WHO WE ARE

ABOUT ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH




Saint Peter

LET’S FIND OUT ABOUT OUR CHURCH FAMILY

                                            We believe the mission of St. Peter, The Dalles,

                   To walk the path of love in the Body of Christ, which is Eucharist.


MASS TIMES

Saturday Vigil -English 5:30pm Spanish  7:00pm

Sunday – English 9:30am
Sunday – Spanish 12:00 pm
Monday – 8:00am
Tuesday –  8:00am & 12:10PM
Wednesday – 8:00 AM & 12:10PM
Thursday – 8:00 AM & 12:10PM
Friday – 8:00 AM

 

CONFESSION TIMES

Wednesday 5:30-7:00pm

Saturday 3:00pm-5:00pm

 

EXPOSITION OF THE HOLY SACRAMENT

All Monday’s and Friday’s

9:00am until 8:00pm

 

HOLY DAY

December 24 – Christmas Vigil -English 5:30 PM and-Spanish 10:00 PM

December 25 – Christmas Mass 10:00 AM-English and 1:00 PM-Spanish

December 31 – New Years Eve Mary, Mother of God Vigil Mass 5:30 PM – English

January 1 – New Years Day Mary, Mother of God Mass 10:00 AM – English / 12:00 PM – Spanish

 

HOLY WEEK

Holy Thursday – Bilingual 7:00 PM
Good Friday – Bilingual 7:00 PM
Easter Vigil – Bilingual TBD
Easter Morning – English 9:00 AM
Easter – Spanish 12:00 noon

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OUR PASTORAL STAFF

BISHOP - MOST REV. LIAM S. CARY

BISHOP

Liam Cary was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1947, the first of John and Patricia Cary's four children. In 1950 the family moved to Prineville, where John Cary took up the practice of dentistry and Liam attended Ochoco Grade School and Prineville Junior High School. He was sent to the North American College in Rome, where he received a Licentiate in Moral Theology from the Gregorian University in 1992, the year he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon on September 5. He served at St. Joseph's in Salem from 1992 to 1994, when he was named Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Portland and chaplain to the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon in Beaverton. He was sent to Medford in 1998 and served as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish until July 2011, when he was appointed pastor of St. Mary's in Eugene. Throughout his priesthood Bishop Cary has been involved in Hispanic ministry. Pope Benedict XVI named Father Cary, pastor of St. Mary Church in Eugene, Oregon, as Bishop of the Diocese of Baker on May 18, 2012. The Baker Diocese includes almost 67,000 square miles in Oregon and has a population of 526,760 people, of whom 34,375, or seven percent, are Catholic. There are 36 parishes and 23 missions in the Diocese of Baker.

Rev. Father Steve Garza

PASTOR

Father Steve Garza
Saint Peter Parish, The Dalles Oregon
I am the oldest of five children. I was born in Oxnard, California and baptized a Catholic when I was a month old. My father was from Corpus Christi, Texas. He took me and my mother with him to Texas when I was three months old so I grew up in Corpus Christi. I attended Catholic School through the 8th grade and had to switch to public school when my parents separated. By the time I was halfway through the tenth grade my mother and father divorced and my mother and all five children moved back to Oxnard, CA. I finished High School there and went to Humboldt State University and earned a degree in Forest Management. I worked for the United States Forest Service for 35 years. About 9 years into my career I transferred to a job on another district in California and my future wife, Maria, transferred there from Oregon about a month after I got there. We were married about a year after we met and were married for 21 years. We moved to Oregon about a year after we were married. She died of cancer. I had thought of being a priest when I was in 7th and 8th grade. I discerned a vocation to the priesthood and Bishop Cary accepted my vocation in the Diocese of Baker, Oregon. I attended Seminary for 5 years at Pope Saint John XXIII in Massachusetts. I was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Cary on June 27, 2019, and was assigned to Saint Francis of Assisi parish in Bend, OR. I became the Pastor on St Peter Parish in The Dalles on July 8, 2021.

Ireneo Ledezma

DEACON

Born and raised in Santiago, Jalisco, Mexico. Came to the US in 1974. His wife's name is Silvia and has 3 children, Nancy, Jesus, and Maria. Had the calling to become a deacon in November 1995. Was ordained a deacon by Bishop Vasa on May 27, 2000. Irineo enjoys his job and serving the lord. His favorite sport is baseball and played for 25 years.


OUR SUPPORT STAFF

Taunia Canchola

SECRETARY/HISPANIC MINISTRY


BIOGRAPHY OF THE HOLY FATHER
FRANCIS

The first Pope of the Americas Jorge Mario Bergoglio hails from Argentina. The 76-year-old Jesuit Archbishop of Buenos Aires is a prominent figure throughout the continent, yet remains a simple pastor who is deeply loved by his diocese, throughout which he has travelled extensively on the underground and by bus during the 15 years of his episcopal ministry.

“My people are poor and I am one of them”, he has said more than once, explaining his decision to live in an apartment and cook his own supper. He has always advised his priests to show mercy and apostolic courage and to keep their doors open to everyone. The worst thing that could happen to the Church, he has said on various occasions, “is what de Lubac called spiritual worldliness”, which means, “being self-centred”. And when he speaks of social justice, he calls people first of all to pick up the Catechism, to rediscover the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes. His project is simple: if you follow Christ, you understand that “trampling upon a person’s dignity is a serious sin”.

