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    When we die and stand before the Pearly Gates, St. Peter is not going to ask to see our papers. Instead, as people of faith we are called to see Christ in every one we meet and, as our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper, we lovingly meet their needs. How we loved our neighbors will be the question St. Peter asks.

  • Church launches two years of effort to meet and know migrants
    The worldwide Catholic Church is making an effort to unite with refugees and migrants as one human family.

    The Archdiocese of Portland is taking part, encouraging parishes and institutions to invite migrants or refugees to share their stories and post on social media with the #sharejourney hashtag.
  • Hispanic seniors: The glue of the family
    GRESHAM — Walking through the doors of the seniors’ days at El Programa Hispano Católico is much like walking into a portal to another land. Outside, rain pours on the surrounding industrial neighborhood. But inside, walls are painted vibrant colors, joyful Latin music plays from the speakers and the only language spoken among those in the room is Spanish. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays here, seniors from around east Multnomah County gather in community.
  • LIFE: Veterans Day compels us to love
    In many American cemeteries across the world, the words above are engraved in marble crosses planted in the ground. Whether it be Normandy, Nettuno, or Arlington, to walk into these sanctuaries, one is immediately struck by a sense of being on hallowed ground.
  • Praised be Jesus Christ!
    Saint Paul reminds us in his First Letter to the Corinthians that although we are many parts, we are all one body in Christ. And the Catholic Church — the Universal Church — certainly reflects that diversity. Whether on a pilgrimage to Rome or the Holy Land, attending a World Youth Day in Poland, or even in your own local parish, we are certainly made aware of that fact.
  • Exploring an American basilica that rivals the European greats
    The Basilica of the National Shrine of the of Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. was created to rival the feelings generated by the wondrous European cathedrals and basilicas. And the sense one gets when approaching the building from across the lawn is just that: awe.
  • Many reasons to give
    “If you can’t perform a eucharistic celebration, you have no church,” says Chris Corrado. “That’s what brought me to giving.”

    Corrado, a parishioner at St. Francis in Sherwood and CEO of Environments, an office design company, is a man deeply involved in giving to the church, both of his time and treasure. He does it, he says, because he believes in that foundational piece of faith: the Eucharist at Mass.
  • Serving Christ in  a second career
    When he was just 27, Deacon Kevin Welch launched his printing, marketing and branding company. He owned it for 25 years, until about the time he was studying for the diaconate. He knew a time might soon come when he wanted to do other things. So he merged the company with a national firm. Upon his ordination, Deacon Welch decided he could no longer do both his diaconate work and marketing.
  • Serra hosts luncheon for women religious
    Sisters from around the archdiocese came together Oct. 22 for the Annual Sisters Appreciation Luncheon hosted by the Serra Club.
  • The razor’s edge of existence
    As the Sentinel’s yearlong Faith and Science series has tried to show with each installment, there is no inherent conflict between religious faith and scientific reasoning. Truth cannot contradict truth, and the fact of the matter is that faith and science essentially operate independently of each other, seeking answers to different questions.
  • Franciscan sisters celebrate jubilees
    ASTON, Pennsylvania — This past June, 25 Franciscan sisters celebrated their jubilees here in the motherhouse chapel at Our Lady of Angels Convent.  Three of diamond jubilarians, each celebrating 70 years of religious profession, and one golden jubilarian, celebrating 50 years, ministered in the Archdiocese of Portland.
  • The brothers and sisters of Jesus?
    In his latest question box, Fr. Kenneth Doyle discusses the biblical reference to the brothers and sisters of Jesus and what they mean.
  • New Mexico’s holy dirt
    “My God but he is ugly, the Padre!” whispers one old woman to another in Willa Cather’s classic novel “Death Comes for the Archbishop.” “He must be very holy. And did you see the great wart he has on his chin?... Somebody ought to tell him about the holy mud at Chimayó. That mud might dry it up.”
  • Life: Disarmament
    In a Saturday Night Live skit, the United States had declared war on North Korea and no one noticed. There has been plenty to distract us: hurricanes, earthquakes, and forest fires; the flight of refugees, racial protests, terrorist attacks, and a mass shooting.
  • God’s call: Sometimes a whisper, sometimes a shout
    ST. BENEDICT — No two vocation stories are the same: there are as many as there are students at Mount Angel Seminary. The calls can be dramatic or tentative, immediately understood and welcomed or put on the back burner for decades.
  • Jesus uses human instruments to spread his light
    ST. BENEDICT — I still remember the words of a man with whom I became close during my years of study for the priesthood. He said to me, “I know that it was always your dream to write movies, but God used you to rewrite the story of my life.”
  • Forming priests in servant discipleship
    ST. BENEDICT — For the past five years, I’ve had the privilege of serving as president-rector of Mount Angel Seminary. It is the seminary located in the Archdiocese of Portland, but it also serves the surrounding dioceses of the western United States, the Pacific Islands and beyond. This year, we have 143 seminarians in our program of priestly formation, from 21 dioceses and four religious communities, along with 40 other students enrolled in our various degree programs.
  • Priests are called to share the light of faith
    As Abbot of Mount Angel Abbey, chancellor of the seminary, and still as a seminary professor, I encounter the seminarians at key moments in their lives as they prepare for ordination. My most important time with them is when I preside at the eucharistic celebration on feast days and for significant events during the school year.
  • Keep track of the liturgical readings for the coming weeks.
  • “A Year of Prayer for our Priests” is a ministry of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. We share the joy of this devotion with all Oregon Catholics. A day each month is set aside to pray for the names of priests serving in the Archdiocese of Portland. Please remember them and all priests, deacons and religious in your daily prayers.

