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New Pastoral Associate Hired

New Pastoral Associate Hired

Dear Parishioners,

With the news of Joe Trainor's coming departure, we began the search for his successor. We are pleased to announce that Carolyn Trumble will be taking up the good work done by Joe. Carolyn's first day will be July 20th whereby her and Joe can work together, Joe can train her in the details of the work.

Carolyn has many years in pastoral ministry including her most recent work in Brazil as a Marynoll Missioner, preceded by work at St. Cecilia's in Beaverton, and extensive work in youth ministry at St. Pius X in Portland, Our Lady of the Lake in Lake Oswego, and St. John the Apostle in Oregon City. She also was the Director of Events and Evangelization at Fr. Bernard Youth Center in Mt. Angel. Clearly, she comes to us with a wealth of experience. She has a reputation as a collaborative team player and a motivator who is organized, creative, and disciplined. We are very excited to have her on board our ministry team.

She will more formally introduce herself soon after her arrival. Please join in praying for her and her new beginning with our parish community.

Joe will continue to work through this month which means that both Joe and Carolyn will be sharing an office. Please pray for Joe as he begins his new adventure. Thank you, Joe! Job well done!

Blessings,

Fr. William Holtzinger

Pastor

Hello!

Dear Parishioners, 

Last month we said goodbye to Fr. José and Jessica McCormick. This month, we say, "Hello!" to two new members taking their places.


Firstly, we want to say, "Hello!" to Fr. Joseph Hùng Nguyễn to St. Anne's! This past weekend, he was received with a very warm welcome. For those wanting to know how to prounce his last name, just pronounce it as if to say, "when." So, just hear yourself say, "Father When" and you will have it! If you wish to get to know him better, Fr. Nguyen will be offering a time to talk about his vocational journey and answer questions at our next installation of Catholicism 101 on Sunday, July 13th at 9:30 AM. In brief, Fr. Joseph Nguyễn was previously the Parochial vicar at St. Cecilia in Beaverton. Fr. Joseph served for a summer as an intern with Fr. Bill at St. Anthony's in Forest Grove. We are happy to welcome Fr. Joseph to our parish to continue his training and experience in priestly ministry.


Secondly, we want to say "Hello!" to Joe Trainor who has accepted our offer to become our new Pastoral Associate. He has a wealth of experience in the commercial and church world. His last pastoral placement was at Sacred Heart in Tillamook, OR where he worked tirelessly in liturgy and Faith Formation. He is currently in the Philippines with his wife, as they are in the process of adopting her two grandchildren. We expect Joe to arrive somewhere around the 25th of this month after which he will be formally introduced in the first weekend of August.

Blessings, 

Fr. William Holtzinger
Pastor

Jesus, Fill Our Hearts

Dear Parishioners,

It's great to be back from vacation.  Apparently, Fr.  Manuel invited you to come visit me, but I must have somehow missed you since I saw no parishioners the whole time.  Darn!  We could have had so much fun. Even though you didn't join me, I can report that I had a great time doing what I love the most: camping.  I began by spending a couple days as Crane Prairie Reservoir, followed by five days at Beverly Beach just North of Newport, and then returned to Central Oregon for a couple days at Hosmer Lake (a kayaker's paradise).  In all, I am so appreciative of God's amazing creation here in Oregon.  

While I was gone, I prayed for our parish and missions and thanked Him for all the amazing things happening at our communities. Specifically at St. Anne's, I was so appreciative of all those inspired to give of their time and talent to make Vacation Bible School the great success it was. Specifically, I want to thank Nancy Trahern and her army of volunteers.  Thank you!  You inspired me.  While I was gone, Natalie Scott took a band of adults and teens to Steubenville NW at Gonzaga University.  While away, she texted me with reports of the amazing things God was doing.  One word: Wow!  If you are fortunate enough to attend the right Mass where a teen was able to offer their testimony this weekend, you will know exactly what I'm talking about.  Thank you to all who made this event a possibility for our teens!

Two weeks ago, after a very involved process, we selected out new Pastoral Associate, however we are running into many road blocks with the process of immigration since she is a native of Canada.  I've never been personally involved with these processes nor are all of the steps well spelled out. What we were hoping would take a couple weeks is now, as I write this, looking to take much longer.  So, I ask you to please pray that God will clear the path so we can move forward.  When such clarity and finality is made, I will make every effort to introduce her to you.  In the meantime, please pray!

Finally, I want to proclaim that God is moving and the Spirit is inspiring many people.  I hope you can see and join in this movement wherever you see it.  A renewal of people seeking out His heart is evidenced by a stunningly large number of people who attended our last RCIA Inquiry gathering.  It can't be explained by anything other than God's work.  

Come Lord Jesus!  Fill our hearts and make us new according to your plan.  Heal our wounds and lift us up to be people of joy.  May all our thoughts and and actions be submissive to your will.  May we give you all the glory! 

Thank you all for responding to the Spirit.  Let us be afire with the love of God!


Blessings,


Fr. William Holtzinger
Pastor

Changes & More Changes


Dear Parishioners,
Things just keep changing.  Remember I said that this is a time of change?  Well, as it turns out, Deacon Rodel de Mesa’s assignment has changed.  As of this writing, he will be going to Holy Trinity Parish in Bandon as their new pastor.  Fr. Dominic is still on for St. Michael’s in Sandy.  For us here, we are supposed to receive José Manuel Campos-Garcia.  He is fluent in Spanish and English.  He is a native of Mexico, entered seminary in Mexico City in 2003. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 2007. He just completed his studies at Mount Angel Seminary and his training has included a pastoral year St. Alexander Parish in Cornelius.  He is scheduled to arrive on July 2nd, God willing!
On July 1st between the Sunday Masses, we are going to have a congratulations and goodbye party for Fr. Dominic.  In that same party, we will also offer our thanks to Fr. Fister who will be officially retiring.  Going forward, we will still see Fr. Fister and he plans to help us out once a week as he is able.  Please continue to keep them both in your prayers.


In addition to a new parochial vicar, I recently created a new position in our pastoral staff, that of Pastoral Associate. This will be a full time position and potential applicants can get more informatiaon by clicking this link here.
Blessings,
Fr. William Holtzinger