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  • Catholic Charities dedicates housing complex in Molalla
    MOLALLA — Catholic Charities of Oregon and Caritas Housing Initiatives recently dedicated new affordable housing. Originally known as Rondel Court, Molalla Gardens Apartments here went through a major renovation, with 17 new apartments, a new community room, a children’s play structure and gardens for residents.
  • Catholic Youth Organization chaperones, DJ make annual dance great

    A Friday last month marked the start of a great migration. Centered on the banks of the Willamette River at historic Oaks Park, hundreds could be seen moving in formation to musical rhythm.

    Many Portland area residents, like MaryAnn and Bryan Stewart, have been gathering in this same spot for more than a decade to witness the event.

    Salmon? Canadian geese?

    Nope. Catholic Youth Organization dancers.



  • Catholics rally at the Washington County Court House
    More than 40 people gathered at the Washington County Court House Monday morning to express their concern about children being separated from their families by immigration agents at the U.S. border. The court house was chosen as a site because ICE agents have been active there targeting Latino-appearing people. The vigil coincided with a weekly Monday 9 a.m. vigil that originated because of that ICE activity.
  • St. Vincent de Paul of Salem fueled by self-giving
    SALEM — On a damp winter morning, a white-haired homeless man stumbled into the offices of St. Vincent de Paul Society. He was soaked to his skinny core. Staff and volunteers quickly handed the shivering elder hot coffee and a plate of food. Everyone hustled to replace his dank garments with clean, dry clothes. Soon, he was outfitted, except for dry shoes. They did not have his size.
  • UPDATED: Sentinel, El Centinela take home 22 awards
    GREEN BAY, Wisconsin — For the second year in a row, the Catholic Sentinel has been named the best newspaper in its category by the Catholic Press Association. The general excellence honor was one of the 22 awards won by the Sentinel and its sister paper El Centinela Friday night during the annual Catholic Media Conference.
  • Portland Archdiocese’s anti-porn efforts continue

    A committee from the Archdiocese of Portland Pastoral Center meets regularly to develop strategies that counter pornography use in western Oregon.

    The Addressing Pornography Team will continue to focus on training priests, deacons, teachers, campus ministers and lay ministers — workers who in turn will teach and advise youths and families on the dangers of pornography.

  • Oregon Knights of Columbus hold annual convention
    LEBANON — Nearly 200 men and their families gathered at Boulder Falls Events Center this spring to pray, conduct business and learn to be better fathers, community leaders and Catholics during the 110th annual Oregon Knights of Columbus convention. The theme was “Knights United.”
  • The Irish had their day as Portland’s despised immigrants
    A May 15 talk on an early Catholic Sentinel editor made one thing clear: Immigrants in Portland have been getting walloped for a long time.
  • Prayer at the office

    The people who ask you to bring life to prayer, and prayer to life, are now praying more at work.

    Staff at the Archdiocese of Portland Pastoral Center can gather for daily morning devotions and Mass in their offices on East Burnside Street. 



  • Citizenship: ‘A dream come true’ for Salem Catholic
    Eleazar Cervantes sat amid excited immigrants last month at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland. It was the annual citizenship ceremony linked with Portland’s Cinco de Mayo celebration.
  •    Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women convene to build faith, recognize those who live out their beliefs

    Archbishop Alexander Sample reminded members of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women that the Eucharist is the center of life for Catholics.

    The archbishop gave the homily during Mass at the ACCW’s April 21 convention at the Grotto in Northeast Portland. Backed by arrangements of spring flowers as he stood near the altar of the Chapel of Mary, the archbishop explained the importance of Sunday Mass and adoring Jesus in the tabernacle.



  • Friar on preaching tour in area
    A young Franciscan friar named Casey Cole is preaching at St. John the Baptist in Milwaukie through June 14.

