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  • Cafe celebrates nine years of hospitality
    TIGARD — Every Sunday evening, people in need of a free hot meal gather at the Community Café, a joint ministry of the Tigard Conference of St. Vincent de Paul, which sponsors the cafe, and host St. Anthony Parish here.
  • ‘Awe, wonder and joy’: Catholic schools nurture girls in STEM
    A 6-year-old Lara Shamieh was at the Oregon coast with her family when she discovered a dead shark washed up on the beach. It was rotting and smelled foul, but the little girl rushed up to investigate. “I was so excited because I wanted to see what was inside,” said Shamieh, now 40. Shamieh grabbed a piece of drift wood and used it as her first-ever dissection instrument, carefully probing and studying the cartilaginous fish. 
  • NEW VIDEO: Case management part of Blanchet’s ministry

    Trappist Brother Martin Gonzales learned that Brian Ward had moved to Blanchet Farm in Carlton in an attempt to manage alcoholism. The aged monk released his walker and grabbed Ward’s hands. “That is sacred ground up on that hill,” Brother Martin said.

  • Archdiocese of Portland families grow farm, produce businesses from their Italian roots
    One of Jim Siri’s first memories was as a 5-year-old, riding a plow horse as his father worked the field on the family farm. Now at 65, Siri is still working the farm, along with his own sons. The Siri family is part of a continuous story of Italian family farmers, produce wholesalers and retailers that have fed Oregonians and supported their Catholic community for generations.
  • UP decries tennis player’s statements

    The president of the University of Portland has strongly decried public statements made by a school tennis player

  • ‘Journeying with them': As teen suicide rates rise, schools and parishes provide valuable support

    “Live, love, dream, believe, and with God’s grace, never despair.”

    Pope Francis made this plea as part of a talk last fall focused on young people. The primary enemy is not out in the world but inside oneself, he said during the Sept. 20 general audience, telling youths not to “give space to bitter, obscure thoughts.”

  • Sweethearts for seven decades

    CANBY — “My darling sweetheart” begins the letter, composed on U.S. Navy stationary that’s only slightly yellowed after nearly three quarters of a century.

    William (“Bill”) Trumm penned the words Sept. 4, 1945, but the tenderness and love he feels for the letter’s recipient remains 72 years later.

  • Hard-working director leaves VOZ
    Romeo Sosa, the hard-working executive director of VOZ, has left that organization, which connects laborers with contractors and other employers at their offices on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Those workers previously had stood at various street corners, waiting for work and were sometimes cheated of pay by the unscrupulous.
  • Portland Catholic turns 103

    On St. Patrick’s Day at Assumption Village assisted-living community in North Portland, one resident — wearing festive green attire, including green nail polish — celebrated not only the patron saint of the Emerald Isle but a significant birthday. Pat Scarpino turned 103 on March 17.

    “She gives thanks every day for all her blessings,” wrote her daughter, Judy Armstrong, in a letter. “She herself is a blessing, treating staff and visitors with kindness.”

  •  Bishop Steiner's 40th and Salem fundraising bash
    The Salem Schools Foundation, together with the Blanchet Community Foundation, hosted the Vincent de Paul Auction at the East Salem Community Center in early March — giving it a special twist.
  • Catholic Community Services breaks new ground with Villa Esperanza

    WOODBURN — Catholic Community Services and Fostering Hope Initiative have broken ground on a new affordable housing complex in here. The project is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

    Villa Esperanza, or Hope Villa, will offer 16 apartments for low-income families.

  • Priests, laity appreciate one another

    Priests and laity from western Oregon convened this winter just to enjoy one another. The annual Serra Club Priest Appreciation Dinner is a night when no one is at work. 

    Serra Club promotes vocations to priesthood and religious life and supports the men and women who answer the call. 

  • Small but mighty
    Another CYO Winter Hot Shots season has finished. The popular, growing program this season boasted 41 teams and more than 450 participants.  The teams are co-ed and made up of first- and second-graders.
  • For the March 16 issue, the Catholic Sentinel received incorrect information about a speaker at the upcoming Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women conference.Vicki Farley, who holds a doctor of ministry degree, has served as chaplain at Providence Health and Services and is an instructor at the University of Portland.
  • Cathedral stays open around the clock

    St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland was open for a 24-hour stretch in March, with the public invited to come in and reconcile with God.

