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  • Archbishop Sample’s schedule

    Archbishop Alexander Sample’s schedule through June 3.

  • June 3 procession to include multilingual rosary
    On Sunday, June 3, a Catholic eucharistic procession in central Portland will include a public rosary said in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Tagalog.
  • Liturgical readings
    Liturgical readings through May 20. 
  • WATCH: Steve and Barry Brophy, the 'Rosary Brothers,' have kept pro-life vigil for decades
    Like Moses and Aaron, who prayed around the clock as the Israelites fought off attackers, the Brophy brothers help one another endure in a righteous cause.
  • Adoring the Lord
    “We have 168 hours in a week. Can you not give back at least one hour to the Lord?” Jean Marie Majka tells the parishioners at St. Joseph Parish in Salem.
  • LIFE: Mental Health
    Life is messy and mental illness is difficult to deal with. It is just the place where the healing presence of Christ is most needed.
  • New Holy Cross priest to stay in Portland

    Holy Cross Father Christopher Brennan was ordained to the priesthood April 7 at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana.

     
  • Archbishop Sample’s schedule

    Archbishop Alexander Sample’s schedule through May 20. 

  • Western Oregon faithful to kneel sooner

    Aiming to bring even more reverence to Mass, Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample has said the faithful in western Oregon will kneel after recitation of the “Lamb of God,” or “Agnus Dei,” prayers.



  • Sisters of Reparation quarterly gathering
    The Donnes of Reparation will gather for their Spring Quarterly Day of Recollection Sunday, May 6th at 2120 SE 24th Avenue, Portland, Oregon.
  • What Catholics say about the Bible

    Catholics believe that the Bible is the Word of God and that Jesus is the Word of God. Therefore, the Bible is Jesus speaking to us through the Holy Spirit in the Scriptures.

  • WATCH: Communications staff help world hear the most important stories
    A small team of communications professionals at Portland’s Catholic headquarters is making sure the story of Jesus doesn’t get lost amid modern hubbub.
  • The church in history: Christ’s ‘field hospital’
    In the 1800s, the English historian Thomas Macaulay wrote that out of the ravages of time “no other institution is left standing which carries the mind back to the times when the smoke of sacrifice rose from the Pantheon.”
  • Archbishop Alexander Sample on the gift and beauty of the Catholic Church
    As Catholics, we can sometimes take for granted the great gift we have been given in the Church. In recent years, and in the shadow of some difficult times in the Church’s life, it is easy to persist in a surface understanding and see the Church as merely one institution among many. 
  • May’s prayers for our priests
    “A Year of Prayer for our Priests” is a ministry of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. We share the joy of this devotion with all Oregon Catholics.
  • Saving babies online
    CORVALLIS — Kate Dillon googled “local unplanned pregnancy help” trying to figure out what her options were. That’s when the senior at Oregon State University saw a Google advertisement for StandUpGirl.com and clicked.
  • Liturgical readings
    Liturgical readings through May 6
  • LIFE: Creation
    We have a moral imperative to care for all creation: life and earth. Everything is connected.
  • L’Arche to host daylong retreat
    L’Arche, which builds community between people with and without intellectual disabilities, will host a day of retreat and reflection Saturday, April 28, at Holy Trinity Church in Beaverton, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Holy Cross deacon ordained a priest
    On Saturday, April 7, the Congregation of Holy Cross conferred the sacrament of holy orders on three new priests, including Deacon Timothy Robert Weed, who has been serving at the University of Portland. The ceremony took place at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame.
  • ‘Are you saved?’
     What Catholics can learn from Protestants about the art of evangelization?
  • Who are saints among us?
    The names of saints appear in abundance throughout the country in hospitals, schools, churches and even in the names of cities like San Francisco. But who are the faces behind these often seen names? And why are they important?
  • Marriage retreat at Mount Angel
    “Where is God’s voice in today’s marriages?” That’s the question to be addressed April 20-22 during a retreat set for Mount Angel Abbey.
  • Liturgical readings
    Here are the liturgical readings through April 22.
  • Johannine literature considered
    MOUNT ANGEL — Mount Angel Abbey’s Christian in the World lecture series brings Discalced Carmelite Father Thomas Koller to the hill to speak on Johannine literature Saturday, April 14.  
  • Life: The Common Good
    In the first reading for the First Sunday of Easter, "the community of believers was of one heart and mind … they had everything in common. … There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need" (ACTS 4:32-35).
  • 5 common misperceptions about the Catholic Church, dispelled, dismantled

    Myth #1: The Immaculate Conception refers to the conception of Jesus

    The Catholic Twitterverse exploded in January when a CNN host challenged a Florida representative about his reference to the Immaculate Conception. The congressman had called missing FBI text messages (critical of President Donald Trump) the biggest “coincidence since the Immaculate Conception.” 

