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  • Effort to block abortion funding gears up for finish
    Mike Huckabee, presidential candidate turned conservative commentator, thanked the Catholic Church for showing Evangelical Christians the importance of the pro-life movement.

  • WATCH: Schools plan draft calls for growth, outreach, increased aid, holding the line on culture
    The Archdiocese of Portland plans to respond to growth in suburban Portland with new parishes and schools. Meanwhile, parishes will be urged to invite public school students in catechism classes to consider Catholic education. And while tuition may rise, financial aid will abound all the more, even for middle class families. Those were key revelations during a Jan. 20 meeting of 100 western Oregon Catholic pastors and school administrators.
  • The buzz around Central Catholic
    Last spring, thousands of newcomers joined the Central Catholic campus. Thanks to a Parent Association grant and the passion and knowledge of a dedicated teacher, hives of honey bees were installed on the roof of the school.
  • The show must go on
    Saint Luke Productions touring staff awoke to an ugly surprise this morning. Their Penske truck, parked in their hotel’s lot, had been broken into and their equipment stolen. The hotel’s surveillance camera showed the thieves in the act.
  • De La Salle to relocate within three years
    De La Salle North Catholic High School, for the past decade housed in the former Kenton Elementary School building, will change locations within the next three years. A lease between Portland Public Schools and the college preparatory serving low-income students is set to expire in 2021. De La Salle leaders are looking for alternate locations for the high school, founded in 2000 and sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers.
  • Catechesis not just for children

    Catechesis isn’t just for youngsters. St. John Paul II, in the 1979 apostolic exhortation “On Catechesis in Our Time,” called the formation of adults “the principal form of catechesis,” since it addresses the people who have the greatest responsibilities.

  • Schools address bullying with faith ideals
    One in five Catholic high school students have been bullied, according to government statistics. At public schools the problem is even worse. Catholic schools are expected to create a culture of caring

  • WATCH: Supporters gather on Roe v. Wade anniversary
    Think the best of the person who disagrees with you. That was the message of Harmony Daws, president of the board of directors for Oregon Right to Life, at the annual Roe v. Wade Memorial rally and march.
  • Catholic Charities one of Oregon’s most admired companies
    Catholic Charities of Oregon was recognized as the 18th most admired company in Oregon, across all industries, by the Portland Business Journal at their annual awards ceremony luncheon on Dec. 14.
  • Nuns, agency team up on ministries
    MOUNT ANGEL — Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast has stepped in to help the Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel sustain outreach ministries to low-income people.
  • Archdiocese named in suit
    Three men have sued the Archdiocese of Portland, saying they were sexually abused by a priest from North Bend in the 1970s and 80s. The $29 million lawsuit names Father Pius Brazauskas, who died in 1990 at age 84.
  • Catholics speak out on health care debate
    For Catholics, Measure 101 can get complicated. Many members of the church, including leaders of health providers Providence and PeaceHealth, support the measure because it offers life-saving aid to people on the peripheries. Some pro-life advocates urge a no-vote, since the Oregon Health Plan includes coverage for contraception and abortion.
  • Cathedral Mass to be a celebration of matrimony
    Young Catholic married couples are getting a chance to celebrate and pray with some wise veterans of matrimony. Pairs wed fewer than five years or more than 50 years are invited to attend the 5:30 p.m. Mass Saturday, Feb. 3, at St. Mary Cathedral in Portland. Archbishop Alexander Sample is scheduled to celebrate and will bless couples and lead them in a renewal of marriage promises.
  • Family of murder victims write in opposition to death penalty
    Nine family members of murder victims have told their stories in a book published by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. In “Not in Our Name,” the writers share their painful stories. Common themes emerge: coping, grieving, and reconciling loss. The healing takes a long time, they say, and is aided by loving and compassionate responses.
  • The opioid epidemic
    Taylor Martinek’s parents, Brian and Brenda, were cautiously hopeful at Christmas a year ago. Taylor, a Jesuit High School graduate, seemed finally to be in recovery from opioid addiction. He seemed to be back, the young man so many people thought of as their “best friend,” back for his two younger siblings who looked up to him, back for his older sister (by 14 months) who had loved him for as long as she could remember.
  • Alabama congresswoman to speak about MLK legacy
    MARYLHURST — On Saturday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Names, Alabama Rep. Terri Sewell will speak on the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

    The essential mission of the church is to bring the world the stunning message of salvation in Christ. That was the gist of an interview Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample gave last year on Mater Dei Radio. 

