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

Reverend Michael Lessard’s Reflection

A Sense of Belonging The people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was

January 24th, 2022|

Carl Leben’s Reflection

January 17th, 2022|

As I’m sitting down to write this reflection it is the first of December. I find myself thinking back about this past year and all the circumstances of life, good and bad, that have occurred, and all the hopes and dreams that either materialized or will be continuing on into next year. So, I guess it’s time to dust off the list of New Year’s resolutions and try again. Let’s see, on January 1st I’m going to lose weight,

Sandy Thiernau’s Reflection

January 10th, 2022|

Happy New Year 2022! Once again it’s time for our annual activity of well-meaning New Year’s Resolutions, followed by the inevitable inability to sustain them for very long. I propose that we use the COVID 19 pandemic as the most powerful teaching moment of our lifetime as we make this year’s resolutions.Chatham House is a world leading policy institute with a mission to help governments and societies build a sustainably secure, prosperous, and just world. They state: “The pandemic has

Deacon Cheryl Armstrong’s Reflection

January 3rd, 2022|

A Time to Reflect As I write this reflection, it’s still 2021. While it is tempting to look toward the new year and things to come, it is fitting to first reflect on the past and learn a few things from it. So today I am taking time to reflect on my life and thank God for the gift of another year. It’s not so much about what I accomplished this year, or which goals I met – that’s

Pastor Mark Dippre’s Reflection

December 27th, 2021|

The End is Just a New Beginning “Here we are at the end of another year.  We will gather with family and friends and pop the champagne at the stroke of midnight and sing “Auld Lang Syne.” That song means times long past, and the eighteenth-century poem was a time to reflect on all the blessings we have experienced and a time to reconcile any conflicts so that we can start new.  This time of year, it has me reflecting

Deacon Peter Klemens’ Reflection

November 22nd, 2021|

After months of planning, I am leaving to go fishing with my three friends Larry, Tom and John.  I am all checked in, through TSA and at the gate.  Now I am faced with getting in that aluminum tube and climbing up to 30,000 + feet. The flight to Seattle is very smooth, pleasant, and uneventful.  I met Larry in Seattle and decided to check the weather between Seattle and Sitka. Big mistake! The screen on my phone looked

Deacon Fred Pratt’s Reflection

November 15th, 2021|

Giving Praise to God on Thanksgiving Day Thanksgiving is right around the corner and as we all know a national holiday in the United States.  In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Native Americans shared an autumn harvest feast. In 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.  From that time forward, Thanksgiving has been celebrated as a day to give thanks to God for being

Fr. Dale Fushek’s Reflection

November 8th, 2021|

A Tattoo I have never been a fan of getting a tattoo.  It seemed to me that by getting a tattoo you were marking your body with permanent ink even though the words or thoughts you were putting on the body were temporary. I can picture a young man, who is only nineteen years old, and he marks his arm with the words “I love Barbie”.  Unfortunately, he grows older and never sees Barbie again, yet his arm bears

Dawn G. Paschke’s Reflection

November 1st, 2021|

Lingering at the Table One of my favorite memories as a child is going to my Grandma & Grandpa York’s for a family gathering. Grandma, Mom, and all her sisters/sisters-in-law would be in the kitchen preparing the meal.  They filled the kitchen with talk, laughter, and love. As the family gathered around the table for the meal, the talk, laughter and love continued. When the meal was over many would linger around the table to continue the fellowship of

Deacon Dennis Paschke’s Reflection

October 25th, 2021|

Sometimes people say to let your past be in your past, but the truth I’ve found is that the past plays a huge role and forms us into who we are today.  Everything we have been through shapes our outlook on today. In one sense we never escape our past, but how we use it and more importantly how we allow God to use it makes all the difference in the life we get to live today. A friend

Deacon Karen Klemens’ Reflection

October 18th, 2021|

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

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

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