Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Traditional Latin Mass in Salem: June 1st, 7am

Starting June 1st and the first Sunday of each month,  Saint Joseph's Church in Salem will be having the Traditional Latin Mass.

The Mass is a Missa Cantata, which is a sung Mass.   

It will be at the 7:00 am mass and it's a great way to start the day. 

If you have a Latin missal of your own please bring it.  There will be some available for your use if needed.

This is a great way to learn about the beauty of this mass and learn more about our Faith.

All are welcome. 

 G.K Chesterton responded to the idea that Latin is a "dead" language: "Every living language is a dying language, even if it does not die. Parts of it are perpetually perishing or changing their sense; there is only one escape from that flux; and a language must die to be immortal."

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Spiritual War is On: Archbishop Sample Consecrates Archdiocese to 'Our Lady of Fatima": Sat. June 28th 2 pm

Catholic Sentinel May 13, 2014

On the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, and two days after Mother’s Day, Archbishop Alexander Sample announced that he will consecrate the Archdiocese of Portland to the Blessed Mother under the title of the “Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima.”

Inspired by Pope Francis, who consecrated the world
to Our Lady of Fatima last October, the archbishop wishes to entrust anew the entire archdiocese to Mary’s maternal protection.

The consecration will take place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland Saturday, June 28, on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Mass will begin at 2 p.m.

All people of good will are invited to join in the Mass and consecration. This consecration, along with a corresponding promotion of the First Saturday devotions, is part of a spiritual effort to help support marriages and families in the Archdiocese of Portland.

The new, National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima, which was blessed last October by Pope Francis, will be present for the Mass and consecration.

The original statue of Our Lady of Fatima arrives in procession for a Marian vigil led by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 12. The statue was brought from Portugal for a weekend of Marian events culminating in Pope Francis entrustin g the world to Mary. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

"Stericycle" and Oregon's Auschwitz

Thanks to Susan from Catholic Media Coalition for tracking this down for Oregon Catholics and others who find the burning of bodies for energy too close to an even more Godless society for comfort.
Here us the email from her:
"There is the culprit....Stericycle.
they service the clinics. On this following Stop Stericycle website you can click on your city to see pictures of Stericycle trucks picking up vats containing aborted babies. Click on EVIDENCE, then TRUCK SIGHTINGS. They pick up at both Orlando clinics.
Note that the Oregon COVANTA facility got their waste from STERICYCLE and connect the dots. Perhaps Covanta did not know that Stericycle services abortion clinics, however I find that hard to believe." ...Susan
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

VOCAL'S Hill to Die On. Some Things Never Change.

Do things never change? Why not a balanced voice for justice, peace and life in Christ Jesus.  His Holy Name truly changes things. Now for the rant. 
Pro-abortion and pro-homosexual "marriage" is promoted by the Office of "Life", Justice and Peace by its allegiance to Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon churches in monthly newsletters. 
It's interesting how the Matt Cato has turned the Office of "Life", Justice and Peace into a political forum that in the first place, probably isn't in his job description and in the second place leaves out important life issues and but not compatible with his friends of the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon bent.
In the news for Oregon is the using aborted babies for heat. Click on
He needs to be more aware of things like this.
1. Saturday May 10: Mother's Day Vigil at the Northwest Immigrant Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington.Oregonians don't have to go to Washington to expose the assault on life when it is in our own backyard.  But, this is not compatible with the pro-abortion mentality of most the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon churches.
2.  Sunday May 18th: What the Church Says About Care for Creation. Presented by Valerie Chapman, Climate Ambassador for the Catholic Climate Covenant. Great article from Orate Frates shows Valerie Chapman's ideals. This article is two years old, but nothing has changed. His blog is great. 
Valerie Chapman's St. Francis Parish is gay-friendly.  Any parish in Oregon welcomes everyone.  St. Francis is listed in
St. Francis also marched in the Gay Pride Parade ignoring Archbishop Sample's request not to march. 
Why then is this woman allowed to "teach" about another political issue climate change?

