Catholic hospitals in Oregon get almost all of their transfusion blood from Bloodworks Northwest, a local supplier few Oregonians have heard of. But the majority of the state’s donors, including Catholic parishes and schools, roll up their sleeves for the better-known Red Cross.
Outraged by videos showing that Planned Parenthood has profited by selling body parts of aborted children, hundreds of protesters took to the streets Aug. 22 in Oregon.
More than 130 participants gathered for the 33rd Summer Conference July 29-Aug. 2 on the University of Portland campus. The annual event, a retreat for all ages, included activities for the young and not-so-young. It was a time of reflection and renewal, deepening of faith, and experience of the Church.
St. Mary Cathedral bells, cast in 1885, began ringing in the current cathedral tower in 1926. In recent decades, however, they've been mostly silent. Now they're traveling east to Ohio to be refurbished.
Ten years ago, America watched the Katrina coverage with growing horror. Throughout September 2005, the images showed a nightmarish situation in what seemed like some foreign country. The days went by and still people were stuck on roofs and in the ring-of-hell that the New Orleans Superdome had become. The Houston Astrodome was incomparably better, but still was a dystopian, Mad Max scene.
A year of prayerful events and projects aimed at bringing people together along with efforts to bring improved education and jobs to urban youth should be our focus as we strive for progress in these areas.
The misfortunes of its principal characters become mildly miserable for the audience of the glum sci-fi adventure "Fantastic Four" (Fox). Parents of the teens at whom this origin story, drawn from the Marvel Comics series, is squarely aimed will want to be aware, moreover, of late scenes featuring some harsh bloodletting. These forays into mayhem make the downbeat film doubtful fare even for older adolescents.
Another cultural landmark of the baby-boomer generation returns to the foreground with the arrival of the breezy espionage yarn "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." (Warner Bros.). The droll humor that punctuates director and co-writer Guy Ritchie's adaptation of the mid-1960s television series, as well as the James Bond-style glamour that permeates it, will likely please viewers. But they'll find little of substance to take away with them once the final credits roll.
Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015 Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time We speak and we listen, and as we mature our communication skills take on a pattern. In our age, much of our communication is by means of media that would have been unknown to the people of Jesus’ time. Nonetheless, the essence of our communication has not radically changed.
Q — A recent newspaper article reports that an archbishop on the East coast is spending more than half a million dollars of archdiocese funds to renovate his retirement residence. Under Church law, are archbishops permitted to spend archdiocese funds for this purpose?
Often, Catholics look to those in consecrated life as experts in prayer. Pope Francis declared 2015 the Year of Consecrated Life. The women and men in consecrated life in the Archdiocese of Portland have invited the public to join them for a celebration 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13, at Valley Catholic High School.
LAKE OSWEGO — Our Lady of the Lake Parish here “ROLL”ed out quite a good time last Sunday with its Ride with Our Lady of the Lake Festival (ROLL). Coinciding with the parish’s annual picnic, the event hosted Archbishop Alexander Sample who celebrated the 11 a.m. Mass before joining pastor Father John Kerns, parochial vicar Father Charles Wood and dozens of parishioners for two rides through the city. The archbishop blessed bicycles before the ride.
Marylhurst University and skin-care company Alaffia are giving Oregonians the chance to help students in Togo, West Africa — and to make room in their garages. Public donations of old and unwanted adult bicycles will be accepted at Marylhurst 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30. A gift basket of Alaffia products will be raffled off during the event.
Over the years it became clear that too many people didn’t associate Archbishop Howard School’s teams — or the school — with St. Rose Parish. “We’d go to CYO games and people would ask us if we were from Vancouver or Salem,” says Gina Yazzolino, development director at the school.