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  • 25 YEARS A PRIEST: Holy Cross Fr. Ed Obermiller
    Holy Cross Father Ed Obermiller, who long has served at the University of Portland, is celebrating 25 years as a priest.
  • Eucharistic revival coming
    An excited Archbishop Alexander Sample on June 18 announced an upcoming period of eucharistic revival in the U.S. Catholic Church. While secular media reported mostly on politicians and Communion, the U.S. Catholic bishops took a broader perspective as they planned a document on the Eucharist and slated celebrations for the next three and a half years.
  • With the help of Oregon Knights, unclaimed remains laid to rest
    KLAMATH FALLS — Oregon’s Knights of Columbus gathered here April 30 – May 2 for their annual state convention. The gathering, the 113th in state history, was hosted by Klamath Falls Knights at Sacred Heart Parish. In addition to hosting, the local council celebrated their centennial.
  • Catholic dads take a closer look at St. Joseph
    Joe Herman, a longtime member of St. Mary, Star of the Sea Parish in Astoria, was named after his grandfather, not St. Joseph.
  • Providence breaks new ground at Providence Willamette Falls
    Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center has broken ground on the 32,000-square-foot Carol Danielson Suzuki Cancer Center and expansion project at the hospital.
  • Priest assigned to Tigard parish
    The Archdiocese of Portland announced June 17 that Father Peter Nhat Hoang has been assigned as parochial vicar of St. Anthony Parish in Tigard, effective July 1.
  • Domestic violence escalated during pandemic; advocates worry about the long-term consequences
    Home meant safety for many Americans as the coronavirus spread across the country last year. But it meant panic and pain for women abused by their spouse, boyfriend or partner.
  • Sentinel named best diocesan paper in US, Canada
    For the fourth time in five years, the Catholic Sentinel is top of the class among Catholic newspapers in the United States and Canada.
  • Bill would thwart Catholic health care advances
    In April, a committee of the Oregon House of Representatives passed a bill that would direct the Oregon Health Authority to approve or deny mergers, acquisitions, and affiliations among larger hospitals, insurers and other health providers.
  • St. Mary Parish holds a eucharistic procession, bringing together English- and Spanish-speaking parishioners
    MOUNT ANGEL — After a year of social distancing and a decadelong hiatus from the tradition, the St. Mary Parish community here came together for a eucharistic procession on Corpus Christi.
  • Vaccination clinic at Blanchet house
    Blanchet House, a venerable Catholic ministry to homeless and low-income Portlanders, hosted a walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic May 19.
  • Masks off outside at Grotto
    Those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are welcome to remove their masks while outside at The Grotto in Northeast Portland. The Catholic sanctuary still requires masks inside buildings and asks all guests to observe social distancing guidelines.
One hour outside Blanchet House with Jenn Coon
    During Blanchet House of Hospitality’s lunch and dinner hours, you’ll likely find Jenn Coon talking with guests on the sidewalk. A petite woman in a yellow safety vest, Coon offers assistance to people struggling to survive in downtown Portland — most unhoused. And Coon is busy.
  • 2021 priest reassignments announced
    The Archdiocese of Portland has announced 2021 new assignments for 13 priests and two transitional deacons who will be ordained priests in the coming weeks. The reassignments listed below are effective July 1 unless noted otherwise. More reassignments are expected in the near future.
  • Two monsignors enter senior status
    The Archdiocese of Portland has announced that two monsignors are about to enter senior status — that means they’ll slow down. But priests never really retire.
  • Meatless meals at Blanchet
    Blanchet House, the Portland Catholic-founded ministry to people who are homeless, now offers vegetarian and vegan options for guests. One man said he prefers a meatless dish like Chef Shannon Chasteen’s chickpea curry over rice because of health issues.
  • Archbishop Sample blesses PeaceHealth Sacred Heart chapel
    EUGENE —Archbishop Alexander Sample blessed the new chapel in the lobby at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center, University District campus May 20. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the small in-person ceremony was streamed to PeaceHealth Oregon caregivers.
  • PeaceHealth joins nationwide campaign to promote COVID-19 vaccination
    PeaceHealth is collaborating with a coalition of 60 of America’s top hospitals and health care institutions on a nationwide campaign to encourage adults to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Msgr. Pham dies
    He came to the United States in 1975 after the fall of Saigon and served in the Archdiocese of Portland as one of the first parish priests and later episcopal vicar for Our Lady of La Vang Parish, home to many Vietnamese refugees and their descendants.
  • Sacrament then service: Trailmen of all ages help spruce up Brigittine monastery
    AMITY — A crew of 30 boys and men — kindergartners through high school seniors and their fathers — showed up May 15 with safety glasses, gloves and a willingness to work hard during a cleanup day at the Brigittine Monastery here.
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