The faith formation guide, "Healing Relationships in Lent with Pope Francis" is actually appropriate for any time of the year.
Matt Cato, director of the Office of Life, Justice and Peace, knows the exact day that he and Benedictine Brother Cyril of Mount Angel decided to create a study guide for use in parishes for Pope Francis’ encyclical. “We were doing an interview on KBVM radio and Brother Cyril brought up what would we do to promote the encyclical,” he remembers. Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus (who focus on patriotism) in the Eugene area, have long organized a Veterans Day Mass at St. Mary’s. They decided this year that they would invite not only veterans but also police, fire personnel, rescue volunteers and professionals, and emergency responders to the “Red, White and Blue Mass” on Veterans Day. Monday, November 23, 2015
Our Lady of Sorrows in Southeast Portland is hosting a Taizé prayer service at 7 p.m. on the second Friday of the month, Dec. 11 this month. Taizé is an ecumenical prayer that has become popular, especially with young people, around the world. Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in Siletz, founded in 1897 by St. Katharine Drexel, is ringing out the call to worship with a new bell in the tower gifted from the Yaquina River Museum of Art in Toledo through the auspices of founder/curator Michael Gibbons, a parishioner at Sacred Heart in Newport. Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Seeing the outdoor Stations of the Cross at the Grotto in Portland got Hunter Lindsay to thinking. Lindsay, a Scout, wondered if it would be possible to erect outdoor stations like that at his own parish, St. Philip in Dallas. When he heard that other Eagle Scouts had done that for their badges, he was certain that he’d hit on a project that would help his community and that he could learn from. Monday, November 16, 2015
Matt Cato, director of the Office of Life, Justice and Peace at the Archdiocese of Portland, and Benedictine Brother Cyril Drnjevic of Mount Angel Abbey have adapted Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’” so that it can be used as a six-week faith-sharing guide. Saturday, November 14, 2015
St. Patrick of the Forest Mission in Cave Junction is a small mission community with a big history. More than a dozen volunteers came to the mission's old pioneer cemetery earlier this autumn to spruce it up. Saturday, November 7, 2015
Michael Allen Harrison will perform his contemporary piano music, combined with Julianne Johnson’s singing at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, at St. Philip Neri Church, Portland. Tickets are $25 and $15. Proceeds support the work of the Altar Society. Saturday, November 7, 2015
The Knights of Columbus of Sacred Heart Parish, Gervais, once again hosted a successful dinner benefiting the Father Taaffe Homes and the group’s pregnancy support services for young mothers. Nearly 300 came to the dinner, which has become a tradition here. Friday, November 6, 2015
Holy Redeemer Church will host a special vespers at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, in the Romanesque church. Vespers is the ancient liturgy of Evening Prayer of the Hours and includes reading of scripture, singing of psalms and other songs. Thursday, November 5, 2015
Twelve parishioners from The Madeleine in Portland and their pastor, Father Michael Biewend, recently walked 200 out of 500 miles on the Way of St. James, the Camino.
The 1,000-year-old pilgrimage across Spain has resurged in popularity. The Camino de Santiago (as with other pilgrimages) is a spiritual journey in community with others also seeking a deeper union with Christ. Thursday, November 5, 2015
More than 50 people braved the cold and rainy Oregon weather for October’s Life Chain on Martin Luther King Boulevard, including many youth representing their parishes.
