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  • WATCH: 'We can only say yes'
    ST. HELENS — A cool breeze blew off the lower Columbia River at sundown April 20 as Roberto and Nathan Navarro kindled the Easter fire at St. Frederic Church here.
  • Archbishop Sample's prayer opens statehouse session
    SALEM — Rep. Jennifer Williamson, majority leader of the Oregon House of Representatives and a graduate of Valley Catholic High School, invited Archbishop Alexander Sample to lead the opening ceremony for the legislature April 2. 
  • WATCH: Good Friday walk reflects on modern suffering

    Many Christians apply the story of Good Friday to modern suffering and seek God’s help to create a better world. In downtown Beaverton, 150 people walked to sites for reflection and prayer, singing “Jesus Remember Me” and carrying a seven-foot-tall wooden cross along the path.

     
  • Holy Thursday foot washing a humbling experience
    Around the Archdiocese of Portland at many parishes tonight — the start of the Triduum — one of the most tender, moving gestures in the life of Christ was reenacted.

    Priests washed 12 individuals feet, calling to mind when Jesus did the same for his apostles in the upper room.
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Walk for Life in Salem
    SALEM — The St. Michael the Archangel and St. Germaine pregnancy support centers and Salem Right to Life benefit from the Walk for Life, set for Saturday, May 18, in Salem
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Engagement announced
    Sarah Ellen Kenney and Jeremy Michael Jarrett-Scott of Decatur, Georgia, will be married Sept. 28 at The Wimbish House in Atlanta. 
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Catholic connection now needed for CCHD grants
    The Archdiocese of Portland will limit Catholic Campaign for Human Development grants to anti-poverty projects that have a demonstrable link with the Catholic Church.
  • New center geared for helping little Oregonians succeed
    SALEM — Teachers know it best. The whole educational enterprise is hindered from the get-go because kindergartners lack academic, social and emotional preparation for school. Disruption in the classroom is becoming a crisis.
  • Jesuit grad dies after fall from Fordham University Bell tower
    A former Jesuit student and Portland native died after falling from a bell tower at Fordham University in New York City early Sunday morning, April 14. Sydney Monfries was a senior at the Catholic college and weeks away from graduation. 
  • Catholic Sentinel editor named to board
    Ed Langlois, Catholic Sentinel managing editor, has been elected to serve on the board of the Catholic Press Association. The Chicago-based organization advocates for Catholic media and provides training for members. Langlois will represent publications and Catholic communicators in the western United States. 
  • Oregon may help offset federal cuts to refugee support
    To ensure their work continues, Catholic Charities of Oregon and other resettlement agencies and advocates for refugees are asking the state to help fill a funding gap created under the Trump administration.
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Chicken Soup author trains nurses in self-care
    SPRINGFIELD — A nurse’s life and calling is about caring for others. But in order to care for others, nurses first must take good care of themselves. LeAnn Thieman, author of 14 Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and a veteran nurse of 30 years, is bringing her “SelfCare for HealthCare” program to the nurses at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.
  • Providence Heart Institute has received a $75 million gift from Phil and Penny Knight to support continued growth and innovation in cardiac services, including the development of a heart transplant program at Providence.
  • On top of the physical demands that come with caring for a spouse or partner, many emotions such as fear, sadness, anxiety and anger can result in mental and spiritual exhaustion. Presenter Nancie Potter offers advice from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 13, at Northwest Catholic Counseling Center in Northeast Portland.
  • Catholic editor says two popes bookended her journey
    Rocío Rios Niño, the longtime editor of El Centinela (the Catholic Sentinel’s sister publication), says her journey to the Catholic press in Oregon is really the story of two popes.
  • High water in the central and south Willamette Valley and environs has not yet affected Catholic churches in the area. As of mid-day April 8, property officials at the Archdiocese of Portland Pastoral Center had not heard reports of flooding or damage.

  • Seniors: Renewed grace and mission after 65
    Father Charles Holden, pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Shady Cove, loves seeing his mostly elderly parishioners delight in the playfulness of the children in the parish. “The seniors derive a lot of energy from seeing the youth and having them around,” he says. 
  • Seeking the longest married
    Worldwide Marriage Encounter, a marriage enrichment organization with Catholic foundations, is on the lookout for the nation’s longest-wed couple.

    Deadline for nominations is midnight on Tuesday, May 14. Organizers welcome nominations at wwme.org, by email at bkberland@gmail.com, by mail to Bryan and Karen Berland, 530 Academy, Guthrie OK 73044, or by phone at 405-850-427
  • WATCH: The Roy steak and ham meal, in its 52nd year, exemplifies a steadfast community
    ROY — How does a tiny parish in a rural hamlet sustain a school and carry off an annual dinner that serves more than a thousand hungry people?
  • Church coalition to honor leading death penalty foe
    A Catholic death penalty abolitionist will be honored April 24 by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon.

