Fifth Sunday of Easter – May 3, 2015

Pastor’s Desk

Greetings, to all and especially those who are visiting us, enjoying this nice weather we are having. Welcome to the river! However, please keep praying for rain. I would like to ask for volunteers to assist Irene in doing the bulletin every week, just call the office and Irene would gladly inform you how you can assist her.

At age 67, the late John Chancellor, former commentator on “NBC Nightly News, looked forward to sharing a comfortable retirement with Barbara, his wife of 36 years. Instead, he was diagnosed with stomach cancer — a relatively rare, but aggressive form of malignancy. “There wasn’t a cloud on the horizon,” Chancellor said, “and then this.” Major surgery followed along with a torturous regimen of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Then, happily, a period of remission.

At that point in his journey, Chancellor said, “It never occurred to me to declare victory. I don’t know if I’ll ever get to that point. Next month it could start all over again… Every day I feel a little bit better and hope to get back to the life I had before I got sick. Cancer is the single most frightening thing that’s ever happened to me. But I’m not depressed by it as much as I am alerted by it. Cancer underscores your mortality — it’s a reminder of what a short leash you’re on.” Then John Chancellor spoke these telling words,

YOU WANT TO MAKE GOD LAUGH?

TELL HIM YOUR PLANS!

“Not our plans Lord, but Your Will be done.” When sincerely prayed, these words become our affirmation that we are bringing our lives into harmony with God’s Will. Not, “I want what I want” but, “I want what God wants.” “If you live in Me … ask what you will … and you shall get it.” As a Christian community, this is our blessed promise of ETERNAL gratification!

Peace and blessings!

Fr. Luis

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Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown

May 3, Fifth Sunday of Easter,

I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people! (Ps. 22)

(Sunday, April 19, 9:25 pm)

We’re standing in the kitchen when my husband suddenly leans over the stove, then yells while putting his hand over his chest. His defibrillator is kicking on, like a “punch in the chest”, shocking his heart into starting. He falls to the floor, and while I’m calling 911 he turns blue. When the paramedics arrive he has started breathing again, but we have had a scare that we didn’t expect, and our whole world, our whole week, has suddenly changed. We call our daughter in Santa Barbara and she starts to cry. We spend almost three days in the hospital while he undergoes tests and procedures to determine what caused this latest episode. He has a bad heart, having undergone quintuple bypass and a series of stents over the years. But still, you never expect something to happen. We asked everyone to pray, and God did answer our prayers, but it made us painfully aware, again, of our own fragile hold on this life. We cannot control everything, so we must trust God. After all, what choice do we have?

We are grateful to each of you for your many prayers and give God all the glory for bringing him back to us in one piece!

“I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me, and have been my Savior”.

Songs for the 9 am Mass:

Gathering Song: At the Lamb’s High Feast # 172

Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria, gloria!

Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra, terra pax.

Psalm 22: I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.

Preparation of Gifts: Alleluia, Love is Alive # 164 Angrisano

Communion: Taste and See (Moore) # 332

Recessional: Lord I Lift Your Name on High (ss)


NOTE: We are very sorry to announce we are having to withdraw our entry in the Stumptown Daze Parade. Our entry fee will be donated in support of the parade.

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