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Archdiocesan Announcements

Archbishop Sample’s Powerful Spiritual Insight

Archbishop Sample shares a simple, powerful insight into a well-known gospel story. Watch this new video to learn what he discovered and what you can do to stop fearing and begin trusting more.

JESUS CHANGES EVERYTHING

A PRAYER FOR EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL 

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who promised to stay with us always, until the end of the age.
Reawaken our wonder at His presence in the Most Holy Eucharist. May our hearts burn within us as He opens the Scriptures and breaks the bread.
Give us the eyes of faith to recognize His presence in our brothers and sisters, especially in the face of the poor and the suffering.
Nourished by the Eucharist, send us forth to walk faithfully as missionary disciples, proclaiming the Gospel to every heart and extending Your kingdom to every land. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the National Eucharistic Revival

Reject God (for the Right Reasons) – Archbishop Sample

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Archdiocesan Report on the Synod

August 9, 2022

“Last year, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, called for a global Synod on Synodality, For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission. He asked every diocese in the world to participate in this consultation process. CLICK HERE for full report

Archbishop Sample on Abortion

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The Archbishop on denying Communion

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The Archbishop’s statement on the reversal of Roe v Wade

https://archdpdx.org/news/pastoral-statement-us-supreme-court-ruling-in-dobbs-v-jackson

Consecration of Russian & Ukraine to Immaculate Heart

On Friday, March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Pope Francis carried out the solemn Act of Consecration of humanity, and Russia and Ukraine in particular, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. That does not mean everything is done. Please keep praying to our mother.

For copies of the prayer to Our Lady, Click Here.

Finding Peace During Conflict and Anxiety

“Sometimes, it feels like the world is full of chaos, confusion, conflict. Enemies seem to be multiplying. Trouble always seems to be coming our way. Our fears, our anxieties, our uncertainties, they can be debilitating. How should a Christian respond? The answer is simple, run to Jesus.”

JESUS CHANGES EVERYTHING

The Problem with the Real Presence

Houston, We Have a Problem

There’s a problem with the Real Presence in the Eucharist, and it demands a decision. There’s no middle ground—right or wrong—the logic of our beliefs calls out for a response. Get engaged. Watch the video.

Check out these upcoming events in our Catholic community

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Statewide Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration

Archdiocesan Prayer for the Synod

Now until August 2022
Please join us in praying for the Synod on Synodality
Share these print-at-home prayers with your friends and family! Está también disponible en Español!
archdpdx.org/synod-prayer

Go Fish Conference

Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1 in Newport
The Go Fish Conference is an annual event hosted by the Saint John Society, open to all Catholic college students in the Pacific Northwest. Come to be inspired by Christ and strengthened in community, to deepen in your faith with talks and small group discussion, adoration and mass, all while enjoying the beauty of the Oregon Coast!

Camp Howard Open Houses

Saturday, May 21 and Sunday June 26 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Meet the staff, self-guided tours, learn about camp activities, view our cabins, and enjoy homemade refreshments.

“Prodigal Daughters, Prodigal Sons” with Fr. Tony Stephens, CPM

St. Helen’s Parish Mission, “Prodigal Daughters, Prodigal Sons” with Fr. Tony Stephens, CPM, will be from Sunday, May 1st to Thursday, May 5th at 600 6th Avenue in Sweet Home.  Join us for nightly talks at 7:00pm on the following topics:

·         May 1st:  “The Love of the Father”

·         May 2nd:  “The Younger Son:  Accepting Responsibility”

·         May 3rd:  “The Elder Son:  Burning Bridges”

·         May 4th:   “Why Confession?”

·         May 5th:  “Our Lady the Mother of Mercy” (with closing Mission Mass)

Fr. Tony will be available for Reconciliation from 5:30 to 6:30pm each evening and again after each talk.  For more information, please see our website or our poster, or call St. Helen’s Parish office at 541-367-2530.

“Hijas pródigas, hijos pródigos” con el P. Tony Stephens, CPM

Misión Parroquial de St. Helen, “Hijas Pródigas, Hijos Pródigos” con el P. Tony Stephens, CPM, estará desde el domingo 1ro de mayo hasta el jueves 5 de mayo en  600 6th Avenue en Sweet Home. Únase a nosotros para charlas nocturnas a las 7:00 pm sobre los siguientes temas:

· 1 de mayo: “El Amor del Padre”
· 2 de mayo: “El Hijo Menor: Aceptar la Responsabilidad”
· 3 de mayo: “El hijo mayor: puentes en llamas”
· 4 de mayo: “¿Por qué la confesión?”
· 5 de mayo: “Nuestra Señora Madre de la Misericordia” (con Misa de clausura de la Misión)

El Padre Tony estará disponible para el sacramento de reconciliación de 5:30 a 6:30 pm todas las noches y nuevamente después de cada charla. Para obtener más información, consulte nuestro sitio web o nuestro folleto, o llame a la oficina parroquial de St. Helen al 541-367-2530.

