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Priest-author to lead retreat
Fr. Michael Gaitley, bestselling author, will lead a Feb. 10-12 retreat called Mercy and Mary.
Fr. Michael Gaitley, bestselling author, will lead a Feb. 10-12 retreat called Mercy and Mary.

BEAVERTON — Father Michael Gaitley, bestselling author, comes to St. Cecilia Parish to lead a Feb. 10-12 retreat called Mercy and Mary.

The weekend begins Friday and includes five presentations by Father Gaitley, part of the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy, an outreach of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Gaitley’s Stockbridge, Massachusetts-based religious order

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Rally draws hundreds of pro-life hopefuls

Despite the freezing temperatures and snow-packed Portland roads, hundreds of locals turned up at the Oregon Convention Center Jan. 15 to mark the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

People from around the state gathered to hear leaders of Oregon’s pro-life movement speak about their hopes for a reversal of the 1973 decision that legalized abortion.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
The joyful composer
Students from Catholic schools around Oregon remember Holy Names Sister Marianne Misetich as the happy music teacher who brought them on stage for musicals. Catholics around the country know her simple, stirring and melodic worship music, including “The Whole World is Waiting for Love.” 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
CYO volleyball: Strong play ends strong season
Catholic Youth Organization completed the volleyball season Nov. 19. Fans were treated to games that revealed hard work, athleticism and sportsmanship.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
MLK Mass message for faithful
Portland’s snow-packed roads were no match for the warm spirit inside St. Mary Cathedral for the 29th annual Martin Luther King Mass Saturday, Jan. 14. The Mass honored the life and legacy of the great American civil rights and spiritual leader.
Monday, January 16, 2017
WATCH: In Old Town: New name, same mission

An agency that has worked to prevent isolation among residents of Portland’s Old Town has hit its silver anniversary.  

The Maybelle Center for Community — once known as the Macdonald Center — was established by Holy Cross Father Richard Berg. In the late 1980s, Father Berg was assigned as pastor of the Catholic parish in Old Town, home to a large part of Portland’s homeless population. Father Berg, a trained psychologist, told staff and parishioners that loneliness and isolation intensify the problems of homelessness and that community might be the way out. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017
Expert to speak on ADHD
In his private practice, Greg Crosby hosts workshops about adult attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and regularly works with adults diagnosed with the disorder. The therapist has taken his lengthy experience working with adult ADHD and co-authored a book, “Transforming ADHD,” which provides insight on the disorder and practical tools and motivation. 
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Martin Luther King Masses

Two Martin Luther King Masses are of special note next weekend. Archbishop Alexander Sample will preside at the 5:30 p.m. vigil Mass Saturday, Jan. 14, at St. Mary Cathedral, 1716 NW Davis St. in Portland.

St. Andrew Parish will present its Dr. King Celebration Mass 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at Saint Andrew Church, 806 NE Alberta St. Portland.

Monday, January 9, 2017
$1 million gift to Blanchet

In his will, a Portland businessman has left $1 million for Blanchet House of Hospitality, the largest gift from an individual in the helping organization’s 64-year history. 

Bob Franz, graduate of Columbia Prep and the University of Notre Dame, died at age 92 in August. He is remembered as an astute business owner, a philanthropist and a loyal friend.  


Saturday, January 7, 2017
Judge has been the court's constitutional conscience

President Ronald Reagan phoned early Aug. 8, 1986. Diarmuid O’Scannlain, an esteemed Portland attorney, was just emerging from the shower. He hustled down to take the call in nothing but a towel. 

The 40th president, in his amiable way, informed O’Scannlain that he was the nominee for an open seat on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — just a level below the U.S. Supreme Court.   

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Providence says some baby names take the cake
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center on Portland’s west side and Providence Portland Medical Center on the east side track the most popular baby names annually and release the results about now. At St. Vincent, Olivia took top spot for the girls, and Henry for the baby boys. On the east side, Sophia edged out Olivia and Oliver passed up Henry.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Fueled by faith, St. Therese student combats Satan club

Anthony Nguyen, an eighth-grader at St. Therese School in Northeast Portland, is the kind of student who stands up to a bully and scoots over to make room for the new kid at the lunch table. He’s devoted to his Catholic faith and believes faith means action. 

