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Bios of the two newly ordained deacons 
Brent Crowe was ordained a deacon May 20.

Brent Crowe was ordained a deacon May 20.

Two men were ordained deacons on the path to priesthood in a rite May 20 at St. Mary Cathedral in Portland. 

Archbishop Alexander Sample ordained Brent Crowe of the Archdiocese of Portland and Santiago Feu of the St. John Society to a life of service. Both hope to be ordained priests next year. 


Monday, May 22, 2017

Archbishop Sample's schedule

Archbishop Alexander Sample’s schedule through June 4. 


Friday, May 19, 2017
A year of prayer for our priests
“A Year of Prayer for our Priests” is a ministry of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. We share the joy of this devotion with all Oregon Catholics. A day each month is set aside to pray for the names of priests serving in the Archdiocese of Portland. Please remember them and all priests, deacons and religious in your daily prayers.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Why I'm Catholic: Former deputy uses strength for God

ASTORIA — He moved from shy stutterer, to brawler, to cop. Now he’s a Catholic super-volunteer. 

Tim Wilker, a 72-year-old member of St. Mary, Star of the Sea Parish here, is a mentor to teens who are performing community service. He and wife Janet tend the parish grounds. He works for the parish food bank and delivers food to hungry kids, shelters and retirement homes. He’s a Knight of Columbus who sets up tables and chairs for all kinds of events. On average, Wilker spends two hours daily helping at his parish, set on a hill overlooking the mouth of the Columbia River.


Thursday, May 18, 2017
Which came first?
We are all familiar with the popular riddle, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Although this riddle has no real answer, I would like to propose another riddle along the same lines that does have an answer: “Which came first, the archdiocese or the parish (or the school, or the Catholic institution, etc.)?”
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Question Box: Status of rich depends on sharing

Q  — Recently my seventh-grader came home from his CCD class and said that his teacher had taught them that all rich people are “evil, going to hell and don’t work” and that all poor people are “good, going to heaven and work hard.”

In the teacher’s defense, English is her second language, so it’s possible that something was lost in translation — but that was still the lesson my son came away with.

 


Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Shrines and gardens around the archdiocese yield prayer, blooms and fresh veggies

Transformative moments in faith history occurred in gardens: The Garden of Eden was a place of protection, freedom and then sin; Jesus faced his greatest struggle before surrendering to the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane.

For parish communities, spiritual sustenance is foremost within church walls in the Eucharist, but outside the sanctuary, parish gardens also nourish faith life. These set-apart spaces, along with outdoor shrines and statues, inspire and focus meditation and prayer and can serve as memorials. Some parish gardens yield fresh fruits and vegetables for the hungry in our midst.

Here’s a sampling of the shrines and gardens in the Archdiocese of Portland. 


Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Q & A with Fr. Jeff Eirvin: Latinos and vocations
The Archdiocese of Portland’s director of vocations explores the idea of the calling to priesthood among Oregon’s fastest-growing Catholic group — Hispanics. Father Jeff Eirvin says the need is great for priests who speak Spanish — and know the local culture.   
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Confirmation schedules
Here are confirmations in western Oregon through May 20.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Advice from moms: See the big picture

Two Oregon Catholic moms, who also have decades of experience in Catholic education, offer advice for parents: See the big picture instead of sweating the small stuff.

“Don’t worry about the little things,” says Sue Gerding, a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Jordan and a mother of five adult children with husband Ben. “Don’t worry if your house is not as clean as before kids came along. Enjoy the kids as they grow up.” 


Sunday, May 14, 2017
The song of the Mass
The sounds of Mass … the plunk and clunk of kneelers as they hit the floor, and the creak and clank as they are flipped back into position after Communion … the lovely ragged opening of the chorus as the congregation works its way into the Our Father … the plink and ring of guitars and piano before Mass as the musicians stretch and tune up and tease each other with snippets of songs they will never play during Mass …
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Liturgical readings
Here are the liturgical readings through May 21.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Archbishop Sample's schedule

Archbishop Alexander Sample’s schedule through May 20.


Monday, May 8, 2017
Our Lady of Fatima pilgrims to convene on Portland cathedral May 13

Catholics from around western Oregon will take part in a series of Portland pilgrimage walks May 13, converging at St. Mary Cathedral for prayer and devotion in honor of Our Lady of Fatima. 

This year marks 100 years since shepherd children in Portugal had an encounter with Mary, who urged peace amid World War I, penance, personal conversion and prayer for the conversion of the Soviet Union, which was in the process of the Bolshevik revolution. 


Sunday, May 7, 2017
Street evangelization: Reaching out for faith
As he walks along Southeast 82nd Avenue in Portland, Scott Woltze wears a wool tunic marked with the Sacred Heart of Jesus symbol. He and his companions are praying and occasionally chanting. They look obviously religious. And that’s the point.

Their garments are a signal for people, says Woltze, who has been walking this route weekly for the past three years. He, and friends who have walked with him, have had amazing encounters, especially near the Grotto. Woltze says the place has a strong gravitational pull on people on the cusp of conversion. Woltze says he is friendly. He makes eye contact but lets the people he meets initiate conversation.

Sunday, May 7, 2017
How biomedical researchers live their faith in a world of science

It was the peak of the stem cell wars, the time when scientists were fiercely debating the use of embryonic stem cells in therapy. It was the first time Dr. Markus Grompe, geneticist and director of the stem cell research institute at Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, found himself at odds with most of his colleagues. He refused to test on embryonic stem cells in his lab. He calls himself “very Catholic.”

Grompe was among the geneticists and bioethicists who said embryonic stem cells should not be used in therapy, even if they were extremely effective. He instead advocated for alternative therapies, trying to find a way to make tissue cells behave like embryonic stem cells. He was ridiculed, along with others who said there was another way.


Thursday, May 4, 2017
Year of Prayer for Priests
“A Year of Prayer for our Priests” has been a ministry of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women for more than 11 years. 

Please remember them and all priests, deacons and religious in your daily prayers. 


Monday, May 1, 2017
Archbishop Sample's schedule

Archbishop Alexander Sample's schedule through May 5.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Confirmation schedules

Archbishop Alexander Sample, Archbishop John Vlazny, Bishop Peter Smith and Bishop Kenneth Steiner will travel the length of the archdiocese in coming months to give the sacrament of confirmation in the parishes. 

Here are their confirmation schedules for the next two weeks.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Ministries given on path to priesthood

MOUNT ANGEL — At a Mass March 16 in Mount Angel Abbey church, 32 seminarians were instituted into the ministries of acolyte and lector. This was a move closer to priesthood for the Mount Angel Seminary students, who are from 18 dioceses and religious communities.

The men were called to make a heartfelt response to their calling to the priesthood through ministries of helping at the altar and proclaiming Scripture. This is a traditional step for Catholic seminarians. 


Monday, April 24, 2017
Catholic men called to step up spiritually

SALEM — A Catholic men’s faith movement is continuing in western Oregon, with St. Joseph Parish here as headquarters. 

“Men need to be called out from their spiritual sleep and wake up to see what is going on around them,” says James Thurman, a 40-year-old army veteran who leads adult faith formation at St. Joseph. He began a monthly men’s Holy Hour and an annual men’s conference.  


Friday, April 21, 2017


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