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Catholic leader blesses Rose Festival
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Archbishop Sample thanks the Royal Rosarians for the gift of a rose bush, given in his honor to St. John Fisher Parish.

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Archbishop Sample thanks the Royal Rosarians for the gift of a rose bush, given in his honor to St. John Fisher Parish.

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 past weekend.

“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

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
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
Holy Names 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.


Saturday, March 25, 2017
75 years in the monastery: Benedictine Sr. Alberta Dieker, teacher and historian, feels thankful

MOUNT ANGEL — Benedictine Sister Alberta Dieker was surrounded by family and her religious community Feb. 12 as she renewed her monastic profession. It was a rite she first performed in 1942.  

“Sister Alberta is a walking encyclopedia and an amazing conversationalist,” says a tribute from her religious sisters. “If you want an interesting, informative visit with someone who has seen almost a century of history and loves life, our community would name Sister Alberta as the one to visit.”


Friday, March 24, 2017
Cemetery hillside stabilized

Workers from Mount Calvary Cemetery and the City of Portland teamed up to stabilize an embankment after the season’s largest landslide poured onto Burnside Road March 15.


Friday, March 24, 2017
Eugene group stands up against human trafficking

EUGENE — Eugene police estimate that hundreds of people, many of them minors, are pimping or being prostituted on any given night in this college town. A group of Catholics is fed up. 

“We want to spread the word that human trafficking is still an issue in our world, in our country and in this neighborhood where we are standing,” said Jerry Ragan, a member of St. Thomas More Parish in Eugene and former principal of St. Paul School. 


Thursday, March 23, 2017
Providence offers digital house calls

On a camping trip to northeast Washington, an Oregon man had a wound that was starting to look troublesome. Twenty miles from any clinic, he could have phoned an advice nurse to talk about the oozing injury. 

Better yet, he connected via video with his smart phone and showed his laceration to a medical pro to ask what he should do.  

 


Wednesday, March 22, 2017
One of first refugee families helped by Catholic Charities program a testament to the nonprofit's ongoing mission, efforts

Rosalia Redelsperger doesn’t remember a lot about living in Yugoslavia. Mostly she remembers leaving it in 1944.

The then-8-year-old Rosi Plechl and her family were awoken in the middle of the night and told to prepare their things. The German army would be escorting them out of the country at 9 a.m. It was October and the Yugoslav Partisans were taking back German-occupied territory. Germans who had settled in the country for hundreds of years were told to get out. More than 7,000 ethnic Germans were shot by Partisans, more than 48,000 died in Yugoslav concentration camps, and nearly 2,000 were abducted and sent to Soviet labor camps.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Portland supports disabled children in Tanzania

A school for disabled youngsters in East Africa is working to sustain and improve its singular services. Huruma School for Children with Disabilities in Mwanza, Tanzania, has garnered support from Catholics in Portland since its founding in 2004. 

Bertha Haas, a retired educator and member of St. Alexander Parish in Cornelius, traveled to Tanzania in 2003 as part of her work as a Maryknoll lay missioner. She observed that local children who had disabilities or serious health problems did not do well in public schools. Haas, 75, collaborated with parents to establish an alternative providing intensive support for such children. The name, “Huruma,” is Swahili for “compassion.”  


Sunday, March 19, 2017
WATCH: Man who lived at Blanchet House moved from feeling worthless to feeling blessed

About a year ago, Jeffrey McDaniel sat on the rail of the Ross Island Bridge and scrutinized the Willamette River 12 stories below. Would it do the job?

McDaniel, a chef, had moved to Portland for a woman. But his excessive drinking and yet another DUI arrest prompted her to walk. 

“I felt worthless and without any power or control,” says McDaniel, who had started smoking marijuana at age 11. 


Friday, March 17, 2017
No general dispensation granted for St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday in Lent this year.  Archbishop Sample has confirmed that local pastors can dispense in individual cases from the obligation to abstain from meat on Friday, March 17, 2017.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Catholic anti-poverty groups convene

Aware that distribution of federal anti-poverty funds might shift with a new Congress and White House, lobbyists from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Charities USA came to Oregon in February to gather information. 

Leaders of the state’s Catholic helping agencies convened Feb. 28 to offer ideas that will be brought back to Washington, D.C., in an effort to make sure that Catholic values are part of the debate. 


Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Catholics celebrate 80th birthday of Archbishop John Vlazny

SALEM — He was the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church in western Oregon for 16 years. He’s also like everyone’s favorite uncle. 

About 700 people convened at St. Joseph Parish here to celebrate the 80th birthday of the jovial Archbishop John Vlazny, who took on emeritus status in 2013.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017
A day without immigrants: Hundreds of thousands show what the nation would be like without them

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants across the country — including many in Oregon — stepped out of American life Feb. 16. 

They wanted to show what the nation would be like without them. With documents and without, children and adults, they decided not to go to school, to work or to buy. Demonstrations took place in many U.S. cities in opposition to Trump administration proposals to curtail immigration and refugee programs. 


Monday, March 13, 2017
Catholic Charities' supporter Colleen Gardner is inspired by the scope of nonprofit's work
Three years ago, Colleen Gardner sat with her husband, Bill, at Catholic Charities’ annual Celebration of Hope gala. The couple listened to one story after another. Colleen was familiar with the nonprofit but that night realized “the incredible scope of their work.”
Monday, March 13, 2017
A call that costs: Some of the most common scams are enacted over the telephone

Scams and swindlers have existed as long as our species. Crooks always will find clever schemes to defraud people, combining old tricks with new technology. 

Among the most common locally reported scams are those enacted over the telephone, says Sgt. Pete Simpson of the Portland Police Bureau. Nationally, about 1 in 10 adults lost money to a phone scam in 2015, according to Truecaller, a provider of mobile communications apps. Victims lost an average of $274 each.


Sunday, March 12, 2017
Church calls attention to tax credit

Statistics show that many low-income Oregon tax filers are not taking advantage of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. The credit goes to low-wage workers in an effort to move them toward middle-class status. 

Oregon is last in participation. 


Friday, March 10, 2017
WATCH: Fleeing religious persecution in Myanmar, hundreds of Zomi Christians have settled as refugees in Portland
Joseph Pau Lam Mung stands before his community at St. Joseph the Worker Parish after the Zomi Mass one Sunday in January. He had purchased two goats that were slaughtered and cooked in celebration for the evening. One was slaughtered in honor of a Zomi priest visiting the Southeast Portland parish on his way home to Myanmar. The other was slaughtered as a thanks to those who helped welcome and care for his family during their first three months in America.
Friday, March 10, 2017
10 new members join Seminary Tea Committee

The Seminary Tea Committee in February welcomed 10 new members at its annual New Members Coffee, held at the Racquet Club in Portland. 

The committee holds an annual tea that supports the education of Archdiocese of Portland seminarians. 


Thursday, March 9, 2017
Upcoming Northwest Catholic Counseling Center workshop to use art for healing
Anxiety, depression or mania often impersonate the inner voice that warns us of possible problems. Using art to find the inner voice is both calming and powerful, say leaders of the Northwest Catholic Counseling Center in Portland. 
The center is inviting anyone who is interested to discover his or her inner voice through creativity.  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Catholic Charities of Oregon: New orders 'gravely affect' refugees

Catholic Charities of Oregon released a statement following President Donald Trump’s new executive order March 6. The nonprofit voiced strong opposition to the order, which imposes a 90-day travel ban on refugees from six predominately Muslim nations. It also suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days, denying all refugees entry during that period.

“Our nation has enacted executive orders that will gravely affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of refugees and their families in the United States and around the world,” read the statement.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017
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.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Anti-Catholic preacher - nothing new in Oregon

Eight men who in late January hurled a fiery message outside St. Peter Church in Southeast Portland do not represent a new phenomenon of the Trump era. Instead, they are part of a long tradition of Christian splinter groups that react virulently to change and see themselves as prophets. 

The group known as Bible Preachers is led by 42-year-old Grant Chisolm. The trendy-dressing vintage shop owner says he doesn’t have an anti-immigrant agenda. He claims instead that he preaches against a culture that has veered from biblical truth. 


Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Bomb threat made to Portland Jewish community center
The Portland Police Bureau is investigating a bomb threat to the Mittleman Jewish Community Center on Southwest Capital Highway in Portland.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Abby's Closet hosts gown giveaway
High school women will walk away with a free prom dress during Abby’s Closet’s 13th annual prom gown giveaway. Held March 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and March 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, the event will feature more than 6,000 prom dresses ranging from size 0-26.
Monday, March 6, 2017


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