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  • A champion for the lay people’s participation
    Father John Betts promoted greater lay participation, with a pastoral advisory council, lay-led fundraising aiming to reduce the parish debt, and through Renew, a program for adult spiritual education. He praised that program for opening the door for alienated Catholics.
  • Before Mater Dei Radio moves, it hosts breakfast to help bring faith to daily life

    Four Catholic business leaders last month helped a breakfast crowd consider ways to live out the Catholic faith while being successful in the workaday world.

    “Help us begin the day knowing how much you love us,” Father Jeff Eirvin prayed to start the June 6 breakfast meeting, convened by Mater Dei Radio. 

  • Fr. James Dieringer is 60 years a priest

    Once upon a time, Father James Dieringer called the cafeteria at Lane Community College in Eugene his office. During his work in campus ministry at the college, he would talk to students there.

    “I would just stake out a table,” he says. “People knew where to find me.”



  • Prayer opportunities with Reparation Sisters
    The Sisters of Reparation welcome the public to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Mass on Sunday, July 15, at 2120 SE 24th Ave. in Portland. Father Timothy Mockaitis, pastor of Queen of Peace Parish in Salem, will celebrate the Mass. 
  • LIFE: Community
    July 11 is the Feast Day of St. Benedict. His philosophy rests on two foundations: a proper balance of work and prayer, and the value of community life. We can apply this principle to our own lives.
  •  ‘I’ve tried to do it well’

    “My greatest satisfaction comes from celebrating the liturgy with people, praying with people and being part of their journey at critical times — marriage, having children, death,” said Msgr. Charles Lienert.

  • A skilled administrator with zeal to serve
    LAKE OSWEGO — Father Joseph McMahon has tried to live according to the Gospel. As a man of prayer and a skilled administrator, he also has attempted to abide by what Mahatma Gandhi said: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
  • Three Benedictine monks celebrate ordination jubilees
    ST. BENEDICT — Three Benedictine monks of Mount Angel Abbey celebrated ordination jubilees with their monastic community, family and friends May 27 at the abbey church.
  • 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.
  • LIFE: Politicians
    Oregon's primary season has passed. As we prepare for our local elections, let us ask St. Thomas More, whose feast day is June 22, to grant the gift of wisdom and statesmanship to all politicians and people engaged in politics.
  • Liturgical readings
    Here are the liturgical readings July 8.
  • Working in a role dominated by women
    TIGARD — Stay-at-home dad: It wasn’t a title Frank Canepa expected. For one thing, he spent much of his adult life pursuing celibacy. On top of that, the idea of a man staying home with his kids isn’t really embraced by society. But that’s the life he leads.
  • How did the Eucharist get the form it has now?
    Whenever we come to try to explain the Mass and its form we cannot do much better than to take ourselves back to the upper room, the place where the Last Supper occurred. 
  • Portland to host Hispanic delegates in preparation for Encuentro V
    Later this month, Portland hosts a gathering of Hispanic Catholic delegates from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. They will discern needs and opportunities for Latinos in the church, input that will go to a national gathering in Texas in September.
  • Tending to the flock
    LAKE OSWEGO — When one thinks about parish nursing, it’s common to focus on blood pressure checks. But the ministry isn’t limited to that. Donna Barton and the health ministry at Our Lady of the Lake Parish are proof.
  • Archbishop Sample’s schedule

    Here’s Archbishop Alexander Sample’s public schedule for the next several weeks.

  • LIFE: Poor

    The Catholic Church believes that all life is sacred and deserving of dignity from conception to when God calls us home naturally, and all life in between. We always have believed this.

  • WATCH: Benedictine women’s spiritual work alive and well

    MOUNT ANGEL — At Queen of Angels Monastery here, spiritual ministry is thriving.

  • Converts can evangelize cradle Catholics with their curiosity and zeal

    If you have ever gone on a walk with a toddler, you likely have learned to marvel at your neighbor’s rocks, contemplate a bug on your lawn and discuss whether or not that tall tree on the corner might reach the moon. Toddlers, in their task of learning, help us see the wonders right under our noses.



  • Abbey renovating guesthouse to meet new demand
    ST. BENEDICT — The travails of modern life, with its flashy media and rudeness, seem to have caused a surge in requests for retreats at Mount Angel Abbey.
  • Why so many divisions in the church?
    Our religious commonalities are much stronger than our differences, says Holy Names Sister Cecilia Ranger, a longtime world religions teacher at George Fox University in Newberg.
  • Archbishop Sample’s schedule

    Archbishop Alexander Sample’s schedule through June 18.

  • June 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.
  • Hispanic youths encouraged to authenticity before Jesus
    TURNER — At an annual Easter season retreat, scores of young Hispanic Catholics were urged to reveal just who they are to God. The theme was “Just Be.”
  • High tea time for seminarians
    Glorious hats dotted the tea-drinking crowd at the Archbishop’s Seminary Tea. 

    Every room of the clubhouse at the Portland Golf Club was filled with patrons wanting to show their support for the Archdiocese of Portland’s seminarians.
  • LIFE: Memorial Day
    The men and women who sacrificed their lives while in military service were committed to protect the lives of their fellow citizens. They wrestled with death to protect and create a culture of life back home.
  • Our faith has 'all the answers'
    Claudette Jerez could be any young, hip Portlander at a pub on a given Saturday night. She dresses with pizzazz. She’s outgoing and warm. And she likes microbrews.
  • 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.