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  • Archbishop Sample celebrates Latin Mass in nation’s capital
    WASHINGTON — The extraordinary form of the Mass is drawing young people with its sense of reverence and transcendence, Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample said during an April 28 homily in Washington, D.C.
  • Marylhurst University to close
    Marylhurst University, the 125-year-old college founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, is closing. The school will stop all operations by the end of 2018.
  • Mary O'Callaghan, who spoke to Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women last year, speaks at the UN
    Mary O'Callaghan, a Portland native and psychologist, spoke at the United Nations March 20 about how children with disabilities are being aborted systematically across the world. Dr. O'Callaghan, daughter of Gil (deceased) and Rose Scherzinger of St. Pius X Parish in Portland, was featured speaker last year for the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women.
  • WATCH: Tom Markgraf, excited by advances at TriMet, has long been at work for regular folk
    “My people have been in this church for five generations,” says Tom Markgraf, gazing and sweeping a hand around Holy Redeemer Church in North Portland. “My great-grandfather died right over in that in pew. What a great way to go.”
  •  Aging and on the streets

    His name is Ben, but many homeless youths call him “Dad” or “Pops.”

    On a corner near Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, the 56-year-old sits beside a cart filled with bedding and a backpack. A small dog, Precious, rests next to him on the sidewalk. With leathery hands that look older than his years he clutches a cardboard sign that reads: “Anything will help.”



  • Women religious of the archdiocese: At work in an imperfect world
    Holy Names Sister Jane Hibbard, pastoral administrator of Queen of Angels Monastery since summer 2017, says she sees the Benedictine sisters there as inspirations, quietly doing their work to help one another and ministries inside the monastery, unknown to the world but not to God.
  • Ecumenical Ministries of Orego honors Rose Haven for service
    Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, a statewide coalition of Christian churches, will honor Rose Haven Day Center for Women and Children May 16 at a benefit dinner at the Benson Hotel in Portland. The award comes in recognition of “hope-inspiring, life-enhancing, ecumenical community ministry,” EMO officials say.
  • PeaceHealth sponsors bike program

    EUGENE — PeaceHealth Rides hit the ground rolling at an outdoor party to celebrate Eugene’s first bike-share program.

    Community leaders, cycling enthusiasts and other interested citizens gathered at the river to enjoy music and food while checking out some of the 300 sturdy, blue PeaceHealth-branded bikes now available to rent from 35 kiosks around the city. Some guests took a “celebration spin” along the nearby river path



  • Mariachi Mass: Worship on the waterfront
    Not only is Cinco de Mayo the only civic event in Portland that includes the church, it’s also a rollicking festival. It includes a joyful and reverent celebration of the Word and the Eucharist at the mariachi Mass.
  • New vestments to express unity, lift beauty

    As a sign of unity, priests and deacons of the Archdiocese of Portland will be wearing matching vestments at large archdiocesan celebrations like ordinations and the annual chrism Mass.

    “The clergy processing in, united in holy orders but also processing with matching vestments, will make quite a beautiful impact,” said Father John Kerns, pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Oswego. He bought the complete set of the vestments for his parish.

  • Assisting miracles: Catholic midwife welcomes babies
    It’s 2 a.m. and a new life is about to enter the world. Carissa St. Onge Carneiro swoops her long hair up into a ponytail and pours herself a mug of coffee for the road. During the dark drive across Portland, she says a Hail Mary, asking for grace and wisdom, and prays to the guardian angels for the baby still in the womb.
  • National Catholic Charities leader: Accompanying migrants is the Catholic way
    The head of Catholic Charities in the United States is saddened that many Catholics have “become acclimated” to national resentment over migrants.
  • Providence midwives take holistic approach

    Providence Health & Services has offered midwifery care at medical facilities across Oregon for the past 25 years.

    “We focus on education and a holistic approach to birth,” said Joanna Sullivan, lead midwife for Providence Women’s Clinic, East Portland.

  • Following the footsteps of St. Francis

    EUGENE — The joy of the Gospel is spreading through Lane County with the reactivation of a Secular Franciscan Order fraternity at St. Peter Parish here.

  • Tour of Padre Pio’s relics coming to Seattle’s St. James Cathedral
    SEATTLE — Several relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina will come to the Archdiocese of Seattle for public veneration on Saturday, May 5, at St. James Cathedral in Seattle. Archbishop J. Peter Sartain will celebrate Mass in honor of the saint at 9 a.m. with veneration of his relics from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Knight of Columbus honored for 75 years of church service

    EUGENE — John Gent is a fixture at St. Mary Parish here. He’s a World War II veteran and a lifelong volunteer. He’s also a Knight of Columbus.

  • Two Stephens to be ordained as deacons

    Archbishop Alexander Sample will ordain two men as transitional deacons for the Archdiocese of Portland Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral.

    Both are named Stephen, after an early Christian deacon who was martyred. Neither Stephen Cieslak nor Stephen Kenyon have made plans to follow in their namesake’s end literally, but both will promise to lay down their lives in service to God’s people.