So, when Nguyen learned that a program dubbed the “After School Satan Club” was coming to a nearby public school, he came up with a plan: a Change.org petition against it.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Ag company gives gift to youth center
MOUNT ANGEL — The Father Bernard Youth Center here has received a $5,000 grant from Wilbur-Ellis, a local agriculture supply wholesaler. Don Robison, executive director of the Catholic retreat center, says the money will go toward maintenance, repairs and upgrading outdoor spaces.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Agency earns March of Dimes grant
SALEM — Catholic Community Services, leader of the Fostering Hope Initiative to aid at-risk children and youths, has received a grant from March of Dimes. The money will go for programs helping at least 30 pregnant and parenting teens and young women in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Death penalty ban welcomed
A group seeking to erase the death penalty in Oregon is hailing Gov. Kate Brown’s October announcement that she would continue a ban on executions.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Grotto rector retires after 25 years
After 25 years, Servite Father Jack Topper will retire from service at the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother — the Grotto. He has been the face of the sanctuary for a generation and was the guiding force behind modernization, beautification, and greater visitor outreach.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
A life-giving gift

It was Christmas Eve morning, and down a corridor of Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland, past the nurses’ station and amid the drip of morphine and green glow of medical monitoring equipment, a small choir sang of Christ’s birth.

The music was a gift to two patients — one wrapped in a bathrobe and the other propped up in bed — yet all present felt the magnitude of a gift given two days before.

On Dec. 22, 2015, Jean Czuba donated a kidney to Nellie Malany, whose chronic kidney disease had left the essential organs barely functioning.

Thursday, December 22, 2016
Parish need not pay property tax for rectory
The Oregon Tax Court ruled Dec. 19 that St. Mary, Star of the Sea Parish in Astoria need not pay property tax on its rectory.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
PR society honors Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon communications chief
BEAVERTON — Barbara Kerr, who leads communications for the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, has received the 2016 William W. Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award from the Public Relations Society of America Portland Metro Chapter.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Start the new year off right with the Oregon Catholic Directory
The updates were entered, the type was set and now the pages of the 2017 Oregon Catholic Directory are fresh off the press, the ink still slightly damp. It’s time for the directory to go out to parishes and individuals.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Czech hosts become guests

Gladly returning a favor of hospitality, Blanchet Catholic School in Salem and Archbishop John Vlazny last month hosted 19 Czech nationals, including 15 students from Biskupské Gymnázium, a Catholic high school in Zdar nad Sazavou, a city of 24,000 near the center of the Czech Republic. 


Saturday, December 17, 2016
His is a 'modern kind of holy'

She entered his office fraught with anxiety. Most children don’t enjoy going to the dentist, but for 8-year-old Catherine, it was terrifying. Born with a rare chromosome abnormality, her severe developmental disability meant the world often was confusing and scary.

Dr. Peter Lax couldn’t help her understand why her mouth needed to be poked and prodded, but he knew how to work efficiently, treat her gently and show her love.

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Mobile homes saved from redevelopment
In a year that’s seeing record rent spikes even in East Portland, with more families doubling up to afford housing, the residents of Oak Leaf Mobile Home Park won an unlikely victory earlier this month. They’ll continue to pay less than $500 a month in many cases for their mobile homes, a price nearly unheard of in Portland.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Assisted-suicide problems endure

On election day, Colorado became the fifth state to allow doctors to help patients kill themselves. The city council of Washington, D.C., may follow suit.

“We have a culture now that is basically embracing situational killing as a response to suffering,” says a troubled Dr. Bill Toffler, professor emeritus of family medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. “The good news is, there still are 45 states that have not embraced it.”

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
'Righting' your loved one's obituary

Overheard in the pews: 

“The Oregonian did a good job writing up her obituary.”

No one corrected the man, but most readers probably know that — in this century, anyway — newspapers, whether the Oregonian or the Catholic Sentinel, have little to do with writing most obituaries. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Clergy graves now better honored

A slope above Burnside Road in Portland’s west hills is the final resting place for the remains of priests and bishops of the Archdiocese of Portland. 

