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  • 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.
  • Question Corner: 'Return to dust'?/Inclusive language
    Q — On Ash Wednesday we received ashes and were told, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” With Catholic teaching about an eventual resurrection after death, why are we told such a seemingly morbid and fatalistic thing?
  • Lantern tours in Lent
    Popular guided lantern tours at The Grotto, which debuted during Advent and Christmas, are back for Lent.
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Parishioners consecrating themselves
    Even before Pope Francis declared 12 months in honor of the earthly father of Jesus, Christ the King Parish in Milwaukie was getting wild about the man who also is known as Patron of the Universal Church and, intriguingly, Terror of Demons.

  • QUESTION CORNER: Reconciliation in other faiths/Assessments
    Q — Catholics are blessed to have the sacrament of reconciliation. But what about other faiths? How do non-Catholics have their sins forgiven? (Honolulu)
  • Retreat set for men
    The Oregon Knights of Columbus have organized a men’s retreat at the Baker Diocese Retreat Center in Powell Butte on Saturday, Feb. 27, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bishop Liam Cary is among the speakers.
  • Lenten mission available
    Dina Marie Hale, Catholic radio host turned freelance evangelizer, is offering parishes a one-, two- or three-day Lenten mission. Ash Wednesday is Feb. 17.
  • Lenten series offers look at big ideas
    Lent 2021 will be different, and staff at the Archdiocese of Portland Pastoral Center are connecting parishioners to a new way to go on a spiritual journey.
  • Friends step up for beloved retreat house
    BEAVERTON — “We have been so very blessed.” That’s the word from the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows.
  • Archbishop Sample’s schedule
    Here’s Archbishop Alexander Sample’s public schedule for the next few weeks.

  • Grotto’s St. Joseph Grove an ideal pilgrimage
    During a year dedicated to St. Joseph, a unique St. Joseph-themed walking path at The Grotto in Northeast Portland may get the most attention it has received since being built 74 years ago.
  • Book examines difficult path to restoring faith after child sex abuse
    Reams have been written about the legal and moral dimensions of the clergy sexual abuse of minors and its decadeslong cover-up by Catholic officials, stretching into the papacy.
  • Book on faithful civic engagement comes at 'important moment' for U.S.
    This excellent book comes at an important moment in our nation's history and should be read by all.
  • 'Words can be kisses,' but also 'swords,' pope writes in new book
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Silence, like words, can be a love language, Pope Francis wrote in a very short introduction to a new book in Italian.
  • 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.
  • Retreat house open
    BEAVERTON — The pandemic complicated retreat ministry, but Our Lady of Peace in Beaverton is trying to carry on in 2021. For many retreats on the calendar for the first half of the year, participants can join via Zoom.
  • QUESTION CORNER: Is 'purgatory' in Bible?/Kneel, sit or stand?
    Q — Some 50 years ago, I converted to the Catholic Church. But one question has always bothered me: Where will I find the word “purgatory” in the Bible? (Elmer City, Washington)
  • MY LAST HOMILY
    For 2021, the Catholic Sentinel has invited several local priests to send 400-word homilies they would give if they knew they could never give one again — their final message.

  • History of early American Catholics late author's crowning achievement
    This highly anticipated second volume in historian Kevin Starr's history of Catholics in the United States is nothing short of glorious.
  • Authors find spiritual lessons amid pandemic's restrictions
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Under COVID-19 pandemic isolation and its steadily escalating death toll, managing the anxiety of ordinarily stressful life passages has become exponentially unbearable.
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