Another political focus that should be left to our Oregon Catholic Conference. Also really personal opinions that are not edited like, "Sometimes this is by default - centuries of unjust cultural norms (think slavery) and sometimes it's by design - laws that limit the participation of the average worker in favor of the owners of production.
Matt Cato has his own forum.  But he does not speak for all Oregon Catholics. His superior attitude is unnerving.

Some of the tone in this article -  "A little more than a decade later, society began to ebb away at labor's dignity. The waves of antipathy have yet to abate and roll back out to the waters of justice." 

This is a personal story that is hard to follow.  Again a platform is given to one who feels free to run with total abandon in many areas outside of his office,
Archdiocese of Portland 
Office of Life, Justice and Peace

May 2014
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Mother's Day Vigil
Church on Care for Creation
From the Office: Music to My Ears
St. Joseph the Worker
A Scripture Reflection: Recognizing Christ in the Eucharist
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The Mission of the Office of Life, Justice and Peace: To inspire and form Catholic disciples to build God's kingdom of justice and faithfully witness His love. Empowered by the many gifts of the Holy Spirit, we ground ourselves in Catholic social teaching.


Work Saturday May 10: Mother's Day Vigil at the Northwest Immigrant Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington.

Meet at 8:45 a.m. at Ascension Catholic Church, 7507 SE Yamhill St, Portland.

 Return by 5:00 p.m

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Why You Want to Attend: Regardless of their legal status, migrants, like all persons, possess inherent human dignity which should be respected. Government policies that respect the basic human rights of the undocumented are necessary. U.S. Catholic Bishops, Strangers No Longer Together On The Journey Of Hope


Creation Sunday May 18th: What the Church Says About Care for Creation. Presented by Valerie Chapman, Climate Ambassador for the Catholic Climate Covenant.

1:00 p.m. at 21060 SW Stafford Road, Resurrection Church, Tualatin.

12:00 p.m.: Display tables from local environmental groups. Fair trade coffee will be served. There will be events for children.
Why You Want To Attend: "The book of Genesis tells us that God created man and woman entrusting them with the task of filling the earth and subduing it, which does not mean exploiting it, but nurturing and protecting it, caring for it through their work."Pope Francis 


We live in a massive, complex society where its systems and structures have a louder voice than its citizens. The average person barely makes a difference.

Even a collective mass of average persons - we call that "democracy" - is hopelessly outmatched by the structures of power that have gathered momentum for centuries.

Sometimes this is by default - centuries of unjust cultural norms (think slavery) and sometimes it's by design - laws that limit the participation of the average worker in favor of the owners of production.


Dignity of Work
The feast of St. Joseph the Worker was established by Pope Pius XII in 1955 to give all workers a model and a protector. Pope Pius XII expressed the hope that this feast would emphasize the dignity of labor.

A little more than a decade later, society began to ebb away at labor's dignity. The waves of antipathy have yet to abate and roll back out to the waters of justice.

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May 4 2014 (Acts 2: 14, 22-33, 1 PT 1:17-21, Lk 24:13-35)

Justice and Peace I visited my father last week. He asked me what the weather was like in Texas (he thought I lived in Texas). I said, "Well, I live in Oregon." He paused and said, "Matt Cato lives in Portland, Oregon; do you know him?"

My father did not recognize me but he was drawn to me in the intimacy of the meal. The disciples' hearts were burning while Jesus opened the Scriptures to them, but they failed to recognize him until their meal.
Matt Cato
Director of the Office of Life, Justice and Peace
Campaign for Human Development
Archdiocese of Portland

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

'A new way to love' : Be there Tuesday, April 29th at 2 p.m.

We are so happy to have Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith.  God Bless you and we will pray for you.
late Middle English: from Latin auxiliarius, from auxilium ‘help.’
New auxiliary bishop misses parish life, but sees administration as a way to serve and love
Catholic Sentinel photo by Bob Kerns
Bishop Peter Smith distributes Communion during student Mass at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Catholic Sentinel photo by Bob Kerns
Bishop Peter Smith distributes Communion during student Mass at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Catholic Sentinel photo by Ed Langlois
Sister Emiliana Moshi gets a laugh from Bishop Smith's commentary.
Catholic Sentinel photo by Ed Langlois
Sister Emiliana Moshi gets a laugh from Bishop Smith's commentary.
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Archbishop Alexander Sample and Bishop Peter Smith meet at pastoral center.
Ordination to the Episcopate
Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith
2 p.m., April 29
St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Ed Langlois
Of the Catholic Sentinel

"Ministry, wherever it is, is about being the presence of Christ for others."
— Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith

On chilly Sundays at St. Rose Parish in Portland, when the old boiler quit putting out heat, Father Peter Smith would walk to the basement in vestments. He'd get the heat going, then dash back up to church, wiping grease from his hands before the opening song began.