    “God’s love knows no limits,” Archbishop Alexander Sample said at the start of a devotion called 24 Hours for the Lord. The day included Mass, confessions and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

  • Catholic Charities evening focuses on finding home

    Jewell Ramirez gazed across the room of 1,000 people in their Sunday best. That she would be addressing some of Portland’s most prominent philanthropists seemed unthinkable a few years ago, when she was sleeping outdoors at Waterfront Park.

  • City lights up with CYO basketball

    The CYO high school “City” basketball tournament finished in February. It was the pinnacle of a fun and competitive season for youths who are not on their high school teams.

    For many of these players, the tournament is a highlight of their high school experience. 

  • Counseling center offers workshop
    Nancie Potter, a licensed marriage and family therapist, will give a workshop on how to cultivate and nurture the spirit and teach attendees how to overcome obstacles to following their calling. The $25 workshop is Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. to noon at the Northwest Catholic Counseling Center, 8383 NE Sandy Blvd., Suite 205, in Portland.
  • Young Catholic Professionals toast new chapter
    Founder of the national Young Catholic Professionals, Jenn Baugh, came to Portland to kick off the group’s newest chapter here in March at The Madeleine Parish hall. The Portland chapter president is Samantha Matthews. The event drew about 125 young professionals.
  • God’s cheerleader says goodbye to Mater Dei Radio
    Dina Marie Hale, the best-known voice of Mater Dei Radio, KBVM, prays. A lot. “I’m always talking to the Lord,” she says. During the past months, she was asking God for a clear sign about whether it was time to leave her job at the station.
  • Providence sister celebrates a century

    Sister Rita Ferschweiler, the last Sister of Providence to serve as an administrator of a Portland hospital, celebrated her 100th birthday at a liturgy and luncheon in Seattle March 16. This year she also marks her 75th year of religious life.

    Celebrant for the Mass was Father James Eblen, with Father William Treacy and Msgr. Tim Murphy as concelebrants. Luncheon guests included sisters, former Providence administrators, relatives and friends.

  • Abby’s Closet to give away prom gowns April 7-8

    Portland-based nonprofit Abby’s Closet hosts its 14th annual prom gown give-away Saturday, April 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. High school women will walk away from the free event with a free prom dress.

    Abby’s Closet was founded in 2004 by Sally Egland, outreach coordinator at Resurrection Parish in Tualatin, and her daughter, Abby Egland.

    This year’s event will feature more than 6,000 prom dresses, sizes 0-26.

  • Back from the Vatican
    FOREST GROVE — In 2015, after a rehearsal for a papal Mass in Madison Square Garden had been canceled, Msgr. Guido Marini and Msgr. John Cihak took the team of nervous acolytes into the locker room. Amid New York Rangers jerseys and hockey sticks, the two Vatican masters of ceremony gave the seminarians a pep talk.
  • 50 years ago: Catholic Sentinel pages reveal turmoil
    In a July 1968 column in the Catholic Sentinel, Portland Archbishop Robert Dwyer wrote that America was becoming “an intransigence of extremes. … We are becoming incapable of debate because our words, identical though they may be, have taken on totally different meanings. ...”
  • Archdiocesan Catholics touch the greatest story
    In the archdiocese’s 146 parishes and missions, feet were washed on Holy Thursday, and tabernacles emptied. On Good Friday, the faithful heard how the mob cried, “Crucify him!” and then, in a reawakening of light, more than a hundred fires blazed outside Catholic churches at the Easter Vigil March 31, from the Washington border south. The Liturgy of the Word brought that thrilling verse, the words of the young man dressed in white in Jesus’ tomb: “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here.’” (Mk 16, 6)
  • Teen suicide is on the rise
    It springs from pain and results in ripples of anguish. Suicide always is a tragedy, but when the life that ended had just begun, the loss is magnified. And such losses are mounting.
  • Hospitalized veterans in need of eucharistic ministers

    Acts of spiritual mercy at the Veterans Administration Hospital are going undone.

    After a Catholic Sentinel article in 2016 about eucharistic ministers at the Portland VA hospital, nine Catholics volunteered to bring the Eucharist to the Catholics hospitalized there.

    “But we are down to two now,” says Perri Pitman Parker, who describes herself as “an accidental minister.”

  • ACCW to hold annual conference at Grotto; archbishop will celebrate Mass

    The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women convenes an annual conference Saturday, April 21. Held at the Grotto in Portland, the day has a theme from Scripture: Do not be afraid.

