Arjie Dacua Garcia and Tetzel Umingli prostrate themselves during their ordination as transitional deacons. Photo by Kristen Hannum
As a gusty wind brought rain to Portland, inside St. Mary’s Cathedral all was, appropriately, pomp and ceremony as Archbishop Alexander King Sample ordained Arjie Dacua Garcia and Tetzel Umingli to the transitional diaconate.
“It’s a blessing — that’s why we’re all here,” said Marina Hermosora of Vancouver.
Updated Oct. 9, 10:22 am St. Joseph Parish in Roseburg hosted an emotional Mass the evening of Oct. 1 for 10 people who died in a shooting that morning at Umpqua Community College. Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith traveled from Portland for the liturgy.
A key figure in Oregon’s Jewish-Catholic relations will return to Portland for an Oct. 25 event marking 50 years since Nostra Aetate, the Second Vatican Council’s document on the stance toward non-Christian faiths. Wednesday, October 7, 2015
MOUNT ANGEL – The Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel invite the public to an hour-long ecumenical Taizé Prayer Service at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18, at the Queen of Angels Monastery Chapel at 840 S. Main St., Mount Angel. The Taizé service is held each month on the third Sunday. All are welcome to attend this beautiful prayer service, which combines singing, Scripture and silent contemplation. Tuesday, October 6, 2015
The Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel will have a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, and Saturday, Oct. 17, at Queen of Angels Monastery. Hundreds of volumes will be offered to the public, most at $1 each. There will be a variety of hardback and paperback books for sale, including novels, coffee table volumes, and books on spirituality, psychology, gardening and many other topics.
St. Francis Catholic Church in Southeast Portland and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon saw the pope’s U.S. visit as a chance to convene people of different faiths to pray for creation, a task Pope Francis urged in his recent encyclical, “Laudato Si’.” Monday, October 5, 2015
A Beaverton group that organizes regular peace demonstrations near the town’s library held a demonstration this summer focused on gaining support for the Obama administration’s agreement with Iran on nuclear capability. Thursday, October 1, 2015
The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women will welcome Father Jon Buffington as retreat master, on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Our Lady of Peace Retreat House in Beaverton. Theme of the retreat will be "Mercy, Available To All."
The night before Pope Francis spoke to a joint session of Congress, about 60 people gathered at twilight in front of Lovejoy Surgicenter in Northwest Portland, where more than half of Oregon abortions are performed. Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Pope Francis (born with birth name Jorge Mario Bergoglio, on 17 December 1936, in Buenos Aires, Argentina) visited the United States last week. As a gift for him, I constructed the following dozen numerical brainteasers and I hope that he will have fun reading them. Tuesday, September 29, 2015
A giant puppet Pope Francis welcomed more than 150 people into St. Andrew Parish’s community center in Northeast Portland on Thursday morning for “breakfast with the pope.” The crowd filled the room, with some people standing and sitting in chairs against the walls rather than at the tables. “It’s a historic day,” said Father Dave Zegar, pastor. “We have to take the time to celebrate it.”
People from a number of Beaverton congregations came together Wednesday night in solidarity with Pope Francis’ visit to the United States — joining the longtime Wednesday night peace witnesses there. As dozens of cars and SUVs rumbled by the group, some of them honking in support, Eileen Sleva of Holy Trinity, Beaverton, emphasized that the event not only supported Pope Francis but was in conjunction with the Campaign for Nonviolence. Thursday, September 24, 2015
Project Aurora, which sponsors educational events on Natural Moral Law and assists with the healing of grief and guilt from abortion loss, held two two-day “Breath of Hope” conferences with Theresa Burke on abortion last month, one in Eugene and the other in Grants Pass. Burke is the founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, the largest post-abortion ministry in the world. She is a psychologist who, in addition to her private practice, provides clinical trainings worldwide on numerous topics dealing with the impact of trauma. Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Most people love their hometowns and love when people come and visit their beloved town. But imagine Jerusalem being your backyard, with your family’s history there stretching back, perhaps, millennia. Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Father Mike Biewend led a blessing last month for seven families moving into homes of their own in Southwest Portland. Catholic parishes and volunteers were a key part of those homes being built. An anonymous donor gave $50,000 to Habitat for Humanity to build a home in honor of Pope Francis. That donor challenged other donors to mobilize the Catholic community to fundraise and volunteer on the build.
