Photo taken May 2003

Father Thomas Layton, Pastor

P.O. BOX 770, WALDPORT, OR 97394

MESSAGE PHONE (541) 563-3246

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Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5 PM

Sundays 8 AM and 10 AM

Weekdays 8 AM

Tuesday through Friday and First Saturdays


Saturdays 4 PM

Rosary Monday through Friday at 7:35AM

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Fridays from 8:30AM till 1210 PM, Benediction at 1210

Notice: For the last several weeks we have exposed the Blessed Sacrament for only 15 minutes, as our regular participants at adoration have been ill or otherwise unable to participate. Can you sign up to enable us to return to longer adoration hours?

The Knights of Columbus present a monthly breakfast on the second Sunday every month except January. Please come to the breakfast, and the fare is only your free will donation. Our next one will be on Sunday, May 10, from after the 8 o'clock Mass till about noon.

How thou canst think so well of us and be the God thou art, is darkness to my intellect, but sunshine to my heart.--Anon.

Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament

LENT 2015

Holy Week schedule

Wed., April 1, 6 PM--Group Reconciliation Service

Holy Thursday, April 2, 6 PM--Mass of the Last Supper

Good Friday, April 3, 3 PM--Stations of the Cross, 6 PM--Reading of the Passion

Holy Saturday, April 4, 9 PM--Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday Masses at 8 AM and 10 AM. HE IS RISEN!


On Palm Sunday, March 29, Masses were preceded by a procession to the church from the parish hall. Photos from the 10 AM Mass show the congregation in the hall as Father Tom reads the palm blessing and gospel, then the distribution of palms to the people and the profession to the church, led by Father Tom in his new red chasuble, purchased from the craft ladies funds, followed by Tim and Teresa who provided the Mass music, Ice, Red, Angie, the reader of the passion, and the rest of the parishioners.

There will be no monthly breakfast in April due to illness of our chef Jerry. In May the breakfast will be on Mothers Day, the 10th.

At Mass on the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Wednesday March 25, our Lay Ministers of Charity renewed their vows with Father Tom presiding. Our LMC's are Kent, Bev, Denny, Angie and Elizabeth.

The Knights of Columbus monthly breakfast on March 8 was a success in raising funds for Special Olympics of Lincoln County. The attendance was outstanding, as seen in the second photo below. In the first photo, representatives from Special Olympics Lincoln County are enjoying the fare, Dana Snyder, the local program coordinator, Carly Snyder, coach, Dale Nash, athlete, Paige Snyder and Sierra Lundy, unified partners who participate with the athletes at events. Thanks to chef Jerry and his hard working crew, and to all who participated in this charitable breakfast.

Requiescat in Pace Fr. Gerard G. Steckler, SJ, pastor of St. Anthony's parish for 15 years until 2011, died on March 5, 2015 at the age of 87, in the company of his fellow Jesuit priests in the Sacred Heart Retirement Center in Los Gatos, California. He was a great man and a better priest. The rosary will be Friday, March 13, and the funeral Saturday, March 14, at the Jesuit Chapel in the Regis Community on the Gonzaga campus (possible change to St. Aloysius right next door TBD). Interment at Mount Saint Michael's Jesuit Cemetery, Spokane. Inquiries may be directed to the Oregon Jesuit Province in Portland or Bea House Administration on the Gonzaga Campus. Eternal rest grant unto him, O, Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. Through the mercy of God, may Fr. Steckler rest in peace. Amen. (We will miss him!)

A memorial Mass for Father Steckler took place at 8 AM on Saturday, March 14 at St. Anthony.

On Friday, February 13, at the 8 AM Mass, we celebrated the 55th wedding anniversary of Kent and Bev Hansen, and the 57th wedding anniversary of Terry and Stella Conaway. Congratulations to the Hansens and Conaways. Thanks to the Lay Ministers of Charity, Adoration was extended to 9:30.

On Saturday, January 17, the first Knights of Columbus Family Movie was presented in the parish hall. The movie for this first event was "The Lion King." Jerry and Tim assisted Father Tom with the presentation and provided popcorn and bottled water for the attendees. We experienced a few technical problems with the Lion King DVD but Father produced a "Jesse Stone" movie starring Tom Selleck which filled in for the second half of the Lion King. Attendance was low, weather a factor. Please plan to attend the next Family Movie.


Catherine and Father bringing baby Jesus to the Creche, Father Celebrating Mass

The Church has been decorated for the Christmas Season, after 10 o'clock Mass on Sunday, Dec. 21

Sharee, Tom, Jack, Marilyn and Kent decorated, and the final result. Flowers arrive Tuesday, Dec. 23

On Saturday, November 22, Father Tom Baptised Emely and Alisandra, following a Mass attended by many family and friends. Photos of the girls being baptised, and a shot of the parents, godparents and children with Father Tom.

Ice, our active parishioner. Ice was in charge of the cookie sales at the Crafts Group sale and Bazaar this weekend. Here she is placing the sign, which she made, along with beautiful flyers to advertise the event. She also found the time to serve as a religious education instructor and usher at the 10 o'clock Mass this weekend. Thank you for all that you do, Ice.

Our parish Craft Group has been very busy, Sharee, Pauline, Carolyn, Marilyn and Shirley. Check out these great crafted items and come to the parish hall on Saturdays preceding the K of C breakfast, November 8th and December 13th, from 9 AM to 3 PM to purchase some of the items. They will also be offered for sale on the K of C Breakfast Sundays, November 9th and December 14th, from 9 until noon.

Religious Education classes have begun for the 2014-15 year under the direction of Beth Frame. Here are students photographs from Sunday, September 28.

