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  • “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.

    O, Jesus I pray for your faithful and fervent priests, especially (name here). Keep them all close to your heart and bless them abundantly in time and eternity. Amen.
  • What is the archbishop up to in the coming weeks? Find out here.
  • WATCH: ‘God’s got plans for you’

    UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Lips quivering, nose running and tears flowing, Bobby Love read through his notebook. The priest listened. The pages contained 25 years’ worth of drug abuse, sexual excess, heavy drinking and divorces. Love had treated scores of people shabbily.

  • Abbot: Ignoring God makes for a sick culture
    Ancient monastic teaching can be an antidote to modern culture’s sickness.

    That was the message delivered to Catholic lawyers Sept. 18 during a gathering at the University of Portland.
  • Music at the Sunday Mass and prayer
    Q. — Will we ever get the low Mass back? I miss its reverence and simplicity, when I could follow along with the priest instead of singing. I would appreciate a period of quiet after Communion — instead of quickly hearing, “Please turn to page xxx.”
  • #AiMen
    In the Roman Catholic Church, there was never a Pope Pius XIII. So when he began tweeting Bible verses in response to the random Twitter posts of people around the world, there was wonder. Who is this papal figure? It was a computer. Or rather, a “bot” developed to send Twitter messages in the form of Bible verses as part of the #AiMen marketing campaign for the fictional European television series, The Young Pope. The bot reportedly learned better each day how to respond to tweets compassionately and as a pope.
  • Corvallis deacon: See your life as a poem
    Sunlight streamed through the windows of St. Mary Student Center on the University of Portland campus as Deacon Chris Anderson began his morning session. This would not be a class on the Bible as literature, or literature of Western civilization, topics he teaches as a professor at Oregon State University. Deacon Anderson, a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Portland, was keynote speaker at a Catholic family conference held this summer.
  • Fatima events set for this month
    Centennial celebrations of the Marian apparitions in Fatima, Portugal, are continuing in western Oregon.

    Archbishop Alexander Sample led a pilgrimage to Fatima in September. He returns as the state holds local events.
  • A prayerful public witness for unborn children is set for Sunday, Oct. 29, 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. near Planned Parenthood, 3727 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Portland.
  • Archbishop Alexander Sample will preside over confirmations Sunday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. at St. John Fisher, Portland, in the last scheduled parish confirmations of 2017.
  • An All Souls Mass commemorating the faithful departed will be held this year at Gethsemani Funeral Home on the grounds of Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery in Happy Valley.
  • LIFE: The death penalty
    The death penalty ends the possibility of reconciliation. It puts a person to death because of what the person has done, choosing the death of the sinner rather than their return.
  • How often should the sick be anointed?
    Q — A family member was admitted to a hospital in central New Jersey. A local priest was called, and he came and administered the last rites of the Catholic Church. Two weeks later, the patient took a turn for the worse and was in imminent danger of death.
  • Permanent deacon to be ordained Oct. 21
    MEDFORD — A Medford firefighter will be ordained a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Portland Saturday, Oct. 21.

    At a rite set for 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Archbishop Alexander Sample will ordain Dennis Macey, 63.
  • Health care Mass Oct. 28
    A Mass for health care professionals is set for Saturday, Oct. 28, at 5:30 p.m. at St. Mary Cathedral, 1716 NW Davis Street in Portland. Archbishop Alexander Sample will preside.
  • Maronite monk becomes ‘eyes and ears of the Lord’
    VANCOUVER, Wash. — Step by step, preceded by incense and candles — ancient symbols of prayer, purification and the light of Christ — newly ordained Father John Michael Morgan processed down the aisles of the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater in Vancouver, Washington, Sept. 9.
  • About the dead: In heaven for sure?
    Q. My mother passed away some time ago, and I wonder whether she is now in “God’s eternal embrace.” How can I be sure?

