Our Lady of Perpetual Help
St. Mary’s, Albany
We, St. Mary’s Parish, are a people responding to Christ’s call to conversion, new life and discipleship with a nurturing Community.
We celebrate this new life in Scripture and the Sacraments of the Roman Catholic tradition.
Our Celebration impels and transforms us to be Spirit filled individuals who can reach out and minister to all people challenging and enabling them to build God’s Kingdom of justice and holiness.
Pope’s Plan of Action
Here is Archbishop Alexander Sample’s statement on Pope Francis’ May 9th apostolic letter creating norms for responding to sexual abuse in the church
CDA Used Treasure Sale
June 14th & 15th, 2019
We are accepting donations for the sale at this time. If you are cleaning out closets, the garage, or spring cleaning in general, please consider donating your gently used items for our sale. We offer tax receipts if requested. See bulletin for contact information.
June 23rd, 2019
Following the 11:00am Mass
Save the date! Come celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and stay for the tasty food, fun entertainment, exciting raffles, carnival games for all ages, and, last but not least, good camaraderie with fellow parishioners!
Help Keep St. Mary’s Beautiful
June 29th, 2019
& July 6th, 2019
Please come join us on June 29th and July 6th as we roll up our sleeves and get to work making St. Mary’s beautiful. We will be gardening, cleaning sidewalks, painting class rooms and more! Bring your own tools to use, if you have them. Water and small snacks will be provided for workers; however bringing refreshments to share is encouraged.
Saturday Vigil 5:00 PM
Sunday 8:30 & 11:00 AM
Daily Masses Monday – Saturday 8:30 AM
Last Friday of the month is a Healing Mass at 8:30am
Saturday 7:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM
Saturday 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Last Wednesday of the month 6-7 PM with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
or by appointment during regular office hours – Please call ahead to make the appointment.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena
Communal Recitation weekdays 8:00-8:30 AM and
Personal Recitation in the chapel
(Novena booklets available in both languages.)
Adoration, Rosary and Confession:
6:00pm – 7:00pm on the last Wednesday of every month.
Perpetual Adoration Chapel Available
If you are a registered parishioner, come to the office for the key code.
POINTS TO PONDER:
A recent local newsletter gives us food for thought.
A bill introduced on March 7 titled “Kittens In
Traumatic Testing Ends Now Act” (also called the
KITTEN Act) would end the killing of kittens that
have been used in tests conducted by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture.
According to one man, “The USDA’s decision to
slaughter kittens after they are used in research
is an archaic practice and horrific treatment,
and we need to end it. The KITTEN Act will protect
these innocent animals from being needlessly
euthanized in government testing, and make sure that
they can be adopted by loving families instead.”
It is reassuring to know our elected leaders
demonstrate such empathy and compassion for
helpless animals. It would be more reassuring if this
same concern was expressed for human unborn or
Recently voted against was the
Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,
which would prohibit a health care practitioner from
failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the
case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted
One website states: “The American Dream is
rooted in the ideas that every child deserves
equal opportunity to excel and that individuals
who work hard should have a fair shot to get
ahead, no matter where they started in life.”
It also says: “… to fight for Oregon and to make
sure the American Dream is there for the next
generation of Oregonians.”
Presumably it means whatever next generation of
Oregonians who will not undergo the horrific and
archaic practice of abortion. “Every child deserves
equal opportunity.” Wouldn’t this be true for the
unborn child as well?
We have seen this time and again, whether we are talking about Spotted Owls, Cetaceans, trees… – they all generate a lot of media coverage and people feel upset over the tragedy of damage to populations of plants and animals. You will see action on the part of citizens to rectify these tragedies, often at some expense to other populations.
If a parent leaves a child in a hot car or otherwise mistreats it, public opinion slates them as the worst parent ever. Yet, some in society would have us believe it is okay to kill a baby at any stage of life, or “allow” it to die after birth without taking any action to prevent the death. “Making it comfortable” is not an accurate turn of phrase. Abandoning the baby and allowing it to starve to death is anything but “comfortable.”
God made every living thing. All life matters – born or unborn, human, animal or plant. Step up and take action against the injustice of wanton killing of gorillas. Find people to adopt the kittens. Just don’t forget how precious a human baby is. There are many who want to have a baby and can’t. Let them take the baby home to love and care for it.