    Ron Steiner, a member of Queen of Peace Parish in Salem, has been the anchor man for Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty for 18 years.
  • Legal aid for immigrants a form of ‘divine gift’
    For new immigrants, an affordable lawyer who speaks their language is a kind of “divine gift,” says the director of Immigration Legal Services for Catholic Charities of Oregon. 
  • 'There is a sacredness': Foot-care ministry in downtown Portland offers compassion, physical relief to the homeless
    Rodger placed his backpack next to a chair, sat down and unlaced worn-out shoes. 

    “They told me there are going to be Epsom salts,” he said, slowly taking off his socks. 
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Record crowd attends Blanchet House brunch
    More than 300 people gathered March 3 to support the work and mission of the Blanchet House of Hospitality. 

    Because of increased community interest, the fifth annual Lend a Helping Hand Brunch was moved out of the Blanchet House to the Multnomah Athletic Club ballroom. This change of venue allowed for 50 percent more attendees. 
  • Oregon Department of Corrections director offers new vision for criminal justice
    Prisons should be places where punishment is the absence of freedom and community, but where “everything else models life on the outside to every degree possible” and prisoners are treated with dignity, according to Colette Peters, director of the Oregon Department of Corrections and a lifelong Catholic. The faithful, she said, are “a key piece” in creating such a correctional system.
  • Cooperation between Catholics and Young Life advances
    NEW YORK — “In the Gospel, the good news is revealed as a mystery of God’s closeness,” Brownsville, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores wrote to participants at the Young Life Catholic Forum in New York in January.
  • Group, which includes Catholics, claims sex ed has gone too far
    CANBY — A team of grandmas in Oregon is leading a charge to counter a state public school sex education program they think is beyond the pale.

    “It desensitizes children about sex and promotes LGBT agendas,” said Colleen Hamilton-Cronley, a member of St. Patrick Parish here. “We need help to inform parents and grandparents about it. When we are informed we can work to influence the school boards and fight for our children.”
  • Former publisher John Limb honored
    The retired head of Portland-based Oregon Catholic Press has been inducted into the Association of Catholic Publishers Hall of Fame.
  • Donors keen on ministry of bouncing back
    Speakers uttered the word “resilience” 28 times March 16 during the annual Celebration of Hope dinner benefitting the work of Catholic Charities of Oregon. The theme was clear: if the church forms relationships with people having a hard time in life, that helps them bounce back from difficulties in a way that lasts. 
  • Pastor removed after allegation surfaces
    The pastor of St. Mary by the Sea Parish in Rockaway Beach has been removed by the Jesuits because of an allegation of sexual misconduct.
  • New Tillamook chapel blessed

    TILLAMOOK — The clank of the censer and the smell of incense, a baby’s cry and the parents’ shushing filled the new chapel while Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith blessed the bright space. Parishioners packed the pews and side aisles and streamed out the door for the occasion.

  • Two Salvadoran churchmen to discuss Romero

    Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chavez and Bishop Elias Bolaños, both of El Salvador, will visit Portland later this month to discuss the legacy of their countryman, St. Oscar Romero.

  • La Salle Prep star rising at Oregon State University
    CORVALLIS — As a freshman, Oregon State guard Aleah Goodmandidn’t get the kind of playing time she might have wanted. She was accustomed to leading a team, like she did for La Salle Prep in Milwaukie, guiding the Falcons to 5A state titles in 2015 and 2017. Three times during her high school career, Goodman was named Oregon 5A Player of the Year.
  • BEAVERTON — A support group for sexual abuse victims/survivors is beginning at Holy Trinity Parish here. Survivors from other parishes are invited to attend. The first meeting is Thursday, March 28, from 6:30-7:45 p.m. in the parish office conference room.
  • El Centinela’s Prengaman now leads AP’s West Region
    NEW YORK — Peter Prengaman, former editor of El Centinela, has been appointed to lead The Associated Press’ West Region. Based in Phoenix, he will oversee journalists responsible for news in 13 Western states, including Oregon.
  • An ancient order: Portland’s great Irish past
    From 1877 until the Great Depression, an Irish fraternal society was a mighty force in Oregon Catholicism. The Ancient Order of Hibernians met in smoky Portland halls, sang the glories of Irish home rule, tipped back a drink or two, debated some more, gave long eloquent speeches and took up collections for good causes. Members, whether lawyers or plumbers, regularly sent hard-earned dollars to Irish nationalist movements.
  • Home visits allow Vincentians to assess needs, form relationships
    Volunteers from the St. Vincent de Paul conference at Resurrection Parish in Tualatin get thank- you cards from families who have received food, rent aid or utility help. The relationship is something more than helper vs. client.
  • Phil and Penny Knight give $75 million for Providence Heart Institute
    Providence Heart Institute has received a $75 million gift from Phil and Penny Knight to support continued growth and innovation in cardiac services, including the development of a heart transplant program at Providence.
  • We like the stationery
    Elaine and Jerry Owen, owners of Lady Hill Winery near St. Paul, have been going through family papers in their farmhouse, from which Jerry’s family has worked the land since the 1850s.
  • WATCH: At rites, Catholics-to-be learn about the path of the cross
    About 750 Oregonians stood in churches last month to affirm their intention to become Catholic at Easter. 
     
