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Rick Keating/Catholic SentinelNewly-ordained Deacon Santiago Feu blesses Phil Bocchi May 20 in front of St. Mary Cathedral. Archbishop Alexander Sample asked the new deacons to “die to self.”

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Newly-ordained Deacon Santiago Feu blesses Phil Bocchi May 20 in front of St. Mary Cathedral. Archbishop Alexander Sample asked the new deacons to “die to self.”

The archbishop told the two candidates, who hope to be ordained priests next year, that they are to die to themselves and abandon themselves to God’s will “in order to serve God perfectly.” Those who see their ordination as about themselves lose the spirit of holy orders, the archbishop said.
Monday, May 22, 2017

July conference at UP to focus on joy
The 35th annual Summer Conference, this year called “Where There is Darkness, Light: The Everyday Practice of Joy,” will be held at the University of Portland July 26-30. The conference aims to provide clergy, religious and lay people of all ages the chance to grow in faith through study, prayer, art and play in a group setting. 
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Sportsmanship is champ at CYO

It was March Madness with a Catholic twist and youthful fun. 

The season of Catholic Youth Organization basketball for third- through eighth-graders began with historic, wild weather but was snowed under with excitement to the conclusion. The City championship tournament ended March 12, having run for three weeks. Teams played many thrilling title games, with several being decided in the final moments. Most importantly, fans witnessed teams showing good sportsmanship. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The 82nd Seminary Tea brought out stylish hats and spring sunshine

Attendees at this year’s Seminary Tea sipped tea and nibbled on cucumber sandwiches (with the crust trimmed off, of course) with archbishops, bishops, priests and, most importantly, the seminarians who are benefited by the fundraiser. 

“These guys are the future,” Archbishop Alexander Sample told the crowd at the Portland Golf Club May 3 as he thanked them for their support. “They’re your future shepherds.”

Friday, May 19, 2017
Oregon woman joins youth missionary group

Gemma Cowan of Star of the Sea Parish in Brookings is serving in Wisconsin with a group of young adult missionaries seeking lost sheep.  

SPIRITUS was founded in 2009 as a missionary disciple formation program with the goal to inspire Catholic youth and form lifelong missionary disciples to be leaders for the church.  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Catholic Charities immigrant programs to be bolstered
Catholic Charities initiatives for immigrants and refugees will be celebrated and receive support at a brunch set for noon-1 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at Pure Space, 1315 NW Overton in Portland. There will be a silent auction. About 300 people are expected. 
Monday, May 15, 2017
WATCH: Oregon Catholics take to streets for Fatima
Hundreds of Catholics walked along Portland streets and prayed in broad daylight May 13. Others drove from towns and farms farther afield. The result was a holy convergence on St. Mary Cathedral, where more than 1,000 pilgrims showed their devotion publicly by observing the feast of Our Lady of Fatima.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Archbishop Sample and his mother share unique bond of respect
On ordination day, as her 6-foot-2 son lay prostrate on the floor of the sanctuary and vowed his life to God and God’s people, Joyce Sample thought of the sick infant she almost lost. The memory marked the beginning of a unique relationship — between a mother and her priest son.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Camp's message to kids: You're not alone in grief

Jennifer Wilkinson was at work in 2013 when her husband died in front of the children. 

“It was traumatic and hard,” says Wilkinson, who at the time lived in a small North Dakota town. “No matter how we tried after that, we were ‘the people that happened to.’”

She moved with Layla, now 11, and Alexander, now 9, to Vancouver, Washington, hoping to escape the cloud that hung over them. The three went to family counseling. But there was no peace — not until Camp Erin.  

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Talk on immigrants, refugees in Oregon to conclude Marylhurst speaker series
Marylhurst University will host “The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees and Oregon,” a conversation with Manuel Padilla, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Library at the university, 17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst. 
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
St. Francis Park Apartments seen as a blessing amid Portland's housing-cost rampage

A 106-unit low-cost housing complex is about to open in the surging Buckman neighborhood of Southeast Portland.

