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  • Synod synopsis shows love of church, hope for growth
    In western Oregon, the 10-page report says, Catholics are filled with life by the Eucharist and other sacraments, community life, catechesis, prayer and service. Catholics pointed out wounds in need of healing, including the clergy sex abuse scandal, divisions in the church, teaching on marriage and divorce, LGTBQ welcome and the role of women in the church.
  • Two parishes partner up to shelter homeless
    Two Portland Catholic parishes are teaming up to provide shelter to families in crisis.

  • Diaper collection for moms in need
    In response to the call of Archbishop Alexander Sample for parishes to be welcoming to, and supportive of, needy expectant mothers, the Respect Life Committee of St. Henry Parish in Gresham is holding a baby diaper collection drive for two local pregnancy centers at Masses Aug. 6 – 7 and 13 – 14.
  • Local Holy Names Sister a relative of friar on path to sainthood
    A Holy Names Sister who lives at Mary’s Woods traveled to Michigan late last month to celebrate and remember her well-known, well-loved relative.
  • Bequests can transform Catholic ministry
    No one knew it, but Tim Dieringer of Holy Family Parish in Southeast Portland took out a life insurance policy with Catholic Charities of Oregon as beneficiary.
  • Housing in works for Zomi refugees
    They had fled a junta that threatens and persecutes Catholics from Kham’s minority ethnic group, the Zomi. However, even with the assistance of others, Kham and the growing Portland Zomi population — now estimated at 600 — have found it a challenge to integrate into American culture, acquire jobs and locate affordable housing.
  • One truck found, the other lost
    The St. Vincent de Paul box truck stolen from St. Cecilia Parish in January was recovered about two months later in North Portland abandoned and damaged.
  • Oregonians to vote on gun-safety measure in November
    Lift Every Voice Oregon, an interfaith committee whose key leaders include Rev. Mark Knutson, pastor of Augustana Lutheran Church in Northeast Portland, and Rabbi Michael Cahana at Congregation Beth Israel, have succeeded in garnering enough signatures to put a gun-safety initiative on the November ballot in Oregon.
  • Local volunteers team up to feed homeless
    One of the corporal acts of mercy is to feed the hungry. That’s what Faith Café has done.

  • Catholic Charities dedicates low-cost housing alongside headquarters
    Here are the kind of residents who will live in Catholic Charities of Oregon’s newest affordable housing units: a grandmother who fell seriously ill just after getting stable in life and a woman who spent her savings on medical care for a child born premature.
  • Despite disappointing finish, Rupp zealous for future
    The date had been circled on the calendar of Galen Rupp fans for a long time: Sunday, July 17, 2022, the day of the men’s marathon at the World Athletic Championships, held in Eugene.
  • Pro-life activists urged to compassion and continued work
    Magnanimity, resolve and compassion. Those were the qualities put forward for western Oregon’s pro-life supporters during an Archdiocese of Portland webinar held June 28.
  • Franciscan scholar to be chancellor’s coordinator
    Franciscan Sister Paula Jean Miller has been named the new coordinator in the chancellor’s office for the Archdiocese of Portland.

  • Catholic health care: Ancient and misunderstood
    Catholicism has always emphasized healing — from Jesus’ many miracles that healed people in the crowds flocking to him to the earliest hospitals in Rome and France to today.
  • Festa Italiana Mass set for Aug. 13
    The Mass is set for Saturday, Aug. 13, at St. Michael, 424 SW Mill St.
  • Benefit golf tourney set
    The annual golf tournament to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Portland is set for Friday, Aug. 19, at Glendoveer Golf Course in outer Northeast Portland. Check-in starts at 11 a.m. and the shotgun tee-off is at 12:30 p.m. Dinner follows.
  • Oregon’s Catholic newspapers to shut down
    The Portland-based Catholic Sentinel and El Centinela newspapers will close Oct. 1, reflecting a national transition in Catholic communications, according to a press release issued jointly July 21 by the Archdiocese of Portland and Oregon Catholic Press.

  • Store, shoppers team up on donations
    Through the end of July, Catholic Community Services of Lane County is partnered up with the Springfield Grocery Outlet for the Independence from Hunger campaign.
  • The Grotto: Balancing compassion and mission
    “Very nice. The ambiance inside is serene,” a recent web review states. The reviewer then counsels, “The surrounding area does not reflect what you will find here.”
  • Celebratory Eugene rally held on day of Dobbs decision
    In recognition of the Supreme Court decision to overrule Roe v. Wade on June 24, pro-life advocates convened for a rally at the federal courthouse in Eugene. It was one of only 61 scheduled rallies across the nation.
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