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Why I'm Catholic: Former deputy uses strength for God
Courtesy Wilker family
Janet and Tim Wilker stand in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican in 2013. Tim, once a street fighter and then a cop, says he remains Catholic because of a sense of belonging. 

Courtesy Wilker family

Janet and Tim Wilker stand in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican in 2013. Tim, once a street fighter and then a cop, says he remains Catholic because of a sense of belonging. 

ASTORIA — He moved from shy stutterer, to brawler, to cop. Now he’s a Catholic super-volunteer. 

Tim Wilker, a 72-year-old member of St. Mary, Star of the Sea Parish here, is a mentor to teens who are performing community service. He and wife Janet tend the parish grounds. He works for the parish food bank and delivers food to hungry kids, shelters and retirement homes. He’s a Knight of Columbus who sets up tables and chairs for all kinds of events. On average, Wilker spends two hours daily helping at his parish, set on a hill overlooking the mouth of the Columbia River.


Thursday, May 18, 2017
Living Faith
Archbishop Sample's schedule

Archbishop Alexander Sample’s schedule through June 4. 



Friday, May 19, 2017
A year of prayer 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.

Friday, May 19, 2017
Why I'm Catholic: Former deputy uses strength for God

ASTORIA — He moved from shy stutterer, to brawler, to cop. Now he’s a Catholic super-volunteer. 

Tim Wilker, a 72-year-old member of St. Mary, Star of the Sea Parish here, is a mentor to teens who are performing community service. He and wife Janet tend the parish grounds. He works for the parish food bank and delivers food to hungry kids, shelters and retirement homes. He’s a Knight of Columbus who sets up tables and chairs for all kinds of events. On average, Wilker spends two hours daily helping at his parish, set on a hill overlooking the mouth of the Columbia River.



Thursday, May 18, 2017
Archbishop Sample's Column
Archbishop's column: One in charity
Back in November, I told you how excited I was to be a part of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Assembly, a gathering of 110 parishes and more than 300 people. It was truly a wonderful experience of what it means to be the Body of Christ in mission for the sake of the Gospel. The assembly set pastoral priorities for the next three years, including voicing a strong desire for the Church to continue to emphasize works of mercy in the spirit of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. 

Wednesday, April 5, 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
The power of silence

A new book will be released in April by Cardinal Robert Sarah, who is the head of the office in the Vatican which oversees the Church’s liturgy.  The title of the book is “The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise.”  I was asked to preview the book in advance of its publication.  It is a must read — watch for it.

Without giving away much of its content, Cardinal Sarah’s book is a reflection on how we need more silence in our lives in order for us to encounter the living God.  In the “hell of noise” which plagues our world today, we shut out the voice of God in our lives.  We encounter God in the silence, where there is room for adoration and reverence for the one who created us and desires a relationship with us.



Monday, March 6, 2017
Columns
Welcome one another
Faith communities are rediscovering the theology of hospitality and it is highly related to all of our ministries. We no longer lukewarmly welcome visitors, but enthusiastically expect them. Instead of simply trying to fit them in, we need to plan for the stranger.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Lessons from the Woman at the Well
As soon as she realizes who Jesus is and what he means, the woman puts down the jar and goes into town to proclaim the Lord.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Let peace control your hearts
Our celebration is a pledge to unite men and women. It is a pledge to acknowledge our unity in the Risen Lord even at a time when our disunity is manifest whenever we read the daily newspaper or tune in the evening news.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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