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  • Pilgrimage: A priority both new and ancient
    Msgr. Patrick Brennan, pastor of St. Mary Cathedral in downtown Portland, first visited the Holy Land in 1977. “When the smell of orange blossoms hit me, I have an overwhelming experience of the presence of God,” he says.
  • Sacrament of matrimony celebrated at cathedral
    The threat of snow did not keep Glynn and Mary Alice Roberson and a dozen other couples away from St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Northwest Portland for a Feb. 9 Mass celebrating marriage.
  • Christian in the World Lecture Series
    ST. BENEDICT — Mount Angel Abbey’s 2019 Winter/Spring lecture series, The Crucifixion and the Christian Life, offers the fourth of four presentations Saturday, April 6, in the Mount Angel Abbey Library.
  • Running religious

    MOUNT ANGEL — Darkness covers the pathway leading away from Mount Angel Abbey. It’s 3 a.m. Not much is happening in town yet. But Benedictine Brother Justin Gilligan is awake. He runs down the abbey trail and into Mount Angel, collecting several miles before he begins his day as a monk. Brother Justin doesn’t run with music. “It’s my time to think and be with God in a different way.”

  • Lenten spiritual opportunities
    Ash Wednesday was March 6, opening the church’s great season of spiritual growth and conversion, directed toward Easter on April 21. Here are some Lenten spiritual opportunities offered by local retreat and spirituality centers. Email and phone numbers are included for registration.
  • Sacred liturgy: The mind and heart of the post-Vatican II church

    There is a misconception among some that those who desire an elevated experience of the sacred liturgy want to turn the clock back to the 1950s. This is not the case. My view is that we can achieve a more reverent, more beautiful and more prayerful experience of the liturgy just by applying the current universal norms and directives of the post-Vatican II church.

  • LIFE: Admonish the Sinner

    The Spiritual Works of Mercy guide us to help our neighbors with their spiritual needs. Unless you enjoy finger wagging and “tsk tsking” at the faults of others, “Admonish the Sinner” is the most difficult work of mercy to appreciate. Its value lies in being properly understood.

  • Prayer for Servants of the Church
    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 the name of 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.
  • St. John Vianney relic to be venerated in Oregon
    The incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests, will be available for veneration in the Archdiocese of Portland on Tuesday, March 5, and Wednesday, March 6 (Ash Wednesday). The saint’s heart was removed 45 years after he died and remains incorrupt.
  • 'In prison and you visited me'
    The walls at Columbia River Correctional Institution in Portland were recently painted, the floors newly waxed. The scene was set Dec. 7 for Archbishop Alexander Sample to celebrate Mass here and to welcome a new Catholic into the faith.
  • ST. BENEDICT — Mount Angel Abbey’s 2019 Winter/Spring lecture series, offers its third of four presentations in the current series on Saturday, March 9, in the Mount Angel Abbey Library. 
  • Dina Marie to give Lenten presentations
    Former Mater Dei Radio host Dina Marie Hale, who one year ago stepped away from the headphones to embrace her next calling, seeks to inspire the faithful at parishes across western Oregon this Lent.
  • Should I use artificial birth control?
    Some Catholics complain that church morals and ethics focus too much on the bedroom. That’s likely because the secular media get particularly fired up over matters sexual; church moral teaching actually covers all parts of human existence, including economics, politics, poverty, technology, transportation and warfare, among others.
  • LIFE: The weak
    The Gospel reading for Sunday February 17 is Luke's "Sermon on the Plain." Unlike Matthew’s “Sermon on the Mount," Luke’s “Sermon on the Plain” emphasizes Jesus coming among His disciples in the ordinary.
  • Faith knowledge the name of this game
    BEAVERTON — When the Sassy Saints Squad from Holy Trinity School arrived at Valley Catholic High School Jan. 25, they were prepared for battle — a battle of faith knowledge.
  • Tapestry available to borrow
    Mary, “Our Lady of Good Counsel,” is the patroness of The National Council of Catholic Women and the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. In western Oregon, the ACCW has for several decades made the image on a tapestry so it can be available for parishes, schools, meetings and special family events. 
  • The Sisters of Reparation in Southeast Portland will host a Marian retreat Saturday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Celebrant for Mass and confessions is Father Bob Barricks, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Southeast Portland.
  • LIFE: Valentine and marriage
    What can be better than young love? Old love that has weathered life’s trials.
  • Using technology in faith
    Want to pray the rosary on the go? There’s an app for that. Want to stream educational material on the faith while your kids are at practice? There’s an app for that. Or maybe you want uplifting reading material to walk with through Advent and Lent. There are apps for that, too.
  • Sacristans: Holding the keys to the tabernacle

    Sacristans, those behind-the-scenes volunteers, ensure neither the celebrant nor worshippers have to think about all the physical parts of Mass.

