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It was with great joy that the Catholic community welcomed Mother Teresa as the newest canonized Saint on September 4, 2016. To celebrate her inspiring life and recent canonization, parishioners from the Union County parishes gathered together at the Our Lady of the Valley parish hall on the evening of Sunday, September 18th. Zee Koza, famous…

On Sunday, September 11th parishioners from Our Lady of the Valley in La Grande, Sacred Heart in Union, and Saint Mary in Elgin joined together to celebrate the Catholic community in Union County. Beginning with Mass celebrated by Fr. Saji, liturgical ministers from the three parishes came together to sing, read, and serve. We remembered the…

Each summer during the first week of August, the Our Lady of the Valley community comes together to facilitate a fair booth at the Union County Fair. Parishioners support the effort by serving in a leadership role as the main organizers, serving on the fair booth committee, preparing the booth, working in the booth, counting money,…

A little over 20 people gathered together at Our Lady of the Valley on July 31 for the 5th Sunday Rosary hosted by the Knights of Columbus. Following the recitation of the Rosary in the church, there was a dessert social in the parish hall. The Knights provided ice cream and attendees brought other desserts…

May was a special month at Our Lady of the Valley in La Grande with celebrations of the three sacraments of initiation on different occasions. Fifteen Confirmation candidates participated in preparation to strengthen their understanding of the faith and their role as Confirmed Catholics through youth group, Chosen sessions, and sponsor/parent and candidate workshops. On…

Holy Thursday is the first liturgy of the Holy Triduum, and the liturgy includes the Liturgy of the Word, The Washing of the Feet, and The Transfer of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Last night the Liturgy of the Word for Holy Thursday linked the Old Testament to the New Testament and prompted Catholics to reflect…

As we approach the end of Lent for 2016, parishioners at Our Lady of the Valley and the two mission parishes have been participating in a range of events. On Wednesday, March 16, a group of 21 people went on a pilgrimage to the St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Baker City. Walking through the…

Stars are a traditional Christmas symbol. Over 2,000 years ago when baby Jesus was born, there was a star showing the way for the shepherds, kings and visitors who recognized the symbol of the star announcing that the time had come – the Savior had been born. The star reminds us that God is with…

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