Red, student of teacher Leah, and Camille, student of teacher Michelle

Rose and Ivy, students of teacher Ice. Both camera shy. Later they overcame the shyness.

On Saturday, September 20, Father Tom baptised Aylah Josephine Wagner, daughter of Jeffrey and Allison Wagner. Godparents are Paul Allison and grandmother Teresa Rickert.

On Friday, August 29, the Feast of Saint John the Baptist's Passion, a baptism took place in our parish. Father Tom baptised Joseph Campos Serbu. Photos of Joseph and his parents and godparents during the ceremony. Welcome to our faith, Joseph.

Father Thomas Layton is now our official PASTOR

On Sunday, July 13 at the 10 o'clock Mass, Father Tom was officially installed as Pastor of St. Anthony parish, promoted from his former title as Administrator. Father James Dieringer officiated the ceremony, assisted by parishioners Juanita, Carolyn, Tom, Susan and Nikos. Photos: Juanita presenting the Book to Father Tom, and Father Tom completing the obligatory paperwork as Father Dieringer looks on.

Father Tom taking his oath, and the priests, Ice and other parishioners and visitors enjoying the Knights of Columbus monthly breakfast following Mass. Congratulations, Father Tom.

St. Anthony's annual Strawberry Festival was held on Saturday, June 21 as part of Waldport's Beachcomber Days celebration. Our Chacon family once again were in charge and organized the event very well. Our parish craft ladies also held sales during the Festival. Photos were taken early, Marilyn, Nathaniel and Cynthia setting things up, all of the Alvarado family at work, Camilla, Maria, Carlos and Daniel, and one of our first customers in a St. Louis Cardinals shirt as Larry and Nathaniel look on. The last shot, courtesy of Charlene and Jim Walton, is the delicious shortcake served by our volunteers.

On Sunday, June 15, a parish party for Father Tom's birthday was held. The following photos were taken by and submitted by Ice. The first one depicts our great volunteer Ice with the guest of honor, Father Tom. The rest are photos of attendees, parishioners, children, our chef, James singing Happy Birthday, so see if you can find yourselves in the photos. To Ice, Thank you.

The Knights of Columbus presented rosaries to the Confirmandi, and were represented by our parishioners Jerry and Jim. They are visible in the photos of Abigail and Daniel beginning their procession to the altar. Their sponsors can be seen as well as the others waiting in line. Father Tom and Father Brian participated as well. All of these photos are courtesy of Charlene Walton, and we thank you.

Four of our young parish members received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Friday, May 30 at St. Augustine parish in Lincoln City. The Sacrament was administered by retired Bishop Kenneth Steiner. Congratulations to Carlos, Abigail, Daniel and Ian. Mike Krupar covered the ceremony at St. Augustine, and thank you Mike for the photos.

On Sunday, June 1, following the 8 o'clock Mass, a reception was held for the Confirmandi, their families and sponsors along with the rest of the parishioners. Sponsors were all family members, Ian sponsored by Robert, Carlos by Maria, Daniel by Camilla, and Abigail by Leah. Photos of the Krupar family and the Alvarado and Frame families. Our director of religious education, Marilyn, serving the tables. Teachers Terry and Beth are to be commended for a great job.

Following the 10 o'clock Mass on Sunday, May 18, baby Arianna Rose was baptized by Father Tom. Parents Jeremy and Julianna, Godparents James and Teresa, and baby Arianna with Father. Then the parents take their vows.

Baptism by water, just as John the Baptist did. It was great to see so many of the Donavans present.

On Wednesday, May 14, Bill and Pam Lamphear renewed their wedding vows. Father Tom presided and Esther Seaman and Jim Fitzgerald were witnesses. Congratulations Pam and Bill.

May is the month of our Blessed Mother Mary. On Sunday, May 4, our young parishioners led a procession and crowned a statue of our Blessed Mother at the 8 AM Mass. Carlos, Daniel, Abigail and Red participated, while Ian was the altar server. Photos show the children distributing flowers to entering parishioners, like Kent, as instructors Angela and Terry look on. Then the procession, with Father Tom, and Red crowning the statue of our lady as Sheila, Father Tom and Ian perform their duties. The finished floral arrangement photo by Ice, and we thank all of you.

During the week prior to Divine Mercy Sunday, our Lay Ministers of Charity, Kent, Bev, Denny, Angie and Elizabeth renewed their vows.

On Easter Sunday, Father Tom celebrated Masses of the Resurrection. Photos from the 10 AM Mass. Father at the altar, at the lecturn delivering his sermon, showing the parishioners and visitors in attendance, Daisy reading, Shirley providing music, Father blessing the people with holy water.

We celebrated the Passion of Christ on Good Friday evening. Father Tom reading the Solemn Intercessions, and processing in with the crucifix in preparation for the Adoration of the Cross.

Our parish was busy on Palm Sunday 2014, with solemn Masses of the Passion of Jesus, the Knights of Columbus monthly breakfast, the parish craft ladies sale, busy indeed.

Prior to the 10 AM Mass, Father Layton read the first readings and blessing of palms as parishioners gathered in the hall. A procession to the church followed.

More photos, the ladies craft group mini-bazaar, which will take place at all monthly breakfasts, Nikos and Shirley, reader and music director, the Knights breakfast served in the hall, Matier family welcomed back.

An alliance made in Heaven. Pope Benedict XVI, born April 16, 1927, and Father Gerard Steckler, S.J., born April 17, 1927.


--That the Waldport Public Library now has Britannica Great Books, with Vol. 18 by St. Augustine and 19-20 by St. Thomas Aquinas? Listed under "800 GRE"

--That Jan Korn launders all church linens?

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