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Cardinal Francis George dies Mothering with faith Sisters of the Holy Names, 2015 Live Nativity at St. John the Baptist 2014 Fall CYO results Catholic Charities Donor Lunch 2014 Year of Consecrated Life opening Mass Holy Spirit Sisters Jubilee 2014 Seaside youth conference Mount Angel 125th Northwest Hub Furlow at papal Mass 2014 Rosary Bowl NW Brother André 2014 Fall 40 Days for Life 2014 Inauguration of Fr. Mark Poorman Coffee shop at abbey First day of school, 2014 Regis High School 50th anniversary 2014 Crooked Finger Pilgrimage Mass with migrant farm workers Maronite Ordination Consecration to "Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima" CYO track Southern Oregon Evangelization 2014 Priest Ordination Christ the King youth 2014 priest reassignments Our Lady of Lavang Confirmation, 2014 Memorial Day 2014 2014 Transitional deacon ordination Padre Foster Granados visits Albany Bishop Smith ordination Canonization of Pope John Paul II, Pope John XXIII Bishop Peter Smith 2014 Easter Vigil 2014 Walk of Cross 2014 Chrism Mass CYO basketball 2014 St. Patrick of the Forest 150th Catholic Charities Celebration of Hope, 2014 Boys2Men Archbishop visits Oregon State Penitentiary 40 Day Vigil for Life, 2014 Pope Francis creates new cardinals St. Henry shelter 2014 CYO swimming Funeral of Fr. George Wolf Travel on a budget Lunar New Year, 2014 Tech in Catholic schools 2014 Right to Life Rally Archbishop visits Santiam Prison First Mass in Oregon Milwaukie Posada St. Francis, Sherwood, Toy Drive Central Catholic football Typhoon Haiyan Deacon Ordination/ Kresbach, Schmitt A Catholic fisherman St. Cecilia Centennial Southern Oregon Welcome Mass Shepherd of the Valley, Central Point, dedication Grotto Anniversary 2013 Champions of Faith Dinner Gardenripe farms Coleman hop farm Corvallis Year of Faith Archbishop Howard at St. Rose Hitchhiking priests Franciscan Spiritual Center Sacred Heart, Medford Migrant Mass Tanzanians' jubilee World Youth Day 2013 2013 Blessing of the Animals 2013 Freedom Mass Albany school closure Fabric art Megan graduates from Catholic school St. Vincent de Paul Hillsboro 2013 Deacon ordination Sister Theresa Lamkin St. Helen Mission, Brownsville Marist Brainiacs St. Mary, Eugene St. Francis eighth graders Ascension confirmation 2013 Pastoral Ministry Conference St. Joseph Salem — Year of Faith Archbishop Sample's Installation Mass 2013 Archbishop Sample Chrism Mass 2013 2013 Young Catholics Pope Francis inauguration Celebration of Hope Vlazny Farewell Mass Archbishop Vlazny Farewell St. Paul Church in St. Paul Valley Catholic Green Building Rite of Election 2013 Water summit 2013 Lunar New Year Alveda King in Eugene New Monsignors, 2013 2013 Right to Life Rally MLK Mass, 2013 St. Henry, Gresham, Centennial Jesuit High drama School uniforms Friar in the mall Holy Trinity food ministry January Book Covers St. Andre Bessette food Year of Faith Mass Nestucca Sanctuary Hillsboro Choirs Father Betschart installation Salem Religious Freedom Rally Year of Faith Vespers, Awards Roy's Catholic School Adelante Mujeres 10th anniversary New Blanchet House Missionaries of Holy Spirit Priest, religious photos Providence Nursing Schools Pioneros Fortnight for Freedom Mark Bentz Deacon Ordination OLL School Walk Through Gaga over science St. Philip Neri Centennial Ordination of Bishop Cary SVDP, Grants Pass Holy Cross School centennial Confirmation - Mount Angel Holy Land Pilgrimage Blanchet Watershed Chrism Mass, 2012 Bishop-designate Cary Pope in Cuba, 2012 SSMO 125th Jubilee Mass Pope Benedict in Mexico 2012 Catholic Charities Celebration 2012 Madeleine Mardi Gras Centennial Rally for Life, 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Mass 2012 Day Laborers-Guadalupe Guadalupe 2011 Christ the King, Milwaukie, 50th Sesame Doughnuts Central Catholic Volleyball St. Peter Centennial Deacon Ordination, October 2011 St. Agatha Centennial Rosary Bowl 2011 St. Wenceslaus, Scappoose, Centennial Filipino celebration Polish Festival 2011 Holy War Football 2011 World Youth Day 2011 Sun Gold Farm Our Lady of Victory's New Church Freedom Mass 2011 St. Mary Church Steeple Removal Priest reassignments, 2011 Old Catholic Buildings Paige Rice, St. Mary's runner Graduation 2011 Easter vigils 2011 Pastoral Ministry Conference Basketball Holy War 2011 Search for Peace 2011