A stone altar overlooks the simple flat grave markers, which are the same for parish vicars as for prelates. 

Archbishop Edward Howard, who led the archdiocese from the 1920s to the 1960s, is buried at the site in Mount Calvary Cemetery, as are more than 200 other clergymen.  
The clergy section has been getting more love as of late. 

Monday, December 12, 2016
Women hear how to live under Mary's guidance

BEAVERTON — Father Francis Chun and Mother Mary of the Angels spoke Oct. 12 to members of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women during an annual retreat at Our Lady of Peace Retreat House here.


Monday, December 12, 2016
Archbishop stands up for immigrants
Responding to rhetoric from the recent presidential election, Archbishop Alexander Sample told a crowd of Hispanic Catholics Dec. 10 that he loves them and God loves them. During the Mass celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the archbishop then called on all Catholics in western Oregon to condemn racial bigotry and hatred.
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Their goal: Fraternal fun
ST. BENEDICT — The first St. Benedict’s Cup was held at Mount Angel Seminary Oct. 30, which also happened to be Priesthood Sunday. It was the first of what may become an annual soccer competition, initiated to promote priestly fraternity between the priests of the Archdiocese of Portland and the seminarians of Mount Angel Seminary.
Friday, December 9, 2016
American 'icon' dies
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Astronaut legend and decorated World War II pilot John H. Glenn, who served for 24 years in the U.S. Senate and inspired young people to pursue careers in sciences and engineering, died Dec. 8. He was 95.
Friday, December 9, 2016
Mini hoopsters
Catholic Youth Organization just completed another season of Fall Hot Shots Nov. 12 with an end-of-season tournament for first- and second-grade basketball players. Each child was given an individual medal and each of the 20 teams was awarded a trophy for participation.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
UP student says university failed her in wake of sexual assault

Clara Ell has long felt sexual abuse and sexual assault needed more attention; one of the reasons the University of Portland freshman intends to major in social work and psychology is to help victims of such crimes. 

But on the evening of Sept. 30, Ell says she became a victim herself. After drinking heavily at a party, Ell claims she was raped in her dorm by a male classmate. Turning to her university for support and justice, Ell says she found neither. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Making room for parish, archbishop to downsize

Archbishop Alexander Sample and future archbishops of Portland will live in a 3,500-square-foot wooden house to be built on the edge of Mount Calvary Cemetery. Including its chapel, the house will be about a third of the size of the Northwest Portland building archbishops have occupied since the mid-1980s.

“There is a lot of wasted space,” Archbishop Sample says of the residence next to St. Mary Cathedral. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Rosary-making workshop

There will be a cord rosary-making workshop from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Marian Prayer Center. Cost is $20 for materials and instructional handouts. Call (503) 583-3723 to register (required) and for more information.

Sunday, December 4, 2016
Catholic CEOs band together for help in living out faith

Fifteen years ago, a group of Oregon Catholic CEOs decided they wanted to live out their faith more deeply at work and even apply Catholic principles to the way they run their businesses. 

With the help of then-Archbishop John Vlazny, they formed a chapter of Legatus, a national organization founded in 1987 by Tom Monaghan, a Catholic who started Domino’s Pizza. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016
WATCH: Fleeing al-Qaida

Next to her heart it dangles — an outline of the country she loves and fled. Printed within its gold boarders is the name of her husband, “Ahmed,” whose life was threatened for years. 

Rasha Ali is sitting in an immaculate front room in her family’s ranch-style house in suburban Portland when she looks down at the necklace and smiles sadly. Life as a refugee is a painful gift.

Friday, December 2, 2016
Calm called for amid protests

In the days after the presidential election, many Americans felt disillusioned and took to the streets in protest. Most demonstrators were peaceful, including in Oregon. But some Portland protesters turned chaotic, and police made more than 100 arrests. 

Archbishop Alexander Sample, at a U.S. bishops’ meeting in the nation’s capital, sent a statement back to Oregon seeking calm.

“While peaceful protest and standing up for our own views have been hallmarks of the American experience and our First Amendment rights, some of these demonstrations have turned destructive and violent,” the archbishop wrote. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
New offices for Catholic Sentinel, El Centinela

The Catholic Sentinel, official newspaper for the Archdiocese of Portland, returned to the archdiocesan offices in September after 30 years away.