    She was a good mother and she dearly loved the church, but we have been taught that everyone has some imperfections and, upon death, must be sent to purgatory before they can enjoy heaven. I would rest more easily if I knew that my mother were not suffering any longer. (Forest, Virginia)
  • A group of Eugene Catholics is inviting people to experience the Lord’s healing love. A charismatic healing Mass is set for Friday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. at St. Mary Church in Eugene, 1062 Charnelton St. Celebrants will be Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith and Fathers Ron Nelson, Edgar Rivera and Bryce McProud. 
  • Our role in making God present in the world
    Mike Buck, an active member of St. Ignatius Parish in Southeast Portland, is a cradle Catholic. He attended Jesuit High and Gonzaga University. 
    Buck, 70, gladly re-chooses Catholicism each day, citing how it helps him live life well, and to the fullest. 
    He spent 30 years with his wife running Gubanc’s Restaurant in Lake Grove. They have turned management over to their son and gotten more involved in faith life. 
  • Oregon men to be ordained in Rome on path to priesthood
    Two seminarians studying in Rome to become priests of the Archdiocese of Portland will be ordained deacons the morning of Sept. 28 in St. Peter's Basilica. 
    Bishop James Checchio of Metuchen, New Jersey, will ordain Peter Julia and Richard LeFaivre II along with more than 40 other students from the Pontifical North American College. That’s the school where U.S. bishops send seminarians to experience Rome and get a sense of the universal church. 
  • Keeping kids in church
    How do you go about keeping your children interested in going to Mass? See how parents around the archdiocese are doing just that.
  • October 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.
    This year the U.S. Bishops have chosen Be Not Afraid as the 2017-2018 Respect Life Program. When we hear these words, how can we not remember with affection Pope St. John Paul II, who vigorously exhorted and encouraged us with these words, so often found in Scripture, to keep our hearts open to Christ?
    The response of the church, for each one us as the people of God, must be to create a culture of life. As Catholics, we can take our lead from St. Peter Claver.
  • Liturgical readings
    Liturgical readings through Oct. 8.
  • New Mexico's holy dirt
    “My God but he is ugly, the Padre!” whispers one old woman to another in Willa Cather’s classic novel “Death Comes for the Archbishop.” “He must be very holy. And did you see the great wart he has on his chin? ... Somebody ought to tell him about the holy mud at Chimayó. That mud might dry it up.”
  • Question Corner: Marijuana and morality/Annulment needed?
    Q — Many localities are in the process of decriminalizing the recreational use of marijuana. What is the church’s view? Is using pot recreationally the same thing morally as having a drink? Is it OK in moderation? (Virginia)
  • Archbishop Sample’s schedule

    Archbishop Alexander Sample’s schedule through Sept. 14.