  • Living in the mystery: How can parents cope after a teen’s suicide?
    “I don’t know if there’s any stronger pain than what parents feel over the loss of their child by suicide,” said Oblate Father Ronald Rolheiser, who recently published a book for suicide survivors. “It wreaks havoc on hearts.”
  • 2017 was a year in the record books for Providence Foundations of Oregon. The organization that supports Providence Health and Services raised more than $50 million — and received the single largest gift ever — marking the most successful fundraising year in the foundations’ 35-year history. The funds support research and dozens of specialty programs throughout the region, many of which would not exist without donor support.
  • Upward Bound communicates God’s love through nature
    On the North Santiam River, a tributary of the Willamette River east of Salem, campers reel in wriggly fish, rally courage for talent-show skits and belt out tunes in evening singalongs. It’s the classic hodgepodge of activities that countless children enjoy each summer.
  • St. Mary of Oregon sister named a ‘Woman of Influence’
    The Portland Business Journal has named St. Mary of Oregon Sister Adele Marie Altenhofen as one of its 2018 Women of Influence. The awards honor the region’s most influential businesswomen from every industry and profession — but they’ve never before included a woman religious.
  • St. Joseph the Worker fundraising dinner May 6
    MOUNT ANGEL — Catholic Community Services, St. Mary Parish and the Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel will host the 14th annual St. Joseph the Worker fundraising dinner. All are welcome. The dinner will be Sunday, May 6, at 5 p.m. at the St. Mary Parish Center here.
  • 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.
  • ‘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. 
  • NEW VIDEO: Case management part of Blanchet’s ministry

    Trappist Brother Martin Gonzales learned that Brian Ward had moved to Blanchet Farm in Carlton in an attempt to manage alcoholism. The aged monk released his walker and grabbed Ward’s hands. “That is sacred ground up on that hill,” Brother Martin said.

  • 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.
  • UP decries tennis player’s statements

    The president of the University of Portland has strongly decried public statements made by a school tennis player

  • ‘Journeying with them': As teen suicide rates rise, schools and parishes provide valuable support

    “Live, love, dream, believe, and with God’s grace, never despair.”

    Pope Francis made this plea as part of a talk last fall focused on young people. The primary enemy is not out in the world but inside oneself, he said during the Sept. 20 general audience, telling youths not to “give space to bitter, obscure thoughts.”

  • Sweethearts for seven decades

    CANBY — “My darling sweetheart” begins the letter, composed on U.S. Navy stationary that’s only slightly yellowed after nearly three quarters of a century.

    William (“Bill”) Trumm penned the words Sept. 4, 1945, but the tenderness and love he feels for the letter’s recipient remains 72 years later.

  • Hard-working director leaves VOZ
    Romeo Sosa, the hard-working executive director of VOZ, has left that organization, which connects laborers with contractors and other employers at their offices on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Those workers previously had stood at various street corners, waiting for work and were sometimes cheated of pay by the unscrupulous.
  • Portland Catholic turns 103

    On St. Patrick’s Day at Assumption Village assisted-living community in North Portland, one resident — wearing festive green attire, including green nail polish — celebrated not only the patron saint of the Emerald Isle but a significant birthday. Pat Scarpino turned 103 on March 17.

    “She gives thanks every day for all her blessings,” wrote her daughter, Judy Armstrong, in a letter. “She herself is a blessing, treating staff and visitors with kindness.”

  •  Bishop Steiner's 40th and Salem fundraising bash
    The Salem Schools Foundation, together with the Blanchet Community Foundation, hosted the Vincent de Paul Auction at the East Salem Community Center in early March — giving it a special twist.
  • Catholic Community Services breaks new ground with Villa Esperanza

    WOODBURN — Catholic Community Services and Fostering Hope Initiative have broken ground on a new affordable housing complex in here. The project is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

    Villa Esperanza, or Hope Villa, will offer 16 apartments for low-income families.

  • Priests, laity appreciate one another

    Priests and laity from western Oregon convened this winter just to enjoy one another. The annual Serra Club Priest Appreciation Dinner is a night when no one is at work. 

    Serra Club promotes vocations to priesthood and religious life and supports the men and women who answer the call. 

  • Small but mighty
    Another CYO Winter Hot Shots season has finished. The popular, growing program this season boasted 41 teams and more than 450 participants.  The teams are co-ed and made up of first- and second-graders.
  • For the March 16 issue, the Catholic Sentinel received incorrect information about a speaker at the upcoming Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women conference.Vicki Farley, who holds a doctor of ministry degree, has served as chaplain at Providence Health and Services and is an instructor at the University of Portland.
  • Cathedral stays open around the clock

    St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland was open for a 24-hour stretch in March, with the public invited to come in and reconcile with God.