He loved it. Parish life fired him up, especially
being among the people.

Now that Pope Francis has named him auxiliary bishop of Portland, Bishop Smith longs a bit for parish life. He has not been a parish priest since last June, when Archbishop Alexander Sample asked him to begin serving as vicar general of the archdiocese, essentially a chief of staff for the archbishop.

"I do miss the pastoral connections with the parishioners," Bishop Smith says, admitting that he substitutes at parishes whenever possible and will continue to do so.

But Bishop Smith — with degrees in business, civil law, theology and church law — knows his new official duties are also service to the People of God. Administration, he points out, is one of the spiritual gifts listed in St. Paul's epistles.

"Ministry, wherever it is, is about being the presence of Christ for others, as I see it," Bishop Smith says. "It is loving, serving, guiding and caring for people entrusted to your care as Jesus would."

His ministry is still rich in its opportunity for teaching. A natural catechist, Bishop Smith instructs in canon law at Mount Angel Seminary and speaks from the heart, explaining that church law is intended to help people lovingly toward salvation. At St. Rose, when it was time to introduce the New Roman Missal, he gave homilies on liturgy for eight weeks running.

With blue eyes and sensible black shoes, the bishop is an early riser. One of the first things he does each day is gather for prayer with the members of his community — the Brotherhood of the People of Praise. Part of a larger mostly-lay ecumenical charismatic group, it's a Catholic association of the faithful, an early phase of the Vatican's gradual recognition for a Religious community. He will continue to live in the Brotherhood's North Portland house.

"Prayer together lets you carry one another's burdens," he says.

The other members of his house are Father Chuck Wood, parochial vicar of Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Oswego; Father David Shaw, on staff at Central Catholic High School; and Glenn Rymsza, a lay brother and pastoral associate at St. Anthony Parish in Southeast Portland. The men of the Brotherhood who are ordained are priests of the Archdiocese of Portland.

Time for personal prayer is scarce for a parish priest, much less a bishop. But praying is absolutely vital, Bishop Smith says.

"Without prayer, this wouldn't go very far," he explains.

Even if he doesn't have something like an hour per day to spend quietly, he grabs moments all the time, sometimes on the commute to the office in his small Ford SUV.
"I try to have an attitude of mind in which one turns frequently to the Lord as a friend every few minutes," he says. He aims to keep an ongoing relationship with the Almighty, instead of turning to God only when there is a crisis. 

After he was named an auxiliary bishop, he had to get used to the Catholic paparazzi. Photographers and reporters have been tailing him.

"If this is being inflicted on me, you should share the burden," he tells weekday Mass worshipers at St. Rose Parish, where he was pastor just months ago and where he has been filling in this spring. The congregation laughs as they make room for another photographer.

This newly-named shepherd of the church is not impressed by his current fame.
"I am nobody's savior," he says. "Jesus Christ is their Savior. This is not about me. It's about loving and guiding them as Christ would have me."

As usual at weekday Masses, on this morning, Bishop Smith asks worshipers questions to kick off his homily. That gets people thinking, he says of the habit, which he developed at Masses for school children.

"It's a way of helping people grow in the richness of our Catholic faith," he explains, noting that people at St. Rose began doing research ahead of time so they could answer his queries.

On this day, he asks what makes a marriage and later explains the history of the sacrament, touching on Jewish law and canon law, which he always makes fascinating, parishioners report.

"Our faith is dependent on us saying 'yes' day in and day out," he tells the group, explaining that when we say "no," we have wandered into sin. As Mass closes, he calls on the congregation: "Go and announce the Gospel of Christ."

