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  • New books offer unique perspectives on long road to sainthood
    Sainthood. It's a matter of faith that Catholics who die in a state of grace join the communion of saints in heaven. Indeed, the church has codified that recognition in the celebration of All Saints' Day each Nov. 1.
  • Question Box: Reason for celibacy/Blessing for non-sacramental marriage?
    Q — My wife and I recently came into communion with the Roman Catholic Church. I know that a hot-button topic in the church is the question of whether there should be married priests. I have slowly come to the belief that unmarried priests make logical and biblical sense.
  • New Catholics
    Here are the newest Catholics in the Archdiocese of Portland.
  • Creating my Marian garden
    One of my goals when my husband and I bought a house with a yard was to create a prayer garden. This spring I decided to make that goal a reality.
  • Finding the monk within
    Locating the interior monastic is the theme of a webinar to stream live from Mount Angel Abbey Saturday, May 8, 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
  • Fasting and prayer for priests and seminarians
    The Sisters of Reparation invite the public to join them in days of fasting and prayer for priests and seminarians especially during the Easter season. This is a longstanding practice based on one of the founding charisms of the sisters. “Our priests and seminarians are counting on these reparational offerings,” they say.
  • Watching the pope pray amid the rubble of his homeland
    As the world watched Pope Francis celebrate Mass at St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Cathedral in Baghdad, Sarmad Ghazala watched with particular interest.
  • Ireland’s pilgrim trails
    Many know Spain’s famous Camino de Santiago. But what about some of the other walking pilgrimages in the world? Ireland, for instance, can offer visitors a hike through beautiful landscapes and historic places, often along ancient trails.
  • End goal: Holiness
    Stop thinking of the church as an institution but remember it’s an interpersonal communion with the Triune God. That was the top message April 16 during a retreat for staff at the Archdiocese of Portland Pastoral Center. The training will have implications for the whole archdiocese because of the sense of identity and mission staffers will pass on to parish leaders and then to parishioners

  • Becoming Catholic: ‘The more I learned, the more it made sense’
    COTTAGE GROVE — Briahna Guevara was never baptized, nor was she from a particularly religious family. Her dad attended a Baptist church and took her along when she was 9.
  • ‘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.
  • Inspired by a priest in the family, a mother and daughter become Catholic
    APPLEGATE — As a Presbyterian teen in Medford, Judy Crowe would walk past Sacred Heart Parish on the way to school. The sturdy brick church and the children in tidy unforms intrigued her.
  • 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.
  • The Ministries Mass: Bringing seminarians closer to priesthood
    ST. BENEDICT — On March 10, 20 students from Mount Angel Seminary moved a spiritual step closer in their journey to ordained priesthood.
  • 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.”
  • Heroic Men promote ministries, resources for Catholic men to grow in faith
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — This isn't your father's Holy Name Society.
  • They are attracted to the church’s intellectual tradition
    Most young Catholic men either leave the church or carry on a marginal Catholic existence.

  • Online day of renewal with the theme ‘Continuing conversion’
    Continuing conversion is the theme as Father Tim Furlow, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Northwest Portland, leads an online day of renewal Saturday, April 24, 11 a.m.-3:15 p.m. The Western Oregon Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service Team has organized the retreat, which is free of charge. Dave and Dawn Bentz will provide music.
  • Archbishop's book tackles things 'Christians should be willing to die for'
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — On a practical level, retired Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said he wrote his new book, "Things Worth Dying For: Thoughts on a Life Worth Living," because his publisher was actively "trying to get me to write in my old age."
  • Archbishop's Easter message
    In His glorious Resurrection Our Lord has conquered death, has conquered sin, and has conquered really all that afflicts us.
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