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  • LIFE: Visiting the imprisoned
    “For I was hungry and you gave me food … in prison and you visited me.” Mt 25:35-36

  • New priests inspire joy, confidence
    As 50 priests quietly queued up June 15 to bless two men who’d just been ordained, the noontime bells pealed at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. It was as if the joy happening inside were bursting out across the city.
  • Celebrate the feast of St. Benedict with Benedictines
    ST. BENEDICT — The public can spend a summer afternoon with the monks of Mount Angel Abbey at the annual St. Benedict Festival.
  • Recognizing the sacrifice of dads
    “When I was a child, I thought like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.”
  • Archbishop to lead eucharistic procession June 23
    A sequel to last year’s eucharistic procession in central Portland will take place June 23, the feast of Corpus Christi, and will be led by Archbishop Alexander Sample.
  • Ordination for two on June 15
    Archbishop Alexander Sample will ordain two men as priests of the Archdiocese of Portland Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.
  • Vocation talk
    Father Jeff Eirvin, vocations director for the Archdiocese of Portland and chaplain for the vocations-fostering Serra Club, spoke on vocations April 17 during a Serra Club meeting at St. Pius X Parish in Portland. He offered the nine keys of vocation ministry as defined by the National Conference for Diocesan Vocation Directors. 
  • Confirmation: A sacred renovation
    Archbishop Alexander Sample raises his hands, asking the Holy Spirit to fill the candidates standing before him at the University of Portland’s Christ the Teacher chapel.
Week to focus on religious freedom
    The nation’s Catholic bishops have called for a week highlighting the need for religious freedom globally. Set for June 22-29, the week has the theme “Strength in Hope.”
  • Prayer for Servants of the Church

    Prayer for Servants of the Church is a ministry of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. A day each month is set aside to pray for the name of a priest — along with a deacon, woman religious, seminarian or brother — serving in the Archdiocese of Portland. Please remember them, and all who serve the church, in your daily prayers.

  • Mount Angel Abbey hosts a retreat Aug. 9-11 led by Texas-based Shalom Media, which produces Catholic catechetical resources including videos.
  • The Omaha list: Traditional repertoire includes many songs and hymns also in OCP collections
    Since 2011, Catholics in the Archdiocese of Omaha have worshipped using a tradition-minded core repertoire of hymns. An Oregon publisher of Catholic worship music offers more of the suggested titles than anyone else.
  • Documentary gets at soul of LA gang ministry
    A newly available film produced in the Pacific Northwest offers a soulful inside look at Homeboy Industries, a ministry to former gang members and felons led by Jesuit Father Greg Boyle in Los Angeles.
  • Tools to strengthen a relationship with God
    MILWAUKIE — Life hit Terry Cappiello hard in 2003. In March, her father-in-law died suddenly. Along with their grief, she and her husband became aware of how much caretaking he had done for Cappiello’s mother-in-law, a task that now fell upon the rest of the family. Then her nephew — her godson — was diagnosed with bone cancer.
  • Q — What is the Catholic Church’s position on Medjugorje? (There is a parishioner who says that the Blessed Mother has a daily message for us.) (Coshocton, Ohio)
  • Why I'm Catholic: Church’s care for creation convinced him
    A strong belief in the environmental movement led to Franciscan spirituality. That in turn introduced Pope Francis and the 2015 papal encyclical “Laudato Si’,” a document that pointed out the latticework of relationships on planet Earth.
  • Archbishop’s public schedule
    Here’s Archbishop Sample’s schedule for the next few weeks:
  • New priests have Oregon experience
    NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Four new priests ordained for the Congregation of Holy Cross served in Oregon during their formation.
  • Virtuous and heroic forerunners, leading us to heaven
    The road to heaven can be puzzling, but, luckily, great saints exist throughout history to show the way.
  • Mother Mary
    Brenda Schwartz once found Catholic reverence for Mary unsettling. She wasn’t raised Catholic. It was her devout German Catholic father-in-law who took her aside and explained that Catholics don’t worship Mary but that she’s there to help.
  • LIFE: Feed the hungry

    As Moses’ companion wanderers made clear, each of us needs food and water, daily bread to satisfy our hunger and to survive. On May 15, we celebrate the feast day of St. Isidore, the patron saint of farmers. 

