Monday, May 16, 2005

Happy Birthday to the Church - She Takes a Lickin' Keeps on Tickin'!

The need for the last few e-letters to point out the dangers surrounding the innocent have eclipsed the great happenings and upcoming events giving strength, spiritual education opportunities and fellowship that help keep our Oregon Catholic family healthy. We have much to be thankful for. Please let your friends and church know about these events, we are truly blessed.


MAY   *Tuesday, May 17, 7 pm, Corvallis

Carl Olson author of, The DaVinci Hoax, Exposing the Errors in the DaVinci Code (Ignatius Press 2004) Francis Cardinal George calls this the "definitive debunking of the DaVinci Code

• "Get the Clear Facts About Confusing Fiction"
• Corvallis-Benton County Public Library Meeting Room, 645 Monroe St., Corvallis
• Come meet a great asset to our Church and to Oregon Catholics
• Google "Carl Olson" for more info.
• There is no cost. This is a gift from St. Mary Catholic Book Club, Corvallis.
Thursday, May 26, 7 pm, Portland

Dr. Joe Dasso, nationally known bioethicist's forum
• "The Health Benefits of Practicing Catholicism"
• Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Father Wayne Dawson,
• SE 52nd & Woodstock, Portland, OR 97206 503.775.6731
• Topics include how a faith-based lifestyle promotes physical and mental health. How longevity is linked to Sacramental Living. And how adhering to the principles of the Culture of Life really does bring Life.
• All are welcome - Free-will offering.


Thursday, Friday, Saturday - June 2, 3 and 4, Portland

"Teaching, Faith, and Service: The Foundation of Freedom" Conference

Sponsored by the University of Portland Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture and by the University of Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture.
University of Portland campus in North Portland

• The presentation by the Honorable John R. Noonan, Jr., U.S. Circuit
Judge for the Ninth Circuit, "Transparency in Theology: The Necessary
Condition for Catholic Teaching", June 2, 6:00-7:00 pm at
the Buckley Center Auditorium is free to the public.
• The presentation by Wm. David Solomon, Ph.D., "Doctors, Death and
Democratic Culture", Friday, June 3, 7:30-9:00 pm at the Buckley
Center Auditorium is free to the public. This deals with physician
assisted suicide.
• Physicians for Compassionate Care Officers and Board Members are
participating in presentations:
Friday, June 3, 2005, 9:00-10:15 am
Bioethics Roundtable
Dr. Tom Pitre, Fr. John Tuohey, Dr. Charles Benz
Saturday, June 4, 2005, 10:45-noon
Oregon's Experience with Physician Assisted Suicide
Dr. Ken Stevens, Dr. Bill Toffler, Dr. Greg Hamilton
• There is a registration charge for attendance of other presentations at the
Further information about the conference is available at:

Registration Card is available online at:
Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday -June 4, 5 and 6, & 7 , Corvallis, Salem, Portland

Dr. Brian Clowes, author and international speaker from Human Life International
• Saturday, June 4, 7pm
• “Is Dissent Good for the Church?”
• Corvallis-Benton County Public Library Meeting Room, 645 Monroe St., Corvallis
• Sponsored by St. Mary Catholic Book Club, Corvallis

• Sunday, June 5, Time and Topic TBA - Holy Rosary Church, Portland

• Monday, June 6, St. Mary's Upper Social Hall 9am (after daily mass) "The International Abortion Situation" 7pm (informal discussion) "Strategies for Fighting Dissent"
Monday, June 6 “The International Abortion Situation”
(9 AM -- after daily Mass -- St. Mary’s Upper Social Hall)
( 7 PM – informal discussion - strategies for fighting dissent)
Tuesday, June 7 “Demographic Impacts of Abortion”
(7 PM St. Joseph’s in Salem)

Women priests? Priest shortage? Do we even need a hierarchical church?
Hot button issues in the modern Catholic Church. Come hear Dr. Brian
Clowes, author and international speaker, for his take on dissent in
the Church. Join with others for this free talk at the Corvallis Public
Library meeting room, 7 p.m. Saturday, June 4. Sponsored by the St.
Mary's Catholic Book Club. Information: Jocelynn Abbott (541) 752-3917

Legislative Action

HB 2605 - Parental Notice - passed in the Oregon House!
;n Tuesday, May 3, 2005 the Oregon House passed HB 2605. The 32-27 vote was along party lines except for Rep. Bob Jenson (R-Pendleton) who voted with the Democrats against parental notice.

HB 2605 will now move to the Senate were Senate Majority Leader Kate Brown (D-Portland) has stated the bill will not receive a committee hearing. Oregon Right to Life is taking immediate action to try and secure a hearing.
Read more about the House's vote:
Parental-notification action passes House

Opinion - It's to help girls
House OKs parental-notification abortion bill
 I heard from the Respect Life Committee at St. Joseph's; they would like Brian Clowes to speak there the evening of Tuesday, June 7. They have reserved a room in the parish center.... will be one from his pro-life work....

Also, Janet Smith will be there on Saturday, September 24. They are planning an all-day conference on various aspects of natural law and Church teaching. They have invited Dr. Lynne Bissonette, a Catholic physician from Portland, to speak on marriage and the Theology of the Body: Also, a St. Joseph's homeschool family,

Mike and Amy McDermott (parents of six), are going to speak on Catholic family life.

1 comment:

Patricia said...

Thank you for keeping us informed. I had to respond to this because your subject line struck me on a personal level.

You had no way of knowing this, but I am blind and have a German shepherd guide dog. Until I saw your note however, it never occurred to me that God has now sent two German shepherds to guide me along life's paths.

Patricia Kepler