  • Well done, faithful servants
    CASTLE ROCK, Washington — A hot summer afternoon here at what will become the Sacred Heart Monastery, one of only two Maronite Catholic monasteries in the United States, feels a world away from Portland.
  • In the business of hope
    Valerie Chapman remembers standing in her childhood kitchen, listening to her mother explaining the marvels of nuclear energy. She knows the memory was an early one because of the height of the countertops.
  • Monk ordained at Mount Angel
    ST. BENEDICT — The Benedictine community of Mount Angel Abbey was joined on the morning of Aug. 4 by a church full of worshippers who came to celebrate the ordination of a monk — John Vianney Le.
    Archbishop Alexander Sample was the main celebrant with Abbot Jeremy Driscoll of Mount Angel as principal concelebrant.
  • Liturgical readings
    Liturgical readings through Sept. 17.
  • September’s 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.
  • Queen of Angels to host prayer center
    MOUNT ANGEL — The Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel are moving their spiritual ministry for visitors to historic Queen of Angels Monastery and its modern hospitality center. 
    The retreat site had been in a former college building adjacent to the monastery, which was founded in the 1880s. 
  • Liturgical readings
    Liturgical readings through Sept. 3.
  • Portland man takes reins of Serra International
    A member of St. Pius X Parish in Portland was installed as president of Serra International this summer in Rome. Dan Jones had a chance to meet Pope Francis, who thanked the vocations-promotion club. 
  • Consecrated virgins from across North America  convene in Beaverton
    BEAVERTON — Dying to self and living for Christ filled the thoughts and hearts of 10 women from across North America during a retreat for consecrated virgins. The group of church-recognized virgins gathered at Our Lady of Peace Retreat Center July 20-23.
    Father Jeff Eirvin, vocations director for the Archdiocese of Portland, spoke about the virgins’ identity, relationships and mission in the church. The virgins themselves shared vocation stories. Archbishop John Vlazny, retired head of the archdiocese, celebrated Mass and heard confessions during the retreat and preached on the mystery of the Eucharist. 
  • Oregon woman makes Franciscan vows
    An Oregon woman recently professed vows as a Franciscan sister. 
    Sister Emily Brabham is the daughter of Linda and Dale Brabham of Sherwood. She professed vows of poverty, chastity and obedience during a July 29 Mass at Prince of Peace Parish in Clinton, Iowa. 
  • ASTON, Pennsylvania — The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, who have a long history in Oregon, have voted to commit themselves to ecological education and concrete actions to preserve the environment. During a June assembly, the sisters said they wanted to answer the call to defend creation issued by Pope Francis in his encyclical “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.” 
  • Liturgical readings
    Liturgical readings through Aug. 20
  • A moving Vatican experience
    While visiting the Vatican’s library and secret archives for research, I was invited to accompany Father Virgil Funk to a conference on international liturgical music. Father Funk is president emeritus of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, or NPM. The Archdiocese of Portland has an active chapter of NPM for all diocesan musicians, which meets four times a year. It was fascinating to hear global music leaders speak about the nature of music used to celebrate throughout the world. However, for a non-musician, two events outshone seminar presentations: vespers in the Sistine Chapel and greeting Pope Francis. 
  • Providence sisters celebrate decades of religious life
    Nine Sisters of Providence will mark their jubilees Saturday, Sept. 9, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Seattle at 10:30 a.m. Among them will be three with ties to Oregon: Sisters Maryann Bochsler and Mary Fox, celebrating 70 years of religious life, and Sister Maribeth Carson, celebrating 25.
  • Liturgical conference with Cardinal Burke draws attendees from across country
    MEDFORD — Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample received loud applause and cheers when he proclaimed, “Every priest and seminarian should learn the extraordinary form of the Mass.”

    More than 400 people from around the country descended on Sacred Heart Parish here for the 2017 Sacred Liturgy Conference, held July 12-15. 
  •  Archbishop Sample’s schedule
    Archbishop Alexander Sample’s schedule through Aug. 19.
  • Archbishop Sample helps guide aid organization

    Archbishop Alexander Sample is a member of the administrative council for Aid to the Church in Need, a pontifical organization that began after World War II to help refugees. 

    The group also

  • Vocations and the Camino at Our Lady of the Lake

    Father Jeff Eirvin, director of vocations for the Archdiocese of Portland, will give a talk about walking 142 miles on the Camino de Santiago (Way of the St. James) Wednesday, Aug. 16, after a 7 p.m. Mass for vocations at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Lake Oswego.

    Father Eirvin made the walk with his father, Jeff Eirvin Sr., June 29 – July 8 for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. They took their backpacks and set out across the Portuguese Way portion of the pilgrimage route, which passes through several countries. 

  • Grotto retreat to celebrate grandparents
    An outdoor Mass and reflection honoring the special role of grandparents will be held at the Grotto plaza July 26 at 7 p.m. The Summer Twilight Retreat is an invitation to reflect on the lives of Sts. Anne and Joachim, the parents of Mary and grandparents of Jesus, pray for their intercession and celebrate the Eucharist with the Servite community.
  • Learn more about being an oblate
    The Benedictine Sisters of Queen of Angels Monastery in Mount Angel are hosting an opportunity for the community to learn more about being an oblate. They’ll address what oblates are, what the word means, and what oblates do, among other questions.
  • A Year of Prayer 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. 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.