  • Prayers for Joyce Sample
    The “Salve Regina” echoed among the dark brick walls of Northwest Portland apartments Thursday night as the earthly remains of Joyce Sample were carried out of St. Mary Cathedral. Passers-by paused to hear the ancient, yearning chant that honors Mary. It was a posthumous evangelizing act from Archbishop Alexander Sample’s mother, who in fewer than five years had become a darling of Oregon Catholicism.
  • New youth ministry head: Bring them to Jesus, not just activities
    The new chief youth minister for the Archdiocese of Portland says a flurry of activities should not shield teens from meeting Jesus. “Kids are doing church stuff, but there is no conversion,” said Ricky Shoop, 29. “Encountering your maker is very different from assembling a macaroni cross.”
  • WATCH: Plucky small-town mission marks 100 years
    CLATSKANIE — The prayer of Father Mark Gikenyi and Catholics in this Columbia River town is that a century from now, St. John the Baptist Mission still will be here. The reduction of timber and paper mills means that fewer Catholic families live in the area. The mission — tightknit, faith-filled and feisty — could use more numbers. That was one message during a centennial celebration Dec. 3.
  • Catholic Charities convenes symposium on immigration
    Outreach and legal aid for immigrants facing deportation is “a moral commitment,” says the executive director of Catholic Charities Oregon. Deacon Richard Birkel spoke in Portland Nov. 19 at a
  • Oregon native confirmed for federal post
    The U.S. Senate last month confirmed a 40-year-old Catholic native Oregonian as the Labor Department’s legal chief. 

  • Joyce Sample, mother of the archbishop, dies at 89
    Joyce Sample, the feisty and good-humored mother of Archbishop Alexander Sample, died early Dec. 31 at age 89.
  • Event marks milestone in Jesuit drama program
    On Jan. 6, more than 50 notable alumni of Jesuit's nationally-recognized drama program return to celebrate 20 years after the opening of a new theater.
    We reviewed our coverage in 2017 and here are two lists of the most popular stories of the year, one from our website, the other from our Facebook page. Three things are clear from our tracking. First, readers like local news best. Second, they respond to videos. Third, there is a lot of interest in the movement to reclaim some older traditions of worship. 
  • Scholarship makes college possible for Cleveland scholar
    Za learned he had won a $25,000 Bridging the Dream Scholarship from Sallie Mae, the corporation that provides and services student loans.
  • Beyond the feathery hats
    On this November day, the Knights of Columbus stood before an open burial plot and 148 urns of unclaimed cremated remains. The men would carry shrouds holding the urns to be buried in a Potter’s Field crypt, sponsored by the local Knights of Columbus council. Carrying out a corporal work of mercy — burying the dead — is just one example of how the Knights of Columbus cannot be defined by feathery hats and capes.
  • Gonzaga school of education launches school psychology program to meet demand
    SPOKANE, Wash. — The Gonzaga University School of Education has begun an advanced degree program to help meet the growing demand for school psychologists.
  • An ecumenical vigil to give thanks
    Thanksgiving week began with “A Vigil to Give Thanks,” a prayer hosted by the Interfaith Coalition for Dignity. Catholics and Latter-Day Saints, Evangelicals, Muslims and Jews gathered at the Bilal Mosque to unite and ask after each other’s welfare.
  • Women’s organization is ‘archdiocese’s best kept secret’
    A venerable organization for Catholic women is opening a new chapter at Holy Family Parish in Southeast Portland.
  • Lane County families receive help this Christmas from community
    SPRINGFIELD – Many families in Lane County will have a bright 2017 holiday because of the Christmas Giving Program, organized by Catholic Community Services of Lane County. The program, an ongoing tradition, matched 77 Lane County families in need with gifts from sponsors, including local businesses, households, and parishes.
  • TriMet expected to OK reduced fares for low-income riders