GERVAIS — Turner Lear, 14, is a slim freshman at St. Paul High School. At 5 a.m., well before class, he is feeding pigs, goats, rabbits and chickens on the family acreage near Woodburn. He arranges their vaccines and health needs. “I think I have learned responsibility,” Turner says, walking past a statue of the Virgin Mary in his yard. Tuesday, September 22, 2015
In the spirit of Pope Francis’s new encyclical "Laudato Si'," John Nagle, professor of law at the University of Notre Dame, will explore the challenges involved in the preservation and development of U.S. national parks when he delivers the 2015 Hesburgh Lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 7:15 p.m. The free lecture will be in Franz Hall, room 120, on the University of Portland campus, 5000 North Willamette Blvd., and is open to the public.
The Catholic-Jewish relationship will be celebrated during an event set for 3 p.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 25, at Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 NW Flanders in Portland with a reception to follow at St. Mary Cathedral. The afternoon, planned by both the Jewish and Catholic communities, will include commemoration and reflection.
Groundbreaking is set Sept. 20 for a shrine at Portland’s Grotto to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Knights of Columbus are leading the project, which is slated for completion by fall 2016. Friday, September 18, 2015
A vigil to pray and fast for an end to abortion is set for Sept. 23-Nov. 1 outside Lovejoy Surgicenter, which performs more than half the abortions in the Portland area. Marie Barzen, one of the organizers and a member of St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton, has measured increased interest in the pro-life cause since reports that Planned Parenthood sells baby body parts. Thursday, September 17, 2015
Not only is it the beginning of a new school year, but so begins another year of CYO dances. As seventh and eighth grade students start the school year with excitement, they are also anticipating the first CYO dance. For those seventh graders, this will be the first back-to-school CYO dance. For the eighth graders, they're now the group that gets to set a good example and show the seventh graders how to have a good time. Wednesday, September 16, 2015
At 6 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 23, St. Francis Parish, 1131 SE Oak St. in Portland, will host an interfaith vigil for creation. The gathering comes in solidarity with Pope Francis, who will be addressing Congress on the environment the next day. On the same evening at the same time, parishes and congregations around Beaverton will gather at the corner of SW 5th and Hall for a candlelight vigil focusing on care for the environment.
The World Meeting of Families in 2015 will occur in Philadelphia next week with a special guest in attendance: the Holy Father, Pope Francis. Archbishop Alexander Sample is leading an Archdiocese of Portland pilgrimage to Philadelphia and Jesuit High School is sending a delegation of six students and three adult chaperones to attend the papal visit and concluding Mass. Saturday, September 12, 2015
On Sept. 1, the conference room of the Portland Building was filled by citizens who ordinarily aren’t aware of the workings of agencies like the Portland Housing Bureau and the Portland Development Commission. But the sizable venue was needed to accommodate large crowds marshaled by the Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good, a group of 24 civic organizations that includes Catholic parishes. Saturday, September 12, 2015
SILVERTON — After several bake sales, a plant sale, a car wash, and donations from their parish, youth from St. Paul in Silverton had raised enough money to send 15 youths and five adults to the Steubenville NW Conference. The group gathered bright and early to embark on their journey to Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., where they joined almost 1,400 Catholics from around the Northwest and Canada. Friday, September 11, 2015
The registered nurse who would one day become the one-woman prayer engine known as Sister Mariam Sharbel Vianney sat down in her quiet Salem house and said to God, “Wow, you have really stripped me. What do you want?” Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Mary Jo Saavedra offers a workshop titled Mother Knows Best for people with grown children who want to learn more about how to make their golden years less stressful for their families. “One size does not fit all,” she says, “when it comes to senior living environments.” Tuesday, September 8, 2015
In the next two years, the U.S. Catholic Church will carry out a major parish consultation, followed by a 2018 meeting to set a course for Hispanic ministry in the nation. Oregon is one location where Encuentro V is being organized. Friday, September 4, 2015
Refugees start over. But even before they arrive in Portland, Catholic Charities has been finding them housing, furniture, bedding, utensils and food. Many refugees can’t fathom all the space and supplies. Some have never before lived indoors.
In following it’s 62-year-long mission to “Make Great Memories for Kids,” Camp Howard offered a fun summer interlude for 1,417 campers. Some were the third or fourth generation of their families to take part since Camp Howard opened in 1953.
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. Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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.
The Archdiocese of Portland plans to stay in talks with an all-girls school that now says it will welcome employees who enter same-sex unions recognized as marriages by civil authorities in Oregon. Thursday, August 27, 2015