Name of Church St. Catherine of Siena
Address 25181 E. Broadway Ave., Veneta, OR 97487
Phone number (541) 935-3933
Mass times Saturday vigil 5:30 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.; noon (Latin Tridentine). Wednesdays – Fridays, 9 a.m. Mondays & Tuesdays, Liturgy of the Word or morning prayer with Communion. Holy days, vigil, 7 p.m., 9 a.m. & 7 p.m. (Latin)
Confessions 4:30-5 p.m.
Names of priests Fr. Theodore Lange, pastor.
Special events Monday rosary 9 a.m., Liturgy of the Hours Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m.
Special parish groups Altar Society, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Ministry to the Homebound; the parish also has an annual beef BBQ that is well attended, and many other social activities.
Fellow parishioners The parish serves about 150 families in the area.
Additional observations Veneta is a small community west of Eugene, Oregon. St. Catherine of Siena Parish was founded in 1955. The parish says of itself: “We are the only Catholic church in the Veneta-Elmira area under the direction of the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon [Alexander Sample] ….” The description is prompted by St. Thomas Becket Church, a beautiful mission church located a mile away served by priests of the Society of Saint Pius X (in contrast to St. Catherine’s, which is a rather plain building). Southern California traditionalists may remember Fr. Harry Marchosky; he is buried in the St. Thomas Becket cemetery. When Rome’s talks with the SSPX under Pope Benedict failed to produce a reconciliation, St. Catherine’s agreed to have one of the two Sunday Masses be Latin Tridentine.