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  • He saw church’s sense and power, then returned
    EUGENE — Like many in his generation, Keith Messer left the Catholic Church and explored other spiritual paths. He tried Buddhism while living in Hawaii in his 20s, then was Methodist, Mormon and Foursquare Evangelical in succession.
  • Spiritual opportunities in Southeast Portland
    The Sisters of Reparation of the Sacred Wounds of Jesus continue to offer spiritual opportunities. A day of retreat with the Sisters of Reparation is set for Saturday, Jan. 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the convent, 2120 SE 24th Ave. in Portland.
    January 18-26 will be a time of prayer, penance, and pilgrimage as a part of “9 Days for Life” (https://tinyurl.com/ny3obg6)
  • Providence, Dominican sisters support Dreamers
    An alliance of two women’s religious orders announced they stand with those who came to the United States as children without authorization.
  • Holy Names Sisters mark jubilees
    MARYLHURST — The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary on Oct. 15 honored eight women for decades of ministry.
  • Archbishop Sample’s schedule
    What will the archbishop be up to over the next couple of weeks? We have the answer for you.
  • Aging in community
    Dominican Father Paul Duffner diligently weighs bundles of rosary pamphlets to be distributed throughout the world. At 102, the friar is one of the oldest men in the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. Yet he spends each day at the Rosary Center across the street from the Dominican priory at Holy Rosary Parish.
  • Liturgical readings
    Take a peek at the Scripture readings for the coming weeks.
  • Historian: Reformation  led to secularization
    The Reformation that began in Christianity 500 years ago — and the sometimes-violent divisions that followed — led to modern secularism.
  • LIFE: Refugees

    Biblical revelation urges us to welcome the stranger. When we welcome the stranger — alien, migrant, refugee — we open our doors to God. In the faces of others we see the face of Christ himself. Jesus and refugees are connected.

  • Taking a vow takes faith
    The decline in Oregon’s divorce rate may seem like good news. But the marriage rate is also dropping, while the number of couples living outside of marriage is up.
  • Women’s organization is ‘archdiocese’s best kept secret’
    A venerable organization for Catholic women is opening a new chapter at Holy Family Parish in Southeast Portland.
  • Nuns, agency team up on ministries
    MOUNT ANGEL — Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast has stepped in to help the Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel sustain outreach ministries to low-income people.
  • New ministry emerges for Madonna's Center
    MILWAUIKIE — The Madonna’s Center for Life opened its doors for the Christmas season, allowing the community a peek inside the recently revamped organization.
  • Secular Franciscans welcome five to candidacy stage in Eugene
    EUGENE — Five men and women entered the candidacy stage of Secular Franciscan formation as part of the reactivated fraternity of St. Francis here in November.
  • A year of prayer for our priests
    “A Year of Prayer for our Priests” is a ministry of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, who share 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.
  • Finding answers to funeral questions
    We are one holy, catholic and apostolic church, but every diocese and every parish has its own richness and customs. Catholic funerals in the Archdiocese of Portland are a case in point.
  • Keeping faith
    When Matthew Zahn was finishing at his Catholic high school in California, he remembers telling his teachers and counselors that he wasn’t going to be one of those students who lost their faith in college. That resolve, he says, was key.
  • Celebrating a saint’s last great work
    Secular Franciscans from across the region, as well as members of the public, gathered at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Southeast Portland this fall to honor their founder’s transition from earthly life to heaven, called Transitus.
  • More than one person can rest in a single grave
    Figuring out the logistics after a loved one dies is never easy. One question that must be answered is: Where will they be buried?
  • Archbishop Sample's schedule
    How will our archbishop be spending the holidays? We have the answer.
  • SILENCE: The forgotten way to encounter God
    The Trappist monastery in Lafayette posts this Thomas Carlyle quote in several places around the grounds: “Silence is deep as Eternity.”
  • Christmas Mass schedules
    Mass schedules were provided by the parishes of western Oregon. If a parish isn’t listed, please check the bulletin or call the parish office with the help of the Oregon Catholic Directory.
  • Life:  Expectant Mothers
    As we approach the Nativity we ponder about how Mary must have felt.  With St. Joseph and all those good husbands and families, we too can accompany expectant mothers and help them to receive life as a gift.
  •  Constantly growing in faith
    KEIZER — It’s not a story many encounter these days. Going to a public school called St. Mary’s and receiving daily religious education classes.
  • Church teaches that body and soul are integrally linked
    The Catholic Church is not opposed to the cremation of earthly remains in principle. But nor is it considered the ideal.
  • Make funeral decisions now
    No one is ready to lose a loved one.