  • Archbishop Sample’s pastoral letter encourages worship music that is truly sacred — and he gives objective criteria
    Archbishop Alexander Sample on Jan. 25 released a pastoral letter to the Archdiocese of Portland on sacred music for Mass, seeking to highlight “perennial truths”: sanctity, beauty,and universality.
  • When love, not faith, align: Challenges, gifts of mixed-faith marriages
    Their holiday gatherings may bring a deluge of relatives’ earnest questions about one faith and harsh judgments about the other. Large chunks of each Sunday might be spent at two services, with hours shushing small children.
  • Abbot Peter Eberle speaks at Mount Angel
    Mount Angel Abbey’s 2019 lecture series, “The Crucifixion and the Christian Life,” offers its second of four presentations on Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Mount Angel Abbey Library, St. Benedict. Benedictine Abbot Peter Eberle, O.S.B., former abbot of Mount Angel Abbey (1988-1997) will give all the presentations. Abbot Peter has also served as the abbot president of the Swiss-American Benedictine Congregation. On Feb. 9 he will speak on Why the Cross: An Inquiry.
  • The church and alternative health techniques
    It’s difficult to find absolute, black-or-white, yes-or-no answers on whether Catholics should try alternative and complementary health care methods.
  • Gratefulness: The real secret to good health and happiness
    After researching how gratefulness can improve our physical, spiritual and mental health — and make us happier in the process — Servite Sister Barbara Kennedy began to keep a gratitude journal. Each day she writes down three words or phrases that indicate specific things, people or events for which she’s grateful. “I try never to repeat myself,” she said. “If it’s a bad day and everything seems to have gone wrong, I can still find much to be grateful for, such as toothpaste or laundry soap.”
  • LIFE: St. John Bosco: Patron Saint of Laborers
    Work is fundamental to the dignity of a person. Unemployment, underemployment, and unjust wages deprive people of the ability to provide for themselves and their family.  Such structures offend against the dignity of person.
  • Thunderstruck by the Passion

    MEDFORD — Murray La Hue tried twice to become a Catholic and decamped in exasperation. “This is hogwash,” he told himself.

    The third time went differently. 

  • LIFE: The Epiphany and Baptism of the Lord
    Heaven and earth become one when our world is at peace because, animated by love, justice overflows.
  • 'Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.'
    Happy Epiphany from the Sentinel! This is our effort to help you hang on to the Christmas season, which did not end on Dec. 25 but just got started.
  • 'Franciscan from the start'

    BEAVERTON — A sprightly ukulele-playing nun is the newest member of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows here.

  • Is watching pirated videos ethical?
    Who hasn’t encountered the “watch free movies online” Google search? Most millennials certainly have. But just because it’s possible to watch “Jurassic World” free online, doesn’t mean it’s right. The question remains, is watching pirated movies and sports wrong?
  • LIFE: Peace
    Can peace find a home in the heart of each and every person? Yes!  This new year begins by remembering this as we celebrate Mary, Mother of God, on January 1.
  • Sr. Susan Francois tweets peace and kindness to POTUS
    A former member of St. Philip Neri Parish in Southeast Portland who became a Sister of St. Joseph of Peace has been making national news for praying and tweeting.
  • Catholic prisoners of war were welcomed in Oregon

    During World War II, Portland and Vancouver hosted Italian prisoners of war.

    The Italian men, many of them Catholic, were transported to places like The Grotto for Mass from their barracks across the Columbia River.



  • 25 years ago, first class of deacons set the bar high
    Busloads of parishioners from as far as Grants Pass and Lebanon filled St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for the ordination. Sitting in the front row were the candidates — plus their wives and kids.
  • WATCH: New Marian prayer site dedicated
    BEAVERTON — Our Lady of Peace Retreat here has a new outdoor prayer space that focuses on peace and healing at the feet of Mary.
  • Coping with suffering
    ST. BENEDICT — Brother Louis de Monfort Nguyen crosses Mount Angel Abbey Church, leading the way into the infirmary here. He opens a door behind which lies a small room with a single bed and large windows. There’s a chair on one side of the room and a small bookshelf on the other.

    “This is the sunshine room,” he says. It’s where the brothers gather around dying monks, praying them into the afterlife.
  • Panel examines the 1993 encyclical that countered a moved toward relativism in Catholic moral thought
    A 1993 encyclical by St. John Paul II provided a needed course correction for Catholic moral teaching, panelists agreed Dec. 10 during a catechetical session sponsored by the Archdiocese of Portland. 
  • WATCH: Faith is helping a former altar boy restore a life stalled by addiction and homelessness
    Last Christmas, Patrick Barron could hardly believe he was alive. This Christmas, he wants to live for others.
  • Strategies for strengthening Catholic kids in a secular culture
    A young man heads off to studies. He drinks heavily and never finds a party he doesn’t like. He engages in a libertine sex life. Enamored with the cosmopolitan culture, he drifts from his family’s faith to a trendy new philosophy. His devout Catholic mother is heartbroken.
  • Liturgical handbook aims for more mystery and awe in liturgy

    Catholics in the pews of western Oregon churches are seeing reforms meant to make Mass even more reverent.

