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  • Archbishop Sample: No immediate changes to celebration of Latin Mass
    At this time there will be no changes to the celebration of the Latin Mass in the Portland Archdiocese. That was the message of Archbishop Alexander Sample as he responded July 20 to a new church law promulgated by Pope Francis four days prior.
  • Summer joy
    In summer talks from his home chapel, Archbishop Alexander Sample shows joy for Mass, true freedom and priesthood.
  • 'Time to return with joy'
    Archbishop Alexander Sample today told western Oregon Catholics that “it’s time to come back to the Eucharist with joy.” Announcing that the obligation to attend Sunday and holy day Masses in western Oregon will return July 16, Archbishop Sample said, however, he finds it odd to think of Mass as an obligation.
  • Eucharistic revival coming
    An excited Archbishop Alexander Sample on June 18 announced an upcoming period of eucharistic revival in the U.S. Catholic Church. While secular media reported mostly on politicians and Communion, the U.S. Catholic bishops took a broader perspective as they planned a document on the Eucharist and slated celebrations for the next three and a half years.
  • Bishops vote to draft teaching document on the Eucharist
    By a wide margin, the U.S. bishops approved a plan to draft a document to examine the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the church following a lengthy debate during their spring general assembly.

  • Who you really are
    Archbishop Sample: “God created you and God created me in love and for love.”
  • Archbishop Sample blesses PeaceHealth Sacred Heart chapel
    EUGENE —Archbishop Alexander Sample blessed the new chapel in the lobby at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District campus May 20. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the small in-person ceremony was streamed to PeaceHealth Oregon caregivers.
  • Following Jesus and Mary
    Military veterans who gave their lives followed the examples of Jesus and Mary by putting aside their own needs for others, Archbishop Alexander Sample said during a May 31 Mass for Memorial Day and the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • Archbishop supports discussion timeline on Eucharist
    Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample has voiced full support for a current consultation and discussion timeline as the nation’s Catholic bishops grapple over the question of Communion for leaders who publicly defy church teaching.
  • WATCH: In tumultuous year, archbishop’s Chapel Chats a consoling mainstay
    Oregon Catholics have faced a year of unprecedented challenges since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in spring 2020. But on most Friday evenings since then, hundreds and often thousands of people find a source of solace in the home of their spiritual leader, Archbishop Alexander Sample.
  • Archbishop Sample encourages faithful to read pastoral letter on abortion, Communion
    Archbishop Alexander Sample posted on his social media accounts May 3 a pastoral letter by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone that focuses on the unborn, Communion and Catholics in public life. With a link to the letter the archbishop wrote: “It is well worth a careful read. An important discussion for our times.”
  • Surrender to divine providence
    If we surrender ourselves fully to God, we can receive powerful peace and clarity, said Archbishop Alexander Sample during his Chapel Chat April 30.
  • ‘Have faith that Jesus is alive’
    Beyond monumental, beyond big, Easter is too much to celebrate in just a single day. That was the message April 9 from a joyful Archbishop Alexander Sample during a livestreamed talk from his home chapel.
  • God’s grace is here now
    At the Easter Vigil April 3 at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland, Archbishop Alexander Sample reminded listeners and viewers about the mind-boggling reality of the sacraments.
  • Remember sin
    The world would do well to recapture the notion of sin, Archbishop Alexander Sample said March 26. Not fire and brimstone, the archbishop explained, but “a healthy understanding that we are all sinners.”
  • Archbishop's Easter message
    In His glorious Resurrection Our Lord has conquered death, has conquered sin, and has conquered really all that afflicts us.
  • WATCH: Tenebrae — Holy Week rite returns to cathedral
    St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Northwest Portland on March 31 held an ancient Holy Week rite with chanted psalms, readings from Scripture, words of the saints and even a brief simulated earthquake.
  • WATCH: ‘Profoundly proud’: Archbishop thanks priests for service during a hard year
    It was an unusual sight. About 100 priests sat in the pews of Portland’s St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception March 29 — vested, distanced and masked, but clearly together.
  • Archbishop thankful for statement
    Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample expressed gratitude to Pope Francis for a March 15 statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that explains while all persons have inherent dignity and are to be treated with respect, the church considers same-sex unions illicit and will not bless them.
  • Archdiocese gearing up to share God’s love and Gospel message
    Almost 9,000 viewers watched March 10 and subsequently as Archbishop Alexander Sample was the guest on Real Life Catholic, a webcast with host Chris Stefanick. Archbishop Sample said his mission in unchurched western Oregon is to help people know God loves them and has a plan for their lives.

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