Diocese of Baker St. Mary Church at Powell Butte
St. Mary Church
14427 SW Alfalfa Road
Powell Butte, OR 97753
*(not Alfalfa Market Road)
Approximately 1/2 way
between Bend and Powell Butte
St. Mary Church
The title for the Church, Saint Mary’s was chosen, in part because there is no Church in Crook, Deschutes, or Jefferson County Dedicated to Mary. In designing the Church the goal was to have something suitably devotional while at the same time welcoming, attractive and a bit rustic given the Camp setting. Thus the furniture is appropriately finished while a number of the accessories are a bit more local.
The altar is made of oak with marble facing and a granite top. The hand carved statues of Mary and the Sacred Heart were donated by Father Chun of Portland. The tabernacle, the Cross and the Stations of the Cross hangers are made of juniper harvested from the Diocesan property near Bend.
The relics placed in the altar are Saint Peter, Apostle, Saint Paul, Saint Stephen, Martyr, Saint Sebastian, Martyr, Saint Martin, Bishop, Saint William, Abbot, Saint Gabriel, Saint Vincent, Saint Maria Goretti, Saint Gemma. A variety of saints were randomly selected, as were the Cabin and Retreat Room names, to provide an ongoing education in the lives of a great number of Saints. We have not yet prepared the short biography of the Altar Saints but that will be a part of ongoing development of the Retreat Center. There are no specific plans for stained glass at this time but we do anticipate the possibility of future donations which would make it possible for us to have stained glass windows made. The thought is to have a pair of Saints for each window adding to the education in the Saints which is a theme we have tried to incorporate into the entire complex.
At least during the first years, as we get settled in, we do not anticipate using this Church for weddings though we expect that it could become a popular setting for weddings, anniversaries and quincińeras.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Baker
PO Box 5999 . Bend, OR 97708-5999 . (541) 388-4004