The move is meant to consolidate communications efforts for the local church. The Sentinel — along with its sister publication, El Centinela — is now a few steps from the archdiocese’s communications office, with capacity for recording audio and video.

Monday, November 28, 2016
Preplanning a funeral a gift to loved ones

It’s a final act of love. 

Those who plan their own funerals give survivors a major gift, allowing them to grieve instead of agonizing over caskets, liturgical music and cost. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016
'He loves us even when we mess up'

The world has learned that, like nothing else, mercy indicates God’s action toward us. 

The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy initiated by Pope Francis caught the imagination of the planet in a way no similar observance has. 

The jubilee ran from Dec. 8, 2015, until Nov. 20 and began with a simple document from the pope entitled “Misericordiae Vultus,” “Mercy’s Face.”

Thursday, November 24, 2016
Pro-life vigils held across state

Pro-life advocates, including many Catholics, stood up in public to back their cause, no matter the weather. 

The 40 Days for Life vigils held in Portland and Eugene came to a conclusion Nov. 6 after a long-term peaceful presence outside sites where abortions are performed. Activists prayed and fasted as part of the campaign. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Archbishop voices support for execution moratorium
Archbishop Alexander Sample on the day before Thanksgiving issued a statement on behalf of the Archdiocese of Portland supporting Gov. Kate Brown’s decision to continue a moratorium on executions in Oregon.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Oregon priest chosen for national post
Father Jeff Eirvin, who leads vocations efforts for the Archdiocese of Portland, is new vice president of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
WATCH: A leaner St. Vincent de Paul keeps up its ministry

David Kunze is thrilled with his job. 

The St. Vincent de Paul employee treks to restaurants and cafeterias at places like the University of Portland to glean excess food. He brings the grub to the new St. Vincent de Paul headquarters and repackages it for distribution to people in need.   

“I have fun doing this,” he says. “It’s helping others. It’s learning compassion.”

Monday, November 21, 2016
Beaverton Police win People's Choice Award in Soup's On Benefit
Sister Colleen Schmitt gave the coveted Golden Ladle to the cooking crew from the Beaverton Police, winners of the People’s Choice Award in this year’s Soup’s On Benefit.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
'She is our Mother': Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine dedicated at the Grotto
With tears in her eyes, Teresa Rodríguez of St. Anne Parish in Gresham stood inside a new shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Grotto in Northeast Portland. A native of Guatemala, she has a lifelong devotion.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Calling on grace for bedside care
Barbara Kennedy remembers the moment her career as a nurse crystalized into the sacred.

She was working at the San Diego Hospice in the 1990s when police brought in a dying man, a “John Doe” they’d found beneath a bridge. He was unable to speak coherently and had no identification.

Kennedy remembers how she and three other nurses dropped what they were doing to care for the man. They got his pain under control; they bathed and shaved him. They gently told him he wasn’t alone, that the angels were watching out for him.


Friday, November 18, 2016
Looking at the Year of Mercy
Mount Angel Abbey's Fall 2016 lecture series, Christian in the World, concludes Saturday, Dec. 10, in the Mount Angel Abbey Library. Benedictine Brother Cyril Drnjevic, a monk of Mount Angel Abbey for over 35 years, will present “The Year of Divine Mercy: Implication No. 2. The Environment.” Brother Cyril will discuss Pope Frances’ encyclical letter, Laudato Si’, in the context of Divine Mercy.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Hungry for hope: An inside-look at teenage eating disorders

“It’s control, it’s comfort. I ignore the hunger. I distract myself long enough to no longer feel the ache. But it creeps in and hunts me down.”

Sarah Rose was diagnosed with anorexia at age 16. For the past nine years she’s alternately fought against her weight and for her life.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Priest convocation
Archbishop Alexander Sample celebrated Mass with about 100 priests attending the 2016 Convocation of Priests in Newport early in October. \
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Charismatic Mass in Eugene
There will be a charismatic, healing Mass Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 1062 Charnelton St., Eugene.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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