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In our lives of faith, we all need anchor experiences in which we have strong encounters with God that keep us tethered to him as we navigate our journeys. Sometimes those encounters are individual, while others are shared in community. Recently Our Lady of the Valley hosted, Familias Resucitadas (Resurrected Families), with the hope that…

As Catholics we recognize the importance of the role of faith in our individual lives as well as being part of a collective community of the Body of Christ. One way that communities can grow is by uniting to work toward a common vision. On Easter Sunday the Our Lady of the Valley community in…

This year Holy Thursday at Our Lady of the Valley provided an opportunity to reflect on the Sacraments of Service (Holy Orders and Matrimony) in a special way woven throughout the liturgy. Fr. Saji emphasized that the Easter Tridiuum contains the most important three days of the year for Christians and explained that on Holy…

Fifty years ago, 1967, was a time of social upheaval. The sacramental understanding of marriage was challenged on many fronts.  “Free love” and “no-fault divorce” opposed the idea of a total, faithful commitment of husband and wife, and increased availability of contraception opposed openness to life.  Our Lady of the Valley in La Grande was…

In December of 2016, members of Hispanic Ministries hosted multiple events to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe. From December 4th – December 11th around 20-40 people gathered each evening to pray a Spanish novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe hosted by different families. An altar was prepared at each home, and a statue of Our…

The Knights of Columbus hosted their annual lighting of the Nativity Crib and potluck on the evening of the first Tuesday of Advent. Prior to the event, outdoor holiday lights were installed in front of the church. This event is a tradition at our church that helps parishioners to enter into the Advent season in an…

On Saturday, November 19 the Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Women hosted their annual Holiday Bazaar. Starting at 9 a.m., many community members were waiting and excited for the doors to open so they could enjoy a warm meal or buy crafts, sweets, and other items for sale. The event is the women’s group’s…

Sunday, October 30 The Knights of Columbus hosted the 5th Sunday Rosary at Our Lady of the Valley with about 35 people in attendance. Following the Rosary, parishioners visited in the hall, and the Knights provided a spaghetti dinner. We appreciate the Knights of Columbus’ regular events to positively contribute to a sense of community in…

On Sunday, October 16 fifteen couples who have been married for 50 years or more from the three Union County parishes came together at the Our Lady of the Valley Parish Hall for a dinner to celebrate. Inspired by the Year of Mercy and the overall context in the United States with a high rate…

On Sunday, October 8th after Mass Fr. Saji welcomed parishioners to bring their pets to the front lawn of the church for a blessing. The previous Tuesday was St. Francis of Assisi’s feast day. Because he is the patron of animals and ecology, it was a fitting time to bless the pets.

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