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  • Grotto, abbey continue digital outreach
    Two major Catholic spiritual sites in Oregon have reopened partially yet continue regular email outreach to help people thirsting for prayer during the pandemic.
  • Archbishop Sample’s schedule
    Here’s Archbishop Alexander Sample’s schedule through Sept. 24.
  • Timeless liturgy bridges New World and Old
    MOUNT ANGEL — A shady drive, lined with mossy Douglas fir trees, leads to the Goff family farm, with its century-old farmhouse and groves of filberts. On the last Sunday in August the afternoon scene included the glint of the altar servers’ gold robes, chairs arranged under birches, masked worshippers patiently waiting and clutches of children making the most of the last moments before the liturgy began. 
  • Prayer for Servants of the Church is a ministry of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. A day each month is set aside to pray for a priest — along with a deacon, woman religious, seminarian or brother — serving in the Archdiocese of Portland. Please remember them, and all who serve the church, in your daily prayers.
  • Investment guide for Christians offers valuable information, not advice
    Investing is a very human behavior. We invest time in a hobby with the hope of being paid back with enjoyment. We invest in an education with the hope that we will benefit from what we learn. We invest money in a bank account or in the stock of a publicly traded company with the hope that we will be rewarded monetarily.
  • Discussion of burial vs. cremation fails to address economic aspects
    Scott Hahn is a prominent former Presbyterian minister who became Catholic. He is professor of biblical theology and the new evangelization at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.
  • Catholic medical providers clash with bosses over faith
    “I’ve known I wanted to go into medicine for a long time,” uttered Megan Kreft, a young Portland-area physician assistant. Kreft spoke joyfully about her love for being able to manage and treat patients in a variety of medical specialties — a perk for physician assistants. She wanted to be able to work with patients in an authentically Catholic way.
  • Question Corner
    Father Kenneth Doyle answers questions about death as consequence of sin and about distractions during prayer.
  • Albums for evangelization
    Storytelling evangelizer Mary Sharon Moore has released two spoken-word albums this summer, hoping to inspire people at a time when retreats are hard to find.
  • Another kind of pandemic surge: Prayer at home
    With pandemic rules keeping Mass attendance low, Catholics across western Oregon have increased prayer and worship in their homes, from daily rosaries to familial foot washing ceremonies.
  • Vows and ordinations at Notre Dame
    NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The U.S. Province of the Congregation of Holy Cross is celebrating perpetual profession of vows for five men, followed by the priestly ordination of four more men the next day.
  • Soft opening at the abbey
    ST. BENEDICT — Mount Angel Abbey, while not yet open for public Mass, has welcomed visitors throughout the summer to enjoy the hilltop grounds, soak in the quiet beautiful views or pray privately in the church, which is open during the day.
  • Pilgrimages on hold until travel is safe
    The coordinator of OCP Pilgrimages is keeping a close eye on international travel regulations, health safety measures and COVID-19 vaccine developments.
  • Question Corner
    Do converts have to be "remarried"? Why aren’t people bowing at name of Jesus? Father Kenneth Doyle responds to readers' questions about the faith.
  • The next step: Christian unity
    In this short and well-written book, Franciscan Father Kevin Mackin argues, convincingly, that now is the time to move forward on reuniting the Christian churches to achieve the goal that Jesus set forth, "that they may all be one" (Jn 17:21).
  • The Grotto’s Servites announce new leadership roles
    Servite Father Eugene Smith, recently prior of his Portland community of friars, has been elected to the role of prior provincial of the Order of Friar Servants of Mary – USA Province, and has joined the Servite community of Our Lady of Sorrows in Chicago.
  • Ancient Qumran answers Bible questions
    One of the last acts of the Jewish community that once inhabited Qumran on the Dead Sea's northwest shore may have been the hiding of its treasured "holy scrolls" in nearby caves upon seeing Roman legions "approaching in the distance." This happened around the time in 70 C.E. when Rome also destroyed Jerusalem and its temple.
  • Grotto priest offers one-to-one Zoom meets
    Those in need of faith guidance, personal counseling or answers to a religious question now can have a virtual chat with a spiritual master at Portland’s Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother.
  • Sisters invite public to pray, fast
    The Sisters of Reparation invite all to join them in days of fasting and prayer for priests and seminarians. This is a long-standing practice based on the community’s founding charism.
  • 40 hours of eucharistic adoration for time of upheaval
    The faithful are invited to join families and friends outdoors for 40 hours of eucharistic adoration Aug. 13-Aug. 15. Participants will hold silent vigil before the Lord from Thursday evening through Saturday morning.
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