Welcome to St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon.
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Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18. Although this is not a Holy Day of Obligation, many Catholics begin the Lenten season by attending Mass to receive the traditional blessing of ashes. The ashes remind us that our stay in this world is rather short in the light of eternity. Ash Wednesday Masses are at 7:30am, 8:30 am (School Mass), 12:15pm and 5:30pm.
Stations of the Cross: We are invited to make the Stations of the Cross (a traditional Lenten devotion) on the Fridays of Lent at 7pm in the Cathedral. Before the Stations, we are invited by the Knights of Columbus to join in a Simple Supper at about 6pm in the St. Joseph Hall. A varied menu will be provided each Friday during the Lenten season. On Good Friday, April 3, Stations of the Cross will be at 12:15pm.
Parish Reconciliation Service will be on Tuesday, March 10 at 7pm with multiple confessors.
Holy Week Schedule
Palm Sunday: March 29 Masses at 7:30, 9, 11am, and 5:30pm. Saturday Vigil March 28 at 5:30pm
Chrism Mass: Monday, March 30 7pm
Confession: Tuesday, March 31 4 to 5:15pm & Wednesday, April 1 4 to 5:15pm
Holy Thursday: April 2 Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper 5:30pm
Good Friday: April 3 Stations of the Cross at 12:15pm Good Friday Passion of the Lord 5:30pm
Easter Vigil: Saturday, April 4 8:30pm
Easter Sunday: April 5 Masses at 7:30, 9, 11am, and 5:30pm
Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy: December 4, 2013 will be the 50th anniversary of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, the first document of Vatican II. Learn more about how the document still guides our liturgy today by viewing the twelve 5-minute videos now posted on the church website. Click on the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy button in the list on the left to view these videos.
Pastoral Plan: To read the Pastoral Plan approved by the Parish Pastoral Council on April 11, 2013, please click on the “Mission” button on the left near the top of this Home Page.
TUESDAYS AT CATHEDRAL: The 2014-2015 season will start with the first presentation on September 2, 2014. Program for the 2014-2015 season is available now. You can download the 2014-15 program by clicking on the link below. The layout of the program is designed to be printed on legal size paper, double sided and to be folded into third. Unless specified, all sessions are held in the St. Joseph Hall (formerly the Lower Cathedral Center) on Tuesdays at 7pm. Please enter from doors at 131 NW 17th Ave.
Electronic giving is now available at St. Mary’s Cathedral for registered parishioners. Electronic giving is designed to enable you to contribute online and transfer funds electronically. To set up your personal giving profile, please click on the E-Giving button at the top left side of this page. Registered parishioners are able to donate via credit/debit cards or checking/saving account. Your parishioner number is needed for setting up the donation profile. If you do not know/ remember your parishioner number, please call the parish office.
Homilies by Msgr. Patrick Brennan, Pastor at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception are now available for download. Please navigate to the page by clicking the button on the left.
Sunday School of Religion: Classes for 2014-2015 will start on September 21, 2014. Classes are from 10:05 to 10:55am over at the Cathedral School. We have classes for K through 2nd Grade. (More grade levels might be available, too.) To register, please pick up a Registration Form, which is available at the church entrance or at the parish office. Go to the Education page for more details.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) or Catholic Inquiry: RCIA is a vital part of the journey for those adults who have been beckoned by the Father to follow Jesus, the Son, and to participate in the Church. RCIA serves as the specific process that adults follow to enter fully into communion with the Catholic church. The RCIA program for 2014-15 will resume with the first class on September 3, 2014. Classes are from 7 to 8:30pm and are held in the Cathedral Center (131 NW 17th Ave.). Pre-registration is requested. To register, please call the parish office at 503.228.4397. We welcome those who are not baptized, or baptized in another Christian tradition, or baptized Catholic with little or no contact with the Church. Please go to the Education page for more details.
Fr. Chun’s Art of Cinema Series: An opportunity for spiritual, intellectual, social, and emotional enrichment! God Speaks to Us through the Art of Cinema: Grasping His Lessons. Every true artist is somehow inspired (breathed upon) by the Holy Spirit, the Creative Breath of God. Cinema as a fine art can expand the mind and heart. When the mind and heart expand, the soul expands.
Fr. Francis Chun will lead a discussion of both movies each month. He will not lecture on the movies. Watch the movies first at home, then come to the talk. Through September 2015, a series of about 12 films are to be discussed. The talk will take place in the St. Joseph Hall (formerly called Lower Cathedral Center) from about 7 to 8:45pm. Enter from the NW 17th Cathedral Center entrance. List of movies to be discussed for 2015 are: Monday, February 2-Unconditional Love; Big Fish. Monday, March 2-The Impossible; Mother and Child. Monday, April 6-Seraphine; Sundays and Cybele. Monday, May 4-What We Lost in the Fire; House Built on Sand. Monday, June 8-Soundless; Don’t Tell Anyone. There will be no sessions in July and August. Monday, September 14-Sansho the Baileff (Manager); Two Brothers.
Focus on the major and minor issues (basic human problems or themes) the movie deals with. We will begin our discussion by listing these issues, and then discussing what the movie is saying about these issues. A free-will offering of $5 is suggested.
For information regarding Child Protection/ Victim Assistance and Charter to Protect Children and Young People, please visit the Archdiocese of Portland website. A link is provided on the left hand side of this page.
The Catholic Sentinel is the oldest Catholic newspaper on the West Coast. Established in 1870, it has long played a vital and bolstering role for the Catholic community.The Catholic Sentinel is published twice monthly by Oregon Catholic Press, and is the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Portland.
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Year End Tax Deductions- Did you know you can gift shares of appreciated stock to the Cathedral? Although cash is always a welcome donation, a gift of stock can offer unique tax savings. By donating appreciated securities you have held more than a year, you may be able to take a tax deduction for the full market value and avoid the capital gains tax (Consult your tax advisor).
The Authorization for Transfer Gift of Securities Form and Instructions are provided below. Please click on the words to download the pdf file. For more information, contact Katherine Stupey at the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon office at 503.234.5334. Thank you for your generosity.
As noted in the “A Word From The Pastor” column in the December 7, 2014 bulletin, the hand-carved nativity scene set St. Mary’s Cathedral is considering is a masterpiece from the studio of Josef Albl of Oberammergau, Germany. For all who are interested to view these hand-carved figures, please visit the studio’s website. You can switch between German and English languages by clicking on the words on the upper right hand side.
Link to the studio of Josef Albl of Oberammergau, Germany website:
For ticket and general information about all concerts, please do not call the church office. You can obtain those information directly by calling the group performing at the concert.
1716 NW Davis Street Portland, OR 97209
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110 NW 17th Avenue Portland, OR 97209