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‘Something truly beautiful’: A pandemic-era ministry for seniors grows into larger web of support
    Mottos can sound fancy, but often that’s where their impact ends. Not so at Holy Cross Parish, where members are told: “Don’t just go to church — be the church.”
Seminary commencement held online
    MOUNT ANGEL — Members of Mount Angel Seminary’s graduating class of 2020 had planned to end their year as usual with a baccalaureate Mass in the abbey church on May 8, followed by commencement the following morning. However, as with many other institutions of higher learning this spring, the 39 graduates, the student body, and their family and friends were able to participate only via livestream.
  • Slide repairs still on hold
    Archdiocese of Portland cemeteries officials are waiting to see if Portland crews repair the right of way on West Burnside before proceeding with a hill stabilization project following a Jan. 24 landslide.
  • Catholic leaders call for racial healing and peaceful protests
    For four consecutive nights, massive crowds gathered in downtown Portland to protest the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man from Minneapolis, who died May 25 after a police officer pushed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.
  • Black Portland Catholic reflects on race, anguish, love
    “I’ve been telling my white brothers and sisters, ‘You need to stand up and protest, to speak up. Say it when people aren’t looking at you,’” when you’re not in the spotlight, he said. “It may not be easy, but we have to raise our voices.”
  • The mask makers
    Peter Tran, a member of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Northeast Portland, convinced relatives and friends to collect vacuum cleaner bags and then make masks for health workers.
  • Drive-up collections for parishes
    The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring drive-up events for parishioners to give donations to parishes in need. In western Oregon, two events are set for Saturday, June 6.
  • Singing in church: Not dead, just on hiatus
    With choirs and hymnals suspect because they may spread the coronavirus — and perhaps the next pathogen — what is the future of singing at Mass? Though a few parishes have set singing aside for now, it clearly won’t be kept down. Liturgical experts say worship is inconceivable without the musical voices of the faithful.
  • Oregon farmworkers: Vulnerable but not forgotten
    Oregon hasn’t yet had a widespread outbreak of the virus among farmworkers, but health experts and service organizations, including Catholic Charities of Oregon, report a growing number of confirmed cases and note that summer harvest is just underway.

  • Consecration shines light on brides of Christ
    As Archbishop Alexander Sample celebrated Mass for the Ascension at St. Mary Cathedral in Northwest Portland, two women sat before him, ready to be consecrated to perpetual virginity.
  • Former Portland pastor dies after coronavirus complication
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Paulist Father Richard Colgan, 68, former pastor at St. Philip Neri Parish in Southeast Portland, was rushed to the Washington Hospital Center here May 16 with difficulty breathing after contracting the coronavirus. The priest served as director of novices at the Paulist Father’s formation house of studies in Washington D.C.
  • Parish reopening decisions vary
    When public Masses began again May 10, one pastor noticed worshippers weeping with joy behind their masks. He wept, too. At other parishes, pastors decided to wait to restart public Masses.
  • ‘They lived the teaching of Jesus’
    The names of hundreds of Catholic faithful who have died in the past year flashed onto the screen after a Memorial Day Mass livestreamed from St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception May 25.
  • Providence furloughs some staff
    Providence in Oregon has announced furloughs and other cost-cutting measures taking place between May 17 and July 31.
  • Virtual workshop addresses childhood mental health issues
    Children of any age, especially teenagers, face a multitude of challenges daily. For some, life leads to generalized anxiety, major depression, OCD or ADHD. This virtual workshop offers tools to help your child while maintaining balance and stability.
  • The mask makers
    Peter Tran, a member of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Northeast Portland, convinced relatives and friends to collect vacuum cleaner bags and then make masks for health workers from the impermeable material.
  • 50th anniversary
    ROSEBERG — Richard and Connie North celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary late last year.
  • Chemeketa sued over free speech
    SALEM — Two pro-life student leaders are plaintiffs in a free speech lawsuit filed May 6 against Chemeketa Community College here.
  • Faith leaders: Remember the common good
    Three Northwest Portland religious leaders declared May 14 that people of faith must advocate for human life above economic considerations during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Oregon Supreme Court delays Baker judge’s order
    Late Monday the Oregon Supreme Court delayed Baker County Judge Matthew Shirtcliff’s ruling on Oregon’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” orders. 
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