  •   Faith, music, Mass, action:
    An April 14 workshop at the University of Portland will look at the role of music, as well as the other sacred arts, in forming our Christian beliefs. How do the liturgical arts impart that deep-felt knowledge of head and heart and faith, the knowledge that nurtures whole human persons and inspires a knowing from the inside out?
  • From crucifixion to resurrection
    Christ is risen! Truly, he is risen!
  • Pilgrims carry cross through Beaverton
    A crowd of more than 200 pilgrims, carrying a large cross, slowly moved through the streets of downtown Beaverton March 30 during the 11th Ecumenical Walk of the Cross for Peace and Justice. Children, enjoying spring break, accompanied their parents
  • The Mass: A stunning occurrence

    Think Catholic Mass is dull?

    “It is a huge event,” counters Oregon’s Abbot Jeremy Driscoll. “In fact, there is nothing bigger.”

  • What are liturgical seasons and why do we have them?
    Baked into the creation of the world is a rhythm: Let there be lights in the dome of the sky… . Let them mark the seasons, the days and the years … .”
  • An immigrant priest reflects on evangelizing in America
    St. Patrick and St. Michael parishes in Portland have Father Lucas Laborde as a spiritual guide. The priest is an immigrant who came to the United States from Argentina 12 years ago, but says his experience differs from other migrants.
  • Science and Catholicism are partners
    Catholicism and science are not at odds. In fact, it was in Catholic-influenced Europe that modern science was born and nurtured.
  • The birth of the Catholic Church
    The Catholic Church exists because of a Jewish man who died before he was 40 and taught radical ideas that continue to pierce hearts and transform lives. The full origin story of the church, however, emerges from three pivotal moments depicted in the Bible.
  • The universal church in the Archdiocese of Portland

    The Catholic Church in western Oregon has long been a family built of different cultures. In the 19th century, it was French Canadians and then Irish. Germans, Slavs and Italians made Oregon home at the start of the 20th century. Catholics from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia have filled out the family tree in recent decades.

  • The power of unity stressed at chrism Mass
    At this year’s chrism Mass, Archbishop Alexander Sample called on Catholics in western Oregon to overcome the bitter divisions seen in society today by using the power of “our communion and unity in Christ.” During his homily, he said, “We have to be different and stand out in the world as a light and a beacon of hope. The church transcends all nonsense that we see all around us each day.”
  • Walk of cross planned
    BEAVERTON — The Walk of the Cross for Peace and Justice has taken place in Beaverton every Good Friday since 2008.
  • Holy Week schedules
    Find the Holy Week liturgies and Easter Masses nearest you. 
  • Life: Family
    March 19 is the Feast Day of St. Joseph, patron of families. His feast day is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of the family for promoting a culture of life.
  • Holy Week and Easter spiritual opportunities
    The Sisters of Reparation invite everyone to a Palm Sunday celebration March 25 at 3 p.m. with Stations of the Cross preceding liturgy at 2 p.m. Celebrant is Father Jon Buffington.
  • Prayers for priests
    “A Year of Prayer for our Priests” is a ministry of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. We share the joy of this devotion with all Oregon Catholics. A day each month is set aside to pray for the names of priests serving in the Archdiocese of Portland. Please remember them and all priests, deacons and religious in your daily prayers.
  • Liturgical readings
    Here are the liturgical readings through April 8. 
  • Archbishops’ public schedule

    Here’s where Archbishop Alexander Sample will be the next few weeks.

