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St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, Baker City, Oregon
Interior of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral

Interior of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral

Name of Church St. Francis de Sales Cathedral

Address 2235 First Street, Baker City OR 97814

Phone number 541-523-4521

Website saintfranciscathedral.com

Mass times Saturday vigil, 6 p.m.; Sundays, 9:30 a.m., noon (Spanish); St. Therese (parish mission), 135 Bell Street, Halfway OR, 2 p.m. Daily mass is held in a day-chapel behind the cathedral; check the website for the varying times.

Confessions Sundays, 9 – 9:20 a.m.

Names of priests Father Robert Greiner, rector. He’s an orthodox and faithful priest; for the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7, for example, he was encouraging his families to say a daily rosary.

School No.

Parish groups and activities Knights of Columbus, Hispanic ministry, food bank

Exterior of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral

Exterior of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral

Fellow parishioners English-speaking community, with some Hispanic parishioners. The eastern portion of Oregon is sparsely populated with few jobs (one of the big industries, timber, has been in decline), hence there is a dearth of younger families with children. Although the diocese is composed of much of the state of Oregon, there are fewer than 40,000 Catholics, or 7% of the general population. Parishes typically have a single priest who covers one or more parish mission churches.

Parking There’s a lot beside the church and ample street parking.

Additional observations St. Francis de Sales is the cathedral parish of the Diocese of Baker, the eastern two-thirds of the State of Oregon. The cathedral is in the northeast corner of the state, not far from the Idaho border. It’s a beautiful, historic Gothic revival church, built 1906-08, made of volcanic tuff stone on the exterior with colorful stained glass windows and traditional statues and paintings inside. Baker City was once home of the chancery office of the diocese, but it was moved to the more central and populated Bend in 1985. The bishop may celebrate Christmas and Easter at the cathedral, and there is an annual Chrism Mass. Other significant events, such as the ordination of priests, are held in Bend, about a 5-hour drive away.

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  1. First thing get rid of the peoples altar, the hideous blue carpet to reveal the marble once again, restore the communion rail, high altar, and of course the The Traditional Latin Mass.

  2. Janek, why?

  3. Abeca Christian says:

    Beautiful!

  4. Really Sir, must you ask why?

  5. The church was built for the TLM not the “man made” Novus Ordo.

    • You should have seen it when there was plain brown paneling across the entire sanctuary! The priest prior to Fr. Greiner has the frescoes restored and the statues placed. IF you were there in person you would see that the stained glass is more beautiful than any I can compare it to. There is no marble underneath and no money to lay any.

  6. I learned TLM evolved over early centuries of the Church’s existence. I don’t find the whole ritual of TLM in any of the Gospels. They say ‘do this in memory of me’. They omit directions on how.

    • Steve Phoenix says:

      Then, mike m, pick up a book and read, rather than let google and yahoo guide you to the mis-information you have chosen to believe about the “evolved TLM”. Read for starters, “The Reform of the Roman Liturgy” by Monsgr. Klaus Gamber, so you will get a perspective on the mis-direction of the liturgical renewal at Vatican II — written by an eye-witness and (according to then-Card. Ratzinger) “a true liturgical scholar” (slightly paraphrased), and who states clearly the TLM goes back AT LEAST to P. Damasus (d. 384) (p. 24): abundant evidence shows Latin prayers in the TLM liturgy likely paralleled catacomb inscriptions from the 100’s-200’s.

      That is, if you really want to know the truth, and put off the blinders.

      • Steve Phoenix says:

        If you actually read Gamber, then you may want to read what other commentators have noted, history scholar and expert Rev. James L. Meagher’s classic, “How Christ Said the First Mass”.

        After all, up until 1965, we were required to believe (and did believe) that the Roman Mass was instituted by Christ: it is a basic premise throughout Trent, which also undertook extensive historical and textual study of original sources. But now we believe “The Da Vinci Code” and not the truth staring you in the eye.

  7. I said ‘evolved over early centuries’. Can’t get much earlier than 100.

    By the way, what changed in 1965? I didn’t say anything about semi-current movies.

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