Adjacent to venerable St. Francis Church — home of the oldest Catholic parish on Portland’s east side — the St. Francis Park Apartments will be blessed at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 17. Nearby blocks are being readied for market rate apartments as Portland’s housing costs continue to soar. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Father Joseph Beno dies
Father Joseph John Beno,93, died peacefully at the Blessing House in Tigard May 6. There will be a funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Monday, May 15, at St. Wenceslaus Church in Scappoose. Burial with military honors will follow in the parish cemetery. A reception will be held in the parish center.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
For REACH Family Institute, no one is a lost cause

MEDFORD — Charles and Conceição Solis believe God keeps working on us long after we’re born. Members of Sacred Heart Parish here, they offer therapy for struggling children, convinced there are no lost causes. 

Founders of REACH Family Institute, the Solis’s offer parents techniques to help children’s brains develop, especially if there was a problem along the way — traumatic birth, a car crash, near drowning, autism, dyslexia, attention deficit, epilepsy, cerebral palsy or neglect. 

Monday, May 8, 2017
Archbishop visits immigrants on Palm Sunday to offer message of hope

MOUNT ANGEL — Archbishop Alexander Sample stood before scores of immigrants, many of whom are anxious because of stepped-up federal detention policy.

“I’m here to show my love to all of you and to stand humbly in solidarity with all of you,” Archbishop Sample said during a presentation inside St. Mary Church here after Palm Sunday Mass. “I know that these are very, very difficult days and I wanted you to know that your shepherd stands with you and wanted you to know that the whole church in this archdiocese stands with you.”


Saturday, May 6, 2017
Czech-Slovak societies seek new members

Enduring in Oregon parishes are once-mighty guilds of Catholics with roots in central and Eastern Europe. 

The First Catholic Slovak Union and the First Catholic Ladies Slovak Association have hundreds of members in the state and now cooperate. The groups offer insurance to members, but also perform charitable acts, give scholarships and form fraternal bonds. “A lot of people don’t know we exist,” says Alfred Novacek, a member of St. Birgitta Parish in outer Northwest Portland. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Divine Mercy celebration message: You are loved, 'no matter what'

In his April 20, 2000, homily at the canonization of St. Faustina Kowalska — known as the “Apostle of Divine Mercy” — Pope John Paul II made an unexpected announcement: The second Sunday of Easter “from now on, throughout the church, will be called ‘Divine Mercy Sunday.’”

Eleven years later, a group of pilgrims from Oregon celebrated Divine Mercy Sunday in a way they’d never forget, in the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow, Poland, where St. Faustina is buried.

“We were inspired by the peacefulness, the graces that you can’t even explain,” said Melba Ganaban, a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Portland and leader of the Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Fatima Crusade. “We knew many people would love to come to Poland, but can’t, so we thought, ‘Let’s bring Poland to Portland.’”

Monday, May 1, 2017
Grassroots groups energized by Vatican meeting

Proud Ground, a Portland nonprofit that helps low- and moderate-income Portlanders afford houses, was invited to attend this winter’s Vatican-inspired U.S. regional World Meeting of Popular Movements in Modesto, California. 

Briauna McKizzie and Yesika Arévalo attended the four-day gathering of more than 600 representatives of grass-roots organizations.

Like many organizations represented in Modesto, Proud Ground has received grants from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. 

Monday, May 1, 2017
Catholic counseling center workshop offers insights into grief, loss
Loss is universal, but identifying grief that results from loss often is difficult. Losses build up and lead to feelings of sadness, depression and grief. A workshop set for Saturday, May 6, at the Northwest Catholic Counseling Center aims to offer insight and hope.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Yo Ghana! letter-writing program deepens cultural understanding

“Dear friend,” many begin. Some are typed, others handwritten with penmanship ranging from precise print to the uneven lettering of small hands still learning the craft. Doodles of birds, flowers, hearts and spirals fill margins. Composed continents apart, their pages contain news of a sibling’s birth, an aced exam and a favorite after-school snack, but also fears, losses, dreams.

The letters, shared between students in Ghana and the Pacific Northwest, are the result of Yo Ghana!, a nonprofit seeking to deepen cross-cultural understanding and build relationships through the art of letter exchange.