  • Sister recognized for deaf ministry
    RENTON, Wash. — Providence Sister Judith Desmarais, provincial leader of the Sisters of Providence in the western United States, has received the 2019 Rev. David Walsh Person of the Year Award. Bestowed annually by the National Catholic Offices for the Deaf, the award honors individuals for outstanding service with the community of Catholics who are deaf and hard of hearing.
  • Medicare — confounding and life-saving
    Patrick Weisgerber, a Medicare Advantage representative at Providence Health Plans, has comforting words for anyone feeling overwhelmed by the confounding choices, obscure language and downright mystifying regulations surrounding the nation’s health care plan for elders. 
  • Pro-life movement ‘a calling’ for college student
    MOUNT ANGEL — For Mount Angel resident Marcos Sanchez, working in the pro-life movement is more than an extracurricular activity — it’s a calling.
  • SALEM — Pro-life advocates are holding their annual Lenten vigil March 6 – April 14 outside Planned Parenthood, 3825 Wolverine Street NE in Salem.
  • Rebuilding a life post-prison
    Three days after her release from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Ailene Farkac was flipping hamburger patties and taking drive-through orders at Wendy’s.
  • Portland a site of new anti-homelessness initiative
    The Archdiocese of Portland is teaming up with Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Charities of Oregon and Providence Health and Services to reduce chronic homelessness in Portland by 20 percent in the next five years.
  • The gift of Martha and Mary House
    Tam An was on the verge of becoming homeless when she found hope through Catholic Charities’ Martha and Mary House.
  • From different islands, gathered as one in faith
    A typhoon trapped one of their special guests, Coadjutor Bishop Julio Angkel, on an island in their homeland. That didn’t faze the Micronesian community of Oregon and Washington as they filled St. Anthony Church in Southeast Portland to bursting for a Mass celebrated in Chuukese March 3.
  • Technology to improve health of homeless women
    When people think of homelessness they often visualize what they see daily: people — mostly single men — sleeping in doorways or camping on vacant lots. But there’s also an unseen group — the hidden homeless. Most of the hidden homeless are families with children, senior citizens and single women, many of whom are escaping domestic violence.
  • ‘People are happy when they are connected with God’
    “God is not waiting for the fake version of you,” Archdiocese of Portland youth ministry director Ricky Shoop told the youths during the RiseUp Rally held March 1-2 at Canby Grove Retreat Center.
  • Relationships help fuel financial turnarounds

    The woman could no longer bear it. She fled the abusive man, took her three children and began living on the streets of Portland in a van.

    A survivor who knows that everyone needs help sometimes, she called on Catholic Charities of Oregon. Caseworkers helped her find temporary housing, a domestic violence support group and counseling.

     

  • ‘She’s very strong’
    A former trafficking victim, Astrid Mendoza secured a green card and was able to visit family with help from Catholic Charities’ Immigration Legal Services.
  • Village to transform more lives

    “This is so great. Wow.”

    Debbie Haskett stepped over mounds of gravel and dirt, weaving in between brightly colored tiny houses marveling at what will soon offer shelter and community to women like herself — those who know the fear and fatigue of life on the streets.

     

     

  • Recidivism and redemption

    Bradley Scott Vollmer has spent more than a third of his life in prison. He’s robbed banks and sold narcotics, all in an effort to get high, get numb and forget.

  • Helping Southern Oregon’s hidden rural homeless
    The 35-day federal government shutdown hit Catholic Charities where they didn’t expect it last month: Because staff at the Department of Agriculture were furloughed, the charity’s acquisition of three apartment buildings in southern Oregon stalled.
  • Roasting coffee for homeless women
    Charlie Wicker, founder of Trailhead Coffee Roasters, roasted and sold bags of Kenton Women’s Village coffee to help finance the tiny-home community — in particular their move. 
  • Fidele's story: From near death to a new life
    Fidele Munyanganizi spent the first two-thirds of his life living in peace on his family’s farm in the Democratic Republic of Congo. When war broke out in Congo in the mid-1990s, he and his family were forced to flee.
  • Catholic Charities master leases provide a creative solution to rising housing costs
    In a quiet Southeast Portland neighborhood, a large house sits on a corner lot beside a pair of oak trees. For years it served as home to priests ministering to members of Holy Family Parish; the church is located a few strides down the block. Now the former rectory will serve the wider community in a new way: as a life-changing residence for five women.
  • Knights share BBQ, friendship with at-risk boys
    The Knights of Columbus Lake Oswego Council spent an evening with the boys at St. Mary’s last fall, providing barbecue and T-shirts and leading sporting activities.