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  •  Catholic Charities' family support a venerable ministry
    “It is worthwhile to live as a family,” Pope Francis said in 2015 at the World Meeting of Families. “A society grows strong, grows in goodness, grows in beauty and truly grows if it is built on the foundation of the family.” Catholic Charities of Oregon has been playing its part, supporting families in a variety of ways for more than a generation. 
  • WATCH: ‘Part of a much larger church’

    About 900 Oregonians stood up Feb. 17-18 to be recognized for their desire to become Catholic this Easter. Among them was 48-year-old paper mill worker Gary Points, who attended Mass with his family for three decades before entering classes to prepare for baptism.

  • SALEM — With just five weeks, members of the Oregon legislature dove into the body’s first day of the legislative session Feb. 5.

    With shorter deadlines and fewer bills, there isn’t expected to be as much action as there is during a full-length legislative session. That doesn’t mean, however, that big legislative proposals aren’t in the works.

  • Couple purchases their own house with help from Catholic Charities’ Family Success Center

    April Ehrlich has never lived in the same spot for more than two years. “I grew up with lots of instability,” said the 30-year-old, whose single mother moved the family frequently. As an adult, Ehrlich’s nonprofit work kept housing in flux.

  • McMinnville couple celebrate half-century of marriage
    Dave Kraemer and Joanne (Pirkl) Kraemer of St. James Parish in McMinnville have marked 50 years of married life. Their wedding took place Jan. 27, 1968. 
  • For the first time, bands from two local Catholic high schools will play together at Disneyland
    Before they snap a selfie with Mickey and Minnie or whirl through Space Mountain, band students from Central Catholic and La Salle Prep will experience “the happiest place on earth” not as tourists but as performers.

  • Thanks to Catholic Charities, former refugee is college bound
    Peter Za, a senior at Cleveland High School in Southeast Portland, seems to have a permanent smile on his face. Embracing a role model status in his community, he laughed as two young residents nervously ran up to him and then around the lobby of his home at Catholic Charities’ Kateri Park, a film crew from Sallie Mae buzzing about nearby.
  • Award signals common mission

    In a sign of multicultural cooperation, a Latino church worker has received an award honoring the nation’s most revered African-American leader. 

    Each year, St. Andrew Parish in Northeast Portland recognizes Catholics who live out the ideals of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by working for social justice and nonviolence. 

  •  ‘The most beautiful year’: A love story of conversion, death, peace

    It’s a story that seems orchestrated by both Cupid and God. It includes death but is packed with life. 

    Bryce Coshow entered the Catholic Church at Our Lady of Victory Parish in Seaside March 31, 2013. Just nine months later, at age 59, he received a Catholic funeral. 

  • New chief at Providence Milwaukie
    Sherri Kulink has been named chief executive at Providence Milwaukie Hospital. Previously, she served as chief operating officer for both Providence Milwaukie and Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center.
  • Portion of Rice Bowl gifts funds local anti-hunger efforts
    The Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl program, a longstanding Lenten donation effort, is set again for western Oregon Catholics. For decades, youngsters have saved and slipped coins into a small paper bowl, symbolic of the way many people in the world survive. Moms and dads tend to add bills, perhaps linking the donations to simple meals during Lent.

  • Tenants file suit

    Just after Christmas, the Community Alliance of Tenants held a posada for residents of The Melrose Apartments in North Portland. The traditional Latin American Catholic drama depicts Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging before Jesus is born. Several innkeepers in the play are portrayed as thoughtless, even greedy. The point got through.

  • Rosaries donated for veterans
    Bernard Offley, a retired First Class Sergeant in the U.S. Army who leads Catholic War Veterans of Oregon, has donated 100 rosaries to Father Charles Wood, a chaplain at the Portland Veterans Medical Center. Each rosary comes in a pouch containing directions on how to pray it, plus all mysteries and prayers.
  • UP concert to celebrate feisty, faithful women

    Many women of the Old and New Testament are not merely holy, they have chutzpa.