    Six months after it was issued by Archbishop Alexander Sample, the Archdiocese of Portland Liturgical Handbook has begun to infuse the prayer life at more than 120 parishes.

  • The Sisters and Donnes of Reparation invite the public for a Mass of Thanksgiving on the Feast of Epiphany, Sunday, Jan. 6. Devotion to the Magi has been a part of the sisters’ charism since their founding in 1953. Adoration and the Stations of Christmas are scheduled for 2 p.m., and Mass with Father Jon Buffington as celebrant starts at 3 p.m. A potluck follows the liturgy. The events take place at the convent, 2120 SE 24th Ave., Portland.
  • Advent spiritual offerings
    The Sisters and Donnes of Reparation invite the public for a Faith Alive session set for Thursday, Dec. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. A light meal will be served. The current discussion series is an in-depth study of the Twelve Apostles.
  • Shroud talk earns a follow-up

    EUGENE — The national Shroud Encounter Talk came to the University of Oregon last month.

    As a follow-up, Dominican Father Anselm Ramelow, a professor of philosophy at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California, will speak in room 023 in the Erb Memorial Union (the student union building) at the university Thursday, Jan. 17.

  • LIFE: Christmas and Human Rights
    The birth of Christ is the reason for the season, yet without the right to life and security, there might not have been a baby laid in a manger. Without the right to immigrate and emigrate, the Baby Jesus may not have lived passed infancy. Without the protection the Roman Empire accorded its citizens and subjects, there might not have been a robust Jewish faith forming the Son of David.
  • Presentations look at the moral life

    The beauty of the Christian moral life is the topic of a series of presentations and a panel discussion set for Monday, Dec. 10, 7 – 9 p.m. in Aquinas Hall at Holy Rosary Parish in Northeast Portland.

  • ‘Without my faith I would have gone crazy’
    Glenda McCall spent three decades as a head nurse at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Portland. She helped irascible old soldiers rehabilitate from falls and battle wounds. Since retiring, McCall has traveled to the homes of about 60 seniors to provide foot care. She donates the fees to Catholic women’s groups like the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women and Young Ladies Institute.
  • In addition to compiling a list of priests, deacons, brothers and seminarians serving in the archdiocese, the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women includes a monthly list of religious sisters. Please keep these women in your prayers each day.
  • December 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 name of a priest — or a deacon, seminarian or brother — serving in the archdiocese. In order to include all the names within 2018, some dates include two names. We invite you to pray for both men.
  • Oregon woman trying out Franciscan life

    A 26-year-old member of St. Mary Cathedral Parish in Northwest Portland is in New Jersey discerning the possibility of life as a Franciscan sister.

  • Theater: Providing a face-to-face connection
    Dramatic music dances through the darkened room. Lights on the stage flash red, then green, then blue, then white. Leonardo Defilippis takes his place on the stage at Holy Rosary’s Aquinas Hall. With his beard, sandals and period-appropriate garb, Defilippis fits the image of St. Augustine. His voice is filled with tension and then ease as he presents the confessions of the fourth-century philosopher saint.
  • Providence mission directors in on highest-level decisions
    Providence Health and Services hires ministry experts to make sure the Catholic system hews to its mission of compassion and caring for patients on the peripheries.
  • LIFE: World Day of the Poor
    Sunday Nov.18 is the second World Day of the Poor, a day established by Pope Francis on which he asks us to hear the cries of the poor among us with open ears and hearts and to respond in faith as we work for justice.
  • St. Mary of Oregon Sisters featured on podcast
    BEAVERTON — Last month, the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon were featured on a live podcast called “Ask Sister,” hosted by A Nun’s Life Ministry. The ministry was founded in Michigan 12 years ago to encourage people to understand their life as a vocation by engaging questions about God, faith and the religious life.
  • Session examines angels
    BEAVERTON — The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women on Oct. 9 hosted 53 guests during a day of recollection at Our Lady of Peace Retreat House here. 
  • Grotto cemetery: ‘Simple and appropriate’

    In many ways the Grotto is a transient spot: Each year around 300,000 visitors from diverse faith traditions spend a few minutes or hours meditating or meandering within the 62-acre sanctuary, then depart with a bit of its peace in their souls.

    But for some of the Servite friars who minister on the grounds of the Catholic shrine, the green Northeast Portland enclave is a final resting place.

  • Adventuring through Advent
    The faithful are welcome to join Dina Marie Hale, known for her work at Mater Dei Radio, as she tours the Archdiocese of Portland offering insights on the Incarnation and the role of angels.