Welcome to St. Mary Presentation
Fr. Al Grasher:       Pastor       509-276-2948  albgrasher@gmail.com
Eileen Hartzell:     Secretary  509-276-2948
Perry Pearman      Deacon     509-447-4641
Cathy Chase:          Religious Education Coordinator 509-879-0488
 

Welcome to St. Mary Presentation's website.  We hope that this website will be a useful tool for communication both among those who are members of our church community and for those who are "just curious" about our Church and our Faith.


For your convenience and by popular request we have added an event calendar to our “Calendar and Bulletin” page.  We hope that this new feature will be helpful in avoiding time conflicts and allowing an easy way to see all the activities planned for our parish.

Schedules for the Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers can now all be found on the "Liturgy/Ministry" pages.

Feedback is always welcome - drop us a line using the “Contact Us” button above.


Mass Schedule

Saturday        5:30 PM
Sunday          8:30 and 10:30 AM
Monday        NO MASS
Tuesday        (Rosary at 8:30AM)    9:00 AM
Wednesday  (Rosary at 8:30AM      9:00 AM
Thursday      (Rosary at 8:30AM)    9:00 AM
Friday           (Rosary at 8:30AM)    9:00 AM



Sacraments
Reconciliation: Saturday 4:30PM or anytime by appointment.
Baptism: Contact Father Al.
Marriage: Contact Father Al at least four months prior to the proposed marriage date.
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Nepal Earthquake Relief
Please join with Catholics across the U.S. in responding to our suffering brothers and sisters through a special collection for Catholic Relief Services in Nepal. Can you help? Please make checks out to "Catholic Charities Spokane - Nepal Relief", and mail to P.O. Box 2253, Spokane, WA 99210.

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Contact Your Elected Representatives
202.456.1111  Barack Obama  (Eastern Time Zone)
202.224.3441 Maria Cantwell  (Eastern Time Zone)
509.353.2507                              (Spokane Office)
202.224.2621  Patty Murray    (Eastern Time Zone)
509.624.9515                              (Spokane Office)
202.225.2006 Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Eastern
                                                                              Time Zone)
509.353.2374                              (Spokane Office)
or go to:   
http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml
for contact info of the State and local representatives.
Pentecost

The Feast of Pentecost will bring to a close the 50 days of our Easter season. The Easter season has really been a part of the liturgical year longer than has the season of Lent. In fact, in the early Church the entire Easter season was called Pentecost, originally a Greek word that means 50. In the earliest decades of Church history, Pentecost Sunday celebrated both the Ascension of Jesus into heaven and the gift of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Thus the church historian Eusebius reports that the emperor Constantine died on Pentecost Sunday in the year 337, and that this day, which sealed the seven weeks of Easter, was also the day Christ ascended into heaven, and when the Holy Spirit came upon us. Undoubtedly Pentecost borrowed some elements from the Jewish Pentecost, sometimes called the Feast of Weeks. This was a period of seven weeks that followed the celebration of the Passover. Originally a harvest festival, this Jewish Pentecost later came to commemorate the giving of the law to Moses on Mt. Sinai.

Some parishes have begun the tradition of encouraging people to wear red clothing on Pentecost, since red is the liturgical color of the day. This reflects the old custom of decorating homes and churches with colorful flowers on this day. In Poland, for example, and among the Ukrainians, Pentecost is sometimes called the “Green Holiday,” and in Germany the “Flower Feast.” In some Latin countries there is the term Pascha Rosatum, Latin words that mean “Feast of Roses.” And in Italy there is the name Pascua Rossa, meaning “Red Pasch,” inspired by the red vestments worn on Pentecost.

Another traditional and familiar symbol of Pentecost and the Holy Spirit is the dove. This tradition is inspired by the Gospel accounts of Christ’s baptism, telling us that “when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove.” Fire is certainly the other familiar Pentecost symbol, inspired by the report from the Acts of the Apostles that on the day of Pentecost the disciples were gathered together when “suddenly from up in the sky there came a noise like a strong, driving wind which was heard all through the house where they were seated. Tongues as of fire appeared which parted and came to rest on each of them. All were filled with the Holy Spirit.”

(by Father Jan Larson from the April 18, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Todd Koesel Ordained
Todd Koesel from our parish was ordained to the priesthood on March 19 at our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey in Carlton, Oregon.

     

More images on the "Parish News" page.


Readings for the Month
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Spokane Diocese Website
http://www.dioceseofspokane.org/

Immaculate Heart Retreat House
http://www.ihrc.net/

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
http://www.usccb.org

Vatican City
http://www.vatican.va