  • Professor: Pius XII issue used as a weapon in culture wars
    A 1962 play penned by a lapsed German Protestant and produced by a communist activist planted a pesky misperception that Pope Pius XII was a tool of the Third Reich. On occasion, the old idea springs up as a noxious weed in the culture wars.
  • 40 Days for Life campaign affected by movie
    The 40th day of the 40 Days for Life campaign was a Sunday. That was when Jasmine Price and her mom, Audra, volunteered to hold signs outside the Lovejoy Surgicenter. The office was closed but the trio of volunteers, the Price women along with campaign organizer Therese Ruesink, stood outside praying, holding signs and smiling at passersby.
  • Vocations rally draws 500
    Serra Club of Portland supported the 12th annual vocations rally, held this year at St. Anthony Parish in Tigard March 14. The rally provides sixth graders an opportunity to spend a day with priests, brothers and sisters
  • Archbishop Sample to speak on Mary
    STEUBENVILLE, Ohio —The 25th annual St. John Bosco Conference for Evangelization and Catechesis is set for July 15 – 18 at Franciscan University here.
  • Annulment is not ‘Catholic divorce’
    The Bible is clear about divorce, both Old Testament and New. 
    God hates it. “For I hate divorce, says the Lord, the God of Israel,” (Mal 2:16) wrote a prophet five centuries before Christ. 
  • Stories of four new Catholics
    About 750 people were initiated into the church this Easter in western Oregon. Each one seems to have a story about confusion followed by clarity. Their progression is an encouragement to everyone in the church. Here are the stories of four new Catholics.
  • An invitation to confession
    One of the most challenging but richest parts of Catholic life is the sacrament of reconciliation, also known as the sacrament of penance or confession.
  • Entering the mystery
    Catholics around western Oregon last month experienced the stunning story of the Paschal Mystery. Here is a taste of what happened here during Christianity’s holiest week.
  • Romero celebrated in Portland
    As a boy walking the streets of San Salvador, Edilberto Valladares heard the pleading voice of Archbishop Oscar Romero sounding from radios in every home. In the late 1970s, the archbishop, once a bookish churchman, had evolved into a feisty advocate for El Salvador’s poor.
  • Scripture: God’s guiding love and encouragement
    The Bible tells the story of God’s repeated attempts to form a link with humanity. For Catholics, the implication is that God continues to reach out to us now, out of pure love.
  • How we find the Risen One
    "When we love, in the face of only searing hatred, we find Jesus, the Risen One,” Holy Cross Father Chris Brennan told worshippers Easter morning at Holy Redeemer Church in North Portland. 
  • WATCH: Passion re-enacted
    At St. Luke Parish in Woodburn, Hispanic faithful carried on the tradition of a realistic enactment of Jesus’ last hours and death. Parishioners dressed as Roman guards, apostles, Sanhedrin officials and the people of Jerusalem moved through the tragic story as hundreds of onlookers sat spellbound in gymnasium bleachers. 
  • Prayer for Servants of the Church is a ministry of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. A day each month is set aside to pray for the name of a priest — along with a deacon, woman religious, seminarian or brother — serving in the Archdiocese of Portland. Please remember them, and all who serve the church, in your daily prayers.
  • The Sisters of Reparation provide an outreach ministry through paschal musical presentations. Meditations, music and liturgical dance plus a reenactment of the life of Christ are meant to enhance the journey during the Easter season. 
  • Fr. Dave Pivonka to lead daylong retreat in Oregon City
    A Franciscan friar who has become famous for reminding Catholics about the reality and power of the Holy Spirit will lead a daylong retreat in Oregon City Saturday, June 1. 
  • High hopes for Archdiocesan Liturgical Handbook
    KEIZER — Msgr. Gerard O’Connor believes that if western Oregon Catholics increase devotion and reverence at Mass, overall zeal might return to the local church.
  • The public is welcome as friends and Donnes of Reparation gather with the Sisters of Reparation for Palm Sunday. Stations of the Cross begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Father Jon Buffington will bless braided palms and offer Mass at 3 p.m. 
  • Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women to hold annual conference
    The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women will hold their 2019 conference Saturday, April 13, at The Grotto in Portland. All are welcome. The morning session will feature Father Jon Buffington, who will share his knowledge of church heroes, modern and ancient. 
  • Palm Sunday Stations set for winery
    Lady Hill Winery in Champoeg hosts a musical Palm Sunday Stations of the Cross Sunday, April 14, at 5 p.m.
  • Capirotada: A culinary remembrance of the Passion
    MILWAUKIE — As Rosa Sanchez stands in her mother’s kitchen, her extended family roams the home talking, playing and just being together. Sanchez stands behind the kitchen island, a host of ingredients laid out in front of her.
  • Archbishop Sample’s public schedule
    Here’s where Archbishop Alexander Sample will be in the next few weeks.
  • One in the heart of Christ: Celebrating vocations to the priesthood
    EUGENE — A decade ago, a small group of about 40 friends gathered here for a dinner and fundraiser to help support Mount Angel Seminary. Though their numbers were small, they lit a fire of enthusiasm and dedication and the dinner has continued to grow. On March 4, the gathering included close to 400 people in the Hotel Eugene, celebrating and pledging support for seminarians.
  • Lenten family resource available
    The Archdiocese of Portland is using Lent as a time to encourage families to energize their relationship with Christ by prayer, dialogue and action.
  • Couples enrich marriage with fellowship, prayer
    Couples for Christ Oregon, Seattle and Tri-Cities recently held a regional Marriage Enrichment Retreat (MER), drawing 60 attendees.
  • The Spiritual Works of Mercy guide us to help our neighbors with their spiritual needs. Therefore, it is vital that we elevate "Instruct the Ignorant" above imparting knowledge and raise instruction to its natural conclusion, namely, forming disciples in morals and our faith.
  • The chapel at a Beaverton retreat center now has stained glass as a help in prayer
    BEAVERTON — Nine new stained-glass windows offer holy images high on the walls of the renovated chapel at Our Lady of Peace Retreat here. The aim, say the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows, is to remind people that there is beauty beyond this world.
  • Sisters celebrate 60 years as congregation
    SALEM — Thirteen women religious from the Missionary Sisters of the Rosary of Fatima gathered at St. Joseph Parish here March 18 for a Mass of thanksgiving to mark the 60th anniversary of the congregation’s founding. 
  • ‘Humbled my soul’: Fasting is a way to participate in Christ’s saving path
    Catholics around western Oregon fasted on Ash Wednesday and will do so again on Good Friday. According to the U.S. bishops’ regulations, to fast is to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.
  • Pilgrimage: A priority both new and ancient
    Msgr. Patrick Brennan, pastor of St. Mary Cathedral in downtown Portland, first visited the Holy Land in 1977. “When the smell of orange blossoms hit me, I have an overwhelming experience of the presence of God,” he says.
  • Sacrament of matrimony celebrated at cathedral
    The threat of snow did not keep Glynn and Mary Alice Roberson and a dozen other couples away from St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Northwest Portland for a Feb. 9 Mass celebrating marriage.
  • Christian in the World Lecture Series
    ST. BENEDICT — Mount Angel Abbey’s 2019 Winter/Spring lecture series, The Crucifixion and the Christian Life, offers the fourth of four presentations Saturday, April 6, in the Mount Angel Abbey Library.
  • Running religious