Friday, April 28, 2017
Parishes offered path to vibrancy
WILSONVILLE — Effective parishes embrace shared leadership, create ample opportunities for spiritual growth, offer a compelling Sunday experience and a live by a spirit of evangelization. That was the message April 26 to parish workers from around western Oregon. They were attending the annual Pastoral Ministry Conference for priests, deacons, religious and lay ministers.
Friday, April 28, 2017
CYO kids to dance the night away

With another CYO dance around the corner, MaryAnn Altenhofen-Stewart, CYO dance director, recalls seeing a Facebook exchange between two college-aged girls reminiscing about their middle school CYO dances.  

“What an impact these dances must have on these youths of our Catholic community, to be in college and still talking about them,” Altenhofen-Stewart says. 


Thursday, April 27, 2017
'Grandfamilies' on the rise

They neither planned for it nor asked for it. The responsibility sprung from heartbreak, and they knew the outcome would be messy. But when John and LaVonne Doherty’s daughter died from drug use, leaving two young children, they didn’t hesitate.

“There wasn’t any other answer but to say, ‘Yes,’” said LaVonne, 71. “We were always open to life; we just didn’t realize that would mean we would raise our grandchildren.”

The Dohertys, members of Holy Redeemer Parish in North Portland, are among nearly 25,000 grandparents in Oregon, and 2.7 million nationwide, who are raising grandchildren, according to census figures. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Archbishop Sample presides in 12th-century church

Archbishop Alexander Sample was invited to preside at the closing Mass of a sacred liturgy conference held this spring in Herzogenrath, Germany. 

The Liturgische-Tagung, which includes talks on ancient rites, concluded with a solemn pontifical Mass in the 12th-century abbey church of Rolduc in the Netherlands, just a few minutes’ drive from Herzogenrath.

“The liturgy was glorious,” attendee Peter Kwasniewsiki writes on the New Liturgical Movements blog.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Sisters honored for ecumenical gusto

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon will honor the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary as “Ecumenist of the Year” during an annual dinner set for May 11.

The Holy Names Sisters, founded in Canada, have served in the Northwest since Oregon became a state in 1859. They founded St. Mary’s Academy, a school for girls that is still in operation. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
WATCH: Former fashion model with indulgent past wants others with same-sex attraction to know joy of faith, chastity

TIGARD — Twenty-five years ago, Paul Darrow would march in New York’s gay pride parade. He’d pause with peers outside St. Patrick Cathedral to shout obscenities, hoping to interrupt Mass. Catholicism was the enemy.  

Now, Darrow counts nothing more thrilling than bowing his head and receiving Jesus in the Eucharist. 

“It was sex, drugs and disco — did I mention rock and roll?” said Darrow, a former fashion model who spoke April 4 at St. Anthony Parish here. He discussed Courage, the spiritual support group that led him to rejoin the church and embrace chastity.  

Monday, April 24, 2017
Catholic leader blesses Rose Festival
Since Portland’s Rose Festival began more than 100 years ago, the city’s Catholic archbishop has never been granted the honor of blessing the festival. That is, until this year.

“I want you to know how humbled I am by the honor that you have extended to me,” said Archbishop Alexander Sample during his message to the crowd. “It’s an honor for me personally, but I also take it an as honor for the Catholic community here in Portland which is also a very vibrant and important part of our wider community.”

Monday, April 24, 2017
Major consultation on Latino Catholicism begins

The Catholic Church of the United States, including the Archdiocese of Portland, is getting closer to the start of Encuentro, an initiative of the U.S. bishops to hear the needs, challenges and aspirations of millions of Hispanic Catholics.   

In this, the fifth Encuentro (encounter), the bishops are ready to support Latino church leaders as they seek to transform Catholic ministry and guide Latino faith as a means of evangelizing the wider world. 

Friday, April 21, 2017
Abortion coverage bill moves to budget committee
SALEM — For Providence Health Plans, mandatory abortion coverage would determine whether the large company could provide health insurance in Oregon.