Despite his reserved character — his official biography consists of only a few lines, at least until his appointment as Archbishop of Buenos Aires — he became a reference point because of the strong stances he took during the dramatic financial crisis that overwhelmed the country in 2001.

He was born in Buenos Aires on 17 December 1936, the son of Italian immigrants. His father Mario was an accountant employed by the railways and his mother Regina Sivori was a committed wife dedicated to raising their five children. He graduated as a chemical technician and then chose the path of the priesthood, entering the Diocesan Seminary of Villa Devoto. On 11 March 1958 he entered the novitiate of the Society of Jesus. He completed his studies of the humanities in Chile and returned to Argentina in 1963 to graduate with a degree in philosophy from the Colegio de San José in San Miguel. From 1964 to 1965 he taught literature and psychology at Immaculate Conception College in Santa Fé and in 1966 he taught the same subject at the Colegio del Salvatore in Buenos Aires. From 1967-70 he studied theology and obtained a degree from the Colegio of San José.

On 13 December 1969 he was ordained a priest by Archbishop Ramón José Castellano. He continued his training between 1970 and 1971 at the University of Alcalá de Henares, Spain, and on 22 April 1973 made his final profession with the Jesuits. Back in Argentina, he was novice master at Villa Barilari, San Miguel; professor at the Faculty of Theology of San Miguel; consultor to the Province of the Society of Jesus and also Rector of the Colegio Máximo of the Faculty of Philosophy and Theology.

On 31 July 1973 he was appointed Provincial of the Jesuits in Argentina, an office he held for six years. He then resumed his work in the university sector and from 1980 to 1986 served once again as Rector of the Colegio de San José, as well as parish priest, again in San Miguel. In March 1986 he went to Germany to finish his doctoral thesis; his superiors then sent him to the Colegio del Salvador in Buenos Aires and next to the Jesuit Church in the city of Córdoba as spiritual director and confessor.

It was Cardinal Antonio Quarracino, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, who wanted him as a close collaborator. So, on 20 May 1992 Pope John Paul II appointed him titular Bishop of Auca and Auxiliary of Buenos Aires. On 27 May he received episcopal ordination from the Cardinal in the cathedral. He chose as his episcopal motto, miserando atque eligendo, and on his coat of arms inserted the ihs, the symbol of the Society of Jesus.

He gave his first interview as a bishop to a parish newsletter, Estrellita de Belém. He was immediately appointed Episcopal Vicar of the Flores district and on 21 December 1993 was also entrusted with the office of Vicar General of the Archdiocese. Thus it came as no surprise when, on 3 June 1997, he was raised to the dignity of Coadjutor Archbishop of Buenos Aires. Not even nine months had passed when, upon the death of Cardinal Quarracino, he succeeded him on 28 February 1998, as Archbishop, Primate of Argentina and Ordinary for Eastern-rite faithful in Argentina who have no Ordinary of their own rite.

Three years later at the Consistory of 21 February 2001, John Paul ii created him Cardinal, assigning him the title of San Roberto Bellarmino. He asked the faithful not to come to Rome to celebrate his creation as Cardinal but rather to donate to the poor what they would have spent on the journey. As Grand Chancellor of the Catholic University of Argentina, he is the author of the books: Meditaciones para religiosos (1982), Reflexiones sobre la vida apostólica (1992) and Reflexiones de esperanza (1992).

In October 2001 he was appointed General Relator to the 10th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Episcopal Ministry. This task was entrusted to him at the last minute to replace Cardinal Edward Michael Egan, Archbishop of New York, who was obliged to stay in his homeland because of the terrorist attacks on September 11th. At the Synod he placed particular emphasis on “the prophetic mission of the bishop”, his being a “prophet of justice”, his duty to “preach ceaselessly” the social doctrine of the Church and also “to express an authentic judgement in matters of faith and morals”.

All the while Cardinal Bergoglio was becoming ever more popular in Latin America. Despite this, he never relaxed his sober approach or his strict lifestyle, which some have defined as almost “ascetic”. In this spirit of poverty, he declined to be appointed as President of the Argentine Bishops’ Conference in 2002, but three years later he was elected and then, in 2008, reconfirmed for a further three-year mandate. Meanwhile in April 2005 he took part in the Conclave in which Pope Benedict XVI was elected.

As Archbishop of Buenos Aires — a diocese with more than three million inhabitants — he conceived of a missionary project based on communion and evangelization. He had four main goals: open and brotherly communities, an informed laity playing a lead role, evangelization efforts addressed to every inhabitant of the city, and assistance to the poor and the sick. He aimed to reevangelize Buenos Aires, “taking into account those who live there, its structure and its history”. He asked priests and lay people to work together. In September 2009 he launched the solidarity campaign for the bicentenary of the Independence of the country. Two hundred charitable agencies are to be set up by 2016. And on a continental scale, he expected much from the impact of the message of the Aparecida Conference in 2007, to the point of describing it as the “Evangelii Nuntiandi of Latin America”.

Until the beginning of the recent sede vacante, he was a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, the Congregation for the Clergy, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

He was elected Supreme Pontiff on 13 March 2013.