Stations, Retreat, & Early Mass This Weekend

This Friday at 6 pm Fr. Sandquist will lead us in praying the Stations of the Cross, followed by a potluck soup supper.

Saturday morning we will have Mass at 9 am followed by a Day of Recollection with opportunities for Confession. The retreat will close in the early afternoon with Benediction and Rosary. See schedule below.

Sunday morning our regular Mass time is re-scheduled to 8 am. There will be no Mass at 2 pm.

CMRI Public Masses Canceled for 15 Days

This letter from Rev. Fr. Casimir Puskorius, CMRI, to his parishioners at Mt. St. Michael’s in Spokane, WA, explains it all, so I will not re-invent the wheel. Note: some parts do not apply to Our Lady of Fatima mission because we are small and under normal conditions only have Sunday mass. St. Michael’s is a large parish with a school and convent. I elected to not edit that information out as it is edifying to know and gives a fuller picture of a true Catholic response. Information on livestream masses is included in a post script.

St. Patrick

March 17, 2020

You’ve heard me say from the pulpit that it’s important to not get hysterical in the present coronavirus crisis, and I continue to repeat that important point. However, we have to be realistic as well, and realize that we might be unwittingly giving or receiving this virus to others.

Today, Bishop Mark Pivarunas sent a message to the CMRI priests stating the following:

As Catholics, we have to set a good example to our neighbor by obeying lawful civil authority. At this time, the President of the United States has issued guidelines for the next 15 days in order to protect the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions from contracting this virus as it could be fatal to them. His other concern is that our healthcare system is not able to provide sufficient medical care to large numbers. It is prudent that we abide by these guidelines not only for the welfare of those most vulnerable, but also that a large number of our faithful avoid mandatory quarantine in the event that even one parishioner should come down with this virus.

Therefore, for the next 15 days, we should cancel all public Masses; however, our churches and chapels should remain open for the faithful to be able to pray privately. Also, our priests should add intheir Masses an “oratio imperata” under #13 Pro Quacumque Tribulatione found in the back of the Missal for the containment of the virus and the health of our parishioners.

You are obviously dispensed from assisting at Mass on Sunday, which is a matter of Church law. You are not dispensed from keeping Sunday holy, however. This obligation is from Divine Law, so you must offer special worship to God in your homes on Sundays, refrain from servile work, and sanctify the day by appropriate observance.

There will be no public Holy Hours, public Stations of the Cross, or other devotions that attract agroup of people larger than 10. The Chapel will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, and I’m asking the parishioners to sign up for at least one Holy Hour a week – that way we would have continuous adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during the day and evening hours! With over 200 households in the parish, we should be able to easily cover the 105 hours that this represents. The secretary, Anne Marie Netzel, has the sign-up sheet, and you can personally sign up your family or call it in to her. More than one family can be signed up per hour, but be sure to observe the 10-person limit.

The priests will be offering daily Masses, of course, in the Convent, Novitiate, and Rectory, praying for your intentions and asking God to bring this epidemic to an end. They will be available for Confessions at the normally-scheduled times. Besides making the Holy Hours, I urge you to make many Spiritual Communions during this time, since, as rule, the priests will be giving Holy Communion only to those in danger of death. They will continue to make sick calls, taking the necessary health precautions.

It is possible, of course, that this shutdown will last more than the 15 days. We will have to wait and see. I urge you to remember that measures such as this were taken during the great Spanish Flu epidemic in 1918. Those that quarantined and took precautions as a rule survived. “In times like these, it’s good to remember that there have been times like these.”

Obviously, the Mount continues to incur expenses, as you all do. We will gratefully accept your continued tithe and support, which may be given to Anne Marie in the parish office, or to Tim Drahman in the accounting office. We had scheduled the Easter flower collection for next Sunday, March 22, so you may still give your donation for that purpose, if you wish.

The plans for the funeral of Mr. Thomas Drahman are not finalized at this moment. The funeral will not be taking place this week, but when it does, it will be for the family only. This great and devoted parishioner, sadly, will not have the great numbers of attendance that would be desired for one who did so much for our parish and for souls for so many years. After the danger of the corona virus has ceased, we will have a public Rosary and Solemn Requiem Mass to pray for him and honor his memory.

Please watch our website for any updates and changes. And let us pray for one another, our country, and the whole world.

In Jesus and Mary,
Rev. Father Casimir Puskorius, CMRI

P.S. – One more point to share with you from Fr. Benedict Hughes:

“Since the bishop has instructed us to cancel public Masses for the next 15 days, our live-streaming of the Mass is even more valuable and will be beneficial to many souls.

Therefore, we are starting a new schedule for live-streaming the Mass every day, and adding a couple of additional Mass times. So here is our schedule of live-streaming of the Mass for the next couple of weeks:

Daily (Monday through Friday) at 7:00 am Every Saturday at 8:00 am Every Sunday at 7:00 and 9:00 am.

In addition, there will be broadcast High Masses this Thursday, the feast of Saint Joseph, and next Wednesday, the feast of the Annunciation at 10:30 am.

Of course, all times given are for Pacific Daily Time, so you will need to adjust accordingly.

Once again, to connect to the live-stream, people should go to and click on the live-stream tab on the right, under the word “welcome”. (It is right above the picture of the angels. Then scroll down to the video. This option also allows people to view past Masses, so if a time given is inconvenient for watching the Mass live, they can always view it later.

Also, the Rosary will be prayed at Masses on Saturday and Sunday one-half hour before Mass. In addition, we will be giving Sunday sermons as well, even though the church is empty.

It is my prayer that this service will be a source of grace to our parishioners, as we continue through this trying period.”

In Jesus and Mary,
Fr. M. Benedict, CMRI

A Practical Rule of Christian Life, Point 25

Editor’s Note:  In his book, The School of Jesus Crucified, Father Ignatius of the Side of Jesus, Passionist, outlines 25 points as a “Practical Rule of Christian Life for Daily Observance”.  

Point 25

“You might also, when in bed, imagine yourself to have reached the last hour of your life, and to be lying with the holy Crucifix in your hand, and you might ask yourself the following questions:  ‘If I were now about to die, what should I wish to have done?  Would this Crucifix afford me consolation and comfort, because I always loved Him who was Crucified, or would it be a reproach and terror because I offended Him and abused His love and mercy?’  No words can express how useful such reflections, if seriously made, would be to induce a Christian to resolve on leading a more holy life.

Conclusion to the Rule

“In this manner you will pass your day in a holy manner, gain a great deal of merit with little comparative fatigue, sanctify all your actions, and give satisfaction to the loving Heart of your suffering Jesus.”



A Practical Rule of Christian Life, Point 24

Editor’s Note:  In his book, The School of Jesus Crucified, Father Ignatius of the Side of Jesus, Passionist, outlines 25 points as a “Practical Rule of Christian Life for Daily Observance”.  

Point 24

“Fall asleep in the midst of pious thoughts, such as these, and thus you will sanctify even your sleep.  When you wake in the night, raise your heart to your suffering Jesus, who should be the beloved object of all your thoughts and affections.  Say to Him: My Jesus, I am Thine, do Thou save me.  My Jesus, dying on the Cross for my salvation, grant that I may ever love Thee.  My beloved Jesus, I thank Thee for all Thy love.  I compassionate Thee in all Thy sufferings.”