The St. Pius Knights of Columbus organized the prayerful witness, which was in solidarity with Life Chains across the country, all of them honoring the 57 million lives lost to abortion. Wednesday, November 4, 2015
A workshop will feature the nationally recognized educator James Hansen as well as other experts from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Nov. 14 at Holy Trinity Church, 13715 SW Walker Rd., in Beaverton. Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Catholic Charities in Portland worked to resettled a Syrian refugee family; Pastor John Baskaron, an Egyptian Christian living in Oregon sponsored them; St. Henry's Parish collected truckloads of household goods for them. What happened next was pure frustration. Tuesday, October 13, 2015
The majority of Camp Howard's buildings were built quickly during the spring of 1953 in order to be up and running for the first camping season that summer. They have served generations of campers well, but the usefulness of many of the buildings has been exhausted. Monday, October 12, 2015
Sister Krista von Borstel imagines sitting down with Mary Miller in heaven: We will sit down and she will share the details from her perspective on how Camp Howard came to be. From what we have learned through reading past issues of the Catholic Sentinel and heard from her grandchildren, Camp Howard would most likely not have come to be if not for her extraordinary efforts. Friday, October 9, 2015
Sometimes Judy Locher, a parishioner at St. Anne’s in Grants Pass, starts her spirituality and art therapy group at the parish with a poem like “Beannach” (Blessing) from the late Irish poet John O’Donohue: On the day when / The weight deadens / On your shoulders And you stumble, / May the clay dance / To balance you. Friday, October 9, 2015
Judy Winczewski’s first memories of CYO were dancing the Charleston, the Samba, Rumba and even the Portland Stroll at CYO dances, which in the 1960s took place in parish halls. Thursday, October 8, 2015
CYO/Camp Howard will induct a group of seminarians from decades past and their priest-leader into the organization’s hall of fame at the organization’s Champions of Faith Dinner Oct. 13. Wednesday, October 7, 2015
The public is invited to attend the 12th Annual Founders' Day Concert and Celebration at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Benedictine Sisters' Queen of Angels Monastery Chapel. The Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel and friends present the free concert to celebrate and thank God for the sisters' 133-year history of community life and service to others. The Benedictine Sisters were established as a religious community in Oregon on Oct. 30, 1882. Tuesday, October 6, 2015
It didn’t take long after appointing a committee on building and development of the new Camp Howard of Oregon in the 1950s to realize the need for a strong finance committee chair. Who did the committee turn to but Charles W. Wentworth of Wentworth car fame in the Greater Portland area? Sunday, October 4, 2015
SALEM — Queen of Peace School is beginning its 51st school year. Officials say staff and students are full of “joy and excitement for learning and sharing the faith with all who enter its red front doors.” Saturday, September 26, 2015
Austin Rodriguez is a rising eighth grader at St. Andrew Nativity School in Northeast Portland. Austin’s attendance at Nativity is viewed as a blessing by his family, and one that is not taken lightly. Austin commutes between Nativity and his home in outer Northeast Portland on a daily basis. He walks to the MAX, rides to the transit center, and catches a bus. The trip takes an hour and a half. Both ways. He has done this journey every day since he was in 6th grade.
During the back to school barbecue and ice cream social hosted by Christ the King School’s Parent Community Organization last month, students and families visited with each other and took tours of the newly remodeled 3rd-, 4th-, and 5th-grade classrooms. The classrooms complete the school’s “Foundations In Faith Classroom Renovation Project,” which began three years ago. Thursday, September 24, 2015
MCMINNVILLE — St. James School has added four new staff members.
Kindergarten teacher is Leilani Larson. She comes with several years of experience and says she has a great love for primary children. Maura Okuley is new art teacher. She previously taught art at St. Anthony in Tigard. Lisa Hartman and Tricia Fisher join the preschool staff. Both have had an array of experiences with that age group.
Nearly 100 women celebrated the 80th anniversary of St. Anne’s Altar Society last month, with four Knights of Columbus, dressed in their best tuxedos, serving the women at an afternoon tea. Tuesday, September 22, 2015
EUGENE — Marist High School has a new president/principal leadership model. The model divides the business and operations needed for running the high school between two people: Stacey Baker, the new principal, and Suzanne Graf, the new president.
St. Clare School in Southwest Portland is increasing its commitment to inclusive education by adding staff to support students with learning differences. St. Clare’s Learning Specialist Program, more than a decade old, now provides resources five days a week with the addition of veteran Catholic educator, Jean Mullen. St. Clare’s program is designed to help each student feel respected and be successful at school. Monday, September 21, 2015
On Aug. 31, Jesuit High School opened its doors to begin its 60th year. Theme for the school year, taken from the “Profile of the Jesuit High School Graduate at Graduation,” is “Religious,” and the spiritual quote that is the guide for the year is taken from Sister Ita Ford, a Maryknoll sister who was martyred for the faith in El Salvador in 1980. Just weeks before her death, Sister Ita wrote to her young niece, “I hope you can come to find that which gives life a deep meaning for you.” Monday, September 21, 2015
In addition to the new band, music teacher Tracie Swanson provides St. Agatha students with general music classes and leads the school’s church choir.
