Weekly Reflections2020-12-18T12:14:00-07:00

Deacon Karen Klemens’ Reflection

I consider it an undeserved privilege when from time to time I am invited to teach one of our Wednesday evening adult education sessions.  Truth be told, I don’t think of it as “teaching”.  Nor do I think of those times as “education” opportunities.  Rather, it seems to me we are there to share among friends our thoughts and experiences for the purpose of growing in our relationship with the Sacred Mystery we call God, with one another and

October 18th, 2021|

Pastor Mark Dippre’s Reflection

October 11th, 2021|

Sometimes in Life We Just Need a HUG! “Have you ever noticed how magical a hug can be? They can lift your spirits with the warmth of two arms holding you tight.  Hugs comfort those that need a shoulder to cry on or to heal a broken heart.  Hugs are there to welcome and reconnect us and ground us again in the gift of love.  A child hugs their mother for safety and security.  A hug always shows the

Terri Thompson’s Reflection

October 4th, 2021|

Persevere Through Patience and Faith “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.” (Hebrews 10:36 (NIV). We often talk about when you walk through the doors of PWC you feel the Holy Spirit.  Many of us often feel the Holy Spirit is speaking to us by sending a particular word, phrase, or bible verse to us that is instilled in our minds.  This is when I

Fr. Michael Lessard’s Reflection

September 27th, 2021|

In all my years as a hospital chaplain, the present Covid-19 pandemic is unique.  Coping with the reality of the present virus and its effects on families, friends, coworkers, and society has been difficult and confusing.  This kind of pervasive health crisis has not been experienced since the Flu epidemic after the First World War. Many of us have suffered the death of a loved one or our own sickness. Grief and shock has often led to an earthquake

Fr. Dale Fushek’s Reflection

September 20th, 2021|

Our nation just remembered one of our most painful events—the bombing of the World Trade Center on September 11.  One of the memories that is most present to me from that day is how so many people showed up at church.  Spontaneously, people were moved to come and pray. Our nation is in the midst of another painful time.  The Covid pandemic is creating chaos in our daily lives, causing folks to pass away, and filling our nation with

Deacon Peter Klemens’ Reflection

September 13th, 2021|

I suspect there are probably more ways God is working in my life that I do not see than I do see.  Yet for now, I will reflect on how I experienced the Divine working in my life just recently. Toward the end of May we left for Sisters, Oregon to officiate the wedding of our son, Scott.  We were blessed to safely travel through Central California, staying in Patterson and next heading for Crater Lake National Park in

Deacon Cheryl Armstrong’s Reflection

September 6th, 2021|

Being thankful is an early connection I made with prayer from a very young age. When I was a kid, my dad would tuck us in at night and lead us in bedtime prayers. I rarely added to his prayer because I didn’t know what to say. Dad would try to prompt me, asking if I had anything I was thankful for. I remember one time; I thanked God for my dog Freckles, who was my best friend at

Pastor Mark Dippre’s Reflection

August 30th, 2021|

We all Need a Miracle Now and Then… People pray for miracles every day. They need some sign to let them know that God has not forgotten them. Some might pray for the miracle of getting good test results back from the doctor.  As a parent, you pray that your children are safe and make good decisions in their lives. Some pray for the miracle of finding a job or mending a broken relationship. Still others might pray for

Deacon Peter Palmer’s Reflection

August 23rd, 2021|

When you hear the word "reflection" what comes to your mind? My mind goes to the vision I get standing in front of a full-length mirror, with not always the best expected and desired results. And then we realize that is as good as it gets and there may not be anything that can be done to improve the vision. To me, it is such a blessing to know, that when I stand in front of Christ, to check

Carl Leben’s Reflection

August 16th, 2021|

One of the many blessings we have  here at the Praise and Worship Center is our music and our musicians. In many ways our pastors have a competition on Sunday mornings.  I do have to admit I frequently get lost in the talent of the musicians, the quality of the sound of their voices, and the seeming ease of their talent. It is easy to not  listen to the words. Several Sundays ago, as I was listening to the music,

Deacon Carol Palmer’s Reflection

August 9th, 2021|

Women's Ministry is Important to Me As I look back on my life I can see the things that influenced me in my Christian life, the different parts of making me who I am. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) says:  “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,  plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Wow, what a verse to lean on! I am sure when I

Deacon Chuck Monroe’s Reflection

August 2nd, 2021|

Having a Servant’s Heart In April, at the Brothers’ Ministry, Father Dale talked about service and having a servant’s heart.  This topic has been on my mind and it is my hope that in sharing my thoughts, I will provide a personal reflection that moves a few hearts. Several years ago, at the beginning of our Deacon training, Father Dale started by saying there were three things he wanted us to know about being a Deacon.  The first was Service,

Rosemary Sambora’s Reflection

July 26th, 2021|

As I reflect on what to write, there is so much that comes to mind; and I’m finding it difficult to know where to start. So here goes. The Praise and Worship Center (PWC) entered my life when I was going through some ambivalence about the Catholic Church. I hadn’t been to Mass in over a year and was feeling very unsettled. I was a cradle Catholic and had followed the dogma to the best of my ability all of

