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Alexander K. Sample installed as Portland's 11th archbishop
Oregonlive.com ^ | April 2, 2013 | Nancy Haught

Posted on 04/02/2013 8:19:14 PM PDT by Salvation

Alexander K. Sample installed as Portland's 11th archbishop

Archbishop Sample's Installation Mass held at Chiles Center Today, Archbishop Alexander K. Sample was installed as the eleventh Archbishop of Portland in Oregon at the Chiles Center. He was appointed on January 29th, 2013 by Pope Benedict XVI.
 By Nancy Haught, The Oregonian
 
on April 02, 2013 at 2:25 PM, updated April 02, 2013 at 6:28 PM
 

Alexander K. Sample installed as Portland's 11th archbishop
 
Enlarge April 2, 2013 - The Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample was installed as the Archdiocese of Portland's 11th archbishop Tuesday afternoon at the Chiles Center at the University of Portland. Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian Alexander K. Sample installed as Portland's 11th archbishop gallery (17 photos)
It's now official. The Most Rev. Alexander K. Sample became the 11th archbishop of Portland in formal ceremonies today at the University of Portland's Chiles Center. Sample, appointed by then-Pope Benedict XVI in January, will lead an estimated 400,000 Catholics in the second  oldest archdiocese in the United States.

The Vatican delegate to the U.S., the Most Rev. Carlo Maria Vigano, read aloud the apostolic letter appointing Sample. Then Vigano formally presented the new archbishop to Mary Jo Tully, chancellor of the archdiocese. Sample assumed the cathedra, the chair designated for a bishop (or archbishop, in this case) in his diocese. The congregation, gathered from throughout the archdiocese, applauded.

Sample called to mind his own episcopal motto: "to contemplate the face of Christ."

"This is much more than just a nice phrase," he said. "It speaks clearly of my vision for our work together."

Sample challenged the Catholics of western Oregon to proclaim the good news of Jesus' resurrection boldly.

But he referred to the day's Gospel and observed that it took a moment for Mary Magdalen to recognize the risen Jesus.

He quoted and translated a Latin proverb, "no one can give what one does not have."

"Before we can proclaim him to others, we must first recognize him."

--snip--

The bishop of the Diocese of Marquette, Mich., since 2005, Sample was born in Kalispell, Mont., and has undergraduate and graduate degrees in metallurgical engineering. He earned a master's degree in divinity and a licentiate in canon law in Rome. He was ordained a priest in 1990. 

People filled the aisles to receive the Eucharist, or Communion. Cardinal William J. Levada, who was archbishop of Portland from 1986-1995, was present, along with 30 other bishops and abbots and 200 priests from the archdiocese and beyond.
    
Sample will celebrate regional Masses throughout western Oregon in the coming weeks, though details have not been announced. He succeeds Portland's retiring archbishop, the Most Rev. John G. Vlazny, 76, who has said he plans to live quietly on the Beaverton campus of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon.
    
The first Mass celebrated in what is now Oregon took place on Jan. 6, 1839, in St. Paul. Pope Gregory XVI designated the Oregon Territory as an apostolic vicariate in 1843. It became the Archdiocese of Oregon City in 1846 and was renamed the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon in 1928. Baltimore became the first U.S. archdiocese in 1808.



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Sample is also active on Twitter @archbishpsample.


1 posted on 04/02/2013 8:19:14 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...

Guess where I was today Ping!


2 posted on 04/02/2013 8:42:52 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Photo links above.

Father Z has a couple of his sermons here.

3 posted on 04/02/2013 8:46:42 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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A video maybe of today's sermon from Archbishop Sample here.

He is full of energy, eucharist, enthusiasm, the face of Christ and evangelization!

4 posted on 04/02/2013 8:49:02 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
If you EVER get the opportunity to attend a Bishops/Archbishops installation -- do it!>{? What an awesome day.

His mother unexpectedly showed up today also. She had been ill.

5 posted on 04/02/2013 8:51:03 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Now will he do something about that heretical organization, Oregon Catholic Press?


