Pope Francis last week laid out a new mission for the Catholic Church, directing how the institution and its 1.2 billion members worldwide must create a more missionary and merciful church that gets its hands dirty as it ministers to the poor and oppressed.
The 10th annual Young Adults Retreat will be held Friday, Jan. 24 – Sunday, Jan. 26. Sponsored by the Archdiocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, the theme for this year’s retreat is “Spiritual Living in a Secular World.”
Archbishop Alexander Sample will host a discernment retreat for young men considering a vocation to the priesthood. The retreat will be held the weekend of Jan. 24 – 26, 2014. The retreat is open to men aged 17 – 45 and will be held at Our Lady of Peace Retreat House in Beaverton.
Dec. 6, 2013 It has been all over the news (both secular and religious) that the Holy See (the Vatican) has asked for a consultation on marriage and family life in preparation for the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops to be held in Rome in 2014. The theme of this extraordinary synod will be The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.
Friday, Nov. 15 Sunday, Nov. 24, the Solemnity of Christ the King, will bring to a close this current liturgical year for the Church as we prepare to begin our “New Year” with the First Sunday of Advent on the following weekend. The Solemnity of Christ the King this year has an additional important significance. It will bring to a close the “Year of Faith” proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI.
Nov. 1, 2013 Many of us remember growing up referring to the month of November as the “month of All Souls.” By this we mean that it is a time of the year when we spend special time praying for our loved ones who have died, and even praying for the deceased who are strangers to us, but nevertheless in need of our prayers. It is also a month when we make special effort to visit the graves of our loved ones, praying for them there as they await the resurrection of the body at the end of time.
Dec. 15, 2013 Third Sunday of Advent Faith must be prepared to engage in the doubts we have about ourselves. The answers to those questions are still found in the Paschal Mystery. They are found in the One who is always coming.
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 Second Sunday of Advent Today’s Gospel reminds me of the colorful characters God chooses to bring his message to the world to this day. The Hebrew Scriptures are filled with God using stuttering shepherds, those who would seem too young and those who would seem too old to carry his message. Today, for instance, John the Baptist sounds a bit more like someone I might encounter in a dark alley than he does as someone proclaiming the coming of the Messiah. But in his time John was extraordinarily popular with the people. In him, they saw the prophecy of Isaiah fulfilled.
Dec. 1, 2013 First Sunday of Advent For weeks the secular world has been advising us that we should “get ready for Christmas.” We have caught the spirit of anticipation and anxiety about whether or not we will be prepared. Today the Church joins in but the message is not the same. We might easily wonder why, when we are preparing for the birth of the Baby, we are directed toward Christ’s final coming. The truth is that many of us have been distracted by a secular view of Christmas.