  • Oregon’s junior senator brings attention to children's plight
    Sen. Jeff Merkley said the suffering he found at the McAllen, Texas, Border Patrol Processing Center was horrific. The center, operated by the Department of Homeland Security, is where people seeking asylum are processed when they first arrive, and where many families are being separated.
  • Couple will share how they emerged from a marriage that was a wreck

    Catholic couple John and Sandy Shepherd will be presenting a marriage talk with Father Eric Andersen Sunday, June 16, 6-9 p.m. at Our Lady of Peace retreat house in Beaverton.

    “When a man and woman fall in love, they naturally look forward to spending their lives together in marriage and living happily ever after,” said John



  • FLORENCE — PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center has been awarded a federal Rural Health Care Services Outreach grant. This grant, almost $600,000 over three years, will expand help for children with behavior problems.

    The project aims to establish two centers – one in a Florence school and one in a Mapleton school. Specific locations will be released at a later date.



  • Session aims to usher joy-filled relationship
    “Cognatio,” which means connection, is a workshop for couples wanting to build a relationship. Guest speakers Katherine Calvert and Rodrigo Baena offer advice for spouses. Participants will learn how forgiveness and flexibility play a role in creating a sense of connection that is passionate, safe and secure.
  • The Sisters of Reparation invite the faithful to join them for adoration and Mass on Sunday, June 10, at 2120 SE 24th Ave., Portland. Adoration and guided prayer begin at 2 p.m. Mass is at 3 p.m. with Father Piotr Dzikowski, pastor, St. Stanislaus Parish. Refreshments follow the liturgy.
  • PeaceHealth breaks ground on family guest house

    SPRINGFIELD — Every year, thousands of patients from small towns and farms arrive at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend needing specialized care not available where they live.

    Whether it’s a premature infant, a stroke victim or a trauma patient, chances are they'll be staying awhile — as will their loved ones.

  • WATCH: Catholics bring Christ to the streets

    Amid the blare of fire engine sirens, the pulse of rock music from car stereos and the curious looks of afternoon alfresco diners, Christ made his way through downtown Portland today.

  • WATCH: Ordinations recall church’s early years

    “There was a brotherly, fatherly joy in Archbishop Sample’s expression,” said Father Wood, pastor of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Scappoose,. “It was clear how blessed and happy he felt that these men had joined the priesthood.”

  • Priest reassignments announced

    Archbishop Alexander Sample has announced the following assignments for priests in the Archdiocese of Portland. Assignments are effective July 1 unless noted otherwise. More assignments will be forthcoming in the coming weeks.

  • Summers can boost learning
    Just in time for what teachers call the “summer slide,” also known as “brain drain” or just a plain old summer learning loss, here’s a quiz to keep everyone on track: How much can a child fall behind in reading and math over the summer?
  • Summer spiritual life: It’s a natural at Camp Howard
    There’s only one summer camp in Oregon where women religious, priests, bishops and seminarians are on the scene. Camp Howard in the Mount Hood foothills is named after a former archbishop of Portland and has sustained a Catholic spiritual ministry for decades amid the campfires, hikes, zip lines, giant swing, laser tag, basketball, swimming and every other kind of fun.
  • Feeling welcome in classrooms ‘lasts a lifetime’
    Patrick Foraker’s kindergarten teacher at his California Catholic school wasn’t sure that including a student with Down syndrome was the best idea. Then one morning “What a Wonderful World” was playing in the classroom, and Patrick, who knows sign language, began to sign the song. Mrs. Sweet asked him to come up to the front of the room and share his skill with the class.
  • Health advocate honored

    EUGENE — PeaceHealth community health worker Ana-Maria Dudley has received an Excellence in Public Health Award in recognition of her work in south Lane County, including her support and advocacy for Cottage Grove’s Guatemalan community.

    The award is given annually by the Lane County Board of Commissioners.