That’s what Michael Cotton, chief executive officer for Providence Health Plans, told the House Committee on Health Care in the Oregon State Legislature last month.

The statement came during a public hearing on House Bill 3391, which would require health insurers to cover abortion as a direct benefit.

Friday, April 21, 2017
April 22 ACCW conference offers fellowship, witness
The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women’s annual conference takes place April 22 at St. Therese Parish in Northeast Portland. Topic is “Building fellowship and witness,” and participants will learn and share how to be strong advocates for the faith.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
'Sanctuary city' movement sweeps state
A small crowd gathered outside Portland City Hall March 22. The Portland City Council was hearing public testimony on the proposal to reaffirm the city’s sanctuary city designation. It was a different scene than the one that drew hundreds of demonstrators in February to the Hillsboro City Council, which was considering the same move.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Archbishop Sample to bless Rose Festival

Archbishop Alexander Sample will give the official blessing for Portland’s Rose Festival. 

Royal Rosarian officials say it’s the first time the region’s Catholic leader has been extended the honor. 

The event is set for 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at St. John Fisher Church in Southwest Portland. 


Tuesday, April 18, 2017
St. Joseph the Worker dinner to benefit shelter and mission

MOUNT ANGEL — The 13th annual St. Joseph the Worker dinner will be held Sunday, May 7, at St. Mary Parish Center.

The proceeds will support the Benedictine Sisters’ shelter ministry, which, together with Mount Angel Abbey and St. Mary Parish in Mount Angel, has provided essential services for 29 years.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
WATCH: Vocations club to priests: How can we help?
A growing group of Northwest lay Catholics wants to encourage vocations to priesthood and religious life.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Triumphal celebrations in the night
Catholics across western Oregon prayed in the darkness with candles and then turned on the lights in songs of joy. It was the annual Easter Vigil, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Catholic teams lobby for Catholic social teachings

The Archdiocese of Portland has been organizing visits to the offices of Oregon’s congressional delegation to lobby for policy in accord with Catholic teaching. 

“Deep down, in our hearts, people of faith know and feel that we are all in this together,” Matt Cato, director of the archdiocese’s Office of Life, Justice and Peace, said during a March 8 meeting with Grace Stratton, a field representative for Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017
Plans emerge for center on justice, charity
“Can you help me? I don’t know what to do or where to go.” The mother held an infant child tightly in her arms. Another child stood by her side, firmly holding the mother’s hand. The children looked on with concern in their eyes. The mother spoke with a trembling voice, fear etched in her face. This encounter, and many others like it, are becoming more common at Catholic Charities and its various offices. People come for help, not knowing which way to turn. They are desperate.
Friday, April 14, 2017
ACCW conference offers fellowship and witness
The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women’s annual conference takes place April 22 at St. Therese Parish in Northeast Portland. Topic is “Building fellowship and witness,” and participants will learn and share how to be strong advocates for the faith.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Chrism Mass commences Holy Week
Blessing oils for the year is a traditional mark of Holy Week. The ritual takes place during the archdiocese’s Chrism Mass, this year April 10.

Faithful from around the archdiocese filled St. Mary Cathedral in Northwest Portland for the evening Mass. The archdiocese’s priests processed down the aisle as the cathedral choir sang and the pipe organ played.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
WATCH: New publisher has people in pew on his mind
The new leader of America’s largest publisher of Catholic worship music started out as a blue-collar worker in the company’s warehouse.

Wade Wisler, 49, was a shipping clerk when he began at Portland-based Oregon Catholic Press in 2000.

By the time Archbishop Alexander Sample named him as new publisher on March 14, Wisler had distinguished himself as an ad copy writer, editor of a quarterly worship magazine and director of a division that develops new music for use in churches.

Monday, April 10, 2017
Bill Simon Jr., businessman and philanthropist, to speak at archdiocese's Pastoral Ministry Conference

Catholic parishes might be the greatest engine for good in history.