6 posted on 04/03/2013 1:19:13 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: Salvation

I can just imagine. In February we got a new Bishop, but the Mass was by invitation only. But, it was broadcast on EWTN live, so we all did get to “see” it. Not the same as being there.
I attended the Chrism Mass just last week, almost as good I’m told.


7 posted on 04/03/2013 2:36:19 AM PDT by siamesecats (God closes one door, and opens another, to protect us.)
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To: Salvation

Wonderful day for you, I am sure. May God bless and guide your new shepherd.


8 posted on 04/03/2013 5:40:25 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: markomalley
Now will he do something about that heretical organization, Oregon Catholic Press?

What, in your opinion, constitutes 'doing something'? What, in your opinion, constitutes 'doing enough'?

I ask, so that your objection may be objectively measured.

9 posted on 04/03/2013 5:43:31 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

doing something would be excising the most egregious examples from the music books. Doing enough would be to bring the music in line with the teachings of the Magisterium. Which it is not.


10 posted on 04/03/2013 5:58:35 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley
Thank you.

I think the entire enterprise should be disbanded. It is organizationally corrupt.

11 posted on 04/03/2013 6:14:49 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

that works too


12 posted on 04/03/2013 6:16:17 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Amen to that.


13 posted on 04/03/2013 6:47:28 AM PDT by rogator
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To: Salvation

Gotta love a godly engineer. (At least I do, I married one.)


14 posted on 04/03/2013 6:59:27 AM PDT by married21
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To: markomalley

Thank You! I thought I was the ONLY PERSON left in the USA who still saw that bunch for who they really are. We use their book in our parish, and it is awful. As a former cantor, lector, and choir director, all I can say is, “Gag me with a spoon!” Some Sundays, it isn’t even worth picking the ugly thing up. There won’t be a CATHOLIC song in the bunch. ...sigh... Going to one of their workshops is a very interesting lesson in how the communists gained their footholds in the Central and South American countries. Ghastly.


15 posted on 04/03/2013 9:40:45 AM PDT by redhead (NO GROUND TO THE DEVIL! Use Weaponized Prayer)
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To: markomalley

He is directly in charge of it. I pray that it will be abolished and he will mandate good music for all.

The music yesterday was mostly in Latin, but with some English.

A lot of Alleluias!


16 posted on 04/03/2013 10:25:39 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Not only is OCP organizationally corrupt; it is also spirutually corrupt. It’s sad when a Catholic Church has to pay a royalty for a song that was sung that was composed by a homosexual who outed himself recently.


17 posted on 04/03/2013 10:28:12 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: redhead; annalex

Horrors on being in the same room as some of these guys!

There was no music yesterday by Haas, Hurd, Schutte, et al.

It was all classical, theological, spirutally moving and wonderful!

Also — I despise the ugly art on th covers of the missallettes as well as the songbooks.

I can find much better art, and I KNOW annalex could!


18 posted on 04/03/2013 10:34:00 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: markomalley; ArrogantBustard; redhead

Pray for Archbishop Sample. He has a big mess on his hands here.


19 posted on 04/03/2013 10:35:59 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I just remembered something from yesterday. Closing thank yous to his family for being there. (Both his mother and his sister will be moving to Oregon!)

And a very humble “Pray for me.” in the mode of Pope Francis. I had tears in my eys during part of the ceremony.


20 posted on 04/03/2013 12:01:51 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation; nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; ...
The archpdx website has already beene updated. This made treks hard and fast!

Since most of us are beset with the horrid OCP, I suggest we contact Archbishop Sample with our views.

Here is contact information:


Archbishop Sample

Twitter
Follow Archbishop Sample


Welcome
 Archbishop
Alexander K. Sample
Our eleventh Archbishop

 

Archdiocese of Porland in Oregon

21 posted on 04/03/2013 12:07:29 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Oops
This made treks hard and fast!
This man treks hard and fast!


22 posted on 04/03/2013 12:09:27 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: markomalley

He’s technically in charge of OCP now, so yes, I’d say something is going to happen there...very soon, no doubt.


23 posted on 04/03/2013 12:38:15 PM PDT by livius
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To: livius

Please, God.


24 posted on 04/03/2013 12:47:07 PM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: Salvation

Can you imagine how proud she must have been?!


