1922

The Ku Klux Klan is rampant in Oregon, including Ashland, (above), seeking to nix Catholic schools. Archbishop Alexander Christie and priests create the Catholic Truth Society of Oregon on Nov. 2 to “educate the general public as to what the Catholic Church really is and is not.” Fr. J.C. Hughes, born near Cape Blanco on the south Oregon coast, is first president. Donations fund the organization.





1925

Catholic Truth Society prints a quarter million pamphlets and distributes them at no charge. Priests lecture at eight public auditoriums in Portland. The society also buys a weekly 15-minute slot on KGW radio. Members urge editors of secular papers to correct anti-Catholic content; newsmen who refuse find the society urging advertisers to boycott.





1927

A two-ton truck is fitted out for Mass and to travel for talks in outlying areas. It has a tent, sleeping berths and a tiny kitchen for a priest and an aide and carries a small film projector to show religious movies.





1928

Catholic Truth Society acquires the Catholic Sentinel, and importantly, the newspaper’s printing presses. That expands publication possibilities. Father Charles Smith (above), society secretary, becomes longtime Sentinel editor and prints letters from non-Catholics who have questions about the church.





1933

The society publishes a list of acceptable books in the holdings of the Multnomah County Library. G.K. Chesterton is high on the list.





1934

The Catholic Truth Society begins publishing “The Sunday Missal.” It presents each Sunday’s liturgy in English so that congregants who don’t know Latin can follow along. Subscriptions cost 50 cents per year.





1942

“My Sunday Missal” subscriptions expand from Oregon to all over the U.S. The society also prints prayer cards.





1954

A Catholic Truth Society column published in the Oregonian counters the old notion that Catholics don’t love Scripture. The society opens a Catholic Information Office at 1605 NW Couch.



1965

“My Sunday Missal” is revised to increase participation in Mass among congregants, one of the chief aims of the Second Vatican Council.





1971

The missal is expanded to include a broader selection of music and is rebranded as “Today’s Missal.”





1980

The society changes its name to Oregon Catholic Press. Workers like Bonnie Kelsch (above) develop skills in layout for new worship books being shipped across the nation.





1982

OCP launches “Breaking Bread,” an annual missal with synopses for weekly readings and more than 800 songs.





1989

OCP publishes “Flor y Canto” in order to serve Hispanic communities. It is still the best-selling Spanish Catholic hymnal in the U.S.





1994

OCP acquires the music and products of North American Liturgy Resources, including the most popular Catholic hymnal ever published, “Glory & Praise.” Soon after, OCP publishes an expanded version. Workers like Kevin Walsh, Marie Phillippi and Bari Colombari (above) help develop more music for parish use. 



2001

OCP begins providing Catholic parishes with financial assistance to enhance worship for their congregations. As of 2022, OCP has awarded more than $3.3 million to parishes all over the country via the Parish Grants program.





2003

OCP launches Liturgy.com, a web-based liturgy preparation program that has helped thousands of parishes prepare liturgies. It also renovates its Northeast Portland building (above).





2006

OCP begins publishing “Breaking Bread with Readings,” which includes the full version of the weekly readings, and is now one of the most widely used missals in the U.S. The company also conducts more than 500 training events each year to help parishes across the country, including one led by Rudy Lopez (above).





2009

OCP publishes “Thánh Ca Dân Chúa,” the first Vietnamese hymnal in the U.S. (above). The company establishes relations with liturgical leaders in Vietnam.





2015

The digital revolution is on, and OCP offers unlimited access to downloadable editions of the music featured in the Spirit & Song youth hymnal. The same service is available soon after for Breaking Bread.





2021

OCP launches eMissal, an app for individual phones that gives quick digital access to church music, readings, prayers and the order of Mass. OCP now administers more than 20,000 music copyrights and publishes hundreds of music collections.