    The emotional weight of loss added to all the decisions that must be made after a loved one dies can make the time feel overwhelming, with little space to grieve.
  • Cathedral hosts Guadalupe Mass
    It was a morning of joy, faith, tradition and community. Catholics gathered Dec. 9 at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland for a bilingual Mass in anticipation of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
  • The future of faith and science
    To conclude a yearlong series on faith and science, we asked some of our favorite thinkers to ponder the future.
  • The Rosary Priest’s sainthood cause
    Q — A friend told me recently that the cause of Father Patrick Peyton had been sent to the Vatican for sainthood. Do you know how it stands and when he might be declared a saint?
  • Communion in service to Jesus Christ and his Church
    As Catholics, we live not simply as individuals, but also in the unity of the Body of Christ that is the Church, which is meant to be a reflection of the communion of persons in the Holy Trinity.
  • Christmas announcement from Office of Divine Worship
    Christmas day is Monday, Dec. 25, which follows the Fourth Sunday of Advent. There have been some questions with regard to the obligations of these holy days.
  • Liturgical readings
    Keep track of the liturgical readings for the coming weeks.
  • Archbishop's schedule
    What's the archbishop up to this Advent? We have the answer.
  • LIFE: People with Disabilities
    Rosie was a girl in our class whose legs were adorned with braces. None of us kids gave it a second thought. If we did, we never talked about it. I remember all the boys and girls playing "Duck, duck, goose." Though the boy who tagged Rosie was the class athlete, he trotted slowly around the circle to give his classmate a chance. It's just what we grade-schoolers did.
  • Burying a faithful veteran: Our nation’s traditions
    It’s not unusual for Bernard Offley to be found at a local military funeral. The retired Army sergeant first class participates in an honor guard for Catholic War Veterans of America in Columbia County.
  • Oregon’s great Catholic funeral
    He was born 140 years ago this month and when he died in January 1983, his Friday night sendoff became Oregon’s most-watched Catholic funeral.
  • ‘I will be out here someday’
    AMITY — Few Catholics live a few minutes’ stroll from their burial plot.

    But that’s the way of things for a Brigittine monk, who is to keep his death in mind.
  • Liturgical readings
    Get the latest liturgical readings here.
  • Trends in funerals offer opportunities for comforting
    When it comes to burials, Catholic funerals in Western Oregon reflect a trend. Cremations have become common across the Archdiocese of Portland and at some parishes the norm.
  • After 82 years, a proper burial for Helen
    On Feb. 19, 1935, 19-year-old Helen Tesluk died at the Oregon Fairview Home, an institution for people with disabilities.
  • La Salle grad finds joy in religious life
    MILWAUKIE — A 2002 graduate of La Salle Prep has entered religious life as a member of the Society of the Most Holy Trinity.
  • Health workers urged to understand breath of suffering
    Suffering and compassion were the topics Oct. 28 at a Mass and talk for Catholic health care professionals in western Oregon.
  • To form others, they hope to grow closer to Christ
    “Come follow me.” With these simple words, Jesus goes to the heart of authentic discipleship, which is rooted in our free response to his proposal to follow him wholeheartedly in our lives.
  • Annual Mass at cemetery offers reality, hope
    HAPPY VALLEY — On a blustery, sunny afternoon at Gethsemani Cemetery here, about 70 mourners gathered to recall loved ones they have lost in the past year.
  • Church’s funeral rites meant to comfort
    Q — I recently attended a funeral Mass for a friend. The pastor informed the family of the deceased that there could be no eulogy given in church, before, during or after the Mass.
  • Archbishop Sample's schedule
    What's the archbishop up to for the next few weeks? We have the answer.
  • Year of Prayer for Priests
    “A Year of Prayer for our Priests” is a ministry of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. We now share the joy of this devotion with all Oregon Catholics. Please remember all priests, deacons and religious in your daily prayers.

    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.