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  • Finding calm in an insecure world
    The first anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic is nearly upon us. 
  • Topic: The pope’s encyclical on human solidarity
    Benedictine Brother Cyril Drnjevic of Mount Angel Abbey will give a Zoom talk on Pope Francis' encyclical “Fratelli Tutti” on peace and the human family, Sunday Nov. 22, 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Senior Catholic women keep the devotions
    The pandemic has seen the rise of the domestic church — prayer and devotion at home. When it comes to household piety, Catholic matriarchs are the undisputed keepers of tradition.
  • ‘Worth hearing and worth preserving’: There are many reasons and ways to document personal histories
    If your life is an open book that’s a good thing — at least if that book preserves a personal history for future generations.
  • QUESTION BOX: The King James Bible/general absolution
    Q — I was raised Catholic and love my religion. But my brother has become a Pentecostal. He says that the King James Bible was published before the Catholic one and that Catholics added other books to the Bible afterward. Can you tell me when the Catholic version and the King James were published? (Richmond, Indiana)
  • Meet some of the priests who’ve served the military’s Catholic faithful
    During Operation Just Cause in Panama, Father Mike Biewend recalls being near conflict on Christmas day.
  • Funerals, mourning may never be the same
    Even as COVID-19 increases death, it cruelly impedes human traditions of mourning. Daniel Serres, manager of Gethsemani Funeral Home in Happy Valley, worries about the collective toll on the human spirit.
  • Essays outline how just-peace approach can aid conflicts worldwide
    This excellent collection of essays, written by Catholics with experience and expertise in what they describe, goes deeply into Catholic social, moral theology and practice.
Vocations focus of week
    National Vocation Awareness Week is being celebrated Nov. 1-7.

  • Archbishop: The dead are still part of our community
    A list of more than 500 names, western Oregon Catholics who have died in the past year, appeared on the screen before an All Souls Day Mass livestreamed Nov. 2 from St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.
  • Mount Angel seminarians embraced new ways to pray and communicate during parish training
    ST. BENEDICT — Even during a pandemic, seminary is not all about books. Pastoral experience is so important to the discernment of men considering priesthood that they brave the virus to serve in parishes, donning masks, keeping distance as much as possible and learning about the spiritual and corporal needs of the people of God. Even at a distance, seminarians were able to touch people’s lives.
  • The Sisters of Reparation of the Sacred Wounds of Jesus invite the public to join them in days of fasting and prayer for priests and seminarians. The devotions are a long-standing practice based on the sisters’ founding charism. “Our priests and seminarians are counting on these reparational offerings,” the sisters said in a statement.
  • Pious pets at The Grotto
    The Grotto in Northeast Portland held its 37th annual animal blessing Oct. 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. In past years, the event was a happy crush of canines, felines, reptiles, rodents and winged creatures. A skunk even accepted a sprinkle of holy water.
  • Speaker: Day's life sets example for today's similarly troubled times
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Dorothy Day's witness nearly 100 years ago sets an example for today's society, according to a Duquesne University professor who is writing a book on the life of the co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement.
  • 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.
  • An unusual ordination during an unusual year
    Usually, transitional diaconate ordinations are large affairs, filling cathedrals across the country every spring and early summer. But for those ordained during the coronavirus pandemic, the Masses looked different. It wasn’t what happened on the altar that was unusual; it was the view of the pews.
  • Headstone artists appreciate Catholic traditions
    For Catholics steeped in sacramental sensibility, a grave marker carries important meaning. The engraved stone not only celebrates a life but also links a person to the next life with images and words of faith.
  • Death during pandemic: ‘Expansive but painful’
    Like countless mourners during the pandemic, Heidi Bock endured a painful lack of close contact with her dying friend and the full range of rituals that help people grieve. “It was absolutely different and difficult because of COVID-19,” she said. But Bock and others have found death amid the pandemic allows for unexpected spiritual gifts and growth.
  • QUESTION BOX: Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit/Communion by intinction?
    Q — Recently I read an article in the Catholic press about the sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, and it has caused me to worry about something that happened long ago.
  • WATCH: The problem of suffering
    During his Oct. 23 Chapel Chat, Archbishop Alexander Sample took up the theological problem of suffering, which he said poses a chief obstacle to belief in God. In the context of pandemic, racial strife, political division and wild-fires, the archbishop posed the great question: How can an all-knowing, all-powerful God, who is goodness itself, allow suffering?
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