“The rigor of learning a band instrument benefits the student both academically and emotionally,” Swanson says. “Students feel proud of themselves when they hear how their well-rehearsed part fits into the final product.”
When students returned to St. Matthew Catholic School after summer break, they were greeted with an addition to their building: a science room was constructed over the summer, thanks to support from St. Matthew parishioners, parents and families, and many other school supporters. Funds for the new room were provided by a combination of capital campaign donations and proceeds from past auction paddle-raisers. Saturday, September 19, 2015
Technology isn’t simply a component of learning, it’s often the foundation. From math to theology to the arts, St. Mary’s integrates technology into all curriculum, including equipping every student and teacher with iPads.
GERVAIS — As the children flood the halls of Sacred Heart School on the first day of school year 2015-2016, they have important information to absorb. Playground rules, dress code, lunch room rules, and more. And there is the school’s theme for the year, “Be Merciful as Our Father is Merciful.” Luke 6:36 Friday, September 18, 2015
At the heart of O’Hara Catholic School here is a large courtyard designed and landscaped by the St. Francis Catholic High School class of 1965. Through the years, the landscaping had become overgrown and in need of attention. This summer, a former student and donor families transformed part of the courtyard as the first phase of a renewal project. Thursday, September 17, 2015
On Saturday, Aug. 29, almost 600 Central Catholic High School community members gathered in Southeast Portland to celebrate the completion of the school’s new wing – the Monsignor Tim Murphy Center. Thursday, September 17, 2015
Different classification. Same exciting result. After winning three consecutive Oregonian Cups competing in 3A athletics, Valley Catholic enters the new school year as the winner of the 4A Oregonian Cup. Wednesday, September 16, 2015
The Returning Catholic Ministry at Our Lady of the Lake Church invites inactive and semi-active Catholics to what they expect to be a lively discussion of faith. “Awakening Faith” sessions run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Oct 7 through Dec. 9. Four additional weeks are optional and would run Wednesdays, Dec. 9 - 30. Sessions will be held in the parish center library, 650 A Ave., Lake Oswego 97034. Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Parishioners from Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, Rainier; St. Mary’s, Shaw; and St. Clare and Ascension, Portland, came to St. John the Baptist, Milwaukie, for evening prayer and to kick-off a weekend celebrating the centenary of the St. Barbara Province, which includes the Archdiocese of Portland. Tuesday, September 15, 2015
The 2015-‘16 theme for St. Cecilia School here is “Pray. Learn. Serve.”
Prayer is the beginning of each St. Cecilia School day. The following prayer is recited aloud school-wide: “We thank you, God, for the gift of this new day. Help us to pray. Help us to learn. Help us to serve. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.”
St. Mary, Vernonia, offers its 45th annual quilt fair Sept. 17-20. In addition to quilts, there are locally-made crafts for sale, usually including gloves, scarves, jewelry and more. The quilts range from baby quilts to works of art, including a Star of Bethlehem quilt being raffled for $1 a ticket. The event supports a third of St. Mary’s budgetary needs. Admission is $1, and the hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a lunch served at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Worshipers gathered on Sept. 1 for the World Day of Prayer at St. Philip Neri Church in Portland. Pope Francis explained that the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation follows the Orthodox Church, which has for the past 25 years dedicated the day to care for creation. Sept. 1 is the first day of the new year in the Orthodox liturgical calendar. Thursday, September 3, 2015
LAKE OSWEGO — Our Lady of the Lake Parish here “ROLL”ed out quite a good time last Sunday with its Ride with Our Lady of the Lake Festival (ROLL). Coinciding with the parish’s annual picnic, the event hosted Archbishop Alexander Sample who celebrated the 11 a.m. Mass before joining pastor Father John Kerns, parochial vicar Father Charles Wood and dozens of parishioners for two rides through the city. The archbishop blessed bicycles before the ride.