"Attending daily Mass with Father Peter is like a history lesson," says Phill Colombo, a longtime St. Rose parishioner and a reporter for the Hollywood Star newspaper.

"You get a tremendous sense of the scripture from him," adds Dick Cheek, a longtime member of St. Rose. "He's a tremendous educator through his homilies."

The flourishing of St. Rose daily Mass came about during Bishop Smith's tenure. Scores of people now fill the chapel, even spilling into the hallway. During prayers of the faithful, parishioners speak genuinely. They remember a friend who has decided to stop cancer treatment, a son unable to get a job, and unborn children in danger of being aborted.

After Mass on this day, St. Rose parishioners have arranged a party for their famous former pastor, with home-baked treats and a poster with the priest's face glued onto a figure with a miter, the tall hat of a bishop.

Bishop Smith still attends a men's discussion group at St. Rose, along with the current administrator, Father Matt Libra, and another former pastor, Msgr. Richard Huneger. The group, mostly laymen, picks a topic and one of the lay members gives a presentation to get the discussion going.

Parishioners who know the new bishop call him a prayerful man. He stops to pray with people after Mass, especially those who are ill. As parish priest at St. Rose, he would lead others in the congregation to join the prayer circle, laying hands on people in need.

"He would tell us, 'To the degree that we live with each other we are in relationship with Christ,'" says Colombo.

Bishop Smith and Ray Johnson had a friendship founded on saints. Johnson, a member of St. Rose since the 1950s, had an encyclopedic mind when it came to lives of the saints. The priest and the layman discussed holy people regularly. Sometimes at daily Mass, Bishop Smith would ask the congregation what they know about the saint of the day, first telling Johnson that he would need to wait 30 seconds to give the others a head start.

Johnson became ill and Bishop Smith visited often until his death. The two were kindred spirits, especially in faith and worldview.

Peggy Johnson, Ray's widow now and a longtime teacher at the parish school, says her husband always thought of the parish priest as a son.

Ray died in 2012, only a month after Bishop Smith lost his own father. The priest was a great support to Peggy in her grief.

"He was able to get me through some rough spots," she says.

Eventually, she decided she wanted to donate something to the parish that meant so much to Ray. She and Bishop Smith settled on buying a crucifix for the daily Mass chapel where he and the priest had so enjoyed each other. The Italian-made now cross hangs behind the altar, dedicated to Ray.

Dianna Cooper, administrative assistant at St. Rose Parish, says Bishop Smith has a way with children and families. They tend to love him and his sense of humor.

When he was pastor of St. Rose, a post that includes Archbishop Howard School, he would go out at the end of each day to greet families and bid children farewell.

"Kids would just run up to him," says Cooper.

Despite a packed schedule on this day, Bishop Smith decides to visit the school, where he has many good memories. He is welcomed as a hero.

Someone has coached the children. "Hi, your excellency!" one says. Another boy kneels and makes a motion of kissing the episcopal ring.

The bishop laughs and shrugs.

"Dial it down, folks," he says quietly. "I'm a low-key guy."

In the fourth grade classroom, he greets students who are all smiles, raised hands and questions. The conversation ranges from fractions to squids.

He walks in on a birthday party among second graders who are eating doughnuts. They wonder about his pectoral cross and ask him to guess where they are going for spring break. As he leaves, he requests that the children behave for their teacher the rest of the day.

At the parish, he wears a sweatshirt over his clerical shirt. Back at the pastoral center offices, he digs out his black blazer, aware of his formal role. As vicar general, he oversees staff at the pastoral center and has special charge of Catholic cemeteries and the church's mission to uphold faith and morals in public life.

On this day, the employees of the pastoral center are his flock as he celebrates the weekly Wednesday Mass in the small chapel. He preaches a homily about Mary and Joseph, who kept assenting to God's plans. He relates that to the workers' ministry.

"If we stop saying yes, things are not going to work out," he says. "There will be days when we will want to say no."

Bishop Smith says he was just getting up to speed on the duties of a vicar general when he received the call to become a bishop. He is under no illusions. He admits that, when a church leader is learning his role, he can make some mistakes. He's confident God will see him through.