    The board of directors for TriMet intends to cut fares for low-income transit riders in the Portland area by half. Church leaders applaud the plan. “When you are counting pennies, every dollar matters a lot,” Matt Cato, director of the Archdiocese of Portland’s Office of Life, Justice and Peace, said Dec. 13 at a meeting of the board. “Cutting the cost of a single use ticket and day pass in half can save a struggling family a lot of money.”

  • Master’s in mental health counseling now offered at Marylhurst
    MARYLHURST — Demand for mental health counselors is growing rapidly. Job openings are projected to increase by 22.3 percent in Oregon and 19.8 percent nationwide over the next decade, according to the State of Oregon and U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
  • Don’t let the sticker price shock you
    For many people, the high cost of private, Catholic higher education might seem prohibitive. Particularly in an uncertain economy, many are questioning the wisdom of pursuing a degree that will result in tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt, which they will then not be in a position to repay following graduation.
  • Catholic Charities Oregon and partners to launch alternative to payday loans
    National leaders in financial wellness gathered at Catholic Charities in Portland Dec. 4-5 to advance alternative strategies to predatory payday loans.
  • To save troubled marriages
    Retrouvaille helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. Some of the signs of trouble include: feeling alone, being frustrated or angry with one another, arguing (or just having stopped talking), and when talking only makes things worse.
  • True communion in the camps
    WOODBURN — Be where the people are. That was the thought in the back of Father Scott Baier’s mind when he visited a migrant camp in Woodburn.
  • College mission trip deadline approaching

    The deadline for applying to participate in summer mission trips with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) is Jan. 15.

  • Oregon’s Newman Centers have always fought pessimism

    During an all-employee meeting at Oregon Agricultural College in 1927, school president William J. Kerr denounced doubting doomsayers. “We want none of the cynical, pessimistic, irreligious type on our staff,” Kerr declared. “I have said before and I repeat that there is no reason on earth why a state institution should not exert as truly a religious influence as that of the privately endowed sectarian colleges. Be critical, yes, but I never yet knew a cynic who accomplished anything worthwhile.”

  • Search is on for long-wed couples
    Worldwide Marriage Encounter is again looking for the longest married couple in Oregon — and the nation. Nominations are due by Jan. 10.

  • Lighting up a family’s traditions
    What are your family’s traditions? The Kelley siblings, now ages 13 to 25 and members of Resurrection Parish in Tualatin, have a quick answer to that question: volunteering at the Grotto.
  • CYO volleyball ends with good rallies, big participation

    Fall sports came to a conclusion for the Catholic Youth Organization with the end of the volleyball tournament Nov. 14. The tourney was played all over the city with 1,389 participants, the second highest number for CYO volleyball.

  • Stress 101: Prayer plays a part in coping
     College admissions goals in a material world can look like this: get into an Ivy League school, meet the right people there, start an innovative business worthy of the front cover of Entrepreneur magazine and make your first million before you’re 30. Feel the stress yet? Feel your stomach clench?
  • WATCH: ‘St. Anthony treats people with respect’
    Newly homeless, Graham Pezold would get a break from his damp hell as St. Anthony Parish opened its severe weather shelter. Located in a cozy basement meeting room, it welcomes guests every Saturday during the winter and on other nights if the temperature or wind chill drop or rain gets torrential.
  • Session on decrees of nullity an outreach to divorced Catholics

    Msgr. Patrick Brennan, pastor of Cathedral Parish and judicial vicar for the Archdiocese of Portland, will discuss decrees of nullity during a divorce support ministry meeting set for Tuesday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m. in the community center at St. Pius X Church in Portland.

