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  • Winter breakfast in St. Paul
    ST. PAUL — St. Paul Parish here is hosting a winter breakfast at the St. Paul Community Hall located at 20239 Main St. on Sunday, Jan. 10 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m..
  • Portland’s St. Anthony Parish buries time capsule
    As part of the conclusion of St. Anthony of Padua Parish’s centennial year, Father Pat Donoghue, pastor at the Southeast Portland parish, blessed a time capsule that now nestles in the floor near the church entrance.
  • Parish pries up some pavement
    A few years ago, the water bills soared at Ascension Parish in Southeast Portland.
  • La Salle Prep seeks staples to share
    MILWAUKIE – La Salle Prep is collecting household supplies for more than 35 families whose children attend nearby Lot Whitcomb Elementary School.
  • Students rethink  remembrance
    The students of St. Thomas More School in Southwest Portland celebrated veterans for a week last month, thanks to the special efforts of teacher Melissa Conlan.
  • Loving our forbears
    Altars created for the Day of the Dead come alive. Photos, sweet breads, candles, flowers — all are meant to help us remember loved ones who have departed from this world.
  • Religious education not just for the children
    It’s a Monday night in November when parents and their children fill the church hall at St. Thomas More Parish in Southwest Portland. The families sit around tables in family groups as part of the parish’s religious education program.

    Most often, parish religious education classes are a drop-off-the-kids-and-pick-them-up-in-an-hour situation. Not here
  • Julie Hoy concert in Salem
    SALEM — For the 21st year, muscian Julie Hoy will perform her Giving Thanks Concert.
  • Concert helps altar society
    For the 16th year in a row, pianist Michael Allen Harrison will play contemporary music with Julianne Johnson’s singing at St. Philip Neri Parish in Portland. The concert is set for Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at 2408 SE 16th Ave.
  • WATCH: A century of All those Saints
    Cars buzz around the Joan of Arc statue that inhabits the heart of Coe Circle at the intersection of Portland’s Northeast Cesar Chavez Boulevard and Glisan Street. In a city often described as unchurched, the existence of such a prominent statue may be puzzling.
  • Catholic Daughter's Tea
    EUGENE — Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Oregon #118 had their sixth annual high tea, “Tiaras, Fascinators and Hat’s off to the Queen,” Oct. 28. The event at St. Mary Parish in Eugene drew 168 including Frs. Ron Nelson, Edgar Rivera and Bryce McProud, Fr. Ken Olsen and his mother Anne, and Irene Duda, state regent of the Catholic Daughters.
  • St. Stephen fall arts show
    St. Stephen Parish in Southeast Portland hosts a first annual group exhibition by local parishioners through Nov. 19.

    The feast of St. Luke, author of the Acts of the Apostles and patron saint of artists, is Oct. 18. In honor of his patronage and inspired by St. John Paul II’s Letter to Artists, the St. Stephen Parish arts community presents visual art, poetry and crafts for an all-ages exhibition, reading and craft sale.
  • Grace at Mass
    “All are welcome in this place,” sang the cantor and choir at a recent Sunday Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Church in outer Southeast Portland. The congregation followed Marty Haugen’s lyrics for the chorus and mostly listened to the cantor’s soaring verses: “A place where saints and children tell...
  • Hurricane benefit concert
    HILLSBORO — The Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus music program will present Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass in a concert benefitting hurricane relief at St. Matthew Parish here Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sweet Home parish blesses refurbished steeple
    SWEET HOME — Although there is some confusion about when the steeple was taken down at St. Helen Parish, a large group of parishioners gathered Oct. 8 to celebrate its return, cheering loudly as it was hoisted atop a new covered church entry.
  • Parish holds Mexican fiesta
    GRESHAM — St. Henry Parish’s Hispanic ministry committee here will hold its Mexican Fiesta Nov. 12. The event will include tamales, tacos and other delights after each Mass, available for dining in or take home. The largest event will be after the 1:30 p.m. Spanish Mass which will include music and dancing.
  • Portland community welcomes Myanmar bishop
    Bishop Felix Lian Khen Thang, Bishop of Kalay Diocese in Myanmar and the current president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Myanmar, visited the Zomi Catholic community in Portland in September.
  • O’Hara students collect supplies
    EUGENE — Over the summer, students at O’Hara Catholic School here collected school supplies for Catholic Community Services of Lane County.
  • Caregivers ministry event
    The Caregivers Ministry of St. Juan Diego Parish will host Marcy Cottrell Houle to speak at the parish Sunday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Houle is an award-winning biologist and author who co-authored “The Gift of Caring: Saving our Parents from the Perils of Modern Health Care” with Elizabeth Eckstrom.
  • Parish welcomes Fatima
    The pilgrim statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Our Lady of Fatima traveled to many parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Portland last month.
  • With input from priests from all over western Oregon, Archbishop Alexander Sample has assigned regional priest leaders — or “vicars forane” in the language of canon law.