25 posted on 04/03/2013 1:14:11 PM PDT by diamond6 (God is good.)
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To: Salvation
Father Z has a couple of his sermons here.

Auguri!!! Congratulations!

God willing, someday the Catholics in NYS will be given a solidly orthodox bishop. Some are still waiting for an appointment up in Rochester NY to replace uber progressive Matthew Clark. Here in the RC Diocese of Albany, we're now only months from the retirement of Bishop Hubbard.

Had to laugh at Fr. Z's comment on the above photo:

A mitre (a little odd), a cardinal’s biretta, a priest’s black biretta, a simple white mitre and an … eye-patch (which has no liturgical function that I know of… though I do know some who turn blind-eyes toward liturgical abuses… okay… I’m not saying that the bishop in the … oh darn… I’ll just stop….). I don’t know who the bishop is with the eye-patch, bless him.

26 posted on 04/03/2013 2:07:04 PM PDT by NYer (Beware the man of a single book - St. Thomas Aquinas)
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Being in the Chiles Center as all the Bishops processed in was so exciting.

For yours and Fr. Z’s information, I deduced that the bishop with the eye-patch wanted to be there, but had probably had recent eye surgery. He was seated before the the Bishops came in. Did not walk in or out with them. So the sight in his other eye must be deteriorated a little too — I’m supposing — just having recovered from cataract surgery on both my eyes during the last year.


27 posted on 04/03/2013 9:37:41 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Voice of Catholics Advocating Life -- VOCAL

Archbishop Sample's Installation Homily, April 2, 2013

 
 



INSTALLATION HOMILY
Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample
Archbishop of Portland in Oregon


Praised be Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, who lives and reigns forever.
Amen!

It is in the true spirit of Easter joy that I greet all of you here as the newly installed
shepherd of God’s flock in western Oregon.

I wish to express my gratitude to His Eminence, Cardinal Levada, a former
Archbishop of Portland and Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine
of the Faith, for gracing us with his presence today.

I am most appreciative for the presence of His Excellency, Archbishop Viganò,
Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, who has presented the papal bull
appointing me Archbishop of this local Church and who has formally installed me
as its chief shepherd. Your Excellency, your presence with us today brings a
special closeness of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, and reminds us all that we
are part of the universal Church of Jesus Christ.

I want to thank and acknowledge a very special person to all of us, Archbishop
Vlazny. I want to thank you, Your Excellency, for the very kind and gracious
welcome you extended to me to this Archdiocese from the moment of our first
telephone conversation after my appointment here. But most of all, on behalf of
the entire Church of the Archdiocese, I want to thank you for your faithful and
beautiful ministry as its shepherd for all of these past 15 years.

My brother bishops, priests and deacons, dear consecrated religious, my dear
brothers and sisters in Christ, and all people of good will, to you I repeat the
words of the psalm: “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and
be glad in it!”

I say this not because of the installation of a new Archbishop, but because Jesus
Christ has risen from the dead. He is alive, he loves us, he calls us to faithful
discipleship, and he asks us to be witnesses of his resurrection before the world.
You see, there is the danger on such an occasion to think that this is somehow
all about your new Archbishop or this local Church. We must always keep our
eyes fixed on Jesus. It is not about me. It is always about him, and we must
never lose sight of that.

In these readings from the Acts of the Apostles which the Church gives us during
these first days of the Easter octave we have St. Peter, in the power of the Holy
Spirit on the day of Pentecost, standing before the people and proclaiming Jesus
Christ, as risen from the dead.

His is truly a bold and fearless proclamation of the Good News meant for all
those whom God calls. He is fulfilling the mission that Jesus Christ entrusted to
him and the other Apostles.

This is what is needed in the Church today. We need a new Pentecost, a new
outpouring of the Holy Spirit to set our hearts on fire for proclaiming Jesus Christ.
With hearts filled with joy, love and mercy, we must proclaim the Good News.

I come to you as your new Archbishop to announce afresh to you, the disciples of
Jesus Christ, that he is alive! This is good news, not just for the disciples of 2000
years ago, but for us today. It is good news for all people. Jesus is alive and has
become for us the source of eternal life. By his death he has destroyed death,
freed us from the corruption of sin and opened up for us the way to the Kingdom
of Heaven. This is the basic message of salvation and we must never cease to
believe it and proclaim it.

