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Respect for Life Committee

Instituted in 2001, by the USCCB, the committee's four main functions are to advocate a respect for all life from conception to natural death. 

How?
Through Prayer
Through Education
Through Advocacy
Through Pastoral Service

We celebrate life with a Pro-life rosary on the 22nd of each month before the weekday Mass (no rosary on weekends) and with a special celebration and Mass on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade (January 22).  A Respect for Life conference is held yearly in September at Powell Butte Retreat Center.  Advocacy done primarily with educational videos, parish inserts, pre-election information, and running the Pro-Life booth at the Deschutes County Fair.  Bimonthly meetings are held on the first Monday of the month.  Our annual fundraiser is the "baby-bottle" drive each year in May.

Contact person:  Richard Thorne, 541-548-9970

Mission Statement:  In accordance with the U.S. Bishops Plan, we are to assist all members of our Parish with Respect for Life issues in the following ways:


Public information and education on life issues occurring at the beginning, during or at the end of life.

Pastoral care:

  • prenatal counseling and referrals;
  • post abortion healing and resources;
  • care for the chronically ill, disabled or dying;
  • visiting the sick inconjunction with the parish health ministries.


Public policy forums - how to change hearts, minds and ultimately the laws that foster the culture of death.

Prayer and worship devoted to stopping the public acceptance of abortion/PAS/embryonic research/cloning, etc.


Respect for Life Disbursements 5/1/10 to 5/1/11  Please click here to view
 

 

Up Coming Events:

Northwest Catholic Women's Conference: Jun. 22, 2018

June 22-23, Diocese of Baker Retreat Center at Powell Butte ~ Please join women from all around the Northwest to celebrate faith and fellowship.  Speakers include Mary Lenaburg, Lorissa Horn, and Sr. Maximilian Marie O.P. and Mass with Bishop Cary.  Ticket cost is $60 and May be purchased by visiting http://www.nwcwomen.com/Register.html


High (Sung) Latin Mass at Old St. Francis, Bend Jun. 24, 2018

1:00 p.m.


Hearts on Fire Prayer Group Mission - St. Francis of Bend Jun. 25, 2018

Hearts On Fire prayer group meets Monday at 6:30 pm in the RCIA room. Join us for praise and worship and our video series:  "The Wild Goose Is Loose."


Red Cross Blood Drive Jun. 29, 2018

9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Annual St. Thomas Festival Jul. 1, 2018

Potluck served from 1:00 - 2:00 pm; games 2:00 - 3:00 pm; music 1:00 - 300.  Participating families are to bring a dish as follows - last names A-F:  desserts; G-M:  salads; N-Z:  side dish or vegetables


Low Latin Mass at St. Edwards in Sisters Jul. 1, 2018

1:00 p.m.


St. Thomas Feast Day Jul. 3, 2018

Office is closed


Adoration Hour for Priestly Vocations Jul. 4, 2018

First Wednesday of the month from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Adoration Chapel or St. Joseph's Chapel as space permits.  


Fourth of July Jul. 4, 2018

Mass at 9:00 a.m., and the office is closed.


First Friday Mass Jul. 6, 2018

8:00 a.m.


First Saturday Mass Jul. 7, 2018

8:00 a.m.


Parents of Infants and Children - Baptism Classes - Spanish Language Jul. 7, 2018

9:00 a.m. Side Vestibule -


High (Sung) Latin Mass at Old St. Francis, Bend Jul. 8, 2018

1:00 pm


Low Latin Mass at St. Edwards in Sisters Jul. 18, 2018

1:00 p.m.  


Rummage Sale Drop-off Jul. 18, 2018

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm in the Gym


Rummage Sale Drop-off Jul. 19, 2018

9:00 am until 1:00


Altar Society Rummage Sale Jul. 20, 2018

Save the date


Altar Society Rummage Sale Jul. 21, 2018

Save the Date


High (Sung) Latin Mass at Old St. Francis, Bend Jul. 22, 2018

1:00 pm


Low Latin Mass at St. Edwards in Sisters Aug. 5, 2018

1:00 p.m.


The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Vigil Mass Aug. 14, 2018

6:00 p.m.


The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Holy Day of Obligation Aug. 15, 2018

Mass at 8:00 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.  THE OFFICE IS CLOSED


Weekend Mass Schedule:

Saturday: 5:30pm
Sunday:   8:00am & 10:00am, Spanish Mass 12:00 p.m.




Diocese of Baker Events:

http://dioceseofbaker.org/RetreatCenter.htm>