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Courtesy Divine Mercy Shrine
Fr. Anthony Gramlich is rector of the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. 

Courtesy Divine Mercy Shrine

Fr. Anthony Gramlich is rector of the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. 

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
Archbishop Sample's schedule

Archbishop Alexander Sample's schedule Feb. 17-March 5


Monday, February 20, 2017
WATCH: Faith leaders: Welcoming strangers is what we do

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. 


Thursday, February 16, 2017
Garaventa Center is 'evangelizing by attraction'

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. 


Wednesday, February 15, 2017
United we stand

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. 


Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Series examines prayer as a means of communion
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
Liturgical readings
The liturgical readings through Feb. 19.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Rethinking the Galileo case

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. 

 


Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Archbishop Sample's schedule
Archbishop Sample's schedule Feb. 3-19.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Reaching young families
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
A Valentine's Day reflection

“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.


Monday, January 30, 2017
WHY I'M CATHOLIC: Faith is instinct, strength and grace for Medford mom

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.  


Thursday, January 26, 2017
What if we're not alone?

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.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Liturgical readings
Here are the daily liturgical readings through Feb. 5.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Prayers for our priests: February
“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
Juggling administration and the sacraments

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. 


Wednesday, January 18, 2017
WATCH: Fit for God

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


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