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Oregon African American Catholics’ legacy of joy amid injustice
    In Oregon, as in cities nationwide, African American Catholics know the joy of parish life as well as injustice. Many believe the persistent calls for racial equality this summer have the potential to strip away some of the racism present both in society and the Catholic Church.
    Archbishop Alexander Sample takes a turn hefting boxes of food for needy people Aug. 11 at St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton.
  • ‘God has plans for us’
    God is asking people of faith to be signs of hope in troubled times, Archbishop Alexander Sample said during an Aug. 7 livestreamed talk from his home chapel.
  • New requirements make in-person learning less likely for schools
    A new set of metrics from Oregon Gov. Kate Brown have increased the likelihood that the majority of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Portland will begin the school year with a fully digital format. Some schools have made the call and intend to start with remote instruction.
  • De La Salle breaks ground on new campus
    De La Salle North Catholic High School broke ground on its new campus at a small ceremony July 21 at St. Charles Parish in Northeast Portland.
‘So strong in faith’: Newest member welcomed into western Oregon’s Catholic deaf community
    Before the final words of “Do you believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth?” had been fully signed during the profession of faith, Chris Moore responded with a fervent “I do!” in sign language.
  • UPDATE: Longtime Jesuit pastor who came of age in Portland dies at 89
    A memorial Mass for Jesuit Father Tom McCarthy is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at St. Francis Church in Sherwood. The Mass will be livestreamed and information on signing up to attend in person will be available on the parish website. The longtime pastor in western Oregon died Aug. 1 at a hospital near the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California. He was 89.
  • PPP loans sustained vital ministries
    In the Archdiocese of Portland, many parishes and ministries received funds from the Payroll Protection Program, federal coronavirus relief meant to help businesses and nonprofits retain jobs. Leaders of the Catholic entities say the loans prevented major unemployment, sustained vital ministries for people on the margins and made long-term organization survival more likely.
Blanchet House board has new president
    The Blanchet House board of directors has elected Jerry Quinn as new board president. Quinn succeeds Emily Harrington, who served as president starting in 2018 and will remain on the board.
  • Racism and resilience: An overview of Catholic African American history
    As demonstrations and conversations remain impassioned in the wake of George Floyd’s death in May, it’s all the more urgent “to have an honest look at history and the Catholic Church’s past,” said Gloria Purvis, a Washington, D.C.-based pro-life advocate, vocal proponent of the Black Lives Matter movement and fellow radio show host with Deacon Burke-Sivers. “In many ways,” Purvis said, it’s a miracle that there are Black Catholics.”
  • Archbishop calls for end to violence, return to effort for justice
    As the national spotlight landed on his city and its ongoing protests, Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample on July 24 made a plea for citizens to leave violence behind and return to a campaign for racial justice.
  • A Catholic mother explains why she protests
    “Hands up! Don't shoot!” Sabrina Sheehy and scores of other mothers sent the chant toward federal officers in downtown Portland July 23.
  • When illness, loss of employment, civil unrest and other adversities arise, we look for solutions for our unsettled feelings. This interactive virtual Zoom session, presented by the Northwest Catholic Counseling Center, provides tools for identifying sources of anxiety.
  • Providence opens weight center
    Providence has opened the Center for Weight Management, with a multidisciplinary approach offering patients non-surgical and surgical weight loss programs.
  • At-home camping
    The first moment I mentioned to my children that I would let them camp in the living room, they were overjoyed. I collected their sleeping bags and a small lantern. Meanwhile, they quickly gathered stuffed animals, water bottles, toothbrushes, three-days’ worth of clothing, and snacks. I helped them make a blanket fort in the living room, which they told me they intended to sleep in for three nights.
  • Fr. Richard Thompson: With joy and laughter

    Since he was a young priest at St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton, Father Richard Thompson has walked into classrooms and told the parish children to greet him if they see him outside of church. “And if you don’t know what to say, ask what color my socks are,” the jovial priest would say. To further encourage the children, Father Thompson offered five dollars to anyone who caught him not wearing burgundy socks.

  • The surge of COVID-19 cases and the temporary closure of Huber’s dining rooms make the event imprudent and so it has been canceled. 
  • Fr. Paschal Ezurike: A calling found in childhood
    For some priests, the desire to take up the cloth comes late in life. For Father Paschal Ezurike, the call came early.
  • Retiring priest grateful for the people
    BEAVERTON — As Msgr. Richard Paperini unpacked at St. John Vianney retirement community here, he felt grateful for those he met, served and collaborated with during 43 years of priesthood.
  • Shopping can help needy
    Through July, Catholic Community Services of Lane County is joining forces with the Springfield Grocery Outlet for the annual Independence from Hunger campaign.
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