    Vicars forane coordinate ministry in a region, promoting cooperation.
  • WATCH: Sesquicentennial surge
    ROSEBURG — Father José Manuel Campos has a habit of ducking into the kitchens of local restaurants. “Are you going to Mass?” the smiling clergyman asks workers. “We have an RCIA program, you know.”
  • Breaking ground in Grants Pass
    Dave Thomason, Bill Bailey, Alan Crews, Cleta Gallo, and Fr. William Holtzinger, pastor at St. Anne Parish in Grants Pass, pose for the groundbreaking of the new church Sept. 17.
  • Spelling Bee Champ
    Paige Rogers, a 13-year-old parishioner at St. Mary Parish in Albany, claimed victory at the Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship last month. The 8th-grader at Memorial Middle School in Albany competed against 21 other middle school students from across the state in a written test of 25 words, with only one tie-breaker.
  • Visitation dedicates new statue and bench
    VERBOORT — Father Michael Vuky dedicated a new statue of the Holy Family at Visitation Parish here in August. The statue was purchased after the December 2016 wind storm blew over the previous one, which was donated by Tom and Cindy Sagar.
  • Local man receives national award
    FOREST GROVE — William Daly, parishioner at St. Anthony of Padua Parish here, was honored with the 2017 Board Service Award from the National Association of Church Personnel Administrators earlier this year.
  • ASTORIA — Father Ben Innes, pastor at St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish here and St. Francis de Sales Mission in Hammond, was called back to California by his Franciscan superiors for health reasons.
  • Homecoming attracts more than 800 worshippers
    All Saints Parish hosted an outdoor Mass and homecoming to honor the parish’s 100th anniversary. The celebration drew 850 guests Sept. 10.
  • Fr. Graham becomes pastor
    NORTH BEND ­— Once a case manager for the Oregon Department of Human Services, Father Jim Graham was ordained in 2012. Without spending any time as a parochial vicar, he was assigned by Archbishop John Vlazny to be parish administrator at Holy Name Parish in Coquille along with Sts. Ann and Michael Mission Parish in Myrtle Point.
  • St. Matthew’s fall festival
    HILLSBORO — For 80 years, the parish community at St. Matthew Parish here has been celebrating the season with a fall gathering. The 81st Annual Fall Festival will come to the parish Oct. 21-22.
  • Our Lady of the Lake animal blessing
    LAKE OSWEGO — Our Lady of the Lake Parish will hold its annual “awww!” animal blessing Saturday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m.
  • Blue Mass honors first responders
    On the evening of Sept. 11, Cliff Jenson was sporting the traditional Knights of Columbus fourth degree uniform. This was much different garb than he spent 27 years wearing for the Portland Police Bureau. On the evening of Sept. 11, Cliff Jenson was sporting the traditional Knights of Columbus fourth degree uniform. This was much different garb than he spent 27 years wearing for the Portland Police Bureau. But Jenson wore the Knights’ regalia in honor of first responders he’d been serving alongside, physically and metaphorically, for so long, and he was wearing it as part of the first annual Blue Mass at St. Pius X Parish in Northwest Portland.
  • Cleanup at historic Scappoose cemetery
    SCAPPOOSE — Kelly Kessi and Ben Deahl kneel before a disassembled stone bench next to a gravesite covered in plants. Deahl carefully uncovers the earth beneath the spot slated for one of the stone legs before placing the bench’s seat, ornamented with angels.
  • Parish blesses new narthex
    SILVERTON — More than 100 people gathered at St. Paul Parish here as Archbishop Alexander Sample dedicated the church’s new narthex and celebrated the completion of the long-awaited project.
  • A church for  the generations
    CORNELIUS — Sun and joy filled the air Aug. 27 as members of St. Alexander Parish here dedicated a new church.