I would like to draw your attention to my episcopal motto: Vultum Christi
contemplari, “to contemplate the face of Christ.” You must know that, for me, this
is more than just a nice phrase. It speaks clearly and directly of my vision for our
work together here in western Oregon.

The inspiration for this motto is taken from the writings of Blessed John Paul II,
specifically from his apostolic letter at the beginning of the new millennium, Novo
Millennio Ineunte and his last encyclical, Ecclesia de Eucharistia.

In Novo Millennio Ineunte, he writes: "’We wish to see Jesus’" (quoting the
Gospel of St. John). This request, addressed to the Apostle Philip by some
Greeks who had made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the Passover, echoes
spiritually in our ears too during this Jubilee Year. Like those pilgrims of two
thousand years ago, the men and women of our own day — often perhaps
unconsciously — ask believers not only to ‘speak’ of Christ, but in a certain
sense to ‘show’ him to them. And is it not the Church's task to reflect the light of
Christ in every historical period, to make his face shine also before the
generations of the new millennium?  Our witness, however, would be hopelessly
inadequate if we ourselves had not first contemplated his face.”
 

Nemo dat quod non habet! No one can give what one does not have! We
cannot give Jesus Christ to others until we have first come to know him intimately
and profoundly.

In the Gospel today we see Mary Magdalene as the first one to announce the
risen Lord. Jesus tells her to go and tell the other disciples this good news, that
he is alive. And so she does.

But notice that she did not recognize him at first, and that it is only after she has
gazed at him, recognized him, that she is able to proclaim him to the others as
risen from the dead. He called her name and she responded.

But why did she not recognize him at first. This is a question long pondered by
scripture scholars and those who have reflected on the Gospel. Perhaps she
was distracted by her own grief and worry. Maybe she was anxious and preoccupied.

In any case she failed to gaze at him, to really look at him. Is this the case for us
today? Are we so distracted, anxious, fearful and pre-occupied with the business
of daily living that we too have failed to look intently at Jesus, to recognize him, to
contemplate his face?

Before we can proclaim him to others, we too must first recognize him. We must
really see him. We must contemplate his risen face before we can announce him
to others.

We must hear the Lord Jesus call our name, as he called Mary, and as she
recognized him, so must we. But then we must proclaim him!

This Year of Faith, in which this installation of your new Archbishop takes place,
is meant to help us do just that. This year is meant to strengthen our faith by
contemplating Christ’s face and the mystery of our faith in order to prepare us for
the supremely important work of the New Evangelization, the great mission that
is before us. To really set about the work of the New Evangelization in earnest,
however, our faith must first be strengthened.

In his letter to the Church proclaiming this Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI
quoted some powerful words of the great St. Augustine: “Believers strengthen
themselves by believing.” This is a time for strengthening our own faith, so that
we can better witness to the love, the mercy and the truth found in the Lord
Jesus Christ. But we strengthen that faith by believing more firmly and devoutly
that which has been revealed to us by Almighty God in the Sacred Scriptures and
in the living Tradition of the Church.

This will require holiness. We need saints for our own day to be the salt of the
earth, the light of the world, and a leaven in society. We are above all called to
holiness, and our times demand that we answer that call with renewed zeal and
vigor.

There are many challenges facing us in these times. We are witnessing an
almost unprecedented and increasing radical secularism that seeks to push God
out of the picture, and not just to the margins of society, but even right off the
page of human experience in society today.

We are also facing what Pope Benedict XVI, and now Pope Francis, have called
a dictatorship or tyranny of relativism. There is no longer in our society a
recognition that there are some eternal and unchangeable truths, especially
about the very nature and dignity of the human person. This is a serious
challenge when we can no longer dialogue with our contemporaries from a
common understanding of the innate and essential nature of the human person.
And then there are the challenges of our own making. We cannot hide from the
fact that the scandals that have plagued the Church in recent years have
seriously damaged our standing and credibility in the wider society in which we
seek to proclaim the Gospel of Life. This great Archdiocese has certainly not
been spared this tragedy.

