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  • ‘The heart and hands that reach them’: Portland parish outreach helps seniors secure vaccine
    The experience left Sister Rosalie Anderson nearly in tears. “Every time I tried to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, it was like I met with a brick wall,” said the 79-year-old Holy Names sister.
  • Providence Heart Institute begins performing heart transplants
    For Thomas Hatch, a heart transplant was the key to living a normal life again. Hatch, 63, is the first of five patients who have undergone the procedure at Providence St. Vincent since July. In addition, the West Pavilion at Providence St. Vincent in Southwest Portland, the hub of cardiac activity on the hospital campus, will be named for Phil and Penny Knight, in recognition of their $75 million gift to Providence Heart Institute.
  • WATCH: ‘There was trauma to my soul’
    “My child, my baby, was violently torn apart and removed from my womb,” Tina Fortin told about 100 abortion foes gathered outside Planned Parenthood here Feb. 20. “I had no strong feelings or emotions. I was numb. I was apathetic, just going along with society. It was easy.”
  • At 40 Days for Life opening Mass, Archbishop Sample says abortion is part of growing ‘culture of death’
    Abortion is the clearest sign of an intensifying culture of death, said Archbishop Alexander Sample at an opening Mass for the spring 40 Days for Life campaign Feb. 20.
  • After adapting to record-low limits on refugee admissions, Catholic Charities now prepares to welcome more families
    No matter how many times Matthew Westerbeck stands in the Portland International Airport and greets a refugee family, he always finds it an emotionally profound experience.

  • Archbishop urges fervent preparation during Lent
    As Lent began, Archbishop Alexander Sample encouraged Catholics to enter the season fully through prayer, fasting and good works, all with the goal of growing closer to Christ.
Two lawmakers in trouble
    Two Catholic state lawmakers are facing the condemnation of peers in Salem.
  • PeaceHealth’s Strides for social justice launching
    EUGENE —Strides for Social Justice, a PeaceHealth initiative developed in partnership with the Eugene Marathon, officially launches Feb. 19, during the NAACP’s annual Freedom Fund dinner.
  • Winter clothing drive changes shape
    SPRINGFIELD — During a pandemic, it has not made sense to have people donate used clothing for the needy. So Catholic Community Services of Lane County changed its annual winter clothing drive to an online donation of money that is going toward clothing vouchers for clients.
  • ‘Save Myanmar’ protest at Pioneer Courthouse Square
    The Zomi Association of USA has organized a protest to end the Burmese military coup in Myanmar. Burma is another name for Myanmar.
    The “Save Myanmar” protest takes place at Pioneer Courthouse Square 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. The Zomi, an ethnic minority in Myanmar, boasts a small community in Portland, with many in that community worshipping at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Southeast Portland.
  • A new app for Mass
    A Portland-based not-for-profit liturgical publisher has released an app that gives quick digital access to church music, readings, prayers and the Order of Mass.
  • Catholic Sentinel deliveries delayed
    Ice and snow are delaying the delivery of the Feb. 19 issues of the Catholic Sentinel and El Centinela.
  • Break-in at the Portland cathedral
    On Ash Wednesday at 3:27 a.m., according to an official Portland Police Bureau news release, Central Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a burglary in progress at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and its rectory.
  • Life Mass postponed to Feb. 20
    Due to inclement weather, the 40 Days for Life opening Mass was postponed to Saturday, Feb 20, 5:30 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church in Northeast Portland.
  • Marriage preparation workshop
    The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center invites engaged couples to attend a marriage preparation workshop. This weekend Zoom offering is the first of four workshops to be offered in 2021.
  • Appeal focuses on innovative ministry
    The theme of the 2021 Archdiocese of Portland Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal is “Return to Christ,” underlining the need for the faithful to return to Mass and the Eucharist as they are able. The collection is set for the weekend of Feb. 20-21 at parishes across western Oregon.
  • A rally for teens and young adults offers much-needed spiritual nourishment
    Young Oregon Catholics recently stepped away from their computers, tablets and smartphones — in some ways lifelines during the pandemic — to encounter what ultimately sustains life: sacraments, prayer and in-the-flesh friendship.
  • Even during pandemic, they back Tanzanian school
    Since Huruma School’s founding in 2004, Oregon Catholics have supported it. The school in Mwanza, Tanzania, provides elementary education for children with serious health conditions and disabilities.
  • Sr. Linda Roby, longtime director of deaf ministry in the archdiocese, receives a national award
    Sister Linda Roby, who ministered to the Oregon Catholic deaf community for decades, has “kept her eyes on Christ and deaf people in her heart,” said Jilene Modlin, a former assistant to the Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • Longtime pastor, keen to needs, dies at 90
    Learning Spanish. Launching the Eugene Oktoberfest. Overseeing construction of parish halls. Father James Dowd did whatever was needed for the good of the people of God.
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