    MOUNT ANGEL — Darkness covers the pathway leading away from Mount Angel Abbey. It’s 3 a.m. Not much is happening in town yet. But Benedictine Brother Justin Gilligan is awake. He runs down the abbey trail and into Mount Angel, collecting several miles before he begins his day as a monk. Brother Justin doesn’t run with music. “It’s my time to think and be with God in a different way.”

  • Lenten spiritual opportunities
    Ash Wednesday was March 6, opening the church’s great season of spiritual growth and conversion, directed toward Easter on April 21. Here are some Lenten spiritual opportunities offered by local retreat and spirituality centers. Email and phone numbers are included for registration.
  • Sacred liturgy: The mind and heart of the post-Vatican II church

    There is a misconception among some that those who desire an elevated experience of the sacred liturgy want to turn the clock back to the 1950s. This is not the case. My view is that we can achieve a more reverent, more beautiful and more prayerful experience of the liturgy just by applying the current universal norms and directives of the post-Vatican II church.

  • LIFE: Admonish the Sinner

    The Spiritual Works of Mercy guide us to help our neighbors with their spiritual needs. Unless you enjoy finger wagging and “tsk tsking” at the faults of others, “Admonish the Sinner” is the most difficult work of mercy to appreciate. Its value lies in being properly understood.