  • CYO wrapup: Hoops, they did it again
    The Catholic Youth Organization third- through eighth-grade basketball program had a large number of participants this season, with more than 2,700 youths and around 300 teams. Oregon Episcopal School’s fifth- and sixth-graders joined CYO this year as a new club. CYO leaders said they are grateful for the partnership and for the energy and spirit the school brought to the program.
  • Portland comes together at the Hollywood Transit Center
    After the MAX train stabbings a year ago, the heavy concrete walls of the Hollywood Transit Center were awash in the pastel colors of chalk drawings and message of love and support. The spontaneous art was for the girls who had been harassed, the men who had protected them from a hate-filled stranger and for the community. Flowers were heaped in the center’s circle of grass for the heroes who were injured, two of them dying from their wounds.
  • WATCH: Remembering their sacrifices
    Jack Whalen asked that, after his death, the family gather at Mount Calvary Cemetery for Mass on Memorial Day. Whalen, a member of St. Pius X Parish in Portland and a Marine during the Second World War, died last year. His family kept the promise.
  • Imagining monarch butterflies at the Grotto
    Rosario Collet, a member of Christ the King Parish in Milwaukie, was in her element while raking out mulch at the Grotto in Northeast Portland last autumn. “I love the gardens here and I want to help the butterflies and bees,” she said.
  • LifeWorks NW CEO knows recovery firsthand
    In 1981, Mary Monnat still told herself that she wanted to become a lawyer.
  • Priest ordination set for June 2

    Two men with science and technology backgrounds who entered the Catholic Church as young adults will be ordained priests of the Archdiocese of Portland Saturday, June 2, 11 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Northwest Portland.

    Deacon Brent Crowe grew up in the Applegate Valley in southern Oregon. He attended Applegate School and Hidden Valley High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in general science from Oregon State University in 1991.


  • Oregon Catholics and Decoration Day, 1895-1925
    At the end of the 19th century and the first few decades of the 20th, Oregon Catholics regularly honored the war dead in late May by placing flowers on graves amid prayers uttered in Latin. What is now Memorial Day was called Decoration Day then, referring to the beautification of tombs for those who, as President Lincoln said, gave the “last full measure of devotion.”
  • SCAPPOOSE — The Catholic War Veterans’ annual Memorial Day service and lunch are set for Monday, May 28, at St. Wenceslaus Church and Cemetery, 51555 Old Portland Rd. here. Activities start at 10 a.m. with massing of colors.

    Ceremonies include the laying of the wreath by the Knights of Columbus, a three-volley salute by American Legion Post 42 with the Catholic War Veterans, “Taps” played by Boy Scouts and a flag folding ceremony carried out by the American Legion.



  • Working hard despite uncertainty
    At 19, Brandon Guzman is blessed with the resilience of youth and a strong work ethic. Since Catholic Charities helped him get Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protection so he could legally work in the United States, he’s been a courier.
  • The two Stephens
    It was, said the archbishop, a diaconate ordination that would be known for ages to come as ‘the Stephen ordination.’
  • Archbishop Sample celebrates Latin Mass in nation’s capital
    WASHINGTON — The extraordinary form of the Mass is drawing young people with its sense of reverence and transcendence, Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample said during an April 28 homily in Washington, D.C.
  • Marylhurst University to close
    Marylhurst University, the 125-year-old college founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, is closing. The school will stop all operations by the end of 2018.
  • Mary O'Callaghan, who spoke to Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women last year, speaks at the UN
    Mary O'Callaghan, a Portland native and psychologist, spoke at the United Nations March 20 about how children with disabilities are being aborted systematically across the world. Dr. O'Callaghan, daughter of Gil (deceased) and Rose Scherzinger of St. Pius X Parish in Portland, was featured speaker last year for the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women.
  • WATCH: Tom Markgraf, excited by advances at TriMet, has long been at work for regular folk
    “My people have been in this church for five generations,” says Tom Markgraf, gazing and sweeping a hand around Holy Redeemer Church in North Portland. “My great-grandfather died right over in that in pew. What a great way to go.”
  •  Aging and on the streets

    His name is Ben, but many homeless youths call him “Dad” or “Pops.”