    O, Jesus I pray for your faithful and fervent priests, especially (name here). Keep them all close to your heart and bless them abundantly in time and eternity. Amen.
  • What is the archbishop up to in the coming weeks? Find out here.
  • WATCH: ‘God’s got plans for you’

    UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Lips quivering, nose running and tears flowing, Bobby Love read through his notebook. The priest listened. The pages contained 25 years’ worth of drug abuse, sexual excess, heavy drinking and divorces. Love had treated scores of people shabbily.

  • Abbot: Ignoring God makes for a sick culture
    Ancient monastic teaching can be an antidote to modern culture’s sickness.

    That was the message delivered to Catholic lawyers Sept. 18 during a gathering at the University of Portland.
  • Music at the Sunday Mass and prayer
    Q. — Will we ever get the low Mass back? I miss its reverence and simplicity, when I could follow along with the priest instead of singing. I would appreciate a period of quiet after Communion — instead of quickly hearing, “Please turn to page xxx.”
  • #AiMen
    In the Roman Catholic Church, there was never a Pope Pius XIII. So when he began tweeting Bible verses in response to the random Twitter posts of people around the world, there was wonder. Who is this papal figure? It was a computer. Or rather, a “bot” developed to send Twitter messages in the form of Bible verses as part of the #AiMen marketing campaign for the fictional European television series, The Young Pope. The bot reportedly learned better each day how to respond to tweets compassionately and as a pope.
  • Corvallis deacon: See your life as a poem
    Sunlight streamed through the windows of St. Mary Student Center on the University of Portland campus as Deacon Chris Anderson began his morning session. This would not be a class on the Bible as literature, or literature of Western civilization, topics he teaches as a professor at Oregon State University. Deacon Anderson, a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Portland, was keynote speaker at a Catholic family conference held this summer.
  • Fatima events set for this month
    Centennial celebrations of the Marian apparitions in Fatima, Portugal, are continuing in western Oregon.

    Archbishop Alexander Sample led a pilgrimage to Fatima in September. He returns as the state holds local events.
  • A prayerful public witness for unborn children is set for Sunday, Oct. 29, 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. near Planned Parenthood, 3727 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Portland.
  • Archbishop Alexander Sample will preside over confirmations Sunday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. at St. John Fisher, Portland, in the last scheduled parish confirmations of 2017.
  • An All Souls Mass commemorating the faithful departed will be held this year at Gethsemani Funeral Home on the grounds of Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery in Happy Valley.
  • LIFE: The death penalty
    The death penalty ends the possibility of reconciliation. It puts a person to death because of what the person has done, choosing the death of the sinner rather than their return.
  • How often should the sick be anointed?
    Q — A family member was admitted to a hospital in central New Jersey. A local priest was called, and he came and administered the last rites of the Catholic Church. Two weeks later, the patient took a turn for the worse and was in imminent danger of death.
  • Permanent deacon to be ordained Oct. 21
    MEDFORD — A Medford firefighter will be ordained a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Portland Saturday, Oct. 21.