    “God’s love knows no limits,” Archbishop Alexander Sample said at the start of a devotion called 24 Hours for the Lord. The day included Mass, confessions and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

  • Catholic Charities evening focuses on finding home

    Jewell Ramirez gazed across the room of 1,000 people in their Sunday best. That she would be addressing some of Portland’s most prominent philanthropists seemed unthinkable a few years ago, when she was sleeping outdoors at Waterfront Park.

  • City lights up with CYO basketball

    The CYO high school “City” basketball tournament finished in February. It was the pinnacle of a fun and competitive season for youths who are not on their high school teams.

    For many of these players, the tournament is a highlight of their high school experience. 

  • Counseling center offers workshop
    Nancie Potter, a licensed marriage and family therapist, will give a workshop on how to cultivate and nurture the spirit and teach attendees how to overcome obstacles to following their calling. The $25 workshop is Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. to noon at the Northwest Catholic Counseling Center, 8383 NE Sandy Blvd., Suite 205, in Portland.
  • Young Catholic Professionals toast new chapter
    Founder of the national Young Catholic Professionals, Jenn Baugh, came to Portland to kick off the group’s newest chapter here in March at The Madeleine Parish hall. The Portland chapter president is Samantha Matthews. The event drew about 125 young professionals.
  • God’s cheerleader says goodbye to Mater Dei Radio
    Dina Marie Hale, the best-known voice of Mater Dei Radio, KBVM, prays. A lot. “I’m always talking to the Lord,” she says. During the past months, she was asking God for a clear sign about whether it was time to leave her job at the station.
  • Providence sister celebrates a century

    Sister Rita Ferschweiler, the last Sister of Providence to serve as an administrator of a Portland hospital, celebrated her 100th birthday at a liturgy and luncheon in Seattle March 16. This year she also marks her 75th year of religious life.

    Celebrant for the Mass was Father James Eblen, with Father William Treacy and Msgr. Tim Murphy as concelebrants. Luncheon guests included sisters, former Providence administrators, relatives and friends.

  • Abby’s Closet to give away prom gowns April 7-8

    Portland-based nonprofit Abby’s Closet hosts its 14th annual prom gown give-away Saturday, April 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. High school women will walk away from the free event with a free prom dress.

    Abby’s Closet was founded in 2004 by Sally Egland, outreach coordinator at Resurrection Parish in Tualatin, and her daughter, Abby Egland.

    This year’s event will feature more than 6,000 prom dresses, sizes 0-26.

  • Back from the Vatican
    FOREST GROVE — In 2015, after a rehearsal for a papal Mass in Madison Square Garden had been canceled, Msgr. Guido Marini and Msgr. John Cihak took the team of nervous acolytes into the locker room. Amid New York Rangers jerseys and hockey sticks, the two Vatican masters of ceremony gave the seminarians a pep talk.
  • 50 years ago: Catholic Sentinel pages reveal turmoil
    In a July 1968 column in the Catholic Sentinel, Portland Archbishop Robert Dwyer wrote that America was becoming “an intransigence of extremes. … We are becoming incapable of debate because our words, identical though they may be, have taken on totally different meanings. ...”
  • Archdiocesan Catholics touch the greatest story
    In the archdiocese’s 146 parishes and missions, feet were washed on Holy Thursday, and tabernacles emptied. On Good Friday, the faithful heard how the mob cried, “Crucify him!” and then, in a reawakening of light, more than a hundred fires blazed outside Catholic churches at the Easter Vigil March 31, from the Washington border south. The Liturgy of the Word brought that thrilling verse, the words of the young man dressed in white in Jesus’ tomb: “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here.’” (Mk 16, 6)
  • Teen suicide is on the rise
    It springs from pain and results in ripples of anguish. Suicide always is a tragedy, but when the life that ended had just begun, the loss is magnified. And such losses are mounting.
  • Hospitalized veterans in need of eucharistic ministers

    Acts of spiritual mercy at the Veterans Administration Hospital are going undone.

    After a Catholic Sentinel article in 2016 about eucharistic ministers at the Portland VA hospital, nine Catholics volunteered to bring the Eucharist to the Catholics hospitalized there.

    “But we are down to two now,” says Perri Pitman Parker, who describes herself as “an accidental minister.”

  • ACCW to hold annual conference at Grotto; archbishop will celebrate Mass

    The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women convenes an annual conference Saturday, April 21. Held at the Grotto in Portland, the day has a theme from Scripture: Do not be afraid.

    Archbishop Alexander Sample will preside at Mass and the installation of new officers at noon in the Chapel of Mary. 
  • Valley Catholic’s esteemed summer camp
    Valley Catholic updated its traditional music summer camp a few years ago, to good effect. Beckie Hocker, flute instructor at Valley Catholic and a leader in the summer camp’s organization, says they’ve found students are doing well with the new setup, gaining understanding of music fundamentals and instruments.
  • Feeding a big crew: Camp Howard’s process includes wily shopping, constant cooking, systematic serving

    CORBETT — Imagine your grade schooler inviting friends over for dinner — 250 of them.