    Worshippers, many of them Spanish speakers, are members of one of the busiest yet lowest-income parishes in western Oregon. They came through and paid millions for a much-needed new house of worship.
  • Celebration for Our Lady of Lavang
    Around 2,000 people showed up in August to mark the anniversary of the opening of Our Lady of Lavang Parish in Northeast Portland. The festival included an outdoor Mass, Vietnamese food alongside pizza, a bounce house, a rock climbing wall, face painting, balloon animals, concerts and a presentation of martial arts skills.
  • Feast of Peñafrancia

    BEAVERTON — Holy Trinity Parish here will celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia Sept. 9 at 11 a.m.

    “The image of the Lady, according to legend, was found on a very rainy September day by a farmer in a pineapple plantation [in the Philippines],” writes Father Cit Guiriba, administrator of St. James Parish in Molalla.
  • Homelessness and artwork
    Community members experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty will display their multimedia artwork alongside that of church volunteers and staff at the St. André Bessette Parish in Northwest Portland Sept. 7 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The parish provides an art program three days per week during morning hospitality. The event will be free and open to the public.
  • Parish to hold Blue Mass
    St. Piux X Parish in Portland is hosting a Blue Mass Sept. 11 to celebrate and honor first responders, their families and friends. The Mass, which begins at 7 p.m., will be celebrated by Father Sean Weeks, the parish’s pastor and a longtime law enforcement volunteer.
  • WATCH: Attracting via truth, goodness and beauty
    Former hipster Shawn Natola, 32, stands in front of St. Stephen Church in Southeast Portland. The 8 a.m. Latin Mass has just ended and he points a thumb over his shoulder.

    “This is awesome, and kind of weird, and really, really beautiful,” says Natola, a parishioner for three years. For him, “kind of weird” is high praise, denoting a refusal to pander.
  • Repairs begin in Congo
    Last spring, a tornado hit Salisa Bana School in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The school is a project organized by Deacon Jim Pittman of St. Philip Benizi Parish in Oregon City and backed by many local Catholics.
  • Corpus Christi in Beaverton
    BEAVERTON — Five hundred faithful gathered at St. Cecilia Church in Beaverton June 17 to form a Corpus Christi procession. This was an outward demonstration of participants’ faith and witness to Our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Madeleine sale raises $27K
    Parishioners at The Madeleine Parish in Portland raised $27,090 during the parish’s annual garage sale in July. In more than 16 years of garage sales, The Madeleine community has raised $327,461 for the Louverture Cleary School in Haiti, which provides a free Catholic education to some of the poorest children in our hemisphere.
  • Fatima statue visits Oregon on national peace tour

    It all started with an angel appearing to shepherd children in Portugal during World War I. Soon, the apparitions and miracles that occurred in the village of Fatima swept across the world, bringing about the creation of a statue reflecting the image of Our Lady of Fatima.

  • Freshened faith  formation
    Listen up, regular Catholics who sense a call to parish ministry but don’t feel prepared. The Institute for Catholic Life and Leadership wants you.
  • Annual mission pilgrimage
    CROOKED FINGER — For the 64th year in a row, Holy Rosary Mission church here will hold its annual pilgrimage honoring the Assumption of Mary into heaven.
  • Expansion planned at Salem parish

    SALEM — Queen of Peace Parish is pursuing a long-hoped-for parish expansion project. Plans call for a new parish office, youth center, several meeting rooms, new parish kitchen and a space for music rehearsals.

  • St. Vincent Parish in need of archival material
    SALEM — St. Vincent de Paul Parish here is trying to rebuild its archives and parishioners are reaching out for help. They are looking for pieces from the past from all years but especially prior to 1990. Do you have any St. Vincent de Paul School pictures, including class photos or those capturing student activities; memorabilia; or items from Troop 16? If so, the parish would appreciate a copy or donation.
  • Demolition begins in Grants Pass
    GRANTS PASS — With the swipe of a tractor scoop, demolition began July 17 on the church building at St. Anne Parish here.

    “As we tear down the current church structure we honor and remember all those who built this church which has been the place of so many life events. Many have celebrated baptisms, weddings, and funerals under this roof,” Father William Holtzinger, pastor at the parish, said in a statement to the press.

  • WATCH: Fit for God

    BEAVERTON — Walking into Beaverton Crossfit, Father Sean Weeks shakes hands with the coaching staff. They call him Father Sean. Wearing shorts, a T-shirt and his workout shoes, he doesn’t look like a priest. He’s not here to preach or serve but to take care of the temple that God gave him.

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