Jo and Jack Rich of St. Mary Parish in Corvallis tend a booth at the annual Rosary Bowl in Salem, encouraging participation in World Priest Day Oct. 27. (Courtesy Jack and Jo Rich)
Jo and Jack Rich of St. Mary Parish in Corvallis tend a booth at the annual Rosary Bowl in Salem, encouraging participation in World Priest Day Oct. 27. (Courtesy Jack and Jo Rich)
CORVALLIS — Jack and Jo Rich wish everyone could see the looks on the faces of priests who receive a basket brimming with appreciation cards on annual World Priest Day. The couple, members of St. Mary Parish in Corvallis, try to marshal Oregon Catholics to take part in the day, set this year for Oct. 27.

“I know they enjoy it,” said Jack, who called Mid-Willamette Valley parishes to encourage participation. The couple spent Oct. 5 at the Rosary Bowl in Salem, giving participants special sheets of paper for jotting down notes of encouragement.

The couple are representatives of Worldwide Marriage Encounter, which has aided couples for decades and wanted to support priests, too. The organization has created Priest Day posters and a plan to help parishioners thank and affirm priests for year-round self-giving.

“We love our priests,” said Jack.

“This is really a great way to demonstrate that,” Jo added.

The Rosary Bowl table also promoted an upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend in Salem, Nov. 8-10. The Catholic retreat for married couples offers an opportunity for growth in communication skills and in understanding of the beauty of the sacrament of marriage. Weekends are presented by three couples and a priest. The priest offers insights on the topics covered in relation to the sacrament of holy orders.

For more information, call 503-853-2758, or go to rediscoverthespark.org.