Dawn G. Paschke’s Reflection

July 19th, 2021|

Retirement! I am retired! After 42 years in my profession, I have turned in my computer and ID badge.  This gives me a moment for pause; our worldly culture constantly reminds us that we are what we ‘do’, now what?  My work life, that heavily defined what I was in my full-time working years, is gone.  That was only one part of my life.  God’s not done with me yet! For many years I have had Colossians 3:23-24 NIV

Deacon Karen Klemens’ Reflection

July 12th, 2021|

Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with the light.   Matthew 6:22 MSGJust a few weeks ago, Peter and I were blessed by a driving vacation on the backroads of Eastern Oregon. We were able to spend some time at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge where we spent several hours basking in the beauty, tenderness and sweet songs of birds such as we have rarely seen

Fr. Dale Fushek’s Reflection

July 5th, 2021|

My dad raised my brother, sister, and me, to be patriotic.   When the Star-Spangled Banner was played before a football game my dad would stand with his hand over his heart and we were expected to do the same.  Patriotism was an everyday thing and for my dad, the Marine, he would not have it any other way. I do know, however, that many people do not see the country the same way or with the same respect my

Deacon Cheryl Armstrong’s Reflection

June 28th, 2021|

Create a clean heart for me, God; put a new, faithful spirit deep inside me! Return the joy of your salvation to me and sustain me with a willing spirit. (Psalm 51:10,12) A few years ago, Father Dale led a Wednesday night teaching on the Book of Psalms. Before the end of the night, he invited us to write our own poem, a Psalm, from our heart to God. It was a meaningful exercise to focus our thoughts and

Deacon Dennis Paschke’s Reflection

June 21st, 2021|

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.     John 15.4 (ESV) This is one of my most valuable verses in the Bible. It has guided me many times when I long for God’s Presence in my life. It’s a constant reminder that Jesus longs for our life to be lived beyond mere believing in Christ into a relationship of

Pastor Mark Dippre’s Reflection

June 14th, 2021|

I can remember receiving a phone call from our adoption case manager with the news that we were going to be able to adopt our very first child.  Her exact words, “Are you ready to be a Dad?”.  I could never have imagined that our lives were going to be changed forever.   Being a father is one of the greatest joys and blessings of my life.  Thank God, my children have an amazing Mom who helps me in this

Fr. Michael Lessard’s Reflection

June 7th, 2021|

“The Spirit Himself and our spirit bear united witness that we are children of God” (Romans. 8:16)This little verse says so much about who we are in Christ Jesus. It was on my ordination banner; it is no surprise, that it comes to mind for me, this time of year. The person of the Holy Spirit is an experience. What happened in the Upper Room was not the product of summoning the Holy Spirit’s presence. It is not magic. It

Pastor Mark Dippre’s Reflection

May 31st, 2021|

Memorial Day:  A Time to Remember I have been blessed with the honor of visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.  I remember being moved to tears, even as a child, when we watched the changing of the guard and heard TAPS being played in the distance.  When you look around on that sacred ground, you see the tombs of our fallen brothers and sisters that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation’s freedom.  We

Tom Cutrera’s Reflection

May 24th, 2021|

The first thing I do every morning when I awake is say “Good morning, Jesus”. I put on my glasses and head to my breakfast room where I have a daily conversation with Our Lord, thanking Him for all the blessings He has bestowed upon me all my life. I had the best parents anyone could hope for. They taught me about love, family values, acceptance of others, encouragement, support, and the importance of a good education. As a

Charlie Pyeatte’s Reflection

May 17th, 2021|

I heard a story years ago about a holy man in India who announced that he was traveling to the United States. A colleague warned him, "Be careful! The pace of life there might get you!" If the fast times in America can suck in a swami, I wondered what chance have I got? I began to notice how when I wake up in the morning my brain gets busy right away. "What if this?" it wonders. "What if that?

Mary McMahon’s Reflection

May 10th, 2021|

I was asked to write a reflection on how I see Jesus in my life.  How easy is that!!!!! Let’s start with my children…I see Him in the little things like when either of them would call me out of the blue just to say they were thinking of me.  Or, when I see them doing something so incredibly kind for someone…There is Jesus! Then there are my grandbabies.  What is better than seeing them rush to the door and

Sandy Thiernau’s Reflection #2

May 3rd, 2021|

This is a tribute to “Courage”, and a plea that we continue to recognize and appreciate it in all forms great and small. Courage has been defined as the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc. without fear. The root of the word courage is “cor”, the Latin word for heart. May we never become oblivious or unseeing to its many forms and manifestations. In Michael W. Smith’s song “Open the

Pastor Mark Dippre’s Reflection

April 26th, 2021|

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” In the 1980’s there was a classic film that came out called “Ferris Bueluer’s Day Off.” In the movie he decides to go on an adventure with his friends. The movie finds him going to a fine art museum, a fine restaurant and even becoming the star singing in a parade. At the end of the movie, he has a famous

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