When I refer to these "challenges of our own making," I mean that some of your
leaders, your pastors, your shepherds have seriously let you down and done
grave harm to individuals. We can never express too much sorrow and regret for
the harm that has been done and we must never relax our efforts and our pledge
to help heal victim survivors of sexual abuse and to protect children and young
people.

So it is with humility but with a firm purpose that we go about our renewed efforts
to proclaim the Good News. But we must be strong in our own faith, convinced
of the light and truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

As those called to be witnesses to Jesus Christ in the world, we must move
beyond the days of doubting and questioning our Catholic Faith, wringing our
hands in the face of so many difficulties and challenges. In the face of so many
challenges today, how will we ever convince the world of Jesus Christ if we
ourselves are not convinced?

We must witness and speak of our faith before others with confidence and clarity
and with the greatest charity. But speak of Jesus Christ and our faith, we must.
And we must not forget that which will our greatest witness to Jesus Christ, and
that is the love, the mercy and the compassion that we show toward those who
suffer; the poor, the marginalized, the abandoned, the lonely and forgotten. The
modern day “widows and orphans” that Sacred Scripture admonishes us to care
for. How beautifully our new Holy Father, Pope Francis, is showing us the way
by example.

In the midst of our challenges we must continue to bear witness to the dignity of
human life and every human person from the womb until natural death, the
dignity of marriage and the good of children, a special love for the poor and
marginalized, and religious liberty.

I am so very happy that so many of our ecumenical and interreligious brothers
and sisters have joined us today in this celebration. I will truly value and respect
our friendships and relationships and will work hand in hand with our brothers
and sisters in promoting the true common good and the dignity of every human
person.

And so, my dear brothers and sisters, it is time, in the words of Blessed John
Paul II to “duc in altum” – to put out into the deep sea of history and to let down
the nets for a catch, leading others to the love of God in Jesus Christ.

“Duc in altum! (Put out into the deep!) These words ring out for us today, and
they invite us to remember the past with gratitude, to live the present with
enthusiasm and to look forward to the future with confidence: ‘Jesus Christ is the
same yesterday and today and forever’ Duc in altum! – no matter how difficult or even hopeless the challenges may seem, Jesus Christ has risen from the dead. He is alive and is with us and will make it happen. What he needs is our faith and trust. We repeat the words that Jesus taught to St. Faustina: Jesus, I trust in you!

Now we turn towards the Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of the Christian
life. We must not merely celebrate so wonderful a mystery. We must be
transformed by and imitate the mystery we celebrate. We must lay down our
lives for God and in service to others, in imitation of Jesus who came not to be
served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for the many.

This is my Body, which is given up for you. This is my Blood which is poured out
for you. As he has done for us, so we must do for one another. Such a heroic
virtue and self-giving is what is needed in our times.

I have been deeply inspired by the holiness, the zeal and missionary fervor of the
first bishop of my former diocese, Venerable Frederic Baraga, whose own heroic
virtue has been recognized for the whole universal Church by Pope Benedict
XVI. He came to the upper Great Lakes region as a missionary and a stranger
from another land. I feel a strong bond with him as I come to you also as a
stranger from another place.
 
I ask his prayers for me as I take up my new pastoral responsibility among you. They say, “Home is where the heart is.” I know my home will be here, because you will have my heart.

Blessed John Paul wrote in Ecclesia de Eucharistia: “To contemplate the face of
Christ, and to contemplate it with Mary, is the “programme” which I have set
before the Church at the dawn of the third millennium, summoning her to put out
into the deep on the sea of history with the enthusiasm of the new
evangelization.

It is to my Mother and your Mother, Mary Immaculate, the patroness of this great
Archdiocese that I entrust my ministry as your shepherd. May she form in me the
likeness of her Son, Jesus, who is the Good Shepherd.

God bless you, and please pray for me.

