year because we have an opportunity to reflect back on the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We remember his life of service, miracles, story telling, and crucifixion. We realiza his deep love for humanity and, more personally, his love for each of us. We draw closer in our relationship with Him and want our life to reflect his living presence.
There are seasons of life we cling to God's grace, res in his loving arms tearfully, run ahead of him, and bask in his joy and peace as we stroll by his side. Yet no matter the season, what matters most is that Jesus is the defining presence in our life.
Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled
Let not your soul be sad
Easter is a time of joy
When all hearts should be glad.
Glad to know that Jesus Christ
Made it possible for men
To have their sins forgiven
And, like Him, to live again.
So at this joyous season
May the wondrous Easter Story
Renew our Faith so we may be
Partakers of "His Glory!"
"So many people, including young people, are returning to the Sacrament of Reconciliation; through this experience they are rediscovering a path back to the Lord, living a moment of intense prayer and finding meaning in their lives. Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the center once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God’s mercy with their own hands. For every penitent, it will be a source of true interior peace... Pope Francis. "
The practice of a jubilee year has ancient roots in the Jewish tradition and evidence for it can be found in the Old Testament (for example, see Leviticus 25). The jubilee year was called every fifty years and was a time for forgiveness. It stood as a reminder of God's providence and mercy. The dedication of a year for this emphasis provided the community with a time to come back into right relationship with one another and with God. As the practice of the jubilee year was adopted into the Catholic Church, these themes of mercy, forgiveness, and solidarity continued.
The Jubilee of Mercy that Pope Francis has called, from December 8, 2015 – November 20, 2016, is an Extraordinary Jubilee. This designation as an "Extraordinary Jubilee" sets it apart from the ordinary cycle of jubilees, or holy years, which are called every 25 years in the Catholic Church. By calling for a holy year outside of the normal cycle, a particular event or theme is emphasized. For example, Pope Francis called this particular Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy to direct our attention and actions "on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father's actions in our lives . . . a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective"
"Here, then, is the reason for the Jubilee: because this is the time for mercy. It is the favourable time to heal wounds, a time not to be weary of meeting all those who are waiting to see and to touch with their hands the signs of the closeness of God, a time to offer everyone, everyone, the way of forgiveness and reconciliation. May the Mother of God open our eyes, so that we may comprehend the task to which we have been called; and may she obtain for us the grace to experience this Jubilee of Mercy as faithful and fruitful witnesses of Christ."
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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