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'And then he vanished from their sight'

By nature, I am a storyteller. Once I would have said that was because I come from an Irish background. Today, I would have to say that I tell stories because organized religion has always centered on stories of faith and because faith lives where Scripture and the community come together in our lives.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Kenneth Branagh's very Christian 'Cinderella' a real surprise

CHICAGO — Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella” is the most surprising Hollywood movie of the year. The director allows the spiritual, specifically Christian, character of the tale to emerge. I realize that it probably strikes a contemporary audience as odd that Cinderella might be a Christian allegory, but keep in mind that most of the fairy stories and children’s tales compiled by the Brothers Grimm found their roots in the Christian culture of late medieval and early modern Europe.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Expect the unexpected
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
Christianity is a commitment to expect the unexpected. Easter, our reason for enthusiasm and hope, is a reminder of what Jesus has done and continues to do for his people. As we relive Christ’s paschal mystery, we are reminded of a future greater than we would otherwise have dared to believe. Jesus’ resurrection is a pledge of continued and renewed life.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
He lived the Gospel
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Today’s Gospel centers on the Paschal Mystery in a variety of ways. The grain of wheat that must die so that it can bear fruit seems a weak analogy of what will happen to each of us. We will die and we will have eternal life. Those who love their lives will lose them. This is not an abstract Gospel. Death is not a subject that most of us want to contemplate. How many of us, because we do not want to think about death, miss the joy of resurrection? Because we do not confront Good Friday, our Easter alleluia lacks enthusiasm.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Family: "Become what you are!"
There is a pithy saying that is used to help biblical theologians: “A text taken out of context is not a proof text but a pretext.” It means that when we are reading things and making judgments we need to make sure that we are aware of the big picture; prudence and right judgment exhort us to understand individual threads in the context of the whole tapestry.
The promise of Easter is in Lent
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Third Sunday of Lent
Before I came to Oregon, I looked in vain for signs of spring and new life during Lent. For the better part of three months snow and ice covered the city sidewalks. In Oregon, spring comes early and this year it seems to have come even earlier than usual. The crocuses are already blooming in my yard and the trees are filled with buds. We are in the midst of Lent and I already have that Easter feeling.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Stephen Fry, Job and the Cross of Jesus
The British writer, actor, and comedian Stephen Fry is featured in a YouTube video which has gone viral: more than 5 million views as of this moment. As you may know, Fry is, like his British counterparts Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins, a fairly ferocious atheist, who has made a name for himself in recent years as a very public debunker of all things religious. In the video in question, he articulates precisely what he would say to God if, upon arriving at the pearly gates, he discovered that he was mistaken in his atheism.
Friday, February 20, 2015
We enter the desert with Jesus
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
First Sunday of Lent
In all three cycles, the Gospel for the First Sunday of Lent is always about Jesus being led into the desert by the Spirit. In Cycle A (Matthew) and C (Luke) the Gospel seems far more demanding than the one we hear today. The reading from Mark, though, is clearly good news. It is very clear that Jesus is led to the desert by the same Spirit that came upon him at his baptism in the Jordan. The Gospel that begins with John emerging from the desert continues with that same desert theme. Jesus enters the desert to prepare for his mission. His temptations clarify Jesus’ mission and our own place in it. During these 40 days, we are invited to enter the desert with Jesus and evaluate our lives in light of his.

Friday, February 20, 2015
The Church: a family that celebrates God's gifts of love and fidelity
ST. BENEDICT — The family is the focus of many discussions in the culture and in the church. What is a family? How can we serve families? How can we help single parents? How do we form hearts to be open to being a family focused on Christ?
Monday, February 9, 2015
The Church: a family that celebrates God's gifts of love and fidelity
ST. BENEDICT — The family is the focus of many discussions in the culture and in the church. What is a family? How can we serve families? How can we help single parents? How do we form hearts to be open to being a family focused on Christ?
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Life awaits us
Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
All of us have “down times” and for me they often come in February. No matter how mild the winter, I am weary of the gray days. I am tired of the rain. It is a perfect time for me to hear from Job. I have always thought that this particular book of the Bible must have been written on a Monday morning in February.

Thursday, February 5, 2015
In the desert or on the mountain, see only him
March 16, 2014 
Second Sunday of Lent
Growing up Catholic, I took my faith for granted. I learned the tenets of the Catholic faith and professed the Creed at an early age. In retrospect, I realize that what my head knew when I was young my heart had not yet realized. All that has changed. Even though I cannot point to a specific moment of conversion, I think I know what it means to say “Jesus is Lord.” 

Thursday, March 13, 2014
We move toward the resurrection
Sunday, March 9, 2014
First Sunday of Lent
Most of us move from day to day making small decisions out of a value system that we seldom examine.  During Lent, we are asked to look at our lives again. We are asked to discover the temptations that we face and to consider our response in light of the great commandment.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

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