  • Repairs at monastery

    MOUNT ANGEL — Thanks to a $117,000 grant from the Larry and Jeanette Epping Family Foundation, Queen of Angels Monastery in Mount Angel has carried out improvements to the physical plant.

  • Fr. Edward Altstock dies
    Father Edward Altstock died Dec. 2. He was ordained May 23, 1959, for the Archdiocese of Portland. He began his ministry teaching at Central Catholic High School and served in many parishes throughout the archdiocese. After retirement he was removed from public ministry according to the norms of the Dallas Charter.
  • Priests hear about immigration

    WOODBURN — The Pope Francis Center for Justice and Charity — an initiative of Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of Portland Department of Pastoral Ministries — offered priests a workshop on immigration and refugees Nov. 16.

  • Seminary Tea Committee and friends retreat at abbey
    ST. BENEDICT — Seminary Tea Committee members — 22 in all — met Oct. 10-11 at Mount Angel Abbey Retreat House. In what has become a cherished fall tradition, Benedictine Brother Cyril Drnjevic led what the group called an “inspiring retreat.” 
  •   WATCH: Archdiocese, Evangelical-led youth ministry will cooperate

    Continuing a trend of cooperation between Catholics and Evangelicals in Oregon, the Archdiocese of Portland and a prominent youth ministry will team up to reach young people who are alienated from their church.

  • Family attends Vatican conference on disability

    When Joey met the Holy Father at a reception, the boy gave the pope a medallion of — Pope Francis. That confused the pope a bit, but it all ended in a spirit of joy as it became clear that Joey had given away what he considered most precious.

  • The orchid doctor

    MARYLHURST — Orchids are finicky plants, needing water at times and dryness at times. It takes a diligent and patient soul to keep them blooming. Enter Holy Cross Father Richard Berg, the orchid doctor.

  • Revised program gives comprehensive care to families
    Catholic Charities of Oregon has revamped one of its departments. The ideas are to help low-income families through more of their lifespan and address foundational poverty-causing issues.
  • Problems of faith to be discussed in pub theology session
    Big sandwiches, beer and Catholic theology form a trio Monday, Dec. 11, at the Old Market Pub and Brewery, 6959 SW Multnomah Blvd., Portland.
  • Ministry to mothers and children of streets marks a decade
    Our Mother’s House, which supports mothers who were trafficked or in prostitution and their children, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The Portland ministry is unique in that it addresses the needs of mothers in these situations and their children from a family perspective, recognizing the extreme vulnerabilities.
  • Alzheimer’s: Progress amid mystery
    One of the things Holly Denman and her siblings miss most is their mother’s voice and laugh.
  • ‘Covenants in Scripture’ at the abbey
    The Mount Angel Abbey’s 2017 Christians in the World fall lecture series concludes Saturday, Dec. 9. The talk is titled Prophets, Chosen Instruments of God: Jesus Christ, the New and Everlasting Covenant.
  • Lecture series opens with look at Reformation
    The Protestant Reformation still matters, whether we like it or not.
  • WATCH: Timbers raised for Benedictine brewery and taproom
    MOUNT ANGEL — The Benedictine Brewery and Taproom took a giant step closer to becoming a reality here on Nov. 10, as more than 50 Benedictine monks, seminarians and community volunteers joined a construction crew in an old-fashioned timber-raising party.
  • WATCH: Medieval board game rooted in real life, real history

    It’s a board game in which players can conquer others, but might feel more fulfilled if they stand by an ally in need.

  • Petition to ban public abortion funding gains steam after new abortion funding law
    Petition 1, being circulated by Oregon Life United, would ban public financing of abortions in all cases except those medically necessary or if required to be funded by federal law.
  • Scouts at abbey