Outdoor Church beautification

Altar planting
Heartfelt thanks to Larry Love and Jim Breaux for landscaping the altar of our Outdoor Church. Thank you also to Susan Poirier who brings us the gorgeous floral arrangement each Sunday from her garden. We are so blessed!



Larry Love and Jim Breaux watering St. Elizabeth's outdoor church garden which they donated.
Each Sunday before mass, Larry and Jim hand carry 40 gallons of water to irrigate their project.
St. Elizabeth's Outdoor Church Floral Arrangement b Sue Poirier
Sue Poirier puts a great deal of love and effort into her garden, and we are blessed each Sunday with her gorgeous altar arrangements.

Unfortunately, the wood chips were stolen the first week! Whoever is responsible, shame on you. Not only is this private property, it is consecrated ground. The community is welcome to visit and enjoy the shade and quiet beauty of the property.

We have had a chronic problem with graffiti, litter, and drug and alcohol abuse during the week. Please alert the sheriff immediately if you see anyone defacing the altar or the grounds, or drinking and doing drugs. Our neighbors suffer from the noise and public health issues created by this issue. We can all do our part to reclaim the outdoor church as a beautiful place for prayer and meditation.

Again our thanks to Jim, Larry and Sue.


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  1. Thank you for sharing this information with us. I almost wonder if it could be some combination of the ready accessibility of social media, which has led to the amplification of social, cultural, political and religious differences between people, and Satan knowing that his time is growing ever shorter. Saint Paul instructs us to “stand firm in the Lord” (Philippians 4:1). As much as we can, we should make our outdoor church available outside of Mass. But then I think of what you’ve reported here. I think of the damage inflicted on St. Catherine’s, where my wife and I were married exactly ten years prior to the act of arson on it; also the vandal who attacked that office at Cardinal Newman HS; and there was also an arsonist who successfully destroyed St. Ann’s Church in Bonners Ferry, Idaho in 2015. These atrocities are going on in so many places, including those you wouldn’t expect. I know Bonners Ferry, near the Canadian border, normally enjoys a very low crime rate. What to do? Are we eventually going to have to build a high fence or wall around our outdoor church? Put in surveillance cameras? I don’t know. But every member of our Russian River parishes, starting with me, should really strive to step up our prayers for Fr. Luis – that he will always stand firm, always teach us the truth, always let the Holy Spirit give him strength and true joy each day, and not give in to discouragement and cynicism.

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