     

  • Sign-up underway for liturgy conference
    The sixth annual Sacred Liturgy Conference will be held in Salem June 27-30 at St. Joseph Parish and the Salem Convention Center. The conference is being sponsored by Schola Cantus Angelorum and hosted by Msgr. Richard Huneger of St. Joseph.
  • Catholic family meeting set for Dublin

    Pope Francis and Ireland: It’s a rare combination for a Catholic traveler and pilgrim.

  • Spend 24 hours with the Lord
    The faithful are invited to participate in “24 Hours for the Lord,” an initiative started by Pope Francis that is preceded by Mass and includes eucharistic adoration and confession. The March 9-10 event is inspired by words from Psalm 130:4, “With you is forgiveness.”
  • LIFE: WOMEN
    Less than a month from now, Christians will celebrate Easter, our greatest feast. The resurrection is the most important thing we must know in our faith. With whom did Jesus first share this most important news? Mary Magdalene, whom St. Thomas Aquinas called the “Apostle to the Apostles.”
  • Engage in Lent with visio divina at UP
    Individuals are invited to enrich their Lenten journey with visio divina — an ancient form of Christian prayer meaning “sacred seeing” — March 28 following the noon Mass at the University of Portland’s Chapel of Christ the Teacher.
  • Catholic Charities USA leader to speak on migrants

    The president of Catholic Charities USA will speak in Portland May 4.

    Dominican Sister Donna Markham will discuss the plight of migrants and refugees at 6:30 p.m. at All Saints Parish, 3847 NE Glisan St.

  • Catholic Charities looks out for elder priests with new program

    Older priests, who have forsaken family life to minister to God’s faithful, sometimes need help with daily tasks like grocery shopping, doctor visits, making dinner, sewing on buttons, home maintenance and hygiene.

     



  • Pilgrimage or mission? That’s in the eye of the beholder
    St. Andrew parishioners Jeanine and Marc Boucher-Colbert are preparing themselves for a pilgrimage to El Camino de Santiago in Spain. Both vividly remember, however, a very different kind of pilgrimage 15 years ago, when they were Maryknoll lay missioners in Brazil.
  • Mass and other spiritual opportunities with Sisters of Reparation

    The Sisters of Reparation are welcoming Catholics to their convent in Southeast Portland for spiritual growth.

     

  • Evangelizing with 'God's eyes'
    Putting down secular culture may feel good, but it doesn’t bring in converts, says Father John Kerns, pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Oswego. While it’s important for Catholics to be clear about what we preach and teach, he thinks it hurts the message when we frame a debate as “us vs. them.”
  • Prayer for priests
    “A Year of Prayer for our Priests” is a ministry of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. We share the joy of this devotion with all Oregon Catholics. A day each month is set aside to pray for the names of priests serving in the Archdiocese of Portland. Please remember them and all priests, deacons and religious in your daily prayers.
  • Secular Franciscans celebrate growth
    EUGENE — The Eugene-based St. Francis Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order is holding a ceremony and celebration of reactivation. The event is set for Saturday, Feb. 24, at noon at St. Peter Church, 1150 Maxwell Rd. in Eugene. 
  • Liturgical readings

    Here are the liturgical readings through March 4

     

  • Eucharistic procession set

    This year’s feast of Corpus Christi, Sunday, June 3, will take Catholic faith to the streets of Portland.

    The feast — more precisely called the solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ — is the church’s celebration of the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.



  • Retreat for mercy to begin Feb. 26
    Beginning Feb. 26, all are invited to Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Southeast Portland to join a 33-day retreat to prepare for Divine Mercy by following the theology of St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s “Offering to Merciful Love” and references from St. Faustina Kowalska’s diary.
  • Archbishop Sample’s schedule

    Here's where Archbishop Alexander Sample will be in the next few weeks. 

  • Influential youth ministry conference calls for friendship, personal encounter with God
    A delegation of more than 30 church workers from western Oregon started 2018 at a conference in Chicago. Catholic youth ministry may never be the same.
  • LIFE: Homeless

    With the money, Lando figures he could find a place to stay and set up his studio again to begin making money for himself. It's just hard to use one’s skills to earn a living when you can’t afford your daily bread.

  • Prayer and reflection offered
    Join the Sisters of Reparation for “Faith Alive” on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m. The evening will include recitation of evening prayer and a discussion on religious life. A light meal will be served.