    “They’re not just meek servants but have reserves of strength that don’t always get celebrated,” said Karen Eifler, co-director of the University of Portland’s Garaventa Center.

    Such women — from Mary, the Mother of God, to Miriam, the sister of Moses — will be the focus of an upcoming concert of sacred art songs. Hosted by the center and U.P.’s music department, Women of the Book is Thursday, Feb. 22, in the university’s Chapel of Christ the Teacher at 7:30 p.m. 

  • Fewer Americans choose marriage

    Odd Valentine’s Day message: Fewer people are getting married.

  • With 35 days to pass legislation, Oregon’s lawmakers get to work
    SALEM — With just five weeks, members of the Oregon legislature dove into the body’s first day of the legislative session Feb. 5.

    With shorter deadlines and fewer bills, there isn’t expected to be as much action as there is during a full-length legislative session. That doesn’t mean, however, that big legislative proposals aren’t in the works.
  • Can your marriage be saved?

    The marriage appeared severed. It was a mess of miscommunication, heartbreak and a broken vow. They’d contacted divorce lawyers and he’d moved out. Her friends encouraged her to dump him.

  • Lenten reflection to end the death penalty: ‘Do what Jesus would do’
    On the first Saturday evening of the Lenten season, Feb. 17, members of parishes in Marion and Polk counties are invited to a soup supper at Queen of Peace Parish in Salem. In addition to Lenten simplicity, the evening will examine Catholic teaching on the death penalty.
  • She yearns for a church that leads on nonviolence
    Here is Rose Marie Berger’s dream: When society is troubled by violence and seeks ways to build peace, people will look to the Catholic Church — and the church will have good answers.
  • WATCH: Faith in the food carts
    “Realizing the impact that you are making in other people through the foundation of faith and family really helps you to keep on going,” said Sablan, who works day-in and day-out so he and wife Marie can send their children to Catholic school.
  • WATCH: Archbishop to married couples: ‘You give me hope’
    “My husband is a representation of what our faith is to me and I think that’s what I am for him,” said Kate Brehm, standing beside husband Zach and holding their 18-month old son.
  • WATCH: New chancellor, a Franciscan sister, aims to serve by listening first
    The new chancellor of the Archdiocese of Portland is a Franciscan sister who has worked as a no-nonsense prison guard and as an immigration attorney who wears her religious habit in court. But Sister Veronica Schueler is far from iron-fisted.
  •  St. Luke embraces the lives of the saints as role models through the house system
    WOODBURN — St. Luke School has adopted a house system to encourage a greater sense of family among students and teachers.
  • Valley Catholic students spread ‘Waves of Love’
    BEAVERTON — For most people, a day at the beach means fun in the sun. For students at Valley Catholic Middle School, it means a day of service.
  • St. Matthew students prepared for Catholic Schools Week
    HILLSBORO — The students, staff and families of St. Matthew School here prepared to celebrate Catholic Schools Week with a combination of prayer, service projects and schoolwide fun. Beginning Jan. 28 and continuing through Feb. 3, the week includes a variety of events created to honor St. Matthew School and Catholic schools across the country.
  • St. John Fisher students use 3-D printer to create prosthetic hands
    Working with e-NABLE, St. John Fisher librarian Sundi Pierce and Merrit Holub, principal, have initiated a makerspace after-school club for seventh- and eighth-graders.
  • Kindergartners learn in delicious ways
    “Who’s ready to cook? If you’re ready, touch your tummy,” parent Emily Humm tells a group of eager future chefs standing at attention in the St. Clare School cafeteria. It is a perfect way to start a cold, windy Friday morning.
  • WATCH: Archdiocese’s Encuentro: Becoming missionary disciples

    SALEM — Scores of western Oregon Catholics came forward, dropping signed cards at the foot of a cross. They promised to live as missionary disciples who will go to neighborhoods, streets and marketplaces to share their personal encounter with Jesus.

