For most of my time at St. Bartholomew's, one of the more difficult elements had been our relative isolation from the rest of the province: the next nearest parish was in California, a day's drive away. But last year we welcomed two new parishes in Bend and Grants Pass, Oregon. And the latest issue of Christus Rex announced that the Parish of St. Mark, Portland, had joined us. Looking at their photo we're just a humble little neighborhood parish by comparison, but that's okay. Welcome!
Some unknown soul updated our parish communion map with a blue pushpin for St. Mark in the past week or so. As you can see, we're not so much alone anymore.
(That flag in the lower left of the photo? Diocese of the West Summer Camp 2009 -- NOT to be missed!)