    Archbishop Alexander Sample will preside at Mass and the installation of new officers at noon in the Chapel of Mary. 
  • Valley Catholic’s esteemed summer camp
    Valley Catholic updated its traditional music summer camp a few years ago, to good effect. Beckie Hocker, flute instructor at Valley Catholic and a leader in the summer camp’s organization, says they’ve found students are doing well with the new setup, gaining understanding of music fundamentals and instruments.
  • Feeding a big crew: Camp Howard’s process includes wily shopping, constant cooking, systematic serving

    CORBETT — Imagine your grade schooler inviting friends over for dinner — 250 of them.



  • Sixth-grade rally encourages youths to find their ‘greatest joy’
    A sushi-loving Benedictine brother, the “Jeopardy” tune, a recitation of the Suscipe prayer, treats and a talk on what matters most. It was a mix that elicited alternating moments of cacophonous enthusiasm and impressive silence as several hundred sixth-graders gathered in the school gym at St. Anthony Parish in Tigard for the 11th annual vocation rally March 15. A rally also was held March 14 at St. Joseph Parish in Salem.
  • Catholic-Young Life partnership deepens

    Officials from the Archdiocese of Portland attended a March 2 auction to benefit Young Life youth ministry, cementing a partnership between Catholics and other Christians in the effort to help young people encounter Jesus.

    The auction, held at Portland’s World Trade Center, drew 240 people and raised almost $130,000 for the ministry, which develops friendships with teens, helps them know Jesus, then urges them to attend church with their families.

  • Long-serving bishop has stood by his promise to put others first

    On March 2, 1978, Catholics packed Civic Auditorium in downtown Portland.

    Newspaper reporters and TV news crews buzzed around the venue. It was a big story: Two Oregon priests were being ordained auxiliary bishops, or assistants, on the same day. Pope Paul VI sent greetings via an ambassador. Trumpets blared, starting a long procession of churchmen in regalia.

  • Irish dancing project started 40 years ago
    To cultivate Irish culture in Oregon, two expatriates from the Emerald Isle started a folk dance class 40 years ago. Long before “Riverdance,” Mary Rose Kerg and Servite Brother Eugene Traynor knew the combination of enthusiastic movement, lilting music and Hibernian storytelling would be popular. Neither imagined it lasting four decades.
  • High schoolers mark one-month anniversary of Parkland shooting
    Catholic high school students in western Oregon joined with tens of thousands of students across the country March 14 to mark the one-month anniversary of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Some participated in the national walkout and called for political action, others lit candles and attended Mass; all prayed in a spirit of solidarity.
  • Green rain for a good cause
    In an annual St. Patrick’s Day act of charity, Kells Irish Pub in Portland swept the money patrons have flung onto the magically sticky ceiling of the establishment. The cash then was donated to Providence Child Center.
  • Couple’s bequest showed love

    SALEM — Winifred and Arthur Fromherz had a soft spot in their hearts for young mothers and their babies, so they made sure their commitment to supporting Father Taaffe Homes would continue after their deaths.

    Arthur died in 2004 and Winifred last year. Family members met with Jim Seymour, executive director of Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley, to present a legacy gift from their parents to the homes and pregnancy support initiatives.

  • Veterans group makes donation of books on Catholic chaplains to Valley library
    BEAVERTON — The library at Valley Catholic School is a little bigger now, after a collection of books on Catholic chaplains who served the U.S. military was donated by the Catholic War Veterans organization.
  • Youths score skills, friendships at Central Catholic basketball camp
    Not long after the lockers are emptied of books, photos and old gum, and after the halls of Central Catholic High School grow quiet for the summer, the squeaks of rubber-soled sneakers and the repetitive thuds of dribbled basketballs fill the school gym. It’s the Portland high school’s basketball camps, which each June and July introduce students to the school and provide as many as 200 youths the opportunity to “increase their basketball IQ, have fun and build community,” said David Blue, Central Catholic head boys basketball coach. Blue and Sandy Dickerson, longtime Central Catholic head girls basketball coach, run the annual program.
  • St. Mary’s graduate dies on Mount Bachelor

    Nicole Panet-Raymond, a University of Oregon sophomore and graduate of St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, died March 2 on Mount Bachelor near Bend.

    Panet-Raymond was one of two people who died that Friday after they separately fell into holes at the base of trees. The 19-year-old was an avid skier and adventurer who hoped one day to practice international law.

  • De La Salle wins first state basketball title

    On Monday morning, two days after the most exciting game they’d ever played, members of the De La Salle North Catholic High School boys basketball team returned to school and a torrent of well-earned congratulations.

  • Rosary Bowl set for Oct. 6

    Rosary Bowl Northwest is set for Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion in Salem. Father Donald Calloway of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception will be the main speaker. He is author of “Champions of the Rosary.”

