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.
In place of my usual column, I wish to use this space to send all of you very special and heartfelt greetings at this holy time of the year. We celebrate the coming of Jesus as Savior, born of the Virgin Mary, even as we prepare to welcome him again when he comes in glory. Christmas is always one of my favorite times of the year, and I think I got that from my father, who always became like a little kid at Christmas.
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.
Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 Fourth Sunday of Advent The Fourth Sunday of Advent has always seemed sure proof that Christmas is coming. “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.” What wonderful words for those who wait with eager anticipation.
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.