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  • For nearly 100 years, St. Josephs-Blatt was a German American’s best friend
    In the 19th century, as emigrants were fleeing central Europe, a large group of Germans settled in Oregon. The community had its own church in Portland, St. Joseph. The now-defunct church was home to the area’s large German-speaking community for decades. In 1887, the parish’s pastor, Father Alois Sommer, started a monthly German Catholic newspaper, St. Josephs-Blattchen, or “St. Josephs Leaflets.”
  • Helping them stay warm for winter
    SPRINGFIELD — After more than a year of closure for the clothing room at Catholic Community Services of Lane County, the agency reopened the ministry Nov. 8 as winter approaches. One client at a time is allowed in as a measure against the spread of COVID-19.
  • Catholics asked to help refugees with gift cards
    Catholics can help newly arrived Afghan refugees in Oregon by locating housing and jobs and by donating Fred Meyer gift cards for clothing.
  • Online fundraisers up their game
    In the pandemic era, fall has become a season of digital Catholic fundraisers. The production value has increased since the first attempts last year.
  • Caregiving, ministering and volunteering: Seniors are essential
    Carlos Romo grew up volunteering. He remembers cleaning the Sisters of Charity’s Chapel in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as a Catholic high school student. He climbed a ladder so he could dust the crucifix, the Stations of the Cross, banisters, stained-glass windows and moldings.
  • Day of reflection theme: Forgiveness and healing
    This fall, the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women met for an annual day of recollection at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Southeast Portland.
  • Fires pose danger to homeless, neighbors
    Three large fires in Southeast Portland this autumn were associated with houseless individuals sheltering in abandoned buildings or camps nearby.
  • A prayer for Supreme Court decision
    Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christians are uniting in prayer today for the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization court case.
  • Rebuilding Together
    On what may be a rainy — or sunny — day in April, volunteers can participate on a parish team to provide critical repairs and renovations for low-income homeowners in the Portland area.
  • Women leaders in the church
    In early November, Pope Francis for the first time named a woman — an Italian member of the U.S.-based Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist — to the No. 2 position in the governorship of Vatican City. Earlier this year he appointed two women to key Vatican posts previously held only by men. The pope’s actions reflect his repeatedly articulated belief that there must be greater roles for females both outside and inside the church.
  • Newest CYO hall of famer thanks CYO and Title IX
    This year’s inductee into the CYO Hall of Fame is Maureen Clifford Atchison, a groundbreaking Oregon woman athlete who gives much of the credit for her athletic success to CYO and Title IX.
  • Fall bazaars: A western Oregon Catholic tradition for at least 150 years
    An early instance of a western Oregon parish Christmas bazaar comes in November 1877.
  • Gift drive for children starting
    About 400 children will receive Christmas gifts thanks to a partnership between Catholic Charities of Oregon and local businesses.
  • My father’s WWII Vatican rosary
    My father, William Joseph Geary, was born in June 1915 into a very Catholic, very American and a very historic Irish family.
  • Pent-up enthusiasm for bazaars
    The number of fall bazaars at Catholic parishes may be fading, but enthusiasm is high this year after the pandemic snuffed 2020 gatherings.
  • Anti-poverty projects funded by collection
    Catholic parishes in western Oregon will take up an annual collection the weekend of Nov. 13-14 with an eye to getting at the roots of poverty.
  • Supply chain issues rock headstone industry, creating long delays for grieving families
    For families who’ve lost a loved one, choosing a headstone is one of the final things they do as part of funeral and burial arrangements. The finality of the stone can bring closure. But for families who’ve lost someone during the pandemic, getting a headstone has become a long process.
  • Protecting the forest
    After the winds began on Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2020, Karen von Borstel, property director at Camp Howard, kept a weeklong vigil, guarding against potential trouble at the camp.
  • Refugees close to securing oxygen aid
    About $20,000 is still needed to buy, transport and guard a machine that will create oxygen to save COVID-19 patients in a troubled region of Myanmar.
  • Providence’s Vance to focus on role as president of operations and strategy
    Lisa Vance, who has been serving as chief executive for Providence in Oregon as well as president for operations and strategy for Providence’s North regions, will now transition completely into her president role. A search for an Oregon leader will begin immediately, with William Olson, chief operating officer for Providence Oregon, serving as interim chief executive during that search.
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