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Henry Fitzgibbon
Henry Fitzgibbon

As creation bears the fingerprints of the Creator, Catholic architecture in western Oregon reflects the humble genius of Henry Fitzgibbon. 

 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Tasks for religion classes set out by the U.S. Catholic bishops
Excerpts of tasks for religion classes set out by the bishops. The Archdiocese of Portland has just published the tasks, which fill 38 pages.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Catechesis that's more organized, more personal
In the near future, curriculum for parish faith formation and religion classes in Catholic schools will be more organized and comprehensive, have an end goal in view, emphasize personal relationship with Jesus and draw parents into the learning.
Friday, September 23, 2016
A new centerpiece for Camp Howard

At summer camp, shakiness is understandable when it comes to canoes, or to a kid’s legs as he’s about to soar down the zip line for the first time. 

But not for a lodge. 


Thursday, September 22, 2016
Cosmology and catholicity lecture Sept. 22
Taking her cue from Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’, Franciscan Sister Ilia Delio is exploring a new understanding of catholicity
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Parents invited to annual catechetical conference
This year, Catholic parents are invited to the Archdiocese of Portland’s catechetical conference, set for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the University of Portland. The annual gathering convenes directors of religious education, youth ministers and Sunday religious education teachers to help enliven and inform their ministry.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Archdiocesan schools are fixing lead-pipe problem

Over the summer, crews tested all archdiocesan schools in the Archdiocese of Portland for lead in water. 

Schools were notified of their results and those with test results above the EPA action level are fixing the problems. 


Thursday, September 22, 2016
BEAVERTON — Portland area food vendors will compete for affection from celebrity judges at the Soup’s On 2016 fundraiser Oct. 1. The event is co-sponsored by the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon and the City of Beaverton. Proceeds benefit Sunshine Pantry.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Catching life
Stan Brock got his start playing basketball for CYO at St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton. On Sept. 27, he will be returning to CYO as a keynote speaker for the organization’s Champions of Faith benefit dinner.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Archbishop confirms youths in lockup
WOODBURN — Songs and prayer filled MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility Sept. 1 as two youths celebrated their baptism and confirmation into the Catholic Church with Archbishop Alexander Sample.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Two priests kidnapped, killed in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (CNS) — Two priests were kidnapped and killed in the Mexican state of Veracruz, raising the death toll of prelates murdered in Mexico to 14 in less than four years.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Vigil to seek end to gun violence

BEAVERTON — An ecumenical candlelight Vigil to oppose violence, highlighting gun use, is set for 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, starting across from the Beaverton Library and ending at the peace pole at Bethel Congregational Church.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016
WATCH: Keeping "Laudato Si'" alive
Now that “Laudato Si’,” Pope Francis’ encyclical on care for creation, is a year old, some Oregon Catholic leaders want to make sure it’s remembered, since the stakes are so high.
Monday, September 19, 2016
WATCH: Ora et labora in Aloha
ALOHA — They woke at dawn, gathered to pray the liturgy of the hours and attended Mass. After a simple breakfast came work — cleaning pews, trimming shrubs, gardening, organizing donations, painting.
Friday, September 16, 2016
WATCH: Dignity of life

Since last December, activists have gathered monthly in front of St. André Bessette Parish in Northwest Portland in silent witness to the horror of human trafficking. This illegal trade of human labor and its victims, the activists say, aren’t seen by much of the public.


Thursday, September 15, 2016
An international nod for a 'pioneer spirit' family

LEBANON — A large family from a small Oregon town has won an international honor from the Knights of Columbus. 

 

Thursday, September 15, 2016
WATCH: Seminarians discuss the power of the call

When Chi-Nhan Vo, 19, told his grandmother he was about to enter Mount Angel Seminary, it was the first time he’d seen her jump. In his second year as a college seminarian, Vo explains that the call to priesthood is not usually a booming voice from heaven, but a slow growth in faith and an evolving attraction to prayer, sacraments and community. Even grandmas can play a role.


Thursday, September 15, 2016
Camp allows families to have fun, relax
It’s a wonderful opportunity to bond with your family and meet others from around the community. Some kids attend family camp first to get acclimated to Camp Howard and then go by themselves later in the summer.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Insurance important
Life insurance, that vast ocean of actuarial tables, benefit riders, annuity certain, non-forfeiture, policy proceeds and, without any theological nuance at all, “probability of death,” is daunting for most.
Monday, September 12, 2016
The church is involved in politics, but is not partisan
Catholic leaders don’t tell people to vote for this or that candidate, but Catholics can’t ignore politics. The church focuses on issues instead of office seekers.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Portland area interfaith community plans three events tied to Sept. 11
Members of the Portland area interfaith community will mark the fifteenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States with three events that will commemorate the tragic events, honor the beloved community that they inspired, and move all people forward in the quest for justice and respect.
Friday, September 9, 2016
Labor Day: Oregon has long tradition of church-labor partnership
As Labor Day 2016 recedes, there are fewer Catholics who recall that Catholic leaders and the labor movement cooperated closely. It’s no coincidence, for example, that many churches founded in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were called “St. Joseph the Worker.”
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Big response to hunger campaign
SPRINGFIELD — Springfield residents spoke loud and clear that they want to help their neighbors in need during the Springfield Grocery Outlet’s annual “Independence from Hunger Campaign” in July. Their outpouring of support put the store fourth in the nation.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Catholic Charities wins support for financial wellness initiative
An organization that hatches ideas to help low-income families earn and save assets has given Catholic Charities Oregon a grant to be used for expert consultants.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Camp Howard new programs a hit
The Zip Line, Giant Swing and Laser Tag programs were a hit at camp this summer according to the experts (the campers). Early survey returns show that money was well spent in construction of the programs all of which targeted the older age groups where additional programming was needed.
Monday, September 5, 2016
Two from Oregon headed to women's conference
Two leaders from Oregon’s Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women will be in Indianapolis Sept. 7-10 for the the National Council of Catholic Women convention.
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Irish film to show Sept. 6
Produced by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, the film examines the Easter Rising as a precursor to an independent Irish state and the disintegration of colonial empires worldwide.
Friday, September 2, 2016
L'Arche ranked among best nonprofits
L’Arche Portland has been ranked among the 100 best nonprofits in the state by Oregon Business Magazine. Rankings were based on employee input on benefits, management, trust, work environment and career development. The survey is voluntary and free.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
WATCH: Finding friendship
BEAVERTON – It’s not unusual to see Dimi Todd motivating the residents at Beaverton’s Maryville Nursing Home to get involved in activities.
Thursday, September 1, 2016
WATCH: Hospitality on wheels
Not all low-income people live in Portland where they can visit a place like Blanchet House. That’s why St. Vincent de Paul has outfitted a bus to bring free warm meals to the semi-rural fringes of the metropolitan area.