    On a corner near Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, the 56-year-old sits beside a cart filled with bedding and a backpack. A small dog, Precious, rests next to him on the sidewalk. With leathery hands that look older than his years he clutches a cardboard sign that reads: “Anything will help.”



  • Women religious of the archdiocese: At work in an imperfect world
    Holy Names Sister Jane Hibbard, pastoral administrator of Queen of Angels Monastery since summer 2017, says she sees the Benedictine sisters there as inspirations, quietly doing their work to help one another and ministries inside the monastery, unknown to the world but not to God.
  • Ecumenical Ministries of Orego honors Rose Haven for service
    Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, a statewide coalition of Christian churches, will honor Rose Haven Day Center for Women and Children May 16 at a benefit dinner at the Benson Hotel in Portland. The award comes in recognition of “hope-inspiring, life-enhancing, ecumenical community ministry,” EMO officials say.
  • PeaceHealth sponsors bike program

    EUGENE — PeaceHealth Rides hit the ground rolling at an outdoor party to celebrate Eugene’s first bike-share program.

    Community leaders, cycling enthusiasts and other interested citizens gathered at the river to enjoy music and food while checking out some of the 300 sturdy, blue PeaceHealth-branded bikes now available to rent from 35 kiosks around the city. Some guests took a “celebration spin” along the nearby river path



  • Mariachi Mass: Worship on the waterfront
    Not only is Cinco de Mayo the only civic event in Portland that includes the church, it’s also a rollicking festival. It includes a joyful and reverent celebration of the Word and the Eucharist at the mariachi Mass.
  • New vestments to express unity, lift beauty

    As a sign of unity, priests and deacons of the Archdiocese of Portland will be wearing matching vestments at large archdiocesan celebrations like ordinations and the annual chrism Mass.

    “The clergy processing in, united in holy orders but also processing with matching vestments, will make quite a beautiful impact,” said Father John Kerns, pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Oswego. He bought the complete set of the vestments for his parish.

  • Assisting miracles: Catholic midwife welcomes babies
    It’s 2 a.m. and a new life is about to enter the world. Carissa St. Onge Carneiro swoops her long hair up into a ponytail and pours herself a mug of coffee for the road. During the dark drive across Portland, she says a Hail Mary, asking for grace and wisdom, and prays to the guardian angels for the baby still in the womb.
  • National Catholic Charities leader: Accompanying migrants is the Catholic way
    The head of Catholic Charities in the United States is saddened that many Catholics have “become acclimated” to national resentment over migrants.
  • Providence midwives take holistic approach

    Providence Health & Services has offered midwifery care at medical facilities across Oregon for the past 25 years.

    “We focus on education and a holistic approach to birth,” said Joanna Sullivan, lead midwife for Providence Women’s Clinic, East Portland.

  • Following the footsteps of St. Francis

    EUGENE — The joy of the Gospel is spreading through Lane County with the reactivation of a Secular Franciscan Order fraternity at St. Peter Parish here.

  • Tour of Padre Pio’s relics coming to Seattle’s St. James Cathedral
    SEATTLE — Several relics of St. Pio of Pietrelcina will come to the Archdiocese of Seattle for public veneration on Saturday, May 5, at St. James Cathedral in Seattle. Archbishop J. Peter Sartain will celebrate Mass in honor of the saint at 9 a.m. with veneration of his relics from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Knight of Columbus honored for 75 years of church service

    EUGENE — John Gent is a fixture at St. Mary Parish here. He’s a World War II veteran and a lifelong volunteer. He’s also a Knight of Columbus.

  • Two Stephens to be ordained as deacons

    Archbishop Alexander Sample will ordain two men as transitional deacons for the Archdiocese of Portland Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral.

    Both are named Stephen, after an early Christian deacon who was martyred. Neither Stephen Cieslak nor Stephen Kenyon have made plans to follow in their namesake’s end literally, but both will promise to lay down their lives in service to God’s people.