    At a rite set for 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Archbishop Alexander Sample will ordain Dennis Macey, 63.
  • Health care Mass Oct. 28
    A Mass for health care professionals is set for Saturday, Oct. 28, at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mary Cathedral, 1716 NW Davis Street in Portland. Archbishop Alexander Sample will preside.
  • Maronite monk becomes ‘eyes and ears of the Lord’
    VANCOUVER, Wash. — Step by step, preceded by incense and candles — ancient symbols of prayer, purification and the light of Christ — newly ordained Father John Michael Morgan processed down the aisles of the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater in Vancouver, Washington, Sept. 9.
  • About the dead: In heaven for sure?
    Q. My mother passed away some time ago, and I wonder whether she is now in “God’s eternal embrace.” How can I be sure?

    She was a good mother and she dearly loved the church, but we have been taught that everyone has some imperfections and, upon death, must be sent to purgatory before they can enjoy heaven. I would rest more easily if I knew that my mother were not suffering any longer. (Forest, Virginia)
  • A group of Eugene Catholics is inviting people to experience the Lord’s healing love. A charismatic healing Mass is set for Friday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. at St. Mary Church in Eugene, 1062 Charnelton St. Celebrants will be Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith and Fathers Ron Nelson, Edgar Rivera and Bryce McProud. 
  • Our role in making God present in the world
    Mike Buck, an active member of St. Ignatius Parish in Southeast Portland, is a cradle Catholic. He attended Jesuit High and Gonzaga University. 
    Buck, 70, gladly re-chooses Catholicism each day, citing how it helps him live life well, and to the fullest. 
    He spent 30 years with his wife running Gubanc’s Restaurant in Lake Grove. They have turned management over to their son and gotten more involved in faith life. 
  • Oregon men to be ordained in Rome on path to priesthood
    Two seminarians studying in Rome to become priests of the Archdiocese of Portland will be ordained deacons the morning of Sept. 28 in St. Peter's Basilica. 
    Bishop James Checchio of Metuchen, New Jersey, will ordain Peter Julia and Richard LeFaivre II along with more than 40 other students from the Pontifical North American College. That’s the school where U.S. bishops send seminarians to experience Rome and get a sense of the universal church. 
  • Keeping kids in church
    How do you go about keeping your children interested in going to Mass? See how parents around the archdiocese are doing just that.
  • October prayer for priests
    “A Year of Prayer for our Priests” is a ministry of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. We share the joy of this devotion with all Oregon Catholics. A day each month is set aside to pray for the names of priests serving in the Archdiocese of Portland. Please remember them and all priests, deacons and religious in your daily prayers.
    This year the U.S. Bishops have chosen Be Not Afraid as the 2017-2018 Respect Life Program. When we hear these words, how can we not remember with affection Pope St. John Paul II, who vigorously exhorted and encouraged us with these words, so often found in Scripture, to keep our hearts open to Christ?
    The response of the church, for each one us as the people of God, must be to create a culture of life. As Catholics, we can take our lead from St. Peter Claver.
  • Liturgical readings
    Liturgical readings through Oct. 8.
  • New Mexico's holy dirt
    “My God but he is ugly, the Padre!” whispers one old woman to another in Willa Cather’s classic novel “Death Comes for the Archbishop.” “He must be very holy. And did you see the great wart he has on his chin? ... Somebody ought to tell him about the holy mud at Chimayó. That mud might dry it up.”
  • Question Corner: Marijuana and morality/Annulment needed?
    Q — Many localities are in the process of decriminalizing the recreational use of marijuana. What is the church’s view? Is using pot recreationally the same thing morally as having a drink? Is it OK in moderation? (Virginia)
  • Archbishop Sample’s schedule

    Archbishop Alexander Sample’s schedule through Sept. 14.

  • Well done, faithful servants
    CASTLE ROCK, Washington — A hot summer afternoon here at what will become the Sacred Heart Monastery, one of only two Maronite Catholic monasteries in the United States, feels a world away from Portland.
  • In the business of hope
    Valerie Chapman remembers standing in her childhood kitchen, listening to her mother explaining the marvels of nuclear energy. She knows the memory was an early one because of the height of the countertops.
  • Monk ordained at Mount Angel
    ST. BENEDICT — The Benedictine community of Mount Angel Abbey was joined on the morning of Aug. 4 by a church full of worshippers who came to celebrate the ordination of a monk — John Vianney Le.
    Archbishop Alexander Sample was the main celebrant with Abbot Jeremy Driscoll of Mount Angel as principal concelebrant.
  • Liturgical readings
    Liturgical readings through Sept. 17.