Thursday, September 1, 2016
Francisan foundress dies during her jubilee Mass
MERIDEN, Conn. — Mother Rosemae Pender, 94, foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, died unexpectedly during a June 26 Mass of thanksgiving for consecrated life celebrated at the order's Connecticut motherhouse to honor her 75 years of consecrated life.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Birthright seeking new head
HILLSBORO — An organization that offers pregnant women in Washington County an alternative to abortion is seeking a new director.
Monday, August 29, 2016
New leadership for Benedictine Sisters
MOUNT ANGEL — For the past year, Benedictine Sister Sandra Meek came from her community in South Dakota to serve as administrator of Queen of Angels Monastery here. In July, she returned to South Dakota. 
Friday, August 26, 2016
Conference set to explore liturgy
The Oregon Sacred Liturgy Conference is set for Mount Angel Abbey Sept. 2-4. Theme is “Mystical Body-Mystical Voice in the Liturgy.” The three days of prayer, study and celebration will focus on what the fathers of the Second Vatican Council called “the source and summit” of faith — the liturgy.


Thursday, August 25, 2016
Portland's homelessness crisis
A lack of funding for police, mental health services and affordable housing has left Portland with its crisis of homelessness, says Valerie Chapman, longtime pastoral administrator of St. Francis Parish in inner Southeast Portland.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Death penalty foes preparing for right moment
A minister whose sister was murdered in 1997 made a plea for Oregonians to nix their death penalty law.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Rupp wins bronze - and shows value of friendship
On the final day of the 2016 Rio Olympics Aug. 21, Galen Rupp became the first American-born athlete to medal in the marathon in 40 years as he earned the bronze. The defining moment of Rupp’s career, however, may have occurred Aug. 13 during the finals of the men’s 10,000 meter race at the Olympics in Rio.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Rosary novena leading up to election
Mater Dei Radio has invited listeners to pray a 54-day rosary novena through Oct. 7 in preparation for voting. The novena will include special intentions for marriage and family, religious freedom and the culture of life.
Monday, August 22, 2016
'Love for the church' motivated her
Mary Jo Tully, the first lay woman to become chancellor of a U.S. Catholic diocese, stepped down this month from the post she held for 27 years at the Archdiocese of Portland.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Fired teacher awaiting word on trial
A Catholic dismissed in 2013 from his teaching job at Portland’s Benson High School is still awaiting word from a judge on whether his religious freedom lawsuit will go before a jury.  
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Helping couples communicate
Bridging the gap between men and women in communicating is the goal of a workshop set for 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Northwest Catholic Counseling Center, 8383 NE Sandy Blvd., Suite 205, in Portland.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Rosary Bowl set for Oct. 1
The Jubilee of Mercy will be the theme at the annual Rosary Bowl Northwest, set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. 
Friday, August 19, 2016
Recycling hope for the future
James Goldman and his mother, Kathi Goldman, had an audacious scheme: to start a recycling business in the Goldman garage.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Demonstration for life set for Oct. 30
The Knights of Columbus are organizing pro-life advocates to form a human chain for the cause in Northeast Portland on Oct. 30. The Portland Life Chain is a peaceful, prayerful public witness. It’s set for 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m. in front of the Planned Parenthood abortion facility at 3727 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
WATCH:Drama camp helps city kids emerge
The stage once frightened Phoebe Hamburger, 11. But since she attended an early August workshop at Holy Cross Parish in North Portland, Phoebe is hooked.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Hear them online
The Archdiocese of Portland is making recordings of homilies and other podcasts available on its website.
Monday, August 15, 2016
Year of Mercy - visit the imprisoned
During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the work of mercy being focused on for August in the Archdiocese of Portland is visiting the imprisoned.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
'I will remember'
My jaw dropped and I looked at the entrance of the condos and saw a family — two adults and two primary school children — coming down the front steps. I said another prayer of thanksgiving for that and looked up to flames shooting six feet through the smoke.
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Prayer planned for victim
A blessing rite will take place at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at St. Rita Parish, where a man’s body was found Aug. 4, his blood pooled around him.
Friday, August 12, 2016
Bringing Communion to vets
Perri Pitman Parker, a parishioner at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Aloha, travels the roads that wind up “pill hill” in southwest Portland to get to the city’s Veterans Hospital on Wednesdays. Once there, she serves patients as an extraordinary Eucharistic minister. She spends from less than an hour to almost three hours each visit.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Camp for vocations
It was a sight uncommon in Oregon. A group of 100 young men ages 15-18 gathered in June at Camp Howard to pray, have fun, form community and learn about the possibility of priesthood and religious life.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016


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