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  • 'Jesus is always with us in the storm'
    Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample spoke tenderly to the people of his archdiocese March 27 from the small chapel in his Northwest Portland home.
  • Forgiveness recognized when confession impossible
    Because of hospital coronavirus restrictions, a suburban Portland priest on March 22 was not allowed to meet with a Catholic patient dying of COVID-19. Msgr. John Cihak, pastor of Christ the King Parish in Milwaukie, did make telephone contact and because of a provision in church law was able to recognize forgiveness of sins.
  • Can't go to confession during coronavirus? Consider an 'act of perfect contrition'
    VATICAN CITY — Imagine that Michael, a practicing Catholic, committed a mortal sin yesterday. Normally, Michael would go to confession. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, he can’t. It simply isn’t available. What can Michael do?
  • A Handwashing Prayer
    The team from Glenmary Home Missioners magazine were chatting around the virtual water cooler last week and came up with this, which they sent to Catholic media colleagues.
  • Grotto keeping in touch
    Before Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s order to “stay home, stay healthy,” The Grotto in Northeast Portland had opened its grounds to people who needed a refuge from coronavirus anxiety.
  • “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return” reminds us that we will face our creator. Death is the last thing we want to think about, but it will happen. We need to prepare for it. We need to be close to God and Lent offers us many opportunities.

    — Deacon Ricardo Cervantes, Our Lady of the Mountain Parish, Ashland

  • Serra Club seeking new members
    Fostering and supporting vocations to priesthood and religious life is the mission of Serra Club of Portland. To further the reach, the club is seeking new members.
  • Hour fast reminds us of need for spiritual food
    It may be escaping notice that Catholic Church law requires a fast one hour before receiving Communion. As Lent approached, several Sentinel readers inquired about the requirement.
  • LIFE: Bury the Dead
    Father Rother would comb the desert to find bodies of missing parishioners and bring them back for burial. He eventually was killed for his work burying the dead and praying for the dead.
  • New radio show explores sharing Gospel
    Mater Dei Radio and the Archdiocese of Portland are broadcasting a new radio show that explores how the Gospel gets shared in today’s culture. “Blazing the Trail with Miriam Marston” airs Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
  • Seminarians instituted as acolyte, lector
    ST. BENEDICT — At a Mass celebrated Feb. 11 at Mount Angel Abbey, 14 seminarians took a step forward in their journey to ordained priesthood.
  • What is a good Catholic Bible?/Canonization and anti-Semitism
    Q — My wife realized that my Bible is not Catholic when I could not locate the Book of Sirach in it. What is a good Catholic Bible, with a contemporary translation from Greek? (My ultimate preference would be a Catholic Bible with the Old Testament translated from Hebrew and the New Testament from the Greek — if such a thing exists.) (Albany, Oregon)
  • The joyful professor
    ST. BENEDICT — Annual benefit dinners for Mount Angel Seminary include inspiring speeches, uplifting videos and encouraging fellowship.

    But when a 39-year-old mother of five stands up before a massive choir of seminarians and begins to conduct, that steals the show.
Vatican approval affirms pastoral care for those who believe
    While church officials wait to see the ultimate shape of ongoing Marian apparitions at Medjugorje, Pope Francis last spring gave the green light for official pilgrimages to the site in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
  • 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.
  • Religious thanked for living kingdom values
    Dozens of members of religious communities convened Feb. 2 at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland to celebrate World Day of Consecrated Life.
  • Providence Sisters elect leaders
    SEATTLE — The Sisters of Providence, who founded Oregon’s largest health system, have elected a new team of leaders for the Mother Joseph Province, which covers the Pacific Northwest.
  • ‘The world is full of miracles’

    NEWBERG — It was late summer 2011. As usual, George Edmonston woke early to make coffee. His wife, Lucy, was still abed. Then he heard her talking. Alarmed, he entered the bedroom and asked what was happening.

    She told him she had heard from the Blessed Virgin Mary.

  • The Sisters of Reparation of the Sacred Wounds of Jesus invite the public for adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament at 2 p.m. and a Mass of healing at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23. Celebrant is Father Paul Jeyamani, pastor of All Saints Parish. A light meal will follow the liturgy.

  • Church weddings: These couples would have it no other way
    Valentine’s Day bummer: Marriages held in Catholic churches in the Archdiocese of Portland have fallen off by more than 60% in the past 50 years.
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