28 posted on 04/07/2013 5:02:24 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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New beginnings a source of encouragement, inspiration

: Archbishop Sample's Column
4/2/2013 8:04:00 AM
New beginnings a source of encouragement, inspiration

Most Rev. Alexander Sample
Archbishop of Portland


I think it’s pretty safe to say that the last couple of months have been quite a ride for those of us who are Catholic or who follow closely events in the Catholic Church. At the end of January it was announced to the good people of the Archdiocese of Portland that they would soon receive a new shepherd, namely yours truly.

No sooner did that news begin to settle in among the Catholic faithful of Western Oregon than a far more stunning piece of news hit all of us. Our beloved Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, made the historically momentous decision to step aside from the Chair of St. Peter due to failing health and under the burden of his advanced years.

We lived through and witnessed the exciting process of electing a new Pope, and we all waited anxiously to see who would step out on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The Holy Spirit gave us Pope Francis! We now had a Pope from the Americas who impressed us all immediately with his humility and simplicity. He had barely accepted the election to be our Holy Father when he began to shake things up. His desire to live more simply and to pay special attention to the poor is already challenging all of us.

Shortly after that, and literally on the heels of Holy Week and Easter, we had a wonderful archdiocesan celebration of the installation of your new Archbishop. What a joyous and faith filled occasion that was for all of us, especially for me, your new shepherd!

Change, transitions, and new beginnings. These can be unsettling for many of us, especially when we have become very comfortable and even complacent with the status quo. I know for myself to leave a place that has been my home for 35 years and where I have served as a priest for nearly 23 years, the last seven as Bishop, has not been easy. And yet I know this is where God wants me, and that makes me very glad to be here!

I am sure that many of you are wondering what our new Pope is going to be like and what impact he will have on the life of the Church throughout the world. Perhaps some of you are wondering the same things about your new Archbishop and what his ministry will mean for the local church in the Archdiocese of Portland. I also ponder these things.

But in the end, all of this is not about Pope Benedict, Pope Francis, me or anyone else. It is about Jesus Christ. It is about his saving mission to all of humanity. It is about his chosen instrument in the world, commissioned to bring the Good News of God’s love and mercy to people everywhere. The Catholic Church has been around for nearly 2,000 years, living and proclaiming the Gospel. What we might consider to be unsettled and even tumultuous times in the Church are nothing compared to what she has experienced throughout all of her history.

We have just celebrated during Holy Week the Paschal mystery of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have celebrated that “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Through his saving death and resurrection he has conquered sin and death and opened up for us the way to eternal life.

This is what sustains us. It is in this that we place our faith and hope. No matter what might be going on all around us, even with changes in Church leadership, one thing remains always the same, and that is our Lord. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever!” (Hebrews 13:8)

During this beautiful season of Easter we continue to celebrate Christ’s victory over death —over our death — and we bask in the light of the Risen Christ. Let us keep our eyes fixed on him and not worry about changes and transitions. They have always happened and they always will. These are indeed days of new beginnings, but that should be for all of us a source of encouragement and inspiration to look to the future full of hope.

I want you to know how very happy I am to have been called here to Western Oregon to be your new Archbishop. On a human level it will certainly take me time to settle in and begin to feel like this is home. But I am here with joy in my heart and with enthusiasm for what we can do together to build up the Body of Christ, the Church, and to witness to others the love and mercy that we have come to know in Jesus Christ, risen from the dead.

A glorious and happy Easter to you all!


29 posted on 04/07/2013 5:05:18 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...

I think you will ALL be happy with the new missalette on May 26th. Decent art on the front (Isiah), and not one entry by Hass, Haugen, Hurd, Schutte, et al in the musical section.

It appears Archbishop Sample had a talk with OCP.

We will still have to see what the music issue brings at the beginning of Advent. I pray that it is as good as this!


30 posted on 05/18/2013 10:06:10 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
(Isiah), (Isaiah),
31 posted on 05/18/2013 10:10:02 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Congrats and God Bless!


32 posted on 05/18/2013 10:19:07 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: livius

He will have to.

Look for a lot of choirs and choir directors to get A HUGH tutorial in the songs when and if the changes do occur.


33 posted on 05/18/2013 10:25:10 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Salvation

I was up and running around the day after my cataract surgery although my doc didn’t like it. I even drove. I had planned on Mr. Mercat driving me but I was actually feeling better that day than he was.


