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  • Some Catholic schools focus on prayer, dialogue during April walkout

    WASHINGTON — Some Catholic schools across the country treated the National School Walkout April 20 -- commemorating the 19th anniversary of the school shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado -- much like how they responded to the March 14 walkout marking one month since the Parkland, Florida, school shooting: with prayer and dialogue on school grounds.

  • Mother killed on Southwest flight was firm believer in Catholic schools

    WASHINGTON — Tributes from business leaders and politicians alike described Jennifer Riordan -- the 43-year-old passenger who died April 17 from injuries suffered on Southwest Flight 1380 when its engine exploded -- as a devoted mother, community leader, mentor and volunteer.

  • Breaking through the myths of civil divorce and marriage nullity
    BEAVERTON — Among the many myths that exist among Catholics is the idea that individuals who have gone through a civil divorce cannot receive Communion.
  • ‘Awe, wonder and joy’: Catholic schools nurture girls in STEM
    A 6-year-old Lara Shamieh was at the Oregon coast with her family when she discovered a dead shark washed up on the beach. It was rotting and smelled foul, but the little girl rushed up to investigate. “I was so excited because I wanted to see what was inside,” said Shamieh, now 40. Shamieh grabbed a piece of drift wood and used it as her first-ever dissection instrument, carefully probing and studying the cartilaginous fish. 
  • Archdiocese of Portland families grow farm, produce businesses from their Italian roots
    One of Jim Siri’s first memories was as a 5-year-old, riding a plow horse as his father worked the field on the family farm. Now at 65, Siri is still working the farm, along with his own sons. The Siri family is part of a continuous story of Italian family farmers, produce wholesalers and retailers that have fed Oregonians and supported their Catholic community for generations.
    
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  • Cafe celebrates nine years of hospitality
    TIGARD — Every Sunday evening, people in need of a free hot meal gather at the Community Café, a joint ministry of the Tigard Conference of St. Vincent de Paul, which sponsors the cafe, and host St. Anthony Parish here. READ MORE>>
  • ‘Awe, wonder and joy’: Catholic schools nurture girls in STEM
    A 6-year-old Lara Shamieh was at the Oregon coast with her family when she discovered a dead shark washed up on the beach. It was rotting and smelled foul, but the little girl rushed up to investigate. “I was so excited because I wanted to see what was inside,” said Shamieh, now 40. Shamieh grabbed a piece of drift wood and used it as her first-ever dissection instrument, carefully probing and studying the cartilaginous fish.  READ MORE>>
  • Men reading for Jesus
    CENTRAL POINT — Generally, the men in Terry Marks’ Shepherd of the Valley book club are not readers. And yet, they are devoted to reading the literature chosen for the group, scribbling notes in the margins and discussing their thoughts with each other.
  • 'Seamless garment' revisited: Pope insists all life deserves defense

    VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis insisted that the lives of the unborn and of the poor are "equally sacred," he was not trying to shift the focus of Catholics from fighting abortion to fighting poverty, he was trying to show they are part of the same battle, said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

  • L’Arche to host daylong retreat
    L’Arche, which builds community between people with and without intellectual disabilities, will host a day of retreat and reflection Saturday, April 28, at Holy Trinity Church in Beaverton, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Some Catholic schools focus on prayer, dialogue during April walkout

    WASHINGTON — Some Catholic schools across the country treated the National School Walkout April 20 -- commemorating the 19th anniversary of the school shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado -- much like how they responded to the March 14 walkout marking one month since the Parkland, Florida, school shooting: with prayer and dialogue on school grounds.

  • Untangling the root causes beneath the school shootings
    We have deadened the value of life with the Culture of Death, attacked empathy with invasive and cruel technology, and, I would argue, refused to take any serious degree of responsibility for our family’s personal safety. 
Back from the Vatican
The only Oregon priest to have worked at the Vatican learned a few things and is ready for parish life
Rite of election
About 900 Oregonians stood up Feb. 17-18 to be recognized for their desire to become Catholic this Easter.
Marriage Mass
“My husband is a representation of what our faith is to me and I think that’s what I am for him.”
New chancellor
The new chancellor of the Archdiocese of Portland is a Franciscan sister who has worked as a no-nonsense prison guard and as an immigration attorney who wears her religious habit in court. But Sister Veronica Schueler is far from iron-fisted.
Archdiocese of Portland Encuentro
Scores of western Oregon Catholics came forward, dropping signed cards at the foot of a cross. They promised to live as missionary disciples who will go to neighborhoods, streets and marketplaces to share their personal encounter with Jesus.
  • A sure norm for teaching the faith
    Most Rev. Alexander Sample
    Last October the Church celebrated the 25th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, although the English-language edition did not become available until two years later in 1994. I remember like it was yesterday the joy that filled my heart when I first held it in my hand. It was the first universal catechism published for the whole Church since the Catechism of the Council of Trent, issued in 1566. That was a long wait!
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