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  • Archbishop Sample hosts bishops
    Archbishop Alexander Sample hosted 13 bishops from around the country who are seeking to increase their evangelization efforts.
  • We need St. Joseph now: He has power as ‘terror of demons’
    The world needs St. Joseph for help amid the complications of modern times, a Carmelite priest said Sept. 25 during an Archdiocese of Portland speaker series for the Year of St. Joseph.
  • Confusion over cremated remains is widespread
    When a loved one dies, Catholic families find themselves wondering what the rules are for the cremated remains, commonly known as ashes
    In the 2000 comedy “Meet the Parents,” Ben Stiller opens a bottle of champagne and the popping cork knocks an urn off his prospective in-laws’ mantlepiece. As they gasp in horror, the family cat races to investigate a pile of cremated remains and the shattered urn.
  • Psychotherapist offers spiritual series
    Mount Angel Abbey is hosting an online series that explores major questions of existence.
  • Hospice workers experience ultimate matters day after day
    For hospice staff, who spend more time than anyone with those who are dying, ultimate matters are everyday parts of the job. The nurses and social workers are acutely aware of the transience of life, the challenges of feeling like a burden, the importance of supporting patients and families and the probability of a world beyond.
  • Grants Pass Knights donate to retreat center
    The Knights of Columbus from Grants Pass have made a donation of $1,000 to St. Rita Retreat Center in nearby Gold Hill. The
  • Priest to speak on future of pastoral ministry Nov. 17
    A priest who is also a musical composer will speak about the future of pastoral ministry Wednesday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m. at St. Clare Church in Southwest Portland.
  • Pilgrimages are back
    With the exception of the Holy Land, the mother of all holy destinations, overseas pilgrimages are back.
  • Grotto worship has new instrument
    On its debut, the new organ at The Grotto alternately offered sweet small music and then brought deep shudders to the soaring stone Chapel of Mary. It will lead worship for decades in one of Oregon’s busiest churches.
  • Religious, secular leaders offer tools for hope in post-COVID-19 times
    At a moment when even the most optimistic among us grasps for hope at times during our current mental health pandemic comes three helpful survival guides, reminding us about where our hope in anchored.
  • Question Corner: Age of confirmation/Renewal of vows for non-Catholics
    Q — Our seventh-grade religion class would like to know why we have to wait until high school to receive the sacrament of confirmation. We believe that we are ready to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit by the time we are in eighth grade, which would complete the process of initiation into our Catholic community. (Albany, New York)
  • 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 or brother — serving in the Archdiocese of Portland. Please remember them, and all who serve the church, in your daily prayers.
  • Largest group in decades professes lifelong vows
    MOUNT ANGEL — After five men professed solemn vows as Benedictine monks here Sept. 11, they and the congregation spilled into a plaza, with bells roaring in the church tower. Since no one could hear anyone else speak, the crowd simply smiled at each other through masks for five minutes.
  • Question Box: Morality of boxing/Flags in church?
    Q — Why has the Catholic Church not condemned boxing? It is the only sport in the world whose purpose is to hurt your opponent, even to knock him out. People in other sports get hurt, but the purpose is not evil. The goal is to get a home run or a basket or a touchdown.
  • Archbishop seeks support for seminarians
    Archbishop Alexander Sample on Sept. 25 sought help for the future of the church in western Oregon.
Message to culture: Christianity a spellbinding adventure
    When first encountering those who have yet to embrace belief, the church should focus on the amazing promises of relationship with Jesus, leaving doctrine and catechesis for later. That’s the advice of a book foundational to a new spiritual movement in the Archdiocese of Portland.
  • ‘Extremely blessed’
    A gentle Benedictine monk who cherishes monastic life yet also served as a parish pastor and ministered among engaged and married couples, is marking 50 years as a priest.
  • Asking for God’s blessing for health care workers
    Msgr. Gerard O’Connor, rector of St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, welcomed both regular Mass-goers at the 5:30 vigil Mass on Saturday, Oct. 16, as well as those health care workers who had come especially for the White Mass, named for the white lab coats that physicians wear.
  • Saint a special patron of Holy Cross Brothers
    In baseball terms, he’s a relief pitcher. In business terms, a fixer. Officially, Holy Cross Brother Thomas Giumenta is a learning assistance counselor.
  • Question Box: Can ashes be commingled?/Do priests forget confessions?
    Q — Among my dying husband's wishes was the desire to save land for the living and therefore to be cremated and interred at Willamette National Military Cemetery near Portland.
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