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  • Bill allows disabled patients to have an advocate
    SALEM — Just before Independence Day, the Oregon Legislature quickly passed a load of legislation, including a bill that allows Oregonians with disabilities to have an advocate along when being admitted to the hospital.
  • Safety and creativity: Catholic schools plan for reopening
    Each morning during the academic year, Holy Trinity Principal Ashley Sheridan and Father David Gutmann, pastor of the Beaverton parish, would open the doors of the school together. “A rush of kids would enter, and we’d have to say, ‘No running,’ and there was so much energy and joy,” recalled Sheridan.

  • Federal program, with faith communities’ help, continues to feed thousands
    Parameters changed at the start of the month for distribution of federal coronavirus food box aid. The shifts affect the Archdiocese of Portland and other religious organizations that have been pitching in.
  • No major attacks on western Oregon parishes
    As fringe protesters in California continue to destroy statues of St. Junipero Serra, the Archdiocese of Portland as of July 8 has received no reports of serious attacks on church or school property in western Oregon.
Initiative launched to help moms in need
    As parishes reopen, one of the first things Archbishop Alexander Sample hopes they’ll do is find a way to accompany and assist pregnant women.
She was Queen of Rosaria, 1938
    But for the pandemic, this is the time of year when Portland’s Rose Festival Queen would hit high gear. She’d attend parades, pose for photos and speak to children.
  • Western Oregon Catholic papers garner journalism awards
    The Catholic Sentinel and El Centinela earned 32 prizes during the 2020 Catholic Media Conference. 
  • Junior high students organize protest
    While many adults are uneasy with the unrest in the city and nation, one group of Portland youths came forward to say they feel the pain of generations of systematic racism, violence and hate.
  • ‘Food, Family, Faith’: A work of mercy with unexpected good results
    The Archdiocese of Portland and its parishes so far have helped distribute about 150,000 boxes of federal food aid to northwestern Oregon families rocked by the coronavirus outbreak and the economic downturn that followed.
  • Blanchet House continues meals to go
    With the start of phase 1 reopening in Multnomah County June 19, restaurants were able to open, so long as they maintain social distancing between patrons. But one downtown Portland feeding site — Blanchet House of Hospitality — will continue to serve meals to-go for the foreseeable future.
  • Grotto reopens
    “You are welcome here to this holy, quiet place where God’s love is reflected in the beauty of His creation, in the smiles of our staff and in the prayers of the Friars and Sisters.”
  • Rosary prayed to counter Satanists
    Archbishop Alexander Sample asked Catholics in western Oregon to pray a rosary the afternoon of June 21, at the same hour a march of Satanists was under way in Salem.

  • UPDATED: ‘Serving God, not time’
    In 1993, 39-year-old nuclear engineer Hal Elkins hit the bottle and fell into a jealous rage. He pocketed a gun and stumbled into a Salem restaurant. There, he shot his girlfriend, Kathryn Linn, and the man she was with, Marvin Eugene Mayer. Linn died and Mayer was seriously hurt. A jury convicted Elkins, and the judge imposed a 33-year sentence in Oregon State Penitentiary.
  • MAX stabber sentenced to life in prison
    Jeremy Christian, the man known for murdering two men on a Portland MAX train in 2017, was sentenced June 24 to life in prison with no possibility of ever being freed.
  • CYO dinner postponed a year
    Catholic Youth Organization/Camp Howard says it will not hold its annual fall fundraising gala. Staff are on furlough. 
  • Clothing giveaway set
    On Wednesday, June 24, 9 a.m.-noon, a large selection of children’s clothing and a smaller selection of adult clothes will be given away in the parking lots of the Catholic Community Services centers at 1463 6th Ave. in Eugene and 1025 G St. in Springfield.
  • One family’s tales
    MILWAUKIE — In the archives of St. John the Baptist Parish here sat a defunct pocket-sized voice recorder. The parish recently loaned the device to the Catholic Sentinel to see what could be made of it.
  • Called to tradition
    GRANTS PASS — A traditionalist group has been holding unauthorized liturgies in Grants Pass. The Archdiocese of Portland has responded with a warm invitation to a Sunday extraordinary form Mass at Sacred Heart Parish in nearby Medford.
  • Fr. Todd Molinari: For the love of Christ and his people

    It takes dexterity for a young altar server not to trip as he walks, censer in hand, around a church in a eucharistic procession. Periodically he must turn and walk backward while incensing the elevated Eucharist.

  • Fr. Neil Moore: A ministry of presence and mercy
    “Tenderness,” said Father Neil Moore. “That’s the word I wanted when we talked about what God’s mercy is.”
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