St. Joseph the Worker Fundraising Event

Join us virtually on Sunday, May 1 at 5:30 pm as we begin our fundraising event in support of shelter ministries with a special video message from CEO Josh Graves and inspiring stories of service and gratitude. We will share the impact of your generosity through testimonials on our website and social media. Thanks to our generous in-kind sponsors, the popular Wine, Beer & Coffee Pull will also be part of the celebration, a fun and rewarding way to support the vital ministries of St. Joseph Family Shelter, Mission Benedict & Casa Adele.   https://ccswv.org/2022sjsevent/

Our Story

To Find Great Answers We Need to Ask Great Questions

Why Is There Something Rather than Nothing?
The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

If you were to ask the average high school or college student where they would go to get spiritual enlightenment—to better understand the meaning and purpose to their lives—few, if any, would say the Catholic Church. And that, of course, we should want to change. Because the Catholic story—Our Story—is a love story. It is THE Love story—the greatest love story ever told. And every person has a God-given right to hear it and understand it. Today’s video is about the first part of Our Story—the story of our creation.

Let your understanding be transformed in Christ.

Jesus Changes Everything

Click here for part 1 – CREATED

Why Is Everything So Messed Up?

Because YOU Have an Enemy Who Hates You
This video shows how to identify and resist his tactics. Be Hopeful, friends. I promise…
JESUS CHANGES EVERYTHING.

Click here for part 2 – CAPTURED

A RADICAL CLAIM. AN INVASION. A SACRIFICE.

If you were to ask the average high school or college student where they would go to get spiritual enlightenment—to better understand the meaning and purpose of their lives—few would say the Catholic Church. And that, of course, we should want to change. Because the Catholic story—Our Story—is a love story. It is THE Love story—the greatest love story ever told. Every person has a God-given right to hear it and understand it. Today’s video is about the third part of Our Story—the story of our rescue.

Let your understanding be transformed in Christ.

JESUS CHANGES EVERYTHING

Click here for part 3 – RESCUED

The One Thing Necessary to Live Your Life Fully

Living an incredible life is simple. The key is making the decision to believe. The truth is, the response of faith is a choice and it’s the greatest choice you can make. It will change everything in your life for the better.

JESUS CHANGES EVERYTHING

Click here for part 4 – RESPONSE

Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal

Click here to see the Archdiocese information

I’m truly excited to share this series of videos with you! Designed to help you share the love of Jesus, it begins with a simple “Elevator Pitch” of our faith that helps answer the question: “If you had only 1-minute to explain the story of Christianity, how would you do it!?”

The rest of the videos in the series go a bit deeper.

Archbishop Sample answers the question “What is Evangelization?” First of a four-part series.

WATCH HERE

“What is Evangelization?” Second of a four-part series.

WATCH HERE

“What is Evangelization?” Third of a four-part series.

WATCH HERE

“What is Evangelization?” Last of a four-part series.

WATCH HERE

“By living our lives in Christ and showing that in the way we live, it draws others and attracts others. But how do we get there?

Watch Archbishop Sample’s recent homily where he talks about the importance of evangelism in our everyday lives.

WATCH HERE

Dive in! Let’s live this together!

Archbishop Sample
Jesus Changes Everything

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Archdiocese Statement on Oregon Mask Mandates

March 1, 2022

The state will officially lift the indoor mask requirement for Oregonians on March 12, 2022. Beginning Saturday, March 12, the faithful will no longer be required to wear masks in Catholic churches or while attending faith-based Catholic activities. Mask use will be optional. The mask mandate will also be lifted for Catholic schools making masking in schools optional as of March 12.

Parishes are encouraged to continue livestreaming Masses for those who are not yet comfortable returning to church.

The faithful are asked to continue to be charitable and respectful of one another whether individuals and families choose to wear masks in faith-based settings.

If you have any questions about the lifting of the mask mandate or other COVID-19 related issues, please contact me at: tcooper@archdpdx.org or 503-233-8386.

Thank you! And may God bless you.

Mandato de uso de cubrebocas por COVID-19 termina el 12 de 
marzo, 2022

El Estado levantará oficialmente el requisito de usar cubrebocas en espacios 
interiores para los habitantes de Oregon el 12 de marzo de 2022. A partir del
sábado 12 de marzo, ya no se requerirá que los fieles usen cubrebocas en 
las iglesias Católicas o mientras asisten a otras actividades en sus 
parroquias. El uso de cubrebocas será opcional. El mandato respecto al uso 
de cubrebocas también se levantará para las escuelas Católicas, lo que hará 
que el uso de cubrebocas en las escuelas sea opcional a partir del 12 de 
marzo.

Se alienta a las parroquias a continuar transmitiendo misas en vivo para 
aquellos que aún no se sienten cómodos regresando a la iglesia.

Se pide a los fieles que continúen siendo caritativos y respetuosos entre sí, 
ya sea que las personas y las familias que elijan usar cubrebocas o no.

Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el la conclusión del mandato de cubrebocas u
otros problemas relacionados con COVID-19, comuníquese conmigo a: 
tcooper@archdpdx.org o 503-233-8386. 

¡Muchas gracias!  Que Dios los bendiga.

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Dispensation Revoked

Archbishop’s Message on COVID and Call to Return to Mass: Pastoral Message

Decree of Dispensation Lifted

Decreto – Español

Resources on Abuse

A Letter from Archbishop Alexander K. Sample Regarding the Latest Reports of Clergy Abuse: English

Pope Francis’ “Letter to the People of God”: ENGLISH  & SPANISH

August 16, 2018: President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference Announces Effort That Will Involve Laity, Experts, and the Vatican as U.S. Bishops Resolve to Address “Moral Catastrophe”

Word on Fire – Bishop Barron

Child Protection/Victim Assistant for the Archdiocese

CONTACT NUMBERS: Child Protection: 503-233-8302, Victim Assistance: 503-416-8810