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  • The Catholic Sentinel: Defending the faith in recent decades
    Former Catholic Sentinel reporter and layout editor Jon DeBellis described the paper as a way for people to feel connected to the church beyond their parish. “I’m not rich, so I can’t fly to Rome to experience the Vatican,” he said. “But working for the paper gave me a sense of the bigger church. Reading it still does.”
  • Free flu vaccinations available
    Shots will be available on Friday Oct. 30, 8 a.m.-noon at the Catholic Community Services Springfield Service Center located at 1025 G Street.
  • A Catholic firefighter’s calling in Oregon
    It was 3 a.m. when Scott West climbed into bed Sept. 8, the day after Oregon’s fires turned catastrophic. He’d had no time to process the night’s blur of activity, the power and omnipresent feel of the blazes, or that he’d likely saved two lives.
St. Vincent de Paul working to keep up with need
    When the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the country in March and April, helping agencies like St. Vincent de Paul’s Portland Council could only be unprepared.
Food box supplier changes
    The federal government has changed suppliers for assembling federal coronavirus food aid. The Archdiocese of Portland and a handful of parishes around the western part of the state have been distribution partners.
  • Highlights from the US bishops’ statement on public and political life
    • We bishops do not intend to tell Catholics for whom or against whom to vote. Our purpose is to help Catholics form their consciences in accordance with God’s truth.
  • Additional awards for Sentinel reporting
    Due to a software glitch, the Catholic Press Association mistakenly left out a number of prizes during the 2020 Catholic Media Conference awards celebration, held virtually in July. The updated award listing indicates the Catholic Sentinel won two additional prizes, bringing this year’s tally for El Centinela and the Catholic Sentinel to 34 honors.
  • WATCH: Rosary, exorcism held to bring peace and justice to city
    Archbishop Alexander Sample offered a rosary for peace and conducted an exorcism for a city that has witnessed peaceful racial justice protests peppered with riots for more than four months.
  • Diverse paths merged in Beaverton religious community
    BEAVERTON — It seems God guides people past closed doors to open windows. The vocational tracks for two Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows began in different parts of the world, went many directions, then led to one place of peace in Beaverton.
  • College-age son steps up during evacuation
    MEDFORD — Aaron Mendez, a 19-year-old civil engineering major enrolled at Oregon State University, was intent on Zoom meetings Sept. 8 at the family home in Phoenix. Aaron didn’t know flames were surging northward along Highway 99 toward him and his younger brothers.
  • Archbishop urges thoughtful voting
    Archbishop Alexander Sample on Oct. 9 appealed to voters to explore issues deeply and apply the principles of natural law before casting ballots.
  • St. Clare Parish takes drive-up donations for Warm Springs tribes
    St. Clare Parish in Southwest Portland held a drive-up donation drive Aug. 13 in the church parking lot, collecting water, canned foods and toiletries for the people of Warm Springs.
  • UO's Knight Campus, PeaceHealth partner on medical research
    EUGENE — The University of Oregon’s Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact and PeaceHealth announced today a joint center for biomedical research, initially focused on facilitating clinical need-based research collaborations and supporting careers of underrepresented scientists and engineers.
  • Archbishop Sample to lead prayers for peace
    Archbishop Alexander Sample will lead the Catholic Church in western Oregon in prayers for peace in Portland and Oregon at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in the North Park Blocks. “There is no better time than in the wake of civil unrest and the eve of the elections to come together in prayer, especially here in Portland,” said Archbishop Sample. 
  • Catholic Conference opposes drug rehab proposal
    The Oregon Catholic Conference, public policy arm of the Archdiocese of Portland and the Diocese of Baker, strongly opposes Ballot Measure 110, explaining that the proposal is a poor means to a noble goal.
  • Burger retires from Providence
    “To all of our dedicated and selfless caregivers and providers who commit your lives to serve others, know how much you have blessed me,” Janice Burger wrote in an email sent announcing her retirement. 
  • Archbishop encourages young, healthy Catholics back to Eucharist
    In his Oct. 2 online Chapel Chat, Archbishop Alexander Sample invited and urged Catholics to return to Mass if they are able.

  • Portland area Catholics gathered to pray rosary outside new Planned Parenthood clinic
    As rain poured from the sky, dozens processed behind a statue of Mary from St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Southeast Portland to the nearby Planned Parenthood clinic. The faithful gathered, with rosaries in hand, to ask for Mary’s intercession.
  • Black Catholic men’s conference coming up
    Oregon Catholics will be among those participating in the National Black Catholic Men’s Conference Oct. 23-25 via Zoom.

  • Father Gerald Quintal dies at 81
    UPDATED OCT. 13, 3:10 P.M. — Father Gerald Quintal, a pastor who had long stays at parishes and who was former vocations director in the Archdiocese of Portland, died Oct. 4 in his sleep. He was 81. There will be a private graveside service.
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