  • St. Andrew Nativity School alumna gives back
    Chrisleine Temple, an alumna of the St. Andrew Nativity School class of 2011, wasn’t always sure it was the place for her. As someone who was not Catholic, Temple had reservations about attending a private, Jesuit school.
  • Parish funds held in trust separate from archdiocese
    If a parish in western Oregon has a big building project and wants to get started before all its pledged donations come in, it can apply for what’s called a bridge loan. To say the loans come from the Archdiocese of Portland is incorrect.
  • La Salle Prep opens center for innovation and design
    La Salle Prep students don’t learn just by reading and writing. These days they also learn by building, constructing and creating in the school’s new M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Innovation and Design Center.
  • Student-athlete by day, concert pianist by night

    Talk to one of her classmates? They’ll tell you Tan is more than a well-rounded student and good friend, she’s also a brilliant pianist.

  • The show must go on
    Saint Luke Productions' staffers Jim Coleman, who plays Father Tolton, America's first African-American priest, and Sean Hanus, stage manager, awoke to an ugly surprise Friday morning, Jan. 19. Their Penske truck, parked in their California hotel’s lot, had been broken into and their equipment stolen. The hotel’s surveillance camera showed the thieves in the act. (Updated)
  •   De La Salle Constitution Team finishes strong
    The De La Salle North Catholic High School Constitution Team just finished its seventh year, which culminated in a district competition at Lake Oswego High School.
  • Marketing an epidemic
    When Brian and Brenda Martinek first realized their son Taylor, then 21, was struggling with substance abuse in 2013, Brian thought Taylor must be drinking; perhaps he was an alcoholic. The Martineks discovered it was opioids after searching Taylor’s bedroom.
  • Effort to block abortion funding gears up for finish
    Mike Huckabee, presidential candidate turned conservative commentator, thanked the Catholic Church for showing Evangelical Christians the importance of the pro-life movement.

  • WATCH: Schools plan draft calls for growth, outreach, increased aid, holding the line on culture
    The Archdiocese of Portland plans to respond to growth in suburban Portland with new parishes and schools. Meanwhile, parishes will be urged to invite public school students in catechism classes to consider Catholic education. And while tuition may rise, financial aid will abound all the more, even for middle class families. Those were key revelations during a Jan. 20 meeting of 100 western Oregon Catholic pastors and school administrators.
  • The buzz around Central Catholic
    Last spring, thousands of newcomers joined the Central Catholic campus. Thanks to a Parent Association grant and the passion and knowledge of a dedicated teacher, hives of honey bees were installed on the roof of the school.
  • De La Salle to relocate within three years
    De La Salle North Catholic High School, for the past decade housed in the former Kenton Elementary School building, will change locations within the next three years. A lease between Portland Public Schools and the college preparatory serving low-income students is set to expire in 2021. De La Salle leaders are looking for alternate locations for the high school, founded in 2000 and sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers.
  • Catechesis not just for children

    Catechesis isn’t just for youngsters. St. John Paul II, in the 1979 apostolic exhortation “On Catechesis in Our Time,” called the formation of adults “the principal form of catechesis,” since it addresses the people who have the greatest responsibilities.

  • Schools address bullying with faith ideals
    One in five Catholic high school students have been bullied, according to government statistics. At public schools the problem is even worse. Catholic schools are expected to create a culture of caring

