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  • The last editorial
    Our rich intellectual tradition, our catechism and beautiful doctrine can give us the comical and self-limiting illusion that we understand God’s ways. I am sure the Father, Son and Spirit have a good laugh at that.
  • From the Archives
    It is therefore with mingled feelings of trepidation and of joy that we launch our craft upon the stormy and often disastrous sea of journalism.
  • ‘And fishes’
    Mostly I realized early on that parishes are the heart of church.
  • A fond farewell
    I will cherish those conversations that have made me laugh, consoled me, answered my questions, and questioned my point of view.
  • A small job I’ve done
    On Sept. 20, I wept because of Scripture. It wasn’t the actual content of God’s word, but only the chapter and verse numbers.
  • The close of an era
    For 152 years, the paper has been part of the glue that has held the Catholic community in western Oregon together.
  • Hopeful sadness
    The closure of the Catholic Sentinel and El Centinela has caused feelings of emptiness, frustration and sadness in the Oregon Catholic community.
  • In his recent national televised address to the Russian people, President Putin said, “In the event of a threat to the territorial integrity of our country and to defend Russia and our people, we will certainly make use of all weapon systems available to us. This is not a bluff.”
  • I remember one day cracking open a case of zucchini and seeing my byline staring back at me.
  • ‘A lively tabloid’
    It was a lively tabloid in which we jammed a gallon’s worth of content in a pint-sized container each week.
  • Voice of immigrants will be quieted
    A publication that has been the voice of Hispanic immigrants for these 27 years is coming to an end.
  • As good as they get
    The editor of a small Catholic paper does everything from deciphering hand-written letters to the editor from 90-year-old Catholics to navigating dicey chancery politics.
  • They told our story
    The paper makes us feel part of the family, this diverse, West Coast, rag-tag bunch of sinners all striving, by the grace of God, to follow Christ, live out the Gospel, and become the saints he calls us to be, right here in the glorious backdrop of western Oregon.
  • Change can mean new beginnings
    Isn’t it always shocking to endure these moments of seeming crisis — like when a beloved family member dies or when a job you’ve cherished comes to an end?
  • Sadness and joy
    How does the end of the Catholic Sentinel and El Centinela make me feel? Sad, yes. But also, it reminds me of just how much history and joy I experienced while I was a reporter and news editor at the Sentinel for close to 20 years.
  • We will miss the Catholic Sentinel
    “I grew up with the Catholic Sentinel!” was the cry that echoed across St. Helen Parish in Sweet Home and Holy Trinity Mission in Brownsville upon hearing that the Catholic Sentinel would cease publication after Oct. 1.
  • On the Feast of St. Francis
    ‘My sweet little sisters, birds of the sky, you are bound to heaven, to God, your Creator. In every beat of your wings and every note of your songs, praise him.'
  • The Magna Carta of education
    This November marks 100 years since passage of the Oregon School Bill, officially known as the Compulsory Education Bill. This vote, with a margin of 53% to 47%, ended parents’ rights to decide how to educate their children, ages 6-18, including their enrollment in private schools.
  • A university is a treasure
    If we fail to send our children to college, how will they know the fuller scope of God’s wonders?
  • From the archives
    There are four new brick stores lately completed, and several others in course of construction, which will be finished before winter.
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