    The day, which is free to all, includes confessions, adoration, a rosary, Mass, talks and displays.

  • When fixing a child’s smile can save her life
    Dr. Scott Brown, an anesthesiologist and pain specialist, has a practice in Portland, spends much of his time every year thousands of miles away: volunteering at Holy Spirit Hospital in Makeni, Sierra Leone and furthering the work of the nonprofit he founded, Surg+Restore, to train medical professionals there.
  • Catholic Charities of Oregon: A network of ministries

    Catholic Charities of Oregon was created by Archbishop Cornelius Power in 1933 to serve as an umbrella organization for the growing number of ministries flowing from the Catholic community in response to the difficult years of the Great Depression.

    Today, Catholic Charities is the umbrella for five agencies: Catholic Community Services of Portland, which formed in 1933 and merged with Catholic Charities in 1994; Catholic Youth Organization (founded in 1945); Catholic Community Services of Lane County (1954); Caritas Housing (1991); and El Programa Hispano Católico (2015). These agencies collectively impact almost 80,000 Oregonians every year in every community in western Oregon.

  • Churches, state team up to energize child welfare

    Oregon’s Catholic and Evangelical leaders are discussing a partnership to fix the state’s foster care shortage.

  • ACCW hears about Honduran mission

    The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women heard about caring for Honduran children’s teeth at their Jan. 15 session.

    During a lunch meeting at St. Henry Parish in Gresham, the group listened to Mary Elliott, an Oregon dental worker who volunteered with Medical Teams International in Honduras. 

  • Somalian refugee and his family find security and sense of belonging in U.S.

    Born in conflict-ridden Somalia, Abdullahi Abdullahi spent the first 12 years of his life uncertain of what the next day would bring.

    “Where I was born in Somalia, there’s a lot of war there,” said Abdullahi. “So, every day you go to school or go to the market expecting that you will not come back home. We would be happy if you came home safe.”

  • Blanchet House welcomes new board members

    Portland civic leaders Janie (Marsh) Gullickson, Alisa Sinnott and Diane Whidden have joined the board of Blanchet House.

    The 66-year-old nonprofit is dedicated to feeding homeless people and offering sober living programs to men in Portland and Yamhill County. There are now 15 members of the Blanchet House board, including four women.

  • Doggone cute: Your puppies

    When Catholic Sentinel columnist Heather Renshaw wrote last year about her new puppy and made the zany claim that the creature is “the cutest little puppy ever,” we heard from readers. Some filed competing claims of greatness on behalf of their own Yorkies, Maltipoos and Shih Tzus. 

    So, we naturally asked you to send us photos of your furry wonders of God’s creation. Here is the result, 13 canines that  glorify divine handiwork. 

  • Tri-faith conversation tackles politics, preaching and anxiety
    Msgr. Patrick Brennan, pastor of St. Mary Cathedral, described this year’s topic for the tri-faith conversation, Feb. 6, as being “preaching in a time of Trump and Francis.” The official title said much the same: “Preaching in an anxious time.”
  • Kenton Women’s Village: A bridge from homelessness to hope
    Debbie Haskett rocks back and forth in a microsuede armchair, glancing out the balcony window at passing traffic from her new one-bedroom apartment in St. Johns. After four years of living on the streets, she finally has a place to call home. 
  • Sandwich generation faces growing responsibilities

    The responsibilities and burdens of middle-aged Americans are mounting, creating varying levels of financial and emotional stress. Nearly half of adults in their 40s and 50s have a parent aged 65 or older and are either raising a young child or financially supporting a grown child, according to a 2013 report by the Pew Research Center. Baby Boomers are aging out of the demographic, so in recent years the number of people in the sandwich generation has not grown drastically. But pressures on the middle-agers have increased as young people find financial security increasingly difficult. 

  • NEWBERG — Providence Newberg Health Foundation, a part of Providence Health & Services, recently received a $252,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Washington, to purchase a new 3-D mammography machine.

    “Early detection is key in the fight against breast cancer and advanced technology such as this will help save lives,” says Lori Bergen, chief executive, Providence Newberg Medical Center.

  • Martha and Mary House provides older women affordable housing, community
    When Portland resident Judy Arneson lost her duplex apartment of 10 years because of a rent increase, she came to Catholic Charities’ Housing Transitions program for help. With their assistance, she was able to find a place to live. But then a major car repair forced her to make a life-altering choice: pay rent or get her car back. Saving her Social Security check to pay for the repairs, Arneson put all of her possessions in storage and began living in her small car.