That’s the contention of Bill Simon Jr., author of “Great Catholic Parishes: A Living Mosaic – How Four Essential Practices Make Them Thrive.” Simon, a businessman and philanthropist, will be keynote speaker at the Archdiocese of Portland Pastoral Ministry Conference, set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at the Wilsonville Holiday Inn

Friday, April 7, 2017
A teacher, despite the odds: Claudia Raffaele left Argentina during its 'dirty war' and overcame numerous hurdles to fulfill a dream

Claudia Raffaele knows the fear of being stopped at gunpoint in Argentina, the bone-tiredness that comes after a nine-hour shift at a Los Angeles factory, and the worry and emotional weight of caring for three children as a single mother. 

Yet at Jesuit High School in Portland on a recent afternoon, Raffaele’s past bubbled up the same ways it does every day: in her passion for teaching and an unquenchable desire to learn.  

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Group fosters family prayer, focuses on Our Lady of Fatima and divine mercy

For 17 years, a group of Oregon Catholics has worked day in, day out to spread devotion to Our Lady of Fatima and divine mercy. 

The Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Fatima Crusade brings a statue of Our Lady of Fatima and the Divine Mercy image of Jesus to homes, where families host neighbors for rosary and songs. 

“We bring the family together and teach children to pray as well,” says Melba Ganaban, a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish and leader of the crusade. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Family Support and Counseling Services gives pregnant women and families an extra boost
For decades, pregnant and new mothers have turned to Catholic Charities when they had no one else. Catholic Charities’ Pregnancy Support and Open Adoption Services is the oldest continuous program at Catholic Charities. It has maintained adoption records dating back to 1902 and continues to provide support to all members of the adoption triad — adoptees, birth parents and adoptive parents.
Monday, April 3, 2017
Support for those with same sex attraction

Paul Darrow, a speaker with the Courage apostolate, is coming to Oregon. He’ll speak and answer questions 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, April 4, at St. Anthony Church in Tigard. Courage is a ministry accompanying those with same sex attraction who want to live chaste lives. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017
More of the region's longest-wed couples
Here are more couples identified by parishes as their longest married.
Friday, March 31, 2017
More than 50 teams compete in CYO high school hoops

CYO’s high school basketball season had to deal with some snow and ice, with two weekends canceled for safety. 

When the weather cooperated, more than 50 teams competed — 40 for the boys and 12 for the girls. CYO officials laud the level of play and the sportsmanship. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Archdiocese encourages solidarity but not asylum

In a policy statement on sanctuaries released by the Archdiocese of Portland March 28, the archdiocese encourages parish and community support for undocumented immigrants through various means but cautions against the illegal act of shielding these people from policy and law enforcement agencies.

The term is not one used in either church law or American law today the statement said. The act of providing what was once called “sanctuary,” or asylum for those who have broken government laws, is illegal.

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Mother, children reunited
After 12 years, two Guatemalan siblings have been reunited with their mother in Portland. Lillian Perez wept quietly in Portland International Airport late March 28 as she enveloped her teenage children, who now soar over the tiny woman.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Housing Transitions Drop-In Center provides shelter for homeless women along with practical support, compassion
By 7:30 a.m., there usually are four or five women already in line waiting for the staff to open the doors of Catholic Charities’ Housing Transitions Drop-In Center. For women living on the streets, isolation and anxiety are constant. Finding a place where they are welcomed and supported, regularly, is a sanctuary. Program manager Margi Dechenne understands that and takes it to heart.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Workshop aims to create confident Catholics
BEAVERTON — The Confident Catholics Workshop — set for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday April 1 at Our Lady of Peace Retreat here —  is a one-day session coordinated with the Archdiocese of Portland and the Franciscan Sisters at Our Lady of Peace Retreat House.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
WATCH: Dinner raises almost $100,000 for seminary operations

EUGENE — Peter Laughlin looked around at 350 people who want to help him become a priest. 

A seminarian for the Archdiocese of Portland, Laughlin volunteered at the Eugene Hilton March 5 to guide diners to tables at an annual benefit dinner for Mount Angel Seminary. 

“It means a lot as a discerner of the priesthood that people would care enough about us to come and give us this foundation so we can continue to explore the will of God in our lives,” Laughlin said.

Monday, March 27, 2017

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