Fr. Olsen describes technique for icons, using his work as an example. “I agreed to do this as a form of prayer with my parishioners,” the priest says.
DEXTER — In a small town in the hill country southeast of Eugene, a group gathers regularly to make Jesus incarnate in wood and paint.
On a recent night, with rain pounding on the roof of the parish hall, 18 students pray before picking up paintbrushes. They lean tenderly over partly-done icons of Christ and get to work, monastic music playing softly.
“We want a little more interior quiet as we do this,” says Father Ken Olsen, administrator of St. Michael Church in Oakridge and St. Henry Mission here.
“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. Wednesday, February 22, 2017
If there is a registry of Muslims in the United States, Rabbi Michael Cahana will register himself as a Muslim.
Rabbi Cahana, of Temple Beth Israel in Northwest Portland, made the declaration Feb. 7 during an annual talk given jointly with neighboring Catholic and Episcopalian pastors.
Msgr. Patrick Brennan of St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Rev. Nathan LeRud of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral joined the rabbi in discussing the religious tradition of welcoming the stranger.
Backpacks were pushed under seats and snacks where nibbled upon as students, faculty, community members and a handful of priests gathered to read excerpts of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, ponder the sacrament of marriage — and observe Marge and Homer’s banter, blunders and love in “The Simpsons.”
The Feb. 1 event was hosted by the Garaventa Center, known for “scrambling the categories,” said Lars Larson, an English professor at the University of Portland, the center’s home.
By now most of you have heard what happened during a Mass celebrated at St. Peter Catholic Church in Southeast Portland. If you have not, I will tell you about it, and the beautiful response that it elicited from people of good will in our community.
On Sunday Jan. 29, eight men walked to the front door of St. Peter Church and began bellowing during the Spanish Mass. They accused worshipers of not being true Christians, questioned the sexual morals of the women and harangued the congregation for being made up of immigrants.
Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Southeast Portland will welcome Cynthia Wong, graduate student studying pastoral ministry at the University of Portland, to present a four-week series of presentations on the topic “Prayer as a Means of Communion.” Monday, February 13, 2017
Those with a predisposition to argue that the Catholic Church opposes science inevitably turn to the 1632-33 trial of the astronomer Galileo Galilei. There are no other incidents in history that can support their flimsy project, since the Catholic Church actually laid the groundwork for Western science and has never condemned any other scientific theory.
It turns out that even the Galileo affair, while not a proud moment for Catholicism, in no way shows an anti-science agenda. Scholars have revealed inconvenient truths for church critics.
BEAVERTON — A group of St. Cecilia Parish’s young children sits on the floor of the parish hall. They’re gathered in front of a small table with a candle, a lectionary and a crucifix. Vicki Giampietro guides the eager children through the Liturgy of the Word for Sunday’s Mass. Written on a whiteboard behind her are the words for the Gospel acclamation and some prayers for the day. Friday, February 3, 2017
“For stern as death is love, relentless as the nether world is devotion; its flames are a blazing fire. Deep waters cannot quench love, nor floods sweep it away.” (Song of Songs 8:6-7)
These words from the Song of Songs are often chosen by couples to be read at their wedding. They speak of a depth, strength and power of true love, a love that should especially characterize those who enter into the covenant of marriage. They are words to inspire and give hope to couples setting out on the path of a shared life.
MEDFORD — Two years ago, Shari Lloyd’s heart stopped.
She toppled into the doorway of a Medford tavern and the bartender rushed out to help. At the hospital, some doctors would have thrown in the towel. Not Lloyd’s. Her physician endured and brought her back to life.
If this were a Hollywood film, it would be the start of Lloyd’s faith. But Lloyd, 54, has been a motivated Catholic since girlhood. Her resuscitation only energized what she already believes — God is with us.
A study released this fall posits that the universe has at least 2 trillion galaxies, 10 times the number previously thought. Scientists say the probability is high that one of those galaxies has a solar system with a planet that sustains life.
Some creationists insist that life exists only on Earth and point to the fact that no evidence of extraterrestrials has been found. But that has not been the Catholic approach.
“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. Sunday, January 22, 2017
At St. Anne Parish in Grants Pass, the office gets many calls requesting Father Tetzel Umingli. “And generally the new priests don’t get the calls at first,” says bookkeeper Sammie Burton.
“New priest” is putting it mildly: Archbishop Alexander Sample ordained Father Umingli together with Fathers Anthony Ahamefule and Arjie Garcia June 4, a scant month before the three young priests headed out to their first assignments as parochial vicars.
BEAVERTON — Walking into Beaverton Crossfit, Father Sean Weeks shakes hands with the coaching staff. They call him Father Sean. Wearing shorts, a T-shirt and his workout shoes, he doesn’t look like a priest. He’s not here to preach or serve but to take care of the temple that God gave him.