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we seek to proclaim Christ's loving mission.
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Solemnity fo Sts. Joachim and Anne
July 30 - Recently, there has been an increase in COVID cases in our county which has caused health officials concern. So, considering the guidance of the Oregon Health Authority and my own prudential judgment, I want to strongly encourage everyone to consider wearing a mask at Mass regardless of vaccination status. This is not a requirement, but a pastoral encouragement given the situation in which we find ourselves. Masks will be available in our Narthex for those who want one. In addition, I am requiring our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion to wear Masks as well as our priests solely during the distribution of Holy Communion. The previous guidelines will remain in effect until further notice:
1. The Precious Blood will not be offered to the faithful.
2. The Sign of Peace will not be exchanged through physical contact (a bow or wave would be appropriate).
3. All are encouraged to be respectful of those who choose to wear or not wear a mask, as it is a recommendation, not a requirement.
Dear brothers and sisters,
Three years ago, when I was with you all for a summer as a deacon I had no idea that I would have the joy of being able to return to you now as a priest. That summer was a wonderful experience for me. I loved getting to know this community and I count myself so blessed to be able to be here again. God has a beautiful way of leading and guiding us where we do not expect or anticipate, and He has led us back together again.
Although many of you know me. I want to use this as an opportunity to re-introduce myself, or perhaps introduce myself for the first time to some of you. I will save my full vocation story for a later time, but I’ll share a little about my story.
When people ask me where I am from originally I usually say Portland (which is true), but I spent many years growing up oversees in Taiwan and China (I was actually born in Taiwan). My parents were Pentecostal missionaries there, and raised my three siblings and I on the mission field (an older brother and two younger sisters). My dad comes from a long line of Protestant ministers going back seven generations, so you could say ministry was the family business.
The story of how I went from that to Catholic Priest is a long one, but it basically looked like this. Starting in my senior year in High School and my freshman year of college, I began reading about Church history and discovered some pretty remarkable things about the early Christians—they looked Catholic! As I continued diving more and more into Church history and the Bible I found more and more “Catholic” things: things like the Sacraments and the Saints. Without fully realizing it, my theology was becoming more Catholic.
But then something happened. I was attending George Fox University in Newberg studying to become a math teacher. And in February of my freshman year, I heard God speak to me in a way I have never before or since. I knew with absolute certainty that God was speaking to me. First He called me to be celibate, and then to become a Catholic priest. I realized if I was going to become a Catholic Priest, I probably needed to become Catholic first. And if I was going to become Catholic, I probably should go to Mass. So that next Sunday, I found myself at a Catholic Mass for the very first time in my life, knowing God was calling me to become a Catholic priest. I soon joined RCIA and the next year I entered the Church at the Easter Vigil 2011.
Two years later I entered Mount Angel Seminary where I was a seminarian for six years. During seminary, I also had the opportunity to learn in several parishes (including here!) as well as summers in Rome, Mexico, and a hospital in Olympia, WA. I was ordained a priest in 2019, and have served my first two years of priesthood at Shepherd of the Valley in Central Point as well as celebrating the Extraordinary Form Latin Mass at Sacred Heart in Medford (which I will continue to do this coming year). The priesthood is an amazing gift and it only seems to become even more incredible.
On top of reconnecting with everyone here, I am also looking forward to exploring Josephine county more. I love hiking and biking, and I am excited to discover new trails and routes to bike around the area. So if you have any favorite hiking trails I’d love some recommendations. Also, although I know some of the area from three summers ago, if you have any good recommendations on things to do or places to go, I’d love to hear them. I always like exploring the places God sends me.
I should say just a brief word about my name. At Shepherd of the Valley, most everyone called me Father Stephen, but the tricky thing is that is another Father Stephen (Fister) in our area here. So feel free to call me either Father Stephen or Father Kenyon, both are completely fine, whichever one works best for you.
I look forward to getting to know you all. If my life has taught me anything so far it is that God is good, gracious, and loving, and He always saves the best adventures for us. So I am looking forward to this great new adventure as we pursue God together. I am confident that God is up to something amazing. He is going be doing something incredible here and I am excited to be part with you all. Please keep me in your prayers, and know that I am praying for you.
Fr. Stephen Kenyon
The Surrender Novena
Check out an adaptation of the Surrender Novena by Michael JohnPoirier by clicking this link or the graphic above.
At the ten month mark, we have found that our Food Box Distribution Ministry has been a real blessing and joy. Here's a video that may give you a taste of it. As of March 10, 24,920 boxes have been given to those in need from our parking lot! Praise God!
Enjoy some of what our community enjoys here at St. Anne in Grants Pass, Oregon.
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall
not want. In verdant pastures he gives me repose; beside restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul.
He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff
that give me courage.”
It is a wise thing to check the weather as well as the road conditions to your destination. Go TripCheck.com to see view live camera images of many places throughout Oregon and Northern California in order to get the latest info.
By clicking the link to the right, you can create your own FORMED account by using your own personal email and our specific parish access code. After that, simply browse, read, watch, and listen to whatever you want as much as you want. Even more, it is all free.
Make sure to use our parish access code, 2M7DW8, when signing up. Encourage other parishioners to try this out. We only ask that you do not share our access code on social media.
Once you've created your account, you can always access it by going to https://formed.org and loggin in.
Click the video above to watch this year's video from Archbishop Sample. Para Español, click Aqui. If you want to make your pledge online, click this link here.
Our New Church
If you come to St. Anne, you my notice our beautiful new church building. There many miracles associated with this project which began back in 2013 and was dedicated in 2018.
Our history began when Archbishop William Gross dedicated our first church building named after Saint Anne, mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on October 24, 1897. The church was named after the Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre in Quebec, Canada. Later, Fr. Dan Kelly purchased 6 acres on N.E. 10th Street, Grants Pass, in 1954, for the construction of a new rectory, church, convent and school building for St. Anne parish. Father Kelly built his new rectory on 10th Street in 1956. He began construction of a new church in 1959. The new church was to be a fireproof, long rectangular building that would seat 700 persons. The original church design called for two rows of pews facing what is now the west entrance where the main altar was to be placed. Father Edmund Murnane, pastor of St. Mary parish in Eugene and friend of Father Kelly persuaded the St. Anne pastor to place the altar in the middle of the church so that people could see both the altar and the priest. In 2009, Fr. William Holtzinger was installed as the latest pastor. He is a native of the Southern Oregon area. In 2013, a process began to update the church building. What resulted was a collaborative effort of prayer, discernment, and fundraising which resulted in the demolition of the current church building and the construction of a new church building which was dedicated pm September 1, 2018. If you would like to tour our church, please come by our office or call for an appointment. We would love to share the miracle that God has done in our midst.
5:00 PM - English
7:00 PM - Spanish
8:00 AM - English
11:00 AM - English
8:30 AM - English
Wed. w/ School
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
or by appointment