34 posted on 05/18/2013 10:36:45 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: Salvation
...lead an estimated 400,000 Catholics in the second oldest archdiocese in the United States.

How did that happen? Surely there were other areas of the US that needed its own diocese before Oregon did?

Also the article notes that the new ABP holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in metallurgical engineering. Perhaps there is hope for my son yet! I guess he'd have to shed a wife and 5 kids and come home from being a Baptist first... LOL.

The new APB looks like a very fine person. Praise be to Christ.

35 posted on 05/18/2013 12:50:01 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: redhead; Biggirl; Salvation

Our parish uses the OCP (I think) and recently purchased a set of hard back hymnals called Gather (I think). We have had the hard backs for almost 5 years now, and we barely use them. I don’t find much in either source that is singable, or inspirational, although I prefer the paper backs. And then we have a thin little collection of very modern songs that the youth choir sings at the 6 PM Sunday Mass. Those are truly awful.

Please, don’t make me sing Lord of the Dance again.


36 posted on 05/18/2013 1:02:52 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Biggirl

Good! Much needed!


37 posted on 05/18/2013 2:57:33 PM PDT by livius
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To: afraidfortherepublic
"Please, don’t make me sing Lord of the Dance again"

Some modern church music is pure purgatory!
38 posted on 05/19/2013 6:27:51 AM PDT by NewCenturions
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To: Salvation

How wonderful for you to be able to be there! I hope that Bishop Semple will be able over time to have an impact on OCP in encouraging a recovery of the treasury of music with more traditional hymns and propers in both English and Latin in parishes. I know that things are difficult because the Liturgical Industrial Complex has been entrenched in dioceses and parishes nationwide for 40 years, and that even well intentioned shepherds may for political reasons want to tread carefully so as not to cause too much disruption. But I have some hopes maybe the tide is turning a bit.

At a higher level, I’m warming up to Pope Francis, especially some of his rather unvarnished and hardhitting homilies, but I do hope that the liturgical efforts of his predecessor will not be in vain and that we can continue on an improvement in reverence and beauty in the liturgy, even if with more noble simplicity.


39 posted on 05/19/2013 6:41:48 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: Salvation

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!?? Really? and it comes out May 26? trala.


40 posted on 05/19/2013 12:32:18 PM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: ArrogantBustard

“What, in your opinion, constitutes ‘doing enough’?”

You didn’t ask me, but IMO, doing enough would encompass the excommunication of everyone connected with the production, sale, purchase, and use of that Satanic dreck.


41 posted on 05/20/2013 10:52:43 AM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: Salvation
I'm from

Show Me.

42 posted on 05/20/2013 11:01:33 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Please, don’t make me sing Lord of the Dance again.

They can't make you sing that piece. You're quite free to stand mute in protest.

I do that ...

43 posted on 05/20/2013 11:04:15 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard; afraidfortherepublic

I talked with my priest in Confession about this. He said it was OK not to sing some of the songs. I told him I just bow my head and pray for the person who chose the yucky song.

So, you are right. We don’t have to sing. I also like silence after Communion and I never sing the song. Just pray and pray and pray — usually until the deacon or priest sits down.


44 posted on 05/20/2013 5:09:45 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: dsc

We will have to wait and see. But the new missalette isn’t too bad, other than the Revised NAB — please let us have the Jerusalem or RSV or Douay translations!

I have no idea about the music edition that will come out the first week of Advent — but I was very pleased with the music contents of this part!


45 posted on 05/20/2013 5:12:00 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Unam Sanctam

I believe this will be a slow process. No yucky art on the cover and no Haugen, Hass, Hurd, Schuette music in the regular misallette. Music edition — I’ll pass judgment on that later. Look at how long it took for the new translations!

I just learned recently that OCP publishes liturgy misallettes and music edition for other faiths — Lutheran being one of them, from the way the person talked. We were talking about Marty Haugen and how he isn’t even a Catholic. Were you aware of that?


46 posted on 05/20/2013 5:22:08 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

So happy for you and your parish.

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Our missallette won’t change until Advent, so I will have to wait until then to see any changes. :(


47 posted on 05/20/2013 6:09:07 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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