  • WATCH: Supporters gather on Roe v. Wade anniversary
    Think the best of the person who disagrees with you. That was the message of Harmony Daws, president of the board of directors for Oregon Right to Life, at the annual Roe v. Wade Memorial rally and march.
  • Catholic Charities one of Oregon’s most admired companies
    Catholic Charities of Oregon was recognized as the 18th most admired company in Oregon, across all industries, by the Portland Business Journal at their annual awards ceremony luncheon on Dec. 14.
  • Nuns, agency team up on ministries
    MOUNT ANGEL — Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast has stepped in to help the Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel sustain outreach ministries to low-income people.
  • Archdiocese named in suit
    Three men have sued the Archdiocese of Portland, saying they were sexually abused by a priest from North Bend in the 1970s and 80s. The $29 million lawsuit names Father Pius Brazauskas, who died in 1990 at age 84.
  • Catholics speak out on health care debate
    For Catholics, Measure 101 can get complicated. Many members of the church, including leaders of health providers Providence and PeaceHealth, support the measure because it offers life-saving aid to people on the peripheries. Some pro-life advocates urge a no-vote, since the Oregon Health Plan includes coverage for contraception and abortion.
  • Cathedral Mass to be a celebration of matrimony
    Young Catholic married couples are getting a chance to celebrate and pray with some wise veterans of matrimony. Pairs wed fewer than five years or more than 50 years are invited to attend the 5:30 p.m. Mass Saturday, Feb. 3, at St. Mary Cathedral in Portland. Archbishop Alexander Sample is scheduled to celebrate and will bless couples and lead them in a renewal of marriage promises.
  • Family of murder victims write in opposition to death penalty
    Nine family members of murder victims have told their stories in a book published by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. In “Not in Our Name,” the writers share their painful stories. Common themes emerge: coping, grieving, and reconciling loss. The healing takes a long time, they say, and is aided by loving and compassionate responses.
  • The opioid epidemic
    Taylor Martinek’s parents, Brian and Brenda, were cautiously hopeful at Christmas a year ago. Taylor, a Jesuit High School graduate, seemed finally to be in recovery from opioid addiction. He seemed to be back, the young man so many people thought of as their “best friend,” back for his two younger siblings who looked up to him, back for his older sister (by 14 months) who had loved him for as long as she could remember.
  • Alabama congresswoman to speak about MLK legacy
    MARYLHURST — On Saturday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Names, Alabama Rep. Terri Sewell will speak on the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

    The essential mission of the church is to bring the world the stunning message of salvation in Christ. That was the gist of an interview Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample gave last year on Mater Dei Radio. 

  • Prayers for Joyce Sample
    The “Salve Regina” echoed among the dark brick walls of Northwest Portland apartments Thursday night as the earthly remains of Joyce Sample were carried out of St. Mary Cathedral. Passers-by paused to hear the ancient, yearning chant that honors Mary. It was a posthumous evangelizing act from Archbishop Alexander Sample’s mother, who in fewer than five years had become a darling of Oregon Catholicism.
  • New youth ministry head: Bring them to Jesus, not just activities
    The new chief youth minister for the Archdiocese of Portland says a flurry of activities should not shield teens from meeting Jesus. “Kids are doing church stuff, but there is no conversion,” said Ricky Shoop, 29. “Encountering your maker is very different from assembling a macaroni cross.”
  • WATCH: Plucky small-town mission marks 100 years
    CLATSKANIE — The prayer of Father Mark Gikenyi and Catholics in this Columbia River town is that a century from now, St. John the Baptist Mission still will be here. The reduction of timber and paper mills means that fewer Catholic families live in the area. The mission — tightknit, faith-filled and feisty — could use more numbers. That was one message during a centennial celebration Dec. 3.
  • Catholic Charities convenes symposium on immigration
    Outreach and legal aid for immigrants facing deportation is “a moral commitment,” says the executive director of Catholic Charities Oregon. Deacon Richard Birkel spoke in Portland Nov. 19 at a
  • Oregon native confirmed for federal post
    The U.S. Senate last month confirmed a 40-year-old Catholic native Oregonian as the Labor Department’s legal chief. 

  • Joyce Sample, mother of the archbishop, dies at 89
    Joyce Sample, the feisty and good-humored mother of Archbishop Alexander Sample, died early Dec. 31 at age 89.
  • Event marks milestone in Jesuit drama program
    On Jan. 6, more than 50 notable alumni of Jesuit's nationally-recognized drama program return to celebrate 20 years after the opening of a new theater.