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WATCH: Fit for God
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Fr. Sean Weeks, pastor of St. Pius X Parish, joined Beaverton Crossfit a year and a half ago. “The Scriptures are filled with the truth that our bodies are temples and are meant to be cared for,” he says.

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Fr. Sean Weeks, pastor of St. Pius X Parish, joined Beaverton Crossfit a year and a half ago. “The Scriptures are filled with the truth that our bodies are temples and are meant to be cared for,” he says.

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
Living Faith
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
Archbishop Sample's Column
A Marian Year - of sorts
The date was May 13, 1981.  It was an otherwise beautiful spring day in Rome as Pope St. John Paul II made his way by “pope mobile” through the enthusiastic crowd of faithful and well-wishers.  Suddenly, shots rang out and the Holy Father slumped into the arms of aids, seriously wounded by the would-be assassin’s bullets.  I personally remember that day all too well.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Christ has come!

At this holy time of the year we rejoice once again that God has come among us as a man in the form of the innocent babe of Bethlehem, incarnate by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. In Jesus Christ we see God in the flesh, Emmanuel (“God with us”). I am reminded of the beautiful antiphon of the Eastern Church from the Royal Hours on Christmas Eve:

“God is with us! God is with us! Understand all ye nations, and submit yourselves, for God is with us!” (based on Isaiah 8:9-10).


Friday, December 16, 2016
An experience of the local church
The local church in western Oregon recently had a marvelous experience of what it means to be the Body of Christ in mission for the sake of the Gospel. When we use the term “local church,” we are speaking of the diocesan church under the leadership of the bishop, including all members united as one (priests, deacons, laity and consecrated religious). The experience to which I am referring was our Archdiocesan Pastoral Assembly.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
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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