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Fr. Sean Weeks, pastor of St. Pius X Parish, joined Beaverton Crossfit a year and a half ago. “The Scriptures are filled with the truth that our bodies are temples and are meant to be cared for,” he says.

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Fr. Sean Weeks, pastor of St. Pius X Parish, joined Beaverton Crossfit a year and a half ago. “The Scriptures are filled with the truth that our bodies are temples and are meant to be cared for,” he says.

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.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

'Awakening Faith' returns to Our Lady of the Lake
LAKE OSWEGO — Our Lady of the Lake Parish is returning with the ministry program Awakening Faith in the new year. The six-week program runs until March 15 with four additional sessions that stretch out until April 12. 
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Liturgical readings

Liturgical readings Jan. 8-22.


Sunday, January 15, 2017
Holy Redeemer hosts Advent Camp
A manger filled with yarn to hold the infant Jesus sits in Holy Redeemer Church in North Portland. The strands of yellow yarn were made to look like hay and were given to children for acts of goodness performed during the parish’s Advent Camp in December. Deeds like helping younger children and picking up lost items were rewarded with these pieces of yarn to be placed in the manger at the end of the day.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Parish dinner supports and fosters vocations

BEAVERTON — The St. Cecilia Parish Vocations Committee and Men’s Club hosted an annual Mass and appreciation dinner this fall. 

Seminarians and senior priests of the Archdiocese of Portland were guests of honor. 


Monday, January 9, 2017
Traveling the road of discernment
Carlos Garcia kneels at his seat while praying the rosary. He prayerfully awaits the Spanish Mass at his parish of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Aloha. This is the place where Garcia’s Catholic faith was rekindled. He is a senior at Aloha High School and is currently in the process of applying to be a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Portland.
Friday, January 6, 2017
'Spiritual battle' invoked often at conference that draws 800

SALEM — Catholic men need to awake from spiritual slumber and prepare to do battle for what’s good and true. 

That was the main message at a conference organized by the Holy League Men’s Ministry Dec. 16-17 at St. Joseph Parish here.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Sacraments 101: Take a new look at central beliefs

For Christians, Jesus is not just a figure from history. The church holds that the resurrected Lord continues to act in the world. Catholics believe divine action comes most clearly through the seven sacraments, which Jesus initiated and which are still celebrated today in ritual actions and words: baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, penance, marriage, anointing of the sick and holy orders. 



Monday, January 2, 2017
St. Ignatius finds simplicity in the season
Even though Advent is done and the Christmas season has begun, simplicity is still a value at St. Ignatius Parish.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Prayer for priests
Please remember all priests, deacons and religious in your daily prayers. Here is a list for January.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Being open to God in Oregon
Not everyone could afford the trek to Jerusalem, or a visit to Bethlehem for Christmas. Local retreats and pilgrimage sites began to emerge so more people could take advantage of going aside to open themselves to God, who reaches toward us from everywhere.
Friday, December 30, 2016
Archdiocese highlights ways to spend the season
The Office of Marriage and Family Life for the Archdiocese of Portland recently released a comprehensive list of activities for families during the winter season. Broken into four sections, the list includes ways for families to serve together, play together, relax together and pray together.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Society brings new zeal to new evangelization
This is a success story for the St. John Society. The society was founded in Argentina in 2001 to bring fallen away Catholics back to the church. This devotion to reaching people and participating in the new evangelization takes up a majority of the work for the society priests. Fulfilling this role for the church has been their motivation from the start.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Seeking the longest married couple
The Archdiocese of Portland has partnered with Worldwide Marriage Encounter to recognize the longest married couple in each parish. The aim is to honor love and commitment. 
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Christmas Mass schedules
Mass schedules were provided by the parishes of western Oregon. If a parish isn’t listed, please check the bulletin or call the parish office with the help of the Oregon Catholic Directory. For maps, go to the Parish/School Life section of catholicsentinel.org. Masses are in English unless noted otherwise. 
Monday, December 19, 2016
Christ has come!

At this holy time of the year we rejoice once again that God has come among us as a man in the form of the innocent babe of Bethlehem, incarnate by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. In Jesus Christ we see God in the flesh, Emmanuel (“God with us”). I am reminded of the beautiful antiphon of the Eastern Church from the Royal Hours on Christmas Eve:

“God is with us! God is with us! Understand all ye nations, and submit yourselves, for God is with us!” (based on Isaiah 8:9-10).

 

Friday, December 16, 2016
Understanding mercy: You 'just do it'
At the proclamation of Pope Francis for a Year of Mercy, 20-year-old Taylor Kutz from the Portland Catholic Deaf community did not understand what the word “mercy” meant. Every Sunday Kutz would attend Mass at St. Philip Neri Parish on 17th and Division, and using American Sign Language, Kutz would sign “Lord, have mercy.” However, the hand shape and finger spelling of m-e-r-c-y were a lost concept. “What is mercy? How do you have a Year of Mercy?” he wondered.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Parish dinner supports and fosters vocations

BEAVERTON — The St. Cecilia Parish Vocations Committee and Men’s Club hosted an annual Mass and appreciation dinner Sept. 24. Seminarians and senior priests of the Archdiocese of Portland were guests of honor.

The Mass was celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Kenneth Steiner. Seminarians assisted in all aspects of the Mass as greeters, ushers, deacons and servers. 


Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Liturgical readings
Daily readings for Dec. 4-18.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Archbishop schedule
Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample’s schedule Dec. 2-18.
Monday, December 12, 2016
First doctoral program at Mount Angel underway
The new Doctor of Ministry program begun this summer at Mount Angel Seminary builds on the list of undergraduate and graduate degrees offered at the largest seminary in the Western United States.

The first cohort of the fully accredited program gathered in June and consists of one lay woman, two permanent deacons and four priests, all currently active in various forms of pastoral ministry. The program is intended to deepen and develop participants’ grasp of Scripture and theology.


Sunday, December 11, 2016


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