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Why I'm Catholic: For Deacon Welch, it begins with Christ
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Miriam Marston and Deacon Kevin Welch share a laugh. Deacon Welch, director of pastoral ministries for the Archdiocese of Portland, says his deep, personal relationship with Christ has kept him in the faith.

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Miriam Marston and Deacon Kevin Welch share a laugh. Deacon Welch, director of pastoral ministries for the Archdiocese of Portland, says his deep, personal relationship with Christ has kept him in the faith.

Deacon Kevin Welch leans over in his office chair, contemplating the question, “Why are you Catholic?” On the table next to him sits an orchid that he’s been nursing back to health. Behind him is a small trashcan affixed with a miniature basketball hoop.

“I am Catholic because I had two loving parents who had tremendous faith who had me baptized into our Catholic faith. I know that sounds simplistic but that’s why I’m Catholic,” he says. “But why do I continue to be Catholic might be the question.”

For Deacon Welch, his faith is a deep, personal relationship with Christ.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Liturgical readings
Liturgical readings March 19-April 9.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Archbishop Sample's schedule
Archbishop Alexander Sample's schedule March 17-April 9.
Friday, March 17, 2017
How do western Oregon Catholics observe Lent?

The vestments and altar adornments have changed from green to purple, fish tacos appear with regularity on family menus, and pious school-age Catholics walk past checkout-line candy displays with all the willpower they can muster. 

Across the globe and around the Archdiocese of Portland, Catholics are immersed in a season of reflection, penance and preparation for the source and summit of the Christian faith: the death and resurrection of Jesus.  

Thursday, March 16, 2017
The message of Our Lady of Fatima: Perfect for Lent

During this year in which we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, as promised I would like to reflect with all of you on the message that Our Lady left us. St. John Paul II stated that her message is even more relevant and urgent today than when it was first given.

Before diving into the essential message that our Blessed Mother gave to the children of Fatima (Lucia, Blessed Jacinta and Blessed Francisco), it is important to recall that these apparitions officially have been approved by the Church. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
From the idea of experimentation to the Big Bang, Catholic priests have played a major role in science
A few Christians still are troubled by science because of a misunderstanding about biblical truth. But the Catholic Church has not taken that path. The Pontifical Academy of Sciences, for example, welcomes the worthy ideas of researchers. Truth is truth, the church teaches.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Rite of Election, Call to Continuing Conversion brings hundreds closer to a home in the Catholic Church

This Easter, Becky Cairati will be back where she began. Lynette Frison will end in a place she didn’t expect. Both will be home.

The two women are among the nearly 790 individuals who participated in six Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion ceremonies across western Oregon March 4-5. The ancient rite marks the final period of preparation for catechumens and candidates before they fully enter the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. Catechumens, who like Frison are unbaptized, will receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist. Candidates, such as Cairati, will receive Eucharist and confirmation.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Parishes celebrate their longest-wed couples

Worldwide Marriage Encounter asked parishes throughout western Oregon to identify their longest-wed couples. Parishes then feted their pairs on World Marriage Day, Feb. 12. The longest-wed couple found in the statewide search are Claude and Yvette Arrington of St. Peter Parish in Newberg. Wed May 23, 1942, just before Claude shipped off to war, they were the subjects of a story in the Feb. 5 Sentinel. Their tip for a long marriage: communicate often, honestly and respectfully. See their story at catholicsentinel.org. Here are statistics and photos sent in by parishes. As more come in, we will publish them.    

Monday, March 13, 2017
College graduates spend a life-changing year serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest

Maria Watson recalls sitting alone in meditation. Like college students often do, she was contemplating her future after graduation and whether or not to spend a year in service. 

As part of a retreat she was participating in, Jesuit priests instructed her and her fellow retreatants to sit with a pen and paper. Written at the top of the paper was, “What do I really want out of life?”

Friday, March 10, 2017
Archbishop Sample's schedule

Archbishop Alexander Sample’s schedule March 4-19.

Thursday, March 9, 2017
40 Days for Life begins prayerfully

Worshippers gathered Feb. 17 for a Mass in anticipation of the 40 Days for Life campaign, which began March 1.

Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample, celebrant for the Mass, called the night a spiritual and prayerful kickoff for the campaign.

“It does my heart great good to see all of you who have come out to prayerfully begin this vigil in defense of unborn … preborn life,” said the archbishop.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Day aims to strengthen couples' relationships
BEAVERTON — Couples have a rare opportunity Sunday, March 12, when two experts on human and divine relationships give presentations at St. Cecilia Parish here. In afternoon and evening sessions sponsored by the Archdiocese of Portland Marriage and Family Life Office, Sister Helena Burns and Father Thomas Loya will discuss theology of the body. 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Exploring the Old Testament
Christian in the World will offer its third of four lecture presentations on Saturday, March 11, in the Mount Angel Abbey Library Auditorium. Elaine Park, who holds a doctorate from the Gregorian University in Rome, will speak on the “Psalms.”
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Centennial of Portugal Marian apparitions prompts events, increase of devotion

It was 100 years ago, during World War I and the Bolshevik Revolution, that Mary appeared to three Portuguese children. She urged love, steady prayer and conversion.

Archbishop Alexander Sample has asked the people of the Archdiocese of Portland to “fully embrace” the centennial of the apparitions at Fatima, taking to heart the messages of Mary. 

In 2014, the archbishop consecrated the archdiocese to Mary under the title of the “Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima.” Mary’s messages at Fatima are relevant today, Archbishop Sample has said. And for a century, conversion and prayer for the world — particularly Russia — still are high on the agenda for many Fatima devotees, known collectively as the Blue Army. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Mexican monastery founded from Oregon gains independence

ST. BENEDICT — Bells pealed high in the tower at Mount Angel Abbey Jan. 1, celebrating both the Solemnity of Mary and the independence of Monasterio Benedictino de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

The Cuernavaca monastery was founded in 1965 as a daughterhouse, or missionary offshoot, of Mount Angel. The move to independence for the Mexican Benedictines came following work by Abbot Jeremy Driscoll of Mount Angel. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Ash Wednesday: Marked with God's love

In great cathedrals and modest churches, Catholics around the globe gathered to receive the mark of mortality and God’s love on Ash Wednesday.

At All Saints Parish in Portland, community members squeezed in beside parish schoolchildren — as older students helped keep the younger ones' wiggles at bay during the longer-than-normal liturgy.

In attendance was Joseph Galati, an All Saints parishioner for 56 years and a volunteer sacristan for 35.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Shining brighter than stars: Our children's good character

One of the most difficult but most important tasks of parenthood is developing integrity in children. Here are some tips from three Catholic parents. 

Monday, February 27, 2017
WATCH: The Dexter icons

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.

Friday, February 24, 2017
Holy ground in the East

The Catholic Sentinel has reported steadily on West Coast pilgrimage sites — the California missions and the many monasteries and retreat houses in Oregon. But what about the Northeast?

Heavy with Catholic influence, the Northeast offers many shrines and holy sites that westerners may want to explore. Below, we catalogue some we found interesting. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Prayers 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.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Sacred Liturgy Conference will feature Cardinal Burke, Archbishop Sample

Registration is now open for the fifth-annual Sacred Liturgy Conference, scheduled for July 12 –15 in Medford.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, Archbishop Alexander Sample and Bishop Robert Vasa will be part of the three-day discussion of the church’s sacred liturgy and its living musical heritage. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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