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  • Who is a better person? Someone who attends Mass every Sunday and receives Communion but is not nice to people (rude, insulting, doesn't help the poor)? Or someone who attends Mass sporadically but is a kind, considerate and helping individual?
  • 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.
  • Marian apparitions: An Oregon Catholic’s testimony
    Mike Zagyva feels called to pass along Our Lady of Medjugorje’s words: “Pray the rosary.”
  • Online conference to examine ‘proclamation of the kingdom’
    “The Proclamation of the Kingdom” is an online conference being held later this month to discuss evangelization and the great commission to teach and baptize all nations.
  • ‘Untiring in zeal’
    Mike Whitney took instructions for becoming Catholic 50 years ago while driving his police cruiser on the night shift down the streets and alleys of Eugene. Ever since, Whitney has been a Catholic force of nature.
  • Traveling Mary
    The tradition of a traveling statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe returned in May 2021 to St. Alice Parish here. No one knows what happened to the previous statue or why the tradition faded, but Jesus Aguilar took it upon himself to revive the devotion.
  • Together in Christ
    More than a thousand people gathered July 9 at Mount Angel Abbey to celebrate the Saint Benedict Festival with the monastic community of Mount Angel. The festival is held each year on the Saturday closest to the feast day of St. Benedict of Nursia, the founder of the Benedictine order who is considered the father of western monasticism.
  • Notes from Haiti
    Sister Denise Desil, the Haitian nun who has made frequent trips to Oregon to seek support for her congregation’s ministry, sent messages from Port au Prince this summer.
  • Longtime parish worker makes shift to volunteer
    A staffer who has been working at St. Peter Parish here for more than 33 years will be feted after 5 p.m. Mass Aug. 20.
  • Benedictine Sisters celebrate jubilees
    Sisters Rebecca Pirkl, Alice Ann Schaefer and René Foster celebrated the 60th anniversary of their monastic professions on July 11, the Solemnity of Saint Benedict, at Queen of Angels Monastery here.
  • Days of prayer set
    The Sisters and Donnes of Reparation invite the public to participate in days of fasting and prayer for priests, including Saturday, Aug. 20, St. Bernard, abbot and doctor of the church; and Wednesday, Aug. 24, St. Bartholomew, apostle.
    St. Alice Parish in Springfield had 74 first communicants receive the Body and Blood of Jesus as summer began and an estimated 375 people took part in the parish Corpus Christi procession that same day. (Courtesy St. Alice Parish)
  • On the road for Jesus
    Summer heat is upon Oregon, but spring was wet and cool. That’s when scores of pilgrims from the Oregon State University Newman Center made a three-day walking pilgrimage from St. Joseph Church in Salem to The Grotto in Portland.

  • Liturgy conference set
    St. Andrew Parish in Northeast Portland hosts a conference on full, conscious and active participation in liturgy Saturday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m.-noon. Liturgists Michael Prendergast and Anne McGuire will lead the session, which includes a continental breakfast.
  • Venerable Marian pilgrimage set for Aug. 15
    The 69th Annual Pilgrimage in honor of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven is Monday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church, outside of Scotts Mills.
  • Restoration set for Portland’s oldest Catholic church
    The people of St. Patrick Parish have begun a $2.9 million campaign to restore 110-year-old murals in their iconic Northwest Portland church. Some of the paintings have been darkened by soot through the decades while others were painted over completely in years past and will be recreated.
  • Notes from Haiti
    Sister Denise Desil, the Haitian nun who has made frequent trips to Oregon to seek support for her congregation’s ministry, sent messages from Port au Prince this summer.
  • On Aug. 2, you can get this St. Francis-themed indulgence
    The feast of Our Lady of the Angels of Porziuncola and its associated indulgence is a way to focus on the importance of Mary and the Franciscan tradition in the church, said one friar.
  • Wings of prayer
    School was out and summertime here. Bible verses were picked and vacation Bible school planned. God answered everyone’s prayers for a sunny week.
  • Writer from fin de siècle has message for today
    “It was a moustache to envy and so I decided to try,” Robinson said. After reading the first page, facial hair was no longer required to make Robinson a fan of Leon Bloy.
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